Ben Carmichael


18 games reviewed
84.2 average score
85 median score
22.2% of games recommended
Scores 1.8 higher than average

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Ben Carmichael
85% - FIFA 19
Oct 24, 2018

Whilst FIFA 19 hasn’t re-invented the wheel with FIFA 19 it has done enough to improve what it already a stellar Football experience. Career and Pro modes may not have received an overhaul but where it counts, FIFA 19 nails it. It may feel like iterative changes have been made but they are quite bold for the franchise and FIFA 19 is all the better for it. There can be no argument, FIFA remains firmly atop the Football genre.

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80% - WWE 2K19
Oct 24, 2018

Bugs and not-so subtle attempts to get you to give 2K more money aside, WWE2K19 is the most polished instalment in the franchise to date. There is a wealth of game modes and wrestlers that compliment a satisfying core gameplay in-ring experience. Showcase is all the better for focusing on Daniel Bryan and all things considered WWE remains a Stone Cold Stunner.

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Like any RPG, Divinity: Original Sin 2 is no quick tap and gap gaming experience. This is a game that you need to devote hours upon hour to in order to get the most out of it. There is a wealth of finely crafted content in there; it will draw you in and make you want to continue on. You just need to have the time to be able to do that.

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80% - NBA 2K19
Sep 26, 2018

Make no bones about it, I think NBA 2K19 is a force to be reckoned with. It’s the same core NBA 2K that we know and love, and the small tweaks continue to make it a standout. Unfortunately, much of that good work is undone by overbearing promotion of microtransactions, and keep NBA 2K19 from a real slam dunk.

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Sep 25, 2018

Make no bones about it; Playground Games have gone all-in with Forza Horizon 4. It is a game with a bold vision and better gameplay options. It could have all gone horribly wrong, but this is a studio showing they have mastered developing for the Xbox, and know exactly how to milk the consoles for every last bit of power to deliver something truly special. With the additions of seasons and visuals that bring the wow-factor, Forza Horizon 4 sits atop the pile as the best racing game on Xbox and, arguably, across any platform today.

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7 / 10.0 - NBA Live 19
Sep 17, 2018

Look, there is a lot to like about NBA Live 19. The One career mode is a welcome addition that has brought NBA Live forward, and make no mistake about it, this is the best NBA Live in years. Unfortunately, the visual presentation lets the game down and, until that is sorted out, NBA Live will continue to lose the Championship to its competition.

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Unscored - Far Cry 4
Nov 24, 2014

Where it lacks innovation Far Cry 4 makes up for it in quality gameplay, memorable characters and a breathtaking world begging to be explored. A worthy instalment in the series.

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Unscored - Pure Pool
Nov 14, 2014

Pure Pool does just enough to be worth purchasing for fans of Pool but its shortcomings stop it from becoming a real leader in the cue sports genre overall.

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Nov 10, 2014

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare breathes fresh life into the franchise and will go down as one of the best games the franchise has ever produced.

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Unscored - Just Dance 2015
Nov 4, 2014

A career mode and better reward system would be welcome additions to the series and the way dance moves are registered and scored still has its flaw but at its core Just Dance 2015 is a fun, energetic party title with a great variety of songs that will keep you and your friends entertained for hours as you dazzle each other with world class moves that even JT himself would be proud of or would have him rolling on the floor laughing.

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Unscored - Sunset Overdrive
Oct 28, 2014

The voice acting is superb as well, the comedic timing is spot on and the writing really doesn't put a foot wrong.

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Unscored - Project Spark
Oct 19, 2014

If you plan on creating, then you will want to buy the Starter Pack to give yourself a headstart but the basic game is free and will give you access to the entire library of community created games, that alone makes Project Spark a title that should be on everyone's Xbox One.

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Oct 14, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a must own title on any platform and a genuine contender for Game of the Year.

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Unscored - Chariot
Oct 3, 2014

Chariot is a charming, quirky game that once again proves that you don't need the financial backing of a small country in order to deliver an entertaining, fun experience at a more than fair price.

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Unscored - Flockers
Sep 24, 2014

Flockers is great modern take on a classic game that has the potential to be just as addictive as the original.

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Unscored - Destiny
Sep 17, 2014

To go to another Planet you have to go back into orbit select the Planet you want and sit through what, at times, can be pretty long load times to get there.

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Aug 29, 2014

If you like side scrolling platform games then this is a must own.

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Unscored - The Golf Club
Aug 23, 2014

There are a few little quirks while out on the course, a couple of times I was too close to a tree and couldn't see my golfer which made it hard to swing, the commentary is a bit hit and miss for my liking, the sound will sometimes skip and every once in a while the frame rate drops but I am guessing that will be patched in a later release.

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