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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.

A screenshot of Final Fantasy XIV running on Xbox.

Square Enix commits to release more games on Xbox, starting with Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV comes to Xbox Series X/S in spring 2024, kicking off a renewed partnership where Square Enix will bring more games to Xbox.
Cayde is in Destiny 2: The Final Shape's reveal trailer.

Every summer 2023 gaming showcase: full schedule of live streams

With E3 canceled, this summer is going to get messy. Here's a full list of every video game showcase happening in its place.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Minnie in Disney Illusion Island.

Disney Illusion Island is full of video game Easter eggs

Portal, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more are referenced in Dlala Studios' new platformer Disney Illusion Island.
Blue Fire's main character runs on a wall.

Final Xbox Live Gold games include a free hidden gem worth downloading

Microsoft announced the final two free Xbox Live Gold games and one of them is a true hidden gem.
Patrick Star stands confused on a spoon in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2.

Look out Super Smash Bros. Melee. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is getting a sequel

GameMill announced Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2, a sequel to the 2021 fighting game tha adds fighters like Squidward and Jimmy Neutron.
Mickey and Minnie in Disney Illusion Island.

Disney Illusion Island review: charming Disney platformer is perfect for kids

Disney Illusion Island features several design choices that make it a great introduction to the Metroidvania genre, although it lacks depth.
Characters including Optimus Prime from Fortnite.

Is Fortnite down? Updates and matchmaking status on July 26

Fortnite servers are experiencing a whole bunch of problems today. Here's the latest on the battle royale game's status.
League of Legends fighting game Project L match intro featuring Ekko and Ahri.

Watch a full match of League of Legends fighting game Project L

Project L's Duo Play system lets two players fight on the same tag team in this 2v2 free-to-play League of Legends fighting game.
Art fights a giant bird in Dreams.

PS Plus subscribers can get PS4’s most underrated exclusive for free next month

PS Plus Essential subscribers can get Dreams, Death's Door, and PGA Tour 2K23 for free this month.
The Solstice Warriors stand under a full moon in Sea of Stars' key art.

One of 2023’s most anticipated RPGs is coming to PS Plus on day one

Sea of Stars will be part of PlayStation Plus Extra, PlayStation Plus Premium, and Xbox Game Pass when it launches in August.
A group of Blue Protocol players stands together.

Amazon’s Blue Protocol has the potential to be my gateway MMO

Blue Protocol feels more like an action game than other MMOs, which is exactly what hooked me during a demo.
Five main characters from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III has seemingly leaked thanks to Monster

Activision acknowledged a leak revealing that 2023's Call of Duty game will be titled Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III.
Players use Ninja Turtles themed Xbox controllers.

Xbox has new Ninja Turtles controllers … and they smell like pizza

Microsoft is giving away pizza-scented Xbox controllers to promote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.
Remnant II's Mother Mind boss fight

Remnant 2 is a master class in great shooter boss fight design

Memorable boss fights steal the show in Remnant 2, elevating the Souls-inspired shooter to new heights.
Leviathan traps a player in Exoprimal.

To create Exoprimal’s story, Capcom pitted past and future against one another

Exoprimal's developers gave Digital Trends more insight into how the multiplayer shooter's unique narrative came together.
Exosuit Ryu in Exoprimal.

Exoprimal’s Street Fighter crossover is purely cosmetic, Capcom confirms

Capcom gave us new details on Exoprimal's upcoming Street Fighter 6 collaboration, confirming it only adds new cosmetic skins.
Venom on the streets of New York in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

Venom attacks in the Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 story trailer

The story trailer for Marvel's Spider-Man 2 gives us our best look at Venom and Harry Osborn yet.
Gundam Unicorn in Gundam Evolution.

Gundam Evolution will shut down this November

After two more seasons of new content, Gundam Evolution will shut down on November 29.
Kiriko in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is coming to Steam, and more Blizzard games may soon be on the way

Starting August 10, you will be able to play Overwatch 2 through Steam. and more Blizzard games may be on the way.
Deadeye fights dinosaurs in Exoprimal

Exoprimal dev shares the AI trick powering its complicated matchmaking

Exoprimal's technical director gave Digital Trends some insight into how exactly its dynamic dinosaur encounters work.
An offroad race in The Crew Motorfest

The Crew Motorfest is in a race with Forza Horizon 5, but it’s destined for second place

Based on three hours of playtime, The Crew Motorfest is a well-crafted, but derivative riff on Forza Horizon.
A red Pikmin looks around in Pikmin 4.

Pikmin almost looked way different than they do now

Nintendo revealed some early concept designs for Pikmin, and they look a lot different than what ended up in the final game.
Xbox Game Pass Core's logo over a library of games.

Your Xbox Live Gold subscription will turn into Xbox Game Pass Core this September

Goodbye, Xbox Live Gold. The $10 Xbox Game Pass Core subscription will replace the online service on September 14.
Barrage Exosuit in Exoprimal.

Xbox Game Pass’ latest addition is a must-try multiplayer shooter

If you're looking for a new multiplayer game, you need to give dinosaur shooter Exoprimal a try.
Gex holding a remote in the Gex Trilogy's reveal trailer.

We’re witnessing a game preservation crisis, but there’s hope on the horizon

A new study from the Video Game History Foundations shows that current state of game preservation is dire, but a few publishers are trying to fix that.
Larry Hryb holding an Xbox microphone at an Xbox event.

Xbox icon ‘Major Nelson’ is leaving the company after 20 years

Xbox Podcast host Larry Hryb, who you may also know by his gamer tag Major Nelson, is leaving Xbox after two decades.
A car pulls up to a building in Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

Every video game delay that has happened in 2023 so far

The list of 2023 video game delays keeps growing, with games like Pragmata, Suicide Squad, and Hollow Knight: Silksong missing their planned launch windows.
A player sits at a campfire in Enshrouded.

Enshrouded is a survival melting pot with shades of Minecraft, Valheim, and Rust

We got a hands-off look at Enshrouded, which showed that this survival crafting game is taking the right notes from games like Minecraft and Valheim.
Key art for Double Dragon Gaiden

Double Dragon Gaiden isn’t easy nostalgia bait. It’s a full-on retro reinvention

Double Dragon Gaiden doesn't just go for easy retro nostalgia. It reinvents the Double Dragon formula in a creative way that we're already loving.
Xbox's logo used during the Extended Games Showcase

Microsoft beat the FTC. Here’s what the controversial court ruling means for Xbox

Microsoft cleared its biggest hurdle to closing its Activision Blizzard acquisition, but the battle isn't quite over yet.
A shopkeeper that looks a lot like Morshu in Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore.

The worst Zelda games ever made are getting a spiritual successor

Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore is a new indie game inspired by Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. Yes, really.
Dr. Grant distracts the T-Rex in Jurassic Park.

2 Jurassic Park games from your childhood are returning on modern consoles

Limited Run Games will re-release Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park Part 2: The Chaos Continues across modern and retro platforms.
The main cat from Stray looking into the foreground with cyberpunk buildings behind him

PS Plus adds 2021’s ‘Game of the Year’ but loses Stray in July

It Takes Two, Twisted Metal, and Undertale come to PS Plus Extra and Premium on July 18, but the service will lose Stray and Marvel's Avengers.
The Designed for Xbox Summer Collection 2023

Xbox unveils colorful summer collection of headsets, controllers, and more

Microsoft unveiled the Designed for Xbox Summer Collection 2023, which includes accessories from Audeze, PowerA, Hyperkin, and more.