Edwin Evans-Thirlwell


138 games reviewed
72.6 average score
78 median score
56.4% of games recommended
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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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No Recommendation / Blank - Overwatch 2
Oct 14, 2022

An aimless-feeling revamp of 2016's best multiplayer game, slightly coarsened by free-to-play grinding.

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Essential - Roadwarden
Sep 13, 2022

A beautifully structured, rich and thoughtful adventure with gentle but decisive RPG elements.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Dream Cycle
Aug 31, 2022

An exhilarating, fluid, incredibly broken mage-'em-up set in tortured procedural worlds.

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Recommended - Live A Live
Jul 21, 2022

While component tales and battles can be hit-and-miss, this elderly Squaresoft anthology is a wonderful testament to its genre's flexibility and range.

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Jun 2, 2022

An entertaining celebration of sleight of hand from the makers of Reigns

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A brutal but graceful and comprehensible mix of ideas from Warhammer, XCOM and Gears Tactics.

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Recommended - Kaiju Wars
Apr 27, 2022

Above all, though, Kaiju Wars has a wonderful feel for the cadence of a monster movie. It's always building towards those third-act reversals when your literally downtrodden cast of 16-bit expendables finally manages to break the creature's stride, your tanks ramming its ankles so that your experimental laser can rumble into firing range, in what feels exactly like the fruition of a desperate plan concocted in the back of a racing Humvee. What occasionally looks like a thin parody is, in fact, a labour of earnest affection for a species of story that, as with zombie movies, most nerds understand at the level of muscle memory. Forget sinister illuminati-style organisations - the kaijus' most fanatical adherents are surely the developers themselves.

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A serviceable restoration of one of the best and strangest games in Squaresoft's back catalogue.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Weird West
Mar 31, 2022

A bold, atmospheric yet dissatisfying ensemble RPG shooter, full of untapped promise.

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Mar 24, 2022

Singlehandedly manage a steampunk sailboat in this ramshackle but glorious anti-open world game

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Recommended - Sifu
Feb 7, 2022

An elegant martial arts meditation on temporality and self-possession, set in a loving but touristy idea of China.

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Recommended - Vagante
Jan 26, 2022

An excellent, deceptively unshowy blend of platformer and roguelike.

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Dec 17, 2021

A work of powerful ugliness that skilfully refuses to find the fun.

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Dec 6, 2021

The engrossing flagship Xbox shooter returns with its fabled craggy supersoldier and plenty of style but not quite enough bang.

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