Reviews by dessicant

Persona 4 Golden
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Lives up to the hype

Great music, solid battle system, interesting story and likable characters.

by dessicant, USA - Aug 14th 2020
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XCOM®: Chimera Squad
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Bite-sized XCOM

More linear and story-driven, Chimera Squad gets to the point with hand-crafted encounters. No turtling around the map to find pods, you simply breach and clear.

by dessicant, USA - Jun 16th 2020
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Castlevania Anniversary Collection
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Faithful to classics

Nothing particularly fancy, just a collection of early Castlevania games. Games look and run well with decent options and JP versions included. Some bizarre choices, like no exit option in the main menu.

by dessicant, USA - Mar 10th 2020
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Contra Anniversary Collection
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I forgot how hard these games are.

Feels a little thinner than the Castlevania collection, but it's the same idea: a bunch of classics with fairly barebones options. Worth it on sale.

by dessicant, USA - Mar 10th 2020
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Raiden III Digital Edition
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Decent port of a decent shmup

Would've liked some more graphical options, but it works.

by dessicant, USA - Oct 29th 2019
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Cognition Game of the Year Edition
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Competent point and click

Not the greatest I've ever played, but it scratches a particular itch.

by dessicant, USA - Oct 24th 2018
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StarDrive 2
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Could've been more

This game brings so many elements together that I'd love in a space game... but it's somehow less than the sum of its parts

by dessicant, USA - Oct 24th 2018
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Stable Orbit
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Beautiful but basic

This game looks great, and it's a decent space station builder, but it feels limited.

by dessicant, USA - Jul 13th 2018
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Crash Time III
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This good-looking budget racer punches above its weight

Surprisingly good, particularly for the price point. Feels and looks great.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
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A difficult metroidvania

I think it's probably a little overrated, but it's nevertheless a tight metroidvania with a touching story worth the price of admission.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Enforcer: Police Crime Action
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Unique but unpolished

There's not much in the way of police sims like this aside from GTA mods, but to be honest, those mods probably have more polish than this game.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Diluvion
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A casual-friendly submarine game with interesting FTL influences

Approachable gameplay that doesn't make you fuss around with too much submarine stuff. The ability to go to a 2D internal view and assign crew stations is a novel touch. The forthcoming 1.2 update looks to significantly improve upon the game, as well.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Airport Madness: World Edition
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Casual air traffic control game

If you've played one of these, you've pretty much played them all. Manage departures and landings while avoiding crashes. Too casual for my taste.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 Dual Pack
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Ugly and unapproachable

Like most of Arcen's games, you have to look past the ugly presentation and noticeable faults to find the kernel of unique and interesting ideas. I was unable to do that for these games.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Wings! Remastered Edition
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Serviceable remaster

A nice-looking 3D remake of a classic retro flight action game.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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LA Cops
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It's OK.

A decent top down/twin stick shooter, with a basic partner cover system and janky collisions. There are better games to play.

by dessicant, USA - Apr 13th 2018
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Breach & Clear: Deadline
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A mediocre and misguided departure from the previous game

I guess if you really like zombies it could be worth a shot.

by dessicant, USA - Feb 26th 2018
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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
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A classic with modern presentation

Nice to play one of the most famous puzzle games of all time with some modern improvements

by dessicant, USA - Feb 26th 2018
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Meltdown
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Well-produced but uninspired mobile shooter.

The game feels and plays well, but feels and looks like a mobile port. Fun but shallow

by dessicant, USA - Feb 26th 2018
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The Silent Age
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A short and somewhat simple point and click

Not super challenging, and rather short, which works in its favor. Time travelling puzzles are mostly good

by dessicant, USA - Feb 26th 2018
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