Stephen LaGioia


87 games reviewed
69.5 average score
70 median score
34.5% of games recommended
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Apr 6, 2015

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a fun little title that doesn't bring a ton to the table, but what it does offer, it executes quite well. A good game if you're looking for short bursts of platforming fun, just don't expect anything epic in scope.

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76 / 100 - CastleStorm
Jul 11, 2015

Castlestorm is an addictive and charming tower defense title that, despite a few minor faults, stands out from many of its ilk. With surprisingly deep and plentiful content, and easy to learn mechanics, this one is worth checking out.

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Oct 12, 2015

Super Mario Maker provides endless fun, heavy doses of nostalgia, and a superb level creator that makes it easy to play the role of amateur game designer. A must have for any Wii U owner who is even mildly interested in Mario games and/or likes to create.

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Nov 12, 2015

Yoshi's Woolly World is a fun and amusing platformer in its own right, though the quirky art style and gameplay gimmicks seem to take center stage here. Tries a bit too hard to emulate its predecessors.

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70 / 100 - Bard's Gold
Dec 15, 2015

Bard’s Gold comes off largely as a homage to tricky hardcore dungeon crawlers. But it is solid enough in its own right, proving to be fun, addictive, and rewarding, despite its somewhat simplistic concept and the often grueling gameplay that can lead to some frustrating moments.

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Jan 31, 2016

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash provides the bare minimum tennis experience, as shallow gameplay is disguised with gimmicks, particularly when it comes to the single player offerings. The pretty graphics and online functionality are largely its only strong points.

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May 1, 2016

While Xenoblade Chronicles X doesn't quite hit must-buy territory, for those who appreciate RPGs, particularly with a focus on action and an open-world brimming with tons of content, should give this Wii U exclusive a chance.

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49 / 100 - Star Fox Zero
Jun 5, 2016

Star Fox Zero tries to do too much with gimmicks that simply don't work, while neglecting the core mechanics of its predecessors. Even diehard fans would probably be hard pressed to find many redeeming qualities from this sequel.

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68 / 100 - TurnOn
Jul 4, 2016

TurnOn is definitely a neat idea on paper, and though it does some things well, it leaves a bit to be desired at times. Tough to recommend at full price, but fans of platformers, and those who just want a relaxing gaming experience, are likely to get some enjoyment out of it.

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Sep 17, 2016

A great union of retro flare and novel concepts, strengthened by solid mechanics and some great music, Road to Ballhalla is sure to provide many with at least some entertainment, especially those who favor arcade-style gaming.

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