The A.V. Club's favorite games of 2017

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

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Injustice 2 to help you recreate your old action figure fights by tossing the Ninja Turtles into the mix

The Injustice games are already the digital equivalent of an old-school action figure throwdown, with various DC comics characters kicking the shit out of each other in any number of lovingly rendered ways. But despite its punching, kicking, laser-beaming charms, the series does lack a certain note of chaos that was…

The A.V. Club’s favorite games of 2017 so far

Video games are an incredibly expensive, time-consuming hobby, and the sad reality is none of us have the time to play everything we’d like or ought to—a fact that’s especially hard to swallow in 2017, a year so rich in great and ambitious games. So rather than pretending like we have played everything and presenting…

Fighting games are finally teaching people to do more than mash buttons

Today’s fighting games have their roots in some of the biggest, most iconic releases of the early ’90s. Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat were huge, and together, they revived arcades here in America. But the genre wasn’t able to hold onto that popularity. Capcom pushed the fiddly, technical elements of its games…

The superheroes have a new reason to fight in this trailer for Injustice 2

At this point, it’s pretty well-established that all superheroes will eventually fight each other. Sometimes, the reasons for the fisticuffs are a little thin and contrived, and sometimes—like in the video game Injustice: Gods Among Us—they’re so complex that they actually work better than they have any right to. For…

Press start to continue: Our most anticipated games of 2017

In 2016, a deep well of excellent, surprising releases made gaming a bright spot in an otherwise miserable year. With its breadth of ambitious originals, daring sequels, a new console from Nintendo, and the possible release of two of the most anticipated games of all time, 2017 has us even more jazzed. Here, we’ve…