Richard Banks


20 games reviewed
80.0 average score
80 median score
75.0% of games recommended
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4 / 5.0 - Wargroove 2
Oct 14, 2023

It might not reinvent the wheel, but as a successor to an already near-perfect Advance Wars-like, did it ever really need to?

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5 / 5.0 - Pikmin 4
Jul 26, 2023

Pikmin 4 is, to put it simply, Pikmin at its best.

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4 / 5.0 - Homeseek
Jul 13, 2023

Homeseek is a punishingly bleak post-apocalyptic city builder where every action feels consequential.

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Jun 5, 2023

Company of Heroes 3 may not always hit the right notes, but as far as RTS console ports go, it doesn't get much better than this.

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May 6, 2023

Stranded: Alien Dawn makes one small step for man and one giant leap for survivor sims-kind.

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Apr 1, 2023

Difficulty spikes, no matter how steep, are fine in games of this ilk, but it's harder to forgive Have A Nice Death's approach to rewarding players. There is, however, so much joy in Have A Nice Death's gloriously grim setting that it's absolutely easy to recommend, but for roguelike players that prefer their rinse-and-repeat gaming a little more forgiving and, most importantly, rewarding, there are plenty of better options out there.

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5 / 5.0 - Wild Hearts
Feb 27, 2023

Perhaps my biggest takeaway from Wild Hearts is that I didn't once find myself lamenting for Monster Hunter. Wild Hearts was perhaps a risky endeavour, but it's one that's paid off with impressive results. While genre newcomers can treat the land of Azuma as a gateway to monster hunting, long-standing genre fans will find plenty here to keep them happy until the next Monster Hunter adventure arrives.

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Starship Troopers - Terran Command Terran Command is impressively faithful to its classic '90s sci-fi source material and a solid space adventure in its own right.

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5 / 5.0 - Sifu
May 28, 2022

A wonderfully difficult beat-'em-up that puts the player at the forefront of their very own martial arts epic.

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Mar 25, 2022

Triangle Strategy is unique in its sprawling story, and its success is only solidified by an excellent combat system that makes battles as intense as they are intimidating. With deep lore and an overall mature approach to a genre too often dumbed down, Triangle Strategy is an RPG fans dream.

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Mar 11, 2022

A fast-paced Doom-lite that doesn't overstay its welcome.

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Feb 19, 2022

Oddworld's weirdest moment has never looked better.

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A welcome return for one of Nintendo's best forgotten IPs.

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Nov 23, 2021

There's still some way to go to make the JWE franchise a viable management sim, but this sequel goes a long way to right a lot of its predecessor's wrongs.

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3 / 5.0 - SkateBIRD
Oct 3, 2021

SkateBIRD is ultimately, incredibly charming, but incredibly flawed. It's fun, when it doesn't punish you for its own shortcomings, and the that doesn't mean it's a faultless experience

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Jun 6, 2021

Layers of Fear 2 may not be the quintessential horror-puzzle spookathon, but it's certainly a thrilling, claustrophobic ghost story that easily holds its own. It's at times uneven, and the puzzling isn't as interesting as the backdrop, but for sheer storytelling prowess alone, it's definitely worth setting sail on this ghost ship.

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4 / 5.0 - The Colonists
May 25, 2021

The Colonists is a charming sim with plenty of content to satisfy your pioneering dreams

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Apr 17, 2021

If you're worried that Disco Elysium might be too slow for you, you're probably right. It's a visual novel through and through, where 90% of the gameplay is reading. It doesn't skip any big issues, it doesn't mind reminding you about the human condition, right after making you giggle uncontrollably; it wants you to be engaged, intoxicated, and uncomfortable. If you value engaging writing and exceptionally gorgeous graphics over a fast paced RPG, Disco Elysium is an adventure absolutely worth investing in.

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Mar 29, 2021

I'm not done with Starbase Spacetopia (or whatever it's called, I give up), I still want to nail the perfect base, especially now I've fully understood all the games systems, and for the most part, I'm having fun. On top of the campaign and free play mode there's a perfectly serviceable multiplayer mode too, albeit the current small player base means it takes a while to locate a game. Is it the pinnacle of base management strategy games? No, far from it in fact, but it's a more than serviceable space station sim that satisfies the itch for galactic domination.

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Pioneers of Olive Town offers familiar beats but none of the conviction of its contemporaries

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