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40 19% Nier Reincarnation (2021) - Rated 02 May 2024
"Three years, dozens of hours, and three story arcs later I can finally rate NieR:Reincarnation. There's no two ways about it: it's gacha through and through. The gameplay is numbers upon numbers and the amount of player input is minimal. At least the writing for the game is pretty good. Some arcs are better than others but the characters are strong and the game never truly lost me despite trying. The music is great and the presentation is fine. It's decent Taro-fare but not much more."
53 38% Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) - Rated 10 Dec 2023
"Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is more tech demo than video game. The visuals are impressive at any setting, the scene transitions are truly wowing, and the different performance modes all nailed their individual goals; the next console generation is already off to the best start since the PS2/Xbox/GC era. However, someone had to make a game out of this and it's only okay. The visuals are often distracting, the story is another childish adventure, and the gameplay is more of the same."
82 89% Outer Wilds (2019) - Rated 07 Dec 2023
"Outer Wilds is the video game that I wish more video games were: filled with awe-inspiring wonder, tell unique yet universal stories, and have a commitment to the art, yes art, form. There are undeniable frustrations to be found but the moments of brilliance are simply transcendent and the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (which are pretty damn good themselves)."
44 24% Dead Space 3 (2013) - Rated 01 Nov 2023
"Dead Space 3 gameplay pivots to raw action and is more functional than I would have believed. That's about all the positives I have to say. The story is still a hamfisted mess of half-baked real-life metaphors, the "characters" are flattened to the point of clichéd archetype, the enemy design doesn't work for this type of game, the micro-transactions are ever-present, and co-op is shoved down your throat more than that necromorph that shoves it's tentacle down your throat."
72 72% Dead Space (2023) - Rated 01 Nov 2023
"Dead Space is a solid remake that offers better graphical fidelity, improved bosses, and reworked puzzles. However, I vastly prefer the stripped-down plot, silent Isaac, and the quiet Ishimura which were so important to the original's atmosphere. This game reminded me more of 2 which is a shame because I preferred the original, even at the time. As is, this is a great way to play this game, even if some of the soul was last in translation."
82 89% Resident Evil 2 (2019) - Rated 25 Sep 2023
"Resident Evil 2 comes close to matching (Gamecube) Resident Evil in terms of a remake surpassing the original. The atmosphere is as tense as they come and the sound design shines on my Atmos surround system. The reworking on Mr. X, the plot, several major characters, and the map layout are all inspired choices. I wish it didn't keep the cheesy elements from the original but the game needs a humor break once in a while because it almost never lets up on the pedal."
70 68% Gris (2018) - Rated 10 Sep 2023
"Gris is a wonderful game about dealing with grief. The minimalist approach is will be offputting for many but the game touched me in exactly the way it was trying. If I had to nitpick, the game does lose it's thematic edge for quite a long chunk in the middle. I'm hoping to see more from Nomada in the future because there are very few studios who can call something of this quality a rookie effort."
71 70% God of War: Ragnarök (2022) - Rated 08 Sep 2023
"Ragnarok is another gorgeous production that only first-party studios are capable of generating. The gameplay remains more or less the same, still room for improvement. The problem is that Santa Monica took no lessons from the reboot in terms of plot or story. The reboot got the later mostly right, this accomplishes neither. I don't care about most of the characters and the Atreus bits can be painfully long. My hope that this franchise would truly evolve is hanging by a thread."
80 86% The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (2023) - Rated 03 Jul 2023
"Tears of the Kingdom suffers from a lesser sense of wonder compared to Breath because the bag of exploration-tricks is less impressive the second time. Everything else is marginally to extremely better. Fusion makes durability less of a problem, there is more landmass to explore, more sandbox elements to play in, more to discover, and the story, while still not great, is an improvement. I am again bummed by the lack of Zelda-quality dungeons but the trade-off (everything else) is well worth it."
72 72% God of War (2018) - Rated 07 Apr 2023
"Everything in God of War is good but not great, except for the production: Sony spent some money and it shows. Combat is fine. The open-world is okay. The story is pleasantly simple. I wish I could say this all comes together in a meaningful way but it just doesn't. This is the most human Kratos has ever been but he's still distant. Fleeting moments of anger, sadness, joy, humor, and teaching instantly give way to "hrrr, gruff protagonist." It's this relative safety that holds the game back."