Sönke Siemens


12 games reviewed
83.1 average score
85 median score
75.0% of games recommended
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Narrative-wise Deadly Premonition 2 confronts you with a plot that starts slow, but then develops it's very own fascination and stands out with strong characters. Everyone who loves video games with typical B-movie flair should give the title a chance. All others wait until the developers patch the severe performance issues.

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The canon-conform story mode is a brief but stirring VR experience - especially for everyone new to VR. On top of that the dojo mode offers a fair amount of content, which gets more challenging with every round. Sadly the PS VR port suffers from some tracking issues that will pull you out of the illusion once in a while.

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Sep 22, 2020

Vanillaware manages to tell a complex time travel-plot through 13 different perspectives, while constantly delivering a high amount of narrative tension. All this is flanked by a terrific art style, great voice acting and a solid strategy part. Everyone who loves sci-fi adventures with a twist should give 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim a try!

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Oct 2, 2020

Both the campaign and the multiplayer mode of Star Wars: Squadrons are a whole lot of fun and both feature full VR support on PS4 and PC. Another thumbs up goes to the great cross play functionality on all systems. Sadly, the multiplayer of this otherwise great experience only offers two game modes, eight ships and half a dozen maps. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the developers with expand this offering in the near future.

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Nov 30, 2020

Whether it's the underground puzzle dungeons, constant stamina management or dizzying climbing passages - Ubisoft Quebec took many inspirations from "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild". But, viewed as a whole "Immortals: Fenyx Rising" still manages to do it's own thing. The extremely agile Fenyx is a loveable protagonist right from the start and also the narrator duo provides a lot of fun. The same goes for the many challenging fights. If you liked "Breath of Wild" or if you want to experience something similar on other systems, you will quickly fall in love with this new IP.

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Feb 9, 2021

Despite some rather annoying trial-&-error sections and puzzles which feel a bit too easy, Little Nightmares 2 managed to excite us from start to finish. Visuals are great, sound design is awesome, gameplay offers a fair amount of variety and the environmental story-telling again works excellent. Sadly this scary adventure is already over after roughly seven hours.

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Oct 26, 2021

Age of Empires IV does have it’s rough edges, especially regarding specific control and comfort options. Map editor and mod support are also still missing. But apart from that it’s already a very entertaining package with eight very different factions, nice mission design ideas, thrilling multiplayer and great insights for history enthusiasts.

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86% - Tunic
Oct 6, 2022

It's just a pity that the story tends to fade into the background over long stretches and is ultimately too much linked to the intensive study of the manual and the analysis of the environment. If you like exactly this kind of storytelling, you will also be fascinated by it.

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What remains is a wonderfully beginner-friendly gem for lovers of the tactical genre - and all those who want to become one. Clear purchase recommendation!

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Oct 21, 2022

If you currently only have one Switch, prefer to play solo and wanted to try out the title anyway, you will undoubtedly be thrilled what Hello Games delivers here. But also all Switch owners with a penchant for space exploration should quickly take "No Man's Sky" to their hearts.

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It's just a pity that Farah is not available as a playable figure, trial & error passages get out of hand at times (especially in the vehicle convoy level), the plot was constructed a bit too predictably, the variety of enemies is quite low, there is no jungle level despite numerous Mexico detours and the campaign can not be tackled in co-op mode. If you can put up with all these quirks, you will still experience seven to eight hours of leaded video game escapism.

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Jan 17, 2023

"Fire Emblem Engage" turns out to be the hoped-for tactical spectacle with considerable scope. For more than two dozen chapters, you'll experience nerve-wracking battles that are at their best, especially in Classic mode with the permadeath function turned on. The new break and emblem ring mechanics fit perfectly into the proven combat system, the design of the battlefields always holds interesting surprises in store, side missions are regularly linked to the unlocking of new additional characters, and the story is also peppered with some twists that we did not always see coming. Alear's Ring Odyssey is rounded off by a staging that is absolutely worth seeing by Switch standards, a bombastic soundtrack and numerous multiplayer functions that promise a lot of long-term motivation.

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