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.
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.
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.
Our intrepid Save State columnist Vincent Mahoney had been lost in Xenoblade Chronicles 3 for a while, but he came up for air and needed a fast-paced, stylish adventure to play in order to clear his palate. The beautiful, indie Eastern Exorcist title answered that call in a big way and earns his highest recommendations.
There are so many new releases this month that our Save State Columnist Vincent Mahoney was having trouble deciding what to play first. He finally landed on Digimon Survive, an anime title that has a lot of great things going for it.
The Monster Hunter series is on fire these days, with amazing expansions that keep adding more great content for fans. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak follows that stellar trend, adding new areas, monsters, storylines and equipment for veteran or novice hunters to enjoy.
In this week’s Save State, Vincent enjoys some low-poly retro gaming goodness with Ex-Zodiac, a game that is still in early access on Steam but shows worlds of promise as you fight to free the worlds of the Sanzaru Star System from their oppressors in intense early-1990s arcade action.
Vincent is taking a break from all of his 16-bit gaming this week, but only because he is going even farther back into the retro tunnel. He breaks out 8-bit masterpieces in Vampire Survivors and Panzer Paladin.
Our reviewer Vincent Mahoney was able to obtain one of the amazing new Steam Deck gaming devices. He immediately loaded up his massive Stream library and put the Deck through its paces to find out if everyone should be adding a Steam Deck to their gaming collection.
Save State Columnist Vincent Mahony is a self-proclaimed Sonic the Hedgehog maniac. So being able to get four remastered Sonic games in the Sonic Origins package has got him spinning through loops, jumping across chasms and grabbing more gold rings than he has fingers to put them on.