Carl Batchelor


33 games reviewed
80.8 average score
85 median score
63.6% of games recommended
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Oct 9, 2018

What's so sad about Pathfinder: Kingmaker is that the combat, spells, classes, and actual gameplay are all so solid, but everything else is mired in poor planning and design.

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Sep 26, 2018

Kudos to Nippon Ichi Software for finding a way to slay the six-headed hydra and make dungeon crawlers great again.

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With its modern accoutrements, slick design, heartfelt storyline, lovable party members, long (100+ hours) quest, and ridiculously impressive character animations, I can't imagine anyone who loves JRPGs not completely adoring this game to the point of mental illness.

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9 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Jul 17, 2018

Octopath Traveler is all about taking the very best facets of every classic JRPG and combining it with newer features such as open world gameplay and non-linearity to create an extremely addicting and well built throwback RPG that fans both young and old will find hard to resist. Most of all, however, is the fact that the game feels like those who developed it truly love the genre and this is their love letter to it and its fans.

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May 10, 2018

Pillars of Eternity 2 is an excellent CRPG that improves upon the original in every single aspect, as well as creating the best naval combat minigame in the history of gaming. Combine that with the huge world, 100 hour quest, supreme non-linearity, and immense replay value afforded by the deep character creation and you have the one game you shouldn't be allowed to miss this year.

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Apr 25, 2018

For me, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet was a great game that scratched that same "I want to blow things up and gain power" itch that Borderlands and PSO did for me, and while I wouldn't want anyone to pay full price for such a game, I'd highly recommend it to bored ARPG fans that catch it on sale and need something to get them through a lean gaming period.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Secret of Mana HD
Mar 29, 2018

Essentially just a new coat of paint, a rookie soundtrack remastering, and a few voice actors.

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Dec 23, 2017

Any fan of the original Xenoblade will find very little to turn them off from this sequel, and to be honest, most JRPG fans in general will walk away with at least a few good memories by the time the credits roll.

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Dec 22, 2017

Sure, it mainly relies on nostalgia – which may make people who never played the original a bit harder to win over – but the sheer amount of content available on disc and the intriguing story that ties it all together does an admirable job of making up for its lack of modern features.

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9 / 10.0 - ELEX
Nov 16, 2017

I still consider Elex one of the best CRPGs of this decade

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