James Wood


53 games reviewed
69.1 average score
70 median score
34.0% of games recommended
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For all it’s charm and mechanical depth, Wings of Ruin only just manages to fly.

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9 / 10.0 - BIOMUTANT
May 26, 2021

Biomutant is a statement of intent, a deliberate step away from the excess of old and toward a genuinely exciting reinvigoration of the genre.

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6 / 10.0 - Amnesia: Rebirth
Nov 21, 2020

Rebirth‘s romanticised version of the genre is perhaps best forgotten

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9 / 10.0 - Mortal Shell
Nov 21, 2020

Mortal Shell‘s origins may be steeped in an echo but the final product has more than enough soul.

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Sep 18, 2020

Ary and the Secret of Seasons might don the aesthetics of grand adventure games but it only ever glimpses the horizon it’s so clearly chasing.

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Sep 16, 2020

The (dry) bones of Super Mario 3D All-Stars are impeccable - three of the best games ever made, spruced up for one of the best consoles ever made.

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10 / 10.0 - Tell Me Why
Aug 28, 2020

Stellar writing and performances are paired with refined mechanics and an overall vibe that makes the whole thing seem effortless.

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It’s just all so captivating and lovely, rising above small annoyances or shortcomings to prove why it has been held up as a classic for so long.

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Mileage is very obviously going to vary on a game like Deadly Premonition 2 and I genuinely believe that should be embraced. For all of my (gameplay) criticisms, there will be another for whom they are points in the game’s favour and to them I say, have a blast.

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5.6 / 10.0 - Summer in Mara
Jun 15, 2020

The core narrative and its surrounding cast of characters is intriguing but unengaging quest design means it loses steam far faster than it ought to.

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5 / 10.0 - Sakura Wars
Apr 27, 2020

Sakura Wars is a serviceable entry point for Western audiences but fails to deliver more than a modest take on what could have been a remarkable game.

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8.5 / 10.0 - MLB The Show 20
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is a confident, sleek package of the best of baseball with systems that welcome newcomers and veterans alike. Crisp user interfaces, extensive customisation options and solid core mechanics make for a game that has even this novice keen for the places the series will go next.

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Nov 15, 2019

There are pockets of joy and engagement in Fallen Order, but ultimately it feels like a game developed a long time ago, before Star Wars moved on to brighter galaxies far, far away from this.

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For $9.99 this isn’t a terribly hard game to recommend but newcomers need to be aware of the hurdles they’ll experience

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Sep 25, 2019

Ultimately the Amnesia Collection feels caught between essential and outdated

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Sep 11, 2019

The bones of a great game exist within the second entry, even today, but lop-sided gameplay and uninspired presentation obscure them far too much.

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Aug 26, 2019

Redeemer: Enhanced Edition is almost the game it wants to be, the game we all want it to be, but even this improved port can't change the fact that it simply isn't.

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Aug 1, 2019

In a time when marketers are tripping over themselves to distance their games from the overt politics they draw upon, The Church in the Darkness unapologetically runs in the opposite direction. Freedom Town isn’t just a facsimile of a political movement, it’s a borderline reenactment that asks players to take its world, and history, seriously.

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9 / 10.0 - Observation
May 21, 2019

For whatever visual blemishes show up, or for however far the third act strays, Observation remains a deeply fascinating experience.

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6.3 / 10.0 - The Cinema Rosa
May 12, 2019

The Cinema Rosa presents a fascinating mirror image of its creator and how a vision to create something that feels pure can often collide dramatically with reality.

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