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Mark Delaney

Boston, MA
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Favorite Games:
  • The Last of Us
  • PUBG
  • Sea of Thieves

143 games reviewed
68.7 average score
70 median score
47.6% of games recommended
Scores 1.2 higher than average

Mark Delaney's Reviews

Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. Formerly the Features Editor of TrueAchievements, he's been writing online since 2011 and continues to do so as a freelancer today. Outside of games, he likes biking, binge-watching HBO, and spending time with his partner and kids. He almost never writes in the third person.
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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Jun 25, 2019

Lousy combat and a low-res, buggy, lifeless land are blemishes for sure, but overall while this may not be the best of the bunch, The Sinking City is certainly the most ambitious of all recent Lovecraftian horror games.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
May 30, 2019

Team Sonic Racing is Sumo's third race around the track with SEGA's flagship characters. It's not their best effort of the trio but because of the intriguing teamplay focus, it stands up as a worthy game for fans of the genre and families alike.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
May 28, 2019

Across the board, Void Bastards is unforgettable.

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GameSkinny
Mark Delaney
May 23, 2019

Layers of Fear 2 ups the ante from the original game's haunted house simulator style of horror, but that still leaves it all feeling too scripted to instill any real sense of dread.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
May 20, 2019

The amazing gunplay and combat of RAGE 2 shouldn't easily get so stale, but because of an open world all too familiar and a story that hardly gets going before it ends, players are left to rule over a kingdom of dirt.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney

All of this makes it hard to argue that anyone new to the series should try V2 Remastered. It offers too many 2012 issues in a prettier 2019 package. However, if you're already a fan, these poorly aged issues are more forgiving, making Sniper Elite V2 Remastered worth aiming for.

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Bloody Disgusting
Mark Delaney

If you don't know the name Asobo Studio, you will after A Plague Tale. It clearly had a vision for what it wanted this game to be and despite the presumably lower budget than similar games, it rarely feels hamstrung by financial constraints. It's a game that looks, sounds, and plays great, and is all wrapped up in a story that unfolds irresistibly. For anyone who still longs for single-player games they can just sink their teeth into and enjoy, A Plague Tale should shoot to the top of your list. It's one of the year's best games.

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Bloody Disgusting
Mark Delaney
Apr 28, 2019

Fade to Silence is nothing if not interesting, which helps keep the game afloat even with several short- and long-term issues. From a studio that has never done this sort of thing and comprised of just a few dozen developers, it’s clear its downfall is its own ambition as virtually all of Fade to Silence’s many systems need refinement. A lack of good tutorials will scare off genre newcomers, while half-baked elements like poor combat and controls will upset the veterans too. Still, the story drips out irresistibly and base-building is deep and engaging, which makes surviving the storm of problems worthwhile. Black Forest Games bit off more than they could chew with Fade to Silence, but they deserve some credit for taking the bite.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Apr 22, 2019

Before launch, World War Z seemed to be spoken of with skepticism, perhaps due to its curious choice of IP.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Apr 16, 2019

My Time at Portia tries to do so much at once and impressively gets most of it right anyway.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Apr 3, 2019

Generation Zero isn't the game I wanted it to be today, but in a world where games are alive and changing all the time, I'm hoping the singularity is still near.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney

Thankfully, the final episode delivers a sendoff worthy of Clementine's arduous and emotional journey. Beautiful and tragic often at once, and thematically tight, "Take Us Back" is a finale the team can be proud of as they move to whatever is next, and the fans can cherish as the story comes to its end.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Mar 12, 2019

The Occupation brilliantly blends elaborate levels, breadcrumb-chasing, gotcha journalism, and a politically-charged drama to become one of 2019's most interesting games.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Feb 27, 2019

Degrees of Separation opens like a touching fairy tale complete with well-written narration and a soft tone of lovers determined to find one another. Sadly, the game betrays them and the player alike by structuring progression exclusively around collectibles.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney

Yonder is the type of game I wish we had a lot more of on Xbox.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Feb 19, 2019

Puzzles and controls leave a lot to be desired, but Conarium does much else well, making it an easy recommendation for any fans of the author.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Feb 14, 2019

It survived the purge where Fable Legends and Scalebound did not, but even in its best moments, Crackdown 3's campaign feels like it was born too late.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney
Feb 14, 2019

Neither the premise nor the execution of the setting and story ever justify the project, but for fans who haven't tired of the series' formula yet, you can't really go wrong with more of the same when it's well done. It's mechanically tight and often engaging while it lasts.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney

Away: Journey to the Unexpected tries to do a lot at once, which is a tall task for a game mostly built by just a pair of people. Ultimately, its strange direction lends to the charm of it all, but it's also clear the game is lacking in a few key areas — namely, shoddy combat and inconsistent level randomization. Still, it was billed as a "feel-good" indie and I'd have to agree. Despite its faults, I'm happy to have played this weird game.

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TrueAchievements
Mark Delaney

Telltale's final season was presumed dead a few months ago, but just like the titular zombies, The Walking Dead: The Final Season has risen from the grave to live again. It's a good thing too, because "Broken Toys" is the best episode of the season by far.

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