Robert Zak


33 games reviewed
74.5 average score
73 median score
43.3% of games recommended
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Sep 6, 2022

There’s value here, for sure, as a visceral stomp through a beloved fantasy world that offers the rare luxury of being entirely playable alongside a friend. It’s swift, slashy, and simple, but comparing it to other games of this era that have been ported to modern platforms – Okami, Resident Evil Remaster, and Silent Hills 3 and 4, to name a few – you’re paying double to quadruple the price. Buying it at this price point feels like it could set a precedent that shouldn’t be supported, tempting though it may be…

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Aug 30, 2022

But it’s to Bioshock’s great credit that that’s its most glaring problem when played today (that, and the fact that ‘Arcadia Merlot’ wine actually says Cabernet Sauvignon on the label). To stretch that wine aside into an analogy, Bioshock really has aged like a fine Arcadia Merlot. It remains one of gaming’s great explorations of one of gaming’s greatest environments, even if you can see through Atlas’ bullshit like you can see Rapture’s glorious skyline (sealine?) through its oddly pristine glass corridors.

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8.1 / 10.0 - RimWorld
Aug 7, 2022

As a PC player of Rimworld, I’ll be returning to the more bespoke experience I’ve turned the game into on its home platform, but I’m also delighted that games like this are coming to consoles, and being ported with this much care and attention. This is one of the best management sims and story generators around, brought to console in almost all its glory. The quality of this console implementation should be a guiding light for other games in this traditionally PC-only genre to do the same.

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After all that, it seems a bit dreary to talk about things like price (bleh), but at $8/£6.79, it really is a generous price that pretty accurately reflects the price of a dessert in relation to the main course. Despite calling itself ‘The Last Course,’ it’s hard to imagine that this is the last we’ll see of Cuphead, though the prospect of seeing what else Studio MDHR could come up with is no less tantalising as a continuation of this series.

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A layered and engaging space opera that triumphs both on and off the battlefield.

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Jan 20, 2022

An uneven epic whose historical richness guides it through some awkward pacing.

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Oct 25, 2021

A worthy new entry in the legendary series that's equal parts progressive and dated.

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84 / 100 - Lemnis Gate
Oct 4, 2021

With its well executed timeloop concept, Lemnis Gate could be the sleeper shooter of 2021.

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Aug 23, 2021

A fun and flexible swarm shooter that's a little too reliant on being played alongside friends.

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78 / 100 - Chernobylite
Jul 27, 2021

An ambitious and atmospheric adventure undercut by some simplistic mechanics.

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64 / 100 - Crowfall
Jul 20, 2021

A deep but fragmented PvP MMO that's not nearly as original as its early promise suggested.

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A straightforward tactics game buried beneath a impassable mountain of roguelike metagame.

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May 13, 2021

An accessible online heist game with some fun but clumsy systems and an ugly presentation.

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Mar 10, 2021

A decent if generic strategy game that lacks the big personality and siegecraft of earlier entries.

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65 / 100 - HellSign
Mar 5, 2021

A tense, atmospheric game tangled in the tendrils of poor pacing and grind.

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A modest remaster of a fun but flawed RTS that's stuck in the ever-lengthening shadow of its predecessor.

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Sep 7, 2020

A well-told campaign and story do their best to mask a rather scrawny service game beneath.

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80 / 100 - John Wick Hex
Oct 8, 2019

An elegant tactical puzzler that captures the pace and action of the movies.

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79 / 100 - The Surge 2
Sep 24, 2019

Deck13 has come a long way, welding together a solid, structurally sound Soulslike that adeptly showcases what makes this genre special.

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57 / 100 - Layers of Fear 2
May 24, 2019

In expanding on its predecessor, Layers of Fear 2 sinks into a state of deep confusion.

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