Brent Middleton


21 games reviewed
78.7 average score
80 median score
95.2% of games recommended
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Jul 21, 2022

The Kunio-Kun series (known as River City in the West) has been through every incarnation imaginable. From its humble beginnings on the NES chronicling the adventures of delinquent high school boys to the excellent River City Girls that gave Kyoko and Misako a chance to shine last generation, the River City series has been faithfully serving beat ‘em up fans for years. Now, that same series is tackling the famous Romance of the Three Kingdoms story and making it its own. What results is a cheesy but heartfelt beat ‘em up that stumbles just a bit in its execution.

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Recommended - DNF Duel
Jul 8, 2022

When Nexon first announced that they would be collaborating with Arc System Works to develop a fighting game based on Dungeon Fighter Online, the response was a bit muted. Arc System Works is arguably the best fighting game studio in the industry right now, but working with an IP that has such a niche audience–no matter how huge that IP may be–didn’t set the fighting game community on fire. Fast forward a year and a half later, though, and there’s no doubt that DNF Duel earns its place as one of the more accessible and polished releases the studio has had thus far.

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Recommended - Young Souls
Mar 13, 2022

From its beautiful art direction to its addicting loot system that respects its players’ time, Young Souls is yet another triumph for the beat ’em up genre.

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Feb 13, 2022

The King of Fighters XV is a love letter to fans of the series in just about every way.

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Recommended - New Pokémon Snap
May 6, 2021

With New Pokémon Snap, Bandai Namco has not only made the best-looking Pokémon game in years, but also one of the most delightful.

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Recommended - Ys Origin
Oct 1, 2020

Despite its age, Ys Origin proves that a captivating story and intuitive dungeon design still hold up against the gaming titans of 2020.

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Oct 29, 2018

Just Shapes & Beats isn't bursting with content, but the execution, level of polish and number of options here makes it well worth picking up.

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8 / 10.0 - Wandersong
Oct 11, 2018

Wandersong is a charming-as-heck musical adventure that manages to live up to both parts of its name.

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Sep 6, 2018

Little Dragons Cafe delivers on a soothing and charming experience for fans of slow games, but manages to be too slow to be worth playing for very long.

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9 / 10.0 - Iconoclasts
Aug 18, 2018

Iconoclasts is a game that you can't help but smile while playing. The meticulous attention to detail in every facet of the game save its storytelling (which is good, just not great) is remarkable. Failure to capitalize on the Switch's HD Rumble is a bit disappointing, but it's a minor blemish on an otherwise excellent experience.

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7.5 / 10.0 - SpiritSphere DX
Jul 1, 2018

SpiritSphere DX is a good game. Its colorful cast of characters and catchy, earworm soundtrack are all-around inviting and pleasant. The core gameplay (and, for my money, the addicting Squash Mode) is fun alone or with a friend. However, the general lack of single player content and a few disappointing design decisions keep it from being a must-have.

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Jun 18, 2018

Sushi Striker wears its 3DS roots on its sleeve, but the core gameplay is addicting and the production values (minus the overworld) are top notch. Though it might appear like a high-end mobile game, this is the full-fledged real deal. If you don't mind dealing with a few pacing issues, this is easy to recommend to anyone who enjoys deep puzzle games.

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May 25, 2018

The Banner Saga is a marvel as a personalized adventure game. The experience of leading a caravan and constantly making impactful choices that directly decide their fates is one that I'll never forget (and one that I look forward to continuing in Banner Saga 2). However, though its SRPG elements are generally good fun, they're not quite as polished (or balanced) as the rest of the package.

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May 6, 2018

Death Road to Canada is an addictive and fresh take on the undeniably stale zombie genre. The game's sharp writing and ridiculous events filled with personality inspire multiple runs just out of want to experiment with the different outcomes. Though the game fails to utilize a couple key features of the Switch that would've truly enhanced the player experience, it's still great fun to be had here.

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Apr 23, 2018

Liar-soft has succeeded in crafting a cozy VN with a lovable cast of characters and heartwarming story that's well worth experiencing.

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7 / 10.0 - Sea of Thieves
Mar 28, 2018

Sea of Thieves is a fun game that feels incomplete. It succeeds in delivering a vast and polished pirate sandbox to enjoy with your friends, but its appeal wears thin due to a lack of content. Without an overarching narrative or any kind of player progression beyond earning better quests that offer more gold for skins, there's little reason to come back to Sea of Thieves outside of having fun with a group of friends.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Shu
Jan 21, 2018

Shu is a fun yet unremarkable 2.5D platformer. Its focus on pretty art and music over reliable mechanics and tight level design comes as a serious detriment to the game's overall playability.

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8 / 10.0 - Chess Ultra
Nov 11, 2017

Chess Ultra is ultimately a triumph as an atmospheric, streamlined chess game that both newcomers and experts can enjoy. What the game lacks in environments and chess sets it makes up for with high production values and plenty of extra features. Cross-play with the Xbox One and PC versions is a welcome bonus.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Reaching For Petals
Sep 10, 2017

If you're in search of something aesthetically pleasing, I think you'll find a lot to like here. From the voice work to the visuals and especially the score, Petals' presentation shines. If you're looking for a more hard-hitting game in the same genre, however, there are certainly better options out there.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Miitopia
Aug 5, 2017

There are some games that aren't meant to be taken seriously. Miitopia is one of those games. It's consistently fun, lighthearted and silly. Focused on character creation and interactivity instead of deep gameplay mechanics, Miitopia stands out as an easygoing alternative to the traditional RPG.

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