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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.

Indiana jones buried in the sand.

Xbox’s first big showcase of 2024 set Series X up for success

At the recent Developer_Direct, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Avowed, and more painted a healthy outlook for Xbox in 2024.
A giant pal uses a minigun in Palworld.

Steam has a new hit game, and it’s Pokémon with guns

Pocketpair's Palworld is a survival crafting game that's like Pokémon with guns, and it's going viral on Steam.
A student waving a wand in Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy beats out Call of Duty to become 2023’s bestselling game

Hogwarts Legacy, not Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, was the bestselling game of 2023, according to data from Circana.
Senua stares ahead wearing war paint.

How to watch January 2024’s Xbox Developer_Direct

Here's what you need to know before tuning into January 18's Xbox Developer_Direct showcase featuring Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2, Indiana Jones, and more.
Key art for Turnip Boy Robs

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank is a hilarious chaser to January’s serious games

Turnip Boy Robs A Bank makes a great case for shorter roguelikes while quickly establishing itself as one of the funniest games of the year.
Key art for Rock Band 4

Rock Band 4 gets its final piece of DLC next week after over 8 years of support

The final piece of weekly DLC for Rock Band 4 will drop on January 25 as Harmonix shifts its focus to Fortnite Festival.
Key art for Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story.

Bandle Tale is unlike anything you’ve seen in the League of Legends universe

Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story is shaping up to be a lot more like Stardew Valley than Riot Games' competitive MOBA.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Deluxe Edition running on Nintendo Switch.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is getting a miracle Switch port this summer

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is coming to Nintendo Switch over five years after launch.
A playable character in Mintrocket's Wakerunners.

Mintrocket’s new game Wakerunners couldn’t be more different from Dave the Diver

Dave the Diver developer Mintrocket just revealed Wakerunners, a multiplayer action game that's a major departure from one of 2023's best surprise hits.
Key art for Stalker 2.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl gets final release date after arduous development

GSC Game World finally plans to release S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl on September 5 after an arduous development cycle.
A character uses a bow and arrow in Persona 3 Reload.

Persona 3 Reload leads a surprisingly strong batch of Xbox Game Pass additions

A lot of games will be hitting Xbox Game Pass on day one over the next couple of weeks, including Atlus' Persona 3 Reload.
A map with a DJ duck in Foamstars.

Foamstars is coming to PS Plus next month as a freebie

Foamstars launches via PS Plus next month, and Square Enix gave us an early look at what to expect from the foam-based shooter at and after release.
A city in Frostpunk 2.

Frostpunk 2 will come to PC Game Pass when it launches this year

The PC version of Frostpunk 2 will be available on Game Pass from day one when it launches sometime in the first half of 2024.
Sargon reaches for a feather in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.

5 Switch games you should play while you wait for Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Counting down the days until you can try Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown? These five Switch games will get you ready for Ubisoft's stellar adventure.
Sekiro easy mode mod FromSoftware Souls games gameplay difficulty

These Activision Blizzard games need to come to Xbox Game Pass this year

From Diablo IV to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, these are the Activision Blizzard games we hope to see added to Xbox Game Pass in 2024.
Penny and Arven eat Mochi in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s epilogue is a disappointing conclusion

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero Epilogue: Mochi Mayhem is an underwhelming conclusion for Pokémon's oddest installment.
A lineup of gods in Smite 2.

Long-running MOBA Smite is getting an Unreal Engine 5 sequel

Hi-Rez Studios has announced Smite 2, a sequel to its beloved MOBA. The sequel has been made in Unreal Engine 5.
The Ayaneo Next Lite running HoloISO.

The Ayaneo Next Lite doesn’t actually feature SteamOS after all

While Ayaneo originally said that its Next Lite handheld would could installed with SteamOS, that's not actually the case.
An image of the Nintendo Switch - OLED Model Mario Red Edition.

An AI company may have just leaked the Nintendo Switch 2’s name and release month

Audio electronics company Altec Lansing claims the Nintendo Switch 2 will release in September 2024 in press release about a new AI initiative.
Sargon looks at his hand in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown review: kicking off 2024’s game of the year debate

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a master class in seamless Metroidvania design, and the first must-play game of the year.
A person uses SteamOS on the Ayaneo Next Lite.

The Ayaneo Next Lite is the first Steam Deck rival to feature SteamOS

The Ayaneo Next Lite isn't your average Steam Deck rival; it's the first third-party device to come with Valve's SteamOS installed.
A scene from Lego City undercover.

One of the best Lego games ever kicks off PS Plus’ 2024 additions

An amazing Lego title is coming to the PS Plus Game Catalog this month, but the service is also losing some fantastic games like It Takes Two.
Alan Wake in Dead by Daylight.

Alan Wake is coming to Dead by Daylight later this month

The Champion of Light himself, Alan Wake, is coming to Dead by Daylight this month.
Harrison Ford holds a sword in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Xbox’s first stream of 2024 will include Bethesda’s Indiana Jones game

Xbox will host another Developer_Direct on January 18 that will give us our first concrete gameplay details on MachineGames' Indiana Jones title.
HyperX's mini headsets and controller.

CES 2024: HyperX has a new line of gaming products just for kids

HyperX's Cloud Mini Headsets, Clutch Tanto Mini Wired Controller, and Pulsefire Haste 2 Mini mouse could be your child's next favorite gaming accessories.
Gordon Freeman's suit in Half-Life 2 RTX

10 significant video game anniversaries worth celebrating in 2024

From Half-Life 2 to World of Warcraft, there are plenty of notable gaming anniversaries to celebrate throughout 2024.
A Valorant agent holds the new sniper rifle weapon Outlaw.

Next week, Valorant gets its first new weapon since launch

The Outlaw sniper rifle is the first new weapon to come to Riot Games' Valorant since its 2020 launch.
The PDP Replay Controller Designed for Samsung Gaming Hub.

CES 2024: Your Samsung TV is getting its own video game controller

Samsung and PDP have teamed up to create a video game controller designed to work with Samsung Gaming Hub.
Kiryu listens to a message in his earpiece in Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name.

Don’t start Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth without playing this Xbox Game Pass title first

If you have Xbox Game Pass, there's one Like a Dragon game you need to play before Infinite Wealth launches later this month.
In-engine footage of Snake from Metal Gear Solid Delta: Snake Eater.

Metal Gear Solid 3 and Silent Hill 2 remakes confirmed to launch in 2024

A new video from PlayStation confirmed that two highly anticipated remakes from Konami will release sometime this year.
Lady Hellbender speaks to Drax in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

A highly underrated superhero game is free on Epic Game Store

Make sure you pick up this fantastic superhero game on the Epic Games Store while it's free.
tetris nes beaten first time

The NES version of Tetris has been beaten for the first time

A thirteen-year-old just became to first person to "beat" the NES version of Tetris, a feat only previously accomplished by bots.
Mr.X pulling open a door in Resident Evil 2.

Xbox Game Pass kicks off 2024 by adding an all-time great remake

Xbox Game Pass is starting 2024 out strong with its first wave of additions. The list of titles includes Capcom's best Resident Evil remake.
Venba, Paavaran, and Kavin enjoy dinner together.

2024 is about to get busy, so play these short 2023 games while you still can

With a hectic few months full of long RPGs on the horizon, now's your chance to play these short, but sweet highlights from 2023.