Steven John Dawson


31 games reviewed
78.4 average score
80 median score
61.3% of games recommended
Scores 9.6 higher than average

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Steven John Dawson
9 / 10.0 - Dirt Rally 2.0
Mar 18, 2019

A worthy sequel to the DiRT Rally franchise, that updates, upgrades and uplifts most aspects of the original. Still a few little niggles that could be better, but hopefully the paid content strategy can be converted into ongoing support and updates for the title.

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8 / 10.0 - F1 2018
Oct 25, 2018

The latest and greatest F1 game for Codemasters roster, with just enough new about it to make it an update from last years. It'll be a hard push to see what they do for 2019, that's for sure, but Codemasters have had a long run with the F1 license, and it doesn't look like they're keen to stop anytime soon.

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8 / 10.0 - Prime Mover
Oct 25, 2018

Awesome little puzzler that'll do well to keep you busy when you want it to, challenging enough that it will give even the most die-hard puzzler's brains a workout, but clever enough to not have you needing to complete the level at a time, so you can put it down and come back to it when the thermal throttling on your brain has returned to normal.

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9 / 10.0 - Two Point Hospital
Oct 3, 2018

Categorically the best “spiritual successor” to anything I've seen in quite a while. Takes a beloved franchise and brings it smack up to date with features and gameplay elements that fit in the modern landscape of gaming. It isn't diagnosed with a case of microtransaction-itis either. Just clean, sterilised fun.

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Steven John Dawson
May 5, 2018

Great part two in The Fall series, and leaves the door open just enough ready for part three. If Over the Moon continue with the improvements they've made to the next installment, then the trilogy should go down as a true classic of its time.

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8 / 10.0 - Dig Dog
Feb 23, 2018

A fun game to play in your odd downtime moments when you haven't got the opening to sink into a much larger game. Comes with plenty of challenge in the main game, but also has a more relaxing version when you're just wanting to chill.

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9 / 10.0 - Sky Force Reloaded
Jan 20, 2018

Delivers what a sequel should be, with more of... everything... on top of the solid foundations they had with the predecessor. Fans of shoot-em-ups that aren't straight up bullet hell titles should be looking into the Sky Force franchise.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Danger Zone
Oct 17, 2017

Good fun crashing simulator that will keep you coming back to improve your score, but not because of the depth of what's available. Here's hoping this is a prerequisite to a fully fledged game from the Three Fields team.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Project CARS 2
Oct 8, 2017

A proficient sim-racer that brings a lot to the table - both in content and playability. Would have been great to see the base Xbox One version maybe lose a bit of the graphical sparkle in exchange for a 60 FPS lock, but that's more commentary of the power of the Xbox, rather than the game.

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Steven John Dawson
Oct 6, 2017

This is the DLC for Mantis Burn that's nobody knew they needed. Now it's a staple mainstay for the game and shouldn't be played without.

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8.5 / 10.0 - World to the West
Jun 11, 2017

Great 2.5D take on the world of Teslagrad, with a fun puzzle dynamic and plenty of head-scratchers within. Well worth a look in if you're after a modern take on the early Zelda games.

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9 / 10.0 - DiRT 4
Jun 6, 2017

Excellent. If you're a fan of rally and want an accessible game, go out and buy it. If you want DiRT Rally's level of simulation with more to do, go out and buy it.

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Playground have managed to extract the awesomeness stored in the collective hive-mind of every "big-kid" out there that wants to be able to play with their Hot Wheels sets without strange glances from onlookers. It's a fun outing for the series as a whole and something I hope to see more of down the line.

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6 / 10.0 - We Are the Dwarves
Apr 8, 2017

A nice little real time tactical game that takes cues from The Lost Vikings and brings it up to date, let down by a frustrating control scheme and some odd choices that have made their way to the final game.

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8 / 10.0 - iO
Apr 2, 2017

A simple-on-the-surface, yet tough to master puzzle platformer that will keep you coming back time and time again to obtain the best medals that you can.

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5 / 10.0 - Moto Racer 4
Jan 30, 2017

Decidedly average attempt at a reboot of the franchise, with controls that just aren’t fun and load times that sap what was left of any real enjoyment from the title.

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8 / 10.0 - Mantis Burn Racing
Nov 2, 2016

It’s about time the genre got the kick up the exhaust it needed and VooFoo Studios has given it just that with Mantis Burn Racing.

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8 / 10.0 - F1 2016
Aug 25, 2016

A marked improvement on last years entry, with plenty of new features to keep all levels of players interested. The new features add much needed playability to the sessions in the career and the manual starts/pit entry and formation laps add the extra sprinkling of realism needed to help it feel more immersive.

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9 / 10.0 - FRU
Jul 30, 2016

FRU delivers the game that the Kinect needs to remain as a viable device. The clever set of mechanics that are on offer means that if you have a Kinect currently gathering dust, you owe it a game of FRU.

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Steven John Dawson
7 / 10.0 - Bard's Gold
Jul 21, 2016

It’s a fun and rewarding experience given the difficulty that it brings due to it’s 90s platformers inspiration. However, for the price, you could do a lot worse...

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