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.

Game Guides

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Folios: Best Abilities For All 7 Party Members

Get your party ready.

ByHayes Madsen
Game Guides

8 Vital Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Side Quests You Need to Do

Essential distractions.

ByHayes Madsen
Game Guides

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Saga of the Seaside Inn Quest Walkthrough

That’s a lot of Johnnys.

ByHayes Madsen
Gaming News

Pokémon Legends Z-A Could Take Inspiration From an Overlooked Spinoff

The bold new idea the series needs.

ByHayes Madsen
Opinion

Rebirth’s Open World Gets Right What Final Fantasy XV Got Wrong

A watershed moment.

ByHayes Madsen
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Penny's Big Breakaway Is the Must-Play Platformer of the Year

Run away from menacing little penguins.

ByHayes Madsen
Retrospective

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

A flawed game with one incredible aspect.

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

Take a trip to HELL-A.

ByHayes Madsen
Gaming News

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

Get ready for pain.

ByHayes Madsen
Review

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Is a Nearly-Perfect Sequel

Inverse Score: 10/10

ByHayes Madsen
Game Guides

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

Clear your calendar.

ByHayes Madsen
Gaming

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

A tangled web of lore.

ByHayes Madsen
Opinion

Stop Making Great Anime Into Terrible Video Games

Unrealized potential.

ByHayes Madsen
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Xbox Game Pass Just Added the Most Action-Packed Horror Game of the Decade

Terrifyingly fun.

ByHayes Madsen
Game Guides

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

Time to make friends.

ByHayes Madsen
Retrospective

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

A true classic.

ByHayes Madsen
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The Best Video Games to Play After a Breakup

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

ByRobin Bea, Shannon Liao and Hayes Madsen
Opinion

A Persona 2 Remake Doesn't Need Social Elements

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

ByHayes Madsen
Gaming

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

The more the better.

ByHayes Madsen
Opinion

Rebirth Gets the Best Part of Final Fantasy 7 Right

Make it weird.

ByHayes Madsen