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Maurice Pogue

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Favorite Games:
  • The Witcher III
  • Homeworld
  • Tenchu

72 games reviewed
75.8 average score
80 median score
73.6% of games recommended
Scores 3.1 higher than average

Maurice Pogue's Reviews

Since picking up an NES controller in 1985 at the age of 2, Maurice and video games have been inseparable. While most children aspired to be lawyers, doctors, or engineers (at the behest of their parents), he aspired to write for publications such as EGM, PC Gamer, PC Accelerator, and Edge. After achieving ABD status in English at MSU, Maurice left academia and dedicated his writing to his lifelong passion. He is currently the Video Game Editor at Geeks Under Grace.
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8 / 10.0 - Bad North
Dec 17, 2018

A "gateway game" to the strategy genre, Bad North's formula of simplicity yields a deceptively satisfying challenge.

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8 / 10.0 - Dandara
Dec 7, 2018

Brazilian developer Long Hat House prevails in forging a gaming and cultural touchstone in Dandara.

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Nov 9, 2018

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun is a game that hits me right square in the nostalgia, almost completely disarming of my faculties as a critic. As a love letter to the fans of Commandos, it is a dream come true.

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5 / 10.0 - Steel Empire
Oct 21, 2018

Steel Empire is a SHMUP blast from the past, and not much else.

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5 / 10.0 - Shadows: Awakening
Sep 26, 2018

Painstakingly average, there are too many other games that one could play that can do what Shadows: Awakening does, and better.

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8 / 10.0 - Blind
Sep 18, 2018

Blind emphatically asserts itself as a front-runner for one of the best walking sims exclusive to VR.

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Maurice Pogue
Aug 17, 2018

Despite industry inundation of roguelite shooters, AIRHEART: Tales of Broken Wings offers a series of uncommon features accompanied by a remarkable grade of polish that should renew interest within those fatigued by the genre. I offer no apologies for the following pun, only for the cliché: Blindflug Studios’ offering here soars above the competition.

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7 / 10.0 - Naked Sun VR
Jul 20, 2018

Naked Sun is a solid, affordable VR experience for those looking for a more than a tech demo.

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8 / 10.0 - Mafia 3
Jul 18, 2018

Mafia III provides an adequate excuse to reenact the chaos found in your standard sandbox game, but with purpose.

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9 / 10.0 - Ancestors Legacy
Jun 26, 2018

Destructive Creations has developed the kind of strategy game that puts upcoming releases like Age of Empires 4 on notice. Ancestor's Legacy raises the bar on the genre through the sheer strength of its production values and single-player content.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Antigraviator
Jun 7, 2018

Antigraviator is the kind of game that does not necessarily do anything new, but happens to perform all the old tricks that one would come to expect from an anti-grav racer with aplomb.

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Maurice Pogue
Jun 6, 2018

wipEout remains the most renowned of futuristic racers, delivering AAA-tier visuals and similar gameplay. Yet time will tell how much pedigree alone will suffice in the stead of innovation.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Aragami
Jun 2, 2018

Aragami upholds the expectations of the now-retro franchise from which it was inspired, but struggles to exceed them.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Raging Justice
May 31, 2018

Raging Justice a decent game for refreshing memories of the beat 'em up, but offers little depth in the long run.

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8 / 10.0 - Far Cry 5
May 29, 2018

While Ubisoft's FPS formula is beginning to show its age with gameplay and mechanics that are too familiar for comfort, encasing the package with an exigent theme such as religious zealotry makes all things (seem like) new.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Wizard of Legend
May 15, 2018

Easy to access, difficult to master, if the difficulty curve is not a deterrent, the persistent will find some fun to be had with Wizard of Legend.

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7 / 10.0 - Null Vector
May 3, 2018

If Null Vector's purpose is to appeal to those who hold nostalgia in high regard, then I would consider this retro shooter a positive outcome.

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8.5 / 10.0 - SYNTHETIK
Apr 17, 2018

Realistic shooting mechanics in a top-down area, enemies whose ferocity scales over time and the anticipation of opening weapon and item chests like a child on Christmas makes for a formula experience that is sure to have gamers return frequently.

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2 / 10.0 - Distortions
Mar 30, 2018

Distortions is a game reminiscent of an era when "indie" was a euphemism for "subpar." While I am pleased that that time is long past, this game did not get the memo.

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Maurice Pogue
Mar 26, 2018

Guns, Gore, and Cannoli 2 is a step backwards for an IP that premiered as an excellent tribute to games like Metal Slug. The modifications to its successful formula reduce what was once great to something that is merely above average.

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