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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect turns the game you know into something you've likely never experienced.

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Essential
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris gets the Tetsuya Mizuguchi makeover, to dazzling effect.

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9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

A masterful reimagining of Tetris that changes little about the core gameplay but still manages to create one of the most immersive video games ever.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Most of us have had intense moments with Tetris, but Tetris Effect's masterful musical accompaniment makes it emotionally resonant as well

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Unscored
Nov 9, 2018

But Tetris Effect isn't simply a game about pattern optimization and reflex-based puzzle solving. It excels at being an experience, one that I will argue is best played on its easiest difficulty level to enjoy untainted by the bitter taste of a “game over.” I enjoy the challenge of perfecting a run, but Tetris Effect resonates more deeply than its high score-oriented roots.

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9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect transforms the classic puzzle game through the power of music. It's hard to put down, and even harder to stop thinking about.

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Nov 14, 2018

Solid Tetris and the unique visual style of Tetsuya Mizuguchi fit together like two L blocks.

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Nov 9, 2018

Sometimes Tetris Effect dances into the profound: wherein the music, the visuals, and the act of playing Tetris can make you—dare I say it—emotional. Then there's the other side of Tetris Effect, the tedium with instant-fast speeds and hard-to-discern tetrominos in more than just a few levels. Tetris Effect is at its best when it's just normal Tetris, with no strange shapes for blocks; with just the music and visuals to help you drift away as you fall into a flow. In PlayStation VR, that effect is only leveraged, making it a must-own game for the virtual reality platform.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Some people will be disappointed by the lack of competitive modes, and that's fair enough, but don't let their omission bring you down too much. Tetris Effect isn't intended to be a heated head-to-head sort of game. It's more sentimental. Whether you've loved Tetris since the '80s or you've never quite meshed with its status as an all-time classic, you should be able to find something to latch onto here. Seasoned players can tweak the settings just the way they like and tone down the visuals. Newcomers can crank up the extravagant effects and relish the whimsical atmosphere. Everyone wins.

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Nov 9, 2018

those areas where Tetris Effect drops the ball doesn’t completely negate how good the classic puzzler still is at dropping blocks.

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89 / 100
Nov 9, 2018

Some games have a personal feeling, and that's the case of Tetris Effect. If you loved the aesthetics, sound and gameplay similarities that Rez and Lumines shared (like every action has a sound effect that impacts the soundtrack), then Tetris Effect it's for you. An original and refreshing way to renew a mith that keeps entertaining big time.

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10 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

At times spiritual, transcendental and zen-like, at others excruciating, heart-poundingly tense and eye-wateringly immersive, Tetris Effect is game of the year material and essential on PlayStation VR.

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9 / 10
Nov 9, 2018

This is the update to Tetris no one knew they needed, but now that we have it, it is impossible to imagine stepping back.

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Unscored
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect doesn't skimp on the modes. The game ships with a grand total of 16 selectable modes, though we can whittle that down to roughly 10 discrete ways to play—which, hey, is still a crap-ton of Tetris.

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7.9 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2018

Fresh music makes this experience really enjoyable.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Colors, sounds, vibrations and that unforgettable gameplay: Tetris Effect is one of the most impressive Tetris game to date.

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8.8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Not just another Tetris game, but a modern classic that makes the old game even funnier and much more synesthesic.

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Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a great take on a classic formula. The immersive visuals and music add a new layer that Tetris fans didn't even know we needed.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a wonderful take on a game that has been around for as long as I have. For a series that’s 34-years old, it’s amazing to see how it can still find a way to reinvent itself whilst still remaining true to its roots. The majestic visuals and emotive soundtrack allows you to get swept away in its beauty, freeing yourself of worry and allowing you to enjoy such a pure and addictive game.

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95 / 100
Nov 9, 2018

Score: 95/100

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