|54 40%||Horizon Zero Dawn (2017) - Jun 30, 2021
"Something about Horizon just didn't click with me in any way. Maybe it's the plain gameplay, the automaton-like character animations, or the reuse of just about every overused open-world design choice. It is a beautiful game as a technical achievement, in its artistic execution, and there is something to the lore that intrigued me. I just thought it never came together in any meaningful way and the things that don't work miss the mark badly."
|79 84%||Frog Fractions (2015) - May 09, 2021
"Just play this game. Seriously, I can't say any more without ruining it. Just play this game."
|40 20%||Drakengard (2003) - May 03, 2021
"This is the most difficult low score I've ever had to give. The gameplay is a boring and terrible chore and even compared to other Yoko Taro games the endings can be convoluted. However, Drakengard has some absolutely bizarre writing and most of it happens to make the game better. Perhaps worthy of a let's play viewing but not nearly good enough to sit down to get through because it is painful at the best of times."
|73 74%||Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139... (2021) - Apr 28, 2021
"Nier Replicant ver.1.22... does everything a good remake should: improved textures, better gameplay, and stable framerates (fans of the original know). However, the roots of it's small budget made by a tiny failing developer headed by a previously unproven Yoko Taro show in every aspect of the game. If you are a fan of polished AAA products, this still isn't for you. For the rest of us, this remake stands as a wonderful experiment in stretching what is possible in video game storytelling."
|60 48%||Nier (2010) - Apr 26, 2021
"Nier is among the most frustrating games I've ever played. It's brilliance is marred by subpar storytelling, horrendous technical issues, and filler that would make the most bloated open-world game blush. But the characters, music, ideas, and underlying story (not the way it's told, which is bad) are some of the best I've seen in a video game and a showcase for writer-director Yoko Taro's talent. However, I will forever forgive this game's faults because Automata could not exist without it."
|70 69%||The Witness (2016) - Apr 14, 2021
"An undeniably great puzzle game but it reinforces everything that I don't like about puzzle games: often tediously long puzzle designs, stretching every concept far past the point of being interesting, and many puzzles being not worth the price of admission. I still The Witness is great though. "
|64 58%||No Man's Sky (2017) - Mar 23, 2021
"If I had played this game at launch I might have a much different opinion but in 2021 this game is far better than just serviceable. I won't be dumping hundreds of hours into this game the way that some will but I finally feel like the promise of this game was delivered, even if it was too late for some."
|20 5%||Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013) - Feb 18, 2021
"How did this get made and released? Even taking away the unforgivable marketing for this game, it is just oppressively bad to the point of being unplayable."
|77 80%||Dance Dance Revolution (1998) - Feb 18, 2021
"Dance Dance Revolution (DDR for those who are as old as I am) might seem antiquated in a modern context but it is hard to overstate just how important it ended up being for rhythm games in the west. This game took over arcades in a way that few others post Pac-Man could ever hope to match."
|68 64%||Katamari Damacy (2004) - Jan 15, 2021
"I was never fond of the minute-to-minute gameplay of any of the Katamari games but I can't deny that these games are some of the most fun, joy-filled experiences that have ever come out of Japan, or even the world, in terms of a video game. Damacy drips with atmosphere and it's jubilee is contagious. "