Steven Scaife


34 games reviewed
65.6 average score
70 median score
44.1% of games recommended

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Slant Magazine
Steven Scaife
Aug 6, 2019

The game isn't really supposed to be about anything, yet in that ambiguity it captures the specific madness of our present.

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Steven Scaife

It experiments with all the weakest parts of the series and ties them together with a new, tedious progression system.

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Steven Scaife
Jul 11, 2019

Its repetitive tasks are like the usual arbitrary gates to reach a cutscene in a mediocre video game.

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Steven Scaife
Jun 26, 2019

Worse than the sheer tedium of shooting is the effect it has on the game's atmosphere.

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Steven Scaife
Jun 1, 2019

Playing Pathologic 2 feels like suffering, and it's meant to be that way.

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Steven Scaife
May 29, 2019

It fits together disparate genres so perfectly that you wonder how nobody thought to combine them sooner.

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Steven Scaife
May 21, 2019

The setting of the game is the familiar stuff of science fiction, but the lens through which it's viewed is not.

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Apr 25, 2019

The game meets the baseline level of quality we might expect from a big-budgeted joint, yet it remains a tiresome, empty experience.

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Steven Scaife
Apr 16, 2019

The game is ambitious for its translation mechanics and its big-picture look at the evolution of culture through the ages.

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Mar 14, 2019

The game masterfully uses its microcosm of the internet circa 1999 to examine the way society functions when it's extremely online.

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Steven Scaife
Mar 4, 2019

The Occupation's fierce commitment to immersing the player in its credible world is also the game's undoing.

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Steven Scaife
Feb 28, 2019

The game not only gets you to behave like a rampaging gorilla, it forces you to adapt like one.

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Steven Scaife
Feb 16, 2019

The game ultimately seems less interested in the process of how humanity breaks down than its grisly end results.

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Steven Scaife
Jan 31, 2019

The world the game shares with its predecessors is detailed and bizarre in equal measure.

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Steven Scaife
Jan 23, 2019

There are few greater thrills than discovering a new, powerful combo in Slay the Spire.

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Steven Scaife

Mutant Year Zero feels most of all like a promising start for something potentially greater. Indeed, for as much as the game offers an intense, occasionally brilliant spin on turn-based strategy, it’s tough not to imagine how a sequel could improve the writing and the exploration to realize what is, at this point anyway, mostly just a lot of potential.

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Steven Scaife
Nov 8, 2018

Even if the lavish detail, excellent writing, and world of possibility within vivid levels mostly just refine what came before, that’s because IO Interactive have all but perfected what they set out to achieve in Hitman: Codename 47 nearly 20 years ago

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Steven Scaife
Oct 25, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 never quite squares its themes with the need to give players an open-world cowboy fantasy. And outside cutscenes and conversation, most of those themes don't seem to exist.

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The game should feel wrong or disjointed with the conflicting elements it includes, but it all creates a strange, poignant, and often beautiful whole.

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Steven Scaife

Barrows Deep is a shaky throwback that, despite occasional success in its stripped-down, straightforward approach, suggests that maybe simplicity and escapism has limitations of its own.

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