Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince Review – Another Blooming Adventure

Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince

Reviewed on:

Switch, PC

Playtonic Friends

Castle Pixel

August 16, 2022

Modern homages to classic video games often go one of two ways: They either stick close to the gameplay conventions to which they are paying tribute, or they expand the original games’ styles in meaningful and innovative ways. Blossom Tales II: The Minotaur Prince, like its 2017 predecessor, is more the former than the latter, adhering closely to the classic Legend of Zelda blueprint, most notably that of A Link to the Past. Despite this lack of innovation, Blossom Tales II still manages to capture many of the acclaimed elements of what many consider to be one of the greatest video games of all time, and in the process, delivers a fun, retro-facing adventure worth embarking on.

After player-character Lily accidentally unleashes the Minotaur King, who swiftly kidnaps her brother, a new dark age looms unless she can put a stop to the monstrous mythological monarch. To do so, she must leave the comfort of Blossomdale to trek through pirate-infested swamplands, ghost-haunted mansions, and a monster-filled desert. I love how each biome presents different challenges and enemies to overcome, and the exploration often feels natural and intuitive, leading you from one screen to the next. I rarely felt lost during my playthrough, which is a testament to the design of the open world and the dungeons therein.

Unfortunately, despite my enjoyment of the exploration, I rarely felt adequately rewarded for poking around each nook and cranny. Treasure offered for completing even the most difficult caverns is often gold coins, of which I already had more than I could spend. On rare occasions, I received a heart piece to help me earn more health, but those were so rare (and you need four of them to add to your max health) that it was minimally exciting. Still, that didn’t stop me from bombing every cracked wall, collecting every item, and fishing every pond.

Blossom Tales II carries on the series’ hallmark of well-crafted dungeon experiences. Much like the world, the game’s dungeons flow well from room to room, and give you the right number of clues to progress without much frustration. While a late labyrinth is perhaps my favorite thanks to its strong mix of challenging combat and head-scratching puzzles, the dungeons feature terrific design involving minecart tracks, changing water levels, and more.

Blossom Tales II’s simple combat lacks the sophistication and smoothness of other top-down action games, but it makes up for it by giving you a wealth of items and powerups. Genre mainstays like a bow, boomerang, and bombs appear in your inventory early on, while a yo-yo that acts like a hookshot and a guitar on which you play spell-inducing songs do more than nod at the Zelda series. These items are used in interesting and satisfying ways, though I was less excited about how often I needed to pause the action and map a different item to the face buttons.


The story uses an unreliable narrator convention as it’s told to children Lily and Chrys, who also serve as the two main characters of the adventure. On occasion, the kids will fight over what they want to happen, and it’s up to you to decide what to do. Though I enjoy being able to choose what kind of enemies I needed to fight or puzzle I needed to solve on occasion, the unique storytelling model is underutilized and relegated to only minor decisions.

Blossom Tales II does little to hide its Zelda inspiration from the player. While it doesn’t reach the heights of Nintendo’s legendary franchise, it does smooth over many of the early-‘90s design conventions present in games like A Link to the Past to deliver an adventure able to be enjoyed by players of all ages and experience levels. Blossom Tales II is a better game than its predecessor, and I hope we continue to get more adventures from Lily, Chrys, and their grandpa in the future.


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Splatoon 3 Preview – Feeling As Fresh As Ever

Splatoon 3




September 9, 2022

Everyone 10+

When the Splatoon 3-focused Nintendo Direct hit two weeks ago, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the information and how much content the Splatoon team was bringing at launch. As someone who very much enjoyed the first two Splatoon games (as well as Splatoon 2’s Octo Expansion), that Nintendo Direct was all I needed to bring my excitement levels up a few notches. However, having the opportunity to get my hands on the soon-to-be-released Splatoon 3 only skyrocketed this game up the list of my most anticipated 2022 releases.

During my 75-minute hands-on session, I was able to check out the three main pillars of Splatoon 3: the single-player Hero Mode, the 4v4 Turf Wars, and the four-player co-op Salmon Run. All three of these modes appeared in Splatoon 2, though Turf Wars has been the series’ main attraction since the first game. While Splatoon will likely always be known for its multiplayer fun, the single-player story modes of the first two games are vastly underrated. If my time with Splatoon 3’s story is any indication, the finale of this ongoing saga is poised to deliver even more satisfying shooting, splatting, puzzle-solving, and platforming. 

Splatoon 3

“Obviously, with such a heavy multiplayer focus in Splatoon, I think a lot of people kind of forget about Hero Mode,” Nintendo vice president of product and player experience Bill Trinen says. “They forget just how inventive the level design and single-player platforming that they’re doing in that mode is, and just how connected it is to, I think, what is a very traditional Nintendo approach to gameplay and level design that often gets overshadowed by the multiplayer side of Splatoon. I’m hoping a lot of people will dive into it right away rather than going straight to the multiplayer side like some of those longtime Splatoon fans may do.”

I played through three stages in story mode, requiring me to employ unique tactics to reach the goal. One had me completing mini puzzles and combat scenarios to retrieve four keys to reach the end, while another asked me to constantly stop charging enemies from getting too close to me. However, my favorite stage in my time with the single-player campaign let me use the new Tri-Stringer bow weapon. This bow-and-arrow-style weapon fires a three-arrow spread that can be either rapid-fired or charged. If you charge it long enough, the arrows become mini bombs that explode shortly after reaching their targets, a technique that comes very much in handy at the end of the stage when dealing with some shielded octarians. You can also jump while wielding the Tri-Stringer to change the direction of the spread from horizontal to vertical.

Splatoon 3

Meanwhile, Salmon Run brings myriad improvements to the table, adding to the frantic pace of the mode. Sure, players can now throw golden eggs dropped by bosses, but the most impactful part of the Splatoon 3 Salmon Run experience comes from the new bosses, like the Slammin’ Lid, that crop up at a rapid clip. The diversity brought by the stable of new and existing bosses ensures you can never get too comfortable with any single tactic. The only way to truly survive a high-difficulty Salmon Run attempt is to expect the unexpected and watch your teammates’ backs. After we easily breezed through a low-difficulty playthrough of Salmon Run, we faltered in the second wave of a higher-difficulty attempt as we failed to collect enough golden eggs before the time limit. Now that Salmon Run is available at any time instead of just during select windows, and it gives you rewards you can bring into other modes, I can’t wait to really sink my teeth into this horde-style mode.

“Previously, you’d go into Salmon Run during the window that it was open, and you’d have special gear that was going to be available for that Salmon Run,” Nintendo senior vice president of product development Nate Bihldorff says. “Now, with Salmon Run available all the time, not only are you going to be going after those temporal awards, but also your progress there is feeding back into the seasonal catalog and unlocking items there as well. So, with the way the game’s economy is working with Salmon Run being available all the time is a much bigger part of that big, virtuous circle of driving you back and forth between different modes, so that you’re always re-engaging with the game.”

Splatoon 3

The final mode I played during my hands-on time is Turf War. As you might imagine, this flagship feature is as fun as ever, with small improvements making it much more enjoyable. I like being able to spawn in a specific direction after being splatted, and the new weapons and specials are extremely effective; I had a blast using the new Splatana in my third match. The new moves available to players also change traversal and combat in subtle, yet meaningful ways. The Squid Surge, where you can boost up a wall after a short button hold, is helpful for fast climbing, but the Squid Roll has the potential to change any given encounter since you can easily change swimming directions multiple times in rapid succession while being protected by a quick shield. I used Squid Roll multiple times in my session and on a couple of occasions, it felt like its utilization was instrumental in my coming out on top.

The days of a Splatoon game launching with minimal content with the promise of filling in the blanks post-launch are seemingly gone, though we’re still receiving a robust, two-year-long post-launch content plan. Splatoon 3 will include 12 Turf War stages at launch, nearly matching Splatoon 1 and Splatoon 2’s combined launch totals. The weapons screen also takes a long time to scroll through, showcasing just how much the arsenal has grown since the first game’s 2015 debut. That said, Nintendo still has an ambitious post-launch plan, with seasonal content dropping every three months for two years, several free maps and weapons, and paid DLC on the horizon.

Splatoon 3

“I think we’re already dealing with an established audience that already has their favorite modes, and for that audience, you want to be able to entice them into the different modes to play them, but for a newcomer, it really is a matter of saying, ‘Hey, look at all this stuff you can do,'” Bihldorff says. “On top of that, you can expect the same thing that happened with the other games, which is a continuous drip-feed of content coming post-launch.”

Despite the various modes I was able to check out during my preview session, there’s still more to discover in Splatoon 3. In addition to the other maps, levels, and bosses in Turf Wars, Story Mode, and Salmon Run, I didn’t get to see how Splatfests play out in this new entry, the items I’m able to peruse in the shops, and, perhaps most importantly, Tableturf Battle. While Nintendo remains largely tight-lipped on this card battler, just like the other mainstay modes, it plays into the larger Splatoon 3 ecosystem, encouraging players to check it out so they can unlock gear for use in the other Splatoon 3 modes.

Splatoon 3

“As you’re going through and playing, you’re going to unlock these packs of cards, which is another little reward you can get along the way,” Trinen says. “In Splatoon, you just feel like you’re constantly getting more things that are going to help the overall experience kind of grow and develop over time.”

After getting my hands on Splatoon 3, it has become easily one of my most anticipated games for the remainder of the year, which says a lot when you look at the release schedule over the next several months. With the Splatfest World Premiere happening in just a few days, I can’t wait to once again dive beneath the surface as my favorite kid/squid hybrid creatures. Splatoon 3 comes to Nintendo Switch on September 9. The Splatfest World Premiere is available now for free on the eShop, with the online multiplayer event running on August 27.

For more Nintendo talk from Brian, be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo, a weekly podcast he hosts covering the biggest news and games from the world of Nintendo.



New MultiVersus Trailer Reveals Morty Smith Is Now In The Game

Rick and Morty MultiVersus Trailer

Morty Smith from the popular cartoon Rick & Morty is now a playable character in the free-to-play stage fighter, MultiVersus. 

This news comes from a new Morty-focused trailer for MultiVersus that showcases the fighter in action. It features a look at how he plays as a Bruiser class brawler, complete with a muscle-enhanced left arm “Armothy” and the “Plumbus” all-purpose alien device.

Check these moves out and more in the trailer below:

“Morty, the teenage grandson of a mega-genius scientist Rick Sanchez, arrives as part of MultiVersus Season 1 and is a Bruiser class character with more than a few tricks up his sleeve,” a press release reads. “Morty’s moveset, which is on display in a newly released gameplay trailer, features a mix of skills and attacks, from his muscle-enhanced left arm ‘Armothy’ and ‘Plumbus’ all-purpose alien device, to his ability to whip himself at opponents and use of various projectiles.”

The trailer also reveals the President Morty character variant, which is available as an in-game purchase right now.

For more, check out every character nerf and buff from the big MultiVersus Season 1 update, and then read about how Black Adam and Stripe from Gremlins are coming to the game this season at some point. Check out our thoughts on the game in the Game Informer MultiVersus review after that, and then read about how MultiVersus was July’s best-selling game in the U.S. thanks to its Founder’s Pack

Who’s your MultiVersus main? Let us know in the comments below!


Dead Island 2 Gets Long-Awaited Trailer And Release Date

Earlier this week, the Dead Island 2: Day One Edition leaked on Amazon, showing a Lenny Kravitz-like warrior on the box cover. So, it’s only fitting that Gamescom 2022 ended with two trailers (cinematic and gameplay) for the long-overdue zombie-slaying sequel. 

We follow a chiseled survivor named Jacob as he leaves the safety of his (bloodied) condo and ventures into a Californian hellscape swarming with undead. He kills several adversaries with an empty rifle, jutting it through their rotten bodies and smashing their heads against the pavement with its wooden butt. 

The gameplay trailer shows scenic beaches, forsaken suburbs, cratered city streets, and still-lit carnivals. In what is one of the most graphic clips I’ve ever seen at a game show, we watch as the player-character clobbers zombies with blunt objects, jump-kicks adversaries off roofs (parkour mechanics?), and shoots gasoline tanks to engulf hordes in flames.

Dead Island 2 is a first-person action RPG with six playable characters. And according to a designer who appeared onstage, the gory romp has an irreverent, pulpy tone and gameplay that’s all about “experimenting with your preferred zombie-slaying methods.”

Dead Island 2 punches and kicks its way onto PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 3.


The Outlast Trials Highlights Wicked Experiments In New Gameplay Trailer

A product description for The Outlast Trials says players can expect “mind-numbing terror,” and that’s exactly what we see in the game’s newest trailer. Plenty of blood is shed as humans are used as lab rats in Murkoff Corporation’s Saw-like tests. In some cases, the tests just look like torture and flatout murder.

The game looks overly graphic, yet also brings about comparisons to BioShock’s tone and storytelling conventions. It’ll be interesting to see how the narrative sews all of these wild experiements together. The Outlast Trials is designed as both a single-player and cooperative experience. The player clearly is free to explore at certain points, and appears to rely on trap-like devices to fight back and escape. In one sequence, we see two players helping each other up to higher ground.

The footage concludes with news of a short closed beta running from October 28 to November 1. No other release date news was shared.


Hideo Kojima And Spotify Are Launching A Podcast Next Month

Continuing his trend of showing up during Geoff Keighley’s live-stream events and not showing new games, today during Opening Night Live, Hideo Kojima announced he’s launching a Spotify-exclusive podcast next month. The show is called Brain Structure. Or to be specific, Hideo Kojima presents Brain Structure

As for what, exactly, the podcast is, it’s a bit unclear. Kojima announced Keighley would have a regular entertainment news section and that the show will feature “very special guests from various fields.” The first episode will be released on September 8, with subsequent episodes coming out weekly. English and Japanese versions will be available.

If you don’t want to wait, a pilot episode is available now. Episode “#00 Prologue” dives into Kojima’s creative process. Check it out right here.


Phantom Hellcat, A Nier-Inspired Hack-And-Slash Action Adventure, Revealed In New Trailer

Nier-inspired Phantom Hellcat Revealed Opening Night Live 2022

All in! Games, the publisher behind titles like Ghostrunner and Chernobylite, revealed its first internal studio, Ironbird Creations, during today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase. It also unveiled a 30-second teaser for its first game, Phantom Hellcat, a Nier-inspired hack-and-slash action-adventure game coming to PlayStation/Xbox consoles and PC. 

“Break a leg as Jolene, a rebellious young woman who makes the grave mistake of breaking the seal upon a cursed theater filled with dangerous dimensions full of pompous props,” a press release reads. “The theater’s seal holding back the darkness weakens until the evil trapped within takes Jolene’s mother hostage. Soon, twisted stories of humanity will begin to escape and wreak havoc upon the world.” 

Check out Phantom Hellcat for yourself in the teaser trailer below

As you can see, this new IP seems heavily inspired by Nier: Automata, specifically the end of the amusement park segment in the game. 

“Claim a stake in a Transylvanian Bibliotheque castle possibly full of vampires,” the press release reads. “Venture across other theatrical plays inspired by pop culture and ensure Jolene has the starring role in them all, no matter who she has to cut down. Turn the surroundings and props from these worlds into extra weapons to use against enigmatic enemies as well as opportunities for character growth.” 

As far as hacking and slashing go, it looks stylish and fast-paced, which is a plus. Jolene also has access to various skills and stat changes by way of utilizing the powers sealed within mysterious character masks. The game will also feature dynamic camera-perspective shifts from 2D to 3D and vice versa. 


Ironbird Creations’ creative director, Norman Lenda, says the team has a lot of nostalgia for the era of action games from the 2010s and wanted to revisit that era together. 

“Lately, action games have leaned more toward the ‘Soulslike’ and ‘Roguelike’ subgenres and are missing the classic DNA,” Lenda writes in the press release. “Phantom Hellcat will bring the hack-n-slash title back to their roots.” 

Currently, however, the game does not have a release date. 


The Expanse’s First Gameplay Trailer Showcases Action In Space

Telltale is known for choice-driven storytelling, and yet, the first trailer for The Expanse focuses entirely on action. As XO Camina Drummer keeps tabs on her mutinous crew, she’ll also be tasked to navigate the ruins of a downed vessel on the outskirts of an asteroid belt.

The trailer showed Drummer space walking, dodging debris, and working her way through the massive vessel. We also see her throw a punch and grapple with someone in zero gravity. To bring this beloved science-fiction universe to life, Telltale enlisted the development talents of Deck Nine (best known for the Life is Strange series). The first pre-alpha footage looks ambitious and dark, delivering a cinematic viewpoint into an investigation riddled with death. The facial animations on the characters also look like an evolution from Telltale’s previous work, yet some of the same facial features look similar.

The Expanse is slated to release in summer 2023.


Killer Klowns From Outer Space Gets A Zany Game Adaptation

Killer Klowns From Outer Space, the science fiction comedy horror from the late 80s, made a surprise crash landing during today’s Gamescom showcase. Believe it or not, the cult classic film is getting a game adaptation.

The trailer starts with a comical cinematic sequence – a teenage boy listens to loud music and plays the air guitar in his bedroom while the once-peaceful neighborhood beyond his window gets vaporized. When he notices the explosions and opens the front door, Killer Klowns with blasters reveal themselves from behind a stack of boxed pizza pies. 

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game is “a crazy new take on multiplayer horror” from the executive director of Friday The 13th: The Game. Brief gameplay clips were shown, with Killer Klowns firing lasers at fleeing civilians in a carnival playspace. A band of teens plan a retaliatory attack from a nearby tower, and chaos ensues.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game launches on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2023.


Wyrdsong Revealed In Mysterious New Trailer From Something Wicked Games

Wyrosong Trailer Something Wicked Games

Something Wicked Games, a new studio made up of developers whose credits include Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has revealed its first game, Wyrdsong, in a new trailer. 

The trailer was released as part of the Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase hosted by Geoff Keighley, and while it was short, it featured plenty of mystery and fantasy intrigue.

Check it out for yourself below

As you can see in the trailer above, there’s not too much to glean from it. However, we did note what was said by the narrator during it: “In the cracks of reality, there exists two lives, one before the shadow and one behind the eye.” Sounds spooky. 

“Wyrdsong is an occult historical fantasy RPG set in a fictionalized Portugal in the middle ages,” a press release reads. “Players will be challenged to question both their reality and the choices they make as Wyrdsong is set to expand, question, and re-define aspects of what makes up the current Role Playing Game genre.” 

Shortly after the trailer’s release, Jeff Gardiner, an ex-Bethesda Studios dev with credits in Fallout 76, Skyrim, Fallout 4, and more, posted a link on Twitter that leads to the newly-launched Something Wicked Games website

“Our goal with Something Wicked Games is to utilize our independent and creative autonomy to create the next evolution of open world RPGs,” Gardiner, who is the founder and CEO of Something Wicked Games, writes in a press release. “Our first project, Wyrdsong, has been my dream game for some time now, and I’m thrilled to finally share it today.” 

A press release also states the game is being developed in Unreal Engine 5. 


High On Life: Watch A Profanity-Laden Boss Fight Against 9-Torg In New Trailer

High On Life 9-Torg Boss Fight Trailer Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022

Squanch Games has released a new trailer for its upcoming first-person shooter High On Life, and this time, we get to watch our protagonist take down a boss. 

This trailer, which aired during today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live presentation, highlights a fight between our protagonist and their loud-mouthed weapons and 9-Torg, an alien boss. The boss fight features some standard point-and-shoot combat, but it also features some platforming too by way of a grapple hook-like knife tongue thing in your arsenal. Because the weapons have personalities and speak, you’ll get to hear said knife tongue thing drop more f-bombs than ever heard before in a boss fight, too. 

Check out the High On Life 9-Torg boss fight trailer for yourself below

As you can see, the boss fight looks like a great time, and it deserves some props for being more than just a who-shoots-who-more type of battle. High On Life hits Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store) on Dec. 13. 

For more, watch the High On Life reveal trailer from earlier this summer. 

Are you excited about High On Life? Let us know in the comments below!


Check Out A New Trailer For Lies Of P, A Pinocchio-Inspired Soulslike

Lies of P, a soulslike inspired by – of all things – the story of Pinnochio, got a new trailer today during Opening Night Live. 

The trailer was surprisingly substantive. On top of plenty of flavor text about the dark and gritty world, we saw several gameplay shots – including, but not limited to, destroying giant steampunk monsters in a victorian theater, massive open levels, and even lighting a marionette-inspired spider on fire. A Pinnochio-inspired soulslike might be a goofy sentence to type, but you know what? The game looks really neat. Check it out below: 

Lies of P doesn’t yet have a release date. However, it’ll be released on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC sometime next year. Better still, it’s coming to Xbox’s Game Pass on day one.


Guild Wars 2 Complete Collection Sweepstakes

As we shared last week, Guild Wars 2 is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and ArenaNet is celebrating by introducing the MMORPG to a new audience on Steam. Guild Wars 2 launches today on Steam marking the first time the critically-acclaimed MMORPG will be available on a third-party platform.

We are participating in the celebration by offering you, our wonderful readers, the chance to win one of 5 Steam Keys for Guild Wars 2 Complete Collection. This bundle lets players experience the first 10 years of Guild Wars 2 in one package, including; all three expansions (Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire, End of Dragons), and all five seasons of the game’s episodic Living World content.

For your chance at a key, submit your entry below. Daily entry options are available. You have until 11:59 PM CST on September 1st, 2022 to enter. Guild Wars 2 Complete Collection is rated T for TEEN so you must be 13 years of age or older to win. Minors will need their parents’ permission to accept the prize. Full rules are available below. Good Luck!


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Wield Sand-Infused Weapons In Atlas Fallen, The Next Action/RPG From Deck13 Interactive

Anakin Skywalker doesn’t like sand, but developer Deck13 Interactive is hoping you will love it in Atlas Fallen, a new action/RPG experience that is all about the grainy substance. This Focus Entertainment-published title debuted at Gamecom Opening Night Live, and is slated to release in 2023 for PlayStation 5 Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

The game is set within the sands of a timeless land, and the protagonist can unleash sand-powered abilities and infuse sand into shape-shifting weapons. The sand arsenal is used to hunt legendary monsters in either a single-player or cooperative campaign. In the cinematic trailer, we see one hero use sand to repair a bridge, and another hero glide along the sand like she’s on a hoverboard. Together, the heroes create various weapons with the sand, like a whip, to down a handful of alien dogs. We’ll have to wait to see how closely the gameplay mimics the cinematics.

Deck13 Interactive is the studio behind Lords of the Fallen and The Surge series of games.


Return To Monkey Island Gets September Launch Date And Humorous Pre-Order Bonus

Return to Monkey Island is launching this September, per a new trailer during Gamescom Opening Night Live. 

Circle September 17 as the day you can enjoy Ron Gilbert’s latest entry in the beloved adventure franchise, which sees hero Guybrush Threepwood on a quest to finally discover the secret to the famous island once and for all. It may sport a striking new art style but features the adventure game mechanics fans know and love. 

Best of all, those who pre-order the game, which is coming to PC and Switch, will be rewarded with a set of horse armor! Yes, really! It’s absolutely useless and just occupies inventory space, but it’s a nice gag nonetheless. Check out the new trailer below. 


Subnautica Studio Reveals Moonbreaker

Hearthstone with miniatures. It’s an oversimplification, but if the idea captures your imagination, you recognize why the developers at Unknown Worlds think they’ve hit on something special. Best known for Subnautica, the team has been quietly working on a wholly digital miniatures game for the last five years. Built to emulate the collectability, customization, and tactical sophistication of the best tabletop miniature games, Moonbreaker aims to nail the magic and appeal of the real-life hobby, but with some of the approachability inherent to video games. After over an hour checking out the result, I’m convinced Unknown Worlds is onto something.

Set in an original sci-fi/fantasy universe built in partnership with celebrated author Brandon Sanderson, Moonbreaker explores a remote distant solar system called The Reaches, in which a multitude of moons carve intricate orbits around each other, each housing unique cultures and peoples. A rare resource called Cinder hides deep in the mantle of these moons and fuels the abilities of superpowered individuals called Solars. To survive, these Solars must consume more Cinder, so they gather a crew to their sides and set forth on their ships to gather the precious substance.

With that setup, players are dropped into the shoes of one of these ship captains. The fiction seems to borrow from sci-fi like Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy and more terrestrial nods to properties like Pirates of the Caribbean. In the tense, one-vs-one battles (against AI or human players), you pit your captain and up to ten crew against your opponent and aim to take down the enemy captain by whatever means possible.

That fictional framework offers an excuse for Unknown Worlds to accomplish its real task – a massive and varied collection of incredibly detailed digital miniatures to be recruited onto a crew. At early access launch, we’ll see three captains and dozens of potential crew members, each with their own distinct power sets, movement styles, and support capabilities.

Equally important, each of these characters has their own incredibly detailed digital miniature, crafted and posed with the same care you’d expect from a high-end tabletop skirmish game. Each comes with a default paint scheme, but like physical miniature games, the game includes a robust painting tool so that you can customize each character to your liking.


Customization tools go far beyond simple skins in a hero shooter or RPG. Players have a full suite of digital paint options to make each character their own. Dry brushing, stippling, decals, washes, airbrushing – the game allows you to apply many of the same techniques used by expert miniature painters but also provides tools like auto-masking to get a clean and desirable look without extensive practice. The system allows for as much or as little tweaking as you might like.

With minis painted, I was fascinated as those figures dropped into a gridless turn-based tactical battle system. In a given match, each player starts with their captain deployed on opposite sides of a carefully crafted map – think the most extravagant miniature table setup you can imagine, but placed into digital form. On each turn, Cinder powers special abilities or can deploy new units onto the isometric field as drop pods from your ship, creating an intriguing choice. Unlike many other tactical games, it also leads to a rewarding escalation in any given fight, from just a few units to a furious melee. In addition, players have access to two ship assist powers in each battle – tide-shifting abilities that come hurtling in from orbit to turn the fight to your favor.

Beyond single matches, Moonbreaker also includes a single-player roguelike mode called Cargo Run. You battle through increasingly tricky matches against AI opponents using a pre-set crew, gathering cargo drops offering upgrades or new crewmembers that last through the rest of your run. The rule-breaking and high-powered fights that ensue are especially challenging.

Whether in Cargo Run or match play, players earn experience that gradually unlocks rewards along a seasonal track. At early access launch, the game has a premium model rather than free-to-play, with purchase unlocking full access to the seasonal structure, at least through the entire early access period.

As a longtime tabletop gaming enthusiast, it’s hard to overstate how much Moonbreaker seems to “get” what’s fun about the experience. It’s clear that Unknown Worlds is not looking to replace the fun of those physical experiences, just as games like Hearthstone or Gwent haven’t eliminated the thriving card game scene. Instead, Moonbreaker appears to be a love letter to the hobby and a vibrant new science fiction universe to discover. I’m eager to see how the game continues to evolve as early access begins.


Sonic Frontiers Release Date Set For November

We got a super in-depth look at Sonic Frontiers earlier this summer when I traveled to Sonic Team and played the game for more than three hours. Sonic Team was open about many parts of its upcoming open-zone adventure, but one part it has remained tight-lipped on is the Sonic Frontiers release date. Today, we not only got a new trailer for Sonic Frontiers but a release date for the game too.

Revealed today during Gamescom Opening Night Live, we now know that Sonic Frontiers launches on November 8. The trailer shown during the livestream gave us a look at a second island in the Starfall Islands: Ares Island. In stark contrast to the first island we saw – Kronos Island – Ares Island appears to be a desolate, sandy biome.

Sega and Sonic Team also revealed the pre-order bonuses and the two editions players can choose from. The standard edition of Sonic Frontiers includes the base game (physical or digital), with a pre-order bonus of the Adventurer’s Treasure Box, which includes skill points, Red Seeds of Power, and Blue Seeds of Defense. The Digital Deluxe edition includes a digital copy of the game, the Explorer’s Treasure Box, which includes Amy’s Memory Tokens, a Portal Gear, Chaos Emerald Vault Keys, and additional shoes and gloves for Sonic, and the Digital Art Book with a 25-track digital mini soundtrack. If you pre-order the Digital Deluxe edition, you also get the Adventurer’s Treasure Box. The standard edition is listed for $60, while the Digital Deluxe edition is listed for $70.

Sonic Frontiers launches on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on November 8. For more in-depth Sonic Frontiers coverage, head to our exclusive coverage hub here


The Callisto Protocol Gets Gritty New Gameplay Trailer At Gamescom 2022

The Callisto Protocol graced the cover of our magazine a few months ago and is currently one of the most anticipated games of the year. Glen Schofield, creative director of the new space horror adventure and one of the leading designers on the Dead Space franchise, made an appearance at Gamescom 2022. He thanked fans for the positive response and spoke about the gritty new gameplay trailer, “We’re gonna show combat and something new with a crazy ending.” 

Protagonist Jacob Lee pulls a health item with one of his abilities and proceeds to crouch-sneak his way through a group of prowling monsters. He downs one with a stab to the back and fires at another creature, stumbling toward him with tentacles squirming around its exposed belly. To top things off, he brawls with a regenerating creature adorned with cysts and sends it flying into a chainsaw-like structure in the environment. 

In the next scene, Lee slides down a sewage drain while dodging deadly pillars along the dimly-lit channel. And in a shocking ending, reminiscent of the death scenes from Dead Space, the leading man hits a massive propeller obstructing the tunnel and gets ripped in half (I’ll spare you the gory details). Schofield warned the trailer’s ending would be wild, and it did not disappoint.

The Callisto Protocol launches for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on December 2.


New Tales From The Borderlands Announced, Releasing This October

New Tales From The Borderlands Announcement Reveal Trailer Sequel

Developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K revealed that the spiritual successor to Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands is called New Tales from the Borderlands and, it’s out this October. 

More specifically, it will be out October 21, 2022, on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. This news comes by way of the official reveal trailer for Tales from the Borderlands, which showcases the game’s setting, its cast, and more. Perhaps most importantly, it also highlights just how similar this is to Telltale’s beloved Borderlands narrative-driven adventure game. Sure, there’s a new cast and story happening, but the game seems to be very much like its beloved predecessor. Your choices and how they affect the overarching story remain important, which is a great start for this sequel. 

Check out the New Tales from the Borderlands reveal trailer below

Ahead of this trailer’s release, I spoke to Gearbox Software director of production James Lopez, and Gearbox Studio Quebec producer Frédéric Scheubel, about the new game and how it aims to bring players back to the universe of Borderlands in a way unique to the Tales from the Borderlands series. 

“Every choice you make can and will affect the events that unfold in the story, often in unexpected ways, so you’ll have to play through the whole game to see what event or what choice affected what ending you see or what event was triggered during the process,” Scheubel tells me. “This is not a sequel to Tales from the Borderlands. This is a brand new story with brand new characters and a new cast. However, we treated it as a spiritual successor to Tales from the Borderlands. You’ll find a familiar story structure and familiar gameplay, but with an added Gearbox touch, on the animation side, on the art side, so it’s pretty much something familiar with a bonified experience.” 

Lopez says that almost all the characters in the story will be new, although there will be callbacks to characters from previous games, including Tales from the Borderlands and Borderlands 3. 

“By and large, [it’s] a standalone product,” he says. “We want to make it entirely contained and different so that people, whether they’re returning fans or new players, can fully enjoy the game without having to worry too much about what came before.” 

The developer duo tells me that the game will still be episodic, like its predecessor, while also taking a note out of Deck Nine’s Life is Strange: True Colors. All episodes will be available on day one. Lopez says you can play through them, front to back, or you can even start with an episode smack dab in the middle of the story (although the freedom to do that is there, he’s not sure why someone would). 

“As someone who worked on the previous Tales, I was acutely aware it was a critical darling,” Lopez says. “The people who played it love it. Rather than trying to follow in those footsteps, we try to acknowledge the route those steps took, but then try to do something different. Use the formula, use what worked, but do it Gearbox style. This is the first time we’ve made this kind of game internally. As [Scheubel] mentioned, we did partner with some people who worked on Tales to make sure we understand the philosophy behind how they make those sorts of games, and what’s the philosophy of choice.” 


Scheubel says one of the challenges behind the game’s production was the COVID-19 pandemic. In making a spiritual successor, the team wanted the art to be closer to that of Borderlands 3, and in doing so, they committed to extensive motion capture work. However, the pandemic made that near impossible, and the team had to tweak the story to address the risks. Ultimately, there were fewer people on set. The game is more intimate, and for the better, according to Scheubel, as a result. That’s why instead of focusing on a massive cast of characters, New Tales from the Borderlands will be about Anu, Octavio, and Fran, an unlikely trio. 

“New Tales from the Borderlands immerses players in a deep and original story full of unexpected turns, heartwarming emotion, and classic Borderlands humor,” a press release reads. “Within the perpetually war-torn metropolis of Promethea, players will decide the fates of three underdogs out to make mayhem their business, with altruistic scientist Anu, her ambitious ‘streetwise’ brother Octavio, and the fierce, frogurt-flinging Fran.

“Players will face down a planetary invasion, vicious vault monster, and cold-hearted capitalists in this cinematic thrill ride where what happens next depends on their decisions. Every choice big or small can impact how the story unfolds, often in unexpected ways, and only by playing through the game will players fully understand how their decision can change the Borderlands.”  

One thing the team took to heart with developing New Tales from the Borderlands is ensuring that every input on the controller – every choice – matters. The studio wanted payoffs of all types based on your choices, which took a lot of planning. That planning, which spans back at least two and a half years, will come to fruition soon when New Tales from the Borderlands hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. 

What do you think about this New Tales from the Borderlands announcement trailer? Let us know in the comments below!


Hogwarts Legacy: New Trailer Showcases Unforgivable Curses And Sebastian Sallow’s Dark Questline

Hogwarts Legacy Sebastian Sallow Companion Questline Trailer

Developer Avalanche has released a new Hogwarts Legacy trailer detailing unforgivable curses, the dark arts, and the choice to use them or not in the game. 

The trailer was revealed during today’s Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase hosted by Geoff Keighley and while it didn’t feature much by way of gameplay, it did give us plenty of new glimpses of magic. In particular, it showed us that we might have access to unforgivable curses such as the Cruciatus Curse in the game. Crucio is essentially a curse that allows you to torture whomever or whatever you use it on – it’s very much of the Dark Arts side of magic and as the name suggests, hard to forget and even harder to forgive in the world of Harry Potter

Check it out for yourself in the trailer below

“Should you choose to befriend Slytherin student Sebastian Sallow, you will be faced with the decision to embrace or reject the Dark Arts as you uncover his family’s mystery through his companion quest line,” the trailer’s YouTube description reads. “Will you choose to learn this dark magic? 

“Focusing on one of Hogwarts Legacy’s optional companion quest lines with Sebastian Sallow, the Dark Legacy trailer provides a glimpse at the forbidden curses and difficult dilemmas players will face as they learn more about the Sallow family’s mystery and decide whether to engage with, or even embrace, the dark arts.” 


Hogwarts Legacy will hit PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox one, and PC on February 10, 2023, after a recent delay out of 2022

For more about the game, check out the latest details revealed during a March Sony State of Play, and then read about Hogwarts Legacy’s PS5 DualSense features. Read about how controversial Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is not involved with the making of Hogwarts Legacy (although she will almost certainly be getting money as a direct result of this game). 

Are you excited about Hogwarts Legacy? Let us know in the comments below!


Dune Is Getting An Open-World MMO

Dune Awakening was announced today during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live event. While details on the game are scant, the trailer revealed it’s an open-world MMO, and a beta sign-up is available now. 

The trailer tells us little to nothing about the game. It shows a character staring down onto a vast desert while narration waxes poetic about overcoming fear. Then, a giant sandworm comes forth from the ground below, and our character jumps down to face the gigantic beast. Check out the trailer below:

While the trailer didn’t reveal much, a press release distributed after the fact did. Here’s what it had to say:

Dune: Awakening combines the grittiness and creativity of survival games with the social interactivity of large-scale, persistent multiplayer games to create a unique and ambitious Open World Survival MMO. Rise from survival to dominance in a vast and seamless Arrakis shared by thousands of players.  

Head into unmapped sectors and be the first to discover secrets and riches before the coriolis storms once again shift the sands and alter the landscape. Narrowly escape colossal sandworms, build your home from shelter to mighty base, and traverse the dunes in iconic vehicles from the universe. 

Hunt for spice blooms and deploy your harvester, then protect it from rival factions in fast-paced, deadly combat that shifts seamlessly from armored groundcars to ornithopters in the sky. Plot your rise to power and build your influence within the Landsraad through careful intrigue. 

Dune Awakening isn’t the only game coming out on the heels of last year’s mega-blockbuster Dune adaptation. Back in April, Dune: Spice Wars, a real-time strategy game, was released. 

Awakening is expected on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.  


Lords Of The Fallen Sequel Features Online Co-Op And A World Five Times Larger

With over three million copies sold, 2014’s Lords of the Fallen was destined for a sequel. Publisher CI Games has long desired to bring a follow-up to market, but those plans haven’t gone as planned, and the sequel bounced between several development studios before landing at Hexworks. During today’s Opening Night Live festivities for Gamescom, we were treated to our first look at Hexworks’ The Lords of the Fallen through a violent three-minute cinematic trailer that highlights the differences between the realms of the living and dead.

Set one thousand years after the original, The Lords of the Fallen is designed with cooperative play in mind, allowing two players to experience uninterrupted online play. A press release describes the game as an “expansive RPG experience filled with NPC quests, compelling characters, and rich narrative.” The world is also said to be five times larger and interconnected. The focus is once again on soulslike combat, said to be faster than the precursor game with a touch of “devastating magic.”

While we hear the voice of Stranger Things actor Joseph Quinn in the trailer, players will be creating their own identities. It’s unknown if Quinn will be featured in the game or if he just narrated the trailer. The Lords of the Fallen doesn’t have a release date yet, but will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

The world of soulslike games has evolved significantly since Lords of the Fallen hit the market. What are you hoping to see from the sequel? Let us know in the comments section below!


Destiny 2 Lightfall Coming In February, Season Of Plunder Launching Today

Today’s Destiny 2 Showcase brought us a wealth of new info about the ongoing living game. Longtime fans as well as potential newcomers have a lot to be excited about. We got a glimpse of the upcoming February expansion, entitled Lightfall, new information on the upcoming green-hued Strand subclasses, and an early sense of what to expect from the new season launching today, called the Season of Plunder. That’s along with a host of changes coming to the core game experience.

Lightfall will arrive on February 28, 2023. The expansion represents the “beginning of the end” of the Light and Darkness Saga that has been unfolding for many years now. In the story, Calus returns from his communion with The Witness, and takes his reformed army, called the Shadow Legion, and overtakes Neptune. We learn that ever since the Collapse, a separate branch of humanity has been flourishing on the distant planet, including within a neon-lit city called Neomuna. The city is protected by a warrior caste called the Cloudstriders, who fulfill a similar goal for the Neptune civilization as the Guardians do on Earth.

Players can expect to explore this futuristic metropolis throughout the events of Lightfall, confronting the Shadow Legion with new Strand powers. This latest set of subclasses gives new tools to Guardians, including a grappling hook that can snag the space between realities, and swing to virtually any destination. In addition to the grapple, each class has new goodies to look forward to discovering. Warlocks become telekinetic masters that fling out missiles that unravel into swirling threads of destruction wherever they strike. Titans can spawn long claws that they can use to shred their opponents. And Hunters gain access to a rope dart-style super.

Guardians are likely to need those new powers to confront the enemies in store for them. In addition to newly Darkness-infused Cabal warriors, a new Pyramid unit arrives with Calus’ forces: The Tormentor is a towering foe that wields a scythe in combat, and is clearly built to disrupt a battle with overwhelming force. In addition, after the positive response to Witch Queen’s legendary campaign, players can expect a new legendary campaign in Lightfall, tuned to offer impessive challenge and commensurate rewards.

Beyond the expansion content, Bungie shined a spotlight on some of its other efforts on the way in 2023 for Destiny 2. The team is working hard to make build-crafting a greater focus, and also make it easier to do with both a mod manager and loadout tools. The team is also reworking the Destiny experience to make it easier for newcomers to understand and play the game, with a more structured and navigable path through the content, including something called Guardian Ranks. These ranks let you gradually exhibit your capabilities and show them off to others in the game world, so that players can more easily find experienced partners to tackle new content. Alongside a new looking-for-group functionality, and the ability to apply commendations to your fellow players after an event completes, there’s a clear effort to reward good play, leadership, and companionable experiences with others.

While 2023 is looking bright, the showcase also brought details about the Season of Plunder, which launches today. Given the name, it should come as no surprise that the next several months are focused on pirate-themed adventures.

In the story, Eramis (who we defeated in the Beyond Light campaign) has broken free and begun to gather crews of disenfranchised Fallen and Cabal to her side, setting out to recover lost dark relics hidden across the system. To stop those efforts, you’ll build up your own pirate crew, recruiting new members onto your team over the course of the season, and even getting to navigate your own Fallen Ketch ship on your adventures. Those pirate experiences include several new activities. Ketch Crash is a sort-of ship-to-ship attack, in which you launch yourself from your Ketch onto an enemies ship to clear the deck and halt their efforts. Expedition is an activity where you’ll guide a massive drill to buried treasure relics while fending off foes. And Pirate Hideouts are a third new activity, in which you’ll infiltrate the places where the enemy pirate captains have stashed their loot.

As long promised, this new season comes complete with a rework of the Arc subclass, allowing for the same sort of build-crafting already available for Void and Solar, not to mention its original appearance in the Stasis subclass. The new rework of Arc focuses on speed and up-close aggression. Warlocks turn themselves into a type of living arc attack. Hunters gain the Gathering Storm super that lets them fling out a staff that pulses with Arc energy. Titans get a new movement called Thruster that seems to function a bit like the Hunter’s dodge, enabling you to close distances quickly or fling yourself quickly to the side. Titans also get a new charge melee to play with, which among other things can one-hit kill opponents in PvP.

Longtime Destiny fans will be pleased to hear about the return of the King’s Fall raid this season – one of the largest and most elaborate of Destiny’s raids, in which players take on Oryx, the Taken King.

Bungie also announced that they’re ending the sunsetting of expansions starting right now, so players can expect to experience everything that is in the game in the lead-up to the saga’s conclusion. The team is doing everything it can to make the game inviting to new players, including launching onto a new platform with the Epic Games Store, and offering a Gift of the Thundergod arc-oriented gear set for new players to snag after they start playing, which immediately offers good gear and a cool exotic – Thunderlord. In addition, for players interested in seeing what the game has to offer, all expansions are available for free this week, so you can explore as you see fit.

It’s an exciting time to be a Destiny enthusiast, and it’s clear that Bungie has a clear roadmap ahead to continue making the game compelling over the coming months. Good luck to all the Guardians out there today as you start exploring the new Arc rework, and don’t forget to hoist the main sail as you start on your pirate adventures later today.


Destiny 2 Arrives On The Epic Game Store And Fortnite Today, Coming To Fall Guys Next Month

Bungie announced that Destiny 2 is heading to the Epic Games Store beginning today. The new partnership with Epic also means that the series will be invading two of the publisher’s most popular multiplayer games: Fortnite and Fall Guys. 

You can download Destiny 2 on the Epic Store right now, and those that do before August 30 can claim the 30th Anniversary Pack for free. This pack, which was released last December for $24.99, contains the Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher, Thorn armor set, a new three-player dungeon, in addition to other goodies. 

Today at 5 p.m. Pacific, Fortnite players can purchase the skins of Ikora, Zavala, and the Exo Stranger, their weapons, and can even drop into the island atop a Sparrow. A new Fortnite island inspired by the Javelin-4 Crucible map is available now and features control-style gameplay. On the flip side, Fortnite ornament sets can be obtained in Destiny 2. 

On September 17, Destiny 2 invades Fall Guys with Guardian-inspired cosmetics, spicy ramen celebration emote, and other accessories. 

Will you be picking up Destiny 2 on the Epic Store, or donning your favorite Guardian’s outfit in Fortnite/Fall Guys? Let us know in the comments!


Nintendo Treehouse: Live Will Showcase Splatoon 3 Single-Player, Harvestella Gameplay

Splatoon 3

A Nintendo Treehouse Live is set to air this week, and it will focus on fleshing out more of Splatoon 3‘s offerings and provide a new look at the upcoming Harvestella. The event takes place on Thursday, August 25, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific/12:30 p.m. Eastern and airs on Nintendo’s YouTube channel. 

Splatoon 3, which recently had a dedicated Direct presentation, gets another spotlight focusing on its single-player campaign. Nintendo promises a “deep-dive” look at the story mode, which has only been lightly touched on up to this point. Additionally, the presentation will unveil the arenas available in the Splatfest World Premiere demo that goes live on August 27.

We’ll also see fresh gameplay for Harvestella, Square Enix’s promising-looking action RPG meets farming simulator that arrives to Switch (and PC) on November 4. 

Are you looking forward to Splatoon 3 or Harvestella? Let us know in the comments!


PlayStation VR2 Gets Early 2023 Release Window

PSVR2 Release Date

Based on a recent Instagram post on the official PlayStation account, we can finally pin down a launch period for the highly-anticipated PSVR2: “Coming early 2023.” You can see the corresponding tweet below.

While the announcement is relatively brief, we do know PSVR2 will release with over 20 major first-party and third-party games, including new titles like Horizon: Call of the Mountain and ports of Resident Evil Village, No Man’s Sky, and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Ch. 2. Additionally, the system boasts new orb-like controllers with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers (like the DualSense), a single cord setup with PlayStation 5 consoles for ease-of-access, a see-through view, and better resolution/tracking – we’re talking two different modes of visual fidelity. 

According to our very own Marcus Stewart, “VR mode displays VR content in a 360-degree view in 4000 x 2040 HDR video format (2000 x 2040 per eye) and 90Hz/120Hz frame rate. Cinematic Mode lets players view non-VR media and the PS5 interface in 1920×1080 HDR video format with 24/60Hz and 120Hz frame rate.”

PSVR2 drops in early 2023, with a specific date to be announced at some point in the future. 


Madden NFL 23 Review – A Short Gain To Start A New Drive

Madden NFL 23

Reviewed on:
PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

EA Sports

EA Tiburon

August 19, 2022

In Madden NFL 23, developer EA Tiburon focused on the fundamentals: authentic 11v11 football and cleaning up many of the bugs that plagued previous Madden iterations. The result is a small step forward for the franchise and a strong foundation to build on.

The most significant changes in Madden NFL 23 are under the surface. The team at EA calls it FieldSense, a shift to more physics-based interactions on the field. In practice, it’s a mostly positive change. Running the ball between bodies is chaotic and violent, true to the real-world game. There are occasional issues; would-be tacklers tend to slide off whoever is running the ball like they are coated in Teflon, for example. The way defenses wrap up opponents and how ball carriers fight for extra yards feels authentic, but the high frequency of fumbles on these plays needs adjustment. It’s imperfect but a solid first implementation of a system that should improve in future iterations.


The overall presentation is a noticeable step forward. From boot up, everything is awash with the legacy of the late John Madden – a fitting tribute to the man behind the name. Updated scans of equipment and players look excellent, and the gameday presentation features more vibrant graphical overlays and cinematic camera work that feel more like an NFL broadcast. The authenticity is appealing; I skipped fewer transitions during games to enjoy the presentation.

The much-ballyhooed Skill-Based Passing adds an interesting (and optional) wrinkle to throwing the football. Having a target area and aiming reticle takes a bit of getting used to, but the additional control over ball location does make a difference, especially for avoiding defenders while throwing over the middle of the field. It quickly became second nature, and I sorely missed the fine aiming controls when I went back to play a game in Madden 22. The passing meter, on the other hand, is a non-factor. Generally, my muscle memory for how long to hold a pass button lined up with perfect passes and turning the feature off or on didn’t make a noticeable impact on the field.

Connected Franchise evolved in Madden 22 with an updated scouting system and an overhauled interface. This year it’s more of a refinement. The addition of Motivations and Tags adds a nice sense of humanity to the players in the league. Motivations include the desire to play with a franchise quarterback or in a fair-weather stadium. If you have what a free agent is looking for, you may be able to attract them with a team-friendly deal. Otherwise, you may need to overpay to land your man. I worry how that will play out in competitive leagues; it won’t be clear if it creates a significant imbalance immediately, but the potential is there.

Tags are rarer and reflect a player’s role and how they affect the team’s dynamic as a whole. A player with a Mentor tag may not be the best on the field, but they’ll accelerate the development of younger players at their position. It’s the sort of off-the-field factor that NFL GMs consider, and I enjoyed the added element when I constructed my team. When I drafted a star safety, I was immediately motivated to seek out a veteran for them to learn from, in a fun bit of roleplaying that Connected Franchise often lacks.

Face of the Franchise remains a mixed result. Playing exclusively as a quarterback, running back, or linebacker can be fun, as you are involved in every play. This year, corner, a new position for Face of the Franchise, is a worse experience. I went entire drives without having any impact on the game, and it was frustrating to miss out on goals for tackles or stopping drives because of things outside of my control.

The Madden NFL series has long had a solid gameplay foundation, maintained by small improvements year over year. Madden NFL 23 is the first iteration in a long time that rebuilds that foundation, and that’s where this year’s greatest success lies. Some slippery collisions aside, the more physics-based action is a good change, and the control over ball placement from Skill-Based passing is a welcome addition. This comes at the cost of only minor updates to the core gameplay modes, but it was ultimately the right call to make, and Madden is a better game for it.


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The Game Awards Return This December

The Game Awards 2022 Date

The Game Awards will return for its 9th annual show this December. 

More specifically, The Game Awards 2022 will air live on Thursday, December 8, 2022 and as expected, it will be an in-person live show that’s livestreamed to 40 different digital platforms worldwide, including YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok Live. The show is aiming to break its own records again this year after reaching new heights in viewership with The Game Awards 2021, which reached an audience of 85 million people

The show will also feature a new category for Best Adaptation, which is “a category to recognize creative work that authentically adapts video game intellectual property to other popular media, including but not limited to theatrical movies, streaming shows, podcasts, novels, and comic books.” 

This category sounds like one that will recognize movies like Mortal Kombat and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as well as other video game adaptations such as the Halo TV series or comics like Fortnite’s Zero War series

“The Best Adaptation Award is a way for the gaming industry and its fans to tip its hat to creative work that authentically adapts and often adds lore and context to our favorite gaming franchises,” The Game Awards creator and executive producer Geoff Keighley writes in a press release. “With so many game-inspired projects across entertainment, the time is right to honor excellence in adapting video game worlds to other mediums.” 

Like in years past, The Game Awards 2022 will feature “spectacular new game announcements and world premieres,” as well as musical performances, including the return of The Game Awards Orchestra, conducted by Lorne Balfe. If you’re hoping to watch the show in theaters, you’re in luck because the show has partnered with IMAX to create The Game Awards: The IMAX Experience, “a live community event in cities around the world to experience The Game Awards.” Additional details about participating theaters will come at a later date. 

While waiting to learn more, check out this list of every winner from The Game Awards 2021

Are you excited for The Game Awards 2022? Let us know in the comments below!


Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Anniversary Update Out Next Month Alongside Steam Debut

Kena Steam Version Anniversary Update PlayStation 5 Epic Games Store

Ember Lab’s breakout action-adventure hit, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, is turning one next month, and the team has a big Anniversary Update in the works to celebrate it. 

That update will hit PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of the game on Tuesday, September 27, and it will be free to all players. And speaking of PC, the game will debut on Steam (it was previously exclusive to the Epic Games Store) the same day, too. Both PC versions and the PlayStation versions of Kena: Bridge of Spirits will get the Anniversary Update next month, and it will include New Game+, new Charmstones, Spirit Guide Trials, Kena Outfits, accessibility features, and more. 

Check out the Anniversary Update trailer below

“As our debut game, Kena: Bridge of Spirits meant so much to us,” Ember Lab’s Josh Grier writes in a press release. “We’re really excited to give fans new ways to experience Kena. One of the features we’re most excited bout is New Game+, which will allow players who’ve completed the game to restart Kena’s journey with all of their previously unlocked abilities, upgrades, outfits, Rot, etc. and take on redesigned and more challenging combat encounters. We can’t wait to see new and existing players take on the new content.” 

Here’s a breakdown of the new content in the Anniversary Update straight from Ember Labs

  • New Game+, which will allow players who’ve completed the game to restart Kena’s journey with all of their previously unlocked abilities, upgrades, outfits, Rot, etc and take on redesigned and more challenging combat encounters.
  • Charmstones that are Individually equipable – these unique collectibles each provide different adjustments to Kena’s stats and abilities.
  • New game mode called the Spirit Guide Trials, challenging players’ skills with a variety of replayable challenges across three different categories; Obstacle Courses, Wave Defenses, and Boss Reflects. 
  • Completing the Spirit Guide Trials unlock outfits for Kena, each one inspired by one of the characters she meets along her journey. Succeeding at bonus objectives within each trial can unlock color variations of each outfit, as well as some unique Charmstones. 
  • An exclusive new outfit for Deluxe Edition owners.

If you haven’t yet played Kena: Bridge of Spirits, you should – it’s great, and you can find out why in Game Informer’s Kena: Bridge of Spirits review

Have you played Kena: Bridge of Spirits? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!


Saints Row Review – Captivating Chaos

Reviewed on:
Xbox Series X/S

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Deep Silver


August 23, 2022


The Saints Row reboot features a new cast of characters and a different location to explore, but its heart and soul haven’t changed: Players can once again expect an exciting crime fest, giggle-worthy humor, purple splattered everywhere, and an open-world chock full of things to do and secrets to unearth. The game also has a knack for blowing everything up. In other words, it is great fun in that traditional Saints Row way and even better when experienced with a friend.

Saints Row establishes an exciting pulse from the outset of play that periodically palpitates with graphical glitches or can outright flatline when gameplay bugs halt progress. The rough edges are noticeable yet are minor nuisances in an otherwise outstanding game. Saints Row has never been better, but I wouldn’t call it the next evolution in the series – it feels like an alternate sequel to Saints Row 3. Take that as both a compliment and a minor complaint. The mission designs and co-op play creatively build off that formula, while the gunplay and animations haven’t shown much improvement and are well behind what we expect in games today.

This entry hits with silliness within minutes of play, with the lead character delivering what is likely the longest string of f-bombs in all of entertainment. This moment cements the game’s silly (and low brow) vibe, which hits more than it misses, and shows the protagonist can be a bit of a wild card. The player designs this character, determining their sex, voice, facial features, and even the size of their genitalia. This lead is nicely penned and blends seamlessly with a fantastic supporting cast that gives the game a legitimate team dynamic, both in the story and mission flow. Eli is the brains of the operation, and his love of LARPing rubs off on you. Neenah’s obsession with cars and art is contagious and represented in play. And then there’s Kev, who is always shirtless, loves tacos, and is one of the fathers to a fantastic cat (that actually plays a significant role in the plot).

The fictional world of Santa Ileso is just as colorful as this cast, stealing the eye with creative architectural designs like dinosaur statues and state-of-the-art skyscrapers backed by scenic deserts and mountains. I like how developer Deep Silver Volition encourages the player to stop to admire the architectural craftsmanship with photo opportunities. When photographed, some of these wonders transform into decorations for the Saints’ base. I don’t know how many hours I sunk trying to track these collectibles down. They reward you well for taking the time to explore.

Getting around Santa Ileso is rarely a bore, even if stretches of it are remarkably flat. From hoverbikes to battery-powered tanks, vehicle variety is high and surprisingly powerful. A basic rusted-out car doubles as a weapon that can knock other vehicles off the road and break the laws of physics to turn corners on a dime. Most of these rides offer extensive tuner customization, allowing their looks to transform through deep wells of body mod parts, tires, paint, and more. Additional customization parts are tucked off to the side as hidden collectibles, giving yet another reason to explore.

I enjoyed every mission in the game. The critical path and side hustles are handled with care, delivering interesting or goofy objectives in locations that collectively give you a good look at most of the map’s significant landscapes and interiors. It wouldn’t be fair of me to spoil these setups, but I was particularly impressed by a prison mission that turns into a music video for Onyx’s “Slam.” These missions scale nicely for cooperative play, as do the mostly optional criminal ventures. Insurance Fraud sadly hasn’t evolved (yet is still dumb fun), but there’s a nice variety to them collectively. Most are short and sweet, and reward the player with much-needed new skills, cash, weapon crafting materials, and maybe even a new car or outfit.

New ventures unlock at a nice pace since they are tied to critical beats in the story, delivering something different to dive into even at the game’s end. The story progresses at a decent clip until around the third act, where it feels like an entire chapter of the game is missing. The Saints go from rags to riches in the blink of an eye, and the final act unfolds. It’s a jarring plot skip that delivers the sensation that I missed a big chunk of the Saints’ growth.

Combat is one of the biggest parts of the game, and it never truly finds its groove. Part of the problem is I felt bad for most of my opponents. They either charge haphazardly into most battles, getting riddled with each step, or perform an awkward dive roll, which leaves them vulnerable as they consider what to do next. The selection of firearms also disappoints both in feel and variety. The oddly named Thrustbuster is Saints Row’s greatest weapon to date (as it sends enemies into the stratosphere), but most machineguns and pistols feel unremarkable. The default lock-on targeting system strips excitement from the firefights and is something most games abandoned generations ago. All that said, blowing stuff up – which you do all the time – is incredibly rewarding given just how extensive most damage is. The rockets and grenades help give the combat system a pulse.


In my 30 hours of play, I experienced several glitches, the most severe being my weapons no longer firing, but most were of the visual variety, like my character’s head disappearing. The gameplay can be rough and may force you to reload a checkpoint. Thankfully, the game is liberal with them, so too much time isn’t lost, but it still stinks to have to repeat steps. Here’s hoping the game receives additional polish post-launch.

It may not push your new hardware to the limit and is a little rough around the edges, but the latest Saints Row is everything it needs to be, delivering a wonderful comedic experience with plenty of depth. While a little irritating, I was never bored and wanted to see where my team’s goofy antics would take them next. The payoffs are often worth the time investment, and just veering off the beaten path pays dividends. I’m glad the Saints are back, hopefully for another long haul.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Competitive Play Trailer Reveals New Pokémon, Moves, And Items

New Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Trailer

The Pokémon Company and Nintendo have released a new trailer for Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, and it showcases a new pocket monster and a few new moves targeted at the competitive play community. 

Released as the finale to the Pokémon World Championship held in London (watch our vlog of it here) over the past few days, the trailer is focused on battles, which makes sense given the nature of the event. In it, we get a look at a new Pokémon, Cyclizar, which looks very reminiscent of the two primary legendaries of this generation, Koraidon and Miraidon. Koraidon is the Scarlet legendary, and it seems rooted in the past whereas Miraidon, the Violet legendary, seems very futuristic. Perhaps Cyclizar represents the present. Only time will tell. 

Check out the trailer for yourself below

Beyond Cyclizar, the trailer also reveals a few new moves and items

  • Move: Shed Tail Create a substitute, then swap places with a party Pokémon in waiting. 
  • MoveTera Blast – Changes type when the user has Terastalized.
  • ItemLoaded Dice – Makes multistrike moves more likely to hit more times. 
  • ItemMirror Herb  – Copies an opponent’s stat increases when consumed. 


For more about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out this preview detailing everything we recently learned about the Paldea region, new pocket monsters, and Terastalizing. Watch this trailer that welcomes trainers to the Paldea region of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, and then check out all the new Pokémon we spotted in that trailer

Are you excited about these new moves or do you think they’re too disruptive to the meta of competitive play? Let us know in the comments below!


HBO Releases First Footage From The Last Of Us Show Coming Next Year

The Last of Us HBO Trailer

HBO dropped the first glimpse of footage from its upcoming series, The Last of Us, in a surprise promotional trailer yesterday. 

The trailer runs roughly two minutes and it features new looks at shows like Succession, The White Lotus, House of the Dragon, and more. But then, at the 1:40-min mark, the trailer transitions its hype to The Last of Us. It’s clear HBO is aware how excited people are for this series as it’s given its own extended spotlight in the trailer. 

Check it out for yourself below

As you can see, not only do we get our first glimpse of footage from The Last of Us, but we also get to hear Bella Ramsey’s Ellie for the first time as well as Pedro Pascal’s Joel (and both are saying some pretty iconic lines from the game). What’s more, we get a look at Nick Offerman’s Bill and a quick shot of a clicker (well, a dead one that’s grown to become part of a wall). 

Here are some screenshots from the trailer if you’re after a closer look:


If you’re rearing to jump back into the world of The Last of Us, good news: The Last of Us Part 1, a remake of the game this HBO series is based on, hits PlayStation 5 and PC this September. Check out this new trailer that compares The Last of Us Part 1 with the original game after that. 

What did you think of this first look at The Last of Us? Let us know in the comments below!


Pokémon World Championships London Tour And Pokémon Center Haul

Pokémon World Championships London

We visited London for the Pokémon World Championships to grab a behind-the-scenes tour and a look at new and upcoming Pokémon merch like The Wand Company’s Quick Ball and Cherish Ball replicas. We also visited the London Pokémon Center Pop-Up Shop featuring British Pikachu plushies, exclusive trading card game coins, and stylish merch.

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Season 6: DmC Devil May Cry | Video Gameography

Let’s rock, baby! Season 6 of Video Gameography gets stylish as we examine the Devil May Cry series! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be covering the history and lore of Capcom’s premiere action franchise. Today we examine the franchise’s boldest, most divisive, but arguably strongest entry yet in DmC Devil May Cry. 

Desiring to shake up the series, Capcom turned to British studio Ninja Theory to reboot and reimagine Devil May Cry. Encouraged by the publisher to be as wildly creative as possible, the team behind Heavenly Sword and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West dreamed up a grittier version of Dante who inhabits Limbo City, a world existing in parallel with the demonic realm. This relationship spectacularly manifests in the city itself coming to life, shifting its buildings and roads to hinder and assault the demon slayer. 

Sporting jet black hair and the ability to tap into angelic and demonic powers, this new vision of Dante garnered heaps of vitriol from fans who saw DmC as too drastic of a departure, despite the game launching to rave reviews. In this episode, we’ll examine how DmC came to be, the role Capcom played in the game’s wildest ideas, Hideaki Itsuno’s reaction to the project, the backlash Ninja Theory endured, and give our overall impressions of the narrative and gameplay. 

Join hosts Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), former GI editor John Carson (@John_Carson), and with special guest Bob Buel (@bobbbackwards) of the 99 Questions podcast as we unpack and pay respects to Ninja Theory’s memorable stab at Devil May Cry. 

If you’d like to get in touch with the Video Gameography podcast, you can email us at You can also join our official Game Informer Discord server by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the Game Informer Twitch channel. From there, find the Video Gameography channel under “Community Spaces.”


Goku Joins Fortnite! Reviewing The Dragon Ball Super Update | GI Show

dragon ball super fortnite

In this episode of The Game Informer Show, returning guests Jesse Vitelli and Shawn Thomas – two of my favorite battle royale squadmates – join us to talk about Fortnite. We review the Dragon Ball Super update, chat about why the Goku and Vegeta skins look a little off, and discuss how we’d like to see Fortnite change. We also reminisce about the game’s early years and explain why we love it. 

Follow us on social media: Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes), Jesse Vitelli (@JesseVitelli), Shawn Thomas (@XShawnThomas)

The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join host Alex Van Aken every Thursday for a chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Editor’s Note: Please welcome Matt Storm, our new freelance audio editor for The Game Informer Show. Matt is an experienced podcast host, editor, and producer who’s been podcasting for over a decade. You should listen to Matt’s shows like the “Fun” And Games Podcast and Reignite, a Mass Effect podcast. 


00:00:00 – Intro
00:03:17 – Pokémon World Championships 2022
00:04:29 – Fortnite x Dragon Ball
00:41:23 – Housekeeping 
00:44:43 –  Embracer Group
00:54:31 – Listener Mail


2022 Video Game Release Schedule

If you’re wondering what games are coming up in 2022, we’ve put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You’ll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we’ve missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus


Deep Rock Galactic
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – January 4

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Monster Hunter Rise
(PC) – January 12

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Spelunky 2
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – January 12

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(Switch) – January 13

Shadow Man Remastered
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – January 13

God Of War
(PC) – January 14

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Shadow Man Remastered
(Switch) – January 17

Nobody Saves the World
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – January 18

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River City Girls
(PlayStation 5) – January 18

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – January 19

Expeditions: Rome
(PC) – January 20

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – January 20

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Rainbow Six Extraction
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – January 20

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Windjammers 2
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – January 20

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Baby Storm
(Switch) – January 21

(Xbox One) – January 21

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Cannibal Cuisine
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – January 25

El Hijo – A Wild West Tale
(iOS, Android) – January 25

The Artful Escape
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch) – January 25

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Circuit Superstars
(PlayStation 4) – January 27

Daemon X Machina
(PC) – January 27

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Monster Harvest
(PlayStation 5) – January 27

Rugby 22
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – January 27

The Longest Road on Earth
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – January 27

Pokémon Legends: Arceus
(Switch) – January 28

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection
(PlayStation 5) – January 28

Horizon Forbidden West


Life is Strange Remastered Collection
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – February 1

The Waylanders
(PC) – February 2

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – February 3

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Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments
(Switch) – February 3

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel
(iOS, Android) – February 3

Dying Light 2 Stay Human
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – February 4

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OlliOlli World
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – February 8

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(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – February 8

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Action Arcade Wrestling
(Switch) – February 9

(Switch) – February 9

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
(Switch) – February 9

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – February 10

Edge of Eternity
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – February 10

Kardboard Kings
(PC) – February 10

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
(Switch) – February 10

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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
(Switch) – February 10

Kingdom Hearts III
(Switch) – February 10

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Know By Heart
(PC) – February 10

Lost Ark
(PC) – February 11

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Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – February 11

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – February 14

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Cyberpunk 2077
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – February 15

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Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – February 15

GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon
(PC) – February 16

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
(Switch) – February 17

The King of Fighters XV
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC) – February 17

Total War: Warhammer III
(PC) – February 17

Horizon Forbidden West
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – February 18

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Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – February 22

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(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – February 22

Monster Crown
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – February 22

Sol Cresta
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – February 22

Edge of Eternity
(Switch) – February 23

Martha Is Dead
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – February 24

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Never Alone
(Switch) – February 24

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(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – February 24

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – February 25

Elden Ring
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – February 25

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Grid Legends
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – February 25

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands


Elex II
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 1

Far: Changing Tides
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 1

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Puzzle Quest 3
(PC, iOS, Android) – March 1

Shadow Warrior 3
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 1

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Babylon’s Fall
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – March 3

Gran Turismo 7
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – March 4

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Triangle Strategy
(Switch) – March 4

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RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android) – March 9

(Switch) – March 10

Aztech Forgotten Gods
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 10

Chocobo GP
(Switch) – March 10

Submerged: Hidden Depths
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 10

Workshop Simulator
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 10

Young Souls
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 10

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WWE 2K22
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 11

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Dawn of the Monsters
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – March 15

Grand Theft Auto V
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – March 15

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Phantom Breaker: Omnia
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 15

The Cruel King and the Great Hero
(PlayStation 4, Switch) – March 15

Paradise Killer
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – March 16

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – March 16

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Anno: Mutationem
(PlayStation 4, PC) – March 17

Monster Energy Supercross 5
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 17

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – March 17

 – Read review

(Xbox Series X/S, PC) – March 17

Stranger Of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 18

 – Read review

Kraken Academy
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch) – March 22

Rune Factory 5
(Switch) – March 22

 – Read review

A Memoir Blue
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 24

(PC) – March 24

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The Ascent
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – March 24

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Ghostwire: Tokyo
(PlayStation 5, PC) – March 25

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Kirby and the Forgotten Land
(Switch) – March 25

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Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 25

 – Read review

Crusader Kings III
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – March 29

WRC 10
(Switch) – March 29

Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield
(iOS, Android) – March 30

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Death Stranding Director’s Cut
(PC) – March 30

(PC) – March 31

Lawn Mowing Simulator
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – March 31

Moss: Book II
(PlayStation VR) – March 31

Tropico 6
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – March 31

 – Read review

Weird West
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – March 31

 – Read review

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga


Before We Leave
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – April 5

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 5

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MLB The Show 22
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – April 5

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World War Z
(Stadia) – April 5

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Chinatown Detective Agency
(Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 7

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 7

Godfall: Ultimate Edition
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7

Lucky’s Tale
(PlayStation VR) – April 7

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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
(Switch) – April 7

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(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – April 7

The House of the Dead: Remake
(Switch) – April 7

(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – April 8

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
(Switch) – April 12

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Don’t Starve Together
(Switch) – April 12

Cat Cafe Manager
(Switch, PC) – April 14

eFootball 2022
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 14

Nobody Saves the World
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch) – April 14

 – Read review

Road 96
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – April 14

Lego Builder’s Journey
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – April 19

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
(Switch) – April 20

 – Read review

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – April 21

(Switch) – April 21

(PC) – April 21

Zombie Army 4: Dead War
(Switch) – April 26

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The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 27

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt
(PlayStation 5, PC) – April 27

Arise: A Simple Story
(Switch) – April 28

 – Read review

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch) – April 28

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(PC) – April 28

Rogue Legacy 2
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – April 28

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Rogue Lords
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – April 28

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One
(PlayStation 4) – April 28

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 28

Nintendo Switch Sports
(Switch) – April 29

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Ravenous Devils
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – April 29

 – Read review

Evil Dead: The Game


Sifu: Vengeance Edition
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – May 2

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened
(PlayStation 4) – May 3

Loot River
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – May 3

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Citizen Sleeper
(Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – May 5

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Overcooked: All You Can Eat
(Stadia) – May 5

Trek to Yomi
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 5

 – Read review

Among Us: Ejected Edition
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – May 6

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 10

 – Read review

Salt and Sacrifice
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – May 10

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This War of Mine: Final Cut
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – May 10

(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – May 10

Mini Motorways
(Switch) – May 11

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The Centennial Case
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – May 12

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Evil Dead: The Game
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 13

 – Read review

Umurangi Generation
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – May 17

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 19

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(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 20

Hardspace: Shipbreaker
(PC) – May 24

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds
(PC, iOS, Android) – May 25

Roller Champions
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 25

Dragon Quest Builders
(iOS, Android) – May 26

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Sniper Elite 5
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – May 26

Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 27

Kao the Kangaroo
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 27

 – Read review

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Top Gun Maverick DLC
(Xbox Series X/S, PC) – May 27

Pac-Man Museum+
(Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – May 27

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – May 31

Mario Strikers: Battle League


(Stadia) – June 1

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 1

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Card Shark
(Switch, PC) – June 2

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Diablo Immortal
(iOS, Android) – June 2

 – Read review

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – June 2

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 2

Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy
(Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 2

SpellForce III Reforced
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – June 7

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords
(Switch) – June 8

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – June 9

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Pro Cycling Manager 2022
(PC) – June 9

Tour de France 2022
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 9

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles
(Switch) – June 10

Mario Strikers: Battle League
(Switch) – June 10

 – Read review

The Quarry
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 10

 – Read review

(Switch, PC) – June 13

Resident Evil 2
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – June 13

 – Read review

Resident Evil 3
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – June 13

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Resident Evil Village
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – June 13

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(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – June 14

Neon White
(Switch, PC) – June 16

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Redout 2
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 16

Starship Troopers – Terran Command
(PC) – June 16

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 16

 – Read review

Fall Guys
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch) – June 21

 – Read review

Shadowrun Returns
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – June 21

 – Read review

Shadowrun Trilogy
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – June 21

Shadowrun: Dragonfall
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – June 21

 – Read review

Shadowrun: Hong Kong
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – June 21

 – Read review

(Switch) – June 21

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Last Days of Lazarus
(PC) – June 22

Deliver Us The Moon
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – June 23

 – Read review

Naraka: Bladepoint
(Xbox Series X/S) – June 23

Sonic Origins
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 23

 – Read review

AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES Nirvana Initiative
(Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 24

Capcom Fighting Collection
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 24

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes
(Switch) – June 24

 – Read review

Disgaea 6 Complete
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – June 28

DNF Duel
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – June 28

Fobia – St. Dinfna Hotel
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 28

Little Noah: Scion of Paradise
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – June 28

MX vs ATV Legends
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – June 28

Portal: Companion Collection
(Switch) – June 28

(Stadia) – June 28

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
(Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – June 30

 – Read review

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak
(Switch, PC) – June 30

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Outriders Worldslayer
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – June 30

Live A Live


F1 22
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – July 1

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy
(iOS, Android) – July 1

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC) – July 5

Gwent: Rogue Mage
(PC, iOS, Android) – July 7

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 7

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 8

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – July 8

 – Read review

Garden Story
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – July 12

Time on Frog Island
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 12

(PC) – July 13

Escape Academy
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – July 14

Eyes in the Dark: The Curious Case of One Victoria Bloom
(PC) – July 14

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – July 14

Rune Factory 5
(PC) – July 15

 – Read review

As Dusk Falls
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – July 19

 – Read review

Endling – Extinction is Forever
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 19

Fallen Angel
(Switch) – July 19

Forza Horizon 5: Hot Wheels
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – July 19

Into The Breach
(iOS, Android) – July 19

 – Read review

(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – July 19

 – Read review

Redout 2
(Switch) – July 20

Bright Memory: Infinite
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch) – July 21

 – Read review

(Switch) – July 21

Moss: Book II
(Quest) – July 21

Live A Live
(Switch) – July 22

 – Read review

Before Your Eyes
(iOS, Android) – July 26

 – Read review

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
(PlayStation 4) – July 26

 – Read review

Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent
(iOS, Android) – July 27

Bear and Breakfast
(PC) – July 28

(PC) – July 28

 – Read review

Lost Epic
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – July 28

What Remains of Edith Finch
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – July 28

 – Read review

Digimon Survive
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – July 29

 – Read review

Xenoblade Chronicles 3
(Switch) – July 29

 – Read review

Saints Row


Before We Leave
(Switch) – August 2

South of the Circle
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 3

(Switch, PC, iOS) – August 4

Turbo Golf Racing
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – August 4

Recipe For Disaster
(PC) – August 5

 – Read review

Two Point Campus
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 9

 – Read review

Lost in Play
(Switch, PC) – August 10

Cult of the Lamb
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – August 11

 – Read review

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 11

Marvel’s Spider-Man
(PC) – August 12

 – Read review

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 15

 – Read review

Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince
(Switch, PC) – August 16

(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – August 16

 – Read review

Kirby’s Dream Buffet
(Switch) – August 17

Cursed to Golf
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 18

RPG Time: The Legend of Wright
(Switch) – August 18

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – August 18

We Are OFK
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – August 18

Madden NFL 23
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 19

Midnight Fight Express
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 23

Saints Row
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 23

F1 Manager 2022
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 25

SD Gundam Battle Alliance
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 25

Pac-Man World Re-Pac
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 26

Soul Hackers 2
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – August 26

 – Read review

Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – August 30

(Xbox Series X/S, PC, iOS, Android) – August 30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 30

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – August 30

Splatoon 3


(Switch) – September 1

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 2

LEGO Brawls
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 2

Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – September 2

The Last of Us Part I
(PlayStation 5) – September 2

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – September 6

 – Read review

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – September 6

The Tomorrow Children: Phoenix Edition
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 6

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 8

NBA 2K23
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 9

Splatoon 3
(Switch) – September 9

Little Orpheus
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 13

(Switch) – September 13

Metal: Hellsinger
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 15

Outer Wilds
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – September 15

 – Read review

Wayward Strand
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 15

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – September 20

No Place For Bravery
(Switch, PC) – September 22

Serial Cleaners
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 22

Session: Skate Sim
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – September 22

The DioField Chronicle
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 22

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – September 27

Hokko Life
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – September 27

Life is Strange Remastered Collection
(Switch) – September 27

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero
(PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – September 27

(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 27

 – Read review

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – September 29

Valkyrie Elysium
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 29

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – September 29

Gotham Knights


Overwatch 2
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – October 4

Nier: Automata
(Switch) – October 6

 – Read review

No Man’s Sky
(Switch) – October 7

 – Read review

In Sound Mind
(Switch) – October 11

No More Heroes 3
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 11

 – Read review

WRC Generations
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 13

Dragon Ball: The Breakers
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – October 14

A Plague Tale: Requiem
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – October 18

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 18

Them’s Fightin’ Herds
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) – October 18

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
(Switch) – October 20

Persona 5 Royal
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – October 21

 – Read review

(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – October 21

Gotham Knights
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – October 25

(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – October 27

Star Ocean The Divine Force
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 27

Bayonetta 3
(Switch) – October 28

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 28

Resident Evil Re:Verse
(PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – October 28

Resident Evil Village: Winters’ Expansion
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – October 28

Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet


The Chant
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – November 3

(Switch, PC) – November 4

(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – November 4

Skull and Bones
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, PC) – November 8

God of War Ragnarök
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – November 9

Tactics Ogre: Reborn
(PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – November 11

Valkyrie Elysium
(PC) – November 11

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana
(PlayStation 5) – November 15

 – Read review

Company of Heroes 3
(PC) – November 17

Goat Simulator 3
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) – November 17

Pokémon Scarlet
(Switch) – November 18

Pokémon Violet
(Switch) – November 18

Evil West
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – November 22

Ship of Fools
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) – November 22

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
(PC) – November 30

The Callisto Protocol


The Callisto Protocol
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – December 2

Hello Neighbor 2
(PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – December 6

Dragon Quest Treasures
(Switch) – December 9

High On Life
(Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – December 13

Bayonetta 3

To Be Announced

A Little to the Left (Switch, PC)

A Quiet Place

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Switch)

Aftermath (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC)

Asterigos: Curse of the Stars (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC)

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Atomic Heart (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Away: The Survival Series (Xbox One)

Balsa Model Flight Simulator (PC)

BattleCakes (Xbox One, PC)

Bear and Breakfast (Switch)

Blood Bowl 3 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (Switch, PC)

Boundary (PlayStation 4, PC)

Choo-Choo Charles (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Circuit Superstars (Switch)

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Crossfire: Legion (PC)

Deathverse: Let It Die (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)

Demon Throttle (Switch)

Destiny 2: Lightfall

Devolver Tumble Time (iOS, Android)

Diablo Immortal (PC)

 – Read review

Disney Speedstorm (Switch, PC)

Dune: Spice Wars (PC)

Earth Defense Force 6 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)

Eville (PC)

Exo One (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis (iOS, Android)

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Flashback 2 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Front Mission 1st: Remake (Switch)

Frozen Flame (PC)

Fueled Up (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Goodbye Volcano High (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC)

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition (iOS, Android)

Grime (Switch)

Grotto (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch)

Gundam Evolution (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Gungrave G.O.R.E. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Hellpoint (Xbox Series X/S)

Highwater (PC)

How to Say Goodbye (PC, Mac)

I Am Jesus Christ (PC)

Industries Of Titan (PC)

Inkulinati (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Inscryption (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4)

 – Read review

Instinction (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC)

Jack Move (Switch, PC)

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja (PC)

KartRider: Drift (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)

Keo (PC)

Lab Rat (Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Switch)

 – Read review

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (Switch)

 – Read review

Last Days of Lazarus (PlayStation 5),

Last Days of Lazarus (PlayStation 5), (Xbox Series X/S)

League of Legends: Wild Rift (iOS, Android)

Lego Bricktales (PC)

Lil Gator Game (Switch, PC)

Little Devil Inside (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Maquette (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch)

 – Read review

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PC)

 – Read review

Mineko’s Night Market (Switch, PC, Mac)

Necrobarista (PlayStation 4)

 – Read review

Nickelodeon Kart Racers 3: Slime Speedway (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Oddworld: Soulstorm (Switch)

 – Read review

One Piece Odyssey (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC)

Ooblets (Xbox One, PC),

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC)

Park Beyond (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Pentiment (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)

Phantom Abyss (PC)

Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties: Definitive Edition (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Pokémon Trading Card Game Live (PC, Mac, iOS, Android)

ProtoCorgi (Switch, PC)

Rawmen (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Read Only Memories: Neurodiver (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)

 – Read review

Return to Monkey Island (Switch, PC)

River City Girls 2 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Saturnalia (PC)

Scars Above (PC)

Scavengers (PC)

ScourgeBringer (iOS, Android)

Season: A Letter to the Future (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC)

Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Shovel Knight Dig

Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X/S)

Soccer Story (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC)

Solar Ash (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

 – Read review

Somerville (PC)

Sonic Frontiers (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

Sons of the Forest (PC)

Soup Pot (Xbox Series X/S, PC)

Star Trek: Resurgence (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Stuntfest: World Tour (PC)

System Shock (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance (PC)

The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)

The Dark Pictures Anthology: The Devil in Me (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

The Entropy Centre (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)

The Jackbox Party Pack 9 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android)

The Last Oricuru (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC)

The Outlast Trials (PC)

The Pathless (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch)

 – Read review

The Slormancer (PC)

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution (Quest, PlayStation VR),

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution (Quest, PlayStation VR), (PlayStation VR2)

The Wreck (Switch, PC)

Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 (PC)

Ultimate Rivals: The Court (PC)

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PC)

Valheim (PC),

Valheim (PC), (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One)

Vampire Survivors (PC)

Vengeful Guardian: Moonrider (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC)

Voidtrain (PC)

Volcanoids (PC)

Warcraft Arclight Rumble (iOS, Android)

We Are The Caretakers (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC)

Where the Heart Leads (PC)

Witchfire (PC)

Wizard With a Gun (Switch, PC)

WrestleQuest (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

You Suck At Parking (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)

2023 Video Game Release Schedule »


Cult of the Lamb, Two Point Campus, Kirby’s Dream Buffet, Blossom Tales 2 | All Things Nintendo

This week on All Things Nintendo, Brian is joined by a duo of guests to talk about four recently released games for Switch. But first, Brian and Game Informer‘s Wesley LeBlanc run down the news, including games like Wave Race 64, Overwatch 2, and plenty more. Then, stick around for the final segment as Brian is joined by Game Informer‘s Margaret Andrews for Definitive Ranking and eShop Gem of the Week.

If you’d like to follow the people from this episode on Twitter, hit the following links: Brian Shea (@brianpshea)Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes)Margaret Andrews (@sopheava) 

The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry’s most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what’s happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they’ll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday!

Be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts.

00:00:00 – Introduction
00:01:26 – Wave Race 64 Now on Switch Online
00:04:16 – Metal Slug Tactics Delayed
00:10:58 – Arcade1Up Announces NFL Blitz Cabinet
00:17:21 – Overwatch 2 Cross-Progression Details
00:21:34 – New Tales from the Borderlands Leaks
00:25:40 – TMNT: Turtles in Time 30th Anniversary
00:31:33 – Two Point Campus Review
00:43:41 – Cult of the Lamb Review
00:56:37 – Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince Impressions
01:00:22 – Kirby’s Dream Buffet Impressions
01:08:26 – Definitive Ranking: Management-Sim Games
01:23:27 – eShop Gem of the Week: Nobody Saves the World

If you’d like to get in touch with the All Things Nintendo podcast, you can do so by emailing, tweeting to Brian (@BrianPShea), or by joining the official Game Informer Discord server. You can do that by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the Game Informer Twitch channel. From there, find the All Things Nintendo channel under “Community Spaces.”

For more Game Informer podcasts, be sure to check out The Game Informer Show with host Alex Van Aken, which covers the weekly happenings of the video game industry, and Video Gameography with host Marcus Stewart, which explores the history of video games – one series at a time! We also have From Panel to Podcast from host Andrew Reiner, covering everything from the world of comic books, including the shows, movies, and games that spawn from them!


MultiVersus Was July’s Best-Selling Game In The US, Thanks To Its Founder’s Pack

MultiVersus Founder's Pack best-selling

MultiVersus was the best-selling game in the U.S. last month, despite being a free-to-play title, due to its premium Founder’s Pack. 

The Founder’s Packs for MultiVersus came in three forms: a $39.99 standard edition, a $59.99 Deluxe edition, and a $99.99 Premium edition. These packs could be purchased to grant players things like character tokens for instant fighter unlocks, exclusive banners, and the premium in-game currency, Gleamium. It seems these packs sold extremely well in the U.S. as they brought in enough money to make MultiVersus the best-selling title in the U.S. in July, according to the latest NPD numbers. 

Mat Piscatella, the executive director of The NPD Group, which is a video game sales and trends analyst group, released his monthly thread on the video game market for the month prior, this time for July 2022. As a result, we know the top 10 best-selling games in the U.S. last month (digital sales not included): 

  1. MultiVersus
  2. Elden Ring
  3. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  4. Xenoblade Chronicles 3
  5. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  6. MLB: The Show 22
  7. Mario Kart 8
  8. Digimon Survive
  9. Minecraft
  10. F1 22

You can check out the full list, which includes 20 games, here: 

As for individual platforms, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 was the best-selling Switch game, Elden Ring the best-selling PlayStation game, and MultiVersus the best-selling on Xbox. You can check out the top 10 for each platform in Piscatella’s thread. 

Elsewhere in the July 2022 NPD thread, Piscatella says the PlayStation 5 led the market in hardware spending during both July and 2022 year-to-date, but that the Switch sold the most units in both time periods. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S dollar sales each experienced double-digit percentage growth when compared to a year ago, too, likely due to increased supply to meet the ever-growing demand of these consoles. Overall, video game hardware dollar sales increased by 12% when compared to a year ago, to $362 million, but year-to-date spending on hardware is down 7%, to $2.5 billion. 

In terms of video game accessories, spending is down 22% compared to July 2021, to $148 million. Year-to-date accessory spending is down 15%, too, at $1.2 billion. The best-selling accessory in July was the Midnight Black DualSense and the best-selling accessory year-to-date is the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller. 

For more about July 2022 video game sales, be sure to check out Piscatella’s entire thread here.


Here Are The 60 Titles Included On The Sega Genesis Mini 2

Sega Genesis Mini 2 All Games

Sega announced the Sega Genesis Mini 2 back in July, giving it an October 27, 2022 release date too. At the time, the company revealed some of the titles packed into the miniature console but now, we have the full list of all 60 games. 

For the first time ever, titles from the Sega CD era will be playable on Genesis Mini hardware, according to Sega, and new ports and previously unreleased games have also been added to the lineup. 

Here’s the lineup of bonus titles, but feel free to scroll down if you’re looking for the full list of all 60 games


  • Devi & Pii: This is a paddle-style game developed by Takashi Iizuka in 1993, before he developed Sonic 3. Iizuka designed the game, characters, and sprites, but the game was never released. 
  • Fantasy Zone: This is a new port from the same team behind the port of Darius on the original Sega Genesis Mini. 
  • Space Harrier II (and Space Harrier): Sega says these are new ports using the sprite zoom function. 
  • Spatter: This is an M2 “hobby” port of a small arcade game released by Sega in 1984. The game was created by the graphic designer of Flicky. 
  • Star Mobile: This is a puzzle game developed by Mindware in 1992. It was complete in terms of development but never released. 
  • Super Locomotive: This is an M2 “hobby” port of a small arcade game released by Sega in 1982. 
  • VS Puyo Puyo Sun: This is a demake of Puyo Puyo Sun, only featuring VS mode, with new rules not found in the original version. 

Every Game On The Sega Genesis Mini 2

  • After Burner II
  • Alien Soldier
  • Atomic Runner
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • ClayFighter
  • Crusader of Centy
  • Desert Strike: Return to the Golf
  • Earthworm Jim 2
  • Elemental Master
  • Fatal Fury 2
  • Gain Ground
  • Golden Axe II
  • Granada 
  • Hellfire
  • Herzog Zwei
  • Lightening Force: Quest for the Darkstar
  • Midnight Resistance
  • OutRun
  • OutRunners
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Populous
  • Rainbow Islands -Extra-
  • Ranger-X
  • Ristar
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Hang-On
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • The Ooze
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Early in Panic on Funkotron
  • Truxton
  • VectorMan 2
  • Viewpoint
  • Virtua Racing
  • Warsong
  • Ecco the Dolphin (Sega CD)
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time (Sega CD)
  • Final Fight CD (Sega CD)
  • Mansion of Hidden Souls (Sega CD)
  • Night Striker (Sega CD)
  • Night Trap (Sega CD)
  • Robo Aleste (Sega CD)
  • Sewer Shark (Sega CD)
  • Shining Force (Sega CD)
  • Silpheed (Sega CD)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega CD)
  • The Ninjawarriors (Sega CD)
  • Devi & Pii (previously unreleased)
  • Fantasy Zone (new port)
  • Space Harrier II and Space Harrier (new port)
  • Spatter (new port)
  • Star Mobile (previously unreleased)
  • Super Locomotive (new port)
  • VS Puyo Puyo Sun (new port)

Preorders for the Sega Genesis Mini 2 are now live. The console will cost $99.


The Dragon Ball Adventure Island Is Now Live In Fortnite

Dragon Ball Adventure creative island Fortnite

As expected, the Dragon Ball Adventure creative island is now live in Fortnite, and you can glide your way onto it right now. 

Once there, players can explore iconic Dragon Ball locations like Kami’s Palace, Goku’s house, and the Room of Spirit & Time. Plus, players can duke it out in the PvP battle arena, “Tenkaichi Budokai.” 


“We’re thrilled to partner with Epic Games and bring this first-ever Toei Animation franchise integration to Fortnite,” Toei Animation Inc. director of global marketing, Lisa Yamatoya, writes in a press release. “Over the last 36 years, the Dragon Ball franchise has built perhaps the largest global fanbase of any anime. And this multi-generational mainstream audience makes Dragon Ball ideally suited for a collaboration with Fortnite and its worldwide community of players. We’re excited to see the response to Dragon Ball’s arrival in Fortnite.” 

Epic Games notes that, in case you missed it, there are already Dragon Ball creative islands available in the game for you to visit. There are multiple Dragon Ball Super Episode Festival islands, and from now until Sept. 17, you can board a cruise ship and watch select episodes from Dragon Ball Super on them. Both these islands and the new Dragon Ball Adventure island were created by Vysena Studios.

What do you think of this Dragon Ball x Fortnite collaboration so far? Let us know in the comments below!