Salal Awan


88 games reviewed
80.5 average score
80 median score
90.9% of games recommended
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9 / 10.0 - Persona 3 Reload
Feb 8, 2024

Initially perceived as redundant, Persona 3 Reload transcends its predecessor by integrating the artistic flair and gameplay sophistication of Persona 5, presenting a visually and mechanically enhanced version of the iconic title. This remake revitalizes the original's darker narrative and roguelike dungeons with significant aesthetic upgrades and gameplay innovations, offering both veterans and newcomers an immersive experience that arguably surpasses even Persona 5 Royal in visual and interactive depth.

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The Apollo Justice Trilogy is an extension of the critically acclaimed Ace Attorney series that brings new life to the courtroom drama genre. It combines humor, nostalgia, and innovative gameplay mechanics to maintain the essence of the series. The engaging storytelling and dynamic courtroom battles remain intact, while new gameplay elements like Apollo's lie detection and Athena's emotion-reading abilities are introduced to enhance both the gameplay and narrative.

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9 / 10.0 - Tekken 8
Jan 23, 2024

Tekken 8 not only meets but exceeds the high expectations set by its predecessor, Tekken 7, by delivering a refined fighting experience with new features like the Heat Gauge. It sets new standards in visual quality, single-player content, and character customization, offering a comprehensive and engaging experience that is both visually stunning and rich in gameplay variety.

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Dec 21, 2023

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising brings substantial updates and new content, making it a standout in its genre despite the lack of an upgrade path from the original. With its expertly developed gameplay, expanded character roster, improved RPG mode, and innovative multiplayer options, it offers both accessibility and depth, catering to both newcomers and seasoned players in the fighting game community.

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Echoes of the Fallen, the first expansion for Final Fantasy XVI, extends the main story with a new quest and enriches gameplay, but its short duration and segmented narrative set the stage for the more anticipated expansion, The Rising Tide.

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Nov 22, 2023

Persona 5 Tactica emerges as a bold step in the Persona series, introducing a strategic RPG gameplay and a unique artistic direction, diverging from the main series' established norms. While it excels in maintaining the series' aesthetic charm and offers an engaging narrative, the removal of social elements and the focus on strategic combat may divide traditional fans. The game's success depends on embracing its innovative gameplay and fresh character perspectives, making it a distinct, if somewhat polarizing, addition to the Persona franchise.

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Naruto X Boruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Connections continues the celebrated series but falls short in innovation, heavily relying on familiar combat systems and character rosters. Despite this, it offers an impressive array of over 100 characters, simplified controls for newcomers, and enhanced online multiplayer features, along with two single-player story modes that revisit the Naruto series and introduce a new Boruto-centric plot.

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Like A Dragon Gaiden links Yakuza 6 and Like A Dragon 8 with a focus on Kazuma Kiryu's life, featuring traditional Yakuza brawler action and a new gadget-heavy Agent style. Despite its engaging main story and memorable cutscenes, the game's side activities lack depth and innovation, falling short of series expectations.

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8 / 10.0 - Alan Wake 2
Oct 30, 2023

Depending on where one stands on the convergence of interactive and non-interactive mediums, Alan Wake 2 may be perceived as a work of art or as an experience where gameplay is overlooked in favor of narrative artistry.

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Oct 5, 2023

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster offers a visually refreshed yet faithful experience, balancing nostalgia with updated features. However, the dated gameplay and slow pacing reveal the limitations of this otherwise engaging remaster.

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The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails emerges as a noteworthy addition to Nihon Falcom's esteemed portfolio, offering a different yet familiar experience for fans of the Trails and Ys series. With its first-ever English localization, the game brings action RPG elements into a narrative that, while not as complex as its Trails counterparts, is engaging in its own right. Despite some repetitiveness in level design and combat, the game shines in its technical polish, visual aesthetics, and captivating soundtrack.

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8 / 10.0 - ANONYMOUS;CODE
Sep 25, 2023

ANONYMOUS;CODE offers a visually engaging experience and strong main character development but falls short in fully realizing its genre's potential. Despite these shortcomings, it remains a valuable addition for fans of the Science Adventure series and visual novels.

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Sep 20, 2023

Rune Factory 3 Special serves as a comforting return to the series' roots, blending farming simulation with light RPG elements in a package that's both charming and engaging. However, its adherence to dated mechanics and lack of modern refinements make it feel like a missed opportunity for a truly special remaster, leaving players to till familiar soil without the benefit of new tools.

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Jul 16, 2023

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code is a thrilling new IP from the creators of Danganronpa, boasting a captivating narrative and a vibrant cast of characters. However, its gameplay, particularly the slow-paced Mystery Labyrinth and the overdone fan-service elements, can sometimes disrupt the overall flow and immersion of the game.

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Jul 13, 2023

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life is a nostalgic plunge into the farming sim classic, successfully offering engaging gameplay and dynamic character interactions despite some narrative shortcomings. While its strong focus on the social aspects and improved game mechanics breathe life into the series, the somewhat bland character development and repetitiveness can hinder the immersive experience it aims to provide.

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Atelier Marie Remake, a nostalgic JRPG stripped down to its alchemical roots, leans into simplicity over more complex dynamics found in recent franchise iterations. This entry point, with its chibi-style charm and time-management gameplay, may delight newcomers but risks leaving veterans yearning for the rich character engagement of the later Ryza trilogy.

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7 / 10.0 - Park Beyond
Jul 7, 2023

Park Beyond offers a unique and engaging park simulation experience with a focus on creativity and extravagant rides, making it a standout in a market with limited competition. However, it falls short in its economic management aspect, with the challenge of balancing park profitability often leading to frustration, and the controls can feel unnecessarily complex, detracting from the overall enjoyment.

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Jun 28, 2023

Ghost Trick presents a unique and intriguing gameplay experience, successfully combining visual novel elements with environmental puzzle-solving. Despite its linearity, it engrosses the player with clever humor, witty dialogue, and an engaging cast. However, its short length and lack of replayability can be seen as shortcomings. The remaster significantly improves the game's visuals and user interface, enhancing the overall experience and making it feel like a modern title.

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Jun 28, 2023

Final Fantasy XVI, with its shift towards a more action-oriented approach, offers a mature and dark narrative that is both captivating and contentious. The game's combat system, which echoes elements of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, is commendable, although its RPG elements appear somewhat diminished in the quest for action. Despite some irregularities in the distribution of experience points and variable quality of cutscenes, the game's epic fantasy action, dramatic set pieces, and well-crafted characters make it a standout installment in the franchise. However, the polarizing ending may leave fans with a range of reactions.

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Jun 21, 2023

The Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection remasters the first three games of the series for the Nintendo Switch and PC, maintaining its unique dungeon crawling gameplay but struggling with the transition from dual to single-screen. Despite some compromises in the mapping function, the collection offers improved visuals, auto-battles, and remains an engaging strategic adventure, particularly on handheld devices.

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