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Luke Lawrie

Sydney, Australia

Favorite Games:
  • Dota 2
  • Half-Life
  • Super Mario 64

23 games reviewed
73.7 average score
75 median score
43.5% of games recommended

Luke Lawrie's Reviews

Freelance game critic since 2009 having worked with some of Australia's largest video game publications. Co-Host of Australia's longest running video game podcast - The GAP
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Nov 20, 2020

Demon’s Souls gives players a look back at what kicked off FromSoftware’s dominance in being one of the most exciting developers to watch over this last decade. While you’ll get a lot of enjoyment from your time with this title, FromSoftware has definitely refined and improved on the design and mechanics in the more recent released Souls games. Without a doubt Bluepoint Games has delivered a brilliant remaster of a niche game that not a lot of people had the chance to play originally. Demon’s Souls is worth checking out on the PS5. But if you’re looking to see what makes FromSoftware so amazing at what they do, you’re going to find a better overall experience in one of their newer titles like Dark Souls III, Bloodborne, or Sekrio: Shadows Die Twice.

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Oct 28, 2020

There’s some fun to be had in Watch Dogs Legion, but it becomes so repetitive that by the end of the game everything feels like a chore — one I was desperately wanting to be over hours before its credits rolled.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Control: AWE
Aug 28, 2020

Remedy continues to tell unique and extremely interesting stories, and in relation to how AWE concludes and what that means for the future of the Remedy Connected Universe, is just so damn exciting.

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Mar 27, 2020

If you enjoyed what Control had to offer then you should be fairly satisfied with this first expansion. The Foundation doesn’t really do a whole lot new, and it doesn’t seem to learn from its mistakes, especially considering it has one of the worst checkpoints for a boss encounter yet. But if you want to get even more lost in this enthralling world that Remedy has created, then it will be hard not to pass this one up. Just stay clear of all the cats.

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Nov 6, 2019

Rockstar Games has created a living, breathing world that I am absolutely invested in.

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7 / 10.0 - The Surge 2
Sep 24, 2019

Despite some of the technical issues and difficulty scaling, The Surge 2 is a fun game that should satisfy those looking for a souls-like experience. The combat is rewarding, and the directional blocking system is definitely something I would love to see implemented into other action games.

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Mar 26, 2019

Sekrio: Shadows Die Twice continues FromSoftware’s dominance, showcasing that it’s on another level when it comes creating action games in fantastical worlds. You’re going to die, and you’re go die a lot. But these brilliant gameplay systems that come together to form experiences that we don’t see in other triple-A games is why people get excited for what Hidetaka Miyazaki is doing at FromSoftware.

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4 / 10.0 - Crackdown 3
Feb 15, 2019

Crackdown 3 feels too similar to the game that came before it; it's like Sumo has made Crackdown 2 again

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6 / 10.0 - Just Cause 4
Dec 3, 2018

If you enjoyed the last game in the series then Just Cause 4 will give you a lot of fun creating explosions across the world, it just doesn’t push the series in any meaningful direction.

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7 / 10.0 - NBA 2K19
Sep 20, 2018

the basketball gameplay in NBA 2K19 is brilliant, and it has been for the last decade that I've been reviewing this series. But the way VC is used in the game needs to be re-evaluated, as it has become ridiculous and is blatantly pay-to-win. This greedy freemium model within an already fully priced game needs to disappear.

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