Stephen LaGioia


94 games reviewed
69.8 average score
70 median score
37.2% of games recommended
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78 / 100 - Draw Chilly
Jan 3, 2020

Don't expect a masterpiece, but those who enjoy pure, undiluted action-survival gameplay - and are fine with a bit of repetition - should get a kick out of Draw Chilly.

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Dec 15, 2019

While there are certainly moments that dazzle, and over two-dozen hours of joyful fun to be had here, Pokémon Sword & Shield feels fairly standard and lukewarm.

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Dec 2, 2019

It's tough to knock this too hard given its meager $2 price, but still, a poor game is a poor game, and Cerberus just falls flat in most areas. While it's at least functional - the ambiguities, empty settings, and overpowered, erratic enemies produce an experience that's tough to enjoy for more than a handful of minutes on end.

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67 / 100 - Driven Out
Nov 5, 2019

The core gameplay of Driven Out proves solid and satisfying, and is enhanced by some super nostalgic retro sensibilities. Yet, the combat just seems a touch too slow on your part and imbalanced in favor of your AI opponents, which tends to make it tough to stick with the basic, somewhat repetitive gameplay in the long run.

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72 / 100 - Code Vein
Oct 13, 2019

This sometimes convoluted action RPG won't be for everyone. Still, Code Vein should draw in anime fans looking for a gripping, challenging gaming experience. Souls fans should enjoy this too, assuming they're seeking combat that's a tad less stressful, with additional colorful twists to the old formula.

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7 / 10 - Terraria
Sep 22, 2019

As enriching and fun as ever on the Switch.

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Sep 12, 2019

AER: Memories of Old teases its potential with some amusing bits - namely the rich atmosphere and the bliss that comes with soaring through the skies as a bird. Still, it feels a bit like Zelda-meets-Myst - with much less detail or interaction. Tough to recommend, unless you find great value in a characteristically passive, serene adventure game.

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78 / 100 - Rad
Aug 23, 2019

With the vast array of wacky mutations and other random elements, you can milk a whole lot of enjoyment out of this $20 adventure. Roguelike aficionados and retro gamers alike should definitely give RAD a look.

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Aug 18, 2019

Lost Orbit: Terminal Velocity is a competent action-scroller that often reaches stellar status. It's a cool little indie with some neat ideas, and definitely worth taking for a spin at $10.

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74 / 100 - My Friend Pedro
Jul 20, 2019

While a few finicky mechanics and a lack of content outside the campaign keep this from getting a universal recommendation, $20 still gets you a memorable experience and offers a deliciously fun twist on the sidescrolling shooter formula.

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Jun 27, 2019

Mushroom Crusher Extreme is an amusing, albeit sometimes frustrating, isometric retro romp. It offers some thrills for those willing to overcome the somewhat clunky mechanics, and repetitive grinding needed to tap into all of its content.

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71 / 100 - SpellKeeper
May 12, 2019

SpellKeeper feels a bit like the fidget spinner equivalent of a puzzler. It's an almost calming experience to distract your mind with, and while it verges on overly-simplistic at times, it still somehow manages to feel satisfying and rewarding.

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Apr 15, 2019

Operencia: The Stolen Sun proves ambitious for an indie project, and one that offers a wealth of satisfying content for the asking price. Its methodical, sluggish nature may not be for everyone, but those who accept it as a rough-around-the-edges retro dungeon crawler, should get a kick out of it.

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Apr 9, 2019

Yoshi’s Crafted World is a pleasant, enduring experience that platforming fans on the Switch shouldn’t miss.

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6 / 10 - Warparty
Mar 31, 2019

That’s not to say Warparty isn’t a competent, even downright blast to play more often than not, but it won’t soon be overtaking the leaders of the genre.

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Mar 21, 2019

Bears many of the hallmarks of the classic Bomberman, but while it boasts tons of content and an exciting BR mode, it still feels like a poor imitation.

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65 / 100 - Hazardous Space
Mar 13, 2019

Sci-Fi tropes aside, Hazardous Space runs with a unique blend of gameplay elements, which work to a degree, but feels shallow or unrealized in certain areas. Should provide short bursts of entertaining RPG gameplay, at least for the roguelike enthusiasts.

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Mar 8, 2019

Space War Arena quietly makes a name for itself on a platform which isn’t home to many similar experiences.

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7 / 10 - APE OUT
Mar 1, 2019

A fun little action gore-fest

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Feb 19, 2019

Ravva And The Cyclops Curse is yet another reminder that an old formula can still be both fun and interesting, if the execution is up to snuff and a few bits of innovation are sprinkled in. Those who enjoy a bite-sized platforming experience should find much to like about this little indie.

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