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Dominic Leighton

Matlock, Derbyshire

Favorite Games:
  • Fable
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

222 games reviewed
74.9 average score
80 median score
56.5% of games recommended
Scores 1.1 higher than average

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Dominic Leighton's Reviews

Having written for TheSixthAxis for the past four years, in 2015 Dom became the Reviews Editor, which has led to a great deal of reviewing, and indeed, editing. He always roots for the underdog, hence why some of his favourite consoles include the Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast and Nintendo Wii U. He also had an Atari Jaguar, but even he had to draw a line somewhere.
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Dominic Leighton
8 / 10 - Madden NFL 20
Aug 12, 2019

Madden 20 provides another year's worth of well-crafted gridiron action. It's a shame to say goodbye to Devin Wade and the Longshot narrative, but QB1 does a decent enough - if short - job of framing your own rise to fame. The rest of the package is as slick and smooth as you'd hope. Should you upgrade? If you're an avid fan, you probably already have. For everyone else, both Madden 18 and 19 still play a fantastic game of football.

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Dominic Leighton
9 / 10 - PAWARUMI
Aug 8, 2019

Pawarumi is a vital, beautiful and utterly enthralling entry in the Shmup genre. Its trifecta of concepts might seem daunting at first, but this is an instinctual shooter that will blow fans of the genre away.

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Dominic Leighton
Jul 25, 2019

With the Switch's delightful dual abilities, Three Houses fittingly bookends the series' triumphant run on the 3DS and becomes the first big-screen outing in over a decade. It also surpasses them all. A masterpiece of strategy, story-telling and intertwining relationships, Three Houses deserves to make Intelligent Systems a household name.

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Dominic Leighton
9 / 10 - Sea of Solitude
Jul 5, 2019

Clever, emotional and raw, Sea of Solitude is a personal journey that at times you feel like you're intruding on. It is resolutely truthful and, just as Kay turns aspects of herself inward and outward, you can't help but consider your own place, both amongst the people around you and inside your own head.

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Dominic Leighton
8 / 10 - Golem Gates
Jun 3, 2019

Golem Gates is a great strategy title that blends CCG and RTS elements into an enjoyable combat-heavy form, while offering a world and soundscape that I immediately fell in love with.

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Dominic Leighton
May 17, 2019

Team Sonic Racing is a technically sound karting game, but really only sells its central mechanic well enough in multiplayer to convince you that it needs to be there. It's not helped by only featuring the mostly bland Sonic family of characters and locations, leaving it feeling like an overall downgrade from the fantastic Sonic & All-Star Racing games.

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Dominic Leighton
8 / 10 - Rage 2
May 16, 2019

Much like its predecessor, Rage 2 stirs up Doom, Borderlands and Mad Max and comes out slightly less than the sum of its parts. Outside of some dreary lulls in the action, the characterful apocalyptic open world is a blast, with each settlement or point of interest a little pocket of adrenalin-soaked, heart-troubling frenzy that'll have you begging for the next fix.

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Dominic Leighton
Apr 9, 2019

Dangerous Driving is the game Burnout fans have been waiting for. Insane speeds, takedowns, permanent wreckage and a raft of events make this not just a spiritual successor, but a new beginning for aggressive arcade racing.

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Dominic Leighton
Apr 4, 2019

If you're a fan of run and gun games like Contra or Metal Slug, Mechstermination Force really captures the essence of how tough those titles were, while pairing it with a modern look and a wild penchant for mech design. There's no easy mode.

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Dominic Leighton

Bow to Blood: Last Captain Standing is the kind of future sport I can get behind, with tons of style, plenty of bombastic airship action and an identity all of its own.

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Dominic Leighton
6 / 10 - Elli
Apr 2, 2019

Elli is a lovely little puzzle platformer that's well worth spending a few hours with, though its relaxed vibe and accessible gameplay could see your attention waning before the end.

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Dominic Leighton
5 / 10 - Xenon Racer
Mar 28, 2019

There's a ton of potential in Xenon Racer, but while it looks and sounds the part, its difficulty level and overly weighty handling keep it firmly stuck in the slow lane.

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Dominic Leighton
Mar 14, 2019

While fans can likely find enjoyment in spending time with the One Piece crew, there are far better open world adventures out there.

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Dominic Leighton

Swords & Soldiers 2 Shawarmageddon is a fantastic RTS addition to the Switch's library, and thanks to its portability and the addition of touch controls, Nintendo's console is once more the best place to play.

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Dominic Leighton
7 / 10 - Dead or Alive 6
Mar 1, 2019

Dead or Alive 6 is an objectively great fighting game that's likely to be hampered by its continued objectification of women.

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9 / 10 - Dirt Rally 2.0
Feb 21, 2019

Just as Codemaster's competitors were starting to creep towards the digital rallying crown, Dirt Rally 2.0 puts them firmly back in the rear-view mirror. Utterly convincing, enthralling and punishing, Dirt Rally 2 is an exquisite racing sim.

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Dominic Leighton
7 / 10 - God Eater 3
Feb 6, 2019

God Eater 3 boasts fantastic monster hunting combat and the best visuals we've seen from the series, but hangs onto too many of the previous game's hang-ups.

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Dominic Leighton
9 / 10 - Wargroove
Jan 30, 2019

In a world bereft of a new Advance Wars, Wargroove is a worthy successor. Its fantasy retro strategy stylings mark it out as a wonderful amalgamation of the classic Fire Emblem and Wars games, and while it doesn't revolutionise the genre in the way that the modern Fire Emblem games have it nails the feel of Intelligent System's best games – while standing proudly on its own.

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Dominic Leighton
Jan 21, 2019

Override: Mech City Brawl is an indie mech arena brawler that gets a lot of things right. The single player is often a little on the easy side, but the great character designs and weighty combat help to make up for it, with local multiplayer proving to be a hell of a lot of fun. It's perfect for fans of giant mechs and kaiju brawling, and easily one of the best additions to the genre in a while.

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Dominic Leighton
Jan 18, 2019

In Ace Combat 7 dogfighting games have a new Top Gun. The VR sadly turned my stomach, but the series' trademark action is bigger and better than ever, with the spectacular weather effects introducing a level of realism and drama that will win over any wannabe Mavericks.

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