Calum Marsh


16 games reviewed
55.2 average score
50 median score
23.1% of games recommended

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GameSpot
Calum Marsh

ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove is an endearing throwback whose charms and frustrations both feel unmistakably like products of 1991.

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GameSpot
Calum Marsh
2 / 10 - The Quiet Man
Nov 6, 2018

The Quiet Man is an almost completely silent beat-em-up that combines badly staged live-action drama with a clunky, broken combat system.

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IGN
Calum Marsh
Sep 25, 2018

The first episode of Dontnod's Life is Strange 2 promises a bigger, more complex story than told by its predecessor, charting a cross-country road trip across Donald Trump's America. Though its social criticisms feel broad and rather clumsy so far, its core story of brotherhood and fraternity between two believable characters is already enormously touching. Like the original, Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 makes time for small details and quiet moments, and when it does it's capable of a beauty we rarely see in video games.

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IGN
Calum Marsh
4 / 10.0 - City of Brass
May 9, 2018

There's no doubt that City of Brass is meant to be punishing. But between its ungainly controls, its inability to stave off a sense of tedious repetition, and spirit-breaking lack of progression, it feels far less fair and more painful than its rogue-lite brethren. Its superficial use of the Arabian Nights folklore, combined with its monotonous design and reliance on exotic cliche, make it as uninteresting to experience as it is excruciating to endure.

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IGN
Calum Marsh
May 5, 2018

Intuitive, authentic, and surprisingly realistic, Killing Floor: Incursion emphasizes the physical dimension of its virtual world, delighting in the tactile qualities of VR and making the most every little object. Whether you're staring down the scope of a remarkably believable sniper rifle or clobbering enemies with the dismembered arm of one of their own fallen comrades, you never fail to have a clear, satisfying sense of how every item, weapon or body part feels.

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IGN
Calum Marsh
Apr 11, 2018

Clumsy, superficial, and in many ways fundamentally broken, Crisis On the Planet of the Apes is an often infuriating VR game that plays like a bad arcade rail shooter from the early ‘90s. Far from reaching the artistic heights of the rebooted film series in whose world it takes place, it takes a silly, action-heavy approach to the material that doesn't respect your intelligence. It's perhaps the worst thing to happen to the Apes franchise since Mark Wahlberg saw the monkeyfied Lincoln Memorial.

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Kill Screen
Calum Marsh
Dec 3, 2015

More isn't bad just for its faults and repetitions. It's worse than that: Bloodborne was pure—and The Old Hunters dilutes it.

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Kill Screen
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"Polarized" is otherwise so linearly story-driven that the puzzle play of its dream sequence feels a little out of place.

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The A.V. Club
Calum Marsh
Unscored - Far Cry 4
Dec 2, 2014

Far Cry 4, for all the action it includes, for all the things it lets you do, proves woefully unengaged.

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Kill Screen
Calum Marsh
80 / 100 - LittleBigPlanet 3
Nov 18, 2014

Nevertheless, these new elements have been seamlessly integrated into the recognizable LittleBigPlanet foundation, and as a consequence never feel like the source of drastic change. What they offer instead is rejuvenation: a jolt of exhilaration—of imagination—from a series whose novelty had perhaps begun to wane.

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The A.V. Club
Calum Marsh
Nov 12, 2014

This sort of ridiculousness proves a good fit with Call Of Duty's metamorphosis. The removal of any meaningful ideology—however toxic it was when present—has diminished Call Of Duty to the level of pure fancy. It is, in other words, free to be silly.

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The A.V. Club
Calum Marsh
Unscored - Alien: Isolation
Oct 15, 2014

Is any of this scary? Often, yes, insofar as I remained terrified of being killed and forced to replay the 30 minutes since the last save point. Mostly, it's just annoying.

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Kill Screen
Calum Marsh
45 / 100 - Bound by Flame
May 12, 2014

So much of Bound by Flame induces boredom or irritation that it seemed the best recourse to seek out a style of play that facilitated, if not outright enjoyment, at least an absence of hostility. Well, better that an aggravating game permit you to play around its points of aggravation than to force you to suffer them in earnest. In the case of Bound by Flame, I merrily sheared away until nothing remained.

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Kill Screen
Calum Marsh
Mar 25, 2014

inFamous: Second Son shows what the PS4 is capable of, and nothing more

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62 / 100 - Strider
Feb 28, 2014

Austerity, in Strider, has many benefits. But it also amplifies flaws—and this one may be too much.

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Kill Screen
Calum Marsh
Feb 14, 2014

As an action-adventure game, Tomb Raider needs to have you spend eight to ten hours shooting people in the face. That the developer at least tries to address this dissonance in earnest is perhaps commendable—so few games strive to account for the expected incongruities that even the ambition distinguishes the effort. And yet their attempt makes their failure more pronounced.

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