Chris Tapsell


45 games reviewed
72.0 average score
79 median score
62.2% of games recommended
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Essential - Rollerdrome
Aug 16, 2022

Roll7 blends genres with total mastery in Rollerdrome, one of the most breathlessly stylish and casually, outrageously cool games you'll ever play.

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Jun 22, 2022

That, above all, is the reason to play Milky Way Prince, and the reason why it exists. Games of this subject matter can at times feel like a kind of development-as-therapy, where the creator exorcises a daemon through the retelling of a personal trauma. That can be an almighty powerful experience; it can also, on occasion, feel a little crass. Milky Way Prince moves somewhere beyond that, to a place where it can resonate with, and ideally also challenge its audience. But subject matter aside, you should play this for the same reason you might watch the early, uneven short-features of great directors, or read the first scrappy, hundred-page novels of a favourite author: to experience a prodigal talent, just as they begin to discover what they can do.

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Recommended - Citizen Sleeper
May 5, 2022

There is real anguish and intimacy here, real experience, real softness, pensiveness, complexity of thought, from the deeply clever, immaculately balanced systems to its extraordinarily well-realised art, static drawings of those characters that each feel like a glossy, coffee table magazine cover of their own, such is the incredible texture, colour, posture, pain behind the eyes. Citizen Sleeper is speaking to you, but in this case I really recommend you simply listen - not least because there's depth to be found in your own silence, and because the things it does have to say are absolutely worth hearing.

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Recommended - NORCO
Mar 30, 2022

Norco is a beautiful, surprising, human, and utterly magnetic debut.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
Mar 23, 2022

Despite an endearing commitment to its relentlessly positive tone, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands almost feels designed by a dice roll.

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Feb 14, 2022

Warhammer 3 is Creative Assembly's most maximalist, chaotic, and arguably best game to date. But it'll ask a lot of you in return.

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Jan 26, 2022

Inspired as much by Pok'mon Go as it is Breath of the Wild, Pok'mon Legends: Arceus is flimsy and compulsive - and exhilaratingly new.

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Recommended - Age of Empires IV
Dec 17, 2021

History repeats itself with a joyful, educational flourish in Age of Empires 4, a game of sweet simplicity and bottomless depth.

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Recommended - Halo Infinite
Dec 8, 2021

Halo Infinite's multiplayer sees the series emerge from its decade-long existential crisis as something radically familiar.

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Nov 19, 2021

The original Pok'mon Diamond and Pearl were strange, uneven games. The remakes file them down to something still enjoyable, but textureless.

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Recommended - Football Manager 2022
Nov 4, 2021

Football Manager 2022 ramps up the emphasis on the modernness of today's game. It's the most accurate, most joyfully compulsive entry yet.

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Recommended - Back 4 Blood
Oct 26, 2021

Back 4 Blood is a strange mix of old and new, but it works. The result is a delightfully scrappy hang-out shooter.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Humankind
Aug 18, 2021

Amplitude's big play for the historical grand strategy crown is ambitious and considered, but it's missing a little magic.

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Essential - Death's Door
Jul 30, 2021

Beautiful, rhythmic, inventive and funny, Titan Souls developer Acid Nerve has delivered one of the best Zelda-likes in some time.

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Jun 8, 2021

With Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Sony's charmers-in-chief deliver another lesson in laid-back, unpretentious fun.

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Recommended - Returnal
Apr 29, 2021

In Returnal, Housemarque builds a game on both euphoric highs and confounding lows.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Maquette
Mar 3, 2021

Superliminal meets The Unfinished Swan in an admirable debut effort from Grateful Decay, that's best when it sticks to the ingenous premise.

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Recommended - Disjunction
Jan 28, 2021

An eerie, hypnotic sleuther - and a cracking first effort from a miniature team.

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Recommended - Cyberpunk 2077
Dec 10, 2020

Exceptional characters, heartfelt storytelling and enjoyable action threaten to be engulfed by endless bugs and hasty, uneven design.

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Recommended - Football Manager 2021
Nov 24, 2020

New tricks will make the headlines, but Sports Interactive's best move is to breathe new life into the brilliance that's already there.

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