Steve Boxer


56 games reviewed
74.3 average score
80 median score
70.4% of games recommended
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Beautiful, fantastical and feelgood, this Studio Ghibli collaboration is a timely counterpoint to the idea that games are gun-centric, violent and nihilistic

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Oct 24, 2019

More than just Fallout in space, this action-RPG is a delightful sci-fi romp with razor-sharp writing, lashings of humour and enough content to entertain you for months

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Hailed as one of the greatest games ever, its remake is superbly reimagined without losing the distinctive quality of the original

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Sekiro is the fabulous culmination of From Software’s modus operandi, honed relentlessly since 2009. While it plays like its predecessors, it also feels different and fresh.

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9 / 10 - Immortality
Sep 2, 2022

Nothing less than a whole new genre of video game, that evolves the interactive movie into something that feels dynamic and excitingly different.

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Apr 7, 2020

Minimalist adventuring that's original, clever, and soothing – and a perfect example that gameplay and atmosphere is always more important than high-tech graphics.

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8 / 10 - PGA Tour 2K21
Aug 28, 2020

Technically impeccable and fantastic to behold, 2K's first PGA Tour game is already the best golf sim currently available.

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Aug 15, 2022

A clever management sim that pays homage to both the arcades of the 1990s and the exquisite drudgery of teenage jobs.

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Feb 2, 2015

What you do get, though, is a zombie scenario which is entirely plausible and believable and that, in itself, takes Dying Light to a higher plane, reaching toward the role-playing depth of State of Decay and the sheer nastiness of DayZ. Factor in the giant sandbox of a huge city, and the end result is a scarily immersive experience.

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Oct 15, 2014

The upshot is that The Evil Within will give survival horror purists a rare contemporary pleasure fix. But be warned: if you prize smooth, silky action above all else, it will drive you insane.

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However, despite its nods to the oldest first-person shooter of all, it does feel thoroughly honed and reasonably modern. It isn't the future of first-person shooters, but it does rank among the best single-player examples.

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Dec 1, 2013

There's no doubt that Killzone: Shadow Fall is far and away the best PlayStation 4 launch title. It feels fresh and innovative throughout – after playing it, we checked out Call of Duty: Ghosts on the PS4, which felt one-dimensional and strangely old-fashioned – looks stunning and through its beautifully fettled multiplayer side, offers infinite replay value. It towers above previous versions of Killzone in terms of quality and taking a much more interesting approach. All of which makes it the one must-buy exclusive in the PS4's launch line-up.

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Sep 18, 2014

Hyrule Warriors ought not to work – it smacks of Nintendo's desperation to get any sort of game out for its overlooked machine – but it will certainly delight the faithful fans, and manages to remain utterly true to the world of Zelda while offering really fresh-feeling gameplay. It's far from perfect, and won't win any awards, but has the attributes required to gain cult status in the years to come. If you have a Wii U, it's a must-buy.

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[I]t's a great game – exactly what we expect from Nintendo. But in a way, that's also its problem: anyone with a Wii U would be a fool not to buy it, but so few people have committed to the Wii U, and in order to rectify that, Nintendo needs to woo the unconverted with all-new gaming experiences. And the gaming experience that Tropical Freeze provides may be rich, enjoyable, challenging and frequently hilarious, but it isn't anything conspicuously new.

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If you like games that are so big you can immerse yourselves in them for months, The Master Chief Collection offers excellent value. It's an absolute monolith of a package, beautifully presented for the 21st century.

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Feb 26, 2016

Whether by accident, design or an emotive response to criticism of Far Cry 4, Ubisoft, via Primal, has given the franchise a huge new shot of vitality and freshness.

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Oct 6, 2016

A coherent single-player campaign and excellent online options bring this Xbox stalwart right back into the battle

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The traditional PES v Fifa rivalry is back – and Konami has produced its best football simulation since the glory days of PlayStation 2

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Nov 28, 2018

This technical tour de force throws you into realistic second world war battles – shame it felt only 70-80% finished at launch

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Aug 21, 2018

This year's official Formula One game is the closest yet to the real racing driver experience. You'll even need to brush up on your TV interview technique

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