Chris Shive


215 games reviewed
74.2 average score
80 median score
52.6% of games recommended
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Mar 1, 2016

Dungelot is an enjoyable roguelike that can provide a challenge to players of almost any skill level without becoming frustrating.  The twisted humor tinyBuild is known for combined with addictive easy to pick up, difficult to master gameplay makes this title a worthwhile addition to any roguelike fan's library, especially ones with a penchant for puzzle games such as Minesweeper.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Catlateral Damage
Mar 22, 2016

Overall Catlateral Damage is a simple but fun game.  Random events and the procedurally generated levels do help keep the experience fresh, as do the collectible cat photos.  The easy to pick up gameplay makes this a title that can appeal to anyone.  Cat lovers in particular are likely to get more enjoyment from stepping into the paws in this cat simulator and hunting down the various cat pictures than those who do not enjoy feline companionship.

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4 / 5.0 - Nights of Azure
Mar 29, 2016

Nights of Azure is a solid action RPG.

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Apr 2, 2016

Black Desert Online is a beautiful game marred by inept tutorials and an impenetrable story.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Unepic
Apr 5, 2016

Unepic is an enjoyable retro style action RPG. It has not gotten the attention or acclaim of some more recent retro style 2D platformers such as Axiom Verge or Shovel Knight, but fans of that style of gameplay should give this one a look. It doesn't reinvent the Metroidvania style of game, but the developer is obviously a fan of the format and the effort in creating a quality game to pay homage to old school games is apparent.

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Apr 11, 2016

Dear RED – Extended is an interesting but very short visual novel.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Code of Princess
Apr 13, 2016

Code of Princess is a modern take on old fashioned arcade action with some RPG elements thrown in for good measure.

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Apr 18, 2016

Hyrule Warriors Legends was designed to be a Zelda spin-off and not the next entry in the Zelda series.

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May 6, 2016

Corpse Party’s Steam port holds up especially well for a five year old game.

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May 15, 2016

Life Goes On: Done to Death is a lighthearted and humorous take on a selfish tyrant of a king sending his loyal soldiers blindly and obediently into an early grave for his own personal gain.

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May 20, 2016

The visuals are the standout feature, but the overall package is well done and enjoyable.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Dungeons 2
May 23, 2016

Dungeons II took over an hour to convince me that it was a game worth playing, but it was fun once I crossed that initial hurdle.

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Jun 1, 2016

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir goes to great lengths to take an often overlooked gem from the PlayStation 2 era and make it new and relevant for the currently supported Sony consoles.

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3 / 5.0 - My Night Job
Jun 6, 2016

My Night Job is an entertaining homage to older video games and the horror genre, but its repetitive nature and lack of replay value hold it back.

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Jun 7, 2016

Super Duper Party Pooper! might not be pure excrement, but it is not necessarily much better. To contrast the game with an actual bowel movement, spending an extended period of time with either will cause one to feel hollow inside, as if a part of them is forever lost with that time that can never be recovered.

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Fans will eat it up and for people who have been curious about the Atelier series but are uncertain about what game to start with, this PS4 debut is a new character with a new story and appears to be a good starting point.

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Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice is the definitive version of Dragon Fantasy Book II. It is a love letter to 16-bit RPGs with its tongue firmly planted in cheek. It may not surpass the fan favorites of that era, but it is a worthy homage and recommended to anyone who is a fan of old school RPGs.

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Jun 23, 2016

Deadlight Director’s Cut combines classic puzzle platforming fun with an artistic direction and story that is able to create a bleak atmosphere.

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4 / 5.0 - Grand Kingdom
Jun 23, 2016

Grand Kingdom takes some time to get going, but once it does, it's a great tactical RPG.

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Jul 1, 2016

One Piece: Burning Blood is one of those middle of the road games that makes game reviewers weep. The fun of praising or decimating a title stolen away without so much as a cheeky card. The game itself does work as an introduction to the series, giving the briefest of glimpses as to why it's so popular, and piling on the fan service with countless playable and support characters. Neither good nor bad, it exists. That will be enough for many fans.

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