On the heels of The Sport Awards, this week noticed the launch of two expansions for fan-fave video games: God of Conflict Ragnarok and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. We additionally took a meaty deep dive into Analogue’s newest and best new retro console and did a year-three rundown on the state of the PS5.
From the newest and best to cult gems and retro classics, these are the video games and consoles we’re loving—and loathing—this week.
Valhalla takes place after the occasions of Ragnarök, as Kratos seeks out the titular corridor of heroes because of a mysterious invitation. As soon as inside, he finds himself confronted with fight arenas constructed from his reminiscences that repeat as he ascends by means of Valhalla. Outdated vistas and enemies are a good sufficient framing system, and an efficient solution to unpack Kratos’ almost 20 years of luggage. Whereas the 2018 reboot used disgrace and fatherhood to interrogate the pornographic violence and carnage of the collection’ previous, Valhalla actualizes that concept with out having to be tied to his relationship together with his son Atreus. – Kenneth Shepard Read More
We made it. After a tumultuous 11 months of actually excessive highs (the games) and actually low lows (the layoffs), we’re lastly rounding out the final month of 2023. Good riddance. And to essentially underscore that goodbye, we right here at Kotaku thought it’d be becoming to have a look again at what felt just like the longest 12 months but to compile a number of the most buggy, damaged, and busted video games to drop in 2023. – Levi Winslow Read More
At the moment the corporate’s launching one other retro console recreation, the Analogue Duo. And this time, it’s one thing of a deeper lower.
Simply…god, there’s a lot random information you gotta know to know this factor’s deal. So earlier than we get into it, right here’s a tl;dr: Analogue Duo is a really strong PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 alternative that appears fairly good on fashionable shows and controls fairly effectively, too. It’s additionally not for everybody. It might not even be for me. – Alexandra Corridor Read More
The Indigo Disk picks up with new characters Kieran and Carmine returning to their Unova-based faculty, Blueberry Academy. The varsity invitations you to be an trade pupil, and Blueberry Academy is a Pokémon coach’s dream facility, because it’s constructed round a terarium that emulates 4 completely different biomes. College students seize and research Pokémon in habitats analogous to their pure houses. It’s a good sufficient framing for a fairly sized open-world setting, whereas additionally bringing some acquainted Pokémon again into the fray. – Kenneth Shepard Read More
A slick new VR headset, a “slim” console refresh, tons of flashy new equipment, and a number of exclusives, together with the quickest promoting PlayStation recreation ever, Spider-Man 2. The PlayStation 5 made large strikes in 2023. So why does it really feel just like the console spent most of it resting on its laurels whereas flailing for a brand new path? – Ethan Gach Read More