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Mike Epstein


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21 games reviewed
62.0 average score
61 median score
14.3% of games recommended

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Mike Epstein's Reviews

Associate editor (gaming) at Digital Trends. Medill and Brandeis University alum. Fun fact: Mike has the longest eyelashes in games journalism.
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Mike Epstein
Jan 18, 2019

Ace Combat 7: Unknown Skies doesn't do a lot ot update its classic arcade-style dogfighting, but it does look great and its gameplay holds up for the most part.

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Mike Epstein
Dec 5, 2018

In changing the interplay between stealth and combat, Mutant Year Zero spins an interesting and intense new perspective on turn-based tactics that pushes you to get the most out of every move you make.

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Mike Epstein
Oct 17, 2018

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption has a few clever new ideas, but it doesn't quite feel like a complete package.

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6.7 / 10.0 - Death's Gambit
Sep 5, 2018

Death's Gambit is a very blunt attempt to fuse two beloved games, Dark Souls and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, into one challenging 2D action-platformer. Developer White Rabbit shows a strong understanding of what made each of them great but glosses over fundamentals that all great games need, such as responsive controls and an understandable game world, and falls short of its promise.

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7.4 / 10.0 - Phantom Doctrine
Aug 14, 2018

The campaign itself can feel drawn out at times thanks to a less-than-stellar story and some obviously recycled content, but there's a real thrill in executing covert missions and putting all the pieces together like a master spy.

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Mike Epstein
Jul 19, 2018

Far Cry 5 never decides what game it wants to be.

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Mike Epstein
Jan 26, 2018

'Dragon Ball FighterZ' is the first Dragon Ball game everyone should play.

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Mike Epstein

The best looking world we've entered all year can't save Assassin's Creed Origins.

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Mike Epstein

'Breath of the Wild' is the best launch game on Switch and unlike any Legend of Zelda game you've ever played.

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Mike Epstein
Dec 16, 2016

Final Fantasy fans should play this game immediately. It's not perfect, but it has many of the franchise's traditional strengths. If you're new to the series, you may want to try the classics first, or wait for a sale.

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Mike Epstein
Sep 14, 2016

'ReCore' is a game you'll want to love -- which only make its flaws that much more disappointing.

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Mike Epstein
Aug 23, 2016

'No Man's Sky' is the most massive exploration game of all time, but ultimately feels hollow

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Mike Epstein
Aug 1, 2016

Song of the Deep has too many bugs and design flaws to stay afloat.

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Mike Epstein

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst still has fun parkour, but fails as a compelling open-world game.

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- Doom
May 19, 2016

Doom is a brilliant homage to the spirit, and hellish gore, of old PC shooters.

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Mike Epstein

A fun and fitting end for Nathan Drake

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Mike Epstein
Apr 1, 2016

Quantum Break tries to master video game and TV storytelling, but fails at both.

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Mike Epstein

We're only one episode in, but Hitman already excels as an episodic game.

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Mike Epstein

Fans waiting for the next Fire Emblem will certainly not feel cheated by Fates: The nerve-wracking decision over risking a character's life with every move has not diminished. That said, with its many attempts at innovation falling short of their marks, and its core gameplay lacking the refinement seen in its predecessors, perhaps Nintendo should signal a tactical retreat and focus on making the best Fire Emblem possible.

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Mike Epstein

Fire Emblem: Fates offers new features and gameplay that weigh down the series' tried and true gameplay, rather than enhance it.

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