James Paley


114 games reviewed
74.3 average score
75 median score
40.4% of games recommended
Scores 6.6 higher than average

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James Paley
75 / 100 - Exception
Aug 17, 2019

Sadly, there’s no way to know what life in a computer is actually like. Exception does a damn fine job of imagining it, though

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Aug 7, 2019

Metal Wolf Chaos XD is a priceless artifact, a flawed gem the size of your fist that must be seen to be believed.

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James Paley
Jul 25, 2019

If you’ve had a Fire Emblem-shaped hole in your heart till now, Fire Emblem: Three Houses will leave you breathless, sleepless, and eager for more. I know I’ll be lost in this new world for months to come.

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75 / 100 - Fantasy Strike
Jul 24, 2019

With a little patience, you can pretty good at this game. Yet if you spend enough time in these trenches, you’ll end up better at all of them. While it’s not perfect, Fantasy Strike is a rock-solid entry in the larger fighting pantheon.

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James Paley
Jun 26, 2019

Even if you don’t fancy yourself a creator, I highly recommend Super Mario Maker 2. You’ll be shocked at the subtle yet significant shift in your mindset.

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Jun 25, 2019

I’ll be exploring this weird world for quite a while yet, and I suspect that many of you will be doing the same.

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There’s a satisfying combat system, a halfway decent story, and a lot of weird little activities to keep you busy. I was just hoping for some more growth between the first game and the second one.

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70 / 100 - Team Sonic Racing
May 24, 2019

Although I found a few cracks in the facade, I still had some decent fun with this game. The Sonic aesthetic is plastered over every surface, the songs kick you out of your chair, and teamwork system adds a lot of mileage.

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80 / 100 - Rage 2
May 14, 2019

Each piece holds satisfaction and joy that belies its base description, however. Combat in Rage 2 feels smooth as glass, with every gunfight playing to a violent rhythm. Travelling throughout the world is fast and engaging, with every pit stop bringing new wonders of varying quality.

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75 / 100 - Yuppie Psycho
May 11, 2019

The occasional dip in my enjoyment was a fair trade for the unsettling atmosphere, the fascinating narrative, and the clever premise. If you’re in the market for an unconventional horror game, I can easily recommend Yuppie Psycho.

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For a glimpse into something genuine, fascinating, and truly memorable, absolutely check out VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action.

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88 / 100 - Katana Zero
Apr 18, 2019

Katana Zero kicked me into a bloody pulp, but I’m compelled to continue regardless. If not for the challenge, then for my raw hunger to soak in every scrap of this exceptional story. Don’t sleep on this one, friends.

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72 / 100 - My Time at Portia
Apr 16, 2019

Do you long for a relaxed, endless procession of tasks, each a companion to a fleeting sense of achievement? Do you wish to wile away your hours making things? Are you looking for that next digital husband or wife whose fondest wish is the right combination of gifts and dialogue branches? Then My Time At Portia will call your name, friend.

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James Paley
Mar 27, 2019

Yoshi’s Crafted World is an art class plate heaped high with sugary delights that I can easily recommend.

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This game is a lot to take in, but rest assured that Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is worth your time

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If you haven’t pulled the trigger on NieR: Automata yet, this is the time! As a brand new player, I feel ridiculous for waiting this long to dive in. Dearth of new content or not, the Game of The YoRHa edition is a terrific good time.

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James Paley
Feb 22, 2019

While I love the moment to moment action, the pacing can still get downright glacial at times. If you’re hoping for an RPG experience, you’ll be rather let down. As far as action platformers go, however, Dragon Marked For Death is a ripping good time.

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James Paley
Feb 21, 2019

Final Fantasy IX is an excellent investment on the Nintendo Switch.

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68 / 100 - God Eater 3
Feb 6, 2019

God Eater 3 is a delightful smashup of monsters, swords and skintight leather. Just don’t be surprised when you discover that’s all there is.

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70 / 100 - 8-Bit Hordes
Jan 31, 2019

While each element of this game had it’s ups and downs, I was still able to get sucked right into the battles on every stage.

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