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Jonathan Bolding

29 games reviewed
80.2 average score
80 median score
65.5% of games recommended

Jonathan Bolding's Reviews

Jon Bolding is a critic, writer, and streamer with a background in literary criticism and theory. This only sometimes enters his work on games. He sidelines in tabletop game reviews, including a specialization in roleplaying games. He currently edits, writes, and streams full time for The Escapist.
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Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition preserves for posterity the core of this weirdest 00s RTS experiments while making some much-needed changes. Love it or hate it, the definitive edition is Age of Empires 3 amplified.

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8 / 10.0 - Iron Harvest
Sep 1, 2020

If the RTS is dead, then Iron Harvest is some pretty slick necromancy. A classic single-player campaign with a strong story complements the absolute satisfaction of big, stompy mechs.

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75 / 100 - Shadow Empire
Jul 8, 2020

Ambitious in the extreme, Shadow Empire is a unique sci-fi wargame that's a little lost in its own details.

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75 / 100 - Panzer Corps 2
Mar 14, 2020

For better or worse, this is a classic hex wargame with updated graphics.

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Dec 10, 2019

MechWarrior 5 is a showcase of nostalgic, joyful mech combat.

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77 / 100 - Phoenix Point
Dec 3, 2019

In terms of core design, turn-based tactics games don't get much better than Phoenix Point.

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Nov 15, 2019

Wargames don't see a lot of innovation, but Unity of Command 2 builds new things out of familiar parts.

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75 / 100 - For the King
Apr 26, 2018

A sometimes tricky RPG with gorgeous art that's perfect for co-op.

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64 / 100 - ELEX
Nov 8, 2017

Inventive in some ways and stagnant in others, Elex will appeal to die-hard RPG fans and few others.

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Nov 30, 2015

An accessible ambassador for its genre, Xenoblade Chronicles X makes good choices building a world, but stumbles on writing you a guidebook to it.

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