Ranking Every Game In The Legend Of Zelda Series

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Ranking Every Game In The Legend Of Zelda Series

The Legend of Zelda franchise is among the most revered in gaming. Year after year, generation after generation, Nintendo's crack team of developers release consistently great entries that are almost always Game of the Year contenders. With the latest entry in the series, Breath of the Wild, behind us, we decided it was time to re-examine our ranking of the Zelda games and figure out where the latest entry belongs.

For the purpose of remaining focused on the core entries of The Legend of Zelda franchise, several spin-offs and obscure titles are omitted. Titles like Hyrule Warriors, Link's Crossbow Training, and the CD-i games are left off. Even with those missing, we still have nearly 20 games where Link battles the forces of evil to save Zelda, Hyrule, or whatever equivalent exists in that respective game.

Despite the large number of releases over the course of more than three decades, the Zelda franchise has yet to strike out. Even the lowest ranked games on this list are worth playing. Because of this, the order of this list was highly contested from top to bottom.

Ranking All The Wolfenstein Games

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Ranking All The Wolfenstein Games

Wolfenstein marks one of the first-person shooter genre's most convoluted journeys. The series has gone through a ridiculous number of ups, downs, and reboots (soft and hard) since its inception in the '80s. Wolfenstein's amblings (and its missteps) have covered a lot of ground for a video game that's elevator pitch is "kill Nazi scum," including demonology, space travel, multiple timelines, violent political resistance, and (somehow) heartfelt portraits of people struggling to stay sane in a world that's burning down around them.

With Wolfenstein: Youngblood arriving later this month (our hands-on impressions are here), now is as good a time as any to look at the series' strange and alluring catalog of Nazi-slaying adventures and rank them from worst to best.

Sometimes being first doesn’t mean you’re the best. Before id Software got its itchy trigger fingers on Wolfenstein, the brand was better known as an infiltration adventure game called Castle Wolfenstein developed by Muse Software for the Apple II in 1981.

Ranking All The Wolfenstein Games

about X hours ago from
Ranking All The Wolfenstein Games

Wolfenstein marks one of the first-person shooter genre's most convoluted journeys. The series has gone through a ridiculous number of ups, downs, and reboots (soft and hard) since its inception in the '80s. Wolfenstein's amblings (and its missteps) have covered a lot of ground for a video game that's elevator pitch is "kill Nazi scum," including demonology, space travel, multiple timelines, violent political resistance, and (somehow) heartfelt portraits of people struggling to stay sane in a world that's burning down around them.

With Wolfenstein: Youngblood arriving later this month (our hands-on impressions are here), now is as good a time as any to look at the series' strange and alluring catalog of Nazi-slaying adventures and rank them from worst to best.

Sometimes being first doesn’t mean you’re the best. Before id Software got its itchy trigger fingers on Wolfenstein, the brand was better known as an infiltration adventure game called Castle Wolfenstein developed by Muse Software for the Apple II in 1981.

The Tangled Web of Video Game Addiction

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The Tangled Web of Video Game Addiction

Have you ever felt like you truly couldn’t put a game down? Pulled a gaming all-nighter? Needed to play just one more turn… or fifty more turns? Games are designed to keep you engaged and playing. Often a sign of a good interactive experience is when the hours melt away as we play because we’re enjoying the experience that much. As games grow more complex and keep enticing us with new content, their addictive qualities have been thrust into the spotlight, making it a hot topic with exhausting debates about its prevalence, how to treat it, and if video game addiction is indeed a modern psychological disorder.

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The Tangled Web of Video Game Addiction

about X hours ago from
The Tangled Web of Video Game Addiction

Have you ever felt like you truly couldn’t put a game down? Pulled a gaming all-nighter? Needed to play just one more turn… or fifty more turns? Games are designed to keep you engaged and playing. Often a sign of a good interactive experience is when the hours melt away as we play because we’re enjoying the experience that much. As games grow more complex and keep enticing us with new content, their addictive qualities have been thrust into the spotlight, making it a hot topic with exhausting debates about its prevalence, how to treat it, and if video game addiction is indeed a modern psychological disorder.

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Five RPGs You May Have Overlooked From E3

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Five RPGs You May Have Overlooked From E3

I love E3 because it’s a great event showcasing what’s ahead for gaming. During the show, there’s a palpable excitement, constantly reminding me why I fell in love with games in the first place. I’ll always feel very fortunate to attend and do my best to see as much possible. However, the show can be pure chaos and it’s easy for some great games to get lost in the shuffle with the onslaught of announcements and myriad of previews piling up. That’s why I love to look back a couple of weeks after the show and spotlight some games that may have not gotten their time to shine – not because they didn’t hold promise, but because there was just too much vying our attention at the time. Here are some upcoming RPGs you should keep on your radar. 

Five RPGs You May Have Overlooked From E3

about X hours ago from
Five RPGs You May Have Overlooked From E3

I love E3 because it’s a great event showcasing what’s ahead for gaming. During the show, there’s a palpable excitement, constantly reminding me why I fell in love with games in the first place. I’ll always feel very fortunate to attend and do my best to see as much possible. However, the show can be pure chaos and it’s easy for some great games to get lost in the shuffle with the onslaught of announcements and myriad of previews piling up. That’s why I love to look back a couple of weeks after the show and spotlight some games that may have not gotten their time to shine – not because they didn’t hold promise, but because there was just too much vying our attention at the time. Here are some upcoming RPGs you should keep on your radar. 

GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

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GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

The diaspora of PC platforms in recent years has done players no favors when it comes to quality of life. Instead of having all your games and friends under one roof, we're now tending to an unwieldy collection of game launchers from the likes of Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, EA Origin, Uplay, Discord, and Xbox, each with its own library, friends list, and storefront. 

The frustration with this fractured ecosystem is evident any time you see the predictable online backlash to another Epic Games Store exclusive. Though Epic Games Store is the most recent target for dismay, the move away from a central PC game destination has been developing for several years. During this span, GOG has quietly been developing a potential solution for wrangling all your games and friends in one place. This past week GOG launched the beta for this project, dubbed Galaxy 2.0, and we spent the last several days playing around with the system. It shows promise, but also has some significant hurdles to overcome. Here's what you need to know.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

about X hours ago from
GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

The diaspora of PC platforms in recent years has done players no favors when it comes to quality of life. Instead of having all your games and friends under one roof, we're now tending to an unwieldy collection of game launchers from the likes of Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, EA Origin, Uplay, Discord, and Xbox, each with its own library, friends list, and storefront. 

The frustration with this fractured ecosystem is evident any time you see the predictable online backlash to another Epic Games Store exclusive. Though Epic Games Store is the most recent target for dismay, the move away from a central PC game destination has been developing for several years. During this span, GOG has quietly been developing a potential solution for wrangling all your games and friends in one place. This past week GOG launched the beta for this project, dubbed Galaxy 2.0, and we spent the last several days playing around with the system. It shows promise, but also has some significant hurdles to overcome. Here's what you need to know.

GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

about X hours ago from
GOG Galaxy 2.0 States Its Case To Be Your One PC Library To Rule Them All

The diaspora of PC platforms in recent years has done players no favors when it comes to quality of life. Instead of having all your games and friends under one roof, we're now tending to an unwieldy collection of game launchers from the likes of Steam, Epic Games Store, Battle.net, EA Origin, Uplay, Discord, and Xbox, each with its own library, friends list, and storefront. 

The frustration with this fractured ecosystem is evident any time you see the predictable online backlash to another Epic Games Store exclusive. Though Epic Games Store is the most recent target for dismay, the move away from a central PC game destination has been developing for several years. During this span, GOG has quietly been developing a potential solution for wrangling all your games and friends in one place. This past week GOG launched the beta for this project, dubbed Galaxy 2.0, and we spent the last several days playing around with the system. It shows promise, but also has some significant hurdles to overcome. Here's what you need to know.