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Baz Macdonald

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Favorite Games:
  • Fallout 3
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Mass Effect 2

51 games reviewed
78.3 average score
80 median score
62.0% of games recommended

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Baz Macdonald's Reviews

I am a freelance games journalist living in Wellington, New Zealand. I contribute news, articles and reviews to several outlets in New Zealand and Australia including Gameplanet and The Wireless. I cover a wide range of titles, but my area pf expertse is in narrative driven experiences.
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Baz Macdonald
6 / 10.0 - Anthem
Mar 5, 2019

Anthem is a game with unmet potential at every turn. The gameplay is fantastic and recreates the '30 seconds of fun' that has made its competitor Destiny such a success. But in its current state of bugs, server issues and poor design decisions, it is planted firmly in the 'play it in six months' category.

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9 / 10.0 - Beat Saber
Jan 9, 2019

Beat Saber is possible the best VR experience ever made. It is an incredibly satisfying rhythm game which uses the immersion of VR to evoke a sense of scale, power and energy that hugely enhances the underlying gameplay loop. The mechanics, music and VR environment tap into something deep in your psyche that creates an irresistibly fun and empowering experience.

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6 / 10.0 - Borderlands 2 VR
Dec 21, 2018

Despite a growing industry-wide acceptance that open-world games developed for the screen do not adapt well to VR – Gearbox bowled on ahead with their, years too late, adaptation of Borderlands 2. A port with unsurprisingly fails to fix the inherent problems with this transition – with gammy controls and gameplay not well adjusted for the VR medium.

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Baz Macdonald
Dec 7, 2018

With Super Smash. Bros Ultimate, the development team set themselves the lofty goal of bringing together an incredible amount of the franchises back catalogue of characters, stages and other miscellanea. With this much fan service-focused content, there was always the danger that the game would get buried beneath it. But thankfully, the game sits proudly on top of it, in this game that simultaneously celebrates the very history of gaming while presenting a deep, incredibly fun fighting game for everyone and everyone, no matter how you choose to play.

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5 / 10.0 - Fallout 76
Nov 27, 2018

The multiplayer integration of Fallout 76 opposes the core tenets of the Fallout games at every turn – utterly undermining the core formula. What's worse, it then fails to justify the multiplayer in any way. Buried beneath the bugs, network issues and multiplayer allowances, it is possible to see what could have been a wonderful single player experience in a fascinating time and location – but one that we will never experience.

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8 / 10.0 - Pokémon: Let's Go
Nov 22, 2018

Pokémon: Let's Go is a fun, light nostalgia trip for long time players, and an easy on-ramp into the Pokémon console games for new players. Its greatest feat is presenting a stunning graphical style and approach which wonderfully blends players desire for 3D Pokémon games with the core tenets of the franchise – setting high expectations for the Generation Eight debut on the Switch next year.

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Baz Macdonald
Oct 31, 2018

Diablo 3 on the Switch may be a graphical step-down and far from the best place to play multiplayer, but if you're looking for the perfect platform on which to sink into the end-game grind by yourself – there is no place better to play it.

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Baz Macdonald
Oct 17, 2018

If you're a fan of Call of Duty multiplayer offerings - boy howdy do Treyarch have an instalment for you. But, if you're in it for the single player, you're going to be severely disappointed – though hopefully that's not a surprise, considering we've known there would be no campaign for five months. The combination of Multiplayer, Zombies and the brilliant new Battle Royale mode Blackout, offer a multiplayer feast. A smorgasbord of experiences which makes it feel like a package which will remain interesting, fun and exciting far beyond the release of the next annual COD instalment.

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9 / 10.0 - Forza Horizon 4
Oct 2, 2018

Forza Horizon 4 continues the incredible success of this series, taking its already lofty achievement to even greater heights. The team at Playground games have created a title that cleverly balances realism with fun in a dynamic, beautiful world with a wide range of exciting and meticulously designed events and activities.

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Baz Macdonald
Sep 25, 2018

In 2013, Crystal Dynamics presented a Lara Croft grounded in interesting psychology for the first time and setup the beginning of an arc for the character which could have taken this franchise to new heights. But now, with the final entry in this chapter, new developer Eidos Montreal have unfortunately plummeted this journey to new depths instead. In this logically inconsistent entry into the trilogy, we are presented with an unlikable Lara in a story-line which cannot meld its own premise with the actions of its characters. Though the games mechanics remain familiar and fun, the finale to this trilogy is dragged down into the mud by the failings of its narrative and the depictions of its once celebrated character.

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Gameplanet
Baz Macdonald
Jul 6, 2018

The games contained in the N. Sane Trilogy were the ammo with which the PlayStation team fired – so, for a 90's fanboy, this feels like a significant moment.

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Gameplanet
Baz Macdonald
May 30, 2018

Detroit is great step forward for interactive storytelling, with the impressive scope of its branching narrative and world ultimately overcoming the continued failings of David Cage's writing.

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8 / 10.0 - 39 Days to Mars
Apr 24, 2018

39 Days to Mars manages to make steampunk more than tolerable with this charming and innovative adventure game, developed by Christchurch designer Philip Buchanan.

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Gameplanet
Baz Macdonald
Mar 23, 2018

Revenant Kingdom is a better game than its excellent predecessor, which makes it a must-play for genre fans and curious folks alike.

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Gameplanet
Baz Macdonald
Mar 4, 2018

The Bayonetta titles remain two of the most fun action games ever made, and so the chance to revisit them is a treat – especially as you can now play them anywhere and in their most technically reliable form.

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7 / 10.0 - The Station
Feb 20, 2018

The Station tackles with some of life's biggest questions with finesse, and will have you pondering it all long after the credits roll.

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Baz Macdonald
Nov 13, 2017

The Frozen Wilds introduces many poorly-designed elements which make it a lesser experience than its brilliant base-game.

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10 / 10.0 - Super Mario Odyssey
Nov 8, 2017

Super Mario Odyssey is an innovative masterpiece that takes an already creative series to the next level, demonstrating that there is no limit to the adventures that can be had in games or the ways they can be played.

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Gameplanet
Baz Macdonald
Sep 11, 2017

That a crossover as bonkers as "Mario plus Rabbids by way of XCOM" even exists is to be celebrated, and fortunately it's an absorbing title that's only slightly diminished by some simplistic cover mechanics.

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Baz Macdonald
8 / 10.0 - Tacoma
Aug 16, 2017

Tacoma's augmented reality cast allow it to tell its engaging story in a unique way. It's a slow burn of a game that deftly interrogates interpersonal relationships in an engaging sci-fi setting.

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