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Past articles by Austin:

Bungie slashes Destiny 2 Commendation requirements in response to player feedback, and it should slash them again

One of the most bewildering fumbles highlighted in my Destiny 2: Lightfall review is the handling of the new Commendation system. This lets you tip your hat to teammates at the end of an activity, acknowledging them as skilled or helpful or level-headed, which sounds cool, right? But the enjoyment of the system is hurt by the fact that Commendations, and I mean thousands of them, are required to… → Read More

PSA: Lightfall made Artifice armor even better, and Destiny 2 players can farm godly pieces by cheesing this dungeon boss in seconds

Duality is the featured legacy dungeon this week, so get to farming → Read More

My most-anticipated open-world game finally has a gameplay trailer, and now I want it even more

Hyper Light Breaker looks like an open-world banger from one of the best indie studios around → Read More

Microsoft promises Xbox PC games and Call of Duty to Ukrainian cloud service in another 10-year deal

Boosteroid is an independent cloud gaming service based in Ukraine → Read More

Hogwarts Legacy's new patch notes didn't mention the best part: silencing Ignatia Wildsmith

Hogwarts Legacy finally tells its most annoying character to shut up → Read More

Bungie tells confused Destiny 2 players that Lightfall's story will make more sense in 2 months

Utterly lost as to the purpose of Lightfall's magic MacGuffins? Good news, Guardian: Destiny 2 will explain one of them, the Veil, in the Season of the Deep, which is only... 74 days away. Huh. Bungie's latest blog post (opens in new tab) tacitly acknowledges that, as many have argued and as I said in my Destiny 2 Lightfall review in progress, the campaign doesn't answer a lot of the questions… → Read More

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League reportedly delayed yet again following live service backlash

Don't expect it to return as a totally different game → Read More

Let Me Solo Her has played Elden Ring for almost 1,000 hours and beaten Malenia over 4,000 times

Elden Ring community pillar Let Me Solo Her says he's put nearly 1,000 hours into The Lands Between, and beaten Malenia at least 4,000 times in the process. Speaking with GamesRadar+ as part of a broader interview reflecting on a year of Elden Ring and his hopes for the Shadow of the Erdtree DLC, Let Me Solo Her explained that "I stopped counting officially but I'm confident that I'm over 4,000… → Read More

Elden Ring legend Let Me Solo Her is ready for the DLC: "I will probably take the mantle again"

With Elden Ring DLC finally announced, we sat down with Let Me Solo Her to reflect on a year in The Lands Between → Read More

Dinosaurs, monsters, and guns that don't suck: Bethesda buried some of Starfield's most promising gameplay footage yet

Finally, Starfield gameplay that I actually find encouraging → Read More

Surprise! Lightfall just added a secret Exotic mission to Destiny 2's oldest area

That's one more weapon from the Season of Defiance teasers accounted for → Read More

Xbox Game Pass adds Civilization 6, Valheim, and my favorite JRPG from 2018

Ni No Kuni 2 is an unexpected but welcome addition to Game Pass → Read More

"#FixDehya" trends as Genshin Impact players demand changes for the new worst five-star character in the game

Genshin Impact players take to social media and the in-game feedback box hoping to fix Dehya → Read More

Forget Lightfall, Destiny 2 players are blowing themselves up in old expansions to farm Commendations

Ain't nobody getting 6,000 Commendations the old-fashioned way → Read More

After beating Malenia with 62 different builds to manifest DLC, this Elden Ring player can finally retire

Community legend JPNB can rest now that Elden Ring DLC is official → Read More

Bungie bends on Lightfall, unlocks all Strand Fragments for Destiny 2 players

I said in my Destiny 2: Lightfall review, which is still very much a work in progress, that the release of the new Strand subclass has been weakened by heavy time-gating for the Fragments that shape your play style. It turns out a lot of players felt the same way, so in response to that feedback, Bungie's unlocking all of the Strand Fragments in an update later today, March 2. "We’ve heard the… → Read More

Destiny 2 Lightfall review-in-progress: "There is no redeeming this campaign"

I've played Destiny 2: Lightfall for about 12 hours, so this review-in-progress is going to be my gut reaction to an expansion that's meant to be played over several months and reinvigorate → Read More

It's been a year and I'm still mad about the birds in Elden Ring

I've never been a big fan of stealth games, or even optional stealthy approaches in action games, but I've always enjoyed the incredulous NPC reactions you get when you sneak up on a guard or henchman. Sadly you only get the best ones when you don't insta-kill them, and that's often the goal of the stealthy approach. There's just something comical about thumping some guard on the head only for… → Read More

Genshin Impact announces Baizhu and Kaveh for update 3.6

Ahead of the newly revealed 3.5 update, Genshin Impact players are already talking about update 3.6 now that Baizhu and Kaveh have been announced. Developer Hoyoverse revealed the two 3.6 characters in some surprisingly early social media posts. Baizhu is technically the first Dendro character we've ever seen, as he was introduced in the original Liyue storyline way back at launch. Kaveh is a… → Read More

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League battle pass confirmed, but Rocksteady says it's cosmetics only

A variety of post-launch content will seemingly be added for free → Read More