Matt Paprocki

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Favorite Games:
  • Contra III
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

49 games reviewed
64.3 average score
60 median score
34.7% of games recommended

Matt Paprocki's Reviews

Matt Paprocki has critiqued home media and video games for 20+ years across outlets like Variety, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Playboy, Polygon, and others. His passion project is the technically minded DoBlu.com.
Nov 29, 2015

Yo-Kai Watch's decidedly foreign lore doesn't trample an accessible series of lessons for children worldwide.

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Feb 2, 2015

A throwback to the early West and early video games, with all of the nonsensical adventure it needs to be pleasing.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Sniper Elite 4
Feb 18, 2017

With its inconsequential story and addiction to inane splatter kills, Rebellion's Sniper Elite 4 doesn't subvert expectations. It doesn't have to necessarily: The appeal of shooting digital Nazis may never stagnate, and increasing the scale of each stage means more Nazis to kill and an increased potential for strategy. But a bigger scope makes the inherent problems more visible.

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6.5 / 10.0 - NHL 18
Sep 13, 2017

Although EA Vancouver planned a three-year rejuvenation of their hockey series, NHL 18 seems like it's on the downside of generational sports games. While Threes adds some zest and significant features, that's the only notable addition to the game. When the introduction menu pops up and “What's New” offers only three choices (one being a tutorial), 2017 is not a good year. NHL 18 is (as always for this series) more than competent, but for the first time in a while, it's a “wait for next year” revision.

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6 / 10.0 - NHL 22
Oct 19, 2021

NHL 22's various arcade modes have their charms, but it's an uneven installment that puts the focus in the wrong places.

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6 / 10.0 - PGA Tour 2K23
Oct 14, 2022

There's not much to be excited about in PGA Tour 2K23, with poorly presented golfing on second-tier courses. It's fiercely accurate to the real sport but lacks personality and variety.

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Aug 22, 2022

Some fun improvements make this playable – yet Madden still features too much carryover. Not just from last year, but the last decade.

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Jun 20, 2022

Final Vendetta looks and sounds like a mountain of games that came before it but does nothing to separate itself from those same games.

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May 18, 2015

Project Cars is infatuated and enamored by cars, but only cars, not the modes or features to make them interesting.

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Feb 12, 2015

Evolve's premise is never capitalized on, although it's strong core is notably well done. However, appeal is low in long term appeal and high in gratuitous DLC.

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Nov 24, 2014

Adjustments and tweaks make for an improved basketball title, but one still desperate to play catch-up with 2K.

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Black Ops III tries something different, but it's wrong headed approach ruins otherwise strong context.

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Nov 2, 2015

Somewhere exists a thing which explains the basic tenants of Halo 5's story, but it's not Halo 5. Then, once vaunted multplayer is bogged down by microtransactions. For shame.

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Feb 11, 2022

KOF’s resistance to any grand story arc defies the pressure being applied by its rivals. Minimal solo options and routine online duels don’t reinvent anything either. This isn’t laziness on SNK’s part, however. It feels more like a focus on maintaining the design philosophy that the player base has loved all along: potent character design, instantly identifiable team play, and off-the-wall plotlines.

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Schrodinger's Cat is a bit of a bomb. Lively and exuberant about quantum theories as it can be, there is a lack of sustained momentum.

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May 3, 2015

Project Root is an enthusiastic first attempt at a top down, twin stick from developer OPQAM, but it is a game caught in a trap of its own design.

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Mar 24, 2015

Battlefield takes on the police state scenario embedded into modern politics and does nothing with it short of making itself appear restless.

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Feb 9, 2015

Stunningly unique but ultimately messy, Apotheon is enthralling Greek mythology caught in the grips of unfriendly combat.

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Nov 24, 2014

Revisited grapple systems, new physics, fake Twitter, and lots of DLC highlight another yearly WWE offering, now from 2K Sports

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Nov 21, 2014

UbiSoft Montreal's latest first-person open world shooter is crudely violent and frequently illogical, but it is beauty in motion when it's not killing things that move.

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