Matt Girdler


18 games reviewed
73.1 average score
80 median score
55.6% of games recommended
Scores 2.5 higher than average

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Matt Girdler
5 / 10.0 - Son of Nor
Apr 28, 2015

Somewhere in Son of Nor, there's a great game desperately trying to get out, but ultimately the game suffers from poor execution and a lack of polish.

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Matt Girdler
Apr 17, 2015

If you already own Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel!, you probably won't get much out of The Handsome Collection. Anyone else will likely have a great time with its hours and hours of addictive RPG gameplay.

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Matt Girdler
Mar 30, 2015

While highly derivative of The Legend of Zelda series, Oceanhorn is a beautiful and expertly-crafted game that will delight fans of the genre.

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5 / 10.0 - Harold
Mar 8, 2015

Harold is a beautiful game, but that's not enough to make up for sloppy design and maddeningly difficult gameplay.

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Matt Girdler
Feb 10, 2015

Gat out of Hell is not perfect; it's shorter than it should be, and the missions are disappointingly unimaginative. As a full release, it'd be very tough to recommend the title, but taken simply as a slice of Saints Row silliness, it's much easier to endorse.

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9 / 10.0 - LittleBigPlanet 3
Dec 19, 2014

Sumo Digital had the unenviable task of taking on one of Sony's franchises, and pulled it off with gusto. A more technical advancement to go with the new hardware would've been nice, but the new additions are numerous and significant enough to ensure plenty of ambitious and exciting content from the Little Big Planet community.

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9 / 10.0 - Terraria
Dec 5, 2014

This deceivingly simple-looking 2D platformer is one of the most empowering games I've played.

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Matt Girdler
Nov 25, 2014

What the episode lacks in excitement, it makes up for with strong characters and rich, detailed environments.

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Matt Girdler
Oct 13, 2014

Every aspect of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor feels like it was designed to be the ultimate power trip. At the same time, thanks to nemesis, your actions have very direct and visible consequences on the world you inhabit. It's this combination that makes Shadow of Mordor not only an excellent game, but one which sets the standard for all open-world titles to come.

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Matt Girdler
Sep 15, 2014

Risen 3 never ventures into uncharted territory, but remains enjoyable thanks to a beautiful and varied world, solid questing and interesting level design.

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Matt Girdler
Jun 11, 2014

You can't fault its ambition, but ultimately due to pacing issues, hit-and-miss writing and story that is altogether too long, the game is never very enjoyable. If you've got the patience to put up with the occasional periods where nothing much happens, Always Sometimes Monsters will reward you with a memorable, if very uneven, experience.

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Matt Girdler
Jun 2, 2014

The Last Tinker: City of Colors is a breath of fresh air for those fed up with the brown modern shooters we've become accustomed to. Aside from the occasionally tedious combat, it's a fun and memorable experience for kids and grown-ups alike.

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9 / 10.0 - Age of Wonders III
May 11, 2014

Despite its vast complexity and many mechanics, Age of Wonders III remains remarkably accessible for a newcomer to the series such as myself. The variety of gameplay, environments, units and leaders means you'll rarely be bored and allows you to play in whichever way you want. If Triumph Studios are also able to provide quality post-release content, Mr. Meier might just have to watch his back.

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5 / 10.0 - Windforge
Apr 22, 2014

Windforge is the shadow of the game that it should have been. There's plenty of systems here that should be great, but the package doesn't quite come together - primarily due to a lack of multiplayer, but also due to a number of design issues. Those who prefer their sandbox games as a solo experience will likely be thrilled with the RPG elements, while others should probably steer their airship clear of Windforge.

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6 / 10.0 - 1954: Alcatraz
Mar 21, 2014

Hardcore fans of the genre and Daedalic Entertainment will find enough to like here with the developer's trademark stunning art, believable voice acting and interesting setting, but an underwhelming story prevents 1954 Alcatraz from matching their stellar previous efforts.

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8 / 10.0 - Nidhogg
Mar 6, 2014

You might want to stay away if you plan to play alone, but with its extremely responsive controls, lightning-fast pace, and easy-to-learn combat, Nidhogg is one of the most enjoyable and competitive local multiplayer games on the market.

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8 / 10.0 - Teslagrad
Jan 21, 2014

Teslagrad suffers from a few frustrating moments, but it more than compensates for these issues with a beautiful visual style, impressive puzzles, and smart storytelling.

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7 / 10.0 - Contrast
Dec 10, 2013

Contrast isn't without its faults, but it still provides a memorable gaming experience.

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