Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z.
Author: Gareth Payne
Made With Plenty Of Love And Craft
HIGH It nails that Lovecraft tone.
LOW An annoying chase sequence sucks the atmosphere out.
WTF The protagonist sounds like Paddington Bear at times.
HIGH The weighty feel of the weapons. Fantastic sound design.
LOW The two-day odyssey of installation.
WTF Captain Price without a moustache.
Just The Two Of Us
HIGH The jaw-dropping graphics.
LOW Those repetitive troll boss battles.
WTF A decapitated head steals the show?
I had a strong year of gaming in 2020, although this was almost exclusively based on games released from other years.
Spoiler warning: This article discusses key aspects of BioShock’s story and the infamous plot twist.
Bioshock is one of the most well-regarded games in the medium, but when I played it on the Xbox 360 many years ago, it didn’t grab me like others did.
The More Things Change…
HIGH The authenticity in capturing the time period.
LOW Using Switch controls for a game clearly designed for PC.
WTF Growing to hate a fictional teenager.
Not Just For Kids
HIGH The lush, colorful art style.
LOW Some gameplay styles work better than others.
WTF Gating progress with collectibles.
HIGH The visuals are often a thing of beauty.
LOW The inconsistent and infuriating central mechanic.
WTF Making the game harder when the player has low health.
HIGH Classic fast FPS gameplay.
LOW Has there ever been an enjoyable sewer level?
WTF Did I just hear a line that references… Dirty Dancing?