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Christopher Coke

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Favorite Games:
  • World of Warcraft
  • RIFT
  • Skyrim

22 games reviewed
80.9 average score
85 median score
66.7% of games recommended
Scores 1.5 higher than average

Christopher Coke's Reviews

"Hailing from rural Western New York, Chris began his writing career focusing on MMORPGs on his personal site, Game By Night. He began covering games professionally in 2010 for the indie start-up Vagary.TV. In the Christmas season of 2012, he began his tenure at the PC-specific, Hooked Gamers. In March 2013, Chris began his first column, The Tourist, for MMORPG.com, where he remains a regular contributor. In his time there, he spearheaded several columns covering MMOs and RPGs, single- and multiplayer. He has written numerous game reviews and branched out into hardware reviews, as well. Chris is also the host of the official MMORPG.com podcast, Game On."
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Christopher Coke
8 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat 11
Apr 22, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 is a fantastic game with rich yet accessible combat and a great story. It's also mired in grind and randomness in the post-game and causes concerns about real money transactions.

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Christopher Coke
Mar 29, 2019

Like all games-as-a-service, it’s only going to get better with time. Unlike most recently, it’s already a great video game which leaves me very excited for what’s to come.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Metro Exodus is a solid third entry to the series but doesn't escape without a few hiccups. Still, it's an immersive, expansive game well worth playing.

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6 / 10.0 - Defunct
Jun 13, 2018

Defunct is a decent game that offers a fair bit of fun through its high-speed puzzles but also lacks depth. The character makes you want to love him but with only basic animations and limited storytelling, he's not as endearing as he's clearly meant to be. If you're a fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, it's worth a look. At $14.99, however, it's probably worth waiting for a sale.

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Christopher Coke
Jun 12, 2018

Red Dead Redemption 2 is likely to go down as the best game of the generation. Rockstar has outdone themselves, delivering one of the biggest, richest, most engrossing open world games ever made. Whether you're an action fan, RPG fan, open world fan, or just want a great story, RDR2 has something for everyone.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition is more than just a port. Within, Larian has rewritten and reworked massive pieces to address players concerns and make it the best version yet of an already excellent turn-based RPG.

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9 / 10.0 - N++
May 23, 2018

N++ is an excellent physics-based platformer that demands you develop your skills to overcome its challenges. The art style may not be for everybody but its hundreds of included levels and countless hours of community content make it an excellent investment.

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9 / 10.0 - God of War
Apr 20, 2018

God of War isn’t a perfect game, but it’s exactly the kind of reinvention the series needed. This game is a must own. If you own a PlayStation 4 and are even remotely interested, you owe it to yourself to pick it up.

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6 / 10.0 - Super Cloudbuilt
Jul 25, 2017

Super Cloudbuilt isn’t a bad game, but it’s only decent. When everything is at its best and you’re in the free flow of upper stratosphere parkour, it can be downright thrilling. The pure fun of those moments is frequent enough to save it. When you’re forced to slow down and repeat sections, or even a whole level, it loses that luster and the cracks start to show. Given the budget price, that’s forgivable, but it’s too bad the game doesn’t focus more on what it does so well instead of everything else games in this genre are “supposed” to have.

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8.5 / 10.0 - DiRT 4
Jun 9, 2017

Dirt 4 is a great rally game. The accessibility it presents to newcomers, quickly transcending into more advanced driving techniques is one of its strongest features, but the thrill of the race on these unpredictable, minimap-less tracks never failed to get my heart pumping. There are some odd quirks with physics – cars have a tendency to pirouette like a ballerina from hitting a ridge the wrong way – and a too limited track creator, but these are nitpicks before all that Dirt 4 does so right. It’s time to get dirty.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Outlast II
Apr 24, 2017

Forgiving a story that leans a bit too heavily on its forebears, Outlast 2 is an excellent horror game. It’s frightening, repulsive, and filled with the thrilling anxiety of the best games of its type. It does exactly what a sequel should. It delivers on all of the refinements and expansions you would expect to find three years from the original; and though its larger environments sometimes lead to repeated deaths, they also amplify the dread of being hunted. Outlast 2 made me uncomfortable, anxious, repulsed and frightened, and yet I couldn’t wait to see what it would deliver next. That’s a horror game done right.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Persona 5
Apr 14, 2017

I could nitpick about small issues, like some textures that are painfully blurry or a handful of quirky localization issues. Those issues fade into the periphery, however. What doesn’t is simply this: Persona 5 is a triumph of game design that stands apart from other JRPGs. RPG fans owe it to themselves to drop what they’re doing and play now. You won’t regret it.

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Christopher Coke
Mar 1, 2017

Sublevel Zero: Redux is a remastered and expanded version of the original 2015 release on PC. Having never played the PC version, I can’t comment on the changes to the original formula. What I can say consoles needed a 6DOF shooter a Sublevel Zero fills that void nicely. Its RPG and rogue-like elements elicit the addictive anticipation of one more run and, before you know it, you’re off again. The downsides of random generation aren’t unique to Sublevel Zero, but are disappointing nonetheless. The long-game isn’t quite there, and a few extra how-tos would be most welcome, but the mechanics of blasting your way through its robot infested halls are a lot of fun to master.

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7.2 / 10.0 - The Dwarves
Dec 2, 2016

The Dwarves has [fun factor] in spades. The game is at once lighthearted in it’s art and humor, but also unsettling and sometimes wincingly violent. The dwarves are fun to be around. I wanted to see more of what they had to say and then take them into battle to put their mallets, axes, and great-weapons to use against the Crowd AI. Fun Factor doesn’t overcome the game’s issues, but it certainly helps mitigate them.

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Christopher Coke
Aug 26, 2016

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an excellent game. There are few cyberpunk RPGs available, and none that offer such freeform stealth, and because of that it almost always feels novel.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Neverwinter
Aug 12, 2016

If you're in the market for a lightweight console MMO, look no further than Neverwinter. It's a steal.

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6 / 10.0 - The Technomancer
Jul 15, 2016

The Technomancer isn’t anything to write home about, but if you’re willing to overlook its flaws, this is Spiders’ most compelling world to date. Their vision of Mars is one that would be worth exploring even with its rough edges, if not for the sheer imbalance of a combat system that persistently drags the experience into the dregs of frustration. Spiders isn’t short on interesting ideas, it’s just the execution.

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Is it worth returning if you already played last year's Original Sin? I think so. Even a year on, Divinity is still one of the best roleplaying experiences of the decade, particularly if you enjoy the old school stylings of a pulled back camera and heavy dialogue. There are some strange design "improvements" that will hopefully become optional in future updates, but overall this version of Divinity is a stellar improvement on an already excellent game.

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Christopher Coke
Mar 26, 2015

Is Pillars of Eternity the perfect game? No, but it is an incredibly good one.

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7.2 / 10.0 - Dying Light
Feb 6, 2015

As a piece of zombie fiction, Dying Light isn't the most original tale. As a way to experience the undead apocalypse first-hand? It's hard to beat.

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