Pascal Tekaia


52 games reviewed
64.8 average score
65 median score
46.2% of games recommended
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3.5 / 5.0 - Salt and Sacrifice
Sep 3, 2022

While it may clock in a bit below its predecessor in terms of overall package, main gameplay staples like combat and exploration continue to be of enjoyably high quality, and make this series’ second outing a worthwhile entry.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Citizen Sleeper
Aug 2, 2022

Citizen Sleeper is the kind of game one has to be in the right mood for. The setting is cold and alienating, while the overall mood for much of the game is a desperate struggle for survival against stacked odds. Once the stress of this abates, however, there are some genuinely lovely moments of characterization and storytelling that are absolutely worth it to experience.

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4 / 5.0 - Souldiers
Jul 24, 2022

Where you fall on Souldiers probably depends on whether you were an early adopter. [...] However, with great challenge comes great satisfaction, and the journey along the way is just so memorable; there were times I could literally not put the controller down, even after hours of playing.

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Jun 26, 2022

Watcher Chronicles may scratch an itch for those in need, but ultimately fails to leave a lasting impression.

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3 / 5.0 - Cloudpunk
Mar 6, 2022

It’s a relatively short ride and well worth taking, as long as one’s expectations are dialed in correctly from the outset.

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Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars is an entertaining and creative diversion while it lasts. It certainly sets itself apart with relative ease but it does suffer a bit from diminishing returns.

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3 / 5.0 - Gamedec
Nov 4, 2021

Gamedec presents a rich world that would be worth revisiting again, though perhaps with an extra layer of polish needed for its narrative.

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Oct 19, 2021

Although there’s a lot to like about this latest release, some key issues still keep it from truly excelling and gaining as strong of a foothold in the west as it would otherwise be capable of.

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Oct 8, 2021

The Forgotten City is an easy recommendation for those who place more emphasis on storytelling than action combat. It is an engaging mystery set in an intriguing location, and the time loop mechanic makes it quite forgiving of mistakes, even going so far as to encourage players at times to break the Golden Rule themselves to trigger the next jump back in time.

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Aug 28, 2021

What’s clear is that this game won’t win over those who were previously on the fence about the series. While the narrative, combat, and management aspects all work as intended, they probably appeal to different audiences rather than create one cohesive experience; those finding satisfaction in one particular area may end up being frustrated in another.

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Jun 21, 2021

The Yakuza games are very much their own thing, and are so densely packed with content that they may require some palate-cleansers in between. But for those who don’t mind doing some serious homework in the form of three mandatory amazing-in-their-own-right prequels, this collection is easily a must-play.

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This handful of nitpicks notwithstanding, NieR Replicant is a resounding success and a great opportunity to experience a remastered version of this hidden gem.

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Jan 11, 2021

Some rather important missteps with the combat make the experience far too toothless, annulling the sense of fast-paced action and dramatically lowering stakes upon defeat.

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Dec 28, 2020

It’s a solid and certainly unique game that can be quite enjoyable when approached with the right expectations.

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Dec 18, 2020

When judged simply on how successful it is in providing a horror game as rich in atmosphere as it is in enjoyable inventory-based and traditional puzzles, the game effortlessly scores high marks.

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3 / 5.0 - Ghost of a Tale
Nov 14, 2020

Ghost of a Tale is and does a lot of things, some impressive but not all of them great triumphs.

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Unscored - Paradise Killer
Nov 14, 2020

Even after having completed the game, it’s hard to know exactly what to make of Paradise Killer. The concept of an open-world murder mystery is very intriguing, and the world offers enough piecemeal rewards to spur on thorough exploration. But the flip-side of that same coin is the potential to severely hamstring the pacing of the already difficult-to-navigate narrative.

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Sep 13, 2020

Death end re;Quest 2 carries over most of the first installment’s major aspects — both good and bad — while also distancing itself enough from its predecessor to make it feel almost standalone. However, the removal of a number of unique ideas previously implemented means the shortcomings are much more apparent this time around, and the formula established by the first game is starting to wear woefully thin.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Hellpoint
Aug 11, 2020

The end result is a highly entertaining and challenging take on a modern classic, with both innovations and rough edges alike.

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Jun 24, 2020

Nice graphics, a tuneful soundtrack, and an interesting supporting cast, each with their own compelling stories, round out the package that should be a no-brainer for those who haven’t yet played it.

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