Stuck indoors and need fresh air? From Firewatch to A Short Hike, here are seven stellar indie games about nature and the great outdoors.
Stray is far from perfect, with a rushed story and problematic scenery, but as a cat-riding-in-a-bucket simulator, it’s pretty incredible.
I ranked 105 NPCs in Hollow Knight (from the Mantis Lords to Hornet) based on my amusement, their battle skills, and their overall value.
Brütal Legend attempts to bring three unique game genres together as a cohesive whole. Here’s why it falls short of greatness.
Elden Ring’s Stake of Marika is a great mechanic that’s vastly underused. Let’s explore the missed potential for this accessibility mechanic.
Is simplicity good for game design? Learn the pros and cons through the lenses of Dragon Ball FighterZ, Final Fantasy XIV, and Evil Genius 2.
In our Road 96 review, learn why this road trip narrative adventure from French studio DigixArt is worth the drive, potholes and all.
In our 12 Minutes review, learn why this interactive thriller from Annapurna Interactive is far less of a thriller, and more actual hell.
In our Boyfriend Dungeon review, learn why Kitfox Games’ dungeon-crawler dating sim is one of the best, most inclusive games of the year.
In our review of Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights, learn why Binary Haze Interactive’s debut Metroidvania is one of 2021’s best.
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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?
Having trouble snagging a PS5 or Xbox Series X | S? You’re in luck! Here are three sleeper 2021 indie games you can play on a modest PC.
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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.
Elden Ring may be similar to its Soulsborne brethren, but its open-world structure makes for a far more liberating and accessible experience.
In this Punished Notes, I share my thoughts on Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Nintendo Switch Online, Star Fox 64, Sable, Dune, and more!
Read why Metroid Dread isn’t just a worthy sequel to the 2D Metroid saga, but an inventive and refreshing title that’s one of 2021’s best.
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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.
In this edition of Punished Chat, we discuss our 15 favorite games of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console generation.
Welcome back to Punished Chat, where two friends shoot the breeze about something video game related. For this edition, we talk about the game industry’s unique cycle of hype, why we get so excited, and how we can all manage expectations better.
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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…