PAX West 2023 All Articles

The player makes a cup of coffee in Roman Sands RE:Build

Roman Sands RE:Build Features STPeach & Satirizes Live-Service Games

How many minutes has it been since you last heard the phrase “battle pass”? Did you grind out a couple hours last week to get some sweet skin? Or maybe you spent a couple bucks, because who has the…

October 2, 2023 | 02:32 EDT

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Stronghold: Definitive Edition Preview - A Blast From the Past

I'm terrible -- absolutely terrible -- at real-time strategy games, but that doesn't stop me from playing them. Even if my skill is lacking, the fun they provide is more than sufficient. And while I'…

September 10, 2023 | 11:30 EDT

The player character attacks an enemy in Enotria: The Last Song

Enotria: The Last Song Preview - The Flavors of Italy

Before PAX West, I got an email that described a game as “a Souls-like ARPG that embraces the Italian flavour.” Despite my last name, I’m not as in touch with my Italian roots, but I had to preview…

September 8, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

Dodo Re Mi gameplay in Jackbox Party Pack 10

Jackbox Games: 10 Years of Laughing, Quipping, and Fibbing

The widely beloved Jackbox Party Pack series has become an icon in the gaming space, carving out a niche for itself unlike any other. It’s a video game with the energy of a tabletop gathering, and it…

September 8, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

Pieta looks into the camera during a cutscene in Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen Preview - A Soulslike Surprise

If you remember the couple years after Dark Souls’ success, a flurry of Soulslikes came out, chasing those bloodied coattails in hopes of tasting that same estus-laden success. Lords of the Fallen in…

September 7, 2023 | 10:30 EDT

A station wagon modified with a lot of different materials, lit in a garage.

Pacific Drive Is A Wholly Unique Roguelike Experience

Pacific Drive is one of the more interesting games to catch me eye lately. It takes place in a supernatural version of the Pacific Northwest, full of mystery. It’s a survival roguelike with…

September 7, 2023 | 12:00 EDT

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Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore - More than a CD-i Game

Call it morbid curiosity, but if you're anything like me, you'll gravitate towards the upcoming Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore due to its visual similarity to those weird, clunky, downright notorious…

September 6, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

Mario in elephant form running to collect coins.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder Preview - Mario is Getting Weird With It

One of the few 10/10 reviewed games on TechRaptor is Super Mario Odyssey, the last mainline Mario game, which released about six years ago (and the last 2D Mario a decade ago). After just a brief…

September 3, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Big Boy Boxing Preview - A True Successor to Punch-Out

The great thing about PAX is that you often find hidden gems. To say a game is a "gem" is cliche, true, but if any game deserves that description, it's Big Boy Boxing. Since the initial debut of the…

September 3, 2023 | 09:30 EDT