Brendan Caldwell


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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Streets of Rogue
Jul 19, 2019

If you want a tiny, varied Deus Ex that will make you laugh, this is it.

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Unscored - Pathologic 2
May 23, 2019

At its heart, Pathologic 2 is a frustrating game. Ten times more interesting than your average immersive sim (probably the genre it belongs), yet hundreds of times less inviting.

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Brendan Caldwell
May 21, 2019

It feels a bit eager at times, a UI that is maybe too minimal and trusting. If your scrolling comes to rest on one of these days for even a short while, it’ll launch right into that day. There’s no clicking to confirm. But you eventually get used to this, discerning the day by the drum beats that accompany each drag of the mouse wheel.

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Unscored - Astrologaster
May 14, 2019

With that in mind (among other crimes) it would be easy to see him as the charlatan he is said to be by his enemies. But there are also moments that reveal a more complicated and conflicted man. In a short game full of haughty songs and jokes about willies, that’s an impressive achievement.

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Unscored - Yakuza Kiwami 2
May 10, 2019

If you don’t mind button bashing through some brawls, just to see more of these good fellas solving bad problems with their strong fists and stern words, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is ready, once again, to get ridiculous.

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Unscored - Mortal Kombat 11
Apr 30, 2019

This is a remarkably good fighting game, and it feels like a disservice to the craftsmanship of its creators not to acknowledge that.

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Brendan Caldwell
Mar 27, 2019

Yes, Sekiro hurts. But look at this smile as well. Shadows Die Twice is a beautiful, masochistic misadventure. Some of its boss fights are so stupendous, I dare not speak about them. It is a test of mettle and nerve that proves From Software are still winning the arms race against us cheesey rats.

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Brendan Caldwell
Mar 19, 2019

I find it better to approach this as a good waste of time, a detailed disasterworld to saunter through for a couple of weeks.

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Unscored - Objects In Space
Mar 1, 2019

Objects In Space goes from being “space sim with fun buttons” to being “space sim with heart”.

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Unscored - Metro Exodus
Feb 20, 2019

Regardless of its limitations, Exodus still deserves its place among its underground comrades. In many ways it’s better, and I’m very glad they didn’t just repeat the same subterranean journey again.

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Unscored - Yakuza Kiwami
Feb 12, 2019

But besides all this, it is simply a good time. And there is an unmistakable, open-hearted joy to fixing problems for people as an intimidating agony uncle. Even if it usually involves hitting them with a bike first.

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Brendan Caldwell
Feb 1, 2019

Dumb, funny, exhilarating, varied and full of stupid explosions. Like the drones it summons, Ace Combat 7 is not exactly self-aware. But it is close enough, judging from the humour of its over-the-top action. And it barely matters anyway, because it’s a damn fun videogame.

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Unscored - Wargroove
Jan 30, 2019

In summary, it’s good and I like it.

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Unscored - Ashen
Dec 17, 2018

A lighter souls, yes. But not a lesser one.

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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - SoulCalibur VI
Oct 24, 2018

In all, I’m pleased by my scrappy fights, and my tutelage of Hooves the horse man continues.

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Brendan Caldwell
Oct 18, 2018

When a single character’s dialogue is the most annoying thing about a card game, the creators probably deserve some credit. Lord knows the voice acting is at least as good as it is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and so is the writing. By that I mean the writing is a passable exploration of fantasy tropes and power politics that’ll probably become hugely overrated.

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Unscored - RimWorld
Oct 17, 2018

It can be confounding at first, not to mention the ugliness of those grey boxes. But it doesn’t take long to realise that this is something special. A management game that feels like you’re in charge of people – beautiful, flawed people – instead of a handful of impersonal bots. And it’s those little people who will keep you going.

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Unscored - State of Decay 2
May 22, 2018

If you play in co-op, you'll probably be able to ignore the flaws long enough to have a jolly evening or two with some friends (Windows 10 friends only, of course) and if you're dead set on rolling around in the blood and gore, I suggest this is how you play it.

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Brendan Caldwell
Feb 9, 2018

I'd happily recommend FFXII to a particular type of person.

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Unscored - Subnautica
Jan 24, 2018

So much of this world is best experienced via first-hand discovery.

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