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Ken McKown

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Favorite Games:
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mortal Kombat II
  • StarCraft

436 games reviewed
73.9 average score
75 median score
47.9% of games recommended
Scores 1.4 higher than average

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I started ZTGD almost 20 years ago with the idea of gamers sharing their opinion on current games. We continue that to this day and love to be able to do this just for the passion of playing games.
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9 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat 11
Apr 23, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 is a tale of two games- the one where everything just feels fantastic, the fighting, the story, the visuals. They combine to create one of the best fighting games ever crafted. Then there is the other side where grinding for all the cool stuff the game has is a real chore. I

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7 / 10.0 - Dangerous Driving
Apr 18, 2019

Dangerous Driving feels like the little engine that could. When it works, it is a fantastic experience. It felt like Burnout never left. The lack of music and compromised original consoles though really drags it down a notch. I wanted to love this game a lot more than I did, but as it stands it is an incredible throwback to the glory days of Burnout racing.

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6 / 10.0 - Xenon Racer
Apr 17, 2019

I felt like Xenon was love at first sight. My first 4-5 races were absolutely a blast. Then the warts start showing up and really ruined the experience.

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Ken McKown
Apr 11, 2019

One Piece: World Seeker is by far the best the series has been in game form. Combat feels good even if it is one note. The world is simply stunning to traverse through and the story and characters really carried me through to the end. I wish it was more fleshed out in terms of variety. One Piece continues to be a series I have an affinity for even without ever having experienced the anime, which means I will most likely be on-board for whatever comes next.

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Ken McKown
Apr 3, 2019

Bringing the game to Xbox comes with no real upgrades. Sure it supports 4K resolution, but it would have benefitted from HDR for sure. The colors in the world are so vibrant and varied. There is no additional content, but at least Xbox gamers can now discover this incredible title. Do not pass it up, do not sleep on this one, Stories is one of the best games I have played this generation, indie or not.

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Ken McKown
8 / 10.0 - Dirt Rally 2.0
Mar 26, 2019

DiRT Rally 2.0 nails everything it sets out to do.

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Ken McKown
9 / 10.0 - Devil May Cry 5
Mar 6, 2019

Devil May Cry 5 is a return to the series in its truest form. Capcom has been a massive hot streak lately and I cannot wait to see what they do next. I loved DmC and thought it was a solid reboot, but I feel like continuing the original series was the right move. The combat feels great, the game looks oustanding, and the nostalgia is strong with this one.

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Ken McKown
8 / 10.0 - Trials Rising
Mar 5, 2019

Trials Rising is a great package for a small price.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Crackdown 3
Feb 21, 2019

Crackdown 3 is exactly what I wanted. That is most glowing praise I can give it.

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9 / 10.0 - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Exodus is a proper entry in the series and should be experienced by everyone who enjoys it. I wish they had touched more on some of the earlier threads of the series, but this is still one of the most engrossing games I have ever played.

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Ken McKown
Feb 12, 2019

All this said though there is a decent romp buried (no pun intended) within the confines of this experience. Sure it isn’t going to go down in history as a great platformer, but I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting it.

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Ken McKown
4 / 10.0 - Gungrave VR
Feb 5, 2019

I was excited for the return of Gungrave. Especially since PlayStation VR had been so impressive for me recently diving into the technology. Sadly this experience is just not worth dropping the cash for. There are a ton of better VR experiences for Sony’s headset.

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Ken McKown
Jan 24, 2019

As far as Switch ports from the Wii U go, this is right up there with the best. Nintendo has done just enough to make it look and feel better than I remember on the Wii U.

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Ken McKown
Jan 16, 2019

It was neat to revisit these older games, but $60 for both without the option to purchase them separately feels a bit much. T

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Ken McKown
6.5 / 10.0 - Just Cause 4
Jan 9, 2019

I adored the second game, dealt with the third one, but this fourth entry just lost its appeal far too quickly. It might be time to rethink and restructure the series, or perhaps move on to a new idea.

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Ken McKown
Dec 19, 2018

World of Final Fantasy is a nice change of pace for the series’ formula, but it relies too much on simplistic tactics to be a standout. I love the two main characters and the ideas behind the combat, but the dungeons feel padded out and the combat is just not that interesting.

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Ken McKown
Nov 30, 2018

There is something magical about this trilogy. Sure Crash had more fanfare, but Spyro feels like a piece of history lost. Going back to these games was a pure joyful experience. Whether it was my fatigue of current titles or just that I crave colorful platformers, I cannot recommend this game enough. Even with its blemishes it was a title that I spent the most time smiling while playing.

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Ken McKown
7 / 10.0 - Darksiders III
Nov 29, 2018

Darksiders III is a game that fans like myself will enjoy. While not as polished as the first two entries it continues the story of the Horsemen respectfully.

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Ken McKown
Nov 20, 2018

SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is by far my favorite collection of classic titles. The fact that they are on Switch and available on-the-go is a major plus. Throw in the jump-in moments and watch mode on top of more free games down the road makes this a must-own for Switch owners.

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Ken McKown
Nov 14, 2018

While the formula has not changed much in these games, they are still fun if you enjoy the subject matter. Being a massive DC fan it is cool to see some weird and obscure villains in this ridiculous roster. LEGO DC Super Villains might feel like a game built on a template, but that doesn’t make it not fun. If you are not tired of the formula and love playing the bad guy, this title might be for you.

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