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Favorite Games:
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
  • Star Fox 64

83 games reviewed
79.0 average score
80 median score
61.3% of games recommended

Alex Donaldson's Reviews

Alex got his start writing about video games very young via two vibrant fan communities online. Having sparked a love for writing, especially about games, he went on to study English Language & Journalistic Studies while getting a first start at freelancing on the side. He now writes and gallivants in front of a camera for a variety of publications on and offline in a freelance capacity while also acting as the Director and Editor in Chief of the Mist Network websites, including RPG Site. He'd tell you his areas of expertise are Strategy, RPGs, Fighters, and Whiskey. Not necessarily in that order.
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Alex Donaldson
Jul 25, 2019

Whatever path you choose, Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute blast. It’s the best Fire Emblem title since Awakening, and it goes straight onto my list of must-play Switch games.

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Alex Donaldson
Jun 26, 2019

It probably comes as no surprise to learn that Super Mario Maker 2 is good. Just how good it is exceeds expectations, however.

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Alex Donaldson
Jun 21, 2019

Nostalgia might well have carried this one through, but in truth it doesn’t need it: this is a great game that has for the most part aged remarkably well, with the visual upgrade and other tweaks serving to make absolutely certain it’s worth the price of admission

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Alex Donaldson
May 17, 2019

An extraordinarily competent racer

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Alex Donaldson
Apr 15, 2019

Nintendo Labo VR is basic, but it’s immediately more fun than its expensive peers

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Alex Donaldson

Hopefully this is just the start, with similar quality releases of the latter three games and hopefully a further sequel yet to come following this. Rest assured – these are a fantastic way to revisit familiar adventures for existing fans and a must-play in the genre for everybody else. At last, they’ve got a current release definitively worth bothering with.

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - Tropico 6
Mar 29, 2019

It’s a confident game that plays it safe, offering simple iterations and smart tweaks to the already well-trodden and successful styling of the series to offer up an entry that, at the very least, is superior to its direct predecessor.

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Alex Donaldson
Mar 28, 2019

This is a game that’s elevated by that choice of art and the way that design interlaces and works to create new play opportunities within the sweet sandbox of each level.

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

By taking its grim post-apocalyptic world above ground into wide, open areas, Metro Exodus adds a smart and engaging twist while retaining the series’ identity.

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - Parkitect
Jan 4, 2019

Parkitect is the management sim I’ve been wanting for years

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Alex Donaldson
Dec 17, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does indeed live up to its name. It’s a brilliant game today, as it launches, but tellingly it also leaves me incredibly excited about the future.

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Alex Donaldson
Nov 16, 2018

What’s surprised me most about reviewing it is that I hadn’t fully made peace with that fact and yet I loved this game anyway – something that’s arguably a testament to how well it executes on its vision.

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - SoulCalibur VI
Oct 17, 2018

Get some friends, some beers, some button mashing and some toe-curlingly tight encounters and you'll find the spirit of the original alive and well – and that's all that matters in the end.

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Alex Donaldson
Sep 6, 2018

That's when it feels most special, and it's then that what Insomniac has achieved here is most plain. Much of its design is familiar, but it appears here in a refined, polished form that makes it an easy recommendation.

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - Shenmue 1 & 2
Aug 21, 2018

A strong port and the best way to play these flawed yet brilliant classics

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Alex Donaldson
Unscored - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 17, 2018

Minor as the additions the Plus expansion brings, Sonic Mania is still one of the best 2D platformers in recent memory, and is definitely the best Sonic game in a very long time.

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Alex Donaldson
Jul 12, 2018

A beautiful, challenging and often utterly brilliant throwback to the golden age of Japanese RPGs that somehow scuppers its chances of being a true classic through an ambitious but ultimately flawed narrative structure.

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Alex Donaldson
Jul 11, 2018

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Alex Donaldson

Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition lives up to its name: it's the best version of this game, and this game is also the best in the Warriors series.

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Alex Donaldson

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze may be a simple port, but if you didn't own a Wii U this title is a must-buy.

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