Zack Palm


23 games reviewed
75.7 average score
75 median score
69.6% of games recommended
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Jan 4, 2023

The true horror behind The Callisto Protocol is how much it wants to be Dead Space without directly being tied to the franchise. The Callisto Protocol’s style and gameplay feel like hollow shells of what it’s trying to emulate, without any genuine, risky attempts to make the formula feel distinctly unique.

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Nov 3, 2022

God of War Ragnarok is a triumphant success and is a shining example of how you balance story and gameplay in a fantastic adventure. The bold changes that Santa Monica Studio made in the 2018 God of War semi-reboot paid off, and this sequel is a full realization of what that game started. Like Atreus and his own coming-of-age, it’s clear that the studio approached Ragnarok with a greater sense of confidence, reflected in the game's characters and the story circling them throughout the nine realms.

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7 / 10.0 - Gotham Knights
Oct 20, 2022

Gotham Knights is a game that feels at odds with itself, wanting to dip its toes into so many things without fully committing itself to one thing or another.

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8 / 10.0 - Two Point Campus
Aug 4, 2022

Two Point Campus has a solid and well-polished gameplay loop, and it’s undoubtedly an easily replayable experience. But unfortunately, the development team doesn't pull any surprises in the game's complexity or doesn’t take a risk by adding something that hasn’t been done before.

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7 / 10.0 - Eyes in the Dark
Jul 13, 2022

The core gameplay of combat and the roguelike nature of Eyes in the Dark are exciting. The flashlight is an interesting weapon and offers a good amount of flexibility for every player. However, the game lacks intense combat depth that makes repeating the battles exciting, which should be the core of any roguelike.

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Jun 29, 2022

I was surprised by how much I learned about the characters and Fódlan after playing Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, as I figured everything was said and done in Three Houses.

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May 9, 2022

While certain bosses’ attack combos are troublesome to avoid given your character’s recovery time, the journey of Salt and Sacrifice is thoroughly enjoyable for anyone who enjoys soulslike games.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is everything any Star Wars fan would want in a Lego game. The humor might lean a bit too much into the childish side during your favorite moments of the franchise, but the gameplay, galaxy exploration, and pile of challenges never leave you wanting more things to do.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Ghostwire: Tokyo
Mar 21, 2022

Ghostwire: Tokyo’s story was brief and satisfying, with gorgeous visuals from beginning to end.

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Nov 4, 2021

I was never completely won over by Age of Empires IV. Still, I had a great time playing it, and everything clicked together really well without feeling too overdone. The fact an Age of Empires game could be made in 2021 and not feel like something that’s trying too hard to lean into the nostalgia of the original games is a huge accomplishment.

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Oct 25, 2021

While the quests are thin, Disciples: Liberation has a fantasy world where good and evil don’t feel like a huge factor. It gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the game’s tactical combat, cleverly using your units in each encounter. You’ll use the quests to assist you in bolstering your forces to ensure you come out on time with the right allies on your side, leading to the ultimate conflict.

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Sep 27, 2021

There’s still a little bit of magic left in the Diablo 2 bottle to make Resurrected a worthwhile adventure, even for players who have been consistently going through the original game every so often with friends or by themselves. Resurrected gives a good amount of life to a game many may have only heard about but never went out of their way to try.

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9 / 10.0 - Psychonauts 2
Sep 1, 2021

Many of the characters in Psychonauts 2 struggle with loss, heartbreak, and coming to grips with mistakes they made in their past. It’s hard to imagine that a sequel released 16 years after the original game can handle tough topics in a mature and modern tone, but Psychonauts 2 nailed the landing with superb storytelling, character development, and rewarding gameplay.

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Oct 30, 2018

Apparition is a horror game that quickly deflates as the gameplay becomes repetitive and the threats become rudimentary

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Oct 27, 2018

Build your own Lego character to star alongside DC's most notable baddies as they attempt the save the world from even worse villains!

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Oct 1, 2018

A cheeky 16-bit RPG game disguised as an MMO that holds your attention throughout the dozens of hours of gameplay and challenging puzzles

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Sep 24, 2018

The painful progress of The Conjuring House makes it a difficult game to recommend for any horror fan looking for a fun scare this Halloween.

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Sep 18, 2018

Megaquarium gives you the chance to run your own aquarium and figure out how to make fish the best thing since sliced bread

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Sep 4, 2018

The Messenger leans on classic platformers from the 80s and 90s, but comes with plenty of its own tricks to make it feel like a wonderful twist with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor.

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Aug 23, 2018

Hypergun offers a fun, interesting approach to the rouge-like scene, but lacks a certain inventiveness to make it standout to other titles among its genre.

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