James Bowden


19 games reviewed
78.2 average score
80 median score
63.2% of games recommended
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8 / 10.0 - Citizens of Earth
Jan 20, 2015

Citizens of Earth is a quirky JRPG with a sense of humour that loves to make fun of American stereotypes. Destined for cult status.

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A traditional MMO expansion, delivering more World of Warcraft, while quietly improving its framework through cinematic touches, delivering greater variety in dungeon design, and adding compelling social game undercurrents.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Toybox Turbos
Nov 26, 2014

The multiplayer classic returns to its roots under a new name. If you have three friends to join you, online or off, Toybox Turbos is the true heir to the Micro Machines crown.

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Nov 19, 2014

An interesting premise, but Rollers of the Realm struggles with its identity.

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Oct 28, 2014

Stealth Inc 2 takes brave steps to expand the formula and, despite a few stumbles, succeeds in sculpting a more varied precision puzzle platformer.

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7 / 10.0 - F1 2014
Oct 14, 2014

F1 2014 is a very iterative update, with no great new ideas, but it's still an expertly crafted testament to its source material.

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8 / 10.0 - Wasteland 2
Oct 1, 2014

Wasteland 2 is a warm return to the RPGs of yesteryear. To quests that take hours to complete, to traps in every corridor, to desperate item foraging in light of dwindling ammo supplies. It's not a classic of its genre, but it is ultimately a beacon of hope for a certain style of RPG – the video game pen and paper style – that many thought had been lost in more recent years.

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Sep 26, 2014

It's not feature rich, and it's not the perfect way to play Super Smash Bros. 4, but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS does mean you can see if attacks link in training while in the queue for coffee. It means you can set a new high score in a home run contest while on the loo and save the replay to prove how you did it later. It means you can play Super Smash Bros. online without crippling lag, while waiting for pasta to boil, and then watch some replays of online Luigi players while you eat. It would be easy to sit and reel off a list of things Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS doesn't have, but it's better to focus on what it is. And what it is, is a functionally excellent, portable version of Super Smash Bros.

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7 / 10.0 - Hyrule Warriors
Sep 17, 2014

Hyrule Warriors is a success. It enables Nintendo to explore the Zelda cast and world in large scale conflicts, while also offering fans an avenue for rampant nostalgia. The game only falls down due to the documented trappings of the Warriors franchise and the fault of being the first of its line, even though it does make some brave attempts to improve on the template with this. If you have a penchant for the world of Nintendo's Hylian hero, and don't mind the repetition of its design, then Hyrule Warriors undeniably offers an entertaining and satisfying way to engage in large scale quasi-tactical Hyrulian combat.

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Sep 16, 2014

GoD Factory: Wingmen may win the award for worst named game of 2014 thus far, but this naming blunder masks one of the smartest multiplayer team games of recent years. Layers of thoughtful design are married to tight, responsive, spontaneous space flight controls to make a four-versus-four online space shooter that's both thrilling and satisfying in equal measure.

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