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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...

Aerial_Knight's Never Yield

Aerial_Knight's Never Yield

Aerial_Knight – also known as artist Neil Jones...

Aerial_Knight – also known as artist Neil Jones – has left his own distinctive imprint on the gam...

Aerial_Knight – also known as artist Neil Jones – has left his own distinctive imprint on the game that bears his name. Never Yield is a 3D runner set in a futuristic Detroit, where players need to...

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....

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BattleTech

Based on the classic boardgame franchise, Battletech is...

Based on the classic boardgame franchise, Battletech is, as you might expect, about using your gi...

Based on the classic boardgame franchise, Battletech is, as you might expect, about using your giant robot to beat up other giant robots. This turn-based strategy game lets you choose your mechs to...

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

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Blaseball

What is Blaseball? It’s an online browser-based basebal...

What is Blaseball? It’s an online browser-based baseball experience where one week, for example, ...

What is Blaseball? It’s an online browser-based baseball experience where one week, for example, teams might have to vote on whether the sun is destroyed. It’s a conceptual experience where the sho...

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.

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Carto

Carto might be the sweetest take on block-sliding...

Carto might be the sweetest take on block-sliding puzzle gameplay we’ve ever seen. Carto, the gam...

Carto might be the sweetest take on block-sliding puzzle gameplay we’ve ever seen. Carto, the game’s hero, can change her environments by sliding around segments of her map, literally recreating le...

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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The Cat Lady

The Cat Lady is not a game for...

The Cat Lady is not a game for everyone, but players looking for dark psychological horror with s...

The Cat Lady is not a game for everyone, but players looking for dark psychological horror with some intense themes have found plenty to love. This game, which features a lonely, suicidal protagoni...

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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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CrossCode

CrossCode combines the 16-bit visual style of a...

CrossCode combines the 16-bit visual style of a SNES game with the rhythm and intensity of a mode...

CrossCode combines the 16-bit visual style of a SNES game with the rhythm and intensity of a modern action game, resulting in an adventure that feels unstuck from time and totally unique. This huge...

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Crypt of the Necrodancer

This innovative roguelike action game is all about...

This innovative roguelike action game is all about the rhythm of adventure – and you need to lear...

This innovative roguelike action game is all about the rhythm of adventure – and you need to learn how to move to the game’s beat. Exploring the game’s procedurally-generated dungeons means moving ...

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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 ...

Deus Ex artwork

Deus Ex

The original 2000 Deus Ex, developed by Ion...

The original 2000 Deus Ex, developed by Ion Storm, has held up beautifully: J.C. Denton’s adventu...

The original 2000 Deus Ex, developed by Ion Storm, has held up beautifully: J.C. Denton’s adventure remains a landmark game for how seriously it takes player choice and encompasses many different p...

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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 ...

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Disco Elysium

It takes just minutes to understand why Disco...

It takes just minutes to understand why Disco Elysium has earned praise as one of the most well-w...

It takes just minutes to understand why Disco Elysium has earned praise as one of the most well-written games of all time. This RPG, which gives players an incredible amount of choice over how they...

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’...

Donkey Kong Artwork

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...

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Dust: An Elysian Tale

Dust is set in a world fully populated...

Dust is set in a world fully populated by animals, some of whom happen to wield powerful weapons ...

Dust is set in a world fully populated by animals, some of whom happen to wield powerful weapons and excel at fighting. In this action-RPG, players explore a vast game world to unlock new abilities...