Rick Lane


76 games reviewed
68.8 average score
74 median score
38.6% of games recommended
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Sep 16, 2022

The Outsiders' impressive debut combines the gunplay of Doom with the musical button-mashing of Guitar Hero

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Sep 9, 2022

Build knight schools and wizard academies in this imaginative college life sim, an endearing follow-up to Two Point Hospital

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Aug 10, 2022

Insomniac's Spider-Man is as loveable as ever, even if the surrounding game can't quite live up to him.

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Unscored - Hard West 2
Aug 4, 2022

A tough yet rewarding turn-based tactics game with a supernatural twist on the western theme.

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May 30, 2022

Crossfire: Legion is a perfectly adequate RTS capable of generating some spectacular player-driven action, but it's so keen to be the next Starcraft that it skips right past much of what made Starcraft great in the first place.

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Essential - Sniper Elite 5
May 25, 2022

Through its invasion mechanic, Sniper Elite 5 achieves the ultimate goal of any sniping game, to capture the tension and drama of Jude Law and Ed Harris squaring off in Enemy at the Gates. If, like me, you watched that film when you were too young to do so, and thought "I wish there was a game that let me do that", rather than the more balanced "wow, war is terrible," then Sniper Elite 5 is that game, just without the Russian setting or Rachel Weisz. Couple that with eight superbly flexible sandboxes and the most imaginative interactive representation of the second world war in at least a decade, and you've got yourself one of the most entertaining games of the year.

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May 18, 2022

Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong offers an impressively flexible story, but that can't save it from its mediocre writing and scattershot game design.

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Apr 29, 2022

Galactic Civilizations 4 is a vast and dependable grand space strategy. But there's little here that radical, and expect to meet it halfway.

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78 / 100 - Lost Ark
Feb 8, 2022

Excellent combat and a stunning sense of scale help steer Lost Ark through its more tired MMO conventions.

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Nov 16, 2021

It may not be a radical change, but it's still one of the best management experiences around.

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Nov 9, 2021

CoD's multiplayer is as dependable as ever, but Vanguard's campaign and Zombies mode fail to capitalise on what could be interesting ideas.

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Oct 19, 2021

Despite a messy start, this spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead becomes more challenging and characterful the longer you spend with it

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Recommended - Chernobylite
Jul 28, 2021

Slight repetition can't diminish the incredible atmoshpere of Farm 51's post-apocalyptic survival game.

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Jun 17, 2021

Blending classic stealth mechanics with puzzle-y sniping, Contracts 2 gets the job done.

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Jun 4, 2021

Necromunda is a sight to behold, but it's undermined by wonky shooting, superfluous mechanics, and bugs.

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Jun 2, 2021

Solasta's storytelling may not be up to much, but its tactical combat and accessible approach to D&D rules make it worth considering for CRPG fans.

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May 12, 2021

Below Zero is a mostly brilliant sequel to the best survival game of all time.

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85 / 100 - Trials of Fire
Apr 7, 2021

Trials of Fire's list of features may read like a videogame word salad, but the resulting combination makes for a fine RPG feast.

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Mar 29, 2021

A superbly stylish and surprisingly challenging management game, Evil Genius 2 is let down only by its tendency to bloviate.

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64 / 100 - Nebuchadnezzar
Feb 17, 2021

Classically styled and rich in detail, Nebuchadnezzar's city-building fun is hindered by micromanagement and trading issues.

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