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Chris Compendio


Favorite Games:
  • Wandersong
  • Night in the Woods
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts

37 games reviewed
73.4 average score
75 median score
54.1% of games recommended

Chris Compendio's Reviews

Chris Compendio is the Weekend Editor of Gamepur, a former Staff Writer for DualShockers, and a former Editorial Intern for Paste Magazine. Chris is available for freelance work. Chris also hosts a game industry talk show podcast called Procedural Conversation.
6.5 / 10.0 - RiffTrax: The Game
May 5, 2022

RiffTrax: The Game is still funny — it will just be dependent on you to make it funny enough.

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Feb 4, 2022

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a frantic game about violence and tension. The most defining moment for its gameplay is running away in fear from a larger Alpha Pokémon, whilst you haphazardly toss Pokéballs at smaller, unsuspecting Pokémon in your path. Despite the grind, I felt motivated to catch these mons, rather than dreading random encounters like in previous games.

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8 / 10.0 - Windjammers 2
Jan 20, 2022

Windjammers 2 is a curious case — it’s inviting to all players with its easy concept, but becomes a steep rabbit hole of skill creep as you discover its ins and outs.

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Oct 25, 2021

Despite its mechanical flaws, in depicting a story of flawed characters, it’s hard to pass up on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This title feels free of franchise-building and shady business practices. While it tries to ape on your familiarity with the property, it somehow all stands on its own. The visuals, lovable characters, and the promise of hijinx in space are inviting, but within this off-beat exterior is a solid emotional core.

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Oct 14, 2021

The Jackbox Party Pack 8 will probably not be the end of the line for this series, and even though the games today are far more complicated than something you’d see from the first or second packs, iteration is the key to a fun pack of games. Gather your friends together (if it’s safe) and get cracking on uncovering the intricacies and strategies of these games — hopefully with a ton of laughter in between.

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Oct 7, 2021

Regardless, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl serves as an example of how surgical marketing can be, feeding competitive players with specific bullet points while trying to cast a wide net with its popular IP. Playing it may certainly make you smile, and moments of hype can follow. But in the end, it’s an extended meme at best and a monument to capitalistic cynicism at worst.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Super Crush KO
Jan 21, 2020

Colorful brawler Super Crush KO has a lovely art style, a great sense of humor, and tense sidescrolling brawling that should charm anyone.

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Nov 19, 2019

A magnificent blend of genres makes Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order a solid game, but technical hitches prevent it from taking the high ground.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Afterparty
Oct 29, 2019

Night School Studio's Afterparty falls short of greatness, with an unrewarding narrative, underutilized gameplay concepts, and technical issues.

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Oct 17, 2019

Despite being built from previously-used parts, The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is still one of the more solid and consistent collections.

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Oct 3, 2019

Side-scrolling sequel Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair has creative ideas, assuming you have the patience to wrangle with its difficulty.

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Sep 23, 2019

Short, sweet, and simple, Sayonara Wild Hearts is a package of positivity, with music and visuals that will sure to win anyone over.

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Sep 20, 2019

House House's Untitled Goose Game is undoubtedly a hilarious experience, but it lacks a varied toolset to maximize said hilarity.

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Sep 9, 2019

Pinball-inspired dungeon crawler/hack-and-slash Creature in the Well is short, sweet, and satisfying, whatever that word means.

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Aug 28, 2019

Until Dawn follow-up Man of Medan has amazing ideas in the cooperative space but collapses under the weights of performance issues.

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Jul 10, 2019

WOAH! Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is a fun remake that plays well, with weaknesses being unlockables and the Crash property itself.

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8 / 10.0 - Baba Is You
Jun 21, 2019

Possibly the most original puzzle game in recent memory, Baba is You is also an exercise in frustration and stretched-out logic.

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6 / 10.0 - Falcon Age
May 6, 2019

First-person adventure Falcon Age was built with love but has some oddities more noticeable when not played with the PSVR headset.

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7 / 10.0 - Duck Game
May 3, 2019

The Towerfall-like party title Duck Game is now on Switch, and with it comes a package of wonkiness and absurdism.

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6.5 / 10.0 - The World Next Door
Apr 15, 2019

This adventure game features amazing character designs and a fun puzzle battle system, but The World Next Door suffers from a lack of content.

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