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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.
4 / 10.0 - Empire of Sin
Dec 1, 2020

Empire of Sin's criminal management sim and turn-based tactical combat combo sounds brilliant on paper, but it completely fails to live up to its aspirations due to major imbalances and bugs.

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Apr 23, 2014

If you had fun with the first NES Remix, then consider this one too. It's better.

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5 / 10.0 - Breathedge
Mar 2, 2021

Try not to suffocate… or die of boredom. Breathedge's concept of survival crafting in space may be good, but it just isn't fun.

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59 / 100 - King's Bounty II
Aug 23, 2021

King's Bounty 2 is a unique game, but it's uniquely mediocre.

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Jan 19, 2014

Blackguards has its up and downs, but at $40 for 40 or more hours of good gameplay, it's hard to beat.

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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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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 17, 2013

While Crimson Dragon may lack a certain level of polish or depth, it's certainly above average.

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Nov 15, 2013

While the story is good fun, and the mechanical conceits awesome, Contrast's puzzles just aren't as hard as they need to be

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7 / 10.0 - Hard West 2
Aug 4, 2022

Hard West 2 has plenty of little annoyances, but it's a supernatural western tactics game with a lot of style and the substance to back it.

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May 20, 2022

King Arthur: Knight's Tale is a strategy RPG that gets the fantasy of playing as a heavily armored knight exactly right, but it would've been a better game if it didn't pad itself out with so many repetitive battles.

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Oct 29, 2021

Disciples: Liberation is a promising RPG with rich stories and compelling tactical combat, but nothing quite makes it a must-play.

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Oct 1, 2021

Diablo 2: Resurrected brings a beloved classic up today's graphical standards, but it overlooks 20 years of obvious flaws. It's still a very satisfying action RPG, but you couldn't get away with these problems a decade ago, much less today.

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Feb 5, 2021

Field of Glory 2: Medieval is the closest to a tabletop miniatures experience you'll get on PC.

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A functional, basic board game port isn't enough to truly shine off the tabletop.

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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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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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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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78 / 100 - Roguebook
Jun 21, 2021

Roguebook stands out from the pack on a few qualities, but it's not a must-play.

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