Joe Donnelly


40 games reviewed
73.4 average score
80 median score
65.8% of games recommended
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May 25, 2022

Sniper Elite 5 is the best it's ever been with a new game mode that'll blow your mind.

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- Sifu
Feb 6, 2022

Sifu is a gorgeous, original and intelligent brawler whose self-confidence is leveraged by its masterful ageing mechanic and super tight combat.

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Rainbow Six Extraction is a neat standalone follow-up to Siege's Outbreak mode of 2018 – it has potential but is yet to fully realise it.

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Sep 22, 2021

Sable is downright beautiful in its execution and storytelling, and captures an innate desire for exploration like few other open-world games.

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85 / 100 - Ashen
Dec 18, 2018

Ashen's slant on the Soulslike subgenre isn't revolutionary, but is a wonderful example of the familiar formula executed well. It's thoughtful, gorgeous, challenging and a dream to explore.

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Oct 30, 2018

Football Manager returns with a kitbag full of new and overhauled features. It's the best at what it does, and FM 19 is the best it's ever been.

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Nov 9, 2017

The quintessential football management sim is back with its most ambitious undertaking in years.

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Oct 16, 2017

An intense and thrilling psychological survival horror sequel that improves on its forerunner in almost every way.

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Recommended - Owlboy
Oct 28, 2016

It's taken nine years to land, but Owlboy is well worth the wait.

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Jun 6, 2016

What makes Heart of Iron IV work is the fact that although it’s moulded around just ten years of history, it offers so much historical background and variable outcomes, and as such packs a mightier punch than might be at first expected. It’s complicated - overly so at times - and may not offer the same amount of replayability as other genre similars, but one thing is certain: there is rarely a dull moment.

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9 / 10.0 - Stellaris
May 9, 2016

Stellaris is simply wonderful. If you enjoy grand strategy games then you'll love this. If you don't then this could be the one to change your mind. If you've been too intimidated to try the genre before now, then here's your ideal starting point.

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Apr 14, 2016

Fallout 4’s second slice of DLC is under a fiver, yet still somehow feels overpriced. Granted, there’s a good idea hiding in there somewhere – capturing wild creatures for defense or spectator sport purposes is a genuinely interesting concept, particularly against the end of the world scenario – but Wasteland Workshop fails to execute it with the finesse needed to see it through. As such, it instead feels like a paid, and therefore largely underwhelming, mod.

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Mar 25, 2016

Fans of Supreme Commander and Total Annihilation will lap up the similarities, but Ashes of the Singularity is far more than a clone. When you take all of this into consideration and add unsurpassed scale to the mix, you’re definitely onto a winner.

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Unscored - Darkest Dungeon
Jan 25, 2016

You'll cry. And cry and cry and cry. But I think you'll love it.

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It's a game that understands everything about itself and how it works. It's the best stealth game ever made and feels like a game-changer for the medium as a whole - through its scope, the freedom it offers its players, and its deft structure. Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is the apex of the series and a fitting way for Kojima et al to bow out: as one, as best, as Big Boss.

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Which is what makes Metal Gear Solid so relevant today: its unwavering capacity to adapt and evolve. It's a game that understands everything about itself and how it works. It's the best stealth game ever made and feels like a game-changer for the medium as a whole - through its scope, the freedom it offers its players, and its deft structure.

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Aug 24, 2015

Despite the butterfly effect's premise, a ham-fisted story means you won't care about who might live and who might die. It's not enough to save the game from disappointment, and in the end, Until Dawn is its own self-inflicted nightmare.

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Aug 18, 2015

At times, Volume may fly too close to its Metal Gear Solid roots - creator Mike Bithell has unashamedly noted 1998's stealth 'em up as a distinct source of inspiration - but what it lacks in immediate originality, aesthetically at least, it makes up for in innovative, engaging, and challenging level design. To brand this a clone would be more criminal than Gisborne's corporatocratic rule.

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- N++
Jul 27, 2015

It can get frustrating at times, but it's meant to - and that's what makes it work.

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Jun 21, 2015

This year has blessed us with many massive, must-play releases. Her Story regally joins the list and is one that we're sure will be discussed for years to come.

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