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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.

A player walks through a town in Hyper Light Breaker.

Hyper Light Breaker is a colorful mix between Risk of Rain and Dark Souls

We tried Heart Machine’s latest game, Hyper Light Breaker, at GDC and left with our butts firmly kicked.
A car driving up to a foggy gate.

Alone in the Dark review: an unabashed ode to a ’90s horror classic

Alone in the Dark offers some unabashed '90s horror silliness, making for a welcome throwback with modern twists.
Apple Arcade characters stand on a chess board.

The method to Apple Arcade’s madness? ‘Bring us an incredible game’

With Apple Arcade's five-year anniversary approaching, Apple sheds some light on how its mobile gaming service continues to thrive.
AI-generated NPCs sit at a bar.

As the use of AI rises in games, SAG-AFTRA is fighting to make the tech ethical

As this year's GDC brings more AI gaming projects, SAG-AFTRA explains why its fighting for an ethical use of the tech.
Aerith prays in FInal Fantasy 7 Rebirth.

In defense of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s polarizing ending

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth's ending may divide fans, but it's the exact resolution the subversive sequel called for.
A ship takes aim at a camel in Attack of the Mutant Camels.

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story is a vital piece of video game history

Llamasoft: The Jeff Minter Story gives modern players a crash course in one of gaming's most important developers.
Poes sit near a waterfall in The Legend of Zelda: tears of the Kingdom.

How (and where) to trade Poes in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Here's everything you'll need to know about Poes in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, including all Bargainer's Statue locations.
Soldiers shoot a giant monster in Contra: Operation Galuga.

Contra: Operation Galuga respectfully modernizes an arcade classic

Contra: Operation Galuga brings retro arcade shooting to modern consoles with some smart twists built for modern audiences.
Key art for Akka Arrh shows psychedelic images.

You need to try PlayStation VR2’s most psychedelic game yet

If you need a good reason to dust off your PlayStation VR2, you'll want to check out the psychedelic Akka Arrh.
An archer fires a shot at a dragon in Dragon's Dogma 2.

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is already punishing me for my negligence

We learned a lot of hard lessons in our three hours with Dragon's Dogma 2, which ended with a whole lot of tragic escapades.
An artisan makes pottery in Merchants of Rosewall.

Merchants of Rosewall is a cozy shopkeeping sim with a climate crisis twist

Merchants of Rosewall is a new shop-management simulator where climate problems impact the availability and price of resources.
The characters of Berserk Boy pose together.

If you love retro games, you need to check out this killer Mega Man throwback

If you love retro platformers, the lightning fast Berserk Boy should be on your radar.
Snufkin fishes off a dock in Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley.

Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley is a light, but endearing enough kid’s game

Looking for a new game to play with your kids? Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley offers some light storybook charm for families.
Cody Rhodes stands on a ramp in WWE 2K24.

WWE 2K24 review: the wrestling world gets its Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

WWE 2K24 is the best version of the wrestling series yet, even if its lacking fresh ideas.
A skeleton touches a still life in Please, Touch the Artwork 2.

Don’t sleep on these one-of-a-kind games that launched in February

February didn't just give us heavy hitters like Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Here are 8 totally unique games that launched this month.
Queen's Blood

Whatever you do, don’t skip Final Fantasy VII Rebirth’s card minigame

There's an overwhelming amount of side content in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, but don't sleep on its best minigame: Queen's Blood.
An Inkling shoots an enemy spawner in Splatoon 3 Side Order.

Splatoon 3’s Side Order DLC shows that the series can do it all

With its great new Side Order DLC, Splatoon 3 shows why the inky shooter is Nintendo's most valuable series.
A trainer stands in front of two Alolan Exeggutors in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Indigo Disk.

Everything announced at February’s Pokémon Presents stream

From a new mobile card game to a shocking Pokémon X/Y follow-up, here's every bit of news from today's Pokémon Presents stream.
A summoner poses with chimera in Dicefolk.

If you’re done with Palworld, try this monster-catching game next

If you're looking for another monster-collecting alternative after Palworld, give the genre mash-up Dicefolk a try.
Cloud and Sephiroth fighting.

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth review: unforgettable sequel fights for the future

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth stuns with its emotionally impactful story, meaningful combat tweaks, and unforgettable soundtrack.
A bonfire rages on during a Tassing celebration in Pentiment.

Everything announced at February’s Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase

From Xbox games on Switch to a new Endless Ocean game, here's everything we saw at today's Nintendo Partner Showcase.
Brie Larson plays Princess Peach: Showtime!

Princess Peach: Showtime! already has a superfan in Brie Larson

Nintendo superfan Brie Larson tells us why she's excited about Princess Peach: Showtime! and offers up her take on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Princess Peach figure skates in Princess Peach: Showtime!

Princess Peach: Showtime! gives an icon the spotlight she deserves

We've played an hour of Princess Peach: Showtime! and have a much better sense of how the leading lady's unique solo adventure works.
Chai points a finger gun at a robot in Hi-Fi Rush.

Nintendo Direct Partner Showcase: how to watch and what to expect

Nintendo is dropping a Partner Showcase this week, one that may reveal which Xbox games are coming to Switch. Here's when you can catch it.
A list of Jokers appear in Balatro.

I wasn’t expecting a poker roguelite to be my favorite game of 2024 so far

Once you start poker roguelite Balatro, you won't be able to put it down.
A ball squares off with a boss in qomp2.

This Pong spiritual successor will break your brain and spirit

If you're looking for a challenging game that'll break your brain, this Pong deconstruction is for you.
Xbox Series X on a table.

Xbox says its next console will be gaming’s ‘largest technical leap’ ever

Xbox says its already thinking about its next console, which it claims will be the largest technical leap in a gaming generation to date.
A man wears a Pulse Elite headset.

Pulse Elite review: PS5’s new headset is best by default

Sony's Pulse Elite headset offers great audio and innovative design features, even if its PlayStation Link integration raises some questions.
Donkey Kong stares at a mini Mario in Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong review: the Nintendo Switch enters its filler era

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is fine filler for what might be the Nintendo Switch's final year.
An island full of puzzles appears in Islands of Insight.

Islands of Insight review: open-world puzzler has infinite potential

Even with a lot of duds, Islands of Insight is a near-infinite puzzle collection for dedicated genre fans.
Foamstars girl character holding her weapon towards the camera.

Foamstars review: Square Enix’s fun Splatoon shooter puts its worst foot forward

Foamstars hides surprising fun and strategic depth under its unfortunately grating presentation.
A Chiefs player celebrates a win in Madden 24.

Madden 24’s Super Bowl LVIII prediction was eerily accurate

Madden 24's Super Bowl LVIII simulation was eerily accurate this year, almost perfectly nailing several stats.
A character stands in front of a purple orb in Ultros.

Ultros review: a bold, beautiful, and baffling Metroidvania

Even if its complicated gameplay leaves you lost, Ultros is a bold artistic vision that you need to see to believe.
Living room with Microsoft Xbox Series X (L) and Sony PlayStation 5 home video game consoles alongside a television and soundbar.

Every rumored Xbox exclusive coming to PS5 and Switch

As we wait for Xbox to share its new vision for its future, here's every Series X game that's reportedly coming to other platforms.