Alex Varankou


320 games reviewed
67.7 average score
70 median score
27.2% of games recommended
86 / 100 - FIFA 14
Nov 17, 2013

FIFA 14 arrives on next generation platforms with much the same content as its current-gen counterparts, plus vastly improved visuals. As such, it remains a great game of footy and easily recommended to fans who have yet to pick up a copy this year.

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Nov 20, 2013

Multiplayer is solid and technical presentation sets the bar high for PlayStation 4, but Killzone: Shadow Fall lacks any other enticing features to make it a must-have shooter.

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62 / 100 - Crimson Dragon
Nov 25, 2013

It's nice to have some variety in the Xbox One launch lineup, but Crimson Dragon doesn't offer anything groundbreaking nor takes advantage of the new platform's capabilities.

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Nov 29, 2013

Need for Speed Rivals is a fun, addictive racing title with seamless multiplayer integration, but stiff controls and occasional technical hiccups hold it back.

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Dec 11, 2013

Ryse: Son of Rome is a decent action trip and a good addition for the Xbox One launch lineup, but on its own there's nothing particularly memorable to help stand the test of time.

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Dec 13, 2013

Forza Motorsport 5 sets the bar high for visual fidelity and simulation racing on the Xbox One. Sadly, design choices and lack of content get in the way of the fun.

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Dec 22, 2013

All-around frustrating controls, irregular physics and unfriendly level design make Max: The Curse of Brotherhood another misstep in the Xbox One digital launch library.

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Mar 4, 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth is a fantastic adaption of the show, and will thrill fans who have always wanted to visit this Colorado community in an interactive medium.

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Mar 19, 2014

Like all sequels, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 attempts to improve on the original in almost every area, but ultimately fails to do so. New ideas and mechanics are let down by sloppy execution.

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Mar 23, 2014

Rambo: The Video Game gives you a war you won't believe. You won't have much fun, either.

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Mar 29, 2014

Yet another misstep for the Ninja Gaiden franchise. An attempt to offer something wholly different fails to pay off.

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Apr 2, 2014

Infamous: Second Son is yet another technical tour de force for the PlayStation 4, but one that's lacking in other areas.

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Apr 7, 2014

Kinect Sports Rivals is solid enough to get players moving, and provides entertainment when competing against friends. As much as the game may try, however, the limitations of Kinect is its biggest rival.

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83 / 100 - Watch Dogs
May 27, 2014

Watch Dogs refines stealth action in an interconnected open world that's worth exploring.

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Jun 1, 2014

It's Worms as you remember them, with a bit of added shine and a few new weapons. If it's been a while, you can't go wrong with Battlegrounds, though be weary of the hefty price tag.

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70 / 100 - Sniper Elite III
Jul 6, 2014

Sniper Elite 3 puts in a respectable effort to improve on its predecessors, with bigger levels and more gameplay variety, but is ultimately let down by bugs and a lack of polish.

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72 / 100 - Tropico 5
Aug 2, 2014

Taking control of El Presidente and ruling over a sunny paradise used to be a unique guilty pleasure for RTS fans. Tropico 5 retains some of that, and newcomers might appreciate the gameplay alterations, but overall the franchise seems to be slipping.

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Aug 23, 2014

A fun and colorful shooter with unique visuals that's easy to get into. The gameplay mechanics are basic so players looking for something more may be underwhelmed; everyone else will be having too much fun with their customized characters to care.

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Aug 31, 2014

For newcomers, Infamous: First Light serves as a taste of the full experience in Second Son, complete with its highs and lows. Existing fans looking for more content will get the most out of this downloadable title, but will be disappointed that some of the concerns were not addressed.

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63 / 100 - NHL 15
Sep 9, 2014

NHL 15 stumbles as it hits the ice on the new generation of consoles. Fans should wait for a price drop and a few patches, or just skip this year altogether.

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