Jordan Rudek


209 games reviewed
71.7 average score
70 median score
45.2% of games recommended
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3.5 / 10.0 - Wildbus
Aug 27, 2021

If Wildbus is wacky and odd for the sake of being such, then that might be the only way of deeming it a success. For anyone looking for a legitimately fun video game, don't go anywhere near this bus. The only ones who should be paying this fare are those who truly have a craving for something bizarre.

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6 / 10.0 - Garden Story
Aug 19, 2021

It's a title that would have been better had its length been pruned back to 8-10 hours. Anyone looking for a particularly chill experience that isn't very demanding may derive more pleasure out of Concord's adventure than I did, but it's hard to overlook how so much of your in-game work just doesn't really matter. The downward sloping difficulty curve, boring daily tasks, and lackluster enemies make Garden Story a crop that's not worth rushing to harvest.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Out of Line
Aug 18, 2021

Overall, it feels like a light experience that could be enjoyed by players of all different levels, perhaps a good fit for introducing younger gamers to the medium. As someone with a lot of puzzle-platformer experience, I would have liked to see a greater variety of play mechanics, but outside of a few glitches requiring a restart (invisible walls preventing progress, for example), there isn't much to dislike about the game. Out of Line simply ends up playing it fairly safe, so if that's what you're looking for, then maybe you'll want to get in line.

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Aug 13, 2021

Don't be lured unaware by its siren call! While there is a decent experience underneath, some inexplicable design decisions, the uninspired sidequests and serviceable story don't buoy the adventure enough to make up for how badly implemented the game's primary mechanic is. If you came away from the eShop demo impressed or you're able to overlook a very obvious fatal flaw, you might be able to derive some pleasure out of Greak's mission. Don't expect to find me spending much time reminiscing about these memories.

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Aug 10, 2021

Even if some of these feel like window-dressing, the sheer amount of voice acting, the light story, and the rankings and tournaments hooked me from the get-go and kept me invested for dozens of hours. Collecting as many new cards as I could and theory-crafting new decks and ways to play old ones is a captivating endeavor, made all the more accessible in Shadowverse: Champion's Battle. Anyone with an interest in CCGs or even Pokemon should at least try the playable Switch demo, or even the mobile game to find out if this is a universe worth exploring. I, for one, am happy to step out of the shadows and champion its cause.

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7 / 10.0 - Papa's Quiz
Aug 8, 2021

The simple presentation and accessible gameplay contribute to Papa's Quiz status as a solid family-friendly experience. Veteran quizzers who own or prefer the more adult-oriented offerings in the Jackbox games might not find as much to like about it, but there's no denying that Papa's Quiz is a great offering for the right crowd. Silly dances between rounds, the quiz master's accent, and the straightforward style ensure that I'll be regularly pulling this one out after family dinners and other all-ages gatherings.

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7.5 / 10.0 - B.ARK
Jul 28, 2021

However, it's not really for hardcore shmup fans looking for a more challenging and classic experience; much of its charm comes from passing out a few Joy-Con and shooting down giant mechanized starfish. Solid performance and good controls are pluses, even if a playthrough won't take you all that long. Those who are generally looking for a more laidback, multiplayer focused title won't be barking up the wrong tree if they give this one a spin.

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Jul 26, 2021

Ultimately, there's a type of mindlessness to playing a game like this that serves as both a nice break from more mentally demanding ones and also a reminder that musou games are still quite niche, and perhaps for good reason. If you enjoy breezy, repetitive gameplay with hours and hours of missions to play and stuff to unlock, Samurai Warriors 5 will do just fine. However, I can't see it doing enough to bring new fans into the series.

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Unscored - Cris Tales
Jul 19, 2021

The lack of an autosave function is a curious omission, forcing you to save frequently lest you fall in battle and have to replay a particular segment. Fortunately, you can save anywhere on the overworld map and save spots in towns and dungeons are numerous. I'm excited to see how it all comes together, so please look forward to the full review posting soon, I suppose in a future slice of time.

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As someone who loves Zombies Ate My Neighbors, it's disappointing to see it brought to Switch in this way. I can happily recommend that game to top-down arcade-action fans, but the weighty ball-and-chain that is Ghoul Patrol really isn't worth anyone's time. Once you've played Zombies, Ghoul Patrol is only a letdown from there, and I still find myself wishing these titles had simply been dropped onto the NSO service considering how little has been added to this compilation.

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