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Matthew Arcilla


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

10 games reviewed
76.0 average score
75 median score
90.0% of games recommended

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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7 / 10 - Death Stranding
Dec 2, 2019

Death Stranding is creative director Hideo Kojima’s flawed but fascinating subversion of big budget expectations. It represents not simply an escape from the increasingly suffocating influence of his former masters at Konami, but an escape from the cardboard box of Metal Gear’s narrative and gameplay conventions.

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Apr 12, 2019

New Dawn delivers a shallow exploration of its premise and is more interested in the sheer anarchic fun of a fully refined playground of carnage. That’s fine for a game that continues to indulge in the franchise’s weirdest excesses while fine tuning its formula for maximum fun.

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Mar 13, 2019

Ultimately, Kingdom Hearts III suffers from too many elements that backfire against its own earnest and most sincere intentions. As I slogged towards its climactic finale, I couldn't help but question if the series' magic was ever really there.

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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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