Ryan Hartmann


39 games reviewed
80.0 average score
80 median score
71.1% of games recommended
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May 31, 2021

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is among the odder entries in the new trend of remastering old games for new hardware. It’s not simply a remaster that only increases visual fidelity, and it’s not a remake that overhauls the games in a fundamental way. Existing somewhere in the middle, the games definitely look a lot better than their original versions but won’t ever fool anyone into believing they were made for modern hardware, and while some of the mechanics have been updated/overhauled, there are a lot of areas where BioWare could have made minor tweaks leading to significant improvements in the experience. It’s understandable that they may have wanted to keep the games as close to their original versions as possible, but in a lot of ways it just feels like missed opportunities.

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9 / 10.0 - DOOM Eternal
Mar 17, 2020

Supremely difficult, extremely rewarding and, above all else, absolutely unrelenting, id Software has once again set the bar for the hyper-violent twitch shooter genre with Doom Eternal.

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10 / 10.0 - Death Stranding
Nov 30, 2019

After 50 hours with this game, my biggest complaint is that I wanted more. A lot more.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Need for Speed Heat
Nov 21, 2019

It’s Need for Speed through and through, for better or worse, but the execution is far better here than the last few attempts I’ve made to dive back in.

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8 / 10.0 - Tropico 6
Oct 12, 2019

This is definitely a case where more of the same is more than welcome.

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Sep 24, 2019

Whether or not you enjoy Wolfenstein: Youngblood is going to depend on a lot of factors. If you loved the previous games for their narrative depth, linear story, and simplified gameplay, this might be a tough sell for you. Youngblood is still fundamentally Wolfenstein in almost every way that matters but, like its rookie heroines, it’s a little unpolished and rough around the edges. If you’re looking for something new, innovative, and daring, and can overlook a few flaws (some more glaring than others) then it’s time to suit up, gear up, and once again prove that the only good Nazi is a dead one.

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8 / 10.0 - NBA 2K20
Sep 21, 2019

Where it matters most (gameplay), 2K20 really shines, with the potential to thrill in ways few other sports games can.

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Oct 24, 2018

A game of unparalleled scope and ambition, with breathtaking visuals, a broad-ranging but intimate story, and an incredible sense of identity and purpose, Red Dead Redemption 2 will go down as one of the greatest games of the generation, and perhaps video game history.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Marvel's Spider-Man
Sep 14, 2018

There’s a lot of heart, a lot of innovation, and a clear feeling that this game wasn’t just created by a talented group of developers, but by people who are truly passionate about Spider-Man.

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Jun 4, 2018

Aragami is not for everyone, especially casual fans of the genre; it's too demanding. Those of you who truly relish the hunt and welcome the challenge, though, will surely find that Aragami: Shadow Edition has what you're looking for.

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