Sam Chandler


12 games reviewed
74.7 average score
80 median score
58.3% of games recommended

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Sam Chandler
Aug 20, 2019

Remnant: From the Ashes is immediately familiar and infinitely enjoyable. Gunfire Games has created something really special.

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Sam Chandler
Aug 13, 2019

Wolfenstein: Youngblood feels like a short co-op experience stretched out over a barebones RPG skeleton. It doesn’t feel comfortable in its own skin. It’s too thin in some parts while being bloated and lumpy in others. Whatever it is, I don’t really want to touch it. Ultimately, it’s just a disappointing sidestep in an otherwise fantastic franchise.

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Sam Chandler
8 / 10 - Void Bastards
May 28, 2019

Despite its faults, Void Bastards is still deeply enjoyable. The humor and the art style alone are enough to make this a must-have, but the combat and vast array of weapons and upgrades makes Void Bastards an experience you should not skip.

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Sam Chandler
8 / 10 - Anno 1800
Apr 17, 2019

Despite the constant stress of trying to balance my reach against the happiness and budget of my city, I found a beautiful experience in Anno 1800. It has a real soul to it, as it demands the player care about not only the raw efficiency of a city layout, but the health and wellbeing of a population that wants more out of life.

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Sam Chandler
Mar 29, 2019

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice stands tall among some of From Software’s most renowned titles. The challenge is clear and present, the story and mystery are equally intriguing, and the beautiful vistas and soundtrack work in perfect harmony.

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Sam Chandler
8 / 10 - Apex Legends
Feb 18, 2019

All things considered, Apex Legends is the battle royale game players have been waiting for. It nails the movement and terrain traversal while ensuring weapons feel meaty and responsive. Even the inclusion of light hero shooter features melds surprisingly well with the battle royale genre. Respawn Entertainment has set a new gold standard for what players should expect from their battle royale experiences.

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Sam Chandler
7 / 10 - Crackdown 3
Feb 14, 2019

There’s a time and place for games like Crackdown 3. It’s not bad by any means, it’s even quantifiably good and enjoyable. However, while games can be lauded for not following trends, there’s a difference between carving your own path and simply not innovating.

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Sam Chandler
5 / 10 - Strange Brigade
Aug 28, 2018

Strange Brigade is an odd bag. It tries to capture a 1930s charm but instead of being charming, it becomes unbearable. It attempts to wrap a story around a horde mode experience but the narrative is unoriginal and the threat of being overrun with enemies is rarely present. Strange Brigade is a disappointing and repetitive experience that offers mildly enjoyable combat but is otherwise entirely forgettable.

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Sam Chandler
May 31, 2018

Dark Souls Remastered manages to capture the essence of the Dark Souls experience, primarily because this is exactly the same game that debuted way back in 2011, just this time everything is in gorgeous 4K, and everything runs at 60fps – even Blighttown.

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Sam Chandler
7 / 10 - A Way Out
Mar 21, 2018

A Way Out is full of heart and soul: you'll grow to love the characters, and you'll become invested in Leo's charm and curious about Vincent's problems, but it's light and it could leave you unsatisfied.

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Sam Chandler
6.3 / 10.0 - Dead Rising 4
Dec 9, 2016

As far as Dead Rising games go, Dead Rising 4 may be dumbed down, but it’s still dumb fun.

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Sam Chandler
9.3 / 10.0 - Forza Horizon 3
Sep 26, 2016

Forza Horizon 3 is a visual feast and an impressive entry into the Forza line-up. The Australian environment feels and looks realistic, with lush rainforests tapering away into the red and dusty outback. Whether you’re a casual racing player or a motorsport enthusiast, Forza Horizon 3 will meet your expectations of a non-simulator racing game. The handling of the vehicles is, as always, finely tuned like only a Forza game can deliver. Forza Horizon 3 is a must-have for casual and enthusiast racers alike, so jump in and speed around the virtual country I call home.

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