Hayes Madsen

Hayes Madsen is the Video Game Trends Writer for Inverse’s gaming section where he covers the most buzzworthy events and controversies in the industry — along with some of the most compelling community stories.

Hayes has more than 10 years of experience in journalism with a special focus on entertainment and the video game industry.

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Run away from menacing little penguins.

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Retrospective

Star Ocean: The Last Hope's Thrilling Combat Is Still Unmatched

A flawed game with one incredible aspect.

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Xbox Game Pass Just Quietly Added the Most Overlooked Zombie Game of 2023

Take a trip to HELL-A.

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Gaming News

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Is Bringing Back the Souls Series Biggest Tradition

Get ready for pain.

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Review

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Is a Nearly-Perfect Sequel

Inverse Score: 10/10

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Game Guides

Here's Exactly How Long It Takes to Beat Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

Clear your calendar.

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Gaming

Every Important Detail You Need to Know From Final Fantasy 7’s Various Spinoffs

A tangled web of lore.

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Opinion

Stop Making Great Anime Into Terrible Video Games

Unrealized potential.

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Terrifyingly fun.

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Game Guides

Persona 3 Reload: How to Unlock All Social Links, and All Correct Conversation Answers

Time to make friends.

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Retrospective

25 Years Later, the Most Overlooked Final Fantasy Deserves More Credit

A true classic.

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Now the video game backlog is sitting there, gleaming with potential.

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Opinion

A Persona 2 Remake Doesn't Need Social Elements

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Gaming

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Sets a New Gold Standard for Video Game Demos

The more the better.

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Opinion

Rebirth Gets the Best Part of Final Fantasy 7 Right

Make it weird.

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Preview

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Already Feels Like 2024’s Most Ambitious Game

A massive change for the series.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Devs Say Story Changes Give Fans “Anxiety, In a Good Way”

The mystery continues.

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Gaming News

The Nintendo Switch Is on the Verge of Making History

So close, yet so far.

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Game Guides

Your Utimate Persona 3 Reload Quiz and Exam Cheat Sheet

Time to study up.

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The foam party of your dreams.

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