Shannon P. Drake


32 games reviewed
72.2 average score
70 median score
62.5% of games recommended
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3 / 5 - Code Vein
Oct 23, 2019

We’re through the initial burst of Blood/Souls enthusiasm and into the second era, when “It’s like Bloodborne/Dark Souls, but…” is the pitch on the lips of every would-be cash-in. Code Vein is one of those.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
Aug 22, 2019

With space combat that feels just like the 90s and some nice, new quality of life features, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is the game your 14 your old self would’ve killed for.

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May 28, 2019

Close to the Sun wants to be Big Important Art, but it tries so hard to be Big Important Art that it undercuts itself.

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4.5 / 5.0 - while True: learn()
Apr 22, 2019

This one’s a very niche game, but if a puzzle game that could turn into a six figure salary sounds intriguing–or if you just like dressing up cats–it beats another run through CodeAcademy.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Tropico 6
Apr 17, 2019

The tongue is in cheek but not far enough.

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Feb 21, 2019

That said, despite the frustrations, there’s no other series out there that captures the thrill of running around with a detailed fighter plane model in your hand blasting bad guys.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Ultimately, I feel like you have to buy in. If you want to start picking plot threads or quibble about level design, you can, but I don’t think there’s a lot of value to it. Get in, loser, we’re going to find humanity.

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3.5 / 5.0 - BELOW
Jan 9, 2019

It’s not cutting edge. I mean “Souls-like” is a genre of its own now, not just an interesting experiment. So we wind up with Below, which is like one of those weird evolutionary offshoots that is never quite successful.

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Oct 18, 2018

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a beer-and-pretzels tactical game. It’s not hard or demanding. It’s more like a puzzle game than something like Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Sep 25, 2018

Ultimately, The Bard’s Tale IV is a very good game, but it’s an old school launch in both senses.

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