Chris Breault


15 games reviewed
69.1 average score
75 median score
33.3% of games recommended

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Chris Breault
Oct 20, 2016

Masquerada declines as the plot slows down. The herky-jerky pace gets more grating, the mania for proper nouns more distracting. What looked like a scrappy little underdog RPG turns out to be a collection of worn-out ideas.

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Chris Breault
35 / 100 - Necropolis
Aug 8, 2016

As it stands there are a few hundred other games I’d crawl through before coming back to this one.

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Chris Breault
86 / 100 - Dark Souls III
Apr 14, 2016

When you climb the craggy steps to fight Sword Master, you're maybe 15 minutes into the game, which is enough time to see that it is great.

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Chris Breault
76 / 100 - Fallout 4
Nov 19, 2015

Fallout 4 does one thing so well that you can mostly forgive, if not ignore, its awkward treatment of the player character. Bethesda's team creates maps that are a joy to explore.

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Chris Breault

I did finally find a helm for Eder down in Durgan's Battery, piecing it together over a multi-part quest until all its stats were in order. Seemed to fit him. But he barely got a chance to wear it before the game ended and the narrator began teasing White March—Part 2. I hope it's still there when I get back.

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Chris Breault
Jun 9, 2015

Comparison to The Witcher 3 would embarrass almost any RPG. It excels at everything most games suck at, from comic timing to narrative follow-through. It has the most expressive faces, the best drunken banter, the funniest throwaway gags, the most casual sex, and the deftest camera movements. But its best trick is to mold narrative from the materials that games have lately used as a sort of flavorless stuffing. In almost every side-quest and monster-hunting contract you undertake, there are telltale signs of someone at CD Projekt Red actually giving a s***.

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Chris Breault
Apr 6, 2015

Like Arcanum and Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines before it, Pillars of Eternity is a feat of world-building. Its supporting cast, led by the haunted Grieving Mother and the blowhard priest Durance, is one of the genre's strongest.

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Chris Breault
Nov 17, 2014

I'm still captivated by the structure the game is built on, the way it will give character priority over spectacle. Much of the choice and consequence talk is a bluff, but it can still surprise you.

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Chris Breault

DSII remains a skilled, often clever impersonation of the game everyone wanted. But I can't see the point of teasing out its journey with ever more kings, dragons, and Havels. The more DSII overlaps with its predecessors, the less reason there is to play it at all.

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Chris Breault
Jul 15, 2014

I'm not sure Original Sin has a clue what it's about, beyond "feeling like an old game." It gets more strung out as you go along, introducing towns that feel curiously bereft of quests and dungeons padded out with tedious switch hunts. There's no strong character to center it, no perspective to ground it, no consistent challenge to weight it. It's an impressive novelty, but it fades fast.

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Chris Breault
Jun 17, 2014

Turning into a machine is both the game's nightmare and its surreptitious fantasy. Isn't every FPS player a brain transplanted into a living weapon? Stuck in stiff undying bodies, gun-arms akimbo, we savor a stretched and distorted and rewound moment of carnage that is never allowed to end. Narrative justifications are appreciated rather than felt. What Blazkowicz really stands for is that mechanical satisfaction that keeps returning for its own sake. In the next Wolfenstein, he might not be human at all. As the philosopher said: he who fights Mecha-Hitlers must take care not to become one.

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Chris Breault
83 / 100 - Dark Souls II
Mar 18, 2014

[T]here's still something powerful about DS2's dogged preservation of old forms

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Chris Breault
61 / 100 - The Banner Saga
Jan 14, 2014

The moment when Banner Saga starts to make sense is basically the last minute of the game. It gathers its meandering thoughts into a forceful statement at last, but that message doesn't redeem all the wasted breath before it. The game winds up in a neat place, but it's a shame about the road you take to get there.

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37 / 100 - Risk of Rain
Jan 8, 2014

Risk of Rain winds up feeling as insubstantial as its pursuing Wisps and free-floating Jellyfish. It looks small to me not because it takes such a wide view, but because I was given such a minor stake in it. The tiny figure of my Bandit character doesn't stand in for the sum of my decisions, or my engagement with rewarding systems of movement and attack. He doesn't begin to represent anything. He's a piece of the landscape, not part of a game.

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Chris Breault
Nov 26, 2013

Killzone: Shadow Fall aims high, misses, lands in great-looking, idiotic stars

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