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James Swinbanks

Sydney, Australia
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35 games reviewed
66.0 average score
70 median score
42.9% of games recommended

James Swinbanks's Reviews

Freelance videogames writer and reviewer - As seen @ IGN, GameSpot, Hyper Magazine, PC PowerPlay, Waypoint, Player2 and others!
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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
May 17, 2019

The Blue Blur is back in this fast and fun kart-inspired arcade racer, with a few twists for good measure.

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James Swinbanks
3 / 10 - Left Alive
Mar 15, 2019

This third-person stealth action game is better left alone.

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Player2.net.au
James Swinbanks
A or higher - Devil May Cry 5
Mar 6, 2019

A frenetic ride through a demonic underworld teeming with bad guys and plot twists that will have you smiling all the way till the credits roll

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Player2.net.au
James Swinbanks
A or higher - Dirt Rally 2.0
Feb 17, 2019

It’s pure joy for enthusiasts, offering a detailed and engaging driving experience to those who are after the sort of thing that hasn’t been on offer since the days of Richard Burns Rally.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Dec 7, 2018

Earth Defense Force 5 is brash and outlandish, making for an absurdly fun action shooter.

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James Swinbanks
5 / 10 - Big Bash Boom
Dec 5, 2018

While this arcade-style cricket slogfest shows potential, Big Bash Boom's bugs and technical issues mean it struggles to make a lasting impression.

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James Swinbanks
Sep 13, 2018

Frozen Synapse 2 is a stylish, tense, and tactical game of chess. With guns.

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Player2.net.au
James Swinbanks
Unscored - V-Rally 4
Sep 12, 2018

018’s V-Rally 4 feels like it’s missing an identity; a marquee feature to make it stand out from Kylotonn’s other rally titles, and Codemasters excellent DiRT games. Though considering its absolutely abysmal car handling, even the strongest identity couldn’t save you from the disappointment that is V-Rally 4.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Sep 6, 2018

Two Point Hospital offers more than just nostalgia for classic management sims.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
9 / 10 - F1 2018
Aug 27, 2018

F1 2018 nails a new lap record with its most complete package to date.

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James Swinbanks
6 / 10 - Death's Gambit
Aug 26, 2018

This 2D action-platformer is a gorgeous but frustrating test of patience.

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James Swinbanks
4 / 10 - Earthfall
Jul 23, 2018

Earthfall is too derivative to stand out and too disappointing to inspire repeat trips through its 10 mediocre missions.

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James Swinbanks
9 / 10 - Wreckfest
Jun 29, 2018

Destruction Derby meets Flatout in this excellent new racing game.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Jun 21, 2018

An enjoyable management sim 65 million years in the making.

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James Swinbanks
3 / 10 - Conan Exiles
May 24, 2018

This hardcore survival sim is too dense for its own good.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Apr 24, 2018

This compact action-RPG will charm you for days on end.

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Player2.net.au
James Swinbanks
Unscored - Sea of Thieves
Apr 4, 2018

It remains to be seen how Sea of Thieves will grow in the future–being a live game it almost certainly will change at some point–but it’s hard not to come away feeling disappointed. Because Sea of Thieves is really a likeable, charming game that I want to see become better. It’s just not there right now.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Mar 16, 2018

A surprising and satisfying action RPG with giant saggy butts.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks

It is an entirely functional video game that (in most respects) looks, feels and plays like Payday 2, and given the right circumstances, can also be a bit of fun. But given how readily available it is on other platforms and the concessions made with this version, it doesn't highlight Payday 2's unique brand of shooting and looting the way other platforms have for years.

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GameSpot
James Swinbanks
Feb 13, 2018

A new open world breathes life into this ancient franchise.

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