Ben Dutka


137 games reviewed
78.3 average score
80 median score
55.5% of games recommended
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Aug 1, 2014

Saying The Last Of Us: Remastered is an absolute triumph seems redundant. I said it when the original released last year, after all. And yeah, it's basically the same game with a glossier coating and a few additions.

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10 / 10.0 - Journey
Jul 24, 2015

Anyway, Journey on PlayStation 4 is undoubtedly the definitive edition of an instant classic. It's not drastically different and there really isn't any new content, but the upgrades included in this package are noticeable and appreciated, and vault the production into the stratosphere. We are moved and impacted; some even say they're forever changed after finishing.

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May 28, 2016

No matter where Uncharted goes from here, this will go down in history as one of the finest achievements ever seen, not merely due to its obvious technical and creative merits, but because it can magically connect the player to this endlessly immersive world and its inhabitants. When you're done, Nathan Drake could feel more real to you than any fictional character you've encountered in games or movies. For me, that's what I'll miss most.

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9.7 / 10.0 - Grand Theft Auto V
Nov 19, 2014

Grand Theft Auto V is a tremendous achievement and that achievement is all the more pronounced on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The inherent cinematic nature of the storyline keeps you riveted and when you're not following the plot, you're doing as you damn well please. You're enjoying all that Los Santos has to offer, from its sun-drenched beaches filled with people to the bright lights of the downtown area.

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Nov 12, 2014

Dragon Age: Inquisition is the role-playing game you've wanted for years. You glimpsed the future and now, with a few minor exceptions, that vision has been fully realized. The odd part about this is that it's not a staggering work of genius; it's not a game that will resound in the annals of time forever and ever.

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In the end, though, Hearts of Stone is a stirring good time and a great expansion the whole way 'round. It doesn't just give us a couple new missions spread out over the same areas, bringing in the same characters, and simply offering a few new pieces of equipment. This goes above and beyond, delivering an entirely new customization mechanic, excellent story missions, a boatload of surprising charm, fantastic variety in terms of objectives, activities and locations, and a new romance that's well worth pursuing.

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Sep 3, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the masterpiece we all hoped it'd be. It's undoubtedly the best game of 2015 and the generation so far and further solidifies Hideo Kojima as a master of the genre. It's no wonder he calls this his magnum opus, the game he's always wanted to make since the inception of the franchise.

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9.2 / 10.0 - Bastion
Apr 27, 2015

Bastion is a joy. It's a game that has all the pieces in place. The key to the game's immense entertainment value is how unbelievably well each piece marries to the next; the result is a smorgasbord of color and action, and one you will undoubtedly appreciate.

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9.2 / 10.0 - Ratchet & Clank
Apr 16, 2016

The Ratchet and Clank remake hearkens back to a very different time. It wasn't even that long ago and yet, it was indeed very different. But I'm not going to focus on past vs.

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Aug 26, 2014

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition is aptly named. It has just about everything you could want, from an excellent presentation and supremely solid technical presentation to hours upon hours of blissful looting. The rewards are frequent and much appreciated, the pacing is outstanding, and there's a surprising amount of variety.

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