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Aaron Riccio


Favorite Games:
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Virtue's Last Reward
  • The Stanley Parable

190 games reviewed
63.9 average score
60 median score
40.2% of games recommended

Aaron Riccio's Reviews

Aaron Riccio's been arguing over the merits of video games since discovering the merits of 1990's Miracle Piano Teaching System straight through to recent kerfluffles over the value of so-called walking simulators. His sweet spot is the intersection between puzzle, action, and adventure games, though he realistically tries to play just about everything, and is an ardent supporter of any artists attempting to break new ground.
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Despite its title’s declaration of intent, though, Rift Apart isn’t willing to stand on its own. That’s most evident in the game’s Anomaly puzzles, where you must interact with physical representations of all of Clank’s and Kit’s dimensional possibilities. This is predetermination in action. There’s only one acceptable route for you to guide these representations, like lemmings, down, and that’s the one that has them marching in lockstep along the same path that has defined every Ratchet & Clank to date. In the end, Rift Apart is a superficially entertaining but deeply unfulfilling adventure—one that, like the latest Star Wars trilogy, mistakes a shiny new coat of paint as reason enough to exist.

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May 24, 2021

The choices you make throughout The Outer Zone's engrossing cyberpunk therapy adventure may just keep you up at night.

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May 7, 2021

The more you learn about Selene across the game’s gripping campaign, the easier it is to relate to or, at least, agree with her observation that “I deserve to be here.” That line is also more than a little apt, as it perfectly sums up just how simultaneously rewarding and punishing it is to live in the world of Returnal. Each time you make a perfect jump and air-dash to avoid a cluster of bullets, you earn your way forward, and each time you awkwardly fall off a cliff or gawk as an explosive squid flies at you, you earn the right to try it all over again. The terse thrill of all that fragility makes this a timeless adventure well worth returning to.

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Apr 12, 2021

Poison Control rarely goes beyond the cheap laughs to be had from its story.

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Mar 24, 2021

It Takes Two uses a smorgasbord of gameplay techniques to set us adrift in the field of couples therapy.

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The gameplay throughout isn't freighted with moral urgency, which is disappointing given the game's eco-terrorist themes.

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The gameplay blunts the effectiveness of the game's aesthetic, because there's no real danger to exploring the environments here.

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Aug 30, 2020

You never lose sight of No Straight Roads's thematic intent during its big show-stopping numbers.

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The game lacks for Samurai Jack's smooth, stylish animation and deceptively deep characterizations.

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Even when Fall Guys is working perfectly as intended, its appeal is limited.

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