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Sammy Barker


Favorite Games:
  • Shenmue II
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Super Mario 64

243 games reviewed
66.2 average score
70 median score
28.6% of games recommended

Sammy Barker's Reviews

Sammy Barker is a product of the PlayStation generation. Having grown up with games, he decided to turn his hobby into a lifestyle. He's now the editor of one of the world's leading PlayStation publications.
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7 / 10 - NBA 2K20
Jun 29, 2020

NBA 2K20’s absurd production values put it alongside MLB The Show 19 as the most convincing sports game on the market, and its under-the-hood gameplay improvements mean it’s the best-playing basketball simulation ever made.

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Jun 12, 2020

The Last of Us: Part II adds a couple more inches to the already outrageously high bar that Naughty Dog has set for itself. This is the developer's crowning achievement to date, expanding and improving upon the concepts that it's been iterating on for over a decade now. Unparalleled presentation combines with an engaging gameplay loop that puts you in the shoes of its characters – and forces you to feel all of the tension and misgivings of its cast. It's uncomfortable and not everyone will necessarily enjoy its direction, but that's ultimately what makes it so essential.

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7 / 10 - Maneater
May 22, 2020

You may be tired of open world collectathons, but Maneater bites back with more than enough novelty to make the format feel as fresh as Port Clovis' well-populated oceans. A moreish gameplay loop with a well-designed sandbox mean there's some-fin special here, and while it makome as a surprise, not even control and performance issues will deter you from flashing your teeth.

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May 20, 2020

But this is a novelty at best, and once you’ve squashed a few cardboard cars, you won’t be coming back.

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6 / 10 - Thy Sword
May 18, 2020

While there are undoubtedly higher-profile roguelikes on the platforms, this is still a fun one.

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While the title does streamline some tasks, its controls are still counter-intuitive on the DualShock 4, adopting a rub-your-head-pat-your-belly approach that’s almost impossible to adapt to.

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5 / 10 - Gun Crazy
Apr 29, 2020

Gun Crazy has modest ambitions, meaning you should calibrate your expectations appropriately before giving it a spin.

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6 / 10 - HyperParasite
Apr 29, 2020

Local co-op doesn’t really ease the repetition, although your pals will certainly appreciate the pop culture references.

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7 / 10 - SnowRunner
Apr 27, 2020

SnowRunner's glacial pace won't appeal to everyone, but this unique haulage simulation manages to transform everyday terrain into an enemy you need to tame. This is a game that's less about the destination and all about the journey you take; in that sense it's unmatched, and wildly rewarding in a way that few other open worlders are.

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Apr 14, 2020

A shallow, shallow experience overall that will only hold your attention for an hour or two at most.

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