Ant Barlow


40 games reviewed
73.0 average score
80 median score
70.0% of games recommended
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Dec 14, 2020

Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a game trying so hard to replicate and better its peers that it loses its way. From the story and lore of the world, to the puzzle solving and even the visuals, everything about it feels held back and the little it does well isn't enough to justify its lengthy playtime.

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4 / 10 - West of Dead
Aug 20, 2020

West of Dead is a game that conceivably had a lot of potential. However, on PlayStation 4 at least, the game is far too broken in vital areas to ever let players discover whether there was any substance to back up its undeniable style.

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition is a lazy attempt at bringing three classic games into the modern era. Visually inconsistent, riddled with bugs and below par in so many other areas, the only thing this collection has going for it is nostalgia and solid foundations.

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Aug 6, 2021

Jay and Silent Bob Mall Brawl is a game that so faithfully mimics a classic NES beat 'em up, but lacks the fidelity, attention to detail, or variety of scenarios to fully achieve what it sets out to do.

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Aug 25, 2020

A classic case of style over substance, No Straight Roads aspires to be so much more than it turned out to be. It's got all the charm of a cult classic without the gameplay to back it up.

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5 / 10 - Shenmue III
Dec 24, 2019

Shenmue III is a faithful recreation of a Shenmue game. However, it's not necessarily something I think anybody should play unless you're desperate to uncover the next chapter in the saga of Ryo Hazuki.

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A mediocre fighting game and a poor representation of the Power Rangers franchise. Battle for the Grid is an uninspired, characterless game with few redeeming qualities.

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Oct 11, 2022

LEGO Brickstales captures the fun and creativity of LEGO really well. Unfortunately, this fun but flawed construction-based puzzle game struggles to live up to the potential it shows in its first few hours. ‍

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6 / 10 - Iron Man VR
Aug 5, 2020

Much like Tony Stark, Iron Man VR can be genius, exciting and a technical marvel. Unfortunately — much like Tony Stark — it also has plenty of issues. Struggling under the weight of its own ambition, Iron Man VR simply doesn't do enough with the tools at its disposal to justify its lengthy campaign.

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Feb 18, 2020

Journey to the Savage Planet weaves an intriguing interstellar narrative into a charming, albeit straightforward, first-person rogue-lite. At its best, Typhoon Studios' game is a fun and quirky take on a pretty rote subject. Unfortunately, it struggles under the weight of poor controls, some awkward design choices and an unfortunate lack of polish.

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Apr 16, 2019

Efforts have been made modernise Assassin's Creed III, however they're little more than superficial. Still, this is the best option for those looking to experience Connor's journey.

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6 / 10 - Pode
Feb 20, 2019

Pode is a puzzle platformer with heart, soul and style. However, struggles with the fundamentals of the genre hold it back from matching the expectations set by its stellar first impression.

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Rainbow Six Extraction is fun whilst it lasts, but there's simply not enough content here to keep players coming back long term. Its sharp gunplay and unpredictable scenarios are huge positives, but it lacks the required depth to become a proper multiplayer staple.

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Apr 14, 2021

Darq: Complete Edition is a solid puzzle game with a familiar look and an adequate challenge. The inclusion of two puzzle-heavy additional levels help affirm its identity, but it still always feels a bit torn between its two worlds.

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Jan 14, 2021

Whilst The Golden Isle is a joy to explore and this vibrant take on Ancient Greece is fun, Immortals: Fenyx Rising runs out of stamina well before it can reach the heights of the game that inspired it.

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7 / 10 - Ride 4
Oct 5, 2020

Ride 4 does simulation motorcycle racing incredibly well. Its collection of licensed bikes and ways to tweak them is unparalleled. However, basic game modes, rigid progression, dry presentation, and a lack of accessibility for new players stops it from reaching the heights of other sim racers on the market.

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7 / 10 - Riverbond
Jul 10, 2019

What Riverbond lacks in depth, it makes up for with wonderful simplicity. Potentially too basic as a single-player game, but it's a silly, upbeat and nostalgic adventure best played with friends.

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7 / 10 - Falcon Age
May 8, 2019

Falcon Age is a game with so much potential that doesn't quite do everything it could have. Still, it's a fantastic, fun, story driven-experience and a must-play with PlayStation VR.

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Jan 16, 2019

YIIK is a game that will capture the heart of anyone with an affinity for old-school RPGs and absurd, informed, dorky humour, but it'll take patience and perseverance to see it for what it really is.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection is an excellent package and another wonderfully executed preservation job from Digital Eclipse. Not all the games hold up under a modern lens, but this is still a must own for any TMNT fan.

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