Steven Strom


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Ars Technica
Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
Feb 7, 2018

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

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Steven Strom
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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Steven Strom
Dec 29, 2017

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

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Steven Strom
Unscored - Hello Neighbor
Dec 27, 2017

Hello Neighbor is the worst game I've reviewed all year. Skip it with prejudice.

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Steven Strom
Dec 11, 2017

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 makes up in manic energy what it lacks in elegance. Its mountain of ideas don't always work, but the core of the game justifies its experiments. Buy it.

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Ars Technica
Steven Strom
Nov 8, 2017

This is a step backward for the series—and not just chronologically. Skip it.

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