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‘Windjammers 2’ Review

It’s always nice to get surprised by the rerelease of a slept-on arcade gem.

Back in 1994, SNK gave its thriving Neo Geo MVS arcade platform a surprisingly addictive air hockey game developed by Data East. That game was Windjammers, an incredibly fast-paced take on the classic Pong formula that features lite-bright visuals and super charismatic athletes. Much, much later in 2018, publisher/developer Dotemu got the rights to Data East’s forgotten gem and ported it over to PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PS Vita. And then the unthinkable happened – a hardcore group of masterful Windjammers players took to the game in droves and showed just how hype it truly is during the 2018 installment of the famous Evo fighting game tournament. With so much positive attention paid to Windjammers, it seemed like a sequel would come later down the pipeline.

Thankfully, that prediction came to life in the form of a supremely upgraded rendition of the retro air hockey gameplay that got a resurgence in 2018. And thanks to Dotemu’s talented development team, we now have that brand new series entry in the form of Windjammers 2.

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As soon as you get a good look at this newly refined foray into the wonderful world of Windjammers, you’ll instantly be floored by its gorgeous animated visuals. Major props go out to the art design team for doing a bang-up job with this sequel – the pixelated appearance of the original has been left behind in favor of wonderfully hand-drawn animations that fully realize the character concepts of past roster members, introduces new ones, and brings every other aspect of the game to life in the most visually appealing way possible. The graphics pop off the screen due to the flashy colors implemented throughout everything from the main menu right on up to the intense matches themselves.

The spirit of the original Windjammers is retained in full here thanks to several aspects. And one of them is the exciting original soundtrack that plays out during nail-bitingly intense bouts. For those of you who’ve poured hours into the first game, you’ll surely be pleased once the opening notes of the original theme song come over your speakers. The rest of the tracks that emanate from this arcadey sports experience are infinitely catchy and perfectly match the energetic mood put forth by it.

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The main source of gameplay you’ll derive from Windjammers 2 comes from its offline arcade mode and online suite. In the case of the arcade mode, it offers a lively romp around a city that plays host to the Windjammers Championship tournament. Players get the chance to choose their opponents and play through random minigames as they fight their way to the very top spot. There’s a ton of fun to be had here as you contend with intelligent AI opponents that certainly don’t make it easy for you to defeat them. Speaking of difficulty, that aspect of Windjammers 2 might prove to be too exhausting for some. Even on the easiest difficulty level, the computer-controlled foes you’ll run into will still be far from a cakewalk and cause you to drop everything at a moment’s notice. Windjammer’s 2 complex gameplay systems are fun to get a grip on over time, but you’ll definitely find yourself raging from time to time during your early sessions against the AI.

Windjammers 2’s core gameplay concept starts out simple enough – you fling a power disc back and forth in order to land it in different parts of your rival’s goal in order to score at different point intervals. But as you begin to wrap your head around each character’s stats and the universal moveset afforded to the entire roster, things get even crazier. That portion of the game is why maneuvering through it all is part of its high fun factor – getting in tune with all the different moves you can pull off and learning the layouts of each stage will make you feel like you’re ready to take on the world. The newly added jump button goes hand in hand with the large array of trick shots you can pull off, which makes Windjammers 2 matches feel even more spirited and rewarding over its predecessors.

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Windjammers 2 is far from a walk in the park – its complex mechanics can prove to be a bit too much for some and the AI opponents you’ll run into will have you struggling with an Arcade Mode playthrough for much longer than you’d expect. But for those that stick with it and learn the ins & outs of everything this sequel has to offer, you’ll be highly rewarded for your time investment. The thrill of landing a successful Power Toss in the five-point section of your rival’s goal is simply unmatched. And getting to do that against a human player online is infinitely gratifying. Windjammers 2’s learning curve may be high, but the same can also be said for its fun factor. Shout out to Dotemu for reviving this forgotten arcade IP and giving it the proper refinement it so richly deserved.

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Microsoft Will Acquire Activision Blizzard – So What’s Next?

CEO of Microsoft Gaming Phil Spencer wants to make one thing clear – Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios is in the habit of making major waves throughout the video game industry.

And the best way to do that is via Microsoft’s mind-blowing acquisitions of well-respected gaming publishers/developers. In years past, gamers have been left floored by the news that Microsoft has placed the following gaming institutions underneath its Xbox banner – Undead Labs, Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Compulsion Games, Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment, Double Fine Productions, and Bethesda.

And now, another massive gaming entity will now call Xbox home – Activision Blizzard. As of today (January 18), Microsoft is set to acquire the publisher behind massive IPs, such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo, via a $68.7 billion deal. This monumental announcement has already left plenty of gamers’ jaws on the floor and heads being scratched in unison across the globe.

So what could all this possibly mean? Let’s delve into all the exciting possibilities.

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1. Microsoft’s Going to Clean Up and Restucture Activision Blizzard for the Better
Activision Blizzard

The most obvious change set to come from this news is Microsoft going out of its way to change things for the better when it comes to Activision Blizzard’s work atmosphere. Last year, a shocking amount of claims concerning workplace misconduct were made public. And to put it simply, Activision Blizzard has been lambasted by gamers, journalists, and its own development teams for harboring such bad behavior and allowing the individuals that enacted them to stay within the company’s ranks for so long. In November 2021, the world learned that the publisher reached a settlement agreement with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to pay $18 million in regards to a lawsuit from the US government agency.

Even with that correction from the company being made in regards to its negative workplace habits, there’s still more work to be done. Microsoft will obviously want to assist in that company-wide movement and enact new policies that work to better the work environments for Activision Blizzard’s many in-house development teams. The publisher’s troubled CEO Bobby Kotick has had plenty of accusations thrown in his direction as well, which caused Spencer to let his Xbox staff know that he will be “evaluating all aspects of [Xbox’s] relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments.” Who knew that company-wide evaluation would lead to Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard outright?

And while it’s been made clear that Kotick will continue to serve as Activision Blizzard CEO while the acquisition procedure continues, don’t be surprised to read that he’s been outed once the ink finally dries on that deal.

2. More Innovation Will Come to ‘Call of Duty’
Activision

It’s become increasingly evident that the annual release schedule for Call of Duty has diminished the series’ overall quality factor for many fans. While the world’s most popular first-person shooter franchise has continued to rake in millions of dollars in profit on a yearly basis, the critical positive response from players and reviewers alike to recent entries has started to taper off a bit. Fans have lamented the sense of true innovation tied to the series and have been calling for an end to the IPs annual release schedule so that COD can reach the previous highs it once claimed.

Now that Microsoft is set to bring Activision Blizzard into the fold, here’s hoping that a whole lot of quality control will be put in place to improve COD for the better. Xbox Game Studios already has a ton of development teams underneath its banner that’s hard at work creating the next batch of AAA-level experiences for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. By allowing Activision Blizzard’s main COD dev teams (Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch, and Infinity Ward) to have more time to craft future entries in the long-running series, COD could perhaps be refreshed and improved for the better later down the line.

3. Activision’s Call of Duty Development Teams May Get the Chance to Make Original Games Again
Raven Software

Speaking of COD, there’s a good amount of assorted Activision Blizzard dev studios that have been taken away from their past works to work primarily on new series entries. And to be quite honest, that decision has been quite saddening. Relegating the likes of Raven Software (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), High Moon Studios (Transformers: War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron), and Beenox (Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled) to nothing but COD-related work is a severe under usage of their immense creative talents.

Xbox Game Studios has shown that it’s willing to allow its development studios to put its creativity to the fullest in order to produce the types of games it’s incredibly passionate about. With all that being said, I’m willing to bet that Phil will step in to free the dev teams that do additional work on new COD games in order to let them get back to crafting original IPs of their own. And who knows? Maybe those three aforementioned dev studios could possibly work on some dormant Xbox IPs – I think the world needs new Blinx: The Time Sweeper, Brute Force, and Conker games!

4. Xbox Game Pass + Cloud Gaming Will Prove Very Beneficial for Activision Blizzard Games
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Here’s another pretty huge statement from the Xbox Wire blog post surrounding the Microsoft Activision acquisition news – “Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog. We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers. As always, we look forward to continuing to add more value and more great games to Game Pass.”

25 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS? That’s an insane number, right? And guess what – that number is going to get even bigger now that gamers realize that upcoming Activision Blizzard games will eventually come to Game Pass on day one. Just imagine being able to play the next COD, Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, etc. at launch at no extra charge because you’re an Game Pass subscriber! Plut it seems way more preferable for gamers to hop into the latest COD without having to spend $70 for it and instead being able to spend that money on DLC cosmetics instead. Timmy’s parents should be able to breathe easier now that they don’t have to buy the next COD at full price anymore since we all know that it’ll be on Game Pass as soon as it drops as a free download.

And with such a huge player base already contained within Game Pass, I can see those same subscribers doing a whole lot to increase the already massive player numbers for Activision Blizzard’s upcoming releases. Being able to access the latest COD through Xbox Cloud Gaming and having the chance to play it across consoles, PCs, and tablets is a dream scenario that will soon come true for gamers looking to save their money and game on the go.

5. Microsoft HoloLens Could Greatly Impact the COD League Scene
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The Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality smartglasses go hand in hand with some really dope technology that I hope gets applied to the COD esports scene. It’d be pretty awesome to see the COD League apply the usage of that tech towards two great augmented reality applications. Letting esports team coaches rely on the HoloLens to look at the full layout of COD maps in order to construct proper strategies for its players could prove very beneficial. Plus having coaches and their players being able to review VODs (Video-On-Demand) with the HoloLens on deck could make that process much easier and way more engrossing as a whole. And for the viewer, being able to view cool augmented reality segments brought on by Microsoft’s tech live on-stream would be mindblowing.

6. Exclusive Games From Activision Blizzard Will Be a Thing at Some Point
Blizzard Entertainment

When Microsoft got its hands on Bethesda, gamers soon learned that Bethesda Game Studios’ 2022 release Starfield would be coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S as a console exclusive. It was also commendable of Phil and the whole Xbox collective for allowing Bethesda to honor its past deals with Sony PlayStation for games with timed exclusivity. In that aforementioned Xbox Wire blog post, it’s noted that “Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward.”

But let’s be honest, folks – buying Activision Blizzard for billions of dollars lets me know that Xbox will eventually make good use of that deal by exclusively putting the publisher’s biggest games on its platforms later on. Having Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, the next COD, a new Crash Bandicoot, another Spyro the Dragon, etc. debut as Xbox console exclusives would be pretty paramount for the gaming giant!

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The 40 Best Fighting Games of All Time

Gamers have come a long way since the days of OG fighters such as Karate Champ, Yie Ar Kung-Fu, and The Way of the Exploding Fist.

Since the smashing success of Street Fighter II, the fighting game genre has evolved into a mega force. It offers a nice variety of fighters to engage with that includes traditional 2D fighters, super-fast-paced anime fighters, methodical 3D fighters, expansive arena fighters, and multi-person platform party brawlers.

Fighting games have evolved from their arcade cabinet roots to take over the living room and major FGC tournaments that bring the hype of in-person events to everyone at home via live streams. Thanks to the ongoing fighting game excellence put forward by Capcom, NetherRealm, SNK, Arc System Works, and more, the genre has been given a wealth of classic titles that still get played religiously.

Now it’s time for us to show all the love in the world to 40 of the greatest fighting game ever made.

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1. ‘Super Street Fighter II Turbo’

Street Fighter II kicked off a fighting game renaissance that filled arcades and random bodegas everywhere with rabid youngsters. And through its many iterations, Capcom has done an amazing job at adding more characters, stages, and mechanics to further improve it. The ultimate version is Super Street Fighter II Turbo and is recognized as the finest one to date thanks to its refined gameplay. The debut of super combos provided the final cherry on top of a game that’s damn near perfect. The fact that this game is still played competitively to this day is all the proof you need of its excellence.

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2. ‘Street Fighter Alpha 2 Gold’

Street Fighter Alpha went the prequel route by covering the events that take place prior to the Street Fighter II timeline. The best game in the series, in our opinion, is still Street Fighter Alpha II Gold. The regular rendition of Street Fighter Alpha II is already great on its own – its faster-paced combat, Custom Combo system, and Alpha Counters provide the deep mechanics that make it infinitely enjoyable. Street Fighter Alpha II Gold is an even better version of that game that adds the X-Men vs. Street Fighter version of Cammy into the mix, new moves, a wealth of character balance changes, and so much more. Make sure you seek out this pick on the PS2’s Street Fighter Alpha Anthology!

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3. ‘Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike’

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike didn’t get a whole lot of playtime and attention during its original launch back in 1999. But thanks to the FGC’s devotion to this game, it’s grown in popularity and gained recognition as one of the greatest examples of 2D fighting games. 3rd Strike’s fluid 2D art style, roster full of fan-favorite combatants, Godlike soundtrack, and Parry system are all part of the reasons why it’s held in such high regard. Just look up “Evo Moment 37” for all the proof you need of 3rd Strike’s ability to hype up a crowd!

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4. ‘Ultra Street Fighter IV’

Street Fighter IV has to be given all the credit in the world for reviving the fighting game genre and the FGC as a whole. And thanks to further iterations, Capcom’s triumphant Street Fighter comeback further progressed across its lengthy lifecycle. The final installment within Street Fighter IV arrived in the form of a quality “Ultra” version. Ultra Street Fighter IV comes jam-packed with so many additional goodies, which includes five extra characters, six new stages, the Ultra Double Combo, Red Focus Attack, etc. The extra character balances and “Omega Mode” moveset variations also did a commendable job of sending Street Fighter IV’s final iteration out on a high note.

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5. ‘Super Smash Bros. Melee’

We’re guessing Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai had no idea that this sequel would endure long after its 2001 debut on the Nintendo GameCube. Because of its simple yet deceptively complex combat tools, Super Smash Bros. Melee still gets plenty of playtime from a very dedicated group of eSports competitors. There’s so much to love about this platform party fighter besides its addictive gameplay, though – its roster full of Nintendo icons, abundance of single-player modes, and high fun factor among the casual crowd adds to Melee’s legendary status.

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6. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’

“EVERYONE IS HERE!” Sakurai and the rest of the development team behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate went the extra mile when it came to deciding the final roster for this biggest installment in the franchise to date. Each and every playable character from past series’ entries makes their return here, plus the additional Fighters Passes threw in even more incredible gaming legends to hop into battle with. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is simply a love letter to all of gaming that feels like the ultimate crossover fighter that 80s and 90s babies dreamed of back in the day. We just can’t see the next Super Smash Bros. getting even better than this!

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7. ‘Mortal Kombat II’

The first Mortal Kombat was a definite game-changer due to its gratuitous violence and over-the-top Fatalities. Mortal Kombat II came around and offered an even bolder vision of Ed Boon & his development studio’s grand vision. This sequel got a huge jump in visual presentation that made its gory “kombat” look even more lifelike. The introduction of series regulars, such as Jax, Kung Lao, and Shao Khan, happened here. Mortal Kombat II still plays great and is the proper upgrade the Mortal Kombat franchise deserved during its early origins.

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8. ‘Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3’

Now let’s talk about Mortal Kombat 3! And more specifically, the updated version of the game we prefer the most. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 brought along with it the already strong gameplay produced by the original version. And as far as new features go, this iteration of Mortal Kombat 3 marked the welcome return of some series favorites and introduced some very cool unlockables to up the fun factor even more. The 2v2 mode is still a blast here, by the way! We’ll take this version of Mortal Kombat 3 over Mortal Kombat Trilogy any day of the week.

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9. ‘Mortal Kombat’ (2011)

After the 3D open arena experiment for Mortal Kombat came to a close, the series got back to its 2D plane roots with one of the finest gaming reboots the genre has ever played. 2011’s Mortal Kombat put forth an engaging story mode that brought together the first three game’s plots in a satisfying fashion. As for the gameplay itself, this return to form for Mortal Kombat lets players play with their favorites within incredibly fast-paced clashes that feel like a natural evolution of Mortal Kombat 3. The debut of X-Ray maneuvers, the tag team battles, and the usage of special guests such as Kratos and Freddy Krueger adds to this game’s worthwhile package.

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10. ‘Mortal Kombat X’

Mortal Kombat X really pushed the series forward in a shocking way. Each character arrived with three variations that practically gave players three choices in one. The darker art style added to the game’s mature allure and made its jaw-dropping Fatalities and X-Ray supers look even more shocking than ever before. As far as combo-heavy Mortal Kombat series entries go, this one gets the nod for having the craziest ones we’ve seen to date. Which is part of the reason why it’s still being played in various FGC circles. Mortal Kombat X hits on every level as a great fighting game and another fine example of NetherRealm Studios’ attention to detail.

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11. ‘Mortal Kombat 11’

Mortal Kombat 11 slowed things down a bit to offer a more methodical and footsies-based fighter that evokes memories of Mortal Kombat II. Getting to customize every “kombatant” in the game to your liking via alternate costumes and special moves gave rise to so much player creativity. It’s still mindblowing for us to witness two different versions of Frost come to blows and utilize their own special abilities that differ from each other. Mortal Kombat 11 is easily the best-looking installment in the series to date and also gets a ton of love for offering a content-rich experience for everyone that hops into it.

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12. ‘Soulcalibur’

The natural evolution of Soul Blade/Edge gave rise to the first-ever Soulcalibur, which ended up being one of the best Sega Dreamcast launch titles. This weapons-based fighter is a huge visual improvement over its predecessor that still looks crisp in motion to this very day. The game’s roster got overhauled for the better as it featured the best members of the first game and also threw in brand new faces that ended up becoming mainstays of the franchise. Playing Soulcalibur is a must for fans of 3D fighters – there’s still a lot of fun to be hand getting caught up in the combative origins of Ivy, Kilik, Nightmare, and more.

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13. ‘Soulcalibur II’

Soulcalibur II really took the guest character concept and did something unforgettable with it. On top of the already amazing array of global weapons wielders on offer from the game’s roster were three console-exclusive characters – Heihachi from Tekken (PS2), Spawn (Xbox), and Link from The Legend of Zelda (GameCube). Soulcalibur II’s awesome roster and a bevy of system changes birthed a sequel that raised the bar in every single way. Shout out to this game for bringing back the usage of alternate weapons from Soul Blade/Edge, too!

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14. ‘Soulcalibur VI’

Soulcalibur V forced the IP to endure an uncomfortably long hiatus, sadly. 2018 marked the highly anticipated return of the greatest 3D weapons fighter via a sequel/reboot that pushed its lore forward while also revisiting the past events shaped around the game’s two most powerful blades. From a gameplay standpoint, Soulcalibur VI breathed new life into everything thanks to the addition of the always-hype Reversal Edge maneuver and a revamped usage of the Soul Charge mechanic. Soulcalibur came back in a major way thanks to this incredible return to form.

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15. ‘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.

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16. ‘Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars’

In one of the most random crossover fighting games of all time, Capcom pitted its most recognizable and severely underrated characters against the retro anime icons belonging to the Tatsunoko Production studio. And to everyone’s surprise, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars ended up being way better than it had any right to be. The 2v2 gameplay pretty much laid the blueprint for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, which is why it’s so easy to get caught up in all the fun this game basks in. The unique “Baroque Combo” feature is a great risk/reward mechanic that we’d love to see pop up in other fighters in the future. And we’ll always appreciate this game for giving players the ability to team up Chun-Li with Jun the Swan!

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17. ‘Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3’

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom walked so Marvel vs. Capcom 3 could run. And after Marvel vs. Capcom 3 got in a great lap, it got boosted to offer even more to its dedicated player base. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 increased the roster count to showcase series veterans and relative unknowns at the time. Strider-Hiryu, Firebrand, Ghost Rider, Nova, and more joined the 3v3 madness to make it even more of a can’t miss prospect. As far as crossover fighting games go, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 sits near the top of the mountain thanks to incredibly fun and blindingly fast gameplay.

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18. ‘Tekken 3’

Tekken 3 will forever be regarded as the best-selling fighting game of all time. When it finally made its way from the arcade to PlayStation consoles back in 1998, fighting game fans and even non-fans alike couldn’t help but get caught up in all the hype. Tekken 3 produced a massive leap in visual fidelity and character design, plus it offered more free-form gameplay thanks to the newly added sidestepping maneuver. This sequel did huge numbers when it came to sales simply because it was just too damn good to ignore. Tekken 3 is GOAT-tier material.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/82uRNGeE_tk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection'</div>
19. ‘Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection’

The Tekken series evolved across its fourth and fifth entries. The response to the Tekken 5 was hugely positive, which is why it came as no surprise that it got an upgraded version that gets credit for being the very best version. It’s pretty wild to fathom that Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection started life as a PlayStation Portable exclusive before it came to the PS3 with online functionality. We adore this game for debuting Lili and Dragunov while also bringing back Armor King. The strong gameplay introduced in the OG version of Tekken 5 is retained here while also throwing in a remixed OST and even more striking battlegrounds to freshen things up.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/1V-_q3SKh5w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Tekken 7’</div>
20. ‘Tekken 7’

Tekken 7 is the longest-running game in the franchise when it comes to ongoing post-launch DLC support. Through constant character balances and roster updates, the 7th King of the Iron Fist Tournament has evolved into one of the best 3D fighting games of all time. The Tekken formula has been perfected in this iteration and introduced cool new features such as “Rage Arts, “the “Power Crush,” and “Rage Drive” moves. Plus we have to give props to Tekken 7 for its implementation of 2D fighting game characters and retrofitting them into a 3D fighter with ease. It’s still insane to watch Heihachi come to blows with Street Fighter’s Akuma in this game!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GMDx3tfkmGY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Virtua Fighter 2’</div>
21. ‘Virtua Fighter 2’

Before Tekken hit the scene, Sega embraced the realm of 3d fighters with the introduction of Virtua Fighter. Its sequel is the one that truly deserves all the love in the world for pushing the series and the fighting game genre itself forward to incredible horizons. Virtua Fighter 2’s graphical upgrades are many – the characters look way more smoothed out, the stages appear more fully realized from their conceptual stage, and the action that transpires onscreen moves at a more fluid pace. Virtua Fighter 2 feels and plays like everything its creators wished for during the series’ first foray into the fighting game genre. It’s practically a dream come true in playable form for 3D fighting game fans!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UZ3zaYmloM8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution’</div>
22. ‘Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution’

If you owned or still own a PS2, then Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution has to be sitting within your library. Simply put, it does everything the original Virtua Fighter 4 does and makes it its mission to do all those things even better. Besides improved visuals and a number of character balance adjustments, this updated follow-up came in hot with two new characters, a unique tournament quest mode that lets players compete against AI bots whose playstyles are modeled after legit Japanese pros, and a whole lot of cool character customization.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/eDSXtYewvLg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’</div>
23. ‘Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown’

The latest incarnation of Virtua Fighter 5 is the very best yet. Sega’s in-house development house Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (Yakuza, Judgment) went out of its way to make each member of the game’s roster and stages look even better, which ultimately makes Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown shine. The fighting mechanics themselves are still top of the line as it offers the most realistic demonstration of intense martial arts action the fighting game genre has ever seen. And with the inclusion of new online modes, this super updated edition of Virtua Fighter 5 feels and plays like its most complete form to date.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/45spJS4pZl4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus R’</div>
24. ‘Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus R’

Guilty Gear XX has seen numerous version upgrades over time. The definitive edition of that Arc System Works classic is the one we’ve chosen to detail here. Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus R offers the best upgrades to characters that were once perceived as being a bit weak while also introducing proper adjustments for the game’s stronger roster members. Kliff and Justice end up joining the fray to increase the full playable character count to 25, the single-player modes suite is plentiful, and the rollback netcode enhancement featured in the PC version pushed this anime fighter to levels of near perfection.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/RwR3q5ocCJY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. ‘Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2’</div>
25. ‘Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2’

Guilty Gear Xrd marks a true evolution point for the series that helped make it even more of a destination fighter for the FGC. Once it reached its final stage, it put forth its best iteration via REV 2. This version of the game marks the hype return of the lady samurai known as Baiken and the debut of the shinobi assistant known as Answer. The gameplay itself feels as rewarding as it’s ever been, plus the many balance changes and animations added to the game helped it reach its final improved stage. Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is one of Arc System Works’…well, finest works to date.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xUV1JMGwCK4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’</div>
26. ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’

The FGC didn’t even know it wanted a Persona fighting game until the original Persona 4 Arena eventually came through. And to the surprise of no one, that anime fighter got the updated treatment with the introduction of Ultimax. The roster increased by eight with the addition of several familiar faces, plus Shadow versions of each character were featured to add even more playable options to master. The entertainment value attached to this all-Persona battler is extremely high thanks to a mix of slick, fast-paced combat and the best aspects of the JRPG spinoff series itself.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZKj61x5Syzs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. ‘Samurai Shodown V Special’</div>
27. ‘Samurai Shodown V Special’

SNK’s weapons-based fighter gets a ton of acclaim thanks to its slower-paced gameplay that rewards patient players that pick their spots more carefully. The very best version of that playstyle is front and center in Samurai Shodown V Special, which is an updated version of the fifth mainline entry in the series. What’s on offer here is the most balanced version of the game, more characters to master, and a wealth of satisfying gory finishers that adds even more weight to each clash. Samurai Shodown V Special is the peak of the 2D entries within the franchise.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MW3MYzuskZM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. Garou: Mark of the Wolves’</div>
28. Garou: Mark of the Wolves’

Like Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Garou: Mark of the Wolves marks a sharp turn for the Fatal Fury series. Thankfully, that change in presentation and gameplay style ended up being a welcome evolution that fans gravitated to. Series frontman Terry Bogard got a new look and went to battle with a new collective of fighters that fit right into the ongoing Fatal Fury mythos. With the “Just Defense” and “Tactical Offense Position” (T.O.P.) systems put in place, Garou: Mark of the Wolves remains a high point for the series that offers tactical gameplay in the most rewarding way possible.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/nszXkHx5Y-k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. ‘Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001’</div>
29. ‘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 Shodown, The Last Blade, Rival 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.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/BnyUyug0li8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’</div>
30. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’

For years before this game became a reality, avid Dragon Ball Z fans lamented the lack of a true 2D fighting game that pitted Super Saiyans against their very worst villains. Arc System Works took on that dream scenario and made it a reality with the release of Dragon Ball FighterZ. We’re happy to say that that this quality anime fighter does everything fans expected it to do – it features gorgeous visuals on par with the anime itself, stars a who’s who of characters from different story arcs of the show, and relies on 3v3 team-based mechanics that mimic the best aspects of Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/C_9_tPZegC8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed31. ‘Darkstalkers 3′</div>
31. ‘Darkstalkers 3′

During Capcom’s creative zenith, it developed a fighting game that included horror movie archetypes with an anime edge to them all. Once Darkstalkers reached its third entry, it reached its highest point of recognizability and fan adoration. Darkstalkers 3 retained the amazing 2D gameplay of past games in the series while also adding in the signature “Dark Force System” to give each character an awesome gimmick super move to gain the advantage with. Darkstalkers 3 also earns a nod on this list thanks to its introduction of the best new series entrants we’ve ever seen – Jedah, Lilith, Q-Bee, and B. B. Hood are top of the line when it comes to original Capcom characters!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/oFQVdB9eSTw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed32. ‘The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match’</div>
32. ‘The King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match’

The first dream match that took place within SNK’s premier fighting game series is this bonafide 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!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/MsByQ_GiOus” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed33. ‘The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match’</div>
33. ‘The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match’

The next dream match within The King of Fighters timeline arrived with this next pick on our list. The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match features a long list of the most beloved characters from past entries and adds in the mysterious Nameless to really up the ante. Each character comes with new and old moves that make their moveset more expansive than ever before. It feels so good to play both KOF dream matches online through flawless rollback netcode.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/g0JN7mCnk0k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed35. ‘The King of Fighters XIII’</div>
35. ‘The King of Fighters XIII’

One of the prettiest fighting games we’ve ever laid eyes on is the 13th mainline entry in The King of Fighters series. The refreshed art style seen in this 2D fighter popped up in The King of Fighters XII (man, what a disappointment that was…), which means it got applied to other series regulars that made them look their very best. The introduction of the EX Mode, Hyper Drive mode, and Neo Max Desperation Move threw in some awe-inspiring moves that birthed some super hype (and hard to pull off!) combos.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z1FgmHRPtLU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed36. ‘Killer Instinct’ (2013)</div>
36. ‘Killer Instinct’ (2013)

Now we have so many warm memories attached to Rare’s original Killer Instinct games. But the rebooted 3D evolution of the combo- and counter-heavy fighter stands out as our absolute fave. The combined efforts of development studios Double Helix Games and Iron Galaxy helped turn this Killer Instinct revival into a comeback well worth hopping into. The original roster is all in tow, plus the newly added characters and guests fit in perfectly with the overall theme of Killer Instinct. This reboot is one of the deepest fighters ever made thanks to its systems that implement combo breakers and massive combo strings that can end a match in seconds.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/zX5Qc3D7yJU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed37. ‘Skullgirls 2nd Encore’</div>
37. ‘Skullgirls 2nd Encore’

It’s always gratifying to see a project created by an independent development studio come to fruition and succeed. With the amazing work put forth by a multitude of studios, Skullgirls has reached its strongest point to date through the 2nd Encore update. This 2D fighter is an amalgamation of the best parts from the “Vs.” series and also incorporates some of the most uniquely designed lady brawlers ever featured in fighting games. By the time Skullgirls 2nd Encore releases its final DLC character, it’ll be ranked among the greatest of all time within the FGC.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ucgrtS-8mag” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed38. ‘BlazBlue: Central Fiction’</div>
38. ‘BlazBlue: Central Fiction’

Once Arc Sys moved away from Guilty Gear for a while to produce something new yet similar to its marquee IP, the Japanese studio blessed the FGC with the BlazBlue series. The final major update within that IP is Central Fiction, which is widely recognized as the best version that’s still played by passionately. This game offers a fitting conclusion to the “Azure Saga” storyline, adds eight more warriors into the mix, and improves upon everything that came before. BlazBlue: Central Fiction is a masterclass in the anime fight game subgenre.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZelsxoJ-KWU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed39. ‘Dead or Alive 5 Last Round’</div>
39. ‘Dead or Alive 5 Last Round’

Japanese publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Team Ninja’s fighting game magnum opus is the Dead or Alive series. Fans have regularly flocked to each franchise entry thanks to its easy to play, hard to master gameplay. Plus its…well, “titillating” lady character models have also earned the game plenty of attention. The highest point of quality within Dead or Alive is the final version of the fifth game, which is Dead or Alive 5 Last Round. The roster is massive as its filled with series regulars and guests from Virtua Fighter, Samurai Warriors, and Ninja Gaiden. The fluid action that happens onscreen still looks crisp and the fun factor will forever remain high within this quality 3D brawler.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GXplrOBNfcU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed40. ‘Injustice 2’</div>
40. ‘Injustice 2’

Injustice: Gods Among Us gave players the ability to act out their dream DC Comics clashes while getting caught up in an emotional storyline that pitted heroes against heroes. Then came the sequel that offered welcome upgrades in every area imaginable. Injustice 2 shined the spotlight on lesser-known saviors and baddies, plus it even called on some surprising guests to join in on all the superpowered battles. Its story mode is just as good as the one featured in its predecessor, mixing & matching outfits for each character is highly addictive, and the explosive battles that take place within this all-DC fighter look & feel superior to everything that came before it.

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Elton’s ‘Mario Kart 9’ Wishlist

Fam! We have been playing Mario Kart 8 since 2014!

You really can’t be mad at Nintendo for running with that kart racer for the longest time now – the OG Wii U release and the Switch port have sold more than 40 million copies, it’s the best-selling racing game of all time, and it has joined the list of best-selling games of all time period. Gamers of all ages can hop into Mario Kart 8 and have the time of their lives, which is part of the reason why its longevity will seemingly stay infinite as newcomers discover it for the very first time.

But let’s be honest with each other – Mario Kart 8 is a little long in the tooth these days. Hardcore fans of the game have been crying out in droves for a brand new entry made specifically for the Switch in the long-running spinoff kart racing series. We recently learned from Kantan Games’ analyst Serkan Toto that the ninth entry in the series is being made as we speak and is set to come with a “new twist.” And to top it off, Toto also stated that it could be teased as early as this year!

That got me to thinking – what could that new twist possibly entail? And what other fresh features could be thrown into the mix to make Mario Kart 9 feel like the refreshing sequel everyone hopes it will be? Here’s my personal wishlist for everything I’d love to see in the next iteration of the Mario Kart series.

1. Make It An Nintendo All-Stars Affair
Nintendo

Mario Kart 8’s DLC and its Deluxe rerelease spread love to the rest of the Nintendo family by bringing in Link, Villager, Isabelle, and the Inkling Boy & Girl. And to make matters even better, new tracks based on The Legend of Zelda, Animal Crossing, F-Zero, and Excitebike. And to be quite honest with you all, those additions turned out to be the best part of the entire game.

Since it’s being said that the next Mario Kart will come with a “big twist,” my gut is telling me that the developers behind it will make sure that unexpected change is embracing the totality of Nintendo’s best characters and worlds. Mario Kart 9 would send me and plenty of other fans into a frenzy if it came with the subtitle “Nintendo All-Stars.” Racing through the Mushroom Kingdom is cool and all, but I’m tryna hit some nasty drifts and lap the rest of the pack on some other Nintendo-themed tracks. A brand new Mario Kart game that features racers and tracks from Metroid, Splatoon, Kirby, etc. would make my day!

2. The Implementation of Completely New Tracks
Nintendo

Every time a new Mario Kart comes out, its offering of tracks is usually a mix of entirely new themes/layouts and throwbacks that have been upgraded via a current-gen makeover. Mario Kart 8 splits its offering of new and old tracks into 16 apiece, which produced a comfortable mix for longtime players. Now while I do enjoy hopping back into the racing mix on retro tracks such as Mario Circuit and Dry Dry Desert, I think the next entry of Mario Kart should launch with nothing but new tracks.

Now I mentioned beforehand that I’d be completely cool with new tracks themed after separate Nintendo IPs. To add to that, I’d also love to see a wealth of new track layouts that build on the environmental themes seen in past series entries and spread out to other mainline Mario games. I can already imagine racing around Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City! I’m totally fine with Mario Kart 9 coming right out the gate with a list full of fresh tracks and bringing back past tracks as DLC later on.

3. A Full-Fledged Single-Player Adventure Mode
Nintendo

Do you know why I found myself playing Diddy Kong Racing more than Mario Kart 64 and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled more than Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Because both those non-Mario racing games offered something a bit more substantial when it came to single-player content. Kart racers that gift me with full-fledged adventure modes always stick out as my favorites because they give you full open locales to drive around in while in search of new tasks to take on.

The next Mario Kart should follow those games’ lead and go the adventure mode route to truly keep solo players’ attention. Finishing various racing cups, going for different time trials, and attempting to overcome one-on-one boss challenges are the type of features I’m expecting from such a mode. And doing all of that while freely exploring an open hub world that looks like a Nintendo theme park sounds like the extra cherry on top of this winning concept.

4. Better Usage of the Gliders and the Introduction of Boats
Nintendo

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will forever be ranked among the best kart racing games for its evolution of the gameplay concepts seen in Diddy Kong Racing. Instead of splitting up the track layouts based on whatever you were handling at the time (cars, planes, or boats), Sega’s racer relied on courses that changed during new laps and gave each character the ability to change their vehicle on the fly to adapt to their new surroundings.

I wouldn’t be mad at Nintendo for taking that concept and applying it to the next Mario Kart. The last game already got the ball rolling on those types of things via anti-gravity racing and the usage of gliders & motorbikes. I’d totally be fine with Mario Kart 9 featuring tracks that change over time and force players to transform their vehicle of choice to stay in the race. And through that, there could be even more of a fun reliance on the game’s gliders and possibly debut boats for water-themed competitions.

5. A Custom Track and Kart Creator
Nintendo

Sony’s ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet Karting embraced the more creative aspects of the kart racing genre by lettings players create their very own tracks. It felt so good to hop on from time to time to see what kinda crazy designs the player community came up with, plus it felt good to have a nice variety of karts to drive around in.

Mario Kart 9 should follow in the footsteps of those two kart racing gems by instituting its very own custom track suite. Just imagine the limitless possibilities that could be afforded to players if they got a ton of options in their bid to craft their own exciting courses. I’ve always wanted to create my own version of Wario Stadium! Alongside a track creator, it’d be dope if the next Mario Kart also afforded players the ability to make their own karts. There’s so much to gain from Mario Kart 9 being an unlimited source of player creativity.

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The Upcoming Fighting Games of 2022

The fighting game community is going to bask in a lot of goodness in 2022.

And that’s due in part to a wealth of brand new entrants into the thriving genre of fighters and the ongoing updates for previously released fan favorites. This new year brings with it the 15th mainline entry in the long-running The King of Fighters franchise, a highly-requested rerelease of an Arc System Works anime fighter, a brand new brawler based on a Korean beat ’em up MMORPG, and so much more.

As the year winds down, we’ll make sure this list of 2022 fighting games stays updated as new developments are made. This shall be the definitive listing of the upcoming fighting games slated for the new year!

Previously Released Fighting Games Set for Updates

‘Guilty Gear Strive’ – ongoing Season 1 DLC character releases (Baiken)

‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ – ongoing DLC character releases (Lab Coat Android 21)

‘Street Fighter V’ – final Battle Balance Adjustment and Capcom Pro Tour 2022 DLC

‘Skullgirls 2nd Encore’ – ongoing DLC character releases (Umbrella, Black Dahlia)

‘Melty Blood: Type Lumina’ – ongoing DLC character releases (Dead Apostle Noel, Aoko Aozaki)

‘Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl’ – ongoing DLC character releases

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1. ‘The King of Fighters XV’ – February 17
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam

It’s all been leading up to this. The hype character trailers, team composition reveals, and open betas have all done a bang-up job in regards to SNK’s next major fighting game release. The 15th mainline installment in The King of Fighters series is dropping this year and it looks to be a more refined (and more importantly, graphically impressive!) version of The King of Fighters XIV.

The King of Fighters XV features a more cohesive roster filled with longtime veterans, returning fan favorites, and alluring newcomers. The gameplay itself feels even fluid and gratifying than ever before thanks to the ability to pull off EX special moves without being forced to enter into a separate power mode. The addition of the “Shatter Strike” maneuver and MAX Mode makes this game’s bevy of team-elimination clashes incredibly exciting. Thank god this one has good rollback netcode!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JS153ypyJ10″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Phantom Breaker: Omnia’ – March 15″,”subhedPS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
2. ‘Phantom Breaker: Omnia’ – March 15
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

So get this: Phantom Breaker: Omnia is an updated version of a Japanese-only fighting game that’s actually a spinoff of a beat ’em up called Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds. The wait for this new and improved version of Phantom Breaker has been extremely long (since 2012, to be exact!), but it’s finally slated to land on American shores in 2022.

For those not in the know, Phantom Breaker: Omnia is your typical 2D anime fighter whose roster is filled with a majority of charismatic ladies. Each member of the game’s roster has access to three distinct fighting styles that alters the way they behave in combat – Quick Style, Hard Style, and Omnia Style. So choose your favorite fighter, take a trip into the lab to familiarize yourself with each style of play, and emerge with all the know-how needed to dominate the competition.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/US1We7B01r4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’ – March 17″,”subhedPS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
3. ‘Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’ – March 17
PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Fans have been clamoring for a current-gen rerelease of this Arc System Works anime fighter for far too long now. But thankfully, the powers that be have decided to grant that longstanding wish and finally bring Persona 4 Arena Ultimax over to PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.

What makes this rerelease that much more intriguing is the fact that it’ll incorporate the final batch of character/gameplay balance updates, which were previously exclusive to the arcade version of the game. A lot of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax’s shortcomings were addressed in those updates and chief among them were the changes made to the alternate “Shadow” versions of the game’s main roster members. If you haven’t played this Arc Sys fighting gem before or are just ready to hop back in for old time’s sake, this rerelease should definitely be on your radar.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gf0ZlqM1yfQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘DNF Duel’ – Summer”,”subhedPS5, PS4</div>
4. ‘DNF Duel’ – Summer
PS5, PS4

DNF Duel came out of nowhere to grab the attention of fighting game fans everywhere in 2021. After months of radio silence following the release of a short but sweet trailer in 2020, this gorgeous anime fighter put forth a steady trailer reveal information rollout in 2021 that garnered tons of positive feedback.

After players left DNF Duel’s open beta with largely positive feedback, the game managed to shoot itself up the list for the most anticipated fighting game of 2022. And it’s easy to see why – DNF Duel’s crisp 2D visuals, awesome interpretation of the source material’s class-based avatars, and the easy yet equally complex battle mechanics all help it stand apart from the competition. We can’t wait to slam fools as the Grappler all over again once this game finally comes out! And yes, rollback netcode has been confirmed for this one.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/IQ5zCua6s6s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘MultiVersus’ – TBA”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam</div>
5. ‘MultiVersus’ – TBA
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam

Now that Masahiro Sakurai has finally concluded his long and epic journey with the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, new party fighters are attempting to enter the fray and make major headlines themselves.

Besides Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, there’s the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment published and Player First Games developed MultiVersus. This 2v2 team-based party brawler will feature a who’s who of WB property-themed characters, such as Batman, Bugs Bunny, Steven Universe, and so much more. Keep in mind that MultiVersus will also allow for 1v1 and free-for-all skirmishes, so you’ll have plenty of battle options at your disposal within this free-to-play platform fighter. Rollback netcode is definitely in place for this fighter as well.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ldsWPI_48A” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Blazing Strike’ – TBA”,”subhedPS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
6. ‘Blazing Strike’ – TBA
PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Blazing Strike looks and feels like a long-lost SNK fighting game that we unknowingly passed by in the arcades. And that’s part of the reason why we’re so intrigued by it. Publisher Aksys Games and development studio RareBreed Makes Games have come together to produce a 2D fighter that pays homage to the golden age of the genre itself.

Alongside retro stylized visuals, Blazing Strike will implement modern-day fighting game conventions such as heightened mobility, flashy super moves, and comeback mechanics. The game’s “Rush” system also offers something fresh and unique for this throwback fighter as it allows each character to utilize even more special moves, move faster, and jump much higher than before. Hopping online to enjoy some heated battles in Blazing Strike should be a joy thanks to its usage of GGPO rollback netcode.

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7. ‘Breakers Collection’ – TBA
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Breakers and Breakers Revenge are regarded by many as two of the most slept-on fighters from the 90s golden age of fighting games. Now, both games are being compiled together in a sick compilation package thanks to the efforts of publisher/developer QUByte Interactive.

Visco Corporation’s two underrated fighters stick close to the best parts of Street Fighter II and rely on fast-paced gameplay to keep players’ attention. Traditional special move inputs are in place here, so FGC vets will have little issue getting used to Breakers Collection’s style of gameplay if they’re playing it for the first time here. GGPO rollback netcode is a go, so this game’s online battles will surely play like a dream!

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Elton’s ‘Tekken 8’ Wishlist

Fam – folks have been catchin’ W’s, takin’ L’s, and getting super hype over slow-motion finishes in Tekken 7 since 2015!

It’s pretty wild to fathom just how long the seventh entry in the long-running Tekken series has been going strong. Since making its way over from Japanese arcades and finally plopping itself down on home consoles, the top 3D fighter in the world has gotten a wealth of content in the form of “Ultimate Tekken Bowl,” the welcome return of franchise mainstays, and the surprising debut of guest characters from some IPs no one ever expected to see.

Seeing as how Tekken 7 seemingly ended its seasonal DLC rollout with the release of Lidia Sobieska, my gut is telling me that we’ve reached the end of the road for new content. And with that being said, I think now’s the perfect time to look towards the future of “The King of the Iron Fist Tournament” and what it could entail. The eighth Tekken will surely mark the end of the Mishima Bloodline feud between Kazuya and Jin, but also mark a new beginning for the fighting game franchise as a whole.

1. True Rollback Netcode
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Longtime Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada may have told the FGC that Tekken 7 incorporates rollback netcode. But let’s keep it a stack, y’all – it doesn’t feature the type of rollback that makes playing Guilty Gear Strive and Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite such a rewarding experience. In order for the next Tekken to bring even more casual eyes to the product, then it needs to implement a new and improved rollback netcode suite. I’d love to test my mediocre Kazuya and Kunimitsu skills against non-US residents and have those matches feel silky smooth as if I was grinding in a Japanese arcade.

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2. The Return of an Actual Arcade Mode Ladder

Tekken 7’s arcade mode goes by in a flash. It doesn’t stick to the traditional ladder of foes players came up against in previous series entries – it places you against a minuscule number of opponents and has you battling against the final boss without really breaking much of a sweat. The next Tekken should really go back to basics with its arcade mode implementation – pit players against seven regular members of the roster, have the eighth combatant arrive as your character’s main rival alongside a brief cutscene, and send them into the final battle against an epic adversary. Then bless players with a cool cinematic ending that puts a bow on everything they just went through. If the game’s devs really wanna go over the top with Tekken 8’s arcade mode, they should follow Street Fighter V’s mold by implementing past games’ arcade mode ladders and offering throwback endings as a reward!

3. A Sizable Starting Roster
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Once Tekken 7 finally came to consoles in 2017, it thankfully arrived with a massive roster that was due in part to the arcade version’s constant updates. Imagine how happy everyone was when they copped Tekken 7 on day one and had access to 35 characters right off the bat! Since I’ve become so accustomed to having a sizable offering of fighters available to me on day one once a new Tekken comes out, I’m gonna need Tekken 8 to also come correct with a worthy roster.

I can live happily without ever having to see Lucky Chloe, Shaheen, Claudio, and Gigas ever again, to be honest. Replacing them with some new faces that come with fresh interpretations of martial arts styles sounds like the move to make to me. Leaving Tekken 7’s guest characters behind and incorporating the likes of Lidia, Fahkumram, and Leroy as base characters in Tekken 8 is also a viable move worth making. Offering a nice mix of series regulars, brand new faces, and past DLC characters that made their debut in Tekken 7 would work wonders for the starting roster in Tekken 8.

4. More Guest Characters
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Tekken 7 blew everyone’s minds once it added some off-the-wall guest characters that hail from legendary 2D fighters. Akuma (Street Fighter) and Geese (Fatal Fury) shocked the FGC when they made their way into the 3D fighting game realm while still retaining their 2D movement and movesets. Then Tekken fans were treated to even more mind-blowing guests, such as Noctis (Final Fantasy XV) and Negan (The Walking Dead).

Once Tekken 8 finalizes out its starting roster, it also needs to do things a bit differently when it comes to including guests in on all the fun. Harada is such a huge Virtua Fighter fan, so it’d make all the sense in the world for him to throw Jacky & Sarah Bryant into the Tekken mix for the very first time. Maybe Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy 7 could also be a fun possibility? And two lady combatants from Dead or Alive, such as Kasumi and Ayane, would also make for celebrated guest combatants. I pretty much want characters that fit more comfortably into a 3D fighter once Tekken 8 becomes a reality.

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5. Character Customization Options on Par with ‘Tekken 6’ and ‘Tekken Tag Tournament 2’

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I can’t tell you how many hours I poured into Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2’s character customization modes. Whenever I’d catch a glimpse of my online friends’ crazy custom costumes, I’d always be inspired to make some of my very own. Both those games did an amazing job of giving players hella options to tinker around with in order to make their favorite characters look just like familiar faces from other forms of media.

Tekken 7’s character customization suite pales in comparison to what came before it. There just wasn’t a whole lot to do in order to make your faves look as unique as possible, which is why I usually found myself spending less time dressing up the game’s roster. Here’s hoping Tekken 8 goes back to the days of extensive customization options that allow me to make my faves look like characters from my favorite anime, other fighting games, and even adopt the likeness of my favorite wrestlers.

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6. Way More Unique Rage Arts

Street Fighter V has its fair share of uninspired Critical Arts, no doubt. But much of the game’s roster has a nice variety of creative super moves that always look amazing in motion. However, in the case of Tekken 7, all of its Rage Arts are nothing more than stitched together sequences of familiar moves that don’t elicit a ton of hype as they play out.

Tekken 8 is going to need to up the ante in the area of creativity when it comes to the return of Rage Arts. Steps need to be made towards making them look as unique as possible so that they feel more satisfying as players pull them off to nab another hard-fought victory. The cinematic camera cuts and slow-mo moments are already in place and should stay that way. I’m just ready to pull off some finishing moves that look way cooler and play out in a more exciting fashion.

7. An Actual Tutorial Mode
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Tekken has been a part of my life since its very first entry in 1994. And now that I’m a veteran in this whole fighting game thing, I’ve become familiar with its complex combo strings and hardcore players’ usage of the “Korean Backdash” to quickly zip around the battlefield. It becomes so daunting for newcomers to wrap their heads around each character’s massive arsenal of moves and it’s even tougher for those same folks to understand the intricacies of Tekken.

If Tekken 8 wants to bring even more casuals into the fold, it needs to implement a more comprehensive tutorial mode. I’m totally fine with keeping the parts of that mode suite that lets you try out every move within a character’s moveset and learning the frame data behind each maneuver. But a retooled tutorial mode for the next Tekken has to throw in lessons that go over its signature mechanics in great detail while also rewarding players for their successful completion of each lesson via Fight Money. A tutorial mode on par with Killer Instinct (2013) and Them’s Fighting Herds sounds good to me.

8. Give It a Current-Gen Coat of Paint and New Moves for Every Character
Bandai Namco Entertainment

The jump in visual presentation from Tekken 2 to Tekken 3 is definitely responsible for making the series’ third entry the best-selling Tekken of all time. Fans and curious onlookers couldn’t help but get caught up in the mind-blowing visuals on display in Tekken 3, which is why that game ended up in millions of living rooms across the globe.

All the games that came after Tekken 3 have stuck close to what that game introduced on a visual level, which is fine. But I think it’s about time for a refresh in that regard. Some sort of leap in graphical fidelity is a must now that the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles both exist. New fight sparks and cool makeovers for series regulars could be just what the next Tekken needs to garner the same sort of attention Tekken 3 garnered back in the day.

9. Story Mode Improvements
Bandai Namco Entertainment

Now was Tekken 7’s story mode a bit lacking in parts? Yep! The whole concept behind playing the role of a random journalist following the final showdown between Kazuya and Heihachi just didn’t work for me. Plus the all too brief side chapters for the rest of the roster was a huge letdown. I was a huge fan of the story mode’s usage of letting me play out past events within the Tekken timeline, plus I couldn’t help but appreciate the game’s usage of gorgeous cinematics to visualize the story’s bigger events.

Tekken 8 has to go big if it wants to tell the war between Kazuya and Jin in a more productive manner. I wanna see a new Tekken story mode implement the option to play with one of two characters during specific fights, feature special tag battles to freshen things up, and feature full cutscenes all the way through like Mortal Kombat & Injustice have done. Now am I asking for too much here? Possibly. BUT I STILL WANT THESE CHANGES, DAMMIT!

10. The Return of Tekken Force Mode
Bandai Namco Entertainment

I love me some “Tekken Bowl,” boy! When Tekken 7 implemented “Ultimate Tekken Bowl” as a free batch of DLC, I was overjoyed…until I found out it was strictly offline. Then I couldn’t help but feel bummed out as I played it by myself for a bit until I wasn’t compelled to play it anymore.

I’ve gotten quite used to each Tekken since the third entry incorporating a silly side mode of some kind. And while I adore hitting strikes with an overpowered Jack model in Tekken Bowl, I’m ready to hop back into Tekken’s spinoff beat ’em up mode in place of it. The most recent version of the “Tekken Force” mode came in the form of Tekken 6’s “Scenario Campaign,” which was super fun thanks to its implementation of a co-op mode. I wanna see that mode come back even bigger and better with an online co-op option put in place to further increase its replay factor.

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The 40 Best Sega Dreamcast Games of All Time

On September 9, 1999, in the US, Sega dropped its most powerful (and sadly, final) console – the medium-sized white box of wonder known as the Dreamcast.

Say what you will about its defeat at the hands of the Sony PlayStation 2, the lack of a built-in DVD player, and the rampant bootlegging of its many games. The Dreamcast’s legacy remains intact as one of the greatest video game machines ever made despite its technical shortcomings when compared to the competition at the time.

Sega went all in with some of its most impressive first-party titles and enjoyed a bevy of amazing third-party games from some of the most noteworthy publishers/developers in the industry. The Dreamcast deserves extra credit for putting forth one of the most memorable fighting game libraries ever seen due to arcade-perfect renditions of iconic Capcom and SNK titles.

It’s time to celebrate everything that was incredible about Sega’s beloved console by listing the greatest Dreamcast games of all time.

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1. ‘Sonic Adventure’

Every console needs a killer app at launch. The Dreamcast got just that with the launch of the highly enjoyable playable evolution within the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Sonic Adventure was just as mindblowing for gamers that came across Super Mario 64 – Sega’s “Blue Blur” kept fans engrossed as he ran at hyper speeds across more open environments and get embroiled in a deep storyline with high stakes attached to it. The presence of multiple playable characters that come with different playstyles also adds to Sonic Adventure’s allure as the most recognizable 3D platformer for the Dreamcast.

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2. ‘Sonic Adventure 2’

Sonic Adventure 2 improved on its predecessor in every way possible. It streamlined the usage of numerous playable characters by splitting them up into two different campaigns, introduces one of Sonic’s better side mates in the form of Shadow the Hedgehog, and upgrades the visuals in a major way. The game’s original soundtrack is pretty much iconic, which made rolling around at the speed of sound, searching for Chaos Emerald shards, and shooting down robots an everlasting joy. Sonic Adventure 2 is one of the best sequels Sega has ever produced.

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3. ‘Power Stone’

Capcom was in its creative bag during its 90s heyday. The vast amount of fighting games it put out back then are still played and remembered fondly to this very day. When it dipped its feet into the arena fighter waters, it arrived with the ever so memorable Power Stone. This 1v1 fighter deserves all the praise in the world for its implementation of open battlefields that gave way to more strategic maneuvering, entertaining mad dashes for the Power Stones themselves, and the fun reliance on items to even the odds with your many opponents.

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4. ‘Power Stone 2’

Power Stone 2 upped the ante in order to offer a truly amazing fighter that’s still a worthwhile party game experience in this day and age. Not only did this sequel offer four-player skirmishes as a welcome upgrade, but it also arrived with even larger stages that featured multiple segments and interactable elements that kept each fight fresh. The huge array of new weapons at players’ disposal, brand new roster entrants, and major boss encounters made Power Stone 2 a destination fighter for owners of the Dreamcast.

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5. ‘Soulcalibur’

It was hard to ignore the Dreamcast’s impressive graphical output once you came across the very first Soulcalibur. What made this 3D fighter blow everyone’s minds is the fact that the Dreamcast home port looked miles better than the arcade version, which is a trend that was extremely rare at the time of its release. Soulcalibur still looks great and plays great – the fast-paced weapons clashes that play out in this game are finely tuned and help it remain one of the best 3D fighters of all time.

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6. ‘Hydro Thunder’

Damn, we miss Midway! The now-deceased games publisher/developer put out a long list of great arcade racers back in the day. Its powerboat racer Hydro Thunder is one of our favorites and definitely notched plenty of play-time from us once it made its sped its way over to the Dreamcast. This game is all about catching big waves, boosting past the rest of the pack, and taking superhuman leaps into the air as the raging waters pushed you further along insane track layouts.

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7. ‘The House of the Dead 2’

One activity that never gets old for gamers is the act of blasting encroaching hordes of the undead. The House of the Dead 2 brought forth that always entertaining premise via an intense light-gun shooter experience. The first game is a classic and so is its equally satisfying follow-up. With two Dream Blasters on deck, two players had all the joy in the world as they shot down zombies and a flood of other hellish creatures across various stages with branching pathways to explore.

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8. ‘NFL 2K1’

There was once a moment in time where two football gaming simulation IPs could exist at the very same time. During the Dreamcast’s first full year as a console entity, developer Visual Concepts put out one of the best looking and best-playing football sims of all time with NFL 2K1. This sequel to the original NFL 2K arrived with a clear sense of “more,” which meant more play-books, more realistic player animations, more welcome changes to the running/passing game, etc.

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9. ‘Grandia II’

The Dreamcast definitely has its fair share of amazing RPGs. And one of those titles is Grandia II. Playing through the trials and tribulations of Ryudo and Elena is an amazing time thanks to an absorbing storyline, an innovative combat system for the time, and a strong visual palette. There’s so much to love about this game’s fantastical elements and its more mature story elements when compared to the first game’s plot tellings.

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10. ‘Ready to Rumble Boxing’

And here we have another Midway classic that we wished would come back in some way, shape, or form! Ready to Rumble Boxing moved far away from the boxing simulation feel of its genre contemporaries to embrace a more casual arcade boxing feel. And thanks to that preferred gameplay approach, there is so much more fun to be had with the game’s outlandish roster of pugilists and their wild movesets. Having Bruce Buffer in place as the game’s official fight announcer did wonders for its overall presentation.

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11. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes’

The next logical step to take after Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter was a showdown between Marvel and Capcom themselves. Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes came to the Dreamcast without any blemishes or shortcomings whatsoever when compared to its arcade counterpart. The same mayhem attached to the game’s 2v2, partner-swapping battles and the incredibly catchy soundtrack are and always will be top-tier.

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12. ‘Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes’

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is pretty much the Super Smash Bros. Melee of the Dreamcast – it’s the most revered fighting game on the console that’s still being played by a passionate group of longtime players. And it’s easy to recognize why – this 3v3 2D fighter offers the most fun and chaotic superhero clashes the FGC has ever seen. The massive 56 character roster paves the way for some insane team setups that leads to hours of replay value in a multiplayer setting. And that soundtrack? Pure bliss.

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13. ‘Jet Set Radio’

Jet Set Radio’s cel-shaded visuals, supremely funky soundtrack, and focus on rollerblading & graffiti painting gave it all the innovative flavor at the time of release. There was simply nothing like it at the time and it still hasn’t been replicated well ever since. Jet Set Radio provides an eccentric gameplay style that lets players act out their rebel dreams as a super mobile graffiti artist.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OjZCScqS2CU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Skies of Arcadia’</div>
14. ‘Skies of Arcadia’

It’s simply criminal how Skies of Arcadia never got a sequel of any kind. A JRPG with a lovable cast of three main protagonists, a traditional yet wholly fun combat system, and the ability to get embroiled in airship battles gave that game its most likable elements and was well deserving of another go-round. Nevertheless, Skies of Arcadia stands out from the Dreamcast’s RPG library as its most inspired adventure. Be sure to cop this or the GameCube port Skies of Arcadia Legends if you missed out on this gem.

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15. ‘Shenmue’

Noted video game personality Yu Suzuki will always be mentioned alongside one of his most ambitious projects to date. And that project is the very first Shenmue. The revenge-laden journey of Ryo Hazuki began on a somber note due to the murder of his father at the hands of the vicious Lan Di. And through that initial chapter, players got to venture through an open world that felt lived in and filled with tons of side activities to do. Shenmue sticks out as the Dreamcast’s biggest game and an impressive display of the console’s power.

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16. ‘Shenmue II’

North American gamers know that the Xbox version of this sequel is the only way they could play it at launch. We’re guessing those same gamers realized that the Japanese release of Shenmue 2 was exclusive to the Dreamcast as well. It doesn’t matter how you play it – all that matters is that you play it at all. Shenmue 2 added some welcome quality of life changes, such as being able to fast forward the in-game clock, take side jobs not tied to the main campaign’s story, and even ask random folks for directions. Special shout to Ryo’s buddies Ren and Joy, who we still have a lot of love for.

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17. ‘Resident Evil – Code: Veronica’

Capcom’s Resident Evil entered a new generation of survival horror once it finally made its way onto the Dreamcast. Resident Evil – Code Veronica marks the return of Claire Redfield, who is forced to escape a zombie-filled training facility in hopes of finding her lost brother Chris. The series’ long-running formula remains intact here. And with its improved visuals, a new array of horrifying beasts, and shocking story twists & turns, Code Veronica holds up as one of the better games in the franchise.

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18. ‘Crazy Taxi’

“Hey Hey Hey It’s Time to Make Some Craaazzzyy Money Are Ya Ready….” We were always fully prepared to chase a bag in Crazy Taxi’s manic world. This OG racer always pushed the pace as players rushed to pick up new passengers and get them to their destinations as quickly as possible. Notice we didn’t say efficiently because a ton of the fun factor tied to Crazy Taxi comes from the freedom it gives to players when it comes to driving like a madman to every goal.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XcLXOMNIsqE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Phantasy Star Online’</div>
19. ‘Phantasy Star Online’

Sega brought back its traditional JRPG IP Phantasy Star in a refreshing manner by turning it into an action RPG mixed with MMO elements. Phantasy Star Online deserves a ton of cred for being one of the first major console MMORPG experiences that caused an uproar during its lifetime. We’re sure most old heads who enjoyed this game poured countless hours into its three-player co-op journeys across the planet Ragol. We always preferred running blade-first into battle as a powerful custom warrior!

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20. ‘Dead or Alive 2’

When Dead or Alive 2 came out, gamers couldn’t help but be floored by its amazingly lifelike visuals. The jump in graphics from the first game to the second one is immense, which is why even non-fighting game players offered it praise. Thankfully, the actual fighting game mechanics at the heart of Dead or Alive 2 are just as commendable. Its rock-paper-scissors approach to combat made combat deceptively complex while still being approachable for casual players. The focus on the ladies here is also commendable, for sure.

Honorable Mentions
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UXOCxIX4lqc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Ikaruga’</div>
21. ‘Ikaruga’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/L_qvNYoCh-Y” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘NBA 2K2’</div>
22. ‘NBA 2K2’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/uM3PdRcR3gM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Project Justice’</div>
23. ‘Project Justice’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fP1FxPtUMeM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘ChuChu Rocket!’</div>
24. ‘ChuChu Rocket!’

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25. ‘Samba de Amigo’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/er-gOxhJPjg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. ‘NFL Blitz 2000’</div>
26. ‘NFL Blitz 2000’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/26JsT7vqqhY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. ‘Virtua Tennis’</div>
27. ‘Virtua Tennis’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/p0OzDfR63d0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. ‘Metropolis Street Racer’</div>
28. ‘Metropolis Street Racer’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/LPsDtNTR_rs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. ‘Quake III Arena’</div>
29. ‘Quake III Arena’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/L9tkx7xDmig” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. ‘Rez’</div>
30. ‘Rez’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/cpzl8lX6yYE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed31. ‘Space Channel 5’</div>
31. ‘Space Channel 5’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/n8VObh89ux8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed32. ‘Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000’</div>
32. ‘Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ghvpWmY019s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed33. ‘Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001’</div>
33. ‘Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium 2001’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mg4Et6xQkX8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed34. ‘Garou: Mark of the Wolves’</div>
34. ‘Garou: Mark of the Wolves’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/WmbVC3Zweys” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed35. ‘Unreal Tournament’</div>
35. ‘Unreal Tournament’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GEV40ka2i3I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed36. ‘Rayman 2: The Great Escape’</div>
36. ‘Rayman 2: The Great Escape’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/5OtvcSpTQ8Y” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed37. ‘Bomberman Online’</div>
37. ‘Bomberman Online’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gr1TQeH2LMY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed38. ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’</div>
38. ‘Le Mans 24 Hours’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xt-Hb-NtUv0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed39. ‘Sega Rally 2’</div>
39. ‘Sega Rally 2’

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/sW4FzHTrfF0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed40. ‘Bangai-O’</div>
40. ‘Bangai-O’

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Consoles Gaming

The 15 Most Underrated RPGs Of All Time

Role-playing games have also been popular as long as having a computer in your home has become a popular thing. They provide people with an escape, even more so than your average game would, as you step into the shoes of a fictional character and make decisions that have consequences.

In all of the decades that RPGs have been a popular choice for gamers, some popular ones like The Witcher 3 and Skyrim often get a lot of praise, while some go under the radar. That happens less commonly nowadays, but over the years, many RPGs have held up and have now become underrated and overlooked.

If you’re into RPGs and are looking for something lesser-known to play, look no further. Below is a list of the 15 most underrated RPGs of all time.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ljna0nes6SA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. Alter Ego”,”buttonTextBuy now, $7.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/664780/Alter_Ego/</div>
1. Alter Ego
  • Release date: April 27th 1986
  • Developer: Activision
  • Platform: Apple II, Commodore 64, Mac OS, MS-DOS

This game was made and released before a lot of you reading this list were even born. Alter Ego allows you to make decisions for a fictional male or female, from infancy onwards. Picking an experience to go through in the game and seeing what the consequences are is incredibly addicting.

Buy now, $7.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/664780/Alter_Ego/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”820″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q4uscxBnBi0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. Betrayal at Krondor”,”buttonTextBuy now, $3.89″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/559640/Betrayal_Collection/</div>
2. Betrayal at Krondor
  • Release date: June 22nd 1993
  • Developer: Dynamix
  • Platforms: MS-DOS

If you’re a fan of any books from The Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist, then you’ll already be familiar with Midkemia, the setting for this game. The game itself is set into chapters, narrated and has bookmarks that act as quick saves, so if that sounds enticing, give it a try.

Buy now, $3.89
https://store.steampowered.com/app/559640/Betrayal_Collection/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fTzU3A2I7BU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. Breath of Fire IV”,”buttonTextBuy now, $60″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313\u0026amp;_nkw=breath+of+fire+iv\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
3. Breath of Fire IV
  • Release date: November 28th 2000
  • Developer: Capcom Development Studio 3
  • Platforms: PlayStation, Windows

In this game, you play as Ryu, who has the power to transform into dragons. In this edition of the series, Ryu teams up with other warriors in an attempt to stop an immortal emperor from attaining God-like powers and destroying humanity. This is considered by many to be the best game in the series, but the entire series is worth checking out.

Buy now, $60
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=breath+of+fire+iv&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/PYMOJJZ8UNs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. Grandia”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1034860/GRANDIA_HD_Remaster/</div>
4. Grandia
  • Release date: October 26th 1999
  • Developer: Game Arts
  • Platforms: PlayStation, Saturn, Switch, Windows

In Grandia, you take on the role of Justin, an aspiring adventurer who discovers a magic stone. It sends him on a journey to uncover uncharted territory and a lost civilization. This game is the first in the series and is praised for a great combat system that became the basis of its successors. 

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1034860/GRANDIA_HD_Remaster/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/BfABNZqU-PA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. Grim Dawn”,”buttonTextBuy now, $4.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/219990/Grim_Dawn/</div>
5. Grim Dawn
  • Release date: February 26th 2016
  • Developer: Crate Entertainment
  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox One

One of the newer games on this list, Grim Dawn was developed by an independent company called Crate Entertainment. It has sold around 5 million copies (including DLC), but it still doesn’t get mentioned often enough. It has a good story, but not one you’ll feel tied to. Character customization is great, as is leveling up and looting.

Buy now, $4.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/219990/Grim_Dawn/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/NvK773e330s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. Icewind Dale”,”buttonTextBuy now, $5.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/321800/Icewind_Dale_Enhanced_Edition/</div>
6. Icewind Dale
  • Release date: June 29th 2000
  • Developer: Black Isle Studios
  • Platforms: Mac OS, Windows

Icewind Dale takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons-Forgotten Realms campaign setting and even if you’re a fan of the trilogy of books The Icewind Dale Trilogy, this game will be fresh because it has its own story. If hack and slash action is your thing, this is a great option.

Buy now, $5.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/321800/Icewind_Dale_Enhanced_Edition/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ND4jUT4o0w” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. Jade Empire”,”buttonTextBuy now, $3.74″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/7110/Jade_Empire_Special_Edition/</div>
7. Jade Empire
  • Release date: April 12th 2005
  • Developer: BioWare
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Mac OS, Xbox, Windows

The world that Jade Empire is set in is inspired heavily by Chinese mythology. You play as the Spirit Monk who must save his tutor and defeat Sun Hai, a corrupt but powerful emperor. Choices have consequences on the story and gameplay progression. 

Buy now, $3.74
https://store.steampowered.com/app/7110/Jade_Empire_Special_Edition/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vLTCpWvNLEY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. Wild Arms”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313\u0026amp;_nkw=wild+arms\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
8. Wild Arms
  • Release date: April 30th 1997
  • Developer: Media. Vision
  • Platform: PlayStation

If you like both 2D and 3D gameplay for different reasons, Wild Arms offers the best of both worlds. Most of the game is in 2D, but the combat takes place in 3D. You play as Rudy, who with his friends Jack and Cecilia, must conquer a potentially devastating evil.

Buy now, $19.99
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=wild+arms&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9IFsIXGi9i4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. Risen”,”buttonTextBuy now, $3.49″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/40300/Risen/</div>
9. Risen
  • Release date: October 2nd 2009
  • Developers: Piranha Bytes, Wizarbox
  • Platforms: Windows, Xbox 360

Risen is a somewhat gothic role-playing game that is at its best during its battle sequences. The entire game is based largely around combat because you need to learn moves and blocks to progress. If you like it, there are a pair of sequels ready to be played.

Buy now, $3.49
https://store.steampowered.com/app/40300/Risen/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fu_zcwKHBxs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. Riviera: The Promised Land”,”buttonTextBuy now, $40″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311\u0026amp;_nkw=riviera+the+promised+land\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
10. Riviera: The Promised Land
  • Release date: June 28th 2005
  • Developer: Sting Entertainment
  • Platforms: GameBoy Advance, PSP, WonderSwan Color

Accompanied by Fia, Lina, Rose, Cierra, and Serene, you play as Ein, a Grim Angel who is tasked with battling the Grim Angels and sealing away the Accursed. There are multiple endings based on your decisions throughout the game.

Buy now, $40
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311&_nkw=riviera+the+promised+land&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/LgFFUcNsPbQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. Shadow Hearts”,”buttonTextBuy now, $99.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313\u0026amp;_nkw=shadow+hearts\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
11. Shadow Hearts
  • Release date: December 12th 2001
  • Developer:  Sacnoth
  • Platforms: PS2

Shadow Hearts acts as a sequel to the 1999 RPG Koudelka, but can also be played as a standalone. Set In 1913 and 1914 in Shanghai, London, and more, you step into the shoes of Yuri Hyuga, who can capture and transform into monsters.

Buy now, $99.99
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=shadow+hearts&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”805″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/pAL0bdgCIb8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. Skies of Arcadia”,”buttonTextBuy now. $60″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313\u0026amp;_nkw=skies+of+arcadia\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
12. Skies of Arcadia
  • Release date: November 13th 2000
  • Developer: Overworks
  • Platforms: Dreamcast, GameCube

In Skies of Arcadia, players control Vyse, a pilot (or air pirate) who must stop the Valuan Empire from reviving ancient weapons and wiping humanity with them. Battles are turn-based here and you level up with XP.

Buy now. $60
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=skies+of+arcadia&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/33fbCitxuaQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. The Age of Decadence”,”buttonTextBuy now, $3.24″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/230070/The_Age_of_Decadence/</div>
13. The Age of Decadence
  • Release date: October 14th 2015
  • Developer: Iron Tower Studio
  • Platform: Windows

Although it was released in 2015 and is one of the most recent games on this list, with The Age of Decadence, Iron Tower Studio wanted to restore the feeling of old-school RPGs a little, so you’ll get a vintage vibe from it. It puts an emphasis on choices and consequences.

Buy now, $3.24
https://store.steampowered.com/app/230070/The_Age_of_Decadence/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sv5aKpuThgk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. The Last Story”,”buttonTextBuy now, $40″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40\u0026amp;_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311\u0026amp;_nkw=the+last+story\u0026amp;_sacat=0</div>
14. The Last Story
  • Release date: August 14th 2012
  • Developer: AQ Interactive, Mistwalker
  • Platform: Wii

Lazulis, along with the rest of the world, is being drained of life. Zael, who dreams of becoming a knight, encounters a mysterious force and is granted magical power by it. He uses it to fight for the greater good. This RPG has elements of stealth in it.

Buy now, $40
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1311&_nkw=the+last+story&_sacat=0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xxsjXTFXz1I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. Valkyrie Profile”,”buttonTextBuy now, $0.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1756780/VALKYRIE_PROFILE_Niffynee/</div>
15. Valkyrie Profile
  • Release date: August 29th 2000
  • Developer: Tri-Ace, Tose, FINE Co.
  • Platforms: Android, iOS, Playstation, PSP

In this game, you play as Lenneth, who collects the souls of the dead and trains them to prepare for their own battles and Ragnarok. She’s a Valkyrie, which means her human life was wiped from her memory, but along the way, she learns more about herself too.

Buy now, $0.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1756780/VALKYRIE_PROFILE_Niffynee/
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Consoles Gaming

The 10 Best Spider-Man Games of All Time

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

We’re guessing the license holders for the world’s most famous wall-crawler uttered that line to every video game publisher/developer that was given the right to utilize him. Notable names, such as Sega, Activision, and Sony Interactive Entertainment, were all tasked with giving one of its talented development teams the tough task of creating an “amazing” video game adaptation that encapsulated everything people love about Spidey. Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been featured in everything from arcade beat ’em ups and top-down action RPGs to legendary open-world adventures.

And through it all, Spider-Man has had his fair share of memorable games that still stand tall when compared to the finest comic book video games of all time. The 10 games we’re about to wax nostalgia for are the most preferred way to take control of the lovable web-slinger and act out his most heroic feats in playable form.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/0_Y80vd0Qgk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. ‘Spider-Man: The Video Game’</div>
1. ‘Spider-Man: The Video Game’

If a franchise was hotter than fish grease back in the day, chances are it was given a video game adaptation of some kind. And seeing that video game adaptation implement side-scrolling beat ’em up mechanics was usually a given. Sega did just that once it got to play around with Marvel Comics’ avenging web crawler. This arcade beat ’em up was simple and straight to the point – get you and three buddies together to choose from Spider-Man, Black Cat, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Hawkeye.

Then proceed to smash a bunch of evildoers on your way to clashing with bigger baddies, such as Kingpin, Venom, and even Doctor Doom. The game’s visuals were quite striking at the time as it presented each character as bold and tall heroes that elicited comic book sound effects from their foes every time they hit ’em. Spider-Man: The Arcade Game is another classic Marvel beat ’em up that we still can’t get enough of.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6iYjezUC-6U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Spider-Man And Venom: Maximum Carnage’</div>
2. ‘Spider-Man And Venom: Maximum Carnage’

That red SNES cartridge blew everyone’s minds at first sight. It still wows us every time we spot a random image of it on eBay or some retro gamer forum. That color change went hand in hand with the vicious villain at the heart of the struggle in Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage. The comic book series itself made a huge impact and so did the game based on Carnage’s coming out party across the pages of his story arc.

Maximum Carnage is another one of those 16-bit beat ’em ups that always gets mentioned among Marvel’s best video games. Those who played it look back fondly on Spider-Man and Venom’s crusade through NYC as they vanquished a whole army of thugs. The coolest part of this game is the way in which superhero assists could be called on – by finding specific items, allies such as Captain America, Black Cat, and Iron Fist would pop in to lend a hand. This game kicked our asses plenty of times, but we could never put it down. Someday we’re finally gonna get to the end and put Carnage down for good!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/kBflRKjleAY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Spider-Man’ (2000)</div>
3. ‘Spider-Man’ (2000)

Fun fact – this Activision-published Spider-Man game actually relied on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game engine for the PlayStation. At the time of its release, many regarded it as the best Spider-Man game ever made. While it may not hold that high honor anymore, this 3D foray into the dangerous world of Spider-Man still deserves plenty of praise.

While the icon Stan Lee narrated, players took control of Spidey as he fought to clear his name after being framed by a doppelgänger. And on top of all that, players also had to combat an incoming symbiote invasion. Webbing around this game was such a joy, plus webbing up foes and getting into some wild boss fights with familiar members of Spidey’s Rogue’s Gallery was equally engrossing. Clashing with a giant-sized Mysterio will always stick out in our minds regarding this awesome Spidey simulator. We gotta hand extra props to the Sega Dreamcast version, by the way!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7e28ktAPQvI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace’</div>
4. ‘Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace’

All praises are due to Activision for packaging this slept-on Game Boy Advance Spidey game with X2: Wolverine’s Revenge. For someone that owned a GBA, it was actually worth getting your hands on this game since it was way better than most licensed portable video games at the time.

Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace was a pretty straightforward side-scroller, but it performed its job quite well. You navigated numerous stages, webbed up & knocked out random bad guys, and met a recognizable supervillain at the end. It didn’t get any more complex than that, but we were fine with that! Throwing hands with the likes of Hammerhead, Rhino, and even the often ignored Big Wheel played the part of final bosses during their associated stages. Spider-Man’s best handheld adventure is most definitely this one.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4uXPV7lTy7Q” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)</div>
5. ‘Spider-Man’ (2002)

Tobey Maguire is still held up as the best onscreen interpretation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man by a good majority of comic book movie fans. Seeing as how crowded theaters full of those same fans lost their minds when he appeared onscreen in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it’s easy to see that Tobey’s Spidey still gets a ton of love.

The video game adaptation of Tobey’s 2002 blockbuster adventure is a damn good time. The open environments gave way to some solid web-slinging segments and brawls with various assailants that made us truly feel like the hero himself. The visuals really shined here and shone brightly, especially when you got to swing around the city under the guise of some dope alternate costumes (those Matrix Spidey and Shocker skins were our faves!). We gotta give Treyarch plenty of love for doing right by Spider-Man with this game and its astonishing follow-up!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/u_qNg4YTLUA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Spider-Man 2’</div>
6. ‘Spider-Man 2’

The follow-up to the original Spider-Man movie game is a massive improvement in every way, shape, and form. This sequel threw players into a truly open world that allowed Spidey to glide through the air in a beautiful rendition of the “Big Apple.”

Spider-Man 2 gave everyone so much to do as the hero everyone in the big city relied on – you saved countless kids’ balloons, stopped plenty of speedy cars, rescued numerous construction workers while they’re falling to their death, etc. And alongside all that was Spider-Man’s conflict with Doctor Octopus, which gave way to an intriguing storyline that everyone already adored from the movie itself. Spider-Man 2 is a goated comic book video game for another reason, by the way – it’s narrated by the great Bruce Campbell!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/8rZQcuexK7E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’</div>
7. ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’

The Ultimate Spider-Man comics presented one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes in a new light during the imprint’s storied run. And once Treyarch got the green light to make a game based on that spinoff universe, gamers got treated to something on par with Spider-Man 2 with the release of Ultimate Spider-Man.

The game’s cel-shaded visuals still look amazing to this very day (it’s awesome how games that stuck close to that animation style stand the test of time!). The main crux of the fun from this game came from being able to venture through Manhattan and parts of Queens as Spidey and his nemesis/ally Venom. In the case of Venom, his playstyle allowed for more destructive behavior that felt like a mix between Rampage and Grand Theft Auto. Ultimate Spider-Man is pretty much a prettier version of Spider-Man 2 that sticks close to its comic-book roots.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/W-7iyF0bSwI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’</div>
8. ‘Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions’

Before Spider-Man: No Way Home took a trip into the multiverse of the famed web-slinger, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions did it in video game form. Beenox put forth a great game that not only featured the traditional “amazing” Spidey fans instantly recognize but also showcased Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man 2099, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

With four different Spider-Men in tow, this game introduced four different playstyles that kept a full playthrough of the game fresh throughout. Spider-Man Noir stuck out as the most unique thanks to his stealthy segments, while Ultimate Spider-Man’s bigger focus on chaotic combat added to the game’s fun factor. We hope Sony and Insomniac Games revisits the concept of Shattered Dimensions with a video game adaption of Into the Spider-Verse someday!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_odHWsYOm2k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’</div>
9. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

When news came out about a PlayStation 4-exclusive Spider-Man game, everyone’s hype levels went through the roof. And upon its official reveal at E3 2016, it was clear that this highly-anticipated release was in capable hands. Insomniac Games, which is the studio most known for its work on the Ratchet & Clank series, did a bang-up job with its open-world foray into Spider-Man’s difficult trials as a citywide superhero.

Everything was on-point here – the web-swinging, combat mechanics, alternate costume lineup, side missions, etc. all came together to produce the greatest Spider-Man game of all time. If you played through this game to the point of getting the platinum trophy and experienced all of its DLC, then you certainly got your money’s worth. Spider-Man for the PS4 encapsulates everything that makes him great and perfectly showcases his Rogues Gallery as one of the very best in the comics industry.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/NTunTURbyUU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’</div>
10. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’

After the last game on this list threw Miles Morales into the mix, it was only a matter of time before the lightning-infused Spider-Man got his own playable experience. Once the PS5 hit the scene, Miles got just that via a short yet oh so sweet foray into his coming-of-age adventure. Shout out to Insomniac once again for their quality work on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.

Miles stood apart through his signature special abilities that made zipping through the air and putting down a whole set of baddies even more lively. And with his very own struggle to get engaged in while Peter Parker is away, Miles came into contact with some lethal villains and even one that’s been close to him since childhood. And the mood was set just right by the proper representation of Afro Latino vibes in NYC and the original soundtrack. Miles Morales’ solo endeavor is definitely on equal footing with Peter Parker’s PS4 epic.

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Consoles Gaming

The 30 Best PS4 Games of All Time

New gaming releases will still continue to be supported on the PlayStation 4 for a couple of years, but it does feel like the console’s era is coming to its end. All in all, it was an incredible run for arguably the best games console of all time.

Of course, for most, a console can only be as good as the games you can play on it. The run that the PS4 had was legendary, so to commemorate its time, we’ve compiled a list of the 30 best PlayStation 4 games of all time.

Some of these games originally released on the PlayStation 3, but our criterion is that there had to have been a remake of some sort that was optimised for the PlayStation 4. Let us know if you agree with the picks and if you think we left anything off.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_ddQqzwH__4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0001-CUSA09311_00-GAME000000000000</div>
1. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Release date: October 15th 2018
  • Developer: Ubisoft Quebec
  • Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Switch, Windows, Xbox One

Before Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed games had had a rough few years. Origins was a sign that the franchise still had a lot of life left, but 2018’s Odyssey knocked it out of the park and revitalised what fans loved so much about the series. Ancient Greece makes for an incredible open world.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0001-CUSA09311_00-GAME000000000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fDELdR97OkU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. Bloodborne”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00900_00-BLOODBORNE000000</div>
2. Bloodborne
  • Release date: March 24th 2015
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platform: PS4

If what you want from a game is an escape through an atmospheric world, look no further than Bloodborne, which is an action RPG that does horror like few before it. Customising your Hunter and then stepping into their shoes is a worthwhile experience.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00900_00-BLOODBORNE000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/0E44DClsX5Q” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. Call of Duty: Warzone”,”buttonTextFree to play”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA08829_00-CODWARZONE000001</div>
3. Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Release date: March 10th 2020
  • Developers: Infinity Ward, Raven Software
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One

Warzone was undoubtedly helped by the fact that a worldwide pandemic was breaking out while it released, but regardless, it was a refreshing addition to the battle royale genre and heralded by fans so much that for the third annual release in a row, it continues to be their sole battle royale game. R.I.P. Verdansk.

Free to play
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA08829_00-CODWARZONE000001
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/cWBwFhUv1-8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. Dark Souls III”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0700-CUSA03388_00-DARKSOULS3000000</div>
4. Dark Souls III
  • Release date: April 12th 2016
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One

The Dark Souls series has a reputation for being an incredibly difficult and while that’s fair, not enough emphasis is put on the reward for winning the boss fights. The fourth entry in the Souls series is a grand end to the Dark Souls trilogy and features some of its best moments.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0700-CUSA03388_00-DARKSOULS3000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FKtaOY9lMvM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. Days Gone”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA08966_00-DAYSGONECOMPLETE</div>
5. Days Gone
  • Release date: April 26th 2019
  • Developer: Bend Studio
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

Days Gone is set in a world where a pandemic has wiped out most of humanity. Deacon St. John discovers that has wife might be alive and naturally, he goes on a quest to find her. The world is filled with freakers, swarmers, newts and more.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA08966_00-DAYSGONECOMPLETE
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QD1pbWCJcKQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. Detroit: Become Human”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA08344_00-DETROIT000000001</div>
6. Detroit: Become Human
  • Release date: May 25th 2018
  • Developer: Quantic Dream
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

Detroit: Become Human does a great job of building its world, establishing characters and then developing characters and their relationships with each other, which makes the ingredients for a game that makes you empathise with its cast. Following Connor, Kara and Markus is a joy.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA08344_00-DETROIT000000001
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ERgrFVhL-n4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. Final Fantasy VII Remake”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA07211_00-FFVIIREMAKE00000</div>
7. Final Fantasy VII Remake
  • Release date: April 10th 2020
  • Developers: Square Enix Business, Division 1
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

Some will argue that a game that was originally released in 1997 shouldn’t make the cut for this list, but Final Fantasy VII Remake was speculated about for a decade before its 2015 announcement. The remake also features changes to the story and combat system, as well as the obvious graphics overhaul.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA07211_00-FFVIIREMAKE00000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/WJW-bzXZM8M” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. Fortnite”,”buttonTextFree to play”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1477-CUSA07022_00-FORTNITETESTING1</div>
8. Fortnite
  • Release date: July 25th 2017
  • Developer: Epic Games
  • Platforms: Android, macOS, PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox One

Fortnite didn’t invent the battle royale genre, nor did it kick off the recent wave of them, but it without a doubt popularised the genre in a way that no-one could have predicted. The game’s lifecycle has far superseded its expectations and it continues to be a giant.

Free to play
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1477-CUSA07022_00-FORTNITETESTING1
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/b_iU_gnn28U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. Ghost of Tsushima”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA11456_00-GHOSTDIRECTORPS4</div>
9. Ghost of Tsushima
  • Release date: July 17th 2020
  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Platforms: PS4

It’s a bold statement, but becoming Jin Sakai and trying to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol invasion of Japan is potentially the best samurai experience in gaming. Sucker Punch’s game is truly a cinematic experience with some epic moments.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA11456_00-GHOSTDIRECTORPS4
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/K0u_kAWLJOA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. God of War”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA07408_00-00000000GODOFWAR</div>
10. God of War
  • Release date: April 20th 2018
  • Developer: Santa Monica Studio
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

Whether the God of War game that was released in 2018 was the first time that you were introduced to Kratos or not, you felt immersed in the game from the jump. From the dynamic between him and Atreus to the immense landscapes and beautiful camerawork, this is one of the best games ever released.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA07408_00-00000000GODOFWAR
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/moDdHXpxWrw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. Gran Turismo Sport”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA03220_00-GTSPORTS00000000</div>
11. Gran Turismo Sport
  • Release date: October 17th 2017
  • Developer: Polyphony Digital
  • Platforms: PS4

Racing games have been somewhat forgotten in recent years, especially for PlayStation players who don’t have access to the Forza series. But GT Sport was a great addition to the classic series that has held gamers over for years with great graphics and tracks.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA03220_00-GTSPORTS00000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hvoD7ehZPcM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. Grand Theft Auto V”,”buttonTextBuy now, $29.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1004-CUSA00419_00-PREMIUMPACKOG001</div>
12. Grand Theft Auto V
  • Release date: September 17th 2013
  • Developer: Rockstar North
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

As much as we want to joke about where GTA VI is, it doesn’t have to come out anytime soon because Rockstar has done such an incredible job with the online portion of GTA V. Just earlier this month there was the Contract update and March of 2022 will see a PS5-enhanced version of the game.

Buy now, $29.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1004-CUSA00419_00-PREMIUMPACKOG001
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/wzx96gYA8ek” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. Horizon: Zero Dawn”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA10237_00-HRZCE00000000000</div>
13. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  • Release date: February 28th 2017
  • Developer: Guerrilla Games
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

Horizon: Zero Dawn boasts one of the best open worlds ever made. The setting is post-apocalyptic and the world features mechanical creatures that are incredibly fun to figure out and defeat in combat.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA10237_00-HRZCE00000000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/yDm6PAgNohU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. Inside”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2054-CUSA05297_00-INSIDE0000000000</div>
14. Inside
  • Release date: August 23rd 2016
  • Developer: Playdead
  • Platforms: iOS, macOS, PS4, Windows, Xbox One

With its lack of sound and colour and 2.5D world, Inside immediately creates an eerie atmosphere that you traverse while trying to connect the clues to the storyline. From start to finish, it’s a gaming experience that will leave you wanting more.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2054-CUSA05297_00-INSIDE0000000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/mU3nNT4rcFg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. Journey”,”buttonTextBuy now, $7.49″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00694_00-JOURNEYPS4061115</div>
15. Journey
  • Release date: July 21st 2015
  • Developers: Thatgamecompany, Santa Monica Studio
  • Platforms: iOS, PS3, PS4, Windows

Journey is a game that aspires to be so much more than that. You control a robed player that feels somewhat small compared to the world around them. You’re on a journey towards a mountain and can interact with other players without communicating. It’s a unique experience.

Buy now, $7.49
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00694_00-JOURNEYPS4061115
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GJVxPAiB7as” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-CUSA01140_00-MAINGAME00000000</div>
16. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Release date: September 1st 2015
  • Developer: Kojima Productions
  • Platforms: PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One

You don’t have to be an avid gamer to know of the Metal Gear Solid series by Hideo Kojima. Remarkably, despite being the ninth game in the series, The Phantom Pain is arguably the best, or at least in the top tier.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0101-CUSA01140_00-MAINGAME00000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ro6r15wzp2o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. Monster Hunter: World”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA07713_00-0000000000000000</div>
17. Monster Hunter: World
  • Release date: January 26th 2018
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One

Travelling to the New World  to kill or capture monsters is a fulfilling experience and Monster Hunter: World does a great job of being a standalone game while also appealing to fans of the entire series. A must-try for all gamers out there.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA07713_00-0000000000000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YKI1Jh43Ju8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. NieR: Automata”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA04551_00-GOTYORHADIGITAL0</div>
18. NieR: Automata
  • Release date: March 7th 2017
  • Developer: PlatinumGames
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One

The sequel to Nier is set thousands of years after its fourth ending and shares its post-apocalyptic world. There are multiple endings which require multiple playthroughs, but this is less of a task and more of a treat.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0082-CUSA04551_00-GOTYORHADIGITAL0
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FqnKB22pOC0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. Overwatch”,”buttonTextFree to play”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA01842_00-OWORIGINS0000000</div>
19. Overwatch
  • Release date: May 24th 2016
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox One

Multiplayer FPS games have a tough time getting on these kinds of lists because even the best one follow a sort of formula, but Overwatch is a game that you couldn’t stop hearing about for years after it dropped. The sequel is expected in 2023.

Free to play
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0002-CUSA01842_00-OWORIGINS0000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/SKpSpvFCZRw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. Persona 5 Royal”,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0177-CUSA17416_00-PERSONA5R0000000</div>
20. Persona 5 Royal
  • Release date: March 31st 2020
  • Developer: P-Studio
  • Platforms: PS4

Set in Tokyo, Persona 5 Royal follows the Joker as he starts off in a new school and eventually battles the Shadows with fellow students. This game has a cult-like following that swear it’s the best PS4 game ever released.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0177-CUSA17416_00-PERSONA5R0000000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gmA6MrX81z4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. Red Dead Redemption 2″,”buttonTextBuy now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1004-CUSA03041_00-REDEMPTIONFULL02</div>
21. Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Release date: October 26th 2018
  • Developer: Rockstar Studios
  • Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Windows, Xbox One

With the sequel to Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar pushed the boundaries for what gaming could be, with attention to detail like we’ve genuinely never seen before in a game. It made for an experience like no other.

Buy now, $59.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP1004-CUSA03041_00-REDEMPTIONFULL02
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZhM1ac5BZWE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard”,”buttonTextBuy now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA03962_00-BH70000000000001</div>
22. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • Release date: January 24th 2017
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Platforms: Luna, Stadia, Switch, PS4, Windows, Xbox One

Resident Evil 7 does a good job of borrowing elements from other games – like a first-person view for the first time in their main series – and putting a spin on them. The pacing is great and you’ll genuinely despise some of the enemies.

Buy now, $9.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0102-CUSA03962_00-BH70000000000001
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4GdJVvdxss” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. Spider-Man”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA02299_00-MARVELSSMGOTY000</div>
23. Spider-Man
  • Release date: September 7th 2018
  • Developer: Insomniac Games
  • Platform: PS4

The original Spider-Man games are held in high regard, so Insomniac had a tough task ahead of them when they made this, but by most accounts, they made not just the best Spider-Man game ever, but arguably the best superhero game ever.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA02299_00-MARVELSSMGOTY000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/0GLbwkfhYZk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0006-PPSA02198_00-RESPAWNSWBIRDDOG</div>
24. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Release date: November 15th 2019
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, Stadia, Xbox One

The world of Star Wars makes for a genuinely creative game setting and Fallen Order makes the most of it, borrowing elements from games like the Uncharted series and Dark Souls to make the best Star Wars game for the PS4.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0006-PPSA02198_00-RESPAWNSWBIRDDOG
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qPNiIeKMHyg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. The Last of Us Part II”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA07820_00-THELASTOFUSPART2</div>
25. The Last of Us Part II
  • Release date: June 19th 2020
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Platform: PS4

The sequel to The Last of Us somewhat split fans down the middle, but it’s hard to deny that Naughty Dog made a game that forced you to have an opinion and made you feel things you thought a game never could. For us, it’s one of the best story games ever made.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA07820_00-THELASTOFUSPART2
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/AaOWRvmtEFQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. The Last of Us Remastered”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00552_00-THELASTOFUS00000</div>
26. The Last of Us Remastered
  • Release date: July 29th 2014
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Platforms: PS4

No matter how many playthroughs you’re at, watching Joel and Ellie’s relationship grow never really gets old. This game made you feel like you knew the characters in a way that few games have ever done and the remastered release only further captured that.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00552_00-THELASTOFUS00000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XHrskkHf958″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4497-CUSA00527_00-0000000000000002</div>
27. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Release date: May 19th 2015
  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Platforms: PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox One

Wild Hunt is the magnum opus of the Witcher series and brought countless gamers into the world. Even if you’re a casual gamer, the noise that this game made was hard to ignore and its details make it one of the best ever released for the PS4.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP4497-CUSA00527_00-0000000000000002
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/VqeMjHmL9eg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. Titanfall 2″,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0006-CUSA04027_00-TITANFALL2RSPWN1</div>
28. Titanfall 2
  • Release date: October 28th 2016
  • Developer: Respawn Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows, Xbox One

For many, this was 2016’s game of the year. The gameplay is exhilarating and that comes through in both the multiplayer mode and the single-player campaign which was introduced shortly after the game’s release. If controlling fighting Titans as a Titan sounds like your thing, it’s a must-play.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP0006-CUSA04027_00-TITANFALL2RSPWN1
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hh5HV4iic1Y” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End”,”buttonTextBuy now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00341_00-U4UTLLBUNDLE0000</div>
29. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Release date: May 10th 2016
  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Platforms: PS4, Windows

The Uncharted series by Naughty Dog is one of the best in gaming. Following Nathan Drake’s adventures over the years has been a pleasure and the fourth game in the main series tied things up wonderfully as a worthy successor.

Buy now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA00341_00-U4UTLLBUNDLE0000
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”950″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/S0kKF5f8nS0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. What Remains of Edith Finch”,”buttonTextBuy now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2470-CUSA06886_00-EFINCHPS4GAME001</div>
30. What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Release date: April 25th 2017
  • Developer: Giant Sparrow
  • Platforms: iOS, PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox One

This game takes place in a world where a supposed curse means that all but one member of an entire generation of a family will die in an unusual way. Edith goes home to find that she is the surviving member of her family and the game centres around the consequences of these events.

Buy now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP2470-CUSA06886_00-EFINCHPS4GAME001