James Wood


53 games reviewed
69.1 average score
70 median score
34.0% of games recommended
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10 / 10.0 - Immortality
Aug 30, 2022

A true achievement in game design and interactive fiction, Immortality is a gorgeous and haunting magic trick that sets a new standard for the medium.

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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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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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9.5 / 10.0 - GRIS
Dec 13, 2018

It’s deeply spiritual, achingly human, immaculately constructed and absolutely demands to be experienced in a time when games and art are finally indistinguishable from one another.

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9 / 10.0 - Signalis
Oct 26, 2022

Signalis boldly stakes a claim on the survival-horror genre thanks to its keen eye for tone and a near-perfect core gameplay loop.

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9 / 10.0 - Frostpunk
May 20, 2018

The impact Frostpunk can have on the player is truly remarkable.

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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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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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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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8.5 / 10.0 - Wayward Strand
Sep 15, 2022

Wayward Strand offers up a uniquely Australian take on the narrative adventure game with a gorgeous art direction and moving portrayal of hard-working people in a harsh system. Despite a couple of pacing issues and an unforgiven save system, Wayward Strand is an approachable and hugely enjoyable little world to explore and find some catharsis in.

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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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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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Apr 22, 2019

This is your adventure, your journey as an Arisen, and while it is not free of technical hiccups, the game well and truly earns its reputation as one of the best fantasy games of all time.

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8 / 10.0 - Unavowed
Aug 12, 2018

The ambition of Unavowed is immediately evident and the game rarely puts a foot wrong

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Fans of Travis’ previous adventures may be disappointed by this down-scaling but in reducing the size of his vision, Suda has been able to finally begin adapting it for a modern market.

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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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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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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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7.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Frontiers
Nov 8, 2022

Sonic Frontiers is an unsteady first run at the open-world genre for the blue blur but Sonic Team has crafted something endearing and immensely enjoyable all the same. Its core systems are fun, making Sonic's iconic speed an integral part of traversal and combat alike while paying homage to what has come before in its Cyber Space levels. It's not perfect, but it tries its heart out and I come away with warm memories of an uneven game.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Moonscars
Sep 28, 2022

Moonscars brings a deeply satisfying core combat loop and exciting art direction to the Soulslike genre, even if it has some teething issues with its overlapping systems and narrative.

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