Link's Awakening conjures nostalgia, and mixes it with gorgeous toy-like terrariums to create a perfectly tuned, core Zelda experience.
Nicholas Friedman is a journalist based in Dallas-Fort Worth. Originally from Philadelphia, he enjoys collecting records, playing games, having two cats (most days) and reading comics. A graduate from The University of North Texas with a journalism degree, he's usually wrangling social media and writing. You can find his work in various places, from a comics column and writer interviews in The Dallas Morning News, to gaming reviews and more coverage in the Denton Record-Chronicle, on Comic Book Resources and at GuideLive.com. His favorite game is Tetris DS, and if that sounds surprising, you should probably play it. You'll mostly catch him reading DC or Image Comics, with his favorites nestled somewhere between Nightwing and Saga, but not afraid to see what Marvel is up to.
Articles by Nicholas Friedman
Zen Studios truly understands pinball, and in what comes as no surprise at all, truly understands Star Wars.
Don't let the title fool you, Gears 5 is a "Gears of War" video game, through and through.
Astral Chain further proves that PlatinumGames is a pacesetter when it comes to stylish action.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a perfect title for those searching for a character-driven tactical RPG.
When it comes to simulated Nazi killing, few games do it better than the Wolfenstein franchise, and Youngblood continues that streak.
Spending time with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order is like seeing an old friend, even if they've changed a bit.
As far as sequels are concerned, Super Mario Maker 2 goes above and beyond its predecessor.
While it feels like a worthy successor, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night suffers from some serious technical issues.
Nitro-Fueled successfully revives Crash Team Racing, giving the Mario Kart franchise a run for its money.
Team Sonic Racing isn't terrible, but the game doesn't do anything to set itself apart from other, similar racing games.
Rage 2 will appeal to fans of the original, offering genuinely fun and engaging gameplay, even if the story is on the weak side.
Every fighting franchise should take notes on Mortal Kombat 11,
It may not be groundbreaking or wholly unique, but Yoshi's Crafted World makes the case to bring more Nintendo platformers to the Switch.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is a solid, iterative improvement on its predecessor, and a standout in the shared-world shooter genre.
Developer RedLynx's physics-based, skillful platform racer is a solid, no frills entry in the long-running franchise.
The world that BioWare built really does deliver on its original promise, but only if you're playing with other people.