Single-player video games

Neon White Wouldn’t Be ‘Freaky’ Without Machine Girl’s Music

Screenshot: Angel Matrix Neon Whitea laser-quick first-person shooter thingunfolds in a Heaven where angels threaten to detonate your face and experimental music outfit Machine Girl pierces your wrong moves with saturated breakbeats. The game inspires you with its lightning visuals—turquoise water, cold-blooded girls with rainbow hair, buildings cast from pure porcelain—to move through levels fast, …

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Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers Of Very Cool Puzzle Video Games

On July 5, Zachtronics will be releasing Last Call BBS, a collection of stylish little puzzle games wrapped up in a retro PC gaming vibe. After 11 years in business (and even longer outside of commercial releases), a time which has seen the studio develop a cult following almost unrivalled in indie gaming, it will …

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Looks Like The Densest Switch JRPG Yet

Screenshot: Monolith Soft / Nintendo We finally got a full overview of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 today and the upcoming Switch JRPG looks massive. A 20-minute Nintendo Direct showed off more of the game’s existential story beats, multi-layered combat mechanics, and other activities players will get up to in its giant open world. Hopefully you like …

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Here’s How to Make Sense of All the New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Games

Image: Square Enix Final Fantasy is one of the most-influential video game franchises of all time, and while every game in the series has its fans, Final Fantasy VII is by far the most popular—even 25 years after its initial release on PlayStation 1. The story of Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, and their companions on a …

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AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative: Good mystery, embarrassing baggage

AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana InitiativeImage: Spike Chunsoft There’s a good mystery at the heart of Spike Chunsoft’s new (and awkwardly titled) visual novel AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative, as there is at the core of most of writer Kotaro Uchikoshi’s games. The author of titles like the well-received escape room/visual novel hybrids 9 Hours, Nine …

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Pokémon Scarlet, Violet Will Have Different Version Professors

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku Today, the Pokémon Company announced the release date for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The games are out for November Switch on November 18. Here’s a new trailer, featuring something entirely new for the series: not one but two professors. First announced in February, Scarlet and Violet are the next mainline entries …

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Retro Game Collector Accused Of Selling $100k Worth Of Fakes

Photo: BBPCGC The retro PC game collecting scene was rocked by an unexpected scandal last week when a prominent member of the community, who was also a moderator of a major Facebook group, was accused of selling fake copies of classic games. Enrico Ricciardi, who for years has been an active member of the community …

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