Marcus Estrada


162 games reviewed
68.5 average score
70 median score
40.7% of games recommended
Scores 23.3 higher than average

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Marcus Estrada

Higurashi When They Cry is a series that continues to impress with its incredible atmosphere and multitude of mysteries. Even as these mysteries are finally becoming untangled, there's still an immensely strong storyline keeping players engaged. Higurashi When They Cry Hou – Ch.7 Minagoroshi provides enough information to satiate fans but leaves them desperate for a conclusion. That's coming with Ch. 8 — but don't expect to see that release for at least six months up to a year.

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May 4, 2019

It's weird how a developer who is both so skilled at crafting visual novels and dungeon crawlers ended up creating a game that is not perfectly suited toward either audience.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Tapsonic Bold
May 2, 2019

Anyone with a taste for rhythm games in the style of Beatmania or DJMax needs to take Tapsonic Bold for a spin.

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4.5 / 5.0 - STEINS;GATE ELITE
Mar 4, 2019

Visual novel fans simply must play Steins;Gate at some point in their life.

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4 / 5.0 - Steam Prison
Feb 14, 2019

There's a lot in Steam Prison's favor from the onset.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Sweet Pool
Jan 19, 2019

The key thing that Sweet Pool has going for it is the unusual themes it presents players with. This is one of those games that you’ll end up thinking about even after you’ve finished it. Just be sure to go with the complete version if at all possible. The Steam edition is cut in such a way that it’s impossible to recommend playing without obtaining the patch.

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4 / 5.0 - Sakura Sakura
Dec 31, 2018

Sakura Sakura is the kind of game to play when you're not in the mood for anything serious.

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Oct 8, 2018

428: Shibuya Scramble is clearly the child of Spike Chunsoft as it brings together some of the best features from Zero Escape and Danganronpa into a new title.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Donut County
Sep 10, 2018

Donut County presents a simple concept to players: collect objects to make a hole larger until the entire stage is clear. Done poorly, no one would remember the experience whatsoever. Developer Ben Esposito turns something mechanically simplistic into a joy via smart design. The adorable world inhabited by colorful characters is something we desperately need more of in games. Donut County might not be a long experience, but it's one that players can't help but cherish.

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Ch.6 Tsumihoroboshi is an odd chapter. Although it fits fully within the confines of the Higurashi world, it feels thematically different from previous chapters. It's not a bad thing, though, as much as it's a much-needed change of pace after some terribly distressing chapters that came before it, such as Ch.3 Tatarigoroshi.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Lumines Remastered
Jun 26, 2018

The core enjoyment of Lumines Remastered lies simply with playing it.

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3 / 5.0 - Momoiro Closet
May 19, 2018

Momoiro Closet is a strange game to recommend because the all-ages version lacks so much content due to sexuality clearly being the focus.

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3.5 / 5.0 - MachiaVillain
May 16, 2018

MachiaVillain is a provides a terribly fun concept for a management simulation game.

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Chuusotsu! 1st Graduation: Time After Time is a mostly cutesy visual novel following the lives of three chuusotsu.

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Apr 18, 2018

The Bell Chimes for Gold starts out as charming and fun to play.

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4.5 / 5.0 - DJMAX RESPECT
Mar 17, 2018

DJMax Respect is an excellent package for rhythm game fans to pick up, regardless of having played the series before or not.

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Mar 6, 2018

It is extremely difficult to recommend Creature Romances: Kokonoe Kokoro to anyone other than the niche of visual novel fans who devour all games with non-human romances.

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4 / 5.0 - Red Embrace
Feb 20, 2018

One of the best things that can be said about Red Embrace is that players will wish it were even longer.

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Jan 7, 2018

Grab a comfy chair, snacks and maybe even some tissues to prepare for playing Umineko When They Cry – Answer Arcs. You'll be in for the long haul as the story twists and turns for at least fifty hours. While there were some slower story segments in the Question Arcs, there's none of that here. Every event feels completely Earth-shattering and reveals prove utterly satisfying. Any visual novel fan out there who has not yet read Umineko When They Cry needs to rectify this immediately.

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Hoshizora no Memoria -Wish upon a Shooting Star- provides slice of life fun for those who enjoy it, with a bit extra in the form of its mysterious elements and plenty of routes, but it can often become a slog to read between key moments.

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