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Jay Ball

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Favorite Games:
  • Oddworld: Strangers Wrath
  • The Last of Us
  • Portal 2

26 games reviewed
64.4 average score
68 median score
29.2% of games recommended

Jay Ball's Reviews

It takes a special type of game to blow me away. A combination of good handling and quality visuals isn't nearly enough. I'm moved by well crafted narratives and characters that the player can connect with. I need to be left thinking about a game long after I'm done with it. Play the Last of Us or Spec Ops: The Line to understand what I mean.
5 / 10.0 - Splatoon 3
Sep 7, 2022

Splatoon 3 adds nothing of significance to the series, which is quite disappointing considering that it, as a whole, was bursting with originality when it first launched.

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Sep 28, 2021

This is the kind of game a cheap uncle buys a kid for Christmas out of the bargain bin giving little thought beyond, “little Timmy likes cars so I’ll buy him this thing.” Sadly, it will only keep kids entertained for as long as it takes them to realise the odds are stacked against them. While some real passion has gone into the transition of some much-loved toys into digital form, the challenge of Hot Wheels Unleashed is just too great for its target audience. Without significant fixes, it will do little more than frustrate all who pick it up.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Doom 3: VR Edition
Mar 28, 2021

While VR definitely makes things better by making the the world feel a little more real, the enemies feel a little larger and adding in the ability to free aim your weapons — all without being too gimmicky — it’s not enough to warrant a purchase of new VR gear if you don’t already have it.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Cyberpunk 2077
Dec 8, 2020

The most important thing that everyone needs to know about Cyberpunk 2077 is that while it’s imperfect, it is without a doubt a superb game.

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Nov 19, 2020

The Zelda devout have already decided to to buy this game and I hope they love it. Everyone else might want to spend some time with the demo first.

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Sep 3, 2020

As a recreation it highlights how good the original games were for their time. Challenging, original, addictive and damn fun to play.

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9 / 10.0 - DOOM Eternal
Mar 18, 2020

I can’t emphasise how much fun Doom Eternal is to play and that’s what really counts.

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Feb 14, 2019

Despite changes to the formula, New Dawn is still very much Far Cry at its core.

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Jan 18, 2019

Due to its niche nature, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown won’t be for everyone. You’d really need to love this style of game to get the full benefit of it. That being said, it’s a well crafted addition to the genre and may very well make some some new fans of aviation titles that were otherwise not interested

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Oct 16, 2018

Combat against all the bosses is both challenging and rewarding. There's great variation between all enemies in their look, how they fight and how you need to behave with each

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7 / 10.0 - Mega Man 11
Oct 2, 2018

Mega Man 11 is as challenging, fun and frustrating as every other game in the series in literally every single aspect.

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Jul 30, 2018

I envy anyone out there experiencing No Man's Sky for the first time this month.

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5 / 10.0 - Danger Zone 2
Jul 13, 2018

Danger Zone 2 isn't quite as much fun as I remember Burnout being.

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1.5 / 10.0 - Bravo Team
Mar 6, 2018

It's poorly made and is, hands down, the worst game I've ever played. The fact that the end credits didn't include a personal apology because you simply made it to 'em is astonishing.

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Oct 26, 2017

The best in the series, by far.

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5 / 10.0 - Ruiner
Sep 26, 2017

Only drop coin on this if you're a huge fan of the genre

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4.5 / 10.0 - Steep
Dec 5, 2016

Featuring systems that focus on community engagement and competition among friends, there are some clever new ideas that haven’t been seen in games before. Still, Steep falls short where it matters most, offering you more moments of anger than adrenaline. If you have plenty of patience then this might be the game for you, though most will end up pissed off rather than going off-piste.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Watch Dogs 2
Nov 14, 2016

Watch Dogs 2 is the game that the first one should have been and is a shining example of Ubisoft’s already proven ability to respond well to feedback. It offers true freedom and creativity to play the way you want, laugh out loud moments found in scripted events and self-made fun in a virtual city that needs to be seen to be believed. Starring characters that you’ll genuinely care about the more you get to know them you’ll have no trouble finding motivation to see this one through to the end. Put this one on your Christmas list.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Mafia 3
Oct 14, 2016

Mafia III is consistently inconsistent. An engrossing and mature narrative told between repetitive and boring missions, satisfying gun play against moronic AI enemies all taking place in a beautifully designed city that's ruined with shitty lighting effects.

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The decision to only release MWR with purchases of the upcoming Infinite Warfare and the apparent intent on never making it available as a stand alone game appears to be a desperate cash grab. This sales model either assumes that every COD 4 fan has been a dedicated franchise devotee for the past nine years which is most certainly not the case, or it hopes that hardcore COD 4 fans will be willing to shell out just to play the remastered version of their favourite game. But let’s face it: nobody in their right mind would spend $129 AUD on a nine year old game with improved visuals… would they?

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