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A single car makes a turn in Forza Motorsport.

Forza Motorsport review: the long-awaited racing tune-up delivers

The long wait for Forza Motorsport was worth it as this is one of the best-looking and smoothest-playing games on Xbox Series X.
An alien structure appears in Cocoon.

Cocoon review: mesmerizing indie will put you inside of a bug’s brain

Cocoon is unlike anything you've played before, turning the insect world into a mesmerizing puzzle adventure.
A trenchcoat-clad character walks down a lit hallway in El Paso, Elsewhere.

El Paso, Elsewhere review: you won’t want to put down this Max Payne-inspired indie

El Paso, Elsewhere is designed like third-person shooters from the early 2000s, and it uses that aesthetic to tell a captivating story.
Robbers shoot guns in Payday 3.

Payday 3 review: co-op heist sequel plays it safe, but needs to be more daring long-term

Payday 3 sets a safe, but strong foundation for the co-op heist game with faster gunplay and varied missions at launch.
People standing at a robotics shop in Phantom Liberty.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty review: CD Projekt Red pulls off a perfect illusion

With the strong Phantom Liberty, Cyberpunk 2077 finally feels like the game it should have been at launch.
Smoke and Cyrax in Mortal Kombat 1

Mortal Kombat 1 review: a morbidly fun fighter with one fatal flaw

Mortal Kombat 1 is NetherRealm's most refined fighting game yet, though its story and Invasions mode are a let down.
Three legendary Pokemon stand tall in Pokemon: The Teal Mask.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask review: back to square zero

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's first DLC, The Teal Mask, doesn't do much to fix the base games' most pressing issues.
A robot holds Pinocchio in Lies of P.

Lies of P review: a solid Pinocchio Soulslike with some strings attached

Lies of P has a solid foundation with an incredibly moody atmosphere and a variety of different customizable options, but it falters in its combat.
A character overlooks a desert in Chants of Sennaar.

Chants of Sennaar review: puzzles and linguistics collide in can’t miss indie

Chants of Sennaar is an ingenious puzzle adventure about language and the multitude of ways it can be used.
An astronaut explores a planet's surface in Starfield.

Starfield review: Xbox’s ambitious outer space RPG is big, beautiful, and empty

Starfield is a strong RPG full of impactful choices, but its underexplored outer space gameplay leaves its massive universe feeling empty.
A party of heroes stands on a cliff in Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 review: staggering RPG opens up a world of possibilities

Baldur's Gate 3 is a staggering CRPG that feels like it's on its way to becoming a foundational video game.
Sea of Stars heroes Zale and Valere crouching in front of moon

Sea of Stars review: a retro-inspired RPG that lives up to classics

Sea of Stars draws inspiration from classic RPGs, but it's much more than a nostalgic homage.
Key art for the VR version of Samba de Amigo

Samba de Amigo: Party Central review: motion-controlled nostalgia, with a catch

Samba de Amigo: Party Central is dragged down by unreliable motion controls, but that doesn't shut down a fun rhythm party full of eclectic tunes.
A boss fight in Armored Core 6.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon review: FromSoftware’s latest could use a tune-up

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon delivers when it comes to fast-paced mecha action, but FromSoftware's series could still use a tune-up.
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Immortals of Aveum review: magic meets Call of Duty in inventive shooter

When Immortals of Aveum cuts the snark, it's an enjoyable magic shooter that takes smart cues from Call of Duty without copying it.
An angel reads a scroll in Blasphemous 2 art.

Blasphemous 2 review: this challenging Metroidvania will test your faith

So long as you can keep your faith during its most frustrating moments, Blasphemous 2 is a Metroidvania worthy of devotion.
A player leaps to attack an enemy in Atlas Fallen.

Atlas Fallen review: sand-surfing action game can’t reach its high ambitions

Atlas Fallen sports an innovative combat system and fun sand-surfing, but poor presentation bring the ambitious adventure down.
Venba, Paavaran, and Kavin enjoy dinner together.

Venba review: powerful Tamil cooking game is one of 2023’s best

Venba explores Tamil culture through an elegantly written story and mouth-watering cooking interludes.
Mickey and Minnie in Disney Illusion Island.

Disney Illusion Island review: charming Disney platformer is perfect for kids

Disney Illusion Island features several design choices that make it a great introduction to the Metroidvania genre, although it lacks depth.
A group of players fights a T-Rex in Exoprimal.

Exoprimal review: Capcom’s dinosaur shooter is ridiculous in all the right ways

Exoprimal is a gleefully fun dinosaur shooter that gets more innovative the more rounds you play.
The player stands with Oatchi and some Red Pikmin in Pikmin 4.

Pikmin 4 review: standout Switch exclusive is a master of multitasking

Pikmin 4 trades in stress and chaos for a rewarding strategy-puzzle hybrid that puts players' multitasking skills to the test.
A complex puzzle appears in Viewfinder.

Viewfinder review: mind-bending PS5 puzzler is a celebration of human ingenuity

Viewfinder is one of gaming's great magic tricks thanks to a mind-bending puzzle hook that wows from start to finish.
A triangular portal opens up in Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals review: eerie sequel is a must-play for Netflix subscribers

Netflix's gaming efforts pay off with Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, an eerie, introspective sequel that's a must-play for subscribers.
Players inflate balloons in Everybody 1-2-Switch!

Everybody 1-2-Switch! review: Nintendo’s party game is only as fun as your friends

Everybody 1-2-Switch! can be a lot of fun with the right friends, but the uneven minigame collection gets old fast.
A player lifts and enemy with telekinesis in Synapse

Synapse review: mind-bending roguelite’s mental blocks prevent greatness

If you're looking for a good reason to boot up your PlayStation VR2, Synapse offers some fun action despite a lacking roguelite setup.
Hangman Adam Page throws Jon Moxley onto a ladder in AEW: Fight Forever.

AEW: Fight Forever review: WWE rival needed more time in development

AEW: Fight Forever will please any fans just looking for a throwback wrestling game, but a lack of content leaves it feeling less complete than an N64 game.
Shiva floats in the air in Final Fantasy XVI.

Final Fantasy XVI review: spectacular highs and lows in an uneven epic

Final Fantasy XVI impresses with awe-inspiring action, but shallow RPG systems turn the time between big battles into an unrewarding chore.
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Pixel Ripped 1978 review: VR charmer offers a nostalgic, sanitized version of Atari history

Pixel Ripped 1978 offers a loving ode to Atari history in VR, though one that's perhaps a little too reverential for its own good.
Diablo 4 promotional image of Lillith.

Diablo 4 review: A bold new step for hack-n-slash RPGs

Diablo 4 is a glorious return to form for the Diablo series, though it comes with a few MMO concessions that may drag its experience down for some.
Chun Li kicks Ryu in Street Fighter 6.

Street Fighter 6 review: Capcom has made the ultimate fighting game

Street Fighter 6 is one of the best fighting games ever made because of how successfully it appeals to every potential type of player.
A close-up of Gollum.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum review: you shall pass on this bizarre adventure

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is a messy, confounding throwback to the Wild West era of unpredictable licensed games.
Lana and Mui stand on a cliff in Planet of Lana.

Planet of Lana review: gentle indie adventure is a fitting Zelda companion

Planet of Lana is a short and sweet puzzle platformer that makes up for its shortcomings with gorgeous art.
Lego cars drive around a green open world in Lego 2K Drive.

Lego 2K Drive review: an imaginative kart racer with one big catch

Lego 2K Drive puts an inventive spin on both Forza Horizon and Mario Kart, but its microtransactions should raise red flags for parents.
Link on island in the sky in Tears of the Kingdom.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom review: limitless creativity

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a spectacular sequel that places no limits on players' curiosity and creativity.

Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to Inverse, Fanbyte, The Inventory, and more. He was previously a segment producer on Polygon’s daily gaming show Speedrun and he currently hosts the Left Trigger Right Trigger podcast. Four Tetris 99 wins, and counting.