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Robert Grosso

New York, NY

Favorite Games:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Pokemon

50 games reviewed
65.3 average score
65 median score
24.0% of games recommended
Scores 0.1 higher than average

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A game playing, college teaching, erudite-minded scholar who happens to write some articles every so often. Have worked as a journalist, critic, educator and blogger for nearly five years now, with articles published (as user editorials) on Game Revolution, Giant Bomb, and as a contributor for the websites Angry Bananas and Blistered Thumbs. Now making TechRaptor my home.
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7.5 / 10.0 - Unruly Heroes
May 29, 2019

A solid platforming experience, Unruly Heroes biggest issue is less its mechanics, and more its overall presentation. Stylish to a point, even its cartoonish aesthetics can't help but see it struggle to stand out.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Blaster Master Zero 2
Apr 8, 2019

A great game in terms of design and presentation, Blaster Master Zero 2 showcases how to do nostalgia right; by tweaking the familiar mechanics to the games advantage, making it feel fresh and unique.

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Feb 28, 2019

ToeJam & Earl: Back in he Groove is a straightfroward game that really struggles to find any form of relevance beyond its nostalgia factor.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Riot: Civil Unrest
Feb 4, 2019

Riot - Civil Unrest portrays a political firestorm based on personal experience. It challenges players to make tough choices in hard times, ushering in uncontrolled anarchy despite its shallow gameplay.

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7 / 10.0 - Pokémon: Let's Go
Dec 12, 2018

I may no longer be the target audience with Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! and Eevee!, but I am glad that future children will be, so I can share in their experience in a way that creates new adventures for us both.

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7 / 10.0 - SoulCalibur VI
Oct 21, 2018

SoulCalibur VI as a fighting game is all style over substance. While it retains most of its tactical combat it is easily the most user-friendly title in the series and for some longtime fans, that may be more discouraging than a return to form.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Mega Man 11
Oct 1, 2018

Mega Man 11 marks some minor changes to their classic platforming formula. While nothing is wrong with the gameplay, it is feeling tired at this point.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Strange Brigade
Aug 27, 2018

Strange Brigade oozes personality and has a strong in-game aesthetic, capturing the charismatic essence of 1930s pulp adventure stories. Sadly, it suffers heavily from mediocre controls and repetitive gameplay, making it a hard sell for even the most intrepid explorer.

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9 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Aug 3, 2018

Octopath Traveler strays from the path of expectations. In taking the road less traveled, it becomes a journey that all should experience for themselves.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Unravel Two
Jun 28, 2018

Unravel Two is not unlike its predecessor. The added co-op adds more incentive for players to experience its charming presence.

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6 / 10.0 - Vampyr
Jun 4, 2018

Vampyr has a lot of good ideas, but its execution is sorely lacking in most areas. It is a game that is competent in terms of its systems, but ultimately fairly boring to play.

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6.5 / 10.0 - My Lovely Daughter
May 14, 2018

Purposefully dark and disturbing, My Lovely Daughter doesn't have much in the way of gameplay mechanics, but what it does have serves a greater purpose to the games overall themes.

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May 8, 2018

Dragon's Crown Pro easily captures the feel of an arcade-style beat-em up, despite some nagging issues of repetition. Still, it is a fun game that will be a pleasure to play through in the right circumstances.

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Mar 21, 2018

I really wanted to like Kingdom Come: Deliverance more than I did, but at the end of the day the conflicting mechanics only compound the technical and narrative flaws the further you get into the game.

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Robert Grosso
Feb 22, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus is a timeless game that is timeless art, one worthy of not only of this great remaster, but of all the accolades it rightfully deserved in 2005.

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Jan 25, 2018

Mutant Football League is mindless fun, which is all an arcade football game should be, but outside of the grotesque humor there is nothing else to really latch onto other than the bare-bones gameplay and lack of gameplay features.

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Jan 22, 2018

The Arcade Edition added features give it a lot of meat for sure, but the irony is most of it is ultimately filler to the core gameplay experience that was first available in 2016. This leaves Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition in a curious middle ground of being an excellent niche product, but only a “good” video game.

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7 / 10.0 - Chess Ultra
Jan 9, 2018

Chess Ultra is an almost perfect digital recreation of the classic game. It's visually appealing, provides numerous features to tailor-make your experience and relies on few gimmicks to sell Chess as a video game.

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6 / 10.0 - Don’t Make Love
Jan 4, 2018

Thought provoking and emotionally charged, Don't Make Love is a title worth trying for yourself, especially if the mood for something less gamey and more emotional is right up your alley.

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Robert Grosso
Dec 13, 2017

Even a game like Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which is objectively better than its predecessor, needs a little life breathed into it to escape the tedium.

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