Three Perspectives on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Beta

Over the past two weekends, Activision opened up a Call of Duty Modern Warfare II beta to the press and other invited guests. GiN had a handful of reviewers, columnists, and podcasters in the thick of the action. This is what three of them found in this thoroughly modern take on shooters.

 
 
Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2’s Locales and Fish AI Help Catch the Reel Experience

With stunning visuals, a soundtrack that practically oozes tranquility, complex controls, and well-developed fish artificial intelligence, Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 is about as close to a real fishing experience as we can currently get in a video game. If you enjoy sports sims, you should definitely check this one out.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Takes the Series to the Next Level of RPG Adventuring

This has been a very good year for role-playing games, and Xenoblade Chronicles 3 helps to further that trend. Right from the start with its wildly interesting premise to the final climatic battle, role-players will find a lot to enjoy with this adventure.

 
 
Cult of the Lamb: Shepherding Your Flock Can Be Messy but Fun Business

Cult of the Lamb is a unique game that combines elements of village-building, community management, role-playing, and combat. As the newly resurrected lamb cult leader, the player is tasked with going into the various regions to build a community of followers, and then lead the flock while keeping them in order, content, and safe.

South of the Circle Serves Up Superb Storytelling

South of the Circle is an interactive novel type of game set during the Cold War in a place that is even more frigid, Antarctica. This carefully crafted adventure is a cinematic experience with top notch storytelling.

 
 
Stray Brings a Cat’s Eye to Cyberpunk Adventure

Stray is one of the most unique games to come out in a long time. It offers players an open cyberpunk world to explore, and places them into the paws of a cat as the main character. And experiencing this brilliant sci-fi world through the eyes of a clever cat is absolute purr-fection.

Manifesting a Japanese Ghost Story in Ikai

The pre-October festival of horror games continues this week with the review of Ikai, a game that adds Japanese folklore and culture to a somewhat traditional ghost story. Be ready for some serious jump scares if you journey into Ikai’s dark world.

 
 
Cursed to Golf: No Mulligans Permitted on Golf Purgatory’s Greens

Mixing elements of traditional golf games with horror, miniature golf, rogue-likes and even a bit of Dark Souls, Cursed to Golf may be one of the strangest and most difficult golf titles to master. But it’s very fun to try.

The Mortuary Assistant Slices into a Bone-Chilling Horror Adventure

If you are looking for one of the most terrifying gaming experiences available right now, look no further than The Mortuary Assistant. It’s destined to become an instant classic in horror gaming even though many players will rightfully be too grossed out or even afraid to fully enjoy all that it has to offer.

 
 
Experience a Shot of Wick and a Touch of Woo in the Midnight Fight Express

Midnight Fight Express is an over-the-top, two-fisted action-adventure that nearly anyone can pick up and play for hours on end. This is one of the most stylish and simple beat-em-ups to come out in a long time.

Slip into Serenity in the Midst of Park Creation with ZooKeeper

ZooKeeper is a low-pressure simulation that allows players to sit back and relax while building their own ultimate zoo in a delightful low-polygon world. This title also has the player manage all the operations within their zoo. Players must keep their animals happy and content, and also must appease the frenzied public that comes to visit their park.

 
 
Norco Offers a Haunting and Complex Sci-fi Adventure

Norco presents a distinctively sci-fi look at a fairly dark future. Set in and around Norco, Louisiana, it weaves its haunting narrative through the eyes of a young person who recently came back home following the death of their mother. This is not an experience that adventure gamers will want to miss.

Video Games and Their Series and Movie Adaptations Are a Thriving Force in Entertainment

This week, Fresh Look Columnist Michelle Sayatovich takes a look at video games and their adaptations through the decades, and she shares some of her favorite animated ones. She also discusses video game based animated series on Netflix including Castlevania, Dota: Dragon’s Blood, Pokemon, and the very popular Cyberpunk: Edgerunners anime series which has driven a million players back into the game itself.

Knights of Wakanda at BLERDCON 2022 BLERDCON 2022 Grows in Diversity, Representation and Enthusiasm

Thousands of people came together over the weekend for BLERDCON 2022, a fun and safe space designed to celebrate people’s diversity in color, culture, gender and sexual identities. And the convention just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Breathed New Fire into the Series

Our Save State Columnist Vincent Mahoney has been a fan of the Yakuza series for a while, but last played the series back in the Yakuza 3 days. He picks it up again with Like a Dragon and finds that the series evolved into a true RPG while keeping a high level of its delightful absurdity solidly intact.

Katz, Pooh, and Some Absurdities of the English Language

Katz puzzles over some absurdities of the English language with it having such a large number of words that are spelled differently, sound the same but have different meanings, and ones that are spelled the same but have different meanings and sounds.

G2 Esports Announces All-Female Team Hel to Compete in League of Legends

G2 Esports, one of the world’s leading entertainment and esports brands, is proud to announce the launch of its newest team, Hel, that will compete in Riot’s main title, League of Legends.

Critical Hits with Roll20’s Corey Rosemond

Roll20 is one of the best platforms available for playing role-playing games remotely with friends. But it could always be better, and that is just what COO Corey Rosemond is working on right now. We find out what’s up on the platform, and what is coming soon.

 
Burning Bryte With A Brand New Game System

BurnBryte is the first roleplaying game made for the virtual tabletop world of Roll20. Just like how Amazon, Netflix and Apple TV went from streaming other peoples’ content to creating their own shows, this is Roll20s first original content. We chat with the show’s creators.

 

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