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Jesse Norris

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Favorite Games:
  • Halo
  • Mass Effect
  • Battlefield

251 games reviewed
73.2 average score
78 median score
62.2% of games recommended

Jesse Norris's Reviews

I am the Reviews Editor and jack-of-all-trades for Xbox Era
6.9 / 10.0 - Return To Grace
Feb 20, 2024

Return to Grace is a short but sweet narrative adventure game.  The puzzles are infrequent and never frustrating, while the storytelling and voice acting do an admirable job in telling this futuristic tale about the hopes and dreams of humanity.  I think it’s well worth checking out on Game Pass.

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10 / 10.0 - Balatro
Feb 19, 2024

Balatro is my new gaming obsession, I frigging love it. Deckbuilding roguelikes have had some phenomenal games over the years. Balatro reaches the lofty peak of Slay the Spire and has me hooked even harder than that incredible game ever did.  You should buy it, now. Buylatro!

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7.5 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 3
Feb 13, 2024

Resident Evil 3’s remake is the weakest of the recent trilogy (2, 3, & 4), but it’s still a damned good time.  With it coming to Game Pass I don’t feel bad recommending a download, as its short run time means you can finish it easily enough in a night or two.

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Feb 12, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a fantastic video game. It is the type that raises the medium and shows how incredible these experiences can be. The combat is good enough to rarely hinder your enjoyment as you help or harm the local populace. In an era where new single-player IPs are hard to find, this one deserves to succeed.

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Feb 6, 2024

As disappointed as I was with the first DLC I think I dislike the second one even more. It’s a mishmash of unenjoyable mini-games, and while the music is great the gameplay is not.

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Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has overcome a rough pre-launch time after multiple delays.  While the objectives can feel repetitive the excellent gameplay never does.  This review will be out of date after a month or two because this is a live-service assed live-service game.  For fans of Destiny, The Division, and all the loot-focused games-as-a-service titles, this is a damned good one at launch. We'll see if they can continue to grow and improve it over time.

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8.2 / 10.0 - Lil Guardsman
Jan 23, 2024

Lil Guardsman is funny, occasionally heartwarming, and a ton of fun.  It takes a simple premise and builds it into a unique and excellent video game.

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Jan 18, 2024

Turnip Boy Robs A Bank is a damned good time, that is just as long as it needs to be.  Whether you’ve played the first game or not it is well worth checking out on Game Pass.  Good looks, fun gameplay, and excellent music make it another solid addition to the platform.

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5.5 / 10.0 - Bulletstorm VR
Jan 18, 2024

The translation to VR, while commendable, doesn’t translate into an enjoyable gameplay experience. Combine that with a game that hasn’t aged well, and constant crashing on both PC and Quest 3, especially at $40, is not something I can recommend.

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9 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 2
Jan 16, 2024

Resident Evil 2 is a fantastic get for Game Pass, and the new port on the Microsoft Store is excellent.  It’s Play Anywhere, terrifying, and well worth checking out for anyone looking to clap some zombie cheeks.

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Jan 11, 2024

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown is an instant classic.  Full of reverie for the series it takes it to new heights with a damned near-perfect mix of action-platforming goodness.  It’s the best type of Metroidvania.  One that knows how to pace out the power ups and I hope this is the start of a series of similar titles for the franchise.

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7.2 / 10.0 - Close to the Sun
Jan 3, 2024

Short, sweet, and a solid yarn.  Close to the Sun takes an interesting alt-history setting and is pretty enough to put up with occasionally clunky gameplay.  It’s short at only 3 hours for a full playthrough, so it’s worth giving it a try if you have any interest in the premise.

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9 / 10.0 - Asgard's Wrath 2
Dec 14, 2023

Asgard’s Wrath 2 is an epic action RPG, worthy of being Meta’s must-have game. It looks and runs great, plays fantastically, and has more high-quality content than most RPGs I’ve played before.

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Dec 6, 2023

A delight for fans of Avatar, this game is so damned good that even one apathetic to the IP like me couldn’t help but fall in love with it.

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Nov 27, 2023

Gangs of Sherwood was fun for 15 minutes.  Every second after that was a dreadful monotony that I cannot recommend to anyone living or dead.

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It's great, if you love PowerWashing then get this DLC now.

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Nov 16, 2023

Assassin’s Creed Nexus is a success in bringing the movement and combat stylings of the ever-popular series into the VR space. While it is playable on a Quest 2 it’s downright gorgeous inside the 3. It’s the first time in a while I’ve played a VR title that felt close to a Triple-A release. There may be a hell of a lot of AC games, but after this solid entry, I hope there’s more to come in VR.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Last Faith
Nov 15, 2023

The Last Faith is a mostly good game, with a few moments of brilliance, and a few more that drove me into a rage. It’s a beautiful, great-sounding game with decent combat and a world I found intriguing. In a year of stellar releases, this is one to, at the very least, add to your back catalog.

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8 / 10.0 - Teardown
Nov 14, 2023

Teardown is really damned fun.  The devs took a solid premise and built a great sandbox around it.  Performance on console is better than I could have hoped for, and with proper mod and DLC support it should have tons of content for years to come.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Roboquest
Nov 7, 2023

Roboquest is a ton of fun, though it never feels great on a controller.  It does feel good enough to recommend on Xbox, though.  The devs get what it takes to make a solid run-based title, utilizing their years in early-access to craft another title worth checking out on Game Pass.

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