Sam White


60 games reviewed
77.3 average score
80 median score
72.7% of games recommended

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Sep 10, 2018

It's never that V-Rally 4 is actively bad, but the 16-year wait since V-Rally 3 is no way near worth it. No part of the overall experience surpasses the benchmarks set by more polished, mechanically complex, spectacular or enjoyable racing games from both the arcade and sim camps. Even compared to the universally disappointing Dirt 4, V-Rally 4 feels like it's missing more than a few tricks.

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Dead Rising 4: Frank's Big Package is an exceptional port of the original package, with additional content that fans will have a blast with. But that doesn't mean it isn't still the worst entry in the series by quite a wide margin.

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Telegraph
Sam White

Much of what Star Wars Battlefront 2 offers is a response to the negatives of the 2015 reboot.

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Telegraph
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Wolfenstein 2, a first person shooter in which you can dual-wield shotguns to slaughter hundreds of robotic fascists in a secret Nazi facility suspended above the surface of Venus, is the most skilfully written game in years.

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Telegraph
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Oct 16, 2017

The game's greatest strength is avoiding the pitfalls of the first; removing frustrating boss fights and lessening the amount of forced stealth sections.

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Guardian
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Oct 9, 2017

This meticulously crafted title is more than just an ode to the golden age of animation – it's a punishing yet moreish game that's not for the faint-hearted

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Telegraph
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Sep 18, 2017

From Destiny 2's first moments, it's a bigger, bolder and better game than its predecessor.

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Guardian
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Arkane's standalone game is a bit of an indulgence, but it offers a beautifully dark and detailed world of grand interiors and dimly lit streets to get lost in

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Telegraph
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Aug 21, 2017

With F1 2017, Codemasters has reached that stable plateau you see from established sports franchise like FIFA or NBA. This is by no means a major overhaul – if you've bounced off of these types of racers before, F1 2017 won't try to re-convince you of any merits. But nor should it need to.

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Ars Technica
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Unscored - Tokyo 42
May 31, 2017

Visually stunning but wholly underwhelming, Tokyo 42 fails to capitalise on its inventive premise.

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Despite its strategic depth and craft, you can't help but feel that Fire Emblem has had its run on 3DS. This isn't a criticism per se, and it's more remarkable now than ever that the handheld console with a low-rent screen and barely any processing power is still able to churn out such deep and engrossing experiences. Intelligent Systems is likely looking to Nintendo Switch for its next big strategic adventure – but for now, Shadows of Valentia is great enough to warrant dusting off your indestructible little pocket toy for one last hurrah.

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IBTimes UK
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- Prey
May 13, 2017

Prey's greatest success is its approach to choice and exploration. For players looking for a direct and focused single player shooter experience, this will undoubtedly disappoint and perhaps even frustrate, but for players looking for a smart and immersive world rife with intrigue and tension, Prey is a quality companion for some true classics.

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Ars Technica
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If you've got some friends to play with, give Wildlands a bash, but better open-world games are out there.

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The result is a game that packs meaning into almost everything you do. It doesn’t surpass the emotional heights of its late 90s forebear, but Numenera’s incredibly distinct world and unique approach to gameplay offer something really untraditional to sink your time, thoughts and choices into. For RPG fans this is super exciting, and will be sure to entertain across multiple playthroughs over dozens, if not hundreds of hours.

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IBTimes UK
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Feb 18, 2017

In short, For Honor is bloated in a way it doesn't need to be, but in a way that's completely unsurprising for Ubisoft. A ton of cosmetic upgrades and progression rankings can't save it from being an ultimately narrow experience. It may not wholly satisfy anyone craving an enormous single-player campaign or competitive multiplayer, but if you want a surprisingly competent fighting game that's capable of offering some great, tense and skill-based encounters, For Honor has enough to offer. Ubisoft may have marketed the game as a big, broad battler, but in truth it's just about you and your opponent and that's where it is at its best.

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Dec 5, 2016

Your enjoyment of Dead Rising 4 will entirely depend on how long you can tolerate its multiple novelties. The novelty of killing thousands of zombies (again); of screwing around with crafting silly weapons and wearing dumb outfits (again); of returning to Willamette (again), this time with its Christmas theme; and of playing as Frank West (again).

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Guardian
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Nov 25, 2016

The detail in Watch Dogs 2’s world, the colour in its characters and the sheer fun you can have mucking around with its mechanics make for a great, albeit not all-time great, open-world adventure.

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Ars Technica
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Unscored - Planet Coaster
Nov 24, 2016

Despite the weak career mode, the depth of Planet Coaster's tools and the strength of its community make it a thoroughly engrossing experience. Old-school PC gamers can rest easy: this is the theme park game you've been waiting for.

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Nov 11, 2016

Dishonored 2 is a fabulously immersive role-playing game that rewards exploration, experimentation and repeat playthroughs. It’s a shade less well written than its forebear, but it’s far better designed. The Clockwork Mansion will likely go down as one of the all-time best missions in gaming, and Dishonored 2 may well be the game of 2016.

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Ars Technica
Sam White
Nov 9, 2016

Infinite Warfare takes the series to its logical conclusion, delivering one of the best single-player campaigns in ages. But the trademark multiplayer modes need a serious overhaul.

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