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Leif Johnson


120 games reviewed
74.2 average score
74 median score
39.0% of games recommended
Scores 0.2 higher than average

Leif Johnson's Reviews

Former cowboy poet and University of Chicago Ph.D. candidate who worked in the art industry for a few years. Now he lives on a ranch in South Texas and specializes in RPG coverage.
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PCWorld
Leif Johnson

Full of emotion and high adventure, Final Fantasy XIV's Shadowbringers expansion brings MMORPG storytelling out of the shadows. Two great new combat classes, two cool new races, and a nifty system for running dungeons solo round out the experience of FFXIV's best expansion to date.

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PCWorld
Leif Johnson
Oct 24, 2018

Murkmire may look bland in comparison to a wonderland like Summerset, but that's only when you're drinking in the big picture.

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PCWorld
Leif Johnson

As the millions of people still streaming into the game show, if Blizzard sees Battle for Azeroth as a struggle to keep our hearts and interest, it's clearly already won.

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PCWorld
Leif Johnson

The Elder Scrolls Online will never feel like a proper Elder Scrolls game for many people who flock to it, but while we wait for whatever comes after Skyrim, it's a damn fine way of passing the time.

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PC Gamer
Leif Johnson
62 / 100 - Lost Sphear
Feb 6, 2018

Bland and unambitious save for its combat, Lost Sphear draws so heavily from the traditions of past JPRGs that it fails to build a personality of its own.

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PC Gamer
Leif Johnson
74 / 100 - SpellForce 3
Dec 21, 2017

SpellForce 3 competently blends RPG and RTS games into a generally enjoyable package, but there's not enough creative force to create a lasting spell.

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IGN
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7.4 / 10.0 - Dreadnought
Dec 21, 2017

Dreadnought in many ways successfully brings the World of Tanks formula to outer space with sci-fi flair, and the vertical movements of the ships add some depth. It's often fun, but if you want to advance at a reasonable pace you'll have to deal with an unreliably active PS4 player population and an XP system that requires a lot of grinding to unlock new ships.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
Nov 30, 2017

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a standout RPG that manages to keep its story, combat, and exploration interesting over the course of at least 70 hours of adventure through an impressively varied and rich world. Getting from place to place can be confusing, but outside of that and a multi-hour progression roadblock near the end this is an excellent game full of tough, memorable battles and a positive message.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
Nov 14, 2017

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 doesn't deviate much from the established LEGO template, but its wide variety of settings, heroes, and abilities make it constantly fun to play, especially in co-op. The combat is still quite simple and it's sometimes difficult to tell what you should do next, but the story is lighthearted and fun enough that mild annoyances like these fade into the background.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
8 / 10.0 - Hand of Fate 2
Nov 8, 2017

Hand of Fate 2 doesn't change much of the concept that made the first game so appealing, but everything here – whether it's challenges, smarter deck building, companion characters, and better combat – marks a major improvement over what we saw in 2015. Repetitiveness can still be a problem, but it takes much longer for it to show up. This time around, this is definitely a hand worth playing.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
5.7 / 10.0 - Overgrowth
Oct 25, 2017

The combat of Overgrowth is exhilaratingly fun with everything's working as it should, but that's not very often. You also have to get used to the wonky and weird way it interprets both combat strikes and landings. It's a shame that everything else about Overgrowth, whether it's the story, the level design, or even the physics system, feels undercooked. It's not hard to find some fun here, but it's fun you'll soon forget.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
8 / 10.0 - A Hat in Time
Oct 16, 2017

Aside from its creative hats and hat-based abilities, A Hat in Time never exactly feels like an inventive platformer. But it does its job well, even while suffering from the occasionally awkward camera issues that 3D platformers are often known for. It stands out, though, for its infectious and endearingly goofy personality, its creative and widely different levels, and its enjoyable platforming. And, of course, all those hats.

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Oct 5, 2017

By God, it's delicious.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
7.8 / 10.0 - Hob
Sep 28, 2017

Hob is a beautiful Zelda-like puzzler with fun combat elements that takes place on an enchanting world where nature and machinery alter the landscape as easily as a twist of a Rubik's cube. The wordless approach to the story creates some confusion and the fix camera sometimes results in unnecessary deaths, but never does the time spent with Hob feel wasted.

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GameSpot
Leif Johnson
7 / 10 - Figment
Sep 28, 2017

Figment is a delightful isometric puzzler that skillfully uses storybook imagery to tackle weighty themes associated with trauma and depression.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
Sep 21, 2017

Divinity: Original Sin 2 will be remembered as one of the greats.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
Sep 5, 2017

The outstanding classic-style RPG Pillars of Eternity makes a surprisingly virtuosic transition to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with the Complete Edition, bringing both systems all of the content that's been released on the PC version so far. For an RPG of its complexity, it's surprising how pleasingly intuitive its gamepad control scheme is, and its easily legible text makes it feel just as good to play from the couch as from a desk. It's a memorable experience that suffers from only a few technical hiccups, most significantly its long and frequent loading times.

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IGN
Leif Johnson
7.6 / 10.0 - Absolver
Aug 29, 2017

Absolver is a beautiful martial-arts fighting game that allows for an impressive degree of personalized play with its innovative combat deck system, which lets you learn skills from combat with other players and NPCs. Unfortunately, it only comes with a single PvP arena mode at launch, and its fascinatingly nebulous campaign breaks off early and abruptly. It feels like an early access game with a ton of potential, but it's not quite there yet.

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GameSpot
Leif Johnson
7 / 10 - Distrust
Aug 26, 2017

Distrust is a roguelike isometric survival game inspired by The Thing where hunger and sleepiness are as frightening as the aliens hunting you.

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PC Gamer
Leif Johnson
Aug 8, 2017

Hellblade could benefit from more exploration and enemy variety, but it's a powerful portrait of the strength of will over personal demons.

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