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Joseph Pugh


Favorite Games:
  • Monster Hunter Franchise
  • Monster Rancher 2
  • RimWorld

33 games reviewed
80.7 average score
80 median score
84.8% of games recommended
Scores 7.6 higher than average

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Joseph Pugh's Reviews

Games are a huge part of my life, whether that by video games, both indie, and mainstream. Or board and tabletop games. I've always got a controller, mouse, card or a set of dice in my hands. But I'm also a writer, in case that wasn't obvious enough. And in my spare time, I write books, most of them, complete rubbish. But maybe one-day ill craft something good enough to publish and share with the world. I also adore animals. I have three dogs, all of them little chihuahuas. And each them has the attitude of a beast ten times larger than they actually are. Think big I guess.
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Joseph Pugh
Wait for Sale - Ark: Survival Evolved
Jun 8, 2019

It can be frustrating at times, the game isn’t always fair and a lot of its mechanics are downright frustrating. Yet after all the time I’ve put in, the bugs, and the horse crap. I still want to play it, because it is so much fun. I under no circumstances recommend you so just blindly buy the game, but I think you should try it. Catch it on sale or play the base game through Xbox game pass, if you like it, the rabbit hole is a deep one. I have over a thousand hours in and I’m still going strong.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Void Bastards
May 28, 2019

The price point is a wee bit high but overall if you like rogue-like elements and games where you decide how to play and what paths to take. You can’t go wrong by being a Void Bastard.

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8.5 / 10.0 - For the King
May 25, 2019

For The King is overall a fantastic combination of game genres and emulates the tabletop experience quite well. Especially when playing with friends together on the couch. It has a ton of content and nature of the game and procedural generation makes the replay value sky high. The technical issues are really the only thing bringing the game down. Just keep in mind the game is challenging and even tells you to outright you are not always meant to win.

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May 11, 2019

While I would like to see it priced at around $10.00, I can’t say it is not worth the $15. It is fun, and addictive, especially when you unlock endless mode. Moss Destruction doesn’t try to revolutionize any genres or break new ground. It tries to be a fun, action-packed arcade experience. In that, it succeeds very well.

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Apr 19, 2019

It’s a game that’s definitely a labor of love. It’s well made and the art is fantastic. Its systems are a little light for my tastes but I very much found myself enjoying the choose your own adventure style of writing.

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Joseph Pugh
Apr 13, 2019

It is still very much good old fashioned EDF fun and its refined fun at that. However, being punished for using your hard earned and awesome gadgets by deducting money from your mission rewards is purely anti-fun and the complete disconnect of the on-screen action in multiplayer is unacceptable and disappointing.

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9.5 / 10.0 - State of Decay 2
Mar 30, 2019

State of Decay 2 can take its place on the throne. King of zombie apocalypse simulations. It’s still rough in spots, but they rarely take away from the enjoyment of the game. The choose your own apocalypse update went above and beyond the call of duty. They could slapped some extra damage and health on the zombies and called it a day. Instead to went into detail and tweaked every system in a way that plays them off one another in beautiful, blood plague filled harmony.

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Buy - Warparty
Mar 28, 2019

WarParty is a solid real-time strategy game in a market that’s dearly lacking them. Yet at the same time, I feel like I’ve played it before in years gone by, several times in fact. It does have a few things that make it stand out, the Dinosaur theme for one. It also has a lot of content between survival, the campaign, skirmish and multiplayer.

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Joseph Pugh
Mar 20, 2019

The Division 2 is pretty to look at, detailed and mechanically strong. It's extremely content heavy to the end and more importantly beyond the end. It is the top of the line looter shooter of choice right now and it raises the bar for the genre. Its story and voice acting are disappointing and it has a couple of small design flaws, but they hardly make a dent in an otherwise brilliant game.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Anthem
Mar 9, 2019

The missions are ho-hum, but the combat more than makes up for it and the fact that all four Javelins play so differently is fantastic. Yet the games loading screen and bugs can put a serious damper on the enjoyment. It’s a decent foundation that will likely improve over time. But the latest patch that removed the respawn restrictions is a serious low blow for the hardcore crowd, and it has dampened my enthusiasm a great deal for it.

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Joseph Pugh
Mar 5, 2019

Attack of The Earthlings is a great turn-based tactics game. Its gameplay, barring that one stage is very well done and it makes you think hard and plan to accomplish your goals. While it lacks any replay value, I enjoyed the time I spent with it and do not regret the experience at all. If you are fine with a somewhat shorter tactical game, buy it now. Otherwise, wait for a small sale.

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The game is wonderfully self-aware and melds that awareness together with well thought out and fun retro brawling. It’s replayable, has several challenging secret bosses and local co-op. I can’t recommend the game enough as long as you don’t mind a challenge.

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8 / 10.0 - Far Cry: New Dawn
Feb 20, 2019

In the end, New Dawn is still fun, it’s pretty to look at and the guns for hire system is still great. It just doesn’t do much with its new setting and the main story is a tad bit short. It feels like an expansion to Five instead of a sequel, but its price point reflects that fact. If you enjoyed FarCry 5, New Dawn will give you more to love. But if you didn’t, New Dawn isn’t going to win you over.

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Feb 17, 2019

The puzzles themselves are well designed, thought provoking and require teamwork, and the various mechanics are cleverly implemented. It's beautiful to look at and the narrator Kira Buckland does a stellar job. But it is a game of patience and easy-going temperament

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Feb 12, 2019

Evolution doesn't stray too far from its physical card game heritage. It's not super flashy. But the animations and sound effects are well done and add to the game. The card game itself is intense, fun and witty with other players or alone. Information is presented clean and crisp and the automation made possible by being a videogame speed up the experience.

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10 / 10.0 - Worbital
Feb 4, 2019

Worbital has a polish that isn’t common in indie games. Everything about the game’s design is so tightly knit, I’m not sure it could be easily added on to without breaking its porcelain frame. Its a game where every piece has a purpose and its difficult to imagine how it could be better.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Kingdom Hearts III
Feb 2, 2019

It still has the heart and Disney magic that I’ve come to love from the series. However, it also didn’t mature in anyway alongside me. The combat while fluid and flashy feels like a downgrade from past games due to its lack of challenge, even on the hardest difficulty. Then the story has highs and lows. Some worlds were woven wonderfully into the plot. Others felt like an ad placement for their respective movies.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Genesis Alpha One
Jan 29, 2019

Genesis Alpha One is still a good game and it hybrids a mix of genres in excellent ways. Its flaws cant be ignored, however. I really hope the developers continue refining this title after release. They have a gem on their hands, they just have to sand down its rough patches.

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7.5 / 10.0 - At the Gates
Jan 23, 2019

It's take on managing clans, professions, and resources very clearly distinguish it from similar titles such Civilization. It has a couple of weak points I'd like to see improved, the AI in particular. But If you like titles that make you think and plan. You will probably enjoy At The Gates.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Slay The Spire
Jan 20, 2019

The amount of content between cards, relics, potions, events, and enemies is staggering and the replay value is through the roof. I believe Slay the Spire has some of the tightest mechanics of any game I’ve played, where everything just works and pieces of its design fit together perfectly. I can’t recommend the game enough for card game or roguelike fans.

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