Rich Stanton


43 games reviewed
78.9 average score
80 median score
63.3% of games recommended
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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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Feb 26, 2014

Lords of Shadow 2 is a shocking misfire.

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Jul 7, 2015

When playing DMC4: SE you can see how certain parts of the design had grown archaic.

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Jan 31, 2014

This type of call-and-response has always been the lifeblood of card games but Hearthstone's position as one of the first potentially mass-market CCGs with an excellent online infrastructure makes things exciting. As for the 'free-to-play' tag, this is one of the few games that will make Western players love the business model. It's as simple as that.

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Nov 13, 2014

I said Valkyria Chronicles wasn't just a brilliant game, but a brilliant Sega game. There's an element of wishful thinking to that, but for me Sega has always been one of those developers that occasionally touches perfection – and with unexpected, original games. The mechanics Valkyria Chronicles uses are potentially dissonant, but the game is a unified whole as well as a work of real craftsmanship.

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Apr 28, 2015

We may have to wait for the revolution, but Blackrock Mountain is business as usual for Hearthstone. And business is good.

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Unscored - Chroma Squad
May 15, 2015

Chroma Squad is a decent game but, far more importantly, it is a little time capsule, a big tribute, and a perfect period piece for big kids.

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Mar 28, 2014

Despite Loot 2.0 and Adventure mode and the Crusader, Reaper of Souls doesn't quite reinvent Diablo 3 and the reason is simple. The core concept underpinning this experience, fun as it is in passing, makes for a game that plateaus quickly. Diablo 3's central problem is that it lacks long-term appeal and, despite Reaper of Souls having the best of intentions, it seems some things just can't be fixed.

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Unscored - Strider
Feb 25, 2014

Strider's not really the kind of game the cognoscenti get excited about. It won't be winning any awards or the subject of a load of thinkpieces, and that's because it's nothing more than a simple design executed near-flawlessly. It's limited in the same sense that a cat is limited by not being a dog. Strider is a great game and it gets me totally pumped; it looks incredible, sounds amazing, and is tonnes of fun. If I ruled the world this would be on billboards, and they would say very simply: STRIDER'S BACK.

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Dec 17, 2014

[I]f you like games about getting better, where you're mastering deep systems and having your skills progressively tested, then Ground Zeroes is the best 50-hour demo you'll ever play.

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Oct 27, 2014

There is apparently a 5GB patch incoming for Lords of the Fallen, which may make a difference, but at this point I'd advise steering well clear unless you're rocking an absolutely monster rig. Even then, is it worth it? From the not-inconsiderable amount I've played of LotF it feels like a game that lacks the finesse and precision of its inspiration, lacking any kind of multiplayer element and offering only a Diablo-esque quantity of loot to keep you coming back. Presuming that the game is patched to a workable state RPS will return to take another look in a week or so's time – but until then, you'd be better-served replaying the Souls games.

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Dec 2, 2014

With that said, don't take away too negative an impression of GW3:D. Though what it adds doesn't do much for me, what it brings from GW2 is simply brilliant, looks better than ever, and has never been on PC before – and everyone should try Pacifism mode at least once in their life. Parts of GW3:D are wonderful. But the most telling thing is that they're all contained in 2D rectangles.

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Apr 24, 2015

The Assignment and The Consequence are dark, they're frightening, they get the blood pumping, and there's nothing else quite like them around. You'll know when you've been Tango'd.

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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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No Recommendation / Blank - Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy+
Dec 15, 2011

Plane crazy.

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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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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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No Recommendation / Blank - Not a Hero
May 13, 2015

Not a Hero isn't perfect, but it does enough to confirm that Roll7 is a developer to watch. This is a game where the design principles shine through in every second of the action, foregrounded by a winning combination of clever visual tricks and slick production values. At times everything comes together and this is a delicious, feedback-heavy and flowing system - at others you'll be chewing the analogue stick in anger. Bunnylord, in other words, is a candidate with flaws. But still worth your support.

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Mar 19, 2015

Revelations 2 is a great spin-off title, and manages the uncommon balancing act of making series fans happy while offering something new.

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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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