Michael McWhertor


11 games reviewed
77.1 average score
87 median score
71.4% of games recommended

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Michael McWhertor
Unscored - Resident Evil 2
Jan 22, 2019

Capcom, on a far less dangerous scale, has not always known how to handle its own creation. After mutating from quaint horror to buffoonish action to back again, the Resident Evil series has been wildly inconsistent. But back-to-back Resident Evil games that showcase the very best of survival horror is evidence that Capcom may have its monster under control

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Michael McWhertor
Unscored - Tetris Effect
Nov 9, 2018

But Tetris Effect isn't simply a game about pattern optimization and reflex-based puzzle solving. It excels at being an experience, one that I will argue is best played on its easiest difficulty level to enjoy untainted by the bitter taste of a “game over.” I enjoy the challenge of perfecting a run, but Tetris Effect resonates more deeply than its high score-oriented roots.

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Unscored - Mega Man 11
Oct 1, 2018

Capcom recaptures the magic of Mega Man in its rock-solid sequel

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Jul 11, 2018

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker on Switch is a can't-miss Wii U port

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5.5 / 10.0 - Metal Gear Survive
Mar 1, 2018

There's a weird, enjoyable story in Metal Gear Survive for players who make it past the game's grueling opening hours, and there are flashes of a great survival game. But with a threadbare connection to the 30-year history of Metal Gear and a comparatively shallow game made in the shadow of The Phantom Pain, it's hard to recommend enduring the whole thing.

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8 / 10.0 - Arms
Jun 7, 2017

With a stylish, memorable cast of characters, inventive gameplay mechanics and smart use of the Switch hardware, Arms already feels like Nintendo's next great new franchise.

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9 / 10.0 - Injustice 2
May 17, 2017

With Injustice 2, NetherRealm has outdone itself

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5 / 10.0 - Mighty No. 9
Jun 23, 2016

This feels like an answer to why Capcom isn't making Mega Man games anymore

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Aug 27, 2015

The Phantom Pain is a bittersweet but impressive send-off for the series' creator

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8.5 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat X
Apr 12, 2015

After a bumpy initial roll out, the Faction Wars component seems to be mostly working as intended — though the reward for participating in faction-based battles feels like little more than a well-meaning distraction. Faction Wars just doesn't add a compelling reason to invest more time in Mortal Kombat X beyond the game's other competitive fighting modes.

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9 / 10.0 - Bloodborne
Mar 27, 2015

Bloodborne is a shrewd turn from its souls lineage

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