Josh Shoup


61 games reviewed
77.2 average score
80 median score
83.6% of games recommended
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Nov 10, 2021

I think that the inclusion of cross-play will be welcomed by all gamers. This certainly guarantees that the wait time for getting into any matches will be all but gone.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Metroid Dread
Oct 31, 2021

The game takes place directly after Metroid Fusion and we quickly discover that Samus is going to be in the battle for her life. She is drawn to the planet ZDR due to suspicion of a lone X Parasite on the loose.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Far Cry 6
Oct 15, 2021

Let there be no mistakes though. While there have been some changes to Far Cry, the formula is still pretty much the same it has always been for the Far Cry series. Upon getting thru the tutorial and the beginning area (a small island), you will be unloaded onto a giant map full of different activities to do.

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Sep 30, 2021

Now, you can’t just pick any car and hope that everything will be evenly matched. The cars all have their own stats that you have to be mindful of.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Bravely Default 2
Mar 7, 2021

I want to be blunt with you, if you are not conditioned to what we old-timers call “The Grind” then Bravely Default 2 might not be for you. In between chapters, you will NEED to go off the beaten path in search of treasures and enemies to fight if you want to have any chance in hell beating the bosses at the end of every dungeon.

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Feb 24, 2021

Once again, Mario and his friends Princess Peach, Toad, and (THE BEST BROTHER) Luigi are enjoying themselves when they spot a strange tube that looks like it is in ill repair. Mario and Luigi fix the pipe and low and behold a faery comes out and warns the group that series baddie Bowser is holding her people hostage. Of course, after warning the group of what is going on, Bowser appears and steals the faery. The dynamic group then jumps into the tube and thus that is the beginning of this adventure.

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Nov 29, 2020

As most fans of musuo style games can agree, there is one glaring issue with Age of Calamity, and that is the issues with framerate. Look, it is understandable that a game with an active battlefield can run into problems. When I found myself fighting against smaller groups of enemies, I would not have any issues whatsoever.

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Nov 23, 2020

Don’t worry if you think that Cold War veers too far off from that exhilarating element of Call of Duty you have grown up with, it is still there in heaps!

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Nov 18, 2020

I was surprised by the depth of the story given to these other characters. In one of these adventures you are tasked with helping a usurper with taking over the throne from a power-hungry king that you find out belongs to an even larger group of bad guys in the Assassins Creed franchise,

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8.5 / 10.0 - Blair Witch
Nov 5, 2020

Blair Witch takes place in the year 1996, two years after the events of the first movie and stands as its own story not connected to the sequels.

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7.2 / 10.0 - Watch Dogs: Legion
Nov 1, 2020

Once you take control of your first character, you are free to do what you want to do. You have the ability to scan and recruit literally anyone you see. I thought this was amazing at first, but after a while, I noticed the flaw in this idea. I got to the point where I simply did not care anymore.

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No matter who you play as Strategy is the name of the game and you have to be somewhat quick about everything. It’s important to remember that while you are gathering resources to build your Civilization up, your enemies may have started at a magnificent spot lush with resources and maybe getting ready to invade surrounding areas. I remember having the ability to speed up or slow down the game in earlier versions of the game, if that feature is in AOE3, I could not find it.

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8 / 10.0 - NHL 21
Oct 21, 2020

The choices that you make can have an effect on how you look to your teammates, upper management, and to your fans. Before long you will be drafted to the NHL where you start seeing the big bucks come your way. Money in NHL21 is used to buy temporary amenities for your character which boost your stats or give you ability points. Ability points are used to boost stats such as Top Speed and Endurance permanently.

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Oct 11, 2020

The cheeky name Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time couldn’t be more aptly named based on the story of the game. The game takes place after the events of Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Series villains Neo Cortex and Nefarious Tropy have discovered how to create rifts in time and space. It is not long before Crash and his sister Coco find out and go out on an adventure to stop the duo before they destroy the history of the world!

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Sep 8, 2020

The amount of levels in the games is pretty nice, but if you feel like you want to take the game to the next level, you can also make your own skate park or go online and play a custom made park by someone else. I found it to be crazy that the game has not been out in the wild very long but there are some incredibly fun (and detailed) parks already available made by people with much more creativity than myself.

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6.3 / 10.0 - Marvel's Avengers
Sep 6, 2020

Let’s talk about the story! As we all know from the initial trailer, the game opens up with a massive Avengers-themed Con where the biggest fans gather in celebration of the Earth’s Heroes. The main narrative of Marvel Avengers is told through the eyes of Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel. Kamala is an interesting character to play as because at the beginning of the game, she has no powers and is just an average you teenager with a big love for comic books. As we know though, this celebration is disrupted and a catastrophic event happens, which is blamed on The Avengers, causing them to disband. The main game takes place a few years later with the focus of reuniting the team and persuading the world of The Avenger’s innocence.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Cuphead
Aug 2, 2020

The story of Cuphead is admittedly not going to change your life, but the fact is that the game isn’t about having a Final Fantasy-esque plot, it’s a boss rush! One day Cuphead and Mugman enter the Devil’s Casino and after amassing a fortune, the Devil offers them a bet that was too hard to resist, double their money or forfeit their souls. Little did our heroes know that in the end, the house ALWAYS wins, even if by nefarious means, so of course the Devil wins, but he gives Cuphead and Mugman a deal. If they can chase down other debtors who are on the run from the Devil and collect their souls instead, he’ll consider their debt paid off.

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Jul 22, 2020

I would say that Paper Mario: The Origami King is a nice return to form that the last couple of Paper Mario games seemed to have lost. The game shows a lot of charm between it’s lush and beautiful landscapes as well as the fun child-like humour. I personally feel like it still doesn’t quite hit the same strides that games like Bowser Inside Story hit, but this is a great start.

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10 / 10.0 - Death Stranding
Jul 22, 2020

f you are a fan of Kojima’s work, most people will probably know of him because of the Metal Gear series, then you should know what to expect when it comes to story elements in Death Stranding. Knowing that Hideo Kojima is such a huge fan of cinema, it is no surprise that he would want to have a lush storyline full of twists and turns. In some ways, replaying Death Stranding on PC was more enjoyable as I knew exactly what was going on at every given moment. Most of Kojima’s work has that element about it though. You can expect that most cut scenes are quite lengthy though, with one cutscene lasting approximately 2 hours!

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When you take a step back and realize that this game is 10 years old, you can appreciate so much about it, however, the problems that this 10-year-old game have are glaringly obvious! In multiple parts of the game where there would be some type of event that would happen, I would find that my guy would be running around as my partners would just stand there doing nothing, or even better running into a wall! They were also not always the most helpful at reviving each other when one would fall. I am not sure how much I can complain though as there are times when you may be alongside 2-3 comrades as well as the ghosts wreaking havoc in the room, that is a LOT for the AI to comprehend all at once.

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