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Julian De Backer

Favorite Games:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • DuckTales
  • The Pagemaster

14 games reviewed
72.1 average score
70 median score
42.9% of games recommended

Julian De Backer's Reviews

Julian De Backer (°1984) wishes to one day sojourn in a world where 'Back to the Future' and 'The Goonies' are an everyday staple on television or on the silver screen. A place with Bruce Springsteen serving as the background soundtrack, DeLoreans parked on every street and Almdudler available in every corner drugstore. Until that day, he tries to create his own utopia with cartoons, reviews, texts, interviews, acting gigs and poems. Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Jozef Van Hove and Shigeru Miyamoto are absolute heroes. 'You Are The Pan' by John Williams never fails to bring tears to his eyes. Julian started gaming in 1992 with the monochrome Game Boy, and has since considered himself to be a Nintendo fan. The boys from Kyoto, Japan made him leap for joy with their slate of consoles and handhelds. Special mention for the criminally underrated Game Boy Micro. Never the Nintendo fanboy, Julian has found major appreciation for the Sega MegaDrive (Genesis), the Dreamcast, the PSP Go and the N-Gage. His wild dream of a new beginning is to one day draw a real calicot or poster for a real Hollywood movie, just like the masterful Drew Struzan did in the good old days. Julian is a Belgian, but don't hold that against him.
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The 'LEGO Harry Potter Collection' is a fancy-free, funny and robust brickified version of the eight Harry Potter movies. The current asking price of $50 may be a little steep, considering these are 5 year old games without additional content. One to watch once it hits a more comfortable price point. Worth a look, but only if you don't already own the games.

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Jul 6, 2016

'Pac-Man 256' is a throwback to simpler times, when gaming was just a few coins, a lot of sweaty palms and fun. All this, and more, and all the better for it. Breezy, enjoyable, cute. My favorite game of 2016 so far. Highly recommended.

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- Doom
May 30, 2016

If you like a more-than-decent shooter and lots of blood splatters on your television screen, 'DOOM' remains a force to be reckoned with. I just wish the game was a little more fun to play. But be free to ignore my non-populist opinion, and buy this game. Regret your purchase, you won't.

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May 1, 2016

This is a reboot done right. Recognizable, yet innovative. Well done, Insomniac!

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Aug 24, 2015

'Until Dawn' should be on top of every horror fan's must buy list. The game effectively presents the tropes and the stereotypes of the genre in a graphically stunning interactive adventure. Those who loved 'Heavy Rain' or 'Beyond: Two Souls' and thought those titles lacked genuine scary moments, will almost certainly eat up 'Until Dawn'. It shortened my life expectancy by a considerable margin.

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Jul 5, 2015

Compared to the plug and play nature of the still awesome 'Excitebike', 'MotoGP 15' presents itself as one of those extremely detailed simulation titles that successfully attempts to suck the fun out of the genre. Don't get me wrong: 'MotoGP 2015' is mightily impressive, a virtual tour de force and a marvel to, well, marvel at. It's just so realistic and so real, that it ends up becoming soulless, mechanically, technologic and boring. After all, if you want this kind of realism, why don't you just pick up real-life motorcycle racing yourself?

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Jun 20, 2015

'LEGO Jurassic World' is a light-hearted, funny and generally excellent take on the four movies. Filled with enough chuckle-worthy moments to lighten up even the sourest of sourpusses, and featuring addictive and worthy gameplay, the game is a no-brainer for 'Jurassic' fans and a must for casual gamers. The only downside is that it's more of the same. If you are tired of TT Games' LEGO offerings by now, steer well clear. All others can safely pick up this title – get it now while the free LEGO Gallimimus is still included!

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Mar 25, 2015

While not close to being a system-seller that so many expected from a high concept, expensive, first-party production, 'The Order: 1886' still managed to charm me with its atmospheric presentation and expert voice acting. It's a short, but pretty game whose engine I'd like to see in action again minus the swipe to fight werewolf boss moments. If you like your 'Uncharted' in a revisionist, steampunk setting, this game is worth a look.

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Dec 8, 2014

A classic in every sense of the book, 'Tetris' remains as strong as ever in its 'Tetris Ultimate' incarnation. 'Endless' provides the most fun (and the most hardcore frustration) with its neverending appeal to just get a slightly better high score, and playing online (and comparing replays and scores) is a presumably welcome addition to the 'Tetris' mythos that sadly didn't work at the time of the review, for lack of co-players. A game for the ages: yesterday, today and forever. Highly recommended.

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The biggest flaw of 'Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Editio'n isn't really anything in the game itself, it's the fact that Square Enix has priced the game at the same MSRP as brand new 2014 games, $59.99. At such a high MSRP, it doesn't make any sense to upgrade to the Definitive Edition if you still own a previous generation console or a gaming PC. Heck, the base game was free for Xbox Live gold members during January 2014 and for PlayStation Plus members during May 2013. In addition, the base MSRP of the Definitive Edition on PC is half of the Xbox One edition, $29.99 (a price that will likely drop under $10 during the Steam Autumn Sale).

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