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Tomas Franzese

Tomas Franzese

Gaming Staff Writer

Tomas Franzese is a Staff Writer at Digital Trends, where he reports on and reviews the latest releases and exciting developments within the video game industry. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Tomas joined Digital Trends in 2022. Before that, he was a Video Game News Writer at Inverse and News Editor at DualShockers, where he supervised and edited the website’s news coverage.

Redfall Cover

Redfall review: multiplayer sucks the life out of a promising vampire shooter

The single-player and multiplayer experiences within Redfall are constantly at odds with one another, and neither side wins that fight.
Sonic give a peace sign in an animation.

Netflix subscribers are getting five games, including Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus, Katana Zero, Braid: Anniversary Edition, and more are all coming to the Netflix Games catalog this month.
Chai points a finger gun at a robot in Hi-Fi Rush.

Microsoft closes the Bethesda studios behind Hi-Fi Rush, Redfall, and more

Redfall's Arkane Austin, Mighty Doom's Alpha Dog Studios, Roundhouse Games, and Hi-Fi Rush's Tango Gameworks are all being shut down by Microsoft.
A Nintendo Switch Red and Blue system.

Nintendo confirms that Switch 2 and a June Direct are coming

Nintendo confirmed it will talk about upcoming Switch games in a Direct this June, as well as its Nintendo Switch successor before the end of the fiscal year.
Two fleets fight in Homeworld: Vast Reaches.

Before you play Homeworld 3, try this VR game as a primer

On the eve of Homeworld 3's launch, the strategy series just got a new VR game that you should check out.
Stellar Blade STALKER fight.

I want more approachable Soulslikes. These new games show that it’s possible

Another Crab's Treasure and Stellar Blade feature great accessibility options. I hope Soulslike developers are taking note.
Hades 2 key art from its first trailer.

The wait is over: Hades 2 is out now in early access on Steam

Hades 2, the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best games of all time, just launched into early access on Steam.
Two soldiers hug in front of an explosion in Helldivers 2.

PlayStation reverses course on controversial Helldivers 2 PC change

Helldivers 2 will not require PC players to create a PlayStation Network account, Sony has confirmed. The reversal comes after plans to do so angered players.
Climbers climb a mountain in Surmount.

This fun and frustrating mountain-climbing game is worth the hike

If you love hilariously frustrating games like Getting Over It, you'll want to play Surmount on your Switch or Steam Deck.
A Helldivers 2 player fires a laser canon.

Helldivers 2 PC players are furious over this controversial change

Helldivers 2 will require PC players to link their PlayStation Network accounts soon, and players are furious about it.
The main character of Tales of Kenzera: Zau stands with two elemental items.

3 underrated PS Plus games you should play this weekend (May 3-5)

If you're a PlayStation Plus Premium or Extra subscriber looking for something to play this weekend, check out these games from EA, Sabotage, and LucasArts.
Senua in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

3 Xbox Game Pass games you need to play this weekend (May 3-5)

If you're looking to dig into Xbox Game Pass' catalog this weekend, give these three games a try.
A character in XDefiant

Call of Duty competitor XDefiant is finally coming out this month

XDefiant, Ubisoft's crossover competitive shooter meant to take on the likes of Call of Duty, will finally launch later this month.
Jack holds a sword in Ghostrunner 2 key art.

You don’t want to miss PS Plus’ great free game lineup this May

PS Plus Essential subscribers can claim four games this month -- and they're all worth picking up.
EVE stares at an enemy in Stellar Blade.

Stellar Blade review: PS5 exclusive’s beauty is only skin deep

Stellar Blade is not as substantive as PS5's other exclusive single-player offerings, but still features some exhilarating combat and art direction.
Nintendo Entertainment System with controller.

A Nintendo emulator is Apple’s top downloaded app after ban reversal

Delta, an emulator that allows you to play classic Nintendo games, is currently the No. 1 app on the iOS App Store after Apple reversed a ban on the program.
Batman stands in front of a bat shadow in Batman: Arkham Shadow.

The next Batman: Arkham game is a Meta Quest 3 exclusive

Batman: Arkham Shadow is coming, but you'll need a Meta Quest 3 to play it.
Senua stares ahead wearing war paint.

What’s new in May 2024: 7 games that you need to play this month

This May might sound like a slow month for games on paper, but it might end up being one of 2024's best.
Key art for Funko Fusion.

Funko Fusion mashes up The Thing, Hot Fuzz, Nope, and much more

Funko Fusion might be the most eclectic IP crossover game yet, drawing on everything from Back to the Future to Nope.
Basim showing off his hidden blade.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage comes to iPhones and iPads this June

Assassin's Creed Mirage makes its way to Apple devices that have an M1 chip on June 6.
Someone plays Rivals Arena on a Samsung TV.

Samsung TVs are getting their own exclusive games

Samsung TVs are getting their own exclusive games that don't require a controller to play.
Lara Croft runs from a crashing plane in Tomb Raider.

One of the best Tomb Raider games is coming to Xbox Game Pass

Four titles will be added to the Xbox Game Pass catalog throughout the first half of May, including one of the best Tomb Raider games.
Indiana jones buried in the sand.

Xbox Games Showcase coming this summer alongside mysterious game reveal

Microsoft has finally confirmed when the next Xbox Games Showcase and game-specific Direct will air this year.
A still from the Jackbox Naughty Pack announcement trailer.

Jackbox Naughty Pack is the M-rated party game you’ve been waiting for

In lieu of a new Jackbox Party Pack game this year, we're getting the M-rated Jackbox Naughty Pack.
Lucy enters a house in Fallout.

3 things I want in Fallout 5 after watching Amazon’s Fallout series

Whenever Bethesda Game Studios eventually makes Fallout 5, this is what we want to see from it.
The current gen version of Fallout 4.

3 great Xbox Game Pass titles you should try this weekend (April 26-28)

Looking for something to play on Xbox Game Pass this weekend? Check out these great games from Bethesda, EA, and Hooded Horse.
A still from World of Warcraft The Worldsoul Saga's reveal tralier.

BlizzCon 2024 is not happening despite Blizzard’s strong 2024 lineup

Blizzard Entertainment confirmed that BlizzCon 2024 is not happening, but it will leave the door open for the event to return in the future.
Aerith stares at floating lanterns in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

Tribeca Games 2024 will feature 7 games and a Final Fantasy 7 panel

This year's Tribeca Festival will feature playable demos for seven games and a panel on the making of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.
Key art for Squad Busters.

Squad Busters mashes up Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, and more mobile hits

Squad Busters is Supercell's first new game in five years, and the company's CEO, Ilkka Paananen, has mixed feelings about that.
The crab holds an item in Another Crab's Treasure.

Another Crab’s Treasure review: finally, an approachable Soulslike

Another Crab's Treasure is one of the most approachable Soulslikes ever made thanks to its aesthetics, sense of humor, and fantastic assist mode options.
A sand creature jumps at a jeep in Sand Land.

Sand Land review: faithful manga adaptation runs out of gas

Sand Land leverages good sidequests and entertaining vehicle combat to keep a faithful but otherwise boilerplate video game adaptation engaging.
James descends on an elevator in El Paso, Elsewhere.

One of 2023’s best indie games is getting a movie starring LaKeith Stanfield

Di Bonaventure Pictures and LaKeith Stanfield are working on a film adaptation of 2023's excellent horror action indie game El Paso, Elsewhere.
A Hobbit gardens in Tales of the Shire.

Tales of the Shire is a The Lord of the Rings-themed take on Stardew Valley

Tales of the Shire: A The Lord of the Rings Game, a new life sim from Wētā Workshop and Private Division, launches later this year.
Rise of the Tomb Raider

Embracer Group is splitting into 3 companies. Here’s who owns what

Embracer Group is splitting itself up into three different companies. Here's what each of them controls.