James Wood


92 games reviewed
71.6 average score
75 median score
44.6% of games recommended
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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For all it’s charm and mechanical depth, Wings of Ruin only just manages to fly.

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10 / 10.0 - Death's Door
Jul 20, 2021

Death’s Door is a game that prepares you for the end, relishing in the journey all the same.

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5.5 / 10.0 - A Juggler's Tale
Oct 30, 2021

A Juggler's Tale is an uneven medley of indie platforming tropes and philosophical chin-scratching but a beautiful art direction make it almost worth it.

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Nov 2, 2021

Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View has some worthwhile secrets to uncover but cases them in an unremarkable mystery.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Heavenly Bodies
Dec 9, 2021

Heavenly Bodies deploys a fantastical movement system and clever puzzle design in service of a decent enough time on your own but probably deserves to be experienced with a friend.

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5 / 10.0 - Breathedge
Mar 12, 2022

Breathedge takes an interesting premise and shoves it out the airlock with an overreliance on tired jokes and half-baked survival sim mechanics. An admirable attempt to move the genre forward collapses under the weight of too much self-awareness and not enough polish.

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Push through the desire to cringe in its face and Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin delights with gauche earnestness and one of the most rewarding action combat loops on the market.

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7 / 10.0 - Ghostwire: Tokyo
Mar 22, 2022

There’s a great game just beneath the surface in Ghostwire: Tokyo obscured and pained by the pretty good one layered on top. Not too dissimilar to the men that lead it, the game is flawed and prone to mistakes that drive away affection it rightfully deserves. But it’s trying and in the end, that’s all that really matters.

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