Ron Duwell


52 games reviewed
82.4 average score
80 median score
53.8% of games recommended

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Ron Duwell
Oct 14, 2018

Like most Mega Man games (the ones not called Mega Man 2 or Mega Man 9), Mega Man 11 is not perfect by any means and has plenty of flaws to nitpick. But, considering how extinct the franchise was and how Capcom took a huge leap of faith on the fans greenlight this in the first place, I'm grateful that it exists and that it feels like a fresh, natural fit for a whole new generation.

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Ron Duwell
Sep 24, 2018

Consider this a huge thumbs up for Velocity 2X. For a simple arcade game, it packs a ton of replayability and depth, and it never fails to deliver that arcade rush you're looking for. Whether you play it casually to beat the stages or play it to 100 percent, you're going to find a rewarding experience inside.

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Ron Duwell
Sep 23, 2018

Hollow Knight is a testament to the everlasting enjoyment of the Metroidvania genre. Its spot on controls, exciting boss fights, and sense of progression pull those willing into a surreal, dark world loaded with secrets. Addiction and obsession start to settle in until every last one is found, a sign of the best that the genre has to offer.

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Ron Duwell
Jan 28, 2018

As it stands, it's a nice tribute to the series and does Fire Emblem's mechanics justice be putting them in a shallow, effective action game shell. Fire Emblem fans will like it, especially recent fans who dig the 3DS games.

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Ron Duwell

Ubisoft nailed its first outing with Mario, hitting all the beats with its humor, story, music, and graphics. To say that it does Super Mario justice would undersell what the publisher accomplished. This is a Mario game through and through, and fans will love it.

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Ron Duwell
Sep 3, 2017

Sonic Mania is for everyone, and everyone should buy it. It succeeds at being a love letter to SEGA's classic days just as much as it succeeds at being a smartly designed video game with all of the reasons in the world to return to it over and over again. Older fans will love it, newer fans will love it, parents can play it with their kids.

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Ron Duwell
Jul 22, 2017

I like Ever Oasis a lot, and while it doesn't reach the level of "future classic" like Persona 4 or Okami, it fits the bill perfectly as a closer for the Nintendo 3DS and its impressive run. If Nintendo drops a few more hits like this in our laps over the next year, I'll be happy to keep my 3DS in rotation.

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Ron Duwell

Fire Emblem Echoes feels like it was rushed out of the gate as an afterthought for the final days of the Nintendo 3DS.

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Ron Duwell
May 25, 2017

Cosmic Star Heroine is a winner, even if you're too young to have experienced the games it references. Check it out.

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Ron Duwell

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap is a really solid retro release, and if you are new to the series, it could provide a decent starting point for your new retro adventures. If you're more into the HD graphics, it's a solid platformer that gets by on teasing your intuition and challenging players to find the best path forward.

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Ron Duwell
Mar 22, 2017

Nobody expected NieR: Automata to be this good, but by sheer force of will through all parties involved, it could very well wind up being the best game of 2017. It's a game that improves on the tired genres that it borrows from, and more importantly, it takes everyone's game to the next level.

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Ron Duwell
- Nioh
Mar 6, 2017

The thrill of overcoming challenges provided in a game like Nioh simply isn't worth the frustration to me anymore, and I have Team Ninja to thank for finally helping me admit this. It's the ebb and flow of one's life and one's interests, and while I think Nioh is a really solid game that everyone should at least try, it's not the kind of game I want to be playing these days.

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Ron Duwell
Dec 21, 2016

I’ll recommend Shantae: Half-Genie Hero to newcomers, but only on the condition that you check out the other games afterwards.

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Ron Duwell
Dec 12, 2016

Square Enix had the gargantuan task of reinvigorating the series with a game 10 years in the making. Final Fantasy XV succeeds.

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Ron Duwell
Oct 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! What’s a better way to spend the most frightful day of the year than watching Japanese children get murdered in Corpse Party?

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Ron Duwell

Chase: Cold Case Investigations -Distant Memories has great style and all the reason in the world to be expanded into an excellent, episodic franchise.

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Ron Duwell
Oct 25, 2016

Square Enix has another winner of a spin-off this year.

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Ron Duwell
Sep 30, 2016

It’s a great game for speed-runners and those looking to memorize the ins and outs of old-school platforming stages. Plus, the barrier for entry is much smaller because it’s an easier game. However, I found the first one more memorable in spite of its rudimentary platforming. I’d play that one first to find out what this series is all about.

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Ron Duwell
Sep 27, 2016

With Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, I found a pleasant time-waster of an action game that provided not a lot of emotional or gameplay depth.

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Ron Duwell
Aug 26, 2016

A very simple action game that feels natural and satisfying.

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