Patrick Shields


20 games reviewed
84.3 average score
85 median score
100.0% of games recommended
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Feb 10, 2024

With great-playing tables, varied and enticing themes, multiple exciting camera angles, and design that continues to improve and delight, Pinblend Studios hits the mark more than they miss.

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9 / 10.0 - Tekken 8
Jan 29, 2024

Whether you are venturing through the epic story, rumbling with friends and strangers alike in the Tekken Fight Lounge, or engaging with any of the other numerous modes, Tekken 8 serves up a mighty banquet of fun.

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Oct 20, 2023

We finally have a game that can match Super Mario World as a masterclass in 2D platforming. Super Mario Wonder epitomizes infectious personality and masterful perfection, and it is a must-play wonder to behold.

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9 / 10.0 - Mortal Kombat 1
Sep 18, 2023

In a time where fighting games are experiencing such an incredible resurgence, no other fighter has emerged quite so victoriously as Mortal Kombat 1.

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Jul 21, 2023

In a genre that is just beginning to bud, Spirit Hunters: Infinite Horde blooms with a surprising amount of spirit.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Remnant II
Jul 20, 2023

I can't get enough of Remnant 2. When I'm not playing, I'm often thinking about new upgrade paths, character builds, and play styles to explore while adventuring through Remnant 2's engaging worlds.

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9.5 / 10.0 - Street Fighter 6
Jun 5, 2023

The old champ has claimed the belt once more, and Street Fighter 6 is taking on all comers. Here comes a new challenger, and this one stands above all others.

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9 / 10.0 - Pinball FX
Mar 7, 2023

Whether you play the classic style, overtaking your friends’ scores in the process, or you opt to set up or participate in a Tournament or Event showcase where you can earn a variety of customization items for your room in a season-style setup, you’ll be addicted to the flow of play, the sounds, the lights, and the effects.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Wild Hearts
Feb 28, 2023

If you allow yourself to become immersed in the gameplay of Wild Hearts and its systems, you’ll get much more out of it than you will initially realize. Because, for all of its irritations and faults, one thing Wild Hearts has in spades is, ironically, a lot of heart.

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8 / 10.0 - Hi-Fi Rush
Jan 28, 2023

For whatever faults it may have, Hi-Fi RUSH is an outstanding game. Not only is it fun to play, it’s a reminder that not every game needs to be something more than it actually is.

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Oct 18, 2022

Them’s Fightin’ Herds is a fine surprise, and, more importantly, it is a fine game. It reminds me a lot of the original BlazBlue, which had a relatively small cast, but it kept building on it’s core design and amazing potential.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Metal: Hellsinger
Sep 12, 2022

It merges the frenetic gunplay and challenge of Doom with the rhythmic precision of Guitar Hero in a way that feels natural. And when you’re feeling the zone where every dodge and shot is pumping in perfect rhythm, you’ll be singing an epic tune that’s nothing short of pure metal.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Thymesia
Aug 16, 2022

Besides the amazing Sekiro, there is not a more fun combat experience in a Souls game than what is experienced in Thymesia.

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Jul 15, 2022

From new weapons, armor, and monsters, to the new characters, hub area, and maps, including one of the best maps you’ll find in the entire series, Sunbreak delivers quantity AND quality.

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8.5 / 10.0 - DNF Duel
Jun 29, 2022

DnF Duel proves that publisher Nexon was wise to place their trust in developer Arc System Works, because they know the art of fighting game duels better than absolutely everyone else.

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This amount of love, passion, and execution must be rewarded, as anyone who plays the game will immediately know that they are playing one of the greatest beat-em-up brawlers of all time.

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May 17, 2022

So does Salt and Sacrifice succeed in being an enjoyable experience? Absolutely, it does. The controls are responsive, there are many viable styles of play, the music is engaging, the sound effects are crunchy, and the animations are fun and stylized.

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Feb 15, 2022

For new players and veterans of The King of Fighters series, this is the finest entry yet.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Metroid Dread
Oct 11, 2021

Metroid Dread provided me some of the most fun I’ve had in video games this year and is absolutely a game that deserves a seat right next to its siblings in the series.

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Mar 30, 2021

If you are even remotely interested in having a fun, engaging experience, dust off your Switch and prepare yourself. Monster Hunter Rise is an adventure that will sink its fangs in deep and not soon let go.

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