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Luke Plunkett

41 games reviewed
91.7% of games recommended

Luke Plunkett's Reviews

Kotaku editor, author of Cosplay World, graveyard shifter.
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Nov 14, 2019

Unity of Command II shows that even in a genre as tried-and-tested as this, where so much has remained the same for so long, that there’s room for change that not only interesting, but exciting.

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Unscored - Planet Zoo
Nov 5, 2019

This is one of gaming’s great sandboxes (provided you can tame its expanse), and if you thought it was satisfying linking some theme park rides together, wait until you do the same thing only for baby pandas.

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Unscored - NBA 2K20
Sep 17, 2019

For me, someone who just wants to have a little story alongside a singleplayer sports experience—which I really enjoy when I’m on the court!— NBA 2K20 is a new low.

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May 28, 2019

For those new or interested in the series, this is absolutely the best place to start, as it’ll ease you in and communicate its complexities better than any other Total War. And if you’re experienced, you’ll just love how this is a smoother, smarter ride. Three Kingdoms isn’t a perfect Total War game, but it’s the closest the series has come in a long time.

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Unscored - Imperator: Rome
Apr 25, 2019

It strikes a great balance between retaining much of what makes a Paradox grand strategy game so time-consuming while streamlining its approach and interface.

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Unscored - Yakuza Kiwami
Feb 19, 2019

Kiwami has a much smaller scope than something like Yakuza 0 but I think that also gives it a lot of focus. While the series is now famous for side quests and random activities, Kiwami has a focus and drive to it that I really enjoyed by the end.

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Even taking its whiffs and missed opportunities into account, I’ve still loved every hour I’ve spent with Gathering Storm. It’s an expansion that may not stick its landing, but which should still be applauded and admired for the way it sets out to change the very world we play on, and succeeds.

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Unscored - NBA 2K19
Oct 4, 2018

2K19's MyCareer represents some of the very worst in exploitative, money-hungry design in all of video games.

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Aug 2, 2018

The story I ended up with, with its highs and lows, felt like my story, forged by the calls I made in the stress of battle, and I own them. For better or worse.

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Apr 17, 2018

Given the technological advances made here, and its breezier outlook on life with a cast freed from the confines of Yakuza's dense lore, I'd prefer to look at this as the first of a new breed of Yakuza game.

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