Ben Runnings


15 games reviewed
82.1 average score
84 median score
73.3% of games recommended
Scores 4.1 higher than average

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The Game Fanatics
Ben Runnings
Jul 19, 2018

Shining Resonance Refrain isn't a great game but it isn't a bad one either. I love the combat despite the repetition and the story and characters are both worth paying attention to, but it's rough around the edges. Whether it's the dated presentation, the several wholly unnecessary systems, or traversing the same areas ad nauseum, there are simply too many roadblocks for me to give it a resounding recommendation.

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Ben Runnings
Nov 1, 2017

Also, you can hurl an axe across the map into an unsuspecting Nazi's face, and that's sure to brighten anyone's day.

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Ben Runnings
Sep 15, 2017

While it's appeal is decidedly niche, the game excels as something much more than a visual novel. Add in the slightly easy, but satisfying, turn-based battles and it's a game that speaks directly to me and gets a high recommendation.

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Ben Runnings

Shadows of Valentia is more Fire Emblem but also a change of pace. More recent fans might not like the missing romance options, weapon triangle, and battlefield changes. These are sometimes dramatic differences, but those looking for a compelling strategy game with the series' staple excellent characters, will be pleased by what's included as well as the new features this remake has up its sleeve. Just be ready for some enemy AI shenanigans along the way.

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Ben Runnings
10 / 10.0 - Prey
May 24, 2017

Besides a map system that could be better and a few glitched side quests, my experience with Prey was flawless. There were some misteps near the end, but the final scene gave me chills and the existential implications therein made it all worth it. To me, Prey easily stands toe to toe with some of the best sci-fi games in recent years, and if the world is just, should be remembered as one of the finest gaming experiences of all time. This is an instant classic that you shouldn't overlook.

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Ben Runnings
Jul 22, 2016

In my 26 hours of playtime, I finished the main story, saw a bunch of optional conversations, and completed 45% of the side quests. It’s fun in a mindless sort of way and it isn’t terrible but you’re not missing anything by skipping it.

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9.6 / 10.0 - Salt and Sanctuary
Mar 24, 2016

Not only is Salt and Sanctuary a fantastic distillation of the Dark Souls formula to 2D, it is also one of the best Metroidvania games I've ever played. Either one of those would make the game an easy recommendation but both turns it into a must play.

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Ben Runnings
8.7 / 10.0 - Lost Dimension
Jul 28, 2015

The story may be a bit of a let down but the core turn based strategy gameplay is a ton of fun.

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9 / 10.0 - Bayonetta 2
Oct 30, 2014

It's not perfect and the nostalgia goggles are likely affecting my memories of the first game but Bayonetta 2 is still a great time and better than pretty much any other action game out there.

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Ben Runnings
5.3 / 10.0 - Natural Doctrine
Oct 1, 2014

Natural Doctrine is a punishingly difficult strategy game but if you stick with it, you may just find it to be extremely rewarding.

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Ben Runnings
8.8 / 10.0 - Mario Kart 8
Jun 8, 2014

Naturally every Wii U owner should pick this up but old fans should also consider it because it truly is the Mario Kart that you remember.

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Ben Runnings
Jun 3, 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour is a mixed bag. On one hand, it is an almost perfect golf game with interesting and compelling online options. On the other, it adds in a bunch of gimmicks and lacks enough actual golf courses. Still, my complaints are more related to the lack of content that I was expecting, not the quality of the gameplay, which is pitch perfect.

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8 / 10.0 - NES Remix 2
Apr 29, 2014

If you played the first NES Remix and were unimpressed, this one probably won't change your mind. However, if you thought it was a great idea that lacked proper execution, you'll be pleased to see that enough has changed for the better.

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Ben Runnings

Do you like BioShock? Then play this.

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Ben Runnings

If you have a Vita, and think this all sounds interesting, you must check it out.

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