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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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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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Andrew Cunningham
Jul 11, 2019

Builders 2 isn’t the breath of fresh air the original was, but it’s even more fun to build stuff, the story is simple but compelling, and when you’re done with the main game, tons of optional goals on the Isle of Awakening give you a reason to keep coming back if you want to.

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Jun 26, 2019

Course creators can look forward to an amazing game-making tool set whose depth is matched by its accessibility, while players have a functionally endless set of Mario courses to dig through over the course of years.

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Unscored - Mortal Kombat 11
May 3, 2019

Mortal Kombat and excessive violence had gone hand in hand from the start. But MK11 can feel like it's trying too hard, with animations that start to feel dragged out and forced. More respect for the viewer's time would have been nice. Ending a match with a long Fatal Blow and then getting the invitation to perform the fatality right after can feel like the Simpsons meme: "Stop, stop! He's already dead!"

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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 - Crackdown 3
Feb 14, 2019

There are better ways to get your superhero action fix, but there are worse ones, too. Crackdown 3 is at least worth a try.

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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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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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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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Unscored - Hitman 2
Nov 16, 2018

An expertly crafted, improvisational playspace for stealth mayhem. Buy it.

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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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Oct 25, 2018

RDR II's work cycle creates a forgiving system where, no matter what vocation you pick, you can figure out a way to bring in some cash. But it's also an extremely simplified version of the hardships people actually faced in the American wilderness. Even with the simulated elements to contend with, Arthur seems to have inhuman stamina, and a constitution that strains believability, even as it provides a firm foundation for the playspace.

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Oct 19, 2018

A competent, carefully crafted but ultimately safe iteration in a long, storied franchise that, frankly, has much better entries. Yet it's also one of the most distinct Call of Duty games, an obvious bid at turning the series into a one-stop-shop multiplayer extravaganza—the only game Call of Duty fans will ever need. Until next year, at least.

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Oct 16, 2018

Starlink is a great outing for folks of all ages. The toys are costly but well-made and great fun both in and out of game. Buy it.

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Oct 4, 2018

Lots to stuff to do and pretty things to look at, but few fresh ideas. Try it.

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