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Tchia stands on the shoulders of Zelda — then leaps off

Tchia’s joyful transformation mechanics distance the game from its open-world forebears

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Evil Dead Rise is a movie for sickos by sickos

Lee Cronin blends Sam Raimi’s goofy mayhem with Fede Álvarez’s flair for the disturbing

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

Blade Runner TTRPG nails Ridley Scott’s vision, adds pitch-perfect investigative mechanics

The Witcher 3 hits even harder in a post-Cyberpunk 2077 world

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is a vital reimagining in the revered saga

Need for Speed Unbound is the first great NFS game in years

Dwarf Fortress’ Steam version immediately punched me in the gut

The roguelite management sim that’s impossible to put down

Warhammer 40K: Darktide is off to a hell of a start

Marvel’s Midnight Suns isn’t just XCOM with superheroes (and that’s a great thing)

Somerville is a worthy spiritual sequel to Limbo and Inside

Obsidian’s murder mystery Pentiment is full of tough, Fallout-style choices

The best time loop game of 2022 is a teen sci-fi gem

The must-play puzzle game of 2022 is a pixelated murder mystery

Signalis is a near pitch-perfect ode to Resident Evil and Silent Hill

Trophy Dark is the role-playing game that offers doom instead of glory

Flamecraft, a board game about artisan dragons, is one of 2022’s best

A Plague Tale: Requiem is the sequel 2019’s cult hit deserves

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