<description/> <link>https://www.gameskinny.com/</link> <language>en</language> <copyright>Launch Media Network</copyright> <atom:link href="https://www.gameskinny.com/game-the-walking-dead-saints-sinners/?format=rss" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml"/> <item> <title>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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ESRB: M
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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ESRB: M
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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ESRB: T
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat), PS4
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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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ESRB: M
Price: $59.99
Platforms: PS5 (backwards compat; *PS5 version releases 3/2/2021), PS4
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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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ESRB: T
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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ESRB: M
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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ESRB: E
Price: $29.99
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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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Review: Scared, Screwed, and Loving It https://www.gameskinny.com/7hn3e/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-review-scared-screwed-and-loving-it https://www.gameskinny.com/7hn3e/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-review-scared-screwed-and-loving-it Fri, 15 May 2020 15:22:47 -0400 Mark Delaney

Virtual reality has been on the market for years now, but it still can't seem to climb out of its middling rut. In time, we'll see whether Half-Life: Alyx is the revolution Valve and other VR evangelists hope it is, but we can't see that far in to the future from here.

I've long found myself a believer of the tech and I root for it to succeed, but I'm not blind to its faults. With that in mind, I think The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners captures my thoughts on VR as a whole pretty well.

It has some body-tracking issues which naysayers will rightfully find to be too familiar an issue with VR setups, but if you've already got a headset at home, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a can't-miss addition to the wild west of VR.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Review: Scared, Screwed, and Loving It

Saints & Sinners puts players in the American deep south as a lone survivor in Robert Kirkman's undead landscape. The first-person game is a mixing pot of several genres, and each of them is awesomely implemented.

Every level exists as a large hub and offers at least one main location you'll want to hit, like an early-level mansion in the dilapidated streets, but there are always countless ways to approach it.

In this first example, I was able to climb through one of several windows, crawl through a crawlspace, search for an unlocked door  which revealed walkers on the other side  or find a key to enter. I could even climb the side of the house and crawl into the upstairs. This gives the game an unexpected immersive sim-like freedom, as though a bit of Deus Ex or Dishonored snuck into this zombie VR title, and it quickly makes it so much better than I expected.

There are RPG elements too. You head out on a skiff by day and scavenge all sorts of scraps while on your missions. Anything from bottles to shoes to broken guns can be thrown into your backpack and you'll need to manage inventory space as it's quite limited given all the scraps scattered about each level. With that in mind, you'll want to know what to bring back with you, and for that, your safe space at an old party bus in a cemetery acts as your crafting hub.

Anything from food and medicine to guns and shivs can be built here with a simple-to-use VR layout. Excitingly, some of the first weapons you can craft are Lucille and Rick's python. These are given different names  I suppose because they're not the real Lucille and python  but the nods are obvious and welcome. 

Each level contains at least one friendly human survivor too. You'll have to look for them as they're wisely not broadcasting their whereabouts to the hordes, but find them, and they'll offer trades and give you side quests. These always end with rewards you'll not want to miss. I made it a habit to first inspect a level for these survivors as the backpack space was always worth what they were offering, even if it sometimes meant I had to first get my hands dirty on their behalf.

Though it tells an original story in the ever-widening lore bible of The Walking Dead, it retains several important hallmarks that franchise fans will both expect and adore. Namely, the zombies aren't the only threat. As you get deeper into its lengthy 15-hour campaign, you'll have to contend with unfriendly surviving humans too.

No Walking Dead story is complete without a Big Bad either, and Saints & Sinners understands this. Told mostly through collectibles and cutscenes, the story is fun to chase, even as the diary entries often hamper the gameplay with voiceovers that can bury more important sounds, like incoming walkers.

Within each level, you'll have several objectives, optional and mandatory, but you decide how to explore and when you leave. If you only need a specific crafting resource, you can return to any level, grab that one item as soon as you find it, and take off. Conversely, you can stick around until your watch beeps and the church bells ring out through the bayou, inviting a horde to descend upon your location. 

It's in these moments where Saints & Sinners best captures the feeling of surviving in its harsh world. Before the church bells ring, a level will have dozens of walkers, but they're somewhat spread out. You'll often have to fight two at a time  three at a time is thankfully rare — but that's about it unless you choose to Pied Piper them around town (don't do that).

But once the bells go off, your survival odds dwindle to nearly nonexistent. Half a dozen or more walkers at any time can surround you, and if your shots are off or you miss a killing blow to the brain, you're screwed. 

This makes stealth actions, like crouching past the gaze of the undead, crucial, and even more important is managing your health and stamina. Cruelly, most of the game's healing items will either raise health or stamina, but lower the other, giving players a personal puzzle to work out: "when do I eat this energy bar to boost stamina knowing it will hurt my health at the same time?" I asked that question a lot, and for me, the answer was usually, "when I need to get the hell out of here." 

Saints & Sinners is exhilarating in these moments, like a mad dash to the skiff with a full backpack as the ominous bells ring out.

The game's PSVR controls are smartly mapped onto the mandatory wands, but tracking of movements is sometimes faulty, leading to some annoying game-over screens. As this is true Walking Dead, nothing short of a blow to the head will stop the zombies from eating you, and while guns and, to a lesser extent, two-handed weapons, are reliable and fun, one-handed melee weapons are more troubling.

In the loading screens, the game reminds players that penetrating the brain requires methodical movements, not swift ones, and though I got better at this motion over time, I still missed more often than what felt fair.

A whiffed killshot means the zombies grab you and you have to shake them off, taking some lost health in the process. With a horde of a few zombies, it is often the case that once one grabs you, you get stuck in a loop where you're shoving them all off one by one until you're dead. Thankfully, the penalty for death is minimal. You keep level progress and must retrieve your loot before dying again.

Cheap player death is supremely unsatisfying and reminds me how much further VR has to go. I don't know how long I'd last in a real zombie apocalypse, but I know I failed some killing blows in Saints & Sinners merely because of faulty movement tracking. A real zombie kill shouldn't seem easier than my virtual attempts, but it often feels that way.

Luckily, the rest of the controller layout is intuitive. It smartly combines the 45-degree turns seen in so many VR games with headset directing for an experience that never turned my stomach. Controls like holstering quick-equip weapons and pulling out a flashlight, journal, or backpack never failed me. Only some melee weapons did, but that's an important part of a game about stabbing zombies in the brain. These controls won't leave you nauseated, only aggravated.

Even when this did get annoying, it is sometimes easy to forgive a game that lets you smash a bottle against a car to make a last-ditch defensive item, or demands you really yank on the barbed wire bat to pull it out of the freshly killed walkers.

Other than those moments of poor tracking, Saints & Sinners delivers an immersive zombie survival VR experience. It has a sense of presence as only VR can provide, like the dread of a walker spotting me as I peer around the "corner" in my living room. 

Saints & Sinners has the gameplay loop of my all-time favorite zombie game, State of Decay: head into a dangerous world, take what you can to survive, and try to make it home to stash it all, slowly building up your arsenal to take on greater threats. That loop is made more exciting in VR, though I can't deny it's sometimes thwarted by the headset and wands too.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Review — The Bottom Line

Pros
  • Open level design driving player choice
  • Well-implemented RPG elements like streamlined crafting and inventory management
  • True horror tension without crippling death penalties
  • Side quests and NPC interactions add replayability
  • The church bells!
Cons
  • Audio logs drown out more important sounds, like incoming walkers
  • Arm tracking issues result in cheap deaths

At the end of my time with The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, I decided I wasn't actually done with it at all. I'll be playing it for a long time as I continue to max out my upgrades and finish all side quests. I've been playing VR for several years now, and I've seen my share of games that lift the medium up and remind me of what the future holds for this platform.

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. After weighing it against all else I've played on PSVR to date, I've determined Saints & Sinners is my favorite VR game of the generation.

[Note: A copy of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners was provided by Skydance Interactive for the purpose of this review.]

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Now Available on PSVR https://www.gameskinny.com/v7nad/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-now-available-on-psvr https://www.gameskinny.com/v7nad/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-now-available-on-psvr Tue, 05 May 2020 13:28:02 -0400 GS_Staff

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners released earlier this year on PC to critical acclaim, earning an 81 aggregate score on Metacritic. Today, Skydance Interactive and Skybound Entertainment have announced that the zombie apocalypse VR game is now on PSVR. 

The base game is available through the PlayStation Store and the game’s official website for $39.99, and it comes with an exclusive PS4 dynamic theme. The Tourist edition includes even more perks, such as three weapon recipes for The Sheriff, The Judge, and the National Guard Knife, as well as "collectible voodoo dolls." It is available for $49.99.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is set in New Orleans during the zombie outbreak made famous by Robert Kirkman and further popularized by the AMC television show. Expectedly violent, the game sees players surviving both the undead and the human factions that roam the streets of The Big Easy. Crafting and looting play large roles, too, with weapons and supplies coming at a premium. 

Much like TellTale’s The Walking Dead series, Saints & Sinners also has its share of what critics have called “tough” choices, with the paths you choose ultimately shaping the overarching narrative. 

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is also on PC and is compatible with Valve Index, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality. It is set to release on Oculus Quest sometime in 2020. For more, be sure to check out our Saints & Sinners guides page

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners — Top 5 Weapons and How to Get Them https://www.gameskinny.com/lb90l/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-top-5-weapons-and-how-to-get-them https://www.gameskinny.com/lb90l/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-top-5-weapons-and-how-to-get-them Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:34:36 -0500 Gabriel Moss

When you don your VR headset and explore the sunken ruins of New Orleans in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, you might find yourself faced with some difficult scenarios. And by "difficult scenarios," we mean zombies. Lots, and lots, of zombies. That's why it's great there's also a hefty selection of weapons to wield against the hordes of the living dead. 

Some of these weapons are extravagantly powerful and difficult to obtain, but you don't need to fret. These are the top five weapons in the game. Below, we've outlined how to get them.

How to Get the Top 5 Weapons in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

Laminated Bow

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Laminated Bow

The Laminated Bow is one of the best early-game weapons you can get in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. You can make regular arrows for it pretty easily, as long as you have a Level 4 Survival workbench. It's easy to use this weapon to get silent kills from a distance, and you can even wield an arrow from your quiver as a quick melee weapon.

How to get: Level your Survival workbench to Level 3, and the recipe unlocks automatically. As an added bonus, you can unlock Explosive Arrows by taking the code 2263 to the safe at the opposite end of the catacombs, near the jazz players.

Samedi's Hand

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Samedi's Hand

Samedi's Hand packs one hell of a punch, and you can cut through the hordes of walking dead super easy with just one of these bladed fists. Better yet, you can also dual-wield them for even more carnage.

How to get: The recipe for Samedi's Hand is hidden in the safe on the upper floor of the yellow house in Via Carolla. The safe code is 8276.

Grass Cutter

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Grass Cutter

The Grass Cutter is like Michonne's katana but cooler. This two-handed sword can decapitate zombies with extreme ease, and it tends to be more durable than other weapons.

How to get: Level your Gear workbench to Level 8.

Cleaver

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Cleaver

Having a supply of Cleavers on-hand is important for melee combat later on in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. It's almost impossible to get kills on helmeted walkers without a weapon that can chop off their heads, and the Cleaver can do that and much more. You can also dual-wield your Cleavers for maximum effect.

How to get: Level your Gear workbench up to Level 6.

Pump-Action Shotgun

The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners Pump-Action Shotgun

The Nova 1014 Pump-Action Shotgun is an exceptionally powerful gun. You can blast your way through humans and walkers alike with this boomstick, and it's also super easy to find more shotgun ammo throughout the campaign. Even better, this gun is more durable than its double-barrel counterpart.

How to get: Level your Guns workbench to Level 10.

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That's it on the best weapons and how to get them in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. For more on this thrilling and critically-acclaimed VR survival-horror RPG, be sure to check out our these guides: 

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners — How to Upgrade Your Tourist https://www.gameskinny.com/r0yfw/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-how-to-upgrade-your-tourist https://www.gameskinny.com/r0yfw/the-walking-dead-saints-sinners-how-to-upgrade-your-tourist Fri, 07 Feb 2020 16:51:20 -0500 Gabriel Moss

You'll want to upgrade your Tourist in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Luckily, it's as simple as bashing a few walker skulls together. Of course, you can't actually bash walkers against one another without breaking the physics system that ties the whole game together, but it's a good image for the way you upgrade your tourist. 

But I should confess: you aren't really upgrading your Tourist as much as you're leveling up your crafting stations. Here's what you need to know. 

How to Upgrade Your Tourist in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The first thing you have to do before you can begin upgrading your Tourist in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is get through the Graveyard zone.

You'll have to sneak your way through some catacombs and kill a few walkers before you run into Henri. Shortly after that encounter, you'll find an encampment built into the side of a parked bus.

This bus camp becomes your home for the remainder of the game, and it's also where all of your crafting workbenches are located.

The bus camp and a crafting station shown in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The crafting workbenches are split between Survival, Gear, and Guns. Each workbench can be leveled all the way up to Level 10, and each rank has its own unique reward.

Some especially cool goodies are hidden at the higher tiers of these perk trees, such as the Grass Cutter, a two-handed katana that's unlocked when you reach Level 10 in Gear.

Here are the leveled upgrades for each crafting workbench:

Survival
  • Level 1: Nutria Stew
  • Level 2: Sterile Bandage
  • Level 3: Laminated Bow
  • Level 4: Arrow Bundle
  • Level 5: Survival of the Fittest
  • Level 6: Bowyer
  • Level 7: Lure Arrows
  • Level 8: Herbal Medicine
  • Level 9: Toughen Up
  • Level 10: Restorative Bandage
Gear
  • Level 1: Shiv
  • Level 2: Custom Footwear
  • Level 3: Bayou Slugger
  • Level 4: Strength Training
  • Level 5: Night Shift
  • Level 6: Deep Pockets
  • Level 7: Steel Meat Cleaver
  • Level 8: Nail Bomb
  • Level 9: Protective Gear
  • Level 10: Grass Cutter
Guns
  • Level 1: .38 Revolver
  • Level 2: .38 Revolver Ammo
  • Level 3: Double-Barrel Shotgun
  • Level 4: Shotgun Ammo
  • Level 5: Bolt-Action Rifle
  • Level 6: 7.62 Rifle Ammo
  • Level 7: 9mm Pistol
  • Level 8: 9mm Ammo
  • Level 9: Gunsmith
  • Level 10: Pump-Action Shotgun

It's also possible to find hidden recipes out in the world of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. These recipes unlock special items like the .45 Revolver, Exploding Arrows, and more.

A zombie walking down a dark street towards a barrel fire in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

To craft items and upgrade your crafting station, simply walk up to the workbench and hover your finger over the item(s) you want to craft. You'll need the correct amount of raw materials to do so.

Scavenging for raw materials is as simple as picking items up, slinging them over your left shoulder into your backpack, and then scrapping them in the recycling bin inside of the bus.

You can tell which items contain certain crafting materials by holding them up to your face at eye level until a detailed tooltip appears.

As a rule of thumb, always collect Boxes of Stuff whenever you come across them. Orange-colored Boxes of Stuff contain plenty of useful materials for upgrades and items at the Survival station, but there are other kinds of Boxes of Stuff that offer up tons of materials for the Guns and Gear stations as well.

An orange box of stuff in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

That's all you need to know about how to upgrade your Tourist in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners — or, should we say, how to upgrade your crafting station? 

For more, be sure to check out these guides that are sure to keep you alive in the post-apocalypse: 

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How to Find Medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners https://www.gameskinny.com/vz54e/how-to-find-medicine-in-the-walking-dead-saints-sinners https://www.gameskinny.com/vz54e/how-to-find-medicine-in-the-walking-dead-saints-sinners Tue, 04 Feb 2020 10:29:33 -0500 Gabriel Moss

Finding medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners can be a bit tough. Your health bar is severely stifled if you don't have medicine, and you'll find yourself out of luck if you run into a particularly difficult combat encounter.

This is compounded by the fact that medicine, among other useful items, becomes more difficult to find each time you go to sleep.

Luckily, we've already found and crafted tons of the stuff. We promise that if you do the right things, you'll have amassed more medicine than you'll know what to do with by the time you finish the campaign.

How to Find Medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

You can identify medicine by its little green bottle and white cap. Finding medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is difficult because of how rare it is, or at least in contrast to the vast mounds of scrap that seem to have been left lying around in the wake of the apocalypse.

That said, you can usually find medicine lying around in cabinets and containers — especially early on before other survivors have gotten a chance to dwindle your precious supplies. Simply walk into any nearby house (given that you're able to go inside at all) and start opening drawers.

We've found that medicine is usually easier to find inside of bathroom cupboards and on top of bedroom drawers.

How to Craft Medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners

The medicine recipe in The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners

It's also possible to craft medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. In order to do this, you simply need to level up your Survival crafting station to Level 8.

Crafting Herbal Medicine is painless, and you only need to find and collect three types of ingredients to craft it:

  • Antiseptics (4x)
  • Sugar (4x)
  • Water (1x)

Antiseptics are easy to find in the same places you'd find medicine. Bandages and medical tape are two great sources of antiseptic.

Sugar and water come from sodas and snacks, which are usually lying around just about everywhere early on. While you can't find snacks and drinks as easily later in the game, you can usually still find them in pantries and kitchens.

Finally, you can find a ton of water and antiseptics in any orange-colored Box of Stuff. These boxes are usually tougher to find; they're handed out as rewards for helping (or killing) the various NPCs you run afoul of throughout the world of The Walking Dead.

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That's our guide on how to find and craft medicine in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners. Stay tuned for more guides on this thrilling VR survival-horror RPG!

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15 Upcoming Horror Video Games to be Excited About in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/xdgw8/15-upcoming-horror-video-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/xdgw8/15-upcoming-horror-video-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 09:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

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That's it for our most anticipated horror video games of 2020! What did you think of our picks, and did we miss any games coming in the next few months that should have made the list?

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Sound off in the comments below and let us know what game you think will reign supreme as the best horror title of 2020!

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Looking for more horror games to play right now? Don't forget that quite a few already landed this year. Here are some to get you started:

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For more, be sure to head over to our other lists showcasing the most anticipated games of 2020:

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Unholy 

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Developer: Duality Games
Platforms: 
PC
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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Unholy is a massive question mark at the moment. The game's visual aesthetic looks amazing (those tentacles coming out of the crib in the trailer are truly chilling). However, I have to wonder if Unholy will end up being similar to Inner Chains, where the art direction took precedence over the gameplay.

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Unholy is coming from a new collaboration of developers working on four separate titles. While Unholy could crash and burn, I've got high hopes for a truly horrifying experience, where we play as a mother in search of her abducted child on a dying planet.

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Darkest Dungeon 2

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Developer: Red Hook Studios
Platforms: 
PC
Release Date:
February 2020

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After dealing with rampant vampirism in Darkest Dungeon's The Crimson Court DLC and going mad from a terrible green glow with the Lovecraft-themed Color Of Madness expansion, we're finally going to get a true sequel to Darkest Dungeon!

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Sadly, Darkest Dungeon 2 has no release window, so we may not get this one for a few years still. But it seems likely Darkest Dungeon 2 will arrive in Early Access at some point in 2020 to get through the same rigorous balance tweaks the first game saw.

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Expect Darkest Dungeon 2 to be gruelingly hard, but with some major tweaks to the combat and town systems to reduce the infamous grind found in Darkest Dungeon.

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Hopefully, we'll soon get to contract new terrible diseases and die of fright from massive heart attacks while facing terrors unknown!

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The Walking Dead: Saints And Sinners

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Developer: Skydance Interactive
Platforms: 
PC
Release Date: 
January 23, 2020

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With a third TV series in the works and several spin-off movies due to arrive soon, there's no doubt The Walking Dead has just about been run into the ground. Forget beating a dead horse. Now we're just beating dead zombies.

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So why include The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners on this list? Because Saints and Sinners is a VR game, and we need some more solid horror VR games, pronto!

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The gameplay we've seen of Saints and Sinners so far makes interesting use of a backpack mechanic for more immersion, and there seems to be some character customization involved. Of course, the real goods will be in lopping heads off of zombies in the first-person.

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The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners is one of the very few 2020 horror games with a firm release date: due to drop on January 23.

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Carrion

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Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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Carrion might appear to be the odd game out in this list, but this "reverse horror" platformer gives horror fans what they've always wanted. In Carrion, you can finally play as the amorphous "Thing" and wreak havoc on the scientists and military personnel trying to keep you from escaping!

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Between the reverse platforming mechanics and the extremely bloody trailer, Carrion might end up being the surprise 2D horror hit of the year. Just watch out for those flame throwers!

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Kingdom Of Night

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Developer: Black Seven Studios
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date:
October 2020

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This entry may not be quite what you're expecting based on our other picks. Kingdom Of Night is an isometric pixel-art action RPG dripping with dark atmosphere. KoN also happens to be filled to the brim with demonic enemies.

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Serving as a nice counterpoint to the early access title HellSign, Kingdom of the Night's music, art style, and typography all nail the '80s horror aesthetic.

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While you are unlikely to scream in terror at any point, it looks like you will have fun hacking apart werewolves, zombies, and other demonic entities with a machete. 

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The Dark Pictures Little Hope

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Developer: Supermassive Games
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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We don't know much about the next entry in the Dark Pictures anthology series that began with Man Of Medan. Though we know that Little Hope is coming soon, that it takes place in the dark woods, and that there may or may not be witches involved, everything else is a mystery.

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Considering Man of Medan had 14 different endings and injected new life into the "interactive movie" sub-genre, it seems like a good bet anyone who loved Until Dawn or similar games will be right at home with Little Hope.

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Remothered: Broken Porcelain

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Developer: Stormind Games
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date:
TBD 2020

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Remothered: Broken Porcelain contains some very clear nods to cult classic Rule Of Rose, a survival horror game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2006. I suspect Broken Porcelain will have an equally disturbing story and terrifyingly similar imagery.

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The follow up to Remothered: Tormented Fathers, Broken Porcelain moves the series to an abandoned hotel in the middle of nowhere.

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How a classic style in the vein of Rule of Rose will translate to modern gameplay remains to be seen, however. The revival of old-school horror games has been rather hit or miss in recent years.

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The unfortunate Clocktower reboot, Nightcry, was slaughtered by negative reviews, while Remothered: Tormented Fathers also had its share of gameplay issues.

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If done right, this could be the Silent Hill 2 of a new generation. 

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Dying Light 2 

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Developer: Techland
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date:
TBD 2020

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Although more action than horror, there's plenty of zombie-slaying mayhem in Dying Light 2. Set to release in spring 2020, Dying Light 2 is shaping up to be something to look forward to. The game will feature choice-based gameplay and a more reactive world than the one found in Dying Light.

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A recent 25-minute trailer shows off Dying Light 2's stunning visuals and map design. It's clear there will be different ways to approach missions as you try to keep humanity alive just a little while longer.

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The Last Of Us Part 2

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Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: 
PlayStation 4
Release Date: 
May 29, 2020

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OK, does The Last of Us Part 2 count as a horror game? TLoU2 has infected zombie-ites using hive intelligence, post-apocalyptic Seraphites getting brutally butchered, and a morbidly dark undertone oozing with dread and terror. 

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If you didn't cry in horror during the prologue of The Last of Us, then you just flat out aren't human. From what we've seen, you might be able to redeem yourself with TLoU2. 

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Assuming no more delays impact The Last of Us Part 2, this massively anticipated sequel will release on May 29. It will be exclusively single-player at launch, predominantly focusing on story. Expect some gruesome deaths. And bring along a box of tissues for those tough moral choices. 

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System Shock Remake

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Developer: Nightdive Studios
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 
Q1 2020

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I suspect I'd be mildly embarrassed if I went back and looked at how many times we've included the System Shock Remake on various "most anticipated games of the coming year" lists. 2016? Check. 2018? Yup, check.

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Why have we been eagerly awaiting a full remake of System Shock year after year? Much like Half-Life and Deus Ex, System Shock would great influence other games to come. We directly have it to thank for the Bioshock series.

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Unfortunately, like those other classics, it hasn't aged super well. One of the few games to truly deserve a remake, System Shock needs to be played by a new generation. 

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Want to see where AI run amok and sci-fi mashing with horror really got its start in the PC gaming realm? I'll just note that the game is currently listed on Steam as arriving in 2020, so, we'll see if it happens this time...

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2

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Developer: Hardsuit Labs
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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With a hallowed horror classic like Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, so much could go wrong in a sequel. 

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While the lovably buggy nonsense of the original game's can be seen as endearing 15 years later, such a launch for Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 won't go over well today.

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To say that Hardsuit Labs has a monumental task ahead of them is an understatement. The development team is tasked with capturing the essence of the original while presenting the more polished gameplay modern gamers expect.

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Seeking to avoid a rocky launch, the game's release has been pushed back from its original March 2020 window. 

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Can't wait that long? Coteries of New York, an upcoming adventure game from Draw Distance, is set to release in December. Coteries follows a format similar to that of visual novels, so don't expect anything on the scale of Bloodlines 2

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Paranoid

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Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: 
PC
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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Some are still steamed about Agony's botched release. Considering what was first delivered, that's understandable. But I'm glad there are indie developers pushing the boundaries of horror, even if the games aren't perfect.

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Paranoid, also from MadMind, leaves Hell behind and delves into an 80's-tinged hellhouse dripping with drug-fueled paranoia. From the aesthetic to the presentation, here's a lot of potential in Paranoid. If done right, loss and addiction can be the most gripping terror horror has to offer. 

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Hopefully, we'll find out next year. 

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Succubus

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Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: 
PC
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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Let's go ahead and get the other scandalous horror game out of the way. We don't want you thinking we're a hentai site or anything.

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Succubus is a spin-off of the controversial Agony, which was set directly in the bowels of Hell itself. Agony was the contemporary of the mythos-focused erotic horror game, Lust For Darkness.

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The original Agony stirred not only the anti-nudity crowd, but also backers who felt deceived by Agony's marketing. Scenes were cut from the final product, and large parts of the game were censored before an unrated version was released.

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Less a sequel and more a spin-off, Succubus puts players in the role of a demonic priestess out for revenge. Shifting perspective from poor, damned martyr sets Succubus up to be more action packed than Agony, but nonetheless hellish.

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Lust From Beyond

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Developer: Movie Games Lunarium
Platforms: 
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release Date: 
TBD 2020

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The erotic horror sub-genre might be more than just an odd blip on the radar.

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A sequel to Lust For Darkness is set to take everything from the first game and make it bigger. Lust From Beyond will have a bigger world, more game mechanics, and the addition of a secondary rival sex cult known as the Scarlet Lodge.

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The sneak peak beta we were able to play a few months back showed plenty of scares and deadly extradimensional vaginas. It teased both fully interactive sex scenes and significantly more pornographic imagery than the first game.

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Based on what we've seen already, I wonder how on earth this game will stay on Steam. If you missed it when it first came out some months back, the prologue is now free to play on Steam.

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Be warned, though: because it's an adult-only game, you have to change your content preferences to be able to see the deplorable game page.

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Whatever Horror Game Red Barrels is Working on

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DECEMBER UPDATE: Red Barrels has now confirmed the title as The Outlast Trials. Set in the Cold War, it looks to be a co-op horror experience revolving around surviving horrific tests.

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The development crew behind the Outlast series began posting ads for new programmers back in April 2019. From that, it's clear something is in the works, either as a follow-up to Outlast 2 or an entirely new project. 

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With that information, it's entirely possible whatever Red Barrels is working on may not come out by the end of 2020. But we're going to list the project here because we're already excited for the official announcement, which could come by the end of December.

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As of this writing, all we have to go on is the image above, which reads, "Where freedom ends." Though it could be a title, the text is most likely a tag line for the project. 

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Since both of the studio's previous games began with strong religious connotations before taking hard left turns into sci-fi territory, we have to wonder if a similar theme will continue in the next game. We also have to wonder if weapons will finally make it to a Red Barrels game.

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A slew of horror (and horror-adjacent) games are in the works for 2020 and beyond. Covering just about every genre, from visual novels to platformers and even isometric RPGs, some of the most anticipated horror video games potentially coming out in 2020 might not be what you think. 

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It's true that some of these might get delayed and release in 2021 or 2022. But the 15 horror games we've collected look like they have the most potential to release in some form over the next year. Many of the games look like they will knock our socks off and keep us sleeping with the lights on!

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Let's take a look and see what's in store for horror fanatics over the next 12 months.

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