The Week’s Hottest Gaming Takes, From The Game Awards To GTA 6

It was a big week for the scantily clad at Kotaku this week, with both GTA 6 and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth giving players plenty of skin. We’re also feeling very excited about the new Fallout show, but decidedly less enthusiastic about the minimal focus on the actual awards at this week’s Game Awards.

These are the week’s most interesting perspectives on the wild, wonderful, and sometimes weird world of video game news.

God I Hope My Xbox Series S Can Run GTA 6

Gif: Rockstar Games / Kotaku

Grand Theft Auto 6 looks gorgeous. Unless its debut trailer this week was faked, it might end up being one of the best-looking games of this console generation when it comes out in 2025. By that time, my Xbox Series S will be five years old. I shudder to think of that sleek little white box trying to play Rockstar Games’ latest open-world blockbuster. – Ethan Gach Read More

The First Hours Of Ubisoft’s New Avatar Game Are Gorgeous, Fun, And Empty

A screenshot shows Na'vi aliens from Avatar inside a tree fortress.

Screenshot: Ubisoft

I’ve played about six hours of Ubisoft’s new Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora and my big takeaway is that Avatar sickos will love this game, Far Cry Primal fans will get a kick out of Ubisoft returning to this formula, and everyone else, well… uh…dang, the game sure is pretty, huh? – Zack Zwiezen Read More

GTA 6 Proves 2023’s Best Video Game Trend Is Here To Stay

The protagonists of Grand Theft Auto VI share an intimate moment.

An intimate moment in GTA 6.
Screenshot: Rockstar / Kotaku

Good news, everyone! Unless you’ve been living in a monastery, you’re likely aware that 2023 is the year that video games got horny again. And no, I don’t mean tastefully Hades frisky, I mean Leisure Suit Larry and Night Trap levels of unhinged lust, the likes of which “mainstream” gaming (whatever that means) hasn’t seen since the 1990s. – Jen Glennon Read More

The Fallout TV Show Trailer Is Melting Away My Skepticism

A character wearing Fallout power armor stands next to a person in a promotional image for the Fallout TV show.

Screenshot: Amazon

Historically, TV and film adaptations of video games don’t have the greatest track record. The last few years, however, have started turning that around. Pikachu, Sonic, and Mario have all starred in successful movies, and earlier this year The Last of Us got a proper prestige adaptation that certainly left a mark on fans. – Claire Jackson Read More

The Game Awards Needs To Drop The Act And Just Become Winter E3

An image shows host Geoff Keighley smiling awkwardly.

Screenshot: The Game Awards / Kotaku

And so that’s that. The Game Awards 2023 are over. 32 awards were handed out over three and a half hours. You might think, with that much time to spare, the show took its time and truly celebrated all the creators and games nominated for what the show calls “Gaming’s Biggest Night.” Nope. Instead, more so than before, the show sped through them at a rapid pace, making me wonder why it still pretends to be an award show at all. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

Hope For A Final Fantasy Tactics Remaster Springs Eternal

Final Fantasy Tactics' characters await their PC port.

Image: Square Enix

Final Fantasy Tactics is one of the best games Square Enix ever produced, and it’s not available anywhere on modern consoles or PC. A remaster is an obvious way to fix that problem, and it seemed like all signs were pointing to one getting announced any day now. So it’s an especially cruel twist of fate that the original game’s director, Yasumi Matsuno, keeps toying with fans’ emotions about whether a remaster is actually happening or not. – Ethan Gach Read More

Cyberpunk 2077′s Romance Update Is Sweet, But Underlines A Big Problem

V lays on Kerry's lap on a couch.

Screenshot: CD Projekt Red / Kotaku

Cyberpunk 2077 is in a pretty good spot these days. After a dumpster fire of a launch, the next-gen update, 2.0 patch, and Phantom Liberty expansion have gotten CD Projekt Red’s open-world RPG to a respectable state. The 2.1 patch that launched this week adds a nice little bow to the game as its “last big update.” It has long-requested features like a working subway you can take across Night City, and it also lets V, its mercenary protagonist, spend a little time with their lover in their apartment. The results are an adorable stay-at-home date with your paramour, but for as sweet as it is, these hangouts underline something that felt left out of the Cyberpunk 2077 redemption arc: the romance. – Kenneth Shepard Read More

Rockstar Is Really Good At Making GTA Trailers

An image shows a director from GTA Vice City.

Image: Rockstar Games / Kotaku

The first trailer for Rockstar’s next Grand Theft Auto game, likely to be named GTA VI, comes out December 5. What can we expect the trailer to reveal? Well, based on Rockstar’s past GTA trailers, which are fantastic, there’s a pattern that can help us predict what we might see during GTA VI’s official debut. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

The 11 Best Video Game Sequels, According To Kotaku Readers

An image shows screenshots from Skyrim, Mass Effect and Street Fighter.

Image: BioWare / Bethesda / Capcom

Earlier this week, we asked you all to give us your choice for the best video game sequel. Any sequel would count and everyone was free to suggest any game they wanted, no matter how old, obscure, or divisive. And we tallied up all the answers, crunched the numbers, and figured out your top ten sequels. – Zack Zwiezen Read More

2024’s Best Minigame Is Already Here

A sicko lounges on the sidewalk in Like A Dragon Infinite Wealth

Sultry singlets everywhere, oh my!
Screenshot: Sega

The secret is out: the Yakuza / Like a Dragon series has great minigames. Whether you enjoy playing retro arcade brawlers like Virtua Fighter, dumping dozens of hours into becoming a real-estate tycoon, or chatting up bodacious babes at the hostess club, Sega’s goofy action series has plenty of pleasant timesinks to wile away the hours. Though it’s still several weeks away, it’s already clear that the upcoming Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth is no exception to that rule. – Jen Glennon Read More

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