Shannon P. Drake


60 games reviewed
75.0 average score
80 median score
63.3% of games recommended
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It’s a hell of an artistic achievement.

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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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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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Aug 20, 2021

They will make video games after this but they shouldn’t, perfection has been achieved.

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Oct 7, 2017

Battlechasers is an RPG to kick back and enjoy.

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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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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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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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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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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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Surprisingly playable and fun for a reasonably complicated wargame.

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May 8, 2020

It’s XCOM but less intimidating and overwhelming.

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Jun 10, 2020

Easy to start, but miles deep. THAT’S WAR, BABY!

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4.5 / 5.0 - Crusader Kings III
Sep 21, 2020

This may be Paradox’s best game and it’s about…family.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Circus Electrique
Sep 15, 2022

Darkest Dungeon Circus Manager 2022.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Isonzo
Sep 28, 2022

I feel like you know if you want to give a World War 1 shooter a try. This is a niche thing and you know if you’re in it. Also hi, haven’t seen you at the niche meetings.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Nitro Kid
Oct 28, 2022

If you like roguelike deckbuilders, 80s action movies, and synthwave, Nitro Kid is a banger.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Victoria 3
Nov 15, 2022

I think the real appeal of Victoria 3 and the series overall is it’s very self-directed. Picking one game can result in a completely different experience. Managing the diplomacy and economy of the British Empire at its peak is absolutely insane, then during the next run, you are trying to do things like “figure out how to even have diplomatic relations” and “wtf how do i economy???” in some backwater nation you are gracing with your benevolent rulership.

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Oct 31, 2017

Play it if you dig a spooky atmosphere and don’t play it if you’re tired of “The Cat’s in the Cradle” in video game form

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4 / 5 - Code 7
Sep 6, 2017

Ultimately, whether you enjoy Code 7 is going to come down to how much you enjoy reading, pondering, and solving puzzles, and how much you’re willing to buy into the exceptional atmosphere.

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