"Elden Ring," the latest Soulsborne game by FromSoftware, released back in February to widespread acclaim from critics and fans. Gamers have spent hours exploring the Lands Between and taking on the notoriously difficult (some practically impossible) bosses. They've also endeavored to unravel the mysteries of the world and find the various secrets and Easter eggs that are so common in Soulsborne games.
Want to do magic in Eorzea? "Final Fantasy 14" is back after briefly being pulled from the shelves. Once considered a huge flop, it's become one of the must-play live service games that's still worth playing today. You can start from a number of classes including Thaumaturge, Conjurer, and Arcanist, which could lead to a future magical job as a mage.
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"Death Stranding" was released back in 2019 and quickly won praise from critics for its unique concept and innovative gameplay mechanics. The first game from prolific creator Hideo Kojima after his split with Konami, "Death Stranding" was highly anticipated by fans who quickly dove into its mysterious post-apocalyptic world. Being a Kojima game, it featured an incredibly complex story and countless secrets to uncover. At the time of its release, it was also a game exclusive to the PlayStation. Only PS4 users got to enjoy the up to 100 hours of gameplay and experience Kojima's latest vision.
Historically speaking, the "Madden NFL" series has had a pretty simplistic approach to the game of football. Whether you're on offense or defense, the gameplay loop mostly boils down to pressing corresponding buttons to perform the actions you're looking for. It's this kind of simplicity that has arguably led to the series' massive sales success (per Polygon), even if some of the games themselves can be kind of a mess these days. However, EA Sports seems to have decided to up the ante a little bit with "Madden NFL 23" — at least on the offensive side of the ball — through a new system called "Skill-Based Passing."
Privat Division's "Rollerdrome" tasks players with skating around maps on rollerblades while gunning enemies down and performing tricks for points and ammo. That sounds like a lot to manage at once, but one of the game's strengths comes with its accessibility. Difficulty in video games has always been a hot...
"Dishonored" meets "Bloodborne" in "Thymesia," an indie Souls-like ARPG from developer OverBorder Studio and publisher Team17 that puts players in the shoes of a dark assassin uncovering the mysteries of a plague-ridden kingdom. Released for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC, "Thymesia" follows the story of "Corvus" as he fights to reclaim his memories while harnessing the powers of disease and his raven-like abilities.
"We Are OFK" is an episodic, interactive music biopic series that follows four members of the real-life virtual band by the same name. With the game already receiving pretty great reviews on Metacritic, it's on a lot of radars, especially for players who love visual novels. NME's Andy Brown gave the game a perfect five out of five stars because of the beautiful emotions the game evokes, as well as its stellar cast of characters. In fact, some of those cast members will probably sound familiar to you, like Itsumi, who is voiced by actress Ally Maki of "Wrecked" and "Cloak & Dagger" fame.
Ice Poseidon has quite the reputation in the world of streaming, especially for someone who hasn't been active in years. He's been on various sides of some pretty challenging situations. For starters, extreme viewer harassment left the streamer with PTSD. On top of that, he was permanently banned from Twitch in 2017 due to an airplane swatting incident that received national media attention. He since moved to YouTube, but he hasn't been active since 2021.
EA made a mistake on the Epic Games Store, resulting in a few people being able to purchase "FIFA 23" Ultimate Edition for roughly six cents. The mistake was made on the Indian version of the Epic Games Store, where EA appeared to have missed a decimal point. As some Twitter users were able to see that version of the game listed for 4.80 Indian Rupees (INR), which equates to about six cents if converted to the US Dollar. According to PC Gamer, the error likely occurred when EA entered the price of the game.
"Dungeons & Dragons," or "D&D," is a tabletop role-playing game that has exploded in popularity, with over 50 million individuals reporting that they have interacted with the game at some point (per New York Times). This unsurprisingly has earned "D&D" a comfortable spot in pop culture, even spawning a movie by the same name starring Chris Pine.
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"Digimon Survive," Bandai Namco's strategy-RPG-meets-visual-novel, has finally been released. "Digimon Survive" features multiple finales that. while not the most bizarre alternate endings in an RPG, still warrant some thought. To unlock the game's true ending, players must focus on a specific character during their time in the game. Players will also need to have already started a playthrough in the title's New Game Plus mode, which means they'll already have had to beat the 40-hour RPG at least once.
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