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Unscored - Dicey Dungeons
Aug 15, 2019

Dicey Dungeons is the sort of game that looks inviting, then seems a little silly, and then gets lodged into my head like a song I keep humming. These basic ideas are being explored in many games right now, but Dicey Dungeons proves once again that execution, not originality, is often the most important thing.

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Unscored - Eliza
Aug 12, 2019

I came to this game imagining it would be a clever take on the Turing Test, a scenario designed to see if a machine can pass for a human intelligence. Instead, I explored the possible outcomes of trying to treat mental health problems at scale.

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Unscored - Madden NFL 20
Aug 3, 2019

Size and speed always carry the day, but Madden gives you new ways to use them

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Jul 30, 2019

The Blackout Club is messy, buggy, weird, and I can’t stop playing it

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Unscored - Streets of Rogue
Jul 26, 2019

Special items come rapidly, through many different means. I am gifted a boombox early in the game that I can turn on to force my enemies to groove to the tunes. Each item offers genuine strategic options while maintaining the general sense of goofiness and surprise.

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Jul 25, 2019

The lack of map diversity doesn't take away from the visual splendor of the game, though. While much of Three Houses is seen from an overhead perspective, initiating combat zooms the camera in, showing off gorgeously animated soldiers in combat. During a particularly tense battle, Claude, the house leader of the Golden Deer, tosses an arrow into the sky before catching it and firing off a critical hit to take out a pesky enemy pegasus moving in on my healer. These flashy moments happen all the time and are unique to the two dozen classes in the game, so there's always some new animation to get pumped over.

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Jul 25, 2019

Youngblood is a meat-and-potatoes first-person shooter where all the systems work well, the enemies provide a brutal challenge, and a friend can come along with you through the whole thing. It seems like it was designed as a relatively inexpensive crowd-pleaser of an FPS, and I will admit that I was very entertained.

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Unscored - Elsinore
Jul 23, 2019

The end result is effective; Elsinore is like a beautiful little onion, and peeling away the layers over the course of a playthrough is sheer pleasure.

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Unscored - Tetris Effect
Jul 23, 2019

Tetris Effect on PC takes a classic even closer to perfection

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It takes a while for the ETRC’s five tons of thunder to get rolling

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Unscored - SolSeraph
Jul 12, 2019

ActRaiser fans are likely hungry enough to want to at least try this — and the asking price doesn’t feel like robbery — but I left SolSeraph after only a few hours, upset at the missed opportunity.

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Unscored - Chinese Parents
Jul 11, 2019

In the end, Chinese Parents is ultimately a tribute to, well, Chinese parents — their tremendous expectations on their children, the unconventional ways they express their form of tough love, and all the familiar eccentricities of Chinese parental love.

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Unscored - Outer Wilds
Jul 11, 2019

I encounter other space explorers of my own kind. They are bizarre, likable clue-givers who provide moments of comic relief. I perpetrate no violence in this game. I am never required to fire a laser gun or grapple with enemies. (How few are the games, set in space, that absent themselves from combat.) Yet, the worlds I visit can be hostile, releasing their secrets with the greatest reluctance.

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Jul 9, 2019

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers is one of the best MMOs available for both fans and newcomers

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Unscored - Sea of Solitude
Jul 5, 2019

For me, the story worked best when it wasn’t so loud and so blunt.

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Jun 26, 2019

Nintendo’s level creator isn’t just for the creative among us

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Unscored - F1 2019
Jun 25, 2019

All sports video games are educational in some way; even MLB The Show will teach me new things about hitting every year. But the video game that both educates me and develops me as a fan of the sport is really doing its job, regardless of the visuals and gameplay fidelity (which are still take-it-for-granted impeccable in F1 2019).

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Unscored - The Sinking City
Jun 25, 2019

Great investigations and ancient horrors are hidden by frustrating action

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Jun 24, 2019

All of the above helps make The Sims 4’s new Island Living expansion the perfect oasis of escapism for me.

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Unscored - Judgment
Jun 24, 2019

This is the same city, just seen from a very different perspective.

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