Joe Skrebels


13 games reviewed
76.7 average score
79 median score
46.2% of games recommended

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Joe Skrebels
Apr 14, 2019

As flawed and as fun as ever, Iron Rain doesn't dull the core pleasure of EDF, but doesn't manage much more either.

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Joe Skrebels
Nov 21, 2018

A grey second act that ultimately sets us up nicely for a far brighter finale.

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Joe Skrebels
Jul 11, 2018

Treasure Tracker still feels close to unique, and gains new life on both of Nintendo's current systems. Switch is very much the better choice, but 3DS is by no means a bad option. Still smart, prettier than ever and, in retrospect, genuinely important as part of Nintendo's modern history, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a rare example of a game that actually feels better for being a few years old.

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Joe Skrebels
9.5 / 10.0 - Monster Hunter World
Jan 25, 2018

Bold and newly beautiful, Monster Hunter: World demands to be played on its own terms and rewards you with an amazing RPG.

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Joe Skrebels

The Champions' Ballad isn't the extra dose of story for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild that many fans were expecting, but it would be churlish to turn down another chunk of hours with one of gaming's greatest achievements. Even better, those hours are filled with new surprises, endgame-level challenges, and the weirdest post-game reward of recent years.

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Joe Skrebels
8.8 / 10.0 - Cuphead
Oct 2, 2017

Cuphead made me feel more good and more bad than any other game I've played in the last several years. I swore, laughed, and hollered with delight. I hated it (and my own fingers) for long stretches but, having finished, I realise that's more or less the point – I emerged from all that pain smiling. Rather than simply offering the player what they want, Cuphead makes them earn that right – the rewards, if you can hack the tests, are absolutely worth it. Cuphead is incredible for more than just its looks. But before you dive in, make sure you actually want a game that plays like this, and not just a game that looks like this.

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Joe Skrebels

The Master Trials doesn't make any epochal changes to the established Breath of the Wild formula, but by packing in one of the game's best quests, some welcome new features, and a hard mode to be reckoned with, it more than paves the way for the starrier story expansion to come.

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Joe Skrebels
4.8 / 10.0 - Perception
May 25, 2017

Perception is as much a disappointment for the clever and inherently frightening idea it wastes as it is for the mistakes it makes. At its heart, there's the promise of playing something genuinely new, from a perspective that could help teach and thrill simultaneously. It's unfortunate that, like its echolocation mechanic, the more I saw of Perception, the more there was to worry about.

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Joe Skrebels
8.8 / 10.0 - Little Nightmares
Apr 26, 2017

Like Hide and Seek, Little Nightmares confidently captures the exhilarating fear of waiting to be found by something that's hunting you. But it also replicates the alien horror of being a child that doesn't understand what's happening to and around them, and of a seemingly familiar environment turned into a series of opportunities for safety and danger. Smart, grotesque and never-endingly weird, this is a very different, extremely welcome kind of horror game that left me wanting more than its brief five hours provides.

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Joe Skrebels
6.3 / 10.0 - Rain World
Mar 27, 2017

Rain World is a maddening thing, because of quite how special it could have been. Beautiful environments, incredible animations and enticingly hazy mechanics are fantastic, but the sheer cruelty of how it's pieced out to the player transcends challenge and becomes an unwanted trial.

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Joe Skrebels
Feb 22, 2016

Primal takes the great structure of the Far Cry series, but little of its character. No clear goal and a limited arsenal end up making this feel a little prehistoric itself.

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Joe Skrebels
78 / 100 - Broforce
Oct 19, 2015

Brash, solid, run 'n' gun goofiness that's a tad too underwrought to be truly brilliant.

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Joe Skrebels

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate doesn't offer much new beyond its predecessors, but it perfects so much of what they tried that it's undoubtedly the series' best, and among the best games on 3DS.

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