Mark Isaacson


59 games reviewed
81.8 average score
85 median score
74.6% of games recommended
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9 / 10.0 - MLB The Show 24
Apr 23, 2024

MLB The Show 24 loads its bases with plenty of options for beginners and veterans while exploring a legacy that should be played by all. It's the best licensed sports title on the market, and there's no close second.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Open Roads
Mar 28, 2024

An engaging cast drives this short but ultimately sweet journey down a well-worn emotional road, though the chance to spend more time with Tess and Opal Devine on some detours would have been welcome.

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Mar 4, 2024

Penny's Big Breakaway is an enjoyable audition, clogged by the usual 3D platform trappings but fun and colourful enough to get away with it. Hopefully this is the first of many adventures to come.

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9 / 10.0 - Helldivers II
Feb 22, 2024

Crafted with intelligence and brimming with chaotic good vibes, Helldivers 2 sets the kind of tone many others in the action space should take notice of, overcoming some early tech issues by being a sheer delight to play.

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Feb 15, 2024

Mario vs Donkey Kong remains an enjoyable platform-puzzler as it did back on the Game Boy Advance, freshened up and featuring a small number of modern and welcome additions.

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Jan 30, 2024

Turnip Boy proves he's no one-hit wonder, taking a slightly different direction to his debut yet still hitting all the right notes. Fun to play and enjoyable to master, it's a creative action-shooter that shouldn't be missed.

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Jan 24, 2024

Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth wears its title on its sleeve, a seemingly endless amount of content to explore wrapped in an emotional and entertaining story. It's Like A Dragon at its very, unique best.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Bahnsen Knights
Jan 19, 2024

A harsh yet engaging narrative drives Bahnsen Knights down the streets of hell, flanked by vivid violence and stomach-churning scenarios. It's short, but it packs a punch all the same.

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Though treading over familiar ground, Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name holds enough payoffs and enjoyable moments to make this shorter trip an emotionally worthwhile one.

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8.5 / 10.0 - WarioWare: Move It!
Nov 2, 2023

Finally, a Switch game that gets why motion control can be a blast under the right circumstances. WarioWare: Move it! hits all the high notes and continues a fine tradition in ridiculousness.

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Oct 24, 2023

Gargoyles Remastered feels very much stuck in its roots, a curse that sadly can't be broken by a new layer of animation, never mind the moonlight.

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7 / 10.0 - Days of Doom
Sep 29, 2023

A solid strategy experience isn't quite enough to elevate Days of Doom past its more varied competition on the indie market, but there's just enough meat on the zombie bones.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Fae Farm
Sep 7, 2023

If you've been waiting for another lifestyle game to sink countless hours into, Fae Farm should be on your list. It's fun for all, allows for plenty of customisation and sprinkles plenty of magic over the top for good measure.

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Sep 4, 2023

As the lyrics from the song Reunion asks, was it worth it all? I can happily say, yes. Despite its problems, Goodbye Volcano High is every bit worth it, and I'd happily spend more time with Worm Drama if I could.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sea of Stars
Aug 29, 2023

Sea of Stars is a breathtaking ride through familiarity and originality, engaging in its mechanics and colourful in its story, culminating in some of the best twists and turns of any RPG I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

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Jul 27, 2023

It never fully challenged me personally and isn’t an overly long experience, but with a few friends or Disney diehards, Disney Illusion Island is a worthy adventure and one of the better licensed titles to venture out from the Magic Kingdom of late.

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9 / 10.0 - Pikmin 4
Jul 19, 2023

Just when you think Nintendo has drained the well of creativity, it once more releases a sequel that refines an already quality experience to another level. Pikmin remains one of its best franchises that deserves more time in the spotlight, and Pikmin 4 is no exception.

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Master Detective Archives: RAIN CODE could have used its inventiveness more concisely, but what's here is still an enjoyable first entry for a new IP that holds plenty of promise now and hopefully into the future.

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With plenty to explore, mechanics that are mostly tight and engaging, and loads of of retro-infused elements, there's a little gem here within the chronicles of two cunning heroes.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Death or Treat
May 20, 2023

There are more polished, quality roguelites out there that will engage you for a longer period than Death or Treat, but that says less about its own achievements and more about the incredibly high bar set by its predecessors.

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