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The 20 Best Licensed Video Games

We’ve all played them: games based on our favorite TV shows, movies, music, anime, comics, you name it. If there’s a property out there in the world, chances are it spawned a game. For the most part, that’s pretty much a death knell for said game, as licensed titles usually aren’t very good. But over the years, that sentiment has largely shifted. Back during the days of the NES, SNES, and Genesis (and many later generations), movie games like Top Gun and Friday the 13th were pretty awful, and largely the result of a handful of some pretty lazy developers. Now, it seems licensed properties have been taken a bit more seriously, and it shows with some of the more quality titles out there. It’s pretty cool when you check out the full gamut of the best licensed games when you start reminiscing over them.

With that in mind, it can be difficult to sift through game after game that’s tied to a particular property, hoping it’s good, and hoping you’ll actually want to play it. That’s why we’ve taken the initiative to put together the definitive list of the best-licensed games around to help you make an informed decision on what to play next. And there’s a little something for everyone here, whether you love horror games, beat-’em-ups, or good, old-fashioned shooters.

From the Bond series to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, check out these awesome licensed games, in no particular order.

Best Licensed Games
Eidos Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/wUU_wRjdi2I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $4.94″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-the-game</div>
1. ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition’

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition revives the brawler that originally debuted and went dark once more thanks to licensing issues, and it’s a fantastic game. In a not-so-subtle River City Ransom homage, this beat-’em-up tasks you (and up to three additional players) with fighting your way through seven different worlds, each divided up into smaller digestible chunks. After selecting a character from Scott, Ramona, Kim, and Stephen, it’s time to jump into a technicolor, fictional version of Toronto to stave off the evil exes.

Advance little by little as a variety of enemies spawn in to tear you limb from limb, beat them to a bloody pulp, and then continue to the end of each stage. Vanquish a boss at the end and then soldier on to the next area. It’s a retro-flavored adventure through and through, and you’ll love every minute, especially with closely it sticks to the original character designs and vibe.

Buy Now, $4.94
https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/scott-pilgrim-vs-the-world-the-game
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/M6ON61SZs-A” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1449280/Ghostbusters_The_Video_Game_Remastered/</div>
2. ‘Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered’

There have been many attempts at making a good Ghostbusters game, but Terminal Reality knocked it out of the park with 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game. Playing like a movie-centric Gears of War with an over-the-shoulder perspective, it tells a new story in the movie universe with a player character who’s a new recruit to the Ghostbusters team. Set two years after Ghostbusters II, it tells a brand new story that could very well have been a new film installment. Not only that, but it was an exciting, challenging game on its own that included plenty of proton pack usage, original actors, and creative ghost appearances that culminated in some satisfying hauntings.

Buy Now, $24.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1449280/Ghostbusters_The_Video_Game_Remastered/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/T8bu2Y_cZb8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/35140/Batman_Arkham_Asylum_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/</div>
3. ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’

Who hasn’t wanted to jump into the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight? Batman: Arkham Asylum lets you do just that, complete with a knock-down, drag-out cat-and-mouse game with the Joker, Batman’s arch-nemesis. Control Batman as he punches and kicks his way through legions of henchmen, uses the Batmobile to get around town and even uses his grapple gun to travel around above bad guys to get the jump on them.

It’s just like being Batman himself! And as we all know, if you can be Batman, you gotta go ahead and be Batman, even if it’s just in a game. There have been plenty of Batman games over the years, but the Arkham series is one that absolutely gets it right. This is just one of the many titles that’s well-regarded among the best licensed games starring DC’s “Dark Knight.”

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/35140/Batman_Arkham_Asylum_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dY0-v2pRQrU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $33″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Riddick-Escape-Butcher-Developers-pc/dp/B0002MQG36</div>
4. ‘The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay’

The ill-fated Starbreeze Studios wasn’t meant to last, but The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was a universally-acclaimed adaptation of the Riddick character, who starred in Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. Players take on the role of Riddick himself, who’s tasked with breaking out of the Butcher Bay prison. Using a combination of first-person stealth mechanics and melee, Riddick must interact with and complete quests for other inmates if he wants a chance at getting out of the facility. It’s widely considered to be one of the best games of the Xbox era, and one of the best licensed games ever made, period.

Buy Now, $33
https://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Riddick-Escape-Butcher-Developers-pc/dp/B0002MQG36
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EMOipSuEdHE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/32370/STAR_WARS__Knights_of_the_Old_Republic/</div>
5. ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’

Brace yourself for a hard truth: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most beloved RPGs of all time. And it doesn’t get much better than that. It’s a licensed game, too! This game was released in BioWare’s prime. Making your way through this tale of an amnesiac Jedi searching for their past and a way to stop the Sith feels like a trilogy unto itself. Unfortunately, though the story is as good as ever, the game does feel a bit aged. However, if you’re a Star Wars fan, you shouldn’t miss this game. Pick it up on PC and grab some mods to improve the experience. You won’t regret it. Plus, it’s getting a remake!

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/32370/STAR_WARS__Knights_of_the_Old_Republic/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/do3GPzDR6d8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Friday the 13th: The Game'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/438740/</div>
6. ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’

There was never truly a decent Friday the 13th game until developer IllFonic stepped in with the license. Then, Friday the 13th: The Game totally killed it. Literally. Because it’s Jason, get it? One player during each match takes on the role of iconic killer Jason Voorhees, while the rest do their best to take him down (they’re camp counselors, of course).

An all-star team, including Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham, master of horror Tom Savini, and even Kane Hodder, one of the men who brought Jason to life for gore-hungry theatergoers over the years, brought the game to life. It’s stuffed to the brim with references to the many iterations of Jason over the years, and asynchronous multiplayer that’ll have you coming back for blood every time.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/438740/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Ly9cDgH15I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/The_Walking_Dead/</div>
7. ‘The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series’

Telltale knocked it out of the park with its portrayal of the award-winning comic series The Walking Dead, introducing an original cast of characters that immediately captured the hearts and minds of everyone who played it. Introducing protagonist Lee Everett, surrogate parent to young Clementine, forced us all to confront everyday fears like losing everything to zombies while still having to fight them off and make some semblance of a life. Though Telltale Games is sadly no longer with us as a studio anymore, it left behind a legacy that we won’t soon forget: Clementine will remember this. And we’ll be left wondering why the show couldn’t be nearly as good as this game.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/207610/The_Walking_Dead/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7h0cgmvIrZw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Alien: Isolation’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/214490/Alien_Isolation/</div>
8. ‘Alien: Isolation’

The iconic Alien franchise may have gone off the rails in terms of its cinematic installments, but the video game series is still going strong. Alien: Isolation took us on a terrifying trip through the remote space station of Sevastopol. As Amanda Ripley (Ellen Ripley’s daughter), players must traverse the station in search of a very important flight recorder and other secrets that unravel throughout the game.

There’s just one problem: there are xenomorphs aboard. As Ripley, you must avoid the Alien by stealthily navigating sections of the game, using distractions to keep it from lunging at you at inopportune times, deftly managing ammo, and solving puzzles to stay one step ahead. The first time you’re unceremoniously yanked out of hiding and devoured? It’s heart-stopping, to say the least. Alien: Isolation is one of the best licensed games that can be compared to the top survival horror experiences out there.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/214490/Alien_Isolation/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/PUdHYtkDBa4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Mad Max'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/234140/Mad_Max/</div>
9. ‘Mad Max’

The world of Mad Max, namely Mad Max: Fury Road is the perfect breeding ground for tie-in games. But in the simply-named Mad Max, instead of taking on Immortan Joe, you tangle with his son Scabrous Scrotus, the ruler of Gas Town. Although you’ll get the same vibe that the movie had, there doesn’t appear to be any continuity between Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max the game. Still, this is a licensed game that’s every bit worth your time. Mad Max recreates the desperate, gritty feeling of the movie franchise. Its vehicular combat is some of the most visceral and well-done that the gaming world has ever seen. And if you love open-world RPG mechanics, you’ll be at home here.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/234140/Mad_Max/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/lcOqUE0u1LM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘GoldenEye 007′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $64″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/GoldenEye-007-nintendo-64/dp/B00000DMAT</div>
10. ‘GoldenEye 007’

The greatest James Bond game of all time is based on the movie of the same name, starring Pierce Brosnan: GoldenEye 007. Widely considered to be the single best Bond game of all time, it’s also one of the best shooters ever made. GoldenEye was revolutionary in many ways when it debuted, and remains influential to this day, from its mission structure to its adherence to the source material. Developer Rare took the run-and-gun philosophy and enhanced it by adding special tasks for players to complete.

In fact, the game itself is less about eliminating targets and more about using stealth to sneak past enemies if possible, like Bond himself. Further, the game was able to perfectly capture the cinematic essence of the source material. The actors’ likenesses (namely Brosnan’s) went a long way toward making the game feel more like jumping into the movie as well.

For those reasons and many more, GoldenEye 007 is one of the best James Bond games of all time, and gamers will continue to look back fondly on all it accomplished. Placing this retro FPS on a list of the best licensed games is practically mandatory.

Buy Now, $64
https://www.amazon.com/GoldenEye-007-nintendo-64/dp/B00000DMAT
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/D7lGCulwftw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $49.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/488790/South_Park_The_Fractured_But_Whole/</div>
11. ‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park’s video game presence peaked with South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and there are likely more awesome entries to come. After The Stick of Truth, which was excellent on its own, this superhero-centric endeavor served up some more hilarity, this time skewering the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other hero-centric media. Your initial goal as a new member of Coon & Friends, Cartman’s superhero team from the show, is to find a nasty old missing cat to collect the $100 reward money.

The journey for $100 will take you across the breadth of South Park itself, and you’ll cross the path of practically every major character at one point or another. The ironic part of this entire journey to get the reward money is that it looks like Cartman has spent well over $100 on his Coon & Friends basement setup with a “merchandise” area and other Coon-centric decor. It plays out just like a traditional South Park episode from beginning to end, and it’s infused with the show’s signature humor as well.

It’s the next best thing to watching the show itself, and even worse in some ways, with more uncensored content.

Buy Now, $49.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/488790/South_Park_The_Fractured_But_Whole/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/q4GdJVvdxss” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99</div>
12. ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Do you really want to feel like a superhero? Like, really and truly? Marvel’s Spider-Man has some of the best movement I’ve ever seen in a game. Few titles capture the feel of being a superhero like this one and the original story is like something straight from the comics. It’s one of the few traditional comic-centric games out there that actually feels completely true to the source material. Web slinging feels excellent and I spent hours traipsing around the virtual New York just sightseeing. This is one game that will get your spidey senses tingling and even if you’re not a fan of Spider-Man, there’s a lot of fun to be had.

Buy Now, $19.99
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4rbOTQhasnM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/241930/Middleearth_Shadow_of_Mordor/</div>
13. ‘Middle-earth: Shadow of War’

Experience a whole new side of the Lord of the Rings universe with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The game continues the same narrative that began in Shadow of Mordor, as it follows lead character Talion, infused with the spirit of the elf lord Celebrimbor. The duo work to forge a new Ring of Power in an effort to fight against Sauron, and along the way must cleave through enemy Uruks and Ologs while amassing allies to take on Sauron when the time is right. Even if you’ve never cracked open a Lord of the Rings book in your life, there’s plenty of reason to get excited about this follow-up, because it does just about everything it sets out to do correctly, all while respecting the source material.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/241930/Middleearth_Shadow_of_Mordor/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/BnyUyug0li8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $59.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/678950/DRAGON_BALL_FighterZ/</div>
14. ‘Dragon Ball FighterZ’

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a sweeping return to form for games based in the Dragon Ball universe, with a major shift from the 3D, open-air fighting of games like Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and its predecessor to straightforward, classic 2D fighters. It doffed the additional freedom that larger play areas offer for tight quarters brawling, which is a great switch-up for the anime-inspired games.

The game rounds up over 20 combatants culled from Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball Super for an interesting mix of faces. From the beginning of the game, you’ll jump straight into a cute hub world with chibi-fied avatars of each of the characters represented in-game. You can interact with others around this hub world to purchase items with Zeni or coins, start online matches, play a game in the Arcade/Story Mode, and mess about with options.

It’s everything you could want from a Dragon Ball fighter and more. This dream scenario coming true for anime fanatics is well-deserving of getting honored on this checklist of the best licensed games.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/678950/DRAGON_BALL_FighterZ/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DWcrY_6u3D4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $29.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/969990/SpongeBob_SquarePants_Battle_for_Bikini_Bottom__Rehydrated/</div>
15. ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated’

Licensed games aren’t all shooters and beat-’em-ups. They’re fanciful platformers, too. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini BottomRehydrated is a fun undersea adventure where you’re tasked with defending Bikini Bottom from Plankton’s sea of robots. You’ll play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy as you swap between characters and use all of your unique abilities to defy the advancing robots.

It’s far from a perfect game, but its lighthearted humor and potential as a speedrunner’s game have kept it in the public eye over the last few years. It may not seem like much, but it’s a super sweet adventure for fans of the show and a great platforming adventure for everyone else. This remake is especially great because it’s available on contemporary consoles and fixes many of the original release’s issues that remained present over the years.

Buy Now, $29.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/969990/SpongeBob_SquarePants_Battle_for_Bikini_Bottom__Rehydrated/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/OxXACMSh1O0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘Star Trek: Elite Force'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.gog.com/en/game/star_trek_voyager_elite_force</div>
16. ‘Star Trek: Elite Force’

When you’re trapped in the U.S.S. Voyager and it’s suddenly transported into a hull space teeming with dangerous Borg, you’ve got to make it your mission to defend yourself and the rest of your team from the terrifying aliens. This shooter is full of tense moments that have you working alongside the Voyager crew to set phasers to kill as you use nine weapons with two firing modes, power your way through 40 missions, and test your might across various multiplayer modes. If you’re a Star Trek fan, this is a must-play.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://www.gog.com/en/game/star_trek_voyager_elite_force
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FQ3OWhXoZPQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘The Simpsons: Hit \u0026amp; Run'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $69.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Simpsons-Hit-Run-pc/dp/B0000A0V3B</div>
17. ‘The Simpsons: Hit & Run’

If you love Grand Theft Auto and The Simpsons (a truly hilarious combination), The Simpsons: Hit & Run is the game for you. The Simpsons must investigate a series of strange incidents happening around Springfield, like robot wasps hanging around, a new brand of Buzz Cola suddenly appearing, and black vans showing up to spy on the family around town.

Looks like there’s a ton of weirdness going on across seven different levels, and it’s your job to investigate throughout madcap mayhem just like all the vehicular violence seen in GTA. This might very well be the most fun you’ll ever have when playing with The Simpsons. Springfield’s most iconic cartoon family has been in some bad games, no doubt. But at least you can always refer to this one as one of its strongest video game representations and one of the best licensed games lucky enough to feature them.

Buy Now, $69.99
https://www.amazon.com/Simpsons-Hit-Run-pc/dp/B0000A0V3B
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vVvpkNMnWcs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘DuckTales: Remastered'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/ducktales-remastered/C07J3ZJPGX6Z/0001</div>
18. ‘DuckTales: Remastered’

DuckTales! Woo-hoo! Originally released on NES, this adventure is anything but “fowl.” It’s a platformer crossed with a Metroidvania that has players taking control of Scrooge McDuck as he searches for treasures to increase his coffers. He can attack enemies, open objects, and bounce with his cane. There are five different levels to explore, and familiar DuckTales characters to mingle with as you really see why life is like a hurricane for this duck family. It’s far from a duck blur, though. It’s a complex, exciting platformer that’s far from a cash-in on a popular animated show.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/store/ducktales-remastered/C07J3ZJPGX6Z/0001
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QyRIxVEpi3o” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $399″,”buttonUrlhttps://arcade1up.com/products/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles</div>
19. ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Arcade)’

If you love the idea of playing as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, or Raphael and beating the stuffing out of enemies, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game is the perfect option. This side-scrolling beat-’em-up is one of the most exciting ways to play as the Turtles, and you get to follow after Shredder and his goons as they take April O’Neil away. Save the day with Splinter and pulverize the baddies into dust in this classic arcade game. You’ll want to revisit it again and again.

Buy Now, $399
https://arcade1up.com/products/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/LiZqKiamYSs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Evil Dead: The Game'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/evil-dead-the-game</div>
20. ‘Evil Dead: The Game’

The Evil Dead movies are some of the finest that horror has to offer, and though there have been several Evil Dead games over the past few years, none have been as satisfying as Evil Dead: The Game. Play as a variety of Ashes (including the Ash vs. Evil Dead incarnation) as you work with other players to clear out each area of Deadites, or play as the baddies to possess the good guys and make each match a living hell for them.

You can even take the form of trees and cars if you’d like to run over characters or trap them in your branches. It’s everything a fan of the movies could ever want, and then some. It’s so refreshing to see Bruce Campbell get a win in the sub-genre of licensed video games along with all the other triumphs he’s garnered during his illustrious career.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/evil-dead-the-game
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ICYMI: ONE37pm’s Convo With JuJu Smith- Schuster and the BLOKKBOTS Crew

It’s not very often that you get to talk NFTs with a groundbreaking athlete like JuJu Smith-Schuster, but we got to do just that this past Monday via Twitter Spaces.

Here’s the 411 guys. BLOKKBOTS is a revolutionary NFT P2E multiplayer fighting game that should be on every gamer/NFT lover’s radar, and what makes BLOKKBOTS even more special is the fact that JuJu, an avid gamer, and streamer who’s already started winning awards, is personally involved in the development. As previously mentioned, we hosted a Twitter Spaces with Juju and the rest of the BLOKKBOTS crew Derrick, Jesse, and Future this past Monday, and as promised we’re providing a recap of the conversation, below you can find the full Twitter Spaces.

<div class =”code”><p class = “twitter-tweet”>https://twitter.com/137pm/status/1526366858852573185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</p></div>

ONE37pm: Okay, let’s start with official introductions for our ONE37pm fanbase that may not be familiar with BLOKKBOTs already.

JuJu: What’s up! I’m Juju and I play for the Kansas City Chiefs. BLOKKBOTS and I have been working together now for the past three or four months. Derrick, Jesse, and Future have got some big things cooking, and of course, y’all know I’m a huge gamer!

Jesse: Hey everyone! I’m Jesse and I’m the founder of BLOKKBOTS. I’m heavily into the NFT and Web 3 space and I have always loved video games, so I figured why not add a video game component to the BLOKKBOTS project? I linked up with JuJu and it’s been great! We want to be the first NFT franchise and we want to be as big as The Avengers!

Derrick: What’s up everyone I’m Derrick and I’m one of the devs. I come from a tv, film, and music space, and I’ve been in crypto since the end of 2014. I’ve been dealing with NFTs since around 2017/2018. I got Juju on board for this project as I always knew about his love for gaming and we both have a passion for it. It’s been fun working on this project as a developer!

<div class =”code”><p class = “twitter-tweet”>https://twitter.com/TeamJuJu/status/1528098846470942720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw</p></div>

ONE37pm: When did you guys first discover your passion for gaming?

Derrick: I’ve been playing video games since I was young. For me, it’s always been about scaling the game up to create an unreal engine in an unreal space.

Juju: I’ve been a gamer my whole life and it’s my way of meditation. I met Jesse one day when I was working out in the gym, and Derrick was always in my ear about getting into the crypto/NFT world of gaming. Gaming as an NFL player/influencer, I get so many offers on the table, and I don’t always fully understand what they are. I’ve had million-dollar offers that I’ve turned down. With this project, I was interested in it, and it wasn’t just “hey can you take a picture or make a video with this product,” BLOKKBOTS wanted me to be a key part of it. They let you have a say in what you like, what you don’t like, etc. 

ONE37pm: Jesse I want to go back to something you said real quick. You said BLOKKBOTS could be like The Avengers right?

Jesse: Yes! You see a lot of NFTs and roadmaps to making NFTs. We wanted BLOKKBOTs to be something more than that. We want to make something that connects, and something that is similar to a comic book. You know, along the lines of Wolverine and Superman. Our biggest thing is teaching the people and especially kids that play about cryptocurrency through the game. I know this may be taboo to say, but I don’t want us to get bought out by Disney. We’re creating an IP, I want us to have merchandise, toys, and more. The game is super playable and we have a new mint coming out. You can play the game and win real prizes. The thing about crypto currency is that now it’s starting to get tied to the real world. 

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ONE37pm: JuJu this question is for you. We are seeing more and more athletes get involved in the NFT space. How important is it for athletes to become educated about this?

JuJu: It’s definitely important! It’s funny because I just attended an NFT seminar for the Chiefs. There were about 30 to 35 of us there, but only 10 really knew the gist of it. It’s very important for athletes to be aware of crypto, especially because we are the role models for the future. I know we are all very busy, but you can always make time to learn more!

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The 30 Best PS2 Fighting Games of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

Buy Now, $31.10
https://amzn.to/3Fte7ah
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZyN1bBhz5eE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Tekken 5′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wcum8K</div>
3. ‘Tekken 5’

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

Buy Now, Price Varies
https://amzn.to/3wcum8K
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/FT8ehr0ynlQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $87″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Ld5HFh</div>
4. ‘Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore’

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

Buy Now, $87
https://amzn.to/3Ld5HFh
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UZ3zaYmloM8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.84″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/38tPpuy</div>
5. ‘Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution’

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

Buy Now, $16.84
https://amzn.to/38tPpuy
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/3zidUZidzqM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Soulcalibur II'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.30″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3Lku3gl</div>
6. ‘Soulcalibur II’

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

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

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

Buy Now, $47.26
https://amzn.to/37QAt9C
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/XsXqntszTuM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $299.77″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Def-Jam-Fight-NY-Playstation-2/dp/B00020V5B6/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1RIW4THDO7LOF\u0026amp;keywords=def+jam+fight+for+ny+ps2\u0026amp;qid=1652562058\u0026amp;sprefix=def+jam%2Caps%2C135\u0026amp;sr=8-1</div>
8. ‘Def Jam: Fight for NY’

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

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

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

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

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

Buy Now, $299.95
https://amzn.to/3wd8HgI
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/J-wqv7Fvkp4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Mortal Kombat: Deception'</div>
11. ‘Mortal Kombat: Deception’

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

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

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

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

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

Buy Now, $54.99
https://amzn.to/3wudKs5
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/oxr1oiTmxd8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $323.95″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Ball-Budokai-Tenkaichi-PlayStation-2/dp/B000RW3V34/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2LH3OBLPQTF56\u0026amp;keywords=budokai+3\u0026amp;qid=1652649633\u0026amp;sprefix=budokai+%2Caps%2C115\u0026amp;sr=8-8</div>
14. ‘Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3’

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

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

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

Buy Now, $72.22
https://amzn.to/39nMWlg
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/kpD0VGfLek8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘The King of Fighter XI'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $24.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3yLVSeS</div>
16. ‘The King of Fighter XI’

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

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

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

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

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

Buy Now, $22
https://amzn.to/3wwQc5T
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/nrixHhoNmf0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Arcana Heart'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, Price Varies”,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3sH0nnr</div>
19. ‘Arcana Heart’

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

Buy Now, Price Varies
https://amzn.to/3sH0nnr
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ipPb2AHs1Ic” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Bloody Roar 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $53.37″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Roar-3-PlayStation-2/dp/B00005LIOL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=OG4NBQ8OD929\u0026amp;keywords=bloody+roar+3\u0026amp;qid=1652753795\u0026amp;sprefix=bloody+roar+3%2Caps%2C117\u0026amp;sr=8-1</div>
20. ‘Bloody Roar 3’

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

Buy Now, $53.37
https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Roar-3-PlayStation-2/dp/B00005LIOL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=OG4NBQ8OD929&keywords=bloody+roar+3&qid=1652753795&sprefix=bloody+roar+3%2Caps%2C117&sr=8-1
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/meIqdHCmnwc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed21. ‘Super Dragon Ball Z'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $92.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MFvlV3</div>
21. ‘Super Dragon Ball Z’

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

Buy Now, $92.99
https://amzn.to/3MFvlV3
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/CqBEVG4p7bY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed22. ‘Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $36.30″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/39xDP1t</div>
22. ‘Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 3’

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

Buy Now, $36.30
https://amzn.to/39xDP1t
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_SglUkSsGfA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed23. ‘Fire Pro Wrestling Returns'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $18.18″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3wk0Hup</div>
23. ‘Fire Pro Wrestling Returns’

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

Buy Now, $18.18
https://amzn.to/3wk0Hup
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/d6dImh_TX9A” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed24. ‘WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $55.74″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3MCfk1K</div>
24. ‘WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain’

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

Buy Now, $55.74
https://amzn.to/3MCfk1K
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/tMaejhHCfsM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed25. ‘Street Fighter EX3′”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $34.33″,”buttonUrlhttps://amzn.to/3llV3li</div>
25. ‘Street Fighter EX3’

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

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26 ‘Street Fighter Anniversary Collection’

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

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27. ‘Street Fighter Alpha Anthology’

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

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

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

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29. ‘Samurai Shodown Anthology’

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

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30. ‘Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2’

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

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

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

Daniel Kraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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‘MultiVersus’ Preview: A Smashing Brawler With Plenty of Potential

There’s no topping the greatest crossover brawler ever, Super Smash Bros. Everyone knows that. But there’s still plenty of room for alternatives, especially if they’re as fun as Player First Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s MultiVersus is. MultiVersus is an upcoming free-to-play fighting game that throws characters like Batman, Arya Stark, and Velma Dinkley into battle across various stages, where each combatant attempts to knock their opponents out of bounds.

So, the elephant in the room still needs to be addressed. Yes, at its core, it’s pretty much exactly like Super Smash Bros. and its various iterations. So much so that you could call it a complete ripoff, but here, that’s not a bad thing. After spending some time with the Closed Alpha, I’m pleased to say that MultiVersus goes a bit deeper than that – and it’s actually fun to play. It shouldn’t be difficult to make a game like Smash that you actually want to play, but alas, it is, considering how many titles have failed and attempted to recreate the formula.

So much so that MultiVersus being entertaining comes as a pleasant surprise. Here’s my MultiVersus preview.

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You start off by completing a lengthy tutorial that shows you the ropes and lets you unlock a character right off the bat for your trouble (Wonder Woman). From there, the game is happy to hold your hand and teach you how to pull off the various movesets for each character as well as default controls you’ll need to know if you want to survive. There’s a wide variety of movements to pull off, with satisfying combos, aerial moves, and even special abilities for certain characters to pull teammates back from the brink of falling off the map. It goes much further than you may be imagining, which I found refreshing.

After you complete the tutorial, you can jump in and choose a character. Currently, there are 15 known playable characters in MultiVersus from across eight different Warner Bros. Discovery-owned franchises. That includes the DC Universe, Looney Tunes, Game of Thrones, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Scooby-Doo, The Iron Giant, and Tom & Jerry. That means you can pit Batman against Superman, Finn the Human against Shaggy Rogers, Tom & Jerry against Bugs Bunny, and so on. Each have their own variants with different costumes and palette swaps for when you fight against other characters, and you can unlock those as you play.

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Each character has a variety of different attacks and specials they can pull off, from wonder Woman’s AoE Amazon Shout ground attack to her Lasso of Truth projectile or Harley Quinn’s Batter Up! baseball bat swing. They’re all quite easy to pull off and memorize, and tailored to each character’s respective franchise or series. I appreciated that they weren’t just generic attacks assigned to everyone. Play online modes like 1 vs. 1, Teams, Co-Op vs. AI, or Free-For-All. You can play with real people or bots, which I appreciated very much because I don’t always want to connect to a game online or play with people who can stomp a mudhole through me when I’m just starting out. Alternatively, you can set up a Practice game or a Custom game.

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If you try to engage in matchmaking and no one connects, you’ll get filtered into a game with bots to get you going. I was so thankful to see that I wasn’t being forced to wait forever and I could get right into a bot game instead of simply not having the opportunity to play. All games should have bots, but I digress.

The more you play as each character, the more you’ll unlock. You accrue XP from each match, which will be assigned to the fighter you played as. Spend all your time as Taz, and you’ll level him up quickly. There are various mastery tier levels to unlock, and as you earn enough XP to snag them, you’ll be rewarded with everything from emotes to Perks, which you can equip at the beginning of a game. So if you choose a main early on and keep playing with that character, you’ll reach new mastery levels quickly. Your rewards are more goodies to keep you in the game, which feels good — and costs you nothing.

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As you jump into games, you can complete Starter Missions when you first jump into the game, like “Play 5 Matches” or “Accept A Rematch in Teams or 1 v 1” to earn gold and XP. These will all go a long way toward helping you unlock new goodies, and other items that you can equip your characters with, like Perks and emotes. Perks can be equipped ahead of matches and can give you a leg up on the competition. It’s good to save these for when you think you might be in for a particularly difficult match, and they can often turn the tide of battle, at least they did for me. Stock up on them when you can and save them if you think you’re in for a tough fight.

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As for what’s to come, I assume there will be plenty of extras on their way at some point, and more information about what to expect from the Battle Pass. There are additional characters supposedly on the way both before and after the game’s debut, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. However, with its battle pass availability and the way the game metes out unlockables, it will likely offer new characters quite often. It is planned as a live service game, after all. And for me, at least, new characters and cosmetics are going to get me in and playing much faster than anything else.

The fact that MultiVersus is a free-to-play game will likely be its saving grace, however, because while there’s a decent amount of content to explore, the fact that there are so few characters at this time is a bit disappointing. If you needed to purchase it, when games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exist (and offer far more characters for a fair price), it likely wouldn’t stand a chance on the market as-is. But given that there’s no cost to try it, and you can earn in-game currency to purchase unlocks and earn characters, it should attract plenty of players looking to rise through the ranks, even if it’s just to be able to see Harley Quinn in their favorite outfit or to unlock a cool Batman emote.

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Despite low expectations at first, I had a lot of fun with MultiVersus, and it’s something I could see myself jumping into and enjoying a few rounds of here and there, even though I’m part of the Smash faithful. I’d like to see more, better characters from additional franchises on their way, but as it stands, MultiVersus is a fun little diversion that’s surprisingly full-featured and enjoyable. I’m all for clobbering everyone as Harley Quinn, so get in line if you’re ready for me to hand out some punishments when the game finally launches later this summer. I hope my MultiVersus preview put some of your fears at ease about this upcoming platform fighting game.

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‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Review

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

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‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Review

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

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

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

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

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

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

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

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

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

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

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

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The Top 10 Best Rhythm Game Songs

When it comes to rhythm games, the most important thing, undoubtedly, is music. But you can’t just make do with uninspired EDM and nightcore. You’ve got to bring the heat with all kinds of genres, whether that means cutesy pop or thumping beats. But if you’re anything like me, playing so many rhythm games over the years has made so many of the tunes across titles sound the same. Luckily, there are still some absolute bangers that you can always count on to get the crowd moving, or at least singing along to. And thankfully, I’m here to highlight them as the best rhythm game songs.

With that in mind, I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’ve distilled all of my favorite rhythm game songs down into a handy list that you can refer to the next time you need to decide on a playlist to get hype with — or at least to inspire you to bust out the dance mats and plastic drums. These songs will get you shakin’ what your mama gave you all over the place, or at the very least ready to get up out of your seat.

Without further ado, these are the top 10 best rhythm game songs, in no particular order.

Best Rhythm Game Songs
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1. ‘Gitaroo Man’ – “Flyin’ to Your Heart”

It isn’t often that the first stage in a rhythm game can totally blow you away. But Gitaroo Man’s “Flyin’ To Your Heart” grips you immediately with its thumping J-Pop sensibilities and ridiculously catchy lyrics. You’re thrown into a musical battle as you strum along with U-1, and it’s practically otherworldly. Whether you listen to the song in English or Japanese, there’s plenty to love about it.

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2. ‘Groove Coaster’ – “DX Choseinou Full Metal Shojo”

Bandai Namco’s Groove Coaster is in a class all its own when it comes to addictive rhythm gaming. Once you’ve played your first couple of songs, it’s nigh impossible to forget about the experience. The same can be said of “DX Choseinou Full Metal Shojo,” a song that’s hyper, zany, and full of voice snippets from a Japanese voice actress chanting phrases over and over. It’s a challenging stage, but it’s also a ridiculous earworm that you’ll be thinking of long after you leave the machine. And then you’ll want to come back and perfect your score, again and again and again. At least, that’s how it makes me feel. I surmise you’ll feel the same, too.

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3. ‘Rhythm Heaven’- “Fan Club”

Okay, just hear me out. Rhythm Heaven is one of the greatest rhythm games of all time. And when you get to “Fan Club,” you’ll understand why. Though the English voice actress doesn’t exactly sound like she’s putting her all into the singing, this catchy little tune is all about a pop singer whose fan club is cheering her on while she croons her heart out. Yes, they’re monkeys. Yes, they’re absolutely adorable. You’ll never get the little “I suppose!” quips out of your head. It’s just a sweet little song that really makes you wish you were an idol, too.

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4. ‘PaRappa the Rapper’ – “Prince Fleaswallow’s Rap”

In the rain or in the snow, you’ve got the funky flow. That’s how you’ll be feeling after you listen to Prince Fleaswallow’s flea market rap in PaRappa the Rapper. This reggae-centric groove is so smooth, so fluid, and with such a vibe, that it’ll quickly become your favorite song in the entire game. In fact, who cares about what PaRappa needs to do to make money? Prince Fleaswallow’s flow is so cold that there’s no way you won’t be impressed by the bars he and PaRappa spit. Seriously, this is the best song of the game by far, no contest.

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5. ‘Um Jammer Lammy’ – “Fire, Fire!!”

Let’s get on, let’s get on! This Lammy guitar groove is timeless. When our favorite lamb rocker runs into Chief Puddle, who’s working to put out a fire, she stops to give him a hand. It has an old-school, jazzy feel that’s less like a grungy rock tune and more like a cross of classic swing music and oldies mixed together. Plus, the lyric “Fireman’s daily work can’t be done!” is accompanied by an insane run of buttons you need to press on your controller that just feels incredibly satisfying to pull off.

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6. ‘Bust A Groove’ – “I Know”

Bust A Groove’s Pinky Diamond may be one of the coolest rhythm game characters to ever exist. She’s a hairstylist, an assassin, a stripper, and a fortune-teller. So her personal song should reflect everything that makes her this awesome. And guess what? It does. This soul-infused bop lets us know everything we need to know about Pinky, such as the fact that she’s “strong and sexy, too” and that she knows and can see all. If this song doesn’t get you up out of your seat and dancing until you can’t stand up any longer, then you probably just don’t like music.

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7. ‘Bust A Groove 2’ – “Got To Be Happy”

Admittedly, Bust A Groove 2’s Tsutomu may be one of the lamest characters on the roster. He’s kind of a nerd, and he’s very quiet. But don’t count him out in terms of absolute bops. His song, “Got To Be Happy” is an anthemic banger about living your life to the fullest, getting in the groove, and totally killing it at everything you do. It’s impossible to listen to without feeling pumped up, and that’s the mark of an excellent song, rhythm game, or otherwise.

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8. ‘Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA’ – “Fascination 〜eternal love mix〜”

There’s something creepy about this tune, and it’s undoubtedly the fact that it sounds like a stalker calling someone up and asking “Where are you?” over and over. But it’s also so hype, with the voice samples going “I am all you need” throughout the song, becoming more insistent as the steps ramp up in difficulty so it feels like you’re running away from this mysterious individual. By the end, when the phone sounds like it’s been picked up and you hear “We are connected,” there’s a sense of foreboding — did the stalker win, or what? Doesn’t matter, because this song slays so hard.

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9. ‘Pump It Up’ – “Will o’ the Wisp”

If you’re more of a Pump It Up fan than a Dance Dance Revolution devotee, you’ve no doubt gotten down to this BanYa classic: “Will o’ the Wisp”. It sounds like it’s been plucked straight from the Twilight Zone, but it’ll give you a great workout.

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10. ‘beatmania 4thMIX’ – “PARANOiA MAX ~DIRTY MIX~”

What would a list of rhythm game songs be without at least one good “Paranoia” mention? This tune is a staple of Konami rhythm titles, especially Dance Dance Revolution and Beatmania, and this particular mix is everything fans know and love about the song, pumped up to the max. It combines techno, house, electro, and samples to make the perfect combination for you to dance to and lose your mind while swaying in your seat. Try not to listen to every single “Paranoia” remix after you hear this one. I dare you.

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Gaming

11 Twitch Streamers To Watch This Month (May 2022)

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

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1. BQTimi

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

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2. Dayloh

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

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3. TrulyTenzin

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

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4. Drunkn_Buddha

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

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5. ThatBronzeGirl

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

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6. ChaoticBunnyTV

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

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7. honeebell

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

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8. merkeddtv

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

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9. luhvander

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

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10. BlackSokka

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

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11. Khaykashi

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

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Consoles Gaming

The 20 Most Forgotten Gaming Characters

Mario. Sonic. Crash Bandicoot. These are all hallowed names in the gaming universe. They’re iconic characters that most gamers know, and for good reason: their games are great, they’re designed well, and they’re likable! They’re mascots that, like Pac-Man, have long had their likenesses engraved in the history books. No one would even dare consider them to be among the huge crop of forgotten gaming characters.

But just like there are mascots that everyone knows and loves, there are plenty of lesser characters that just didn’t jibe well with audiences, or their games weren’t that memorable. Maybe players just didn’t like these mascots, or they grated on the nerves, like the infamous Bubsy. Or maybe they were decent characters, but their games didn’t sell well enough to establish a franchise.

Whatever the case may be, these gaming mascots have mostly been lost to the sands of time. While some of them enjoyed multiple sequels and chances for gamers to get to know them, others vanished into thin air after a single title. We’ve collected some of the most overlooked mascots for your reading pleasure. Enjoy this trip down memory lane — or your first brush with some of the weirder mascots out there. There are definitely plenty of them.

Forgotten Gaming Characters
Sega

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1. ‘Glover’

Glover is exactly what you’d think: an anthropomorphic glove. He can maneuver a ball around, which is his main method of interacting with the environment. He can roll, bounce, throw, slap, balance on, and dribble the ball he’s rolling at the time, though it will depend on which level he’s in. He might use a bouncy ball, bowling ball, crystal ball, or one of several others. Glover only appeared in one game on Nintendo 64 and PC, as the planned sequel, Glover 2, was canceled. Since then, Glover continues to languish in obscurity.

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2. ‘Blinx the Time Sweeper’

The ill-fated Blinx was originally slated to be the Xbox’s mascot. This cat with a vacuum is called a Time Sweeper, and as such can manipulate time. Using his TS-1000 Vacuum Cleaner, he can slow time down, speed it up, record a moment in time, reverse it, and stop time entirely. Blinx actually got two games, despite low sales and mixed reviews for the first title. Unfortunately, his 2004 sequel is the last anyone’s heard of Blinx, and he certainly hasn’t established himself as the Xbox’s mascot. That honor would go to Master Chief if we had to choose. So it should come as no surprise that Microsoft’s feline representative is counted among this long list of forgotten gaming characters.

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3. ‘Gex: Enter the Gecko’

Gex is a wise-cracking gecko who can, well, run and jump. He’s also an expert on a wide range of pop culture topics. But that’s about all he’s known for, and that doesn’t put him very far above the Geico lizard if we’re being honest. Though the Gex games received mostly positive reviews, Gex has largely disappeared out of the collective gaming consciousness. He just wasn’t that memorable, and his games weren’t worth banking on a future with, especially given that they mostly lacked originality.

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4. ‘Chuck Rock’

Chuck Rock was actually the early mascot for developer Core Design, ahead of Lara Croft’s 1996 debut. This neanderthal loves to say “Unga Bunga” while sporting a punk mohawk and throwing rocks at things. He’s also a rock star. Overall, a pretty unique spin on the typical mascot character, but not enough to stand the test of time. He did enjoy several sequels, however, and Core Design has promised a modern one is on the way.

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5. ‘James Pond: Underwater Agent’

Get it? Pond? Because he’s a frog? This amphibian, dressed like James Bond, is exactly what you’d expect: an underwater hero. He can do everything the typical mascot hero can do, but he can also fire off bubbles at enemies to trap them a la Bubble Bobble, then pop the trapped enemies’ bubbles to finish them off. Surprisingly, there were a few James Pond games, but ultimately the mudskipper has never become the household name his creators thought him destined for.

Buy Now, $75
https://www.ebay.com/p/56248537
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/2eL8DgCcenA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $18.50”,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/144463039412?hash=item21a2ab0bb4:g:FzwAAOSwx6diMJ4k</div>
6. ‘Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure’

Dizzy is an anthropomorphic egg, but don’t call him Humpty Dumpty. He’s named Dizzy for the way he can roll around the games he stars in, peppering in somersaults and other fun ways to interact with the environment. He’s always on the way to save his friends and family, the Yolkfolk, from the wizard Zaks who want to destroy them. Dizzy enjoyed several games, most of them platformers, but the series eventually fizzled out and this egg became cracked.

Buy Now, $18.50
https://www.ebay.com/itm/144463039412?hash=item21a2ab0bb4:g:FzwAAOSwx6diMJ4k
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vLHcMAyYpec” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘Punky Skunk'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $149.94″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Punky-Skunk-PlayStation/dp/B00002STJU</div>
7. ‘Punky Skunk’

Ever heard of a punk skunk? You have now. Punky Skunk follows an anthropomorphic skunk named Punky who uses a special set of gear to accomplish his mission: saving the world. That includes a snowboard, skunk spray, a pogo stick, and all manner of wacky items strewn through each level. And that’s about all you can say about Punky. He only ever got one game, but it’s still pretty fun if you’re looking for something weird to play.

Buy Now, $149.94
https://www.amazon.com/Punky-Skunk-PlayStation/dp/B00002STJU
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EyvgJZAFS2g” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Jersey Devil'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $279.96″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Jersey-Devil/dp/B00002STJ5</div>
8. ‘Jersey Devil’

Ever heard of a Jersey Devil? These mythical creatures are rooted in folklore, but the star of this PS1 game is one, too. This bat-like protagonist can jump, punch, and glide his way through expansive levels when it comes to defeating his enemies. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much about the Jersey Devil that set him apart from the rest of the mascots in the world, so there weren’t any sequels and we haven’t heard from him again. Even though its overall design is pretty cool, this edgy creature wasn’t popular enough to rise above its placing here among so many other forgotten gaming characters.

Buy Now, $279.96
https://www.amazon.com/Jersey-Devil/dp/B00002STJ5
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/mPZl_ZtopHM” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Skunny'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $8.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/403497659930?hash=item5df255ae1a:g:LBUAAOSwCbliF9SI</div>
9. ‘Skunny’

Skunny is an adorable squirrel who collects rings and travels around in mine carts whenever he can. He can also dash very quickly, much like Sonic the Hedgehog. Unfortunately, when it comes to describing Skunny, that’s about all there is to say. This budget game hero appeared in only a couple of titles before fading away. But if you’re curious, they’re fun enough for an afternoon or two, if only to see what could have been.

Buy Now, $8.99
https://www.ebay.com/itm/403497659930?hash=item5df255ae1a:g:LBUAAOSwCbliF9SI
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/f_VPhDnRwdk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Titus the Fox'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/711230/Titus_the_Fox/</div>
10. ‘Titus the Fox’

Titus the Fox is actually developer Titus Interactive’s mascot, so he did serve his initial purpose, but he didn’t get much of anywhere after starring in his first game. Titus must go on a quest to save his girlfriend Suzy as he makes his way throughout the Sahara desert. He can pick up and throw objects, stand on thrown objects, and even throw enemies. In fact, stacking items on top of each other is required if you want to make your way through to the end of the game. Ultimately, however, there was nothing exciting enough about Titus to help him appear in another game, and he’s largely disappeared from the zeitgeist.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/711230/Titus_the_Fox/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YcffVhvpvHo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Croc: Legend of the Gobbos'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Croc-Legend-Gobbos-PC/dp/B00001YVBH</div>
11. ‘Croc: Legend of the Gobbos’

Croc is a friendly crocodile that players can control a lot like Mario in Super Mario 64. He can use a deadly tail swipe to defeat enemies and bosses, and a hip drop, also like Mario, to break open crates. He’s also absolutely adorable, which is definitely something important he’s got going for him, but unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to keep potential players interested. The game was released to mixed reviews and even went on to have a sequel — and several mobile games later on in the mascot’s life. Sadly, despite all this, there just wasn’t room for much else. Even though he’s considered to be one of those forgotten gaming characters from the age of 32-bit consoles, his cutesy stature has aforded him a small fanbase that still adores him.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://www.amazon.com/Croc-Legend-Gobbos-PC/dp/B00001YVBH
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/6GwNC4H5X_4″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Aero the Acrobat'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.49″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/203222045537?epid=4241\u0026amp;_trkparms=ispr%3D1\u0026amp;hash=item2f50fa5361:g:LvMAAOSwaYtiD-VT\u0026amp;amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA0FaFpol2%2BoDcqcbnUSHJ93vqBSDfZ66KlFgA3vP83oKbAfumFqMN%2BJwp%2FIINEMxZj%2FLZEzwZxpKe1N4k97GA0WyfqgL1RIg0QwrIyooexph3Lxzui83U14RX9XFpmBXkS%2BHlvhMiraMn6ZwIymB9iBy5StUSx5ydH2UsbSujh%2BqExNvqAH7mDZTIOvFRe%2BV78xrMeqg%2FGMa44ljchQSPeZbhwC35MswYFjgHB9U1YzR5e%2F%2Fkw1T9nUDMjTWd25NKbrD8%2BT1wmj%2B2c%2BrdcOgkyrM%3D%7Ctkp%3ABFBMhvazjZdg\u0026amp;var=503570278275</div>
12. ‘Aero the Acrobat’

Aero the Acrobat is an interesting mascot case, as he looks a bit like a villain character, but he’s actually there to save the day. As a circus star and the best hope for rescuing the performers at The World of Amusement Circus and Funpark from the evil Edgar Ektor, Aero has to pass through hoops, step on platforms, throw stars, and aim aerial drill attacks at enemies while in the air. All in all, an interesting take on the typical mascot platformer, but not memorable enough to cement Aero in the annals of history. As far as forgotten gaming characters go, this platforming daredevil sticks out as a fan favorite for retro heads that gave his games a try.

Buy Now, $16.49
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203222045537?epid=4241&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item2f50fa5361:g:LvMAAOSwaYtiD-VT&amdata=enc%3AAQAHAAAA0FaFpol2%2BoDcqcbnUSHJ93vqBSDfZ66KlFgA3vP83oKbAfumFqMN%2BJwp%2FIINEMxZj%2FLZEzwZxpKe1N4k97GA0WyfqgL1RIg0QwrIyooexph3Lxzui83U14RX9XFpmBXkS%2BHlvhMiraMn6ZwIymB9iBy5StUSx5ydH2UsbSujh%2BqExNvqAH7mDZTIOvFRe%2BV78xrMeqg%2FGMa44ljchQSPeZbhwC35MswYFjgHB9U1YzR5e%2F%2Fkw1T9nUDMjTWd25NKbrD8%2BT1wmj%2B2c%2BrdcOgkyrM%3D%7Ctkp%3ABFBMhvazjZdg&var=503570278275
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/w3be0kZX9fo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘Ristar'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $0.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/34312/Ristar/</div>
13. ‘Ristar’

Ristar is, well, an anthropomorphic star, as strange as that is. He can reach in eight different directions, and that’s his main mode of attack. He can extend his arms, grab the enemy, and headbutt them to kill them off. He can also open up treasure chests in this way and grab and throw enemies if they mess with him. Other than that, Ristar doesn’t have a ton going for him. He only ever appeared in one game, but it did well enough, acting as a decent alternative to Sonic, even though Ristar didn’t get established as a mascot.

Buy Now, $0.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/34312/Ristar/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/lQ3aktFUX3Q” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘Bonk’s Adventure'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $870″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/p/4305?iid=275303355652</div>
14. ‘Bonk’s Adventure’

Bonk is a cute (totally bald) little caveboy whose mission in life is to rescue Princess Za, a small dinosaur who the evil King Drool has kidnapped for his own. Just like his name implies, he “bonks” enemies on the head, and collects pieces of meat as a power-up. In his second stage power-up level, he can stun enemies. In the third stage, he can become invincible for a short time. The games Bonk stars in are actually pretty fun, but unfortunately, he’s no longer in the public eye.

Buy Now, $870
https://www.ebay.com/p/4305?iid=275303355652
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bD9kUSaXoXE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $294.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/324797180063?hash=item4b9f6ba89f:g:A74AAOSwTIJhSc7k</div>
15. ‘Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel’

Zero the Kamikaze Squirrel is an interesting case. He’s actually a rival from Aero the Acrobat, marking an occasion where mascots appear in mutual characters’ games. Zero has a few innovative moves that feel great in practice, like special dives and swoops, and bright, colorful graphics. He brings some real personality to the game, but ultimately, he didn’t get another game — Aero the Acrobat did, funnily enough.

Buy Now, $294.99
https://www.ebay.com/itm/324797180063?hash=item4b9f6ba89f:g:A74AAOSwTIJhSc7k
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_WTqIFLgzzQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘Zool Redimensioned'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1647730/Zool_Redimensioned/</div>
16. ‘Zool Redimensioned’

It isn’t immediately obvious what Zool actually is, but there’s an easy answer: a gremlin. Zool is the “Ninja of the Nth Dimension”, a creature who was forced to land on Earth and earn a ninja ranking. Zool is ultimately memorable because of his bizarre design and even snagged a sequel game in 1993. But, like the other mascots on this list, Zool didn’t manage to stick around very long.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1647730/Zool_Redimensioned/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jSlNcLF3kCc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘Wild Woody'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $199.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Wild-Woody-Sega-CD/dp/B000HEDVBE</div>
17. ‘Wild Woody’

Yes, if you’re curious, Wild Woody is a pencil. That’s about it. But he can actually do a series of pretty interesting things when compared to other similar platforming games. Woody can jump on characters and literally erase them as an attack, and can also bring sketches to life to destroy enemies in his stead. He can draw three times in a row, selecting sketches from his personal sketchbook. You’ve got to hand it to the developers: it’s unique, but we never did hear from Wild Woody again after a single game.

Buy Now, $199.99
https://www.amazon.com/Wild-Woody-Sega-CD/dp/B000HEDVBE
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/-AaUO_EvW48″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘Rocky Rodent'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $128.88″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Rodent-Nintendo-Super-NES/dp/B00002STY4</div>
18. ‘Rocky Rodent’

Rocky Rodent is exactly what he sounds like: a rodent named Rocky. He uses four different hairstyles as weapons to rescue the daughter of the owner of his favorite restaurant. He’s serving ’90s vibes, down to his hair and attire, from top to bottom. There’s nothing much to say here, Rocky just didn’t make the cut. But it’s still fun to go back and check out his game to think back on the ’90s, a truly weird time for all of us.

Buy Now, $128.88
https://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Rodent-Nintendo-Super-NES/dp/B00002STY4
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/jDTUpkDw3zE” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Cool Spot'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $60.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.amazon.com/Cool-Spot-Super-Nintendo/dp/B000035XZO</div>
19. ‘Cool Spot’

Technically, Cool Spot wasn’t meant for video games. It’s the 7Up mascot. And to be fair, that little red dot has been in the 7Up logo since time immemorial. But Cool Spot as a game character? Just like Yo! Noid, Cool Spot’s powers are based on his status as a soda pop character. He can jump and attack by throwing soda bubbles in any direction as well as cling to and climb various things. In the end, all you really remember about him, though, is that he’s a 7Up-centric character. Not really conducive for a game mascot.

Buy Now, $60.99
https://www.amazon.com/Cool-Spot-Super-Nintendo/dp/B000035XZO
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/b16upFloYak” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Jazz Jackrabbit'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://www.gog.com/en/game/jazz_jackrabbit_collection</div>
20. ‘Jazz Jackrabbit’

Jazz Jackrabbit is actually a fairly successful mascot, an anthropomorphic green rabbit, whose sworn enemy is a tortoise named Devan Shell. Jazz is armed with a gun to take down his enemies, but he can also run, jump, and eat carrots to earn health again. There were several Jazz Jackrabbit installments, but ultimately Jazz has been retired. This is one mascot that would be awesome to see return at some point, though. But for now, he’s just going to have to live with his niche status among this collection of forgotten gaming characters.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://www.gog.com/en/game/jazz_jackrabbit_collection


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Consoles Gaming

The 20 Best Games Like ‘Little Nightmares’

Looking for something that’ll crawl under your skin and stay there? Little Nightmares is a terrifying puzzle platformer that grips you tightly and doesn’t let up. Once you meet protagonist Six and become entangled in her plight to leave the horrific world she finds herself in, you can’t look away. Unfortunately, aside from a sequel, there’s not much of the world created by Tarsier Studios to explore once you’ve completed it. Thankfully, we’re here to provide you with a selection of games just like Little Nightmares.

That’s where we come in. If you want more of the unique kind of terror that Little Nightmares induces once you’re deep in the thick of things, we’ve got good news for you: there are plenty of other games out there just like this one. So if you finished things up and need more to get you through your gaming dry spell, we’ve got you covered. Check out the 20 best games like Little Nightmares.

Games Like ‘Little Nighmares’
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<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4HSyVXKYz8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed1. ‘Limbo’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/LIMBO/</div>
1. ‘Limbo’

The monochromatic Limbo is close in spirit to Little Nightmares, especially since it’s dark, cinematic, and abjectly terrifying. You take on the role of a young boy who wakes up in a dark forest, where a spider is trying to kill him. The nameless child has to escape the dangers of the forest while snapping off spider legs, escaping spike traps, and all the humans who wish to attack him or kill him. It’s challenging, sure, but it’s also extremely chilling. If you’re looking for 1:1 games like Little Nightmares, then Limbo should be your first option.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/48000/LIMBO/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/yDm6PAgNohU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed2. ‘Inside’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/304430/INSIDE/</div>
2. ‘Inside’

Inside is cut from the same cloth as Limbo, and from the same developer. It follows another nameless young boy who finds himself in a deep, dark forest, forced to escape masked guards, all armed with flashlights. He must avoid shambling hordes of zombie-like people, navigate a massive factory filled with flooded rooms, and a laboratory where it appears people are being experimented on. Much like Limbo, it’s a dark journey that requires an iron will to complete, chock full of grisly deaths and jump scares.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/304430/INSIDE/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/V7lJYsKWpZs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed3. ‘Among the Sleep’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $16.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/250620/Among_the_Sleep__Enhanced_Edition/</div>
3. ‘Among the Sleep’

This first-person adventure is seen through the eyes of a toddler named David, who’s essentially completely helpless. David gets in the middle of feuding parents, which is difficult to process as he’s still a child. He receives a teddy bear as a gift, and the bear takes on a life of its own and guides David on a terrifying adventure to find his mother Zoey after she disappears. David is too young to fight back against the terrors that strike as he makes his way throughout the game, so getting acclimated to what little you can do as a toddler makes for most of the scare factor throughout Among the Sleep.

Buy Now, $16.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/250620/Among_the_Sleep__Enhanced_Edition/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/cnfXW4JRLpc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed4. ‘Fran Bow'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/362680/Fran_Bow/</div>
4. ‘Fran Bow’

Fran Bow is a graphic adventure game that follows the titular 10-year-old Fran, who finds herself dealing with mental illness after seeing her parents murdered. She receives pills as part of a treatment that causes violent hallucinations of a parallel universe. She’s imprisoned because of these visions and works to escape the asylum she’s forced to remain in. Having done so, she finds herself in a nocturnal forest that she must work through to find her way home. The game is rife with nightmarish imagery and the characters must continually grapple with trauma, abuse from outsiders, and horrible pitfalls that betray them at every turn.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/362680/Fran_Bow/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_7RCi0pWYD8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed5. ‘Sally Face'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.98″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/bundle/12482/Sally_Face__COMPLETE_GAME/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwmuiTBhDoARIsAPiv6L8LmYatmQHyysfUe-zj6VtQWKZRsTFm_OU7GokASNf8GGZj7pA-tiEaAirtEALw_wcB</div>
5. ‘Sally Face’

This eerie adventure centers around the titular Sally Face, or “Sal Fisher,” a boy with a prosthetic face. Together with his friends, he investigates a series of local murders. Across five episodes, he gets to the bottom of grisly murderers, gets mixed up in some demonic curses, and encrypted messages. While some of the content isn’t as horrific as what we see in Little Nightmares, Sally Face’s unsettling aesthetic should be more than enough to creep some players out, especially when you factor in humanity being enveloped by darkness even in the game’s better ending. Lots of fridge horror to be found here, which makes it a perfect candidate for games like Little Nightmares.

Buy Now, $14.98
https://store.steampowered.com/bundle/12482/Sally_Face__COMPLETE_GAME/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwmuiTBhDoARIsAPiv6L8LmYatmQHyysfUe-zj6VtQWKZRsTFm_OU7GokASNf8GGZj7pA-tiEaAirtEALw_wcB
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7c_xdTnVPos” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed6. ‘Bendy and the Ink Machine’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99 “,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/622650/Bendy_and_the_Ink_Machine/</div>
6. ‘Bendy and the Ink Machine’

This first-person survival horror game is all about Henry Stein, a retired animator who receives a mysterious letter one day asking him to return to his old workplace. When he arrives, he discovers a series of bizarre paranormal events being caused by the “Ink Machine.” While dealing with this strange, unsettling entity, players have to work to complete puzzles, defeat enemies, and collect objects, all the while piecing together what’s happening by way of creepy audio logs planted throughout the studio. Its classic animation style only serves to amplify its scare factor, too — kind of like a horror-centric Cuphead. The creep factor is off the charts here, which makes it just the right selection for games like Little Nightmares.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/622650/Bendy_and_the_Ink_Machine/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/AI9zBBTyX-E” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed7. ‘Little Nightmares II’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $29.99</div>
7. ‘Little Nightmares II’

What kind of a list would this be without a shout-out to the sequel to Little Nightmares? It’s further down in terms of recommendations only due to the fact that it’s actually a sequel, however, instead of a continuation of the story proper. Still, it serves up more of the story of Six and adds another player to the mix, too: Mono. Six and Mono find themselves trapped in a creepy world that’s been distorted by the disturbing hum of a distant tower, and they’ve got to work together to figure a way out. Oh, and it’s every bit as spine-tingling as the original game if you were worried. There are plenty of reasons to freak out anytime anything happens. Trust us. This is the logical next game to play after the original Little Nightmares, but you may want something else a bit different before diving right in for your nerves to handle it.

Buy Now, $29.99
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/gHIK8YgcuIo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed8. ‘Detention’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $11.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/555220/Detention/</div>
8. ‘Detention’

Detention is more than just punishment for misbehaving in school. It’s also a nightmarish title for Red Candle Games. It’s set in 1960s Taiwan during the White Terror period, where students Wei and ray are trapped in Greenwood High School, a remote school in the mountains. They no longer recognize the area they once knew, as it’s now teeming with demons known as the “lingered.” While dodging and attempting to fight these creatures off, both students must devise a way to make their school normal once more without succumbing to a grisly death. Plus, there are multiple endings to experience, a couple of which mask the true conclusion. It’s absolutely not for the faint of heart.

Buy Now, $11.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/555220/Detention/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/VVLzQMqWER8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed9. ‘Unravel’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1225560/Unravel/</div>
9. ‘Unravel’

This physics-based adventure introduces Yarny, a creature crafted from a thread of yarn. As you move throughout each level, Yarny unravels a bit to move, swing, and interact with items on his journey. Meant as the representation of the ties that bind people together, Yarny actually looks a little creepy — and while this story is a heartfelt one, it’s also silent. There are more than a few heart-pounding moments, and ways to see Unravel as more of a horrific adventure than anything else. It also controls similarly to Little Nightmares, so fans will notice this immediately.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1225560/Unravel/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/DV02RsYR9Qg” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed10. ‘Pathologic’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $12.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/384110/Pathologic_Classic_HD/</div>
10. ‘Pathologic’

Just about every facet of Pathologic is meant to scare the pants off of players, from its aesthetic to its eerie voice acting. It takes place over the course of 12 in-game days as you work to uncover the source of a bizarre sickness known as the “sand plague” that’s taken over a small town. You can play as each of the three characters in the town (Bachelor, Changeling, and Haruspex) to uncover the secrets of the town and where the sickness stems from. While it’s not overtly horrific, there’s a silent, disturbing air to Pathologic that makes it impossible to play in the darkness in the middle of the night. Prepare to sleep with the lights on after you’ve fully experienced this equally horrifying game like Little Nightmares.

Buy Now, $12.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/384110/Pathologic_Classic_HD/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ARpewy9gvus” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed11. ‘Yume Nikki’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, Free”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/650700/Yume_Nikki/</div>
11. ‘Yume Nikki’

Yume Nikki may seem unassuming: it’s a cult RPG Maker 2003 classic from the mysterious developer Kikiyama that follows a young girl named Madotsuki. The unassuming protagonist leads players through a series of seemingly unconnected dreams at first, but as players delve ever deeper into the game, things suddenly begin becoming a little clearer. That’s not before she happens across some particularly creepy locales such as a world full of bizarre, bleeding shape-like creatures, bird-women, and a monochromatic monster named Uboa. None of it really makes much sense, but it’s one of the scariest pixel-centric games you’ll ever play. Don’t believe us? Just play it.

Buy Now, Free
https://store.steampowered.com/app/650700/Yume_Nikki/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/JEHPwAvrc_U” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed12. ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $3.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/57300/Amnesia_The_Dark_Descent/</div>
12. ‘Amnesia: The Dark Descent’

Video games love to play tricks on your perceived sanity, and Amnesia: The Dark Descent is no exception. Players control protagonist Daniel as he’s forced to explore the dark, harrowing halls of the Prussian Brennenburg Castle with not a shred of memories about why he’s there, who he is, or what his story is. He can only remember his name and that something is hunting him – but what? Throughout the dark, inky blackness of the castle and the terror waiting around every corner, Daniel must keep his cool (and keep his wits about him) to avoid monsters, which will chase him recklessly to track him down. It may sound like a demented game of hide and seek, but it’s more than that: it’s a race to regain Daniel’s peace of mind, and probably your own after the game’s over.

Buy Now, $3.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/57300/Amnesia_The_Dark_Descent/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4m73BSovpEc” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed13. ‘The Pathless’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $39.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/1492680/The_Pathless/</div>
13. ‘The Pathless’

The Pathless is a third-person action-adventure where players control the Hunter, tasked with lifting the curse on a massive island. The Hunter is a master archer who must use her talents as well as her pointed bow and arrow skills in a bid to navigate the land while searching for a way to bring peace back to the world. Players must keep an eye on their dash meter and keep it refilled by shooting at talismans found throughout the world. Her eagle companion can carry her short distances as well, which occasionally helps her to explore new areas. While it’s a gorgeous game, it’s also quite unsettling.

Buy Now, $39.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1492680/The_Pathless/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/rp0M5Y6JMbQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed14. ‘We Happy Few'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $59.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/320240/We_Happy_Few/</div>
14. ‘We Happy Few’

In the future, everyone’s strung out on Joy. Yes, everyone. And no, we’re not talking emotions here. Joy is a drug that everyone pops like candy, and it makes things rosy, beautiful, and oh-so-perfect. Who needs to know about anything going on in the real world when everything can be amazing at all times? That’s what Joy offers the people of Wellington Wells. Except no one is actually happy, which makes for a shocking and terrifying narrative to explore. There’s crafting, combat, and puzzle-solving with surprises around every corner, and new reasons to recoil in horror, too. We Happy Few is the kind of scary we’re talking about when the topic of games like Little Nightmares springs up before you start planning your Halloween gaming playlist.

Buy Now, $59.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/320240/We_Happy_Few/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/fcbXPYygyC8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed15. ‘Contrast'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $9.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/224460/Contrast/</div>
15. ‘Contrast’

Step into the shoes of Dawn, an acrobatic performer with a host of shape-shifting abilities, in Contrast. Her forte is shifting into shadows, which transforms a 3D world into a 2D platformer when the need arises. Dawn can take objects with her into the 2D plane, which is advantageous when faced with quandaries that simply can’t be solved the conventional way. The shadows cast on walls by crowds of folks on the city streets open up new paths for Dawn to take as she flits through the whimsical sights and sounds of 1920s Paris. It’s unsettling from the get-go, especially thanks to the way Dawn gets around, and you’ll be on the edge of the seat the entirety of the game. All in all, Contrast is a perfect candidate for games like Little Nightmares.

Buy Now, $9.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/224460/Contrast/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/SLgFSf6403s” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed16. ‘Yomawari: Night Alone’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/477870/Yomawari_Night_Alone/</div>
16. ‘Yomawari: Night Alone’

A young girl goes out in the middle of the night with her dog Poro and suffers a tragic accident. She returns home to her sister, who goes out to look for Poro. When the sister doesn’t return, the younger girl decides to locate her missing sister and dog. But when she heads out, she realizes nothing’s the same about her town or where she lives. There are spirits stalking about, hunting humans, and she’s got to figure out how to track down her loved ones, all without succumbing to the demons who want them all dead.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/477870/Yomawari_Night_Alone/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/4FHKBJG-w5Q” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed17. ‘Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $14.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/209830/Lone_Survivor_The_Directors_Cut/</div>
17. ‘Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut’

Don’t let this horror game’s pixelated graphics fool you. You control a nameless protagonist as you make your way through a post-apocalyptic hellscape after escaping your apartment. A disease has turned most of the world’s inhabitants into zombies, and you’re unsure if there are any other survivors milling about. You have to find food, weapons, and anyone else who may have survived the outbreak, all while mapping out where to go next and how best to avoid succumbing to the disease yourself. You feel the loneliness that permeates every single part of the game, and that’s part of what makes it such a memorable adventure, as well as absolutely spine-tingling.

Buy Now, $14.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/209830/Lone_Survivor_The_Directors_Cut/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/62cplJi7AeY” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed18. ‘DARQ: Complete Edition'”,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99″,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/433550/DARQ_Complete_Edition/</div>
18. ‘DARQ: Complete Edition’

DARQ is a beautifully crafted nightmare that feels quite unlike anything you’ve ever played before. Lloyd is a young boy who knows he’s dreaming. Unfortunately, instead of his dream turning into sunshine and rainbows, it’s a nightmare, and he can’t seem to wake up. Lloyd must explore his unconscious mind to survive the nightmare, all while solving gravity-defying puzzles, defeating bizarre creatures, and eventually escaping the dream world. This may be one of the most accurate representations of what a nightmare could feel like, especially since you’re so utterly helpless as Lloyd and can’t seem to escape the weird world you find yourself in.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/433550/DARQ_Complete_Edition/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/_CCl_L2R4fU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed19. ‘Kukui’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, Free”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/680040/Kukui/</div>
19. ‘Kukui’

Kyle is a 10-year-old boy with a brain disorder that forces him to see things from terrifying parallel worlds. After suffering a terrible accident, Kyle slips into a coma. Though he’s paralyzed and unable to move, his brain still functions. This allows him to explore his trauma, understand what happened with the accident, and figure out a way to get back to normal. Throughout three unique maze maps, Kyle will collect pieces of his memories and confront parts of himself that he didn’t realize were locked away. Kukui is a must-play for anyone who enjoys games like Little Nightmares.

Buy Now, Free
https://store.steampowered.com/app/680040/Kukui/
<div class =”code”><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/PxMSR0Qu6mU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”,”hed20. ‘Another Sight’ “,”buttonTextBuy Now, $19.99”,”buttonUrlhttps://store.steampowered.com/app/888630/Another_Sight__Definitive_Edition/</div>
20. ‘Another Sight’

Another Sight is unique in that it takes place in an alternative vision of London in 1899. It follows two protagonists: teenager Kit and a cat named Hodge. Kit loses her sight after being caught in the collapse of a London Underground construction sight. Hodge becomes her eyes as the pair team up for an intriguing fantasy adventure through a surreal, emotional world. It may not be as scary as Little Nightmares, but it’s well worth experiencing, especially since it features a disabled protagonist who’s trying to navigate her world with an alternate method of sight, something that’s a much different narrative path than so many other games out there.

Buy Now, $19.99
https://store.steampowered.com/app/888630/Another_Sight__Definitive_Edition/