Matt Espineli


21 games reviewed
74.8 average score
80 median score
57.1% of games recommended

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Matt Espineli
9 / 10 - Devil May Cry 5
Mar 8, 2019

DMC5 proves the series can still be brilliant and imaginative without compromising its longest-held traditions.

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Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise offers a solid display of drama and action that captures exactly what makes the series so great.

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7 / 10 - Freedom Planet
Sep 1, 2018

Freedom Planet's fast-paced thrills and challenging boss fights make for a joyous retro outing, but don't expect the same highs from its mediocre story.

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Jul 10, 2018

Sonic Mania remains the best Sonic game ever made, and with its latest update, it's even better than before.

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9 / 10 - Iconoclasts
Jan 23, 2018

When Iconoclasts' end credits begin to roll, it's bittersweet to see the journey come to a close.

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Nov 17, 2017

Despite a few technical issues, L.A. Noire is well worth playing on Switch.

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5 / 10 - Sonic Forces
Nov 10, 2017

Sonic Forces consistently fails more than it succeeds, squandering the opportunity to build on the series' past successes.

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Sep 25, 2017

SteamWorld Dig 2 is a brilliant evolution of the first that not only expands upon its hybrid formula, but presents it in its best light.

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9 / 10 - Sonic Mania
Aug 14, 2017

Sonic Mania is both an evolution of the series' iconic formula and the best Sonic game ever made.

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8 / 10 - Sundered
Jul 27, 2017

Sundered is an enjoyable journey that iterates upon the Metroidvania style in ways that are both satisfying and substantial.

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7 / 10 - Ever Oasis
Jun 30, 2017

Ever Oasis' tight blend of mechanics and activities are bound to keep you coming back for more well after completing it, if only to see what else you can do to develop your desert sanctuary. While the game's story isn't particularly moving, the consistent gratification of its incisive design makes it a satisfying adventure. Ever Oasis takes time to grow, but the return is well worth the wait.

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Apr 28, 2017

Little Nightmares' brief length may leave you craving more, but its haunting story and visuals make it a journey well worth taking.

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Mar 30, 2017

Thimbleweed Park is a point-and-click adventure full of enticing secrets to uncover, but its adherence to the genre's unremedied issues sometimes brings it down.

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8 / 10 - For Honor
Feb 17, 2017

For Honor is an incredibly entertaining fighter that's satisfying both in single and multiplayer, even despite the narrative flaws of its story mode.

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Sep 29, 2016

Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 is a satisfying experience that never lets up with its distinct, tightly-paced action and challenging platforming.

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CyberConnect 2's latest Jojo's Bizarre Adventure brawler has some glaring issues, but series fans shouldn't hesitate to play this one.

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Aug 22, 2016

The King of Fighters XIV may not impress you with its visuals, but the accessible-yet-complex mechanics make it a well-executed fighter worth your time.

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Mar 10, 2016

Project X Zone 2 embraces its extensive cast of characters, but it often falls into exhaustion due to its nonsensical plot and overreliance on its combat system.

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Jan 23, 2016

Tense combat, complex mechanics, and witty dialogue make this 2D turn-based strategy game an unexpected but worthwhile successor to 2013's SteamWorld Dig.

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5 / 10 - Armikrog
Oct 30, 2015

Though it starts with a glimmer of excellence, Armikrog's luster fades over time. It inevitably feels empty, falling flat in its effort to develop its characters, fill out its world with compelling atmosphere, and provide consistent puzzles with sound logic. While the game's claymation visuals are delightful and unique, that quality alone isn't enough to make it worth recommending. What remains is a half-baked experience that, for all the personality it wears on its sleeve, fails to captivate in any meaningful way.

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