I throw ample shade at video games and their developers -- particularly those that could be considered "AAA" -- but it's also important to support the little guys/less-knowns that are actually doing a great job. So, I thought it might be fun to create a thread wherein to mention the games we've played lately that are actually good. Blasphemous: Normally I don't care for 2D, pixelated games. If anything, there's too many of them and most aren't worth a second glance. Blasphemous, however, was shockingly awesome and did a great job of combining the "metroidvania" genre with a lot of Dark Souls flavor. It provides a dark, gritty, violent world in which to play...and fills it with collectibles, extremely unique boss fights, and a very strange story. Remnant, From the Ashes: Another surprisingly awesome game that I'd previously never heard of before a few weeks ago. A very interesting take on the (Dark) Souls-like genre, this game combines swordplay and gunplay in an "end of the world" style setting that pits you against a good variety of vicious foes and challenging boss fights, while randomly generating what you'll find and who you'll run into. This game loyally follows the Souls-like formula, without feeling like a cheap knockoff or carrying on some of the design choices that made its predecessors tedious and frustrating. Shaolin vs Wu Tang: As someone who grew up loving old Kung Fu flicks, this game got me super excited when I first found it. It's a very basic fighting game, but combines settings, characters, music, and sounds all taken from actual Kung Fu movies. While it's more of a super nostalgic homage than anything, I still loved getting to beat up on Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris as White Brow. No Man's Sky: Most gamers already know about this one, but haven't bothered to give it a second chance since its awful debut. Four years later, this game has gotten infinitely better and continues to regularly add new features/revamp old ones. Submarines, Mechs, multiplayer, a better hub, and ship upgrading have all helped to turn a once sub-par game into a very enjoyable space exploration experience.