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Shawn Petraschuk


Favorite Games:
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Skyrim
  • Final Fantasy VII

48 games reviewed
79.4 average score
82 median score
62.5% of games recommended
Scores 3.9 higher than average

Shawn Petraschuk's Reviews

Fearless leader, dashing and debonair Executive Editor, and Co-Founder/Owner of COGconnected. Raised on an NES, came of age on the PS1, turned 'crusty, old grumpy gamer' on the Xbox One and PS4. I play it all from shooters to RPGs all while grumbling about getting owned by 12 year olds. The reflexes just ain't what they used to be ya know?
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85 / 100 - FIFA 18
Sep 21, 2017

FIFA 18's focus on the art of defending and the long-awaited addition of authentic player styles makes the play experience a joy to take part in.

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100 / 100 - Horizon Zero Dawn
Feb 20, 2017

Horizon Zero Dawn is Guerrilla Games’ crowning achievement in video game development.

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80 / 100 - The Last Guardian
Dec 11, 2016

In the end, I can say that I truly cherished every moment spent playing The Last Guardian but that it came with a heaping dose of forgiveness on things I might not forgive any other game for.

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If you’ve never had the chance to climb the snowy mountains of Skyrim, face off against its fierce Frost Trolls, or absorb the souls of dead dragons you’ve bested then jumping into Skyrim Special Edition is a no brainer.

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70 / 100 - Batman: Arkham VR
Oct 31, 2016

We’ve seen the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne play out in numerous ways but none of them so visceral as to put you into that world directly. It’s a surreal experience to be Bruce at that moment.

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Aug 19, 2016

A strong narrative and stellar cast are the only things that hold together an experience that is absolutely rife with bugs and downright questionable design choices.

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75 / 100 - I Am Setsuna
Jul 22, 2016

An homage to the amazing JRPGs of the 90s, I Am Setsuna is a love letter to your childhood written with passion and penned with respect by equally passionate developers.

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55 / 100 - The Technomancer
Jul 7, 2016

The Technomancer isn’t necessarily a bad game, it just isn’t a good one.

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90 / 100 - Ratchet & Clank
Apr 11, 2016

Insomniac has not only reinvigorated a fan favorite but they've done it in their signature style.

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90 / 100 - Quantum Break
Apr 1, 2016

When the powers are flying and debris litters the air, strangely frozen in time, it creates some of the most beautiful chaos I've ever seen in a game.

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Mar 16, 2016

With enough content to keep players busy for a long time, and a support plan from Ubisoft that should see the shelf life extend long past just the release window, you'll likely be playing The Division for a while.

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78 / 100 - Far Cry Primal
Mar 1, 2016

Far Cry Primal takes players to an era rarely visited in modern gaming and does so convincingly.

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Feb 24, 2016

With an expansive map, a multitude of zombies to kill and a competent if not compelling plot, The Following is a terrific complement to your Dying Light collection.

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88 / 100 - Unravel
Feb 8, 2016

… Unravel doesn't miss a step. A wonder to play, a joy to experience, a feast for the senses and a heartfelt story told by a team of passionate developers.

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The battle with Baba Yaga alone is worthy of the price of admission.

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60 / 100 - Sparkle 2
Jan 27, 2016

You've very likely played a 'match 3' game. You've played one, your Mom who doesn't play games has played one, your Grandfather who's invited you to play Candy Crush more times than you can count… he's played one.

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90 / 100 - Fallout 4
Nov 10, 2015

Fallout 4 might not reach the insane expectations of the hype that built it up these past few months but it undoubtedly comes closer than many other games that have been in the same predicament. Complex, full of depth and infinitely customizable, Fallout 4 manages to stand above its glitches and odd subpar animations to be an experience well worth having. Venture forth from Vault 111 and have a blast!

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The game truly is enhanced in every sense of the word and should serve as a great introduction for console gamers to the world of hardcore PC RPG experiences.

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86 / 100 - LEGO Dimensions
Oct 8, 2015

When compared to its compatriots, no matter how well established they already are, it's a clear win for the bricks. Familiar licenses for all ages coupled with equally familiar gameplay and the most powerful toybrand in existence leaves no room for failure. If you're in for a dime though you're likely in for a dollar so prepare to open those wallets (willingly, I'm sure) to truly open up all the game's wonders.

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Sep 9, 2015

All in all Disney Infinity 3.0 marks a return to form that was lost from 1.0 to 2.0. It's nostalgic for the parents while being accessible for the young ones and makes for a perfect 'play games with your kids' situation. When you're marketing some of the most loved IPs of all time it's a shame to let them go to waste with poor gameplay and Disney hasn't forgotten this.

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