The 15 Best Games on Redbox Right Now

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The 15 Best Games on Redbox Right Now

Renting games didn’t die off with Blockbuster. Redbox has basically cornered the retail market for game rentals just as it has for movie rentals. Those shiny red kiosks you’ll find at pretty much every grocery store include a selection of some of the best recent videogames, along with a small handful of classic titles. If you want to try a new PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Switch game before you buy it, you might be able to find a copy through Redbox. Here are the best games currently available, based on the information found on Redbox’s website. Not every location offers Switch games, but you should be able to find the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One titles at almost every Redbox kiosk.

15. Metro Exodus
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

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Metro Exodus gave me the same feeling that I had playing the first-person games of the early ‘00s. It is messy, full of stock situations, and doesn’t quite work in all instances, but it is also experimental and willing to be a little unpolished if it creates a situation or a series of moments that are memorable and compelling. It is a great game that had to smear itself in a layer of whatever-nothing to convince you that it belonged in a certain genre. But like the octopus pretending to be a rock, Metro Exodus is a brilliant creature in the guise of a worse one. With some time, energy, and emotional investment it springs to life.—Cameron Kunzelman

14. Kingdom Hearts III
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

When comparisons between Kingdom Hearts and other franchises come up as a way of giving some cover to the keyblade game, I bristle. The power of Kingdom Hearts and all of its weirdness is contained in its implosive capability, its ability to be totally separated from all narrative responsibility. And as far as I can tell, that’s the greatest power in videogames.—Cameron Kunzelman

13. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Every encounter in Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’s battle royale mode Blackout feels like you’re playing a micro version of a previous Call of Duty map with more players than you’re supposed to be. Storming a house becomes a fast, difficult encounter with strategic slides and lots of blind firing around corners. Then another team charges in behind you, and you become the person defending the house, and the whole thing is over in thirty seconds. This just isn’t how other battle royale games work, and frankly, it’s just the right level of strategy and commitment for me. This might be the optimal way to think about battle royale games; they are not a big war, but lots of tiny battles, and creating the conditions of those battles are what designers can really excel at.—Cameron Kunzelman

12. God of War
Platform:   PlayStation 4  

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More than most action games, combat in God of War has the pacing of a rhythm game. You have to tap various buttons in the right sequence to strike and block at the right times, unleashing your extra-powerful attacks when needed. When you’re surrounded by enemies and dancing over the various attack buttons, calling in arrows from Atreus while blocking at the exact right moment to stun your enemy, you might find yourself entering a kind of trance where you’re locked so tightly into the rhythms of that combat that everything else momentarily fades away. From the pulse of that violence, to the feeling of that axe chopping through a monster as it flies back to you after a perfectly aimed strike, to the sweeping range of the weapon that’s unlocked later, the combat in God of War is about as satisfying as action games get.—Garrett Martin

11. MLB The Show 19
Platform:   PlayStation 4  

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Sony’s best-in-class baseball game is an annual highlight. That means it’s also an ideal rental some years—who wants to pay $60 for the newest version of the same game every single year? If this is an off-year for you—if you sprung for The Show in 2018 and aren’t in a rush to upgrade just yet—grabbing a copy of 19 through a place like Redbox makes a lot of sense. And as usual, 19 features just enough upgrades and new wrinkles to make it worth playing, even if you’re keeping your franchise mode alive in one of the previous games. If you want to see what it has to offer, renting is your best bet.—Garrett Martin

10. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Platform: Switch

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What originally felt like an ungainly mash-up between two properties that share almost no common ground unexpectedly turned into one of the biggest gaming surprises of the year. The Mario imagery and Rabbid humor is almost beside the point: this game works so well because it’s a smartly built and balanced tactical RPG that innovates on genre convention through its liberal approach to movement. If you like Final Fantasy Tactics and XCOM but wish you could move farther and faster across their grids, with multiple different ways to accomplish that, you should check out Mario + Rabbids. It’s a colorful strategy game that looks and feels like nothing else out there.—Garrett Martin

9. Dragon Ball FighterZ
Platforms:   PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch


Dragon Ball FighterZ is both the fighting game and Dragon Ball spin-off I never realized I always wanted. The production values are better, and the narrative tension is vastly improved. Given how Dragon Ball FighterZ amps up the drama on existing Dragon Ball storylines, increases engagement by allowing the player to take dialogue sequences at their own pace, and puts a polished, beautiful spin on the old cartoon, this isn’t just my favorite Dragon Ball game. It’s my favorite Dragon Ball anything.—Holly Green

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