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Joseph Choi

Manila, Philippines

Favorite Games:
  • Metal Gear Solid 3
  • Final Fantasy VIII
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

14 games reviewed
81.4 average score
80 median score
78.6% of games recommended

Joseph Choi's Reviews

Joseph Victor Choi started gaming since the age of 3 and hasn't stopped since. He loves all genres but is especially drawn to the action, RPG, racing, fighting, puzzle, and rhythm genres. Joseph was born in Metro Manila, Philippines and has shuttled back and forth constantly between his twin hometowns - Manila and Los Angeles. He studied at Southville International School and Colleges, Santa Monica College, and the California Institute of the Arts, where he graduated with a B.A. in the Film/Video program. Joseph currently lives in Orlando, Florida, working eCommerce and doing writing, film, and graphic design work on the side. Aside from gaming, his passions are writing, reading, sustainable farming, animal husbandry, film criticism, and fan fiction. His favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky, C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, J.R.R. Tolkien, Haruki Murakami, Mark Twain, David Foster Wallace, Joel Goldsmith, and St. Augustine. Joe can be contacted at josvchoi *at* gmail dot com.
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While it’s not without its faults, I enjoyed nearly every moment of my 50+ hours spent on the frantic battlefields of Hyrule playing Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. With a strong story, copious amounts of fan-service, and a wealth of unique and balanced musou gameplay, it succeeds wildly both as a worthy sequel to Hyrule Warriors, and a semi-prequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While your mileage will vary depending on how much you enjoy musou games and how willing you are to tolerate performance issues (and, to a certain extent, repetition), I give this one a very strong recommendation.

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Jul 27, 2020

Paper Mario: The Origami King was enjoyable, but the verdict’s out as to whether or not it’s a classic on par with the best of the Mario RPG games.

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Jul 17, 2020

Despite its occasional quirks and missed opportunities, Racer delivers on a consistent, mostly-bug-free performance that made me pine for both LucasArts’ heyday, and the golden age of high-speed futuristic racers, which have all but disappeared as a sub-genre.

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Because it is rather obtuse at times, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, but if you’re anything like me and you love carefully-constructed, paradoxical art that is enlightening and entertaining, haunting and hopeful, melancholy and magical, perceptive and pointed, you might really fall in love with the existential irreverence of Kentucky Route Zero.

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Dec 2, 2019

If you can tolerate your puzzle boxes beautifully rendered and charming rather than merciless, or just want to have a pleasant experience playing alongside a spectator, I suppose you could do worse than Luigi's Mansion 3.

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9 / 10 - Astral Chain
Sep 16, 2019

Astral Chain definitely falls within the higher tiers of Platinum Games’ offerings. It boasts a wholly unique and fully-realized gameplay mechanic, above-average world-building and characters straight out of animé, a memorable soundtrack, and more than enough replay value, all glistened with a coat of polish that will have you itching for more, even once you’ve completed its twenty-odd-hour campaign.

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Aug 12, 2019

Unfortunately, despite all it has going for it, Team Sonic Racing doesn't achieve its full potential. The track selection is far and away inferior to previous offerings. There are some standouts, but it feels like for each great track, there are two half-baked ones filled with recycled ideas that go on for far too long.

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5 / 10 - Catan
Aug 8, 2019

It’s a bit difficult to whole-heartedly recommend this digital iteration of Catan. Those new to the series might be better served by starting the old-fashioned way: with the tabletop game and a group of friends.

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the series, recall enjoying the original game, or are just in the mood for a good, solid JRPG, I highly recommend Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. I know it scratched my JRPG itch.

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Jan 30, 2019

If you’ve ever enjoyed a Super Smash Bros. game, you surely won’t go wrong with Ultimate. It’s one of the most ambitious fighting games of all time, and certainly among the top mascot crossover games in any genre. Ultimate is one for the ages.

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