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Ollie Barder


Favorite Games:
  • Cyber Troopers Virtual On
  • Super Metroid
  • Ico

42 games reviewed
82.3 average score
80 median score
64.3% of games recommended

Ollie Barder's Reviews

I cover gaming and pop-culture in Japan for Forbes. I also founded and continue to manage the mecha gaming site, Mecha Damashii. I have over a decade’s worth of games industry experience, having worked in both publishing and game development, and am currently working in the Tokyo games industry. In my limited spare time I do mecha related toy reviews for a variety of places.
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8 / 10.0 - Samurai Shodown
Mar 22, 2020

Overall, Samurai Shodown is very much true to its gaming lineage and works a lot better on the Switch than you would expect. So if you like quick paced fighting games with lots of vicious bladed weaponry and a surprising amount of tactics, then this is definitely worth a look.

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9 / 10.0 - Super Robot Wars X
Feb 23, 2020

Overall, this is one of the best recent entries to the Super Robot Wars games and having it on the Switch makes it all the more compelling and convenient, not to mention being more in line with the portable history of the series.

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9 / 10.0 - Super Robot Wars V
Dec 19, 2019

Overall, this is a very solid and quite streamlined Super Robot Wars game and is something that works very well on the Switch. It’s a bit of a change of pace after Super Robot Wars T but Super Robot Wars V has its own charm and a fantastic roster of units to get lost in.

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There are already plenty of solid roleplaying games on the Switch, but you absolutely need to add Dragon Quest XI S to your collection if you haven’t already done so. Put simply, it is still a thoroughly incredible game and almost peerless within the genre.

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8 / 10.0 - Daemon X Machina
Sep 20, 2019

If you like to play with nicely designed mecha packed full of weapons and destroy all kinds of robotic enemies, then Daemon X Machina does a good job letting you do just that. So ignore the more casual players out there and try this out, as this is a proper mecha game.

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Sep 19, 2019

Overall, this is a excellent remake of an already faultless Zelda game.

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Aug 6, 2019

Overall, Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a decent enough port of a cult classic mecha game but misses the mark over the Xbox original.

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Jul 16, 2019

Overall, Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a good game but not a great one.

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Apr 14, 2019

Iron Rain is a solid shooter and reminiscent of what made the mainline games so much fun. However, I think some of the backend changes don’t really work and the visual and aural impact of the weapons feel diminished.

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9 / 10.0 - Super Robot Wars T
Apr 1, 2019

If you want to enjoy an involved tactical role-playing game that acts as a gateway to decades of intricate and extensive anime pop-culture, then board the Arcadia and let it take you on a wonderful adventure.

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