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Favorite Games:
  • Elite II: Frontier
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Metal Gear Solid

56 games reviewed
74.8 average score
75 median score
51.8% of games recommended
Scores 7.8 higher than average

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Simon Brown's Reviews

Fan of stealth, space and RPGs of both eastern and western persuasions!
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Simon Brown
Jun 14, 2019

A solid if slightly disappointing offering, bringing fun and engaging urban conflict to the strategic landscape of the Inner Sphere. New mechs, enemy vehicles, missions and equipment round out the additions, for committed fans it's pretty much essential.

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Simon Brown
7.5 / 10.0 - Titan Quest: Atlantis
May 20, 2019

A surprise expansion that's a fun romp across the Mediterranean with a wide array of new toys to play with and some subtle but useful changes to the original game. No new mastery and a handful of polish issues are a shame but it's a great reason to go back to Titan Quest.

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Simon Brown
Mar 12, 2019

A competent if flawed JRPG that has a unique combat system undermined by poor localisation as well as just dull implementation. If you are after a Persona-like RPG you might get some enjoyment from this, but it's pretty generic fare.

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7 / 10.0 - X4: Foundations
Feb 17, 2019

An ambitious, complex sandbox space game that allows you to do almost anything from spacewalking to commanding a carrier with a fleet of ships onboard. A steep learning curve and an inconsistent interface mar an excellent return for Egosoft's flagship series.

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Simon Brown
7.5 / 10.0 - Kenshi
Jan 12, 2019

An intriguing RPG/Survival hybrid sandbox that invites you to experiment in the world it presents. Some technical hiccups interrupt the open world and the freeform nature definitely isn't for everyone but if you are after something different, Kenshi is the very definition of that.

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7.5 / 10.0 - RimWorld
Jan 9, 2019

A satisfying colony-building sandbox with a lot of replayability that suffers from a lack of polish in the UI. A great aesthetic and quirky sci-fi take on the genre mean there is a lot to like here, it just takes a little digging to get there.

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Simon Brown
Dec 11, 2018

A laser-focussed expansion that adds variety and depth to the already solid base game. BattleTech: Flashpoint gives players new stories and something to plan their time around whilst playing in the sandbox of the BattleTech universe.

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Simon Brown
7 / 10.0 - Darksiders III
Dec 1, 2018

The return of the horsemen delivers an entertaining if challenging action adventure. Some beautiful environments and fun enemy design help keep it engaging as you play but Darksiders' third outing is ultimately forgettable.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Fallout 76
Nov 23, 2018

An interesting experiment that fails to nail either side of the experience, it uses Fallout trappings to good effect and can be fun with great environmental storytelling and West Virginia itself is gorgeous. The lack of NPCs and overall cohesion along with lacklustre PvP hinder its identity, however.

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Simon Brown
Nov 19, 2018

No online multiplayer, oddly narrow selection of properties, a lack of characters and imagery from the shows they used along with oddities like no voice work make it hard to recommend, there's the nugget of a great kart racer in here but it all feels so half-hearted. A real shame.

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8 / 10.0 - Debris Infinity
Nov 9, 2018

A great little twin-stick shooter that wears its inspiration on its sleeves but backs it up with challenging wave based fun that might easily become an addiction as you try to work your way up the leaderboards.

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Simon Brown

TWEWY -Final Remix- does a stellar job with updating the DS originals visual and aural design. Some control issues and changes to combat mechanics to fit the Nintendo Switch are unfortunate but the story and game systems are still excellent and will still have you eagerly trying to survive the Reaper's Game.

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Simon Brown
7.5 / 10.0 - FAST STRIKER
Oct 23, 2018

A fast, furious and fun shoot ‘em up that brings some interesting gameplay changes into its different modes. Doesn't do anything groundbreaking but plays like a dream and looks and sounds exactly as you remember shmups do!

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Simon Brown
6 / 10.0 - Rise & Shine
Oct 8, 2018

A solid, if uninspiring run ‘n gun title with some very nice visuals. The game's length and difficulty make it hard to recommend without reservation but if you are after something a little quirky you might enjoy your brief time with this.

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Simon Brown
Sep 18, 2018

The Bard's Tale IV revisits the classic dungeon-crawling formula from years past, simultaneously showing reverence for its history whilst not being afraid to change it up mechanically. Visually stunning with a wonderful Gaelic folk soundtrack to go with it.

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Simon Brown
Sep 11, 2018

SNK's female-only fighter lacks the complexity of its older brethren but can be a glitzy over-the-top fun time if you let it. Fanservice hides a fun, simple to grasp fighting system that is deeper than you think.

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Simon Brown

A polished, well put together remaster of a game that never really got a fair shake during its original release. If you like mecha punching each other or the idea of piloting one in VR is your thing you can do a lot worse than giving Zone of the Enders The 2nd Runner: Mars a go.

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Simon Brown
8 / 10.0 - Shenmue 1 & 2
Aug 27, 2018

Shenmue I & II brings the Dreamcast classics to a new audience as well as those nostalgic for the old days. They are still fun, exciting games even with a few quirks due to their age and are well worth playing in 2018.

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Simon Brown
7.5 / 10.0 - Cycle 28
Aug 12, 2018

A fun little momentum shooter with a drab visual style that is perfect for quick bouts of play. The difficulty and repeat play design won't be for everyone but if you are after a Luftrausers-esque title at a budget price you can't go wrong.

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Simon Brown
7.5 / 10.0 - Danger Zone 2
Aug 11, 2018

A great improvement over the original that almost nails the aesthetic and feel of the games it lovingly recreates even if it is a little rough around the edges. For those yearning for Burnout's Crash mode or that just enjoy score attack games there is a lot to enjoy here!

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