Joseph Allen

4 games reviewed
67.5 average score
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6.5 / 10.0 - SIMULACRA
Jan 15, 2020

Simulacra 2 is an improvement on its predecessor, but there's further to go. A tighter narrative and better interface design don't quite compensate for sketchy writing and silly horror.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Phoenix Point
Dec 4, 2019

Phoenix Point will appeal to you if you're a big fan of the new XCOM games but wish they had more complexity. If you're turned off by punishing strategy and a hands-off approach, Phoenix Point is not for you.

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5 / 10.0 - Lost Ember
Dec 2, 2019

Lost Ember is almost a good game. Its animal exploration mechanics are well-realized. Unfortunately, it's bogged down by technical issues, lackluster storytelling, and frustrating event flagging.

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8 / 10.0 - Still There
Nov 19, 2019

Still There tells an emotional story with well-drawn characters and some satisfying puzzles. It's a touch one-note and incremental puzzle difficulty would have been nice, but it remains a touching, narratively satisfying experience.

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