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Max Parker


Favorite Games:
  • Portal 2
  • Super Mario 64
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum

99 games reviewed
83.4 average score
87 median score
79.3% of games recommended

Max Parker's Reviews

Max Parker covers the world of video games for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh's largest daily newspaper. He kicked off game coverage for the publication in 2009. He's put more time into the Smash Bros. series than any other video game.
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Oct 30, 2018

A welcome refresh of the UI, more visually pleasing training and tactics menus, and all the addictive depth you'd expect from an entry in the Football Manager series.

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Oct 2, 2018

I'll still be exploring islands that I haven't touched and meeting NPCs whom I haven't yet met. This big, beautiful, bloated world has no end in sight.

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9 / 10.0 - Mega Man 11
Oct 1, 2018

"Mega Man 11" makes the series feel new again, rather than stuck in the past. It keeps everything that makes the series challenging and rewarding, and flawlessly incorporates the gear system into its design. Even after 11 classic games, this latest sequel is one of the best in the series.

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Sep 26, 2018

Episode one can be a slow burn at times, but it sets the tone for the rest of the series nicely. While not a continuation of its predecessor in any way, it stays true to the series while adding enough to make the formula feel engaging to the player. I'm looking forward to seeing where the new series goes.

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Unscored - FIFA 19
Sep 19, 2018

FIFA 19 is a great game, packed with plenty of detail. It isn't a huge step forward in terms of raw gameplay, but the sheer amount of stuff to do will mean you keep coming back for more.

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Sep 17, 2018

It has all the trappings of a triple-A game at first glance, but it doesn't quite manage to distinguish itself from the rest of the series. This is especially apparent when compared to its predecessor that took the series in drastic new directions. In an overcrowded fall season that is packed with $60 games, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" needed to do more.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Marvel's Spider-Man
Sep 4, 2018

This is the Spider-Man we know and love, but so much so that it's to a fault. "Spider-Man" for PS4 does more than enough to make comic fans and webhead fans happy. It clears the middling bar for Spider-Man games. It's the best Spider-Man game ever made. But, its uninspired narrative keeps it from reaching the heights of the "Arkham" series. Admittedly, that's a tough series to top. This is just the beginning for this new vision of Spider-Man and his journey, and his best tales may be waiting around the corner.

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Aug 27, 2018

Pro Evolution Soccer remains the best, most accurate representation of football you can play without suddenly realising you can play out from the back like Harry Maguire.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 22, 2018

"Sonic Mania Plus" is a speedy return of Sonic the Hedgehog, and this time he brought even more friends. The new and improved cast does plenty to enhance the game and its many stages. This is the best version of the game to check out whether you're adding to "Sonic Mania" via DLC or picking up the beautiful physical copy. If you gotta go fast, this is the best way to satisfy your need for speed.

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9.8 / 10.0 - God of War
Apr 24, 2018

"God of War" is the culmination that the series always had the potential to be. Better yet, it's just the beginning of a new legend forged by the God of War.

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