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

97 games reviewed
75.2 average score
75 median score
57.7% of games recommended

Simon Brown's Reviews

Fan of stealth, space and RPGs of both eastern and western persuasions!
3.5 / 10.0 - RPGolf
May 24, 2018

A quirky, fun premise let down by poor design and implementation. Bright but inconsistent visuals and reliance on meme-style humour can't disguise the lack of fun within this budget RPG/Golf hybrid.

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4 / 10.0 - Solar Shifter EX
Sep 12, 2016

A generic, bland but functional SHMUP whose technical issues make it unenjoyable and tedious to actually play.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Hell Pages
Jan 28, 2021

A bland, soulless horizontal SHMUP that is extremely basic and by the numbers. Interesting boss designs don't do enough to hold the rest of the game up. In such a crowded genre there are much better options.

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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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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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5 / 10.0 - Moero Crystal H
Oct 5, 2020

A bland, average dungeon crawler with some interesting characters that many will find uncomfortable to play through. Unnecessarily pushes boundaries of acceptability with regards to its lewd content.

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Jun 1, 2021

A great base to build from for the future but in its current state it's hard to recommend until Frontier gets in front of the performance issues and bugs that plague Odyssey right now.

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Jun 26, 2017

Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- hopes the abundance of cheap titillation will distract you from the uninspired repetitive brawling. There isn't anything wrong with the game per se but it doesn't do anything you can't find done better elsewhere and that's a shame.

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6 / 10.0 - Gun Gun Pixies
Sep 13, 2019

A fun if simplistic third person shooter with quirky, entertaining characters and an over the top charm that makes up for the repetitive gameplay. Let down by a sloppy localisation and some stiff controls but still a good time.

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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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Sep 20, 2016

A.W. Phoenix Festa does a decent enough job at transferring the characters and setting of the anime to the Vita but does a terrible job of explaining those things for newcomers. The combination of dating sim and battling works well but no individual part excels.

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6 / 10.0 - No Man's Sky
Aug 21, 2016

An impressive piece of technology capable of generating some truly gorgeous vistas, the game layered on top however disappoints in almost every way and just has no depth. Planets are fun to wander around whilst gathering resources to move on but you won’t linger.

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6.5 / 10.0 - King's Bounty II
Sep 10, 2021

A flawed return for a classic series that doesn't quite nail the transition to an open-world third-person perspective. Interesting and fun combat balances out the bland exploration somewhat.

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Oct 20, 2019

A fun if wildly unpolished title that deviates from the series established identity. Some solid stealth mechanics and great feeling gunplay offset the often broken feeling the rest of the game suffers from.

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Sep 13, 2019

A difficult, interesting journey through deep space that constantly has you making interesting decisions. The complexity isn't always a good thing but there is a ton of replay value here.

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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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Nov 6, 2016

Farming Simulator 17’s odd mix of authenticity and not-quite simulation is curious. The core gameplay loop is by its very nature extremely repetitive but if you have an interest in farming you’ve probably already bought into the idea. It’s certainly not a bad game but it’s definitely an acquired taste.

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7 / 10.0 - Cotton 100%
Nov 11, 2021

A solid port of an important game in the series. It's just a shame that it's not that interesting mechanically. Still, it's a fun time and the quality of life additions make it a lot more approachable to newcomers.

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Aug 31, 2021

A great port of a great title that's well worth the investment on Switch, on PS4 however unless you are a Darius superfan you'd be better served with a copy of Chronicle Saviours.

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Nov 3, 2020

A fun dungeon romp with some fun characters that hold it all together. Average exploration and combat that doesn't try anything unique but all in all a good time can be had here.

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