Matt Whittaker


102 games reviewed
73.0 average score
80 median score
53.9% of games recommended

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Matt Whittaker
Nov 8, 2016

Small Radios Big Televisions isn't the type of two-hour indie experience that's going to blow your mind, but there's something oddly relaxing and engrossing about navigating through its creepy factories.

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Matt Whittaker
4 / 5.0 - Shadow Warrior 2
Oct 13, 2016

Putting aside the technical complaints, Shadow Warrior 2 is legitimately one of the best shooters of 2016 thus far.

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4 / 5.0 - Mafia 3
Oct 10, 2016

It wouldn't be surprising for Mafia III to emerge as the AAA game with the best story of 2016 as Lincoln Clay's revenge tale, and its wonderful documentary-style presentation, are engrossing from beginning to end, with a host of unique characters that make New Bordeaux feel unlike anywhere else in video games.

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4.5 / 5.0 - NBA 2K17
Sep 22, 2016

Calling NBA 2K17 the greatest basketball game ever made almost feels redundant, since 2K and Visual Concepts puts out a wonderfully polished product year after year.

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Matt Whittaker
Sep 12, 2016

For as cool as The Tomorrow Children looks, there is far too much monotony in its moment-to-moment gameplay to warrant a recommendation.

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3 / 5.0 - ReCore
Sep 12, 2016

Despite its problems, it's not hard to envision a world in which a few changes along the way could have turned ReCore into a cult hit.

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Matt Whittaker
Sep 8, 2016

Mother Russia Bleeds succeeds in being a self-aware play on the edginess in video games.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Metrico +
Aug 27, 2016

It's great to see developers take criticism to heart and use those lessons to create a better experience the second time around.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Valley
Aug 24, 2016

Valley plays host to movement mechanics that feel awesome to use and a story that eventually becomes worthwhile.

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3.5 / 5.0 - No Man's Sky
Aug 16, 2016

Despite the sheer amount of complaints that you can throw at No Man’s Sky, it’s still a breathtaking experience that teases the possibilities of the medium’s future.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Abzu
Aug 2, 2016

Abzû is the type of wondrous palate cleanser that reminds us of the beauty of video games.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Human: Fall Flat
Jul 31, 2016

Human: Fall Flat is weird and it embraces its oddity enough to make it worth a full playthrough.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Song of the Deep
Jul 10, 2016

Song of the Deep could have been downright outstanding, but there’s enough flaws here to bump it back down into the realm of simply good.

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3 / 5.0 - Furi
Jul 5, 2016

If Furi had another month or two in the oven to tighten up its parry system and clean up some of the issues with its interactive cutscenes, then it could be a shining entry in a year loaded with lovable indie darlings.

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4.5 / 5.0 - INSIDE
Jun 28, 2016

Inside isn’t just some incremental improvement over the basic premise of Limbo, it’s one of the best puzzle-platformers ever made.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Mighty No. 9
Jun 23, 2016

The phrase that best describes Keiji Inafune's infamous spiritual successor to the classic action-platforming franchise is "aggressively mediocre." In fact, Mighty No. 9 is such an average video game that reviewers could give future mediocre games a Mighty No. 9 out of ten and it would serve as a perfect indication of their quality.

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Matt Whittaker
Jun 6, 2016

For hardcore Mirror's Edge fans, Catalyst is a wonderful love letter from DICE that rewards the passion of this relatively small group.

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Our review of Hearts of Stone mentioned that it was a shining example of how to create meaningful downloadable content, and yet Blood and Wine manages to top it in nearly every way imaginable.

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Matt Whittaker
May 22, 2016

While saying that Far Harbor is Fallout 4‘s best piece of add-on content to date isn’t the highest piece of praise in the world, it’s an absolute must-download for anyone who enjoyed the sprawling post-apocalyptic role-playing game.

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Matt Whittaker
May 17, 2016

While Homefront: The Revolution had potential to be great, its mediocre gameplay, lackluster story and myriad of technical issues make it one of the biggest disappointments of the generation.

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