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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom changes the conversation

Metal Gear Solid 5 mashes up with Spelunky for one of 2023’s most rewarding roguelikes

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 says goodbye to a Marvel that may not exist anymore

Rusted Moss is Hollow Knight with a bungee cord

Evil Dead Rise is a movie for sickos by sickos

Advance Wars’ slick reboot makes 20 years of trouble melt away

The Pope’s Exorcist teases 199 sequels and I would watch every single one of them 

The Mageseeker lets you beat up League of Legends’ oppressive elite

Total War: Warhammer 3’s Chaos Dwarfs turned me into Succession’s Roy family

How to Blow Up a Pipeline: A perfect blend of radical politics and heist-movie thrills

Dredge invents and perfects the fishing-horror genre

The Murder of Sonic the Hedgehog is way better than it needed to be

Fist of the Condor: part Bruce Lee, part Rambo, part Sergio Leone, all Marko Zaror

MLB The Show 23 will make every baseball fan fall in love with the game again

Tchia stands on the shoulders of Zelda — then leaps off

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is everything a D&D fan could want

Is Patch Quest a roguelike, Metroidvania, bullet hell, or Pokémon-like? Yes

Dead Cells’ Return to Castlevania DLC is joyous roguelike fan service

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty brings Sekiro’s combat to a mesmerizing new world

Company of Heroes 3 propels real-time strategy past the real-time part

Wild Hearts combines Monster Hunter and Death Stranding into one excellent RPG

In Metroid Dread, Samus is an action hero — in Metroid Prime, she’s a scientist

Pizza Tower is paradise for Wario freaks

Hitman’s new mode transforms it into one of the best roguelikes ever

Hi-Fi Rush arrived at the perfect time

The Dead Space remake changes all the right things

Season: A Letter to the Future is one of the best games I’ve played in years

Persona 4 Golden has a totally different spirit than Persona 5

Persona 3 Portable is messy, weird, and lovable on modern platforms

Fire Emblem Engage does what so many tactics games can’t

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ mode is (almost) too good to be free

The Steam Deck works so much better with this kickstand

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