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Ollie Barder

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

40 games reviewed
82.1 average score
80 median score
65.0% 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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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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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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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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