Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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Face the Music: Confronting the End in Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds

”I learned a lot, by the end of everything.”

An Impassioned Defense of Stubbs the Zombie

This misfit, misplaced game from the mid-2000s always deserved better.

Five Avengers Nobody Would Want as Exclusives

There was an idea: to bring together a group of unremarkable people.

How Red Dead Online's Naturalist Update Taught Me to Hate the Animals

A West too wild for my liking.

It's Time to Rank Pokemon's Main Rivals, And No, Blue Isn't #1

Rivals are as synonymous with Pokemon as gym leaders in goofy costumes and children fighting organized crime. We're here to rate them from best to worst.

The Appeal of Evil in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

One, two, Tom Nook's coming for you...

Why Does Skyrim Feel So Strangely Old These Days?

We all used to be adventurers like you...

Five Great Single-Player Games That Are Also Perfect for Groups

One controller doesn't have to mean playing alone.

How GTA Online Went From a Straightforward Crime Sandbox to Land of the Impossible

Lasers, Hoverbikes, Thunderdomes and Satellite Strikes.

Starting Screen | Sonic Is a Success, but the Curse of Video Game Movies May Not Be Over

A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.

The Best 3D Sonic Game Had Robot Sex, Weaponized Dubstep, and Jane Austen

The secret to a good Sonic the Hedgehog game has been right before us all along.

Joel Franey's Top 10 Games of 2019: Flying High

These games took me worlds away.

Need for Speed Heat: We Recreate the Jurassic Park Jeep and Other Iconic Cars

We'll teach you how to bring your favorite movie cars to life.