Edwin Evans-Thirlwell


152 games reviewed
71.5 average score
75 median score
54.5% of games recommended
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Jan 10, 2024

An immense, clever and often fascinating deep dive into the Warhammer 40K world that has its fair share of obfuscation, filler and inelegance.

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Unscored - Starfield
Aug 31, 2023

A short, sparky and colourful 2D PICO-8 blaster about a space captain fighting fascist robots.

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Unscored - Fort Solis
Aug 22, 2023

A short-lived yet slowburn sci-fi drama about two engineers exploring a spooky, beautifully designed Martian base that's let down by a general lack of inspiration and especially, a dissatisfying plot.

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Aug 16, 2023

A splendid, engrossing blend of visual novel and card creation game, where the cards you create are the means of navigating dialogue and pursuing a story about outcast witches, their griefs, lusts and more destructive tendencies.

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Jul 18, 2023

It's a sight for saur eyes, but not quite enough to make Exoprimal essential. There's real cleverness to the PvPvE balance, and to how Leviathan modifies that one, core mode as the game unfolds, but after 15 hours, it still feels like an exercise in reshuffling well-worn pieces. I don't think it earns that blockbuster price tag. As a subscription game, though, Exoprimal is dino-mite.

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Jul 10, 2023

A beautifully written and illustrated tale of young people trying to change their world, which comes alive on replay.

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Jun 21, 2023

A smart combat system straining under the weight of a characterful but ponderous pseudo-medieval soap opera, with some of the grandest bosses and dullest sidequests in FF history.

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Jun 19, 2023

Aliens: Dark Descent is an occasionally wayward but on the whole, inspired movie adaptation, and a suspenseful real-time tactics game.

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A terrific Breath of the Wild follow-up with some brilliant new systems, amazing views and more dungeon-type spaces, plus a slightly deadening emphasis on gathering resources.

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Recommended - Darkest Dungeon II
May 8, 2023

A copious and often brilliant, if not quite unmissable reworking of a powerfully grim fantasy.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Dead Island 2
Apr 18, 2023

A straightforwardly accomplished zombie action-RPG that doesn't quite make the most of its Californian setting.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Dredge
Mar 23, 2023

Blending fishing with Gothic horror and Lovecraft is a fine hook, but Dredge is too defined by simple loot-and-upgrade rhythms to reel you in.

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Mar 23, 2023

This brief, raw and unsettling reimagining of a celebrated environmentalist's campaign against pesticides presents a sickly vision of nature contaminated by humans

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No Recommendation / Blank - Wanted: Dead
Feb 14, 2023

All the confusing yet irresistible energy of early-noughties double-A gaming, marred by awful writing and a core gimmick that doesn't ignite.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Dead Space (Remake)
Jan 26, 2023

While a fine piece of craft and a sumptuous reworking of the setting, EA Motive's Dead Space remake sheds a little of the 2008 game's enchantment.

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Jan 12, 2023

Oppressive lo-fi visuals and brutalist architecture somehow create a game of laidback curiosity and exploration

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Avoid - High on Life
Dec 12, 2022

A miserable cocktail of ideas from other action-platformers and the worst parts of Rick and Morty.

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Dec 6, 2022

A graphical overhaul offers a gentler way of playing this vast, strange strategy game of staggering intricacy

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Recommended - Tactics Ogre: Reborn
Nov 10, 2022

An exhaustive reworking of a foundational dark fantasy epic, with some quietly radical new ideas.

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Oct 20, 2022

The latest DC adaptation struggles to craft something spectacular from its ensemble cast and role-playing action

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