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Dan Stapleton

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

109 games reviewed
76.8 average score
79 median score
45.9% 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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10 / 10.0 - Grand Theft Auto V
Nov 14, 2014

It's one of the best games available today.

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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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9.5 / 10.0 - Fallout 4
Nov 9, 2015

The world, exploration, crafting, atmosphere, and story of Fallout 4 are all key parts of this hugely successful sandbox role-playing game. Great new reasons to obsessively gather and hoard relics of happier times, strong companions, and sympathetic villains driving tough decisions make it an adventure I'll definitely replay and revisit. Even the technical shakiness that crops up here and there can't even begin to slow down its momentum.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Beat Saber
May 30, 2019

Beat Saber should be the go-to for introducing people to the potential of VR gaming. Its simple to learn, damn near impossible to master rhythm gameplay is outstanding.

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Oct 26, 2016

Civilization VI will go down in history as the most fully-featured launch version in the series. Many of those are smartly revamped versions of Civ classics, buy it finds its own identity with great new ideas like spread-out cities, customizeable governments, research boosts, and leader agendas. And even though the AI has some improving to do, it can put up enough of a fight to make world domination a challenge.

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Sep 25, 2014

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's great action and dynamic enemies make both victory and defeat an amazing experience.

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9.3 / 10.0 - XCOM 2
Feb 1, 2016

With a focus on variety and replayability, this sequel has an answer to most of my complaints about 2012's excellent XCOM: Enemy Unknown, and aside from some mostly cosmetic bugs, it comes together brilliantly. Thanks to a new spin on the same great tactical combat, plus unpredictable maps and randomized objectives and loot, XCOM 2 is an amazing game I'll easily put hundreds of hours into.

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Jun 19, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight is an impressive game on almost every level, with non-stop variety and great action.

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9.1 / 10.0 - Darkest Dungeon
Jan 26, 2016

Darkest Dungeon is a grim and merciless tactical strategy game whose great tension comes from its many layers of complexity, unpredictable randomization, and willingness to put our fragile characters in mortal danger if we dare to venture into its depths in search of treasure and glory. Brilliant narration and stiff yet surprisingly expressive animation make it easy to be drawn into its vague but tantalizing world, though the end feels artificially out of reach.

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Oct 28, 2017

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is a fantastic single-player shooter, but what really got me invested was the brilliantly written characters and the performances of its cast. BJ and his crew are full of spirit and personality, and General Engel is as memorable a nemesis as you're likely to find in games. Machine Games has once again turned the well-worn act of mowing down Nazis into something to get excited about.

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