Joseph Allen


16 games reviewed
66.6 average score
68 median score
31.3% of games recommended
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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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8 / 10.0 - Sludge Life
May 28, 2020

Sludge Life offers a very solid first-person platforming experience wrapped in a quirky, unique aesthetic. Its lack of challenge and brevity may put some off, but it's a wild and wonderful trip that deserves to be experienced.

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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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Mar 15, 2020

Ori and the Will of the Wisps plays it too safe, but there's fun to be had. Engaging platforming and improved combat make up for uninspired enemy design and a much too self-serious tone.

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Sep 14, 2020

BPM: Bullets Per Minute has nothing new to offer but its rhythm-based combat. Luckily, that combat is immensely satisfying, even when the surrounding structure can feel a touch empty.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Horace
Oct 21, 2020

When Horace is good, it's a touching, thrilling experience. When it's bad, it's overly frustrating and too reliant on the dreaded pop culture references.

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Feb 21, 2020

Lonely Mountains: Downhill offers a pleasing mixture of challenge and serenity. It's a touch repetitive and the level design needs work, but it's a fine way to while away a rainy afternoon or two.

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7 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 3
Apr 8, 2020

It's no reinvention of the wheel, but Resident Evil 3 is a satisfactory survival horror game nonetheless. Despite some wobbles and a sense of victory-lap complacency, RE3 has just enough intriguing moments to survive.

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Aug 31, 2020

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu won't trouble even detective novices, but its sweet-natured world and strong writing see it through.

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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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