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Hayes Madsen

Denver, CO
Uber Popsicle

Favorite Games:
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

67 games reviewed
80.9 average score
80 median score
73.1% of games recommended

Hayes Madsen's Reviews

A connoisseur of all things RPG related, and always looking for the artistic expression in gaming. His love of Gundam is only matched by his love of Pizza.
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Celebrating the whole franchise with music.

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Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a charming experience, and its charming cast keeps things surging forward, even while the main story drags on for a bit. There's certainly a bit of a learning curve, and the game could do a better job with tutorials, but there are deep systems to dig into once players get the hang of them.

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Nov 4, 2020

Yakuza: Like a Dragon might be a massive change for the series, but it certainly doesn't suffer for it. It's the most exciting and fresh the franchise has felt since Yakuza 0, and players will quickly fall in love with its quirky cast of characters. Like a Dragon is compelling because of how it plays double-duty as both a love letter and parody of the JRPG genre. Its story and combat system take some time to really come together, but once they do, it's a wild fever dream that's not easily forgotten, and one that can be enjoyed even by those who aren't traditionally interested in JRPG stylings and turn-based gameplay.

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Extreme Vs isn't going to make a Gundam fan out of anyone that isn't already one, but there's a lot to love for any existing fans.

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Jan 22, 2020

If you want to experience these stories again, Kakarot is the best way you can do it, but expect a bit of tedium along the way.

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4 / 5.0 - Shenmue III
Nov 26, 2019

If you’ve never played a Shenmue game, that honestly might give you trouble. But if you have played Shenmue, then you’ll feel like you’ve come home with Shenmue 3.

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Oct 22, 2019

As a more compact Fallout-like experience The Outer Worlds really works, and I’m already hoping that we’ll get to return to the Halcyon Colony again someday.

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4 / 5.0 - Indivisible
Oct 8, 2019

Ultimately, Indivisible is an incredibly unique little JRPG that doesn’t quite live up to its grand ambitions, but comes darn close.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Code Vein
Sep 26, 2019

Code Vein is easily one of the sleeper hits of the year, and it’s an experience that’s a joy to sink your teeth into.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Daemon X Machina
Sep 11, 2019

If you’re willing to tough out the rough opening hours, there’s a deep mech experience lying underneath with exceptional combat that constantly keeps things exciting, even with a few issues.

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