Sam Machkovech


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Sam Machkovech
Unscored - Eliza
Aug 12, 2019

I came out of Eliza with the sense that I'd been on a journey of juggling grief, hope, and joy through the existential dread that is living a modern, tech-filled life. And for that reason, I recommend this visual novel as a must-play experience.

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Sam Machkovech
Jul 25, 2019

Buy it if you have an ideal co-op partner, want a simpler co-op alternative to MMO-like shooters, or just really, really like newer Wolfenstein games. Otherwise, proceed with caution.

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Sam Machkovech
Apr 17, 2019

Neither gameplay nor contraptions are enough to save uneven, uncomfortable package.

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Apr 9, 2019

All VR headset owners should own at least one Owlchemy Labs game, and this is the company's best yet.

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Unscored - Anthem
Feb 19, 2019

Wait until EA finishes the game, if that ever happens.

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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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Unscored - Resident Evil 2
Jan 22, 2019

The modern-aesthetic upgrade more than makes up for the game's lowest lows. Horror fans should immediately buy.

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If you like Suda51, there's enough here to keep you hooked. Otherwise, tread cautiously.

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Sam Machkovech
Dec 6, 2018

Gamers want an essential, badass combat experience no matter which characters square off. Even this early, it's settled: Smash Ultimate nails this expectation. Thus, it is the best fighting-game package to ever land on a Nintendo console.

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Sam Machkovech
Nov 16, 2018

Anybody who's tired of the games' ancient Kanto region may struggle to feel the same jolt I did, and that's fair. But PLG's brilliant tweaks on the age-old formula are so good that I hope they find their way to the next "true" generation release—and I might be sweet enough on Pokémon by then to play that game, too.

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Sam Machkovech
Unscored - Tetris Effect
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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Sam Machkovech
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 - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 10, 2018

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

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Unscored - Onrush
Jun 5, 2018

Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up

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Unscored - Into The Breach
Feb 27, 2018

If you play PC video games at all whatsoever, buy Into the Breach.

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Unscored - Celeste
Jan 25, 2018

Buy. Celeste is the first must-own single-player game of 2018.

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Unscored - Gorogoa
Dec 12, 2017

Do you have kids? Buy and share Gorogoa as soon as you can. This game is admittedly dark and somber, but its saddest content is more of an issue of tone and confusion than outright inappropriate material, and its delightfully illustrated puzzles do not come more recommended for children. Hardcore puzzle fans, meanwhile, should do their best to take a breath while coming up with Gorogoa's solutions and admire the gorgeous story.

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Unscored - Doom VFR
Dec 1, 2017

If you have a room-scale VR system, try. Otherwise, avoid.

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Sam Machkovech
Nov 17, 2017

Even if EA fulfills promises, this game may still be too far gone to the Dark Side.

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Sam Machkovech
Oct 27, 2017

Fans of the predecessor should snap this up ASAP. More casual shooter fans should tread cautiously.

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