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WWE Hell in a Cell 2022 Preview: Matches and Predictions

WE’RE HEADING BACK INTO THE MOST DEMONIC STRUCTURE IN ALL OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING, FOLKS!

Now the WWE Universe has grown quite accustomed to getting annual Hell in a Cell matches in the summertime instead of the fall. And just like last year, this year’s match-themed PPV will transpire in June. The stakes are certainly high since this show is expected to wrap up some major feuds/storylines that have been transpiring since the springtime months. Before WWE goes Ladder Match crazy at July’s Money in the Bank spectacular, the men and women of the immense WWE roster will come to blows at the 2022 Hell in a Cell PPV.

So let’s get into some fun predictions about all the confirmed matches for this year’s June 5 installment of Hell in a Cell.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2022 Predictions
WWE

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/c5209zVndpw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hedEzekiel vs. Kevin Owens</div>
Ezekiel vs. Kevin Owens

Preview & Predictions: Confession time, folks – I truly do miss walking with Elias. Say what you want about his wandering guitarist gimmick, but at least it was entertaining as hell watching him crap all over a new set of fans every time WWE came to town. Now he’s been forced to ditch all of that to morph into a slight “Macho Man” look-a-like named Ezekial who swears he’s Elias’ brother. Whatever, bruh…the man is getting the push of his life right now and that tells me he’s going to nab one of those major defining career wins over Kevin Owens here. I wouldn’t be shocked whatsoever if Ezekial ended up getting added to the Money in the Bank Match just to keep his hot streak going.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fe9xf64IdWY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hedBianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (Triple Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship)</div>
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (Triple Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship)

Preview & Predictions: “The Empress of Tomorrow” is finally back in the swing of things on Monday Night Raw! And upon her much anticipated comeback, she dealt a heavy blow to Becky Lynch by beating her (with a proper assist from her dangerous Green Mist!) and gained herself a match against the WWE Raw Women’s Champion in the process. But then a week later, Becky forced herself back into the title fray by getting a shocking win over Asuka! Now the stakes have been raised to a much higher degree.

Bianca Belair is a regular highlight of Monday Nights and especially when she’s given the time to do her thing on the PPV stage, so I just know this Triple Threat Match will slap! Now I love me some Asuka and it’d be cool to see her reign with the Raw Women’s Championship again. But I’m more of a realist than an optimist these days. I know Asuka was brought back to give Bianca a valid challenger to overcome in order to add more validity to her title reign.

Asuka’s going to take the pinfall loss here, which will most likely give Becky an excuse to get herself a rematch with the champ since she wasn’t pinned here. It’s only right we get that WrestleMania 38 runback at Money in the Bank in July!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jcXQv34BSQg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hedCody Rhodes vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)</div>
Cody Rhodes vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins (Hell in a Cell Match)

Preview & Predictions: WWE Feud of the Year right here? I’m of the belief that it’s easily going to take that honor once 2022 comes to a close. Cody Rhodes’ return to WWE has been a smashing success thus far – he’s competed in good to great matches with a myriad of Raw’s top superstars, delivered his usual brand of heartfelt promos, and gotten the crowd back in the palm of his hands (which is a far cry from the fan reaction he garnered during the final days of his AEW run).

Cody’s biggest rival during his second WWE run thus far has been Seth Rollins, who has provided the “American Nightmare” with an amazing in-ring dance partner. So far, Seth has taken two major L’s to Cody in back-to-back PPVs. And to be quite honest with you all, he’s clearly being put back in the ring with Cody here to take yet another big loss. In probably the best match of this amazing feud, Cody will prevail once more on his way to probably being included in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match in July.

This feud is so reminiscent of Batista and Triple H’s rivalry from 2005 – the conquering hero overcame the dastardly heel three times in a row on PPV. Cody’s clearly in Batista’s position, which is why I’m choosing him as the victor here.

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Gaming

The 30 Best PS2 Fighting Games of All Time

The PlayStation 2 is considered by many to be gaming royalty. Fans look back on the legendary run of Sony’s second gaming machine fondly due to the legendary gamut of games released for it among a wide swath of genres. And one of the many genres that enjoyed a renaissance period on the PS2 is fighting games. Some of the biggest IPs in the genre, such as Tekken, Street Fighter, and Virtua Fighter, enjoyed their best moments in the sun thanks to amazing PS2 series entries. Let’s all celebrate that momentous achievement by highlighting the 50 best ps2 fighting games ever made.

PS2 Fighting Games
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GOFtNGF0w7s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. ‘Tekken Tag Tournament'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.98″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3FoG57f</div>
1. ‘Tekken Tag Tournament’

Tekken 3 blew everyone’s minds as it took the franchise into a new stylistic direction and vastly improved its fighting game mechanics. Tekken Tag Tournament kept the good times rolling by incorporating the greatness of its predecessor and freshening up the formula even more with tag team-based combat. What’s crazy is the PS2 rendition looks miles better than the original arcade rendition. The roster’s mishmash of series regulars that didn’t appear in Tekken 3 and the new faces introduced in that game made for a dream match that’s still worth returning to. And that soundtrack? Legendary.

Buy Now, $19.98
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/f5-bQpztbSk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Tekken 4′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $31.10″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Fte7ah</div>
2. ‘Tekken 4’

Tekken 4 is considered one of the more disappointing entries in the series. Even still, it provides an evolution as far as signature mechanics go and puts forth a solid offering of fighting game fun. The wide battle arenas truly make you feel like you’re involved in a chaotic street fight. On a competitive level, those open stages disrupted the flow of serious play. But from a casual standpoint, it feels great to keep a combo going just by bashing someone against a telephone booth. The soundtrack is heat, Jin’s character/combat stylings got a cool upgrade, and the gameplay itself is divisive but still fun in parts.

Buy Now, $31.10
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZyN1bBhz5eE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Tekken 5′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wcum8K</div>
3. ‘Tekken 5’

Tekken 5 is one of the most celebrated fighting games ever made. And one of the reasons for the game’s long legacy being kept intact is due to how feature-rich it is. On top of the legacy modes and retooled gameplay, Tekken 5 features a side beat ’em up mode and even arcade versions of the first three Tekken games. Now did Jinpachi infuriate everyone when it came to actually getting every character’s ending? Of course (that final boss is so OP!). But we quickly got over our rage since Tekken 5’s gameplay is top-tier and it offers so much to do for single-player and multiplayer-minded fighting game fans.

Buy Now, Price Varies
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FT8ehr0ynlQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $87″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Ld5HFh</div>
4. ‘Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore’

Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the Dead or Alive series is way too simple – its rock-paper-scissors approach to throwing hands is easy to grasp yet hard to fully master. This updated version of the Dreamcast rendition of Dead or Alive 2 provides a highly engaging 3D fighter that stands proud right alongside Tekken 5. The appearance of additional characters, stages, and costumes make this game feel like the definitive edition. Plus the increased fight speed and improved visuals gave this version of Dead or Alive 2 everything it needs to be considered among the best in the series.

Buy Now, $87
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UZ3zaYmloM8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.84″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38tPpuy</div>
5. ‘Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution’

We have another case here of an updated version of a revered game that’s superior to the original in every way, shape, and form. Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution added in the super rewarding single-player mode “Quest Mode” and offered an even better version of the last game’s “Kumite Mode.” The roster expanded due to the additions of the Judoka-assassin Goh Hinogami and the Muay Thai boxer Brad Burns, who are still Virtua Fighter series regulars to this day. The well-tuned combat mechanics are still intact here, which makes this welcome update one of the Virtua Fighter games to date.

Buy Now, $16.84
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/3zidUZidzqM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Soulcalibur II'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.30″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Lku3gl</div>
6. ‘Soulcalibur II’

The original Soulcalibur is a bonafide classic. And its sequel is right up there as well. Soulcalibur II deepens the series’ gameplay by featuring the “Soul Charge” mechanic, wall-specific special moves, and lethal “Guard Break” attacks. Raphael and Talim made their debut here to offer two new styles of combat to the already huge array of weapons styles already on offer. The single-player content is still off the charts here thanks to the “Weapon Master Mode” and a huge offering of special modes you unlock over time. Soulcalibur II is a high mark for the fighting game genre as a whole (although we gotta say PS2 owners got the short end of the stick with Heihachi as its exclusive character).

Buy Now, $16.30
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ku2PtqxzVgg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘Soulcalibur III'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $47.26″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/37QAt9C</div>
7. ‘Soulcalibur III’

Soulcalibur III went above and beyond to keep the attention of solo players by incorporating one of the series’ biggest features that have now become a mainstay – a Character Creation mode. It still feels so good to go back to this game and let your creativity run free as you create all types of recognizable fighters that utilize the main roster members’ playstyles. On a gameplay level, the nuts and bolts of this 3D weapons fighter stayed as refined as ever. Plus the debut of Zasalamel, Tira, and Setsuka expanded the game’s strong roster even more than before. Soulcalibur III is another huge win for Bandai Namco’s prized weapons fighter.

Buy Now, $47.26
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XsXqntszTuM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $299.77″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Def-Jam-Fight-NY-Playstation-2/dp/B00020V5B6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RIW4THDO7LOF\u0026amp;keywords=def+jam+fight+for+ny+ps2\u0026amp;qid=1652562058\u0026amp;sprefix=def+jam%2Caps%2C135\u0026amp;sr=8-1</div>
8. ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY’

You can’t have Sony’s goated second console and not have one of the greatest hybrid PS2 fighting games in your possession. Def Jam Vendetta’s focus on wrestling & submissions was greatly expanded to include street fighting, kickboxing, and martial arts combat styles. And not only could you bring the pain to your opponents in the squared circle, but you could also beat them into oblivion within a variety of spirited fight club-like locales. Def Jam: Fight for NY still offers one of the best single-player experiences for fighting game fans and its roster includes a who’s who of megastar hip-hop & reggae artists. We still go to therapy over that dammed Fat Joe cage fight, though…

Buy Now, $299.77
https://www.amazon.com/Def-Jam-Fight-NY-Playstation-2/dp/B00020V5B6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RIW4THDO7LOF&keywords=def+jam+fight+for+ny+ps2&qid=1652562058&sprefix=def+jam%2Caps%2C135&sr=8-1
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ufkg9O5iPQc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $119.91″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3lcAyYg</div>
9. ‘Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001’

We sure do miss the rivalry that persisted between the two biggest fighting game makers back in the day. Capcom and SNK kicked off the playable feud between them with Capcom Vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000. But that playable grudge match improved by leaps and bounds with the release of Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001. New characters from Samurai ShodownThe Last BladeRival Schools, and Final Fight ran into the ring for this sequel. Plus the tweaks made to the first game’s “Ratio” system and the debut of the “Grooves” meter mechanics gave way to plenty of player creativity to bask in.

Buy Now, $119.91
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/3tpFmfo3_yQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $299.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wd8HgI</div>
10. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes’

Capcom’s “Vs.” line of fighting games always pitted the very best of Marvel against Capcom’s mainstay stars. But then came the ultimate crossover war between both companies in the form of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, which blew everyone’s minds with a full character count of 56 heroes/villains. The 3v3 battles allow for fast and furious action that is just as exciting to play as it is to watch. This game is another example of an FGC entity that’s still played on a competitive level. And for good reason – Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is full of fun on a casual level and even more enticing on an expert one. Good luck finding a cheap copy of this rarity on PS2 these days!

Buy Now, $299.95
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/J-wqv7Fvkp4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Mortal Kombat: Deception'</div>
11. ‘Mortal Kombat: Deception’

A lot of loyal Mortal Kombat fans don’t have a ton of love for the series’ bold turn into the realm of full 3D “klashes” in open arenas. But if you’re going to check out the very best of that series’ evolution, make sure it’s this one. Mortal Kombat: Deception produced a worthy upgrade to everything introduced in Deadly Alliance via interactable stage elements, two Fatalities per character, and the tide-turning “Combo Breaker” mechanic. Now are all the new fighters introduced in Deception hella trash? Yeah! But this game’s bloody brawls, way more fun than expected side modes (Chess Kombat and Puzzle Kombat), and lengthy Konquest Mode offset that one blemish.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OTcSieG6xl0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘War of the Monsters'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.04″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wgmBPe</div>
12. ‘War of the Monsters’

Man, RIP to former development studio Incognito Entertainment. Thanks to the hard work of the talented developers that once worked there, PS2 owners were treated to one of the very best PS2 fighting games that completely encapsulates kaiju big battles. War of the Monsters lets a whole bunch of towering behemoths and massive robots duke it out in well-populated cities for the enjoyment of everyone involved. This four-player brawler is pure unadulterated mayhem that we still go back to on a regular basis (you don’t want any problems with our god-tier Ultra-V!). War of the Monsters still brings the hype every time in a party setting.

Buy Now, $49.04
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xWPH8bUpFVY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $54.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wudKs5</div>
13. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3’

Dragon Ball: Budokai 3 was the perfect trilogy ender to the PS2 exclusive Dragon Ball fighter series. The cel-shaded graphics look even cleaner, the combat got even tighter, and the roster went above & beyond to give Dragon Ball’s movie villains and even some GT characters their time to shine. You can’t go wrong with this amazing anime fighter that doubles as one of the hypest PS2 fighting games – you’ll still get a ton of mileage out of intense Super Saiyan-powered brawls powered by teleport counters, “Hyper Mode,” and cinematic “Dragon Rush” attacks. Laying out our rivals with a perfectly placed Ultimate Attack still gives us an adrenaline rush!

Buy Now, $54.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/oxr1oiTmxd8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $323.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Budokai-Tenkaichi-PlayStation-2/dp/B000RW3V34/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2LH3OBLPQTF56\u0026amp;keywords=budokai+3\u0026amp;qid=1652649633\u0026amp;sprefix=budokai+%2Caps%2C115\u0026amp;sr=8-8</div>
14. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3’

The Budokai Tenkaichi games moved the Dragon Ball fighting games forward by taking its fights even higher into the skies. And Budokai Tenkaichi 3 marks the high point for those electrifying grudge matches between a huge roster of familiar faces. Budokai Tenkaichi 3 went crazy with its inclusion of Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and even one-off movie characters. The “Sonic Sway” ability still looks so damn cool to use in battle as you bob and weave out of your opponent’s hyperfast strikes. And the nice array of modes in play here (especially the amazing “Dragon History” story mode!) can keep any diehard Dragon Ball fan extra busy.

Buy Now, $323.95
https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Budokai-Tenkaichi-PlayStation-2/dp/B000RW3V34/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2LH3OBLPQTF56&keywords=budokai+3&qid=1652649633&sprefix=budokai+%2Caps%2C115&sr=8-8
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Hn178zkrN8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $72.22″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/39nMWlg</div>
15. ‘The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match’

The first dream match that took place within SNK’s premier fighting game series is this highly revered classic. The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match is pretty much the definitive edition of the base game thanks to additional roster members and a wealth of gameplay changes that have been made for the better. It feels so good to take advantage of the three-meter variations with boss characters such as Geese and Wolfgang at the ready. Shout out to this game for throwing in some sweet 3D backgrounds for the console version, too!

Buy Now, $72.22
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/kpD0VGfLek8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘The King of Fighter XI'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3yLVSeS</div>
16. ‘The King of Fighter XI’

It’s still pretty wild when you realize that this is the first mainline KOF game to ditch the whole “new year in the title” vibes. But now we’ve gotten so used to SNK’s prized fighter going for numerical title updates, which began with The King of Fighters XI. There’s so much to love about this game even now – the roster includes some wild choices that freshened things up a bit, plus the new battle mechanics went hand in hand with all the hype tag-in team play. Pulling off a “Dream Cancel” still feels so gratifying. Seek out The King of Fighters XI if you can – it’s one of the more criminally ignored KOF games out there.

Buy Now, $24.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6eiA9uXHU6k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $180″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Gear-Accent-Core-Plus-PlayStation/dp/B001REZLWA/ref=sr_1_7?crid=3SEM6SFI9WA2I\u0026amp;keywords=guilty+gear+ps2\u0026amp;qid=1652753571\u0026amp;sprefix=guilty+gear+ps2%2Caps%2C127\u0026amp;sr=8-7</div>
17. ‘Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus’

Guilty Gear’s been going strong since it made its grand debut on the original PlayStation. But once it got going on the PS2 with a line of quality Guilty Gear X2 updates, anime fighting game fans got the best of the very best. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus (good lord, that name is something else!) marks the definitive variation of that classic one-on-one brawler. Kliff and Justice got added to the playable roster, a bunch of welcome balance adjustments came into play, and the game’s amazing gameplay stayed intact.

Buy Now, $180
https://www.amazon.com/Guilty-Gear-Accent-Core-Plus-PlayStation/dp/B001REZLWA/ref=sr_1_7?crid=3SEM6SFI9WA2I&keywords=guilty+gear+ps2&qid=1652753571&sprefix=guilty+gear+ps2%2Caps%2C127&sr=8-7
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fG0Chic8Kag” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘Fight Night Round 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $22″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wwQc5T</div>
18. ‘Fight Night Round 2’

You can hop onto Twitter or take part in some random Reddit gaming conversation thread at any time of the day. And we promise you this – you’ll eventually come into contact with a bunch of dedicated Fight Night fans that are still lambasting Electronic Arts for a modern-day sequel. For the time being, those same fans are just going to have to relive the glory days. And one of the best ways to do that is by taking Fight Night Round 2 for a few nostalgic spins. This sequel let players go KO crazy with the new Haymaker punch, which added another cool dynamic to the revolutionary “Total Punch Control” control scheme. Fight Night Round 2 is simultaneously one of the best boxing games of all time and one of the greatest PS2 fighting games within its vast library.

Buy Now, $22
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/nrixHhoNmf0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Arcana Heart'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3sH0nnr</div>
19. ‘Arcana Heart’

An all-female fighting game? Sign us up! We loved that concept during the 16-bit era thanks to Sailor Moon S and we fell in love with it all over again once Arcana Heart fell into our laps. The series’ debut put forward a clever combination of Asuka 120% Limited Burning Fest, Melty Blood, and Guilty Gear. And to add even more greatness to that winning formula, Arcana Heart upped the ante with flight combat and elemental spirits that altered each character’s moveset. We’ll always adore the ever so wholesome Heart Aino, but we also have a ton of love for Arcana Heart’s lovable lady brawlers.

Buy Now, Price Varies
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ipPb2AHs1Ic” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Bloody Roar 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $53.37″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Roar-3-PlayStation-2/dp/B00005LIOL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=OG4NBQ8OD929\u0026amp;keywords=bloody+roar+3\u0026amp;qid=1652753795\u0026amp;sprefix=bloody+roar+3%2Caps%2C117\u0026amp;sr=8-1</div>
20. ‘Bloody Roar 3’

Oh, Bloody Roar. Lord knows we and everybody else are constantly crying out for Konami to give us a compilation of the series’ previous entries and possibly tap a development studio to make an all-new one. But while our Slim PS2 still works, we’re going to break it out every now and then to enjoy fast & furry clashes in Bloody Roar 3. The uptick in visual fidelity for this third game is readily apparent as the chaotic human/animal hybrid fights unfold. Long the Tiger, Gado the Lion, and Shina the Leopard always stuck out as our roster faves! Bloody Roar 3 and its animal wars help it earns its place among these other beloved PS2 fighting games.

Buy Now, $53.37
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/meIqdHCmnwc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Super Dragon Ball Z'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $92.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MFvlV3</div>
21. ‘Super Dragon Ball Z’

Don’t sleep! This more traditional fighting game take on the Dragon Ball Z formula is an overlooked gem that needs way more flowers thrown its way. Super Dragon Ball Z adopts traditional special move inputs and the traditional manga stylings of the franchise itself. And with developer input from one of the GOATs that worked on Street Fighter and Darkstalkers, this underrated 2.5 fighter excels. Big props to this game for letting us run wild with Chi-Chi and even King Piccolo, which were nice roster surprises at the time. Super Dragon Ball Z is one of the more criminally ignored PS2 fighting games.

Buy Now, $92.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/CqBEVG4p7bY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $36.30″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/39xDP1t</div>
22. ‘Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3’

Before the Storm sub-series of Naruto fighting games demanded everyone’s attention, the PS2 set the gold standard with the OG Ultimate Ninja series. Out of them all, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 provides top-tier ninjutsu thrills. Coming to blows with your foe takes place on Super Smash Bros.-esque arenas that house special tools that can turn the tide of battle in a hurry. The biggest thrill from this game is still derived from the awe-inspiring “Ultimate Justu” super moves, which are just as epic as their TV show representation. Like Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3 perfected its series’ formula on its third try.

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23. ‘Fire Pro Wrestling Returns’

Everyone loves them so casual wrestling simulation fun when it’s time to hop into a WWE game. But only the most dedicated of that fanbase is able to grasp the intricate ins and outs of Fire Pro Wrestling Returns. This 2D grappler features one of the most complex gameplay mechanics known to man. But once you come to grips with what it has to offer, it’s hard to put it down. Besides this game’s amazing array of devastating moves to utilize, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns also offers tons of replay value thanks to its massive custom creation suite.

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24. ‘WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain’

The SmackDown! games ascended to godly status once Here Comes the Pain made its entrance onto the PS2. The overall presentation of this WWE simulator was miles better than its predecessor due to improved lighting and a livelier crowd. Plus the grappling system got proper adjustments that expanded everyone’s arsenal for the better. Plus this game introduced the concept of a modern wrestling game featuring celebrated legends, which we’re happy to see is still being applied to the WWE 2K series. We also have to commend Here Comes the Pain for giving us and the rest of the homies hours of unlimited fun with the Elimination Chamber match.

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25. ‘Street Fighter EX3’

A lot of Street Fighter fanatics throw dirt on the 3D games developed by Arika (the devs behind Fighting EX Layer). And to us, we consider that a crime. Street Fighter EX3 delivers the most compelling variation of those games with multi-person fights, a banging soundtrack, and a wealth of tools that made every fight erupt into a super-move extravaganza. Your mind will be blown the very first time you successfully land a “Critical Parade” and a “Momentary Combo.” Tekken Tag Tournament isn’t the only tag fighter you need on your PS2 – Street Fighter EX3 deserves equal billing.

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26 ‘Street Fighter Anniversary Collection’

This dual compilation of the two Street Fighter games that always get awarded with superlatives from casual players and pros alike is a must-have in this day and age. On one side of the coin, you have Hyper Street Fighter II – The Anniversary Edition. And what’s so dope about this offering of the game is how it incorporates every version of each character for the ultimate dream battle. And when you flip that coin, you get one of the best console ports of fighting game royalty in Street Fighter III 3rd Strike – Fight for the Future. It comes with some extra battle options that add a few nice wrinkles to the battles at hand. If you’re going to have at least one Street Fighter title within your library of PS2 fighting games, make sure it’s this one.

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27. ‘Street Fighter Alpha Anthology’

The other half of the amazing Street Fighter compilation trend that went down during the PS2’s legendary run is the Street Fighter Alpha Anthology. This one’s the type of package that should be a part of every fighting game fan’s collection. Look at this list of bangers right here – Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. Each of those classic 2D fighters provides an amazing playable history lesson for Street Fighter buffs everywhere.

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28. ‘The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga’

The PS2 got a lot of love from SNK in the form of brand new KOF mainline games and 3D spinoff entries. And it also received some quality compilations that brought back all of the retro series installments that made the series such a phenomenon in the first place. The most essential one from that aforementioned group is The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga. Getting into all the madness of the ongoing KOF saga and the undying beef between Kyo Kusanagi & Iori Yagami is all included in this worthwhile collection. All in all, you get 2D fighting game excellence via KOF ’94, KOF ’95, KOF ’96, KOF ’97, and KOF ’98.

Buy Now, $42.99
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29. ‘Samurai Shodown Anthology’

SNK’s other fondly remembered fighting game staple also thrived on the PS2. The best way to experience the good old days of Samurai Shodown is through this next SNK compendium. Samurai Shodown Anthology compiles the first six games in the series, so fans definitely get their bang for their buck by copping this one. All the fatal slashes, bloody soaked encounters, and hot-blooded weapons-focused battles Sam Sho fans celebrate to this day are encased within this amazing retro collection.

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30. ‘Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2’

Before Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi ran together as a unit in KOF, they made it their sole mission to bring down Geese Howard and several other baddies that plagued South Town via the Fatal Fury series. While the first few games in the series are solid entries, this collection features a much better lineup in comparison to the first one that features those first few games. Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 comes with the series’ best entries, in our opinion. Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers are pure SNK fighting game bliss.

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Gaming

ONE37pm Speaks to Player First Games’ Daniel Kraft About ‘MultiVersus’

Batman. Bugs Bunny. Tom & Jerry. The Iron Giant. All of these Warner Bros. icons and many more are set to throw hands in the upcoming platform fighter known as MultiVersus. Ever since it was revealed, dedicated Super Smash Bros. players and fighting game fans across the globe have become equally curious and excited about what this free-to-play fighter has to offer. Speaking of curious, ONE37pm’s whole motto relies on exploring one’s curiosity. And that’s why we chose to have a quick chat with Player First Games’ Daniel Kraft about his development studio’s work on the game. Be sure to check our MultiVersus interview below to learn even more about the next big platform fighting game.

Daniel Kraft

ONE37pm: So what led to this crazy idea for a Warner Bros. platform fighter becoming a reality?

Daniel Kraft: There was a bunch of us that wanted to make a platform fighting game. WB was there and they offered to let us use their IPs, we started working on it, and it really just started coming together. We have all these amazing characters in it now and it just kind of started rolling on its own.

ONE37pm: What factors went into deciding which characters deserved to be added to the game’s roster?

Kraft: We wanted to make sure to showcase a large variety of characters from WB’s portfolio. We also wanted to show that “Hey, we can have live-action characters like Arya Stark in the same world as Looney Tunes characters!” And so that was a factor, in the beginning, to make sure that “Hey, we can show players kind of the possibilities in play here!” Because we want to surprise and delight. So we want to get as many of these amazing characters as we can get.

Of course, we have to get Batman, Superman, and a lot of the other heavy hitters like Wonder Woman from DC. But getting in Cartoon Network was just to showcase that that’s a place we can pull from as well. We have Finn and Jake. Plus we got Hanna-Barbera characters like Shaggy. And then the other aspect of it is we wanted to keep the game healthy and in a good spot. So when we choose a character, we also want to look at “what does the game need at that time? Do we need another ranged fighter? Is there a certain type of mechanic that we feel is missing that can be filled by a certain character?”

So that comes into play a lot to make sure the game is healthy going forward.

ONE37pm: Do you have a personal wishlist of characters you’d love to see featured in that roster?

Kraft: I don have a personal wishlist, but actually most of mine have been hit already. I was a huge Adventure Time fan, so it was a dream to work on Finn and Jake. I’m also a big DC fan as well – being able to work on Superman was fun. Tony Huynh took Batman, so I wasn’t the designer on him. But I’ve already been able to work on a lot of my dream characters. And then Iron Giant coming out was cool since I’ve always been a big fan of him.

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ONE37pm: So obviously, Super Smash Bros. is a major inspiration for MultiVersus. But are there any other fighting games and maybe even non-fighting games out there that inspired some of your game’s mechanics?

Kraft: Well, in making a platform fighter, we definitely wanted to push the game as far as we could. The developers come from a large background – we have developers from all over the industry with years of experience and we tried to bring all our experience with us to make the game as best we could. And try to push things farther than we’ve seen in the past.

ONE37pm: What do you hope to see from this game on a competitive level?

Kraft: We definitely want to support the competitive scene. We want to support the esports scene. We want that part of the community to thrive – we know that they bring a lot to the community as a whole. They come up with new tech, they come up with new ways to play, and they inspire new players to be like “Man, I’d love to be able to play Shaggy as good as this pro player plays him!” So we definitely want to encourage the pro scene and kind of help them grow.

ONE37pm: How have some of the fighting game pros that have played the game reacted to it thus far?

Kraft: We’ve gotten an overwhelmingly positive response from them. They get into the game and it takes a little bit of time for them to get used to it from the previous types of games they’ve played. But once they get in, they’ve all been pretty positive and loved it. They say that they can see the potential in it and can’t wait to get their hands on it so they can really deep dive into it.

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ONE37pm: You can say whatever you want to the whole community out there that’s excited about MultiVersus.

Kraft: I’m excited to play against all of you guys and can’t wait to see you all online. I’ll try to hold my own in the beginning – obviously, you guys will get so much better at the game than I could even think of at the moment. We are looking for feedback – give us all the feedback you can, post great content, and we’re out there looking & listening. We want to make the game better, so the more feedback you give us the better we can make the game.

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Popular Culture

The 10 Most Hated Anime Characters

Within the vast realm of anime, there’s a shockingly wide spectrum of characters who are utterly despised – some for no apparent reason and others for a variety of reasons. However, there’s a special case of a few characters who make you want to jump through your screen and slap them across their face anytime they appear on the screen. And today, we’ll talk about these characters. I will rank 10 of the most hated anime characters (deservedly so) in anime history. 

WARNING: You have been cautioned that there will be spoilers for some of the shows these characters hail from. Now that that warning has been issued, let’s begin and see if you all despise these characters as much as I do!

Most Hated Anime Characters
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10. Sakura Haruno – ‘Naruto/Naruto Shippuden’ and ‘Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’)

To start the list, we have the most hated Naruto character, Sakura. Now you can argue Danzo is the most hated, but I digress. Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi were the deadly trio of Team 7. These three were the foundation of The Hidden Village of Leaves and they carried their weight alongside being forced to carry Sakura’s weight.

Sakura’s appearance in the popular anime series Naruto and Team 7 can be explained as follows: She was a member of the Hidden Leaves Village’s most powerful team, but her participation was minimal/non-existent.

She was bothersome for half of the series as a liability, and for the rest, she was involved in turmoil that escalated into large battles, resulting in a quarrel between the communities. Sakura never won any one-on-one battles despite being a talented medical ninja and trained by a legendary Sannin and Hokage Tsunade. Plus her constant belittling of Naruto angered me and plenty of other fans who had to sit through it all.

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9. Spandam – ‘One Piece’

One Piece is my personal favorite anime of all time. The show has been around for about 22 years and is one of the most popular anime series ever. No other anime or piece of fictional work has ever matched its level of perfection in my eyes.

One Piece has undergone several major story arcs over the last two decades with Luffy encountering a variety of villains, including pirate crews and Marine government agents. But none despised as much as Spandam, the former chief of CP9. 

Spandam led CP9 and was responsible for the kidnapping of Robin from Water 7. He was also the principal perpetrator in the execution of shipwright Tom. Spandam’s nasty and irritating behavior toward Robin by forcefully dragging her by her hair, in addition to that of other One Piece villains,  is the primary basis for his intense dislike among series fans.

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8. Minoru Mineta – ‘My Hero Academia’

Mineta is the series’ lone “anime pervert.” Which means he was bound to be undesirable from the very start. Mineta, on the other hand, constantly appears to go above and beyond the occasional nosebleed or ogling that other perverse characters display. Instead, we’ve seen Mineta being extra perverse towards Tsuyu and forcing Momo to give him a piggyback ride by attaching himself to her with his grapes. But it was when Mineta said to Eri (who’s a child, I might add!) “I’m Mineta, I can’t wait to see how you look in 10 years,” that he did the worst thing he’s ever done. His inclusion on this list is based solely on that phrase and its connotation.

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7. Malty Melromarc – ‘Rising of the Shield Hero’

Malty Melromarc could be described in a variety of ways. I’m gonna go with her being a highly unpleasant woman. Malty is well-known among anime fans – even those who haven’t seen Rising of the Shield Hero are aware of who she is and why she’s held in very low regard. People have even been comparing her to the lady that plays Mera in the Aquaman movies (you guys know the one), which is a sentiment I’ve seen trending on Twitter. 

As the girl Naofumi trusted the most turned on him, threw serious allegations his way, and betrayed his Shield hero reputation, Malty forced him to flee the country. Malty’s deception made her one of the most loathed anime characters, which was exacerbated later when Naofumi gave her the most befitting nickname of…well, “female dog.”

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6. Gabi Braun – ‘Attack on Titan’

Gabi was added to this list simply because she was responsible for killing Sasha Blouse. Gabi earns her rightful place among the most hated anime characters for several other reasons. Her being such a hypocrite is what really defines her status here. We see her in the first episode and she appears to enjoy going to war – she rushes onto the battleground, pretending to be a civilian to fool the enemy, then bombing them and fleeing happily. She’s been a part of several conflicts and has no objections to death and fighting. But when the nation of Marley is attacked, she doesn’t understand why. Even when she has seen firsthand how despicable Marley truly is, she pretends as if they’re still a guilt-free nation.

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5. Nina Einstein – ‘Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’

Before I witnessed this brilliant student do some questionable things to a table, it was evident that she held strong hateful views toward Japanese people. After she suffered a mental collapse, things got a lot worse. Nina snapped following Princess Euphemia’s death, deciding that the only logical way to get her revenge on Zero would be to try to blow up the school, as well as assist in the development of weapons of mass destruction that would massacre so many people. I’m sure Euphe, who was a pacifist, is very pleased with you, Nina…

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4. Mahito – ‘Jujutsu Kaisen’

I’m sure some of you reading this right now might not agree with my pick. In my opinion, his character irritates me greatly. Jujutsu Kaisen fans are very well aware of this sentiment among their base, I might add. Mahito, unlike other cursed spirits, did something cruel and tragic. Junpei, a poor, harmless man, was changed into a hideous curse by his Idle Transfiguration. This forced Itadori Yuji’s hand in the murder of his friend. Mahito will be most remembered for that emotionally charged scene. After the Shibuya Incident Arc, he’s on each and every Jujutsu Kaisen fan’s hate list and is far beyond ever being forgiven.

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3. Rachel – ‘Tower of God’

Because manipulating and attempting to kill Baam could be justified after Rachel’s reasons are revealed, I’ll leave that out of my Rachel analysis.

Regardless, I can’t stand Rachel not because of what she did to Baam, but because she is a nasty human being. The following explanation should explain my reasoning in full: Out of spite, she stabbed Dan’s legs. Then she pretended to be injured and milked it for a pretty long time. While ascending several floors of the anime’s storied tower, she never attempted to contribute or assist her team in any way. She has never attempted to improve herself all the while. Plus she refuses to accept responsibility for her naughty behavior. She expects her teammates to treat her with respect and affability while offering nothing to them whatsoever and wailing like a spoiled kid.

Griffith from Berserk is a good example of a far more likable version of Rachel. Both are willing to go to any length to achieve their lofty dream. Griffith was willing to subject hundreds of thousands of his comrades to the most heinous mutilation and death, then force his best friend Guts to watch him commit an unspeakable act to Guts’ pregnant fiancee.

Despite his far more heinous deeds, Griffith is a far more compelling villain due to his numerous redemptive characteristics. Because he worked exceedingly hard to better himself and his squad in order to attain his goal, he is personable, a master tactician, and a great combatant. Rachel isn’t personable, tactically astute, or competent, and she makes no attempt to be. Instead of working to better herself or her team, she fabricates injuries and lies about them. How can you not classify her as one of the most hated anime characters? She possesses no redeeming traits whatsoever.

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2. Shinji Matou – ‘Fate/stay night’

While I understand why he became such a complete jerk, it’s very understandable why Shinji gets top billing as one of the most hated anime characters. He tried to kill most of the school’s students for more mana energy and gloated about it, violated his younger sister due to outside factors (but still admitted to enjoying it just to make her feel miserable), attacked the captain of the archery squad for trivial reasons, and tried to do Rin dirty despite being repeatedly rejected by her.

It doesn’t help that the majority of Fate/stay night sees Shinji at his absolute worst. He is a somewhat normal person outside of all those grail shenanigans and is constantly enabled to do terrible things to everyone around him, which, combined with his lack of a proper upbringing, built him up to be a walking disaster. Simply put, Shinji’s a mentally unstable asshat with a serious inferiority complex.

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1. Shou Tucker – ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’

Shou Tucker is a metaphor for humanity’s tendency to manipulate individuals for the sake of furthering their ambitions and how the concept of progress is exploited as a justification to save one’s skin. On the surface, Shou Tucker is a despicable figure for his heinous crimes, but I also curse his every appearance for what he represents.

Shou is at the top of my list of the most hated anime characters primarily because of what he did to his daughter and her dog. And that heinous act was performing human transmutation by combining his dog and daughter into one body and consciousness, which sickens me to this day.

However, several fans overlook the fact that this wasn’t his first time committing such an act. Diehard Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood fans may recall a conversation between Shou Tucker and Edward in which he admits to doing the exact same thing to his wife! Mr. Tucker, you’re now two for two! To make matters even worse, Shou Tucker has shown no sorrow or regret for his disgusting actions. He claims to have done everything in the name of science and alchemy, which makes him even more of a grade-A bastard.

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Gaming

‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Review

I gotta admit – the term “perfect marriage” applies so well to the combination of horror and asymmetrical multiplayer games. For the uninitiated, four players take on the role of survivors tasked with completing a series of missions while a solo fifth player goes out of their way to disrupt them through terrifying means. The current kings of the genre are Dead by Daylight, Friday The 13th: The Game, and Identity V. And after bashing in the brains of Deadites with a spiked baseball bat and scaring the pants off of Ash Williams & his crew for several hours, I think a new title should be added to that list. And I’m quite sure you’ll be convinced of that sentiment once you read through the entirety of my Evil Dead: The Game review.

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‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Review

Developer Saber Interactive deserves a round of applause for its dedication to embracing the spirit of Evil Dead within this game. As soon as you hop into the game’s main menu, you’ll be treated to a creepy little tune that’d go hand in hand with a tension-building scene from the original films. Listening to Bruce Campbell reprise his most famous on-screen role through his digital likeness and voice acting chops lends that air of credibility Evil Dead fans will be on the lookout for while playing this horror romp. The rest of the game’s visual and audio presentation is commednable as well – the spooky hanuts you’ll be forced to explore are expectedaly dark & gloomy, plus the sounds of terrified screams from your fellow survivors sets the tone for each match in the best way possible. Everything looks and sounds appropriate for a game steeped in the spine tingling hinjinks Evil Dead basks in.

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

Once it’s time to hop into a team of Survivors or wreak havoc as the Demon, the true fun begins. As one of those four human saviors, you’ll step into one of four roles – Leader, Warrior, Hunter, or Support. Each character class comes with its own active skill, upgradeable abilities, and stats that provide good team synergy when aligned with three other members from different classes.

The Survivors side of each match is tasked with completing a series of objectives while also keeping an eye out for varied melee/ranged weapons, consumables, and level-up items that help them boost their stats mid-match. Handling those objectives is a fun endeavor – discovering each lost page, fending off hordes of Deadites while backing up your teammates, hopping into a car with them to cover more ground, and getting your hands on rare & powerful weaponry plays into that high fun factor. The ripping and tearing that comes with landing gruesome melee finishers plays well into the game’s weighty combat, which feels great in practice.

My only issue with the human Survivors is their inability to pull off a simple jump. The fact that you can vault over gates but are completely incapable of hopping over something much smaller that’s blocking your path is silly. I got highly annoyed at having to run around to an open gate by a graveyard even though it would have been so much easier for me to leap over a side barrier overlooking that same locale.

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

Saving the world from demonic doom is fun and all, but I derived the most enjoyment from impeding their mission as the invisible demon. During each match, you’re tasked with gathering the energy needed to plant Deaditie portals, possess human players, take the form of a demonic tree to spook them even more, etc. The perverse pleasure that comes from summoning the boss demon and taking down an entire survivor team with your army of Deadites at the ready is so gratifying. The three Demon classes in tow include the Warlord, the Puppeteer, and the Necromancer (the second class’ use of hairless critters than use lightning-based attacks happens to be my favorite one). But I must admit – the same gripe I have with the Survivor’s non-usage of a jump button could be compared to the Demon’s lacking maneuverability. I remain highly confused and annoyed by the fact that my powerful Demon can smash through fences, but gets stuck on simpler environmental items and is unable to float over certain obstacles.

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

Another complaint I have to lobby at Evil Dead: The Game is its single-player missions. While they present fun scenarios that play into the themes of the films and TV series, good luck ever trying to complete them. The factors that are thrown into each mission are damn near impossible to overcome. You play by your lonesome and are pushed to complete various objectives while also being bombarded by Deadites. And to make matters even worse, you’ll have to start at the very beginning of the missions you’re playing upon death since there are no checkpoints. I really wanted to enjoy the game’s solo missions and unlock the cool cosmetic items that come from completing them. However, they’re just too hard to overcome at the moment – the simple addition of a checkpoint system would easily remedy this current issue.

Evil Dead: The Game is still a rollicking good time for avid fans of the source material and dedicated players of asymmetrical horror games. The scary vibes are always intact as you play on either the Survivor or Demon side and the fun that comes from utilizing both sides’ signature abilities never grows tiresome. I certainly have my issues with how the characters can’t seem to leap over certain objects, plus the single-player missions are insanely tough for no good reason.

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

But overall, I had a great time with this multiplayer-focused horror experience. If there’s one thing to take away from this Evil Dead: The Game review, it’s that you and your friends will have a new multiplayer addiction to enjoy even more come Halloween night.

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Gaming

11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (May 2022)

Even though it’s starting to warm up outside, we still have to dedicate our time to watch the very best Twitch streamers after we’re done touching enough grass. Now that we’re in the month of May, allow us to make you aware of our latest batch of highly engaging gaming personalities that will quickly become your faves.

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1. BQTimi

We’re not only enamored with young BQTimi’s strong sense of fashion, but we’re also heavily invested in his impressive first-person shooter performances. You can always catch him pulling off amazing feats in Apex Legends, plus you can watch him in action in equally exciting games such as Valorant and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt. And while he’s at work, you can usually vibe out to the mellow playlist BQTimi has playing in the background.

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2. Dayloh

Dayloh is a self-admitted introvert. But she tends to exert a whole lotta extrovert energy whenever she’s on our screens. Plenty of hilarious moments ensue during whatever game she decides to hop into, which helps her stand out among our collection of quality variety streamers. The titles of her streams are yet another example of her wild sense of humor, so expect to bust out in tears of laughter every now and then while you watch.

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3. TrulyTenzin

Big props go out to lady TrulyTenzin for being another favorite of ours that’s quite adept at beasting in Valorant. But that’s not all! She also dibbles and dabbles in a whole bunch of other games when she’s not obtaining the finest of W’s in her favorite first-person shooter. This “warning” TrulyTenzin put on her page actually endears her to use even more: “I am a complete crackhead that has no language filter.”

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4. Drunkn_Buddha

“You can call me DB, Drunkn, Buddha, or Chef Buddha if ya nasty.” We’re going to stick with Drunkn_Buddha, if that’s cool with you, good sir. This streamer is a super dope variety streamer that’s extra nice on the sticks and also one of the more intriguing chefs we’ve ever come across on Twitch. If you’re down for some hype Apex Legends gameplay and moments of mouth-watering food porn, then make sure you tune into this swell guy’s live streams.

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5. ThatBronzeGirl

ThatBronzeGirl has a bunch of hobbies/duties that keep her busy – there’s her huge appreciation for gaming, her morning talk show hosting job, her love for comics, and her respect for the tabletop gaming genre. And thankfully, she’s entertaining as all hell whenever she goes live to bring us into any and all of her favorite activities. You’ll get a ton of enjoyment out of ThatBronzeGirl’s live streams if you’re super addicted to RPGs, Dungeons & Dragons, and Warhammer 40,000.

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6. ChaoticBunnyTV

ChaoticBunnyTV is all about “taking cheeks and causing chaos.” If you’re willing to take the plunge and provide your “assets” to her lively community, then you’ll be welcomed into something truly worthwhile. Her live streaming activities include going hard in Apex Legends, indulging in fruitful & thought-provoking conversations, and having some random talks with her viewers about less serious topics.

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7. honeebell

The next variety streamer we’ve chosen to give flowers to is madame honeebell. You’ll get a ton of mileage out of watching her getting scared to death by Outlast, making super tough decisions in The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series, trying her hand at saving Gotham City in the Batman: Arkham games, etc. honeebell is all about overcoming the hardest challenges possible, as evidenced by this quotable of hers: “I am known to always play in nightmare mode, knife-only speedrun.”

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8. merkeddtv

Iowa’s very own merkeddtv has a penchant for going off whenever he queues up another fast and furious game of Valorant. The man is clearly a pro and makes that abundantly clear whenever he goes live to show off to his appreciative viewers. With over 5,000 hours in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it comes as no surprise that his skills in that game have translated perfectly over to Valorant. If you need some coaching on your shoddy Valorant skills, check in with the homie merkeddtv.

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9. luhvander

luhvander loves to get live gaming sessions in during the wee hours of the night. She’s known for going ham in Apex Legends, Valorant, Dead by Daylight, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt, and even Portal 2! Be sure to pop in every now & then to see what she’s playing next and let her know we sent ya. You’ll definitely grow to love this variety streamer the more you watch her do her thing.

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10. BlackSokka

BlackSokka is an uber-talented streamer, which is why he’s on this list. But he’s also a super-fire MC that drops some solid tunes through his SoundCloud, which raises his stock even more with us. His “Black Excellence” streams are a gateway to equally entertaining Black content creators, his CPU vs. CPU battles in various wrestling games are oddly addictive, and the long list of games he’s hoping to play has us excited for future streams.

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11. Khaykashi

Khaykashi is the last (but certainly not least!) variety streamer we’ve chosen to highlight this month. Her credentials definitely point to her growth as a content creator – she’s a Twitch Ambassador and EA Game Changer. When it’s time to go live, she has tons of fun trying her luck in games like Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The most fun you’ll derive from watching her is when she steps into the digital life sim that is The Sims 4. You definitely gotta give this “wholesome” streamer the time of day!

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Sports

The 28 Most Underrated WWE Wrestlers

It’s a regular occurrence whenever the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time get mentioned. But it’s a much rarer affair whenever the conversation is directed to the most underrated WWE wrestlers some fans still look back on with reverence.

Throughout the longstanding legacy of World Wrestling Entertainment, a plentiful offering of uber-talented wrestlers has competed under its wide umbrella. But for one unexplained reason or another, several key members of WWE’s ever-changing roster have been overlooked in comparison to the company’s bigger stars. We’re here to remedy that situation by properly acknowledging those amazing talents that we consider severely underrated.

Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this list, you’ll gain a newfound appreciation for each wrestler and do some mandatory viewing of their most impressive in-ring exploits.

Underrated WWE Wrestlers
WWE

1. Ted DiBiase
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1979, 1987-1993, and 1994-1996

Titles Won in WWE: WWE 24/7 Championship (1 time), Million Dollar Championship (2 times), WWF North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) with Irwin R. Schyster, and King of the Ring (1988)

The “Million Dollar Man” of WWE not only had one of the greatest gimmicks in all of wrestling, but he also made sure to back up his braggadocious nature with a solid in-ring acumen. Ted DiBiase proved to be the perfect foil for every babyface he caused problems for back in the day and especially did an incredible job in getting Vergil over during their breakup angle. As far as WWE “Golden Era” bad guys go, DiBiase deserves his place among the very best.

2. Owen Hart
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1988-1989, 1991-1999

Titles Won in WWE: WWF European Championship (1 time), WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times), WWF Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Yokozuna (2), The British Bulldog (1), and Jeff Jarrett (1), King of the Ring (1994), and WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1997)

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!” The Hart Family’s quicker and snappier WWE competitor could always be counted on to have a good match with just about everyone he faced. His “New Generation” run produced great matches with his brother Bret Hart, the 1-2-3 Kid, and Shawn Michaels. And during his Attitude Era reign, he continued to prove his worth against the likes of Triple H, Steve Blackman, and Ken Shamrock. Owen would have probably continued having great matches against the newcomers that arrived in 2000 if it wasn’t for his untimely death. RIP, Owen! We’ll always look back on Owen as one of the most celebrated yet still underrated WWE wrestlers to have ever lived.

3. Rick Martel
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1980-1982, 1986-1985

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Tony Garea (2 times) and Tito Santana (1 time)

“The Model” Rick Martel may not be mentioned as much as his “Golden Era” compadres, which is a crying shame. The Canadian import went all the way with his self-centered fashionista gimmick and could be relied upon to look good in the ring at all times. Before he became indulged in pure Arrogance,” Martel wowed audiences as a member of the Strike Force tag team alongside Tito Santana and even competed in the early 80s with Tony Garea as his right-hand man. Martel and his patented Boston Crab need tons more respect.

4. Marty Jannetty
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1988-1994, 1995-1996, 2005-2009

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time) and WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with the 1-2-3 Kid

Being called the “Marty Jannetty” of a tag team upon splitting up and going solo is one of wrestling’s oldest disses. Which is a shame really when you think about how far the other half of The Rockers could have gone if he had managed to successfully fight off his demons. Even still, Jannetty did fine work during his many runs within WWE. Besides his fast-paced affairs with his former tag team partner Shawn Michaels, Jannetty went balls to the wall when pitted against a bunch of recognizable talents within the “Golden Era” and “New Generation” time periods. He’s popped up on multiple occasions to remind people of just how good he still is and why he’s referred to as one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers of all time.

5. Bam Bam Bigelow
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1987-1988, 1992-1995

Titles Won in WWE: None, sadly…

When the word “intimidating” pops up in the dictionary, a picture of a snarling Bam Bam Bigelow is placed right next to it. And for good reason – Bigelow sparked fear into the hearts of all the young ones who watched him destroy their heroes back in the day. As a babyface, Bam Bam was a real treat thanks to his surprising agility and ability to whip out a cartwheel from time to time. Once he went heel, Bam Bam solidified his status as someone that deserved so much more from WWE when he put on better than expected match with NFL legend Lawrence Taylor. Bam Bam’s one of those slept-on greats that should have gone much farther in WWE.

6. Mr. Perfect
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1981-1983, 1988-1996, 2002

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)

Curtis Michael Hennig embodied nothing but perfection once he returned to WWE during his second run. His transformation into the one known as Mr. Perfect is the reason why so many wrestling fans remember him so fondly. His gimmick was so easy to hate yet so easy to appreciate in hindsight and his work in the ring captured everyone’s attention. Mr. Perfect’s over-the-top-selling is just the cherry on top for a wrestler that never bored anyone that watched him work. After watching this man’s bouts against Bret Hart, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan, you can’t help but feel angry at the fact that Mr. Perfect never claimed the WWF Championship back in the day.

7. Rick Rude
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1987-1990, 1997

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)

“What I’d like to have right now, is for all you fat, ugly, inner-city sweat hogs to keep the noise down while I take my robe off and show the ladies what a real sexy man looks like…” And after delivering that amazing diatribe, the infinitely handsome “Ravishing” Rick Rude unveiled his body of Adonis to the crowd. The ladies loved it while the guys couldn’t help but hate it. Nevertheless, Rick never provided a dull moment inside and outside the ring. He gave the Ultimate Warrior his best matches at the time and had one of the best Intercontinental Championship runs in WWE history. And those air-brushed tights he always used to wear? Simply ravishing.

8. D’Lo Brown
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1997-2003, 2008-2009

Titles Won in WWE: WWF European Championship (4 times) and WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time)

The head bobbing, Frog Splash…well, splashing, and widely recognized “real deal” of professional wrestling is none other than D’Lo Brown. As one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers the world has ever seen, D’Lo will always be remembered by diehard wrestling fans as a bonafide gem of the Attitude Era. His part as a member of the Nation of Domination was great, his chest-protector gimmick was hilarious, and his in-ring acumen was top-notch. D’Lo’s run with both the Intercontinental and European Championships resulted in slept-on matches with X-Pac, Gangrel, and Val Venis.

9. Shelton Benjamin
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2000-2010, 2017-Present

Titles Won in WWE: WWE 24/7 Championship (3 times), WWE United States Championship (1 time), WWE Intercontinental Championship (3 times), and WWE (Raw) Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Charlie Haas (2) and Cedric Alexander (1)

After getting split up from his tag team partner Charlie Hass, Shelton Benjamin arrived on Raw to little fanfare. But after he pulled away with a shocking win over Triple H in 2004, Shelton’s mega push was off to the races. The former amateur wrestler showcased immense physical ability as he spent the majority of his time on Raw as a singles star that blew everyone’s minds with his high-flying exploits and memorable bouts with Shawn Michaels, John Morrison, Rob Van Dam, etc. Even when he dyed his hair blond and became the “Gold Standard,” Shelton still went out and hand bangers on a nightly basis. His charisma may have been in question by the powers that be, but he’s still a top-tier athlete that should have claimed the WWE Championship at some point early on in his career.

10. William Regal
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1998-1999, 2000-2022

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Hardcore Championship (5 times), WWF/E European Championship (4 times), WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (2 times), World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Lance Storm (2), Eugene (1), and Tajiri (1), and King of the Ring (2008)

One of the best English professional wrestlers of all time just so happens to be one of those underrated WWE wrestlers that entertained in just about every role he was given. As an endearing babyface and a slimy heel, William Regal commandeered the ring at all times and made everyone take notice of his rugged in-ring style. Regal stood out due to his hilarious facial expressions that came through wonderfully during his matches and General Manager days. And whenever the bell rang, Regal was always in fine form as he produced bangers with Edge, Chris Jericho, and Rob Van Dam.

11. Carlito
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2003-2010

Titles Won in WWE: WWE United States Championship (1 time), WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time), WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Primo, and World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Primo

He spits in the face of people who want to be cool. While his Razor Ramon-esque Carlito Caribbean Cool SmackDown days were decent enough, the shortening of his name and switch to Raw truly turned him into a weekly highlight. The second-generation superstar known as Carlito put in his best work as Intercontinental Champion as he produced bangers with Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, and John Morrison. Carlito’s high-flying theatrics and apple-spitting disrespect cement his place as one of WWE’s best high flyers and the type of guy that would have made for a great top champion on either brand. Seeing how swole he is these days, it’d be great to see him make a play for a steady WWE return or an AEW debut.

12. Tajiri
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2008

Titles Won in WWE: WCW United States Championship (1 time), WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WCW/WWF/WWE Cruiserweight Championship (3 times), WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Eddie Guerrero, and World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with William Regal

Not only is Tajiri one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers, but he’s also one of its funniest and highly regarded Japanese talents. After gaining the adoration of the hardcore ECW faithful, Tajiri made his way to WWE and did the exact same with the WWE fanbase. His many highlights include his highly revered battles with the likes of X-Pac, Billy Kidman, Hurricane Helms, and so much more. His partnerships alongside William Regal and Eddie Guerrero exposed his lovable personality and ability to get over with the audience even with a language barrier in place. It was always a pleasure the watch the great Tajiri douse his opponents in green mist, lock them in the Tarantula, and clock them with his Backspring Elbow.

13. Paul London
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2003-2008

Titles Won in WWE: World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Brian Kendrick, WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Billy Kidman (1) and Brian Kendrick (1), and WWE Cruiserweight Championship (1 time)

Paul London can pretty much be referred to as “Mr. Velocity.” And that’s because he always stood out as the best performer on Smackdown’s spinoff show. His Cruiserweight Championship matches were always worth tuning into as Paul gelled well with all the equally talented competitors he did battle with. And as a tag team wrestler, he continued to amaze as his high-flying repertoire matched up best with Billy Kidman and Brian Kendrick. Paul’s Dropsault and Shooting Star Press are poetry in motion that fans miss seeing on WWE TV.

14. Lance Storm
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2005

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Intercontinental Championship (1 time) and WWE/World Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Christian (1), William Regal (2), and Chief Morley (1)

“If I could be serious for a moment…” Lance Storm never came to play games ’cause he was all business as soon as his entrance music kicked in. And upon his arrival in WWE back in 2001, the Canadian superstar impressed due to his smoothness and crispness in the ring. Lance’s superkick is one of the very best and it always looked great whenever it landed clean on the likes of Albert, Edge, and Matt Hardy. During the rest of his WWE tenure, he always stuck out as a reliable in-ring gem that could be counted on to match up well with just about everyone. Never mind what “Stone Cold” Steve Austin said about him during that cruel promo segment – Storm is far from boring.

15. Jazz
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2004

Titles Won in WWE: WWF/E Women’s Championship (2 times)

It’s criminal that Jazz only captured the WWF/E Women’s Championship on only two separate occasions! She sticks out as one of those past WWE female talents that Trish Stratus into submission on countless occasions and made her a much better pro wrestler in the process. Jazz’s rough and tumble style presented her as one of the most legit WWE wrestlers on the roster during her run – she brought an air of believability to everything she did as she brutalized every lady that tried to test her. Shout out to Jazz for her unprecedented work during her WWE run – she’ll always stand out as the most underrated WWE wrestlers we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching.

16. Molly Holly
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2000-2005

Titles Won in WWE: WWE Women’s Championship (2 times) and WWF Hardcore Championship (1 time)

The former “Miss Madness” of WCW Randy Savage fame arrived in the WWE as one of the most impressive members of the Holly family. Molly Holly deserves way more credit in this day and age – she stood as a highly impressive wrestler that dropped everyone’s jaws at the sight of her Molly Go Round finisher. And once she went heel, she embodied that easily hateable “Karen” energy that made her the perfect foil for Trish Stratus and Victoria. Molly’s one of those unheralded members of WWE’s former Divas roster.

17. Victoria
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2000-2009

Titles Won in WWE: WWE Women’s Championship (2 times)

She STILL ain’t the lady to mess with. Victoria was always a regular highlight of early 2000s Divas wrestling. Her character was that of a woman with a broken psyche that employed an especially brutal moveset to ground her opponents into dust (that Widow’s Peak finisher of hers still gives us chills). Her Hardcore Match with Trish Stratus at the 2002 Survivor Series doesn’t get talked about enough, which is a crime. The rest of Victoria’s WWE tenure saw her continually prove herself to be a valuable asset that could be counted on to entertain at all times.

18. Dean Malenko
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2000-2001

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

Dean Malenko isn’t just one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers to have ever strapped on a pair of boots – he just might be one of the most slept-on in-ring technicians of all time. His cold and calculating demeanor always put everyone on notice (his James Bond-esque WWE theme didn’t do him any favors, however). Bur during his short tenure as a WWE competitor, Dean took the reigns of the WWF Light Heavyweight division and proved to be just as good as he was back in WCW. Seek out his Backlash 2000 match with Scotty 2 Hotty and even one of his random bouts with Taka Michinoku & X-Pac for proof of that statement.

19. Hurricane Helms
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2010

Titles Won in WWE: WWE Cruiserweight Championship (2 times), WWF European Championship (1 time), WWF Hardcore Championship (1 time), and World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Kane (1) and Rosey (1)

The Alliance storyline may have been a massive disappointment, but it gave a huge opportunity to some super talented wrestlers that existed long after hat feud dissipated. One of those individuals ended up being “Sugar” Shane Helms, who adopted a Green Lantern-like character known as Hurricane Helms. His early WWE work alongside Lance Storm was solid enough, but it’s his Cruiserweight division work on SmackDown that deserves the most praise. Helms’ matches with Jamie Noble and Tajiri will forever be GOATED! Helms’ short feud with The Rock, his “I CAN CHOKESLAM EVERYBODY!” gimmick was hilarious, and his heroic theme song makes him somebody we always loved watching.

20. Finlay
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2005-2011

Titles Won in WWE: WWE United States Championship (1 time) and Bragging Rights Trophy (2009) – with Team SmackDown (Chris Jericho, Kane, R-Truth, Matt Hardy, David Hart Smith, and Tyson Kidd)

His name is Finlay and he loves to fight. And you just know we always loved watching him engage in that violent act. Finlay’s return to the squared circle in 2005 was marked by some of the hardest-hitting matches in SmackDown history as he got into it with the likes of Bobby Lashley, Rey Mysterio, and Matt Hardy. Even with Hornswoggle by his side, everyone still feared Finlay and took him as a serious threat at all times. Be sure to watch his Belfast Brawl from WrestleMania XXIV to see Finlay in his most “fit” form. Just like William Regal, this brute must be crowned as one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers who’s worthy of respect.

21. Scotty 2 Hotty
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1997-2007

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time), WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Grand Master Sexay, and WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Rikishi

A highly underrated WWE wrestler that had one of the silliest yet most entertaining finishers of the Attitude Era just has to be this celebrated member of Too Cool. Scotty 2 Hotty did great things with Grandmaster Sexay and Rikishi – fans still reenact their post-match dance number to perfection! In the ring, Scotty entertained due to his light heavyweight style and hilarious finishing move “The Worm.” On WWE’s old B-Shows, Scotty could regularly be seen working solid bouts with the likes of equally slept-on wrestlers of his ilk. Scotty seemingly never ages since he still looks the same as he did back in the day, so you can watch him relive all that Too Cool magic on the indie scene.

22. Hercules
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1985-1992

Titles Won in WWE: None, sadly…

The WWF’s “Golden Era” was a smorgasbord of towering brutes that looked like real-life superheroes (and supervillains, of course). One of the more unsung power men of that time period is Hercules Hernandez, who could always be seen with a steel chain wrapped around his massive frame. Not only did he look impressive, but he also managed to be one of the more solid in-ring bodybuilders in Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire. As a singles star, Hercules caught everyone’s eyes as he battled Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, and Haku. Old-school wrestling heads usually bring up his name when it comes to his underrated tag team run with Paul Roma as Power & Glory (their finisher is still one of the very best!).

23. Billy Kidman
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2005

Titles Won in WWE: WCW/WWF/E Cruiserweight Championship (4 times) and WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Paul London

The original master of the Shooting Star Press was one of WCW’s biggest highlights in the Cruiserweight division. And upon his arrival in the WWF during the Invasion storyline, he still did his best to keep everyone’s attention. Billy Kidman’s lowkey WWF/E run sticks out due to his strong matches against X-Pac, Tajiri, and Matt Hardy. His tag team runs with Rey Mysterio and Paul London are also proof of his quality WWF/E tenure. Remember, folks – never try to powerbomb Billy Kidman.

24. Tito Santana
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1979-1980, 1983-1993

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (2 times), WWF Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ivan Putski (1) and Rick Martel (1), and King of the Ring (1989)

“ARRIBA!” Utter that catchphrase at a wrestling convention and most of the older fans in your vicinity will raise their first in honor of the great Tito Santana. As the first man to ever wrestle and win at a WrestleMania, Tito stuck out as a fan favorite thanks to his agile maneuvers and underdog demeanor. He’s done great work with so many major names, such as Shawn Michaels, Don Muraco, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. And with Rick Martel by his side, Tito did equally memorable work as a member of Strike Force. As one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers of all time, Tito deserves even more adoration for his lengthy wrestling run.

25. Goldust
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1990-1991, 1995-1999, 2001-2003, 2005-2006, 2008-2010, 2013-2019

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Hardcore Championship (9 times), WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times), WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Cody Rhodes/Stardust, and World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Booker T

Dustin Rhodes shocked the world when he showed up during his second WWF run as the androgynous character known as Goldust. Dustin played the character to perfection and provided a super provocative element to the WWF product at the time that added a bit of pizzaz to it all. Besides his unforgettable gimmick, Goldust proved to be a great wrestler and the sort of personality that could provide tons of hilarity every now & then. His Intercontinental title reigns and his alliance with Booker T. are definite career highlights. Goldust could it all and then some. Remember the name…Goldust.

26. Essa Rios
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1997-2001

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Ask any avid Attitude Era fan and they’ll bring up a bunch of well-known names. If those same fans happened to watch Sunday Night Heat, Jakked, and Metal, then they probably remember the name Essa Rios as well. And that’s due to the jaw-dropping high-flying excellence he always put on display. Essa held down the Light Heavyweight division during his time in the WWF as he faced Jeff Hardy, Funaki, and Taka Michinoku. Essa even competed against a young Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle while he held the WWF Championship. If you ever want to witness one of the best Moonsault’s of all time, you can look to one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers and Lucha Libre greats in Essa Rios.

27. Taka Michinoku
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 1997-2001

Titles Won in WWE: WWF Light Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

WWE clearly took inspiration from WCW’s Cruiserweight wrestling craze, which is why it birthed its very own Light Heavyweight division in response. And the shining star of that division was none other than the Japanese gem known as Taka Michinoku. Taka’s high-flying feats and devastating Michinoku Driver provided the early years of the Attitude Era with five-star worthy wrestling feats, which were admittedly rare at the time. You can check out Taka’s WrestleMania XIV match with Aguila to see just how good he was back in the day. And of course, his Kaientai run alongside Funaki was one of the funniest elements of WWF’s Attitude Era tag team division. Is Taka one of the most underrated WWE wrestlers? INDEED!

28. Sean O’Haire
WWE

Years Active in WWE: 2001-2004

Titles Won in WWE: None, sadly…

Man, what could have been! Sean O’Haire is one of those cases of someone that should have main evented a WrestleMania while he was still alive. Not only did he look great from a physical level, but he also came across as better than expected in the ring due to his amalgamation of power-based offense and top-rope maneuvers. Sean’s “Devil’s Advocate” gimmick should have gone a lot further than it did, but we enjoyed it while it lasted. If you want to witness this behemoth’s greatness in action, check out his bout alongside Chuck Palumbo vs. the APA (Bradshaw and Faarooq) and watch clips of him pulling off his Widow Maker finisher on everyone.

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Gaming

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Mario Strikers: Battle League’

Mario and the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom’s most recognizable residents love to indulge in some sports, don’t they? Their spinoff games usually see them going for some kart racing, playing heated tennis matches, and hopping onto the golf course for a few rounds. One of the more revered types of sports the Mario crew loves to get involved in is soccer, which is something that’s going to be front and center in this year’s Mario Strikers: Battle League. This highly anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Super Mario Strikers and 2007’s Mario Strikers Charged is coming to the Switch and it’s looking pretty amazing. So let’s get right into a full breakdown of everything this new Nintendo party-friendly sports game has to offer.

Release Date and Playable Platforms
Nintendo

Mario Strikers: Battle League is set for release on Nintendo Switch come June 10.

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Like its predecessors, this fast and furious soccer game adopts an arcadey feel that should endear itself to fans of those games and equally zany sports games. The name of the game being played here is “Strike,” which is the Mushroom Kingdom’s rendition of futbol that allows for 4v4 matches. And as expected, those matches allow for unabashed mayhem as players can use items to throw off the other team’s players, tackle them, and use super moves called “Hyper Strikes” that always net two points.

Speaking of items, you’ll be able to trip up the competition with banana peels and even knock them off balance with shells. In order to perform a character’s Hyper Strike, players must nab a special glowing orb that occasionally pops up on the field. And while there’s no “out of bounds” rule in place, an electrified fence keeps players in check (you can use that fence to your advantage by knocking your opponents into it, of course). When it comes to choosing your team setup, there’s a good number of Mario franchise characters to choose from. The recognizable faces that’ll be available at launch include Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Peach, Rosalina, Toad, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Waluigi.

There are customization elements at play in this game as you can attach different pieces of stat-changing gear to your favorite players.

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Local and Online Multiplayer

Mario Strikers: Battle League’s local multiplayer allows for eight players to participate – each player can use a single Joycon and engage in a 4v4 match while the AI handles goalkeeping. The online multiplayer mode lets two players hop online from the same console and hop into that same eight-player match setup. One of the more interesting features of the game’s online multiplayer is something called “Club Mode,” which lets 20 players put together their own club and take on other clubs for bragging rights and the top spot during each season.

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Gaming

‘The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History’ Review

It’s so refreshing to see the storied history of the video game medium get treated with the respect it deserves through the literary form. The fighting game genre, in particular, has been told through defining books, such as Undisputed Street Fighter: A 30th Anniversary Retrospective and The Art of Tekken: A Complete Visual History. And now, thanks to Bitmap Books, we now have a new coffee table tome that details the extensive history of another classic fighter. And that book is called The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History.

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As soon as you wrap your hands around this hefty book, you’ll immediately fall in love with its wonderfully illustrated cover art. Locking eyes with The King of Fighters’ traditional art style in the form of its two biggest franchise stars will quickly clue you in for the awesome read you’re about to embark on. The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History starts off with your usual introduction and foreword. Once you’ve properly indulged in those sections, the true fun begins. The history portion of this book offers an extensive backstory that delves into everything that led up to the creation of The King of Fighters ’94 and beyond.

It’s so enlightening to get all the inside info on the early works of famed SNK developers/directors, such as Takashi Nishiyama, Toyohisa Tanabe, and Masanori Kuwasashi, and what led to their storied work with assorted SNK titles & eventually KOF. With the addition of early concept art, pixelated graphics, official promotional art, and so much more, the book’s massive history section ends up being an amazing foray into everything that built the foundation of KOF and led it to where it is today.

Bitmap Books

Following up on that in-depth history lesson are two portions that are especially easy on the eyes – the game art and character art sections. Both of those middle segments take readers on a visual tour that produces warm memories of KOF’s definitive gameplay, epic cutscenes, and beloved characters that have reached iconic status amongst diehard fighting game fans. And of course, there’s a crazy amount of info attached to both of those divisions – learning about the backstories behind the most popular characters, the different approaches taken toward their final design, the changes made to them over the years, and more produce so much joy. Major props go out to Bitmap Books and SNK for partnering together once again to go digging through the KOF archives and coming up with as much amazing material as possible for this book.

Bitmap Books

As you reach the end of your The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History journey, you’ll be treated to the best part there is. And that’s a section filled with in-depth interviews with top SNK talent that have lent themselves to the betterment of the KOF franchise over the years. The names that chose to speak on their SNK origins and respected KOF work are as follows: Masanori Kuwasashi, Toyohisa Tanabe, Shinichi Shimizu, Masaki Kukino, Hideki Asanaka, and Eisuke Ogura. And as expected, there’s such a treasure trove of never before revealed info that provides even more fun discoveries about everything that went into the many KOF games.

With all that being said, I have to hand out the highest of regards to this well-put-together book dedicated to one of my favorite fighting games of all time. The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History offers one of Bitmap Books’ best works to date due to its amalgamation of a gorgeous visual design and a huge offering of information that definitely gives readers its money’s worth. Fingers crossed that Bitmap Books delves even deeper into the fighting game genre for its next literary works (an ultimate guide for fighters and a book centered on Samurai Shodown, perhaps?). For now, I’m gonna go back and reread this awesome KOF visual history scripture.

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The 50 Best Xbox 360 Games of All Time

Microsoft kicked its home console run off to a great with the release of the original Xbox. And just like all consoles of its ilk, an even more powerful machine was created and presented as its worthy successor. November 22, 2005 marks a momentous day for gamers everywhere as it was the official launch of Microsoft’s second attempt at dominating the home gaming console market. As part of the seventh generation of video game consoles, the Xbox 360 earned its position as the go-to piece of gaming hardware for gamers looking for the best online multiplayer experience. With all that being said, it’s time we acknowledge just how legendary the Xbox 360’s gaming library truly is. Without further ado, let’s show some love to the 50 best Xbox 360 games of all time.

Best Xbox 360 Games of All-Time
Microsoft Game Studios

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1. Halo 3′

The engrossing saga that began in Halo: Combat Evolved met its end here. And for most fans of Master Chief’s interplanetary battles, Halo 3 produced a satisfying end to it all. The Chief’s armory expanded in this game to include support weapons, two-handed firearms, and special pieces of gear that improve his defensive capabilities. Forge Mode’s introduction in Halo 3 proved to be monumental as it allowed the creative bunch to create amazing maps that even rivaled those of Bungie. This game’s campaign, multiplayer, and map creation system all add up to create a Halo for the ages. Halo 3 deserves its placing here as one of the undisputed best Xbox 360 games of all time.

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2. ‘Halo: Reach’

When Bungie decided to go the prequel route with its post-Halo 3 projects, the best one arrived in the form of Halo: Reach. The battle-hardened unit of Noble Six became instant fan favorites as their struggle on the Earth-like colony Reach became the stuff of legend. Taking on the encroaching Covenant threat feels as good as it’s ever been here – utilizing new versions of signature Halo weapons and arming yourself with fresh ones is the name of the game here. Halo: Reach’s campaign is epic, emotional, and simply unforgettable.

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3. ‘Halo 4’

Master Chief’s mission didn’t come to an end like we all thought once Halo 3 wrapped up. Bungie handed over the keys to Xbox’s biggest IP to 343 Industries, which chose to involve the green armor-wearing space marine in a new faction battle. Halo 4 not only introduced a splinter faction of the Covenant to deal with, but it also threw in a whole new set of enemies in the form of the Forerunner empire. Speaking of the Forerunners, messing around with their firearms is half the fun within this top-tier FPS. The fresh plot trappings, quality multiplayer improvements, and improved gunplay make Halo 4 worth returning to.

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4. ‘Gears of War’

Gears of War was a revelation at the time of release. Its visual prowess was highly convincing of the Xbox 360’s graphical output. And its cover-based gameplay influenced an entire genre in its wake. The original Gears of War blew everyone’s minds back in the day as it played host to a beefy third-person shooter that was bloody, gory, and extremely satisfying. The Active Reload feature still sticks out as a clever feature, chainsawing Locust goons never gets old, and the game’s competitive multiplayer suite is on par with Halo’s very best.

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5. ‘Gears of War 2’

It came as no surprise that the groundbreaking first entry in the Gears of War series would lead to a sequel. Marcus Fenix and his fellow Gears came back for more in a follow-up that excelled over its predecessor in many ways. The campaign hit harder via its storyline developments, the five versus five multiplayer component kicked even more ass, and the first-time implementation of Horde Mode gave way to a franchise feature that’s been adopted by several games of its ilk. Gears of War 2 does everything its forefather did and greatly builds upon the solid foundation put forth by it.

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6. ‘Gears of War 3’

Marcus Fenix’s bombastic battle against the Locust horde came to its definitive and highly satisfying conclusion here. Gears of War 3 is a hell of a trilogy wrap-up that throws the kitchen sink at you as far as enemy encounters go, plus its ending is delivered in the best way possible. As far as new features go, this threequel added the ability to swap weapons & ammunition with AI teammates, an enemy tagging mechanic, and a host of new weapons to have fun with. Our favorites are most definitely the Digger Launcher and Incendiary Grenade!

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7. ‘Fable II’

The Xbox and Xbox 360 are home to another incredible franchise trilogy that stayed strong from start to finish. We’ve already spoken about Halo and Gears of War, so now it’s time to give the Fable IP its flowers. Fable II improved upon what came before and still managed to put forth a highly captivating adventure through the vast kingdom of Albion. Playing through the entire lifespan of your playable avatar, purchasing plenty of property throughout the land, and exploring it all with your loyal dog on call are the main features that define Fable II’s greatness.

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QJnT3u01k18″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Fable III'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $21″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3OQaPlL</div>
8. ‘Fable III’

Now let’s have a chat about Fable III. The stakes were raised to an even greater degree with this sequel as players are tasked with overthrowing the King of Albion, taking over his position, and ruling how they see fit. The series’ signature humor stayed intact in this sequel, plus the game-changing decisions players make and the opportunity to rule the land as a heroic or villainous monarch added to Fable III’s grandeur. As far as action RPGs on the Xbox 360 go, look no further than the entire Fable trilogy.

Buy Now, $21
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/zST2Gb1ciCE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Crackdown'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $51.60″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MD8k4k</div>
9. ‘Crackdown’

The very first Crackdown combines the best elements of Grand Theft Auto and superhero games to craft an explosive trek through a cel-shaded metropolitan sandbox. Taking control of The Agent in this zany open-world shooter is still an enlightening experience that’s still worth tapping into – running and gunning, plus causing all sorts of madness alongside a co-op Agent just never grows stale. Crackdown is all about gunning down goons, jumping as high as possible, nabbing orbs, and eliminating all the Generals & Kingpin’s Pacific City houses.

Buy Now, $51.60
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/X0RUjeJdkZU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10 ‘Forza Motorsport 4′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $43.64″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3yaoz51</div>
10 ‘Forza Motorsport 4’

When the topic of best Xbox 360 games enters the conversation, the racing sim that deserves a mention is the Forza Motorsport franchise. And the game that’s worth adding to this list is the fourth official main entry in the ongoing series. Alongside this game’s incredible visual fidelity, huge collection of licensed cars, and amazingly lifelike vehicle physics, Forza Motorsport 4 introduced a series mainstay via the “Autovista” mode. The simple act of gawking at every part of your car is such a therapeutic experience that we’re glad is still present in later entries in the series.

Buy Now, $43.64
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UQ29qQfuIw4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Dead or Alive 4′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $123.18″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38IZDqw</div>
11. ‘Dead or Alive 4’

The Dead or Alive series is always defined by its striking visuals, easy-to-learn fighting game mechanics, and…well, extremely attractive and “bountiful” roster members. Dead or Alive 4 remains at the top of the Xbox 36o fighting game heap as it looks incredible and plays great thanks to the addition of some cool characters with fresh fighting styles. La Mariposa sticks out as our favorite debut here – you can’t go wrong with a badass female Lucha Libre practitioner. Kudos to this game for also featuring Spartan-458 and letting us bash everyone’s skulls in while encased in Master Chief’s armor. Any list of the best Xbox 360 games must have this awesome 3D fighter on it.

Buy Now, $123.18
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vBmC_5jDFXs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Ninja Gaiden II'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $71″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3OUtGfK</div>
12. ‘Ninja Gaiden II’

Team Ninja was on a roll during the original Xbox and Xbox 360’s heyday. Not only did the Japanese development studio keep fighting game fans’ attention with the Dead or Alive series, but it also revived ninja Ryu Hayabusa’s career with a 3D comeback series. Ninja Gaiden II is the ultimate high point for that franchise reboot – its blood-filled, gory combat still holds up when compared to other iconic 3D action games. The dismemberment system made every kill so satisfying, plus the Eclipse Scythe added another dimension of violence to the vicious melee skirmishes. Never mind the PS3 version – the Xbox 360 original is top-notch.

Buy Now, $71
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/TptJHeWngJs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Bastion'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/bastion/BVVP3LXMLP85</div>
13. ‘Bastion’

The rise of Xbox Live Arcade gave way to an indie gaming renaissance. A treasure trove of digital-only games launched on the service and embraced fresh concepts that turned them into undeniable classics. One of those classics is undoubtedly Bastion, an action RPG that’s all about putting the world back together again. Supergiant Games’ first game ever is remembered fondly due to effective storytelling on behalf of its narrator, a bewildering OST, and a distinct art style that gave it a personality all its own.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/bastion/BVVP3LXMLP85
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JUU4ZXk9pxA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Shadow Complex'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/shadow-complex-remastered/bpp935f82l43</div>
14. ‘Shadow Complex’

The “Metroidvania” formula works so well when applied to different time periods and themes. Shadow Complex adopted that familiar gameplay formula and applied it to a modern-day thriller full of furious firefights and an exciting bout of espionage. The open-ended exploration remains highly addictive as you discover a bevy of secrets and gun down your foes from the most tactical positions. If an amalgamation of Syphon Filter and Symphony of the Night piques your interest, look no further than this one.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/shadow-complex-remastered/bpp935f82l43
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4HSyVXKYz8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘Limbo'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3s7uF2m</div>
15. ‘Limbo’

Limbo has to be one the most disturbing platformers ever released. The moody atmosphere jumped to horrifying levels whenever the young boy you played met his unfortunate end. The creepy black and white tones added to the mystery of it all as you trodded through several areas that wanted nothing more than to kill you. Solving puzzles, steering clear of danger, and taking in the game’s minimalist theme must be experienced if you made the mistake of skipping Limbo. Xbox Live Arcade sure did bless gamers with some of the very best Xbox 360 games of all time.

Buy Now, $49.95
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/iYZpR51XgW0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘Fallout 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $18.97″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3w1fPf1</div>
16. ‘Fallout 3’

After Bethesda acquired the rights to the Fallout IP from its former owners Interplay Entertainment, the publisher/developer brought it back in a major way. Fallout 3 emerged from its vault as an open-world, action RPG that was a revelation at the time of release. Players made their way through a post-apocalyptic rendition of Washington, D.C. that was chock full of captivating personalities to interact with. Fallout 3’s extensive character customization elements, deep Karama system, and clever V.A.T.S. combat system define today’s modern Fallout experience.

Buy Now, $18.97
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JSRtYpNRoN0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.80″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kBLiyZ</div>
17. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

There’s a reason why this game has been re-released numerous times – it’s widely regarded as one of the greatest games ever made. This massive action RPG adventure transports players to the realm of Tamriel, which is seemingly filled with an endless amount of action to get into. While it was all about confronting and defeating the destructive dragon known as Alduin the World-Eater, Skyrim’s side activities produced the most fun. The game’s world design, first-person combat (with dual-wielding capabilities!), and wealth of content deserve all the praise in the world.

Buy Now, $24.80
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/49WTjYzfcAA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘Braid'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/braid/bzgpbrq3lz7g</div>
18. ‘Braid’

Now we’re back on the topic of Xbox Live Arcade gems. And this one, in particular, pushed the platforming genre forward thanks to its standout art style and mind-bending approach to storytelling. Braid’s mix of solving brainteasers and hopping around gorgeously animated locales is part of the game’s simple charm, of course. But it’s the time-manipulation powers and jaw-dropping ending that pushes this game to legendary status. As far as indie games that set the foundation for the sub-genre as a whole go, Braid must be considered one of the GOATs.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/braid/bzgpbrq3lz7g
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/CoYorK3E4aM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘BioShock’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.64″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38MYtdC</div>
19. ‘BioShock’

One of the best first-person shooters and best Xbox 360 games of all time is none other than the very first BioShock. This dark trek into the underwater haven turned tomb called Rapture presents an engrossing experience that still has people talking. Mixing together gunplay and the usage of elemental “Plasmid” powers lends so much to its gameplay formula. And on the story front, BioShock hits hard with its revelations about Andrew Ryan and the main character’s true purpose (“Would you kindly?”). Going to war with those dammed Big Daddies is also another part of this incredible FPS that never grows old.

Buy Now, $19.64
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ygx1EU5OWN0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $45″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/39Asmyq</div>
20. ‘Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’

Activision’s quintessential first-person shooter IP entered the mainstream lexicon with this series entry. By moving on from the World War II era and taking the action to the modern-day battlefield, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare morphed into one of the most impactful games of all time. The smooth and slick movement goes hand in hand with the game’s heated firefights, which both did an awesome job of making each skirmish one to remember. The single-player campaign featured in Modern Warfare is one of the very best and its online multiplayer suite had everyone turning into angry “sweats” back in the day. A huge salute to our forever hero, John “Soap” MacTavish!

Buy Now, $45
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/TWIUTMKzpwE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘The Orange Box’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $74″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kHuE0O</div>
21. ‘The Orange Box’

Valve has to get all the credit in the world for putting out one of the greatest video game compilations of all time. It dropped The Orange Box on the world and produced a package that’s jam-packed with value. On the multiplayer front is Team Fortress 2, which is still one of the strongest FPS games worth going back to. The rest of The Orange Box maintains its worth to this very day thanks to everything else it offers, which includes Half-Life 2, its two episodic expansions, and the surprise smash hit named Portal.

Buy Now, $74
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/3gBctl1h_2o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Red Dead Redemption’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $20.84″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3vFcJOL</div>
22. ‘Red Dead Redemption’

In 2010, Rockstar Games and its San Diego development studio perfectly encapsulated the Wild, Wild West with Red Dead Redemption. The many violent shootouts and hectic situations John Marston got embroiled in produced a memorable journey across the Western United States and Northern Mexico. Red Dead Redemption’s open world is one of the best ever due to all the side activities players can busy themselves with, plus the online multiplayer suite and “zombified” expansion adds to the game’s grandeur. It still feels so damn satisfying to down several enemy gunslingers in one fell swoop with the game’s signature “Dead Eye” mechanic.

Buy Now, $20.84
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/lx9sPQpjgjU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Mass Effect 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.85″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/37ip8yM</div>
23. ‘Mass Effect 2’

You can’t bypass this lofty action RPG once the topic of best Xbox 360 games comes up. Mass Effect 2 is held up by many as the best entry in Electronic Arts and BioWare’s interplanetary mission to beat back the threat of the Collectors. Everything got so much better here in comparison to its predecessor – the gunplay is vastly improved, the interactive storytelling got infinitely stronger, and the opportunity for players to port over their version of Commander Shepard from the first game improved the overall experience. Mass Effect 2 is the widely recognized high point of the series.

Buy Now, $24.85
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/A88YiZdXugA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘Portal 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.75″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3KKvFjt</div>
24. ‘Portal 2’

The original Portal hit the scene back in 2007 and became a surprise hit that pushed Valve to give it another go. Portal 2 upped the ante by not only featuring a mind-bending single-player campaign but also incorporating a co-op campaign with two of the most lovable bots in all of gaming. The Aperture Science Laboratory presents a myriad of tests that play with players’ perception and challenges them to rely on the use of portals to navigate & keep themselves from harm. The charm that was present in the first game was magnified here and the puzzle-solving gets even more intricate, which are two factors Portal fans were thankful for upon this sequel’s release. Portal 2 is undeniably one of the best Xbox 360 games thanks to all of those aforementioned factors.

Buy Now, $16.75
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YQgF0NYzZO8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. ‘Batman: Arkham City’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $26.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kKgRGI</div>
25. ‘Batman: Arkham City’

Rocksteady Studios earned its status as one of the very best development studios in the industry once it released Batman: Arkham Asylum. Its much anticipate follow-up took the world by storm as it pushed the “Dark Knight” out into a haven for criminals within the dank slums of Gotham City. Being able to spread Batman’s wings and glide around an even more expansive outdoor locale while doing battle with random thugs & solving riddles blew everyone’s minds back in the day. And getting to mix it up with the likes of Hugo Strange, Mr. Freeze, and even Azrael felt awesome to experience as a longtime Batman fanatic. Arkham City is comic book video game perfection and one of the very best Xbox 36o games we’ve ever played.

Buy Now, $26.99
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Honorable Mentions
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/aCtwnGyEGOU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $63.25″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3vIvgtC</div>
26. ‘Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock’

Buy Now, $63.25
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/NJ2KFjNMwIg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. ‘Saints Row 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kHkk9l</div>
27. ‘Saints Row 2’

Buy Now, $24.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vza3_eAwGcM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. ‘Dance Central 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3LPm1gN</div>
28. ‘Dance Central 3’

Buy Now, $39.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EwQBCWw4y-U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $78.16″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kI3B5x</div>
29. ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena’

Buy Now, $78.16
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/j60rgz0L7OU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. ‘Rock Band'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.40″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38cvjoi</div>
30. ‘Rock Band’

Buy Now, $39.40
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/HedLjjlSy3Y” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed31. ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kKUT6x</div>
31. ‘The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings’

Buy Now, Price Varies
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/i2c1f_RDgGg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed32. ‘Far Cry 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $21.49″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3sC3iOj</div>
32. ‘Far Cry 3’

Buy Now, $21.49
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fzHqB7sjHh4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed33. ‘Castle Crashers'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3OTjKmy</div>
33. ‘Castle Crashers’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/X-EKd12N_iE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed34. ‘Burnout Paradise’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $46.98″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38YcdTb</div>
34. ‘Burnout Paradise’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/11l77a0Jxcw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed35. ‘Max Payne 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38WyDnx</div>
35. ‘Max Payne 3’

Buy Now, $49.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/h7PZ1i992kc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed36. ‘Bayonetta’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $44.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3FjirZH</div>
36. ‘Bayonetta’

Buy Now, $44.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/KSgyJqecz-4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed37. ‘Forza Horizon 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $73.86″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Fnd9wA</div>
37. ‘Forza Horizon 2’

Buy Now, $73.86
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OPTOVQFRggI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed38. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $139.97″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3FnQTme</div>
38. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’

Buy Now, $139.97
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/T9HIHmo5zVY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed39. ‘Mortal Kombat’ (2011)”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $33.88″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3vNapFr</div>
39. ‘Mortal Kombat’ (2011)

Buy Now, $33.88
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JSSILyBYtfs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed40. ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $34.98″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3818HHz</div>
40. ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/o27jXbe0YbY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed41. ‘Ultra Street Fighter 4’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $48.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3FhxbbL</div>
41. ‘Ultra Street Fighter 4’

Buy Now, $48.99
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/KLQ1aCOSQos” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed42. ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3M0Zw8s</div>
42. ‘Street Fighter X Tekken’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/N40uY51s5Z0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed43. ‘The Walking Dead’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $23.79″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MUw8AS</div>
43. ‘The Walking Dead’

Buy Now, $23.79
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gCVeB9l6XBQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed44. ‘Trials HD’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3819sQV</div>
44. ‘Trials HD’

Buy Now, $49.95
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/j0MfmxrsDg4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed45. ‘Splosion Man'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3819sQV</div>
45. ‘Splosion Man’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/yMIKs1PKrEM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed46. ‘Rayman Legends’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $18.51″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/37mmCaO</div>
46. ‘Rayman Legends’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/R20-MOOZPpY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed47. ‘Assassin’s Creed II’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.92″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3OVrHI9</div>
47. ‘Assassin’s Creed II’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/776fi2I8e6U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed48. ‘Dead Space 2’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $29.06″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3KHkkR6</div>
48. ‘Dead Space 2’

Buy Now, $29.06
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/2p71Wu1TkY4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed49. ‘Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin’”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3FhwoHE</div>
49. ‘Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin’

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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/5TW0wJTFLiw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed50. ‘Borderlands 2′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $17.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3kK2yCo</div>
50. ‘Borderlands 2’

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