Chris Plante


40 games reviewed
79.6 average score
83 median score
75.0% of games recommended
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Apr 27, 2022

I do hope younger folks give this game a shot. I think they might once the game’s online mode is available, a place where people under the age of 35 are far more likely to play games. Until I can try those features, though, I’m happy to think of this as Nintendo’s love letter to the old and the old at heart. The company took over a decade to make the game, but maybe they were waiting for folks like me to age into it.

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Apr 12, 2022

There’s plenty more for me to tell you about this game, like how it stacks twists atop each other like a tower of turtles, without ever collapsing under all that narrative weight. Though reading more would spoil the fun – and trust me, you’ll be doing plenty of reading once you boot the game up anyway. I’ve written so much about why this game means the world to me. Now I leave y’all to decide whether or not to play it.

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Unscored - Riders Republic
Oct 26, 2021

Riders Republic is more than a revision of Steep than it is a rewrite, a creative team taking all of the lessons learned from a rough draft and starting over from the beginning. It has more extreme sports, sure, but more importantly, it’s a profoundly more social experience. It oozes joy, without relying on the fundamentals of its contemporaries, like combat, winner-takes-all competition, and melodramatic linear storytelling.

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Sep 30, 2021

What if you never spotted that note? Or bothered to visit the radio station? Like I said up top, you'd straight-up miss the game. Despite Echoes of the Eye being inside the same universe as Outer Wilds, reaching its "space" within outer space is more abstract than simply pointing your spaceship in the right direction.

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Unscored - Cruis'n Blast
Sep 20, 2021

Cruis’n Blast borrows a lot from films like the Fast and Furious franchise. But as those films get higher budgets and more polished visual effects, their creators could learn from a game like Cruis’n Blast: Too much polish can conceal all the fun.

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Unscored - Spelunky
Aug 26, 2021

Normally, the first entry in a video game series acts as a rough draft for refined sequels. That’s not the case with Spelunky. It stands on its own as one of the most important games of the past decade.

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Jun 24, 2021

Mario Golf: Super Rush is the best Mario sports game in over a decade

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Apr 22, 2021

So I return to the caveats. If you’re a fan of the series, and you can respect the audacity of these decade-old ideas, Nier Replicant is the best appetizer yet for whatever main course Square Enix will inevitably serve in the future. But for newcomers or casual fans, the caveat stands: Nier Replicant is worth the time, but only if you have plenty of time to spend.

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Unscored - It Takes Two
Mar 24, 2021

We need a break from this divorce game

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a fantastic double feature

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Unscored - Rivals
Sep 23, 2020

Rivals is quite charming and, at only an hour or two long, doesn’t wear out its welcome. If Return of the Obra Dinn is the chart-topping hit of this growing little genre, Rivals is the local garage band album that gets a glowing write-up in the alt-weekly: small, messy, lovable. Rivals is seemingly built with one audience in mind: older weirdos like me who don’t mind a little more Wilco-style music in their detective games.

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Unscored - Spelunky 2
Sep 14, 2020

This isn’t a sequel. It’s yet another chance to play Spelunky with fresh eyes; everything is just a little different, another stroke that proves perfection is imperfect. Even the best can get better.

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Jul 27, 2020

Destroy All Humans! is a damn fine B-game from an era when publishers bothered to fund such things.

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Jul 18, 2020

M2 provides the necessary context to enjoy the experience without changing the actual game.

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Unscored - Maneater
May 22, 2020

All in all, life in the waters is good these days. I swim with the grace of a dolphin and the speed of a cheetah. However, when it comes to attacking fish and humans and itty-bitty baby seals, I will confess I am quite clumsy.

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Apr 29, 2020

But Streets of Rage, as a series, is a time capsule from a different, simpler era. While it's blunt and repetitive, it also manifests a relaxing social space with ease. Call it video games as loitering. The music is as good as it's ever been in the series. The stages and characters are beautiful, reimagining the original trilogy's '90s locales and punk-inspired band of baddies in a way that stands up to those games without scarring modern eyes. The action itself is so simple that you can get lost in a conversation about, well, anything as you play.

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Apr 1, 2020

Every so often, The Foundation produces a spark of what made the original campaign so memorable.

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Unscored - DOOM Eternal
Mar 17, 2020

Doom Eternal’s power fantasy is funny, playful, and a welcome break

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Sep 20, 2019

The magic, when it really materializes, is punctuating a perfectly executed stealth maneuver with a quack.

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Unscored - Astral Chain
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain is the best new Nintendo franchise since Splatoon

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