Steven Scaife


22 games reviewed
66.8 average score
70 median score
36.4% of games recommended

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Slant Magazine
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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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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Steven Scaife
Sep 7, 2018

As much as this is a better, more confident game than Yakuza 6, the series still has plenty of room to grow.

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Steven Scaife
Sep 4, 2018

Spider-Man's mechanics feel fluid and satisfying enough to keep players engaged throughout the entire campaign.

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Steven Scaife
Aug 9, 2018

The game's more successful cases ask you to evaluate your definitions of things like mercy and humanity.

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Steven Scaife
Aug 5, 2018

This Is the Police 2 never contemplates police brutality, wrongful arrests, or anything whatsoever about race.

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Steven Scaife

What saves this tossed-off narrative is the way it, like every other aspect of the game, interacts with the destruction.

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Steven Scaife
Jun 4, 2018

Rather than going for size in the character roster, Dontnod might have done better to shoot for complexity.

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Steven Scaife
May 17, 2018

The game takes so much more than it gives, forgetting that a journey isn't simply about the means of travel.

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More than just a faithful recreation of an old subgenre, its greatest strength lies in its impeccable writing.

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Steven Scaife
Apr 24, 2018

It pushes back hard against the sort of easy dominance over people so common to city-building games.

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Steven Scaife
Apr 10, 2018

Extinction compensates for a lack of variety by treating every minor detail as a momentous occasion.

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Steven Scaife

Because Yakuza 6 spends so much time tying the story into knots, a strong villain never emerges.

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Steven Scaife
Mar 6, 2018

Chuchel is an amusing diversion from a developer attuned to their considerable aesthetic strengths.

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