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Dan Stapleton


Favorite Games:
  • XCOM: Enemy Within
  • Fallout 4
  • FTL: Faster Than Light

103 games reviewed
77.4 average score
79 median score
47.6% of games recommended

Dan Stapleton's Reviews

I'm IGN's Executive Editor in charge of game reviews. I've been a professional game critic since 2004, when I started at PC Gamer Magazine, and served as Editor in Chief for GameSpy.com from 2012 to 2013.
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7 / 10.0 - Maneater
May 22, 2020

Maneater's monster-shark feeding frenzy is fun but simple, and that lack of depth causes it to become repetitive as time goes on.

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8 / 10.0 - Gears Tactics
Apr 27, 2020

Gears Tactics does an excellent job of grafting Gears' signature look and feel onto XCOM's turn-based battle format and looks great doing it.

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10 / 10.0 - Half-Life: Alyx
Mar 24, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx has set a new bar for VR in interactivity, detail, and level design, showing what can happen when a world-class developer goes all-in on the new frontier of technology.

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8 / 10.0 - Black Mesa
Mar 13, 2020

Black Mesa is the best way to play the classic original 1998 Half-Life today, but it's a remake that already feels old enough that it would benefit from a remake itself.

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7 / 10.0 - Phoenix Point
Dec 12, 2019

Phoenix Point's more complex take on the classic X-COM formula has some great ideas, but most of them feel experimental and in need of fine-tuning and balance.

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Simplistic combat and a predictable story leave Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Episode 3 very little to work with.

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Nov 15, 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order makes up for a lot of lost time with a fantastic single-player action-adventure that marks the return of the playable Jedi.

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8.5 / 10.0 - The Outer Worlds
Oct 22, 2019

With The Outer Worlds, Obsidian has found its own path in the space between Bethesda and BioWare's RPGs, and it's a great one.

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6.8 / 10.0 - John Wick Hex
Oct 8, 2019

John Wick Hex is a simple, smart tactics game but its distracting lack of polish often thwarts its attempt to distill the fast action of the movies into deliberate gameplay.

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Aug 26, 2019

In Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, survival is easy once you decipher the basic mechanics of evolution and sit through the cutscenes, but the journey is full of moments of discovery.

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