Blake Hester


22 games reviewed
75.1 average score
75 median score
42.9% of games recommended
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8.3 / 10.0 - Bayonetta 3
Oct 25, 2022

It's bombastic, over-the-top, and extravagant for the sake of extravagance, leaving ruins, literally, in its wake.

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8 / 10.0 - Stray
Jul 18, 2022

It's a solid, brief ride through a strange world and one well worth taking.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Neon White
Jun 15, 2022

Neon White achieves everything it sets out to with remarkable success. Not only is it one of the most entertaining experiences I've played in years, but it also speaks to a highly specific audience many just don't anymore. It's for weirdos, misfits, and dorks. Neon White is one of the best games of the year, and it'd be a colossal mistake not to check it out.

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8 / 10.0 - Ghostwire: Tokyo
Mar 21, 2022

The things I like about GhostWire, I really like. I'd go so far as to say that some elements – its world, enemy design, etc. – are among my favorites in a game in years. That said, there are plenty of elements, such as story and gameplay, where GhostWire is hardly up to snuff.

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8 / 10.0 - OlliOlli World
Feb 3, 2022

OlliOlli World is a fun ride through a goofy world. Even when it caused me actual pain, I enjoyed its many twists and challenges.

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6.8 / 10.0 - Riders Republic
Nov 9, 2021

Riders Republic has some great moments – namely its dozens upon dozens of races – but all of that is cut down by an impressively obnoxious script, unskippable dialogue, and predetermined soundtracks that play ad nauseam

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8.8 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 4 VR
Oct 20, 2021

RE4VR is an absolute blast. The perspective shift from third to first-person and the ability to freely run around during combat fundamentally altered how I play one of my favorite games

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Sep 23, 2021

If you've never played Death Stranding, I think you should. Whether it's the original release or the new Director's Cut, the game is worth experiencing. Not to say it's perfect by any means (read Game Informer's review for a second opinion). But there's nothing like Death Stranding. And there may never be again; I struggle to think Sony or any other publisher will ever let Kojima be this free a second time – at least not with this kind of budget. That's what makes Death Stranding worth experiencing. Gravity Gloves, race tracks, and cargo catapults are just icing on the cake.

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7.3 / 10.0 - Lost Judgment
Sep 16, 2021

I found a lot to love in the game, but its sloppy handling of sexual assault left a bad taste in my mouth. After a run of great games from developer RGG, Lost Judgment isn't quite up to snuff

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9 / 10.0 - Deathloop
Sep 13, 2021

Deathloop is a rare game I started replaying as soon as the credits finished rolling. Now deep in a second playthrough, I'm still discovering new secrets and ways to play

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8 / 10.0 - 12 Minutes
Aug 18, 2021

Twelve Minutes sinks its claws in from the get-go and doesn't let go until the final, brutal revelation

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May 19, 2021

Amplified by the soundtrack, Never Yield is a fun run through Detroit, one I felt encouraged to take multiple times

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7.5 / 10.0 - Pac-Man 99
Apr 9, 2021

A lack of any kind of tutorial is frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of the action, it's a fun way to fill lulls in your day

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The Pillars of the Earth tells a gripping story of personal and political drama, but its slow pace may not make it a good fit for everyone.

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Jun 7, 2017

The Town of Light examines mental illnesses and the hospitals meant to treat them in the early 1900s, but ultimately fails to stick the landing.

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May 11, 2017

Even if Playgrounds' single-player mode lacks the unbridled merriment that makes multiplayer so enjoyable, finally getting the upper hand in a tournament is rewarding and exciting in its own way. But even at its best, Playgrounds doesn't offer enough variety to keep you engaged for long.

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Jun 6, 2016

Shadow Blade Reload is a fun game, but it’s not an interesting game. It has several things going for it, like the striking visuals, quick gameplay, and the level editor. But mostly it falters as the distracting voice acting and low-level difficulty hold the game back enough that it can’t be considered all that impressive of a title.

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May 3, 2016

Neverending Nightmares is a very personal look at what it's like to feel trapped by mental illnesses, a look that is gruesome and scary. Though the game excels with great sound and art design, creating truly scary moments, its boring gameplay loop makes it a hard to sit through.

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Apr 27, 2016

Hitman’s second episode leaves me far more optimistic for the game than its first episode did. A large, sprawling level ripe with exploration opportunities, Sapienza is a far better destination than Paris. That being said, technical issues still hinder the game from being something better.

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75 / 100 - Ratchet & Clank
Apr 11, 2016

There is a lot to love in Ratchet and Clank, but it also comes with its fair share of headaches. Levels are short and linear, and leave little desire to stay on them any longer than you have to. While weapons are interesting and unique, they often come with the added weight of being hard to aim. It's beautiful, funny and fun, but also, short and stale.

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