Jordan Helm


216 games reviewed
68.1 average score
70 median score
39.4% of games recommended
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2 / 5.0 - Forspoken
Jan 23, 2023

Where Forspoken should've been a striking and appealing fresh start for Luminous Productions, the end result sadly is a game not only bland and unpolished, but deprived of a reason to care for its unfolding mystery.

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2 / 5.0 - Sports Story
Jan 9, 2023

Sequels that don't quite match the lightning-in-a-bottle status of its originator are nothing new.

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3.5 / 5.0 - The Block
Dec 18, 2022

Coming at arguably a fitting time of the year, The Block - simple and small in scale it may be - makes for an adequate palette-cleanser of a release.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Melatonin
Dec 12, 2022

Cleverly-orchestrated, if sadly a little on the abrupt side due to its short run-time, Melatonin's way with visuals is matched only by its delightful and genuine sense of challenge across its myriad of rhythm encounters.

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Dec 6, 2022

Confused, contradictory and all too reliant on what came before, fantastic visuals that may stand as one of the current-gen's best can't save what's a terribly underwhelming release with The Callisto Protocol. A game that tries so desperately to be acknowledged for its own identity, all while relying on its most blatant and obvious of call-backs.

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Nov 20, 2022

In all its tricks, turns and trials to overcome, A Little to the Left succeeds on the basis of its charming and relatable premise on the obsessive nature of order and sequence.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Somerville
Nov 14, 2022

It's hard to recommend Somerville purely on the basis of what loosely-tied and ultimately lacking material its narrative provides.

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4 / 5.0 - Bayonetta 3
Nov 7, 2022

As ridiculous and as unruly as it's ever been, the five year wait for Bayonetta's third outing ends on a predominantly satisfying high.

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Nov 1, 2022

What feels like the foundation for something ideally more substantial lying in wait, Arkanoid – Eternal Battle can only muster up a competent, but unimaginative, spin on the Taito classic in Battle Royale form.

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Oct 19, 2022

On providing a premise far removed from the regularly harrowing and oppressive tone we're used to, you can't fault developer Over the Moon Games' more satirical intentions.

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Oct 17, 2022

In 2019, Asobo surprised us all with a game that found a way to utilize AAA tropes in the pursuit of a compelling narrative.

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Though Trails' usual splendor of combat options here should come as no surprise, what's striking with this year's remastering is how well this once portable-only entry has translated across to more modern-day portable screens alike.

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4 / 5.0 - Tinykin
Aug 22, 2022

Early on in one's adventure it's clear the tone here is one of a passive, laid back approach to challenge and accomplishment, but that direction in no way diminishes what ends up being one of the most delightful and well-curated IPs in this genre for some years.

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4 / 5.0 - Thymesia
Aug 16, 2022

Even with these blemishes and moments where the admiration for what's come before gets in the way of basic consistency and much-needed fluidity, OverBorder Studio have at least landed in a much better position with a foundation that's challenging and entertainingly so.

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Jul 28, 2022

Hard as it may be - and only increasing in difficulty the further the years rolls on - to truly stand out in a crowded and competitive market that is the glaze of Souls-like appeal, where The Tarnishing of Juxtia may not be scoring high on originality, it just about makes up for in heart and dedication.

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3 / 5.0 - As Dusk Falls
Jul 18, 2022

Without digging too deeply into the real reasons behind Interior Night's choice of aesthetic and presentation, As Dusk Falls is one of those cases of a solid foundation let down one too many times by its execution.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Redout 2
Jun 27, 2022

Redout 2 is the kind of game I so desperately want to speak nothing but praise for.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Card Shark
Jun 2, 2022

In fact it's that humble acknowledging of what it's demanding of the player - let alone all the fine details to keep track of - that Card Shark successfully side-steps as a result.

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4 / 5.0 - Sniper Elite 5
May 25, 2022

While a few issues remain that hamper the experience, it's a no-brainer to proclaim Sniper Elite 5 has taken everything that made 4 as great as it was and improved it.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Loot River
May 3, 2022

Even occasional bugs and minor inconsistencies on challenge do little to sully a terrific first try for straka.

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