Russell Archey


148 games reviewed
82.6 average score
85 median score
78.4% of games recommended
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9.5 / 10.0 - DG2: Defense Grid 2
Oct 9, 2014

Defense Grid 2 is a very solid tower defense game.  While there are only twenty one missions, there are multiple ways to play each one as well as multiple difficulties to keep things fresh.  If you're into the genre, this one is worth picking up.  Even if you've never played a tower defense game before or are looking to get into the genre, this is a good one to start out on.

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May 18, 2015

Crypt of the Necrodancer is an awesome rhythm game you don't want to pass up if you're into the genre.  It solidly blends dungeon crawling with moving in time to the rhythm and the soundtrack is great.  Putting in your own soundtrack is a huge plus for me as well as I have a lot of classic NES music I can use to match the retro-style look of the game.  If you like rhythm games, definitely pick this one up.

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Jun 16, 2014

Whether you want to just jump right into a game or season, or want to create a league from scratch, Out of the Park '15 has the ability to do it and once again raises the bar for baseball management simulators.  While the 3D effects to need some work, there's no doubt that this is an awesome simulator for those who want to customize any and every aspect of the game.

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May 5, 2015

Out of the Park '16 proves once again why it's the go-to series for baseball management simulators.  With the new license to use real MLB players and the other additions and improvements, there's not much you can't do in this year's edition.  If you're looking for a great baseball management simulator, you'll be hard pressed to find something better.

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Apr 14, 2016

Out of the Park 17 continues to add improvements to each new version and while some of the changes this year may seem small, they’re still quite noticeable, especially the player markers showing the action during a game and the ability to have any two teams in history square off against one another.  As it’s done in the past, Out of the Park 17 shows why it’s the go-to simulation series for someone wanting to manage a baseball team, historical or present day.

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May 28, 2014

Vertical Drop Heroes is a really solid game. While there are a couple of things I could (and did) nitpick, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. If you're looking for a fun and slightly different type of RPG that you can easily play in spurts, definitely give this one a go.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is an enjoyable game despite a few changes to the gameplay.  While some strategic elements were eliminated, the game still maintains a lot of what made the series enjoyable in the past, plus throws in some new elements such as the third-person dungeon exploring.  If you don't mind the strategy being dumbed down a bit, Fire Emblem Echoes is still a great game worth checking out for fans and first-timers alike.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Pinball FX3
Dec 29, 2017

Pinball FX3 delivers a great pinball experience much like its predecessors.  The touch screen controls with the Switch's vertical orientation option work surprisingly well and are really responsive, though I personally prefer using the Joy-Cons for a more machine-like feel.  As a free download and three free tables (one with the game and two as free DLC),as well as cross-play with PC and Xbox One players, you can't really go wrong with this one.

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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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If you’re into hack-and-slash RPGs and don’t mind having to play through the game three times to experience the full story, give this game a shot.

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