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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective gives new life to a Nintendo DS cult classic

AEW: Fight Forever recaptures the attitude of golden-age wrestling games

Management sim Dave the Diver shouldn’t work as well as it does

Battlebit Remastered is the second coming of Battlefield: Bad Company

Amnesia: The Bunker marks an evolution for one of the best horror series

Super Mega Baseball 4 is a towering monument to the joy of the sport

Lacuna is the rare chill 2-player board game that requires almost no teaching at all

The Roundup: No Way Out is the latest showcase for the world’s hardest-hitting action star

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse goes bigger, bolder, and more ambitious

Street Fighter 6 is the ultimate fighting game toolbox

The System Shock remake does something remarkable

Humanity’s solutions are more triumphant than its puzzles

Votes for Women, one of the year’s best board games, belongs in a museum

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