Metal: Hellsinger will be a hit with metalheads thanks to its killer soundtrack, but its lacking as both a shooter and rhythm game.
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Steelrising has some lofty ambitions, but poor execution slays this potentially innovative Soulslike.
Splatoon 3 delivers a breed of content-rich multiplayer fun that's refreshing to see in the age of shaky free-to-play promises.
Rumbleverse's unique fusion of battle royale structure and fighting game depth is a great, though sometimes imperfect, match.
Though its visual upgrades feel superfluous, The Last of Us Part I makes key innovations in accessibility that'll allow more players to enjoy an enduring classic.
Immortality is an astonishing work of interactive fiction that's every bit as unsettling and unforgettable as the films that inspired it.
Madden NFL 23 is an improved game when compared to Madden NFL 22, but that isn't enough to make it good.
Saints Row is a perfectly fine open-world game. Just don't expect any surprises, as the reboot lacks much character.
Soul Hackers 2 innovates when it comes to RPG gameplay, but its story is a step down compared to Atlus' recent hits.
MultiVersus feels like a corporate product, but Player First Games gets the most out of its ridiculous premise.
Cult of the Lamb excels as a darkly comedic management game, though its roguelite component commits some cardinal sins.
Digimon Survive mixes tactical roleplaying action with visual novels to varying results.
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 might be too frustrating for some, but its worth fighting through tedious systems for the RPG's stellar storytelling.
Live A Live is a high-effort remake from the presentation side, though the base game remains an uneven RPG experience.
As Dusk Falls is an atypical narrative adventure game with a compelling story about family.
Stray delivers on its adorable cat adventure premise, but its excellent atmosphere and strong sci-fi storytelling are what elevate it.
Escape Academy delivers lovingly crafted puzzles that shine in co-op play, but it can't fully replicate the thrills of a real-life escape room.
Yurukill: The Calumniation Games can't quite find the right narrative justification for its intriguing gameplay hooks.
As long as you're OK with the usual Musou repetition, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a worthy follow-up to Three Houses.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge isn't just a great Turtles game for nostalgic fans. It's a perfect retro-style beat 'em up that's eager to innovate.