I’ve finally finished Far Cry 5 after playing for 40+ hours yet not being entirely sure I was enjoying it. I hoped the ending might justify the game’s narrative incoherence - and ohmyword that couldn’t be less true. In better news, I enjoyed A Phantom Thread and plan to finally get stuck into Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Who am I? I started writing about games for UK-based PlayStation magazine PSM2 in 2001 – a year so ancient, it reads like a typo – before becoming Editor-in-Chief of PSM3, Xbox World and Nintendo Gamer. Highlights include: surviving an emergency helicopter landing with Rockstar's Dan Houser, being one of the first ten journalists in the world to play MGS4 at Konami's 'secret' Japanese HQ and dedicating approximately 3600 lunchtimes to Pro Evolution Soccer multiplayer. In late 2012, I launched the YouTube series GTA5o'clock - attracting *immodesty klaxon* 60 million views in the process - before becoming Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar+ in early 2016 and trying to smuggle Metal Gear Solid into every features meeting.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? In my mind, something akin to Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: just an old killer called in to do some wet work. In reality, almost nothing you can see on the website, but almost everything that goes on behind the scenes – including the privilege of working with such a brilliant team.
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Rayman Legends - Look, I got it free with PlayStation Plus a couple of months ago and I'm catching up. It's a wonderfully inventive platformer, and something I can play with my son. Plus, I'm the only person on the planet not playing Fortnite.
Who am I? After founding the video game section, then editing my University newspaper for a year, I landed my first proper job on an unofficial Xbox magazine called XBM as staff writer. Since then I've edited Official PlayStation 2 Magazine, Official PSP Magazine, Xbox World, and a bunch of other print titles, before joining GamesRadar+ back in 2013. Back then, the UK team was just me, Dave Houghton and Justin Towell, but I now manage a brilliant team of eight and a bunch of super-talented freelancers. The highlight of my career, to date, has been interviewing Rory McCann - who plays The Hound in Game of Thrones - and having him swear at me.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? A bit of everything. I manage the UK team and coordinate all features across the site. I dabble in the dark arts of SEO, make loads of spreadsheets, send plenty of emails, infrequently make tea, and sometimes - on sweet, rare occasions - I get to write a feature about Destiny, Game of Thrones, or Battlefield 1.
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Who am I? After realising fashion journalism definitely wasn't for me at Harper's Bazaar, I wandered back into my safe zone of tech journalism before landing a gig writing about my one true love: video games. I've worked at TrustedReviews and Digital Spy and dabbled with bouts of freelance, but wherever I've been I've always found a way to escape into the increasingly beautiful digital worlds and return to my life goal of being the very best, like no-one ever was.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm the lady in charge of getting all the reviews up on the website, so you can thank me for all those shining stars – blame me for a lack of them. I also spend my time working my SEO magic to try and coax the Google Juice to flow in our favour.
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Fortnite Battle Royale has basically taken over my life. Lunchtimes with the GR squad have me believing that we might actually be quite good at it. Solo play in the evenings confirm this to not be the case.
Who am I? Hello world, I'm James. I started out as a temp on GamesRadar+ uploading 100's of screenshots to the website way back when custom screenshots were the hot new thing - sometime in the 2000's. After that I was part of the team that launched FirstPlay (now PlayStation Access) then moved across to creating all the video you see on this very site. Oh I also co-hosted and produced a little GTA V show called GTA5o'clock.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I produce all of the GR video content from reviews to previews and everything inbetween. I also spend a lot of time thinking about what my dog will be called. In case you're interested he will be called Dominus and will live in the Ludus.
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Still loads of Fortnite, Hollow Knight and Skyrim on Switch ATM. And a bit of Overwatch occasionally when there's time inbetween.
Who am I? After mixed career path of scientist, teacher and musician I ended up landing a job on Official PlayStation 2 Magazine. After working my way up the ranks there and eventually running the website, I helped launch and run Kotaku UK before joining GamesRadar+ to do news and tea.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm a senior channel editor looking after the Xbox side of things.
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Class - I've finally found the time to watch the Doctor Who spin-off now it's come to Netflix and I don't know why it got so many bad reviews! It's basically just an edgier, more modern version of Buffy, so I'm loving it.
Who am I? I’ve worked for various big name magazines in the past, from Marie Claire to NME, but it wasn’t until I became Entertainment Editor at GamesRadar+ that I got to work closely with my passion: movies and TV. I oversaw the development of GR+’s entertainment coverage after it merged with Total Film and SFX magazine, and occasionally appear on Sky talking about Star Wars.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I look after all the movie and TV coverage on GR+ (as well as Total Film and SFX’s social channels) and occasional find time to write about Star Wars, and educate others on the intricacies of the MCU.
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Even though I've finished Red Dead Redemption 2 - and have the tear stained sweater and puffy eyes to prove it - I'm going to be staying in that world for as long as possible. You can still find me in the single player, hunting and exploring, and now I'm working on my outlaw personae in Red Dead Online too.
Who am I? After giving being an adult with a real office job a try - it was terrible - I scored a staff writer position of Official PlayStation Magazine way back in 2006, just as the PlayStation 3 was launching. In my five years there I dressed as a saloon wench, learned to rap, took swordfighting lessons and once fell down some stairs carrying a giant TV box. Good times. I left to do serious business type games news in 2013, before joining Rolling Stone's Glixel in 2016, where trusting people let me speak to Nathan Fillion and Buffy from Spike about games, and I got to meet a real sloth. Now I'm back with my Future family as Senior News Editor on GamesRadar+, and ready to rule as Khaleesi of news.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? If it's happening and it's cool, I want you to know about it. I don't actually have any dragons - HR won't allow it - but I do have a French Bulldog called Batman, which is close enough.
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There are a million amazing indie games I need to play some day soon - and yet, each night I find myself booting up Heroes of the Storm or Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 instead. Blizzard's hero brawler is just so easy to jump into, and Treyarch makes the best COD games, full stop. It seems Activision Blizzard has me where it wants me.
Who am I? Having grown up reading Nintendo Power and EGM, I always knew I wanted to write about games, so I studied hard in school to make it happen with a journalism degree. After graduating, I got my foot in the industry's door as an intern at PC Gamer, which eventually led to a gig at GamesRadar+ where everyone shares my quirky sense of humor and passion for games.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? After staying on my grind for a few years, I'm now a Managing Editor and the longest-standing member of GR+, holding things down in San Francisco. You can find me writing up everything from hands-on previews to idiosyncratic list features, secretly dreaming of the day when OlliOlli 2 takes the top spot on our Best Games Ever list.
Follow Lucas on Twitter: @Ljrepresent
Fortnite has been stealing many hours from my life lately, alongside Shadow of War which I’ve just started getting in to. But honestly, I’m still waiting on Nintendo to release their new Pokemon RPG… The day that comes, is the day I go into hibernation.
Who am I? I grew up with a Gameboy in one hand and a Tamagotchi in the other, my love for gaming came early and so did my eye for video creation. At the age of 16 I started producing (pretty awful) gaming videos on YouTube, I then moved into consumer technology, and now 8 years on I am “pimping” game consoles and creating daily video content for the GamesRadar crew.
What do I do on Gamesradar+? Put simply, I edit videos! If you’ve watched our latest guides, reviews and weekly shows it’s a high chance that i’ve mashed it all together in Adobe Premiere Pro to make it look super fancy and enjoyable to consume! I work closely with James and Zoe to produce top notch content on all of the latest gaming and movie trends.
Follow Brandon on Twitter: @iambrandonsalt
Racking up the Fortnite victories with the GamesRadar+ squad, and now have a couple of solo Victory Royales under my belt too. Still hitting up FIFA 18 in Co-op Seasons and (when my connection isn't dropping out) giving the digital stink eye to anyone using Cheaty Madrid as their team.
Who am I? I joined Future in 2012 to write tips and guides for CVG, before moving on to join the GR+ team. I’m known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’ due to my slightly unhealthy obsession with collecting intangible PlayStation silverware, and I now have over 100 Platinum pots in my virtual award cabinet. I do not care for Xbox Achievements.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I look after the guides on GamesRadar+, so spend most of my time either searching gaming’s darkened corners for those final elusive collectibles, or coming up with advice to help you git gud.
Follow Iain on Twitter: @wilbossman
Now that I'm surfacing from an intense God of War obsession, I'm rampaging through Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in co-op at the moment, and can be heard screaming with glee when I use Nisha's showdown skill.
Who am I? Beginning a video game column in the University of Leeds' paper catapulted me into getting my dream job as GR's Online Editorial Graduate before becoming GR's Social Editor, and then GR's Script Editor/Video Presenter. Writing for Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, GamesMaster, and GamesTM in my spare time, I’m currently beavering away at features, videos, reviews, and previews for GR. Occasionally I'll hibernate and do behemoth coverage of a release like Horizon Zero Dawn or Skyrim on Nintendo Switch. While also hoping an open-world mermaid RPG comes along soon.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Apart from obsessing over Elder Scrolls, I write scripts, deep-dive features about anything from post-apocalyptic cannibals to Game of Thrones' costumes, or I'll seek out completely necessary decapitation gifs for quick articles. As well managing GR's Facebook and Twitter channels (send any sweet gifs my way), I spend my time creating videos and trying not to cringe too much at my accent. It's difficult.
Follow Zoe on Twitter: @zoe_dels
Yakuza 0 remains my constant companion, whether I'm in for hours of mobster melodrama or just a few minutes of running a cabaret club and solving weird problems for weird people. Aside from that, I'm also loving the VR delight that is Astro Bot: Rescue Mission and being a murder man all over again in Hitman 2.
Who am I? I started writing about video games at my college newspaper. That led to an internship at GameSpot and then to my position here at GR+. That was more than six years ago now, holy cow! In my spare time I play video games (duh) but I've also made a couple of my own, which you can check out on my Itch profile. I also enjoy riding my bicycle and playing D&D, so I'm basically an adult version of the Stranger Things kids. I call fighter.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I write news articles and features. I keep a close eye on any developments that relate to Overwatch emotes or Fortnite skins.
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Who am I? I started at team GR+ as a local student on work experience (See? It's not always meaningless slave labour!), and I must have done something right, as I've been here in some form or another ever since. I've been playing games for as long as I can remember, and learning something new about them every day is the best part of my job.
What do I do at GamesRadar+? I focus on daily news and long-form features at GamesRadar+, with the odd review or preview thrown in for good measure. Every now and again I'll try to put my Politics degree to good use, exploring the wider intersections between this wonderful industry and the world we live in.
Follow Alex on Twitter: @alexavard95
Stein's;Gate 0. I'm slowly and steadily gaining my anime credentials but, even if you're not a fan of it, this show is an absolute must-watch. A dash of time travel mixed in with compelling episodes filled with loss, heartbreak, and an instantly-memorable ensemble cast makes this, for my money, the best ongoing TV show around right now, animated or otherwise.
Who am I? After four years of drowning in novels for my degree – including a year in Indiana (go Hoosiers!) – and a whole bunch of procrastinating, I’ve ended up here with the cool cats at GamesRadar+. I may or may not have been given the role because of my terrible Power Rangers puns. Living, breathing proof that you don’t need millions of internships to get where you want, just a bit of passion, skill, and a slice of luck.
What do I do at GamesRadar+? I’m the entertainment news writer. If it involves Game of Thrones, anything MCU-related, or Star Wars then I’m your man. Also, still getting used to the Oxford comma and I'm trying to sneak in roughly a million groan-worthy puns into anything and everything.
Follow Bradley on Twitter: @1bradleyrussell
FIFA 18 Ultimate team - I’ve written about this countless times – including a guide on how I made millions of coins without spending any real moolah – but this year’s FUT really does thump all other sports game modes. Alright, just one more Squad Building Challenge before bedtime…
Who am I? I’ve been writing about sports and games – and therefore sports games – for 16 years since a post-Uni stint at Nickelodeon, and can lay claim to being the longest serving editor in Official PlayStation Magazine history. I departed OPM Towers in 2014 to become a full-time dad, but am proud to be able to juggle nappy changes and Horrid Henry binges with my role as GR+’s roving, raving man-o’ -sports. I also write football and wrestling words for FourFourTwo, The Guardian, and Talksport.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Anything and everything related to football (UK and US), hockey, baseball and wrestling. Plus various entertainment bits as directed by Lauren, when she isn’t ignoring my pleas to run more features on the site about Cool Runnings. Or, indeed, any features on the site about Cool Runnings.
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Tetris Effect - The latest and arguably the best Tetris game ever made (though Tetris Battle Gaiden will always be king of my heart), I can't stop messing with it both in and out of VR. Turns out adding events and social stuff to Tetris makes for an even more dangerously addictive cocktail.
Who am I? I've been building PCs since I was practically an infant, and I've loved games my entire life. I started writing about them professionally about a decade ago, after an unfortunate detour through the corporate world, and I can't imagine doing anything else with my life. I'm also way into books, Gundam, tabletop RPGs, (American) football), Formula One, and way too many other hobbies than I have time for.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm a senior hardware guy at GR and cover everything from new console tech to PC components to mice and keyboards.
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