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Ian Boudreau

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Favorite Games:
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • StarCraft
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

19 games reviewed
74.9 average score
75 median score
41.7% of games recommended
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10 / 10.0 - Overwatch
May 26, 2016

Overwatch is a carefully curated ship in a bottle made from some of gaming's best new ideas.

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9 / 10.0 - Darkest Dungeon
Jan 21, 2016

Finally, a game gets Lovecraftian horror right.

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May 19, 2016

I still feel as though I've only scratched the surface of this game, and when I've finished writing this, I'm going to go play more of it. Truly, Nurgle loves his children.

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Aug 5, 2019

Age of Wonders: Planetfall, while a bit opaque in some areas, is the most entertaining 4X I've played in years.

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8.5 / 10.0 - 8-Bit Armies
May 2, 2016

Add in a terrific soundtrack by Command & Conquer composer Frank Klepacki, and that’s 8-Bit Armies – it’s a small, tightly-designed RTS geared toward genre newcomers that doesn’t offer much in the way of gimmicky flash or weird new asymmetric factions, but counters with an easy-to-use design with just enough moving pieces to make it a great first step for players who are RTS-curious but intimidated by the likes of StarCraft 2 or Total War.

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7.9 / 10.0 - Frozen Synapse 2
Sep 12, 2018

Frozen Synapse 2 is a welcome return to the intensely micromanaged turn-based tactical battles that made the original so compelling. The asynchronous multiplayer is unquestionably the star of the show, and queuing up multiple online games at once means you're never stuck waiting for an opponent, and that you can play at your own pace. But while the new City Game story mode is conceptually interesting, in practice the largely scripted sequence of story missions doesn't allow for much in the way of meaningful gameplay depth.

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7 / 10 - Vampyr
Jun 4, 2018

What's struck me most about my time with Vampyr is that it manages to turn you into a predator through its mechanics as much as it does with its storytelling. It does collapse under its own weight by the end, but the fact that it so effectively seduces you, almost trance-like, into roleplaying a villain makes it worth biting into.

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7 / 10.0 - Cobalt
Feb 24, 2016

Cobalt could definitely use a bit more documentation or a more fleshed-out tutorial to explain the many systems it throws at you from the outset, and the gameplay never feels as tight as, say, Super Meat Boy, but it's full of its own weird, clunky charm and certainly has a high skill ceiling for those interested in mastering it. Imagine R2-D2 in Mark of the Ninja – that's Cobalt.

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Jan 14, 2016

A new and complete version of Dragon's Dogma adds some modern polish to a diamond in the rough.

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Feb 25, 2016

[W]hile I loved the atmosphere, the setting, and the aesthetic of The Flame in the Flood, I never got that "one more run" feeling I've gotten from other roguelites like Isaac or Spelunky. It's possible that the game's pace is a bit off, or that I haven't quite figured out the "correct" way to play it.

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