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The best games of 2022 so far, picked by the NPR staff

It didn't take long for 2022 to deliver on a deep roster of long-awaited games, from blockbusters like Elden Ring and Horizon Forbidden West, to breakout indies like Tunic and Norco. We asked NPR staff and contributors for their favorites so far. The resulting list represents a broad swath of tastes that includes games appropriate for kids ("Kid Friendly"), and for folks who may be new to the hobby ("For New Gamers"). Whether you're interested in story-driven experiences or challenges to your wits and reflexes, there's plenty to love in these 30 games.

The best PC games you need to play right now

PC is the most versatile platform within the gaming ecosystem. The best gaming PCs and gaming laptops can deliver exceptional performance that bests even the latest consoles in some scenarios, and the variety of titles on the platform is mindblowing. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best PC games you can play now, from the latest triple-A blockbusters to innovative indie experiences that’ll work on just about any machine. Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the highest-rated and acc

The Best Anime for Shin Megami Tensei Fans

The long-awaited Shin Megami Tensei V arrives today on Nintendo Switch, and while it might not have the following of its spin-off franchise, Persona, it is just as iconic and top-notch. Known for its brutal difficulty and electric, dark atmosphere, players travel an apocalyptic landscape in a battle between Chaos and Order. Throughout your journey, you’ll come across characters who embody different ideals, challenging you as a player and changing the game’s ending. Who will you side with?

Sci-Fi Anime on Funimation: Sonny Boy, Cowboy Bebop & More

It’s hard to imagine a better pairing than anime and science fiction. From the early days, the genre has been woven into the DNA of anime, from classics like Speed Racer and Astro Boy to milestone films like AKIRA. And Mobile Suit Gundam, anyone? How about Code Geass? And Funimation is packed full of all of these classics and more, including contemporary sci-fi favorites and even some brand-new titles from this season.

NEO: The World Ends with You - Anime to Watch After You Play the Game

Are you ready to return to Shibuya? To celebrate the release of NEO: The World Ends with You on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 this week, we put together a list of anime you should queue up on your watch list while playing the game! Here you’ll find a handful of series that have similar vibes to the The World Ends with You game series, including the obvious choices, because you need to have the perfect anime ready to go when on a break fr

Best Anime For NieR Replicant & Automata Fans, Including Attack on Titan

The NieR series debuted in the West in 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The original game became a cult classic due to its unique storytelling and charming cast of characters. However, the franchise really hit a high point with its sequel, NieR:Automata, in 2017. This popular title went on to sell over 5.5 million copies and, wow, an upgraded version of the original NieR game, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, releases on April 23.