Steven Strom


70 games reviewed
90.5 average score
9.5 / 10.0 - Disco Elysium
Nov 12, 2019

Disco Elysium is a mercilessly deep RPG, both in terms of its well-written world and the sheer volume of decisions it tracks.

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8.5 / 10.0 - The Outer Worlds
Oct 22, 2019

The Outer Worlds is a fun return to a tried and true formula. It doesn't break any molds, but it does approach its genre with a bit more nuance than we've seen in quite some time.

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Sep 21, 2018

Try it. You don't need to play the previous games to enjoy this side story of turn-based tactics in a fantastical WWII. You will need a lot of patience for character archetypes and massive difficulty spikes.

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Unscored - Yakuza Kiwami 2
Aug 28, 2018

Even a remake of perhaps the weakest Yakuza game in the series is hands-down a fantastic trip worth taking. Only skip it if you haven't finished Yakuza 0 and Kiwami yet.

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Unscored - GNOG
Aug 12, 2018

Gnog is an extremely relaxing game about fiddling with surreal puzzle boxes. Its short length is well worth the price of admission. Buy it.

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Unscored - The Crew 2
Jul 10, 2018

Skip The Crew 2 until a patch or five. Even then, maybe check to see if the handling has improved at all.

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Jun 19, 2018

A solid framework for a game without any legs. Try it, or wait for an expansion to flesh things out.

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Unscored - Vampyr
Jun 6, 2018

A bundle of great ideas and characters, shackled by some abysmal mechanics. Try it, or buy it on sale.

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Jun 4, 2018

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is a broad, deep, and excellent RPG in the tradition of Baldur's Gate. And it has pirates. Buy it.

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May 30, 2018

LoL has improved in some ways more than others over the past eight years, but it remains one of the best strategic duelers.

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Unscored - State of Decay 2
May 22, 2018

State of Decay 2 is a smart, messy idea without much of a game to go with it… again. Try it if you don't mind bugs or repetition too much.

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May 16, 2018

Destiny 2: Warmind is more of the same built on a shifting foundation. Try it if you're curious about the direction the game is going.

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Unscored - BattleTech
May 3, 2018

BattleTech throws players into the deep end, but what a depth it is. Buy it if you want a turn-based tactics game that forces you to take a hit or three.

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Unscored - Frostpunk
Apr 24, 2018

Frostpunk is a city builder focused on story and setting over creativity. Minor issues hold it back but not enough to ruin its grim vision of alternate history. Buy it.

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Apr 18, 2018

Yakuza 6 sums up its lead character succinctly and emotionally, while shaking up enough to make the return ride feel fresh. Buy it.

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Unscored - Extinction
Apr 10, 2018

Extinction is a good idea poorly executed over and over again. Skip it.

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Unscored - Far Cry 5
Mar 27, 2018

Far Cry 5 could have been the next step forward for the series after the extra time bought by Primal. Instead, it mostly feels like a step back. Skip it.

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Feb 7, 2018

It's a great game to fill a contemplative afternoon. Buy it.

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Unscored - Iconoclasts
Jan 24, 2018

If you've already burned through your pile of Metroid-likes, Iconoclasts is solid fuel for the fire. Try it.

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Dec 29, 2017

Try it. If the first episode is to your liking, you'll dig the rest.

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