Jake Hill


36 games reviewed
73.5 average score
78 median score
36.1% of games recommended
Scores 13.2 higher than average

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70 / 100 - Dark Devotion
May 8, 2019

There’s a lot to unpack there, right? But it’s about something fundamental to gaming. A transcendentally beautiful or superlatively fun game can overcome storytelling weaknesses.

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88 / 100 - Sunless Skies
Mar 29, 2019

Despite being loads more forgiving than the first brutal installment, Sunless Skies is wicked hard.

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70 / 100 - Caveblazers
Mar 2, 2019

Caveblazers is a sharply put together game. If I had received it as a birthday present for my Gameboy in the late 90s, I would have played it on every long car ride.

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I’m an easy mark for a new Civilization, but I have no fear in saying that Gathering Storm is one of the most creative and significant expansions a Civilization game has ever received.

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85 / 100 - Everything
Jan 29, 2019

After discussing it for a few minutes, I feel like I want to thank you all for coming to my TED talk. That’s because it’s so impressionistic, existential, philosophical … all the things people invoke when they want to convince you that video games can be art. But Everything has a leg up on a lot of those art-installation-as-games. Everything is also a lot of fun!

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86 / 100 - Ashen
Dec 15, 2018

Its gameplay is familiar and fun, but its world is like nothing you’ve ever seen. You have to work to see it all, and you’ll want to.

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Nov 30, 2018

As a one-time story experience, The Last Broadcast succeeds and then some.

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Oct 22, 2018

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68 / 100 - 60 Parsecs!
Oct 8, 2018

If you need to scratch that survivor game itch, 60 Parsecs will definitely do you good, but it's not going to blow any minds.

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Oct 8, 2018

In the smaller moments, Kingmaker captures the tabletop experience better than any single player game I've ever played.

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Sep 21, 2018

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Sep 10, 2018

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82 / 100 - The King’s Bird
Sep 2, 2018

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70 / 100 - Enlightenment
Aug 7, 2018

If you're looking for a challenging diversion, Enlightenment could be the absorbing game you need. If you're looking for something more relaxing or polished, you're more likely to encounter horror than wonder in the Ark.

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88 / 100 - The Banner Saga 3
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a proud continuation of the games that came before it.

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Jul 4, 2018

One can hope that future expansions are so creative, and continue to allow players to create their own world to fill with their own little slices of suburbia.

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55 / 100 - Shape of the World
Jun 8, 2018

It is certainly a pretty game. The minimalist polygon planes are very evocative, the sound design is lovely, and the abundant bloom lighting creates a mood. There's sort of a goal (get to the next triangle) and when you achieve it, the art style shifts. But I didn't really find it relaxing, I found it boring. And I never got over feeling perplexed.

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79 / 100 - Ancestors Legacy
May 31, 2018

Despite the names of real historical figures and the armies of real nations, this is not a "historically accurate" game. It's a badass strategy simulator, one with deep gameplay and that glorifies what is maybe one of the most gnarly periods of human history.

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66 / 100 - MachiaVillain
May 19, 2018

Ultimately, MachiaVillain needs a lot of cleaning up, explanations and balance fixes. Then maybe we can all come together to have a bloody good time.

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May 11, 2018

This is truly a Total War Saga– a smaller entry in a venerable series that's not interesting in rocking the boat.

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