Issa Maki


22 games reviewed
72.8 average score
70 median score
59.1% of games recommended
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Aug 8, 2022

When I compare Sword and Fairy: Together Forever to the heavy-hitting JRPGs of the 8th generation such as Persona 5, Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Beseria, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, not only is the outcome favorable, it can flat out surpass them at will.

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6 / 10.0 - The Quarry
Jul 4, 2022

While The Quarry is by all means a decent game, it embraces being Until Dawn's shadow instead trying to step out of it.

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The Radical Dreamers Edition isn't as bad as it's made out to be, but to say it's a far cry from what it should have been is an understatement.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Coromon
Apr 14, 2022

Coromon isn't an RPG, it's a mental and physical skillcheck masquerading under the veneer of a beloved children's title. Should you go into it with a thinking cap on instead of nostalgia goggles, you'll walk away with a consistently great game in search of a strong player.

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What we're left with is a Frankenstein's monster of a game, with nowhere to call home and no one to love it. The worst part is that it's a damn fun time that deserves attention for its merits.

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8 / 10.0 - Shadow Warrior 3
Mar 6, 2022

There won't be a shortage of games to celebrate in 2022, but if you get the chance to rock out with your Wang hung Lo then, by all means, take it!

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7 / 10.0 - Blackwind
Jan 19, 2022

Blackwind is an ambitious game that proves it can do it all – just not at once.

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While House of Ashes may fall just short of eclipsing Until Dawn's brilliance, it's easily the best entry in The Dark Pictures Anthology, representing that significant bump needed to move the genre forward in a meaningful way.

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Oct 19, 2021

The most polarizing AAA game of 2019 receives a fresh coat of paint, elevating it beyond its 8th generation confines.

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8 / 10.0 - Dreamscaper
Aug 8, 2021

Afterburner Studios enters the gaming world with a very strong roguelite that has the gameplay to rival its ambition.

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Intergrade continues the legacy of Final Fantasy VII with some great new content, but those coming from the PS4 version will have less to celebrate about.

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Unscored - Shantae
May 16, 2021

Whatever Shantae's future holds, her past is worthy of dedication, but it's up to the player to prove themselves worthy of inheriting its legacy.

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8.5 / 10.0 - ScourgeBringer
May 15, 2021

It almost feels like nitpicking to find flaws in ScourgeBringer, as it has an answer for almost anything that might be a problem.

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7 / 10.0 - Battle Brothers
Apr 4, 2021

Battle Brothers isn't for everyone, but those willing to take the beating will have access to a rewarding game with tons of replay value.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Everhood
Mar 20, 2021

Chris Nordgren and Jordi Roca have captured lightning in a bottle with a highly original game that has the potential to become the next Undertale.

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Feb 15, 2021

Fans will be pleased with Little Nightmares II, but others might not be convinced by the premium entry fee and low replay value.

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6 / 10.0 - Neoverse
Feb 1, 2021

The core gameplay of Neoverse is addictive, but ultimately held back by the confines of its creation.

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Dec 10, 2020

If it's not the best game in the series, it's not too far behind, which is saying quite a bit for one that has spent the entire eighth generation improving itself.

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Dec 3, 2020

Sackboy turns in a solid performance, but treads over ground that has clearly been walked on by others.

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Nov 21, 2020

Fans of Kingdom Hearts or rhythm games will both find something to love here, but most will be left wanting more.

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