The name of the ring is Elden. It was the only video game that was being talked about after it was released.
FromSoftware's vast, highly-challenging-but-deceptively-approachable fantasy adventure is one of the best games of the year. There have been a number of blockbusters this year, along with an impressive lineup of independents, expansions, and beloved franchise mainstays that we are still talking about with our friends inside and outside of the site.
We will be looking at all the new games that have impressed us the most so far, whether or not they are called Elden Ring or not.
The promise of an adventure that lets players feel like they are in a Pokemon game has been fulfilled. The Hisui region from Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, as well as recent remakes Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, place players at a point in Pokémon history where the creation of the world's first Pokédex is concerned.
The future of the Pokémon franchise is moving forward. The focus on the majesty of Pokémon and the fun possibilities of having them around make it a unique and chill love letter to the Pokémon themselves, as well as the many, many people who grew up wanting an open world game just like this one. It's been a long time since we've had a Pokémon game where you can spy on dancing Clefairys, sprint away from raging Onyx, toss Poké Balls at Togepi, and otherwise vibe with a Poké world that doesn't expect us to be the very best
Pikachu can be played on the Nintendo Switch.
Welcome to Radlandia! Credit: Roll7
Roll7's OlliOlli skateboarding series hit new heights in OlliOlli World. The third game replaces the lo-fi pixelated look of its two predecessors with a hand-drawn art style and does some work to flesh out a fictional world. branching skate paths that take your custom-created skater into the background, and new ways to ride your board are some of the new features that have been added.
This is the same experience as the classic one. You skate through each environment to clear what are often trick-specific objectives. If you do that well, you can move on. Try again. OlliOlli World is welcoming in a similar way to its predecessors. It's hard to step away from the new world.
You can play OlliOlli World on PC, PS, and XBOX.
Speaking of challenging in a welcoming way, how about the Elden Ring? George R.R. Martin, the author of "A Song of Ice and Fire", developed the story for this game in collaboration with FromSoftware. The expectation going in was for a brutal fantasy adventure.
It is not that. Elden Ring isn't a good game. It kills you a lot and makes you feel bad. The whole point is that. You're supposed to master your combat through repetition and failure in From's games. Elden is the studio's most accessible game thus far. Elden Ring's captivating, mysterious world is easier for a wide range of players to take in than any other from release.
Elden Ring can be played on PC, PS1, and XBOX.
"Say 'milkbones'!" Credit: Kitfox Games
Pupperazzi is a game in which your goal is to photograph all the dogs to earn widespread fame and personal validation on social media. Your role as "pupperazzo" is to complete your Puppypedia by collecting snaps of various breeds in an array of poses and outfits for no other reason than it's fun. Do you still remember fun?
You probably won't play Pupperazzi for hours on end, but if you're in need of a little joy, you can stop by and take a few selfies. It doesn't matter whether you catch them all or not. If there's a pack of cute dogs chasing you for more pats, then you need enough film.
Pupperazzi can be played on PC and Xbox.
It's a special game and always has been, but it's also a demanding and miles-deep " game-as-a-service" title whose biggest rewards have required a heavy investment of time. The Witch Queen tries to make the case that it can be special for everyone, whether or not you're there to play for a long time.
There is a revival of the idea of sending players through a gauntlet of narratively interwoven missions. You can go in, play through the levels, and be done with it. The net result is a new way to tap into the magic of the game. The Witch Queen is one of the best-feeling first person shooter games you can play right now because it emphasizes a campaign experience.
You can play the game on PC, PS1, and XBOX, as well as on Stadia.
It might look cute, but 'Tunic' is no kids' game. Credit: Tunic Team
The most basic elevator pitch for Tunic is what you need to know: What if The Legend of Zelda, the original one, borrowed some ideas from Dark Souls.
Andrew Shouldice's adventure about a heroic sword-and- shield-wielding fox doesn't hold your hand. It sets you free in a world full of danger and hidden pleasures. You have to figure out what to do. Tunic is an action game, but it is also a meta puzzle box. Secrets can be shared in the in-game manual.
Tunic's hi-fi design and lo-fi look combine to create an experience that is unlike anything we've seen before.
Tunic can be played on PC and Xbox. There is a new game coming to the PS.
The more you read about The Stanley Parable, the better off you will be. You should be playing. This is not a game of skill, but a story. A story is meant to influence and experience in many different ways. You will probably see the beginning, middle, and end in less than an hour. It is not the only conclusion. Not by a long shot.
The original Stanley Parable from 2013) is a blissful interactive mindfuck. In all the best ways, it's surprising. You aren't going to win the game, but maybe you will. The Stanley Parable: UltraDeluxe is a game that makes you sit back and think about what you want to leave with it. Anyone who knows the basics of first-person movement in a game can play it.
The Stanley Parable: UltraDeluxe is available on a number of platforms.
Characters that roll with the "vegan" trait will need to avoid turkey, a common healing item in "Rogue Legacy 2." Credit: Cellar Door Games
First and foremost, this is a great thing. Each time you die and restart at the beginning with a new random level layout, you're taking the role of your deceased predecessor's descendant. Every fresh descendant has a unique set of characteristics and quirks, like "far-sighted" (anything close to your character becomes blurry), or "ADHD" (your character moves faster).
The biggest additions in this sequel are the ones that increase your connection to the long-term game. If you accumulate a lot of gold in your last life, you'll be able to buy castle upgrades that increase damage and hit points, as well as new characters and vendors. Only if you can master the challenge tied to unlocking each one will you be able to spend that hard-earned gold on other things.
A sequel that is sharper and deeper than its predecessor is the best kind of sequel.
You can play the sequel on PC and Xbox.
The roller derby and basketball fan is called Roller Champion. It's got the high-speed, full-contact pace of roller skating's premiere sport combined with the thrill of throwing a ball through a hoop. It will not cost you anything to play.
Don't fret if you don't know anything about the game, it only came out on May 25. The marquee mode is a 3v3 match between two teams of skaters who are vying to score points by collecting the ball, doing at least one full circuit around the arena, and throwing the ball through a hoop. The more circuits your team completes before a shot, the more points you get for it. Carrying the ball makes you a target for the other team.
Rollerchampions is easy to pick up and challenging to master. This one is hard to put down due to the colorful presentation, wildly diverse character creation options, and the fact that it is a role playing game.
The game is available on PC, PS1, and XBOX.
Stay away from these big, dumb robobirds until you've reached the late stages of your 'Forbidden West' adventure. Credit: Guerrilla Games
The series is cursed.
One of the best reasons to own a PS4 is that it's one of the best reasons to own the PS5 as well. Zero Dawn was released just days before Breath of the Wild. Elden Ring and Forbidden West were released in February of 2022. I don't know what to say.
Making time to play it is worth it. The performance capture is one of the best in the game. You'll have a hard time leaving the controller because of the evolution of the game. The sequel's larger and more impressive mechanical bestiary is a little bit Monster Hunter and a little bit Tomb Raider.
You can now play the game on the PS.