Keisuke’s Take on the Upcoming Nintendo Direct David posted his own set of five predictions for tonight’s Nintendo Direct (watch it at 6PM EST on Twitch or Youtube). Contrasting with David’s more down-to-earth predictions, I’m going big. I wouldn’t be…
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.
Spotlight Shines on Nintendo’s Biggest Games Two weeks after its Summer Nindie Showcase, Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct. Airing Wednesday, September 13th at 3pm PT | 6pm ET, the Direct will last just under 45 minutes and highlight…
As soon as it came, it went. Hunter x Hunter is going back on hiatus, everybody. I blame myself for jinxing it, but I blame Dragon Quest XI most of all.
The Very Best of JRPG Town Themes Japanese role-playing games are heralded for their colorful characters, captivating stories, and majestic worlds. They’re also known for having amazing music. JRPG soundtracks help set the stage for the story. There are entire…
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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In our 10th (and final!) episode of Weekend at Dave’s, we hold a 2023 mid-year gaming check-in and conduct our Fantasy waiver wire pick-ups.
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.
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Bethesda’s Starfield may be janky, but I’m having a great time. Its mundane moments make the unordinary ones all the more compelling.
It’s a special edition of Punished Notes, as we celebrate Volume 30! To honor the occasion, here are 30 notes for your reading pleasure.
Every time I turn on TOTK, a million thoughts pop into my head that I could potentially write about. Honestly, I’d rather just keep playing.
In Vol. 18 of Punished Notes, I discuss a pair of gaming remakes, MLB The Show’s take on baseball history, and the Super Mario Bros. movie.
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…
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Long lost robot girlfriends, zombies, and fascism, oh my! We get together to discuss this indie horror survival game.
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.
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Cozy games empower and engage players in a safe and gentle space. Here are some of the absolute best cozy video games.
All great games start somewhere. In the wake of Starfield’s “start gate” controversy, here are eight of the best video game start screens.
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,…