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James Berich

Perth, Western Australia

Favorite Games:
  • Resident Evil (2002)
  • Metroid Prime
  • Deus Ex

163 games reviewed
75.7 average score
80 median score
52.5% of games recommended

James Berich's Reviews

A sucker for atmosphere and world building. An immersive sim romantic.
8 / 10 - Outlast
Feb 9, 2014

As a huge horror aficionado, it’s great to see that the horror genre is making more of a comeback in recent years.

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7 / 10 - Trials Fusion
Apr 16, 2014

Trials Fusion is an incredibly enjoyable game – its beauty is in its simplicity. There’s heaps of tracks to get through, a lot of variety in the course design as well as a fun and simplistic system that encourages repetition.

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May 23, 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a fantastic first person shooter that manages to provide a classical experience without feeling archaic and dated.

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8 / 10 - Project Spark
Oct 16, 2014

Project Spark is a product, or experience, or whatever you want to call it that I am not really comfortable giving a numerical score to. It’s a tool that lets you make any kind of game experience whether it be something as simple as a piano keyboard or minesweeper to something more intricately built like a Zelda clone or a stealth action adventure game.

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Oct 25, 2014

The Legend of Korra is a sound adaptation of the cartoon it’s based on. It has all the hallmarks of the original series, including a distinct visual style and incorporation of elemental bending into its gameplay, but it feels much too shallow to elevate itself beyond anything more than passable.

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Oct 27, 2014

Just Dance 2015 is a pretty admirable improvement over Just Dance 2014. Ubisoft have done a lot of work in making sure that not only the set list has not only been refreshed but that there’s multiple new modes to attempt, including a great variety of both active and passive multiplayer.

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6 / 10 - Never Alone
Dec 27, 2014

If I had to describe Never Alone succinctly – I’d say that its intentions are pure but that it falls flat in its execution.

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8 / 10 - The Escapists
Feb 18, 2015

The Escapists is an interesting concept and one that works well as a game. The visual style’s colourful and cute nature juxtaposed with the violent and gritty subject matter gives the game a dark comedy vibe not unlike games like Worms and Flockers.

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Mar 16, 2015

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 does a great job at attempting to blend the old style of Resident Evil with the new ones.

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Mar 26, 2015

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD has all the makings of a great Final Fantasy game – namely a lack of fear to let go of everything previously established in other Final Fantasy games and offer a unique experience.

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Apr 13, 2015

Given how easy it is for the Mortal Kombat series to fall into the habit of employing over convoluted mechanics to the point where it isn’t fun to play anymore, Mortal Kombat X is a triumph.

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State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is a solid offering and one of the more unique zombie driven games in what has become an undeniably saturated genre.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China could definitely be a better game, and it’s definitely setup all the foundations of one.

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Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster has been released on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita already, so it's very possible that most players will be wondering whether or not they should bother with yet another rendition simply because it's on the current generation of console. It's a hard question to answer.

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Jun 26, 2015

Ultra Street Fighter IV is easily the most comprehensive and complete version of Street Fighter IV. It’s got a wealth of content

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Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is one of the most visceral and pure action games on the market, and besides other more landmark action games like Bayonetta, nothing like it has come since.

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9 / 10 - Rare Replay
Aug 2, 2015

But the only thing that stops Rare Replay from being a truly great game is the awkward transitions between the Xbox 360 titles and the rest of the package

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9 / 10 - The Swapper
Aug 5, 2015

The Swapper is a fantastic puzzle game that combines a fantastically realised, isolated atmosphere with a minimalist and yet intriguing narrative. Its combination of subtle horror elements and puzzles gameplay make it a game that can be played by anyone of any predisposition, whether they like scarier games or not.

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Aug 9, 2015

From beginning to end, most players will breeze through The Vanishing of Ethan Carter in roughly four or so hours.

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Sep 10, 2015

Super Mario Maker isn’t something I necessarily thought that I’d want to play but after spending some serious time with it I’m happy to say I’m almost in love with it.

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