Nate Crowley


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Unscored - Stela
Apr 3, 2020

It took me the best part of a month to come back to Stela in order to finish this review. I’m glad I did, as it still had some astonishing sights left to show me. But it was a close call.

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Unscored - Resident Evil 3
Mar 31, 2020

I liked it! More than I expected to like it. But at the same time, after six hours of it, I’ve had enough.

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Mar 6, 2020

Here is a completely unhyped, completely straightforward expansion – in the old-school sense of the term – that adds a few strong new systems to the game, as well as a whole bunch of new variables to feed into its various narrative generation mechanics. And thanks to the endlessly repeatable, emergence-focused creature that RimWorld is, it’s enough to completely refresh your sense of compulsion, even if you felt you’d done it all to death with RimWorld 1.0.

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Unscored - ARK: Genesis
Mar 5, 2020

Genesis strolled down the street of things that made ARK magic despite its faults, and smugly posted a cat turd through every letterbox.

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Feb 11, 2020

Off-Peak deserved to be something less arbitrary than a point and click. Or it deserved a player with better taste than me.

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Frog Detective 2 is a game you can hold in your head all at once, and cherish. I think it’s great.

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Nov 18, 2019

I’ve not been a professional games reviewer for that long, and I’m not ashamed to admit I was frightened by the prospect of offering my opinion, publically, on a work of this size and importance. Truly, this is a Monday to hate more than any other.

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Given the scarcity of successors, then, I see no reason why Microsoft shouldn’t just keep making this game bigger and bigger and bigger, lumping all the bits together every few years and slapping it down with nicer animations, until it’s got ten thousand missions and includes “Dudley” as a civilisation because they ran out of ideas. That would be fine by me. Long live the (Age of) King(s)

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Unscored - Planet Zoo
Nov 5, 2019

Planet Zoo is a game where you can build your own zoo. It’s buggy, intermittently opaque, frequently saccharine, and – barring an eleventh hour miracle – it’s my undisputed game of the year. Because here’s the thing: it’s a game where you can build your own zoo. And by thunder, it delivers on that promise.

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Unscored - Borderlands 3
Sep 16, 2019

While the game itself isn’t the most stellar company, there’s no denying why it, like its predecessors, will be incredibly successful – because it provides a superb environment for hanging out with your pals.

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