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Ollie Barder


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

36 games reviewed
81.0 average score
80 median score
63.9% of games recommended
Scores 4.6 higher than average

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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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Ollie Barder
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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Ollie Barder
Jul 16, 2019

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

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Ollie Barder
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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8 / 10.0 - Kingdom Hearts III
Mar 3, 2019

Overall, Kingdom Hearts III is a very involved game, both functionally and narratively, but on each count, these aspects of the game can be awkward and difficult to fully understand, especially for newcomers. If you are one of the many people that have waited patiently for this installment and the chance to stick it to Xehanort, then you will definitely enjoy yourself a great deal.

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Ollie Barder
Jan 26, 2019

Overall, I have had a great deal of fun with Ace Combat 7 and while it can be a demanding game at times, it is definitely a rewarding one. So if you want to fly through a beautiful blue sky filled with missiles, while surviving intense aerial dogfights, then Ace Combat 7 delivers on all counts.

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Ollie Barder
Dec 8, 2018

All of these elements together make this game easily the best in the series thus far and is something I can happily recommend for anyone that enjoys large explosions and destroying giant aliens en masse.

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8 / 10.0 - Pokémon: Let's Go
Nov 18, 2018

Overall, Pokémon: Let’s Go is definitely something fans of Pokémon will have fun with and will also be familiar to newer players who have enjoyed Pokémon GO. However, don’t be fooled by the sweet looking presentation, as there is a solid challenge to be had here.

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Overall, Castlevania Requiem is an excellent collection of two very important as well as very different Castlevania games. If you have enjoyed the recent Netflix series and don't know much about the games it is based off, then this is probably the perfect collection to get to grips with the saga.

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Overall, the standard game is an excellent high-definition remaster and is the best version of the game to date. The VR mode ruins that impressive achievement and is wholly unnecessary. In short, play this for the high definition remaster and give the VR mode a very wide berth.

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While it is a massive and overly traditional role-playing game, do not let these elements dissuade you from trying it out. Stick with it and your patience will be hugely rewarded.

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8 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Aug 15, 2018

Overall, Octopath Traveler is a very solid and engaging game.

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If you're a Zelda fan and want something more combat oriented with a strong element of strategy to it, then Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is worth checking out.

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Ollie Barder
Feb 11, 2018

Overall, this is still the fantastic game I remember playing back at the start of 2016

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Feb 3, 2018

Overall, following the somewhat disappointing The Last Guardian, this is an astonishingly good remake of a classic PS2 game and one that everyone who owns a PS4 should play.

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Ollie Barder
Jan 7, 2018

Overall, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a very good role-playing game and one that not only is a proud addition to the Xeno series but also adds another great game to the library of the already buoyant Switch. That said, the discrepancy in performance between the docked and portable versions of the game is somewhat unfortunate and may limit your enjoyment.

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Ollie Barder
Nov 29, 2017

Even if you unlocked all there was from the Alola region in the previous games, these Ultra iterations have even more tucked away for you to discover.

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Oct 7, 2017

A great deal of effort clearly went into making this game work and bringing SR388 to life once again. However, as a Metroid game, it still falls short of earlier releases.

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8 / 10.0 - Senko no Ronde 2
Sep 12, 2017

Overall, Senko no Ronde 2 is as good as the game it is based off and comes highly recommended to anyone that enjoys a different kind of arena battler.

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9 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania
Aug 23, 2017

Overall, Sonic Mania is probably one of the best Sonic games ever made and is a very carefully and thoughtfully crafted game.

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