I'd planned to spend Christmas finishing Red Dead Redemption 2, which resulted in me sinking 30 hours into Star Wars Battlefront 2, and not cooking a single rabbit in Rockstar's impressive, but dauntingly huge, open world. I did watch loads of TV and movies, though, and would recommend Roma, My Brilliant Friend, Mi: Fallout and *cough* 90 Day Fiance. Steven Frend: oof.
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. Now I'm Content Director, Games and Film, responsible for development and delivery of our best-in-class content across the games and film group.
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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In between still diving back into Assassin's Creed Odyssey to complete the Atlantis DLC and continuing to admire Kassandra's arms, I'm building the most epic city in Anno 1800 and beating myself around the head with Cuphead on Switch. Cute, but fiendish.
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 GamesRadar, but also getting all the reviews up on the website, so you can thank me for all those shining stars – or 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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After E3 2019 I felt a strange urge to head back into Fallout 76, and suddenly it's hooked me. Seven months ago when it was first released the world felt a bit empty, the crashes and glitches got me down, but the game has really benefited from a bit of polish and the efforts of hardcore, high-level players.
Who am I? After giving being an adult with a real office job a try - it was terrible - I scored a staff writer position at 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 the benevolent Queen of the US, or - as they insist I call it - US Managing Editor.
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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Thanks to Netflix I've been binge watching Luther recently which I missed the first time around. On the game side of things I'm still sinking an unhealthy amount of time into Fortnite Battle Royale and trying to get to level 50 in Red Dead Online. Which as anyone who's tried or is trying to do the same will tell you is a challenge.
Who am I? 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 overseeing the creation of all the videos you see on this very site. Like Sauron. Oh I also co-hosted and produced a little GTA V show called GTA5o'clock and Red Dead2o'clock.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I help create all of the GR video content from reviews to previews and everything in-between. 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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When I'm not building things and exploring things in Dreams on PS4 I've actually gone back to Fallout 76. It's gradually being tweaked and updated in all the right directions and while the world is still a bit lifeless (literally) there's a pleasing grind to levelling up and collecting power armour.
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 coordinate all the guides content on GR (there's a clue in the name). I work with writers to decide what to tip and what not to tip based on what I think people are going to want to know, and some numbers stuff. I then organise all the guides, video capture, scripts and so on for a game and, God willing, get it up for release. I always want to do more video.
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Alright, so I know that I'm a few years late to the party on this one, but I'm finally getting around to playing Crypt of the NecroDancer. Let me tell you, it's an absolute dream on Switch. The concept is simple enough: Move in-sync to the music and deliver beatdowns to the beat. It's simple, but hot damn is it effective. In fact, the execution is bloody wonderful and the soundtrack from Danny Baranowsky is utterly sublime. If you need me, I'll be here grooving to the sweet, sweet sounds of the Mausoleum Mash.
Who am I? For the last six years I’ve been submerged in the wonderful world of magazines. I served as the Senior Staff Writer of X-ONE, Deputy Editor of games™ and Acting Editor of Play Digital. You might have seen my name pop up in a whole host of gaming books published by Scholastic, or you may even know me as the editor of the Official Fortnite Battle Royale Survival Guide. Oh, and this one time, Nolan North said he loved my hair – it's the little things that make this life worth living. Prior to all of this, I worked the freelance circuit covering everything from comic books to psychedelic rock. Oh, and way before any of that nonsense started up I spent a couple of years working as a child actor. Yes, that is a #humblebrag and, yes, I will give you £20 if you can spot me in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I’m the Features Editor! My plan is to deliver a smooth blend of long-form features and scorching hot takes.
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After blasting through early releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Let's Go, I've basically neglected my Switch for the past few months. Well, no more. I'm now deep into Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and nearing the end of Octopath Traveler, plus I've got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Final Fantasy 12 in my queue. I get to return to my Switch and indulge in some JRPGs - a win-win.
Who am I? I worked as a freelance games journalist for six years before wearily staggering into the house of GamesRadar+, where I was welcomed with open arms and a frankly alarming amount of dog GIFs. This means my soul is measured in content, and also that you may have seen me around. I've written for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, RockPaperShotgun, Sports Illustrated, and plenty of others over the years. I also received a journalism degree at some point and they haven't asked for it back, so here I am, writing the best bad similes of my career.
What do I do at GamesRadar? I write about the day-to-day goings on of the games industry. I spend most of my time picking out the important bits from the never-ending flood of trailers and announcements, but I also find some of my favorite stories in creative communities and weird rabbit holes.
Genuinely loving the recent raft of puzzle games on PS4/Vita, with Pic-a-Pix Pieces being my current Picross obsession. Still hitting up FIFA 19 in co-op Seasons, and getting incandescently furious about my team's performance.
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 weighing down the shelves 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 tips and advice to help you git gud.
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Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - I've returned to it after a 6-month procrastination hiatus now that I've got to fight Calamity Ganon, and good god, I still have so much to do.
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.
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I'm finally making my way through Gravity Rush 2 after loving the original about 800 years ago, with occasional trips back to Kamurocho via Yakuza Kiwami. I'm still keeping up to date with what the kids are up to these days as I feel my way around Dauntless, but my heart belongs to the new set for my favorite card game, KeyForge.
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 have special eyes.
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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.
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After an enjoyable spell with The Division 2 (still waiting on that raid Ubisoft!) and getting the platinum trophy in Days Gone, I'm now eagerly anticipating Rage 2 for that long single-player fix. Sprinkle in some doses of Pokemon Go and Let's Go because these shinies won't hunt themselves, along with an ongoing addiction to Football Manager 2019, and I'm not running out of games to play any time soon.
Who am I? I'm the newest addition to the GamesRadar team, after studying Games Journalism & PR at university for two and a half years. I freelanced for a number of sites throughout 2018 and quickly became a frequent contributor to GR. Incredibly happy to have found a home in the GR office, and outside of work you'll find me fighting the urge to spend money on cosmetic microtransactions or watching the football. Sometimes both; the soccer skins in Fortnite are beautiful.
What do I do on GamesRadar? I'm part of the guides team, so if you need to know how to do something in a game, I'm your guy. From Kingdom Hearts 3 lucky emblems (for a week after that I was seeing Mickey Mouse faces *everywhere!*) to Apex Legends character guides and Exotic weapons in The Division 2, I work out the tricky stuff so you don't have to. As long as it's not a horror game, nooooo thank you.
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I’m in the middle of a great big Yakuza binge at the moment. It’s really hard not to fall in love with the beautiful recreation of the bustling Japanese streets that populate every game in the series, but it’s the unique zaniness where the series shines brightest. Because where else can you belt out some karaoke one minute and lay the smackdown on diaper-wearing mob bosses the next?
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.
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Perfectly combines my love of rich Greek myths and stabbing virtual people with a blade. And the boat bits are pretty cool too.
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. After managing the core editorial team for 5 years, I created a new addition of the site dedicated to hardware and gaming tech, and recruited a crack team of writers and testers to go with it.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Anything tech or hardware related is my domain. As well as running a team dedicated to reviews and news of tech, you'll also find me commissioning features on PS5 and Xbox One, er, 2 and keeping up to date with all the latest PC developments. I also combine all our tech coverage into handy Buying Guides, to help you save cash on the most exciting gaming hardware around.
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Still going on my Assassin's Creed-athon and having an interesting spot of cognitive dissonance playing as Shay in Rogue now. I feel a bit dirty playing as a Templar but he's a pretty cool character. Rapidly making an exit from the 'older' games and onto this generation's. More on this to come.
Who am I? After a stint at a horticultural mag and then in landscape design, I found my full-time games-industry writing role on the GamesRadar+ hardware team last year. Before joining, alongside my previous landscape-y life, I wrote a fair few features within the games industry about videogame landscapes and environments, and sometimes I give talks on the subject. Elsewhere, I follow West Ham through thin and thin, play guitar and golf (sometimes), and have a book backlog longer than my game one.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Primarily I write about everything hardware at GamesRadar+ covering, well, everything that is hardware. You’ll definitely see me pop up elsewhere on the site from time to time though.
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The summer gaming drought is upon us, so now's my chance to start wading through my (considerable) backlog. Considering the fact that it's beach season, it seemed appropriate to dust off my 2DS and jump back into Pokemon Moon. The only problem is, Alolan sun and surf make it physically impossible not to want a holiday...
Who am I? Thanks to a chance encounter at work, ex-GamesRadar staffer Justin Towell helped me go from aspiring video game critic to Metro.co.uk blogger and, with the assistance of Andy Hartup, a GR freelancer. Although there were some detours along the way (namely a stint in education, PR, and animal rescue), I finally wound up where I’ve always dreamed of being - right here.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I look after many of our buying guides, deals, and tech reviews on GamesRadar+ as part of the Hardware Team. You’ll occasionally see me pop up elsewhere on the site, too.
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Days Gone - it's far from perfect, and there have been some slow sequences where the story feels it's running on fumes, but my overall experience with the zombie biker epic has been a really positive one. I just love cruising around on my upgradeable hog exploring the Pacific Northwest wasteland, hacking apart freakers with lawnmower blades and trying to keep my humanity intact in one of the most believable post-apocalypses ever presented in games.
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 more other hobbies than I have time for.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I write about hardware at GR and cover everything from new console tech to PC components, all the way down to keyboards and mice.
Follow Alan on Twitter: @chapelzero
WWE 2K19 – this year, 2K finally gets wresting right at what feels like the 99th time of asking. Its tight, revamped career mode benefits from linearity, and I'm hooked on adding fan-made 'community creations' wrestlers to my Universe mode. On that note, I'm off for some old-school NWO Wolfpac vs Nasty Boys tag action…
Who am I? I’ve been writing about sports and games – and therefore sports games – for 18 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
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