I was enjoying Monster Hunter World, but felt the game's intricate weave of stats, upgrades and crafting unfolding like a red carpet, so dialled back into The Shadow of the Colossus remaster, which has lost none of its haunting reverie. I finally caught up with Thor: Ragnarok (maybe my fave MCU movie, for its self-aware absurdity) and, er, Manchester by the Sea. A tougher watch.
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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The Punisher - This is absolutely what Marvel needs after years of safe movies and TV shows with zero real peril. Bloody, uncompromising, yet wonderfully heart-felt, this is cracking TV.
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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I'm hit the 100 hour mark exploring Ancient Egypt in Assassin's Creed Origins and am balancing that with discovering what makes Senua tick in Hellblade.
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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South Park the Fractured But Whole. Having spent the last few months looking forward to every new episode from season 21 I figured it was about time I got stuck into the game. Obviously it’s great and obviously I want a pet hamster now.
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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All the Fortnite, basically. But in between I've just finished the horror game Detention on Switch, as well as disappearing back into Skyrim, which works really well on Nintendo's handheld.
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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Black Lighting - Black Panther isn't the only black superhero taking the world by storm right now, make sure you check out the excellent TV show Black Lighting airing on The CW in the US and Netflix in the UK.
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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Battle Chef Brigade and Skyrim on my Nintendo Switch. I fully expect these two games to see me through an entire Christmas holiday of carb comas and moving so little I cultivate a patch of bedsores. Of course I've played Skyrim before - this isn't my first rodeo - but it's been years and playing a lot of Elder Scrolls Online has got me all hot and horned again. Battle Chef Brigade is a different beast, a sort of anime Puzzle Quest as reimagined by a Food Network addict, and I'm totally charmed by it.
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 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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Battlerite has stoked my competitive fires as of late, to the point that I'm constantly thinking about returning to the game whenever I'm not playing it. This arena brawler is more fighting game than MOBA with its immediate action, and I'm so glad to see it flourish after loving Bloodline Champions back in the day.
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 Senior Editor and the longest-standing member on the US side at GR+, holding things down at the San Francisco HQ. 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
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
Slowing improving my building skills and chasing that elusive Victory Royale in Fortnite, current best is #2 though I've racked up several victories with the GamesRadar+ squad. Still hitting up FIFA 18 and 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 almost 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
I’ve moved on to LawBreakers. And I am having a damnably good, explodo-knife-throwing time. It’s too early to say something as grandiose and silly as ‘It’s Overwatch for Quake players’, but I might have accidentally thought it a couple of times.
Who am I? I’ve been in the games industry for around a decade now, starting out at Destructoid in 2007, before making my way to GamesRadar+, where I’ve spent most of my time (while juggling my word-taming duties between a great many magazines to boot). Fluent in everything from emergent interactive narrative craft to the best way to design great big, video game guns, I’ve recently presented live panels at QuakeCon, and am now a member of the E3 Game Critics judging committee.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Long-form features, previews, reviews, and miscellaneous critique take up most of my day, but I’m frequently also found visiting AAA game studios and attending all the major events in the worldwide industry calendar. And after months of shunning it, I’ve just found out that I’m really, really good at Destiny’s Rift PvP mode, so that’s another career pillar to handle.
Follow Dave on Twitter: @David_H_esq
Horizon: Zero Dawn...again. I'm playing it for the second time on my brand new PS4 Pro to drink in Guerrilla's lush scenery and razor-ship combat in astounding 4K. I just can't get enough of being mauled by robot dinosaurs. I know, I have a problem.
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. Writing for Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, GamesMaster, and GamesTM in my spare time, I’m currently beavering away at features, videos, and previews for GR. Occasionally I'll hibernate and do behemoth coverage of a new 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+? I mainly write 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 doing voice-overs for videos and trying not to cringe too much at my accent. It's difficult.
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Fortnite: Battle Royale, Overwatch (but only Mystery Heroes), Into The Breach, and Iconoclasts. Each one fulfills a specific need in my life; respectively, getting mad online, figuring out how to play Doomfist, choreographing giant robot anime battles, and tightening bolts.
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+. In my spare time I play video games (duh) but I've also made a few of my own. I also enjoy riding bicycles and playing D&D, so I'm basically an adult version of the Stranger Things kids.
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.
Follow Connor on Twitter: @c_sheridan
I somehow lost my Forza Horizon 3 save file, so I've been steadily working my way back up the ranks and re-filling my garage with some gorgeous muscle cars. Then I go tearing up the outback and get em nice 'n' dirty.
Who am I? My name's Sam - I've been playing games since I was an Iowa farm kid with nothing to do and too much free time. Since then, I've turned that love into work for places like G4, Penny Arcade, Joystiq, Digital Trends, and now GamesRadar+.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I write news articles, letting you know what's happening in the worlds of video games, movies, and TV (those last two make up the "+" of "GamesRadar+"). I also contribute the occasional feature and review. But really, I just try to increase this site's pun percentage anywhere I can.
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Danganronpa - Because nothing says video games like trying to solve murder mysteries in an abandoned school ran by a demonic teddy bear.
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.
Follow Ben on Twitter: @BenjiWilson
Destiny 2. While other fair-weather Guardians have come and gone, I'm still here, quietly levelling up all my characters (yay new Power caps!), and still quietly mourning the Death of the Synth Pack.
Who am I? It took 15 years of civil service monotony for me to crack and attempt a writing career. In between quitting my day job and joining the GR+ UK team as a freelancer in 2016, I’ve been Associate Editor at Destructoid, and weave words at places like IGN, MTV, and gamesTM magazine. Yes, I’m the same Vixx that’s obsessed with Silent Hill.
What do I do on GamesRadar? You’ll mostly find me writing TV and gaming news, plus the occasional review. I’m happiest when I’m writing about horror, or stuff with spaceships and guns (I really like spaceships and guns).
Follow Vikki on Twitter: @_vixx
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