Dean James


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226 games reviewed
77.4 average score
80 median score
73.8% of games recommended
Scores 2.5 higher than average

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Now built for consoles rather than exclusively as a handheld title, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy still maintains the same charm and gameplay the series has always been known for over the years while looking cleaner than ever.

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Even with no new upgrades, Final Fantasy VII on Nintendo Switch is without a doubt the definitive way to play the game on consoles with the ability to not only play at home, but also take the game on the go.

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Apr 5, 2019

Featuring the laid back atmosphere the series is typically known for mixed with enjoyable level design, Yoshi's Crafted World is yet another delightful entry in the series that is great for families and solo players alike.

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Mar 30, 2019

MLB The Show 19 introduces two of the best additions to the series in years with the very easy to pick up and play March to October and Moments modes that make the game a perfect companion to have for the rest of the baseball season and beyond.

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Gust has decided to try something a little different in the spinoff Nelke & The Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, but it is still a worthy entry in the series for its unique town building elements and ability to maintain the low key type of experience that fans will find familiar.

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Mar 18, 2019

Even as fun as it can be zipping around the island with Luffy's outstretched arms, the numerous issues start to bubble up very quickly and they make One Piece: World Seeker start to feel very monotonous and lackluster way too early into the game.

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Serving as a spin-off of the previous two titles, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes features some of the charm and DNA of the past games, but mostly ends up as a disappointment after the years of waiting for more from this unique series.

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8 / 10.0 - Dead or Alive 6
Mar 1, 2019

Even without the series' signature tag mode, Dead or Alive 6 is still a blast to play with a large roster of characters and enjoyable game modes like story and the brand new DOA Quest. The tantalizing nature of DOA may show a little restraint as well, but it is still ever present in Dead or Alive 6 for those that are looking for it.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Trials Rising
Feb 25, 2019

Ubisoft manages to stay right on track with Trials Rising thanks to a wide selection of events and a varied customization system, along with in-game seasonal competitions and custom tracks that will have players coming back for more.

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Even though it doesn’t bring anything incredibly new to the table, Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is without a doubt the best way to experience this RPG classic that is still well worth playing today.

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Feb 15, 2019

Kingdom Hearts 3 has been a long time coming, leading some fans to wonder if it would ever finally get there. The long wait proved to be well worth it though, with a satisfying ending they've been wanting for years, while also managing to setup the future of the franchise as well.

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Feb 4, 2019

While we may be waiting on the jump to new platforms for future entries, Atlus brings together a greatest hits package in Etrian Odyssey Nexus for its farewell outing on the Nintendo 3DS, which is the definitive version of the series to date.

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Jan 18, 2019

Returning 12 years after the previous mainline entry, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown shows why fans have been awaiting a return to the danger zone for so long. The game features a very enjoyable campaign of respectable length alongside a serviceabale enough story, but the actual gameplay itself and exclusive PSVR support are what really stand out in the high flying Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.

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Jan 14, 2019

Developed with a lot of love and care by Toys For Bob, Spyro Reignited Trilogy is not only a fantastic remake for veterans of the franchise, but is also the perfect way to introduce new players to Spyro for the very first time.

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Dec 5, 2018

Coming eight years after its predecessor, Red Dead Redemption 2 is exactly what we thought it was going to be and more. Living up to the legacy of the first game was a tall task for Rockstar to undertake, but they have delivered with one of the best games of not only this console generation, but of all time.

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Oct 26, 2018

While LEGO games rarely change much outside of the characters and setting, LEGO DC Super-Villains does try some new things that manage to work out. This isn't going to be the game that changes the minds of those who already do not like the LEGO formula, but LEGO DC Super-Villains is still one of the best LEGO games to release in the last few years.

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8 / 10.0 - WWE 2K19
Oct 13, 2018

Building on the good and fixing some of the worst from recent entries, WWE 2K19 finally breaks through and gives us our first legitimately good WWE game on current generation consoles.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Forza Horizon 4
Oct 4, 2018

Playground Games could have put out a near carbon copy of Forza Horizon 3 with a new setting and fans would have been happy, but they were not satisfied with simply doing that and instead provided us with the most ambitious and best entry in the series to date.

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Sep 25, 2018

The idea of an online focused Naruto game seemed like a good idea, but a mostly bare bones approach and small scale feel holds Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker back from being a great game. If Soleil can refine many of the game's elements and build upon it however, a sequel for this could be very interesting in the future.

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Sep 19, 2018

Not even the Mayan Apocalypse can scare off Lara Croft this time as part of her darkest outing to date. Though the gameplay is very familiar, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an action packed adventure that does a fantastic job of wrapping up the first trilogy for reboot Lara Croft.

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