Rich Stanton


43 games reviewed
78.9 average score
80 median score
63.3% of games recommended
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Jun 29, 2022

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is more of the same for Rise fans, which is great, but the lack of truly 'new' stuff is disappointing.

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Jan 10, 2022

Monster Hunter: Rise is arguably the greatest entry in Capcom's flagship series, and a game that simply never stops giving.

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Jun 1, 2018

The action roleplaying game makes a masterful return to Lordran

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May 21, 2018

This zombie survival game tries hard to stand out from the flesh-hungry crowd, but glitches will leave players groaning

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Nov 6, 2017

Activision's blockbuster shooter goes back to its roots, and offers a solid if unsurprising experience, but the three elements within feel like wildly different games

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Capcom’s brilliant Nintendo DS series about hunting fearsome creatures just got even better – but it still might not be for everyone

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Unscored - Mighty No. 9
Jun 27, 2016

Mighty No. 9 is the best Mega Man game I've played in years, but all of the problems it has come from that too. Whether the gaming scene of 2016 needs a modern Mega Man is a more ambiguous question, perhaps answered by the old adage: be careful what you wish for.

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Faith is restored to a visually striking world she deserves in the return of the first-person parkour title – but, as with the original, niggles stop it achieving greatness

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Jun 1, 2016

Platinum Games and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles might be a dream pairing, but a co-op focus makes for a game that's strangely compromised.

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Essential - Dark Souls III
Apr 4, 2016

Dark Souls 3 sees the return of the king in a spectacular conclusion to From Software's trilogy.

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Feb 5, 2016

A brilliant concept coupled with smart design choices results in a hugely rewarding game that over-delivers in almost every area

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No Recommendation / Blank - The Westport Independent
Feb 2, 2016

The Westport Independent is a great concept that has its moments, but is ultimately too slight to deliver.

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Jan 27, 2016

Darkest Dungeon is something fresh in one of gaming's most overdone genres, and the stress system is a winner – a particular delight being how a long-lived character will accumulate various mental scars.

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Jan 18, 2016

This autobiographical game explores the death of a boy and shows the possibilities of the medium of video games

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With its taut, tense action and destructible environments, Siege is the best Rainbow Six for years – if only Ubisoft would rethink its business model

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Nov 23, 2015

Generous, artful and brutally hard, The Old Hunters is the perfect send-off for a modern masterpiece.

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Nov 10, 2015

Bethesda has a reputation for two things: stunningly realised worlds and frustrating technical issues. In both cases, the latest Fallout does not disappoint

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Hideo Kojima's farewell to Metal Gear Solid is a dream: the best ever stealth game, and the high point of a remarkable series.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Devil's Third
Aug 26, 2015

Devil's Third is caught between genres it never quite brings together, and despite fun multiplayer never gets over its shaky foundations.

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Jul 30, 2015

Everything adds up to a game with good ideas that is sorely lacking in refinement – the punitive flaws of The Swindle's meta-structure and procedural generation could have been ameliorated with minor tweaks. This feels 80% of the way to a great game, but that missing 20% soon comes to dominate the rest.

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