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.
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Folios: Best Abilities For All 7 Party Members
Get your party ready.
8 Vital Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Side Quests You Need to Do
Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth: Saga of the Seaside Inn Quest Walkthrough
That’s a lot of Johnnys.
Pokémon Legends Z-A Could Take Inspiration From an Overlooked Spinoff
The bold new idea the series needs.
Rebirth’s Open World Gets Right What Final Fantasy XV Got Wrong
A watershed moment.
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.