|67 62%||Halo 3 ODST (2009) - Jan 02, 2022
"ODST's noir-soaked, saxophone-laden, moody character piece would be another great addition to the Bungie-era Halo franchise if it weren't for the copious amount of backtracking. The semi-open world isn't polished enough to justify how many times you walk past the same city square. On the story-side, the characters, other than Nathan Fillion, are underdeveloped, and all the time-jump shenanigans can't fully hide how simple the plot is. A decent followup to Halo 3 but nothing more."
|65 60%||Civilization VI (2016) - Oct 31, 2021
"I think the rush to streamline the various trees actually serves to complicate things too much. Once you head down a losing tree it is almost impossible to pivot and the AI still swings from moments of human-level competence to utter stupidity on any difficulty. I prefer V for a bunch of reasons but I would like to see some ideas from this game brought forward."
|58 45%||Drakengard 3 (2013) - Aug 17, 2021
"Drakengard 3 is a bit of a black sheep in Draken/Nier-universe. It maintains a distinct personality thanks to the sharp writing, when it isn't juvenile sex jokes of which there are far too many, but suffers from a lack of purpose. The story jumps around and never seems to have a reason for doing so. The hack-and-slash gameplay is solid even considering the performance issues and the music of Okabe helps a lot. It's bizarre to say about a Yoko Taro game but Drakengard 3 just feels pointless."
|54 39%||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 and 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. 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."