Ready to conquer the Lands Between? Figure out the best Elden Ring starting class in our Elden Ring class guide.
In advance of the 3DS and Wii U eShop closures, I bought and played several legacy titles to see how well (or poorly) they hold up in 2022.
Nintendo’s decision to shutter the 3DS and Wii U eShops is disappointing, but there’s a small silver lining to the upcoming closures.
After 10 hours with Horizon Forbidden West, I’m prepared to backpedal like a biker who’s seen a bear. The game is great, and here’s why.
Sifu is a tough-as-nails roguelike adventure. Set yourself up for success with these eight Sifu gameplay tips and tricks.
As I make my way through Guerrilla Games’s Horizon Forbidden West, I can’t help but wonder if I’m suffering from PlayStation fatigue.
Nidhogg 2 is out, and it boasts an intricate combat system and some killer visuals. But does Nidhogg 2 make for a compelling competitive fighting game?
Nintendo and Ubisoft have teamed up to provide an unlikely collaboration with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. Does this crazy, new Switch title deliver?
The Dark Tower, based on the acclaimed fantasy books by Stephen King, recently hit theaters to poor reception. In honor of the original series, I’ve provided my thoughts on the very first book of the Dark Tower saga, The Gunslinger.
Love the level design of The Legend of Zelda? Enjoy the unpredictability of roguelike games? Songbringer attempts to merge both together in one package.
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To help usher in the new year, The Punished Backlog editorial team hosts a 2023 gaming preview extravaganza, complete with a fantasy draft!
From Halo Infinite and Fable to The Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, here’s what you can expect from Xbox & Bethesda at E3 2021.
From Final Fantasy XVI to Guardians of the Galaxy rumors, we share our hopes, expectations, and dreams for Square Enix at E3 2021.
From the Breath of the Wild sequel to 2D Metroid rumors, we dive into Nintendo at E3 2021 and share our personal hopes and predictions.
Going through a stressful time? Take care of yourself by playing these video games that promote mental health and well-being.
The announcement that Gearbox is being acquired by a larger fish begs the question: Should video game industry consolidation worry us?
Punished NotesView All
In this Punished Notes, I discuss Xbox’s latest hit, a classic from the Nintendo 64 era, HBO’s latest hit show, and more.
Welcome to Punished Notes, Volume 26! For this edition, I’ll be discuss one of this year’s biggest releases, God of War Ragnarök. I’ll start off with a spoiler-free mini-review of the whole experience, mention some random things I liked and…
In this Punished Notes, I review Sam Barlow’s new game Immortality, delve into Splatoon 3, and share thoughts on a host of other things.
In Vol. 24, I discuss As Dusk Falls (Xbox’s only notable 2022 exclusive), highlight a Game Pass hidden gem, and rip into Ryan Reynolds.
Learn how the Mass Effect trilogy defined a gaming generation with its role-playing choices, DLC controversy, over-marketed ending, and more.
Get up to speed with Sam’s thoughts on Street Fighter, Tunic, Switch Sports, Halo, and more in the latest edition of Punished Notes.
Punished ChatView All
Want a fun way to celebrate, laugh, and/or cry about your favorite games of 2022? Introducing The Punished Backlog’s first ever prop awards.
Favorite characters, problematic approaches to Manuela, figuring out what that whole goddess thing was about… we discuss it all.
We review the first 12 months of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, including best games, console features, and most anticipated 2022 games.
We celebrate the life and legacy of Microsoft’s second console by chatting about our top Xbox 360 games, moments, and memories.
Wondering what to expect from Final Fantasy VII Remake Part 2? Want random speculation on when it’ll release? You’re in the right place.
For this edition of Punished Chat, we discuss the differences between PC and next-gen consoles, and what this means moving forward.
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Looking for a few more indie video games to play while enjoying the final weeks of summer? Look no further than these five gems.
Still hankering for some great indie video games to play over the summer? Here are five more excellent options available to you.
Think you’ve played all the best video games? Think again. Here are five great indie games that are criminally underrated.
An Eye for Detail Love ‘em or hate ‘em, seemingly every video game comes with a man, woman, or semi-autonomous vending machine more than willing to take your hard-earned gold (or credits/rupees/now-defunct German Marks). They may be shrewd, charming, devious,…
Coming Out Swinging Recently, the Punished Backlog team looked at the best video game end sequences in gaming. But an impressive opening level is just as important as a triumphant close. Whether it be an opening cinematic that instilled a…
Ending on a High Note You’ve spent the entire game learning new mechanics, upgrading your skills, fighting boss after boss after boss. It’s finally time to face the head honcho, the final boss, your game’s Bowser. Before you walk through…