Chris Tapsell


48 games reviewed
72.0 average score
79 median score
62.5% of games recommended
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No Recommendation / Blank - FIFA 23
Sep 29, 2022

FIFA 23, like so many FIFAs before it, sums up the best and worst of football culture - a joyeous game in the vice-like grip of profiteers.

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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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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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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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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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Oct 30, 2020

Pok'mon Sword and Shield's final expansion is a fantastic, enticing endgame area that also shows just how great these games could have been.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Mafia: Definitive Edition
Sep 24, 2020

A mostly thorough remake of 2002's original, Mafia: Definitive Edition has its moments - but it struggles by the standards of today.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Ghost of Tsushima
Jul 14, 2020

Limited by a rote and rigid world, Sucker Punch's samurai homage pairs okay action with enjoyably committed, if awkwardly fawning melodrama.

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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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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 - Metal: Hellsinger
Sep 12, 2022

A lean and tightly-restrained mashup of more than just Rock Band and Doom, Metal: Hellsinger captures the earnest spirit of an underloved genre.

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Recommended - Immortality
Aug 30, 2022

Sam Barlow's epic mystery of self-reference and cinema is an elaborate, ingenious enigma - one that would be even better if it didn't want to be solved.

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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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