Russell Archey


112 games reviewed
83.0 average score
85 median score
82.1% of games recommended
Scores 7.8 higher than average

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Russell Archey
9 / 10.0 - Tangledeep
Feb 13, 2019

I went into Tangledeep expecting to enjoy it and it didn't disappoint.  The game looks and sounds great, the gameplay mechanics aren't too difficult to learn, you can hang out in lower levels to grind a bit if need be, and the myriad of optional modifiers means you can tailor the difficulty to your liking.  If you're looking for a roguelike dungeon crawler to keep you entertained and possibly challenged depending on your settings, Tangledeep should have you covered.

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7 / 10.0 - Double Cross
Jan 14, 2019

Double Cross is a pretty good platformer with an interesting story and stage mechanics, but the game itself feels a tad too easy and short. 

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Dec 11, 2018

Everspace took me a while to warm up to, but once I changed my control layout and started getting better at the dogfighting aspects, the game became a lot more fun.  Between finding resources to survive and picking my fights with nearby outlaws or running away so I could live to fight another sector, Everspace never really feels like the same run twice, and that's definitely a good thing.

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Mutant Football League isn't your ordinary game of football.  Player deaths, field hazards, and dirty tricks make this a unique game from others that take place on the gridiron.  If you're not a fan of the Dirty Tricks mechanic or are okay with your team being preset instead of drated, then you might not enjoy Dynasty Mode as much, but with Exhibition, Season, and Playoff modes playable without them or several other options, Mutant Football League is still an entertaining game on its own.

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9 / 10.0 - Windjammers
Nov 12, 2018

Windjammers was a lot of fun on Neo Geo and it's still fun now on the Nintendo Switch.  While I had some minor problems at first using the Joy-cons to make precise curve shots, it's not to hard to adapt and soon you'll be throwing the disc every which way on demand.  Once you've mastered the controls and have gone through Arcade Mode over and over again, grab some friends and have them join in on the fun.

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8 / 10.0 - Gift of Parthax
Oct 30, 2018

Gift of Parthax is a pretty decent top-down arena brawler.  While the keyboard and mouse controls can be a bit clunky and a lot of the game can just make you feel like you're going through the paces battle after battle, there is a good amount of strategy involved with what spells to take into a battle, what runes to place in them, and how to deal with the enemies you encounter.  While the fights early on may seem a bit slow in their pacing, Gift of Parthax is an enjoyable game if you give it a chance.

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8 / 10.0 - Marble It Up!
Oct 23, 2018

Marble it Up is an enjoyable game, but the short length might turn some people off, especially for its twenty dollar price point.  If you're someone who is constantly trying to better their times in games with time trials, or you're a completionist that just has to unlock everything, Marble it Up will definitely keep you busy trying to find new and interesting ways to finish each stage as fast as possible.  Otherwise, the minimal content might turn some off for now, enjoyable as the current amount of content might be.

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8.5 / 10.0 - SoulCalibur VI
Oct 17, 2018

For someone with little Soul Calibur experience before now, I feel that Soul Calibur VI can be a pretty good starting point for someone to the series.  The tutorial in Mission Mode will help you learn the basics and you can always look up more advanced moves and techniques for any character at almost any time.  Add in the Mission and Story modes and there's a lot to do beyond just fighting several random CPU opponents and calling it a day.

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8 / 10.0 - Mega Man 11
Oct 1, 2018

Despite a few hiccups here and there, Mega Man 11 is a pretty solid entry in the series.  While I would have liked to see some more challenges that weren't just “traverse the stage for the umpteenth time”, possibly an endless mode similar to Mega Man 9 and 10, the implementation of the Double Gear System and the multiple difficulties make the game accessible to any player, newcomers and veterans alike.

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Russell Archey
Sep 26, 2018

Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker has both its good and bad moments.  Unfortunately a lot of the bad moments for me was with the combat and constantly getting knocked down with barely anytime to defend myself when getting back up before the onslaught continued, but a lot of that I'm willing to chalk up to my own lack of skill.  Still, the VR Missions are enjoyable once you learn the nuances of combat, but don't expect to see me floating around the online lobbies any time soon.

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8 / 10.0 - Brawlout
Sep 10, 2018

Brawlout is a pretty fun Smash Bros.-esque fighter that's quite a bit more fast paced.  While the roster selection is small, and the unlockable characters are similar or just alternate versions of the original lineup, the fast-paced action and unique moves for each character make this a pretty fun game to play with friends, either at home or online.

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Russell Archey
Aug 28, 2018

The Lion's Song is a great point-and-click game that focuses mostly on the narrative.  The choices you make in one chapter can not only impact the other chapters (both later and earlier chapters), but seeing all of these choices have connections to each other in the Gallery is a nice touch.  With its unique art-style and use of music throughout the game, The Lion's Song was a great experience.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Okami HD
Aug 17, 2018

Okami HD is a beautiful and enjoyable game and I'm glad I finally got the chance to play through it.  You now have three ways to use the Celestial Brush and each way has certain instances where it might work better than the other two.  Between the great cel-shaded graphics and relaxing music and atmosphere, Okami HD is an amazing game that fans and newcomers to the game should check out.

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Russell Archey
Jul 30, 2018

Mega Man X Legacy Collections 1 and 2 are a great set of games featuring the history of X and Zero.  While we don't have any stage challenges like the original Legacy Collections or the ability to rewind or use save states, the new X Challenge mode is definitely a challenge on normal difficulty and even on easy difficulty I enjoyed just whaling on Mavericks with just the X Buster.  Overall, fans of the Mega Man X series should enjoy these collections, even more so on the go with the Nintendo Switch.

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9 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 24, 2018

Overall, Sonic Mania Plus is a great game.  While the Plus part really only gives you two new characters and a harder version of the game, current Sonic Mania owners will only have to pay five dollars for the DLC which isn't too bad.  Even 30 dollars for those wanting a physical version is still worth it for the main game alone if you don't already have it.  Either way, fans of Sonic who haven't played this yet should definitely pick it up at some point.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Pode
Jul 9, 2018

Pode is a fun and relaxing puzzle game that starts out simple and becomes more complex as the game progresses and you gain new abilities.  While the game is meant for co-op play, it plays just as well single-player, though you will have to constantly swap between Glo and Bulder.  Having a second player can also help with solving puzzles as you have a second person helping you out, but alone or with a friend, with its enjoyable art style and relaxing atmosphere, Pode is a puzzle game worth checking out.

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Russell Archey
Jun 29, 2018

I Hate Running Backwards is a fairly good game, but I can also understand people's mixed feelings about it.  The game is basically a thirty minute top-down shooter (if you can survive that long), but the further you progress, the more difficult you can make it if you wish.  Add in a dozen characters to choose from across Digital Devolver's games and there are plenty of ways to have fun taking down Mental's minions.

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7.4 / 10.0 - Antigraviator
Jun 14, 2018

Antigraviator can be pretty challenging for those not familiar with anti-gravity racing games such as F-Zero.  There aren't a lot of upgrades for your vehicle and requiring credits to attempt later leagues can be a bit detrimental as you might have to replay the first league multiple times just to grind credits.  The traps are also not really my cup of tea and I could do without those personally.  Beyond that though, Antigraviator is a solid game, but it's not for everyone.

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Russell Archey

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is a great celebration of Street Fighter's history.  While I'd rather have seen Street Fighter IV as opposed to five versions of Street Fighter II, I can't really complain about having twelve games in one collection, though only four are playable online.  I'm not too fond of the "random game" mechanic for lobby battles and I'm glad it doesn't extend to the other multiplayer modes, and the Switch's Joy-Cons are probably the least desirable way to play a fighting game of any kind.  Beyond that though, if you're a fan of Street Fighter you'll likely want to pick this one up.

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Russell Archey
May 15, 2018

The tables in the Pinball FX3 Bethesda Pack are all pretty solid, though they can get complicated at times, namely the Skyrim and Fallout tables.  While those two contain RPG-style elements to them to match up to their original video game counterparts, the Doom table is more of a traditional pinball table, though all three do have missions and quests to complete.  Overall, eleven dollars for these three tables is a pretty good deal, especially given how complex Fallout and Skyrim can be.

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