Ryan Welch


65 games reviewed
81.2 average score
85 median score
83.1% of games recommended
Scores 14.8 higher than average

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jun 20, 2019

If you love a good action game, then My Friend Pedro is a must own. The slow-motion gunplay is incredibly satisfying and fun. The story leaves a little to be desired, but the action makes up for it. The story is relatively short, but you will go back again and again to raise your score. Plus, with its handy gif generator, you will be replaying levels over and over again in order to make the perfect action moment to share with friends.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 29, 2019

Overall, Alt-Frequencies has some nice puzzles and a great change of pace from your typical puzzle game. The gameplay may be too simple for some, but I think it works thanks to the short run time. I would be excited to see what the team does next with the concept because I would like more auditory games like this one to hit the market.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 20, 2019

A Plague Tale: Innocence is a genuine surprise in terms of story depth and beauty. The game mechanics drive the plot further, giving us a truly terrifying look at siblings who are in way over their head. I can imagine that some will find the constant escort and stealth tedious over time, but I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I would consider A Plague Tale an earlier contender for surprise hit of the year. Don't miss out on this game!

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 13, 2019

In a way, game mechanics of Degrees of Separation keep you from having a fun, immersive experience. The collecting of scarves takes you out of the story, which is unfortunate. The narrator continually gives you clues and story exposition, but it's easy to ignore as you get knee deep in finding the scarves. It's a shame, really. The narrator's voice acting is lovely and the story is very sweet and endearing. It's a fantasy story with star crossed lovers that can't be together. The focus should be on the story and not finding scarves. Degrees of Separation can be enjoyed in small bursts, but overall it's hard to recommend.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Apr 26, 2019

World War Z takes the fun gameplay of the Left 4 Dead series and adds nice touches that create a fun and frantic zombie co-op experience. Some technical issues aside, World War Z is a blast with friends and scratches that Left 4 Dead itch that you might have.

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Rectify Gaming
Ryan Welch
8.5 / 10.0 - World War Z
Apr 25, 2019

World War Z is reminiscent of Left 4 Dead but improves on the formula with upgradable classes, weapons, and PvPvZ modes.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Mar 13, 2019

Ape Out offers a simple, yet stylistic experience that will keep you occupied and entertained for hours. It stands out as a truly unique indie game that you don't want to miss. The challenge speaks for itself and is a real visual and audio treat.

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Rectify Gaming
Ryan Welch
Feb 28, 2019

Toejam and Earl are back in a funky fun adventure.

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Rectify Gaming
Ryan Welch
8 / 10.0 - JUMP FORCE
Feb 22, 2019

Fan favorite characters unite in this Manga crossover event

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Feb 19, 2019

Crackdown 3 does not innovate the genre. It is extremely similar to the first game, which is a shame in some aspects. I was hoping the extra development time would give us some interesting twists to the franchise, but it didn’t besides destructible environments. Despite the similarities, it is still fun to play! It’s one of those games that I can pick up, play for a few hours, and leave with a smile on my face. And in the end, that is all that matters to me. If you enjoy it, great. If you don’t, it’s ok to let others enjoy it. If you have Xbox Game Pass, then it is definitely worth a try.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jan 31, 2019

Genesis Alpha One isn’t perfect. There are things I wish it would change, like adding a deeper story, adjusting the menus, and bumping up the AI so they can do a better job of running things by themselves. While the game isn’t glamorous, it is addicting and rewarding, especially when you have the perfect setup and routine that ensures your survival. Genesis has something for everyone, including fans of FPS games, simulation/building, and survival genres. And for $29.99, it’s a great price point for a game with lots of content.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jan 22, 2019

FutureGrind is simple to play, but hard to master. It takes a certain amount of strategy to stop your tricks and nail the correct color wheel to the rail. Overall, it's very fun to play and the booming soundtrack makes for a very enjoyable experience.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jan 17, 2019

Override: Mech City Brawl has a great premise but is a bit bare bones. The multiplayer modes are a good start, but there needs to be more in order to draw players in. The cities are a bit lifeless (which makes it easier to destroy, I guess). Hope some more content will breathe life into this Mech game.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
A or higher - GRIS
Jan 11, 2019

GRIS is a moving work of art. If the stunning visuals don't entice you to play, then the messages from the story will. If you haven't played GRIS yet, then do so immediately.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
A or higher - Arca's Path
Jan 4, 2019

At first glance, Arca’s Path looks like a simple marble game. But it is much more than that. The story helps motivate you to keep going through the challenging levels. And the hand's free controls work extremely well, and ties into what the protagonist is going through. I really enjoyed Arca’s Path, and recommend you add it to your growing VR library.

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Rectify Gaming
Ryan Welch
8.5 / 10.0 - Warriors Orochi 4
Nov 27, 2018

An epic hack-n-slash game with a story that’s hard for newcomers to grasp

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Oct 8, 2018

While barebones at launch, Marble It Up is a very fun and simple platformer. There is plenty of variety in each of the levels and they are a blast to race through. It's a great game if you are looking for something leisurely and relaxing to play. Just hurry and give us those added modes!

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Oct 5, 2018

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is a fine role-playing game. It's immersive and detail oriented when it comes to the story. The turn-based combat and environments are built to appeal to your inner strategist. It's a great option for those who are looking for more turn-based strategy games on the Nintendo Switch.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
A or higher - Forza Horizon 4
Sep 28, 2018

Forza Horizon 4 is the masterful blend of racing and entertainment. It's a well-developed game with plenty of content for both casual and hardcore racers. I never had a dull moment racing through the cities and countryside of Great Britain. You will find plenty of variety in the races, cars, and customization options. And the visuals are breathtaking. My advice? Race to your nearest store (brick and mortar or digital) and buy a copy of Forza Horizon 4. You won't regret it.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Sep 24, 2018

Lake Ridden is a short, story-driven game with a spooky, supernatural vibe. The puzzles range from just the right amount of difficulty to being way too hard. The story has moments of interest, but not enough keep me engaged throughout the entire playthrough.

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