Alex Carlson


23 games reviewed
63.6 average score
60 median score
30.4% of games recommended

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Alex Carlson
3 / 5.0 - Toren
May 18, 2015

Toren is very rough-around-the-edges, but there is some charm during the few hours it lasts. The stylized aesthetic and narrative take the best parts from fables and mythology, giving them a poignant sense of presence.

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2 / 5.0 - Project Root
May 11, 2015

Project Root is one of those rare occasions where the game falters not just through poor execution, but through poor concept. Having a shmup in an open-world is awkward because you need to be able to see all of your surroundings.

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3 / 5.0 - Lost Orbit
May 8, 2015

LOST ORBIT can be fun, even majestic when it hits its stride, but a steady lack of creativity shoots it down from reaching its full potential. The story of Harrison is touching and memorable, presented with such conviction and honesty that you might mistake its dialogue for that of an award-winning sci-fi novel.

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2 / 5.0 - I Am Bread
Apr 14, 2015

I wanted to like I Am Bread. Heck, I thought early builds were surprisingly solid, but this full release didn't just avoid fixing many of the issues, but actually made them worse.

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Mar 12, 2015

At its core, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number doesn't do much different than its predecessor. It's gritty, pulp fiction cranked to eleven.

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Mar 3, 2015

Dragon Ball Xenoverse has its share of flaws, many of which have plagued DBZ games for nearly a decade, but it also fixes nearly all of the problems of its predecessor. The create-a-character feature is a rich pool of choices, filled with expansive combat options and a seamless integration into the story.

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Alex Carlson
Feb 20, 2015

Resogun Defenders is an intelligent extension of the Resogun formula. The Protector mode is shockingly robust, mixing small micromanagement elements with a fully alive arcade spirit.

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3 / 5.0 - Apotheon
Feb 5, 2015

Beyond Apotheon's amazing presentation and story is a clunky, combat-heavy Metroidvania that rarely ever pushes players outside their comfort zone. The controls are already weak and frustrating, but even they pale in comparison to a combat system that can be easily abused.

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Alex Carlson
Jan 22, 2015

Taking a bizarre concept and cranking it up to eleven, Saints Row IV is still one of the best open-world games ever made, a landmark in creative freedom unbound by the narrow halls of logic or coherence. Delivering a near-endless supply of side-content and addictive combat, Saints Row IV is ridiculously easy to recommend, but Re-Elected's limited enhancements and unwelcome technical issues keep this version from being the definitive version that it should be.

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Alex Carlson
Jan 19, 2015

Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell captures the madness and destruction that made the series so fun, but even as an expansion pack, there's not much new here. So much of it is cut from the same cloth of Saints Row IV that the nuances end up meaning much less than they should.

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Alex Carlson
Dec 9, 2014

What exactly is one supposed to get from The Old City: Leviathan, a game lasting about about one and a half hours? Nothing. There's nothing worth remembering about The Old City: Leviathan.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Never Alone
Nov 25, 2014

Never Alone is a major disappointment. It masters aesthetic design and cultural storytelling, but simply cannot succeed on that alone.

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3 / 5.0 - Randal's Monday
Nov 7, 2014

Randal's Monday might not be the next great adventure game, but by focusing on the same humor and style as Clerks, it has a charm to it. The animation and voice acting is superb, channeling the spirit of Sunday night animated shows without being edgy for edgy's sake.

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Alex Carlson
Oct 24, 2014

Despite a poor use of its license, The Legend of Korra still provides some fun for its price. It might not live up to Platinum Games' sky-high pedigree, and you might be compelled to call it their first misstep, but The Legend of Korra is a good starting point if you want to see what Platinum Games are all about.

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Alex Carlson
Aug 29, 2014

Amazing Princess Sarah is a competent, if uninspired indie platformer.

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Unscored - Metro Redux
Aug 19, 2014

If you already own Metro 2033 and Last Light, Metro Redux is a hard sell. The improvements, while admirable, don't make enough of a difference to be worth another $50 purchase.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Resogun: Heroes
Jun 25, 2014

Resogun Heroes takes enough risks to be interesting, while not alienating those who've stuck with the game since launch. The two new modes have plenty of unique elements to be worth checking out, while still keeping your palms sweaty as you thread the needle through a swarm of ships.

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4 / 5.0 - The Fall
May 30, 2014

The Fall is the beginning of an intelligent and engaging sci-fi story, one that'll keep you on the edge of your seat throughout every tricky brain teaser of a puzzle. With an excellent cast, a visceral, thought-provoking story and some great voice acting, the narrative has plenty of drive and it'll keep you guessing all the way to its tease of an ending.

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4.5 / 5.0 - BattleBlock Theater
May 14, 2014

The amount of content, style and polish in BattleBlock Theater is incredible and puts the efforts of many AAA developers to shame. The story and writing alone could fill a comedy club, but the accessible, addictive gameplay demonstrates a mastery of platformer fundamentals.

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3 / 5.0 - Cel Damage HD
Apr 24, 2014

For an HD remake that no one asked for of a game that few people played, Cel Damage HD is actually pretty charming and entertaining.

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