PJ O'Reilly


35 games reviewed
69.6 average score
77 median score
51.4% of games recommended
Scores 5.9 higher than average

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Nintendo Life
PJ O'Reilly
Jul 19, 2019

Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble surpasses both its predecessor and the recent Wargroove to become the number one Advance Wars clone available on Switch right now.

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Nintendo Life
PJ O'Reilly
Jul 15, 2019

Hyperlight Ultimate is a great little arcade shooter that was good on 3DS and now arrives on Switch in a much more complete and satisfying form. The subtle gameplay tweaks here help make things a little less hardcore than in the original game, but this is still pretty tough stuff that comes highly recommended to fans of the genre who like a stiff challenge, so long as they stay away from Panic mode.

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5 / 10 - SolSeraph
Jul 9, 2019

It genuinely feels like an unfinished game in places, and it’s a real shame.

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8 / 10 - Q-YO Blaster
Jul 3, 2019

Q-YO Blaster is a great little tribute to Parodius, filled with inventive enemies and brilliantly designed boss battles. Its gameplay is solid and addictive with a beautiful art-style reminiscent in places of the mighty Cuphead. It's short and sweet for sure, but it's got lots of replayability and is perfect for whipping out for a quick blast on quick journeys and, all in all, is yet another cracking addition to the Switch's ever-growing roster of top quality shmups.

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Nintendo Life
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4 / 10 - Mainlining
Jun 30, 2019

Mainlining fails to really provide any interesting commentary on its chosen subject matter, revelling instead in caricatures we’ve all experienced a hundred times before; stuff you’ll have seen done better in any Grand Theft Auto game that has parody websites involved. Its gameplay too often degenerates into trial-and-error and lacks any sort of consequences for the player getting things wrong, which renders the whole investigative process pretty much pointless.

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God is a Geek
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7 / 10.0 - The Sinking City
Jun 25, 2019

If you can ignore The Sinking City's technical failings, set the combat difficulty to easy and stick to getting embroiled in the story

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Nintendo Life
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9 / 10 - Rolling Gunner
Jun 20, 2019

Kudos to Mebius for creating an entry in the genre that does so much to welcome newcomers into the fold whilst at the same time offering a blisteringly difficult challenge with plenty of hidden depth to hardened warriors looking for their next shooter addiction.

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Nintendo Life
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7 / 10 - My Friend Pedro
Jun 20, 2019

My Friend Pedro, for the most part, delivers on its promise to provide you with an almost endless variety of ways with which to carry out the flashy brand of OTT violence that's had gamers eagerly awaiting its release. The controls can be cantankerous at times and the levels are far from being an eclectic mix, but it adds enough diversions to the action with light puzzling and platforming elements to keep things interesting enough to see through to the end. Also, your best friend is a banana.

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Nintendo Life
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9 / 10 - Slay The Spire
Jun 6, 2019

Slay the Spire is an endlessly addictive roguelike card-battler that’s a perfect fit for the Switch; a beautifully balanced game that’s arrived on Nintendo’s system with all the benefits of an extended period of Early Access on PC.

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Nintendo Life
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6 / 10 - Golem Gates
Jun 3, 2019

Overall, fans of RTS games may get some fun out of Golem Gates, but it's hard to get around the fact that this mash-up of tactical RTS gameplay with the random nature of the deck-building element of the game leads to a watered-down tactical experience. If you're happy enough to enjoy it for what it is you'll get a decent amount of fun out of the various modes on offer, but anyone looking for a serious RTS or deck-building experience would be best sticking to either genre exclusively, rather than taking a chance on this well-meaning but misguided mishmash.

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Nintendo Life
PJ O'Reilly
May 28, 2019

Overall it feels a little like death by a thousand cuts with American Fugitive, with one too many niggling little problems letting the whole thing down.

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Nintendo Life
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Guilty Gear 20th Anniversary Edition is a fantastic addition to the Switch’s roster of fighting games and sits right up there with the very best examples of the genre the platform has to offer, mostly due to the fact that XX Accent Core Plus R is just about the strongest, most technically refined entry in the series.

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Nintendo Life
PJ O'Reilly
May 21, 2019

Assassin’s Creed III on Switch is easily the weakest 'Remastered' version of the game that’s been released thus far.

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Nintendo Life
PJ O'Reilly
May 13, 2019

There's no escaping the fact that Strike Suit Zero is a let-down, despite the promise of this enhanced edition. The Director's Cut has fixed issues with checkpointing and, in terms of content, is certainly a generous package on Switch, but the game never escapes the fact that its central conceit isn't satisfactorily delivered upon. With better mech controls and some more time and care put into delivering more varied missions this could have been a great little space combat game, but as it stands it's hard to recommend to anyone other than diehard space jockeys.

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Nintendo Life
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8 / 10 - Aggelos
May 7, 2019

Overall, this is a great little retro adventure that doesn't outstay its welcome. It plays like a top tier title from back in the day, presents you with the sort of gameplay you want and expect from this type of game and serves it all up at a pace with such consistent quality that it's hard not to be won over, no matter how fatigued you may be by the idea of another blast of old school pixel action.

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God is a Geek
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7 / 10.0 - Hyper Sentinel
May 8, 2018

A pretty straightforward modernising of a fondly remembered 1980s shoot 'em up that successfully adds a handful of modern bells, whistles and gameplay wrinkles to proceedings whilst also suffering somewhat from the inherent gameplay restrictions of its source material.

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God is a Geek
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5 / 10.0 - Windlands (VR)
Dec 14, 2016

Windlands is a pretty great idea that could have been an essential PSVR title had more thought been put into its traversal.

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God is a Geek
PJ O'Reilly
Dec 14, 2016

The new mode is unnecessary and strips away the very elements of gameplay that make Super Stardust so good in the first place.

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God is a Geek
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3 / 10.0 - Carnival Games VR
Dec 6, 2016

Carnival games falls so short of achieving anything good that it’s genuinely hard to think of a reason for anyone to buy it.

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God is a Geek
PJ O'Reilly
Dec 1, 2016

It feels like such an almighty shame that a game this beautiful, with such a compelling premise, should be let down by a failure to include anything approaching interesting gameplay.

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