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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’

2021 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the world’s most iconic and long-lasting IPs of all time – Pokémon.

Among a wealth of announcements regarding the franchise’s ongoing anime, manga, and all sorts of additional merchandise, new games that allow users to still “catch ’em all” were also revealed. An upcoming project that got Pokémon fans super excited is a new action RPG that transports players to an older time period within the Sinnoh region long before the events of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl and their remakes. Pokémon Legends: Arceus is shaping up to be a true evolution for the series that looks like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild-esque experience that fans have been patiently waiting for.

Before January 28 arrives, let’s take a deeper look at the latest Pokémon Switch release and provide some essential info about the game’s story, main gameplay mechanics, and collection of recognizable Pocket Monsters you’ll encounter during your journey.

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Story

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will whisk players off to the vast expanses and biomes belonging to the Hisui region (which is modeled after 19th Century Japan), a locale that eventually evolves into the Sinnoh region. As a Survey Corps member belonging to the Galaxy Expeditions Team, you’ll set out to complete a wide variety of tasks centered around researching every species of Pokémon’s living habits and overall behaviors. Your main objective is completing the region’s first-ever Pokédex as either Rei (a boy) or Akari (a girl).

The avid researcher that tasks you with seeing that mission through to completion is Professor Laventon. The actual leader of the Survey Corps is named Captain Cyllene. And finally, the boss behind such a huge undertaking and the Galaxy Team working to fulfill it is called Commander Kamado (who just so happens to be an ancestor of Professor Rowan). You’ll end up running into a host of other individuals who handle other assorted tasks, such as “Wardens” that protect special Pokémon, leaders belonging to the Diamond & Pearl clans, guild members, and merchants.

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Gameplay

Unlike past entries in the series, Pokémon Legends: Arceus actually lets you engage in battle and capture wild Pocket Monsters seamlessly just by interacting with them in the open-world environment. Simply put, you can lock eyes with a Pokémon you desire, then throw a Poké Ball with one of your creatures inside of it to fight it or fling a Poké Ball at that wild Pocket Monster to catch it while freely exploring the game’s overworld. You’ll encounter some much tougher Pokémon known as “Alphas,” which can be recognized by their larger stature and glowing red eyes. You’ll need to be extra careful when confronting these types of Pokémon since they’ll chase you down in a bid to attack you once they spot you.

One of the cooler aspects tied to battles is the ability to have your Pokémon utilize one of two combat styles – Agile Style and Strong Style. Agile Style is broken down as follows – “using a move in the agile style raises the user’s action speed, which may make the user’s next turn come sooner, but lowers the move’s power.” As for Strong Style, it’s explained in full like this – “using a move in the strong style raises the move’s power, but your Pokémon’s action speed will be lowered.” While running into Pokémon trainers won’t be a regular occurrence in this game, you’ll still find yourself getting caught up in one-on-one battles with Wardens from time to time.

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Researching different types of Pokémon in order to fill out your Pokédex means you’ll need to complete research tasks centered around seeking out/observing different monsters depending on their biome of choice and the time of day/night. At the start of your Pokédex completing endeavor, you’ll be given one of three starter Pokémon to choose from –  Rowlet (the grass-type starter Pokémon from the Alola region), Cyndaquil (the fire-type starter Pokémon from the Johto region), and Oshawott (the water-type starter Pokémon from the Unova region). And once you get your hands on the special “Celestica Flute,” you’ll be able to use it to summon special Pokémon that’ll let you ride them across the land, through the skies, and even over the water!

Hanging out at base camps outside of the main location of Jubilife Village will be a necessity. Base camps allow you to take a quick breather during an excursion, recover your Pokémon party’s health, and craft items via workbenches. The items you can create on your own include Poké Balls, special versions of those capture devices called “Heavy Balls,” Smoke Bombs, and so much more. Relying on your “Arc Phone” to get a good look at the in-game map and using all of the facilities afforded to you in Jubilife Village are also essential when it comes to your mission survival and success.

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Different Types of Pokémon

There’s going to be a huge collection of Pocket Monsters to encounter while on your journey in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Besides the three Starter Pokémon we mentioned already, you’ll run into recognizable creatures such as Pikachu, Kadabra, Onyx, and Eevee. As far as brand new Pokémon species go, you’ll run into Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Kleavor. When it comes to Hisui region-specific Pokémon, the ones you’ll discover among that line of Pocket Monsters are Voltorb, Zorua, Zoroark, Braviary, and Growlithe. And finally, the mythical Pokémon you’ll come across include Darkrai, Shaymin (Land Forme), and Arceus.

Some of the toughest Pokémon you’ll engage in battle with are referred to as “Frenzied Noble Pokémon.” You’ll easily recognize them due to their bright exterior and have to quell their anger by hitting them with balms, which are items made using their favorite foods. Steering clear of their attacks and sending them into a dazed state via attacks from your Pokémon through battle are what you’ll need to do in order to assault them with balms and permanently calm them down.

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction’

For those of you out there who have been playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege since its 2015 inception, we salute you. What started out as a ho-hum entry in the tactical first-person shooter series eventually evolved into a highly rewarding multiplayer experience that’s now jam-packed with enough content to keep players satisfied for even longer.

Ubisoft Montreal, which is the same development team behind Siege, is switching gears a bit with its next Rainbow Six project. And to make matters even more intriguing, this upcoming title will incorporate some very familiar faces from the studio’s prior release. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction (which was previously known as Rainbow Six Quarantine) is moving away from competitive multiplayer to focus on co-op play with up to three players. And their mission? Eliminate the encroaching alien threat known as the “Archæan.”

Before this PvE Rainbow Six spinoff title arrives on January 20 (and hits Xbox Game Pass on day one!), allow us to give you a primer on everything there is to know about Extraction.

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Plot

Earth is being ravaged by an extraterrestrial menace. And in order to take them down, a special unit composed of operators hailing from Siege must come together to confront them. That group, which is directed by Dr. Elena “Mira” Alvarez as a member of its R&D department, is known as REACT (Rainbow Exogenous Analysis & Containment Team).

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Operators

Players will get to choose from 18 Operators at launch when it comes time to hop into a mission alongside their two allies. And as expected, each Operator comes with their own signature weapon and ability in tow. You can head to this link to learn about each Operator’s toolset, but feel free to check out the whole playable character lineup in the list posted below:

Tachanka

Fuze

Capitão

Rook

Jäger

Iq

Gridlock

Nomad

Smoke

Ela

Sledge

Alibi

Lion

Vigil

Hibana

Finka

Pulse

Doc

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Gameplay

Rainbow Six Extraction is mainly geared towards PvE, cooperative play for up to three players. You and your two teammates will be tasked with navigating alien-infested locations and completing numerous objectives (gathering intel, collecting samples from the aliens themselves, etc.). The play sessions you’ll hop into are referred to as an “incursion” – each main hub locale is split into three interconnected sub-maps and players will be assigned one of 13 random missions to complete while they’re there. Keep in mind that the location of your objectives and the enemy placement are procedurally generated in order to keep you on your toes at all times.

Upon successful completion of a mission, players can choose to extract themselves from their current location or choose to march forward into the next sub-map. A risk/reward system lies at the heart of this mechanic as moving onto the next sub-map means its difficulty factor will be higher, but even more rewards will be gifted to you & your crew for successfully making your way through it.

The main hubs and containment zones featured within them are:

New York – Liberty Island, Police Station, and Monolith Gardens

San Francisco – Tenderloin, Apollo Casino & Resort, and Enterprise Space Foundation

Alaska – Nome, Eurydice Valley, and Orpheus Research Center

Truth or Consequences – Sierra County Hospital, Dam, and Downtown

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While you’re trying to complete an objective, you’ll come into contact with the Archæans and be forced to cut them down with immense firepower. There are various types of Archæans you’ll confront, which all come with their own behaviors and appearances. Prepare yourself to deal with the following list of alien threats posted below:

Sowers

Tormentors

Lurkers

Bloaters

Apex

Breachers

Smashers

Rooters

Spikers

Proteans

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Playable Consoles, Buddy Pass, and Crossplay/Cross-Progression

Rainbow Six Extraction will be available on the following consoles – PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC (Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Store, and Ubisoft+), Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna. And don’t worry, you can upgrade from the last-gen version of the game to the next-gen version for free. This game also comes with a “Buddy Pass,” which means you can invite two of your friends that don’t own the game to play with you for free during a 14-day trial period.

And on the topic of crossplay and cross-progression, Rainbow Six Extraction will thankfully incorporate those features between different consoles in the same family (PS5/PS4 and Xbox Series X|S/Xbox One) and between PC & Stadia. Keep in mind that console players will only be able to matchmake with other console players, while PC players will only be able to matchmake with PC players.

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PlayStation 5 VR2: What’s Been Announced and What We Hope is Next

With the introduction of a whole new generation of home console hardware in the gaming space within our midst, it was safe to assume that upgraded virtual reality hardware would also be on the horizon. In regards to Sony’s recently released PlayStation 5 console, many looked towards a future where the PS4’s PS VR technology would get a proper boost in power to match Sony’s powerful new gaming machine. At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2022, we finally got a good look at what the next evolution of PS VR will entail. Here’s what’s been announced for the upcoming PS VR2 headset and what we hope its software lineup will bring with it.

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The virtual reality headset that’s being planned for release on PS5 is officially named PlayStation VR2. The physical controllers that will come with that next-generation VR system are referred to as VR2 Sense controllers. From a visual standpoint, the PS VR2 will output 4K HDR, a 110-degree field of view, foveated rendering, and an OLED display with a display resolution of 2000×2040 per eye. As for the PS VR2’s smooth frame rate outputs, those will come in at 90/120Hz. Just like the original PS VR headset, there will be no need for an external camera in order to track your movements – the cameras embedded in the PS VR 2 headset will track your body and controller motions, which will then be reflected in-game.

Speaking of in-game, the actions displayed onscreen will feel even more realistic to the player thanks to the PS VR2’s headset feedback feature. A single built-in motor that delivers vibrations will work hand in hand with the headset’s sensory feature in order to amplify the real-world sensations of whatever’s happening in the game itself. So a character’s increasing pulse levels or the sudden thrust of a vehicle pushing a character forward will be felt through those strong vibrations. The added haptic feedback and adaptive triggers that come with the PS VR2 Sense controllers, plus the PS5’s Tempest 3D AudioTech technology will also magnify the experience of feeling and hearing whatever’s happening onscreen.

Another noteworthy feature tied to the PS VR2 headset is its uncanny ability to track the motion of your eyes. So it’s entirely possible for the headset to detect whichever direction your eyes go to, which is then reflected in-game by the character’s eye movements as well. Now, moving your head to look in another direction will now be amplified by whatever your eyes are focused on at the moment.

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The first game announced for PS VR2 comes from Guerilla Games and it’s based on the development studio’s Horizon franchise (development studio Firespirte is also working on the game). That new project is called Horizon Call of the Mountain. On the PlayStation Blog, Guerilla Games studio director and studio art & animation director Jan-Bart van Beek provided some details on the upcoming project by speaking on which character you’ll be taking control of – “we don’t want to reveal too much just yet, but this story will be told through the eyes of an entirely new character. You will also meet Aloy, other familiar faces, and new characters along the way, and we’ll be introducing you to the protagonist of Horizon Call of the Mountain soon.”

As far as new first-party software for the PS VR2 goes, the sky is the limit. There are so many thriving and now-defunct Sony PlayStation franchises that could work well with a VR installment, don’t you think? Games like MAG, Tomba!, and Jumping Flash! have been lying dormant for far too long – a revival via a PS VR2 spinoff game could do a lot to breathe new life into those forgotten PlayStation franchises. And just like Guerilla Games’ Horizon Call of Mountain, other Sony first-party studios could follow that studio/game’s lead by creating VR spinoffs for its well-known IPs as well. Engaging in close-up samurai duels in Ghost of Tsushima, braving intense car chase sequences in Uncharted, and slashing through countless foes in God of War are the sorts of experiences we’d love to test out via the PS VR2. New third-party developer experiences are also on our PS VR2 bucket list – a VR-compatible version of Resident Evil Village sounds like pure perfection!

Here’s hoping Sony PlayStation’s first-party studio support and output are much stronger for the next generation of its VR hardware.

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The Biggest Games Releasing in January 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR, LADIES AND GENTS! 2021 is now behind us and now we’re smack dab in the first month of the new year that is 2022. And with that, it’s time to take at the first array of games you’ll most likely be trapped in the house playing if you happen to live in one of the chillier places on Earth. January 2022 has a solid lineup of releases that cater to co-op first-person shooters, Pokémon fanatics, and nostalgic gamers that want some retro takes on 2D classics. Welcome to a new year full of new games worth celebrating, folks!

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‘Nobody Saves The World’ – January 18 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Windows Store)

If you enjoyed the Lucha Libre-infused Metroidvania game Guacamelee!, then you’ll want to keep an eye on this brand new action RPG from the developers that made that aforementioned gem. Nobody Saves The World places you in the role of someone called a “featureless nobody” that’s capable of changing into a bunch of different forms. Those forms are all battle-ready, such as a dragon, a robot, and even a monk! Having the ability to customize each of those forms to your liking (you can make a rat that shoots out fireballs!) makes Nobody Saves The World one of the quirkier games of the year.

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‘Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction’ – January 20 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store, Google Stadia)

2015’s Rainbow Six Siege has been going strong for a good while now as a destination title for tactical co-op multiplayer fans. Ubisoft Montreal is going to take a wealth of Operators from that popular game and throw them all into a world stricken by an alien takeover. Those aliens are referred to as the “Archaeans,” who come in standard and special variants that you’ll need to eliminate with your favorite Operator’s signature toolset. It’s up to you and your three-person steam to infiltrate alien-infested locales and see all your objectives through to successful completion.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction.

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‘Windjammers 2’ – January 20 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, Google Stadia)

The 1994 Neo Geo arcade game Windjammers is a cult classic that even brings the hype as a side title at fighting game tournaments. Publisher/developer Dotemu has done a bang-up job of remaking retro experiences and releasing all new entries within those types of beloved franchises. So it makes a ton of sense for Dotemu to revive the Windjammers IP with an entirely new installment that features a new coat of HD paint. Windjammers 2 features the same fast-paced and highly addictive disc throwing matches that fans have grown accustomed to. This sequel’s two extra minigames are just the cherry on top of an already amazing experience.

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‘Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2’ – January 27 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

The Azure Striker Gunvolt games have done an admirable job of producing Mega Man X-like experiences that stick close to the fast-paced 2D shoot ’em up platforming game plan. The Gunvolt Chronicles series sticks close to that winning formula as a new series that places anti-hero Copen into the main protagonist position. Copen can zip around a bunch of enemy-filled side-scrolling stages full of other sorts of dangers and hold his own via a vast array of weaponry & the assistance of a robot named Lola. Gunvolt Chronicles: Luminous Avenger iX 2 will put you on the road to plenty of hacking and slashing, which we’re sure you’ll greatly enjoy.

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‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ – January 28 (Nintendo Switch)

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is being referred to by many as the Breath of the Wild, but with Pocket Monsters. And that’s because this fresh take on the monster collecting/battling procedure throws trainers into the Hisui region long before the events of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl. Players can actually take direct damage from wild Pokémon, capture them directly while exploring the game’s overworld, and craft their own Poké Balls. The mythical Pokémon Arceus and creating Hisui’s first Pokédex are the game’s main objectives that should compel you to journey through this new take on Game Freak’s legacy series.

Here’s everything else you need to know about Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Console Ports

Monster Hunter Rise – January 12 (PC – Steam)

God of War – January 14 (PC – Steam)

River City Girls – January 18 (PS5)

The Artful Escape – January 25 (PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch)

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection – January 28 (PS5)

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The 33 Most Anticipated Games of 2022

2021, we wave farewell to you. As for 2022, we’re here to welcome you with open arms and exclaim our excitement for all the new forms of media you’ll bring our way.

The one form of entertainment we’d like to acknowledge here is gaming, which had a pretty strong year in 2021. But when you look at the vast landscape of releases set to drop in 2022, last year simply pales in comparison. Major IPs are set to debut new series entries, plus brand new titles are set to arrive aright alongside them. It doesn’t matter if you own a Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo-themed console – you’ll have a whole lot of marvelous games to bask in as the new year unfolds. A ton of genres are getting proper representation in 2022 – action/adventure, RPG, first-person shooter, fighting, etc. The word “plentiful” most definitely comes to mind when you consider all the AAA and indie games planned for release.

Now’s about time to start mapping out your gaming purchases for 2022 as evidenced by this long list of the 32 most anticipated games we can’t wait to play.

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1. ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’
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The Pokémon gameplay formula hasn’t really changed all that much since its inception – you capture hundreds of Pocket Monsters, send them into battle, defeat gym trainers, etc. Pokémon Legends: Arceus looks like it’ll offer a nice departure from that familiar approach and that’s why there’s a lot of excitement surrounding it. Being able to capture different species of Pokémon and engage them in combat without leaving the open-world itself to go to a separate battle screen looks so refreshing. And interacting with altered versions of famous creatures, crafting your own Poké Balls, and building out the Hisui region’s first Pokédex sounds really exciting. This game might just produce the gameplay evolution fans have been waiting for.

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2. ‘Dying Light 2 Stay Human’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

The long wait to get our hands on Techland’s newest project has been excruciating. But the wait will finally be over in 2022. Dying Light 2 Stay Human looks like it’ll retain all the elements that made its predecessor such a memorable experience. When it comes to fresh elements, the inclusion of brand new parkour moves, new tools meant to aid traversal, and the far-reaching consequences attached to the main character’s story decisions are all in place. We can’t wait to navigate the game’s new “City” bub world and dropkick some zombies in the daytime and haul ass away from them in the nighttime.

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3. ‘Sifu’
PS5, PS4, PC – Epic Games Store

Every time we get another peek at Sifu, our hype reaches a higher level. Its unique incorporation of an aging system tied to the main protagonists’ repeated deaths has us wanting to fight hard and stay alive for as long as possible. But we know that’s going to be a tough task to pull off, seeing as how this game presents some challenging combat encounters in enclosed spaces. Sifu’s seamless martial arts maneuvers give us heavy 80s and 90s martial arts movies vibes. And any game that lets us feel like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Donnie Yen sounds like a win to us.

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4. ‘CrossfireX’
Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

The less-than-stellar efforts tied to the latest Call of Duty and Battlefield series entries leave us wanting for something better within the FPS genre. Crossfire X has all the makings of an FPS that will become everyone’s latest competitive multiplayer addiction. Its gunplay moves at an appropriately swift pace and the action that occurs onscreen looks like it’s ripped straight from an explosive summer blockbuster. Remedy Entertainment’s handling the single-player campaign, which means it’ll be quite the wild ride. Smilegate Entertainment is working on Crossfire X’s multiplayer component, which already looks refined and just as good as we imagined it could be.

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

SNK has definitely shattered our expectations. The King of Fighters XV’s constant character reveal trailer rollout has been so fun to follow along with – the roster’s clever mix of debuting combatants, series standbys, and highly requested character comebacks give this new KOF one of the better rosters we’ve ever seen. And after spending some time with its past betas, we’ve come to appreciate the new battle mechanics that allow for more creative combos. Being able to pull off EX special moves without being forced to enter a separate power mode is a Godsend. Fighting game fans have a lot to look forward to with this one.

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6. ‘Horizon Forbidden West’
PS5, PS4

Every time a new trailer for this sequel debuts, we can’t help but ask if Horizon Forbidden West’s visuals will truly look that good at launch. We trust Guerrilla Games though, so we’re sure this game will look just as gorgeous on our console as it does in every piece of new footage. The game’s new post-apocalyptic regions of California, Utah, and Nevada look incredible and have been reported to be even larger than the first game’s open-world.

And the new collection of mechanical animals coming for Aloy’s head has us frightened and excited all at the very same time. That huge techno desert cobra is going to be quite the challenge to overcome! But we’re ready to take that massive beast and the rest of the game’s dangerous wildlife head-on. Horizon Forbidden West is going to be another fine example of Sony PlayStation’s first-party greatness.

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7. ‘Elden Ring’
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam

OH ELDEN RING! The memes have been hilarious and the anticipation is off the charts for From Software’s new “Soulsbourne” adventure. And with the presence of fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin in place for the game’s narrative, Elden Ring is shaping up to be a must-play action RPG. From everything we’ve experienced with the game’s beta, it’s clear that Elden Ring mashes up all the best elements of past From Software titles and features them within the confines of an open world.

The Lands Between is jam-packed with mysterious locations and a whole heap of intimidating foes to clash with. Having a horse at the ready to venture into every nook and cranny of Elden Ring’s vast world is definitely the sort of experience that will have a ton of replay value attached to it. We can’t wait to die countless times as we search for all the Great Runes, restore the Elden Ring, and ultimately become the Elden Lord.

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8. ‘Evil Dead: The Game’
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Do you know what licensed game ended up being way better than it had any right being? World War Z. That Left 4 Dead-like game put forth a highly enjoyable trek through global locales ravaged by bloodthirsty zombies that run faster than Usain Bolt. The best part would always occur when hundreds of those undead threats came in packs on hundreds to hunt you down. Saber Interactive proved they could do well with a well-known IP in video game form, which is why we’re excited for Evil Dead: The Game.

Bruce Campbell makes his return as Ash Williams, plus DeLorenzo reprises her role Kelly Maxwell and Ray Santiago does the same as Pablo Simon Bolivar. Those characters and more come into play during some intense co-op sessions as players hack, slash, and blast rampaging Deadites in familiar locales based on the Evil Dead franchise. That part of the game looks and sounds fun enough, but we’re extra exhilarated for the player versus player portion that lets you hunt down the opposing party of do-gooders. Saber Interactive may have another hit on its hands.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ikqs6B4ozM0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’”,”subhedPS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam</div>
9. ‘Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Steam

So there’s a Borderlands game coming out that goes the full medieval fantasy route and it brings back the homie Tiny Tuna? Yes, and it looks awesome! Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands brings back all the fast & furious gunplay and signature humor the Borderlands series is known for.

And to freshen up the formula a bit, this spinoff embraces a Dungeons & Dragons-like gameplay structure that puts Tiny Tina in the role of the all-powerful Dungeon Master. It’s going to be wild to encounter some wild battle scenarios as Tina can change them on the tip of a dime. We’re especially thrilled with the prospect of blasting anything and everything that tests us with our custom “Spellshot” warrior. Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands may just be the shot in the arm the Borderlands IP needs at this point.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuFDhbASvcM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘WWE 2K22’”,”subhedPS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One</div>
10. ‘WWE 2K22’
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One

Visual Concepts is doing everything it can to wash out the horrible taste of WWE 2K20. And with a ton of extra time afforded to them, the developers have taken the time to showcase something that gives wrestling fans and gamers far more hope than ever before. By the looks of what we’ve seen from WWE 2K22 thus far, the next WWE game might just be memorable for all the right reasons this time.

The graphics look extra clean as evidenced by the improved wrestler models, an easier to comprehend control scheme has been implemented, and the much-anticipated return of MyGM mode has everyone going crazy. Plus the new 2K Showcase for Rey Mysterio will surely feature some iconic matches to play through (vs. Eddie Guerrero at Halloween Havoc ’97 has to be in there!). Here’s hoping WWE 2K22 lifts the franchise back to greatness once again.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/SjDMwsbaSd8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl’”,”subhedXbox Series X|S, PC – Steam</div>
11. ‘S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl’
Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam

Here’s a fun yet extremely sobering fact – S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl was initially announced in 2010! After getting an extended gameplay trailer this past summer, we were left extremely pleased with what was put on display. We’re fully prepared to return to the post-apocalyptic Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which is filled with human threats and an army of supernatural beasties that already scare the hell out of us.

Since this is purely a next-gen experience, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is set to be a true powerhouse game that showcases the high potential of the current-gen consoles. Venturing through The Zone looks to be a highly immersive experience thanks to the gorgeous visuals and varied biomes players are set to explore. We love the Metro series, so we’re super excited to hop into this game since it fits that same post-apocalyptic FPS theme.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Tku_2N6yhgc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Forspoken'”,”subhedPS5, PC – Steam</div>
12. ‘Forspoken’
PS5, PC – Steam

Magical parkour + a gorgeous open-world = a game we’re dying to get our hands on! Forspoken comes from the Square Enix development studio Luminous Productions, who’s most known for developing Final Fantasy XV. It’s interesting to see that studio tackle a wholly original IP, which happens to feature the writing talents of Amy Hennig (Uncharted).

Forspoken features a narrative that incorporates the age-old theme of a person from a modern world getting transported to an ancient realm filled with magic. At the heart of this game’s story is Frey Holland, who’s transported the flashing lights of New York City to the wide-open plains of Athia. And from the looks of it, zipping through that fantasy world is going to be a great time thanks to Frey’s high mobility and expert usage of elemental magic spells. Forspoken is already looking like a dark-horse contender for the 2022 Game of the Year.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JR1w18sv4Rw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Saints Row’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store</div>
13. ‘Saints Row’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Epic Games Store

Developer studio Volition is back in the driver’s seat for an entirely new take on the fan-favorite Saints Row franchise. This 2022 reboot is going to be a unique beat since it seems like it’ll embrace the best elements of the first three games in the Grand Theft Auto-like experience.

The new hub world players will get to commit all sorts of crimes in is called Santo Ileso, which takes obvious cues from the American southwest. This fresh rendition of Saints Row follows a new protagonist called ” The Boss,” who’s put in charge of building the Saints into the top gang in the city. And to do that, players will have to pull off some nefarious acts while fending off the danger posed by three other gangs – Los Panteros, the Idols, and Marshall Defense Industries. We’re simply overjoyed that Saints Row is back, baby!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bUAtX8Ox7eI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Bayonetta 3’”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
14. ‘Bayonetta 3’
Nintendo Switch

It’s been too damn long, Lady Bayonetta! Her loyal, adoring fans have been forced to wait since 2017 to get just another slight peek at her next game. But thankfully, PlatinumGames came out of hiding to show what they’ve been working on for Bayonetta 3 at the last Nintendo Direct. And you know what? IT LOOKS AWESOME!

The fast-paced, frenetic combat the Bayonetta series is held in high regard for has been retained for this upcoming sequel. Bayonetta’s demonic allies are back and it looks like you can directly control them for the very first time in the franchise. And of course, she can still enter “Witch Time” slow-mo time mode to get the upper hand on her adversaries. There’s definitely a sense of mystery surrounding Bayonetta’s appearance since her hairstyle alludes to her being a grown-up version of her childlike self from the very first game. Bayonetta 3 is going to be yet another wild ride we can’t wait to hop on.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6-kBz7iGlgI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘Dead Space’ (Remake)”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC</div>
15. ‘Dead Space’ (Remake)
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Isaac Clarke is coming back to dissect some hideous Necromorphs once again. But this time, he’ll be revisiting his first foray into the horrors produced by the mysterious Black and Red Markers in a Dead Space remake. It’s nice to know Electronic Arts and Motive Studios are clearly putting their all into making sure this remake is on par with Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes.

The early footage of this Dead Space revival looks amazing and perfectly encapsulates the original survival-horror vibes the first game presented so well. Issac will actually get to speak as it’s been reported that his voice actor (Gunner Wright) from the second and third Dead Space games is coming back to reprise his role. So we just know this remake is going to be even more immersive now that Issac will speak on all the horrifying occurrences happening around him. We really hope this remake drops in October!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EE-4GvjKcfs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘God of War Ragnarök’”,”subhedPS5, PS4</div>
16. ‘God of War Ragnarök’
PS5, PS4

Kratos and his now teenage son Atreus have plenty of pissed-off Norse gods on their heads! And we’re more than ready to rise to the occasion now that the end of days and the predicted deaths of those gods are set to take place. God of War Ragnarök is setting up the epic conclusion to Kratos’ violent entrance into the world of Norse mythology, which is something we’re sure will be an amazing experience.

The combat in God of War (2018) was already amazing, so we’re sure all the alterations being made to it will help push it towards perfection. On a story level, Ragnarök will hopefully answer all those burning questions surrounding Atreus’ true calling as Loki, the giant Norse God of War Týr, the God of Thunder Thor, and Frey. Ragnarök has us fully prepared to fight hard through the end of days with Kratos and his son by his side.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/TV2op47sKmY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘Gotham Knights’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam</div>
17. ‘Gotham Knights’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam

DC has two major titles slated to drop in 2022. And the first of those games is an open-world, action RPG that features four members of the Bat Family. Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, and Red Hood are forced to fill the empty void left by Batman due to his apparent passing and protect Gotham City as a group.

As a co-op game, Gotham Knights is shaping up to be one of those games we have to have one of our homies make time for. Each member of the team has their own abilities, which should play out well when activated in unison during intense stealth and combat scenarios. And now that we know the Court of Owls and their army of Talons are going to be featured in Gotham Knights, we’re even more excited to delve into this latest trek through Gotham City.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/1O6Qstncpnc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘Hogwarts Legacy’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC</div>
18. ‘Hogwarts Legacy’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Even though there’s been nothing but radio silence since the reveal trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, we still have to shout out this game. How can you not be exhilarated by a AAA Harry Potter game that lets you map out your own student’s legacy within the famous Wizarding World?

The fact that Hogwarts Legacy takes place before all the crazy events between Voldemort and Harry means we’re free to map out our own journey without being connected to the Wizarding World’s biggest conflict. Getting to choose our Hogwarts House, exploring famous locales such as the Forbidden Forest, and learning the ins & outs of spell casting are the sorts of activities we can’t wait to hop into. Hogwarts Legacy looks to be another licensed game from WBIE that’s going to be a smash hit.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/H3LAkr0ANgw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
19. ‘Kirby and the Forgotten Land’
Nintendo Switch

Kirby is finally getting an open-world game that moves away from his 2D platforming origins? Yes, and it looks like a true evolution for the pink puffball that’ll be on par with Super Mario 64. Kirby and the Forgotten Land transport Nintendo’s ability copying mascot to a realm that once housed a past civilization.

We totally get The Last of Us comparisons when it comes to this game’s location ’cause it totally looks like it could be featured in Sony’s post-apocalyptic classic. It’s going to be pretty wild venturing through a world that once looked like it was inhabited by humans with Kirby and his cutesy foes/allies. Kirby and the Forgotten Land will hopefully do wonders for the lovable pink guy’s reputation on the Switch.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Pi-MRZBP91I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. Untitled ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Sequel”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
20. Untitled ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’ Sequel
Nintendo Switch

The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild is regularly referred to as one of the greatest games of all time. And deservedly so because it offers an incredible immersive open-world experience that fits hand in hand with The Legend of Zelda’s gameplay template.

The sequel is on the way and it’s looking like a vast improvement over a game that most folks already consider to be a perfect 10. The ideas that sadly weren’t incorporated in the first game and DLC may just get implemented into this upcoming follow-up. The ability to venture above the clouds gives us Skyward Sword vibes, plus the darker tone we’ve sported in the past two trailers takes us back to the days of Majora’s Mask. This Breath of the Wild sequel is going to be another 2022 Switch gem.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vMNBC8lRtvY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
21. ‘Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope’
Nintendo Switch

One of the biggest gaming surprises of 2017 was the XCOM-centric Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. Getting a turn-based tactical RPG that mashed together members of the Mushroom Kingdom and Rabbids cosplaying as some of them was way better than it had any right being.

Thankfully, we’re getting a sequel that’s offering two major changes to the way combat is handled. The battlefields will be way less linear this time around, which should allow for more creative approaches to taking down your foes. Plus the grid-based layout is being abandoned, so your party of heroes can move around a lot more freely to take advantageous positions. With the ability to hop into battles outside of the turn-based format also being included, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope is shaping up to be an incredible sequel.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jU5CMZU-e18″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
22. ‘Marvel’s Midnight Suns’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Now let’s talk about another tactical RPG that evokes the best parts of the XCOM series. And in the case of Marvel’s Midnight Suns, the actual development studio behind the XCOM reboot series (Firaxis Games) is pouring all their efforts into this comic book video game.

The more magical side of the Marvel Universe will take center stage here as players command an army of fellow heroes as The Hunter against the all-powerful Lilith (Mother of All Demons). The battle system will incorporate a card-based system where each character’s actions will be tied to the abilities tied to whatever comes up in their deck. We’ve heard a lot of gamers’ displeasure regarding that gameplay focus, but we’re willing to give it a chance. Plus we really just want to beat up some baddies with Blade, Ghost Rider, and Magik within our ranks.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DqF0KLsaf6U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Metal Slug Tactics’”,”subhedNintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
23. ‘Metal Slug Tactics’
Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

DotEmu has done a bang-up job thus far producing modern-day 2D sequels and remakes for beloved 90s franchises. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers, and Streets of Rage 4 points to the publisher/developer’s dedication to reviving quality retro gems.

SNK has clearly taken note of DotEmu’s fine work thus far, which is probably why they decided to allow them to work on a new Metal Slug game. And to everyone’s surprise, this new series entry is a tactical RPG that retains the beloved 2D pixelated visuals fans have come to adore. We never knew we wanted a game like this until it was revealed, so now we’re all in on this cool side project. It’s time to get the Peregrine Falcons back together and take down Donald Morden once again!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/IQ5zCua6s6s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘MultiVersus’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam</div>
24. ‘MultiVersus’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam

Were we all-in on all the hoopla surrounding Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl pre-release? Sure were! But the finished product that was released ended up being a bit too lacking in the areas that truly matter for the Super Smash Bros. series.

WBIE & Player First Games have clearly taken note of that game’s shortcomings and it looks like they’re putting everything into making sure their Smash clone is awesome. MultiVersus looks pretty clean and it actually features vocal audio for the game’s iconic roster of Warner Bros. characters. The 2v2 gameplay focus looks like it’ll be a ton of fun to engage in – teaming up Batman with Bugs Bunny to do battle with Arya Stark and Steven Universe is the sort of madness we definitely want to be a part of!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/NMysaFUyH5I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. ‘Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam</div>
25. ‘Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam

Amanda Waller’s infamous “Task Force X” has a supremely tough task ahead of them – eliminate every member of DC’s strongest superhero squad. Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark are being forced to venture into Metropolis to handle this tall task while simultaneously fending off with Brainiac & his killer bots.

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League’s maniacal gameplay has us giddy with glee – we’re so ready to smash and blast a whole bunch of our foes while our online buddies provide us with backup. Captain Boomerang can teleport, Deadshot’s armory is extensive, Harley Quinn is quite masterful with her bat in hand, and King Shark can damn near bite through anything & anyone. This co-op-centric action/adventure developed by Rocksteady Studios looks so ill!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/lwlduVD_aqc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed26. ‘Star Ocean: The Divine Force’”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC</div>
26. ‘Star Ocean: The Divine Force’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC

If JRPGs give you tons of joy, then you already know how integral Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Persona, and Tales is to the sub-genre. But another franchise that sticks close to JRPG sensibilities is Star Ocean, which offers a space exploration thread that helps set it apart from its contemporaries.

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve gotten a new entry in the series, but now we’re set for a brand new installment in 2022. Star Ocean: The Divine Force places you in the role of Raymond, who crash lands on a mysterious planet and is forced to vie for his survival against some strange wildlife. His involvement with Laeticia, who’s the crown princess of the Kingdom of Aucerius, will play a major part in how his adventure unfolds. The massive open-world, action-packed battles, and freeform traversal all look great here.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_RfrrEF1VLo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed27. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge’”,”subhedNintendo Switch, PC</div>
27. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge’
Nintendo Switch, PC

You can never go wrong with a classic beat ’em up that focuses on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! All you have to do is mention the 1989 original and Turtles in Time to get tons of retro gamers jumping for joy.

Dotemu and Tribute Games are joining forces to create a new beat ’em up that harkens back to the nostalgia put forth by the 80s animated series. And judging by everything this game has shown us thus far, Shredder’s Revenge is looking like another great time for co-op fans that just want to smash the Foot Clan all over again. And getting the chance to save NYC alongside the Turtles as APRIL O’ FREAKIN’ NEIL LOOKS SO HYPE!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z4ngPsn5d5A” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed28. ‘Splatoon 3’”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
28. ‘Splatoon 3’
Nintendo Switch

We feel like the Splatoon games don’t get enough love in the current online multiplayer space. They have such a unique approach when it comes to their presentation, mode concepts, and gameplay mechanics. But since it’s exclusive to the Switch, they seem to go unnoticed by the majority of gamers out there that love a good shoot ’em up.

Splatoon 3 looks like it’ll bring more eyes over to it and convince the competitive multiplayer crowd to give it more of a shot. The series’ signature 4v4 Turf Wars are returning with a whole new slate of weapons, stages, and maneuvers that should make them even more amusing. Plus the single-player campaign will also offer plenty of wild paintball battles to engage in across the dessert-themed Splatlands. Splatoon 3 looks like another Switch banger!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9svsSzkOUIE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed29. ‘The House of the Dead: Remake’”,”subhedNintendo Switch</div>
29. ‘The House of the Dead: Remake’
Nintendo Switch

RE-RE-RE-RE-RELOAD RELOAD RELOAD! That familiar callout usually happened in an arcade during the late 90s heyday and was associated with Sega’s zombie blaster, The House of the Dead. The series hasn’t been delivered to fans’ living rooms for a good while now, but that looks to change thanks to the publisher/developer Forever Entertainment.

A full-fledged remake is arriving and it’s based on the original game! Seeing as how that’s one of the best games in the light-gun shooting series, it makes a ton of sense for that to be a thing. The cleaner visuals bring the awesome B-movie horror vibes to life and the classic high-octane two-player gunplay is back in full form. It’s time to bring an end to Curien’s reign of terror once again.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/sBMOXHrXJtI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed30. ‘Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course’”,”subhedPS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam</div>
30. ‘Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course’
PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam

Delicious Last Course = DLC. Get it? Studio MDHR deserves so many kudos for that clever naming scheme. The wait for this next bit of Cuphead content has been painfully long, but it’s finally coming our way. The latest gameplay trailer that debuted at The Game Awards 2021 looked breathtaking from a visual standpoint, which comes as no surprise.

The newest character to join the fray (Ms. Chalice) fits right in with all the animated goodness Cuphead is known for. And the new lineup of crushingly difficult bosses already has us fearing for our lives! But just like the last game, we’re going to rise to the occasion and take down every challenge presented to us on Inkwell Isle.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/3R1N3q4DZYQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed31. ‘Granblue Fantasy: Relink’”,”subhedPS5, PS4</div>
31. ‘Granblue Fantasy: Relink’
PS5, PS4

Granblue Fantasy: Versus was the first salvo from Cygames that was meant to bring global attention to the Japanese publisher/developer’s mobile gacha RPG. And now that American gamers have become a lot more familiar with Gran and the rest of the gang, Cygames is ready to throw them all into a much grander project.

That project goes by the name of Granblue Fantasy: Relink, which is a massive action RPG that fully realizes the mobile game within a AAA game experience. The anime-esque art style truly comes to life here as players embark on an epic journey across the game’s many varied locales. Running around various biomes with friends and vanquishing all manners of beasts are the main activities featured in Relink. And based on everything we’ve been shown thus far, both those activities are going to be a blast!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gf0ZlqM1yfQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed32. ‘DNF Duel’”,”subhedPS5, PS4</div>
32. ‘DNF Duel’
PS5, PS4

Arc System Works, Eighting, and Neople have all joined forces to create a fighting game adaptation of the Korean smash hit Dungeon Fighter Online. To see that addictive beat ’em up have its incredible character designs successfully translate over to an anime fighter has been astounding. And the gameplay trailers we’ve laid eyes on thus far have increased our excitement tenfold.

After spending some time with the beta, DNF Duel has easily become our most anticipated fighting game of 2022. The simple special move inputs give way to some super flashy combo strings, plus the character class toolsets all introduce unique playstyles that give players of all types someone to master. It’s going to be so dope watching DNF Duel get played in front of a huge EVO crowd someday!

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/WnVhgyLbC8A” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed33. ‘The Callisto Protocol'”,”subhedPS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC</div>
33. ‘The Callisto Protocol’
PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Even though we’re getting a Dead Space remake in 2022, we still have our eyes dead set on the spiritual successor to that classic EA survival horror franchise. And it’s easy to see why – Glen Schofield, who is leading Striking Distance Studios, is one of the developers responsible for co-creating the Dead Space series in the first place!

The studio’s first major project is called The Callisto Protocol. And it’s set to take place on a prison colony called Black Iron in the far-flung future of 2320. As a prisoner being held within that space prison during an alien invasion, you’ll have to fight hard to get out alive as those otherworldly creatures hunt you down. We’re super interested in how this game actually plays and how it narratively fits into the lore within PUBG: Battlegrounds.

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Our ‘Project L’ Dream Roster

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A year ago, the FGC got their first look at the League of Legends-inspired fighting game Project L

The brief teaser put on display was enticing – it showed off a traditional 2D fighter that retrofitted a few of LoL’s most recognizable Champions into dueling warriors. Cut to 2021 – a more in-depth trailer came out of nowhere and elicited plenty of excitement after hearing everything the game’s passionate developers had to say about it. Now we know Project L is a team-based fighter that will feature assists and give its roster of Champions character archetypes in order to set them apart. The game’s art style looks stunning, the combat mechanics on display have us chomping at the bit to try them for ourselves, and the mere mention of Rollback Netcode has us extremely pleased.

Since fighting games live and die by their roster, Project L has done a great job so far by featuring some fan-favorite Champions. Here are the ones we’ve spotted from the game’s main two pieces of gameplay footage:

– Ahri

– Darius

– Katarina

– Ekko

– Jinx

That selection of playable characters is a strong start to a fighting game that we just know is going to be jam-packed with even more battle-ready Champions. After surveying the entire LoL roster, we came away with a list of additional Champions that we’re dying to see make it onto the Project L playable roster.

1. Aatrox
Riot Games

“The Darkin Blade” himself is a highly formidable warrior that looks badass, which makes him tailor-made for a playable member of a fighting game roster. Aatrox and his massive greatsword are powerful all on their own. But imagine if this game gives him an install super that lets him tap into his extra powerful demonic form? Now that we’ve mentioned that idea, we’re going to need it to come to fruition in Project L.

2. Akali
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Just look at her! How can Akali not be a part of Project L? The woman is an efficient assassin that’s highly adept at using a mixture of kunai, smoke bombs, shuriken, and her trusty kama. It makes all the sense in the world for her to pop up in this fighting game and put all of her weaponry and slick skills to even better use.

3. Azir
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LoL’s “Emperor of the Sands” is a mystical being who’s labeled as an all-powerful Mage. His moveset would make for a very interesting playstyle that sets him up as the type of fighting game character that’s on par with Killer Instinct’s Gargos. Azir’s usage of summoning Sand Soldiers to do his bidding sounds like it could translate well within the confines of a fighting game.

4. Brand
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Brand…well, brandishes the power of flames and uses them to toast anyone and everyone that dares to stand in his way. With such an easy to comprehend suite of abilities attached to him, Brand has all the workings of a fighting game character in the making. He could make for a great melee powerhouse that’s also nasty when it comes to keeping his opponents at bay with an onslaught of ranged fire spells.

5. Diana
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Diana’s Crescent Moonblade is one of the coolest-looking weapons in LoL. That signature blade of hers shouldn’t just be relegated to a MOBA – it should also be put to good use in a fighting game. Diana can be presented as a weapon-wielding threat that’s quick on her feet, able to damage her opponents with floating orbs surrounding her, and also capable of slowing down her foes thanks to her signature “Moonfall” ability.

6. Draven
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Draven and his spinning axes could do so major damage in a fighting game, right? Obviously! Putting him in Project L would be pretty hype since he’d be a cool mix between a vicious rushdown character and a ranged beast due to the fact that he can fling his axes across the screen. Draven deserves to receive all the Adoration in the world by making it into this much-anticipated fighter.

7. Ezreal
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Ezreal is the prettiest of pretty boys and quite the fan-favorite among LoL’s massive player base. Riot Games clearly knows this, which is his inclusion in Project L is a forgone conclusion. As far as his suite of abilities goes, Ezreal is a graceful archer that picks off his adversaries from afar with the trusty Shuriman gauntlet. Ezreal is the perfect character for the keep-away archetype in this fighting game.

8. Fiora
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If any of you there have played Samurai Shodown, then you already notice the comparisons between Lady Fiora and Sam Sho’s Charlotte – they’re both rapier wielders and the sort of classy women that strike when the moment is right. Fiora’s dueling antics are a perfect fit for Project L – her skillset would look even more incredible via the game’s fluid battle animations.

9. Garen
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Garen swings that broadsword of his like no other! Every fighting game has to feature a powerhouse or two, of course. So Garen is more than fitting when it comes to filling that archetype within Project L alongside Darian. Garen’s sweeping sword slashes would be extremely lethal and incredibly fun to put into action in this game.

10. Graves
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He’s a mercenary, gambler, and thief. And best of all, he’s pretty dammed adept at using a double-barrelled shotgun. Graves could definitely control like most fighting game characters that rely on firearms by being forced to reload when he runs out of ammo after repeatedly blasting the opposition. Plus he could switch between different ammo types to really trip up his foes (that “Smoke Screen” move of his would make for a great assist, don’t you think?).

11. Gwen
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Has there ever been a fighting game character that brings the pain with an oversized pair of scissors? We don’t think so. So we think it’d be worth a shot for Project L to make history by doing just that by giving Gwen a roster spot. This doll-turned-human has a whole lot of range with her magical scissors, plus she can send out needle projectiles and mask herself in a puff of mist.

12. Illaoi
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We need more massive Amazonian-like women in our fighting games, wouldn’t you all say? Illaoi fits that description perfectly, which is why she’s worthy of hopping into this game. With her golden idol in hand, she has the ability to rip her opponent’s soul from their body, smash it into the ground, and plant Tentacles across the battlefield to assist her.

13. Irelia
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LoL’s signature “Blade Dancer” would definitely be a menace if she were to be added to Project L. Her main mechanic sees her sending out her vicious blades to do some big damage. Besides that useful tool from her arsenal, Irelia can also move at an extremely fast pace and use her “Flawless Duet” special to stun her opponent by trapping them in between two converging blades.

14. Kayn
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We love Gordeau from Under Night-In Birth because he looks cool as hell and wields a ginormous scythe. So you can already take an educated guess as to why we hope Kayn pops up in Project L. Besides his obvious attributes, Kayn’s inner struggle with keeping control over the Rhaast weapon he wields determines if he becomes his Darkin or Shadow Assassin self. That mechanic could play out well in a fighting game by allowing Kayn to use an Install super to become either version of himself.

15. Lee Sin
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Blind Kenshi from Mortal Kombat is cool as hell and so is LoL’s blind monk, Lee Sin. Just take one look at this guy – you know deep down in your heart that he’s destined to make waves in Project L. Lee is a melee powerhouse as expected, plus his “Sonic Wave/Resonating Strike” ability plays a huge part in getting him as close to his foes as possible in a flash. Lee is the epitome of a rushdown nightmare.

16. Leona
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Leona’s suite of abilities primarily revolves around her usage of the fire of the sun. With that power within her grasp, she’s capable of cooking her opposers with her “Solar Flare” super in tow. Now when it comes to her melee moveset, Leona would fit right into Project L thanks to her Zenith Blade and Shield of Daybreak. Leona’s got everything it takes to transition over to the fighting game realm without much issue.

17. Lucian
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Do you know what really grinds our gears? The fact that Marvel Comics’ Blade has never made it into a Capcom-developed Marvel vs. Capcom game. After taking a quick glance at Lucian and his twin relic pistols in action, we feel like he’s the closest we’ll ever get to that far-off dream ever coming true. Lucian is a menace with those pistols in hand and we’d love to blast everyone in the face with him as a dope keep-away fighting game character.

18. Lux
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Say hello to Luxanna Crownguard, a mighty magic wielder hailing from the realm of Demacia. She defends herself by tapping into the power of light to cast some devastating spells, which sounds like the perfect recipe for a ranged fighting game archetype. Her “Illumination” ability can act as her main special move, while her ‘Final Spark” would be the perfect maneuver to utilize as her super move.

19. Miss Fortune
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Do you know what fighting games need a lot more of? PIRATES! Especially lady ones. Miss Fortune fits the bill and seems like one of those LoL characters that already has a spot reserved for her in Project L. With her trusty hand cannons at her disposal, Miss Fortune picks off the competition with cannonball strikes from every direction – that “Bullet Time” ability of hers would look even more lethal on a 2D fighting game plane.

20. Nunu & Willump
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When we look at Nunu and his yeti buddy Willump, we can’t help but compare the big fluffy guy to Darkstalkers’ Sasquatch. And that’s exactly the main reason why we think Willump provides quite the unorthodox character for Project L. While Nunu rides atop him, Willump could act like a rampaging tank that KO’s his foes via sweeping strikes, vicious bites, and snowball projectiles.

21. Qiyana
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Take one good look at this woman – if you’re a fighting game aficionado, then you probably have a clue as to which character we’re about to compare her to. That’s right, she gives us heavy Tira from Soulcalibur vibes. Now with all that being said, we’d definitely be open to seeing Qiyana make her way into Project L. Her bladed hula hoop makes her stand apart visually and mechanically when it comes to the sorts of abilities she can overwhelm her opponents with.

22. Riven
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JUST LOOK AT THAT SWORD! How could Riven and that massive blade of hers not make it into Project L? This one’s purely a given. By using her abilities, Riven can charge up her sword and dish out even more devastating damage. With that mechanic in mind, it could play well within the fighting game arena. Riven also has the ability to emit a Ki Burst that can stun her foes, which sounds like another maneuver that sounds perfect for her fighting game debut.

23. Samira
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Samira is pretty much the lady version of Dante from Devil May Cry – she heads into battle with her sword & pistols in hand, she’s extra swaggy with her taste in fashion, and she even has a combo ranking system! Plus she even uses the Stinger move Dante is so famous for! Samira has to get a roster spot in this game so we can see her pull off her “Inferno Trigger” and “Blade Whirl” on a 2D plane.

24. Sivir
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Sivir and her unique crossblade have always stood out to us as one of the coolest character/weapon combination designs in LoL. The one cool trait about her moveset is the fact that she can gain a short burst of speed every time she lands an attack, which is something that could determine how she plays in Project L. Throwing that crossblade across the battlefield in a fighting game sounds like it’d look awesome, don’t you guys & gals think?

25. Sylas
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Sylas has so many great things going for him – he looks cool, wields some badass magical chains, and has a super sick special that can steal someone’s ultimate ability so he can use it as his own. His chains also allow him to bring himself right up to his opponent in a flash, dash in/out of danger, and smash them into the ground with reckless abandon. Everything about Sylvas sounds and looks like it would be amazing within Project L.

26. Talon
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There’s really only one reason why we’re dying to see Talon make it into Project L – THE MAN HAS A STRIDER ALTERNATE SKIN! Nah, we have more reasons as to why this slick ninja needs to pop up in a fighting game. His wrist blade is lethal, his daggers are equally ruthless, and his “Shadow Assault” ultimate is one of our favorites.

27. Thresh
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Thresh is the ultimate seeker of souls that torments the opposition with his bladed hook and soul-sucking lantern. As a fighting game character, Thresh could definitely utilize a unique gimmick where he gets a limited-time boost in strength every time he personally bodies one of his opponents. And when you look at the man’s “Death Sentence” ability, it’s practically Scorpion’s “GET OVER HERE!” move from Mortal Kombat!

28. Vayne
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Vayne and her whole Van Helsing demeanor are infinitely cool! And that’s why she deserves a first-class ticket to Project L. Vayne’s wrist-mounted crossbow is definitely lethal from a distance, which can be outfitted with lethal “Silver Bolts” to do even more damage. Plus her excellent mobility and heavy crossbow add-on could be extremely valuable in a fighting game setting.

29. Vi
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LOOK AT THOSE BIG ASS GAUNTLETS, BRUH! Vi looks like she’d be Project L’s version of Guilty Gear’s Potemkin, which means she’d be a powerhouse that does big damage with little to no effort. Her “Vault Breaker” ability lets her charge her gauntlets to become even more potent and her “Cease and Desist” is the perfect rush-in grab that makes sense as a super.

30. Wukong
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And here we have the iconic monkey king himself. If we had it our way, Wukong would pretty much play like a new and improved version of SonSon from Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Wukong’s mastery of his trusty staff, ability to go invisible & fight side by side with a clone, and go crazy with his “Cyclone” ability all sound like they’d be super clutch in Project L.

31. Xin Zhao
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Xin Zhao looks like he walked straight out of a Dynasty Warriors game, doesn’t he? Riot Games should have no problem replicating his playstyle in Project L if you ask us. His legendary spear can definitely be a problem in this game thanks to helpful abilities such as “Three Talon Strike,” “Wind Becomes Lightning,” and “Audacious Charge.”

32. Yasuo
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Project L is going to need a samurai among its roster, correct? Then look no further than Yasuo, the Unforgiven. With his sword close by his side, he can slash through everyone with an assortment of swift abilities. Putting him in this fighting game means he’d be slashing and dashing all over the screen, plus his defense would be just as strong via his “Wind Wall” ability. We’re dying to see what “Last Breath” would look like as Yasuo’s super in this game!

33. Yone
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The half-brother of Yasuo wouldn’t just be the perfect partner to assist him in battle, but he’d also be the perfect yang to his yin in battle. Yone’s swordmaster skills are just as impressive as his sibling’s, so of course, we’d love to see him run up in Project L. His “Soul Unbound” ability would make for a super dope maneuver that could send his out soul ahead of him to gain the offensive advantage.

34. Zyra
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Zyra is clearly on her Poison Ivy flow at all times! For our last pick on this Project L dream roster of ours, we need this lethal lady to step into the arena. Her thorny whips are good enough to be her primary attacks, plus she can set up plants around her that further assist her with attacks of their own. Her “Grasping Roots” ability would also make for a great trap move that keeps her enemy in place for even more punishment.

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The Biggest Games Releasing in December 2021

JINGLE BELLS AND BATMAN SMELLS, GOOD PEOPLE! We have finally arrived at the final month of the year and with that comes the last slate of major game releases you need to know about. While the month of December is filled to the brim with a ton of titles, there’s still a nice gathering of worthwhile games that need to be on your radar and your Christmas wish list. One of those games is the next installment in Microsoft’s most revered first-person shooter franchise, which everyone is actually playing early thanks to its amazing multiplayer component. So let’s get right into the biggest games releasing in December 2021!

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Solar Ash – December 2 (PS5, PS4, PC – Epic Games Store)

The developers behind the sleeper hit known as Hyper Light Drifter are returning with a new project that’s bigger in creative scope and explorable scale. Solar Ash puts you in the role of a voidrunner named Rei, who must quickly navigate a neon-colored, 3D landscape in a bid to save her home planet. The game’s striking visuals will instantly grab you and its fluid movement & enjoyable melee combat will certainly keep you. Don’t sleep on this one – Solar Ash looks like it’ll be one of the trippiest gaming experiences of the year.

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Chorus – December 3 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Google Stadia, PC – Steam)

Space combat flight sims are a rare occurrence these days. Shout out to development studio Fishlabs for offering a fresh entry to the often ignored genre with Chorus. As Nara, you’ll hop into her ship known as the Forsaken and fly across the skies with one mission in mind – take the fight to an oppressive space cult. Your mission will put you at odds with a host of enemies – thankfully, Nara and her space cruiser have all the offensive & defensive tools needed to keep her alive. Chorus looks incredible and looks like it’ll provide high-octane space battles that rival those of the best ones you’ve seen in Star Wars films.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/PyMlV5_HRWk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hedHalo Infinite – December 8 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store, Steam)</div>
Halo Infinite – December 8 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store, Steam)

Are you already knee-deep in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer? OF COURSE, YOU ARE! But come December 8, you’ll finally get to experience the much-talked-about single-player campaign as you take Master Chief on a new adventure upon Zeta Halo. This time around, your tasks will take place within a semi-open world where you choose which missions to take on and which bases you should tackle in order to utilize them as fast-travel points & earn the currency needed to call in vehicles. With the new Grapple Shot in hand, Master Chief is even more mobile and ready to take the fight to the alien forces that wish death upon humanity.

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Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX – December 9 (Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam, iOS)

If you’re old enough to remember that one monster-rasing RPG series that lets you birth new creatures by putting random CDs into the first PlayStation, then this combo deal definitely speaks to your soul. Both games make their return here and come with everything that fans adored in the original releases. When it comes to the creature creation system, these games feature a CD database that lets you make the monsters you desire. As far as new features go, this compilation comes with even more freeze slots, a speedier method towards raising your monsters, a training record, random battles, etc.

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Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – December 16 (PS5, PS4, PC – Steam)

We’ve lost count of how many Five Nights at Freddy’s sequels exists out here. The latest one is set to expand its gameplay beyond sitting in a room watching cameras and opening/shutting doors. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach places you in a mall as a young boy named Gregory, who must sneak around and steer clear of those infamous murderous animatronics. Roaming around the darkened mall and trying your hardest to not get caught is the name of the game here. Glamrock Freddy will assist you, but you’ve got to do a lot more beyond his aid if you want to make it out of your current situation in one piece.

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cs96h12uHiE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hedThe Gunk – December 16 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store)</div>
The Gunk – December 16 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC – Microsoft Store)

If you adore the SteamWorld games, then it’s definitely worth paying attention to this upcoming project from the creators behind those underrated gems. The Gunk features Rani, a space hauler who’s always in search of her next big resource haul. As you make your way through a lush jungle planet, you’ll clash with a dangerous parasite that must be eradicated in order to bring the planet back to its once beautiful state. Rani and her trusty Power Glove help her during intense combat scenarios, exploration segments, and tricky puzzles. The Gunk gives us heavy Metroidvania vibes, which is why we can’t wait to spend a whole lot of time with it.

Console Ports

Life is Strange: True Colors – December 7 (Nintendo Switch)

Serious Sam 4 – December 7 (PS5, Xbox Series X/S)

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth – December 16 (PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)

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Every ‘God of War’ Game, Ranked From Worst To Best

Video games are a cultural staple at this point in our culture. What started as a fringe market for a niche group of young people has now become a phenomenon. Gaming has now become the most significant entertainment industry, surpassing movies, TV, and music.

With the pandemic lockdowns forcing people to stay in, gaming has grown even more and is expected to continue to do so.

 The industry’s evolution and growth have come from these consoles’ improvements with each new generation. What makes consoles stand out is the quality of the games they exclusively offer only on their platform. 

One of the most popular exclusives is, without a doubt, God Of War. The God Of War franchise has sold over 51 million copies worldwide, and they have consistently ranked as among the best-selling videogames for Sony Playstation consoles. 

God of War, released in 2005, is ranked in the top 15 of all-time best-selling PS2 videogames with over 4 million copies sold. 

God Of War III, which was released in 2010, is the 9th best-selling PS3 game of all time with over 5.2 million copies. 

God Of War (the version released in 2018) is the best-selling PlayStation 4 game of all time, with over 19.5 million copies sold. 

As you can see, the popularity of the God Of War franchise has continued to grow with time in parallel with the growth of gaming. This franchise is now synonymous with PlayStation and is an example of successful exclusives. 

So what is God Of War about? 

God Of War centers around Kratos, a man whose father is Zeus and whose mother is Callisto. When Kratos was born, Zeus’s wife Hera was angry at Zeus for having him. She ordered that Kratos had to be killed, but he ended up being sent to the Spartans along with his mother. There, his mother gave birth to his brother Deimos. Kratos and Deimos grew up training in Sparta. Later on, Zeus learns of a prophecy that says one of his battle-marked sons is going to kill him in the future.

Deimos’s birthmark leads Ares to suspect that Deimos is the one who will kill Zeus in the future. Due to this prophecy, Zeus sends Ares to find and kill that son. Kratos tries to save Deimos from Ares but is ultimately defeated and left with a scar after being hit by Ares. Kratos vows to take revenge for his brother, going through the ranks of the Spartan army until he becomes a general. He then marries Lyssandra and has a daughter, who has a skin disease.

Due to Spartan tradition, which states that children must not have any weaknesses, he is ordered to kill her. Not wanting to do this, he goes on a mission to find a cure named ambrosia. He gives his daughter the cure, but he gets confronted by a barbarian army in the process. Found in a life or death situation, Kratos asks for help from Ares and vows to serve him. Ares helps him and gives him the famous blades of chaos, weapons attached to the body of Kratos. Kratos goes on to serve Ares in many missions.

During a raid in a village, he is warned not to enter a particular part from an oracle. He ignores the oracle’s advice and immediately kills everyone there, only to realize that he had killed his wife and his daughter. Realizing that Ares has done this, Kratos renounces his service to him and vows for revenge. The oracle paints the body of Kratos with the ashes of his wife and daughter, giving him a pale look that earned him his nickname as the “Ghost Of Sparta.”

As time goes on, Kratos battles Ares and, upon locating it, opens the Pandora’s Box. This enables him to obtain power that helps him defeat Ares. Realizing that he will never be free from his nightmares, he attempts suicide but is saved and then named God Of War.

Many years after he has defeated the Olympian Gods, Kratos has started a new life hidden in the lands of the Norse Gods. His wife passes away, and he begins a journey alongside his son Atreus to fulfill his wife’s last wish, which is to scatter her ashes at the peak of the highest mountain they know. After many battles, they fulfill her last wish, but not before Kratos has to reveal to his son that he is a god and that his future may be complicated due to this fact. 

This is a short summary of the plot that entails the God Of War story, so now let’s get into the ranking of the best God Of War games. 

There are eight installments in total, with the ninth installment being planned to be released in 2022. The new God Of War game will be titled God Of War: Ragnarök. Same as with the previous release, the new installment will be based on Norse mythology, breaking away from most previous installments based on Greek mythology.

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9) God Of War: A Call From The Wilds (2018)

God Of War: A Call From The Wilds is a text-based game released through Facebook’s Messenger. The game revolves around the son of Kratos, Atreus. The game is intended to show Arteus go through his first adventure. The player can choose which story he is going to see by interacting through text.

As such, this game is a storytelling piece that served as a prequel to the 2018s God Of War. While this game is a welcome addition in terms of introducing fans to the character of Atreus, it isn’t really a playable adventure but instead, it is more of guided storytelling videos and pictures. As such, A Call From The Wilds ranks 9th.

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8) ‘God Of War: Betrayal’ (2007)

This game is the first mobile game that the God Of War franchise released. Considering the fact that the capabilities of mobile platforms in 2007 were limited from a gaming perspective, this installment suffers from a lack of the graphic excitement that fans are used to seeing. The game is essentially a filler between God Of War and God Of War II. The 2D animation aside, the game’s storyline is straightforward, and the action scenes are not rewarding enough to be compared to the other installments. 

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7) ‘God Of War: Ascension’ (2013)

Chronologically it is set six months after Kratos kills his family. Kratos is held as a prisoner and has to fight The Furies. The punishment for breaking his promise to serve Ares sets up for a good short-term story, and the multiplayer mode set up in this game made it unique. What makes Ascension look less impressive than other installments is simply that it struggles to differentiate itself. The story is good initially but it can become exhaustive after a while. The change in the way Kratos fights is also something that did not have a good effect on the game.

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6) ‘God Of War: Chains Of Olympus’ (2008)

Chains Of Olympus is a prequel to the God Of War (2005 edition). This installment was a new take on the franchise, as it was first released for PSP. The game is a third-person adventure game with a fixed camera angle. The main weapons of Kratos are the Blades Of Chaos, and the player can win more weapons as time goes on. The action scenes in this game are good, the adaptation for the PSP screen is effective, and all of the other factors such as music and animation are also properly done. What penalizes this game is short. While the quality of the game is good, its length stops it from fulfilling its potential. 

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5. ‘God Of War: Ghost of Sparta’ (2010)

Ghost Of Sparta is the sixth installment in the series, and the fourth chronologically. In this game, Kratos is haunted by the things he has done in the past and is angry that he sees nightmares even after serving the Gods Of Olympus. His mother Callisto, tells him that his brother Deimos is still not alive.

This sets up for a very good story, as Kratos is shocked to know that the entire reason he has so much hatred is not true after all those years. He fails to save Deimos even after finding him, making him even more ruthless and angry than ever before. The weapons Kratos uses are the Blades of Athena. With a good storyline, proper game length, good action scenes, and weapons, this game is an enjoyable one. It beats Chains Of Olympus due to its length and storyline dynamics. 

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4. ‘God Of War’ (2005)

The one that started it all. The fact that the game went on to become one of the most popular ones of all time, speaks at least partially to the quality of the first God Of War. This game ranks as one of the top-selling PS2 games of all time. Kratos uses the Blades Of Chaos as his weapon of choice, with a second weapon added later.

With a great storyline, an innovative approach for the genre, and good action scenes, God Of War was a revelation for the industry. While it is lackluster in certain aspects compared to its successors, this installment is one of the best ones not just in the series but in the whole genre, especially considering the impact it had. 

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3. ‘God Of War III’ (2010)

This installment was the trilogy finalization, and it was the rightful ending of the trilogy. God Of War III made the best use of the new graphic capabilities PS3 had. The game also has great music to accompany the dramatic scenes. With a storyline consisting of Kratos plotting revenge against his father Zeus, he goes on a rampage to slash anyone who is against him with his Blades Of Exile. What makes it have third place is the non-conclusive ending and simply the evolution of the games that came afterward. God Of War III is the 9th best-selling PS3 game of all time, and it still holds up well. 

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2. ‘God Of War’ (2018)

God Of War represents a dramatic shift from the previous installments. It is the first game not to be based on Greek mythology, but rather on Norse mythology. Here we see a version of Kratos that is older, calmer (at least in the beginning), and somewhat at peace. He buries his wife, whom he lives within the mountains together with his son Atreus. Wanting to respect her last wish, he seeks the highest peak possible and realizes that he will have to go through several challenges together with his son, who finds out that his father is not human, and therefore he is not either. Reinventing a successful franchise is not easy, but God Of War does it successfully. The game is the best-selling PS4 game with over 19.5 million copies sold.

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1. ‘God Of War II’ (2007)

God Of War II helped make the franchise a household. With action-packed scenes, a good soundtrack, and multiple puzzles to solve, God Of War II keeps you on your toes at all times. Kratos uses Athena’s blades to slash his enemies, namely Zeus and Ares, who have betrayed him. God Of War II holds up well to this day, and therefore remains an all-time great game.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Halo Infinite’

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The undisputed mascot of the Xbox brand is none other than the frontman for the Halo franchise, Master Chief. 

The famed SPARTAN-II commando of the UNSC Naval Special Warfare Command has taken the fight to the Covenant and Promethean forces over several mainline Halo series installments. The upcoming release of Halo Infinite finds Master Chief in a new conflict that involves the familiar forces of the Covenant and a mercenary organization that broke away from them known as The Banished. 

The wait for Halo Infinite has been excruciatingly long – the very first teaser trailer for the game debuted all the way back at E3 2018, to put things in perspective. But with the unexpected early launch of the upcoming first-person shooter’s free-to-play multiplayer mode, the continued wait for the single-player campaign’s December 8 launch became much easier to handle.

So without further ado, let’s get into all the Halo Infinite hype and break down every important facet of the game that you need to know.

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Multiplayer

November 15, 2021, will go down in gaming history as the day when Halo Infinite’s multiplayer component became available much earlier than expected. While it may be in a free public beta state, the huge slate of maps, modes, and unlockables makes it feel as complete as possible. You can complete as many daily/weekly challenges through the player progression system as you’d like – all that XP and all those earned Battle Pass cosmetics will come with you once the game exits its public beta phase. The 1.0 version of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer should arrive during the game’s full launch.

Speaking of the Battle Pass, there are items you can unlock across the free tier. But there are even bigger rewards you can acquire by purchasing the Premium Battle Pass and earning the XP needed to gain the unlockables along that path. Season 0 of the Halo Infinite multiplayer was called “For Our Tomorrow” – this season existed during the game’s tech preview session, but the content from that season didn’t carry over to Season 1. Season 1 is currently in place (“Heroes of Reach”) and will last until May 2022. New seasons will be implemented within Halo Infinite’s multiplayer every three months, but Season 1 will last a lot longer to kick things off. The fact that battle passes never expire means you can always fight to earn every item from a previous season even when a brand new season’s Battle Pass is put into play.

As far as modes and maps go, eleven different multiplayer modes are active between Arena and Big Team Battle. The eight-player Arena multiplayer suite features the modes Slayer, Capture the Flag, Oddball, and Strongholds. It also features the maps Live Fire, Behemoth, Streets, Recharge, Aquarius, Bazaar, and Launch Site. The 24-player filled Big Team Battle (BTB) multiplayer suite features the modes Slayer, Total Control, Capture the Flag, and Stockpile.

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Campaign

Halo Infinite is the seventh main entry in long-running first-person shooter series and acts as the third chapter in the “Reclaimer Saga,” which also follows the storyline established in Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Master Chief makes his return as the game’s main playable character after being recovered in space by a stranded UNSC soldier simply referred to as “The Pilot.” After getting briefed on the current status of the UNSC (who ended up losing a previous conflict), Master Chief finds himself placed onto a new hub world called “Zeta Halo.” 

Master Chief’s main goals seem to center around battling The Banished, locating his previous AI companion Cortana, and figuring out what’s going on with an AI similar to Cortana called “The Weapon.” All the while, Master Chief will be forced to contend with War Chief Escharum, a high-ranking Brute and right-hand man of Atriox, leader of the Banished. The other main antagonists you’ll battle against include Jega ‘Rdomnai, a deadly Elite leader and trusted officer for Atriox, and an all-powerful being known as The Harbinger.

Halo Infinite’s campaign takes place within a semi-open world that allows you to freely explore different sections of Zeta Halo. As you venture into the planet’s many locales, you’ll come across “Forward Operating Bases” – if you successfully clear out all the enemies present in one, you’ll be able to capture it, use it as a fast-travel point, and earn “Valor” points (this in-game currency is used to call in new weapons and vehicles from the sky). Master Chief’s arsenal includes signature weapons from the Halo franchise, of course. But players can also utilize a new tool called the Grappleshot that increases their mobility and gives them the ability to retrieve items from afar.

It’s worth noting that the two essential features Halo fans have come to expect in every game will take a bit longer to make their appearance in Halo Infinite. The option to play co-op during the campaign and Forge Mode may come in May 2022 at the earliest (since that time period is being used as the end of Halo Infinite’s first season).

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HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless Gaming Headset Review

When the topic of cross-generation games enters the conversation, two camps arise – one that’s fine with new titles reading across past- and current-generation consoles since it gives more gamers an opportunity to experience it for themselves. And one that would prefer an upcoming game being developed and released solely for current-gen hardware in order for that game to look and play its best due to the advancements of that new console. I’m sure both camps have no issue with cross-gen console peripherals, however. Noted gaming headset maker has a brand new model out that’s compatible with the PlayStation 4 and 5 consoles. And thankfully, it works as a top-tier pair of headphones that will quickly become your go-to headset for either primary PS hardware. The HyperX Cloud Wireless gaming headset looks and sounds like a dream.

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From a visual standpoint, the HyperX Cloud Wireless looks extremely sleek as it sports a beautiful shade of black. And once it’s powered on, blue lighting accentuates the HyperX logo etched onto both sides of the headset. The comfortability factor is also high thanks to the adjustable steel sliders attached to the headband and HyperX signature memory foam within the headphones themselves. Gaming for hours on end with these bad boys on never invites your head and ears to feelings of discomfort. And speaking of hours, you can play for up to 30 hours on a single charge – this total runtime for the HyperX Cloud Flight is commendable and one of its best features. I made sure to test how far I could walk away from my PS5 with this headset on and was happy to know that I could walk into another room and still have a great audio connection. The 2.4GHz wireless connection works to perfection.

The HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless delivers top-tier audio feedback. The audio produced by the games I played and the videos I viewed all came through as clear as possible – even at its maximum volume, this headset’s bass levels never overwhelmed me. The headset’s closed cup design and 50mm drivers allow for a highly immersive in-game audio experience. The attachable/detachable microphone that comes with this headset also provides great audio feedback – I got no complaints from the folks I played with during the types of games that tend to produce booming soundscapes (like military first-person shooters, for instance). Having a LED pop up to notify you of when the mic is off is a godsend, by the way. That simple addition does an adequate job of easily notifying you of when you are or aren’t mic’d up.

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Another feature from the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless that deserves praise is its 90-degree rotating ear cups. This design choice makes it easy to place the headset in a safer position when not in use as it lays comfortably on its memory foams. This is the ideal way to charge them as they sit atop your PS4/PS5. All in all, the HyperX Cloud Flight Wireless gaming headset provides a worthy option for PlayStation console owners who are in the market for a brand new set of headphones. The attractive color scheme, high comfortability factor, long-lasting battery life, and amazing audio feedback all add up to produce a headset that’s top of the line.