Ryan Welch


51 games reviewed
76.5 average score
85 median score
82.4% of games recommended

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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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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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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Sep 4, 2018

Planet Alpha is a beautiful visual experience. It conveys its story slowly and without dialogue, creating an experience that replicates what it would be like to crash land on an alien world. Gameplay mechanics work, but may not be as precise as you need in some situations. Overall, it's an experience that I would recommend, especially if you want a challenging platformer.

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Rectify Gaming
Ryan Welch
6.8 / 10.0 - All-Star Fruit Racing
Aug 21, 2018

Overall, All-Star Fruit Racing is a cute kart racer for younger gamers. It’s aesthetically pleasing and has some fun racing moments. The game mechanics could use some work, but I don’t think it will stop the younger crowd from enjoying it. Serious fans of the kart racing genre may want to look elsewhere.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Aug 20, 2018

We Happy Few is an interesting look at some of today's pressing issues in our society, all told through dark, British humor. The survival and crafting aspects of the game keep you engaged while you try and figure out what went wrong in Wellington Wells. Right now, the game is a bit buggy. But with future patches, We Happy Few will be a game that is worth playing.

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Ryan Welch
A or higher - Overcooked 2
Aug 7, 2018

Overcooked 2 takes the strong foundation of the original game and improves in the right areas. It's still fun, chaotic, and a blast to play with friends. The gameplay mechanics are simple and smooth. There are plenty of recipes, chefs, and kitchens in Overcooked 2 to keep you entertained for months on end. I would definitely recommend playing with friends. This is one game you do not want to send back to the kitchen.

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Ryan Welch
Jul 17, 2018

Mugsters is a simple, yet well-designed puzzler. The physics-based environments create some chaotic, but hilarious moments as you work to save humankind. Even though it is simple, the mechanics and execution are well done and Mugsters controls very well. It's the type of game that is hard to put down.

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Ryan Welch
Jul 9, 2018

Bomber Crew is a chaotic strategy game that puts your mental skills to the test. You will be tested often, and beating the mission is extremely satisfying. It runs great on the Nintendo Switch, although the controls are a bit harder than the mouse and keyboard. Don't sleep on Bomber Crew if you have a Switch. It is well worth the price.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jul 5, 2018

At its heart, Shape of the World is an exploration game that will let you leisurely explore a colorful world with rich visuals. But that's about it. It is definitely not my type of game, but it may be for you. I suggest looking for a demo so you can give it a try.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Jun 8, 2018

Moonlighter does a lot of things right, but you repeat each one consistently. Dungeon crawling to find loot to sell is a nice little twist to a typical roguelite game. The combat is a bit challenging, and upgrades are necessary to find items for your shop. Despite the repetition, Moonlighter is an entertaining game for those who love looting and price haggling.

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Ryan Welch
May 29, 2018

Yoku's Island Express surprised me from start to finish. It has taken the core pinball mechanics and blended it with a wonderful story, memorable characters, and natural progression system that you would see in a platforming game. The mechanics work exceptionally well, and it is a joy to play from start to finish. If you love pinball and want to see it in a refreshing way, then you owe it to yourself to check out Yoku's Island Express.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 17, 2018

State of Decay 2 is impressive in its scope and amount of content. You will spend hours upon hours building your communities. The graphics could use some more polish and the game is very difficult when playing by yourself. But despite these setbacks, State of Decay 2 is fantastic survival simulator that recognizes the amount of work that needs to go into surviving in a post-apocalyptic world.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 14, 2018

Raging Justice is a blast from the past. It's very entertaining and fun to play with friends. It only takes about an hour or two to beat, depending on the difficulty level. The number of enemies to conquer in single player can be overwhelming and frustrating. But if you are a fan of the genre, then I definitely think you should try it out.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 11, 2018

Above all else, Forgotton Anne is a wonderful game that is more focused on the story than groundbreaking gameplay. And in this case, I am perfectly fine with that. The story does have some twists and turns that you might see coming, yet your decision making makes these story aspects intriguing and emotional.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
May 3, 2018

Wild Guns Reloaded is a great pickup if you enjoy the original game. If you have never played, then it can be a frustrating experience, especially on single player. The new characters and stages are fun, but the game gets repetitive pretty quickly. It can be an enjoyable co-op experience if you don't mind the repetitive gameplay aspects.

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GameOctane
Ryan Welch
Apr 10, 2018

The potential is there. The action, especially against the giant Ravenii, can be pretty fun. However, the repetition and bland environments take away the potential enjoyment of Extinction.

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