Bryan Rose


50 games reviewed
71.9 average score
75 median score
42.0% of games recommended
Scores 3.6 higher than average

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Mar 1, 2019

There's plenty of levels to choose from and the customizable options give the experience a nice, personal touch. Moving with the controls never felt quite perfect, but doesn't render the game unplayable. Shred! 2 is simply a pretty solid, fun game that has its moments once you look past its issues.

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Feb 20, 2019

That's not to say people should avoid this re-release, because despite the problems there's a strong game here that's worth playing and experiencing. FFIX is reminiscent of a simpler time, boasting a strong narrative and quality of life features that make it easy to get into. I just wish it had a better presentation, one that a game of this quality truly deserves.

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Nov 14, 2018

Despite the issues I have with it, Grim Fandango is a fantastic adventure game full of the snappy, witty charm that LucasArts is known for, complete with a stellar atmosphere and great cast of characters. It could have used a couple of enhancements, but Grim Fandango Remastered is a fine port of Manny Calavera's escapades.

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Nov 6, 2018

The Sega Ages version of Phantasy Star continues to prove that the Ages polish to old classics works wonderfully and should be emulated by other developers. The parts that made Phantasy Star feel archaic are gone, and while it still shows its age this version of the title is the strongest you'll come across anywhere.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Windjammers
Oct 25, 2018

At its core, Windjammers is an addictive, colorful, and vibrant experience that is worth investing time and effort in. The online could be better, but this is a great, faithful port of the 1994 original updated to today's standards. It's definitely worth a look for both local multiplayer and retro enthusiasts alike.

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8 / 10.0 - Disgaea 1 Complete
Oct 9, 2018

I very much enjoyed Disgaea 1 Complete, but I don't feel it's for everybody. On the surface, there's a great strategy game full of interesting and unique takes on the genre. But it's also grind-heavy, with a learning curve that can be extremely daunting. If you have a lot of time to spare, this is easily one of the better strategy RPGs released on the Switch thus far.

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Oct 8, 2018

Both games in Scribblenauts MegaPack are worth revisiting on the Switch. They aren't perfect, and can be a breeze if you're looking for something tough. But both games are great for casual play. If you can accept the faults of Unmasked, both games are worth giving another look.

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Sep 23, 2018

Sometimes trying to do so much dilutes what you're trying to accomplish, and This is The Police II is a prime example of that.

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Jul 24, 2018

The first Mega Man X Collection is a nice set of titles that comes with some pretty nice extras. All four games are too similar to one another to stand out, but the platforming is strong enough that it can provide a fun challenge for platformer enthusiasts.

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Jul 24, 2018

The collection overall is probably best for those that are nostalgic for the PlayStation 1 and 2 era Mega Man games; otherwise, there are much better platformers around on the Switch with better variety.

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Jul 2, 2018

Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy is a fun collection of titles filled with nostalgia value, presented in a wonderful looking HD package. It runs well and overall is a perfectly competent platformer. If you can forgive that some aspects of these games haven't aged well in the last 20 years, then this can be a pretty fun throwback experience.

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Jun 19, 2018

I enjoyed the humor for what it was, and it doesn't take an overly long amount to time to clear. It's one of those games you can spend a day playing and not feel like you're being cheated out of anything if you never play it again. Shaq Fu's return won't earn the horrible reputation of its predecessor, but will probably be easily forgotten before the year is over.

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Jun 5, 2018

The hectic gameplay, cool visuals and robust offline and online experiences make it one of the better fighters out on the Switch right now. It's easy to get lost if you're diving headfirst into the series, and to be really good probably takes a lot of practice. But it captures everything that makes tag battle games fun and delivers in one visually striking package.

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Apr 30, 2018

Saturday Morning RPG has a lot to like. The presentation is top notch, the gameplay is excellent, and the vast amount of ‘80s references sprinkled throughout the episodes are fun, promoting a positive vibe. I wish the world had a bit more depth, and the difficulty spikes get annoying fast. But with Saturday Morning RPG, the positives end up outweighing the negatives.

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Apr 12, 2018

It can be tough at times, but it's the good kind of tough, a challenge that feels rewarding once you complete it. It also requires perfection in some levels, which can be a bit frustrating, but no level is ever too tough and there are ways to help alleviate frustration. With its clever puzzles and fun aesthetic, Toki Tori is definitely worth the challenge.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Detective Pikachu
Apr 2, 2018

Detective Pikachu is a solid, unique spinoff in the Pokemon series that stands out from other spinoffs. It's a relatively easy point-and-click adventure game that won't take much to complete in a few sittings. But some aspects of the gameplay do get clever, and the story does resonate. It's nothing revolutionary, but I can always appreciate a fun with a fun feel and colorful aesthetic.

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Mar 12, 2018

I like some aspects of The Trail, such as the calm setting and the sense of fulfillment when finally crafting that recipe that you had been working on forever. But the negatives -- the framerate, controls, and uninteresting story -- do hamper the experience. They are manageable, and The Trail isn't necessarily a bad game. It has its moments, but technical limitations do put a damper on things.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Puzzle Puppers
Feb 21, 2018

Puzzle Puppers is a good, solid game that shouldn't take too much time to get value out of. It's one of those games that won't keep you busy for days on end, but is nice to pick up and play for some pretty clever brain teasers. It does good on providing a warm, loveable aesthetic while providing quick and easy gameplay.

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Feb 8, 2018

Mercenaries Saga Chronicles will itch a scratch if you're looking for a solid strategy RPG experience.

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Jan 31, 2018

I rather like the idea of a Kirby mini game collection where you can play using various Kirby copy abilities and battle it out amongst friends. While Battle Royale lets you do just that, it feels like a concept or an idea as opposed to a full-fledged game. This is fun to play over a weekend, but not much beyond that.

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