Ryan Hartmann


41 games reviewed
79.4 average score
80 median score
67.5% of games recommended
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Nov 12, 2017

The shooting is solid, the graphics are fine, the sound design and musical score are acceptable if uninspired, and yet the game is significantly less than the sum of its parts. At its best it is proof that Activision's stable of developers has run out of ideas, returning to World War II for no other reason than they didn't know where else to go.

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Nov 15, 2017

There's not much to Save the Ninja Clan, but there doesn't really need to be. It's simple, fast, brutal and great fun in short bursts, without any of the baggage that comes from other games in the genre.

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Feb 6, 2018

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a simple game isn't the kind of game you pick up and play every night, as it benefits most from fresh bouts of sadistic creativity, but for the $20 price tag, it's one of the best pick-up-and-play party games you'll find on the PS4.

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8 / 10.0 - Okami HD
Feb 9, 2018

While the audio visual overhaul is definitely welcome, it really is a shame that some of the aspects of the game did not receive any modernization, because for as unique and engaging as Okami still is, it often feels like a game trapped in the past, preventing it from being as good as it could be. Ultimately it's worth the ride, especially if you've passed on previous chances to play it.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Strikers Edge
Feb 10, 2018

Were Strikers Edge any more expensive than it is, it would be difficult to recommend. There's not a ton of content here, and it's not the kind of game that is going to keep you engaged for hours a day. For [its low price], however, it doesn't need to be.

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Feb 14, 2018

Shadow of the Colossus isn't just a successful remake of a beloved game. It has set a new bar for what a remake should be in the first place, and left me optimistic, for the first time ever, about the prospect of revisiting old games on new systems. This is how every remake should be.

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9 / 10.0 - Surviving Mars
Mar 15, 2018

I've enjoyed the freedom to make my own decisions and mistakes, the challenge, the complexity, the attention to detail. It's been one hell of a ride.

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Mar 16, 2018

On the strength of its gameplay, combined with the general lack of racing games for PS4, it's also now the best game in the genre that you can own on this platform, if barely.

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9 / 10.0 - Octahedron
Mar 19, 2018

Indie games have shown the value of smaller studios making unique games beholden only to their vision and not the economic constraints of AAA development, and Demimonde's Octahedron now stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of them, thanks to an amazing soundtrack, creative level design and presentation, and singular vision.

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6 / 10.0 - Shiny
Mar 26, 2018

If you're hard up for some old school 2D platforming, and willing to put up with some notable shortcomings, Shiny might do the trick

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Mar 27, 2018

Dynasty Warriors deserved better than this, and I hope Omega Force gets another shot to do this franchise justice, because this is not how the tales of the Three Kingdoms should end.

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Mar 27, 2018

The story is solid, though, as is the overall presentation. You don't need to be a fan of the franchise to enjoy this game, but I have no doubt that true fans are going to find even more to love than I did.

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Platform games live and die by their controls, and Epic Dumpster Bear, for all its wacky presentation and goofy fun, just can't make the leap from novelty item to legitimate recommendation.

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Apr 14, 2018

In the end, de Blob 2 is mostly a game about creative expression and pleasant visual experiences.

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Apr 20, 2018

Is The Division worth another chance? The answer to that question, on any front, is "absolutely".

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Apr 21, 2018

Pinball FX 3 is all about the nostalgia of the golden age of arcades, and it nails that perfectly.

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10 / 10.0 - God of War
Apr 23, 2018

I have been writing about video games for almost 20 years now, and in all that time I have never given any game a perfect score. Until now.

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9 / 10.0 - City of Brass
May 3, 2018

City of Brass is a beautiful, highly-polished and mostly successful attempt at turning the genre on its head by making it more accessible to everyone, from rogue-lite veterans to first time players. With a unique and intuitive new combat style and some innovative takes on genre conventions, you'll find plenty to like about City of Brass no matter what your skill level.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Trailblazers
May 14, 2018

Trailblazers comes recommended, but with the qualifier that you may want to wait for a few more patches to drop, first.

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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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