Shannon P. Drake


27 games reviewed
71.9 average score
75 median score
63.0% of games recommended

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Feb 21, 2019

That said, despite the frustrations, there’s no other series out there that captures the thrill of running around with a detailed fighter plane model in your hand blasting bad guys.

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Shannon P. Drake
4.5 / 5.0 - Metro Exodus
Feb 13, 2019

Ultimately, I feel like you have to buy in. If you want to start picking plot threads or quibble about level design, you can, but I don’t think there’s a lot of value to it. Get in, loser, we’re going to find humanity.

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Shannon P. Drake
3.5 / 5.0 - BELOW
Jan 9, 2019

It’s not cutting edge. I mean “Souls-like” is a genre of its own now, not just an interesting experiment. So we wind up with Below, which is like one of those weird evolutionary offshoots that is never quite successful.

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Shannon P. Drake
Oct 18, 2018

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a beer-and-pretzels tactical game. It’s not hard or demanding. It’s more like a puzzle game than something like Final Fantasy Tactics.

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Shannon P. Drake
Sep 25, 2018

Ultimately, The Bard’s Tale IV is a very good game, but it’s an old school launch in both senses.

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Sep 5, 2018

If you like your dungeon crawls with a ladle of gothic atmosphere, you haven’t seen anything like this in an eternity.

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Shannon P. Drake
Aug 14, 2018

This Is The Police 2 is shooting for something morally grey and messy but never quite has the narrative heft to carry it.

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Jul 31, 2018

Airheart is worth checking out for twin-stick shooter fans that need a new fix, but otherwise, skip this flight.

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Shannon P. Drake
3 / 5 - Gunheart
Jul 6, 2018

We’re in an era of good shooters right now. There’s no reason to buy a mediocre one.

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Shannon P. Drake
4 / 5 - Omensight
May 29, 2018

There’s a little jank here and there, but if you like action-RPGs and want something a little different–and not nearly as grimdark as those have been–I’m sending you a vision.

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Shannon P. Drake
4 / 5 - Frostpunk
May 3, 2018

If you want some amazing, bleak, and depressing world-building, Frostpunk is definitely your jam.

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Shannon P. Drake
3.5 / 5.0 - Dead In Vinland
Apr 18, 2018

Dead in Vinland is only going to appeal to the more hardcore life simulation fan.

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Apr 4, 2018

Overall, Ash of Gods is not a bad game.

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Shannon P. Drake

It’s a hell of an artistic achievement.

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Shannon P. Drake
Feb 28, 2018

Stellaris is finally where it was meant to be. God save our free time.

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Shannon P. Drake
3 / 5 - Strikers Edge
Feb 15, 2018

It might be an interesting game, if anyone played it.

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Shannon P. Drake
4 / 5 - Nantucket
Feb 8, 2018

A surprisingly compelling roguelike about the pleasures and perils of hunting whales.

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Feb 7, 2018

The fighting is a lot of fun if you can deal with the rest of the game.

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Jan 22, 2018

Great music, pixel-style art, a cyberpunk aesthetic, and the mellow feeling of shooting the shit at the bar. What’s not to love?

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MonsterVine
Shannon P. Drake
Dec 3, 2017

A collection of interesting systems that never quite comes together.

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