First-person shooters

Halo Infinite Fans Believe Forge Is The Game’s Final Hope

Halo Infinite Fans Believe Forge Is The Game’s Final Hope

Image: 343 Industries Last week, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinite, which makes headlines more often for its stumbles than its successes, suffered its biggest PR blow to date: Couch co-op, a feature first flaunted half a decade ago, wouldn’t come out as intended. It wasn’t delayed, as with most of the planned features for Halo …

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This New Soulslike Proves Easy Mode Isn't Just Possible, It Makes Everything Better

This New Soulslike Proves Easy Mode Isn’t Just Possible, It Makes Everything Better

Image: Spiders / Nacon The opening moments of Steelrising felt surprisingly doable and fun for a soulslike, a genre of game that often starts out with tough challenges and a “go figure it out” kinda vibe. But once I hit the second map, I encountered an enemy that made me reach for the game’s “Assist …

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Prey Director Says He Felt ‘Gross’ Using That Name, Was Forced To By Bethesda

Prey Director Says He Felt ‘Gross’ Using That Name, Was Forced To By Bethesda

Prey (2017) Image: Bethesda / Arkane Prey (2017) is a very good game, one of my favorites from that year in fact. Yet its name always seemed…weird. It has no connection to the 2006 Prey or its never-released sequel. Now, in a new interview, the director of the game has explained how he and the …

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343 Still Not Sure If It Will Add Microtransactions To Halo Master Chief Collection

343 Still Not Sure If It Will Add Microtransactions To Halo Master Chief Collection

Image: 343 / Microsoft Since it was released in 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection received a variety of updates and tweaks, including maps and modes that in some cases were never in the original games. But one thing that wasn’t added were in-game microtransactions. That could change soon, however, as Halo developers 343 Industries …

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Halo Infinite Players Are Arguing Over Weapon That’s Not Even In The Game Yet

Halo Infinite Players Are Arguing Over Weapon That’s Not Even In The Game Yet

I can’t wait to see how low my teammate Zack’s accuracy is with this thing.Image: 343 Industries In the year since it’s been publicly playable, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinite hasn’t received a single new weapon. But if recent leaks are to be believed, a new gun—the so-called bandit rifle, which looks a lot like …

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Apex Legends Casuals Think Pros Are Ruining The Game

Apex Legends Casuals Think Pros Are Ruining The Game

Apex Legends kicked off its fourteenth season, Hunted, this month. The latest content update adds a bunch of stuff to the game, including another playable character, tweaks to the OG Kings Canyon map, and a level cap increase. While this should be—and likely is—an exciting time for players of Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter, the …

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The Stadia Super-Fans Still Clocking Thousands Of Hours On The Service Everyone Thought Was Dead

The Stadia Super-Fans Still Clocking Thousands Of Hours On The Service Everyone Thought Was Dead

Image: Google / Kotaku / Zoa.Arts (Shutterstock) Google Stadia hasn’t really been in the mainstream spotlight since its high-profile launch in 2019. And outside of bad news and poor reviews, it mainly disappeared from most gaming sites and YouTube channels. But the players who’ve invested hundreds or even thousands of hours into Google’s video game …

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Everything You Need To Know About The Weird New Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Class

Everything You Need To Know About The Weird New Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Class

Screenshot: Gearbox For those who love the grind, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is Borderlands heaven. For those who don’t, it’s a solid shooter that lacks the sharp hooks of a true-to-form live-service game. I imagine this dynamic will remain much the same in the wake of the game’s latest expansion, which adds the game’s first new …

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New Steam Shooter Is Basically Half-Life 2 And It Rules

New Steam Shooter Is Basically Half-Life 2 And It Rules

Gif: Siris Pendrake / Kotaku I’ve probably written this before on this very website, but whenever someone asks me what my favorite video game is, my default answer is Half-Life 2. So any game that tries to capture Half-Life 2’s excellent mix of exploration, action, puzzle-solving, and emptiness has my attention. And if that game …

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OMG, Someone Actually Conquered Halo 2's 'Impossible' $20,000 Challenge

OMG, Someone Actually Conquered Halo 2’s ‘Impossible’ $20,000 Challenge

Screenshot: Bungie / IGDB They said it was impossible and, for nearly two decades, that seemed to be the case. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Halo 2’s “LASO deathless” challenge, earning a cool $20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight. Let’s rewind. Earlier this summer, the YouTuber Charles “Cr1tikal” White …

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