Chris Tapsell


48 games reviewed
72.0 average score
79 median score
62.5% of games recommended
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3.8 / 10.0 - Godzilla
Jul 17, 2015

Dated and out-of-place

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Aug 11, 2015

Fit for the red carpet.

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Nov 14, 2015

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the most extensive Call of Duty game ever made, but not without its flaws. Dour storytelling and purely incremental changes to multiplayer prevent it from reaching the legendary status of its predecessors.

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Nov 21, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront is remarkably beautiful. So much so that I genuinely believe it is the best realisation of the Star Wars universe we have ever seen in a video game. But it also feels empty. Simple, stripped back shooting is great in a game with tons of ways to play, but when it's confined to what feels like only two fully-fledged game modes, and the metagame is taken back to bare bones too, it begins to make you wonder if there's actually much there at all.

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Dec 10, 2015

Ubisoft Montreal could have made a bold, brave statement as to what a hardcore, competitive multiplayer shooter should be all about. For all the joy of its exceptional gameplay, Rainbow Six Siege is suppressed by a lack of commitment to what makes it great.

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Nov 15, 2016

Tearing up the rulebook but bringing back the fun, Pok'mon Sun and Moon make for the best generation in more than a decade.

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Apr 28, 2017

Dawn of War finally returns with a fascinating, if imperfect, twist on the modern RTS.

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Nov 17, 2017

Pok'mon returns for a 3DS victory lap in this generous, definitive retelling of the Alolan story.

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Messy, boisterous, chaotic - Civilization 6: Rise and Fall is the antidote to the Enlightenment.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Football Manager 2019
Oct 30, 2018

Quality of life tweaks and vast depth can't overcome Football Manager 2019's uncharacteristically clumsy, all-consuming training rework.

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Recommended - Pokémon: Let's Go
Nov 13, 2018

Pok'mon's Switch debut deftly toes the line between returning fans and all-new ones, with a few small wobbles along the way.

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No Recommendation / Blank - At the Gates
Jan 25, 2019

The former Civ 5 director's long-running passion project is filled with nice ideas, but they never threaten to pull together.

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May 16, 2019

Ambitious and sometimes overwhelming, Three Kingdoms does a great job of capturing the complexity of China's vivid past.

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Jun 21, 2019

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a gold-standard remaster, capturing the loveably janky, off-brand spirit of classic CTR - and then some.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Age of Wonders: Planetfall
Aug 7, 2019

Competent strategy pastes flat-footed, surface-level sci-fi over a genre that lives and dies by its nuance.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Pokemon Sword and Shield
Nov 13, 2019

Pok'mon Sword and Shield add some brilliant new creatures, but like their gargantuan Dynamax forms, the games feel like a hollow projection.

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No Recommendation / Blank - The Flower Collectors
Apr 21, 2020

A likeable indie with cracking source material and a special setting, The Flower Collectors is just missing the magic of detail.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Predator: Hunting Grounds
Apr 28, 2020

A predictably grim spin on a legendary action license that really deserves better, Predator: Hunting Grounds is unworthy prey.

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Jun 22, 2020

Pok'mon's first ever expansion offers sunny vibes and another, more open world, but is still lacking the substance to do much with it.

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Recommended - Valorant
Jun 29, 2020

Riot Games delivers a masterclass in competitive integrity, soulless precision and zealous, life-consuming obsession.

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