Marcus Stewart


84 games reviewed
69.7 average score
76 median score
47.6% of games recommended
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9.5 / 10.0 - Balatro
Feb 28, 2024

Balatro is an ingenious and entertaining roguelike and one of my favorite games of the year. Playing it has become a near-obsession; everything feels perfectly designed to encourage you to keep trying because that next run could be the run of your life. Even after hours of play, I still can’t overcome Balatro’s biggest challenge: putting it down.

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9.3 / 10.0 - Diablo IV
Jun 6, 2023

Diablo IV continually seduces me with its promises of power and riches and regularly follows through. I’ve had a tough time putting it down even after starting fresh numerous times, and I get excited thinking about how I’ll be foiling Lilith’s plans in the months ahead as seasonal updates begin rolling out. Until then, I’m happy to continue relieving Sanctuary of its treasures – and demons of their lives – in this devilishly impressive epic.

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Oct 28, 2020

Legion offers a refreshing and fun change-up to the Watch Dogs formula that succeeds in letting players forge their own path like never before

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9 / 10.0 - Devotion
Mar 24, 2021

Devotion's powerful atmosphere, frightening sequences, and fascinating story make it a creative and engrossing gauntlet of scares

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9 / 10.0 - Death's Door
Jul 20, 2021

Death's Door presents a compelling world begging to be explored until every secret is found alongside satisfying combat and intriguing lore

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9 / 10.0 - Unsighted
Oct 13, 2021

Unsighted boasts engaging gameplay and lore, strong dungeon design, all wrapped around an effective and impactful countdown mechanic

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Oct 20, 2022

A charming though uneventful narrative about stopping a cosmic darkness from consuming the galaxy rounds out this delightful package. Like the best sequels, Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope builds upon Kingdom Battle’s foundation with smart tweaks and fun additions to emerge as a better game in every way.

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Jan 26, 2023

Rather than reinvent the wheel, Motive made Dead Space look nicer, play better, and preserved the core of the experience. Its new flourishes add to that enjoyment instead of subtracting.

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9 / 10.0 - Jusant
Oct 31, 2023

Jusant is my favorite Don’t Nod title since the original Life is Strange and is one of the year’s best gems. The climbing mechanics are so smart and well-executed that I hope other games take notes. Add an inviting presentation, a pleasant soundtrack, and an alluring air of mystery and isolation reminiscent of Team Ico’s best works, and Jusant is a rewarding expedition.

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May 21, 2024

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II’s conclusion ends on another strong note, and despite my initial reservations about continuing Senua’s story, I walked away happy to see her conquer new monsters, both literal and metaphorical.

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Apr 25, 2019

Cuphead and Mugman haven't lost a step in their move to Switch.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Solar Ash
Dec 2, 2021

Solar Ash plays as well as it looks with a strong story at the heart

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge gives me what I wanted: a polished, raucously fun throwback that plays better than how I remember the original games. Turtles fans new and old will find plenty to love, but those possessing a nostalgia for this era of the franchise are in for the biggest treat. Invite some friends, order a pizza, and prepare to relive your childhood in the best possible way.

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Jun 30, 2022

It’s more Cuphead at the end of the day, but I had a great time revisiting Studio MDHR’s wonderful animated universe, testing my mettle against its villains, and feeling fist-pumping triumph all over again.

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Much like Cereza herself, Bayonetta Origins doesn’t look like much on the surface, but I smiled more and more as its potential bubbled up to the surface. This is an exceptional and refreshing change of pace for the franchise, and you don’t even need to be a fan of the series or the action genre to enjoy it. Don’t underestimate what this pint-sized spellcaster and her demonic partner have to offer.

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Nov 17, 2023

The Talos Principle II is a long game, perhaps to a fault. I clocked in around 34 hours, and despite my generally consistent enthusiasm, I was ready to see the end before it hit me with another round of puzzles or a story-focused exploration segment. It’s an ambitious and ultimately well-made package with many social, artistic, and scientific ideas that I’ll be thinking about for the foreseeable future, long after the solution to its final riddle has faded from memory. That enlightenment makes The Talos Principle II’s challenges worth the effort.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Botany Manor
Apr 11, 2024

Botany Manor is a blissful, smart, and creatively conceived puzzle adventure. It’s just challenging enough to be engaging without veering into stressful territory, and its whimsical elements add fun, fantastical touches. I don’t think it made me better at gardening, but unearthing its appeal was satisfying.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Indika
May 10, 2024

The result is an adventure that feels thoughtfully conceived, humorous, and depressing all at once, as well as “off” in the right ways. Indika is one of the year’s most affecting and memorable adventures, and its themes will stick with me as I continue to ponder their meanings.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Call of the Sea
Dec 26, 2020

Clever puzzles and an engaging narrative make Call of the Sea a voyage worth taking

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8.5 / 10.0 - Olija
Feb 5, 2021

It may be brief, but Olija confidently blends satisfying action and engaging exploration for a treat that shouldn't be overlooked.

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