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.
Penny's Big Breakaway Is the Must-Play Platformer of the Year
Run away from menacing little penguins.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope's Thrilling Combat Is Still Unmatched
A flawed game with one incredible aspect.
Xbox Game Pass Just Quietly Added the Most Overlooked Zombie Game of 2023
Take a trip to HELL-A.
Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Is Bringing Back the Souls Series Biggest Tradition
Get ready for pain.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Is a Nearly-Perfect Sequel
Inverse Score: 10/10
Here's Exactly How Long It Takes to Beat Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
Clear your calendar.
Every Important Detail You Need to Know From Final Fantasy 7’s Various Spinoffs
A tangled web of lore.
Stop Making Great Anime Into Terrible Video Games
Xbox Game Pass Just Added the Most Action-Packed Horror Game of the Decade
Persona 3 Reload: How to Unlock All Social Links, and All Correct Conversation Answers
Time to make friends.
25 Years Later, the Most Overlooked Final Fantasy Deserves More Credit
A true classic.
The Best Video Games to Play After a Breakup
Now the video game backlog is sitting there, gleaming with potential.
A Persona 2 Remake Doesn't Need Social Elements
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Sets a New Gold Standard for Video Game Demos
The more the better.
Rebirth Gets the Best Part of Final Fantasy 7 Right
Make it weird.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Already Feels Like 2024’s Most Ambitious Game
A massive change for the series.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Devs Say Story Changes Give Fans “Anxiety, In a Good Way”
The mystery continues.
The Nintendo Switch Is on the Verge of Making History
So close, yet so far.
Your Utimate Persona 3 Reload Quiz and Exam Cheat Sheet
Time to study up.
PlayStation Plus Just Added the Most Unique, Soap-Soaked Shooter of the Year
The foam party of your dreams.