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Joseph Pugh


Favorite Games:
  • RimWorld
  • Skyrim
  • Monster Hunter Franchise

145 games reviewed
76.8 average score
78 median score
74.5% of games recommended

Joseph Pugh's Reviews

Owner/writer of Gideon's Gaming. I believe that toxicity has no place in our hobby. I just want to help people find games they might enjoy. My favorite genres include rogue-lite/roguelike, open-world, strategy, survival, and 4X. I review games on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox Platforms. I'm a Pathfinder 2e gamemaster and a huge fan of board games. I used to be an armored combatant in the SCA and I currently write fantasy novels in my spare time. Usually with one of my dogs on my lap.

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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8.5 / 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 outright that you are not always meant to win.

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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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Aug 20, 2019

Remnant is overall a fantastic action RPG and great souls-like sibling. The enemy variety, stellar combat, and procedural aspect skyrocket its replay value and the meaningful loot is exciting in this gaming climate. It's challenging even on normal, but far less brutal than Dark Souls, but you can kick up the heat on a harder setting. If you enjoy games like Dark Souls or action RPGs this is an instant buy, especially if you have friends to play with.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Days Gone
Dec 13, 2019

If your patient enough to get through the opening hours, you have a great game in front of you. If Days Gone grabs you as it did me, it is a very long game full of content that will keep you entertained for quite a while.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Overcooked 2
Jan 1, 2020

If you are looking for a great co-op experience with trusted friends, you really can’t go wrong with Overcooked 2. It’s method to the madness gameplay will keep you entertained for hours. The short length simply leaves you wishing you had more of it in the first place.

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May 29, 2020

Is it worth it? It is for me. Total Warhammer 2 is a complex game with deep mechanics, varied gameplay and I’ll never tire of watching my Carnosaurs thrash the filthy Skaven (Via viewing replays of course). It takes an investment of time to dig into the game but that investment pays off in spades when you know what you’re doing. It’s just a shame that you need to seek sources outside the game to truly grasp it.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Breakpoint
Sep 26, 2020

The core of Breakpoint is a fast-paced arcade experience, and the game absolutely nails it with addictive gameplay and eye-popping visual effects. I know people still like arcade games because they keep buying old ones repackaged. Breakpoint costs just under five dollars, so why not make some new nostalgia instead?

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Regardless The Oathbound faction is incredibly cool, fun to play, and brings another unique playstyle to the game. Star Kings is a powerful final act for the elegant beast of a game that we call Age of Wonders: Planetfall. Previous fans would be doing themselves a disservice by missing out on it.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Sector Six
Dec 12, 2018

Sector Six is a truly impressive game for its size, with a shocking amount of depth and nuance to its systems. It looks good, is fun, and has a bunch of replay value. The amount of customization you have between the shipbuilding and abilities is pretty crazy for a game like this.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Pummel Party
Aug 24, 2020

Barring a few balance issues and poor bot AI, Pummel party is a fantastic game to play with friends, locally or online. The high-quality variety of mini-games and quirky boards will keep your party pummeling for a long time to come, and using the hilarious array of items on your pals never gets old. It is a steal at fifteen dollars.

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8 / 10.0 - Battlefield V
Nov 26, 2018

The core of the game is detailed and its systems are well designed. Most importantly, its fun and addicting to play. If you have ever enjoyed Battlefield games or other competitive multiplayer titles, you will probably enjoy this.

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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

If you like card and board games, physically or digitally. You would be doing yourself a disservice by passing up Evolution. Its mechanics are tight and fun and the digital version brings it some additional charm and the ability to play whenever you want against well-crafted AI players, or folk from around the world online. Well worth the price.

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8 / 10.0 - Gears 5
Sep 10, 2019

It’s a solid title, just not a perfect one. If you enjoyed previous titles in the series then Gears 5 is an easy sale. If you are new altogether, well, there is a ton of stuff for you to dig your chainsaw bayonet in!

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8 / 10.0 - Tidal Tribe
Jul 17, 2019

Tidal Tribe takes a small mechanic from other simulation games and built itself around it beautifully. It’s relaxing to play, simple to learn, but deceptively complex to master and it has a lot of content.

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Revelations features plenty of new content even without a brand new faction and is worth the price. Planetfall was already great, now it is even better.

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8 / 10.0 - Woodpunk
Nov 25, 2018

WoodPunks gameplay variety is limited in scope, but what it does, it does very well and the art, style, and animations are stellar.

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Dec 2, 2019

The incredibly dynamic combat and simple to learn, yet intricate web-swinging will keep you entertained throughout your entire visit to Marvel’s version of New York despite its shortcomings elsewhere.

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