Jason Fanelli


131 games reviewed
76.9 average score
80 median score
51.9% of games recommended
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90 / 100 - The Messenger
Aug 28, 2018

The Messenger is a love letter to a bygone era that drops me right back into those wonderful times as soon as I turn on the Switch. Make sure you schedule a delivery with The Messenger, because you will not be disappointed when you sign for it.

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Aug 4, 2018

Ripples took my every criticism of "Hide and Seek's" core experience and fixed it, focusing more on The Council's incredible dialogue system than the puzzles of the manor.

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65 / 100 - Defiance 2050
Jul 29, 2018

I can feel the love that Trion Worlds put into Defiance 2050.

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72 / 100 - 20XX
Jul 9, 2018

There's a lot of fun be had here, a great challenge for those looking for a new retro-style platformer like this to take on, but 20XX never truly finds that "retro" charm. Instead, it's a new idea pretending to be a retro experience, and the more astute players out there will be able to sniff it right out.

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88 / 100 - The Banner Saga
May 29, 2018

The Banner Saga comes to Nintendo Switch via a fantastic and faithful port, its dire tale of survival and strategy completely intact. It plays well, it looks fantastic, and every battle and dialogue choice is here for the taking.

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88 / 100 - Runner3
May 18, 2018

Runner3 is an old idea with a fresh coat of paint, but that idea still brings a lot of fun to the table.

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The Council Episode 2: Hide and Seek does a terrific job of building more intrigue for its fascinating story.

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is more than the sum of its parts, but I just wish a few of those parts were original concepts.

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May 8, 2018

Having a unique experience every time I play is really cool, even if it's not quite unique enough.

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Apr 14, 2018

TERA Online is a solid MMO experience that unwittingly serves as an MMO time machine, for better and worse

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Apr 13, 2018

This is great for new players, a “sandbox” filled with hills and ramps and other obstacles to maneuver.

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71 / 100 - Fable Fortune
Mar 22, 2018

New Fable is good Fable, even if it's not what I had in mind, and Fable Fortune is plenty fun

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If Cyanide Studios can smooth out the creases and keep delivering the narrative goods, I could see The Council becoming the next big narrative-driven franchise. It's up to Episode Two to keep the momentum going.

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70 / 100 - The Station
Feb 19, 2018

The Station is a promising game, telling a magnificent story through a path paved by games like Gone Home and Tacoma.

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Feb 7, 2018

As I build my new civilization and new people start to come out of the woodwork, I really start to feel attached to the game.

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Jan 23, 2018

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition has reignited my love for the franchise, and the future of SFV shines even brighter.

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72 / 100 - Brawlout
Jan 4, 2018

Brawlout doesn't quite reach the bar set by Smash Bros, but it does prove itself to be a fighter worthy of recognition.

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80 / 100 - The End Is Nigh
Dec 22, 2017

There's a lot to like in The End is Nigh, just try not to throw the Switch around when the game gets super tough. Someone could get hurt.

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50 / 100 - Hello Neighbor
Dec 21, 2017

The game's concept is brilliant, but unfortunately Hello Neighbor's execution does not rise to the occasion and the game falls flat.

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Nov 21, 2017

The contrasting gameplay styles, a beautifully designed world, and interesting characters combine into a delightful game that just doesn't last long enough. Trinket Studios should be proud of their efforts, and I'm looking forward to whatever is next out of its kitchen.

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