Steven Messner


29 games reviewed
77.2 average score
85 median score
60.0% of games recommended
Scores 3.1 higher than average

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Steven Messner
Jul 23, 2019

Coupled with a striking new world to explore, Shadowbringers' poignant and character-driven story is one of the best in the entire series.

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55 / 100 - Anthem
Feb 21, 2019

Anthem's disjointed story, boring loot, repetitive missions, and shallow endgame are all disappointing. At least it's pretty.

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Steven Messner
Oct 5, 2018

Though the main story suffers because of it, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a remarkably massive RPG held together by a web of satisfying pursuits.

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Even if its new loot system is a bust, Battle for Azeroth is a vibrant expansion full of wondrous new locales to explore, characters to meet, and stories to tell.

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86 / 100 - Warframe
May 23, 2018

Warframe's daunting complexity doesn't detract from its delicious combat and flexible progression.

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Steven Messner
Mar 11, 2018

Vermintide 2's combat and level design are so feverishly fun that I'll put up with its bad matchmaking and RPG progression if it means chopping more ratmen in half.

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85 / 100 - Heat Signature
Sep 21, 2017

By making excellent use of its procedurally generated world and wacky gadgets, Heat Signature is a mission worth taking.

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Steven Messner
Jun 27, 2017

Stormblood's rousing tale of rebellion and exceptional boss fights aren't just exquisite by MMO standards, but rival even the most beloved Final Fantasy games.

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75 / 100 - Tyranny
Nov 10, 2016

Repetitive combat and an abrupt ending spoil what is otherwise a remarkable feat of worldbuilding.

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Steven Messner
Sep 2, 2016

If Blizzard can continue to deliver, Legion sets the stage for what could be the best chapter of World of Warcraft yet.

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Unscored - Overwatch
May 27, 2016

Overwatch is like going for an evening of speed dating and realizing everyone you meet is marriage material. I'll stare at the character select screen before each match, unable to decide which hero I want to play because I want to play them all.

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58 / 100 - Tree of Savior
May 13, 2016

Tree of Savior's biggest grind lies in chipping away all of its flaws just to experience its nostalgic charms.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Steven Messner
Apr 19, 2016

The Banner Saga 2 is a beautiful sequel. There are moments where, as I watch the drama unfold in the dialogue and cutscenes, I almost forget I'm playing a game that came out in this decade. There's an evocative sense of timelessness about the story and world that few RPGs create.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Steven Messner
Mar 11, 2016

It's exciting to play an MMO that understands the importance of building a world worth living in, not just erecting a corridor of static set pieces to run through on your quest for power.

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Unscored - Stardew Valley
Mar 4, 2016

Stardew Valley is the rare kind of imitation that breaks free of the boundaries of its inspiration, becoming more than just a clone but an experience that thrives independent of its origins.

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9 / 10.0 - Darkest Dungeon
Feb 3, 2016

What makes Darkest Dungeon a fascinating experience isn't the rich character progression and overarching strategy, but the way it manages to make each character feel like a living, breathing human before asking you how much you'll ruin them to increase your bottom line. There's pockets of subtext that I continually filled with my own moral struggle. Spaces left ingeniously blank where, when I allow myself to reflect on my actions, I realize that the greatest evil isn't waiting at the end of a dimly lit crypt. It is sitting right in this chair, typing these words.

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Steven Messner
52 / 100 - Blade & Soul
Jan 29, 2016

Blade and Soul's excellent PvP is buried beneath a mountain of tired MMO tropes that are sometimes frustrating and rarely innovative.

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CGMagazine
Steven Messner
Jan 14, 2016

I cannot help but smile every time I think about Dragon's Dogma.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Helldivers
Dec 11, 2015

Helldivers is hands down one of my favorite multiplayer experiences of this year.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Star Wars Battlefront
Nov 24, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront fails to match the ambitions of its visuals with equally as impressive gunplay, leaving it in the awkward position of looking amazing while also being rather boring.

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