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Matthew Arcilla

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Favorite Games:
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

7 games reviewed
80.0 average score
80 median score
100.0% of games recommended

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Matthew Arcilla's Reviews

I've been playing games since the green screen Apple ][ and cut my teeth on DOS-based PCs, where I developed a childhood fondness for adventure and strategy games. I briefly lost my way around college, but returned to the hobby via the Xbox 360. Now I'm a platform omnivore, and am constantly in search of games that can lure me with compelling characters, fascinating worlds and something to say, whether that's a big noisy triple A blockbuster or a more bespoke indie experience.
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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla
Jan 24, 2019

"Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a clever little game filled with atmosphere that made me greedy for more of it. Its linear story and lack of random encounters means that its pleasures are rather finite. Sure, you can take a crack at a harder difficulty or turn on permadeath, but that’s about it as far as replay value goes."

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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla
Oct 29, 2018

There are times when Assassin's Creed Odyssey can feel like too much videogame. While the campaign remains compelling, its level requirements demand you engage in every corner of its world to progress. But despite that, Ubisoft Quebec has taken great care to ensure that the game's constant loop of exploration, murder and looting is never a drag. It will take a long time for me to drink all of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and when I do I'll remember it as an experience like no other.

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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla
Sep 25, 2018

When you have dozens of ways of taking them out, enemies become little more than fodder for your sadistic amusement. And that’s unnerving, for while this iteration of Lara Croft has always straddled the line between adventurer and mass murderer, Shadow of the Tomb Raider decidedly tips the balance into making her a true terror.

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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla

'Done Running' is a solid enough opener. While The Final Season is off to a slow start, with only the barest attempt in technical advances, it sets up an intriguing dynamic between Clementine, A.J. and the world around them. The story's scope has yet to be laid out, so it remains to be seen how Clementine will close her journey. Will this series go out swinging, or is it taking one step deeper into the grave?

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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla
9 / 10 - Frostpunk
Apr 27, 2018

What separates Frostpunk from other city builders like it is the tension between ethics and expediency, morality and morale. Your decisions will cost you either your humanity or your principles.

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Matthew Arcilla
8 / 10 - Far Cry 5
Apr 15, 2018

While it never manages to satisfy the thirst for narrative depth that it so heavily promised in its marketing, Far Cry 5 still provides an open world that is ultimately the most satisfying that Ubisoft has delivered to date.

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Too Much Gaming
Matthew Arcilla
8 / 10 - Destiny 2
Oct 8, 2017

Ultimately, Bungie’s greatest triumph in Destiny 2 is that it has transformed the polarizing, alienating experience of the first Destiny into an infinitely more rewarding one. While some of the improvements to storytelling are undermined by the lack of conviction in its writing, there’s a player friendliness to the end game content supported by rewards that finally acknowledge your efforts. There’s still a lot of room to grow from here, but Destiny 2’s future looks filled with light.

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