Survival Horror Games  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Survival Horror Games  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Blue Box Says Abandoned is Not, in Fact, a Kojima Game https://www.gameskinny.com/pbx8z/blue-box-says-abandoned-is-not-in-fact-a-kojima-game https://www.gameskinny.com/pbx8z/blue-box-says-abandoned-is-not-in-fact-a-kojima-game Thu, 08 Apr 2021 18:47:37 -0400 David Carcasole

Abandoned is a new eerie and cinematic survival sim coming exclusively to PlayStation 5 from developer Blue Box Games. The studio announced the game via the PlayStation Blog on April 7 and included a first-glimpse trailer alongside it. From what we know, it will feature a deep and detailed world along with more realistic survival mechanics and launch in Q4 2021. 

But no, it is not a hidden-in-plain-sight Hideo Kojima game, according to the developer. Regardless of the aesthetic parallels, Abandoned is Blue Box Games' newest title. 

The clarification comes after Blue Box Games announced Abandoned and horror/Kojima fans/the internet thought their latest project was secretly a Hideo Kojima game in a clever disguise. 

The statement reads

We received several emails regarding the Hideo Kojima rumor. We have no association with Hideo Kojima nor do we claim to have any association nor was it our intention to claim such a statement. We are a small group of developers working on a passionate title we wanted to work on for a long time.

We have been assisting other studios in the past with their projects and we wanted to work on our very first big project. While it is true that we've been working on small projects in the past, we certainly didn't use that for marketing purposes. We hope this has clarified this matter and hope to see you all in our very first gameplay reveal of Abandoned.

It was noted by Jeff Grubb of Venture Beat that Abandoned is definitely not a Kojima product because the developer is allegedly in talks with Microsoft for a potential future project  and not Sony. However, that deal hasn't been confirmed by Microsoft as of this writing, so we'll just have to wait and see.

Whatever the case may be when it comes to Hideo Kojima, his next project, and Microsoft, Abandoned does look incredibly interesting. IGN reports that the game may even be getting a demo and alpha test in the coming months. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as we learn more about this latest addition to PlayStation 5's library of exclusive games. 

[Sources: PlayStation Blog, Venture Beat]

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How to Find the Tiger in Dead Age 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmzs/how-to-find-the-tiger-in-dead-age-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/6gmzs/how-to-find-the-tiger-in-dead-age-2 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 10:47:54 -0400 Sergey_3847

Dead Age 2 adds several new mechanics to the zombie survival formula over the original 2016 game. One of the best additions is the dog and tiger pets that accompany your team during battles.

Many players are wondering how to get the tiger, since it is much stronger than the dog and can do much more than just draw enemy fire. This guide will show you how to find the tiger in Dead Age 2.

How to Find the Tiger in Dead Age 2

The tiger is part of the main Dead Age 2 storyline, specifically "A Tiger for the Arena" main quest. The animal can be found in the Grand Wind Canyon part of the map.

Before getting there, though, you need to complete the following quests:

  • On the Trail of a Traitor
  • Coming Southward
  • Dynamite for the Tunnel
  • Pittance
  • A New Threat in Prison
  • Independent Spy
  • The Missing Friend
  • Buried
  • Valuable Cargo

Once these quests are completed in your main story log, you will be prompted to speak to the smuggler boss Jimmy at the Smuggler HQ. Find the prisoner named Mason and speak to him.

Mason will tell you to talk to Tracy, who can help you find the tiger. After speaking with Tracy, follow these directions to get to the tiger's location:

  1. Go to Subway
  2. Choose US Army HQ Station
  3. Move towards the bridge at the Farmwind Roads
  4. Cross the bridge

Just past the HQ, you can start "A Tiger for the Arena" quest using the marker shown on the map above.

There you will meet a gang leader, who will offer to sell the tiger for $100. Pay for the tiger and the animal is all yours.

That's all you need to know on how to find the tiger in Dead Age 2. For more on Dead Age 2, consider reading our official review of the game right here, where we said while the zombie survival game shines in places, it falters in others.

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Dead Age 2 Review: This Undead War of Mine https://www.gameskinny.com/92hnx/dead-age-2-review-this-undead-war-of-mine https://www.gameskinny.com/92hnx/dead-age-2-review-this-undead-war-of-mine Fri, 26 Mar 2021 11:20:48 -0400 Mark Delaney

My favorite zombie games are those that treat their worlds with the gravity of the situation at hand. Stuff like Dead Rising and Zombie Army are fun, but they don't intend to capture the seriousness of what living in a world with the undead would be like. Dead Age 2 does aim to paint such a bleak picture, but it never quite gets there.

For fans of the zombie subgenre, Dead Age 2 has thought of most everything you could wish for: fortifying your home base, recruiting survivors and forming alliances, and scavenging for the last morsels of food in a dire world. On top of that, there are plenty of choices where, despite your intentions, you can't make everyone happy.

But the game's faultier fundamentals, like dialogue and combat, seep into the other more enjoyable areas and infect them, preventing Dead Age 2 from really becoming as enjoyable as it is multifaceted.

Dead Age 2 Review: This Undead War of Mine

Dead Age 2 wears many hats. It's a roguelite, so when you die, you start from the beginning and carry over some perks (or "medals") you earned previously. It's a turn-based combat game too, so each encounter features strict turn orders in small spaces, and you attack with melee or projectiles. It's also a strategy game, so you bring home food, water, and crafting materials to turn your modest base into a survivor's haven.

It's ambitious to say the least, and early on, all of these different paths can feel dazzling, but some of that luster is lost the deeper you go.

Dead Age 2 is a sequel to 2016's Dead Age, but you need not have any knowledge of that first game to play this one, it seems. I had none and didn't feel as though I missed a beat. Its premise is quite simple: the world fell apart, factions rose up, and now you find yourself in a group of people just trying to see tomorrow.

In fact, many story beats in Dead Age 2 are formed from similar cliches. Early on, I found these forgiving. When you play basically every zombie game that comes out (as I do), you notice and even forgive how many use the same narrative tropes.

It's more about how games use those tropes to either spin them on their head or find some deeper sense of humanity at the root of their characters. Dead Age 2 certainly doesn't make it to the root of its characters. Instead, they often say what they do only to serve the gameplay, which ends up not making sense sometimes.

In an early encounter, I came upon a new group of survivors. They wanted to fight. I offered them $40 to relax and let us into their settlement. That money gave me an 80% chance of success, said the game, but I failed the check and we engaged in combat. After I killed several of them, they stood down and let me in, only for the group leader to swear revenge on me unless I gave them money or until I completed quests for them. 

These skill checks can be woven into narrative games well, but they aren't in Dead Age 2. It didn't seem sensible that they'd not take my money, I kill them, then they let me in and ask for money. That encounter is representative of more nonsensical ones I'd see across many hours of gameplay.

Combat can feel a bit too random as well, and when it's not unpredictable, it's predictably punishing. Living in a zombie world should be hard, so I can appreciate that, but in a turn-based system, it doesn't make much sense to have most of my gunshots "graze" opponents while crawling zombies can easily chomp on my survivors in the back of the two-tiled grid.

Sometimes it can feel like nothing more than a war of attrition. Do I have enough health kits to brute-force my way through this horde of zombies, pack of wild dogs, or gang of thieves? When I didn't, no strategy saved me, and that really hurts a turn-based combat system by removing the sense of reward through smart planning.

That's not to say it's all bad. What Dead Age 2 gets right is exploration and scavenging. Traveling outside your base is done on a large map featuring countless nodes you can choose to move to. Like a spider's web, the world shoots off in many different directions, and as you approach certain areas, you're told what's possibly there, what the threat is like, and how much time in the day you have left.

Some missions require you to explore and return home within a set amount of time. After all, if you have a friend dying and in need of Zombex, the in-universe zombie cure, you can't take a week or two to find it for them. This turns every encounter and quest into a tough decision. Even simply picking for berries can get you killed, so you're asked to choose to pick just a few, a lot, or none at all. 

Your community relies on what you bring home, and you can't build things like the garden or exterior defenses without the proper supplies, but neither can you please everyone on your travels, which can greatly limit your haul.

The game tracks your relationships with other groups and factions, so even as the combat and dialogue can get you in trouble despite your best intentions, there remains a good sense of risk versus reward. Doing favors for people may earn you access to their shops or discounts, but it can also mean taking food out of the mouths of your own people.

This is where Dead Age 2 is best; when you have multiple tasks to complete, all of them seeming vital, but you know you can't possibly do them all. It demands you inject your own personal philosophy into each predicament. Do I save the most number of people, or do I save my people? Do I repair fractured friendships or write off lost causes?

It's these sort of moral quandaries that Dead Age 2 certainly isn't the first to do, but they're still enjoyable here, even as the fighting and communicating along the way can hamper that enjoyment.

Dead Age 2 Review — The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Tough choices throughout 
  • Basebuilding is slow but fun
  • Scavenging for supplies can be deadly or fruitful at different times

Cons

  • Dialogue is often very poorly written
  • Turn-based combat can often feel stacked against you and lacks strategy

Dead Age 2 is faulty but ambitious. It covers virtually every angle zombie gaming fans could expect, but it only does some of those things well, leaving the game a bit uneven. Scavenging for supplies and building up a base are highlights, but having to talk to or fight with other groups to complete those tasks means one must always trudge through the bad stuff to get to the good.

With better writing and a deeper combat system, Dead Age 2 could've risen to the top of a crowded genre, but as is, it's left shambling among the hordes.

[Note: Headup Games provided the copy of Dead Age 2 used for this review.]

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Back 4 Blood Gets Delayed, Open Beta Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/r7nz3/back-4-blood-gets-delayed-open-beta-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/r7nz3/back-4-blood-gets-delayed-open-beta-announced Thu, 25 Mar 2021 14:33:52 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Back 4 Blood, the upcoming third-person zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, has been delayed to October 21, 2021, the development studio announced today on Twitter. The game was originally planned for a June 22, 2021 launch. However, the summer months won't be barren. Turtle Rock also announced that a Back 4 Blood open beta would arrive sometime this summer. 

As is often the case with these types of delays, the developer said that they would like to take more time with Back 4 Blood to make it something that will live up to not only their expectations but fans' expectations as well. 

The tweet reads:

Turtle Rock Studios is working hard to make Back 4 Blood the best game it can possibly be at launch, and the team needs more time to do this. We will release Back 4 Blood on October 12, 2021. We thank our community for its continued support and are excited to share that there will be an open beta this summer. 

As of this writing, there is no word on when the summer open beta will be available or what platforms will have access to it. It's also unclear if pre-ordering the game will give players access or not. We'll just have to hold tight for more information on that front.

The co op shooter was first announced back in 2019. Its first gameplay trailer was shown at the Game Awards 2020 and was confirmed for release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It immediately grabbed the attention of zombie-slayers and survival horror fans. Chris Ashton, Turtle Rock's Design Director called it a "return to our [the studio's] roots."

Though Back 4 Blood looks eerily similar to another highly popular zombie-killing game from Valve — and even inconspicuously shares the number 4 in its name — it is not related to that franchise and is entirely its own thing. Stay tuned for more on Left 4 Dead 3 (erm) Back 4 Blood later this summer.

[Source: Turtle Rock Studios]

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Capcom Announces Resident Evil Re:Verse Open Beta https://www.gameskinny.com/6vypr/capcom-announces-resident-evil-reverse-open-beta https://www.gameskinny.com/6vypr/capcom-announces-resident-evil-reverse-open-beta Mon, 22 Mar 2021 15:21:52 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Resident Evil Re:Verse open beta starts April 7 at 11 p.m. PST/April 8 at 2 a.m. EST and runs through April 10/11 at the same time, Capcom announced. It's just one part of Capcom's Resident Evil 25th anniversary celebrations, with more Resident Evil Village news planned for April as well.

Those who took part in the Re:Verse closed beta can download the update and continue using their existing files. Capcom will start open beta downloads on April 5, and all will need a Capcom ID to take part.

Resident Evil Re:Verse is a battle royale game starring heroes and villains from throughout the series. The goal is grabbing as many virus vials as possible, but not just to dominate the world. When you're eliminated, the virus resurrects you as a bioweapon, and the more you collect, the stronger your zombified self shambles about.

Meanwhile, Capcom teased another Resident Evil Village showcase for sometime in April but is remaining coy about when it is and what to expect. Seeing as the last one dropped some surprising information about Tall Vampire Lady (okay fine: Lady Dimitrescu) and a RE Village demo, chances are, the next showcase will be worthwhile too.

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Netflix Announces Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Voice Cast, Plot https://www.gameskinny.com/rl1ux/netflix-announces-resident-evil-infinite-darkness-voice-cast-plot https://www.gameskinny.com/rl1ux/netflix-announces-resident-evil-infinite-darkness-voice-cast-plot Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:11:28 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Netflix announced the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness voice cast and teased a plot overview for the all-new chapter of the Resident Evil story.

Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello reprise their Resident Evil 2 remake roles as Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, respectively. 

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness takes place in 2006, a couple of years after Resident Evil 4. Leon is in Washington D.C. investigating an incident of someone illegally accessing classified presidential files. A power failure and invading horde of zombies quickly put the investigation on hold. 

Claire is heading up her own investigation. While on a relief mission aiding refugees, she found a child's drawing of what looks like an infection outbreak. She returns to D.C. to lobby for a welfare facility and shows Leon the image. He makes some kind of connection between it and D.C.'s zombie incident but decides to keep the connection secret and handle things himself. 

But this is Resident Evil. He doesn't handle it, of course, and both zombie outbreaks lead to catastrophic events that threaten the entire country.

[Source: Polygon]

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Dead Age 2 Adds Apocalyptic Improvements For Full Release https://www.gameskinny.com/n728p/dead-age-2-adds-apocalyptic-improvements-for-full-release https://www.gameskinny.com/n728p/dead-age-2-adds-apocalyptic-improvements-for-full-release Fri, 12 Mar 2021 14:09:42 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Silent Dreams' Dead Age 2 is out now on Steam and GOG with a pack full of enhancements to survival, building, and combat. Dead Age 2 is normally $17.99, but Silent Dreams is offering it for $10.79 until March 19.

Dead Age 2 unfolds across a vast, open world where careful resource management is key to reaching the next destination alive. There are more than 80 destinations dotting the wasted landscape, including blown-out diners and abandoned hospitals, and Dead Age 2 adds boats, trains, and more to help navigate.

Zombies aren't the only dangers lurking in the wilderness. Dead Age 2 features three factions, the military, smugglers, and survivors, and the faction reputation system determines whether they end up as friend or foe.

Being anti-social only gets a lone survivor so far, though. Making friends through communicating and completing quests opens new trade options and unlocks some of Dead Age 2's unique endings.

When the fighting does start, Dead Age 2 offers some new twists on the original's turn-based combat. There's a front and back row option adding an extra layer of strategy with unit placement, and knowing when to use knockback skills is vital for survival. 

Building a base is also key to victory, and Dead Age 2 includes more ways to optimize. Party members take on crafting and construction tasks, and building a strong base unlocks new item recipes. Unlike the original Dead Age, all base tasks take place in 3D.

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Days Gone The First of Several PlayStation Games Coming to PC https://www.gameskinny.com/uguxg/days-gone-the-first-of-several-playstation-games-coming-to-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/uguxg/days-gone-the-first-of-several-playstation-games-coming-to-pc Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:11:22 -0500 Josh Broadwell

More PlayStation games are coming to PC, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said in an exclusive new interview with GQ Magazine. Days Gone leads the way with a PC port planned for spring 2021, though Sony still has plenty in store for its consoles.

Ryan said:

We find ourselves now in early 2021 with our development studios and the games that they make in better shape than they’ve ever been before. Particularly from the latter half of the PS4 cycle our studios made some wonderful, great games.

There’s an opportunity to expose those great games to a wider audience and recognize the economics of game development, which are not always straightforward.

Days Gone developer Bend Studio confirmed Ryan's comments shortly after the interview was published.

In 2020, Sony released Death Stranding and Horizon: Zero Dawn on PC, marking the first time Sony exclusives appeared on other platforms. While rumors from 2020 indicated Sony would release Bloodborne on PC, Ryan made no mention of what other PlayStation games may appear on PC or when.

In a separate interview with Famitsu that Video Games Chronicle translated, Ryan rebuffed rumors from multiple sources that Sony is ignoring Japanese developers. Following up on comments he made in December about a number of exciting Japanese-developed games in store, Ryan said: 

SIE also has strong relationships with licensees in Japan, so we will continue to strengthen our ties with them and develop titles made in Japan for PlayStation fans around the world.

What these may be is still under wraps, though one of them is Final Fantasy 16, first shown off during the PlayStation 5 reveal event and currently well underway in development. Stay tuned for more updates. 

[Source: GQ, Video Games Chronicle]

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Konami Might Have Two Silent Hill Reboots in Progress https://www.gameskinny.com/ug4w7/konami-might-have-two-silent-hill-reboots-in-progress https://www.gameskinny.com/ug4w7/konami-might-have-two-silent-hill-reboots-in-progress Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:39:34 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Konami might have two Silent Hill reboots in the works, a new report from Video Games Chronicle says, and The Medium's Bloober Team might be handling one of them.

VGC's Andy Robinson said separate sources confirmed that Konami has been trying to find a developer for one Silent Hill reboot for a while now and finally outsourced it to a "prominent Japanese developer." However, other sources suggest Konami wants more than one reboot for the series, one faithful to the original games and the other approaching it from a different angle.

That's where Bloober Team might come in. The speculation of Bloober's involvement comes from a new interview Bloober's CEO, Piotr Babieno, gave with GamesIndustry.biz. Babieno told GIBiz the team is working on a new and exciting action-horror game:

[It's] another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher. I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realize we’re working on it, they will be very excited.

VGC's sources say at least one Silent Hill game should be revealed this summer. All this follows a year of Silent Hill development rumors and cancellation rumors. Whatever the case, it seems likely Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama won't be involved, as he's hard at work on Bokeh Studio's inaugural death-game title.

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

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Silent Hill's Keiichiro Toyama Shares Death-Game Inspirations for New Project https://www.gameskinny.com/5j52t/silent-hills-keiichiro-toyama-shares-death-game-inspirations-for-new-project https://www.gameskinny.com/5j52t/silent-hills-keiichiro-toyama-shares-death-game-inspirations-for-new-project Mon, 15 Feb 2021 17:01:53 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama is working on a new horror adventure game with his studio Bokeh and recently posted a video with some never-before-seen screenshots, plus insights into its ongoing development.

Toyama found inspiration for the as-yet-unnamed horror title in so-called death game stories, narratives that pit characters against each other in gruesome competitions, not unlike Danganronpa. Without giving much away about his upcoming game, Toyama said:

These [death game] works tend to add entertainment to somewhat brutal worlds, so I naturally took that approach. 

The view I have of horror is the everyday life being shaken. Rather than just showing scary things, it should question our position and make us challenge the fact that we're living peacefully.

Judging from the concept art Toyama shared, it seems safe to say Bokeh's new (and first) game will certainly shake up everyday life. The stills nearly all center on insects and other monstrosities in various stages of bursting out from human hosts, with one illustration — of the protagonist, perhaps — holding a sword and standing on the top of a building.

We still have a ways to go before seeing anything else about Toyama's new game. Bokeh's game is scheduled for release on "as many console platforms as possible" sometime in 2023.

[Source: IGN, YouTube]

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HBO's The Last of Us Casts Bella Ramsey, Pedro Pascal as Ellie and Joel https://www.gameskinny.com/bhp6e/hbos-the-last-of-us-casts-bella-ramsey-pedro-pascal-as-ellie-and-joel https://www.gameskinny.com/bhp6e/hbos-the-last-of-us-casts-bella-ramsey-pedro-pascal-as-ellie-and-joel Thu, 11 Feb 2021 12:32:17 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Last of Us HBO series has cast its two lead roles. Game of Thrones' Bella Ramsey will star as Ellie Williams in The Last of Us, while The Mandalorian's Pedro Pascal will portray Joel Miller. 

The announcements come from two separate exclusive reports — The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, respectively — which series creator Neil Druckmann quickly confirmed on social media.

Prior to The Hollywood Reporter's scoop, unconfirmed reports tapped Moonlight's Mahershala Ali as Joel. The Reporter said Ali was in talks for "a role," but nothing came of it.

The Last of Us casting news comes shortly after HBO and Naughty Dog confirmed Kantemir Balagov as the pilot episode's director.

A number of supporting roles remain unconfirmed for now, including Marlene, Tess, and Joel's brother Tommy. As yet, there's no set air date for The Last of Us' pilot episode.

While it's unclear how the HBO series will adapt Naughty Dog's record-breaking games, there is some indication Druckmann and co-writer Craig Mazin plan to include Ellie's full story and not just events from the first game. They delayed casting and filming in 2020 until The Last of Us 2 released to better align the narrative with what takes place in Seattle.

[Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline]

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Resident Evil Village Pre Order Guide: What's in Each Edition? https://www.gameskinny.com/caw22/resident-evil-village-pre-order-guide-whats-in-each-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/caw22/resident-evil-village-pre-order-guide-whats-in-each-edition Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:48:10 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Resident Evil Village pre orders are open now ahead of the game's May 7 release date. There are three different versions to pick from, but we're here to break down what's in every Resident Evil Village version and where to get them.

Any pre order comes with an in-game Mr. Raccoon weapon charm and survival resource pack, while PlayStation pre-orders come with the Resident Evil Village soundtrack.

All purchases of Resident Evil Village also come with RE: Verse. As of 1/27, all Best Buy pre-orders of Resident Evil Village, regardless of edition, also include the steelbook that's part of the collector's edition.

Resident Evil Village Standard Edition

As you'd expect, the Resident Evil Village standard edition includes just the game on your platform of choice.

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 4

Note Resident Evil Village on PlayStation 4 comes with a free option to upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version.

Xbox Series X|S

Xbox One

PC

Resident Evil Village Deluxe Edition

The Resident Evil Village Deluxe Edition includes the base game and the in-game Trauma Pack for $69.99, The Trauma Pack consists of:

  • Safe Room music
  • Mr. Everywhere weapon charm
  • Found Footage RE7 filter
  • Max Difficulty, available right away.
  • Classic tape recorder save device
  • Albert01 weapon
  • The Tragedy of Ethan Winters, though there's no indication what this is yet.

PlayStation 5

PlayStation 4

Xbox Series X|S

Xbox One

PC

Resident Evil Village Collector's Edition

For now, the Resident Evil Village Collector's Edition is only available through GameStop and retails for $219.99. It includes the game, the Trauma Pack, a Chris Redfield figurine, a collectible box and steelbook, a cloth map of the village, and an art book.

Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil 7 Complete Bundle

There's also a digital-only Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil 7 Complete Bundle for $79.99, which, in addition to the standard pre-order bonuses includes:

  • Resident Evil 7 biohazard Gold Edition
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Trauma Pack

PlayStation players can access and play RE 7 immediately after purchase, though some Xbox players are reporting they can't play it until May 7 when Village releases.

The RE Village complete edition is only available digitally from:

That's everything on Resident Evil Village pre orders and what's in each edition of the game. Stay tuned for more RE Village news.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake Could Be Very Different, New Report Says https://www.gameskinny.com/zeqio/resident-evil-4-remake-could-be-very-different-new-report-says https://www.gameskinny.com/zeqio/resident-evil-4-remake-could-be-very-different-new-report-says Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:45:48 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Capcom is reportedly working on a Resident Evil 4 remake, but Video Games Chronicle's Andy Robinson reports there's been a significant re-think on how development will proceed.

VGC's sources say the delay stems from disagreement over the course Resident Evil 4 remake should take. Studio M-Two and Tatsuya Minami reportedly want to remain faithful to the original RE 4, while Capcom's production team wants flexibility.

Robinson said Capcom envisions a Resident Evil 4 remake that builds on story, mechanics, and even environment from the original, but doesn't stick to it all the way through. As such, Capcom's Division 1 team — the team responsible for most Resident Evil games and Devil May Cry — will take a leading role in Resident Evil 4 remake's production following a soft project reboot.

What that means for the final product naturally remains unknown, since it hasn't even been officially announced yet. However, VGC's sources believe the reboot will push RE 4 remake's release date back to 2023.

Meanwhile, there's still plenty of Resident Evil goodness to look forward to. Resident Evil Village releases May 7, alongside the all-new multiplayer game RE: Verse.

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

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Resident Evil Village Release Date, Gameplay, and New Trailer Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/44zqm/resident-evil-village-release-date-gameplay-and-new-trailer-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/44zqm/resident-evil-village-release-date-gameplay-and-new-trailer-revealed Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:37:44 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Resident Evil showcase offered a tantalizing look at Resident Evil Village, complete with an RE Village release date, demo information, and even the name of the Internet's favorite tall vampire lady. Capcom also shared a new trailer and gameplay footage. 

First up, the important bits. The Resident Evil Village release date is set for May 7 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. It also releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One the same day, following some uncertainty whether Capcom could get Resident Evil Village on last-gen consolesResident Evil Village pre-orders are open now.

Resident Evil Village follows Ethan Winters' story after the events of Resident Evil 7 as he searches for his kidnapped daughter. Capcom didn't say much more about that, though presumably the village's massive castle holds some clue as to her whereabouts.

It's also where Lady Dimitrescu (aka Tall Lady) lives alongside her bloodthirsty vampire daughters hellbent on keeping Ethan in their clutches. They aren't the only monsters Ethan encounters in the village, though. Resident Evil Village features multiple enemy varieties and new ways for Ethan to deal with them thanks to the kick and guard features.

He'll also have access to a merchant, a la Resident Evil 4, who sells items, weapons, and crafting recipes, along with assistance customizing Ethan's existing weapons. But players will need to plan their inventory accordingly, since RE Village uses a management system that's also similar to Resident Evil 4's.

Finally, PlayStation 5 owners can download a special Resident Evil Village demo called The Maiden for a chance to experience some of the game's locations and lore sans combat. The RE Village demo will be available on other platforms later this spring.

Check out the trailer above for a better look at what to expect, and head over here to see the presentation in full, including some gameplay from Resident Evil Village (not the Maiden demo), which starts at 35 minutes in. 

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Resident Evil Village Showcase: How to Watch, When Does It Start? https://www.gameskinny.com/rq6ni/resident-evil-village-showcase-how-to-watch-when-does-it-start https://www.gameskinny.com/rq6ni/resident-evil-village-showcase-how-to-watch-when-does-it-start Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:34:25 -0500 GS_Staff

Capcom is poised to reveal a plethora of new details regarding the upcoming Resident Evil Village (a.k.a. Resident Evil 8). The livestream showcase will reportedly include a new trailer for the game, as well as first-look gameplay footage, alongside what Capcom is saying are a few other "surprises." 

Though we don't exactly know what those might entail, this showcase feels like a big deal for the franchise as a whole, so fans may learn about some of the other Resident Evil initiatives in the works, such as the new RE movie or the RE television series

When Does the Resident Evil Village Livestream Showcase Start? 

Everything kicks off at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST. There's no word in what order things will be unveiled, but it's best to arrive a little early to not miss anything. 

Where Can I Watch the Resident Evil Village Showcase? 

Instead of trying to figure out where and how to watch the showcase, we've embedded the PlayStation Blog's livestream YouTube player below. If that bogs down for some reason, we've included a few links below the video that will also be hosting the showcase. 

Other Places to Watch

Resident Evil Village was announced back in 2020 during Sony's Future of PlayStation event. The teaser trailer (which you can see here) confirmed many of the rumors swirling around the survival-horror game, including its location and that it would follow the events of Resident Evil 7

Later, Capcom confirmed that Resident Evil Village would "continue Ethan Winters' story" and that unlike the truncated Resident Evil 3 remake that released in early 2020, this new entry could be the longest game in the storied franchise. 

Capcom released a second trailer for RE Village back in September that shed more details on what we can expect, but it perhaps raised more questions than it answered. However, Capcom should pull back the curtain on some of those questions, providing new information on the game's setting, characters, and lore. 

Resident Evil Village is set to release sometime in 2021 for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. Tonight's showcase will hopefully whittle that broad timeframe down just a bit or — dare we hope — give us something definitive.

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Green Hell Gets Free Update, Spirits of Amazonia Part One, on January 28 https://www.gameskinny.com/fyzbg/green-hell-gets-free-update-spirits-of-amazonia-part-one-on-january-28 https://www.gameskinny.com/fyzbg/green-hell-gets-free-update-spirits-of-amazonia-part-one-on-january-28 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:05:47 -0500 GS_Staff

Creepy Jar's open-world survival game Green Hell is getting a new prequel update on January 28. Called Spirits of Amazonia Part One, the free update acts as a prequel to the events of the base game. 

As expected, key story details are scant, but Creepy Jar released a trailer for the Spirits of Amazonia that gives a little more insight into what fans can expect later this month. 

Creepy Jar says that the update will include four new Legendary Quests full of puzzles, as well as the addition of a new map, a new mushroom type, a poisonous tree, and a new craftable building item, the balcony.

Spirits of Amazonia will have three parts when all is said and done. According to Creepy Jar's Green Hell roadmap, Part One is arriving almost in the middle of its "Winter" release window. Part Two and Part Three are due sometime this spring and summer. 

There's currently no word on how long the first part of the free update will be. 

Green Hell released in Steam Early Access back in 2018 before hitting 1.0 in the latter portion of 2019. It's currently available on PC and Nintendo Switch. VR support for the game is coming in 2021, though there is no firm window as of this writing. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ports are due in early 2021 according to the roadmap. Stay tuned. 

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'Beanpole' Director Kantemir Balagov Joins HBO's The Last of Us https://www.gameskinny.com/u3t5z/beanpole-director-kantemir-balagov-joins-hbos-the-last-of-us https://www.gameskinny.com/u3t5z/beanpole-director-kantemir-balagov-joins-hbos-the-last-of-us Mon, 18 Jan 2021 15:01:32 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Kantemir Bagalov, the award-winning Beanpole director, has joined Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin to bring the The Last of Us adaptation to life for PlayStation Productions and HBO. Bagalov will "direct the pilot," according to an exclusive report from the Hollywood Reporter. 

The news comes soon after HBO officially greenlit the series.

Johan Renck (Chernobyl, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) was originally tapped to direct the series, though dropped out after scheduling conflicts arose. Balagov is no stranger to dramatic, moody pieces, two descriptors that certainly fit The Last of Us.

The first part in Naughty Dog's acclaimed action drama follows bereaved father Joel Miller and plucky orphan Ellie as they trek across a United States destroyed by the cordyceps fungus and wracked with deadly factionalism.

Plenty of tense fighting punctuates the game version of Ellie and Joel's journey, and there's no word yet how the series might translate that into cinematics or what additions the story might see. Given filming was originally delayed until The Last of Us 2 released, it's safe to say we'll likely see some changes that help align the original story more closely with its sequel.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Best PS4 Horror Games to Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/u0jg3/best-ps4-horror-games-to-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/u0jg3/best-ps4-horror-games-to-play-on-ps5 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 10:14:56 -0500 Jason D'Aprile

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Carrion
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Horror is a broad genre that doesn’t just mean having to be the hapless victim. Sometimes, you just want to be the monster. Carrion is the amazing game that lets you do it.

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Imagine if the creature from the Thing had been captured and trapped in a massive underground lab, where scientists relentlessly experimented on it. Then imagine violently escaping, trying to find a way out, all the while growing stronger, evolving, and taking revenge on all those pesky humans who hurt you.

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Carrion is a metroidvania-style game with distinctly 16-bit graphics, but thoroughly addicting in every way. The way the monster moves is a marvel of animation, the puzzles are great, and the violence is almost too satisfying. If you missed Carrion the first time around, don’t make that mistake twice.

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That's the end of our horror game list, how do you feel about the lineup? Sound off in the comments below with some of your favorite horror titltes you can play on PS5.

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Haunted Dungeons: Hyakki Castle
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For something completely different, here’s a gem that merges horrific Japanese folklore monsters, classic grid-based first-person dungeon crawler gameplay, and some intriguingly creative mechanics.

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The game allows the four-character party to split up to explore, solve puzzles, and even fight monsters. While it’s not by any stretch the most cutting edge game in our list, Hyakki Castle makes excellent use of its settings, lore, and especially wonderfully macabre collection of monsters and characters. It’s well worth playing for fans of classic RPGs who want something very different.

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White Day: A Labyrinth Named School
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For a flair of Korean horror, White Day checks the boxes for the genre. A remake of a remake, the game has a long history. Originally released in 2001, in an admittedly very different form, the final version on PS4 is a first-person horror adventure that takes players into those most horrifying of all locations: high school.

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A love-lorn boy sneaks into school after hours to leave his crush a present but instead finds himself trapped in a supernatural, angry ghost-addled nightmare. It’s cheesy and fun, with plenty of sneaking around, finding items, and solving puzzles.

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Perception
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A labor of love for the small team at the Deep End Games (led by former Irrational Game’s Bill Gardner), Perception is a short, but intriguing twist on the haunted house theme.

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While the house itself is pretty garden-variety gothic horror, the protagonist is not. Cassie, our heroine, is blind and the game translates her use of echolocation and psychic visions into a visually fascinating low-fi wave of vibrations reflecting off the objects around her.

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It’s a memorable and intense graphic solution for translating Cassie’s world and sense of ever-building dread. The story is well-written, Cassie is appealing, and Perception is a good example of an indie game that deserves a second chance at finding its audience.

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Resident Evil 7
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Resident Evil 7 marked such a huge departure from the traditions of the series that it almost seemed like a different game entirely. Switching from third to first-person perspective might appear to be a radical change, but the end result was nothing short of gory, horrific magic.

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Bringing the series back to the roots of a mansion of madness actually ended up making it feel more in line with the original and that new perspective amped up the claustrophobia. There’s a lot going on as you work your way through each member of one of the most screwed up families in all of horror gaming, and after that, there’s plenty of additional DLC that branches the story out even further.

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Given that the upcoming Resident Evil 8 seems to latch directly onto the end of this one, now is the perfect time to dive back in.

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Amnesia: Rebirth
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Amnesia started something in the horror game genre. Instead of standard survival horror games where ammunition and weapons were merely limited, here there’s none at all.

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Hiding and evading the dread that walks these halls is the only means of survival, and it created a subgenre where tension and paranoia were essentially gameplay mechanics. The two games have been re-released twice now, but if you’ve never tried these slower-paced nerve-wracking tales of terror they are definitely worth adding to your hard drive. 

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Blasphemous
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One of two retro-inspired 2D metroidvanias on our list, Blasphemous plays with horror on a nearly unique level. Everything in this game’s world is horrible (or wonderful, depending on your point of view) to behold.

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The thinly veiled inspiration of Dante’s Inferno concerns the obsession-driven quest of a unknown knight. He’s fighting demonic and godly forces that seem to have flown right up from the lowest circles of Biblical Hell, and the player is fighting a difficulty level to match.

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Blasphemous is bizarre and clever in its deliverance of hefty piles of gore, horrific monsters, and absurdly violent means to dispatch them. Just don't expect an easy time here.

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LIMBO
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Both of developer Playdead’s catalog is expertly disturbing, fascinating, and worth playing, and their second game, Inside, is a gem too.

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Limbo, however, is definitely the more horrific of the two. A side-scrolling puzzle platformer, the game hits its horror notes easily thanks to the fact that all the nightmarish situations, monsters, and absolutely brutal death sequences are all perpetrated against a young boy (probably don’t play the game with the kiddies around).

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Limbo has been on a lot of platforms since its original release way back in 2010 and it’s nice to know it can continue to disturb more players on the new generation.

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Until Dawn
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In the relatively brief and recent resurgence of FMV-style games, Until Dawn remains noteworthy for the way it takes the tried and true slasher genre interactive while still managing to stay within the boundaries of its cinemative roots.

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There hasn’t been any game since that manages so successfully to create an interactive horror movie experience. Admittedly, the emulation of slasher films works because it lets the cheesy acting and writing of Until Dawn to feel like a perfectly natural and even expected part of the fun.

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Resident Evil 3
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The remake of the third game in the original Resident Evil series continues the story fluidly forward, making it a natural progression after playing RE2. While it’s not the best of the series, Capcom’s eye for detail and successfully balancing between nostalgia and modern-day design sense makes it an excellent survival horror-meets-action endeavor.

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The big hook in Resident Evil 3 is the continuation of the chase elements as characters Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira struggle both independently and together to survive against not just a constant onslaught of the dead, but the relentless pursuit of the mysterious and horrific Nemesis.

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Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
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Vikings have long been a favored subject in video games, but seldom has a game shown the utterly horrific effects of that much-lauded and glorified violence the people were known for. God of War showed it off, but also dug into it with fervor. Hellblade, however, shows the brutal truth of a lifetime of violence and abuse on an individual.

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Senua is a broken warrior, laid low by years of torment from Viking conquerors. Her love was murdered by them, her mind is fractured, and her struggle seems never-ending.

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Observer
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Cyberpunk is never out of style, but one of the least used aspects of this sci-fi subgenre is how well it melds with dismal, oppressive horror.

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Made by Blooper Team, who did the also fascinating Layers of FearObserver casts players Daniel Lazarski, a special brand of detective who can hack people’s minds as well as machines. Obsessed with finding his estranged missing son, Daniel finds himself trapped in a grungy run-down apartment complex that devolves into a techno layer of hell. The fact Daniel is modeled after and voice-acted by Rutger Hauer is icing on the cake.

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The original PS4 is still an excellent and evocative trip, but for the shiniest (well, high-res grungiest) version, there's also Observer: System Redux specifically released on the PS5.

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SOMA
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Frictional Games doesn’t have a huge library of games, but their two key releases are Amnesia: Dark Descent (see below) and the brilliantly moody sci-fi horror, SOMA. Originally released on the PS4 in 2015, it could be argued this is a horror-tinged “walking simulator".

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SOMA is wonderfully intelligent and harrowing interactive fiction. The emotional impact of the story hasn’t lessened in the intervening years, its presented conundrums over the nature of existence are hard to forget.

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Resident Evil 2
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Capcom’s Resident Evil series lands a few spots on this list, but with their complete remake of the second game, the company showed they still have a knack for horror. As with the original PlayStation game, you'll have to complete both Leon and Claire's campaigns to get the whole story.

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The mix between survival horror and all-out action is damn near perfect. Capcom’s been good at remaking their old catalogs, but Resident Evil 2 is especially noteworthy. It has plenty to offer nostalgic gamers who loved the original but also makes a great choice even for those who never touched the series before.

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Alien: Isolation
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It’s hard to believe Alien: Isolation is old enough to have been released right at the transition between the PlayStation 3 and 4 (and released on both). It’s even harder to believe that Sega and developer, Creative Assembly, haven’t returned to the world of this incredible and, even now, distinctively intense survival horror title.

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Isolation is a direct sequel to the original movie, where players take the role of Amanda Ripley, daughter of Sigourney Weaver’s famous Ellen Ripley character. 15 years after the events of Alien, Amanda is haunted by more than just the ghosts of her past as she finds herself in an Alien-infused nightmare aboard a space station. The retro-future set designs are stunning, but it’s the cat and mouse gameplay that makes Isolation remain one of the intense examples of its genre.

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The PlayStation 5 might not have much of a native horror library just yet, but thanks to the system's backwards compatibility you're able to play any and every fright-filled PlayStation 4 title on Sony's newer system.

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Luckily the PS4 library is extensive, and there's plenty for you to choose from between lower, more atmospheric horror games to those of the more blood-pumping variety. Let's get to the list.

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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.

Read the review

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. 

Read the review

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.

Read the review

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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Save Big with the PlayStation Store's End of Year Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/uh6x2/save-big-with-the-playstation-stores-end-of-year-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/uh6x2/save-big-with-the-playstation-stores-end-of-year-sale Tue, 01 Dec 2020 15:26:33 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Black Friday sales might be over, but the PlayStation Store is kicking off its year-end sale with even more discounts from now until December 23.

From Resident Evil 2 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey to Sword Art Online, Code Vein, Persona 5 Royal, and more, there's something for almost every taste. PlayStation 5 owners, don't forget almost every PlayStation 4 game runs on PS5 as well, including all the games listed here.

PlayStation Store End of Year Sale

Here's a bigger sampling of what's on offer.

Game Sales Price Original Price
Dead By Daylight $11.99  $29.99
Death Stranding  $19.99  $39.99
Assassin's Creed Odyssey  $14.99  $59.99
Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition
 $19.99  $49.99
Dragonball Xenoverse 2
 $9.59  $59.99
Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Deluxe Ed.
 $11.99  $79.99
Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition
 $34.99 $99.99
Monster Hunter: World
 $14.99  $19.99
Monster Hunter: World Iceborne
 $20.09  $29.99
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
 $9.99  19.99
Metro Exodus Gold Edition
 $22.74  $64.99
Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition
 $23.99  $59.99
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection
 $21.99  $54.99
Persona 5 Royal Deluxe Edition  $34.99  $69.99
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered  $12.49  $49.99
Code Vein
$19.79  $59.99
Ratchet and Clank
 $9.99  $19.99
God of War Digital Deluxe Edition
(only through 12/15)
 $20.99  $29.99
Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
 $14.99  $59.99
Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire Ultimate Edition
 $35.99  $59.99

 

The PS Store's end of year sale runs through December 23. Here's a link to the sale's PlayStation Store page for the whole list.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more video game sale news as it develops. What games are you planning to pick up from the sale? Let us know in the comments below! 

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