Dean James


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216 games reviewed
77.4 average score
80 median score
74.0% of games recommended
Scores 2.6 higher than average

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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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Sep 6, 2018

Even though SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy brings together some of the best and most popular females from the SNK Universe, a creepy story mode that lacks content and an overly basic combat system relegates this game to the lower end of the fighting games of recent.

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9.5 / 10.0 - The Messenger
Sep 4, 2018

The Messenger is easily one of the best indie games in recent years where you can see the passion of the developer in nearly every aspect of the gameplay, complete with some unique twists along the way.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania Plus
Aug 14, 2018

Even without any new stages being added outside of Angel Island Zone, the inclusion of Encore Mode and two new playable characters with Ray and Mighty make Sonic Mania Plus arguably the best in the series' history from both a quality and content standpoint.

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Jul 16, 2018

Those who have played LEGO games in the past pretty much know what to expect from each subsequent game and LEGO The Incredibles does very little to break the mold. Even so, LEGO The Incredibles is a perfect segue for kids who have just seen the latest movie and want to jump even deeper into the world of The Incredibles.

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Jul 15, 2018

The insanely difficult platforming found in the collection certainly won't be for everybody, but there is no doubt that Crash is still every bit as charming as he was back in the day in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. If you happened to miss out on this one last year due to the PS4 exclusivity, there is no reason not to check it out this time around.

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Jul 10, 2018

Taking inspirations from other series, Shining Resonance Refrain returns the long running Sega franchise to the West for the first time in over a decade. Mixing a cliched story story full of enjoyable characters with a simplistic combat system, Shining Resonance Refrain can provide you with hours of fun, but certainly is far from a must play game in the genre.

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8 / 10.0 - Unravel Two
Jul 2, 2018

The original Unravel surprised many people when it originally released and Unravel Two is an excellent continuation of that game. The game may feel quite similar to the first one, but there is still plenty new here to enjoy for both those that played the first or those who didn’t and just want a fun new puzzle platformer.

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Jun 8, 2018

Those who have played a Quantic Dream game before should know somewhat what to expect from Detroit: Become Human. However, there is so much more to be found in the game with the excellent narrative that you have complete control over.

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May 14, 2018

Even with very little being new in Dragon’s Crown Pro, it still manages to be the same great game that it was before. For those looking for a fun beat-em-up with a twist for your next party, Dragon’s Crown Pro might be just the game for you.

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9 / 10.0 - MLB 18: The Show
Apr 11, 2018

MLB The Show 18 may not exactly bring us any new game modes, but the changes all throughout the game in physics, presentation, and new features make MLB The Show 18 another grand slam for the series.

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