Jeremy Peel


30 games reviewed
74.3 average score
80 median score
58.3% of games recommended
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54 / 100 - Abermore
Apr 6, 2022

Even Abermore's cult of beetle worshippers would draw the line at this many bugs.

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Unscored - Weird West
Mar 31, 2022

Arkane founder's first indie outing is a chaotic soup of colliding systems, and that soup tastes absolutely delicious.

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Oct 6, 2021

Jett is a game that's equal parts wonder and frustration, an evocative adventure that feels brilliant under the thumbs, but one whose creative systems feel stifled by rigid story-telling.

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81 / 100 - Orcs Must Die! 3
Jul 26, 2021

A conservative but confident return to form from the masters of a much-loved genre.

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A frankly terrifying exercise in pushing Doom as far as it can go.

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May 26, 2020

Like Diablo, this is a game designed for multiple playthroughs on increasing difficulties, but few players will feel compelled to return to a seam that’s all dried up after a single day’s exploration.

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Apr 27, 2020

Despite the necessary rules and stricture of turn-based strategy, the action feels just as chaotic and unpredictable as any trophy match Cole played in his sporting days.

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Unscored - SnowRunner
Apr 27, 2020

I hope the flickering headlights of a glowing review are enough to help players find SnowRunner through the fog.

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Feb 26, 2020

Clockwork God celebrates the tension between old and new, and finds profound comedy in the juxtaposition. It’s Size Five’s masterpiece.

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As any Trekkie will tell you, discovery is addictive, and Journey to the Savage Planet is almost all discovery.

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Unscored - Phoenix Point
Dec 3, 2019

There’s slow-burn greatness in Phoenix Point. It’s a game where you might be exploring a site, bracing for ambush, but instead find an abandoned theme park dedicated to a novelty boy band of hedge fund managers called the Lucrative Lads.

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Oct 29, 2019

Another Call of Duty that doesn’t really change anyone’s mind about Call of Duty. Whatever’s there that I thought might actually be making a leap was seemingly just good marketing. In that sense, I suppose, it’s been pretty successful. [OpenCritic note: Jeremy Peel and Sherif Saad separately reviewed the campaign (4/5) and multiplayer (3/5). The scores have been averaged.]

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8 / 10 - John Wick Hex
Oct 8, 2019

Much like the man himself, John Wick Hex is straight-ahead and unwavering. It sets out to do one thing - simulate the fights of the movies - and does so with consummate efficiency.

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There’s a lot lifted from other games in A Plague Tale, but somehow there’s nothing cynical about it. This is a full-hearted reach for the big time of AAA storytelling that succeeds in the most important departments, thanks to its sparkling polish and subtle characterisation. It’s one of a handful of games for which I could tell you the personality traits and motivations of not just the protagonists, but four or five secondary characters. Consider this review a carrier: Asobo Studio is a name that’s going to spread.

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Unscored - Forager
Apr 26, 2019

If you prefer your pleasures somewhere on the periphery of your attention, you’ll find there are plenty to pluck off the branch here.

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7 / 10 - Tropico 6
Mar 29, 2019

Limbic has turned down its opportunity for revolución in favour of reinforcing the rule of El Presidente - a safe pair of hands for colourful city-building and wry commentary on the abuse of democracy.Jeremy Peel

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5 / 10 - Fimbul
Feb 28, 2019

This hack-and-slash wears its simplicity like a lovely Scandinavian jumper, but is scarcely substantial enough for its handful of hours and drenched by awful aesthetic choices.Jeremy Peel

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9 / 10 - Sunless Skies
Feb 5, 2019

Failbetter continues to revolutionise the RPG - not by burning it all down, but by slipping pages of prose into every crevice it can.Jeremy Peel

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6 / 10 - Wargroove
Jan 30, 2019

Chucklefish's strategy tribute does nothing worse than Advance Wars, and little better - instead, it's exactly what it needs to be to spiritually succeed. It's small, in both character models and design ambition, but it's probably going to be massive. Despicable.

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Aug 14, 2018

You might well find the evocative, smoke-damaged backdrop of ‘80s espionage fresh enough to carry you through a satisfying playthrough. But even with the plates changed and the serial number filed off, there's no mistaking XCOM 2.

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