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Damien King

Originally from London (UK), now living in the greater Boston area (USA)
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Favorite Games:
  • Amplitude
  • Super Bomberman 2
  • Overwatch

60 games reviewed
79.1 average score
81 median score
50.0% of games recommended
Scores 9.2 higher than average

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Editor for GameCynic since 2016.
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Damien King
Apr 23, 2019

Carefully tuned combat, a surprisingly tactical deck building system, and charming characters combine to make a fantastic adventure that's well worth picking up — and hard to put down.

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6.2 / 10.0 - Bannermen
Feb 27, 2019

While Bannermen proves that it understands and can execute the basics of the modern RTS title, it fails to bring anything new to the table, feeling more akin to a game mod than a fully fledged original title.

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Dec 6, 2018

An interesting concept unfortunately marred by incredibly frustrating design choices, poor mechanics and directionless level design. Not recommended except for hardcore platformer aficionados who enjoy being masochistic.

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9 / 10.0 - SoulCalibur VI
Oct 17, 2018

An overdue return to glory for the series, Soul Calibur VI nails the perfect intersection of gameplay speed and technical diversity which is sure to dominate the hearts and souls of fighting game aficionados the world over.

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Sep 6, 2018

Unapologetically simplistic and fanservice embracing, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy plants itself firmly in the more casual corner of fighting games. Those who enjoy button mashing with friends, and find more technical fighters like BlazBlue or Tekken frustrating, may find this more comfortable.

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7.7 / 10.0 - Phantom Doctrine
Aug 14, 2018

Phantom Doctrine offers a fascinating tale of secrets and subterfuge, though you'll need to be willing to butt heads with punishing difficult to enjoy it all the way through. Veterans of turn-based tacticals who are looking for a new challenge would do well to check this one out.

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9.2 / 10.0 - Overcooked 2
Aug 7, 2018

Words can't do the frantic nature of Overcooked 2 justice, and that's the beauty of it. There's never been a session where we haven't had a blast playing, even when we're butting heads against tough levels that we fail several times in a row; there's not many games we can say that about. With the option of both local and online co-op, Overcooked 2 becomes one of the the best party games available.

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Damien King
Jul 24, 2018

Despite its shortcomings in the user experience field, Airheart offers a fun experience that's easy to drop into at any time. Once you're over the initial learning curves the game becomes a great casual game unlike anything else, with ever new exciting new heights to reach.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Moonlighter
Jul 12, 2018

Great for bite-sized gameplay, Moonlighter is one of the most polished and well-tuned shop simulator/dungeon diving roguelites we've played in a long time. While the repetitive mechanics can become tiresome if playing for hours at a time, tackling the game in small chunks is a satisfying experience, and we'd recommend it as a casual game for most players.

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8.1 / 10.0 - Rainbow Skies
Jun 26, 2018

With a large world full of humor and adventure to explore, Rainbow Skies improves upon its predecessor in every way, offering plenty to tactical RPG fans who like their quests a little quirky. A must-have for Disgaea fans.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Omensight
May 15, 2018

Short and (bitter)sweet, Omensight tells multiple tales over a repeated loop, effortlessly driving you to invest into them all as you venture towards the truth and a way to save the world from cataclysm.

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Apr 13, 2018

A fun, easy to learn puzzler that manages to captivate and entice you for "just one more level", Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is an enjoyable experience for Slayaway Camp afficionados and newcomers alike, especially as a free to play title.

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Mar 26, 2018

While The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 improves upon its predecessor, it fails to evolve in any meaningful way, continuing to be plagued by poor story and lackluster gameplay. A solid purchase for fans of the original, but general action RPG fans should look elsewhere.

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7.1 / 10.0 - Super Seducer
Mar 6, 2018

Super Seducer serves as a solid base for newcomers who may have heard about pick-up or are frustrated with their current attempts at finding the right girl.

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Jan 9, 2018

With a little more time and polish, Seven: The Days Long Gone could be a great game. As it stands, the experience is hugely frustrating with its difficulty spikes and bugs, denying the great potential that a stealth RPG could be.

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Dec 7, 2017

Gorgeous visuals and shiny new loot fail to make up for a short, underwhelming story which completely fails to take advantage of a potentially amazing Infinite Forest. Light on both content and innovation, Curse of Osiris is a disappointing first expansion.

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Damien King
Dec 1, 2017

If you're seeking an interesting space sandbox which offers a new take on core mechanics, Starpoint Gemini Warlords is a solid contender. If, however, you're looking for thrilling, dynamic space battles you'll be better off checking elsewhere.

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Damien King
Nov 16, 2017

Friday the 13th takes its eighties theme a little too literally, ending up just like other movie-licensed games of the era — becoming an awful, sluggish disappointment. Despite the game's promising premise, Friday the 13th fails to keep its head above water. Avoid this game.

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8.1 / 10.0 - Hand of Fate 2
Nov 6, 2017

Part tabletop adventure, part third-person combat, <em>Hand of Fate 2</em> is an unusual amalgamation which successfully manages to let you tailor and experience a multitude of quests. Improving upon the original with more focused direction, customisation and improved combat flow, RPG and "choose your own adventure" fans should certainly take a look.

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8.2 / 10.0 - A Hat in Time
Nov 6, 2017

Astoundingly charming, A Hat In Time manages to make almost every moment of gameplay a blast. Despite the occasional frustrating difficulty spike, the delightful whimsical personality of the game manages to win over even the most hardened of hearts. 3D platformer fans should definitely snap this one up.

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