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Eric Zander

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Favorite Games:
  • The Legend of Zelda Series
  • Kingdom Hearts Series
  • Uncharted Series

17 games reviewed
75.3 average score
80 median score
52.9% of games recommended
Scores 10.0 higher than average

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Eric Zander's Reviews

I've been a gamer my entire life. I love spreading the word about games and technology and making sure everyone who wants to make a purchase decision is well informed beforehand. Many of my reviews are done in video format and posted on my YouTube channel, BlackStarChronicles, as well as on GBAtemp.net.
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Eric Zander
Jun 8, 2019

Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland is a game that can be enjoyed both by fans of the Atelier series, newcomers, and those who would otherwise never consider it. This is a great jumping in point due to the fact that, while loosely considered a sequel to an eight-year-old trilogy, it is a completely self-contained game without the stress of older time restricted titles. This game could have done more to innovate upon the previous titles, but it is extremely enjoyable all the same.

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Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Paintings is a game that can be played and enjoyed by both fans of the series, newcomers, and even people who would otherwise not consider it. It is a fine conclusion to the “Mysterious” series that is made more enjoyable when played after Atelier Sophieand Atelier Firis. It could have done more to innovate upon the previous titles, but it gave me a ton of enjoyment. If you like Atelier games, you'll like this game.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Valkyria Revolution
Jul 18, 2017

Valkyria Revolution never should have existed in this state. While its predecessors were a breath of fresh air in the J-RPG genre, this spin-off is as generic as it gets. At times, it seems that Valkyria Revolution is a parody of J-RPGs, taking all of the tackiest elements and poorly shoving them together.

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Eric Zander
Jun 2, 2017

Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku is the first in the series to hit the PS4 and continues the series tradition of providing players with high quality and surprisingly deep dungeon-crawling. The retro feeling of the game is enough for the nostalgic crowd to be happy, but the game feels modern enough for any fan of the dungeon-crawling genre to enjoy. Progress and enjoyment from the game can be derived from 10 minute sessions as well as 5 hour sessions. Cladun doesn't take itself seriously, so I recommend it both to people who want to min-max their RPG characters as well as to those who just want to blindly dungeon-crawl.

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Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey is a game that can be played and enjoyed by both fans of the series, newcomers, and even people who would otherwise not consider it. It may not be a complete return to form for the series, but It does a great job of mixing both modern and classic Atelier games. I believe that it ranks slightly higher than the last entry.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a collection of very exciting, yet overpriced, adventures. Composed of two games and a movie, this collection gives fans of the series a lot to chew on as they wait for the elusive Kingdom Hearts 3. This is not a good starting point for newcomers and to them I recommend playing both 1.5 and 2.5 before they buy this title after it drops in price.

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5 / 10.0 - My Name is Mayo
Jan 11, 2017

My Name is Mayo is a parody of a game. When you strip down a modern AAA title to its very core, this is what you get. Like "Desert Bus" before it, this game shows what a modern video game fundamentally is; absurd. For $0.99 you can proudly walk away with at least 51 trophies and declare, "Oh, now I get it!"

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8.5 / 10.0 - The Bug Butcher
Nov 1, 2016

The Bug Butcher is exactly what the name implies and more. Sporting 30 levels, each usually lasting less than 2 minutes, there is a strong urge to try "just one more time" to beat your high score. Fans of the Pang/Buster Bros series will feel right at home with this game.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Assault Suit Leynos
Sep 8, 2016

Assault Suit Leynos, simply put, is an updated version of a 1990 game. I do believe that it is worth the cost to upgrade for fans of the original game and also for fans of 2D shoot 'em ups in general. However, the game simply will not appeal to the vast majority of gamers in 2016.

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7.2 / 10.0 - Mighty No. 9
Jun 20, 2016

There was a lot of hype for Mighty No 9. which ended up fading away over its rough development time. The ending product was not what we anticipated - but it's still a fairly good game for a decent price. It's fault comes from not knowing exactly what it wants to be. It's difficulty is so wild that it could turn off many players - casuals and Mega Man veterans alike. Overall, I recommend fans of the genre to give Mighty Number 9 a shot.

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Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is a game that can be played and enjoyed by both fans of the series, newcomers, and even people who would otherwise not even consider it. By being willing to open my mind and expand my horizons, I was able to very much enjoy a game that I initially overlooked simply by its cover.

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8.6 / 10.0 - Ratchet & Clank
Apr 19, 2016

At the end of the day, it's hard not to fall in love with the new Ratchet & Clank. Leave it to Insomniac to maintain what made the original game so amazing 14 years ago, while still adding a modern twist to attract a new generation of gamers.

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Eric Zander
Mar 28, 2016

République is not only proof that mobile games can be vast, unique, and fun; but that they can often make the transition to computers and consoles seamlessly. The game is immersive, the plot is developed from our own curiosity and desire to help Hope, and it strives to make you feel like an actual character in this strange dystopian world.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 0 HD
Jan 18, 2016

Resident Evil 0 stands completely on its own. You can go into this game completely blind, having never played a single Resident Evil game, and be able to appreciate it all. In fact, it's the best way to jump into the series. I highly recommend this game to newcomers and veterans alike. Do yourself a favor and get this game.

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Eric Zander
Nov 24, 2015

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was always designed to be a filler game as we wait for Xenoblade X, Star Fox Zero, and Zelda U. It's unfortunate that not a lot of effort was put into the game, but it's still enjoyable enough as it is. Once the price tag drops, I'll be willing to recommend it.

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8.3 / 10.0 - Calvino Noir
Aug 24, 2015

I was surprised at how interested I was in the story. It's not too difficult to understand the plot, yet it isn't spoon fed to you. A big part of the immersion comes from that fact that every bit of dialogue in the game is completely voice acted so I actually felt a connection to the main characters.

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7.6 / 10.0 - The Swindle
Jul 27, 2015

The Swindle is a very fun game, and I would certainly recommend it at its small price point.

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