Joe Juba


68 games reviewed
74.7 average score
80 median score
50.0% of games recommended

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8.5 / 10.0 - Devil May Cry 5
Mar 6, 2019

Chaining together impressive combos is as fun as ever, though hopping among three characters makes it hard to hone your expertise

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6 / 10.0 - Desert Child
Dec 12, 2018

Desert Child has interesting ambitions that never quite develop into an enjoyable experience

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Dec 7, 2018

Even though the formula is familiar, teaming up with friends to exterminate the alien menace is enjoyable

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3 / 10.0 - The Quiet Man
Nov 9, 2018

The Quiet Man isn't fun, interesting, or worthwhile in any way. No one should play it

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Oct 1, 2018

Infiltration, combat, and exploration are all fun in the moment. However, the repetitive objectives and lack of crafted moments make the gameplay blur together as the hours pass

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Though pacing problems make the journey far from riveting, the gameplay tweaks and overall story are worth experiencing if you're already a fan of Xenoblade Chronicles 2

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Sep 10, 2018

This is a fantastic return for a series that has been struggling with its identity. Large maps and interesting abilities give you the freedom to explore different strategic opportunities, and your ingenuity pays off with enticing rewards

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8 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Jul 18, 2018

Combat is the highlight of the adventure. The stories unfolding between encounters are uneven, and the grinding required to progress is a frustrating roadblock

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This inventive tale can be uplifting one minute and disheartening the next, but it strikes a consistent and compelling tone

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6 / 10.0 - Vampyr
Jun 19, 2018

Vampyr attempts to deliver a gothic fantasy, and while it has bright spots, too much goes wrong to let them shine through

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7 / 10.0 - Moonlighter
May 31, 2018

Exploring dungeons, selling loot, and upgrading gear creates is an enticing loop. However, the experience grows stale with repetition

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9.8 / 10.0 - God of War
Apr 12, 2018

An enthralling experience from beginning to end, with a mixture of great narrative moments and engaging encounters. God of War is a well-paced adventure that knows when to let the action simmer and when to make it boil over

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Mar 19, 2018

Plenty of short- and long-term goals keep you invested, and you are thrown into the action relatively quickly. Watching your kingdom grow and flourish is the biggest draw, though the battles also provide simple fun

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Nov 30, 2017

Amassing an army of allies and managing your progression is a blast, giving you enough incentive to keep going through the less compelling parts

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Though tragedy on the horizon colors all of Chloe and Rachel's interactions, it also makes the fun and hopeful moments more poignant

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8.5 / 10.0 - SteamWorld Dig 2
Sep 28, 2017

The “dig, upgrade, repeat” formula never gets old thanks to fun gameplay and a steady stream of new powers

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Sep 19, 2017

Even with new characters in a new setting, Monokuma's killing game feels familiar and doesn't deliver on the payoffs

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Aug 8, 2017

Given the heavy subject matter, calling Hellblade "entertaining" feels inappropriate. However, it is undeniably memorable, telling a compelling tale that explores subject matter many consider taboo

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8.5 / 10.0 - Slime Rancher
Aug 2, 2017

Optimizing your ranch and collecting new slimes is engaging, and the steady stream of valuable upgrades ensures you always have a goal to reach for

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Jul 10, 2017

Though the story is too wrapped up in political intrigue, the cast and combat are enough to make this a memorable journey

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