The week’s biggest reviews, from God of War to Pokémon

At the end of The Game Awards, this week saw the launch of two expansions for fan-favorite games: God of War Ragnarok And Pokemon Scarlet And Purple. We also took a deep dive into analog’s latest and greatest retro console and took a three-year look at the state of the PS5.

From the latest and greatest to cult gems and retro classics, these are the games and consoles we love—and hate—this week.

God Of War Ragnarök: Valhalla: The Kotaku Review

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Valhalla It happens after the events RagnarokKratos seeks out the Hall of Champions due to a mysterious invitation. When he enters, he finds himself with battlefields made of his memories that replay as he ascends Valhalla. The old scenery and enemies are a decent framing device and an effective way to unpack Kratos’ nearly 20 years of baggage. While the 2018 reboot used shame and fatherhood to interrogate the pornographic violence and carnage of the show’s past. Valhalla He materializes this idea without being tied to his relationship with his son Atreus. – Kenneth Shepherd Read more

The 12 worst video games of 2023

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we made it After 11 months of ups and downs with very high peaks (Play) and the lowest level (Dismissals) Finally, we complete the last month of 2023. And to emphasize this farewell, we are here Kotaku I think it’s only fitting that we take a look back at what seems to be the longest year yet to round up some of the most bugged, broken, broken games released in 2023. – Levi Winslow Read more

Analogue Duo: The Kotaku Review

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Today the company is launching another retro console called the Analogue Duo. And this time, something like a deeper cut.

It’s just…gosh, there’s a lot of random information you need to know to figure out what the deal is. So before we get into that, here’s a tl;dr: Analogue Duo is a very powerful PC engine / TurboGrafx-16 replacement that looks great on modern displays and has great controls too. It is also not for everyone. It might not even be for me. – Alexandra Hall Read more

Pokemon Scarlet and Purple Review: Indigo Disc: Kotaku Review

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Nile disk Meet new characters Kieran and Carmine, who return to their Unova-based school, Blueberry Academy. The school invites you to be an exchange student, and Blueberry Academy is a Pokemon trainer’s dream facility, as it’s built around a terrarium that simulates four different biomes. Students capture and study Pokemon in habitats similar to their natural homes. It’s a decent enough frame for a reasonably sized open world environment, while also bringing back some familiar Pokemon to the game scene. – Kenneth Shepherd Read more

Playstation 5 status

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A sleek new VR headset, a “slim” console update, tons of shiny new accessories, and several exclusives, including the best-selling PlayStation game of all time. Spider-Man 2. this PlayStation 5 He made big moves in 2023. So why does the console seem to have spent most of it? Resting on its laurels While flailing for a new direction? – Ethan Gach Read more

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