Samantha Nelson


19 games reviewed
80.0 average score
80 median score
25.0% of games recommended

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The Escapist
Samantha Nelson
Dec 14, 2018

While driven by nostalgia, the visuals make it feel new.

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The Escapist
Samantha Nelson

In World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth the pending apocalypse may not be canceled, but it's temporarily tabled

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Sep 13, 2016

If can it continue to learn from its mistakes and embrace the things that made the game great, this expansion will keep players fighting until the Burning Legion has been defeated for good.

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Samantha Nelson
Unscored - I Am Setsuna
Aug 3, 2016

I Am Setsuna is the perfect antidote for our hot and angry summer

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson

fanatics might forgive its sins, but Integrity And Faithlessness doesn’t offer much to anyone else.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Apr 13, 2016

By piling complexity on atop the simplicity of a tried-and-true formula, Square Enix has produced a worthy successor to Bravely Default. I'm sure the developers are already thinking about what it would mean to "Bravely Third" in battle.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Feb 22, 2016

Fire Emblem Fates has all the plot elements you'd expect from an entry in Nintendo's fantasy warfare series. There's a chosen one, a war between two kingdoms that represent the light and dark, magic swords, prophecies, and dragons. But at the core is the profound dilemma of nature versus nurture: Will you define yourself by your biological family or the one that raised you?

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Feb 22, 2016

Fire Emblem Fates has all the plot elements you'd expect from an entry in Nintendo's fantasy warfare series. There's a chosen one, a war between two kingdoms that represent the light and dark, magic swords, prophecies, and dragons. But at the core is the profound dilemma of nature versus nurture: Will you define yourself by your biological family or the one that raised you?

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Jan 21, 2016

The Deadly Tower Of Monsters has all the manic glee of a B-movie marathon

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Dec 8, 2015

A good trilogy is a hard thing to pull off. Far more common than success stories like Return Of The King are third installments like The Dark Knight Rises or The Godfather Part III, where the series ends with a fizzle rather than a bang. Legacy Of The Void rises to this trilogy-concluding challenge. It closes the door on a story that started 17 years ago but opens new ones of its own with a multiplayer mode that has the promise to live on for years to come.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Nov 10, 2015

The developers have already shown they're willing to listen to player complaints and have rolled out some fixes and announced a steady stream of new content, including plots that sync with recently released D&D campaigns. D&D has evolved and improved significantly since it was first released, and it's possible that Sword Coast Legends will, too, if players are willing to stick around after its rough launch. I'm hopeful the game will because it's probably going to be a while before Wizards is willing to lend its tools to anyone else.

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Samantha Nelson
Unscored - Lost Dimension
Jul 29, 2015

Lost Dimension livens up its plodding action with high-stakes traitor hunts

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Unscored - Massive Chalice
Jun 9, 2015

There's bound to be some disconnect with the mortal world when you live forever, but I could have used a reminder why this war is worth spending 300 years to win.

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Samantha Nelson
Mar 18, 2015

Frustrating fights spoil the wacky premise of Nintendo's Code Name S.T.E.A.M.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Jan 27, 2015

Eden Industries leaned on excessive fights the way movie writers too often lean on their own tired tropes, and the result leaves us waiting on the punchlines for too long.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson

Ten years after its launch, Blizzard wants to reassure potential adventurers that they don't have to have been a part of World Of Warcraft's past to join the fight to save its future.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Nov 25, 2014

Persona Q combines fan service and brutal dungeons for a delightful crossover

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Samantha Nelson
Unscored - The Sims 4
Sep 18, 2014

Once I settled into The Sims 4, I discovered that I didn't want to go back to The Sims 3. This is definitely an upgrade, but with the small towns, loading screens, and all the missing content, it doesn't feel quite finished—it's like moving into a fixer-upper. After a bit of construction you might actually have your perfect house, but it's going to take some time and will likely be quite expensive.

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The A.V. Club
Samantha Nelson
Apr 16, 2014

Yes, plenty of compromises were made to create this hybrid of a traditional Elder Scrolls game and a traditional MMO. Those compromises will leave purists on both sides disappointed, but this is an ambitious and exciting epic that promises to only grow with time. It's a sandbox worth sharing, provided everyone is willing to play nicely with others and Bethesda keeps it clean.

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