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Evan Norris

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Favorite Games:
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Deus Ex
  • Halo: Combat Evolved

377 games reviewed
65.1 average score
65 median score
29.7% of games recommended

Evan Norris's Reviews

A lifelong fan of video games, Evan Norris began writing for the sales site VGChartz.com in April 2015. Some of his favorite series include The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Castlevania, and Resident Evil.
Feb 27, 2024

Nonograms and farm life don't necessarily belong together, but developer Score Studios has made it work, more or less. With cleaner visuals and greater gameplay depth and diversity — including mechanics borrowed from the farming sim genre — it could be even better.

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The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island is a triumphant return to the Shiren series, roughly 14 years after the last mainline entry. It benefits from an ever-expanding story, a cast of colorful characters, a revamped asynchronous multiplayer mode, and, most essentially, the same challenging tactical gameplay and extraordinary replay value that has defined the franchise for generations.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Rising Lords
Feb 18, 2024

The core of Rising Lords shows huge potential. With a better campaign, fewer technical hitches, and deeper combat options, it could be something special.

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Feb 13, 2024

For purists, the original code remains intact, with all the sharp edges and meticulous controls you remember. For those who've played the trilogy a dozen times before and want a fresh experience, modern visuals and controls change things up considerably — often for the better, sometimes for the worse. Throw in all the expansions and the novelty of photo mode, and you've got a wonderful celebration of the origins of the Tomb Raider franchise.

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Jan 31, 2024

Turnip Boy Robs a Bank is noticeably better than its predecessor, thanks to an addictive roguelite gameplay loop and a rewarding sense of progression. Unfortunately, its short running time, mediocre boss battles, and late-game difficulty spike keep it from hitting that next level.

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Jan 29, 2024

It's not quite a definitive version, but it is an easy way to play an underappreciated fourth-generation shoot-'em-up on the go.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Lil Guardsman
Jan 26, 2024

Combining the rules of Papers, Please with the whimsical sensibility of classic LucasArts games is far from an obvious choice, but the results speak for themselves. Lil' Guardsman is a lovely adventure game that succeeds mechanically, creatively, and comically.

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4 / 10.0 - Witch Rise
Jan 21, 2024

While Witch Rise looks the part, thanks to its first-person perspective and interplay between 3D and 2D assets, it doesn't deliver what you'd expect from a great old-school FPS.

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Ultimately, Blaze in the Deepblue isn't as enjoyable as Gal Guardians, or the better Inti Creates games out there. It's still a fairly good Metroidvania, though, with diverse biomes, tight controls, an interesting set of upgradeable abilities, an approachable crafting system, and striking graphics

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Nov 27, 2023

Irem Collection Volume 1 is a decent start to ININ's five-part anthology.

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8 / 10.0 - Dave the Diver
Nov 25, 2023

Thanks to its multi-genre approach, engaging diving and business simulation mechanics, wealth of content, and striking 2.5D visuals, it's one of the best indie titles of the year. It's not a perfect game — its crowded, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink philosophy makes sure of that — but it's one that's absolutely worth diving into.

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Nov 19, 2023

Super Mario Bros. Wonder couldn't have a more appropriate name. It's filled with beautiful sights, lovely music, unexpected mechanics, unfamiliar enemies and power-ups, and, thanks to Wonder Seeds, revelation after revelation after revelation. Not everything new about the game works, and it suffers slightly from easy levels and boss battles, but it delivers everything you'd expect from the series, and more.

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6 / 10.0 - Air Twister
Nov 10, 2023

Fans of rail shooters and Suzuki's early arcade work should give this oddball a chance. While the game's core mechanics are rather shallow and its visual assets unimpressive, it succeeds in replay value, boss battles, and music.

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Oct 20, 2023

It's admirable that Disney has elected to preserve Gargoyles for future generations, but the game, like Goliath himself, belongs in the past.

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8 / 10.0 - Wargroove 2
Oct 13, 2023

This sequel shines almost as brightly as its predecessor, thanks to diverse mission types, accessible gameplay, a wealth of single-player and multiplayer content, and lovely art and music.

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Sep 28, 2023

An outstanding addition to the RE canon and an ideal complementary piece to the remake of Resident Evil 4.

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6 / 10.0 - Gunbrella
Sep 16, 2023

It never realizes its full potential as an action-platformer, even as it succeeds in controls, atmosphere, and moral decision-making.

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Dimension Shellshock isn't great on its own, but it does make an already great game even better. If you've been looking for a reason to boot up Shredder's Revenge, this is it.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Sea of Stars
Sep 8, 2023

Thanks to the studio's amazing attention to detail, and its investment in worldbuilding, turn-based mechanics, and production design, Sea of Stars has emerged as one of the best games of 2023.

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Sep 1, 2023

If you love arcade shoot-'em-ups and platformers, or if you're a Darius super fan, think about investing in Taito Milestones 2. Otherwise, you might consider picking up a few individual titles à la carte from the eShop.

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