Sam Machkovech


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Aug 13, 2015

Spend this game's five-hour runtime catching up on a better story game you might have missed.

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Oct 3, 2015

There's a heartfelt story here, but it's one you can watch just as easily as you can play. Try it.

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Oct 6, 2015

Buy, buy, buy. A must-have video game.

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Unscored - Fallout 4
Nov 9, 2015

Don't cancel your pre-order, but don't rush to buy Fallout 4 if you didn't place an order already either.

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Unscored - Tharsis
Jan 14, 2016

e told, we took a few extra days to finish this review in hopes that we'd beat the "normal" difficulty's 10 rounds even once. As of press time, we've yet to get past round 8. That is a huge asterisk for this game's appeal; the overwhelming role of luck rarely presents a clean feeling that you've accumulated real skill or progress. As a result, you'll quite honestly need at least two dozen sessions before you come to grips with a range of successful strategies, and therefore, the feeling that this isn't just a fancy-looking exercise in just rolling dice and dying. (We're hopeful that the upcoming free "missions" mode will offer these exact kinds of progress morsels, but Choice Provisions hasn't announced when we should expect those to launch.)

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Unscored - The Witness
Jan 25, 2016

more, everything about the game—its puzzle structure, its philosophical leanings, its mysteries—eventually comes together in pretty arresting fashion. Part of this is thanks to the game's multiple layers of puzzle-solving gameplay. We've been asked not to say more about that part. Players may need as little as an hour or as long as two weeks to figure out one of The Witness's coolest parts, but however and whenever players get to that point, it's a pretty clever one. (Some of the game's most incredible aesthetic trickery comes as a result of this part of the game, by the way. Kudos to Thekla for pulling it off.)

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Unscored - Quantum Break
Apr 1, 2016

Sci-fi story lovers should buy. Everyone else should rent or try it later.

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Unscored - No Man's Sky
Aug 15, 2016

Don't just wait for a sale; wait for a major overhaul.

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Aug 19, 2016

Buy. Buy the heck out of this game.

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Unscored - Gears of War 4
Oct 6, 2016

Bottom line: Online-shooter fans and 4K enthusiasts should buy.

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