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'Crisis Core Reunion' hints at a bigger role for the Turks in 'FF7 Rebirth'

'Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion' is a gorgeous remaster of the classic spin-off, but even a preview of the first few chapters hints at big changes. → Read More

23 years ago, Nintendo released the best video game sequel ever

The Pokémon franchise has seen dozens of beloved video games over the years, but 23 years later nothing can stand up to the best sequel of all time. → Read More

9 years ago, the most underrated Zelda game redefined the entire franchise

Nine years ago Nintendo released one of the most underrated entries in The Legend of Zelda, and it's only proved even better with time. → Read More

You need to play the best castaway game ever on PlayStation ASAP

'Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana' flew under the radar for many JRPG fans, but with a new PS5 version, it's an experience that cannot be missed. → Read More

21 years later, the most important sci-fi shooter still holds up

Twenty-one years ago one of the most prolific sci-fi shooters ever seen released, and integrally changed the course of video games forever. → Read More

'Elden Ring' trumps 'God of War Ragnarok' in one critical way

'Elden Ring' and 'God of War Ragnarok' are the two biggest games of the year, but they couldn't be more different in terms of design philosophy. → Read More

8 years ago, one unforgettable twist changed RPGs forever

'Dragon Age' has featured no shortage of memorable characters, but eight years ago, 'Inquisition' brought a fascinating new dimension to RPG party members. → Read More

'Sonic Frontiers' missed the perfect chance to bring back a fan-favorite mini-game

'Sonic Frontiers' brings an ambitious new formula to the long-running franchise, but for all it does right, there are some missed opportunities. → Read More

'God of War Ragnarok' voice actors: Who plays Kratos, Atreus, Odin, Faye, Thor, and more

'God of War Ragnarok' features a massive cast of characters much bigger than its predecessor, so here are the actors behind the most important roles. → Read More

'Sonic Frontiers' review: The most unique Sonic game in years

Sonic Frontiers is the most unique game the series has seen in years, and while some of its new features shine, others don't quite land. → Read More

You need to play the best strategy game of 2022 on PC ASAP

The last few years have seen a huge resurgence of tactical strategy games, but one of Square Enix's can't-miss entries in the genre is now on PC. → Read More

20 years ago, an iconic spinoff changed strategy games forever

20 years ago Ensemble Studios brought a mythological spin to the Age of Empires formula, and ended up creating one of the best RTS games of all time. → Read More

How long is 'Star Ocean: The Divine Force'? Total playtime, level cap, and new game plus, detailed

'Star Ocean: The Divine Force' may not be as long as other JRPGs out there, but dual protagonists and post-game content provide plenty of replayability. → Read More

9 years later, the best pirate game ever still hasn't been topped

Nine years ago Ubisoft released the best pirate game ever made, and took a bold risk with one of its best-known series. → Read More

'Gungrave G.O.R.E.' is the most intriguing arcade shooter in ages

'Gungrave G.O.R.E.' feels like a throwback to high-octane arcade games, and despite a baffling story, it's an absolute blast. → Read More

'Splatoon 3' Big Run rumors and official news about the "once in a while" mode

'Splatoon 3' already has a wealth of multiplayer options, but its mysterious Big Run mode has yet to debut. Here's what we know about the twist on Salmon Run. → Read More

How to unlock the third semester and true ending of 'Persona 5 Royal'

'Persona 5 Royal' has a lengthy third semester and epilogue, but it's a bit tricky to unlock. Here's exactly what you need to do. → Read More

You need to play the most underrated horror sequel on Xbox Game Pass ASAP

'Alan Wake' is one of the most unique psychological horror games of all time, but its overlooked follow-up isn't afraid to deviate and try something different. → Read More

You need to play the best RPG of the last decade on PlayStation Plus ASAP

One of the most engrossing JRPG experiences of all time is now available for PlayStation Plus users, and fans of the genre need to take note. → Read More

'Shadows of Rose' is a must-play Resident Evil experience

The 'Resident Evil Village: Shadows of Rose' DLC works as a sort of epilogue to the game as a whole, refining the ideas and mechanics into something fresh. → Read More