Ant Barlow


40 games reviewed
73.0 average score
80 median score
70.0% of games recommended
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Nov 23, 2020

A love-letter to PlayStation and PlayStation fans, Astro's Playroom also happens to be the killer app for showing off just how cool the DualSense controller is. Whatever you do, don't forget about this one.

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10 / 10 - Deathloop
Sep 23, 2021

Everything about Deathloop is so clever and well balanced. Discovering Blackreef and all of its mysteries will stick with me for a long time.

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9 / 10 - Wandersong
Jan 28, 2019

Wandersong is a modern classic that is only held back from masterpiece status by some small but significant shortcomings. Still, few games this generation have compelled me to gush like this. Each of the game's core elements — story, characters, gameplay, soundtrack, and visuals — combine with near perfect execution and the result is a game that you just have to play.

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Dec 5, 2019

Death Stranding is a game about connections, common understandings and hope. It's also a game where the earth can swallow you up and you can be attacked by a giant tar monster. It manages to do both of those things whilst maintaining a consistent story and tone on its way to being one of the most compelling games of the generation.

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Jul 28, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima is a wonderful homage to classic Samurai movies. It's not a historically accurate epic, but it's not claiming to be. What the game lacks in a fresh core story and an occasional lack of polish, it more than makes up for with engaging gameplay, a gorgeous world to explore, an exciting setting and characters you'll grow to love.

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Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is a tighter, more concentrated Spider-Man video game experience that focuses so heavily on what makes the character great - regardless of who's in the suit.

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Jun 30, 2021

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an over-the-top thrill ride that showcases the power of the PlayStation 5 whilst having the most fun possible. Fast, fluid and filled with outstanding set pieces and the series' absurd arsenal of weapons, this game takes Insomniac's action-platformer to another level.

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection uses the PlayStation 5 hardware to make two of PlayStation's modern classics even better. It's a must play for those new to the series whilst also being fresh enough for returning fans to warrant an overdue replay.

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A homage to the classic arcade games the Turtles are famous for. Shredder's Revenge might not reinvent the wheel but it's a solid beat 'em up packed to the brim with Ninja Turtles nostalgia.

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Sep 12, 2022

The Last of Us Part I may be built on old foundations, but the structure remains as outstanding as it did almost a decade ago. The work that Naughty Dog has done here may appear granular, but the results speak for themselves.

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Mar 7, 2019

Devil May Cry 5 is a wonderfully ridiculous game that rightfully returns the series to the spotlight. In many ways it feels very safe, but by willing to take a few risks and do more than satiate an existing fanbase, Capcom has injected new life into this once dormant franchise with a stylish and worthwhile addition.

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Dec 30, 2019

Untitled Goose Game definitely has a few issues, not unlike our feather-brained hero, but you'll likely be having too much of a good time to notice.

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Apr 7, 2020

Much like BOT C facing up against the trials inside the mountain, the few hurdles Creature in the Well faces doesn't stop it from being an outstanding game. Challenging, rewarding and (mostly) a pleasure to play, it is the epitome of creativity in the indie game space.

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8 / 10 - Wasteland 3
Sep 17, 2020

Solid tactical RPG gameplay set in a varied world filled with incredible characters and 'water-cooler' storytelling. Glaring issues aside, Wasteland 3 shines as the pinnacle of this genre and as one of the best games released this year despite its issues.

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Despite its inconsistent difficulty, Crash Bandicoot 4 is still a blast. With a focus on fun and with a heavy dose of challenge, even in it's most rage-inducing moments it can't be denied that Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is excellent. It may even be the best the bandicoot has ever been.

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8 / 10 - FIFA 21
Oct 22, 2020

A victory lap for the FIFA franchise on current generation hardware, FIFA 21 manages to combine every positive addition to the series and triumph. Despite it skewing towards Ultimate Team and microtransactions, the on-pitch gameplay is the best it's ever been.

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Jun 3, 2021

Mass Effect is certainly showing its age, but the version found in the Legendary Edition is this game at its best. This is now the ultimate way to play a game that defined a generation and still holds up to this day.

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Whilst the Iki Island Expansion doesn't do much to stray from the path laid out by Ghost of Tsushima, it is absolutely a worthwhile addition and a must play for those who loved the core game.

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8 / 10 - WWE 2K22
Mar 21, 2022

WWE 2K22 is the best wrestling game to be released in close to a decade. Whilst not all of its modes will inspire, the overhaul to gameplay has made the action between the ropes so much more fun in a way that will please casual and hardcore fans alike.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is an incredible package that alters the expectations for a LEGO game with only a few poorly implemented features holding it back from harnessing the true power of the force.

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