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Richard Scott-Jones


Favorite Games:
  • Dark Souls
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
  • Total War: Warhammer

18 games reviewed
80.5 average score
80 median score
64.7% of games recommended

Richard Scott-Jones's Reviews

Raised on '90s PC games, with occasional dips into console. Likes shooters, strategy games, and RPGs. Currently news editor at PCGamesN.
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Richard Scott-Jones
Unscored - Anthem
Feb 15, 2019

I’ve only played those splendid 30 minutes, thanks to the size of the download, a tight embargo, and some server histrionics. I’m nowhere near a final verdict – I’ll get there as soon as I can, of course – but it’s already impressive just how engaging Anthem has been, and in how many ways. That glimmer has become a gleam.

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Richard Scott-Jones

The new World Congress and climate change mirror real-life in that they're partly beyond your control, making them hard to factor into your schemes. The new civs are among the best and most novel in the game, though.

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Creative Assembly's art team has outdone itself, building a visual treat that drips with detail. However, Curse of the Vampire Coast's sheen is let down by a one-note campaign.

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Richard Scott-Jones
Sep 13, 2018

With a darker, more nuanced story, loads of activities, and clever tweaks to its core systems, Forsaken vastly improves the quality, quantity, and structure of content in Destiny 2. It could still peter out if the raid is bad or the DLC is as poor as last year's, but as of now, Destiny is fun again.

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is still lumbered with some of the quirks of its '90s origins. This is understandable - it is a remaster, not a remake - but those quirks do cause some friction. Beneath them, though, the underlying gameplay remains as solid as a fully upgraded phalanx.

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A hefty chunk of DLC that adds what is arguably Total War's most inventive race yet, along with four different ways to play them.

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7 / 10 - Destiny 2
Oct 25, 2017

Aesthetic brilliance and great gunplay can't wholly save Destiny 2's campaign from trivial difficulty, repetitive action, and a go-nowhere plot. Its best content in the mid-game and beyond is betrayed by a reward economy that nudges you instead toward a vacuous treadmill made of public events, and which truncates the endgame.

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Richard Scott-Jones
Sep 26, 2017

This is a rich and thoughtful strategy game that is a joy to engage with at practically every level, and a new high-water mark of ambition and quality for Creative Assembly.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Total War: Warhammer
Jun 8, 2016

Total War's mechanics and the Warhammer setting complement one another beautifully, and Creative Assembly has mostly nailed the execution. Total War: Warhammer is the best representation of the Warhammer universe there has ever been in a video game, and the best entry in the Total War series for some time.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Doom
May 25, 2016

Beautiful to look at, thrilling to play and infused with the gleefully anarchic spirit of the original, *Doom* offers the best and most refreshing shooter campaign in years. This alone would justify the price tag, but abundant secrets and potentially endless content via SnapMap add further longevity. *Doom* is back.

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8.5 / 10.0 - The Banner Saga 2
Apr 24, 2016

The second episode in The Banner Saga retains the gorgeous artwork, strong characters and agonising choices that made the original a success, while adding depth, variety and clarity to the combat.

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9.1 / 10.0 - Dark Souls III
Apr 4, 2016

Every element of Dark Souls III reinforces the others, from the broad, contiguous sweep of its stunning yet desolate world to the tiniest, menacing croak of a waiting basilisk. This triumphant summation of the series to date sets a new standard for action-RPG gameplay, and is a landmark achievement in game design.

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Richard Scott-Jones
Feb 25, 2016

Garden Warfare 2 looks great, boasts a huge roster of inventive characters and contributes much to the social shooter genre. Single-player and PvE content is lacking, however, and this exacerbates the already glacial pace of progression.

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7.4 / 10.0 - SUPERHOT
Feb 25, 2016

Superhot is a groundbreaking idea wrapped in a slick, minimalist aesthetic. Though its gameplay offers little variety, it is fun and truly unique, and comes at a fair price.

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8.8 / 10.0 - XCOM 2
Feb 8, 2016

An incremental rather than radical improvement, but no less an achievement for that, XCOM 2 irons out flaws you didn't even realise existed in Enemy Unknown. The consequence is one of the best strategy games in years.

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Richard Scott-Jones
Nov 28, 2015

I had far more fun with Legacy of the Void than I was expecting to. The campaign is excellent, and even as a newcomer, transitioning from the single-player to dabbling in multiplayer was surprisingly smooth. RTS fans past and present should take this opportunity to return to StarCraft, or - even better - join the action for the first time.

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A mostly successful step out of Civilization V's shadow, Rising Tide is a fine strategy game that only suffers in comparison to its truly great predecessors.

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7.1 / 10.0 - Blood Bowl II
Sep 22, 2015

A strong strategy game tarred by its unfinished feel and the influence of luck, but fans of the setting will be able to overlook its flaws

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