With the end of 2019, the 2010s also finally came to a close. And now that we've looked back on all the great games of 2019, it's time to take a look back at the decade as a whole and talk about the titles that really stood out as the very best of the best. It may have been a long 10 years, with lots of changes in the gaming world, but it was chock full of gaming experiences that were absolutely second to none. While it may have pained us to narrow so many fantastic games down to only a dozen, we have done exactly that, just for you. Here are our picks for the 12 best games of the 2010s:
Now that 2020 is in full swing we have finally left that dead period around the holidays behind and can get back to seeing at least some semi-regular new game releases (as well as new versions of older games). Given that the big game is this weekend, (Koei) Tecmo (and Hamster) have appropriately kicked off the football festivities with the original video game football classic, Tecmo Bowl. And it's the vastly superior arcade version as well (yes, we know the NES version has its fans too)! You may recall that Tecmo Bowl was one of the 6 Favorite Football Games spoken about on this site previously.
Of course if football isn't your thing, there've been a few other somewhat high profile releases recently that might be more to your liking. Some of which include, the console release of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire; the arcade (archives) version of the old-school Konami classic, Frogger; and an Xbox One port of the arcadey indie flight sim, Sky Rogue. "Now, strap on your helmet and go for it!" Then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last eight weeks.
Now that our Games of the Year list is behind us, we can start looking forward to this year. There are a lot of exciting new offerings on the horizon for 2020, some of which will begin releasing fairly soon. A few upcoming titles, however, have already been delayed and may, perhaps be delayed further. But regardless of when they all arrive, this should still certainly be a very entertaining year. As fits the theme of this whole site (in case you hadn't caught on yet), we've decided to lay out the top 12 highlights, along with the most current release information we have. Enjoy.
Welcome back to the now notable new game releases. This week featured the release of the latest entry in the Darksiders franchise, Darksiders: Genesis, which saw the much-needed return of Joe Mad(ureira) and his other ex-Vigil coworkers (now at Airship Syndicate) to the series. Other reasons to be excited about this game (as if that wasn't enough by itself) include the fact that this game is actually a series prequel that mixes things up with a top-down, loot-focused, action RPG style, the fact that it features optional two-player co-op this time around, or the fact that it finally introduces Strife, the long-awaited gun-toting fourth horseman, to the franchise.
Also out just recently, Steam versions of Halo - The Master Chief Collection and Red Dead Redemption II, and a Switch version of the scary-as-hell (but in a good way) Alien: Isolation. Fight through Hell and back, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last three weeks.
We're back for the second week in a row, with more new releases. Although to be quite honest, it was a little hard to find enough noteworthy releases from just this past week. We really kinda had to stretch a bit near the bottom. That being the case, perhaps we were a touch overzealous when we said we would do this every week going forward. We will try, certainly, but depending on the quantity of quality releases from week to week, it may realistically need to often be an every two or three weeks type of thing. We'll just have to see hot it goes.
At any rate, the biggest release this week without question was (EA and) Respawn Entertainment's hotly-anticipated Star Wars game, Jedi - Fallen Order. Ever since E3, we have been practically counting down the days until we could get our hands on this title. Here's hoping it's better than EA's 2017 Star Wars disaster, Battlefront II.
Also out this past week, the latest Pokemon twofer, Sword and Shield; the third entry in the Romancing SaGa...saga; and the Arcade Archive, Yie Ar Kung-Fu. Become a Jedi, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last 7 days.
Hello 12/12 readers. For far too long now we have been much too infrequent with what was initially supposed to be weekly articles highlighting the latest new game releases on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo eShop, and Steam. At the same time, we've been completely ignoring other great platforms like the Xbox Games Store and GOG. We would like to apologize for that. In an effort to simultaneously remedy all of these glaring issues, starting today we will be switching to a new all-encompassing article, simply titled, The Weekly New Game Releases. And, yes, we are going to try to stick to a weekly frequency this time.
For our first article in this new format, we will be covering all of the big new releases from just this past week, including the arguable highlight, NFS: Heat. Though likely very similar to its 2017 predecessor, this new Need For Speed entry does feature a few key differences such as the exclusion of loot boxes, the inclusion of Ferraris, and a brand new dynamic weather system. Plus, it's a new Need For Speed so it's got to be at least some fun to play, right?
Also out this past week, Layton's Mystery Journey for the Switch; Death Stranding for the PlayStation 4; and another River City (Ransom) game for multiple platforms. Be unruly, be expressive, then jump past the break to see these new releases, in addition to a few others that we were several weeks overdue posting about.
Well, it's officially summer this week, but it's starting to feel a bit like Halloween. Not that it's getting any cooler outside, in fact, quite the opposite. No, it's because, Mr Castlevania himself, Koji Igarashi, has finally released his first non-Castlevania Castlevania game since departing Konami, back in 2014. Bloodstained -Ritual of the Night- has basically everything that makes for a great Castlevania game: monsters, magic, whips (and swords)...even a castle! It also has music by longtime Castlevania composer, Michiru Yamane. Basically, if you've ever been a Castlevania fan, you're already a Bloodstained fan. Welcome to your new home.
Also out in the past month, a Steam port of the last great Samurai Shodown game; a Steam port of the fantastic 2017 Blaster Master reboot; and the latest entry in the always-entertaining Sonic Racing franchise, Team Sonic Racing. Save humanity, and yourself, then jump past the break to see more new releases from the last five weeks.
Well, it's nearly summertime now and that means beating the heat whilst cruising around in your sweet ride. Or if you picked up Rage 2 this past week, beating down some fools and then running them over in your sweet ride. Sequel to id Software's pretty entertaining 2011 post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage, this time around id decided to recruit Avalanche Studios to assist with the sequel. Coming off of 2015's fairly successful Mad Max adaptation, id must have felt that Avalanche had the thematic chops to pull off a Rage sequel. It seems to us that they were, more or less, correct, but feel free to try it out and judge for yourselves.
Also out in the past two months, a Steam release of the 2nd Yakuza (Kiwami) game; From Software's latest popular Dark Souls-esque, yet non-Dark Souls game, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice; and a fantastic new Devolver action title called Katana Zero. "Insanity Rules." Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last ten weeks.
The New Steam Releases are back. Sorry about the lengthy hiatus. We had a series of issues over the past several months but those are, hopefully, now a thing of the past. The last several months have seen a number of high profile games hit Steam, including 4 very noteworthy titles from Capcom: Resident Evil 2, Onimusha: Warlords, the Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle, and this week's own Devil May Cry 5. Sequel to the 2008 hit Devil May Cry 4, 5 finally resumes the story of Nero and Dante, and throws a new playable character into the mix as well. Word is that this is a worthy sequel so be prepared for some pretty satisfying action.
Also out in the past five months, Insomniac's previously Xbox exclusive action title, Sunset Overdrive; Irem's single greatest arcade release (as well as one of the finest shoot 'em ups) ever, R-Type (Dimensions); and one of the better entries in (Bandai) Namco's long-running Tales series, Tales of Vesperia. The Devil you know returns and it's gonna get crazy! Jump past the break to see more new releases from the last twenty-two weeks.
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