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Jason Fanelli is a tried-and-true Philadelphian, having lived in Delaware County for his entire life. He’s a veteran of the games industry, covering it for over a decade with bylines on The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, IGN, and more. He currently hosts the Cheesesteaks and Controllers podcast on iHeartRadio for Fox Sports Radio in Philadelphia.

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The RPG Files: Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Review

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the two newest entries into the mainline Pokemon series, bringing an open world to the whole of the game for the very first time. But does the experience hold up to make for an exciting new Pokemon title, or do the technical issues weigh it down like a Snorlax? Here's our review.


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The RPG Files: God of War Ragnarok Review

God of War Ragnarok follows up 2018's excellent installment in the franchise, putting players back in the shoes of Kratos. Big shoes to fill again, so does Ragnarok deliver a thrilling conclusion to the duology? Read on in our review.


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Overwatch 2 Review

Overwatch 2 is simply more Overwatch - which is to say it's quite good. The changes are meaningful, and while there are issues and problems with the free-to-play sequel, the foundations there are very, very good. Read more in our review.


League of Legends Preseason 2023 Patch Marks Return Of Chemtech Drake, Brings Major Jungle Changes

Riot Games has revealed the changes coming to League of Legenda through the Preseason 2023 patch, which will herald the return of a flying monster to the Rift as well as big changes to the jungles themselves. 


Fallout 76: Talking The Pitt With Design Director Mark Tucker

Fallout 76 released its long-awaited expansion, The Pitt, earlier this month. We had the chance to chat with Mark Tucker from the F76 team to discuss the expedition update, as well as some of the reasons behind why they chose Pittsburgh for the setting.


Deathloop Xbox Series X Impressions: Sending Xbox Through A Loop

The previously PlayStation-exclusive shooter comes to Xbox Game Pass today, but how does it hold up?


Disney Dreamlight Valley Takes Animal Crossing To The Magic Kingdom

Jason takes the latest Animal Crossing-like title, Disney Dreamlight Valley, which according to him, has no right to be as good as it is in the end.


Preview: Naraka: Bladepoint's New Map Holoroth Puts A New Vertical Twist On The Battle Royale

Naraka: Bladepoint is getting a huge new map, Holoroth, on August 19th. Check out our preview of the new map, as well as what makes it different than the existing battleground in Bladepoint.


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Stray Review

A stray nameless cat befriends a small robotic drone as they embark on a quest to reach the outside of a massive walled city. We review Stray to find out if this duo is worth checking out.


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The RPG Files: Horizon Forbidden West Review

Horizon Forbidden West takes players back to the world Guerilla Games created back in 2017, setting into the shoes of Aloy once more. How does the sequel hold up and is it worth your time? Here is our review.


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Not So MMO: Dying Light 2: Stay Human Review

Dying Light 2: Stay Human is the long awaited sequel to Techlands post-apocalyptic parkour title, but does it live up to the legacy of the first one? Check out our review.


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Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning: Fatesworn Review - Chaos Control

In our review of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning - Fatesworn, Jason attempts to find whether the Amalur brand has a pulse, or whether Fatesworn has killed it for good.


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Not So MMO: Rainbow Six Extraction

What happens when you take the gameplay of the Rainbow Six titles and throw in an unpredictable parasitic threat? Rainbow Six Extraction is here to answer that question. But how does it stack up? Check out our review for more.


10 Mobile MMORPGs To Dive Into On The Go In 2023

The mobile gaming industry has a bit of a reputation-and sure, games like Candy Crush Saga do exist-but outside of the gacha and match-3 apps there are some pretty robust MMOs that are looking for new players. You might want to scoff at the prospect of a "mobile MMO," but give these games a try; we suspect you'll change your mind.


10 RPGs You Need To Clear From Your Backlog In 2022

Welcome to 2022! We're sure you're ready for the latest and greatest RPGs to hit throughout the year, whether you're a Horizon fan waiting to travel to the Forbidden West or Rune Factory 5 has your eye. However, we're here now to remind you, ever so casually, that you have a backlog that can be worked on while you wait.