Jason Fanelli


140 games reviewed
76.8 average score
80 median score
53.6% of games recommended
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Sep 6, 2022

Madden NFL 23 feels a lot like previous entries in the series, although it's a pretty good football game overall.

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8 / 10 - MultiVersus
Aug 3, 2022

Warner Bros' all-star battle proves to be a worthy contender to the platform fighter throne.

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8 / 10.0 - Stray
Jul 18, 2022

It's not going to unseat some of the bigger titles of the year, but as a fun and unique experience Stray is the cat's meow.

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8 / 10 - DNF Duel
Jun 30, 2022

A robust fighting system and brilliant online play make DNF Duel a worthy new contender.

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Jun 21, 2022

This fighting game compilation is a great window to the past--even though the view is full of monsters.

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7 / 10 - Bugsnax
Apr 28, 2022

What seems like just another Bugsnax biome has a lot more crawling under the surface.

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Mar 9, 2022

The puzzle/RPG hybrid returns with a sequel that focuses less on adventure and more on match-3 puzzle action.

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Feb 14, 2022

Horizon: Forbidden West is everything I wanted from a follow-up to the excellent Zero Dawn, from the twisting story and fierce combat to the cast of memorable characters.

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Feb 2, 2022

Let's get one thing straight: I do enjoy playing Dying Light 2 Stay Human. The story is great and warrants additional playthroughs thanks to multiple endings, the combat feels awesome, and there's a ton of stuff to do in this sprawling city (500 hours worth, apparently). It just needs to clean up the technical issues

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It is hard to articulate just how detrimental the Chaos Portal section of Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning - Fatesworn is to the rest of the new content. Until those portals opened this felt like a story worthy of Amalur, with a few twists and turns and Agarth acting a fool (as is tradition). Then the brakes were pumped, and I was buried in purple Chaos energy for far, far too long in the main arc. If there's one lesson I hope any prospective sequel developers take from this big adventure, it's this: leave the Chaos Portals out of this and just make the game you know you can make. As the rest of the adventure proves, the Amalur franchise can still hold its weight.

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Extraction is certainly worthy of the Rainbow Six moniker, I just don't know if it will be laying Siege to the other game's fanbase anytime soon.

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This new take on the well-established League of Legends universe serves as a high bar for further explorations into the lore.

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Rainbow Billy tells a charming story of friendship overcoming all--even a few technical missteps.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Gamedec
Oct 12, 2021

I want to fully endorse Gamedec, and up to a certain point I do, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the radical shift in the game's focus. Up until then the investigations are mysterious and fun, telling a legitimately interesting tale. After it the game feels like it goes into hyperdrive, not stopping until the credits roll. If this universe is ever revisited, I would hope there would be more investigative stories and less weird color-coded mazes. As it stands then, Gamedec is best described as a promising title with uneven execution.

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7 / 10.0 - Far Cry 6
Oct 6, 2021

Far Cry 6 doesn't move the needle at all, but it still holds its own amongst the other shooter games available.

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Aug 25, 2021

Naraka: Bladepoint does have a lot of cool and unique ideas for the battle royale genre. I love its melee-focused combat, I love the varied weapon selection, and I dig the durability system replacing the "limited ammo" functions of other games in the genre. However the game's longevity suffers due to becoming stale quickly, the lack of variance in the core gameplay loop rearing its ugly head quickly. It's the kind of game I would absolutely recommend to a friend, but only for one or two matches at a time. For long marathon sessions, there are far better options.

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7 / 10.0 - The Ascent
Aug 11, 2021

The Ascent equally frustrates and impresses me, one moment dropping my jaw with the city's neon-soaked beauty and the next making me clench my fists in anger. Veles is a brutal, unforgiving world, but it's one I enjoyed blasting my way through...when the game was being fair about it. Navigating the menus is a chore, but building a character is fun and the story is interesting enough that I don't mind the technical issues that pop up. It's not a perfect game, but if this is the beginning of a new franchise then it's a solid foundation from which to make its Ascent.

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7 / 10 - Pokemon UNITE
Jul 28, 2021

Pokemon Unite tries something new with the Pokemon brand and mostly succeeds, albeit with some overzealous microtransactions.

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If you liked Final Fantasy VII Remake, you're going to love Intergrade. I know that sentence has a lot of "well DUH" energy, but it's the truth; at its core this is an enhanced version of one of 2020's best games. From visuals to framerate, Intergrade improves upon the original, with some scenes really popping off of the screen thanks to the PlayStation 5's prowess. Intermission is at its core more of the same, but the tandem attacks are an excellent addition and the story implications are intriguing. It's not Part 2, and Lord knows when that's actually happening, but for now Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade scratches the FFVII Remake itch.

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7.5 / 10.0 - BIOMUTANT
May 24, 2021

Biomutant is a fascinating game, one that definitely belongs in a foregone era of gaming but somehow still works in today's industry. The world is massive and packed with things to do, combat is fast and fluid save for a few minor issues, and the story definitely keeps me interested throughout. There's jank, sure, but it's jank that somehow works in the game's favor, almost as if it's part of the game's identity. If you come in expecting a Game of the Year candidate you may leave disappointed, but if you're looking for a new adventure brimming with personality, Biomutant is absolutely worth your time. Just be prepared for that fast travel mechanic; it still shocks me every time.

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