Geoff Thew


57 games reviewed
70.5 average score
75 median score
50.9% of games recommended

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Geoff Thew
Mar 21, 2016

It's likely that we will remember République for being the game with the some of the coolest collectible items in video game history rather than being an awesome experience.

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2.25 / 5.0 - Among the Sleep
Dec 24, 2015

It's a shame that a mechanic as promising as playing as a toddler — and all the repercussions surrounding it — is underplayed here, as tied in with a psychological leaning in horror, Among the Sleep could have offered a fresh take in what is a painstakingly underused concept in games. [Hardcore Gamer separately reviewed the PS4 (2.5) and PC (2.0) versions. Their scores have been averaged.]

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Geoff Thew
May 3, 2015

As a single-player campaign, Blackrock Mountain isn't quite as well-tuned as Curse of Naxxramas, but it makes up for that shortcoming by somehow being even funnier. It proves that Naxx wasn't a fluke – these adventures aren't just convoluted card-delivery systems, they're legitimately fun experiences in their own right.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Broken Age: Act 2
Apr 30, 2015

I really want to love Broken Age Act 2 as much as I loved the first part. As a complete package, the game is beautiful, funny and well-designed.

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Geoff Thew
Apr 23, 2015

That's kind of the crux of the problem: everything in The Charnel House Trilogy is too obvious. You see most of the scares coming a mile away, it's super easy to see through the psychological tricks that it tries to employ and once you understand what's going on with the train it doesn't feel particularly ominous anymore, no matter what tone the graphics and music might otherwise set.

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People are going to talk a lot about the big plot points in Life is Strange, and the second episode will give them plenty to dig into.

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The main plot of Dreamfall Chapters has still yet to begin in earnest, but the character writing and world building are more than strong enough to carry us through to the next act. A lot does happen in this second episode — fates are changed, important decisions are made and the events to come are beginning to take shape.

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4 / 5.0 - Sunless Sea
Mar 3, 2015

Sunless Sea is a little darker and less cheerful than its already morbid sister Fallen London, but it's no less delightful. The Unterzee is awash with clever, well-written stories, and you're sure to find something new every time you set sail – even if actually finding it can take a while.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Harold
Feb 23, 2015

For all its problems, Harold isn't without its charms. The music is fantastic, especially when it kicks into high gear and the whole choir starts singing.

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Geoff Thew
Feb 23, 2015

If you love point and click adventures, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is everything you could possibly want and more. With stunning (and clever) graphics, a fully orchestrated soundtrack and top-notch voice acting, its production values are second to none, and it has writing chops to match.

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3 / 5.0 - Hand of Fate
Feb 23, 2015

Hand of Fate isn't perfect, but its various systems click together with rare elegance. Few antagonists are quite so compelling or vexing as The Dealer, and his theatrics help to sell the game's odd conceit

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Geoff Thew
Feb 13, 2015

Like its predecessors, Total War ATTILA is equal parts grueling and rewarding, a deep simulation of medieval warfare that lets you shift the tide of one of history's bloodiest conflicts. Unlike some of its predecessors, this game feels thoroughly polished, without any technical gaffes or design mistakes to speak of.

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Geoff Thew

There’s no end to the criticisms that can be leveled at Fahrenheit, but it’s hard to deny the game’s eminent playability.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Splice
Jan 29, 2015

Splice is a well-conceptualized puzzle game, but it's not as well-executed as it ought to be. Its minimalistic sensibilities end up leaving some important rules unexplained, and they don't quite gel with the type of game Cipher Prime has created.

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Geoff Thew

It's very tempting to dismiss Life is Strange out of hand as the same pretentious pabulum that it emulates, but the affectations of hipster cinema prove essential to its narrative goals. DONTNOD's sophomore effort aims to capture the voice of today's youth, and outside of a few heavy-handed moments it succeeds.

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Geoff Thew
Jan 20, 2015

If Earthbound is a Japanese interpretation of Americana as seen through a filter of sitcoms, b-movies and news reels, then Citizens of Earth offers a Canadian take on the country we see through The Daily Show and the front page of Reddit. But where Shigesato Itoi displays deep fondness for his source material, Eden Industries is clearly more attached to the games that inspired them than they are to their game's setting.

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Geoff Thew
Jan 9, 2015

The Witcher Adventure Game takes everything from the tabletop game of the same name and digitizes it, with a great deal of attention paid to aesthetics. Unfortunately, the board game being emulated here is poorly-designed, and the gorgeous visuals sometimes get in the way of its functionality.

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Geoff Thew
Dec 31, 2014

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse works just as well on a console as it did on a handheld.

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Geoff Thew
Nov 21, 2014

The Marvellous Miss Take has a good deal going for it – fast-paced stealth gameplay, eminently charming visuals and a fantastic pun for a title. There's a decent variety to the level design and new game elements are introduced at a good clip to keep things fresh.

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Geoff Thew
Nov 20, 2014

Persona Q should be a hardcore Persona fan's dream game, and if you only come to the series for its character writing then it kind of is.

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