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Metroid Dread reaches new heights by offering no mercy

Flames of Freedom tabletop RPG mixes Hamilton with Stranger Things

Outer Wilds’ DLC is secretly a sequel that’s as big and great as the original

Castlevania Advance Collection brings with it the series’ best game (sorry, Symphony of the Night)

Oath, one of the year’s best new board games, is not what it first appears to be

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.dungeon turns what you love into inspiration for a passionate tabletop RPG

Spelunky and Spelunky 2 are even better on Switch

Psychonauts 2 is a flood of joyous ideas

Descent: Legends of the Dark finally lives up to the franchise’s full potential

Kill Team reboot brings D&D-style storytelling to Warhammer 40K

Death’s Door may look like Dark Souls, but its learning curve is much kinder

Warhammer Age of Sigmar’s third edition launch firms up the flagging franchise

The haunting twists of Scarlet Nexus make it a surprise gem

Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft is the biggest, best D&D book of this generation

Resident Evil Village is the perfect cocktail of horror and action

Returnal is a relentless meditation on not giving up

New Pokémon Snap is the portable safari we’ve been waiting for

Wanderhome is a Redwall-inspired RPG that arms players with dialogue, not daggers

Wild Rift is League of Legends for everyone

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Loop Hero review: an unexpected parable about parenting

Candlekeep Mysteries is a D&D book that belongs on every Dungeon Master’s bookshelf

The Climb 2 review: Fear, serenity, and very long falls

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Dream Crush revives the dating board game with modern complications

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