Ryan Costa


33 games reviewed
62.5 average score
60 median score
39.4% of games recommended
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Jan 30, 2024

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader successfully encapsulates the vibrant and rich universe, while falling short in other areas. Bugs, glitches, and loading times pad a lengthy, yet enjoyable, adventure to ridiculous levels. Patch work may be incoming, but it’s currently a fight against aggravating qualities rather than an experience that immerses players.

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3 / 5.0 - Backpack Hero
Nov 28, 2023

The gameplay loop is so richly varied that finding new ways to break the game with a build is always entertaining, it is just a shame that the presentation surrounding this gameplay is so lackluster.

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Nov 8, 2023

Slay the Princess certainly isn’t shy about beating the player over the head with a surreal combination of elegance, raw emotion, and tense uncertainty. Fans of psychological or philosophical quandaries that aren’t too squeamish at the sight of blood will have a field day with this title.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Silent Hope
Oct 30, 2023

Some time-consuming interfaces and a distractingly chatty Princess cause some consternation, but fun dungeon crawling keeps players on their toes while well-balanced combat and encouraged character swapping keeps things fresh.

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3 / 5.0 - Long Gone Days
Oct 10, 2023

Long Gone Days is ultimately a case of tempered expectations. The combat and visuals have little details that show a lot of care has gone into everything. The scope of the story is where the snag comes in, as too many hard-hitting moments get lost in the brisk pace that it attempts to juggle everything, making many of them fall flat in execution.

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May 7, 2023

It is fun to see the lengths a dark theme like this will go, but there’s little light to be found beyond the thrills of surviving to fight another day.

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2.5 / 5.0 - Mato Anomalies
Apr 10, 2023

This is a game that is very dense, with a time-consuming interface and a story that tries way too hard to be something grand, throwing strained dialogue and empty contrivances together to the point where most of the meaning is lost.

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Mar 1, 2023

Critical Games’ 8-Bit Adventures 2 successfully finds this line by blending quality-of-life aspects with an enjoyable turn-based combat system while following a beacon of heart and charm.

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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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