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16 Games Like ‘Dark Room’ You’re Going To Want To Play

Maneuvering through a decidedly unnerving environment while getting to the bottom of a mystery is scary enough in third-person. That scenario becomes even more of a nail-biter when you experience it from a first-person perspective.

Lexip Games’ Dark Room presents its amalgamation of classic adventure point & click mechanics and a horrifying atmosphere from that aforementioned camera setting. Solving a myriad of brainteasers while you learn about the big secret at the heart of your journey is what Dark Room is all about. Chances are you’re on the lookout for something along the lines of that game ever since you completed it. And that’s where we step in – the 16 titles on this list provide unforgettable scares, intriguing mysteries to solve, and an assortment of puzzling situations to work your way out of.

Whether it’s from a third- or first-person viewpoint, these recommended games will provide you with everything you enjoyed about Dark Room and more.

1. ‘Resident Evil 7 Biohazard’

Capcom’s lauded survival horror series switched things up in 2017 and largely succeeded in the process. As newcomer Ethan Winters, you set out to rescue your wife whilst exploring a creepy plantation. This mission sees you defending yourself against a crazed family and humanoid creatures that are referred to as the “Molded.” Resident Evil 7 Biohazard entails a whole lot of shooting, puzzle-solving, hide and seek sequences, and heart-thumping scares. And you’ll feel every part of the horror as you get to enjoy it all in first-person (this game absolutely rules in VR, by the way).

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2. ‘Alien: Isolation’

The main conundrum that Alien: Isolation presents players with is wholly terrifying. There’s a vicious Xenomorph on your trail, and you’ll need to utilize the best methods needed to avoid it. As the daughter of Ellen Ripley, you set out to uncover everything behind her disappearance. Reaching that goal isn’t going to be easy thanks to the presence of hostile humans, killer androids, and an Alien that wants you dead. You’ll get to play around with a whole host of weapons, but the name of the game here is stealth. Keep quiet, stay low, and try not to get eaten.

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3. ‘Outlast’ (series)

Outlast, and its successor are incredibly tense horror games that will keep you on your toes and sweating bullets more often than not. The first release in the series puts you in the role of an investigative journalist that’s out to uncover the truth behind a twisted psychiatric hospital. As for its sequel, Outlast 2 sets you up as another journalist that explores the Arizona desert in a bid to get more info on the murder of a pregnant woman. Both games force you into uneasy scenarios that see you constantly run, hide, and use your camcorder to maneuver through the darkness.

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4. ‘Amnesia’ (series)

The Amnesia games feature everything you’ve come to expect from survival horror games – a creepy environment to explore, tons of puzzles to solve, and the types of monsters that increase your heart rate at first sight. The Dark Descent, A Machine for Pigs, and Rebirth all manage to spark one’s interest due to their intriguing premises. They also have a penchant for scaring the hell out of anyone that tries them, so you should expect to turn a few lights on while you’re making your way through each fear-inducing entry.

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5. ‘Condemned’ (series)

One of Sega’s more slept-on IPs has to be Condemned. Anyone who’s given it a chance knows just how nerve-wracking the original game and its sequel can be. If you’re not in the know, then let us bring you up to speed – both games have you take on the role of a crime scene investigation agent that’s looking for some sort of reasoning behind the madness occurring in his city. Criminal Origins and Bloodshot both focus on thorough crime scene investigations, brutal melee combat, and a whole lot of exploring within unfriendly locales.

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6. ‘SOMA’

It’s one thing to be above ground whilst getting confronted by all manner of mysterious horrors. It’s a whole other thing when you’re forced to deal with those same horrors while trapped within an underwater facility. SOMA’s the type of game that gives you that exact scenario to overcome. As a character named Simon Jarrett, you set out to make sense of your surroundings and come to grips with psychological horror elements. The clues you’ll discover during your journey will bring you ever so closer to the truth about your underwater prison.

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7. ‘Pacify’

As the newest member of Paranormal Activity Helpers Incorporated, you’re entrusted with exploring a dilapidated home that once doubled as a funeral parlor. On your own, with three of your friends or against other players, this supernatural thriller tasks you with pacifying a great evil. You’ll need to adjust your game plan as the little girl that hunts you progressively gets smarter and faster. Gather your clues, collect the items needed to aid your progression, and overcome one of the biggest paranormal threats you’ve ever faced.

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DEVOUR is another one of those first-person survival horror games that pit you against a singular menace. You can choose to go it alone during this harrowing mission or make your playthrough a tad bit easier with three other players by your side. A maniacal cult leader that’s been possessed by a goat demon has it out for you and your fellow cult members. Everyone must work together to exorcise the woman with a demonic hold over her, which is quite a tall task. The essential items you need to make that happen are randomized during every session, plus the unpredictable AI attached to the crazed cult leader certainly complicates things.

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9. ‘The Medium’

Marianne doesn’t live a normal life. She has the ability to converge with the dead and navigate the realm they inhabit, which classifies her as a spirit medium. After receiving a mysterious phone call from an unknown individual, Marianne makes her way to an abandoned location in hopes of getting to the bottom of her paranormal dilemma. Besides offering an engrossing storyline, The Medium features an old-school approach to survival horror games. The inclusion of a third-person viewpoint, clever puzzle sequences, and a particularly rabid spirit that wants to consume you are the main hooks that’ll pull you into this game. The dual-reality sections that let you explore two realms at once should also pique your interest.

buy here, $50
10. ‘Layers of Fear’ (series)

The Layers of Fear series pushes the horror genre forward by mixing in elements of psychedelic and psychological horror. And what comes from that complex mixture are two games that will mess with your mind and make you question the very events that play out in front of you. The first entry in the series puts you in the role of a disturbed painter who must find a way to complete his magnum opus, while the sequel sets you up as an actor that’s been called upon to handle an important leadership role. Both games focus on heavy exploration, mind-bending sights, and haunting audio. The Layers of Fear games will certainly stick with you long after you’ve completed them.

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11. ‘Little Nightmares’ (series)

The first Little Nightmares came out of nowhere to capture the imagination of horror fans everywhere back in 2017. Participating in the horrifying misadventures of Six as she looks to escape the grasp of hideous beings inside the Maw is a nail-biting blast. There’s a ton of fun to be had as you figure out the best routes and solutions that are crucial to Six’s survival. For 2021, Little Nightmares II arrived with everything that worked beforehand. Plus, it ratchets up the fun factor of it all by bringing back Six and debuting a completely new character (Mono) that’s onscreen at all times.

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12. ‘Phasmophobia’

If you always find yourself binge-watching ghost investigation shows on Travel Channel, then Phasmophobia should be right up your alley. This four-player ghost-hunting simulator gives you a spooky locale to explore and an assortment of essential equipment that’ll pick up on any paranormal activity. There are 10 different ghosts to keep an eye out for, so each investigation you embark on will be different from the last. The use of actual voice recognition when it comes time to communicate with your ghostly targets is one of the coolest parts of this spirit-filled adventure.

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13. ‘Blair Witch’

It took forever and a day, but we finally got a video game adaptation of the monumental Blair Witch film. Taking place two years after the events of the first movie, this playable sequel sees you searching for a missing boy in the Black Hills Forest as former police officer Ellis Lynch. During your unnerving search and rescue mission, you’ll regularly find yourself getting spooked by shadowy creatures. The mood is always tense in this one as you come upon cassette tapes full of curious footage and make your way through a forest that definitely has it out for you.

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14. ‘Stories Untold’

Stories Untold is kind of like a video game rendition of Tales from the Crypt. Players are treated to four episodes that focus on delivering everything you love about classic puzzle-laden horror adventure games. Each episode embraces a retro feel thanks to an 80s aesthetic and incorporates text-based, point-and-click gameplay. You can expect to get caught up in all of Stories Untold’s trippy narratives that deliver elements of sci-fi, psychological horror, and more.

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15. ‘Sylvio’ (series)

The Sylvio games center around a ghost recorder named Juliette Waters, who embarks upon the type of nerve-wracking adventures that will keep anyone up at night. Juliette’s first encounter with the deceased puts her on the path to learning about an evil curse and a ruthless cult, while her second run-in with the deceased has her exploring a decidedly creepy flooded setting. Hopping into these games means you’ll be analyzing clues, taking note of your uncomfortable surroundings, and listening in on the spirits that want to tell you their story.

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16. ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ (series)

If you don’t know about the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise by now, then you’ve been living under a rock for far too long. The premise of the mainline games has you taking on the role of a night guard (one game even has you playing as a child!) that‘s tasked with keeping an eye on a building full of animatronic characters. Those bots may look friendly, but don’t let their innocent exterior fool you. They move around on their own and are looking to take you out of the equation. The series’ clever use of a security camera system, unmistakable horrors, and signature jump scares have made it a mainstream force since its inception.

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For All The ‘Player Unknown Battlegrounds’ Fans, Here Are 13 Games Like ‘PUBG’

Although past its prime, Player Unknown Battlegrounds, or PUBG for short, remains the standard-bearer for the battle royale genre. For a time, it seemed that battle royale games were the primary bread-and-butter of the gaming industry with companies wanting to cash in on the popularity these games seemed to inspire. While some were successful so many others were not. This list represents those games that either did or should have become huge successes, largely because of their similarities to PUBG.

13. ‘SOS’

SOS is no longer available for purchase so consider yourself lucky if you managed to get your hands on a copy. SOS combines elements of survival and battle royale games into a single fun, if not frustrating, package. Like other games on this list, SOS owes some of its popularity to streamers and YouTubers who played the game when it was first available. The game puts you and other players on an island that would have been deserted if not for the monstrous inhabitants lurking around every corner. Players have the option to cooperate or antagonize each other as they search for relics that allow them to leave the island. While this isn’t the first multiplayer to utilize NPC enemies, the enemies in this game are so well-balanced, at times, it’s difficult to determine who is the bigger threat, human or monster. Although the game is no longer available, it still deserves a place on this list. Think of it as an honorable mention. 

12. ‘H1Z1’

The game that started the trend, maybe. Initially released in 2015, H1Z1 managed to build up an audience thanks to its extended beta trials. The game has gone through more iterations than just about anything on this list. What started as a zombie-survival game slowly but surely allowed itself to be molded by market demands. The game has since split into two modes that act as standalone games. The first is a straight survival game, while the other is a Battle Royale. 

Again, while it’s debatable whether H1Z1 was the first of the battle royales, it was the one that immediately came before and spawned PUBG, earning it a place on this list. 

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11. ‘Fortnite’

A 2017 release that followed a similar trajectory to H1Z1. Fortnite started as a zombie-survival game, much like H1Z1, and slowly morphed into a battle royale when developers at Epic realized they had a behemoth on their hands. 

And they were right. It’s almost five years into the game’s lifecycle and it still boasts one of the largest player bases on this list. However, during its heyday, the game was an absolute juggernaut and broke just about every record you could imagine. While its popularity has waned a bit, Epic developers continue to churn out content that attracts one-time players, at least for a time.

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10. ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’

While the Call of Duty franchise has been around for quite some time, it wasn’t until Warzone, did the title delve into battle royale gameplay. Warzone came in at a time when the genre was starting to lose steam, and the market share was almost entirely Fortnite. However, what was odd about Warzone’s release was that it was largely compared to PUBG instead of Fortnite.

That could have had something to do with the fact Warzone had a less cartoony aesthetic to Fortnite. Or, perhaps, people were simply starting to grow tired of Fortnite and all of the so-called Fortnite killers.

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9. ‘Ring of Elysium’

Another latecomer. Released in 2018, Ring of Elysium wears its PUBG inspiration on its sleeve. At first blush, the game looks like a mod for PUBG, but once you dive in, it becomes clear this is a gaming trying hard to step out of PUBG’s shadow. 

And, for the most part, it accomplishes just that. Instead of mindless running and gunning, Ring of Elysium encourages players to engage in a bit of strategy. Ambushes and traps are not out of the ordinary, and the winter environment adds an extra element to the game. While the game may not have had as many updates as PUBG, it’s still worth a pick-up.

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8. ‘Realm Royale’

Another 2018 latecomer, Realm Royale, owes its flash-in-the-pan popularity to its willingness not to take itself seriously. As other battle royales became more and more competitive, Realm Royale brought the genre back to a more whimsical time. Everything from the art to outgunned players’ transformation into a chicken became synonymous with the Realm Royale style. 

The game also boasted several features not commonly found in battle royales. For example, Realm Royale heavily featured classes as opposed to limiting a player’s ability to what gun they happened to have picked up. The game also allows players to ride on horseback, something you don’t see much in these games.

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7. ‘Spellbreak’

Last year’s Spellbreak was compared to Realm Royale mostly because of its middle ages aesthetic. The game, however, manages to stand on its own for a number of reasons. It is amongst the most fast-paced and frenzied games on this list. It’s easy to be blown away and not know exactly how it happened, particularly in a large cluster of adversaries. As its title implies, the game is more heavily dependent on spells than traditional firearms in your standard battle royale titles. 

While the game may not have enjoyed the same success as others on this list, it is definitely worth a look.

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6. ‘Darwin Project’

Released in 2020, Darwin Project managed to garner a healthy following while maintaining relative obscurity. This was due largely to a number of streamers and video game Youtubers who flocked to the Sci-Fi survival game during its beta and after its release. The game pits players against each other by giving them tools to hunt one another. Players must also survive the harsh maps which swing wildly from frigid cold to lakes of magma.

The game takes into account the spectator element by allowing an overseer to give their favorite certain buffs. Successful players use all their tools while leading enemy players into ambushes or advantageous areas. Don’t let the cartoonish art style fool you. Darwin Project is one of the most hardcore titles on this list.

5. ‘The Culling’

A 2017 release, The Culling’s rise in popularity was as sudden and unexpected as its fall. Developers have tried to recapture their brief moment of popularity with an official sequel that was panned by reviewers and players alike. However, its dwindling popularity doesn’t take away from the fact that the game is one of the most interesting battle royals on the market. Instead of heavily featuring guns, most players will have to make do with melee weapons, although guns are still present in the game. But the game is balanced in such a way that having a gun doesn’t necessarily mean you are at an advantage. A player with a metal pipe or some other non-projectile weapon can just as likely win a contest.

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4. ‘Islands of Nyne Battle Royale’

A game in which the massive multiplayer map is the star. Islands of Nyne was released last year to little fanfare. But that is hardly a reflection on the game itself, which features some of the best sci-fi shooting. Many have compared it to the Crysis series, and it’s a well-deserved comparison. The graphics are superb, and the gameplay’s style and speed are as if someone created a battle royale mod for Crysis. The game may not be a household name, but it still deserves your attention.

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3. ‘Totally Accurate Battlegrounds’

A spoof on the battle royale genre, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds was released in 2018 and, for a time, was at the top of the battle royale heap. Using the engine popularized by sister-game Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, Totally Accurate Battlegrounds intentionally boasted ridiculous controls and even more ridiculous gameplay. Players could empty entire clips at each other, at point-blank range, and still not hit their mark. The game isn’t so much about winning as it is experiencing the hilarity of the journey.

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2. ‘Apex Legends’

Apex Legends is what you get when you take elements from the top battle royale games and polish them. Released in 2020, Apex Legends is the only game on this list that ever came close to actually being a Fortnite killer. The game was massively popular when first released and it has managed to hold on to much of that popularity overtime. Developers continue to churn out new content and characters that only add to the game’s complexity. While guns obviously play a major role, each of the champions has its own strengths and weaknesses that impact the game in profound ways. Apex Legends is how battle royale games are supposed to be done. 

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1. ‘Hunt Showdown’

Hunt Showdown is aggressively underrated despite being moderately popular. Of all the battle royale games on this list, Hunt Showdown is perhaps the only one that truly isn’t derivative in any sense of the word. Released in 2019 by a team at Crytek, you can see the meticulous detail developers put into the game. Everything from the monsters to the ornate weaponry looks like it belongs in this demon-infested world. 

Players have to worry about said demons as they traverse day and nighttime maps. More dangerous than the demons are the other players who are on the hunt for the same prize you are. What ensues is thrilling cowboy action with a bit of horror and incredible sound quality mixed in for good measure. Although the game deserves to be a bigger deal than it currently is, the developers don’t seem deterred as they continue to churn out content.

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Here’s Why You Should Be Playing ‘Valheim’

One of the most addicting games of 2021, Valheim is the newest game that is beginning to capture attention but still remains relatively underrated. Recently passing two million sales, the game is challenging, thrilling, and sometimes frustrating, providing an adventure like no other in recent memory. Playing Valheim is a similar experience to games like Minecraft and Ark and even has the aesthetics of Outward, making it visually captivating. 

Released on February 2nd, Valheim already has two million active users in just two short weeks, making it one of the fastest-growing games on the market. Via Stream Charts, Valheim has ranked twelfth globally in the last seven days on Twitch alone with over ten million views total and a peak of 137,464 concurrent viewers.

Valheim is a testament to why Survival Multiplayers are going to be the next genre of gaming to blow up. When the Battle Royale game mode exploded, it exploited the strong desire for an open-world MMO, which is something that many gamers want to see more of. The reason I’m saying this is because right now, we are seeing the stage set of how we may actually get a new, strong MMO in the future. We started off with Battle Royales, and now we are witnessing a lot of people getting super interested in other popular SMPs like Terraria, The Forest, and Rust.  

Valheim is a great game! I love how you don’t fully know the map until you discover and explore it. The further you travel from ‘Spawn’ (the origin point), the harder the game gets—which is cool because it forces you to actually use your skills and play in order to learn the essentials and mechanics necessary for survival. In other games, you can see a crafting table, and it shows you everything that you can build—which can be a spoiler in a way. In my opinion, not knowing everything ahead of time makes it more exciting and the game more rewarding. Why? Well, because in real-time survival, there are two things: you only know what you know, and what you don’t know is what you don’t know.

I don’t know yet if Valheim will be trending in the sense that you will see big-time streamers playing it, but I do think people will enjoy playing it. In a world where we see a lot of free games become among the best, Valheim is worth paying. If I could pay $20 again, I would. 

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For All The ‘Star Wars’ Fans Out There, Here Are 10 Games Like ‘KOTOR’

There are a handful of games that elicit positive memories when mentioned around those who grew up playing them. Even decades after their retail shelf lives, these are the games that remain relevant through the force of nostalgia alone. In 2021 people are still playing Goldeneye through carefully crafted mods. Large communities of people still gather to catch up with old friends on Runescape servers, while two of the most recent blockbusters were overhauls of Resident Evil 2 and 3

Developers are learning that tapping into childhood memories is an easy path to commercial success, but not all developers are willing to take the proverbial plunge. Both Sony and Nintendo, for example, have barely scratched the surface when it comes to making their massive catalogs of games available to consumers.

Their hesitation is understandable. Not all games from decades ago will perform well on the market. But at least one company, Bioware, has a game that, if remade, would almost certainly activate legions of built-in fans. Knights of the Old Republic’s fandom has only grown in the years since its initial release, and the title is ready for an overhaul. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the success of games that take a page out of KOTOR’s book.

1. Mass Effect

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That was probably the mantra when developers were working on the 2007 sci-fi epic Mass Effect. That’s probably why the game takes so many cues from the Knights of the Old Republic, from the combat to the dialogue decisions. Mass Effect, for all intents and purposes, is a more refined KOTOR with many of the bugs ironed out. 

Mass Effect has gone on to become a massive hit with each subsequent title, even outpacing Knights of the Old Republic at the height of its popularity. The company that owns the property is preparing to release a definitive version of the trilogy, 14 years after the original game’s release.

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2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

While not exactly a science fiction title, the Elder Scrolls Series has always taken cues from Knights of the Old Republic. The combat in Elder Scrolls, when played in third-person, can, at times, be identical to the combat in Knights of the Old Republic, particularly when lightsabers are involved. The way the game handles dialogue is another KOTOR callback.

Players are able to establish their character’s personalities by how they interact with NPCs. While the decision to be good or evil may not be as pronounced in The Elder Scrolls as it is in Knights of the Old Republic, with its Jedi versus Sith mechanic, there are options the player can choose to illustrate their evil intent. It’s one of the factors that makes Elder Scrolls such a good substitute for Knights of the Old Republic. It’s the freedom to do whatever you want. 

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3. Jedi Fallen Order

This was, without a doubt, 2019’s sleeper hit. Jedi Fallen Order told the story of one of the last remaining Jedis after the infamous Order 66. It’s a game that doesn’t skimp on the combat while managing to focus on an interesting cast of characters, both on the light and dark side of the force. That’s one of the things that makes this game so interesting. While it’s easy to fall into the trap of characters who are evil just for the sake of being evil, Fallen Order gives its characters a measure of depth, which results in a multi-layered story. Like its KOTOR predecessor, Jedi Fallen Order is the gold standard in Star Wars storytelling.

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4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Another hit, though not as popular as some other titles on this list, The Force Unleashed was a 2008 title that managed to put an interesting spin on the Star Wars universe. While most other stories have the theme of the good guys being corrupted by evil, The Force Unleashed is a redemption story about how evil, dark Sith becomes good. It’s an interesting sight, watching this overpowered main character come to terms with his abilities and his sense of morality. The game is fun, and the story is relatable, which is always a good thing

buy now, $19.99
5. Dragon Age Origins

Often referred to as the fantasy Mass Effect, Dragon Age, much like its science fiction counterpart, shares a lot of DNA with Knights of the Old Republic. You can see KOTOR’s inspiration in everything from the dialogue, combat to how decisions affect the game’s narrative. Critics might find the similarities between these Bioware games a bit formulaic, but there are far more who don’t mind if their success is any indication. 

In the case of Dragon Age Origins, the 2009 fantasy game, its success rivals that of Mass Effect. It’s one of the games that built up the goodwill Bioware shared with the gaming community.

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6. Star Wars Battlefront

Critics accused Star Wars Battlefront of being an incomplete game, particularly when compared to its eventual sequel. While one can make that argument, there is no denying the allure of the original Battlefront game. Stunning visuals coupled with modernized shooter mechanics drew in droves of players. What kept them playing was the opportunity to mow down scores of enemies playing as a Jedi, or Sith, in the game’s multiplayer. Not since KOTOR has the simple act of using a lightsaber to take down enemies felt so cathartic and visceral. Even playing as a non-force wielding character had its joys, again, much like KOTOR. Although the two titles are separated by a little over a decade, their similarities show just how difficult it is for a Star Wars game to come out from under KOTOR’s shadow.

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7. The Witcher 3

Another fantasy game, sure, but one that expounds on the concept of consequences derived from a player’s decisions. This was one of the most alluring features of Knights of the Old Republic and The Witcher makes judicious use of it. In both games, the players are forced to make choices, the consequences of which are, at times, immediately apparent, while others aren’t so much. It’s possible to play a completely different game from your original playthrough which only adds to the allure of both titles. And don’t worry about Witcher 3 being released in 2015. Like KOTOR it manages to stand the test of time.

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8. Jade Empire

Another Bioware title, that isn’t as popular as others. Jade Empire, like KOTOR, is a role playing game that features very similar gameplay elements to KOTOR. Released in 2005, the game features upgraded graphics and slightly less tankish controls than KOTOR, which isn’t saying much since Jade Empire’s controls aren’t that good overall. While the game was never able to garner as massive a cult following as KOTOR, it is still fondly remembered by many, thanks in large part to it’s epic story and clever magic system.

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9. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Another game that blends Star Wars with roleplaying elements. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Outcast, released in 2002, is one of the few tames that predates Knights of the Old Republic. It tells a more linear story about the titular outcast and his travels. While this formula was popularized by The Mandalorian, Jedi Outcast was the first to do this kind of storytelling, and it did so without a Baby Yoda.

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10. Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Released in 2003, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy has always been a bit of a rival to Knights of the Old Republic. Both games were released during a time when developers hadn’t really captured the essence of playing as a Jedi in video games. Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy was perhaps players’ first taste of truly wielding the power of Jedis. Visually, Jedi Academy isn’t as impressive as Knights of the Old Republic but it does give you free rein to do what you want. The game rewards exploration in a way that is very satisfying, particularly if you are a lifelong Star Wars fan.

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EA Sports Is Bringing Back College Football Video Games

It’s been over seven years since the last entry in the NCAA Football series was released, but EA Sports announced today that they would be reentering the College Football gaming space.

People have been clamoring for EA Sports to make a new entry into the franchise for years; however, due to an ongoing dispute involving player likenesses and reimbursement, they could not make one.

So, while we will be getting a college football video game at some point in the future, it won’t—at least for now—feature the NCAA Football name.

Speaking to ESPN, EA Sports vice president and general manager Daryl Holt, said this regarding the name change:

EA Sports College Football gives us a name and a brand to kind of workaround for some things that might evolve as well as what we’re focusing on really out of the gate, which is really the FBS Division I schools and the road to the College Football Playoff and College Football Championship…So EA Sports College Football we just felt is the right name for the product for not only now but also as we move forward.”

For now, it sounds like the game is going to be released for next-generation consoles (Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5), but it remains to be seen if current-gen will be included as well.

Development is in its early stages, and we likely won’t be able to get our hands on the game for a few years.

People have always loved the NCAA Football games for their authenticity and atmosphere—having the school’s fight songs, mascots, etc., lent a degree of immersion that always felt missing from the franchise’s professional counterpart, Madden.

As part of an agreement with the collegiate licensing company, CLC, EA Sports will have the rights to all FBS schools, their uniforms, and more.

Something the games won’t have is actual player names or likenesses. It is an ongoing dispute in collegiate athletics of whether or not players deserve to be paid, considering how much revenue they bring their schools. This was one of the major reasons college sports video games ceased to be made.

As a workaround, at least for now, EA Sports will create their own players in order to create the game.

While it will be a little while before we can play the game, we are just happy we can finally say: “College Football video games are back.”

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15 Games Like ‘Detroit: Become Human’

Video games have come a long way is a statement, the veracity of which, depends entirely on the age of the person reading it. For those old enough to remember Pong, the statement is immediately apparent and less so for those who cut their gaming teeth with the Nintendo 3DS. 

At the risk of dating myself, my first foray into video games was via  the Super Nintendo, a system that allowed developers to do more with their games. 

This led to the start of a decades long argument that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.. Can games serve as viable storytelling mediums?

David Cage seems to think so. The man behind several story-driven games, Cage is seen as a pioneer of games that sacrifice gameplay for the narrative. His most recent title, Detroit Become Human, is a science fiction adventure with themes that delves into redemption and what it means to be free, among other things. Cage’s games are among the best proof that games now have the potential to tell compelling stories, and so are the games on this list.

15. ‘Indigo Prophecy’

Arguably the game that put Cage on the map. Indigo Prophecy is many things: strange, gripping, unexpected, but one thing it isn’t is boring. Released in 2005 by Quantic Dream, Indigo Prophecy, like many games on this list, features minimal gameplay but makes up for it by telling an interactive movie based on the player’s choices. Only years later would cinema catch up with the concept of interactive movies with titles like Bandersnatch

Like Detroit Become Human, Indigo Prophecy makes use of three parallel stories that often-times intersect and have an impact on one another. While the story itself might have a bit of trouble staying grounded, it is compelling enough to pique the interests of even skeptical gamers.

Buy now, $9.99
14. Call of Cthulhu

The past decade or so has seen a resurgence of interest in works by H.P. Lovecraft. From story retellings to dramatic radio shows, Lovecraft’s brand of cosmic horror seems to resonate with audiences in ways it never did when the writer was still alive. In 2018, developers at Cyanide wanted to cash in on the Cthulhu craze and they did so with Call of Cthulhu. Loosely based on the board game of the same name, Call of Cthulhu has you play the role of detective as you investigate the untimely death of a prominent artist and her family. While this game may have a bit more gameplay than Detroit Become Human, it still manages to pull off a cinematic experience.

buy now, $29.99
13. Beyond: Two Souls

Just to drive home the cinematic overtones of your typical Quantic Dream game, Beyond: Two Souls stars Elliot Paige and a cast of other actors. Beyond: Two Souls puts a twist on the idea of a small child making up an imaginary friend by making said imaginary friend very real. What ensues is a tragic depiction of the main character’s life, from childhood to its end. As one would expect from professional actors, the voice acting is superb, and the gameplay, while scant, is unique and lacks the tedium of other Quantic Dream games.

buy now, $19.99
12. Man of Medan

A horror game that takes obvious cues from anthology horror movies of the 80s and 90s. It tells a maritime horror tale that manages to pack in many scares despite its relatively short run time. Each of the characters has their own distinct personalities even if their actions are sometimes baffling. More importantly, the game tells a story with minimal input on the player’s part, which puts it in the same category as Detroit Become Human

buy now, $29.99
11. Until Dawn

From the same people who brought you, Man of Medan, Until Dawn is another horror game that doesn’t feature as many cinematic tropes as Man of Medan. Released in 2014 to significant fanfare, Until Dawn has, for the most part, aged gracefully. It tells the story of a group of friends and a terrible night which involved a psycho killer, a flame thrower wielding hunter, and a terrifying figure from Native American folklore. The story itself isn’t remotely predictable, and, what’s more, the game could have very easily been a major motion picture. 

buy now, $9.99
10. Heavy Rain

If Indigo Prophecy put Cage on the map, Heavy Rain made him famous. Released in 2010 by Quantic Dream, Heavy Rain is a mystery thriller in the category of other mystery thrillers like True Detective. While the story isn’t as out-there as the one told by its predecessor, it is still gripping, if at times predictable. The entire game is covered in a sort of visual haze that gives the whole game a dream-like quality to it. While the graphics may not have stood the test of time, the Playstation 4 remake enhances the visuals to modern expectations. My advice is to play the updated version to experience the game the way developers envisioned it.

Buy, $19.99
9. Life is Strange

An unexpected hit when it was released in 2015, Life is Strange tells an emotional story of life at a Pacific Southwest boarding school with a dash of magical realism thrown in. When the main character learns she has the ability to manipulate time, she chooses to use her powers for good, but sometimes the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Despite the magical elements, Life is Strange tells a grounded and believable story about adolescent pitfalls. It manages to do so with a unique art style you don’t often see in games. 

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8. L.A. Noire

Released in 2011, L.A. Noire has become a bit of a cult classic among gamers. The games through great lengths to accurately depict Los Angeles from decades ago and, in that regard, it hit it out of the park. Everything from the dialogue to the aesthetics gives the game a genuine feel. That coupled with the face reading mechanic the game introduced. While it may be goofy, at times, it is a game mechanic that shows the developers were willing to take story-telling risks. Thanks in large part to its fan base, the game has managed to stay relevant almost a decade after its initial release, which is something you don’t see often. For those wanting a compelling story in their gaming, look no further than L.A. Noire

buy now, $19.99
7. The Walking Dead

Much like the television show that inspired it, Telltale’s The Walking Dead is an exercise in wielding tension at the perfect moments. The game is interspersed with moments of levity and humor but maintains an ever-present feeling of dread simmering beneath the surface. Released in 2012, the game’s popularity seemed to have grown alongside the television show. It tells the story of another group of survivors in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. A handful of characters from the television show make an appearance, but the real stars are the interesting and tragic cast of characters the players meet as they navigate the zombie-infested south. 

buy now, $49.99
8. Kentucky Route Zero

The most popular game you probably haven’t heard of. Kentucky Route Zero is a visually arresting game that happens to tell quite a fascinating story. It’s easy to get the impression that the developers at Cardboard Computer went to great lengths to ensure the story was as memorable as the visuals. In that regard, they succeeded. You can play as anyone within a group of characters, each with their own personalities. The characters you choose determine the kind of dialogue you get and the story you play through. This gives the game near-infinite replay value as there are several different ways you can play through the game to get several different stories. 

buy now, $24.99
7. Disco Elysium

Another gem that isn’t quite as popular as one would expect it to be. Disco Elysium is a point and click roleplaying game that tells a story through its dialogue and atmosphere. At first blush, it may look like an old bottom-down adventure RPG, but it quickly shows that it’s anything but. 

The story takes place in a crumbling city, perhaps a crumbling world, in which the player is tasked with unraveling the mystery behind a recent death. As you get closer to the truth, the world opens up in a way that can be overwhelming but is ultimately rewarding if you stick to it.

buy now, $23.99
6. The Wolf Among Us

Another signature Telltale game released in 2013 tells a decidedly grim story. This is despite the fact the game features characters from everyone’s childhood fables. The game leans heavily into Telltale’s unique art style, giving it an almost comic book-like aesthetic. In the game, you play as the titular wolf as he tries to unravel the mystery behind a murder. To do this, the game offers several different paths, forcing the player to make the best decision they can with the limited information they have. 

buy now, $14.99
5. Broken Age

Broken Age’s story is one of the most compelling on this list. In fact, it’s two stories that can be swapped at will by the player. So if you get frustrated with a puzzle, you can merely play as the other character while giving yourself time to breathe. Broken Age tells a whimsical story that few videogames can and should be put forth as a prime example of videogames’ capacity to tell stories. The characters are immediately endearing, and even during the times where things slow down, the game still manages to hold the player’s attention. 

buy now, $14.99
4. Botanicula

An example of a game trying to tell an abstract story. The developers at Amanita Design could have easily taken inspiration from Pikmin when putting Botanicula together. The game features tiny creatures trying to save their home, in this case, a tree. While the game doesn’t have dialogue, you can still piece together a narrative by watching what happens and how the characters react. It’s impressive storytelling. 

buy now, $9.99
3. Little Hope

Little Hope, along with Man of Medan, is part of a series of horror anthologies from the same people that brought you Until Dawn. Like Detroit Become Human, Little Hope puts forth a narrative that is based almost entirely on the actions you make as the player. Entire swathes of the game, including cinematics or player interactions, depend on the split-second decisions you make as events unfurl. Much of the game’s horror stems from the atmosphere. As is typically the case with games in this anthology, Little Hope features a cast of colorful multidimensional characters you find yourself becoming attached to. As the game progresses, you’re likely to find yourself invested in their survival. Little Hope is storytelling at its finest, and a shining example of what videogames can do with a little bit of vision. 

buy now, $29.99
2. The Inpatient

Another Supermassive Game, this time the prequel to Until Dawn. The Inpatient is supposed to be played on Playstation VR which only enhances the storytelling. Instead of controlling the main characters, you become the main character, making your way through a hospital that is clearly more sinister than it appears on the surface. While the game isn’t as action-packed as its predecessor, it still manages to tell a chilling story, one that is contingent on the decisions you make throughout the story.

Buy now, $9.99
1. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter

One of the best videogame depictions of Sherlock Holmes. The Devils’ Daughter can be challenging at times, but that’s only part of the appeal.  While the game features more gameplay than other titles on this list, the experience is still largely akin to sitting back and watching a movie. Holmes is as charming and witty as ever as he makes his way through the enthralling mystery at the heart of this game. The graphics, though a few years old, hardly look dated. For those in the mood for a gripping story, this title is a must-have.

Buy now, $19.99
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10 Games Like ‘God of War’

Making a list of games that are most similar to God of War depends entirely on which God of War is being referenced. When the original God of War hit gaming markets in 2005, much like Poseidon in the third installment, it made quite the splash. It’s fast-paced, high octane gameplay was an instant hit, and the character that would become the titular God of War quickly endeared himself to players. 

The game was such a blockbuster hit, it spun off several sequels, each one more epic and cartoonishly outlandish than the ones that came before. The God of War games that cemented the franchise’s legacy were pure id and the developers had no qualms about that. 

Then something strange happened. The kids who grew up reveling in Kratos’ senseless violence got a little bit older, switched out school for jobs, and started having kids. The developers of 2018’s excellent God of War remake understood this and overhauled the main character. Instead of an uber-violent demigod, the God of War remake turned Kratos into something more believable, a grieving husband concerned for his young son’s well-being. The game’s initial moments start with Kratos quite literally hugging a tree, signifying that this isn’t the God of War players grew up with. 

Despite this, the key elements that made God of War a household name are still present. The action is still as frantic as ever, as is the visceral nature of the violence. While God of War and God of War might be two very different games, there are a number of titles that embody the shared commonalities of both.

10. ‘Devil May Cry 5’

There is probably significant overlap between those who grew up playing Devil May Cry and those who grew up playing God of War. You can honestly swap out the two characters and neither game will significantly change. Even the main character, Dante, underwent a similar personality evolution with him being slightly more toned down, compared to his depiction in earlier installments. 

Like just about every game on this list, melee combat is both Devil May Cry and God of War’s most recognizable feature. Both games throw waver after wave of enemies at the player. Although a bit more difficult than God of War, fans of the latter will no doubt enjoy it.

Buy Now at Steam, $24.99
9. ‘Hades’

Another game that features a Greek protagonist, takes place in a Greek setting and was an unexpected hit. Hades is one of the most critically acclaimed games in 2020 and for good reason. It perfectly blends intense action with elements of your standard Metroid-Vania. The art style and story are only icing on a well-baked cake. 

In Hades, you play as the Greek God of War as he fights his way through hell, which is done several times throughout the God of War series, I might add. Hades uses a procedural generation element, which means no two playthroughs will be exactly the same.

Buy Now at Steam, $24.99
8. ‘Dante’s Inferno ‘

Behavior Interactive and Visceral Games teamed up to make the God of War killer. At the time, God of War was at the height of its popularity, and studios wanted to cash in on what made God of War resonate with audiences. The fruit of their labor was Dante’s Inferno, a 2010 game that is very loosely based on the book in which the titular character tours the afterlife. 

However, the video game version of Dante doesn’t so much tour the underworld as he does cut through its denizens as he makes his way to a standoff with the literal devil. On paper, the game sounds like the beginning of a franchise that could exchange blows with God of War. In reality, however, Dante’s Inferno never rose to the levels of success achieved by God of War, which is a shame. If you can look past the over-the-top main character and the game’s sometimes blatant attempts at edginess, Dante’s Inferno is a great game.

Buy Now at Microsoft, $14.99
7. ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’

Although Horizon: Zero Dawn was another smash hit among gamers, it was anything but unexpected. Before it’s 2017 release, trailers depicting a red-headed heroine blending in with crimson fauna as she hunted what appeared to be robot dinosaurs made quite the impression. People wanted to know more about the game, and developers Guerrilla Games wisely decided to stay mum. This built anticipation to a point where there was little doubt this game would be a hit. And for the most part, Horizon: Zero Dawn has managed to live up to the hype, earning it a place on this list.

Buy Now at Steam, $49.99
6. ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’

A game from perhaps one of the few franchises on this list that is bigger than God of War, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has been sailing high with decent reviews. Like God of War, the 2020 game makes players explore an open world and take on whatever challenge stands before them. Unlike God of War, which takes liberties with Greek mythologies, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla tries to stay true to the culture it’s depicting, an admirable theme among Assassin’s Creed games.

Buy Now at Ubisoft, $59.99+
5. ‘Bayonetta’

Despite its similarities to God of War, Bayonetta doesn’t take itself seriously.  Released in 2009, the game has garnered a large fanbase thanks to its gameplay coupled with a relatively lighthearted story. Despite the obvious danger surrounding the titular character, one never gets the impression she is in any sort of real danger. The game focuses heavily on a style that only adds to Bayonetta’s signature aesthetic.

Buy Now at Steam, $19.99
4. ‘The Witcher 3’

2015’s Witcher 3 has benefitted from quite the shelf life for several reasons. Stellar gameplay, a truly riveting story, particularly in the DLC, and a memorable main character. For those that didn’t grow up playing God of War, The Witcher 3 is a clue as to why God of War had such an impact. More importantly, parts of the game heavily feature Norse mythology, which puts it in lockstep with the most recent God of War.

Buy Now at PlayStation, $49.99
3. ‘NieR Automata’

For those who love God of War simply for its hack-n-slash gameplay, NieR Automata is an ideal substitute. Released in 2017 by Platinum Games, NieR puts you in the form of a human form android in a post-apocalyptic setting. The narrative goes beyond the unreliable narrator trope and throws players so many curveballs it becomes hard at times to discern what actually is happening. The narrative itself gives the game replay value. It’s little wonder why this game was able to quickly build a large following.

Buy Now at PlayStation, $39.99
2. ‘Heavenly Sword’

At first blush, Heavenly Sword looks like a modded version of God of War. When it first hit markets in 2007, the public referred to it as Goddess of War, and for a good reason. Everything from the game’s combat to the primary weapons seemed cut-and-paste from the God of War. Players soon learned that Heavenly Sword is a gem unto itself. For its time, the graphics were excellent, and the story added a sense of gravitas that the original God of War trilogy lacked in some respects. Despite the comparisons and surface-level similarities, Heavenly Sword was never under God of War’s shadow.

Buy Now at Microsoft, $9.99
1. ‘Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’

The developers at Ninja Theory made quite the gamble in their efforts to create an action role-playing game that depicts mental illness. Other games, like Deadspace, have tried but few with Hellblade’s nuance. Released in 2017, Hellblade, like the recent God of War, is within a Norse-inspired setting. Both stories feature the main characters carrying the remain of loved ones to a certain place while pitfalls along the way. While the combat differs between the two games, both are still challenging and rewarding their own right. 

Buy Now at Steam, $29.99
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12 Games Like ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ You Should Play

Cyberpunk 2077 is the most recent major addition to one of the most beloved genres of entertainment. The pre-release hype this game was able to generate is a testament to that. When Cyberpunk was first announced in 2012, they sharpened audience’s expectations with a single picture, rife with the quintessential cyberpunk aesthetic. Fans knew nothing about this mysterious new IP but they knew it was cyberpunk which was reason enough to celebrate. 

But what is cyberpunk? Is it merely an aesthetic, a warning about a less than ideal future, or something else entirely. Despite being immediately recognizable, cyberpunk is difficult to define. Hopefully, by immersing yourself in games similar to Cyberpunk 2077, one can better understand the genre.

12. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Although you could make an argument for certain parts, Grand Theft Auto isn’t cyberpunk. That, however, doesn’t mean the game, released in 2013, does not belong on this list. Even before CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk gameplay footage, many accurately speculated the game would be a futuristic GTA

Gameplay-wise, the two are structured similarly. Each one delivers outlandish stories using in-game missions as a vehicle. Los Santos may be a few decades behind Night City, but the two do share an undeniable charm.

buy now, $30
11. Observer

2017’s Observer was a hit no one was expecting. Developed by the Bloober Team, Observer puts a cyberpunk sheen over a psychological thriller. While parts of the game are a bit rough around the edges, visually and narratively, Observer manages to unfurl its word without having to rely on the infodump. Instead, the game relies on subtle cues and character interactions to paint a picture of a future no one wants to live in, cyberpunk or not. The world of Observer could easily fit into Cyperpunk 2077 which makes the game ideal for those finished with Cyberpunk and craving more.

buy now, $30
10. Remember Me

Dontnod’s Remember Me was an ambitious entry that might have been a bit ahead of its time. Released in 2013, the game took place in an unmistakable cyberpunk setting but tried to be more than just cyberpunk. It did so with a game mechanic that allowed players to see and manipulate the memories of targets. It was a neat idea that, for the most part, worked. Unraveling the game’s compound mystery by manipulating the memories of enemies, and occasionally turning them into allies, was an interesting concept. Other parts of the game, however, came off as a bit cliche or, at worst, downright cheesy. Overall, however, Remember Me was a solid entry into the cyberpunk genre that is well worth a play-through.

buy now, $30
9. Cloudpunk

Last year’s Cloudpunk was one of a handful of games that seemed to want to capitalize off of the projected success of Cyberpunk 2077. Cloudpunk, developed by Ion Lands, took the Cyberpunk aesthetic and, like Altered Carbon and The Jetsons before it, literally elevated it to the clouds. 

Like other cyberpunk games before it, Cloudpunk doesn’t shy away from the political. It heavily features dialogue that sheds light on the world’s political and socio-economic underpinnings and, like in many cyberpunk stories, things are bleaker than they appear. Nevertheless, life must go on and you have to make ends meet by working as a delivery person. It’s during the work-related excursions you meet a series of interesting characters who help to drive the story forward. 

And, of course, Cloudpunk‘s art style is unlike anything. It combines the two-dimensional sprites of older games but, at times, is rendered in three dimensions. It gives the game a completely unique look and earns it a place on this list.

buy now, $20
8. Conglomerate 451

This one is a head-scratcher. When Rune Heads, the team behind Conglomerate 451, were making this game, it seemed like they wanted to give Dark Souls a cyberpunk makeover, but add in an element of turn-based RPG. The end result is a game that is light on the story but heavy on the aesthetics. As the player makes their way through the neon-lighted streets only to be challenged by a random knife-wielding android, Dark Souls immediately comes to mind. But the game lacks both the challenge and sophistication of a soul-type game. That’s not a knock against it, Conglomerate 451 has many things going for it. The gameplay is strategic and meticulous and requires players to traverse the world carefully.

buy now, $20
7. Invisible Inc.

Another game that prominently features a cyberpunk setting. Only this game, which is geared more toward turn-based strategy rather than outright combat. The player is tasked with infiltrating maps to secure, what has to be, the nefarious plans of corporate overlords. Outmaneuvering enemy sentries is the primary goal, which at times can get frustratingly difficult. The satisfaction of clearing a particularly difficult map, however, more than makes up for it. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is something the developers clearly wanted to get across.

buy now, $20
6. System Shock 2

An oldie but a goodie, System Shock 2 is a first-person shooter that combines elements of Cyberpunk with horror for a game that, during its time, was a unique experience. Developed by Looking Glass Studios, System Shock came out at the turn of the century and has largely managed to age quite gracefully, relative to other games of that era. The influence this game has had on the industry can’t be understated. Everything from Prey to Dead Space takes cues from System Shock 2 which earns it a place on this list.

buy now, $10
5. Republique

One of the few games in the action stealth genre that can go toe-to-toe with the metal gear series. Republique, directed by Camouflaj, puts players in the shoes of a hacker trying to navigate a grey corporate world. 

The bleakness of cyberpunk is in full view. Just one look and you can tell the world is in the midst of an oppressive dystopia that you, the player, has to fight back against. 

The gameplay is fluid, rewarding, and, at times, very reminiscent of Assassins Creed. This is especially apparent during moments of the game where players have to hide in a pot of flowers or find other ways to disappear from the enemy’s sight. Republique, however, is far from a rip off of other titles and is worth a playthrough.

buy now, $10
4. 2064: Read Only Memories

The cyberpunk aesthetic in 2064: Read Only Memories is straight from the 1980s. Strange clothes and even stranger characters abound in this point-and-click adventure, developed by MidBoss. The futuristic setting is easily the highpoint of this game. There is something whimsical with the way the world is presented to the player. 

This game is a masterclass in criticizing our modern world without coming off as preachy, something other titles struggle with.

buy now, $20
3. Dex

Dex‘s setting is perhaps the most obvious cyberpunk on this list. The game’s story, however, could have easily taken place in modern times. Dex manages to be a cyberpunk story without over-relying on its cyberpunk setting. It’s part of a group of 2-D side-scrolling stories that prioritizes the story above all else. Decisions the player makes reverberate throughout the entire narrative. Even the way you level up the titular character has implications on what happens and how the game is played. It’s a game that is truly worth several replays.

buy now, $20
2. Final Fantasy 7

While not the first game people think of when they hear cyberpunk, Final Fantasy 7, without question, has all the elements and tropes of a cyberpunk adventure. Heroic characters fighting back against a corrupt but powerful corporation; check. Said corporation devaluing human life for the sake of profits; check. An aloof hero who learns to fight for a righteous cause; check. All the elements are there and although it isn’t immediately recognizable as a cyberpunk story, it is still one of the most beloved titles within the genre.

buy now, $12
1. Deus Ex Mankind Divided

The obvious contender against Cyberpunk 2077. This is the title industry watchers said Cyberpunk 2077 would be compared to. Deus Ex Mankind Divided is widely considered to be the best of an extremely influential franchise. 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided, like the best in the cyberpunk genre, holds a mirror to modern-day issues. In this particular case, the game doesn’t shy away from depictions of facism and apartheid against those who have been augmented. 

Besides the story, Mankind Divided stands out thanks to its crip gameplay. Players have the option to play as a lumbering tank or stealthy assassin, which only adds to the replay value. If you’re looking for a follow-up to Cyberpunk 2077 look no further than this masterpiece.

buy now, $30
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12 Games Like ‘Mount and Blade’ to Play

The medieval mayhem that’s regularly on display within the Mount & Blade series is incredibly enjoyable whenever you’re playing it.

Both the original release and its Bannerlord sequel have captured a wide swath of gamers’ attention thanks to an innovative combat system, open-ended approach to character progression, and massive open world. Modders have also taken quite the liking to the series and injected a bunch of elements into it to keep its dedicated community satisfied.

The thrills derived from the Mount & Blade series can be found in other equally entertaining games. If you’ve been on the lookout for interactive experiences that take place within a medieval setting, allow us to present you with 12 essential picks. The games listed below feature the type of mechanics that let you explore a vast open-world, engage in epic solo & multi-man battles, and claim supremacy over the opposition.

1. ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’

Kingdom Come: Deliverance puts you on the path of vengeance as you play as Henry, a young man who sets out to punish the invaders that killed his parents. You’ll inhabit the European region of Bohemia and meet the most notable real-life figures tied to this game’s historical time period. The journey at the heart of this title can be tackled however you see fit – the choices you make throughout it impact everyone that encounters you. And most importantly, the first-person viewpoint for this action RPG will bring you all the closer to its impressively realistic combat system.

buy now, $17.53
2. ‘Chivalry: Medieval Warfare’

If games like Mount & Blade and Age of Chivalry captured your imagination, then Chivalry: Medieval Warfare should do the same. This multiplayer-focused sword and shields simulator gives you a whole lot of soldiers to hack & slash, castles to besiege, and villages to pillage. Up to 32 players can enter the online arena within this medieval gem and clash with an arsenal that includes over 60 weapons. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person melee experience that will be a surefire hit among you and your real-life online chivalry.

buy now, $24.99

Just like the last pick on this list, MORDHAU is a first-person battle arena game worth checking out. Keep in mind that you can also dish out some damage from a third-person viewpoint, so consider your camera preference once it’s time to cut down your foes. You can fight for your life in small-scale battles or throw yourself into some intense warfare via 80-player filled modes. The brutality in this game is expectedly off the charts and you’ll never tire of spilling pints of blood during every monumental conflict.

buy now, $29.99
4. ‘For Honor’

Ubisoft stepped out of its open-world comfort zone for once and ended up producing one of the more interesting takes on the fighting game genre with For Honor. While this game features a fully realized single-player campaign, its best elements are definitely present within its multiplayer mode suite. Players can pit soldiers and legendary warriors from four historical classes against each other for some fantasy warfare. Samurai, Vikings, Wu Lin, and Knights come to battle it out and see who’s truly the strongest in battle. In its most current form, For Honor feels fully complete and offers its fanbase an overwhelming array of things to do. Master this game’s intricate combat system and you’ll quickly fall in love with the rest of its war fueled madness.

buy now, $10.79
5. ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

This game’s predecessor (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor) is amazing in its own right due to its revolutionary Nemesis System. Middle-earth: Shadow of War ups the ante by giving Talion the ability to recruit the Uruks and Ologs he needs to build a powerful army. This Lord of the Rings inspired adventure takes you all over its dark world as you look to conquer Sauron’s forces and cut down his most fearsome fighters. You can even attempt to take down other players’ fortresses by hopping online with your orc alliance in Social Conquest mode. Middle-earth: Shadow of War lets you play out the type of awe-inspiring, big screen crusades that the Lord of the Rings films wowed audiences with.

buy now, $4.85
6. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

The medieval fantasy, action RPG classic that’s practically available on every console is still worth playing in this day and age. While it may not have a whole lot of army building and giant skirmishes to enjoy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim makes up for it with arduous battles with dragons and all sorts of fantastical beings. There are tons of citizens to interact with, factions to join, and engrossing side-quest storylines to play out in grand fashion. Mastering Skyrim’s fierce first-person melee/magic battle mechanics is pure joy, especially when you deliver pain with your custom dual-wielding setup at the ready.

buy now, $25.99
7. ‘Total War: Medieval II’

Sega’s outstanding strategy RPG series comes from the celebrated development studio known as Creative Assembly. The Total War games have delved into Japanese, Vikings, and Roman-themed sagas. One of the more notable series entries that give you total command over a medieval state and its forces is Total War: Medieval II. The campaign tasks you with conquering other factions as you play as one of the other 17 that also vie for supremacy. If you’re not too keen on the many complexities that go into maintaining an entire region, you can hop right into the game’s vicious real-time battles instead. Strategic medieval warfare is at the core of this highly recommended pick.

buy now, $24.99
8. ‘Totally Accurate Battle Simulator’

This satirical take on the strategy RPG genre is definitely worth a look. Madness ensues as you take your brave warriors into battle to bash their enemies to bits. Prepare yourself to belt out a few laughs as you witness this game’s over the top ragdoll physics send its victims flying all over the battlefield. There are 12 factions to become acquainted with and one of them is of the medieval kind, of course. You can create custom battle scenarios, create your own units, and even enter battles for yourself from a third- or first-person perspective. Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a light-hearted and super endearing battle sim that’s hard to put down.

buy now, $14.99
9. ‘Gloria Victis’

Gloria Victis hangs its hat on its realistic presentation of medieval times. It’s described as a fun mix between Mount & Blade and Planetside 2, which should entice many of you to check it out for yourself. You can choose to become an active fighter of some kind and navigate the game’s expansive world however you see fit. Duels break out on the regular, sieges erupt into pure mayhem, and guilds battle for castle ownership more often than not in this quality MMORPG. Gloria Victis is as close to replicating the storied medieval era experience as the other games on this list.

buy now, $7.99
10. ‘Knights of Honor’

Knights of Honor upholds the strong legacy established by the other medieval strategy RPG’s that flood the PC gaming market. You’re put in the position of a proud king who looks to grow his kingdom into the grandest in the land. Expanding your influence goes hand in hand with exercising your military might, which means you’ll get to make use of your loyal knights to claim victory alongside the rest of your troops. Managing your alliances and tending to a slew of other diplomatic duties is fun and all, but Knights of Honor’s high replay value truly lies in its momentous army clashes. Do your best to become the supreme emperor of Medieval Europe as you play as one of the game’s 100+ power-hungry kingdoms.

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11. ‘Stronghold HD’

This next pick on our list is another real-time strategy game that has a specific focus on castle management. You’ll need to put forth a gargantuan effort as you design and build your own towering structure in a bid to put your military might on full display. Stronghold HD lets you participate in massive bouts of medieval warfare against the AI and online strategists, so you’ll always be busy causing destruction in a revised HD format. England needs your assistance in beating back the dreaded Wolf, so be a proud countryman and supply them with your army’s aid.

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12. ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

Everyone and their grandmother have played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at this point, right? If for some reason you skipped it, do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the grand adventures of Geralt of Rivia ASAP. In its most current state, The Witcher 3 features an incredibly engrossing main campaign and two expansions that are equally entertaining. The medieval fantasy themes that prop up this classic action RPG are of the mature kind, so you’ll easily get wrapped up in its deeply moving main plotline and abundance of side stories. The Witcher 3 has swords, magic, political intrigue, sex and so much more to keep you engrossed from start to finish. It’s hard to deny all that is all we’re saying.

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Gaming New Releases

The 12 Best PS5 Games to Play Right Now

After many delays, denies, and disappointments, many of you have finally been able to secure your PS5 through the madness. Now that you have your console, the next step is to treat yourself to some new gaming experiences, and you may be thinking about what games are available to play right now. While backward compatibility is an option, (and probably the most abundant at this point), it doesn’t hurt to try out some of the newer games that have been made solely for the PS5. These games can potentially give you an idea of what your future game experiences could be like.

If none of the current PS5 games interest you, then you can always choose to take it back in time with a large number of games in the PS4 library carrying over through that backward compatibility option. These games will look very different on the PS5 through stunning visuals and enhanced gameplay. So while you may be playing an ‘old game,’ the PS5 version could very well give you a fresh experience.

Whether you are looking for a shooting game, a survival-of-the-fittest game, or even something that is family-friendly, there is a PS5 game for everybody. That being said, our experts at ONE37pm put together a list of 12 games that you can try out on your new console right now and in the near future. 

1. ‘Hitman 3’

Release Date: January 20th, 2021

Developer: IO Interactive

Releasing on January 20th, Hitman 3 is the eighth main installment of the popular Hitman series and the third and final installment of the World of Assassination trilogy. The game is also a celebration of the series’ 20th anniversary. While we still aren’t clear as to what exactly this Hitman 3 is about, we do know that Agent 47 will be returning to kick butt in this closer as he takes on a new set of locations and scenery. Gamers will get their choice of purchasing either the standard or deluxe editions, with the latter offering a different selection of suits for the agent himself. The early reviews of this game seem to lean towards the positive sign, and teasers show that this game is yet another new-and-improved extension of the classic Hitman series we have become familiar with over these last two decades.

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2. ‘Sackboy: A Big Adventure’

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Sumo Digital, XDev

A spinoff of the Little Big Planet series, SackBoy is an example of some of those family-friendly games we mentioned earlier in this article. In this game, you can choose to either ride solo, or put together a team of two to four people as you battle through thrilling challenges in an unpredictable race against time. Sackboy brings the charm as you battle through multiple levels of epic adventures, and the realistic visuals add to the game’s immersive experience. It is hard not to love a game like SackBoy, and ultimately you will end up getting addicted whether you want or not. Once again, this is one of those fun games that can entertain the entire family, so if you want some Friday night entertainment for the entire gang, Sackboy is the move.

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3. Spider-Man: Miles Morales

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Insomniac Games

In all honesty, Spider-Man: Miles Morales is probably one of the biggest reasons why people have chosen to get the PS5 as the game was highly anticipated. One of the most appealing things about Miles Morales is the diversity element of this game. Spider-Man delivered that representation beautifully, which is probably why so many people have been able to connect with this game on a more personal level. The game also dove into the background of the Spider-Man origins, further adding to its impressive gameplay. Now Miles Morales is available for PS4, but many have already noticed the difference between the PS4 version and the PS5 one. The graphics on the PS5 are insane, and it almost makes you feel like you are watching an actual Spider-Man film in a theater. One thing is for sure; Miles Morales is definitely worth the investment for a PS5.

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4. ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

Release Date: July 17th, 2020

Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Ghost of Tsushima was beautiful on Playstation 4 and looks even better on the Playstation 5. An action-adventure game, the story follows samurai Jin Sakai as he embarks on a journey to protect Tsushima Island during the first Mongol Invasion of Japan. The PS5 increase to 60 FPS has significantly added to a game that was already considered near-perfect with its incredible storyline, challenging combat, seamless transitions, and originality. There is a reason why this game was causing fury towards the late summer, and the hype definitely succeeded its expectations. Ghost of Tsushima remains the real deal and a must-try on the PS5.

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5. ‘Demon’s Souls’

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Bluepoint Games

A challenging game with a tiny bit of dark humor, Demon’s Souls, is an action role-playing adventure perfect for those that love anything with a horror element. A remake of the 2009 version, the updated version features new modes, weapons, and armor, as players try to save the kingdom of Boletaria by removing a dark force known as the ‘Old One.’ Many believe the remake to be a major improvement from the original, noting that the game runs a lot smoother on the PS5 as opposed to the PS3.  Just like with movies, game remakes can be a hit or miss. That said, Demon’s Souls will be a great case study on how to successfully revamp a game to fit a more modern era while not eliminating the very things that made it great in the first place. 

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6. ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’

Release Date: November 13th, 2020

Developer: Trey Arch & Raven Software

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a solid game that isn’t underrated or overrated. Cold War lives in its own space, and Trey Arch didn’t disappoint us with this title. In our opinion, this game is totally better than it predecessor Modern Warfare. Cold War is a moment that we have all been excited about, and the fire zombies mode is one that we have desired for a long time. The game is set in the 1980s, centering around the hunt of Perseus, a Soviet Spy with a mission to destabilize the United States while increasing the power of the Soviet Union. Like with all the other PS5 games, the optics and gameplay are on point, so you won’t be disappointed with the purchase.

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7. ‘NBA 2K21’

Release Date: September 4th, 2020

Developer: Visual Concepts

I know NBA 2K21 may seem like an obvious choice, but there were quite a few people who opted to wait until the official Playstation 5 release before buying the game. My friend was one of those people—she wouldn’t go anywhere near 2K21 prior to the PS5 drop, and waited patiently until she was able to get her console before snagging this game. While this may seem a bit extreme, the upgrade was well worth it as 2K21 took a huge leap graphically with the transition. The Next Gen MYCAREER mode also offered players the ability to play college for four years, or jump straight into the G-League from high school. Many 2K fans have been satisfied with the PS5 edition of this latest installment, and we recommend all sports gaming fans give it a try.

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8. ‘Astro’s Playroom’

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Team ASOBI! & Japan Studio

Joining the list of the limited amount of next-gen releases developed specifically for PS5, Astro’s Playroom is a 3D platformer game that serves as a sequel to Astro Bot Rescue Mission. Not only is Astro’s Playroom wildly entertaining, it automatically comes pre-loaded into the PS5, so you basically get to play the game for free (which is helpful because you have already dropped a pretty penny to buy your console and equipment). Astro’s Playroom was pretty much created as a testing demo for the accompanying DualSense controller, but nothing about the game feels like a demo. Astro’s Playroom is an enjoyable game that allows you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the PS5 without spending any additional money or resources. A win-win situation if you ask us.

9. ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’

Release Date: November 10th, 2020

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal

Another highly anticipated PS5 game, the hype surrounding Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was crazy. While not on the level of the Black Ops Cold War release, Assassin’s Creed has their fair share of die-hard fans who anxiously await the latest installments too, and Valhalla was no different. An open-world RPG taking place during the Viking Invasion of Britain, and players can choose to play Eivor (the main character) as either a male or female. While one could argue that there have been other Assassin’s Creed installments that have been more innovative in their development, Valhalla still has an intense storyline packed with high and lows. Like every other Assassin’s Creed game, you’ll be at this one for hours as well. As usual, Ubisoft did a great job advancing the game from its previous edition, and Valhalla is worth the time and the purchase.

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10. ‘Fortnite’

Release Date: July 21st, 2017

Developer: Epic Games, People Can Fly

We already know what you are thinking. Why include Fortnite on this list? Well, Fortnite has been one of the most impactful games of the last couple of years, and its popularity didn’t die down at all in 2020. In fact, the game actually soared to new heights last year, making it one of the most elite shooting games ever. The 60 FPS PS5 experience gives Fortnite fans yet another way to experience the game. Fortnite is also a pretty cool game for the kiddos. Chances are they have already played it by now, but the PS5 edition could be a good introduction to those who haven’t.

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11. ‘Bugsnax’

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Young Horse

By no stretch of the imagination is Bugsnax a normal game. In fact, the game itself is quite odd, to say the least, but you will be getting an adventure for sure. An indie game developed by Young Horse, you will be sent to investigate and explore a mysterious island ruled by the ‘Bugsnax.’ You’ll also be tasked with the responsibility of finding out what happened to explorer Elizabert Megafig. As you try to track down her whereabouts, you have to battle the aggressive bugsnax creatures to stay alive. Sounds like adventure doesn’t it? You may not be able to describe exactly what you are playing, but you will have fun.

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12. ‘The Pathless’

Release Date: November 12th, 2020

Developer: Giant Squid

Another indie game, The Pathless is a mythic action-adventure game highlighting the journey of an archer and an eagle in a forest. A straightforward open-world game, players have to duck and dodge through the forest, rocky regions, and even daunting mountains while working to defeat darkness swarming the town. Gamers will also have to take advantage of their eagle companion as you hunt spirits, and solve multiple puzzles to figure out how to save the world. With some pretty extreme battles along the way, players will have put their critical thinking skills to the test in this one, making this already one of the most fascinating games available for PS5.

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While there are plenty of games that you can currently play on the PS5, we wanted to prioritize the new titles that weren’t previously available for the PS4. We tried to include a game for every category, and it should be noted that there will be plenty more anticipated releases in the weeks and months to come. It is our hope that you give these games a shot if you are looking for a game to try out on your PS5. We will be sure to keep you posted on all the new releases in the future.