Brendan Caldwell


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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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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Brendan Caldwell
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
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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Brendan Caldwell
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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Brendan Caldwell
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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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
Feb 9, 2018

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

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Subnautica
Jan 24, 2018

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

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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Shadowhand
Dec 18, 2017

Shadowhand is built entirely on a foundation of muddy luck. Sometimes the cards come up in such a way that you can combo twenty or more in a row. Sometimes you have to pass your turn over and over again, waiting for a useful 7 or 5 to show itself. That's why I find it unsatisfying.

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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Heat Signature
Sep 26, 2017

Suspicious Developments have distilled that chaotic kinaesthesia into something much smaller, smarter and spacier, which is absolutely to be praised.

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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Pyre
Jul 28, 2017

I only wish that the mechanics and feeling of Pyreball lived up to that strong storytelling, because it so often feels like an interruption to a great tale.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
Jul 14, 2017

Even if it isn't top of my list of collectible card games to get into (yes, that honour still goes to Duelyst) it has an attention to detail that is admirable and should be noted by others in the room.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brendan Caldwell
Jun 26, 2017

Passpartout does a decent job of replicating the frustrations and concerns of being a painter, but that does mean it's purposefully difficult to tell what people want. I like that it gives you an excuse to indulge in some childish MS Paint creativity, but I'm finished with the art scene. These scum don't deserve to gaze upon the Stretch Face.

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Brendan Caldwell
Unscored - Everspace
Jun 19, 2017

Everspace is at its best when one or two bits of your ship are busted and you have to improvise slightly during fights and prioritise finding the nearest mechanic station or a pile of nanobots. When the pressure is on and it embraces those sim-lite incidents, it can overcome its dogfighting simplicity and dainty flight controls. For me, however, I'm not sure that's enough to keep playing.

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