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Unscored - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Do you like a game whose combat and discovery mechanics are entirely divorced from stop-and-wait delivery of lengthy, meandering dialogue, always spoken by over-eager actors with thick Eastern European accents? If so, you're in for some genuinely likable moments of character development; they're just firmly nestled in the kinds of overlong stories that might have you saying "get on with it, man" after a while. The spoilable plot beats, on the other hand, feel like fine B-movie cheese. Sometimes, these are full of scare-quote "important" messages freighted with fromage. (And sometimes filled with comically intense evil, too.)

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Oct 4, 2018

Lots to stuff to do and pretty things to look at, but few fresh ideas. Try it.

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Unscored - Mega Man 11
Oct 1, 2018

Try it if you're looking for a novel take on a time-tested 2D gaming formula.

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Sep 21, 2018

Try it. You don't need to play the previous games to enjoy this side story of turn-based tactics in a fantastical WWII. You will need a lot of patience for character archetypes and massive difficulty spikes.

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Sep 19, 2018

If you're a fan of the series and are willing to go through the whole "expansion that fixes the game" thing again, buy it—now.

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Sep 10, 2018

Shadow stands as near the best version of what it sets out to be. Luddington's finale is a grand one, and well worth it for fans of the series. Even if it can't quite manage to keep all its balls in the air.

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Sep 3, 2018

Want a Marvel Studios twist on open-world superhero action? Then Spider-Man is a must-buy. Otherwise, try it.

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Unscored - Yakuza Kiwami 2
Aug 28, 2018

Even a remake of perhaps the weakest Yakuza game in the series is hands-down a fantastic trip worth taking. Only skip it if you haven't finished Yakuza 0 and Kiwami yet.

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Unscored - GNOG
Aug 12, 2018

Gnog is an extremely relaxing game about fiddling with surreal puzzle boxes. Its short length is well worth the price of admission. Buy it.

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Unscored - The Crew 2
Jul 10, 2018

Skip The Crew 2 until a patch or five. Even then, maybe check to see if the handling has improved at all.

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Unscored - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 10, 2018

The best Sonic game in years is even better, if only just. Buy.

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Jun 22, 2018

Buy it if you're looking for deep, twitchy multiplayer action. Try it if you'll be sticking to single player.

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Jun 19, 2018

A solid framework for a game without any legs. Try it, or wait for an expansion to flesh things out.

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Unscored - Vampyr
Jun 6, 2018

A bundle of great ideas and characters, shackled by some abysmal mechanics. Try it, or buy it on sale.

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Unscored - Onrush
Jun 5, 2018

Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up

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Jun 4, 2018

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire is a broad, deep, and excellent RPG in the tradition of Baldur's Gate. And it has pirates. Buy it.

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May 24, 2018

Try it if you really want to see how hard it is to make branching narrative work on this scale. Otherwise, just catch up on Westworld.

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Unscored - State of Decay 2
May 22, 2018

State of Decay 2 is a smart, messy idea without much of a game to go with it… again. Try it if you don't mind bugs or repetition too much.

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May 16, 2018

Destiny 2: Warmind is more of the same built on a shifting foundation. Try it if you're curious about the direction the game is going.

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