Joshua Wise


56 games reviewed
64.7 average score
60 median score
43.6% of games recommended

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Joshua Wise
7 / 10 - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Metro Exodus injects life and light into the series, but its mechanics are still starting to creak; it's a good end to Artyom's journey, even if the story seems muffled.

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Joshua Wise
Feb 1, 2019

Kingdom Hearts III is a beautiful hunk of sugary writing, convoluted plotting, and repetitive combat that's reliance on beloved IP exposes it's shallow core.

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4 / 10 - BELOW
Dec 23, 2018

Below's moody gloom and atmosphere is spoiled by mechanics that really cramp its central quest.

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6 / 10 - Just Cause 4
Dec 7, 2018

Just Cause 4's thrills give way to repetition and a dull mission structure, but it's a ridiculous roller coaster while in full swing.

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4 / 10 - Fallout 76
Nov 19, 2018

Fallout 76 is an ambitious game that's burned by it. The online features hamper what could have been a great Fallout game.

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Oct 15, 2018

Despite the lack of a campaign and any tonal consistency, Black Ops 4 boasts a thrilling entry into the battle royale space.

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A slow start and and a shifting tone give way to a strong central relationship and some tough choices. The road ahead intrigues.

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9 / 10 - Forza Horizon 4
Sep 24, 2018

A beautiful Britain, an exuberant driving engine, and generosity of spirit make Forza Horizon 4 a masterclass.

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Sep 19, 2018

A seductive art style, hazy synth sounds, and some well-designed puzzles give The Gardens Between a pleasant mood, but it doesn't stay in the mind long after the credits.

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Joshua Wise
Sep 10, 2018

Shadow of the Tomb Raider takes the series' formula and pushes it, polishing the platforming and bolstering its tombs, but the game's power ebbs as the main quest is bloated with distraction, and the writing is still patchy and dull.

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6 / 10 - Strange Brigade
Aug 27, 2018

Rebellion has wrought a breezy shooter, angled it towards multiplayer, and burnished it with wit, but its minute-to-minute action is repetitive and feels imprecise.

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7 / 10 - TANGLEWOOD
Aug 17, 2018

Tanglewood presents you with a beautiful world to platform and puzzle through, and delivers a potent rush of nostalgia, but it's merit is tied inseparably to its hardware, and risks gimmickry.

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7 / 10 - State of Mind
Aug 13, 2018

The originality of its vision and the thrust of its narrative more than excuse some sci-fi clichés, and you're left with a breezy adventure game which compels with its ideas, if not always with its play.

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8 / 10 - Dead Cells
Aug 6, 2018

Dead Cells is, at times, constrained by the genres it so heavily draws from, but its vibrant pixel art, furious combat, and rigorous execution make for a winning formula all its own.

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An intriguing taste for what's to come in Life is Strange Season 2. The series' formula shows its age here and there, but what shines, as ever, is sensitive writing, and an excellent setting.

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Jun 25, 2018

A vivid sense of time and place, and a fantastic central idea, soon turn pale with repetitive combat and a forest of conversation trees. But what's here is different, and spells good things for the understocked vampire genre's future.

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Apr 30, 2018

With an interesting idea at its heart, Minit becomes a tiring process of incremental steps. There are moments where its looping play does shine, but they are rare, and, like its fleeting premise, it wont stay in the mind long.

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A perfectly serviceable JRPG, with an addictive Kingdom-building component, Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is a charming game that falls short for its syrupy writing and the lack of a truly magic touch.

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A shaky conclusion to a fantastic season, the finale episode is still a solid entry but it doesn't reach the dizzying heights of the first two entries.

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With Assassin's Creed: Origins, Ubisoft has found an oasis in the desert. It's refreshing, blending sensible new mechanics with an established formula; moreover, it feels as though it was designed by a team with their eyes and ears open. The rulebook was far from thrown out, but it's been burnished to an impressive sheen, and this is the best the series has been since Ezio's heyday.

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