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James Berich

Perth, Western Australia

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

162 games reviewed
75.7 average score
80 median score
52.2% of games recommended

James Berich's Reviews

A sucker for atmosphere and world building. An immersive sim romantic.
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10 / 10 - Abzu
Aug 1, 2016

ABZÛ is exactly what it appears to be – it's a linear game that encourages players to dive into its deep waters and interact with nature.

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10 / 10 - Resident Evil 2
Jan 23, 2019

Resident Evil 2 takes a masterpiece and twists it until it resembles something completely new without betraying the spirit of the original.

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10 / 10.0 - DOOM Eternal
Mar 17, 2020

Doom Eternal is a bigger and better sequel in practically every way.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Control
Aug 26, 2019

Control is a slick and stylish win for Remedy, their best work yet. With strong combat, an engaging story and striking visuals, Control is a masterclass in both style and substance. It's abstract, it's bold, and it's wicked fun.

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May 13, 2021

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition stands tall as one of the best remasters that I've ever played. The amount of care and effort that has gone into restoring the original Mass Effect along with the other two games is unmatched. While there are some underlying minor design issues with the original game, Legendary Edition is the best way to experience the Mass Effect trilogy. Period.

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9.5 / 10.0 - No More Heroes 3
Aug 27, 2021

No More Heroes III is the best No More Heroes experience this far. A streamlined structure, some fantastic writing and direction from Goichi Suda and some of the tightest combat the series has ever seen makes No More Heroes III the best in the series. There's some technical issues that we've come to see from the Switch, especially in the open world, but these are otherwise minor blemishes on a remarkable artistic achievement.

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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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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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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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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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9 / 10 - Persona 5
Apr 12, 2017

Persona 5 is one of the best role playing games that I’ve played in years. It’s both a colourful and psychological journey through student life and the darker side of humanity. Combine this story of intrigue with multiple comprehensive systems that are all a joy to get lost in and you’ve got something truly special. While some minor pacing issues and some rigidity with how time is managed bring the experience down somewhat, Persona 5 is a game that everybody should play.

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Mar 20, 2017

Mass Effect: Andromeda manages to successfully bring back the sense of exploration and discovery that fans have longed for since the original Mass Effect, whilst honing and improving the already enjoyable combat mechanics of Mass Effect 3. The result is something truly special – a metaphorical slow burn, a hybrid that is sure to appeal to fans of both the original game and its flashier sequels. Despite this, Andromeda is hampered slightly by its lack of visual polish and presentation, which can kill the wonder and fantasy as quickly as it builds it.

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9 / 10 - Overwatch
May 30, 2016

Overwatch is, without a doubt, a triumph in almost every aspect. It manages to bring a bright and colourful aesthetic to a genre that has previously been reluctant to do so.

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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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Oct 5, 2016

Gears of War 4 represents the next level of classic Gears of War gameplay.

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9 / 10 - Dishonored 2
Nov 13, 2016

Dishonored 2 is a huge triumph, managing to achieve the lofty goal of outdoing its predecessor in almost every way.

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Jan 24, 2017

Resident Evil 7: biohazard manages to successfully consolidate the exploratory, slower paced, tension filled gameplay of the early games with the modernised visuals and technology of today. A new first person viewpoint will prove controversial with more seasoned veterans but such a change allows Resident Evil 7 to feel fresher than ever before. Make no mistakes, Resident Evil 7 is a victorious progression for the franchise which successfully melds new with old. The weight and harshness that technology like Playstation VR brings to the scares and tension is especially welcome.

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Jul 2, 2016

Coming right off the back of Resident Evil 6, Resident Evil 5 is an experience that really should not be missed.

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Sep 13, 2016

BioShock: The Collection is an amazing effort. BioShock 1, 2 and Infinite all look their very best and plenty of effort has gone into making each of the games stand up to today’s lofty visual standards.

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9 / 10 - Nioh
Feb 5, 2017

While it's easy to sit back and write Nioh off as another Dark Souls clone, it's something very different. Yes, it's slightly less challenging to get into, but it's a result of some incredibly synergistic systems that work so well together to improve and smooth the player experience. Nioh is still a difficult game, mind you, but it's an experience that consistently rewards players for performing well.

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