Joe Donato


22 games reviewed
66.0 average score
70 median score
38.1% of games recommended
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Jan 20, 2016

Set a game in a sterile underground facility, give the player physics-based powers and a first-person view, and it can be hard to stand out from the crowd of games inspired by Portal. Make it a tie-in to the Heroes Reborn television series and you're just piling on the red flags.

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May 27, 2015

House of Wolves is a turning point for Destiny, with smart changes that warrant a return even for those that gave up on it.

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It would be easy to give Crimes & Punishments the typical "for fans of the genre" recommendation, but I think it aspires to and accomplishes more than that. Sure, it has some rough edges, and not every case is a home run, but the Deduction system makes it all worthwhile.

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8 / 10.0 - Hohokum
Aug 29, 2014

Hohokum is a delight. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and plan to go back for every last collectible and trophy, zipping around its colorful world for at least a couple more hours. More importantly it's a real game, with satisfying goals and puzzles to solve.

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4 / 10.0 - Cloud Chamber
Aug 22, 2014

It asks for the players' money and time, yet they still must create the rewards for themselves. It looks expensive, with decent production values, semi-famous actors, and some real science fact behind the fiction, yet all that work, all that money, and all of your time never truly amounts to anything. We may never solve Kathleen's mystery, but I doubt that's the real tragedy here.

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7 / 10.0 - Lovely Planet
Aug 13, 2014

Lovely Planet may go down in history as the most pleasant way to brush up on your FPS skills this side of Portal.

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Aug 9, 2014

After a few hours I did eventually have my fill of Sixty Second Shooter Prime. I played Geometry Wars for months, but while I enjoy and recommend SSSP, I don't think I'll have the same relationship with it.

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Aug 4, 2014

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7 / 10.0 - Sniper Elite III
Jul 10, 2014

Without a strong setting, characters, or story to hold it all together, Sniper Elite 3 lives and dies on its gameplay mechanics.

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10 / 10.0 - Shovel Knight
Jun 26, 2014

Maybe you missed the great games of the 8-bit era, or maybe you're a parent who wants to subject your children to the punishment of Castlevania, Battletoads, and Mega Man that you went through. For you, I think Shovel Knight goes beyond being a polished, fun, challenging experience. It's a curation of gaming history in a package that's palatable to today's audience.

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