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John Gerritzen

John Gerritzen

John Gerritzen is a programmer by education, author by hobby, and game critic by occupation. While he usually favors RPGs, he will play anything that engages him narratively or mechanically. When he's not playing games for fun or profit, he's usually reading or watching anime.

Have You Played Phantom Dust?

While you can pay to skip grinding out a playset of all the skills, you risk nothing but your time by giving it a try. So really, I guess the more apt question is, why haven’t you played Phantom Dust?

Crying Suns Review

An FTL-inspired rogue-lite, Crying Suns falls short of what made that game fun and exciting by being repetitive and boring.

The Surge 2 Review

Despite a few technical hiccups, The Surge 2 presents a marked improvement over its predecessors and an all-around good game.

RAD Review

A highly customizable rogue-lite with a charming aesthetic flair, RAD lives up to its name.

Metal Wolf Chaos XD Review

Despite its brutal third act, Metal Wolf Chaos XD is big, loud, and silly in all the best ways.

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Legends of Aria Early Access Review

While not a game that can be readily binged, Legends of Aria is a fine game to sit down and kill an hour or two grinding towards your next skill milestone or crafting order.

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5 Review

Quirky and deliberately cheesy, EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 5 boasts hours of enjoyable if straightforward content.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS Review

The Total War series finally takes on land wars in Asia with this latest installment, bringing its signature RTS/TBS hybrid gameplay to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Series veterans will find a lot to love about this new iteration, and fans of the source material will find this a great jumping on point.

Conglomerate 451 Early Access Review

Conglomerate 451 is an Early Access title, and it shows. While I didn't encounter anything horribly game-breaking in the current build, many systems are not yet implemented and some balance issues should be addressed before the final release.

SUPER DRAGON BALL HEROES WORLD MISSION Review

While innocuous and stable, this microtransaction-less gacha game will only really appeal Dragonball superfans and gacha enthusiasts.

American Fugitive Review

Those that enjoy sandbox “chaos simulators” will do well to check out American Fugitive. While the story is somewhat predictable and abrupt, it presents an overall enjoyable experience.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Review

While enjoyable mechanically, it’s very much an "Act One" of a larger story. As a standalone title, there's not much here for lore buffs or power gamers.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review

FromSoftware comes through once more to show they aren’t just a one-trick pony: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an all-around great, engaging stealth-action game.

Eternity: The Last Unicorn Review

Fixed camera angles, boring gameplay, wooden animations, and poor localization all mar Eternity: The Last Unicorn beyond the point of being anything approaching enjoyable.

ATOM RPG: Post-apocalyptic indie game Review

In its desire to stick to the original Fallout RPGs, ATOM RPG disregards the lessons CRPGs have learned in the intervening years. Fallen short of both its predecessors and contemporaries in the genre, ATOM RPG .

Aggressors: Ancient Rome Review

Aggressors: Ancient Rome decentralizes the Civilization formula, placing a heavier emphasis on combat. Couple that with an objective system and extensive mod support, and you have a game that can keep your interest for hours.

GOD EATER 3 Review

While it won’t make any new fans of the Giant-Monster-Slaying genre, God Eater 3 introduces enough new with a new coat of paint for fans of the series to enjoy.

Hands On: Outward

Outward, developed by Nine Dots Studio and published by Deep Silver, is a survival open-world RPG. In it, you play not as a chosen one, but a random villager seeking to pay your way out from under a blood debt to their clan. Rather than “a life for a life” sort of blood debt, this one is a mere monetary fee passed down from generation to generation as fiduciary reparation for past wrongs. After your most recent merchant expedition fails, you’re left with a handful of days to make your next payment before your hometown riots against you.

JUMP FORCE Review

While a fighting game featuring a wide variety of Weekly Shonen Jump characters seems like a no-brainer, the shoddy execution and surprisingly limited roster hinder JUMP FORCE from being the all-star it wants to be.

Jon Shafer's At the Gates Review

While there are a few interesting concepts at play in Jon Shafer’s At the Gates, they frequently go underdeveloped, leading to a lackluster experience.

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