All Posts by Steven Rollins

It's the end of March, which can only mean one thing for Xbox gamers—the reveal of next month's Games With Gold lineup! This time around, Microsoft is swinging for the fences as the release schedule is one of the best ones I can remember. As usual, the lineup includes two Xbox One titles and two Xbox 360 titles for free, though you need an active Xbox Live Gold membership to claim them.

Head inside to find out more!

Earlier today, the World Video Game Hall of Fame announced the finalists for induction into the body's Class of 2018. There are quite a few significant titles on the list, making it a rather difficult decision. Some of the games have historical significance, while others have molded popular culture around them. Which game(s) do you think should be inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame this year?

Hit the jump to let us know!

Since 2015, the Strong Museum's World Video Game Hall of Fame has been recognizing games that have contributed to the development of the gaming industry as we know it. This contribution could either be due to a game's popularity or to having a profound influence on the industry or popular culture. The World Video Game Hall of Fame has just released a list of 12 finalists up for inclusion in the "Class of 2018."

Head inside to find out which games are nominated for inclusion!

Video game movies aren't exactly known for their quality. One look at recent forays into the genre such as Warcraft or Assassin's Creed provides all the evidence we need to back that up. Despite this, we're still seeing attempt after attempt to capitalize on these franchises, with the most recent being Square Enix's Tomb Raider. The publisher has been quite successful with the franchise reboot in game form, but how does the transition to the big screen hold up?

Head inside to read our review of Tomb Raider.

Love them or hate them, it's hard to deny that GameStop is a major player in the video game industry. It is with a heavy heart then, that we report that former GameStop CEO Paul Raines, 53, has reportedly passed away. Raines spent eight years on GameStop's board of directors before resigning last month "to focus on his health and family."

Hit the jump to read more about this tragic loss.

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Super Mario Odyssey was one of the best games of 2017. Quality of the game aside, Odyssey proved to be real task for completionists, requiring a whopping 999 Power Moons to be collected. Even if you aren't going for the full 100%, Odyssey still offers a very large content volume, with a large chunk of it being locked until after you finish the game. With all this content already available, you might not expect that Nintendo would consider DLC, but as the game's producer Yoshiaki Koizumi points out, it isn't entirely out of the question.

Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

One of the downsides to the launch of a new console generation is that support for older consoles begins to get phased out. This process may ultimately take a while to fully play out, but it will inevitably happen. Now, almost four and a half years after the premiere of the PlayStation 4, Sony has decided to take another step in this direction by making a major change to its PlayStation Plus program starting next year.

To find out more about this shift, hit the jump.

Who doesn't love a good boss fight? I know I do. I'm drawn to the grandeur of the battles. The epic soundtracks, the intricate character designs, the combination of strategy and execution—there's nothing quite like these challenges. Perhaps that's why boss rush-style games like Cuphead or Furi have become so popular in recent years. As a fan of the genre, I recently sat down with a Steam Early Access game entitled Ragtag Adventurers to see if it holds up.

Are these adventurers going on a fruitful quest, or will their journey be for naught? Read our review to find out!

When it comes to tight, difficult platformers, Super Meat Boy may be the most prominent example, but there are others just as worthy of the descriptor. One such game is Celeste, a full-fledged adventure from Matt Thorson (of Towerfall fame) and Noel Berry. You may be familiar with an earlier PICO-8 game of the same name, also by Thorson and Berry, and it is this version that serves as the foundation on which Celeste is built.

Come journey with me up a mountain as I discuss why Celeste is one of the best platformers I've played in years.

One of my most anticipated games of the year, the new God of War, is set to bring a fresh take on the franchise as it transitions from Greek to Norse mythology. While some may be skeptical of this decision, I'm excited to see what new life it brings to the franchise. Luckily, God of War fans like myself won't have too much longer to wait. God of War launches on PlayStation 4 on April 20th!

Head inside to see the new trailer and to find out about the special editions!

Last summer (geez, it's already been that long?), the long-awaited animated Castlevania series launched on Netflix. Despite the initial hesitation by many, the series garnered a lot of praise, including from myself. It's no surprise then, that shortly after the series launched, Netflix announced that the series was already booked for a second, longer season. Fans won't have to wait too long for it, however, as writer Warren Ellis has now confirmed that the eight-episode season will be premiering this summer!

Given how well the first series turned out, I'm thrilled that the new season is coming out so soon!

One of the world's premier speedrunning events, Awesome Games Done Quick, just wrapped up another week of fundraising for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. There were some really great runs over the week, and I highly recommend checking out some of the videos as they go up on YouTube. But as brilliant as all the runners were, the real stars of the show were all the donators and channel subscribers, who collectively raised a whopping $2.26 million, breaking last year's already astounding record by $30,000!

If you're sad about AGDQ ending, you can rest assured knowing that its counterpart, Summer Games Done Quick, is just over five months away. SGDQ 2018 will take place in Bloomington, Minnesota from June 24th to July 1st.

Trainers everywhere, prepare for the next big Pokémon GO challenge. While Groudon is getting ready to leave the wild, the much bluer (and better overall) Kyogre is coming in to take its place. Kyogre is available through at gyms around the world through the Raid Battle mechanic, but it's bound to be quite a challenge. You'll only have until February 14th at 4:00 PM Eastern (1:00 PM Pacific) to capture this majestic water beast, so grab your gear and head out while you have the chance!

When one thinks of tough video games, there are a few that likely come to mind. Many gamers would jump immediately to Dark Souls, or in more recent times, Cuphead, for instance. While that's certainly accurate, my mind often jumps to a different genre entirely: platformers, specifically Team Meat's Super Meat Boy. To me, Super Meat Boy is one the best indie games on the market. It is a bit dated, having first come out in 2010, but it's also seen quite a few re-releases on many different platforms. Now, by popular demand, Team Meat has brought the magic of Super Meat Boy to Switch.

How does Super Meat Boy hold up on Nintendo's portable console? Read our review to find out!

Detective Pikachu isn't the only Pokémon surprise coming to the West this year. Nintendo recently announced that the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition is making its way stateside in a few weeks. Previously only available in Japan, the system will launch in North America and Europe on January 26th and will set you back $159.99. If you'd like to preorder it, you can do so from GameStop right here.

Make the jump for some more images of this handheld!