PAX East 2022: The 13 Most Exciting Games to Check Out

PAX East returned as an in-person gaming convention this year. In previous years, this event was North America’s largest gaming convention, even surpassing its sister show PAX West. While the shows had been on hiatus since the pandemic lockdowns of 2020, PAX East returned to Boston over the weekend with a fairly healthy attendance — and there were plenty of games on display as well.

At the show this year, I got to play several games that will be ones to watch for later in 2022 and in early 2023. In the list below you’ll find a quick rundown of games that stood out at PAX East 2022, including the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, the peculiar platforming game Tinykin, the Souls-like parody The Last Hero of Nostalgaia, and the social satire adventure game The Last Worker.

These were the 13 games that showed great promise across the days of PAX East 2022.

Evil West

Developer: Flying Wild Hog | Release Date: TBD 2022

Bounty hunter takes aim at a horde of demons of vampire while a church burns in the background

You’ll be facing vampires and demons in this supernatural-infused Wild West shooter.

Flying Wild Hog/Focus Interactive Games

Developer Flying Wild Hog honed its craft for fast-paced action gameplay with the Shadow Warrior reboot trilogy, and now it’s taking that know-how to the Wild West with the action-horror game Evil West. 

With the game set in a supernatural Wild West, you play as a vampire-hunting bounty hunter who uses classic cowboy weaponry and advanced gadgets to slay demons of the night. Evil West is a third-person shooter that deftly blends shooting gameplay and melee combat, which opens up slick moments where you can disarm enemies and launch demons into the air with ease. 

This game came out of nowhere for me, and I like its pulp-style horror take on the Wild West. I’m very interested in seeing more of it later this year.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Developer: Tribute Games | Release Date: TBD 2022

The TMNT fight Foot Clan adds as a miniboss hangs out in the background

The entire Turtle squad, along with some help from April and Splinter, will work together to face off against the Foot Clan and other mutant bad guys.

Tribute Games/DotEmu Games

There have been many games based on the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series over the last three decades, but none has matched the impact of arcade beat-’em-ups. With the upcoming TMNT: Shredder’s Revenge, we’re getting a spiritual successor to the classic beat-’em-up games directly inspired by the 16-bit era. 

Developed by Tribute Games and DotEmu, this throwback game looks stunning, and the gameplay offers that satisfying thrill of barreling through Foot Clan ninjas — something the classic games did so well. However, it also introduces some slick modern touches to the gameplay, giving you and your teammates some added skills and defense to help fight off Shredder’s minions. This was a real blast to play, and it proves just how great TMNT games can be.


Developer: Massive Work Studio | Release Date: May 20, 2022


As is the tradition with Souls-style games, you’ll likely be running

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PAX Technology Raided by FBI, Suspected Ties to Cybercrime

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A prominent Chinese tech firm that sells hardware to companies throughout the world is currently under investigation after being accused of facilitating cyberattacks on various American and European targets.

On Tuesday, a swarm of FBI agents raided the Florida offices of Pax Technology, a large, Chinese-owned point-of-sale manufacturer that sells millions of payment terminals (POS) to companies all over the globe. POS terminals are essentially payment kiosks. While you may not recognize the term, you’ve definitely used one before. They can be found pretty much everywhere—from supermarkets to gas stations to your local dive bar (wherever you need to swipe a credit card, a POS terminal will be there).

News of the raid on PAX was originally broken by WOKV, a local Florida news outlet, which reported Tuesday that the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and other agency officials were conducting “an investigation” at the business’s warehouse in Jacksonville. When queried by reporters, the FBI put out the following statement about their activities:

“The FBI Jacksonville Division, in partnership with Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, and Naval Criminal Investigative Services, and with the support of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, is executing a court-authorized search at this location in furtherance of a federal investigation. We are not aware of any physical threat to the surrounding community related to this search. The investigation remains active and ongoing and no additional information can be confirmed at this time.”

While that doesn’t give us a whole lot of clarity on the situation, security journalist Brian Krebs has reported that the company is being investigated for its potential role in facilitating cyberattacks on various American and European targets. A trusted source told Krebs that the company’s point-of-sale devices were supposedly being used as a storage space for malware as well as a “command and control” center, whereby attacks could be deployed and data stolen.

“FBI and MI5 are conducting an intensive investigation into PAX,” the source told Krebs. “A major US payment processor began asking questions about network packets originating from PAX terminals and were not given any good answers.”

That payment processor would appear to be Worldpay from FIS. On Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported that the company had recently begun replacing PAX-manufactured point-of-sale devices with those made by two competitor firms. The replacements, which started prior to news of the federal investigation, were spurred by concerns over odd network activity emanating from PAX’s POS terminals. When asked about the activity by Worldpay, PAX reportedly did not give “satisfactory answers,” a spokesperson told the outlet.

Krebs points out—and it’s a well-known fact—that point-of-sale terminals are common targets for cybercriminals and that the devices are frequently hijacked by hacker groups for the purposes of credential theft and malware distribution. It wouldn’t

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