Mike Mahardy


35 games reviewed
76.1 average score
80 median score
57.6% of games recommended
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9 / 10 - XCOM 2
Feb 1, 2016

Firaxis turn-based strategy sequel brings major improvements to the multilayered XCOM formula.

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9 / 10 - The Witness
Jan 25, 2016

In both structure and detail, The Witness is an original, difficult, and ultimately rewarding puzzle game.

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8 / 10 - Just Cause 3
Nov 30, 2015

Just Cause 3 is a stunning display of cause and effect, despite weak story missions and occasional technical problems.

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Nov 16, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront shooter brings grand spectacle to the iconic sci-fi universe, but the overall experience wears thin with time.

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Nov 9, 2015

Rise of the Tomb Raider's first shot pans over the vast, foreboding landscape we'll soon come to know. In many ways, it functions as a promise on the part of Crystal Dynamics: there are big things ahead of us. And at the end of Lara's journey, after we've seen her through this adventure, and experienced everything the world has to offer, it's clear that promise was kept.

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Nov 5, 2015

Black Ops III presents fine-tuned multiplayer, engaging fights against the undead, and a boring campaign.

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Oct 27, 2015

Like Spartan Locke and his team, 343 is chasing after something bigger than itself, and with Halo 5: Guardians, it comes close. Now if only it could reach out its arm and take hold.

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The newest installment in the storied franchise tries a lot of new things, but accomplishes only a few.

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Rising Tide brings other content to Beyond Earth as well, from new factions to new planet types. But these additions pale in comparison to the systemic changes Firaxis has made. There are bothersome issues with the new diplomacy approach, and some of these mechanics are too obfuscated to call excellent. But Rising Tide encourages new ways of thinking, and lends character to a very impersonal subject. That old Civilization mantra still echoes, just like it used to: One more turn.

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CD Projekt Red's first paid expansion is well worth the return to the Northern Kingdoms.

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