Video games are a big business. In 2017, the industry was valued at $18.4 billion. Whether on your PC, dedicated game console, or mobile device, odds are you play at least one game.
Finding the right game can be a pain, however. There’s a flood of them, and only a small percentage are actually fun to play. A lot depends on personal preferences.
As many games as there are on the market, there seems to be even more websites dedicated to them. It’s hard to filter through all the garbage to find reputable sources.
Regardless of whether you’re seeking the right game to play or want the latest news, previews, tips, or trailers of upcoming releases, these are the sites you need to visit.
10. Game Informer
Game Informer debuted in 1991 and has been covering video game news, reviews, strategies, and reviews ever since. It’s published by GameStop and is one of few surviving publications from the era. Because GameStop has relationships with developers, it’s a great place to find exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else (although the most exclusive content is only available to Power Up Rewards members).
N4G is a popular video game news aggregation platform. With so many gaming-related sites popping up and going defunct, it’s a great place to figure out what’s hot at any given moment. Publishers from around the web post stories here, and they’re ranked by popularity. There’s hardly an important video game story that doesn’t find its way to N4G.
GameSpot was launched in 1996 and has won several Webbys and other awards since. It’s a popular site for all kinds of breaking news, reviews, and strategies for every console on the market. There are also podcasts and other multimedia. The forums are always busy, and if you want to be the first person to know what’s happening at events like E3, GameSpot is a great place to start.
Eurogamer was formed in 1999 in England and has the largest readership of any independent video games website in Europe. It’s won several Internet awards and is the definitive website for learning about PAL and European releases. It also hosts the Digital Foundry, which provides in-depth looks at the the technical specs of video game consoles and hardware.
Polygon was launched in 2012 as part of Vox Media and provides news, reviews, and guides, as well as long-form feature articles and video content. It differentiates itself from the competition with a focus on players, pros, and developers rather than a strict focus on the games themselves. It’s a great resource to dig deeper into the video game industry as a whole.
GameZone was created in 1994 and focuses on video games, gaming culture, and even movies. In addition to consoles, it focuses on MMOs and mobile games. It has a massive archive of video game reviews, and you could spend hours on the site before finding a game it hasn’t covered.
4. Giant Bomb
Giant Bomb was created by former GameSpot editors Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis in 2008. It includes gaming videos, commentary, news, and reviews. In 2017, one of Giant Bomb’s videos spawned the infamous “Blinking White Guy” meme when former video producer Drew Scanlon reacted incredulously to Gerstmann’s assertion that he’s “farming with my hoes.”
MetaCritic was launched in 1999 and aggregates reviews of music, movies, TV shows, and video games. Rather than trusting just one critic’s review of a game, you can find the aggregate score across trusted industry resources throughout the web. It has a strict admission policy, so you won’t find small sites or blogs included, but it’s a great place to check how well a game really fared before dropping the cash on it yourself.
Kotaku was launched in 2004 as part of Gawker Media (now renamed Gizmodo Media Group). It’s a male-focused site that covers all manner of video games and the surrounding culture. It reported in 2015 that it’s been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft, but Kotaku still manages to fill its website and podcast with a steady stream of content.
Formed in 1996, IGN is the definitive video game website. It covers games, films, comics, technology, and general media, and is one of the highest trafficked websites on the Internet. Its Best of awards are legendary in the industry, and it has multimedia covering all aspects of nerd and geek culture. You can find IGN on your desktop or mobile device, along with YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, Snapchat, Roku, FireTV, and game consoles.