Josh Wise


50 games reviewed
67.6 average score
70 median score
60.0% of games recommended
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Nov 4, 2020

This is the crux of Yakuza: Like a Dragon. It is fascinated by the way that games lurk at the soft verges of life, vesting our days with dreams.

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Nov 22, 2020

The developer, SIE Japan Studio, has forged a platformer from the same blend of delirium and precision that blows through Super Mario, and then filled it with fossils.

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Nov 26, 2020

If you wish to see what your new console can do, this is the game to get; it provides the most whimper for your buck.

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9 / 10 - Returnal
Apr 29, 2021

Complex systems are made simple, by committing their clutter to muscle memory, and play-good play, at any rate-requires that you, like Selene, ride its enigmatic loop.

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It’s not quite that I had forgotten how good it was—more that I needed the intervening years to realise it.

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The developer, Insomniac Games, has a similar storytelling confidence to that of Naughty Dog-a natural cinematic ease, bolstered by money and technology, which gives equal weight to ground-level struggles as to those beyond the rooftops.

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Nov 30, 2020

Where Sackboy: A big Adventure proves most winsome isn't in its play but in the surfeit of its surrounding glitter.

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Dec 16, 2020

The scenes that have lodged most deeply in my memory are not those devoted to the chases, the shootouts, or the narrow squeaks, but those possessed of a quiet empathy.

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Mar 23, 2021

It's difficult not to be bowled over as you watch a feline chef and his staff caper through a culinary ritual of song.

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8 / 10 - Mundaun
May 18, 2021

The game isn't above jolting you with the odd jump scare, but it's far happier to politely trouble your sleep.

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