David Restrepo


25 games reviewed
68.0 average score
70 median score
60.0% of games recommended
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7.5 / 10.0 - Soul Hackers 2
Aug 26, 2022

Soul Hackers 2 is still a blast to play. It replicates many of the best Shin Megami Tensei fundamentals such as demon fusion and a combat system that heavily relies on buffs, debuffs, and elemental weaknesses.

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5 / 10 stars - Live A Live
Jul 29, 2022

Live A Live takes too long to settle into its RPG groove, making it a missed opportunity on too many fronts.

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Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series successfully updates two solid platformers for modern audiences.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga still has some of the Lego charm, but it's a step back for the series.

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Stranger of Paradise is a mechanically rich and satisfying action RPG marred by poor balancing and performance issues.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Babylon's Fall
Mar 3, 2022

Surprising no one, Babylon’s Fall’s live service trappings are its biggest failing. The way it handles loot, crafting, and customization could just as well exist in a self-contained single player experience with appropriate tweaks.

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Jan 17, 2022

In turning the action RPG genre on its head, Nobody Saves the World is difficult to put down.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Yuoni
Jan 14, 2022

The best compliment one can bestow upon Yuoni is that its existence won’t be recalled 20 years from now as an insult to the genre.

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It’s the kind of game that’s perfect to shut your brain off to and lose a couple of hours in. Its sense of place and intelligent content drip-feeding makes it addictive even in the face of its glaring flaws.

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Supermassive Games fails to understand that they can’t direct their art with such indignation. Rather than letting consumers enjoy their titles in sometimes unintended ways, they’ve come to limit the gameplay experience as a means of controlling the community. In the process, they have damned the conversations that could have risen, with House of Ashes acting as yet another middling product, free of the soul that leaves a lasting impression.

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7 / 10.0 - In Sound Mind
Oct 11, 2021

In Sound Mind encapsulates what it means to be greater than the sum of one’s parts–its disparate elements coalescing to form a simultaneously unsettling and campy horror title.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Tales of Arise
Oct 9, 2021

Tales of Arise lacks the grandiosity and polish befitting of the 25th anniversary. That isn’t to say it’s a bad game. Far from it in fact–but this franchise deserves better now that it’s in the mainstream spotlight.

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Sep 28, 2021

Life is Strange: True Colors is a fantastic, grounded narrative wrapped up in a video game that’s too afraid to be a video game and give players the precise agency that makes the medium limitless.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Lost Judgment
Sep 16, 2021

Lost Judgment shows why RGG is at the top of their game. Its setbacks are hardly noticeable given its strengths.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Mad Streets
Sep 11, 2021

Mad Streets is an okay physics-driven party game/beat ’em up. Its health bars and mechanics, which gleam more from traditional fighting games, are a step in the right direction.

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4.5 / 10.0 - Cris Tales
Jul 30, 2021

Cris Tales is a mediocre JRPG-inspired indie that neither captures the strong characters nor the interwoven mechanics that make the genre so appealing.

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7 / 10.0 - Scarlet Nexus
Jul 1, 2021

Scarlet Nexus' accomplished combat and world are hamstrung by a shockingly low budget that oozes nearly every corner of the experience from its cinematics to its levels to even enemy composition at times. That said, action JRPG fans should be able to latch onto enough to walk away satisfied. .

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8 / 10.0 - Metro Exodus
Jun 25, 2021

Metro Exodus is a very fine entry in Artyom’s journey. Its inconsistent AI drains some of the immersion, as does its oddly silent protagonist that has a defined personality during loading screens. These are small bumps along Artyom’s intense and evocative journey. Metro Exodus’ diegetic design and thrilling encounters will leave an impact beyond reaching the end credits.

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8 / 10.0 - Rising Hell
Jun 4, 2021

Rising Hell successfully captures the genre's addictive nature through its relative simplicity and adherence to personalization.

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8 / 10.0 - Before I Forget
May 5, 2021

Before I Forget is a strong, concise story tracing a woman suffering from dementia as she slowly uncovers pieces of herself as well as the story framed within this mental health journey. It doesn't waste players' time with a run-time that doesn't overstay its welcome, helped by a protagonist that doesn't divulge too much information when she speaks.

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