Matt Cox


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Unscored - Martha is Dead
Feb 24, 2022

Clunky writing, ponderous pacing and a commitment to lingering gore shots make Martha Is Dead an actively unpleasant experience. Run for the hills.

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Unscored - Grapple Dog
Feb 9, 2022

A cute yet frustrating platformer, with a grappling hook that can't quite do the business on levels mired in frustrating repetition.

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Jan 31, 2022

A top-down arcade splat 'em up that's both simple and moreish.

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Unscored - ICARUS
Dec 10, 2021

When playing solo, Icarus is a largely unforgiving survival experience brimming with both jank and atmosphere. It's not revolutionary, but it's still better than it has any right to be.

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Nov 11, 2021

A short frolic through a stunning apocalypse, with combat that compellingly blends katana strikes and gunfire. Just don't think about the story.

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Unscored - Into the Pit
Oct 19, 2021

A roguelike shooter that shines when it unsettles, but soon lets the horror leak out through overfamiliarity and a lack of challenge

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Unscored - Rogue Lords
Oct 6, 2021

An initially delightful roguelike, held back from greatness by rough edges and stingy unlocks.

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Unscored - Lemnis Gate
Oct 6, 2021

An intriguing concept for a multiplayer shooter that ultimately fails to excite, where you're more creatively constrained than you might initially think.

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Sep 21, 2021

A deckbuilder with a neat thematic twist that soon becomes mired in repetition and drawn-out encounters.

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Sep 13, 2021

A punishing battle royale with melee combat that frustrates before it elates, but rewards perseverance. Also it's got excellent grappling hooks.

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Unscored - Risk of Rain 2
Aug 13, 2020

This shooty roguelike is delightfully weird, but its best characters are locked behind hours of gruel

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Unscored - Griftlands
Jun 23, 2020

I like the world and the writing, and I especially like how it can click its heels and conjure up a story – as long as you don’t get bogged down in overlong battles. It’s certainly worth keeping an eye on, and if any of this sounds interesting then an early access visit might well be worth your while.

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Unscored - Monster Train
Jun 5, 2020

Christ. What a thing. Monster Train is at least as good as Slay The Spire. You really should try it.

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Unscored - Valorant
Jun 3, 2020

Valorant’s gunplay feels just as weighty and precise as CS:GO’s, with a structure that hits all the same highs and lows. Abilities sometimes let you outsmart people rather than simply outshoot them, and I’m excited about playing in a squad of friendly and coordinated pals. If and when they fall away, though, I expect I will too.

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Unscored - Crucible
May 27, 2020

On paper, Crucible was built for me. It’s a MOBA-infused hero shooter with an emphasis on mobility, with a diverse line-up and some interesting new ideas. In reality, I’d rather play any of the many games that grapple with just one of Crucible’s heads, and pulls it off far better. This hydra might be sprawling, but none of it looks healthy.

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May 6, 2020

Runeterra might not be packed with interesting decisions, but it is loaded with charm. It’s nice. It’s soothing. That’s enough.

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Unscored - Receiver 2
Apr 26, 2020

One of the most captivating games I’ve ever played.

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Apr 23, 2020

Overall, Chimera Squad is solid.

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Unscored - Bleeding Edge
Apr 1, 2020

The characters may be inventive, but everything else is bleeding out on the floor.

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Unscored - Dota Underlords
Mar 27, 2020

We’re in a good place, Dunderlords and I. We’re comfortable, though you’d never have caught me using that word when I started.

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