Jon Peltz


16 games reviewed
67.5 average score
70 median score
62.5% of games recommended
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Mar 22, 2021

Uncompromising to a fault, Anodyne 2's sublime polygonal world and oblique writing will pull the player in, only to mire them in a slow-to-navigate open world bits and willfully opaque environmental puzzles. Feels almost too academic to fully enjoy.

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8 / 10 - Spelunky 2
Oct 14, 2020

Ultimately, Spelunky 2 is a game for platforming fanatics. It reminded me of my time with Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, which was another frustrating, but fine-tuned game that I kept playing almost to spite the game. It’s a game that can feel stagnant, random, and insurmountable, only to break once you sink your teeth into it and find a real opening. Those moments are truly cathartic, and there is always more to do and see. You’ll die a lot, but if you keep climbing up from Spelunky 2’s depths of despair, you’ll be platforming forever.

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Sep 23, 2020

Paradise Killer may have bitten off more than it can chew. Weak courtroom mechanics, disappointing finale, and rudimentary dialogue system keep it from reaching the dizzying heights it aspires to and allows you to jump from. Yet every other part of the game is a joy, from the energetic soundtrack to the strange, alluring locales of Paradise Island. Let's hope the next one is Perfect 25.

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Sep 11, 2020

Road to Guangdong is a barebones, unchallenging driving simulator that sneaks up on the player with its beguiling aesthetic and warmhearted nature. It will appeal to anyone looking for something very relaxing to wash over them, but don't expect to find a lot of interesting choices to make or inspiring gameplay.

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7 / 10 - Metamorphosis
Sep 3, 2020

Metamorphosis spins a bittersweet, intriguing web of mystery and humour that, albeit brief, is often an utter joy to crawl through, if you're willing to brace a disappointing final stretch, inconsistent graphics, and myriad technical issues.

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6 / 10 - Mortal Shell
Aug 27, 2020

Mortal Shell unleashes an astoundingly creative new combat mechanic in a brooding and strange world, but its meandering narrative, uninspired and confusing maps, and punishing-to-the-point-of-cheapness gameplay will test the patience of all but the most hardened of Soulslike fans.

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5 / 10 - Maid of Sker
Aug 11, 2020

Simplistic and uninspired stealth gameplay spoil the mood of investigating the melody-driven mystery of the Sker hotel. Like a singer that can't sustain a note, Maid of Sker too quickly runs out of steam.

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7 / 10 - CARRION
Aug 3, 2020

Carrion's sickeningly animated protagonist and distinctive playstyle will sate the desires of any player who has ever imagined being a monster from a horror film. It is also a blast to torture faceless government workers with a buffet of slimy powers. Bland level design and a narrative that has the complexity of a paramecium keep Carrion from being something truly memorable.

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Jul 27, 2020

Paper Mario is a hysterical and consistently gripping adventure that will keep you wondering what left turn it will take next. It's a game crafted with love and a willingness to subvert expectations, and its myriad charming moments will make you forget about its joyless and overly pushy battle system.

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Jul 16, 2020

Despite its reasonably bright personality, an unpolished world and mediocre story makes this point-and-click feel more Beneath than Beyond.

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Jul 2, 2020

If you missed out on it during the Wii U cycle, there has never been a better time to unite in the deeply flawed yet ceaselessly delightful world of The Wonderful 101: Remastered.

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5 / 10 - Maneater
Jun 2, 2020

Maneater may delight some with its appeal to the player's schadenfreude and the quirkiness of playing as a shark, but its simplicity and antiquated nature will leave many wishing for a game that was more evolved.

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8 / 10 - If Found...
May 20, 2020

If Found... is a brief, distinctive, and deeply effective tale that will make you nostalgic for and reflect on some of the more troubling times of your youth. While its lack of interactivity may make it too niche for some, it is the perfect story for an afternoon in quarantine.

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May 6, 2020

Ash of Gods: Redemption's visual flair and varied narrative choices aren't enough to keep a keep its tedious battle system and baffling writing afloat.

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8 / 10 - Nioh 2
Apr 3, 2020

Nioh 2 softens the blow of its demanding combat by giving the player myriad ways to decapitate an enemy. An absolute joy to learn how to play.

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A vast ocean of imagination and wit wait to be explored in Deadfire, but its boat segments can walk the plank.

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8 / 10 - Outer Wilds
Nov 21, 2019

Outer Wilds is a meditative, slow, but ultimately rewarding sci-fi extravaganza that everyone looking for an adventure should play — but be prepared for some frustration and repetition.

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