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Jay Ball


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

32 games reviewed
67.0 average score
70 median score
36.7% 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.
Feb 27, 2023

Horizon Call of the Mountain is absolutely beautiful and features some fun moments, but it bears repeating that it in no way feels like an $80 AUD game; it barely feels like a $60 AUD game and should have been included with the PSVR2 without an additional cost. It’s without a doubt a fantastic way to show off what the PSVR2 can do (eye tracking aside as it’s only used in menus and dialogue sequences). When your friends come over to check out your new toy they’ll come to see Horizon Call of the Mountain, but they’ll stay for Gran Turismo 7. While this offers fans a literally alternate perspective into a universe that many really love (myself included) and is a fantastic as a tool to show off the PSVR2, it lacks depth as an actual game. Challenge and balance are overloaded with tedious climbing sequences and not enough of the fun stuff.

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Jun 16, 2016

With 30 levels, too few of them being actual trials and too many being stupid platforming, Trials of the Blood Dragon seems nothing more than an attempt at showing off what a few developers could do after getting drunk and watching 80 action movies and Saturday morning cartoons. The disappointing thing is this could have been so much better by simplifying the concept and making it a DLC map pack for Trials Fusion. Die-hard Trials fans will play this once, but probably never again; that said, they might enjoy it. Die-hard Blood Dragon fans will be unimpressed.

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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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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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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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Jul 18, 2016

Sadly Carmageddon: Max Damage was seemingly built just for those that want to re-live the original game, including literally all of its flaws. Had the target audience been expanded to those that like playing games that are fun, it could have been a huge hit.

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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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Jul 8, 2016

Give this one a miss unless you’re a huge fan of getting really angry at video games.

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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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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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Jul 30, 2018

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

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Currently, I’m roughly 9-10 hours in to Suicide Squad and I feel pretty confident I’ve seen all that it has to offer by way of gameplay. To be honest, I don’t really want to spend any more time with it. That not how this works, of course — I’ve not yet spent enough time to properly score this fairly and accurately because we received our review code three days after the refund window closed on the die-hard DC fans that forked out ridiculous sums for early access, and only 13 hours before its general release. Do what you will with that information.

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