Allegra Frank


19 games reviewed
72.9 average score
73 median score
28.6% of games recommended
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Unscored - Devotion
Mar 12, 2019

Devotion is beautiful and mesmerizing, contorting mundanities into menaces.

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Jan 24, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 ends the series with a whimper

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Nov 13, 2018

Pokémon: Let’s Go! is a charming, imperfect transition to the big screen

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Life is Strange 2 asserts that games are ready to expose and interrogate the wounds left on our country by institutional racism, a contentious government and steadfast ideological differences. One episode in, season two seems ready for the job.

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May 25, 2018

Quantic Dream has mastered making a very playable, even enjoyable interactive experience. But there's always this performative feeling behind it — always this reminder that, for as much as someone wants to help out a cause, there's a difference between saying it and doing it.

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Mar 1, 2018

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine celebrates storytelling but loses the plot

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That story stops in a beautiful place at Episode One's end: a cliffhanger that makes me want Episode Two, stat. I'm a little nervous about having to deal with more of Chloe's pop-punk-esque "I'm not OK" pontificating. But based on what I've seen from Before the Storm's premiere, I'm willing to tough it out alongside her, and Rachel, and the rest of Arcadia Bay.

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7 / 10.0 - Tacoma
Aug 1, 2017

I continue to think of Tacoma as a story first, but it's more than that, clearly: It's an interactive experience, and that plays for and against it. The story is built out of the playback mechanic, which gives birth to the subtler suggestions of what's really going on with this station. But the playback system means there's a lot of talking to listen to, and a lot of wireframes to stare at. For a game about an abandoned space station, Tacoma gave me plenty of company. But the moments where I had to reckon with being alone in space were the ones that stuck with me.

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8 / 10.0 - Miitopia
Jul 27, 2017

This RPG won't revolutionize the genre in any sense, but as a breezy riff on a familiar formula, Miitopia is a pure delight.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Ever Oasis
Jun 29, 2017

Yet with little actual challenge to speak of, Ever Oasis doesn't have much going for it. There aren't any tricky enemies to ward off, and the town-building simulation is shallow. It's the combination of several other genres whose best games are far, far, far more worth playing than this one. In its attempt to crib from the best, Ever Oasis never establishes its own identity.

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