Russ Frushtick


29 games reviewed
70.0 average score
75 median score
46.7% of games recommended
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Unscored - Death Stranding
Nov 1, 2019

Having been smitten by the core world-building gameplay of Death Stranding, I am stunned to realize that many of the game’s strongest, most appealing gameplay ideas (specifically the world-building and cooperation) are tossed aside in the final acts, in favor of a much more linear, scripted, cutscene-ridden experience. The freedom and sense of ownership I enjoyed while creating this world are dashed in favor of explaining and wrapping up a story that never had much going for it to begin with.

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The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the perfect Zelda for younger fans

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Sep 3, 2019

Of course, the classic question remains: Is Torchlight 2 better than Diablo 3? But I’m not sure that it matters. They’re both pinnacles of action RPG design that coming at the genre in different ways. And having both on the go via the Switch, where a lengthy commute can be whiled away while smashing rock elementals with big hammers, is a gift to us all.

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Jul 25, 2019

The lack of map diversity doesn't take away from the visual splendor of the game, though. While much of Three Houses is seen from an overhead perspective, initiating combat zooms the camera in, showing off gorgeously animated soldiers in combat. During a particularly tense battle, Claude, the house leader of the Golden Deer, tosses an arrow into the sky before catching it and firing off a critical hit to take out a pesky enemy pegasus moving in on my healer. These flashy moments happen all the time and are unique to the two dozen classes in the game, so there's always some new animation to get pumped over.

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Jun 26, 2019

Nintendo’s level creator isn’t just for the creative among us

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Cadence of Hyrule is the best Zelda spinoff ever made

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Unscored - Void Bastards
May 28, 2019

The magic of Void Bastards is that, while it’s scary and dangerous and random, it’s also within my control.

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May 20, 2019

Despite that, I’m left with a sense of unfulfilled ambition. Shakedown: Hawaii presents itself as a unique real estate-centric twist on open-world action, but it seems satisfied to stick with a cheap rental.

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Unscored - Katana Zero
Apr 18, 2019

It’s a cynical and sometimes ugly story told with unusual warmth and sincerity.

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Unscored - Trials Rising
Mar 1, 2019

This is the Trials I fell in love with.

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