Wolfenstein II gets so much better when you play on easy mode

In the alternate universe of Wolfenstein, William Joseph Blazkowicz is a name that strikes fear in Nazis the world over. After suffering a horrendous injury during World War II, Blazkowicz awakens from a vegetative state 14 years later to find the world dominated by the Germans and their super-science fueled armies.…

Pokémon Go creators' next game will have you chasing Harry Potter stuff

Niantic, the tech company behind Pokémon Go, are moving away from the world of pocket monsters and into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The developer announced today that, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, its next augmented-reality game will be called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and…

Kong: Skull Island writer and director reuniting for Metal Gear Solid movie

Way back in 2014, years before he directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts was attached to direct a movie version of Metal Gear Solid, the first game in what is arguably the greatest video game series of all time for people who like walking tanks, global conspiracies, elderly terrorists who dress like…

Don’t be afraid of The Last Of Us Part II’s violence

Earlier this week, Sony held a press conference during the Paris Games Week trade show. If you follow games, you’re intimately familiar with what ensued: a lot of blue lights, a handful of enthusiastically delivered sales notes from a charisma-less executive in an ill-fitting suit, and a series of short trailers and…

Wolfenstein's Nazi-killing mayhem is at its best when it's fucking with your head

Welcome back to our Game In Progress review of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. William Hughes is playing through this over-the-top, overtly political follow-up to 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order, working his way through a Nazi-dominated America full of crazy superscience, foul-mouthed revolutionaries, and a…

Osama Bin Laden's computers contained a bunch of bootleg porn game screens

You know how it is: You’re a terrorist mastermind, one of the most hated and hunted men on the planet, and you’re bored on a Friday night. Can’t go out on the town, on account of all the international bounties on your head. Can’t throw a party, because you’ve twisted your fundamentalist viewpoint of your own faith to…

The biggest name in video game horror never made horror games at all

Shinji Mikami is video games’ most enduring horror icon—our Shelley, our Walpole, our Carpenter and Craven. Other developers use the man’s language like a pocket dictionary. Every time something jumps through a window, Mikami’s there, grinning and taking a long drag off a cigarette—got ya again. When some improbably…

Come on, Stranger Things, no one ever got that far in Dragon's Lair

In a premiere episode that saw titanic hellbeasts looming over a fire-choked horizon, a young boy perilously trapped between reality and a grim alternate dimension, criminal teens evading the cops with their psionic abilities, and a high schooler driving a bitching Camaro, Stranger Things’ second season has already…

A brief, spoiler-free suggestion on the best way to play Super Mario Odyssey

Generally speaking, there has only been one way to beat a Mario game. For the old 2-D games, this is literal—you run to the right—but it’s even true of the more elaborate 3-D games, too. Super Mario 64 and the Galaxy games featured different ways to replay their individual levels, but depending on which one you chose,…

Stern Pinball's Gary Stern on the weirdest pinball machine he ever made

Gary Stern, owner and president of Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, has been a key member of the arcade gaming industry for over three decades. While at the helm, he’s helped design hundreds of iconic pinball machines. In the video above, Stern talks about the weirdest one he’s ever made, The Orbitor.