Preview header image for SteamWorld Heist II

SteamWorld Heist II Preview - Time to Plunder

SteamWorld is host to a myriad of titles spanning across multiple genres. You have the base-building sim SteamWorld Build, or even the turn-based RPG SteamWorld Quest. As a tactics fan, my personal…

June 26, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

The First Descendant Preview Header Image

The First Descendant Preview - Nexon's Answer to Destiny

I'm always on the search for the next "podcast game," as I like to call them. You know the type of game you can just have going on one screen, with videos, music, or podcasts rolling in the…

June 26, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

A spread-shot cover of VALORANT, showcasing playable character Viper posing next to the games logo and against a red backdrop.

VALORANT Console Preview - One Tap, B Plant, No Cap

In the wake of eSports becoming a growing mine of financial prosperity and career opportunities, it makes sense that console players tend to be on the outside looking in. A keyboard being the optimal…

June 24, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

Aska Final Preview - Cover Image Running Through Town

Aska Will Test Your Survival Skills (and Your Patience)

You are the last man standing after a terrible cataclysm, but you won't be alone forever — in Aska, you can transform one lonely person on an island into the head of a Viking village filled with…

June 24, 2024 | 08:00 EDT

A header image for Fallen Aces preview

Fallen Aces Preview - It's Gabagood

Fallen Aces is clearly a labor of love. Developed by Trey Powell and Jason Bond, this New Blood Interactive-published title nails this hand-drawn, noir-inspired mafia game and offers a compelling…

June 19, 2024 | 02:59 EDT

A hobbit hole built into a hillside on a sunny day.

Tales of the Shire Preview - The Hobbit Simulator We've Always Wanted

Lord of the Rings is all about wizards, orcs, armies clashing, swords winging, bows a-shooting, right? Tales of the Shire is out to prove LOTR can be about good home cooking, fellowship, and just…

June 19, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

A header image for MMORPG Throne and Liberty.

Throne and Liberty Preview - A Good WoW Alternative?

When World of Warcraft was at the height of its popularity, so many companies tried (and failed) to create a WoW killer. Final Fantasy XIV succeeded in carving a huge niche in the market, but…

June 18, 2024 | 12:00 EDT

A cafe where a character next to Hello Kitty holds up a pie they just baked.

Hello Kitty Island Adventure Switch Preview - A Funner Animal Crossing

No other brands come to mind as a better fit for an Animal Crossing-like than Hello Kitty and the whole Sanrio gang. I don't have Apple Arcade, so this was my first time trying Hello Kitty Island…

June 18, 2024 | 10:45 EDT

The protagonist looks at a supernatural anomaly in Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl Preview – Get in the Zone

Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl has had a long journey to get to where it is today. It’s a project that’s been in limbo for over a decade since it was originally announced in 2010. It’s been canceled…

June 17, 2024 | 10:05 EDT

Header image for Rusty Rabbit.

The Lore Behind Rusty Rabbit is Absolutely Nuts

Rusty Rabbit appears to be an ordinary platformer on the surface, but dig just a little deeper and you'll find that this game has lore created by one of anime's most celebrated creators. Gen Urobuchi…

June 16, 2024 | 01:57 EDT

A large red bird with a child on its back being followed by a colorful bunch of flying creatures.

Flock Preview - Wholesome, Wonderful, Whimsy

Sometimes we all need an injection of pure happiness in our lives, and Flock is here to envelope us all in its wholesome embrace. It's a simple, low-stakes game about cruising through the sky…

June 13, 2024 | 08:30 EDT

The player character braces themself against an enemy in New World: Aeternum

New World: Aeternum Preview - It's Still an MMO

New World: Aeternum feels a bit bizarrely familiar. Amazon’s recently revealed title is an enhanced edition of New World, and it’s probably best to think of it like a big 2.0 update—a realm reborn,…

June 13, 2024 | 08:00 EDT

A man with white hair blocking the sword attack of a woman with his sword.

Phantom Blade Zero Preview - A Blast of Fast-Paced Action

Phantom Blade Zero first appeared last year during PlayStation's State of Play with a super flashy trailer. That continued again this year, with another trailer to end the Summer Game Fest stream.…

June 12, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

Two large armies crash in the middle of the screen with bullets, lasers, and missiles flying everywhere.

Battle Aces Preview - An RTS That Gets Straight to the Point

The tactical depth coupled with its epic scale makes the RTS genre unmatched in some ways, though it can sometimes feel way too intimidating or take too much time to get to the action. Battle Aces is…

June 12, 2024 | 08:30 EDT

Marvel Rivals Preview Header Image

Marvel Rivals Preview - Out for Overwatch's Crown

Marvel Rivals is a fitting name for the upcoming hero shooter by Netease, because I daresay this game will rival Overwatch 2.  During Summer Game Fest, we got a chance to play a few rounds of Marvel…

June 12, 2024 | 08:00 EDT

A party of adventurers stands before a large roaring dragon.

Dragon Age: The Veilguard Preview - Epic Fantasy Action at its Peak

After a decade, Dragon Age is finally back. With a name change to Dragon Age: The Veilguard, I had the chance to see the first hour of gameplay in a hands-off presentation at Summer Game Fest Play…

June 11, 2024 | 11:00 EDT

Hyper Light Breaker header image for preview article.

Hyper Light Breaker Preview - Your Next Roguelite Addiction

Hyper Light Drifter is a bona fide indie legend, so to have a successor to such a title, well, let's just say the upcoming Hyper Light Breaker has a lot to live up to. Though it's a departure from…

June 11, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

The player character leaps at an enemy in Enotria: The Last Song

Enotria: The Last Song Preview – Put It on Repeat

Last time I checked out Enotria: The Last Song at PAX West, the preview demo showed off verdant, lush fields and bright, carnival colors reminiscent of Italy. There was a simple pleasure in exploring…

June 11, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

Header image for Metaphor: ReFantazio.

Metaphor: ReFantazio Preview - Worthy of Atlus' 35th Anniversary

When a new Persona game releases, it feels like a cultural moment within gaming. Though it might not be Persona in name, Metaphor: ReFantazio is about as close as it gets, which means this very well…

June 11, 2024 | 08:00 EDT

Assassin's Creed Shadows SGF preview image

Assassin’s Creed Shadow’s Dual Protagonists Open Up a World of Possibilities

With over a dozen Assassin's Creed games released, it's crazy to think we're just now getting to see Ubisoft's take on the Land of the Rising Sun. It's fitting, then, that Assassin's Creed Shadows, …

June 10, 2024 | 04:05 EDT

A space ship shooting lasers with a TIE Fighter on the right side of the screen.

Star Wars Outlaws Preview - Finally a Galaxy Full of Scum and Villainy

One of the least explored in visual media, yet most yearned for among many Star Wars fans, is a story focused on those with no connection to the force, jedi, or lightsabers. Star Wars Outlaws is…

June 10, 2024 | 04:00 EDT

grit and Valor header image for preview

Grit and Valor - 1949 is a Strategy Gamer's Delight

Take the positional tactics of Into the Breach, the weapon triangle system of Fire Emblem, and some roguelite elements for good measure, and you'll find that the concoction brewed from this unlikely…

June 10, 2024 | 08:00 EDT

Anger Foot preview header image

Anger Foot's Twisted World is a Frenetic, Wild Ride

With a name like Anger Foot, that's a game that wears its heart on its sleeve. This is one wacky game all about kicking baddies through the mean streets of Shit City. You're on a quest to steal back…

May 31, 2024 | 12:00 EDT

Selaco preview header image

Selaco Sets a New Standard for the FPS Genre

A 10/10 score from TechRaptor is a rare honor reserved for only the best of the best, and we take great care to scrutinize every aspect of a game deserving of this score. Believe me when I say, then…

May 31, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

A city in Frostpunk 2 densly packed with smoke and snow

Frostpunk 2 Story Preview - I'm Bad At This, The City Will Definitely Fall

I'm someone who enjoys getting to relax in video games. Sure some tense moments to heighten the story or when facing a tough obstacle are welcome but for the most part. Frostpunk 2, however, is not…

May 27, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

The Prince sliding down an aqueduct slope in The Rogue Prince of Persia

The Rogue Prince of Persia Is Roguelite Precision Platforming at Its Finest

We've had to wait a little longer for Ubisoft and Evil Empire's The Rogue Prince of Persia to hit Early Access than we might have liked. In a move that showed admirable humility (as well as making…

May 27, 2024 | 03:00 EDT

Jan greeting another Alter in The Alters from 11Bit Studios

The Alters Preview - Resource Management On A Smaller Scale

Last week I had a chance to fly out to Poland to get hands-on time with 11Bit Studios' upcoming title, The Alters. The Alters is a resource management game where players take on the role of Jan…

May 24, 2024 | 09:00 EDT

No Rest for the Wicked header image for preview.

No Rest for the Wicked has the Bones of a Great Game

My thoughts and feelings for No Rest for the Wicked are complicated, and I'm most certainly conflicted by it all. By all means, this is a game made for me: Dark fantasy? Check. Soulslike? Check.…

April 26, 2024 | 02:20 EDT

Promo image of Melinoe from Hades II, standing in a black void surrounded by magical glyphs in dark green flame.

Hades II Is A Brilliant Step Forward For Supergiant Games' First Sequel

How do you improve on what came before? That is a question Supergiant Games never had to answer before Hades II. It is a testament to the studio's diverse portfolio of work and their emphasis on…

April 23, 2024 | 09:17 EDT

Lightning attacks in Path of Exile 2

Path of Exile 2 Hands-on Preview - The Next Great Action RPG

Path of Exile 2 is a seamless action RPG that runs impressively well despite recent delays that have pushed the Path of Exile 2 beta back to the end of the year. On the show floor of PAX East 2024, I…

March 23, 2024 | 10:05 EDT

Frogs living happily in a sanctuary in Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge

Kamaeru: A Frog Refuge Preview - Eco-Conservation & Cozy Frogs

Over the past several years, the cozy game genre has exploded in popularity, attracting gamers of all ages and genders who want to relax and not feel stressed when playing a video game (novel concept…

March 22, 2024 | 01:27 EDT

Path of Exile 2 Preview Art

Path of Exile 2 Hands-Off Preview - Introducing the Ranger Class and Path of Exile 3.24

Grinding Gear Games is kicking off the spring season with a wealth of updates centered around the upcoming Path of Exile 2, among other announcements to their slate of games. We had a chance to…

March 21, 2024 | 05:16 EDT

A player can be seen standing on their mech.

Lightyear Frontier Preview - The Smoothest Survival Game Of 2024

Lightyear Frontier has been on my radar ever since I got an early demo at Gamescom 2022. Its stunning art style, unique premise, and robust systems impressed me almost two years ago. After sinking…

March 15, 2024 | 10:00 EDT

Nightingale Preview - Cover Image Bound Strangeness Inside of a Gloom Site of Power

Nightingale Preview - Long Load Times and Odd Design Choices

The Victorian era is where some of the best science fiction and fantasy stories got their start. In Inflexion Games' Nightingale, you'll be able to experience a little bit of both genres in an always…

February 26, 2024 | 03:57 EST

Image of a Character in Enshrouded

Enshrouded Final Preview - Survival Progression at its finest

I'm someone who loves checking out new survival games, partially because I'm (currently) the Guides Editor here at TechRaptor, but also because each one has its own take on the genre and offers a…

January 24, 2024 | 04:06 EST

Rayne Syndicate boss holding a Palworld sphere

Palworld Preview - Let Freedom and Monkeys With Guns Ring

The world wasn’t ready for Palworld when it was first announced – a monster-taming game with…guns? It was hard to forget the image of using a sheep as a shield against incoming bullets or a squirrel…

January 18, 2024 | 12:00 EST

Smite 2 Key Art

Smite 2 Preview - The Next Generation of MOBA

Over a decade on, the popularity of Smite cannot be understated. This is something I came to understand during my time at the Smite World Championships, which was held in Arlington, Texas just this…

January 17, 2024 | 09:00 EST

Sargon kicks a boss off his horse in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Final Preview - Is This Anime?

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is the most excited I’ve been for a Ubisoft game in a long while. Pitched as a modern take on the franchise, it blends the old sidescrollers with the Sands of Time…

December 13, 2023 | 12:00 EST

Tekken 8 Preview Key Art

Tekken 8 Preview - Punching Above its Weight

I’ve always been a fan of fighting games, but it has been a long time since I picked up the Tekken series. Admittedly, it wasn’t because I had fallen out of love with it or anything, but because…

December 12, 2023 | 09:00 EST

GTFO Rundown 8 Preview

GTFO Rundown 8.0 Preview - You're Already Dead

There’s something to be said for any game that allows itself to be challenging in today’s landscape of story modes and user-friendly content. 10 Chambers’ GTFO is one such project, one that has been…

December 7, 2023 | 10:11 EST

Key art for Wizordum by Emberheart Games and published by Apogee.

Wizordum Preview - A Nostalgic, Dungeon Delving FPS

I distinctly remember the beginning of my boomer shooter obsession. Since I was either not born yet or far too young to play most boomer shooters on launch, my yearning to play more retro shooters…

November 28, 2023 | 10:00 EST

On Your Tail preview header with key art showing Diana arriving to Borgo Marina on a scooter.

On Your Tail Preview - A Charming and Nostalgic Cozy Life Sim with a Mystery Twist

During the latest Nintendo Indie World, Memorable Games and Humble Games announced its story-driven life simulator On Your Tail, and it's actually a secret I had to keep for a while, having played a…

November 15, 2023 | 11:00 EST

Like a Dragon Infinite Wealth Preview Image Featuring Ichiban Kasuga With a grumpy face

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth Preview - The Ultimate Japanese Middle-Aged Man Simulator is Coming

Sega had a playable demo of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth at its booth at Tokyo Game Show, and you can bet that I had to give it a spin. As a big fan of the series, I have high expectations for this…

October 31, 2023 | 08:00 EDT

Key art for EA Sport WRC Showing off the three terrains and the TR Preview Overlay

EA Sports WRC Preview - Rally Fun For Everyone

Codemasters have had a monopoly on good rallying games for quite a long time now. Even If you were into the sport back in the 90s then you probably tried out their Colin McRae Rally series. That…

October 12, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

Dragon's Dogma 2 Preview Hero Image Showing the Arisen

Dragon's Dogma 2 Preview - A Gorgeous, Wild World We Can't Wait to Explore

Fans have asked for a sequel to Dragon's Dogma for a long time, and Capcom is finally delivering. While we still don't have a release date, this week at TGS I finally got my hands on a preview build…

September 23, 2023 | 11:05 EDT

A gameplay screenshot of a reward crystal in Witchfire with the preview overlay

Witchfire Preview - I Keep Dying, But I Know It's My Fault

The Souls-like genre is booming with every permutation imaginable. Hot off the heels of Lies of P we have Witchfire, an FPS roguelite 'tough-as-nails' shooter that absolutely delivers on key elements…

September 21, 2023 | 04:42 EDT

Synduality: Echo of Ada Preview hero image showing a Cradle Coffin and a Magus

Synduality: Echo of Ada Preview - A Promising New Anime-Style Mecha IP

At last year's Tokyo Game Show, Bandai Namco revealed Synduality, a mixed media project including both a video game and an anime.  While the anime series Synduality Noir has already been made…

September 20, 2023 | 02:00 EDT

Assassin's Creed Mirage Preview Image showing Basim and Roshan Dueling against sunlight

Assassin's Creed Mirage Preview - So Long Gear Score, Hello Parry!

Assassin's Creed is reaching its 25th year, and after wading into deeper RPG territory for Odyssey and Valhalla, it is Assassin's Creed Mirage that's bringing the series back to its stealthy roots.…

September 12, 2023 | 08:00 EDT