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Hayden Dingman


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175 games reviewed
72.7 average score
70 median score
43.4% of games recommended

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Hayden Dingman

Dinosaur-soldiers, character customization, and strong storytelling help Age of Wonders: Planetfall get over the early-game onboarding hurdles and micromanagement woes.

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Hayden Dingman
May 28, 2019

Layers of Fear 2 doesn't have many scares to offer, but visual panache and a multitude of classic film homages make for an extraordinary journey—for the right person.

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Hayden Dingman
May 21, 2019

Observation is grander than Stories Untold, more ambitious by half, but equally fascinating and inventive.

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Hayden Dingman
May 2, 2019

Yakuza Kiwami 2's soap opera story doesn't have quite the same impact as its predecessors, but a much-needed engine upgrade catapults the series into the modern era and makes for a much smoother experience.

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Hayden Dingman
Apr 25, 2019

Suffice it to say, Mortal Kombat 11 is excellent if you’re in it for the story, and a solid fighting game underneath as well, but the experience is marred by rough edges. Given the state of NetherRealm’s last few games on PC, I’m not sure we could’ve expected much more. If anything, this is an improvement.

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Hayden Dingman
Apr 17, 2019

Heaven's Vault is rough around the edges, but its sense of discovery and self-fulfillment are unparalleled thanks to its commitment to player agency and its unique language-translation mechanic.

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Hayden Dingman
Apr 15, 2019

Anno 1800 brings its hybrid of city-building, trade, and diplomacy to the Industrial Revolution with a show of technical brilliance, but it's hindered by a cumbersome interface and other quality-of-life issues.

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Hayden Dingman
Mar 6, 2019

Devil May Cry 5 is a game that delights in setting the bar high up front and then continually one-upping itself with ever-more-ludicrous cutscenes and some of the most stylish combat in the business.

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Hayden Dingman

I love when something like Return of the Obra Dinn comes along and reminds me, even briefly, how many ideas are still unexplored.

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Hayden Dingman
Unscored - Just Cause 4
Dec 3, 2018

I plan to chip away at Just Cause 4 over the next week or two and hopefully write a definitive review at some point. Between the technical issues, the drab story, and the baffling mission structure though I’m feeling pretty disappointed so far.

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Hayden Dingman
Nov 3, 2018

Call of Cthulhu should be a great horror-detective game, but lackluster mechanics and a heavy-handed story undermine its stronger points.

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Hayden Dingman
Oct 13, 2018

Overall it's a pretty great year for Call of Duty, even if it feels like the once-dominant shooter series is now playing catch-up to an industry that left it behind. That may be the case, but Treyarch did a damn fine job catching up at least.

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Hayden Dingman

The Final Season managed to surprise me multiple times already, and if anyone deserves a satisfying finale it's Clementine. Six years of build-up desperately need some sort of catharsis, even if it's a tearjerker.

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Hayden Dingman
Mar 26, 2018

Far Cry 5 offers a fun, vivid take on rural Americana, but doesn't dig into the questions its setting raises.

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Hayden Dingman
Mar 17, 2018

Surviving Mars has a lot of interface annoyances and other small issues, but its blend of optimism and dread makes a compelling foundation for a city/colony builder.

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Hayden Dingman
Mar 13, 2018

Q.U.B.E. 2 is a better physics puzzler than its predecessor, grander in scope, but without the same novelty the genre once enjoyed.

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Hayden Dingman

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine's slow pace may grate on some, but those who can acclimatize are in for a fascinating deconstruction of America, as seen through the myths, folklore, and scraps of history we tell each other.

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Hayden Dingman

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition might always live in the shadow of its younger sibling, but Forgotten Empires has crafted a gorgeous update for diehard fans of the original or simply fans of ancient history. Wololo.

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Hayden Dingman
Feb 13, 2018

For now, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is decidedly niche, and all the better for it.

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Hayden Dingman
Feb 3, 2018

Celeste is the best precision platformer in years, but it's also a game about the figurative mountains we all struggle with, and that's what makes it truly special.

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