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Hi, my name is John. This is my outlet for my thoughts on the video games that I play, so that I'm not constantly annoying my circle of friends with this one topic. Watch out though, my reviews generally contain spoilers and I will not further warn about them! You can read more about this site here.

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Why reinvent the wheel?
Gato Roboto Review

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Calling Gato Roboto a Metroidvania feels like too broad of a statement. No, Gato Roboto is a Metroid game in all but name. From structure to gameplay, it is Nintendo’s bounty hunter series through and through. But that’s not to say that the game is a shameless ripoff—quite the contrary. Gato Roboto respects its roots, extends them slightly and puts its own spin on them.

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Surprisingly playable, surprisingly indigestible
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Review

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the first portable story-focused entry into the iconic Metal Gear Solid Series. And while this is a spin-off title, the story is a direct continuation of the widely celebrated main-series entry MGS3: Snake Eater.
After completing a top-secret US government mission, Snake a.k.a. Big Boss, starts a private military company with a man named Kazuhira Miller. Shortly after, they are presented with an audio recording of Snake’s believed-to-be dead mentor: the Boss. They follow the trail to Costa Rica, but instead of finding her, they discover a covert CIA nuclear arms programme that, if successful, would entirely change the nature of the ongoing East-West conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union.

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A radical vision realised
Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

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In a dystopian and industrialised world, the Shinra Electric Power Company rules over the city of Midgar in all its facets. The company exploits a natural resource called Mako for energy generation at great environmental cost. The game starts with you in the shoes of Avalanche, a small group of eco-terrorists on a mission to destroy one of Shinra’s Mako reactors. Throughout the game, Avalanche’s conflict with Shinra escalates further as they retaliate and the group’s members grow closer together. But something isn’t quite right…

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The sequel we deserve
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Numer Review

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Hotline Miami 2 is easily one of the most remarkable instances of creators trolling their own fan base. This game is notorious for not living up to the expectations set by its predecessor. Yet, I don’t believe that this game is a failure of game creation but instead has been deliberately constructed to be the way it is. To understand why we have to look at what came before HM2.

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Bigger is not better
Picross 3D Review

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Picross is a long-running Nintendo games series that revolves around solving Nonograms, a popular Japanese logic puzzle. The series has been so influential in the popularisation of Nonograms that many people only know them by that name. The puzzle requires filling a grid according to sequences of numbers on the side. Each row and column on the grid has such a number sequence. Following the rules, a cell in the grid is either filled or left empty. Once done, they form a picture. It’s somewhat similar to another popular Japanese logic puzzle, Sudoku, in that it offers practically infinite puzzle variations and a simple set of rules to complete a puzzle. But contrary to Sudoku, where you have to choose a number ranging from one to nine to fill a cell, for Nonograms, the choice is binary. It is a much simpler type of puzzle in comparison. But in turn, it gains some flexibility. For Sudoku, the grid is fixed in size, whereas Nonograms have arbitrary width and height.

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