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Alan Bell


67 games reviewed
74.8 average score
80 median score
53.1% of games recommended

Alan Bell's Reviews

A gamer since birth, I basically grew up with games; as I became more aware of my surroundings, they become more complicated - moving from Pong to MMOs as I went from childhood to something... older. My penchant for writing about them lead to various (paid and unpaid) gigs in the industry, and I've worked on the other side (creating games) too, giving me additional insight into how games go from idea to Steam sale.
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Jan 10, 2019

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a perfect addition to the Switch's ever-=growing library of excellent games. A huge amount of content, coupled with perfectly executed tight controls makes this entry a must play for any and all fans of the genre.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat X
Apr 28, 2015

Mortal Kombat X is a mechanically clean and visually grisly release that comes highly recommended for all fans of the fighting genre.

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Aug 13, 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is a genre-defining experience on consoles. It's a must for console-owning fans of the franchise, and a highly recommended entry point for anyone interested in the action-RPG genre.

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A Realm Reborn is one of the biggest reversals in fortune we've seen for a game in many, many years. A must for MMO and Final Fantasy fans alike.

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Warlords of Draenor is WoW at its very best, a return to and step beyond form for the behemoth MMO.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sunset Overdrive
Oct 27, 2014

As an Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive is a real coup for Microsoft, a must-buy for anyone with the system, and for those without as good a reason as any to consider acquiring one.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Rare Replay
Aug 7, 2015

Rare Replay is an amazing collection of games at a bargain price, and shows what an incredible run the UK studio has been on for the majority of its existence.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Super Mario Maker 2
Jul 15, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 is a joyous experience jam-packed with seemingly never-ending content thanks to its rich suite of editing tools and a thoroughly talented community of level designers. No matter your skill level, you'll find something to love here, from it's wonderfully tight gameplay to the outstanding level-creator.

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Aug 2, 2019

Dragon Quest Builders 2 takes everything that made the first entry great, and refines it. While the core combat can be a bit on the dull side, the incredible options available for building and crafting make this one an absolute joy to play. Anyone remotely interested in building games and RPGs should do themselves a favour and play it ASAP. You'll quickly get lost in a charming world with seemingly endless options for fun.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition is one of the best RPGs available on the sSwitch and is by far the most content rich version currently available. While the Switch version may not look quite as great as its big console brothers, the wealth of content on offer will have you busy for well over one hundred hours. From its stunning character and enemy design, to its pitch-perfect turn-based combat, DQ XI S is a grand slam on every level and an essential addition to any RPG fans Switch library.

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Mar 24, 2014

It's never dull, not even for a moment, and while technically repetitive (there are so many drug dealers and enemy bases) the variety afforded by both your abilities and the environment ensure that it never feels like a chore to play.

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Apr 10, 2014

It doesn't matter what you're playing it on: Hearthstone is a fantastic CCG that gets the balance just right and needn't cost players a cent.

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Sep 19, 2016

Legion is excellent, a thoroughly enjoyable expansion made all the more impressive by the base game's age. It might have taken a demon invasion, but WoW's players are back together at last.

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Oct 21, 2016

Dragon Quest Builders is an entertaining RPG, a marvellous builder, and simply a tremendous game all-round.

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9 / 10.0 - Injustice 2
Jun 5, 2017

Injustice 2 is the goods: a great fighting game with an absorbing narrative, plenty of content, and a legendary cast.

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9 / 10.0 - X-Morph: Defense
Feb 21, 2019

X-Morph: Defense is a superb tower defense title with a twist. Those looking for solid action with a side of strong strategic elements will find a lot to love with EXOR Studios excellent take on the genre.

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Skyrim now fits in your pocket. It runs shockingly well on Switch, and there are even motion controls if you want 'em. What's not to like?

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9 / 10.0 - Dirt Rally 2.0
Feb 22, 2019

DiRT Rally 2.0 is a master-class in how to do the rally genre justice. While it certainly presents a steep learning curve, rally enthusiasts will find a lot to love in Codemasters' latest entry in the highly-revered DiRT franchise.

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Mar 21, 2019

The Division 2 is easily the best of its type; it has the right balance of fun, challenge, dopamine loot drops, and sweet graphics that all but guarantee I'll be playing this one for a long, long time to come. If you haven't jumped in yet and think this might be for you, hesitate no longer - Ubisoft has absolutely nailed it the second time around.

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9 / 10.0 - APE OUT
Mar 12, 2019

Ape Out's near-perfect procedural polyrhythmic gameplay and music stays fun and exciting throughout. The games unique art style lends itself perfectly to the chaos and murder carried out by the games titular ape. While it can be a bit on the challenging side at times, the tight gameplay and frantic action will keep you coming back for 'just one more run' long into the night.

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