Gaming

Uncovering the hidden history of bestselling video games

Hundreds of rare PlayStation 2 demos have been uncovered and archived, revealing how favourite games were developedIf you worked on video game magazines in the 90s, there was one sight you got used to pretty quickly. On every desk, in every drawer, the...

Genesis Noir review – an astonishing cosmic thriller

Feral Cat Den; Fellow Traveller; Switch, PC, Xbox OneThe big bang meets the whodunnit in this dazzlingly inventive point-and-click adventure spanning time and spaceAccording to theologians, philosophers and, seemingly, the makers of Genesis Noir, the u...

Bafta games awards: Hades triumphs over The Last of Us

Supergiant’s Hellenic dungeon-crawler was a surprise board-sweeper with five awards, while the industry reflected on its contribution during the pandemicCritically acclaimed dungeon-crawler game Hades was the big winner at the Bafta games awards on Thu...

15 video game streamers your teens should be watching

Black Girl Gamers, a sci-fi veteran and Swedish Fortnite star Loeya are just a few of the YouTube video-makers and Twitch streamers bringing diverse voices to the gaming sphereIf you’re in a household with teenage video game players, you will know the ...

Maquette review – exhilarating worlds within worlds

(Graceful Decay; Annapurna Interactive; PC, PS4/5)This simple girl-meets-boy story plays out in a series of abstract dioramas, each one bigger than the nextMaquette opens with a conversation between two strangers in a San Francisco coffee shop, a flirt...

Makers of Cyberpunk 2077 game hit by ransomware hack

Hackers claim to have copied source code for a number of CD Projekt’s biggest games The company behind troubled gaming blockbuster Cyberpunk 2077 has been hit by a ransomware attack, it has said.In a post to its Twitter feed on Tuesday, CD Projekt, the...

Pay station: are video games too expensive?

Gamers are furious with the rise in price of new releases – but the (virtual) reality is a little more complicatedIn the Guide’s weekly Solved! column, we look into a crucial pop-culture question you’ve been burning to know the answer to – and settle i...

The greatest handheld games consoles – ranked!

During lockdowns, handhelds have come into their own: here’s our Top 20, from Gizmondo to NintendoOK, it’s here more for the amazing backstory than the qualities of the handheld itself, but Gizmondo did momentarily look like a contender back in 2004, o...

Super Meat Boy Forever review – a gristly challenge

PC, Nintendo Switch (version tested), Xbox One, smartphone (forthcoming); Team MeatPrecision and playfulness made the original irresistibly difficult, but this vindictive sequel feels more like a punishmentTen years ago, attempting to conquer Super Mea...

The video games you may have missed in 2020

You heard all about The Last of Us Part 2, Animal Crossing and Cyberpunk 2077. Here are the overlooked gems that kept us sane in the pandemicBy Lewis Packwood, Matthew Castle, Laura Hudson, Jay Castello, James McMahon, Lewis Gordon, Keza MacDonald, Edw...

The 15 best video games of 2020

A queer coming-of-age story charmed us, a balletic shoot-em-up raised our adrenaline and the star game of lockdown provided a desert-island escape from real lifeMore on the best culture of 2020 Continue reading...