Michael Straw


89 games reviewed
71.1 average score
71 median score
38.2% of games recommended
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Dec 7, 2022

Need for Speed Unbound pushes the series forward in new ways with a change to the game’s economy and overall feel, and it’s primed to take big steps in the coming years.

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Aug 30, 2022

Like real fishing, Call of the Wild: The Angler is a game that can be absolutely maddening yet gratifying at the same time. The game has fun fishing gameplay and what’s there is nice, there’s just not a lot of depth for those looking for a deep and fun fishing experience.

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7 / 10.0 - Madden NFL 23
Aug 22, 2022

Madden NFL 23 is a game that does quite a bit to make on-field play more fun than in years past. And even with its shortcomings, it’s finally starting to turn into the game fans have been hoping for some time.

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8 / 10.0 - F1 22
Jul 8, 2022

For what F1 22 lacks off the track in newness, it makes up for behind the wheel. The racing feels authentic and the changes to the physics model makes for a challenging yet rewarding experience. MyTeam and Career are deep and fun, but there’s just something that doesn’t sit right about the F1 Life.

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8.5 / 10.0 - GRID Legends
Feb 25, 2022

Grid Legends is another great racing game from Codemasters, showing that with more support from a publisher like EA, the team can put out even better racing titles.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Rugby 22
Feb 22, 2022

Rugby 22 does some things a lot better than any rugby game of the past decade, especially on the field. Unfortunately, everything off the field keeps the game from having any sort of replay value unless you are a diehard.

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Oct 25, 2021

In its current state NASCAR 21: Ignition isn’t a game worth playing no matter how much of a diehard racing fan you are. You’re better off sticking with last year’s NASCAR Heat 5 until major updates are made to a game that should’ve been delay.

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7 / 10.0 - NHL 22
Oct 22, 2021

NHL 22 makes a successful jump to the Frostbite engine by playing it more safe than any other game in the past. It’s a fun game for any hockey fan, but won’t give you that true next-gen feel you may be wanting.

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9 / 10.0 - NBA 2K22
Sep 17, 2021

NBA 2K22 is a game that has something for everyone to enjoy, and brings back memories of the game’s glory years. It’s a shining example of how sports games on the PS5 and Xbox Series X should be.

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5.5 / 10.0 - RiMS Racing
Aug 31, 2021

RiMS Racing has potential as a series, but it just doesn’t do enough here to make it worth more than a one-time playthrough

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5.5 / 10.0 - Madden NFL 22
Aug 18, 2021

From a modes standpoint, Madden 22 does a lot of great things. Unfortunately, the gameplay keeps the game as mediocre as it comes.

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10 / 10.0 - F1 2021
Jul 12, 2021

F1 2021 once again shows that the best games can still find ways to improve to stay at the top of racing genre.

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7 / 10.0 - MLB The Show 21
Apr 20, 2021

MLB The Show 21 isn’t a bad game, but there’s a lot that needs to starting changing for MLB The Show to avoid becoming viewed by its fans in the same way as Madden NFL is by its.

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Mar 23, 2021

RBI Baseball 21 had a chance to be the best game in the series. But too many shortcomings take away from any improvement the game had over last year, keepin g it a skippable title for many.

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Mar 16, 2021

For the first time in years, Monster Truck fans actually have a game worth picking up in Monster Truck Championship. There’s just no depth outside of Career Mode.

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Monster Energy Supercross 4 is a good game with plenty of depth, but there are just a few things keeping it from being a top-level racing experience.

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6.5 / 10.0 - MXGP 2020
Dec 29, 2020

MXGP 2020 is a game with some good things going for it, but there may not be enough there to keep casual motocross fans entertained for long.

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7.5 / 10.0 - DiRT 5
Nov 6, 2020

Dirt 5 is a fun game no matter what type of racing you’re into. Even though it leans more to the arcade side of things, there’s enough here that should keep all race fans entertained for a while.

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6 / 10.0 - NHL 21
Nov 5, 2020

NHL 21 isn’t a Stanley Cup contender just yet, but it’s definitely a game that’s showing contendership potential

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7.5 / 10.0 - FIFA 21
Oct 16, 2020

Enough has been done to keep players interested until the next-gen consoles arrive, but unless you’ve skipped the last couple releases, there’s nothing that screams must-buy this year.

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