Final Fantasy 7 Remake Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Final Fantasy 7 Remake RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Check Out the Last Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ecvvf/check-out-the-last-final-fantasy-7-remake-intergrade-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/ecvvf/check-out-the-last-final-fantasy-7-remake-intergrade-trailer Tue, 11 May 2021 13:52:53 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Square Enix released a new Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade trailer highlighting more of the interlude's story, a new summon, and even a new mini-game.

Square Enix also announced FF7 Remake Intergrade is a PS5-exclusive for the first six months following its June 10 release.

Intergrade focuses on Wutai ninja Yuffie Kitsuragi, who's on a mission to steal Shinra's most powerful Materia. It's a chance to expand on a character who's only optional in the original Final Fantasy 7, and if the trailer is anything to go by, there's quite a bit of expanding in store for this, the only FF7 Remake DLC.

Tie-ins with FF7 spinoffs, such as Weiss, plus a bigger role for Shinra executives, including Scarlet, point to Square Enix exploring much more of the world's lore than we got to see before.

The Ramuh summon (finally) makes its debut in FF7 Remake Intergrade, alongside a brand-new addition called Fort Condor. Fort Condor is a tactical minigame where you pit super-powered mechs against each other in a fight to the finish.

Square shared a few details about the changes coming with Intergrade earlier this year, and Tetsuya Nomura has said there's no more DLC coming after

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Square Enix Details Yuffie's FF7 Remake Intergrade Changes https://www.gameskinny.com/awtnk/square-enix-details-yuffies-ff7-remake-intergrade-changes https://www.gameskinny.com/awtnk/square-enix-details-yuffies-ff7-remake-intergrade-changes Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:44:42 -0400 Josh Broadwell

In Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Yuffie gets a major upgrade to her combat skills. Square Enix released new FF7 Remake Intergrade screenshots and voice cast info alongside new Yuffie details, though it raises as many questions as it answers about how Intergrade fits in with the main story.

Yuffie's classic shuriken is still her standard attack, but her Wutai ninjutsu abilities add ranged elemental attacks to her arsenal. These are follow-up attacks usable after Yuffie uses her Unique Ability.

Banishment is another new Yuffie ability. This one's power changes depending on how much of the ATB meter Yuffie used prior to activating the ability. Finally is the Windstorm ability, a massive cyclone that pulls enemies towards Yuffie.

Square Enix revealed FF7 Remake Intergrade's voice cast and some brand-new characters, including Billy Bob the Avalanche HQ member — no, that's not a typo — and Zhije, a contact point between Wutai and Avalanche.

  • Yuffie Kisaragi, voiced by Suzie Yeung
  • Sonon Kusakabe, voiced by Aleks Le
  • Weiss, voiced by Daman Mills
  • Zhijie, voiced by Griffin Puatu
  • Nayo, voiced by Ashley Boettcher
  • Billy Bob, voiced by David Goldstein
  • Polk, voiced by Daniel Amerman

The original Final Fantasy 7 showed very little of Avalanche outside Barret's main group, so what role these lead members play remains to be seen. Whatever new story elements FF7 Remake: Intergrade adds, Square Enix won't be focusing on side chapters and DLC in the future, though. The next stop is Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade releases June 10 for PlayStation 5.

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No Final Fantasy 7 Remake DLC After Intergrade's Yuffie Episode, Nomura Says https://www.gameskinny.com/oxj31/no-final-fantasy-7-remake-dlc-after-intergrades-yuffie-episode-nomura-says https://www.gameskinny.com/oxj31/no-final-fantasy-7-remake-dlc-after-intergrades-yuffie-episode-nomura-says Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:25:32 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Yuffie Episode for Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade is the only planned FF7 Remake DLC, Tetsuya Nomura recently told Famitsu, at least for a while. Nomura said he wants to focus entirely on Final Fantasy 7 Remake chapter two moving forward — without him at the helm — though offered some additional information about what to expect from Intergrade.

Despite the Intergrade trailer showing Tifa and Barret, Yuffie is the new episode's only playable character. Sonon, her cohort from Wutai, fights on his own. However, pressing "L2" changes their fighting style and sees Sonon coordinate his moves to match Yuffie's.

Intergrade will introduce new Materia and summons exclusive in just the DLC. They won't be retroactively added to the base Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Nomura made no mention about whether they'll be part of FF7 Remake chapter two.

Nomura also said Intergrade acts as a bridge for the development team. Developing the environments exclusively for PlayStation 5 is making the transition to FF7 Remake chapter two easier. While he didn't close the door on future DLC after Intergrade, he said it won't happen until much later, if it does happen at all.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade releases June 10 for PlayStation 5

[Source: Gematsu]

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Material Ultimania Art Book Announced by Square Enix https://www.gameskinny.com/53c0p/final-fantasy-7-remake-material-ultimania-art-book-announced-by-square-enix https://www.gameskinny.com/53c0p/final-fantasy-7-remake-material-ultimania-art-book-announced-by-square-enix Mon, 15 Mar 2021 13:07:42 -0400 Dylan Webb

It’s been a busy time for Final Fantasy 7 Remake fans. We’re still waiting on news for part two’s arrival, though we know Tetsuya Nomura won’t be directing. Sony’s State of Play presentation last month announced that Remake is coming to PS5Incorporating a new DLC episode starring Yuffie, this isn’t the only thing Remake fans can look forward to this year.

Following on from that, Square Enix has just revealed that a new art and visual reference hardcover book called Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Material Ultimania will release on December 7 for $39.99. 

Speaking about the upcoming reference book, Square Enix issued this press statement:

Final Fantasy VII Remake: Material Ultimania ... features the incredible artwork and visual references from the development of the universally acclaimed Final Fantasy VII Remake, which has sold more than 5 million copies since its release in April 2020 and was lauded as one of the best games of 2020.

Perfect for new players and long-time fans of the title, the large-format hardcover book offers a ton of content and a plethora of rich four-color art printed on heavy stock.

Since 1997, Square Enix has released Ultimania books for each main series entry and notable spinoffs, beginning with the original Final Fantasy VII. This marks the second Ultimania book for Remake, which previously saw the Japan-only (and similarly named) Final Fantasy VII Remake: Ultimania last year.

As a friendly reminder, Remake is one of this month’s PS Plus games, though that edition doesn’t give you access to the free PS5 upgrade coming later this year with Intergrade. We gave Remake 10/10 stars, so we strongly recommend checking it out if you haven't already. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for any further developments as they happen.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Director Tetsuya Nomura to Focus on Other Projects https://www.gameskinny.com/9hnse/final-fantasy-7-remake-director-tetsuya-nomura-to-focus-on-other-projects https://www.gameskinny.com/9hnse/final-fantasy-7-remake-director-tetsuya-nomura-to-focus-on-other-projects Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:17:51 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Tetsuya Nomura is handing the Final Fantasy Remake Part 2 directorship to Naoki Hamaguchi and stepping down from the project. Nomura recently broke the news to Famitsu (courtesy of GamesRadar) following the Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade news.

Nomura told Famitsu he's too busy with other projects, and he's confidant enough that the series' direction and gameplay are well established that he'll no longer need to act as director. However, Nomura will still have an indirect role as creative director.

Hamaguchi served as Final Fantasy 7 Remake's co-director. Prior to that, he was Mobius Final Fantasy's project lead and the director for Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns.

So that's at least one thing we know for sure about Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part Two and the only thing for now. How long Part Two will be and what might happen is still completely up in the air, even more so than before now Square Enix unveiled an all-new DLC episode starring Yuffie, a formerly optional character from later in the original game.

[Source: GamesRadar]

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Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis Bringing Full FF7 Lore to the Table https://www.gameskinny.com/hvxft/final-fantasy-7-ever-crisis-bringing-full-ff7-lore-to-the-table https://www.gameskinny.com/hvxft/final-fantasy-7-ever-crisis-bringing-full-ff7-lore-to-the-table Fri, 26 Feb 2021 17:08:17 -0500 Ashley Shankle

No matter your experience with Final Fantasy 7 and its spin-offs, if you want to experience the story before the version presented in Remake, one of yesterday's FF7-related announcements might be just what you're hoping for. Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis was announced alongside The First Soldier, the first battle royale to carry the series moniker.

Ever Crisis, though, is likely a more comfortable sort of title for fans as a total rehaul of the Final Fantasy 7 universe.

Ever Crisis will include the original Final Fantasy 7, with additional story content later added to the universe in Advent Children, Before Crisis, Crisis Core, and Dirge of Cerberus. It looks to be the full Final Fantasy 7 story, before the events of Remake.

On top of what appears to be the inclusion of all relevant story content, the game features a chibi visual style reminiscent of the blocky graphics of the original PlayStation title. Its battle visuals are much more detailed, however, and it has a more modernized, real time battle system.

Fans of the original Final Fantasy 7 may find some notable discrepancies in the trailer, particularly Aerith being in the party during the scorpion fight in the Mako reactor at the start of the game. We'll have to wait for release to see how or why she is present much sooner than before.

Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis is scheduled to release on Android and iOS devices in 2022, but it too will be an episodic release like Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Let's hope this is a paid title along the lines of Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition, and not some sort of gacha game as some are predicting.

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Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier Battle Royale Game Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/tp5gt/final-fantasy-7-the-first-soldier-battle-royale-game-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/tp5gt/final-fantasy-7-the-first-soldier-battle-royale-game-revealed Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:26:37 -0500 Ashley Shankle

It's been a big week for Final Fantasy 7 fans, with three announcements from Square Enix continuing the classic's legacy into the modern market. One of the releases revealed was Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier, the publisher's first battle royale. The news comes fresh on the heels of the news surrounding the PS5 upgrade and Intergrade version of FF7 Remake

Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier will be set a full 30 years before the events of Final Fantasy 7 and will feature a mixture of PvP and PvE content, with a number of enemies from the classic JRPG making appearances.

Notably, The First Solider will be taking place at the time Shinra established SOLDIER, with players seeming to compete to become the first SOLDIER in the program.

Seeing as those that come from the SOLDIER program within the game's lore, characters duking it out in The First Soldier will have to have proficiency in more than just firearms. The trailer shows characters using guns, melee weapons such as swords, magic spells Final Fantasy fans should be well-familiar with, and even summons such as Ifrit in the heat of combat.

This is all an interesting dive into the Final Fantasy 7 universe to be sure, and how rounds will play out with the mixture between PvP and PvE is something not seen in many battle royale titles to date.

Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier is scheduled to release sometime this year, but so far Square Enix have only announced the title for Android and iOS. An official PC release of this would be perfect. Square Enix, please? 

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade is a PS5 Upgrade Coming with New Story DLC https://www.gameskinny.com/1ucgy/final-fantasy-7-remake-intergrade-is-a-ps5-upgrade-coming-with-new-story-dlc https://www.gameskinny.com/1ucgy/final-fantasy-7-remake-intergrade-is-a-ps5-upgrade-coming-with-new-story-dlc Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:18:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Square Enix announced the long-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake PlayStation 5 upgrade during Sony's February State of Play. The upgrade has numerous enhancements in store, but that's not all that was revealed. SE also unveiled a new story episode taking place before the party leaves Midgar is on the way. The whole package for PS5 will be called Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade and will release June 10, 2021 alongside the PS4 to PS5 upgrade.

Intergrade includes a paid, PS5-exclusive DLC starring Yuffie and a companion from Wutai, a region Cloud and friends visit after leaving Midgar in the original game. In it, they face off against Shinra operatives while trying to steal a valuable Materia to restore Wutai's honor.

Players who currently own Final Fantasy 7 Remake on PS4 can upgrade to the PS5 version for free, and those with a physical copy of FF7R will need a PS5 with a disc drive to upgrade. They will, however, need to purchase the Yuffie DLC separately once they upgrade. 

Intergrade is a separate package for PS5 and has a few purchase options. It can be purchased separately on the PlayStation Store or bundled digitally with Final Fantasy 7 Remake for PlayStation 5 for $69.99. There's also a digital deluxe edition for $79.99 that includes a mini-soundtrack and digital artbook. Pre-orders for either edition include a Cactaur summon.

There's also a physical standalone release for Intergrade, though Square Enix didn't say how much that will cost or what bonuses it may include.

The FF7 Remake PS5 upgrade improves the game's textures and lighting, adds fog effects where applicable, reduces load times, and adds a photo mode.

It's also introducing performance and graphics modes. As with other games using similar features, such as God of War on PS5, FF7R's performance mode prioritizes 60 fps, while graphics mode emphasizes delivering 4K visuals.

Another addition is Normal (Classic) difficulty mode. This new mode enables auto attack so players can focus on issuing menu-based commands similar to the original Final Fantasy 7.

How much content Intergrade includes and what it will cost on its own isn't clear, though Square Enix did suggest they would release later FF7 Remake installments in shorter chapters to avoid long gaps. All of this comes alongside news of Square's mobile battle royale game set 30 years before the classic JRPG. 

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Square Enix Sparks Crisis Core Remake Rumors with New Ever Crisis Trademark https://www.gameskinny.com/3n28u/square-enix-sparks-crisis-core-remake-rumors-with-new-ever-crisis-trademark https://www.gameskinny.com/3n28u/square-enix-sparks-crisis-core-remake-rumors-with-new-ever-crisis-trademark Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:50:05 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2 is probably a long way off still, but a new trademark suggests Square Enix may be working on a new Crisis Core game.

Gematsu first reported Square Enix trademarked the terms "Ever Crisis" and "The First Soldier" in Japan earlier in January, along with the Shinra logo. On its own, that shouldn't raise many eyebrows even with the Crisis Core and Sephiroth connotations. Companies trademark things all the time, many of which never see the light of day.

However, Square Enix trademarked the same term in Europe and Canada recently, making it a bit less likely these "Ever Crisis" trademarks are some kind of pipe dream that'll never make it out of research and development.

Whether it means Ever Crisis is a Crisis Core remake that frees the game from the PlayStation Portable (yes, please), or Square Enix is planning on Zack and Aerith figurines and a Sephiroth plushie (also acceptable) remains to be seen.

Crisis Core is essentially a mainline Final Fantasy game instead of a spinoff, as Final Fantasy 7 relies heavily on Crisis Core. Final Fantasy 7 Remake does as well and also monkeys around with the story quite a bit, so a new Crisis Core game tying in with that isn't entirely out of the realms of possibility.

[Source: Gematsu]

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Sony Kicks off PSN Holiday Sales with Deals on 2020's Biggest Games https://www.gameskinny.com/lsvjk/sony-kicks-off-psn-holiday-sales-with-deals-on-2020s-biggest-games https://www.gameskinny.com/lsvjk/sony-kicks-off-psn-holiday-sales-with-deals-on-2020s-biggest-games Tue, 22 Dec 2020 15:17:47 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Ho, ho, ho: it's time for Sony's holiday PSN sale once again. While we're still reeling from the realization that the holidays are here already, Sony's got a balm for our nerves with some excellent sales on some excellent games.

A few of the highlights include Assassin's Creed ValhallaDestiny 2 Beyond Light, The Last of Us Part 2, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and that's just the start. While the sale officially runs through the end of the day on January 19, 2021, some items, including Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, have different sale windows. It's worth checking out when that particular sale ends so you're not shut out of a good deal.

Game Sales Price Normal Price
  The Last of Us Part 2  $29.99  $59.99
  Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Deluxe Edition  $27.99  $69.99
  Destiny 2 Beyond Light  $29.99 $39.99
  Assassin's Creed Valhalla  $44.99  $59.99
  Ghost of Tsushima  $40.19  $59.99
  Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Digital Deluxe Edition  $39.99  $79.99
  No Man's Sky  $29.99  $59.99 (same for PS4 and PS5 versions)
  Immortals Fenyx Rising  $40.19  $59.99 (same for PS4 and PS5 versions)
  Watch Dogs: Legion  $29.99  $59.99
Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War  $44.99  $59.99
  Persona 5 Royal Ultimate  Edition  $49.99  $99.99
  Yakuza: Like A Dragon  $44.99  $59.99
  Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+ 2  $29.99  $39.99
  Star Wars Squadrons $23.99  $39.99
  Final Fantasy XIV Complete Edition  $29.99  $59.99
  Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time  $29.99  $59.99
  Red Dead Redemption 2  $29.99  $59.99
  NieR: Automata Game of the YoRha Edition  $19.99  $39.99
  The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4  $44.99  $59.99
  The Yakuza Remastered Collection  $29.99  $59.99

 

Those are just a few items getting discounts in the big-chonker PSN holiday sale. Check out the full list over on the PlayStation Store, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more game deals and news.

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Essential PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 Games for the 2020 Holiday Season https://www.gameskinny.com/l3xox/essential-playstation-5-playstation-4-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season https://www.gameskinny.com/l3xox/essential-playstation-5-playstation-4-games-for-the-2020-holiday-season Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:56:29 -0500 GS_Staff

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

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Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners brings surviving the zombie apocalypse to PSVR, letting you chop, bash, and shoot your way through the backdrop of the familiar universe of The Walking Dead like nothing else.

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This one's a bit of a bonus, as it does require PSVR to play on either the PS4 or PS5 (where the PS5 even requires an extra PSVR adapter to get up and running). But the hoops you may have to jump through are worth it. Saints and Sinners is flexible, fast-paced, and packed with content. You can read more about Saints & Sinners in our review, where we said, "The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a can't-miss addition to the wild west of VR."

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*Jonathan Moore and Ashley Shankle contributed to this list. 

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Persona 5 Royal*

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Price: $29.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Many once claimed that Persona 5 was the best JRPG offering on the PlayStation 4, then Persona 5 Royal came by and blew the original version out of the water with loads of new content.

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Persona 5 Royal improves on the original game in almost every way, with new characters and locations, an entirely new grappling hook ability, and an extended story. This is the perfect addition to any JRPG fan's collection, on PS5 or otherwise.

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Our review of the game lathered it in praise, saying "even if you've played Persona 5 countless times already, there's still enough difference in how things play out and how you can control your experience that it's definitely worth playing at least once."

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*Note that Persona 5 is one of the complimentary games in the PS Plus Collection on PlayStation 5, meaning you can give the original a go before making an investment here. 

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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

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A tactical RPG with its roots in classic Japanese sci-fi, mech, and kaiju tropes, there's not much else like 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. It's in part because of the game's adventure-game-style storytelling, but mostly pushed along by its gorgeous visuals that are a signature of developer Vanillaware.

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This is a great buy for mech and kaiju fans, in particular, or fans of Vanillaware's Odin Sphere or Dragon's Crown. Our review said 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim "mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style."

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon*

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A new Yakuza title leading into the new generation of consoles, Yakuza: Like a Dragon finally shelves the series' main character Kazuma Kiryu for some new blood and a much-bigger setting  there's more to do in this game than you might expect.

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Though the PlayStation 5 version of this game doesn't launch until March of next year, those who have the PlayStation 4 version of the game and Sony's new console will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, whether they have the physical or digital version of the game. However, PS4 saves will not transfer over to the PS5. 

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Our 10/10 review of Yakuza: Like a Dragon praised the game for its "new turn-based combat system," job system, and world. In short, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is "legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is."

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake

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Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Final Fantasy 7 has held a place in the heart of the industry at large since its release in the late '90s, and no one knew how 2020's remake of the classic would turn out. Luckily, Final Fantasy 7 Remake turned out pretty darn good, though it's only one part of a multi-chapter release.

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Whether you played the original PlayStation version or are totally new to it and its story, FF7 Remake is a worthwhile play. Our review rated it a full 10 out of 10, saying it "faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process."

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Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition

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Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5
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The Devil May Cry series came into its own on the PlayStation 2 and thrived with Devil May Cry 4 on the PS4 and Xbox 360, but its return with Devil May Cry 5 ended up producing perhaps the best game in the series despite the gap between it and its predecessor.

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More stylish and faster-paced than ever, DMC5:SE is nothing but an improvement over the regular ol' PS4 version. Making use of the now-current-gen tech, the game can be cranked up to 120fps on the PS5, and it features a new Turbo Mode, which increases the overall game speed by 20%.

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That's not to mention fan-favorite Vergil is now playable in this version. DMC5:SE isn't just style, it's a whole lot of substance, too.

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Our review said that "Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles."

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Team Sonic Racing

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Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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There aren't a ton of kart racing titles available these days, but Team Sonic Racing does more than enough to scratch the itch on PS4 and PS5. Plus, you know: Gotta go fast!

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This racer features a wealth of tracks on top of a vehicle customization system and a heavy emphasis on teamplay, something the genre needs more of. It's the perfect game for those looking for some fun co op play, especially if they can't get their hands on Mario Kart. 

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Our review said that Team Sonic Racing "is different from its predecessors, but this is a fresh evolution of the series that surprises and exhilarates in a brand new way."

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Resident Evil 3

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ESRB: M
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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One of the more notable PS4 games on this list, Resident Evil 3 remake is a well-crafted reimagining of the original PlayStation game of the same name. And of course, it's backwards compatible with the PS5, making it a must-play for those that haven't already taken the plunge into this version of Raccoon City.

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Resident Evil 3 is fast-paced, albeit a little short, and developed with multiple runs in mind, which is perfect for the horror fan with an optimization itch to scratch.

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Our Resident Evil 3 review granted this remake a well-deserved 8, saying that while it "falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard," it makes "shooting and dodging both feel good," and it has "some truly memorable and scary scenes." 

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Doom Eternal

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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The Doom series has been around the block a few times, but much like Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Doom Eternal may very well be the best recent entry in the classic and beloved series. 

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Doom Eternal is a smooth, ultra-violent romp through Hell on Earth, taking some of the best parts of 2016's Doom and making them better. The Ancient Gods single-player expansion adds even more locales and demons to shoot your way through while thickening the game's narrative in substantial ways.

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Our 9/10 review of Doom Eternal praised the game for its "gory and satisfying guns, fantastic progression systems, well-designed battle scenarios, amazing visuals, and satisfying world-building." 

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The PlayStation 4 version of the first-person shooter will receive a free upgrade to a more graphically-intense iteration early next year, meaning there's no reason not to pick up the last-gen version now for your PS4 (or PS5) on the cheap. 

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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While 2017's very good Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brought the first three adventures of Sony's mascot to the PlayStation 4, fans understandably wanted more. Enter 2020's Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, the first mainline title in the storied series since 2008's Mind Over Mutant

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In a nutshell, Crash 4 is mostly more Crash. The platformer stays mostly true to its roots, featuring well-designed levels and challenging but fun platforming. The game's graphical improvements and world deserve special attention, as do the additions on different "playstyles" and a time trial mode, among other things. 

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There's lots to do in Crash Bandicoot 4, and it marks a triumphant return to form for the legendary marsupial. Our review said that it can be "frustrating" at times, but overall, it "is a big step in the right direction" for the series. 

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99 (PS5), $49.99 (PS4)
Platforms: PS5, PS4
Get it on: Amazon (physical), PS Store (digital)

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the 12th mainline entry in Ubisoft's long-running action-adventure series.

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After 2017's Origins took players to ancient Egypt and 2018's Odessey visited ancient Greece, Valhalla puts players closer to the medieval time period of the very first game — about 300 years before the Third Crusade — setting the narrative during the Viking expansion into Anglo-Saxon England.

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Valhalla is may be the most varied of the titles in the series yet, offering loads of content, including flyts (what amount to Viking rap battles), as well as the return of systems such as settlements. And the writing is the best it's ever been. 

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We gave Assassin's Creed Valhalla an 8 in our review, saying, "Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting."

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Dreams

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ESRB: E
Price: $39.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Dreams takes the creative nature of LittleBigPlanet and amplifies it to extreme levels. Essentially a video game/experience creation app, Dreams allows players to make nearly anything they could imagine, from full racing games to short films. 

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By now, there are thousands of different dreams to check out in the game (and we've collected a few of the best early ones here). Half of the fun is seeing what others in the community have created, experiencing their creations, and sharing those creations with other players. The other half is crafting experiences yourself, which Dreams makes a breeze. 

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For those looking to learn how to make video games or animated shorts, there's no substitute for Dreams, at least on the PlayStation platform.

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We called Dreams a "Pandora's toybox" in our review, praising it for understanding its strengths and playing directly into them: "Dreams knows exactly where its sweet spot is. It's a place where creators and users can explore and experience one another's unbridled creativity. It's where ideas can be quickly and intuitively drafted and communicated in real-time, and where unfinished creations can live on and continue to grow as others come along and 'remix' them."

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Ghost of Tsushima

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Developed by Sucker Punch Productions, the same studio behind the Infamous and Sly Cooper franchises, Ghost of Tsushima is a third-person action-adventure game set during the 1274 Mongol invasion of Tsushima Island. 

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Playing as Jin Sakai, players work to repel the invaders across dozens of missions and a 20-hour campaign. Combat varies between patient stealth and ranged attacks as the Ghost or methodical yet powerful swordfights as the Samurai. 

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Ghost's realized world deserves special mention, showcasing the power still left in the PlayStation 4. On PS5, the game can take advantage of boost mode, running at a steady 4K 60fps. 

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In our review of Ghost of Tsushima, we said, "does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying."

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The Last of Us 2

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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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Aside from CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077 and, perhaps, Sucker Punch's Ghost of Tsushima, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us 2 was undeniably 2020's most anticipated game. As the follow up to one of Sony's most successful and enduring titles, TLoU2 had a lot to live up to. 

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Coming in at around 30 hours, TLoU2's campaign is as much a tour de force as it is divisive. Talking about any portion of it here could likely spoil the whole experience for those that have yet to play it, but it's a story that sticks with players whether they like it or not. 

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Combat is improved and more creative than the original, and aside from Ghost of Tsushima and Demon's Souls, it's the best looking game on either the PS4 or PS5. 

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It's not perfect, as we said in our review: "The Last of Us 2 does so many things right, from its engaging story beats to its eye-catching level design. But at the same time, there are more than a few things that Naughty Dog could've, and possibly should've, handled differently." 

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But it's an essential experience that no Sony fan should miss. 

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure

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ESRB: E
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Sackboy: A Big Adventure marks the return of one of Sony's most adorable mascots, this time in an incredibly fun and essential 3D platforming game (LittleBigPlanet is technically 2.5D). 

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The charming narrative of SABA takes Sackboy to five worlds and a multitude of unique and varied stages full of secrets. A time-trial mode extends playtime, and all of Sackboy: A Big Adventure can be played in local co op (online co op is coming later in 2020, but was not available at launch). 

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Our praise-filled review said that, "with an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots. It’s genuinely wonderful to see this PS3 icon return once more, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of him."

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Demon's Souls

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ESRB: M
Price: $69.99
Platforms: PS5
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The game that essentially started the Soulsborne RPG subgenre, Demon's Souls is a remaster (almost remake) of the first Souls title from the PlayStation 3.

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It stays as true to the original as it can, making dramatic improvements to the game's visuals (as expected) and sound design. It also makes understanding some of the game's muddier elements — such as World and Character Tendency — a bit easier. 

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Still, the Souls games aren't for the faint of heart, and Demon's Souls is no different, challenging players every step of the way in a fashion similar to its spiritual successors: Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Despite being a faithful remaster of a 2009 title, Demon's Souls continues to stand tall. Our 9/10 review has this soul-crushing masterpiece regaining its rightful position in the Soulseborne pantheon, saying, "Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience."

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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ESRB: T
Price: $49.99
Platforms: PS5, PS4
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Following in the footsteps of 2018's Marvel's Spider-Man on the PS4, Spider-Man: Miles Morales lets a fantastic new Spidey take the spotlight as New York's primary webslinger. Though the main campaign only comes in at around seven hours — a runtime similar to that of Uncharted: Lost Legacy — it's a gripping and action-packed adventure. 

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Spider-Man: Miles Morales essentially improves upon everything from the 2018 title, which you can read more about in our review, where we said, "it's better than its predecessor in almost every way," and that "the combat, streamlined UI, story, and overall game length is damn near perfect."

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Those who pick up the game's Ultimate Edition on PS5 (either physically or digitally) will also get Marvel's Spider-Man remastered. Those who pick up the standard edition of Miles Morales can upgrade to the Ultimate Edition in the game's main menu for $20. 

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The PS4 version of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales can be upgraded to the PS5 version for free. 

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What gamer doesn't want to add some new games to their collection over the holidays? Especially so soon after a new console launches, as is the case with both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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Luckily, there's only one next-gen exclusive across both platforms: Bluepoint's Demon's Souls remaster for the PS5. Even Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is available on both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Other games, such as Sackboy: A Big Adventure and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales are available on both the PS4 and PS5.  

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In this list, then, we'll be putting the spotlight on some of the best buys for the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 this 2020 holiday season.

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GameSkinny's Best Games of 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/is88r/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/is88r/gameskinnys-best-games-of-2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 09:00:02 -0500 GS_Staff

To look back on the year that was in video games, we've collected our highest-reviewed games of 2020 into a "best of" list. We're a small staff at GameSkinny, so going the traditional "staff voting route" doesn't really make a whole lot of sense for us. The most democratic way to make a list like this is to include any game with a score of "8" or higher. So that's what we've done. 

This list will not include DLCs (such as The Foundation or AWE for Control), expansions (such as Destiny 2 Beyond Light), or hardware reviews. It will contain ports and remakes of games. 

Here are our best games of 2020, starting with a real good one and getting better from there. 

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim

Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Vanillaware
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim mixes smart design with superb storytelling, then slathers the whole package in gorgeous style. 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim spins a web of mystery around you, then chuckles smugly as you think you've found your way out only to realize you're in the middle of a maze.

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A Fold Apart

Publisher: Lightning Rod Games
Developer: Lightning Rod Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS
Rating: 9/10

What we said: A Fold Apart is about hope and how love can get us through even the toughest of times. In that way, it's timeless. 

The game is so incredibly charming and so accurately depicts the rigors and pleasures of being in love that I can't help but adore it. The first title from Lightning Rod Games isn't perfect by definition, but even with a few tiny blemishes, it's only a fold apart. 

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Amnesia: Rebirth

Publisher: Frictional Games
Developer: Frictional Games
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its scares don't reach the heights of the original, Amnesia: Rebirth remains a must-play horror game for delivering a story more akin to a brilliant novel.

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Among Us

Publisher: Innersloth
Developer: Innersloth
Platforms: PC, Switch, Mobile
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Flaws aside, Among Us is a clever game that deserves its time in the spotlight. It works a surprisingly complex concept into a simple and accessible package where matches are quick, fun, usually hilarious, and sometimes even intense.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: The latest Animal Crossing is also the best, full of life, charm, and near-endless ways to make your very own island paradise.

New Horizons is bursting with personality and charm, with opportunities to create something new and completely you. It's compelling and also one of the most chilled out games you'll ever play. In short, there's nothing quite like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Assassin's Creed Valhalla builds its world around a familiar formula, but with a compelling story and plenty of things to do, it's a game series fans will find inviting.

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Astro's Playroom

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team ASOBII
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Astro's Playroom proves that the DualSense's haptics and adaptive triggers are for real — and that Astro Bot could have a very bright future on PlayStation 5. Though it's short and may lack enemy variety, Astro's Playroom makes up for it in character and heart. 

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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Atelier Ayesha DX is a solid entry starting off the Dusk trilogy, with compelling crafting and gameplay loops, as well as plenty of loveable characters. Overall, Atelier Ayesha DX is a great entry in the series whether you're new to it or just finding it now. 

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Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Atelier Escha & Logy DX refines the formula Ayesha laid out and other new features that make it not just the best in the Dusk trilogy, but one of the best Atelier games in general. All in all, Atelier Escha & Logy DX is easily the best entry in the Dusk trilogy  With refined mechanics, better combat, and seriously compelling crafting systems, it even stands among the top entries in the Atelier series on the whole.

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Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

Publisher: Koei Tecmo
Developer: Gust Co. Ltd
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though Atelier Shallie falls short in some ways, it's still a solid package with compelling crafting and combat systems. Atelier Shallie is the weakest part of the Dusk trilogy. It's ambitious in doing away with the time system and trying for a more flexible approach. But there's just not enough worthwhile content to make the freedom and flexibility a satisfying trade-off for the systems it does away with, and it doesn't make good use of its own strengths.

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AO Tennis 2

Publisher: Big Ant Studios
Developer: Big Ant Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: AO Tennis 2 feels like a sports sim built first and foremost to correct its predecessor's mistakes, and that's a directive that pays off for tennis fans. Not without issues, AO Tennis 2 is my pick for the best tennis game on the market today. There's obvious room to grow, but this has quickly become Big Ant's best series in their ever-expanding catalog of sports titles.

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Before We Leave

Publisher: Balancing Monkey Games
Developer: Balancing Monkey Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Before We Leave is a relaxing take on the post-apocalypse and city building, with enough benefits to overcome its hiccups.

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Bloodroots

Publisher: Paper Cult
Developer: Paper Cult
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Bloodroots is a high-speed slash-and-bash extravaganza that always makes you want to beat "just one more level." A good game can be really fun when things are going well and you feel skilled and empowered. A great game remains fun when you feel like a useless idiot who can't do anything right. Bloodroots is a great game. 

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Blood Rage

Publisher: Asmodee
Developer: Exozet Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a strong port of the popular tabletop game that's challenging for both newcomers and veterans alike. Blood Rage: Digital Edition is a really strong port of a popular tabletop game. 

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Battletoads

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Battletoads returns after 26 years, and it's a love letter to gaming past and present. The urgency at which it propels you through its runtime is both a blessing and a curse, as it’s hard to put down but ultimately a short affair. 

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BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Publisher: Awe Interactive
Developer: Awe Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a challenging rhythm shooter that’s difficult to master but highly satisfying. It's not a forgiving experience, and though it's difficult to master, BPM proves surprisingly easy to pick up and play. 

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Bubble Bobble 4 Friends

Publisher: ININ Games
Developer: Taito
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Bubble Bobble 4 Friends is, for the most part, exactly what fans would have hoped for. It’s a modern classic that keeps all the charm we loved about the original 80s game. There’s a significant graphics improvement of course, but the gameplay itself is largely identical.

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Cake Bash

Publisher: High Tea Frog
Developer: Coatsink
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: There’s a lot to love about Cake Bash, and High Tea Frog has made an excellent party game for their debut title. With a variety of entertaining games, some lively stages, and good replayability, it’s a fun experience, especially with friends. We only wish there was more of it on offer. Though some minigames feel a little finicky, it’s otherwise a sweet treat all around.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Treyarch, Raven Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is full of content that series fans will enjoy and offers a few unexpected surprises along the way. The vast amount of content at launch is enough to draw players in, while the promise of more will keep players around. 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Beenox
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered is a mostly commanding return of the game's classic single-player, though not without a few hiccups. It is a functionally updated retelling of a story millions know and played in their formative years. The characters and politics are somehow as relevant today as they were back when the game first released, and it still sounds, plays, and looks better than most shooters on the market.

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Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Tamsoft
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is legitimately the best arcade sports title to come out since Rocket League. The simple, easy truth here is that if you're craving an arcade soccer game, you really should buy Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions. 

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Carrion

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Carrion is a beautifully orchestrated symphony of blood, guts, and dismembered limbs. While Carrion won't win any awards, it plays out much like a late Friday night feature, full of gruesome horror and satisfying effects. More importantly, it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ultimately, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time had a lot riding on it. Being the sequel to a 22-year-old game likely presented Toys for Bob with some developmental challenges, but the development team nailed nearly everything about this sequel. The Crash series has seen its fair share of mediocre (or even bad) entries, but Crash 4 is a big step in the right direction, and the future of the series couldn't be more exciting. 

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Crusader Kings 3

Publisher: Paradox Interactive
Developer: Paradox Development Studio
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Crusader Kings 3 is the best looking and most accessible the series has ever been. If you've always been intrigued by the idea of Crusader Kings but bounced off of it, Crusader Kings 3 is the best way to get started. 

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Deliver Us the Moon

Publisher: Wired Productions
Developer: KeokeN Interactive
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: A narrative journey through space so intriguing and full of compelling puzzles that it easily papers over some minor cracks in execution and major leaps it asks the player to make.

Just as the interesting minutiae of the plot are enough to overcome some of the issues I had with the macro-level concept, the overall experience was more than enough to make up for having one or two bouts of irritation.

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Demon's Souls

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Bluepoint Games
Platforms: PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Demon's Souls is an instant classic, one of those rare retellings that stands triumphantly alongside the original as an essential experience. This remaster stands as a shining example of how transformative reimaginings can be, and how, with loving dedication, a remaster can be just as revolutionary and memorable as its source material.

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Desperados 3

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Mimimi Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Desperados 3 is a much-belated sequel that strikes the right balance between classic gameplay mechanics and modern sensibilities. It's a welcome return for the series. Mimimi Games has proven once again that they know the genre, as both Desperados 3 and Shadow Tactics demonstrate.

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Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition makes a great game even better with a new character, new modes, and overhauled visuals for next-gen consoles. Devil May Cry 5 may not have a whole lot that's truly new to offer, but what it does add and change manages to elevate an already excellent action game into the upper echelon of the entire genre.

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Dirt 5

Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Codemasters
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Dirt 5 continues Codemaster's tradition of creating some of the finest racing games around that have neither the words "Gran," "Forza," or "Speed" in the title.

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Disgaea 4 Complete+

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Disgaea 4 Complete+ is the definitive version of the game, with upgrades galore, tons of content to get lost in, and one of the strongest casts in the series. Disgaea 4 Complete+ is one of the stronger entries in the series, with its outlandish cast and relevant, if loose, story.

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Doom Eternal

Publisher: Bethesda 
Developer: id Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Doom Eternal absolutely delivers on all-fronts by blasting us with one of the most intense and satisfying single-player shooter campaigns in years. From the moment you kill your first enemy with the starting shotgun to when you revel in the explosion of blood from your final enemy, Doom Eternal is a nearly non-stop thrill ride that exceeds almost every expectation.

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Dragon's Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Dragon Quest XI Definitive Edition makes one of the most joyous and downright wonderful gaming experiences of all time even better. The Definitive Edition of Dragon Quest XI is the perfect salve. It's a game unashamed to be a video game, and it's one that embraces its roots in a charming, beautiful way. It's unashamedly jolly and light, but most importantly, it's comforting.

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Dreams

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: On one hand, Dreams is a bottomless bag filled with toys, vignettes, and indie games. On the other, Dreams is a must-own for anyone who's ever been curious about game design. Dreams is the best platform for anybody who loves playing tons of indie games, or who would like to make one themselves, or even just those who'd like to network into a game development community.

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Fall Guys

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Despite unbalanced team-match dynamics and pesky server issues (which the developers are ironing out) sometimes interfering with the fun, the simple approach of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout makes these negatives seem meaningless in the long run. This is not only the game we want in 2020 — but it's the game we need. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a comfort blanket that provides some warm, friendly fun with friends.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake 

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Final Fantasy 7 Remake faithfully updates Midgar and the original’s enigmatic cast of antiheroes for a new generation, masterfully weaving its own grand tale in the process. In fact, it could be the best Final Fantasy game I've ever played — period.

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Fort Triumph

Publisher: All In! Games
Developer: CookieByte Entertainment
Platforms: PC
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Fort Triumph expertly blends genres into a strategy experience that's infinitely fun and endlessly charming. Fort Triumph is just a lot of fun, and the charm oozes from every arrow wound, spell singe, and sword strike, making it a very easy recommendation indeed. 

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Fuser

Publisher: NCSOFT
Developer: Harmonix
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: FUSER would be an incredibly special game if it came out last year. But now, in late 2020, it almost seems necessary. This game is already something very, very special, and it's only going to get better as the community grows. After all, it's always better to make music with friends.

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Gears Tactics

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: The Coalition
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Gears Tactics takes the intense third-person action of the console game into the realm of PC-centric turn-based tactical strategy. Thanks to intuitive controls, Gears Tactics is easy to get into even for players who have never played a turn-based tactical squad game before. It’s just a shame there’s not more here.

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Get Packed

Publisher: Coatsink
Developer: Moonshine Studios
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Get Packed is strangely not the only indie co-op arcade game about moving furniture to launch recently, but it ends up standing out with its own kind of hilarious chaos. Get Packed is playable for up to four players in local or online play and across several modes, including a campaign, versus, and destruction. Whichever you choose, the colorful and bubbly characters and levels you've come to expect from games like this are back once more.

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Ghost of Tsushima

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sucker Punch
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Ghost of Tsushima offers an amazing open-world experience and satisfying combat, only mildly held back by its writing and characters. Ghost of Tsushima does a lot of things right. Its got fun combat, a wonderfully designed world, and top-notch sound design. Neither the story nor the characters moved me in any real way, even though I could tell both were trying.

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Ghostrunner

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: One More Level
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: In Ghostrunner, a single slash divides life and death. It's fast, frenetic, and, even in the face of its weaker moments, endlessly satisfying. Ghostrunner offers satisfying combat in a well-constructed, beautiful cyberpunk world. You will feel more and more powerful as the game moves on, and moving through the world is always a wonderful experience.

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Hades

Publisher: Supergiant Games
Developer: Supergiant Games
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Hades is everything great about the roguelite genre all but perfected. Few games aim as high, and fewer still reach their goals. Hades does, exceeding even the loftiest expectations.

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Half-Life: Alyx

Publisher: Valve
Developer: Valve
Platforms: PC
Rating: 10/10

What we said: While the "VR-only" part may alienate many current PC gamers, it's a triumph that a VR title as excellent as Alyx exists at all.

The release of a VR game like Half-Life: Alyx is a momentous occasion. Not only is this one of the very first AAA VR games to break the bubble, but it's also a revival of one of the most beloved game franchises on the planet, following up on a nearly 13-year hiatus that left us all on a very inconvenient cliffhanger.

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Huntdown

Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Developer: Easy Trigger Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Huntdown is a throwback run and gun shooter that cares about style and rewards precision. Huntdown understands the genre and its influences, and it carves its own path. It's short enough that you can play through it in a single sitting, taking four to six hours, depending on the difficulty you choose. 

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Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Omega Force
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a heck of a Warriors game and a fantastic love letter to Breath of the Wild and Zelda in general. Maybe Age of Calamity is a stop-gap to tide fans over until Breath of the Wild 2, but no effort was spared in making it a quality game.

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Iron Harvest

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: King Art Games
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Iron Harvest leverages its unique setting and strong design into an impressive and memorable RTS. If you're looking for a strong, single-player RTS with a unique world to explore, Iron Harvest is a perfect option. 

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Immortals Fenyx Rising

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer:  Ubisoft Quebec
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna
Rating: 8/10

What we said: It may look like a Breath of the Wild clone, but Immortals Fenyx Rising has a lot of unique charm that makes it a must-play for fans of the genre. Immortals Fenyx Rising has undeniable charm. Your mileage may vary, but don't sleep on this one. It's worth the adventure.

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Journey to the Savage Planet

Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Typhoon Studios
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Journey to the Savage Planet is a satirical and colorful Metroidvania that survives its corny jokes thanks to fun traversal and worthwhile exploration. With an intriguing world and creature design, the right amount of retro principles, and a surprisingly long post-credits tail worth chasing, Journey to the Savage Planet is a light-hearted, charming debut from a promising new studio.

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Melody of Memory is a nostalgic, rhythmic celebration of Kingdom Hearts that fans of the series and the genre will adore. Drawing upon a rich soundtrack that ranges from original songs to Disney hits, there’s a lot to love in this new spin-off, but don’t expect any major story developments.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

Publisher: THQ Nordic
Developer: Kaiko
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning changes little from its original release because it doesn't need to. This is immediately one of the best RPGs you can play this entire generation.

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Kunai

Publisher: The Arcade Crew
Developer: TurtleBlaze
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Classic components come together to form a stellar slashing platformer, with the titular kunai providing a particularly high note.

Metroidvania games remain a popular niche in the gaming community with good reason, and KUNAI is a worthwhile addition to the genre. It's easy to pick up and get going, but it provides enough escalation as you progress to keep you interested as you move from sector to sector, picking up new toys and perks along the way.

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Maneater

Publisher: Tripwire Interactive
Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Maneater's deep combat and deeper oceans provide just the type of blissful escapism we need right now. Even if it wasn’t on your radar at all, Maneater is a title that will gobble you up for a few hours of blissful escapism. 

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer:  Insomniac Games
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Insomniac wanted to please Miles Morales fans with their latest Spider-Man adventure. The result is a damn near perfect action-adventure game. It’s also close to being perfect when it comes to representation. Black and brown people fill out most of the roles and do so with gusto. Their performances, at times, eclipsing what came before. I’m thoroughly pleased with what Insomniac has accomplished.

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Magic: ManaStrike

Publisher: Netmarble
Developer: Netmarble
Platforms: Android
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Magic: ManaStrike is a very familiar strategy game that includes some classic characters to make for an all-around fun time. There is a constant stream of rewards for those who don't want to spend money, too, so you never feel hamstrung for not wanting to buy in-game items. It's fun and has enough depth to make for some interesting strategies, the more you play. 

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Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection is an excellent little package that is sure to please fans both old and new.

Overall, you'd be hard-pressed to beat the Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection. All of the games are enjoyable, the new features make them far easier to consume for modern players, and the love to the series spills out of every frame. It's just a very good collection of very good games, even if the title is utterly absurd. 

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Metro Redux 

Publisher: Koch Media
Developer:  4A Games
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Metro Redux arrives on the Nintendo Switch with a bombastic statement: absolutely nobody's safe from Switch-ification. 

Metro Redux on Switch feels like one of those rare Switch games that shouldn't exist. I mean that in a very, very good way. I also mean it in the sense that, thematically and technically, it doesn't seem like it would be a great natural fit for Nintendo's portable gaming console.

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MLB The Show 20

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: SIE San Diego
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: MLB The Show 20 doesn't rewrite the script, but its numerous tweaks to gameplay, modes, and options makes it the best baseball game around. MLB The Show 20 still feels like the most complete baseball title available — comfortably so, in fact. But it doesn't feel like a significant evolution over last year's entry in the series. 

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Mortal Shell

Publisher: Playstack
Developer: Cold Symmetry 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Far from being a pretender, Mortal Shell is a sometimes exceptional entry to the genre. Its stumbles are noticeable only because there is so much to enjoy.

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Moving Out

Publisher: Team17
Developer:  SMG Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Moving Out's familiar brand of local-multiplayer party-game fun lets everyone join in on the fun, laughter, and cursing. Whatever your preference is, Moving Out certainly provides the same flavor of co-operative tension and burst-out-loud laughter as Overcooked. 

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Murder by Numbers

Publisher: The Irregular Corporation
Developer: Mediatonic
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Murder by Numbers is an exquisite detective puzzler with wonderful writing, gorgeous graphics, and masterful music. The comparisons to the Phoenix Wright series are instantly evident. Not only do the visuals share the same motif of hand-drawn 2D sprites, speech boxes, and thick lines, but the gameplay is very similar, too. 

The soundtrack is lively, bouncy, and upbeat. It's inspirational and uplifting when the moment is happy, it's imposing and harsh when the pressure is on, and it's cold and gloomy when the protagonist doubts themselves. 

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My Hero One's Justice 2

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Byking 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: My Hero One's Justice 2 is a lot like the original, with a few minor adjustments that might entice you to enter the arena once again. Make no mistake, My Hero One's Justice 2 is a good, fun arena brawler on its own merits. Taken on its own, the game really does provide an amazing adaptation of the My Hero Academia franchise.

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NHL 21

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA Vancouver
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: NHL 21 provides more of the same, and with the uncertainty of the real world season, even less of what few changes fans come to expect of yearly releases.

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Nioh 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Team Ninja
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Nioh 2 takes everything great about the first game and dials it up. Despite a few returning gremlins, this is an instant hit for fans of the series. Nioh 2 is essentially more Nioh, but better. Fans of the series will find plenty to enjoy here, and newcomers won't feel like they had to play the first game to appreciate what it has to offer.

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Not for Broadcast

Publisher: TinyBuild Games
Developer: NotGames
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Who knew that overseeing a bunch of media personalities who say so little by saying so much could be so fun? Not For Broadcast is excellently paced. As soon as you pull up behind the switchboard, you're presented with a smorgasbord of screens, buttons, and switches. While it would be easy to overwhelm new players with options, the game takes it slow.

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4

Publisher: Bandai Namco
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is not only one of the best One Piece games but possibly one of the best Musou games around. When you throw in the ability to grind out your skill trees and chase ever more impressive kill counts, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is a game with an incredible level of replayability.

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One Step From Eden

Publisher: Humble Bundle
Developer: Thomas Moon Kang
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: One Step From Eden is a fantastic rogue-like deck-building game that is a few small tweaks away from perfection. Like most roguelites, One Step From Eden is brimming with replay value but can easily be played in short stints, too; each run takes 30-60 minutes to complete — or, more often, 5-10 minutes to lose.

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Ori and the Will of the Wisps 

Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
Developer: Moon Studios
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is another triumph return for the series — a beautiful game with only the smallest blemishes to its luster. If you want to play a beautiful, often difficult Metroidvania with some of the most satisfying combat and traversal mechanics the genre has to offer, Ori and the Will of the Wisps will give you plenty to be excited about.

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Othercide

Publisher: 
Developer: 
Initial Release Date: 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Othercide is a modern gothic take on turn-based tactics. It's stylish, difficult, and a solid addition to the genre. If you want a tough take on turn-based tactics, Othercide is a great pick-up. If you've tried the genre before and bounced off because of the gameplay, it isn't going to change your mind.

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Orcs Must Die 3

Publisher: Google
Developer: Robot Entertainment
Platforms: Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Though its name offers no way around it, the creative ways you dispatch foes makes Orcs Must Die 3 perhaps the most addictive Stadia exclusive to date.

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Orwell's Animal Farm

Publisher: The Dairymen
Developer: Nerial 
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Orwell's Animal Farm faithfully recreates and even reinvents the classic allegory at a time when it's never been more relevant for some players. There's absolutely an audience for this game, and if you find yourself in it, Orwell's Animal Farm is a timely, effective reimagining of one of the last century's most notable allegories.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Despite a combat system that gets old quickly, Paper Mario: The Origami King's writing, puzzles, and worldbuilding make it the best entry since The Thousand-Year Door.

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Persona 5 Royal

Publisher: Atlus USA
Developer:  P-Studio
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Persona 5 Royal improves on the original in almost countless ways, big and small, to deliver a top-notch RPG for new and old fans alike. If you haven't played Persona 5 countless times, you're in for a real treat. Persona 5 Royal is easily the best Persona game yet and one of the best RPGs available right now.

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Pikmin 3

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Eighting 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Pikmin 3 Deluxe is the best the series has to offer, a showcase of creative design and smart strategy. It's one of the most enjoyable experiences on the Switch.

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Pumpkin Jack

Publisher: Headup
Developer: Nicolas Meyssonnier
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: With levels reminiscent of beloved 3D platformers and an irresistible audiovisual experience, playing Pumpkin Jack this Halloween is exciting and youthful like trick-or-treaters finding the house giving out full-size candy bars.

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Rune Factory 4 Special

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Neverland
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Rune Factory 4 is an abundant RPG, full of fun characters, things to do, and a compelling network of interlocking systems. While Rune Factory 4 might not reach the epic heights of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 or Dragon Quest 11 S, and as a simulator, it might get overlooked for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, Rune Factory 4 manages to be something else entirely and manages it very well.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Resident Evil 3 is a decent horror-action game that falls short of the Resident Evil 2 standard. To be fair, though, RE3 is trying some new things. It's much more of a straightforward action game than RE2, keeping a lot of the trappings of survival horror while emphasizing RE4-style shoot-'em-up gameplay. 

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Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft
Developer: Mages Inc.
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Robotics;Notes ELITE & DaSH give fans lighthearted adventures with the Robot Research Club in the Science Adventure universe. Fans of the Science Adventure series, and visual novels in general, will enjoy Robotics;Notes ELITE. While it doesn’t quite reach the incredibly soaring highs of Steins;Gate, it is more enjoyable than the underwhelming Chaos;Head.

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Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5
Rating: 9/10

What we said: After a six-year absence, PlayStation’s knitted icon returns in stunning form in one of the year's best platformers. With an A-list cast, superb visuals, and some strong co-op gameplay, Sackboy: A Big Adventure successfully proves that Sackboy can thrive without LittleBigPlanet’s creation mechanics, all while still paying homage to his roots.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

Publisher: XSEED
Developer: Edelweiss
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a bold genre fusion that pays off with superb farming and combat systems plus a cast of characters you'll remember for a long time to come. It might ask you to take it on its own terms from time to time, but that's a small price to pay when the experience is this rewarding and unique.

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Sakura Wars

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Sakura Wars' unique LIPS system, thoroughly charming cast of characters, and great writing more than make up for its less than stellar combatIt's a strong reboot, and one I truly hope heralds an encore for the series. There's nothing else quite like Sakura Wars, and that's a compliment.

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Samurai Shodown

Publisher: SNK
Developer: SNK
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: 2019's Samurai Shodown is finally available for the Switch, bringing one of the foundational Japanese fighting games to a brand-new audience. Samurai Shodown has managed to make the trip to the Switch without sacrificing more than a little bit of graphical fidelity. 

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Sayonara Wild Hearts

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Developer: Simogo 
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 10/10

What we said: In its one-hour runtime, Sayonara Wild Hearts transcends video games and becomes not just a playable pop album, but a hypnotic self-help soundtrack. It's an endorphin factory. Sayonara Wild Hearts is more than a game for me. It's a catharsis vessel. It's a story of self-love. It's a reminder that some things break but that doesn't make us broken. It was once a dream and now forever a memory. It's transcendent and undying, but, of course, it is. Wild Hearts Never Die. 

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Serious Sam 4

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: Croteam 
Platforms: PC, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Serious Sam 4 is a delightfully old-school first-person shooter that doesn't bring a ton of new stuff to the table but still hits all the right notes. Serious Sam 4 is a strong, polished, old-school shooter. The massive, open-air firefights are a fairly unique element to first-person shooters, and panicked kiting of hundreds of enemies is the name of the game.

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Shantae and the Seven Sirens

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a welcome return of a now-classic platforming series. Shantae has been weaving her magic for nearly 20 years and still feels distinctive amidst the sea of other platformers. Her latest romp might not feel quite as fresh as Half-Genie Hero, but it’s still a worthwhile, highly entertaining adventure.

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Spiritfarer

Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Developer: Thunder Lotus Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Spiritfarer is a finely crafted piece of artistic commentary on what it means to let go, and it's far and away one of the best games to come out of 2020.

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Star Wars Squadrons

Publisher: Motive Studios
Developer: EA
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Star Wars Squadrons is an instant classic and an ode to the space combat sims that came before it. Squadrons does a lot of things right. And it's the closest thing to a new X-Wing or Tie Fighter we're going to get. Though it's a stand-alone game, it's also a fantastic complement to Battlefront 2's starfighter assault mode, giving aces new and old two very good options to choose from. 

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Stories Untold

Publisher: Devolver Digital
Developer: No Code
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Stories Untold is a boundlessly smart and stylish adventure game that both celebrates the past while changing the future. Stories Untold is a unique adventure game smothered in atmosphere. Switch players will have to contend with the port's less-than-ideal UI, but provided they can get over that relatively small hump, the rest of the game is an unsettling, intelligent, fourth-wall-breaking success.

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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Publisher: Natsume
Developer: Marvelous Interactive
Platforms: PC, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town might not re-invent the wheel, but it's an excellent reminder why the formula the original helped create is so beloved and long-lasting.

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Streets of Rage 4

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Streets of Rage 4 is a surprisingly decent return to form for a franchise that's been collecting dust for over 25 years. It plays a bit of a trick on you if you’re a fan of this sort of game, where you fall into your old patterns almost immediately, but the game is built to smack you down if you do. Instead, it’s got a simple combat system with some real depth to it, and which only gets more fun as you add players in co-op.

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Surgeon Simulator 2

Publisher: Bossa Studios
Developer: Bossa Studios
Platforms: PC
Rating: 8/10

What we said: While some sequels fail to build upon the entries that came before them, turning into bloated, convoluted messes, Surgeon Simulator 2 reshapes the original idea into something entirely new. 

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Little effort was put into modernizing Super Mario 3D All-Stars, and somehow, that's still more than enough. Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a satisfying gift for the series' 35th anniversary.

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Super Mega Baseball 3

Publisher: Metalhead Software
Developer: Metalhead Software
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Super Mega Baseball has never been given the accolades it's deserved, but this is the year baseball fans will finally notice this all-star. Don't let a lack of MLB licensing turn you away. This is a serious baseball sim in every way except for the silly naming conventions of its athletes.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nihon Falcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Trails of Cold Steel 4 brings the Cold Steel series to a spectacular conclusion with some of the best storytelling in the genre and improvements to every gameplay system.

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The Last of Us 2

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Naughty Dog 
Platforms: PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Last of Us 2 is an emotional rollercoaster that doesn't always hit the mark with what it tries to pull off. It does, however, provide enough amazing highs to outweigh its unfortunate lows.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Publisher: Skydance Interactive
Developer: Skydance Interactive 
Platforms: PC, PS4
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners would be a great game even if it wasn't in VR. Suffice it to say Saints & Sinners definitely suffers from some modern-day VR problems, but it's still a great sign of the immersive and exciting things to come.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Vicarious Visions
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 makes good on its promise of revitalizing a legendary franchise, but it's modern twists aren't all clean landed.

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Vitamin Connection

Publisher: WayForward
Developer: WayForward
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Vitamin Connection is one of the best games on Switch. It's extremely fun, creative, and great with a friend. An easy pill to swallow. To bring this love-letter in disguise to a close: Vitamin Connection is a game that everybody should play. 

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Void Terrarium

Publisher: NIS America
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Platforms: PS4, Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: There's a lot to love about Void Terrarium, with its touching story and unique approach to the mystery dungeon genre, even if does occasionally frustrate. Void Terrarium is special for how it balances challenge and accessibility to create its own unique identity, a balancing act many other games struggle with. If you're new to the genre, it's a great place to start.

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Wasteland 3

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: InXile Entertainment
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Wasteland 3 invokes feelings of classic RPGs such as Fallout and manages to nail the feel and tone perfectly in a modernized setting. While the game often falls into some of the genre's more vexing traps, such as percentage damage idiosyncrasies and lackluster character models, it’s hard to deny its engaging power. 

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Watch Dogs: Legion

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Toronto
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia
Rating: 8/10

What we said: Watch Dogs: Legion throws out a decade of Ubisoft's cluttered-map open worlds in favor of exciting systems that deliver unique emergent moments consistently. Watch Dogs: Legion drastically revises the Ubisoft open-world blueprint it has leaned on for over a decade. 

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Wintermoor Tactics Club

Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: EVC
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Rating: 8/10

What we said: The indie strategy game Wintermoor Tactics Club is one of the better children's books I've ever played. Kids will love it, but adults may find it too simple. Really, the highest recommendation I can make for Wintermoor Tactics Club is that it’s a funny, weirdly true-feeling interactive children’s book, with just enough tactical action to keep you interested throughout.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Monolith Soft 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition makes one of the best RPGs even better, despite not spreading its improvements evenly over the whole package.

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Ryo Ga Gotoku Studio
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S 
Rating: 10/10

What we said: Yakuza: Like A Dragon isn't just a great Yakuza title — it's legitimately one of the best modern role-playing games there is. Yakuza: Like A Dragon is an uplifting and hopeful story told with heart, supported by satisfying RPG gameplay and a host of entertaining side-missions and minigames. 

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Ys Origin

Publisher: Dotemu
Developer: Dotemu 
Platforms: Switch
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ys Origin on Switch is one of the most focused, fluid, and exhilarating action RPGs around. Read our review to see why it absolutely should be on your radar.

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Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Publisher: Rebellion 
Developer: Rebellion
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
Rating: 9/10

What we said: Ever wanted to dodge zombie sharks while on a quest to destroy the undead animated by evil wizard-Hitler? Well, it doesn't get much better than Zombie Army 4. The game's shooting mechanics, its level design, and its ranking system come together in a much more satisfying way [than the core Sniper Elite series]. 

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That's it for our list of the best games of 2020. What were your favorite games? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Top 10 Remakes/Remasters of All Time https://www.gameskinny.com/b1eoa/top-10-remakesremasters-of-all-time https://www.gameskinny.com/b1eoa/top-10-remakesremasters-of-all-time Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:02:55 -0400 Daniel Hollis

With the next-generation of consoles right around the corner, now is the time for reflection. A look back at the many games that have released over the years and left an impact in the world of gaming, but perhaps more importantly, those remakes and remasters that have breathed new life into classic games. 

As this generation ends a wealth of older titles are receiving a revival and a new chance to find an audience. From Destroy All Humans to Mafia: Definitive Edition, these games didn’t necessarily sell millions of copies such as The Last of Us Part II, but they made an impact on an audience, warranting the desire for a reimagining.

So, let’s look back over the top most notable remasters and remakes of all time!

10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Admittedly on launch, The Master Chief Collection hit quite a few snags. The multiplayer was a mess and practically unplayable. It took the development team years to get it sorted, but boy, was it worth the wait.

The Master Chief Collection bundles every single one of the Master Chief’s adventures into one concise package. Perhaps one of the most wonderful things about the collection is how further adventures have been added over time.

Halo 3: ODST and Halo; Reach have both joined the fray. The game now works flawlessly, with players able to jump between the history of the Halo franchise with ease. It’s accessible, massive and a must have for fans of the series.

9. Okami

When Okami first came out, it was easy to dismiss the title as just another Zelda clone. To a certain extent it is, but Okami boasts such an impressive visual art style and unique setting that it’s hard not to fall in love with the world it’s built.

Drenched in Japanese folklore, Okami is an adventure filled with personality, character and a joyous experience to uncover as you mark your path in the world and are equipped with a magical celestial brush that acts as a means to explore the land even further.

The remaster gives players another chance, even better is the Nintendo Switch port which allows players to use the touch screen for the brush strokes. Magical.

8. Metroid: Samus Returns

The Metroid formula has been replicated hundreds of times since its incarnation. You can’t play many games without stumbling into the formula being utilised in some way or another. The term Metroidvania gets thrown around fairly often, but Metroid: Samus Returns is based on the genre's origins. 

Working as a remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus, the new incarnation reworks the popular franchise and encourages a new audience to see what the fuss is about. Sporting precise controls, intricate level design and dozens of secrets to uncover, it’s easy to see why the franchise is so popular and why so many titles used the concept for their own ideas.

7. The PS3’s Platforming Remasters

The PlayStation 2 was home to the ignition of many platforming giants. Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter, and Sly Cooper. All made their mark and all were able to form incredible trilogies across the generation. Sadly, those who didn’t own the console missed out on some of the most incredible platformers of our time. 

Then the PS3 released and across its lifespan each mascot was granted a new opportunity to show the world just what fantastic little gems each one was.

Each trilogy was beautifully remastered with gorgeous HD visuals and came bundled with dozens of hours worth of content. It was a wonderful chance to relive adventures with old friends and bring an entirely new audience into the magnificent worlds that each game produced.

6. Shadow of the Colossus Remake

While the murky colour palette of the original served well at the time, with age it’s become a bit of an eye sore. Even with the PS3 remaster, the world was still missing that tiny bit of life to elevate its majesty.

In comes the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus, which not only takes the pitch perfect gameplay of the original, but infuses a truly stunning graphics engine to provide the world the grandeur it deserves.

Taking down these goliaths with more elaborate animations and detailed physical structures is truly breath-taking. Despite being based off an older title, it manages to modernise it to today’s standards while truly capturing the spirit of the source material. A masterpiece.

5. Yakuza Franchise

Yakuza’s rise of popularity in the west over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable. The niche franchise has garnered a huge fan base and as a result, the entire series is now playable on the PS4.

Not only that, but with each new installment ported over, many graphical upgrades and gameplay improvements have been made. Yakuza Kiwami 2 for example is a remake of the second game using the engine used in Yakuza 6.

Having the whole collection on one system is pretty neat and a fantastic way to experience Kiryu's story.

4. Black Mesa

While fans desperately claw to find any information regarding Half-Life 3, Black Mesa is a fan made remake of the original. Originating as a mod, it was quickly greenlit by Valve to receive the full remake treatment.

Black Mesa manages to modernise an already classic game with a brand new lick of paint and creating a more realised world. It’s easy to see why the Half-Life series is so well loved and how fans are desperate for a conclusion to the story when the original entry contains a fantastic story and addictive first-person gameplay.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Zelda series is no stranger to getting remastered. Entries have been given a new lease of life multiple times on various systems, but nothing quite like how Link’s Awakening was crafted.

As a ground-up remake, Link’s Awakening is a gorgeous recreation of a beloved game. Perhaps one of the lesser known titles in the series, the Nintendo Switch reincarnation manages to bring a beautifully realised world to life through a toy-like aesthetic. It’s a new art style for the franchise and one that works.

The open ended nature of Link’s Awakening fits perfectly in today’s standards as players can experiment, explore and uncover the mysteries of the world organically.

2. Final Fantasy VII Remake

Hype around this game circulated for years. The development cycle was long, but ultimately worth it. Final Fantasy VII Remake did something pretty unique. Instead of remaking the whole game, the first part was essentially expanded and examined for a fully fledged experience.

This gave fans the chance to explore the world they’d grown to love over the years in a new light. Simply more than a mere graphical upgrade, the remake adds dozens of hours of new content and even significantly changes up the story. So now, when part two arrives, even those who are familiar with the narrative will be privy to a few wholesome surprises.

1. Resident Evil 2 Remake

I never got the opportunity to dive into the original Resident Evil series. As a horror fan I was doing myself a massive disservice and betraying the genre as a whole. Obviously when the remake hit shelves it was an experience that begged to be delved into and unsurprisingly enough, it became one of the best horror games of all time.

The change to a third person perspective pushed players closer to the horror and the updated graphics engine made Racoon City a truly desolate environment to chip away at. The remake served as a love letter to the original game, made by fans for the fans. Oh, and I still have nightmares about Mr. X to this day.

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Whether you feel the time for remakes and remakes is over or not, it's hard to deny the power and effort that entries have attempted. Any favourites we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Advent Children Crossover Event is Live https://www.gameskinny.com/kb49a/final-fantasy-brave-exvius-advent-children-crossover-event-is-live https://www.gameskinny.com/kb49a/final-fantasy-brave-exvius-advent-children-crossover-event-is-live Thu, 07 May 2020 13:34:36 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Final Fantasy 7 is back in a big way, thanks to the spectacular Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Possibly in honor of the remake's bold take on the JRPG classic (or not), Square Enix has announced a Final Fantasy 7 Advent Children crossover for the mobile title Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.

The event is live now and runs through May 20. While Advent Children might not have been the follow-up Final Fantasy 7 fans wanted, it at least provided Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockheart with some snazzy new duds and abilities.

These carry over into Brave Exvius. On top of their Advent Children outfits, Cloud and Tifa get a bundle of new moves, too, including new Limit Breaks. You can check those out in the video at the top of this post, courtesy of the Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Twitter account.

The crossover brings with it a handful of special events. One is the Midgar's Edge event, where you can earn special currency to swap for rewards like Enlightenment Keys.

All Final Fantasy Brave Exvius players get a range of bonuses starting today as well. Exchange Coins are one of them, which you can use to summon Final Fantasy characters, and there are also 4-star EX+ Summoning Tickets. Anyone who logs in daily starting today gets a Prism at the end of the event; Prisms let you upgrade units into their 7-star forms. No more holding back.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is free to play on iOS and Android, and we think it's one of the best mobile titles you can find. If you're just getting started, check out our tips for new FF Brave Exvius players, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy news as it develops.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Plot Will Stick to the Original — Mostly https://www.gameskinny.com/m39ai/final-fantasy-7-remake-plot-will-stick-to-the-original-mostly https://www.gameskinny.com/m39ai/final-fantasy-7-remake-plot-will-stick-to-the-original-mostly Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:38:32 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Update 4/28: Twitter user @DKHF_ provided some additional comments from the Ultimania book. Producer Yoshinore Kitase said it's not feasible to put out the FF7 Remake chapter two within the next year and still maintain the same level of quality. There's no speculative release window, but if it's more than a year away, that means it'll likely release on PlayStation 5 as well. Kitase and co-director Tetsuya Nomura also mentioned they will keep locations and scenes from the original that fans "expect."

The original story follows below.

The new book Final Fantasy VII Remake Ultimania recently launched in Japan, featuring factoids about the game and interviews with the development team. Some of those snippets confirm what we already know, while others have co-director Tetsuya Nomura and producer Yoshinori Kitase commenting on Final Fantasy 7 Remake's story and where it goes from here.

There are some spoilers for FF7 Remake's ending here, so if you haven't finished it yet, just go read our FF7R review instead.

The translations of these tidbits come from Gematsu.

The big takeaway from these interviews involves Final Fantasy 7 Remake part two. Nomura and Kitase confirm part two's development is well underway, which we already knew. What it looks like and how many subparts it has, however, is another matter.

When asked how many parts FF7 Remake will have in total, Nomura said:

That depends on how many parts there are. If divided into bigger parts it will take a bit of time, and if into smaller parts we will be able to release it in a shorter span. Personally I’d like to release it sooner.

Kitase was asked the same question and responded:

We have a rough idea, but haven’t exactly decided yet. It’s not something we can definitively say. The widespread speculation seems to be that it’ll be a trilogy.

So we may get two more big-ish games or some smaller ones... or who knows really.

Either way, the remainder of FF7R's story is equally up in the air it seems. Twitter user @DHKF_ mentioned another quote from Nomura that says, "I can't let you know the true meaning of "Remake" yet. Talk to me in a few years (laughs)."

USGamer picked up on a tweet from @aitaikimochi where Kitase says the next parts of the story won't deviate much from the original.

And yet Kitase also said in the snippets Gematsu translated:

I can’t answer any further since we aren’t done telling the story. The final scene that has a certain character remain alive is a key moment to this game’s mystery.

So basically, we have absolutely no idea what we'll get with the rest of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Maybe that's for the best though. The original story is over on Gematsu. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 7 Remake news as it develops.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: How to Beat Hell House https://www.gameskinny.com/x23zz/final-fantasy-7-remake-how-to-beat-hell-house https://www.gameskinny.com/x23zz/final-fantasy-7-remake-how-to-beat-hell-house Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:46:14 -0400 Serhii Patskan

At the end of the Corneo Colosseum mission in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, you'll fight one of the hardest bosses in the game: Hell House. This boss has some big surprises behind its walls, so be well prepared for the fight. You will find all the necessary tips on how to beat Hell House in our guide below.

Before attempting to beat Hell House, be sure to equip four elemental materias, such as ice, wind, fire, and lightning. 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: How to Beat Hell House

Hell House Phase 1

This phase lasts until Hell House's life total drops to 75%. During this phase, Hell House doesn't do much except throw some furniture at you. Do nothing but avoid the hits. You'll get a chance to hit back soon enough.

During the following attack stage, Hell House will throw some stuffed toys at you. These are bombs that explode on impact. You will need to move around the arena to avoid them all. 

Finally, Hell House will attempt to absorb Cloud or Aerith; it's part of its Hospitality attack pattern. This is your chance to start dealing damage in conjunction with its current elemental resistances.

You can identify resistances by looking at the colors of Hell House's windows:

  • Red = Fire
  • Yellow = Lightning
  • Blue = Ice
  • Green = Wind

Use Aerith's elemental spells to counter these resistances:

  • Use Ice on Fire (Red)
  • Use Wind on Lightning (Yellow)
  • Use Fire on Ice (Blue)
  • Use Lightning on Wind (Green)
Hell House Phase 2

When Hell House's life total drops to 75%, it will activate its robotic limbs and start chasing you around. Hell House will also activate an additional energy barrier that will protect it from both physical and elemental damage.

At first, avoid Hell House's charge attacks by moving sideways. When it activates its Jetstream attack (shooting flames of fire all around), use Ice spells in response. This will make Hell House angry, and that's when it will activate its God House mode and its barrier.

Fortunately, the robotic limbs will not be protected, so focus all your attacks at them for now. When Hell House gets weaker, it will drop the barrier, and that's when you hit it right in the front door using the same elemental response attacks as above.

Here are some extra tips for Phase 2:

  • Use Poison to keep dealing damage to Hell House even when the barrier is up.
  • Hell House changes elemental resistances after each Barrier Shift phase.
  • Summons are practically useless against Hell House, so don't waste your time using them.
Hell House Phase 3

As Hell House's life total drops below 50%, it will activate its flying ability during the final third phase, which is rather dangerous. Don't try to hit Hell House in the air, but focus on avoiding its Chair Salvo attack that drops flaming chair bombs from the air. This attack will start a countdown.

When the countdown is over, Hell House will drop to the ground and enter its second phase once again, with the barrier and the Hospitality absorbing attack. Be ready to heal Cloud, who will most likely get absorbed more often than Aerith.

Rinse and repeat until you deplete the rest of Hell House's health bar. 

Here are some extra tips for Phase 3:

  • Use Revival Materia to bring back to life a downed partner.
  • Use Aerith's Limit Break Level 2 spell to make your party immune to damage for a limited period of time.
  • Use Barrier spell to further protect your party, when the immunity spell wears off.

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That's it on how to beat Hell House boss in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. For more Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides, check out the list below:

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Where to Find the Keycard in Chapter 3 https://www.gameskinny.com/fnqcz/final-fantasy-7-remake-where-to-find-the-keycard-in-chapter-3 https://www.gameskinny.com/fnqcz/final-fantasy-7-remake-where-to-find-the-keycard-in-chapter-3 Sat, 18 Apr 2020 11:01:32 -0400 Gabriel Moss

Having trouble getting the keycard to the door in the Abandoned Talagger Factory in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Chapter 3?

If so, it's no big deal! We've gone through the quest "Just Flew in From the Graveyard" and done our fair share of keycard collecting already, so we'll explain just how it's done.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Where to Find the Keycard in Chapter 3

The sixth and final sidequest of Chapter 3 is unlocked once you've completed the others before it, namely the one where the Junk Dealer sends you into the Abandoned Talagger Factory in the quest titled "Nuisance in the Factory."

Called "Just Flew In From the Graveyard," a local named Gwen (waiting at the gates to Sector 6, where the two Shinra guards are standing) will send you back to the Abandoned Talagger Factory to kill a cerulean drake for her.

The only problem is that this drake is hidden behind a locked door on the opposite side of the factory. She'll tell you that in order to unlock the aforementioned door, you need to "smash any boxes nearby."

She isn't joking about this. Smashing virtually any boxes inside of the Abandoned Talagger Factory zone can get you the "watch security key" to open the locked door to the cerulean drake.

Just run around and smash any of the boxes you see until you get a 'watch security key', then you can go back and unlock the door.

If you run out of boxes to smash, just keep running back and forth inside of the factory. Boxes will respawn as you move around from room to room, but so will monsters, so be careful and make sure to heal after every battle.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Corneo's Secret Stash Walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/sd0wx/final-fantasy-7-remake-corneos-secret-stash-walkthrough https://www.gameskinny.com/sd0wx/final-fantasy-7-remake-corneos-secret-stash-walkthrough Sat, 18 Apr 2020 11:12:59 -0400 Gabriel Moss

So you're playing Final Fantasy 7 Remake and you've run across a few locked doors engraved with red dragons (and treasure visibly piled behind them!), and you're curious about how to get inside and pick up the loot. This guide walks you through all of the steps of the "Corneo's Secret Stash" quest in Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Don't worry, we've got you covered. We go over how to complete the quest for the missing key and beat the Beastmaster and Hellhound, and then we'll go over each stash location. 

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Corneo's Secret Stash Walkthrough

Once you've reached Chapter 14, pop on over to the Sector 5 Slums and meet up with your old pal, Damon the news reporter. He'll send you off on a quest to find a missing key.

Before doing so, you'll also want to swing by the Sector 5 Slums Train Station and grab the Tomboy Bandit quest off of Johnny. Both quests point you to the abandoned chapel, which is where you'll meet Kyrie.

After a short dialog sequence, Kyrie asks you to fight in her place at the Colosseum (underneath Wall Market) in exchange for the key that the reporter has asked you to find.

Once you reach the Colisseum, speak to the handler to enter the special battle. You'll fight the Beastmaster and the Hellhound, which are tough together but can be taken down one-by-one.

Hit the Beastmaster with regular attacks and Fire attacks. As for the Hellhound, you can quickly stagger it by hitting its red-colored flaming head with Ice magic and its purple-colored flaming head with Cure magic.

Return to Kyrie at the chapel after winning the fight, and the key to Corneo's secret stash is all yours. At this point, you can now return to Johnny to complete Tomboy Bandit as well.

Corneo Stash #1: Collapsed Expressway

As you're first entering the Caved-In Tunnel part of the Collapsed Expressway, take a left turn at the first turn-in and find the stash. This is where you'll pick up the Diamond Tiara key item as well.

Corneo Stash #2: Steel Mountain

Head over to the Steel Mountain section of the Sector 5 Slums and up the steps to the Corneo stash that you might have first spotted during Chapter 8. It's open now! Get inside and grab all the treasure, which includes a bevy of Moogle Medals and the Ruby Tiara key item.

Corneo Stash #3: Sewers

This is the trickiest one to get into. In order to do this, you'll need to progress the story forward if you haven't yet. Just head on over to Don Corneo's house and Leslie will be there waiting for you, at which point he'll run you through the Sewers again and take you where you need to go.

If you've already been through the Sewers part of the main story in Chapter 14, just pop into the Urban Advancement District and through the fenced gate, which allows you to climb back into the Sewers whenever you want during Chapter 14.

After the Mischievous Shoat boss has been beaten, you can find a flooded stairwell right past where you fought it in the Former Disposal Area part of the Old Trunk Line - Control Section.

Head to the ladder that lets you out of the Sewers (or in, depending on where you're coming from) and hit the switch next to it, draining the stairwell. Backtrack all the way to the now un-flooded stairwell and make your way inside, where you'll face off against the Sahagin Prince and his band of Ninja Turtle lookalikes.

The Sahagin Prince is similar to other Sahagins in that he'll often use Jump and Harpoon abilities to crash down on you and your buds. He'll also turn you into a frog, so make sure to have Maiden's Kiss or Remedy items, or Level 2 Cleansing Materia equipped to each party member.

As with other Sahagins, you can nail the Prince with Fire attacks. However, watch out for his counterattack mode. This is when he's easiest to stagger with Fire magic, so when he's countering you, go all-in with a heavy spell like Firaga (if you have it).

Once the Sahagin Prince and company are dispatched, loot the third treasure and return to Marle, who'll reward you with The Art of Swordplay Vol. III, which grants Cloud 10 SP.

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And that's how you complete the Corneo's Secret Stash quest in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. For more Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides, check out the list below:

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Steal: How to Improve Your Steal Rate https://www.gameskinny.com/3xi2h/final-fantasy-7-remake-steal-how-to-improve-your-steal-rate https://www.gameskinny.com/3xi2h/final-fantasy-7-remake-steal-how-to-improve-your-steal-rate Fri, 17 Apr 2020 12:49:14 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Looking to improve your Final Fantasy 7 steal rates? Look no further. One of the most important mechanics in Final Fantasy 7 Remake is the steal mechanic, which lets you lift important items from enemies during combat. This guide will help you improve your steal success rate in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

There are two surefire methods for stealing in FF7R. We cover both methods below, including a list of the best rare items you can steal from your enemies.

How to Improve Final Fantasy 7 Remake Steal Rates

1. Obtain Luck Up Materia

The steal command is available after you obtain the steal materia. But in order to increase your chances of stealing valuable items, you need to also get the Luck Up material. Follow this guide to get them.

After you obtain both materias, you will notice that not only has your steal success rate been increased but so has your Critical Hit chance rate.

2. Obtain the Nail Bat

Another way to increase your steal chance is to get the Nail Bat melee weapon by completing the "Kids on Patrol" quest during Chapter 8.

This weapon is imbued with the Luck Up weapon skill that has a similar effect on the steal command as Luck Up materia.

Important Items to Steal in FF7R

There are some items in Final Fantasy 7 Remake that cannot be obtained from any shop or treasure chest. You can only steal these items from enemies using the steal materia.

All the rare items are listed below with the names of enemies you can steal them from:

Item
Enemy
Iron Maiden M.O.T.H. Unit
Heavy-Duty Bracer Blast-Ray
Champion Belt Grungy Bandit
Magician’s Bracelet Reno
Heavy-Duty Bracer Rude
Timeworn Talisman Specimen H0512
Enchanted Ring Type-0 Behemoth
Poison Materia Failed Experiment
Orb of Gravity Helitrooper
Turbo Ether 3-C SOLDIER Operator
Spiderweb Grashtrike
Elixir Tonberry
Molotov Cocktail Crab Warden
Cuddlesworth Hell House
AI Programming Core Airbuster

 

That's it on how to increase Final Fantasy 7 Remake steal rate. For more Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides, check out the list below:

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake: All Music Disc Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/83eek/final-fantasy-7-remake-all-music-disc-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/83eek/final-fantasy-7-remake-all-music-disc-locations Thu, 16 Apr 2020 14:39:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Disc Jockey trophy involves collecting every music disc in Midgar. There are 31 music discs in total, and while some are pretty easy to find, others require speaking to specific NPCs and visiting certain places. 

Below, we list the discs in numerical order, which isn't the order you'll come across them in during your playthrough. The game clues you in when you're near a disc as well; you'll hear the soundtrack change and see a ??? indicator in the upper left corner of the screen.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Music Discs

Disc 1: The Prelude
  • Chapter 3 (Sector 7)
  • Slums weapon shop (the one you visit for the water filter mini-quest)
Disc 2: Bombing Mission 
  • Chapter 7 (Mako Reactor 5)
  • Purchase from the vending machine in the break room after defeating the Air Buster boss. It's the one where you have to activate three switches at once.
Disc 3: Tifa's Theme 
  • Chapter 3 (Sector 7)
  • Seventh Heaven; interact with the jukebox.
Disc 4: Barret's Theme 
  • Chapter 4 (Sector 7)
  • Purchase from the train station item shop in Sector 7.
Disc 5: Lurking in the Darkness 
  • Chapter 15 (Collapsed Plate, crumbling building section)
  • Vending machine near the bench you'll find around the crumbling building segment
Disc 6: Let the Battles Begin 
  • Chapter 11 (Train Graveyard)
  • Outside the train warehouse control room is a bench with a vending machine. Buy the disc from the machine.
Disc 7: Turk's Theme 
  • Chapter 14 (Road going north out of Wall Market)
  • Head out of Wall Market towards Sector 5. Check your map, and you'll see a loop in the road. Go left, and speak to the woman you find on the path.
Disc 8: Under the Rotting Pizza 
  • Chapter 9 (Wall Market)
  • Interact with the jukebox in an alley south of the Inn in Wall Market
Disc 9: The Oppressed 
  • Chapter 10 (Sewer)
  • The first time you raise a sluice gate, you get access to a break room area. Buy the disc from the vending machine.
Disc 10: The Honey Bee Inn 
  • Chapter 9 (Wall Market)
  • Buy from the Wall Market item shop.
Disc 11: Don of the Slums 
  • Chapter 9 (Don Corneo's Mansion)
  • Purchase from the vending machine in the back of the room where you rescue Tifa.
Disc 12: Fight On! 
  • Chapter 14 (Corneo Colosseum)
  • Buy from the souvenir shop.
Disc 13: The Chase 
  • Chapter 14 (Sewers)
  • Purchase from the vending machine in the sewers as you head towards Corneo's lair.
Disc 14: Main Theme of FFVII 
  • Chapter 13 (Shinra Testing Facility)
  • Purchase from the B1 breakroom vending machine.
Disc 15: On Our Way 
  • Chapter 13 (Evergreen Park)
  • Buy from the park item shop; it's in Sector 6, near the entrance to Sector 7.
Disc 16: Good Night, Until Tomorrow 
  • Chapter 14 (Wall Market)
  • Talk to the old man in the Wall Market Inn, and you get this one for free.
Disc 17: Farm Boy
  • Chapter 9 (Wall Market)
  • Go up the stairs next to Chadley, and talk to the woman in the cowgirl hat.
Disc 18: Electric de Chocobo 
  • Chapter 6 (Sector 4 Upper Plate)
  • It's in the Ventilation Chamber break room (near where you get the Chocobo summon). Head west past the cargo elevator and take a gondola to the ventilation area.
Disc 19: Costa del Sol 
  • Chapter 8 (Sector 5 Undercity)
  • Buy from the Materia shop.
Disc 20: Gold Saucer
  • Chapter 8 (Sector 5, Kid's Hideout)
  • Buy this one from the Moogle Emporium in the kids' hideout.
Disc 21: Cait Sith's Theme
  • Chapter 8 (Sector 5 Train Station)
  • Buy from the vending machine.
Disc 22: Cosmo Canyon 
  • Chapter 9 (Wall Market)
  • Vending machine at the dead end of the alley, after you finish the second robot puzzle with Aerith.
Disc 23: Descendant of Shinobi 
  • Chapter 8 or 14 (Sector 5 Undercity Train Station)
  • Speak to Johnny at the station to buy this. If you miss it in Chapter 8, you have another chance in Chapter 14.
Disc 24: Wutai 
  • Chapter 14 (Wall Market)
  • Speak to the NPC near the entrance of Don Corneo's mansion, in the Urban Advancement District
Disc 25: Tango of Tears 
  • Chapter 8 (Sector 5)
  • Interact with the Sector 5 community center jukebox.
Disc 26: Let the Battles Begin - REMAKE 
  • Chapter 9 (Honey Bee Inn)
  • Get 10 Great ratings during the dance mini-game.
Disc 27: Hip Hop de Chocobo 
  • Chapter 3 (Sector 7)
  • Talk to the NPC near the Pizza Sign (and near the phonograph) as you're following the Shinra soldiers.
Disc 28: Stamp
  • Chapter 5 (Rail Yard)
  • In the Corkscrew Tunnel break room's vending machine, accessible after you defeat the Sentry Launchers.
Disc 29: The Midgar Blues
  • Chapter 9 (Wall Market)
  • Speak to the NPC trying to sing outside Drunkard's Den.
Disc 30: Stand Up
  • Chapter 14 (Honey Bee Inn)
  • Enter the Honey Bee Inn, and turn left. Go through the passage, enter the alley, and speak to the woman there to get the disc.
Disc 31: Scarlett's Theme
  • Chapter 16 (Shinra Tower)
  • Interact with the jukebox near the Item Shop counter in the Combat Simulator area.

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That's every music disc in Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Snag the last one in Shinra Tower, and you'll be all set for the Disc Jockey trophy. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Final Fantasy 7 Remake guides.

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