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Jonathan Bolding


47 games reviewed
77.5 average score
80 median score
68.1% 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.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U delivers hour after hour of fun fighting game play, even if you hate fighting games.

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Mar 9, 2015

The finest city builder in over a decade, Cities: Skylines's few flaws are so minor I only noticed them after hours of enjoyment.

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To some players it's going to feel like a handful of aesthetic features, but once you use the new mechanics After Dark draws you deeper into making your own little world.

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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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90 / 100 - Wingspan
Nov 28, 2020

The flock of dizzying strategic possibilities and the brilliant plumage it's dressed in make this digital board game a must-play.

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May 26, 2015

It shouldn't be as good as it is... but who am I to deny something this inkredible?

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May 14, 2014

The core is the same as ever, but this is kart racing at its finest.

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Dec 16, 2014

Endless Legend is a lovely game with deep strategy that's a singular pleasure to play, but can sometimes disappoint you in finer details. Know that if you're never going to play multiplayer, you're not getting the whole experience - so bring a friend.

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Jun 21, 2015

The core gameplay of Arkham Knight is nearly flawless, and most players won't even notice my problems with story or dialogue.

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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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Majora's Mask holds up well, and even if it isn't as near-perfect as Ocarina, the comforting improvements make it more than worth your time.

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87 / 100 - Gloomhaven
Nov 5, 2021

It's still one of the best dungeon crawlers ever made, but now it's on PC.

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85 / 100 - Per Aspera
Dec 4, 2020

Hard science, harder simulation, and narrative innovation make Per Aspera a real gem.

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84 / 100 - Victoria 3
Oct 24, 2022

Victoria 3's attractive historical sandbox is filled with potential, but it's on you to unlock it.

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Jul 18, 2022

Novel tactical mechanics make this indie a contender for the best strategy RPG this year.

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Dec 10, 2019

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

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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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8 / 10.0 - Loop Hero
Mar 17, 2021

Loop Hero's cleverly stripped-down RPG concept demands attention for as long as it takes you to work out the clear "best" way to guide each hero class, and its fantastically dark story setup stands out as one of the best in years.

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Jul 16, 2021

Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector is a jolly, blood-spattered tactical romp through the grim, dark future.

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8 / 10.0 - Eastward
Sep 17, 2021

Eastward is a post-apocalyptic picaresque as charming as it is pretty, with simple action combat and puzzles that are accessible to everyone.

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