Phil Iwaniuk


79 games reviewed
73.7 average score
75 median score
43.4% of games recommended
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Dec 7, 2022

Some well-judged bold calls in both mechanics and visual direction elevate a familiar arcade racer above NFS's previous monotony.

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7 / 10 - Pentiment
Nov 14, 2022

A lumbering historical murder mystery with little regard for tension or pacing, but one that packs in such dense detail you can't help but respect it. Pentiment immerses you in 1500s Bavaria and that's the main event.

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No Recommendation / Blank - Football Manager 2023
Nov 4, 2022

Football Manager is still the best sim of its kind, but FM23's serious lack of major improvements shows an annual release schedule taking its toll.

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79 / 100 - F1 Manager 2022
Sep 9, 2022

Tense and involving, if just slightly lacking smarts and spectacle. A firm foundation to build a series on.

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7 / 10 - F1 22
Jun 27, 2022

Built on the foundations of several fantastic games, and those qualities remain – but you already own them. F1 22 simply doesn't offer enough for a full-price purchase.

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Moral murkiness helps preserve the tension across Swansong’s duration. There’s always something at stake – your life, the masquerade, your integrity – and that does a lot to infuse some meaning into all the talking and scouring rooms for notes. I doubt that Swansong is set to become a vampire RPG of legend, like 2004’s Bloodlines, but it nonetheless makes vampires scary again.

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Gripping supernatural subterfuge meets perfunctory mechanics. Worth it to explore the World of Darkness, though.

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Turns out it's possible to be a turn-based Warhammer 40k game and still retain user-friendliness and pace. Who knew.

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76 / 100 - MotoGP 22
Apr 21, 2022

A documentary format worth expanding and repeating, more assists, and the same rough but rewarding racing.

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No Recommendation / Blank - eFootball 2022
Apr 21, 2022

It certainly isn’t a matter of a lack of talent at PES Productions. I don’t believe for a second the developers don’t know how to make a better game than this - we need only look at the last few PES games for evidence to the contrary. These are vastly talented, experienced, passionate people, working as best they can on a deeply flawed concept with a spectacularly poorly communicated plan. They don’t deserve chastisement on social media, though they’ll inevitably get it. But equally, eFootball 2022 still doesn’t deserve your time yet.

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Mar 23, 2022

Still recognisably Borderlands, but the sense of place and improvisation elevates Tiny Tina's Wonderlands beyond expectations. The overworld map feels tacked-on, but Gearbox commits to the bit in every other aspect.

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This fun D&D-infused cooperative shooter treads a line between fourth-wall prodding and juvenile, with unicorn queens and hi-tech weaponry

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A well-judged modern adaptation of one of gaming's all-time great adventures. The PC port doesn't push beyond the PS5's limits though, and who knows how many releases will conclude this remake.

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68 / 100 - Hammerting
Dec 7, 2021

A fiddly take on management, survival and city building that you can still lose a weekend to.

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Nov 24, 2021

In a series known for its scale and spectacle, climate change and technical issues are the new enemies

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Nov 8, 2021

Familiar, excellent, and polished to a degree that hardly seems possible. If you love taking vintage Porsches for joyrides through environments that'd have a poet bawling then you're going to be very happy here.

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71 / 100 - Riders Republic
Nov 2, 2021

Extreme sports made accessible to the point of basic. It's got a tin ear but a big heart.

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30 / 100 - eFootball 2022
Oct 13, 2021

In PR terms, it's the world's costliest public beta. There's a lithe control system in the wreckage, but it'll take many updates to dig it out.

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Sep 2, 2021

Uncover a grim conspiracy and sweet-talk snooty bears in this genre-hopping indie game

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8 / 10 - F1 2021
Jul 12, 2021

Much like the sport itself, the driving is as impressive as ever. But the worries about management's business practices endure, too. Fundamentally, F1 2021 is worth it for the handling model.

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