James O'Connor


65 games reviewed
67.7 average score
70 median score
50.0% of games recommended
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Jun 2, 2022

Card Shark is occasionally ace, flush with good ideas, and has plenty of heart. It won’t always deal you the best hand, but if such a unique concept suit(e)s your needs, you may be able to turn a blind eye to the moments where it flops, and go all-in, rather than letting it get lost in the shuffle.

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Thanks to a great remaster and a portable release, Sam & Max Save the World can now hit the road in style.

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Though it's light on meaningful choices, this brief dip into the Vampire: The Masquerade universe is at least filled with strong writing, interesting characters, and gorgeous art.

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Sep 3, 2020

If you’re a long-time fan, here’s the only thing that really matters, the words you’ve been longing to read—these are the games you remember.

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Sep 3, 2020

Paradise Killer is an exemplary adventure game that nails detective work in a way few games do.

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Aug 27, 2020

Thousand Threads is a game of discovery that ultimately doesn't deliver on its intriguing setup by discouraging you from digging too deep.

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7.1 / 10.0 - Boomerang Fu
Aug 13, 2020

It’s the gaming equivalent of a bag of Original Smiths chips – if you bring it to a party you’re not going to blow anyone’s mind, but everyone’s going to want at least a handful.

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Aug 4, 2020

A long-awaited sequel to a 1994 classic that can't hold up against its predecessor.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Into A Dream
Jul 31, 2020

As a critic, I can’t pretend that the game’s flaws don’t outweigh its qualities. It’s all but impossible to really dislike a game like this, one that has such obvious good intentions and a sincere, hopeful outlook. But there’s also, unfortunately, little reason to recommend that you play it.

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8.5 / 10.0 - CARRION
Jul 23, 2020

The game is pure power fantasy, a reverse-horror game where you can’t help but root for the monster. It’s also an indie game where it feels like the developers have created the exact experience they wanted to make without compromise

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8 / 10 - Superliminal
Jul 16, 2020

Superliminal is a perspective-focused puzzle game that is equal parts trippy and endearing.

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May 21, 2020

The 2019 anti-golf golf game is better than ever on Nintendo Switch.

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8 / 10 - The Touryst
Dec 20, 2019

A relaxing little adventure with gorgeous graphics, easy puzzles, and good vibes.

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A wealth of entertaining events, accessible control options, and a competent story mode make for the best-ever entry in this simple series.

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This remaster of a previously solid entry in the Super Monkey Ball franchise initially thrills, but the shine fades fast.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Luigi's Mansion 3
Oct 28, 2019

Luigi's Mansion 3 has a completely solid setup for another ghost hunt. The hotel environment makes every floor stand out, the bosses and basic enemies feel like a great mix of the last two games, and Luigi himself really shines. It's a ghastly great time.

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Oct 3, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair dials back expectations for the better in this more focused sequel.

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7 / 10 - Neo Cab
Oct 2, 2019

Neo Cab is a smart visual novel that looks forward, but also feels very current.

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Sep 20, 2019

A short but sweet game about causing as much mischief and upset as you can.

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Sep 17, 2019

A gorgeous roguelike dungeon crawler that remains compelling and exciting throughout, despite a lot of grinding.

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