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Giovanni Colantonio

Giovanni Colantonio

Section Editor, Gaming

Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to Inverse, Fanbyte, The Inventory, and more. He was previously a segment producer on Polygon's daily gaming show Speedrun and he currently hosts the Left Trigger Right Trigger podcast. Four Tetris 99 wins, and counting.

Melinoe fighting under a full moon in Hades 2.

Should you play Hades 2 in early access or wait for the full game?

Hades 2 is out now in early access, but should you play it now or wait until 1.0? You won't be disappointed either way.
A Steam Deck sits next to a Switch OLED.

Hades 2 shows the Steam Deck’s biggest advantage over the Nintendo Switch

The Steam Deck still has one important advantage over the Nintendo Switch, and Hades 2 reveals it.
A soldier in silhouette in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2 just showed the highs and lows of live service in one chaotic weekend

After a chaotic weekend, Helldivers 2 just showed us that the high rewards of live service come with some serious risks.
Pac-Men chase one another through a beach maze in Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle: Chomp Champs.

A former Stadia exclusive comes to PC and consoles this week, and it’s a blast

Pac-Man Mega Tunnel Battle was just one of many Stadia exclusives lost when Google's service shut down, but it makes a triumphant comeback this week.
A nun stands in a red room in Indika.

Don’t ask questions! Just play this wild and weird nun game

Come to Indika for its wildly weird style, but stay for its thoughtful theological debates.
Kirby and his friends post in Kirby and the Amazing Mirror art.

3 retro classics to play on Nintendo Switch Online this weekend (May 3-5)

These Switch Online games are perfect companions to recent releases like Stellar Blade, Endless Ocean: Luminous, and Tales of Kenzera: Zau.
A PS5 sits on a table.

Sony PlayStation 5 review: slimmer model makes a great console better

The PS5's slimmer upgraded model makes a great console even better, with more storage and a slightly less awkward design.
A close up of ratchet in ratchet & Clank Rift Apart.

How well do you know video games? This free game will test your knowledge

Do you know how long it takes to beat your favorite video games? This free browser game will put your knowledge to the test.
Batman stands in front of a bat shadow in Batman: Arkham Shadow.

I’m thrilled about Batman: Arkham’s move to VR — and you should be too

Batman: Arkham Shadow might not be the game fans wanted, but the VR exclusive has serious potential.
Three party members stand side by side in Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance.

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance is darker, harder, and smoother

We got a deep look at Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance's new story -- and its even darker than we expected.
A diver swims in Endless Ocean: Luminous.

Endless Ocean: Luminous review: chill underwater adventure runs out of air

Endless Ocean: Luminous guts the best parts of the series' previous entries in favor of chill, but repetitive busywork.
Mario bumps into a Goomba in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door remake is full of quality of life updates

Nintendo gave us a close look at some of the changes coming to its upcoming Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door remake.
Monkeys race one another in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Rumble.

Super Monkey Ball: Banana Rumble is as fun to watch as it is to play

We had a ball rolling around in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Rumble, but it's even more fun to watch someone else play.
The cast of Fallout.

Amazon’s Fallout success reveals a big problem with the video game business

Amazon's Fallout series is a hit, but unsustainably long development timelines mean that Bethesda can't capitalize on that momentum anytime soon.
Zau fights a dragon in Tales of Kenzera: Zau.

Tales of Kenzera: Zau review: emotional Metroidvania is a spiritual journey

Tales of Kenzera: Zau's linear 2D exploration is lacking, but its emotional story about grief makes up for those shortcomings.
Taylor Swift in concert from The Eras Tour.

Now more than ever, we need Taylor Swift: Rock Band

If anyone has the star power necessary to revive Rock Band in 2024, it's Taylor Swift.
A teddy beat sits on an embroidery hoop in Stitch.

The Nintendo Switch just got 2 surprise games — and they’re both worth grabbing

Two great cozy games surprise launched on Nintendo Switch this week -- and both are worth picking up.
A character stands in front of a cracked mirror in Lorelei and the Laser Eyes.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes could be one of 2024’s best and boldest games

Based on what we've played so far, you do not want to miss the mysterious Lorelei and the Laser Eyes.
Emi shoots a robot in Yars Rising.

Atari classic Yars’ Revenge is getting a modern Metroidvania revival

Atari 2600 classic Yars' Revenge is getting a modern reimagining with Yars Rising, a new Metroidvania by WayForward, the studio behind the Shantae franchise.
A PS5 sits on a table.

Every rumored video game console: Nintendo Switch 2, PS5 Pro and more

From the Nintendo Switch 2 to the PlayStation 5 Pro, you can expect a surprising amount of video game consoles to launch in the next year.
A box in Boxes: Lost Fragments has an octopus on it.

This satisfying $7 mobile puzzle game is money well spent

If you need a new puzzle game to keep your hands occupied, Boxes: Lost Fragments is a satisfying delight.
Sonic swings on a bar in Sonic Dream Team.

Sonic Dream Team’s next free update adds a new zone and ranking system

Sonic Dream Team is getting a free major update this week as developer Sega Hardlight continues its support for the mobile title following layoffs.
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Harold Halibut review: eye-popping indie trades gameplay for claymation spectacle

Harold Halibut is worth checking out for its one-of-a-kind art style alone, though it makes some key compromises to achieve it.
A PlayStation Portal plays Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

I was a PlayStation Portal hater. Now it’s one of my go-to gaming devices

After a few months with the PlayStation Portal, we're starting to see how the streaming handheld fits into our gaming lives.
Aaron Moten stands next to someone wearing power armor in Fallout.

Amazon’s Fallout TV series is even more impressive than The Last of Us

Amazon's laugh-out-loud Fallout series may not get the same accolades as HBO's The Last of Us, but it's an even more impressive game adaptation feat.
A ship dodges bullets in Minishoot' Adventures.

This $15 Steam game is a must-buy for Zelda fans

Whether you're looking for either a great twin-stick shooter or a new top-down Zelda game, Minishoot' Adventures has you covered.
A sniper runs while holding a gun in Children of the Sun.

Children of the Sun review: unnerving shooter is the feel-bad game of the year

Children of the Sun's clever mix of sniping and spatial puzzling makes up for its tired cultist story.
A character battles monsters in Inkbound.

Inkbound is already changing the way I think about roguelikes

Inkbound, which hits 1.0 this week, reinvents the roguelike genre with smart RPG hooks, even if its combat comes with a learning curve.
The GameScent sits in front of a TV playing Dragon's Dogma 2.

I smelled the world of Dragon’s Dogma 2 and it was putrid

We tried out the GameScent, an AI-powered device that lets you smell your games. It didn't exactly go as planned.
Cody Rhodes stands on a ramp in WWE 2K24.

Wrestlemania XL weekend already has its first champion thanks to WWE 2K24

Wrestlemania XL weekend kicked off with a WWE 2K24 tournament that showcased why the simulator series works so well.
Xavier Woods stares menacingly during WWE Raw.

WWE’s Xavier Woods has an ‘amazing’ Steam Deck travel hack

Ahead of Wrestlemania XL, The New Day's Xavier Woods shares the portable monitor setup he's using to soup up the Steam Deck during travel.
A couple kisses on camera in The Crush House.

The Crush House is a wacky reality TV simulator with a dark secret

Devolver Digital's next game is The Crush House, a butt-filled reality TV simulator from the creators of Reigns.
Key art for Flint: Treasure of Oblivion shows a crew of pirates.

Flint: Treasure of Oblivion turns Treasure Island into a tactical RPG

Flint: Treasure of Oblivion is a new tactical pirate RPG set entirely in the world of Treasure Island.
Key art for Puyo Puyo Puzzle Pop shows Puyos and other characters.

Puyo Puyo Puzzle Pop is a great mobile version of a classic series

Apple Arcade subscribers are getting a new Puyo Puyo game today, and it's a surprisingly rich puzzle collection.