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8 More of the Best (and Worst) Switch Ports on the Market

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are upon us, but with stock in short supply, many of us are left playing our PS4 copies of Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The new (dystopian) future has arrived alongside the new consoles, and as frame rates and loading times improve, it’s hard not…

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Skater XL Shows That Skater Games Need A Punk Attitude

Skater XL, which left Steam Early Access and was released for consoles late last month, arrived at an odd time. It’s the first proper new 3D skateboarding game since 2015’s disastrous Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, but it’s launching just months ahead of the incoming nostalgia hit of the Tony…

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9 of the Best (and Worst) Switch Ports of AAA Games

Over the last few years, I’ve tried to stop saying that certain games would be a “good fit” for the Nintendo Switch, realizing that, in an ideal world, I would be playing a one-to-one port of every game on Nintendo’s portable device. The gimmick of seeing a AAA title running…

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Pokemon Rivals Are Always Better When They’re Assholes

Fanbyte freelancer Kenneth Shepard posited that, despite being a bad trainer, Hop is still a great character in Pokemon Sword & Shield. You can read that account here! Now, for an opposing take, freelancer James O’Connor explains why he thinks Pokemon rivals are better when they’re jerks. I feel bad…

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Destiny 2 Voice Actor Morla Gorrondona on Being Eris Morn

I love Destiny 2. I love the gunfeel, the smoothness of the co-op experience, its increasingly well-defined aesthetic, and the way it wrings satisfaction out of making numbers go up. But it’s also a series that can be hard to keep up with, story-wise. As much as I enjoy the…

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Luigi’s Mansion 3 Review: Hallowed Weenie

The Luigi’s Mansion series has always been a curious Super Mario offshoot — a sparsely-released series that eschews most of its Mario lineage beyond a few aesthetics. They’re odd, but they’re also lovable in their weirdness, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 is no exception. This third game takes many of the best elements from…

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Yooka Laylee and the Impossible Lair Review: A Much Rarer Treat

The original Yooka-Laylee was a throwback to a beloved genre that had mysteriously disappeared: the 3D platformers that dominated the Nintendo 64. More directly, it was an homage to Banjo-Kazooie, which many team members at developer Playtonic Games worked on. As far as I’m concerned, though, it failed to capture…

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27 Other Overwatch Heroes That Are Also Gay

Overwatch lore is drip-fed to fans over time, with new morsels of information occasionally passed on through cinematics, short stories, or comics. We receive these offerings like the folks at the Citadel in Fury Road: desperately holding our pails to the sky as Immortan Joe releases our meager water rations.…

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7 Characters That Deserve to Be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC

The latest Nintendo Direct dropped a bombshell on us—there are five DLC fighters headed to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by February 2020. So my wild speculation about who might still enter the game cannot end yet. Indeed, we’ll likely have a full year of people campaigning for Waluigi (whose chances I don’t…

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