Ryan Costa


25 games reviewed
62.8 average score
60 median score
40.0% of games recommended
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Jan 17, 2023

There’s plenty to offer that makes the gameplay loop addicting: tons of weapons to craft, a balanced difficulty curve, and an amazing soundtrack.

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Dec 16, 2022

This ease and accessibility may be welcome for newcomers, but for veterans the main appeal ends up being the nostalgic views and sounds, while character development and overall plot are hindered by sparse words that leave little impact on their own. For a Vast Future feels like a fun walk down memory lane, albeit a breezy and brief one.

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Nov 10, 2022

A strong combat system that doesn’t punish players too harshly makes Asterigos: Curse of the Stars refreshing and approachable.

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3 / 5.0 - Sunday Gold
Oct 11, 2022

Sunday Gold has a story that is set in an interesting world, but its focus on a singular plot point, while entertaining, makes other content feel disjointed.

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Sep 11, 2022

It’s a game that delightfully demonstrates the importance of connections, with each other or one’s surroundings, and of reaching out.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Live A Live
Aug 22, 2022

Square Enix’s remake of Live A Live shows that even nearly thirty-year-old games can use narrative tricks to have a game shine brilliantly. Modern sensibilities, such as easier quest tracking and voice acting help widen its appeal, but the core experience remains outstanding after all these years.

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3 / 5.0 - Fallen Angel
Jul 29, 2022

Although Fallen Angel suffers from some annoying performance issues and long load times when reloading after death, it also does some things right.

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3.5 / 5.0 - The Hand of Merlin
Jun 29, 2022

The Hand of Merlin is a quick tactical roguelite game with enough otherworldly energy packed into it that causes the short completion time to breeze by. With each run being only a few hours, players have the opportunity to try out new combinations that combine classes with various abilities to find new ways to create unstoppable machines of destruction.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Loot River
May 17, 2022

Loot River‘s mileage will vary, with refreshing timing-based combat it can feel like a fun distraction or a listless drift down the river.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Triangle Strategy
Apr 23, 2022

In short, Triangle Strategy weaves all of its elements into an immensely thoughtful and fun experience.

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Mar 1, 2022

Dying Light 2 is a delightfully fast paced game, which has a few persistent issues bogging it down.

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3 / 5.0 - Nova-111
Jan 26, 2022

Melding real-time and turn-based mechanics cannot be easy, but Nova-111 does it deftly, with its gameplay being the top priority. Unfortunately, this interactive puzzle game has no story or substance to make it feel like more than a collection of mini-games.

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Jan 3, 2022

It is ultimately a refreshing time that embellishes the best parts of a dungeon crawler, while simultaneously highlighting the genre's pitfalls.

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2 / 5.0 - The Good Life
Nov 9, 2021

There is scope for the humour to work, but factoring in fighting with the camera and struggling with the controls the whole experience is just not worthwhile. In a self-fulling prophecy, Naomi points out a lot of faults in games that The Good Life just blithely repeats itself.

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Oct 14, 2021

Making it to the big top is a mechanically sound journey with a lot of great characters to choose and varied enemies making each combat fun. Unfortunately, the journey to each combat is fraught with graphical gaffes, sound repetition, and story doled out in odd intervals.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Dragon Star Varnir
Sep 12, 2021

A colourful cast of playable characters, along with entertaining combat highlighted by the ability to devour enemies to gain new skills, are countered by plot threads that just end suddenly and bring the otherwise adequate story to a halt, as well as restrictive end-affecting mechanics that make the pacing fall flat. It amounts to an average game that has some fine moments but is murky to wade through.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Wildermyth
Aug 6, 2021

The game is a very fun roguelite tactical RPG that introduces some very creative choices, such as the entire Mythic class and transformations.  With simple combat that does not get boring even after many sessions, replayability is very high.

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Jul 8, 2021

It is rare to see a game so fully embrace the type of game it wants to be, as the roguelite nature symbolizes the growth of the protagonist to fully understand their surroundings.

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Jun 1, 2021

Aluna: Sentinel of the Shards simply plays things too safe in creating a game that is functional but not interesting.

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3 / 5.0 - Poison Control
Apr 23, 2021

Poison Control is one of these games, as the anime-inspired story and musical accompaniment are well worth being held in high regard. Those can only take a game so far, however, and are brought down by the clunky gameplay and copy-and-paste visuals accompanying them.

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