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108 games reviewed
77.1 average score
80 median score
55.6% of games recommended
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8.5 / 10.0 - Valkyria Chronicles 4
Sep 11, 2018

Ten years have passed since the release of the first title, but the mechanics and the unique mix of action, visual novel and turn-based strategy of the Valkyria Chronicles franchise remain enjoyable and addicting, making this fourth episode probably the best up to now.

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8 / 10.0 - The Messenger
Sep 2, 2018

The Messenger is yet another quality indie title that comes to Nintendo Switch this year: if you've grown up playing Ninja Gaiden or any Castlevania game (both pre and post Symphony of the Night), this is the adventure you've been waiting for.

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Sep 2, 2018

Alothough we apprecciated tha frantic action seen in Yo-Kai Watch Blasters, our love for the unique combat system seen in the first two episodes remains unchanged, and we hope to see it return as soon as possible in the franchise. This spin-off is a nice buy for the newcomers, though.

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Dragon Quest XI is the best looking in the long running franchise, and at its core, while unchanged, remains solid and funny. Still, we would like to see some major changes and improvements in the next installment.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
Aug 23, 2018

Graphically-wise, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is the best in the franchise so far, but it's not only the Dragon Engine that shines: an array of mini-games, an amazing campaign and improved combat system are the stars of the show.

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Aug 17, 2018

The Boomsday Project is funny and brings back a lot of the robo-craziness from Hearthstone's old days, but it's not the shift in the metagame that we were expecting, as the same deck archetypes continue to rule the ladder.

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8 / 10.0 - Dead Cells
Aug 6, 2018

No need to reinvent the wheel when you have a fast combat system, a good algorithm and a lovely artistica design: this is why Dead Cells has become one of the best habits of this summer. Don't miss it it you loved any Castlevania game ever made.

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9 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Jul 12, 2018

When old game mechanics and modern sensibility merge in such a glorious way, a smile appears on the face of million of JRPG fan: Octopath Traveler is an excellent throwback to a time when a whole world was stuffed into a tiny cartridge. After the two Bravely games, we really hope to see more in the future from Takahashi-san and his team.

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Jul 9, 2018

Shining Resonance Refrain is a missed opportunity for Sega to bring its beloved JRPG series to the west in its better form. The remaster has several problems (both technical and structural), but can still deliver some fun to the hardcore aficionados.

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Jul 3, 2018

The Xbox One version of the Crash Bandicoot Trilogy is as solid as the PS4 one was a year ago, and it comes recommended for both the PS One aficionados and the ones who love their 3D action platformers.

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