Matt Sainsbury


703 games reviewed
72.4 average score
80 median score
56.4% of games recommended
Scores 9.8 higher than average

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Matt Sainsbury
Sep 13, 2019

Utawarerumono Zan is obviously a limited game, but as the first attempt to expand the Utawarerumono property beyond its roots, it's a good first step.

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Matt Sainsbury
Sep 6, 2019

Vambrace: Cold Soul is by no means a bad game. It's far too derivative and simple to reach the same league as Darkest Dungeon as a classic, but it's an enjoyable time waster, with superb production values and neat, clean, classical turn based combat action. The best way to play the game is probably on the Nintendo Switch, too, since it's the kind of background noise that works while you've got the sport or a movie on TV.

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Matt Sainsbury
Sep 5, 2019

Sadly Headliner’s lack of depth, subtlety and nuance undermines the point that it was driving at. That its core design principle is also so derivative of one of the most lauded “art games” of the last decade doesn’t help it, either.

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Matt Sainsbury
Sep 3, 2019

Catherine is a rare game - it's one that handles sex themes with maturity and nuance, and then folds gameplay elements into the narrative themes that are enhance the core narrative.

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Matt Sainsbury

Final Fantasy VIII is a masterpiece, and I’m glad that it’s now properly accessible on newer consoles. Hopefully a new generation of players can now discover it.

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Both transgressive and subversive, Hotline Miami and its sequel are both much smarter games that I’ve seen some quarters give them credit for, and brought together into one package for the Switch is a good bit of the ol’ ultra-violence.

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Supermassive Game's high concept - an anthology of horror stories - is off to a great start with Man of Medan. We don't get nearly enough horror that aims to be thoughtful like this. The challenge will be to make sure that each game in the series is different enough to reflect a different approach to horror, but things are off to a good start.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 27, 2019

Astral Chain is both beautiful and mesmerising. You’re not likely to come across a better action gameplay system for quite some time – likely until PlatinumGames’ own next effort. Truly this is a developer that understands the principles of movement in action better than any, and while its games might struggle in other areas to meet the brilliance of the action, every second with that action is satisfying, exciting, and a very pure form of entertainment.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 23, 2019

For the very small niche of people who care that much about Snooker, however, Snooker 19 does deliver. There are more accessible Pool titles out there - including on the Nintendo Switch itself, but as an attempt to go the full distance with a deeply authentic simulation, Snooker 19 is a good and genuine effort.

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If the developers bring a lot more focus Pantsu Hunter, and more carefully consider how to make the various gameplay and narrative elements fit together, this could yet become something special.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 22, 2019

Oninaki is three for three as far as sad, but beautiful tales from Tokyo RPG Factory go.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 20, 2019

Rogue Singularity is perfect for the Switch. Levels are short and sharp, making it ideal for instant pick-up-and-play, and if you're going to invest in this one, you're going to need every moment to refine your skills that you can find.

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Aug 19, 2019

I question just how many 30-somethings are out there looking for a new time-draining roguelike to play, but regardless of just how niche RAD's audience turns out to be, I'm very glad that Double Fine gave it a crack.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 16, 2019

It's a pity that Pix the Cat hasn't grown into a larger property over the last five or so years, because Pix is a great character, the neon aesthetic is pleasing, and the action is of a very high standard.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 15, 2019

This, right here, is what we should be referencing back to when we talk about the artistic potential and merit of video games.

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I admit that I made the mistake of buying this game without first checking that the multiplayer would be in there, but in my defense, this is a port of a game from 1998 and it is truly nuts to think that the developers couldn't include it

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 8, 2019

FuRyu continues to be the publisher to watch for anyone who likes their games with a bit of genuine artistic credibility.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 7, 2019

It plays so close to the Mystery Dungeon tradition that, as a rabid fan of Shiren, Chocobo Dungeon and the others, I was always going to enjoy this.

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Matt Sainsbury
Aug 6, 2019

Forged of Blood is ambitious well beyond its means, and it has so many systems at play at once that there are moments where, mechanically, they fall down.

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Really, the biggest problem with Raiders of the North Sea is that there are better known and deeper Eurogames out there.

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