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

99 games reviewed
83.4 average score
88 median score
76.0% of games recommended
Scores 2.6 higher than average

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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Max Parker
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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8.3 / 10.0 - Sea of Thieves
Mar 27, 2018

For now, it's a wonderful social experience that kept me wanting to see more. And when I wasn't playing, I was looking forward to returning to the open sea.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Far Cry 5
Mar 26, 2018

There are few open world games that can match the pure escapism of the "Far Cry" presentation. With a few sanded edges, the gameplay can match that presentation.

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Feb 7, 2018

Whether you're hunting by yourself or bringing on a full squad of hunters armed to the teeth, "Monster Hunter: World" is a wonderfully unique gaming experience. Even after dozens of hours I still feel like I'm scratching the surface with each new mission. That experience comes with a steep learning curve, but sticking with it just might get you to your new favorite game.

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Max Parker
Nov 9, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is a great game, but that's mostly down to the sheer depth of the series on offer from previous years. A few new features here are fun as ideas, but I'd like them to have a more meaningful impact in-game.

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10 / 10.0 - Super Mario Odyssey
Nov 6, 2017

"Mario Odyssey" is the perfect blend of wonder, creativity and nostalgia. This is the truest evolution of video games' most iconic character. When the world seem bleak, "Mario Odyssey" is a wonderful, whimsical counterbalance that's custom made for escapism. The video game world doesn't just need more Mario. The world needs more Mario.

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Nov 2, 2017

There are plenty of first-person shooters out there, but there's nothing else quite like "Wolfenstein 2." This is a game that pushes what a narrative can be in video games. If you know someone who loves historical fiction, but isn't really into games, sit them down and watch you play through the game on an easy difficulty. "Wolfenstein 2" deserves all of its praise, but none of it does it justice. This is a rare game has to be experienced first hand.

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Oct 17, 2017

"TFBW" has everything a good sequel should have. It builds on the groundwork laid by original while staying true to the classic and hilarious South Park tone. The original was no slouch, especially considering it was the first RPG set in the South Park universe, but "TFBW" surpasses it in every way. It's not just the best South Park game. It's one of this year's best RPGs.

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9 / 10.0 - The Evil Within 2
Oct 12, 2017

Since nobody really expected "The Evil Within" to get a sequel, expectations for "The Evil Within 2" were basically nonexistent. It was up to Tango Gameworks to show us why we should want this sequel, and they have accomplished this. It succeeds where the previous game failed, while adding more to the formula that could win over those who didn't care for the first game. For those looking for something creepy this October, or for those who want to give the series a second look, "The Evil Within 2" is worth your time.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania
Aug 15, 2017

Anyone who was Team Sega in the 90s remembers the "Sonic" series fondly. "Sonic Mania" is tailor made for this audience. Sonic's first spin dash through a loop of rings brings a wave of nostalgia that Sonic hasn't been able to muster in decades. This game makes up for lost time and reminds gamers why the Blue Blur is one of the most beloved game characters in the medium.

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Aug 8, 2017

It's difficult not to recommend "Mega Man Legacy Collection 2," but it's just doesn't quite reach the nostalgic overload of its predecessor.

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