Game Franchises

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ActRaiser

ActRaiser is surely one of the most ambitious...

ActRaiser is surely one of the most ambitious 16-bit games of all time, marrying the unlikely gen...

ActRaiser is surely one of the most ambitious 16-bit games of all time, marrying the unlikely genres of side-scrolling action and city-building in a brilliant way. The game, which literally casts p...

Altered Beast

Altered Beast

“Rise from your grave!” Altered Beast’s iconic beastman...

“Rise from your grave!” Altered Beast’s iconic beastman has been resurrected many times for each ...

“Rise from your grave!” Altered Beast’s iconic beastman has been resurrected many times for each system generation, and his adventure remains delightfully strange.

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Anime

Anime Vinyl Soundtracks | Japan Animation Score/Soundtr...

Anime Vinyl Soundtracks | Japan Animation Score/Soundtrack on Vinyl

Anime Vinyl Soundtracks | Japan Animation Score/Soundtrack on Vinyl

Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting

In the early 90s, SNK followed up the...

In the early 90s, SNK followed up the ever-popular Fatal Fury with Art of Fighting: a trilogy of ...

In the early 90s, SNK followed up the ever-popular Fatal Fury with Art of Fighting: a trilogy of fighters known for their deep plots, wonderful art, and unique fighting mechanics.

Astro Bot

Astro Bot

AstroBot has only starred in two games so...

AstroBot has only starred in two games so far, yet he’s already one of PlayStation’s most importa...

AstroBot has only starred in two games so far, yet he’s already one of PlayStation’s most important mascots. Astro Bot Rescue Mission is one of the defining PlayStation VR games, an adorable 3D pla...

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Banjo-Kazooie

In 1998, at the absolute height of its...

In 1998, at the absolute height of its powers, developer Rare released what would go on to become...

In 1998, at the absolute height of its powers, developer Rare released what would go on to become one of the Nintendo 64’s most iconic games. Banjo-Kazooie stars Banjo the bear and his bird pal Kaz...

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Banner Saga

The Banner Saga trilogy is an extremely ambitious...

The Banner Saga trilogy is an extremely ambitious indie undertaking—three interconnected strategy...

The Banner Saga trilogy is an extremely ambitious indie undertaking—three interconnected strategy titles, telling a single story about a travelling band of Norse warriors looking to save the world....

Battletoads

Battletoads

For many 90s kids, the Battletoads – Zitz,...

For many 90s kids, the Battletoads – Zitz, Pimple, and Rash – were the cause of many late nights ...

For many 90s kids, the Battletoads – Zitz, Pimple, and Rash – were the cause of many late nights and smashed controllers. The infamously hard NES original is the most beloved title in the series, a...

Bioshock

Bioshock

The BioShock trilogy is one of the most...

The BioShock trilogy is one of the most celebrated narrative achievements in games. The first ent...

The BioShock trilogy is one of the most celebrated narrative achievements in games. The first entry introduced players to Rapture, an underwater utopia spoiled by genetic experimentation gone wrong...

Black Future '88

Black Future '88

Blasphemous

Blasphemous

The Game Kitchen’s 2019 Metroidvania is set in...

The Game Kitchen’s 2019 Metroidvania is set in Cvstodia, a land blessed by “The Miracle”. Its mix...

The Game Kitchen’s 2019 Metroidvania is set in Cvstodia, a land blessed by “The Miracle”. Its mix of religious pixelart imagery and challenging gameplay has made it a cult classic.

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Blaster Master

Blaster Master first launched in 1988, but the...

Blaster Master first launched in 1988, but the Blaster Master Zero games (which will become a tri...

Blaster Master first launched in 1988, but the Blaster Master Zero games (which will become a trilogy in 2021) are most familiar to modern audiences. Players of these retro-styled games control a t...

Bloodborne

Bloodborne

Considered by many to be the PS4’s greatest...

Considered by many to be the PS4’s greatest exclusive, Bloodborne is Dark Souls creator Hidetaka ...

Considered by many to be the PS4’s greatest exclusive, Bloodborne is Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki’s most haunted masterpiece. Set in the decaying Gothic city of Yharnam, Bloodborne is an as...

Bloodstained

Bloodstained

When Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi took to Kicksta...

When Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi took to Kickstarter to fund Bloodstained, he couldn’t hav...

When Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi took to Kickstarter to fund Bloodstained, he couldn’t have known that the game would bring in $5.5 million in crowdfunding, making it one of the highest-fund...

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Borderlands

Borderlands famously promised players “87 bazillion gun...

Borderlands famously promised players “87 bazillion guns”, but across four games and a story-focu...

Borderlands famously promised players “87 bazillion guns”, but across four games and a story-focused spin-off, the series has delivered so much more. The world of Pandora is full of people to meet ...

Bubble Bobble

Bubble Bobble

Bub and Bob – oh, I just got...

Bub and Bob – oh, I just got that – are two dragons who need to rescue their girlfriends by poppi...

Bub and Bob – oh, I just got that – are two dragons who need to rescue their girlfriends by popping a lot of bubbles (as you do). It’s hard to explain, but impossible to put down.

Castlevania Lords of Shadow

Castlevania

“What is a man? A miserable little pile...

“What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!” In the original 1986 Castlevania, Simon Belm...

“What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets!” In the original 1986 Castlevania, Simon Belmont set out to conquer Lord Dracula’s castle, defeating the vampire lord and ridding the world of ev...

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Celeste

George Mallory famously said that he climbed Mount...

George Mallory famously said that he climbed Mount Everest “because it’s there.” There are many r...

George Mallory famously said that he climbed Mount Everest “because it’s there.” There are many reasons to climb the mountain in Celeste, though. There are the incredibly responsive, fun controls; ...

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Centipede

This 1980 arcade classic from Atari was one...

This 1980 arcade classic from Atari was one of the most successful games of the time - and it's s...

This 1980 arcade classic from Atari was one of the most successful games of the time - and it's still a wildly satisfying shooter today.

Chrono Cross

Chrono Cross

The PlayStation sequel to Chrono Trigger features paral...

The PlayStation sequel to Chrono Trigger features parallel dimensions, exciting turn-based battle...

The PlayStation sequel to Chrono Trigger features parallel dimensions, exciting turn-based battles, and one of the era’s best stories. 

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart...

Coffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator about listening to peoples’ ...

Coffee Talk is a coffee brewing and heart-to-heart talking simulator about listening to peoples’ problems and helping them by serving a warm drink or two.

Concrete Genie

Concrete Genie

In Pixelopus' gorgeous PS4 exclusive, paint has power...

In Pixelopus' gorgeous PS4 exclusive, paint has power - the power to heal a city and help a young...

In Pixelopus' gorgeous PS4 exclusive, paint has power - the power to heal a city and help a young boy overcome bullying. Players use motion controls to paint across Denska, a port town that has fal...

Comix Zone

Comix Zone

This 1995 Mega Drive classic was ahead of...

This 1995 Mega Drive classic was ahead of its time – it’s a game that still looks and plays great...

This 1995 Mega Drive classic was ahead of its time – it’s a game that still looks and plays great today. You play as Sketch Turner, a comic artist who is sucked into his own comic and needs to move...

Contra

Contra

The Contra series spans many games, but they...

The Contra series spans many games, but they all have one thing in common – they’re hardcore (so ...

The Contra series spans many games, but they all have one thing in common – they’re hardcore (so much so that there’s a spinoff called Hard Corps). These side-scrolling shooters are inspired by the...

Control

Control

Not just an amazing action game, Control is...

Not just an amazing action game, Control is a step into a wider world—the game that invented the ...

Not just an amazing action game, Control is a step into a wider world—the game that invented the Remedy Universe, tying together Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and all the developer’s future games.

Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot

Like Keanu Reeves, Crash Bandicoot is a huge...

Like Keanu Reeves, Crash Bandicoot is a huge 90s star whose recent comeback has made us realise t...

Like Keanu Reeves, Crash Bandicoot is a huge 90s star whose recent comeback has made us realise that we never stopped loving him. The original trilogy, from Uncharted developer Naughty Dog, saw Cra...

Creature in the Well

Creature in the Well

Flight School Studios combined hack-n-slash and pinball...

Flight School Studios combined hack-n-slash and pinball for this game, which impressed players wi...

Flight School Studios combined hack-n-slash and pinball for this game, which impressed players with its atmospheric, cel-shaded world.

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Cuphead

Cuphead’s inspirations stretch back to the 1920s, when...

Cuphead’s inspirations stretch back to the 1920s, when Fleischer Studios formed and began outputt...

Cuphead’s inspirations stretch back to the 1920s, when Fleischer Studios formed and began outputting their distinct, iconic animation. There’s more than a bit of Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor in...

Dark Souls

Dark Souls

Dark Souls is one of the most important...

Dark Souls is one of the most important games ever made, spawning a trilogy of titles that has ki...

Dark Souls is one of the most important games ever made, spawning a trilogy of titles that has killed millions of players over and over again. There’s so much more to Dark Souls than their much-hyp...

Day's Gone

Day's Gone

Deacon St. John has lost almost everything to...

Deacon St. John has lost almost everything to the zombie hordes of Days Gone, but if you’re a fan...

Deacon St. John has lost almost everything to the zombie hordes of Days Gone, but if you’re a fan of huge open worlds full of the undead, his loss is your gain.

Dear Esther

Dear Esther

The “walking simulator” didn’t exist before Dear Esther...

The “walking simulator” didn’t exist before Dear Esther, a game about a long, gorgeous walk over ...

The “walking simulator” didn’t exist before Dear Esther, a game about a long, gorgeous walk over a breathtaking, haunting (or is it haunted?) island.

Dead Cells

Dead Cells

This incredible 2D action roguelike is all about...

This incredible 2D action roguelike is all about the joy of experimenting with different builds, ...

This incredible 2D action roguelike is all about the joy of experimenting with different builds, finding the most fun weapons, and bouncing back after a bad loss.

Death Stranding

Death Stranding

Death Stranding could have only been made by...

Death Stranding could have only been made by Hideo Kojima, the genius auteur behind the Metal Gea...

Death Stranding could have only been made by Hideo Kojima, the genius auteur behind the Metal Gear Solid series. Kojima went independent in 2015 to create this game, set in a world where acid rain ...

Devil May Cry Dante

Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry started life as a prototype...

Devil May Cry started life as a prototype for Resident Evil 4, before Capcom decided that it was ...

Devil May Cry started life as a prototype for Resident Evil 4, before Capcom decided that it was too action heavy and decided to turn it into what would become one of the most iconic action series ...

Dishonored

Dishonored

Corvo Atano’s stealth-sim journey through the grimy, gr...

Corvo Atano’s stealth-sim journey through the grimy, greasy streets of Dunwall was the beginning ...

Corvo Atano’s stealth-sim journey through the grimy, greasy streets of Dunwall was the beginning of a three-part series that’s now looked at as one of gaming’s greatest franchises. Dishonored mixes...

Divinity Original Sin

Divinity Original Sin

Larian’s action-RPG franchise is considered one of the...

Larian’s action-RPG franchise is considered one of the best games of its kind – and it paved the ...

Larian’s action-RPG franchise is considered one of the best games of its kind – and it paved the way for the studio’s brilliant work on Baldur’s Gate 3

DoDonPachi

DoDonPachi

Even the most seasoned SHUMP fans can struggle...

Even the most seasoned SHUMP fans can struggle with Dodonpachi’s exquisite take on the “bullet he...

Even the most seasoned SHUMP fans can struggle with Dodonpachi’s exquisite take on the “bullet hell” subgenre – this is a series for the hardcore players. Reaching the true ending is one of gaming’...

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Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is the most iconic ape in...

Donkey Kong is the most iconic ape in gaming – and the game that started it all has held up. The ...

Donkey Kong is the most iconic ape in gaming – and the game that started it all has held up. The game, which introduced the world to Mario (then “Jumpman”) and his simian nemesis, is such a well-ma...

Donut County

Donut County

In this indie charmer, you play as a...

In this indie charmer, you play as a hole in the ground – one that needs to keep eating up everyt...

In this indie charmer, you play as a hole in the ground – one that needs to keep eating up everything around it and growing. It’s small, sweet, and delicious, as a donut should be.

Doom

Doom

1993’s Doom is one of the most important...

1993’s Doom is one of the most important FPS games of all time, a pioneering shareware title (the...

1993’s Doom is one of the most important FPS games of all time, a pioneering shareware title (the first episode was free) that changed the genre with its intense demon battles and labyrinthine leve...

Dragon's Lair

Dragon's Lair

Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest

In Japan, from Dragon Quest IV onwards, games...

In Japan, from Dragon Quest IV onwards, games in the series had to be released on Saturdays rathe...

In Japan, from Dragon Quest IV onwards, games in the series had to be released on Saturdays rather than on weekdays. The RPG series, with its Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) art and rock-solid turn-ba...

Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim

A series of platformers about an earthworm that...

A series of platformers about an earthworm that runs around in a space-suit, surfing on cows and ...

A series of platformers about an earthworm that runs around in a space-suit, surfing on cows and shooting his laser gun at his enemies, who include Bob the Killer Goldfish,  Professor Monkey-for-a-...

Elder Scrolls Skyrim

Elder Scrolls

Fun fact: the second Elder Scrolls game, 1994’s...

Fun fact: the second Elder Scrolls game, 1994’s Daggerfall, still has one of the biggest maps eve...

Fun fact: the second Elder Scrolls game, 1994’s Daggerfall, still has one of the biggest maps ever in a game, stretching over 200 square kilometres and featuring over 15,000 towns. Elder Scrolls ha...

Evercade Console

Evercade

The Evercade is a brand new handheld console...

The Evercade is a brand new handheld console with unique multi-game retro cartridges from leading...

The Evercade is a brand new handheld console with unique multi-game retro cartridges from leading games publishers and console platforms. With an ever growing curated list of over 200 games confirm...