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Chris Brown

Wellington, New Zealand

Favorite Games:
  • Divinity: Original Sin II and Planescape: Torment
  • Pillars of Eternity and Baldur's Gate II
  • The Witcher 3 and Fallout 2

94 games reviewed
76.9 average score
80 median score
66.0% of games recommended

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New Zealand based game dev. Platform agnostic gamer. Devout metal enthusiast. Lover of epic RPGs and narrative driven gaming experiences. A gamer against bigotry, bullshit, and bullying.
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Chris Brown
8.5 / 10.0 - Metro Exodus
Feb 14, 2019

4A Games have rekindled my love for the world that was left behind. A post-apocalyptic journey out of darkness with a uniquely eastern European accent. Equally gorgeous and grotesque Metro Exodus is sure to please newcomers and the returning faithful alike. I just wish the road was a little smoother and with fewer bugs skittering about.

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Chris Brown
Dec 4, 2018

Elegant design, streamlined but effective storytelling, and expertly executed game systems make the Road to Eden a journey well worth undertaking.

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8 / 10.0 - Darksiders III
Nov 30, 2018

Not quite the triumphant return long-time fans had hoped for but nevertheless Darksiders III is an enjoyable and worthy entry in the series. The biggest issue here is that newcomers will likely find Fury and her world a little too unwelcoming. To those of us who have already shared the trials of War and the journey of Death delivering Fury's wrath is a satisfying if somewhat guilty pleasure.

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1.5 / 10.0 - Fallout 76
Nov 28, 2018

A lazy, broken, and boring slog through the most ineptly realised post-apocalypse I have ever encountered. This is not Fallout. Every defining feature of the Fallout experience has been excised or compromised to accommodate a poorly designed and executed multiplayer experience.

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Chris Brown
Nov 14, 2018

A perfect visual and audio upgrade to a bonafide classic that sadly can do little to bring its dated game play and simplistic design to a modern audience. Fans and kids alike however will no doubt find many hours of enjoyment in this expertly presented package.

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9 / 10.0 - Tetris Effect
Nov 9, 2018

The almost perfect marriage of elegant game design, evocative audio, and stunning visuals delivers a gaming experience far richer and affecting than I could have possibly imagined. It's not without a few flaws, but they are easily forgotten almost as soon as they have passed.

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Chris Brown
Nov 8, 2018

CD Projekt Red have delivered an exceptional adventure in Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales. One that any Witcher fan should not hesitate to experience. While Gwent is undeniably fun, it falls short of its full potential in a single-player only game with AI opponents.

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4 / 10.0 - Call of Cthulhu
Oct 31, 2018

There are hints of a great game buried under the decaying leviathan that is Call of Cthulhu, but they are interspersed with the detritus of too many disparate or poorly executed ideas that those hints feel more like broken promises than unrealized ones.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Red Dead Redemption 2
Oct 25, 2018

Despite stumbling at the very beginning Red Dead Redemption 2 cements Rockstar Games' place at the very top of the games industry. It's been eight years and well worth the wait.

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Chris Brown
Oct 17, 2018

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption nails its combat but loses ground almost everywhere else. This Souls-like boss battler leans too heavily on its inspiration and has no sense of itself as a result.

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Last year I named Divinity Original Sin II the best game I had played this millennium. This year I need to amend that statement. Divinity Original Sin II – Definitive Edition is the best RPG I have ever played. Its transition to console might not be a smooth as I would have liked, but there are a slew of improvements and welcome additions that make it more than it was, and the exceptional quality of the game is undeniable.

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5 / 10.0 - State of Mind
Aug 17, 2018

Daedalic Entertainment's State of Mind wants players to explore the idea of what is it that makes us us, but never provides the player any real opportunity to do so. You simply follow the path and mark off another check mark. In the end all you're really doing is little more than counting electric sheep.

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9 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania Plus
Aug 13, 2018

Sonic Mania Plus on the Switch is the best way to play the best Sonic game in over 20 years.

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7 / 10.0 - Semblance
Aug 2, 2018

Semblance is fun game that nails the fundamentals, but the limited scope and brevity don't allow it the opportunity to really shine. Puzzle-platform fans will enjoy what is on offer here but will be left wanting for more.

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8 / 10.0 - Vampyr
Jun 6, 2018

Vampyr is a dark and dour adventure that drips atmosphere. Its shortcomings can be easily overlooked by anyone wanting a character-rich journey into darkness.

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7 / 10.0 - FRAMED Collection
May 24, 2018

A pocket-sized noir adventure filled with genuine charm and challenge that doesn't really feel all that comfortable on console.

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Chris Brown
10 / 10.0 - God of War
Apr 18, 2018

God of War is a genre redefining epic, a triumph for SCI Santa Monica, and the single best reason to own a PS4 in 2018.

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10 / 10.0 - Into The Breach
Mar 2, 2018

With Into the Breach Subset Games rewrites the tactical gameplay rulebook by removing most of its pages. In doing so, it has created a superlative strategy game.

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6 / 10.0 - Crossing Souls
Feb 19, 2018

Crossing Souls is heavy on nostalgia, but somewhat shallow when it comes to gameplay. The result is a lovingly crafted ode to an era that's neither bodacious nor bogus.

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Chris Brown
Dec 5, 2017

Battle Chef Brigade serves up a delectable fusion of disparate flavours that create a dish far greater than its parts.

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