Shannon P. Drake


60 games reviewed
75.0 average score
80 median score
63.3% of games recommended
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May 8, 2020

It’s XCOM but less intimidating and overwhelming.

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Surprisingly playable and fun for a reasonably complicated wargame.

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Mar 17, 2020

Arcade-style giant fighting robot action overcomes repetitive missions and a sometimes-nightmarish HUD.

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A thoroughly decent-to-good mech game with some weird design choices and a not-always-good retro feel.

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Dec 3, 2019

Finally, a roleplaying game where you play a role instead of “press button, make the number go up.”

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Nov 8, 2019

The timeline idea is a neat gimmick but this is a pretty basic strategy game. If you want something simple or are a John Wick completist, it’s worth a gander. Otherwise, get back into the Long War mod for XCOM and blast alien scum.

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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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Oct 18, 2019

Untitled Goose Game is one of those quiet little games that come along and shake everything up, the kind of hit a major publisher would kill for.

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Sep 11, 2019

This one’s pretty niche. If you need action and accomplishment, give it a pass. If you like atmosphere, dialogue trees, and sometimes running into cats that tip well, you will enjoy.

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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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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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Sep 5, 2018

If you like your dungeon crawls with a ladle of gothic atmosphere, you haven’t seen anything like this in an eternity.

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Aug 14, 2018

This Is The Police 2 is shooting for something morally grey and messy but never quite has the narrative heft to carry it.

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