Blake Grundman


92 games reviewed
71.0 average score
75 median score
37.4% of games recommended
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7 / 10.0 - Grid
Oct 8, 2019

The argument could be made that if GRID had been an early-generation PS4 title, it would've been a bit more praised than it will be this late in the console's life cycle. As that may be true, the title's genuinely compelling AI mechanics and multi-faceted livery of vehicles help it stand on its own as the proper reboot that this franchise deserves. It may not feature all of the bells and whistles that we've grown accustomed to in 2019, but it's certainly a solid foundation to rebuild a brand around.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Tropico 6
Oct 1, 2019

Despite some of its difficulties, Tropico 6 is a perfectly adequate port of an impressively layered and comically disarming PC experience. It isn't going to be lighting the world on fire, as far as innovation is concerned, but I wouldn't be surprised to see El Presidente try it on the forts of his opposition. If you've been hankering for the next chance to embrace your inner fascist, this should be a fantastic way to satiate the bloodlust.

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8 / 10.0 - FIFA 20
Sep 25, 2019

If you’ve been looking for a reason to take the plunge and upgrade, consider this your penalty kick in the pants.

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8 / 10.0 - eFootball PES 2020
Sep 17, 2019

It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but they've certainly made up enough ground to be able to stand toe-to-toe with the competition.

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8 / 10.0 - NHL 20
Sep 16, 2019

As I've attempted to pound home several times at this point, none of these enhancements should really be classified as true game-changers. If you made the plunge last year and you're looking for NHL 20's one marquee feature that makes this a must-buy, there really isn't an overarching reason to upgrade. Pure and simple. That said, this year's outing has plenty of incremental improvements that deliver a superior experience to what you would've played twelve months ago. Allow your level of fandom to dictate if this purchase is right for you. Ultimately, regardless of where you land, you won't be disappointed.

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Sep 6, 2019

At the risk of sounding overly infatuated, I cannot begin to understand how the hell Torchlight II has aged so well. The art style, combat mechanics, and even loot drop loop are so finely tuned that it feels like the game fits in as well now as it did, seven years ago. With the obvious exception of the big boys over at Blizzard, the argument could be made that this is the best dungeon crawler on current generation consoles. Factor in the price tag of a mere $20, and this becomes an instant must buy. Just do yourself a favor and download this game. You can thank me later. …Don't worry. I'll wait.

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4 / 10.0 - Decay of Logos
Sep 3, 2019

There's still plenty of room for Decay of Logos to mature into a quality experience. However, it's hard to shake the feeling that with these many issues, it had no business being released at this point in time. Through diligent work and keeping a keen ear to the community, these missteps can be overcome. But really, the paying audience shouldn't have to be your QA team. Unless you are fond of the "early access" style of unpolished releases, you should absolutely steer clear of this cataclysmic clusterfuck.

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7 / 10.0 - Ancestors Legacy
Aug 26, 2019

If you're looking for a beefy console RTS experience that's inspired by real events and oozing violence out of every bloody orifice, then look no further than Ancestors Legacy. It may not be the perfect experience, but it's shockingly solid, especially when you consider the design hurdles that the development team must have been facing. This is the perfect entry-point for anyone who's been curious about real time strategy, when armed with only a Dualshock.

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8 / 10.0 - Sairento VR
Aug 20, 2019

Is Sairento VR a masterpiece of technical innovation? Far from it. But despite its obvious visual and mechanical shortcomings, the game knows what it does well and takes every opportunity double-down on delivering this experience. You will find very few games on the PSVR that can provide a combat experience this frenetic, kinetic, and goddamn amusing. If you're looking to take a slice out of crime and indulge your inner ninja, this one's a cut above the rest.

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7 / 10.0 - Madden NFL 20
Aug 5, 2019

Bluntly put, I found Madden NFL 20 to be a fairly vanilla entry in the franchise.

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