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Ryan Aston


Favorite Games:
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Silent Hill 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

12 games reviewed
55.5 average score
60 median score
27.3% of games recommended

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Slant Magazine
Ryan Aston
Feb 4, 2019

The little that's good here isn't enough for one to shake off the faulty nature of the game's narrative and thematic machinery.

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Ryan Aston

Overkill’s The Walking Dead certainly stokes the player’s despair, but not the sort that its developers intended.

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Ryan Aston
Oct 13, 2017

There's no mystery to Union, which is grounded in exactly the way that the Beacon Mental Hospital was not.

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Ryan Aston
Aug 17, 2017

The game's propensity for indulging counterintuitive elements feels like a willful act of self-sabotage.

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Ryan Aston
Jun 21, 2017

Driven to Win's Takedown mode feels like exploitation, the video-game equivalent of tying fireworks to G.I. Joes.

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Ryan Aston
Dec 9, 2016

Dead Rising 4 is a defanged sequel unlikely to satisfy fans of the series or appeal to new ones.

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This series reboot fails to replicate the cleanness of the original games’ racing mechanics.

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Ryan Aston
Aug 12, 2015

Think of Rare Replay like an entire Criterion Collection for video games in one package.

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Ryan Aston

Some of the best features are frustratingly kept out of the player's hands for hours, by which time many will have lost interest.

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Ryan Aston
Unscored - The Room
Aug 18, 2014

While it's to The Room's credit that the graphics and sound design remain impressive with the transition to PC, and able to compete against other PC titles, the gameplay does not, and without a compelling story the experience ends up being sadly forgettable.

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Ryan Aston
Mar 18, 2014

Year Walk is a minimalist point-and-click chiller that affectingly and disturbingly strains for meta-fiction.

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Ryan Aston

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is the perfect antidote to Call of Duty and Battlefield fatigue, replacing the grim, decrepit, gray-and-brown battle zone with vibrantly colorful gardens and crypts, where unlikely nemeses face off in hilarious, and strategic, skirmishes.

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