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The 22 Best Gaming Podcasts

In recent years, it feels like everyone and their mother has a podcast. That means there are a lot of choices out there and probably a podcast for everything, but when it comes to something incredibly broad like gaming, sometimes feeling spoilt for choice is tough. We’ve sifted through the space and come up with a list of twenty of the best podcasts to do with gaming. These vary and can be about anything from gaming news to reminiscing about some old-school classics. Check it out below!

1. 8-4 Play
Apple Podcasts

If games from Japan are your thing, then check out 8-4 Play. Interestingly, although the offices are set in Japan, the podcast is created by a western localization studio for Japanese games, which makes it a good bit more accessible than you might think. It’s hosted by Mark MacDonald, Sarah Podzorski, Justin Epperson, and John Ricciardi.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/8-4-play/id393557569
2. Axe Of The Blood God
Apple Podcasts

As this podcast’s name might suggest, Axe Of The Blood God is focused on role-playing games. This is USgamer’s official cast and it covers a wide variety of games from the genre, including Japanese RPGs and beginner-friendly ones like Pokémon games as opposed to Dark Souls-esque games.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/axe-of-the-blood-god-an-rpg-podcast/id969659784
3. Castle Superbeast
Apple Podcasts

The Castle Superbeast podcast is sponsored by Rooster Teeth and hosted by Woolie and Pat, who you might know from the Super Best Friends Play podcast. This is a great pick if you want to keep up with gaming news but also want to feel like you’re in the room laughing with some friends at the same time.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/sg/podcast/castle-super-beast/id688649759
4. Filthy Casuals
Apple Podcasts

Filthy Casuals isn’t just a funny gaming podcast. It describes itself as a comedy podcast about gaming. It’s hosted by Australian comedians Tommy Dassalo, Adam Knox, and Ben Vernel. It also covers pop culture and is a fan favorite for how much of a great, casual listen it is.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/filthy-casuals-with-tommy-dassalo-ben-vernel-and-adam-knox/id1041788712
5. Game Scoop!
Apple Podcasts

IGN often gets the stick for the way their reviews have gone in the last couple of years, but they have a lot of content that’s well worth checking out, with Game Scoop! falling under that category. The show focuses on news, but there are also other fun segments that keep things fresh every week.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/game-scoop/id276268226
6. Get Played
Apple Podcasts

A unique twist on most gaming podcasts, Get Played (formerly How Did This Get Played?) focuses on some of the less memorable moments in gaming history. These include not just bad games… but outright weird ones. It’s not only insightful and great to listen to as a gaming enthusiast, but a fun listen.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/get-played/id1466286684
7. Giant Bombcast
Apple Podcasts

Giant Bombcast is one of the better and more well-known gaming podcasts out there. It does a lot, including but not limited to gaming news, covering recent releases, reviews, interviews, and more. Like some of the best podcasts around, the conversations often descend into chaos, which is something fans love about it.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/giant-bombcast/id274450056
8. Into The Aether
Apple Podcasts

Hosted by Stephen Hilger and Brendon Bigley, Into The Aether describes itself as a lowkey podcast about games. Every Wednesday, the hosts reminisce about some of their best memories with gaming series and go out of their way to dive into gaming genres that they don’t typically enjoy and/or aren’t well versed with.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/into-the-aether-a-low-key-video-game-podcast/id1415546090
9. Kinda Funny Gamescast
Apple Podcasts

The Kinda Funny Gamescast has a rotating cast of hosts, including Greg Miller who you might know from IGN. The podcast covers news and trending topics in the gaming space. You come for the news, but you’ll end up staying for the charismatic feel. The podcast often does great interviews too, like one from 2020 with Neil Druckmann, Ashley Johnson, and Troy Baker.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/kinda-funny-gamescast-video-game-podcast/id957171516
10. Play Watch Listen
Apple Podcasts

Play Watch Listen is hosted by an eclectic group of people, within gaming at least. Troy Baker, Alanah Pearce, Austin Wintory, and Mike Bithell join forces as a voice actor, media member, game composer, and game director, respectively. They cover not only games but the industry of gaming with their unique insight.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/play-watch-listen/id1492391341
11. Retronauts
Apple Podcasts

As you might be able to guess from the name, Retronauts is a podcast that focuses on games from the past and what impact they had on gaming today. This can be treated as a complete history lesson for hardcore gaming fans or a nostalgia trip for them or anyone else.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/retronauts/id672857593
12. Sacred Symbols
Apple Podcasts

The sacred symbols in question here are the square, triangle, cross, and circle buttons because this podcast is about all things PlayStation. This is everything from news, exclusives, and covers not just the main generation consoles, but things like the PSP, PS Vita, and PSVR.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sacred-symbols-a-playstation-podcast/id1406231151
13. SPAWNPOINT
Apple Podcasts

If you find that you love gaming, but your regular life often gets in the way, then perhaps SPAWNPOINT is the right episode for you. The show is about balancing gaming and parenting and is perfect for older gamers that are on the lookout for the best gaming podcasts that reflect their steady love for the interactive media medium.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/spawnpoint/id1471512530
14. The Besties
Apple Podcasts

The title of this show really gives away what’s great about it. It’s about four good friends – Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Chris Plante, and Russ Frushtick – and their favorite video games. Most of the show’s episodes give away what game they’re focusing on, so feel free to skip around.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-besties/id505516789
15. The MinnMax Show
Apple Podcasts

This show focuses on recent gaming news and headlines, but what makes it unique is that in every episode, the hosts focus on feedback from their Patrons, which gives it a real sense of community.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-minnmax-show/id1484599827
16. The Nextlander Podcast
Apple Podcasts

Hosted by Vinny Caravella, Brad Shoemaker, and Alex Navarro, The Nextlander Podcast is focused on your standard gaming stuff like news and headlines, but it also covers interesting topics like FIFA and EA’s relationship.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-nextlander-podcast/id1570737028
17. Triple Click
Apple Podcasts

If you’re familiar with Kotaku, you might already know some of the hosts of this podcast. Their background in the industry makes the discussions informed and each topic focuses on a specific topic that is dived deep into.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/triple-click/id1507834679
18. Watch Out For Fireballs!
Apple Podcasts

On a weekly basis, Garry Butterfield and Kole Ross play a game from start to finish and then analyze it from top to bottom. It’s a great one to go through with them if you’re looking to enhance your gaming experience.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/watch-out-for-fireballs/id464108542
19. Waypoint Radio
Apple Podcasts

This is Vice’s video game podcast and it covers not just your standard video game news, but real-world issues relating to video games. This means it’s not the most light-hearted listen but if you want something challenging and thought-provoking, definitely give this a try.

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20. What’s Good Games
Apple Podcasts

The best way of describing What’s Good Games is that it’s a positive, good vibes podcast about gaming. Hosted by Andrea Rene, Kristine Steimer, and Brittney Brombacher, it covers industry news and video games with a positive spin, which is sometimes all too hard to find in this culture.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/whats-good-games-a-video-game-podcast/id1239568910
21. Triple K.O.
Apple Podcasts

Matt McMuscles, Maximilian Dood, and Justin Wong consume and adore all things fighting games. And every time they come together to chat about every topic imaginable for that amazing genre, they offer convincing evidence of their placing here on this list of the best gaming podcasts. Triple K.O. is a treasure trove of deep convos and mentions of deep cuts when it comes to the most popular and less known fighters. If you watch EVO every year and know what the term “frame data” means, then this three-man podcast is for you.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/triple-k-o/id1613602641
22. Weapon Wheel Podcast
Apple Podcasts

For our final selection on this list of the best gaming podcasts, we gotta send a shout-out to all the OG YouTube content creators that banded together to bring this weekly gaming news roundup to life. What makes this gathering of gamers such as BrokenGamezHDR, JackmoveJohnny, and BLACKB0ND so listenable is the hilarious banter between them and the rest of the regular/guest panel. You’ll be treated to heated discussions about embarrassing fanboy behavior, passionate conversations about which games are awesome and just outright suck, and hilarious banter whenever random jokes and a roast session get underway.

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/weapon-wheel-podcast/id1029088717
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NFT

A Sega Blockchain Game is in the Works

For 80s and 90s babies, Sega is globally recognized as a longstanding pillar within the world of interactive media. The Japanese publisher/developer’s video game output has resulted in gamers and even non-gamers becoming familiar with one of the greatest mascots in gaming, Sonic the Hedgehog. Sega’s other commendable efforts include iconic home consoles, handhelds, IPs, and a host of other initiatives that have focused on providing unlimited amounts of fun to anyone and everyone. Now the house that Sonic built is looking to delve into another trending venture – web3. In conjunction with the web3 game development studio Double Jump Tokyo, the first Sega blockchain game is officially in the works.

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First things first – let’s explain what Double Jump Tokyo is all about. The company describes itself as a “venture-backed web3 game developer and NFT provider” that’s interested in “re-building the future of gaming with blockchain technology!” Double Jump Tokyo’s previous game releases include My Crypto Heroes, Brave Frontier Heroes, and My Crypto Saga. The studio has also had a hand in creating programs to help other game developers create their own blockchain games via its NFTPlus+ program and has introduced an NFT management system called N-Suite. Sega clearly recognizes the company’s web3 expertise, which is why it has decided to partner with Double Jump Tokyo to work on a joint blockchain gaming project.

Sega

The first Sega blockchain game will come from the Sangokushi Taisen license, which has been secured by Double Jump Tokyo from Sega in order to develop a game that takes full advantage of the Oasys blockchain. That specific blockchain is described as being “built for game developers, offering a high-speed, zero gas fee experience to users by combining the best of public L1 and private L2 blockchain technology solutions.” As for what Sangokushi Taisen is all about, it’s a franchise that started out as a hybrid physical and digital collectible card arcade game that eventually made its way to PC and even the Nintendo DS.

You may be surprised to hear that this isn’t the first instance of Sega partnering up with Double Jump Tokyo. In April 2021, Sega linked up with the web3 studio in an effort to begin selling digital assets attached to many of Sega’s legendary IPs as NFTs. Those NFTs include classic promotional images and even iconic chiptune music from a library of Sega games. It’s crazy to think that we may soon live in a world where Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, and Shinobi NFTs will be a thing. And it’s even crazier to fathom that Sega will be running full speed ahead into its first blockchain game with Double Jump Tokyo at the helm.

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Here’s hoping Double Jump Tokyo takes the blockchain game route with other notable Sega arcade card games later down the line. IPs such as Mushiking: The King of Beetles and Dinosaur King seem tailor-made for the world of web3 interactive media experiences.

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Gaming

JaharaJayde is Now Loading…

JaharaJayde has two major loves in life – JRPGs and cosplay. And whenever she puts either of those passions of her on display, it’s showcased in the best way possible. With an equal amount of respect and admiration for Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, and RWBY, JaharaJayde makes sure to use her Twitch channel to put those fan-favorite franchises front and center while she’s gaming. We managed to pull JaharaJayde away from her current cosplay projects to get her to answer a few questions about the RPGs she’s spent the most hours with, future goals she’d love to fulfill, and a whole lot more.

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ONE37pm: I definitely peeped that fact that RPGs are life for you! What made you fall in love with that genre?

JaharaJayde: Growing up, I didn’t play video games. My only real run-in with them was seeing some of my guy friends play things like Halo or Madden. Or at parties with Mario Kart and Guitar Hero. When I met my fiancé, he played Destiny a lot. So I guess I’d kind of grown to associate video games with mostly sports or shooter-based things, which I wasn’t interested in at all. So I figured, I didn’t really like video games.

But then one day, I saw my fiancé playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and I was so shook. It looked like a watercolor painting and there was a storyline. Like a living book. I immediately fell in love with it. It was from then that I learned about the RPG genre in gaming and I just love it. It’s like living a novel or experiencing a comic in first-person. As someone who’s always loved books, it’s my ideal type of game.

ONE37pm: What RPGs have you poured the most time into? And which ones would you consider your top five of all time?

JaharaJayde: Breath of the Wild is the top stand-alone title I’ve played, with nearly 1000 hours in it! My top faves would be that, Final Fantasy XIV (an MMORPG, so it counts!), Dragon Quest XI, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Final Fantasy X!

ONE37pm: What led up to you deciding to showcase your love for RPGs through live streaming?

JaharaJayde: The pandemic, actually! And I’d only really just begun playing BOTW at the time, so I wouldn’t even say I had a real appreciation for RPGs yet. My love for the genre happened live right alongside my Twitch audience as they recommended games for me to play!

ONE37pm: Your cosplay pics are so dope! What have been some of your most memorable cosplays thus far?

JaharaJayde: Aw thank you!! I’d say my Sailor Scouts, Sheik, Witcher, BOTW Zelda, and Yor Forger, as those are crowd favorites. I’m a big fan of my Ruby Cosplay and Street Fighter 6 Kimberly cosplay since I made those from scratch and they’re super accurate.

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ONE37pm: There are a ton of RPGs coming out in 2022 and beyond? Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

JaharaJayde: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion, Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Breath of the Wild 2, so many!

ONE37pm: What are some future goals you hope to achieve in the next five years or so?

JaharaJayde: I have a silly goal of going on a talk show lol. Because my childhood self always thought only big celebrities get to do that! Otherwise, I’d like to make my version of a Disney Princess Ball Gown and have a proper craft studio for myself and my fiancé to work out of!

ONE37pm: What are three essential pieces of advice you think every up-and-coming content creator/streamer should know?

JaharaJayde: That’s hard. I feel like advice often feels generic, but that is usually because a lot of people have found it to be true so…

  • If you must compare your content to that of others, use it to help you figure out what you want to improve on, not to bash yourself.
  • Good lighting and good audio go a long way in getting viewers to see your content through a more professional lens. If you’re going to invest in your business, I would invest there first.
  • Take breaks. Even if you love what you’re doing, you can wear yourself out and deplete all your creativity. You need to take breaks for your own health, as well as the health of the content you’re trying to make.
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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Sonic Frontiers’

Sonic the Hedgehog has certainly had his fair share of surprising successes and expected failures in the past couple of years. Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Mania have shown that Sega’s decades-long mascot still has it in him. But massive disappointments such as Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, and Sonic Forces have thrown even more mud onto the “Blue Blur’s” legacy. Sonic’s next game has instilled plenty of hope into longtime fans, however. Development studio Sonic Team is moving the hero it’s named after into a vast open world that offers a mix of combat, free running, and mild puzzle solving to offer a bunch of much-needed variety. Before Sonic Frontiers comes your way, allow us to delve into everything that this new 3D Sonic platformer has to offer.

Release Date and Playable Platforms
Sega

Sonic Frontiers will be available on November 8, 2022, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC (Steam).

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Story

Sonic Frontiers transports Sonic to an entirely new locale named the “Starfall Islands.” He and his allies, which include Tails, Knuckles, and Amy are sucked through a wormhole – Sonic ends up getting split up from the rest of his buds as everyone gets dropped onto the game’s mysterious island. A new series villain by the name of Sage throws plenty of obstacles in Sonic’s way as he seeks answers to why he’s stuck on the Starfall Islands, what happened to his friends, and how he can escape his current predicament.

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Gameplay

Sonic Frontiers is definitely going to give everyone their money’s worth – Sega has noted that it’ll take most gamers 20-30 hours to beat and double that time for a 100% completion rate. And that should come as no surprise since this game is filled with five expansive overworld islands that feature different biomes. Each comes with its own platforming challenges, hidden secrets, puzzles, side quests, and even fishing with Big The Cat. As Sonic makes his way through open-world zones, he’ll be able to use his immense speed and jumping expertise to run up walls, grind across rails, speed across boost pads, and more.

Sonic’s combat options have been opened up way more this time around. As he runs into regular robotic foes, he’ll be able to attack, dodge, and parry during those intense exchanges. One of his newest abilities comes in the form of the “Cyloop,” which allows Sonic to create a circle around his enemies and make them easier to land strikes on. By defeating enemies, Sonic gains experience points that allow him to grow stronger and unlock additional skills. The game’s bosses require Sonic to actually scale them through platforming navigation before getting the chance to finally attack them.

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Once defeated, bosses drop pieces of a portal. And once a portal is entirely constructed, players can enter them and play through short, linear levels that are contained within a special area called “Cyber Space.” These stages should be instantly familiar to Sonic fans as they use the third-person and side-scrolling level formats they’re used to. These level playthroughs also offer different challenges to overcome, such as collecting a certain number of Red Rings or completing a time attack objective. Beating these Cyber Space stages gifts Sonic with the keys required to collect a Chaos Emerald. And as you traverse the Starfall Islands, you’ll get your hands on two other types of currency – Kocos and Memory Tokens. The first one upgrades Sonic’s moveset and the second one gets him that much closer to rescuing his lost friends.

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Super Sonic

A central element of every Sonic game you can think of is making its return here. And that’s the seven Chaos Emeralds, which are known for helping Sonic transform into his powered “Super Sonic” self. You’ll need to tap into this version of Sonic to even make a dent in some of the game’s massive bosses, which marks one of the few times where collecting all the Chaos Emeralds to go super mode is an essential part of a Sonic game’s mainline progression.

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Music

Get to Know Kai Cenat, the Streamer Rising Up the Charts

Over the weekend, everyone was talking about how Kai Cenat went number one in the US on Twitch. But wait: who is Kai Cenat?

To fully understand the depth of this streamer’s impact thus far in his relatively short career, let’s go back — all the way back to his very start, and take it from there.

Kai Cenat

Originally hailing from New York, Kai Cenat started off his content career on YouTube. He created his channel in December of 2012, and posted his first video on January 13th, 2018. Shortly thereafter, Kai became one of the founding members of AMP (Any Means Possible), a content creation brand with a house in Atlanta. Being a member of this group seemed to refine Kai’s focus, as well as the rest of the team. They regularly post content, and it’s a breath of fresh air compared to the typical content you’d expect to see on the platform.

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Kai is currently sitting at 2.2 million followers on Twitch (with 90,000 subscribers) and 2.3 million subscribers on YouTube. This all didn’t happen for no reason; one step at a time, he built his fanbase with patience and precision. He picked the perfect platforms to debut his content: YouTube and Twitch are a perfect fit for him (as well as the short-form bits that land on other platforms like Instagram and TikTok). He’s also built a substantial standing on Twitter, with over 700,000 followers. It’s pretty clear at this point that he can outperform virtually anyone via any form social media.

In addition to his own impressive social media stats, he’s collaborated with SideTalk, showing off just how much of a New Yorker he is, as well as how entertaining he is. Almost exactly a year ago, together they dropped a video of Kai going around the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. He runs into Lil Uzi Vert, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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It’s safe to assume you’re probably impressed enough, but Kai Cenat doesn’t stop there. He’s dropping music, with two songs out on DSPs (Digital Streaming Platforms like Apple Music). “Bustdown Rollie Avalanche” is at almost 25 million streams on Spotify alone, while his other song “smoking on fredo” has already broken a million on the platform.

Name another creator who’s as dynamic as Kai Cenat, we’ll wait. Not many can outdo him, and it’s really starting to show at this point.

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Gaming

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Star Ocean: The Divine Force’

Square Enix’s vault is rounded out with a wealth of JRPG franchises, chief among them Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. Joining that list of beloved genre IPs are Valkyrie Profile, The World Ends With You, SaGa, and several more. Another one that’s contained within that same franchise vault is Star Ocean, which is shockingly receiving a brand new series entry that marks its sixth mainline installment. With a musical score composed by series veteran Motoi Sakuraba, character art designed by Akira Yasuda, and the familiar trappings of space travel & action RPG combat, Star Ocean: The Divine Force looks to be a triumphant comeback for the series as a whole. Here’s every important facet of this upcoming foray into the great unknown within a far-flung galaxy.

Release Date and Playable Platforms
Square Enix

Star Ocean: The Divine Force is set to launch on October 27, 2022, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam.

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Story and Characters

Star Ocean: The Divine Force features two main characters that you can choose between at the very beginning of your adventure – Raymond Lawrence and Laeticia Aucerius. During a routine transport mission, Raymond and his crew’s spaceship is shot down during space travel by the Pangalactic Federation. In the process, Raymond and his fellow crewmates are forced to escape their now-destroyed ship and skyrocket down to an underdeveloped planet in their space pods. Upon landing, Raymond runs into Princess Aucerius and her protector Albaird Bergholm. Raymond ends up joining forces with the pair, with the princess making a bid to protect her homeland from an invading empire. Click on the names below to get a better overview of their importance to the game’s plot and more:

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Gameplay

This brand new entry in the Star Ocean series gives players the ability to explore open environments and take to the air whenever they feel the need to do so. It’s possible to perform light platforming and deeper navigation as you leap and fly across buildings, roofs, rockfaces, and more. Once a battle commences, the character you’re currently controlling will have the ability to land attacks depending on their AP meter. As he or she lands one of their skills, a single bar of AP depletes. By not attacking for a bit, those AP bars eventually refill to get you back in the fight. Click on the videos below to get a visual breakdown of everything Star Ocean: The Divine Force has to offer:

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Gaming

11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (September 2022)

Welcome to another monthly roundup of super dope and creative Twitch streamers that we’d love for you all to check out. For the month of September, we chose to switch up the format a bit here and choose a bunch of content creators that are multitalented at their core. What we’ve gathered here are a bunch of Twitch personalities that present gaming content and even non-gaming content that points to the other interests/careers that define them. Chances are you know some of the folks on this list already thanks to their celebrity status! So without further ado, let’s take a look at 11 Twitch streamers that you’ll definitely want to tune in for whenever they go live.

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1. Maya

Maya has a huge love and appreciation for this planet’s varied species of wildlife. In her career as a wildlife rehabilitator, she makes sure to tend to the betterment of birds of prey. When she hops on to go live, Maya provides streams that focus on chatting about her sanctuary, giving everyone an inside look at all of her animals, and even indulging in some personal meal prep. If you’re looking for something different from your usual gamut of “Just Chatting” categorized streamers, Maya’s your girl!

Watch Maya’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/maya
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2. Woofy

Woofy loves her gaming, of course. But she’s also quite masterful when it comes to her gorgeous pieces of art. She gets a kick out of indulging in indie games and going extra hard whenever the time calls for some extended League of Legends sessions. Woofy’s custom sneaker art creations point to her high artistry, which is another reason why you should all keep tabs on everything she does. Take a peek at her art-focused Instagram page when you get a chance.

Watch Woofy’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/woofy
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3. sashagrey

Chances are you’re already in the know and subscribed to this uber-popular streamer. If you’re not up to speed on who sashagrey is, then allow us to put you on – she’s an actor, musician/DJ, plus a published writer. Whenever she goes live, you can usually catch her “touching grass” as she explores the great outdoors and just enjoys life for what it is. She also games every now and then, plus she entertains via her cooking presentations that have been dubbed as “Secret Sauce” streams.

Watch sashagrey’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/sashagrey
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4. TPAIN

NAPPY BOYYYYYYYYY! The Autotune singer that’s blessed everyone’s playlists since 2005 just so happens to be a pretty avid gamer. His Twitch channel showcases his lovable personality, a huge sense of hilarity, and varied taste in all sorts of games that catch his eye. It’s also fun to catch T-Pain hop on to live stream his beat production process while he dishes out some funny stories about his legendary career all the while.

Watch TPAIN’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/tpain
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5. HealthyGamer_GG

HealthyGamer_GG is here to help those that struggle with mental health issues. Through his immensely helpful Twitch channel, he makes a habit out of offering tips and diving into deep conversations about dealing with one’s mental health woes and coming out on the better end of them. Dr. Alok Kanojia aka “Dr. K” provides a Twitch channel that outsources essential advice for anyone and everyone. On the gaming front, Dr. K’s Cult of the Lamb live streams were pretty fun in their own right.

Watch HealthyGamer_GG’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/healthygamer_gg
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6. TheCHUGS

ADAM COLE BAY BAY! One of the best wrestlers in the world that’s competed across the indies, ROH, NXT, WWE, and now AEW loves to game in his rare moments of off-time. Mr. Cole is certainly an avid Halo addict as evidenced by all the collector’s edition gear he has for Master Chief, but he also plays through a nice variety of other games that capture his attention and make him feel like a kid again. Adam Cole’s passion for gaming is all contained within this awesome Twitch channel (make sure you watch him put in work in the squared circle on AEW Dynamite and Rampage, by the way!).

Watch TheCHUGS’ Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/thechugs
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7. khleothomas

khleothomas seemingly does it all! The man appears onscreen as a musical artist, an actor, and an entrepreneur. If you’ve ever sat down and watched any episodes from Holes and Shameless, then you probably recognize the man known as Khleo Thomas. His Twitch channel sees him hopping into any relevant games that are currently popping, plus chill sessions that are all about reminiscing over 90s music videos and trivia. The party atmosphere khleothomas gives off here is well worth tuning in for.

Watch khleothomas’ Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/khleothomas
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8. AustinCreed

WWE Superstar. Cosplayer. Genius college grad. And an all-around super positive dude. The man we’re celebrating here is the great Xavier Woods, real name Austin Creed. When he’s not delivering hilarious promos and putting on banger matches with the other members of The New Day, Creed pops up on his Twitch channel to play a whole host of games. It’s also worth checking out his UpUpDownDown YouTube channel to see Creed and his fellow WWE wrestlers engage in some heated competition.

Watch AustinCreed’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/austincreed
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9. SATURNMANE

Ever heard of Jonwayne? If you’re not in the know, he’s a super talented rapper and producer that’s signed to Stones Throw Records. So here’s the thing – he actually had another Twitch channel before the one we’re mentioning here that was called “JonMakesBeats.” Since putting that channel on hiatus, Wayne has moved onto his new channel (“SATURNMANE”), which gets right back to what he does best – take viewers through the entire process of creating a fire beat for hip-hop aficionados.

Watch SATURNMANE’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/saturnmane
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10. baedrian00

baedrian00 refers to himself as “just a Brown potato playing games with friends” that hails from Seattle. He’s a pretty chill variety streamer that also gets his multiplayer kicks in from games such as Valorant and Apex Legends. Besides being a dedicated gamer, baedrian00 is also really adept at putting together keyboards together. So if you’re really big into Twitch’s “Makers & Crafting” category, you’ll definitely want to check out this channel for some tips on how to build your very own gaming keyboards.

Watch baedrian00’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/baedrian00
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11. Mizkif

Here’s another streamer that you’re probably already well aware of! Mizkif, who’s the owner of the “OTK” (“One True King”) network of fellow streamers, has a huge presence across every social media platform you can think of. On Twitch, Mizkif indulges in some “Just Chatting” sessions that see him covering a whole bunch of topics and even getting into some Q&A chats with the chat thanks to his trusty roulette wheel. Mizkif tends to react to all the “tea” that gets spilled onto the internet among other social media influencers and also covers pop culture topics as a whole, which should be right up a lot of people’s alleys.

Watch Mizkif’s Twitch Channel Here
https://www.twitch.tv/mizkif
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Gaming

JoeCrush is Now Loading…

The competitive corner of the Tekken fandom has paved the way for talented players to make their names synonymous with “excellence.” And whenever someone that’s watching these pros in action, chances are they’re going to classify their in-game tactics as “OD!” That sentiment can surely be said about one of the most impressive Tekken 7 players on the scene today, Joe “JoeCrush” Olveda. As an American player that’s currently competing for Paragon, JoeCrush has managed to secure first place ranking in highly competitive tourneys such as River City Rushdown (June 2022) and ICFC North America (Spring 2022 – Finals). Join us as we have a chat with JoeCrush as he details the backstory behind his esports moniker, his best performances as a prop player, and more.

JoeCrush

ONE37pm: Break down the origins of your player name “JoeCrush.”

JoeCrush: The original name I went by early on was “TheOriginalCrush,” which was a reference to Heihachi having a bugged move in one of the early Tekken’s that allowed you to “Crush” (evade) an opponent’s move. It was the first of its kind in the game. Later on, Tekken adopted this feature as a core game mechanic. But Heihachi had it first.

ONE37pm: When would you say your love for Tekken started taking shape?

JoeCrush: I was really hooked on Call of Duty for a long time, but the matchmaking system ruined it for me – I was being punished for being good by being paired with bad teammates, which was very frustrating. During that time, I was playing Black Ops “Zombies” with some friends and one of them put me onto Tekken Revolution, which was a free-to-play version of Tekken on PS3. The 1v1 aspect and the endless skill ceiling to climb got me hooked and it looked much more feasible to go pro with how well I was doing and how well I was received by long-time pros.

ONE37pm: What characters did you initially gravitate towards? And do you still use those characters today?

JoeCrush: Well one of the first times I saw Tekken was at a go-kart/arcade place and I was fascinated that you could play as a bear (Kuma). And after playing around with the bear, I took an interest in Lars and Miguel because they reminded me of my family members and they were fun to play as. I will sometimes play causally with them still. But professionally, I main Jack.

ONE37pm: What compelled you to start playing competitively in Tekken?

JoeCrush: Watching tournaments and seeing competitive Tekken really made me interested in doing it myself. And when Tekken 7 first came out, the rank rush (which was players fighting to get the highest rank first) really was the catalyst for me getting really good and playing even better competition.

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ONE37pm: What would say are some of your best performances as a pro player?

JoeCrush: Three things really stand out for me and that’s winning the 2022 Spring ICFC finals where I had to beat three established pros – Joey Fury, Shadow20z, and Anakin. Also, beating one of the best European players (sephiblack) in the NA vs EU 10v10 at Combo Breaker 2022 and finally beating the TWT 2019 champ Chikurin at EVO 2022, where I finished 17th out of 1200+ entrants.

ONE37pm: How do you manage to shake off all the nerves when it comes time to play in front of a live audience?

JoeCrush: I’m not sure if I can make the nerves go away, but I try my best to maintain my composure and focus on the match between me and my opponent. It helps to understand why I’m feeling like this and how this can help my mind and body perform better if I harness that feeling for good. Finally, just enjoying the spectacle of it all helps – being in that position to show off my skill and talent publicly is exciting. I look forward to putting on a show for the fans of Tekken like people have done for me before.

ONE37pm: What are three essential pieces of advice every up-and-coming pro-fighting game player should know?

JoeCrush: Finding like-minded training partners who want to excel like you is crucial to improvement. Never be afraid of losing – take every opportunity you can and be forged in fire. It’s the only way to become elite. Understand what it means to want to be the best and how much more you want it than everyone else – the fire and will to win is such a boon vs an opponent that doesn’t have that.

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Be sure to holler at JoeCrush on his Twitch, YouTube, and Twitter. And tell him we sent you!

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Gaming

The 30 Best Games Like ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

There’s an argument that Red Dead Redemption 2 is the best game ever made. Of course, that’s the highest praise you can give in this industry and many have their own opinions, but the Rockstar Games classic makes an incredible case. With that being said, it’s difficult to say that any game out there is at all “like” RDR2. Some might share certain elements – the vast open world, the compelling story – but nothing truly parallels it. That didn’t stop us from trying though. Below is a list of the 30 best games like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Games Like ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’
Rockstar Games

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1. ‘Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’

Set in Ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a great game that helped bring more value back to the franchise after Origins. The game features more RPG elements than ever and if you’re a fan of RDR2, that level of detail in customization is something you should be able to appreciate.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/812140/Assassins_Creed_Odyssey/
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2. ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has a setting that’s fairly different from the second Red Dead Redemption game, but that doesn’t mean that fans of the latter can’t enjoy the former. The world is rich with a lot of fun things to do, like fishing, taking a boat out in the water, or playing games with friends.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/assassins-creed-valhalla
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3. ‘Borderlands 2’

Developed by Gearbox Software and released during the PS3/Xbox 360 era, Borderlands 2 is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously with its characters and dialogue. Its script is incredible and although the story is somewhat linear and cliché, the side missions make up for it.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/49520/
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4. ‘Call of Juarez: Gunslinger’

This game is set in 1910, just over a decade after when Red Dead Redemption 2 is set. You play as Silas Greaves, a bar patron who relives his old days through you. Not only is there a story mode, but you can also play an arcade mode and duel mode too. The strong Wild West vibes are extremely prevalent here, which makes it an extra viable pick for games like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/204450/
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5. ‘Cyberpunk 2077’

One of the many things that Red Dead Redemption 2 does incredibly well is creating a world that really feels lived in and has its own unique atmosphere. That’s something that Cyberpunk 2077 can make a claim to too. Its launch was somewhat messy due to bugs, but don’t let that take away from how great of a game this is.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1091500/
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6. ‘Days Gone’

Days Gone is a game set in a post-apocalyptic world that is infested with zombie-like creatures. It isn’t the most original concept for a game, but it’s pulled off incredibly well here. Traversing the world feels dangerous and the twists in the story are more than enough to keep you captivated.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/1259420/
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7. ‘Dying Light 2 Stay Human’

This is a zombie game and a parkour game all in one. If, for some reason that isn’t enough to make you want to play it, Dying Light 2 Stay Human has a similar thing to RDR2 where even once the story’s done, the gameplay is so engaging that you’ll not want to put it down.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/534380/Dying_Light_2_Stay_Human/
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8. ‘Elden Ring’

The RPG game that took the world by storm. Elden Ring, like many RPGs, doesn’t hold your hand throughout the game and while the gameplay style is very different here, that’s something that Red Dead Redemption 2 fans might be able to appreciate.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1245620/ELDEN_RING/
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9. ‘Fallout: New Vegas’

Released in 2010, Fallout: New Vegas is a bit of a spinoff from the series, but it retains some of the magic that made fans fall in love with the series at the same time. If what you love the most about RDR2 is being stopped by a compelling character on your way back to camp, then this cast of characters and storytelling will definitely satisfy you.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/22380/Fallout_New_Vegas/
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10. ‘Far Cry 5’

The fifth game in the Far Cry series pits you as somewhat of an outlaw, although in a different setting to the late-19th century Wild West. There are multiple ways for the story to play out and as usual with this series, the dynamic characters are what propels it to that next level.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/552520/Far_Cry_5/
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11. ‘Ghost of Tsushima’

Ghost of Tsushima puts you in Japan during the first Mongol invasion and it does that incredibly well. You’ll genuinely feel like a samurai living vicariously through Jin Sakai and the beautiful environment captures you like nothing else.

Buy Now, $69.99
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/ghost-of-tsushima/
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12. ‘God of War’

For a game that gives you an immersive experience with interesting characters and rich environments, you can’t go wrong with 2018’s God of War. Kratos and Atreus’ relationship is one of the best between a parent and child in gaming. With the sequel coming out later this year, now’s the perfect time to give this a try.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1593500/God_of_War/
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13. ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

Of course, Rockstar Games’ other gaming giant needs to make an appearance here. Red Dead Redemption 2 certainly took itself more seriously than GTA historically has, but that doesn’t mean that if you liked the former you won’t be able to appreciate the latter. For games like Red Dead Redemption 2, this Rockstar Games staple is most definitely worth adding to your playlist if you still haven’t given it any attention since its 2013 launch.

Buy Now, $14.80
https://store.steampowered.com/app/271590/Grand_Theft_Auto_V/
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14. ‘GUN’

This game doesn’t exactly boast the graphical power of Red Dead Redemption 2, but its style of gameplay will still scratch the same itch. It’s a Western game where you can hunt animals, kill people, and must escape law enforcement if you do so. This throwback pick on our list provides a proper cowboy-themed experience that’s great for those on the lookout for quality games like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/2610/GUN/
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15. ‘Horizon Forbidden West’

Horizon Zero Dawn got acclaim from both fans and critics for how great all of its individual elements were and how well it brought everything together. If your favorite part about Red Dead Redemption 2 is feeling like you’re escaping to a different world, you’ll get the same benefit from both Zero Dawn and Forbidden West.

Buy Now, $69.99
https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/horizon-forbidden-west/
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16. ‘Hunt: Showdown’

Hunt: Showdown is a unique entry on this list because it’s solely a multiplayer game. You are a bounty hunter who must hunt bounties to win. The game, just like RDR2, is set in the 1890s, so the environment and tone of it will feel somewhat familiar to you. Since RDR2’s online multiplayer suite leaves a lot to be desired, this unique multiplayer shooter is perfect for those needing to get their fix via other games like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/594650/Hunt_Showdown/
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17. ‘Kingdom Come: Deliverance’

Where Red Dead Redemption 2 is a captivating look at life as an outlaw in the 1890s, Kingdom Come: Deliverance does the same thing for medieval times. You’re tasked with finding food and shelter, plus fighting for survival if need be.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/379430/Kingdom_Come_Deliverance/
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18. ‘L.A. Noire’

Like the aforementioned GTA V, L.A. Noire is another game also made by Rockstar. As the name suggests, you take control of an LAPD officer who investigates various mysteries. Depending on how well you do this, the story will unfold in one of many different ways.

Buy Now, $6.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/110800/LA_Noire/
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19. ‘Mad Max’

Mad Max sees you playing as Max Rocketansky, a former police officer in a post-apocalyptic wasteland who is trying to build the Magnum Opus so he can reach the Plains of Silence where he can find peace. The game isn’t as confusing as that made it sound and battling with gangs might give you RDR2 flashbacks.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/234140/Mad_Max/
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20. ‘Mafia II’

Mafia II has some similarities to Red Dead Redemption 2 in that it’s played from a third-person perspective in an open world. There are also consequences for your crimes in the same way that RDR2 has its honor system. But it also gives a different feel as you’re trying to ascend the ranks amongst crime families.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/50130/Mafia_II_Classic/
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21. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Before the release of Marvel’s Spider-Man, the title of best superhero game likely went to one of the Batman games for most. This game took what made something like Arkham Asylum so great and refreshed it for our friendly neighborhood “Avenger.” Swinging around New York is just as fun as riding on horseback through the West.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA02299_00-MARVELSSPIDERMAN
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22. ‘Mass Effect 3’

Mass Effect 3, and really the entire trilogy, is similar to Red Dead Redemption 2 in only a few ways, but they’re key. Its ensemble of characters is incredibly fun to interact with and makes the game feel more full than your average one. Play this one via the Mass Effect Legendary Edition!

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1238020/Mass_Effect_3_N7_Digital_Deluxe_Edition_2012/
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23. ‘Max Payne 3’

Aside from being developed by Rockstar, Max Payne 3 shares some other key similarities with Red Dead Redemption 2. They both feature incredibly layered central protagonists that you feel honored to step into the shoes of. They also both feature slow-motion bullet-time mechanics.

Buy Now, $6.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/204100/Max_Payne_3/
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24. ‘Red Dead Redemption’

This may seem like the obvious choice, but you’d be surprised how many people have played RDR2 and never touched its predecessor. This is the game that RDR2 is a prequel to and there’s a great payoff with some moments that we won’t spoil for you.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/red-dead-redemption/BWKLFHWT7DHC
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25. ‘The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’

What many like about Red Dead Redemption 2 is the amount of time you’re able to invest in the game with it still rewarding you back and the same goes for Skyrim. The world is even more vast and the side quests can feel just as fulfilling as any other game’s main missions.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/489830/The_Elder_Scrolls_V_Skyrim_Special_Edition/
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26. ‘The Last of Us Part II’

This game’s story split fans straight down the middle, but that’s what makes it so incredible. No game has ever made players feel quite like this one had, with its conflicting characters that made gamers question themselves throughout. Like RDR2, this is a gaming experience like no other. Of course, check out Part I before you try this out.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.playstation.com/en-us/product/UP9000-CUSA07820_00-THELASTOFUSPART2
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27. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’

Breath of the Wild is credited with being not only the best Zelda game but one of the better open-world games out there. While there’s a story to play, you can complete it in a nonlinear order and you essentially get rewarded for exploring the world.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://www.nintendo.com/store/products/the-legend-of-zelda-breath-of-the-wild-switch/
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28. ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’

In this article’s introductory paragraphs, we acknowledged that it could be argued that RDR2 is the greatest game of all time…well, here’s another candidate. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is another game where there is a vast open world to experience and you can travel from one end to another on horseback.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/292030/The_Witcher_3_Wild_Hunt/
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29. ‘theHunter: Call of the Wild’

As its name suggests, theHunter: Call of the Wild is the perfect game to play if you specifically liked the hunting portions of Red Dead Redemption 2. It takes those kinds of mechanics to the next level and you can even bring some friends in to enjoy the fun with you here.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/518790/theHunter_Call_of_the_Wild/
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30. ‘Weird West’

You can think of Weird West as an indie development studio’s version of Red Dead Redemption 2 that doesn’t take itself anywhere near as seriously. Perhaps after the turbulent story featuring Arthur Morgan, this Western game is something that will still feel familiar but take the edge off too.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1097350/Weird_West/
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EA and Motive are Making an Iron Man Game

What a time to be alive for a Marvel Comics fan! On the big and little screen, Kevin Feige’s vision for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still being pumped out (to varying degrees of quality, to be quite honest). And the comic book side of things is still pumping out amazing storylines for the best and brightest of Stan Lee’s superhero collective. For gamers, there’s so much to look forward to in that regard. Especially because Electronic Arts and its development studio Motive just announced that they’re working on a AAA Iron Man game. But before we get into that major reveal, let’s take a quick look at all the upcoming projects we can all look forward to from the Marvel Universe:

  • Marvel SNAP!
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns
  • Marvel’s World Of Heroes
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Marvel’s Wolverine
  • Untitled Black Panther & Captain America Game

Based on that future lineup and recent wins from under Marvel Entertainment and Marvel Games (Marvel’s Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy), it’s easy for us and most comic book diehards out there to get excited about what’s to come from that newly announced Iron Man game.

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What we know so far is that Motive, which developed Star Wars: Squadrons and is currently working on the 2023 Dead Space remake, has been tapped to work on this major action/adventure, third-person Iron Man game. And what’s even more exciting is the fact that even more Marvel games are in the works from other development studios attached to EA.

On EA’s official site, Bill Rosemann, Vice President and Creative Director at Marvel Games, exclaimed his excitement about this upcoming project: “We are thrilled to collaborate with the talented team at Motive Studio to bring their original vision of one of Marvel’s most important, powerful and beloved characters. Their experience delivering both established entertainment worlds and thrilling gameplay — combined with their authentic passion for the armored icon — will fuel our quest to deliver a love letter to a legendary hero in the form of the ultimate Iron Man video game.”

Olivier Proulx, Executive Producer at Marvel Games, also provided some comments about Tony Stark’s alter-ego getting the AAA video game treatment: “It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to make a video game based on one of the most iconic Super Heroes in entertainment today. We have a great opportunity to create a new and unique story that we can call our own. Marvel is encouraging us to create something fresh. We have a lot of freedom, which is so engaging for the team.”

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As a massive Iron Man fan myself, I have a few recommendations for how this game should shape up:

  1. Take those amazing flight physics from Anthem, I bet of you! Every time I took to the air in that game, all I could think was “this would feel so awesome in an Iron Man game…”
  2. Throw in a bunch of those awesome-looking Iron Man suits, especially the Silver Centurion Armor and Model-Prime Armor!
  3. Make sure these villains are featured: The Mandarin, Obadiah Stane, Titanium Man, and Crimson Dynamo.
  4. Include co-op where one player plays as Iron Man and the other takes on the role of War Machine.
  5. Hire the greatest Robert John Downey Jr. ever to do the vocals for this game!
  6. Give me a nice mixture of on-the-ground shootouts and flight battles where I get to blast Iron Man knockoffs, fighter jets, and whoever else wants the smoke!