NF Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 564 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Hollow Knight
Lowest review score: 20 Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 564
564 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like the Franken-console it first called home, this groundbreaking Nintendo-published, Platinum-developed game felt like an amalgamation of everything both storied studios did best. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 76]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is leagues above the effort produced for the Secret of Mana remake. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 72]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you put in some time, activate Assist Mode and bring in a few friends to fill out a multiplayer team of up to four simultaneous employees, you can have a ton of fun playing Moving Out. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 69]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Outer Worlds is a must-play for fans of choice-driven sci-fi roleplaying games. That said, it's hard to recommend the Switch port. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 68]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With fluid animations, strong vocal performances and a cultural variety that most contemporary games regrettably lack, Indivisible is most certainly worthy of our attention. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 66]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling shattered my skepticism through its amazing main characters, quirky NPCs, challenging battles and interesting locales, and I sincerely hope more players will give it a shot. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 26]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you're a diehard fan of the genre or just like to dip your toe in on occasion, Sega Ages: Thunder Force AC is a worthy game to grab. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 25]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Until they decide to tackle virtual reality, this release is the best way to preserve and play a piece of arcade history. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 25]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is a Sephiroth parody named Chefinoff, and that's enough to give it a pass in my book. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 24]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun little competitive romp, a unique part of the history of fighting games and a heartfelt love letter to SNK all in one. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 23]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It may not be perfect, but if you're a fan of the source material, it's well worth the price of admission. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 23]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very good, strong revival of a franchise that's gone for far too long without a new entry. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 22]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    f you play at your own pace, make liberal use of the fast-forward button and remember that it's just a game, it can offer you tens, maybe even hundreds of hours of fun! [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 21]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps appropriately, it is merely a "good" game. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 20]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Shantae and the Seven Sirens is a fine Metroidvania, but one of the weaker Shantaes. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 18]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A Fold Apart probably isn't "fun" when it's all said and done. It is unique, though, and may give you a greater appreciation for your loved ones who live far away. [Issue #47 – July/August 2020, p. 17]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's probably kindest to think of Tokyo Mirage Sessions as a necessary stepping stone on the path to better games for everyone. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For an updated 7-year-old game, Rune Factory 4 Special does hold up fairly well. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 73]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a Fire Emblem fan, there's little reason not to try Langrisser. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 72]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't wait to see what the future will hold. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 68]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Ultimate Slasher Edition on Switch might not be the prettiest version of the game, and there are a couple hiccups along the way, but the core experience is still an undeniably fun one. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 67]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm reticent to recommend this experience to anyone who hasn't already explored a few other Mystery Dungeons in the past. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 64]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hopefully the first footstep (or in this case, wingflap) toward flying back into the larger Panzer Dragoon world. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 29]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not the best fighter on Switch, but it's definitely the most brutal. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 28]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is where the fun begins. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 27]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 27]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the grand scheme of things the sum of its parts makes for a fuller Fire Emblem, even if casual fans won't really notice some of the differences. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 26]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Double Dragon & Kunio-kun: Retro Brawler Bundle demonstrates a level of commitment toward celebrating a franchise's legacy that puts other port-happy publishers to shame. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 24]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a serious Puyo Puyo nut who's always on the hunt for the next blob-dropping challenge, Puyo Puyo 2 feeds you more of what you crave. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 23]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 isn't the best version of the game you can play, it is nevertheless the best version you're going to find on any home console today. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 23]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shinobi is another can't-miss Sega Ages release. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 22]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if shoot-'em-ups aren't normally your thing, Fantasy Zone is definitely worth forking over the cash to check out. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 22]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may not have much replay value, the experience and dialogue of Knights and Bikes packs a punch. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 21]
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    • 55 Critic Score
    Mononoke Slashdown commits one of the cardinal sins of game design: It does not respect the player's time. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 20]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DOOM 64 is a time capsule, but one worth digging back up. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 20]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With personality and polish to spare, Kunai hits its mark. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 19]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay loop works well as something to play for just a few minutes each day. [Issue #46 – May/June 2020, p. 18]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With another great collection under its belt, we can only wonder now where Capcom goes next. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 72]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the funniest video games in years! [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 71]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Developer Just Add Water was onto something here, piping in some great concepts from past 3D platformers, but the follow-through is a swing and a miss! [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 70]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I would have liked to see a better payoff to the story's setup at the end of the game. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 69]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just a shame that half of the crawl is getting past the game's process – and ego. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 68]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At least we've got Fighters Pass #2 to still look forward to! [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 28]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've got a skilled co-op ally at the ready already, though, I recommend diving in immediately! [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 26]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The experience is definitely different than most and is worth exploration. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 25]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you love playing and replaying 2D beat-'em-ups for high scores, you'll get your 15 bucks' worth here and more. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 25]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Stretchers is the epitome of simple fun, with all of the strings that come along with that promise. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 24]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The next time it's a rainy afternoon and you're feeling stressed, you could do a lot worse than sinking a couple of dollars into the eShop and spending half an hour as a little green squid. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 23]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're not already an adventure game aficionado, there are a lot of far better places to start. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 23]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sometimes the framework of the game holds it back, but Eagle Island is an adorable little action platformer that pretty much everyone can enjoy. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 22]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've got an interest in historical fiction, if you loved Ace Attorney or if you like whimsical 19th century artwork, then pay a visit to the Aviary Attorney law offices. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 22]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is definitely worth spending time with, but I'd be hesitant to break it out at a party where people are unfamiliar with the franchise. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 21]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All told, this is the biggest, most well-crafted, funniest and, in some ways, most emotionally potent game from Yacht Club yet. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 20]
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Monkey Barrels is the definition of a solid-but-safe top-down shooter. [Issue #45 – March/April 2020, p. 19]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After a comparatively slow couple of hours at the start, AI: The Somnium Files takes off and never slows down. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 74]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sword & Shield stumble in a few areas and history may not be kind to them, but they're setting up a future that I'm excited to see. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 73]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sword & Shield have a lot to love for old and new fans, and they're pure quality from top to bottom. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 72]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's immensely satisfying! It's no wonder this series has reached its fourth installment. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 71]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only the most internally motivated robo-shinobi fanatics will bother. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 71]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Two excellent monster-taming games with something for almost every playstyle. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 70]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Where else can you level up in real life alongside your in-game avatar? [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 68]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This kind of reverent, respectful and thoughtful update is exactly what an '80s arcade title like BurgerTime needed. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 67]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Switch has ended up with what could easily be called the definitive version of this super tale. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 66]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some misgivings with the extras, the actual core Luigi's Mansion 3 experience is one of the best adventures of 2019. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 64]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sadly, about 10% of the game stands in the way of enjoying the other 90. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 63]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though there is room to improve, Mario & Sonic nevertheless do what they do best, and that's deliver a fun experience from beginning to end. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 60]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In terms of bang for your buck, this DLC is a power-slam dunk! [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 21]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sega Ages: Columns II offers the most enjoyment I've managed to get out of this series to date [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 20]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I had a pretty fun time playing Ichidant-R – though it was admittedly all by myself. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 20]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like Doraemon, you'll probably like this tale, but as a Story of Seasons fan, I would rather not spend my farming life in Natura. [Issue #44 – January/February 2020, p. 18]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I had doubts concerning Playtonic's ability to evolve past their '90s game design mentality, but they've proved this naysayer wrong with a strong rebound performance! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 18SH]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you haven't played it and even remotely enjoy the prospect of ghostbusting, then it's absolutely worth a play! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 16SH]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all its perplexing, strange and sometimes outright defiant design decisions, I still had fun playing it. And that's what matters most, right? [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 13SH]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ni no Kuni took a while to come to a Nintendo system in the West. But it's been worth the wait! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 12SH]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I can only hope that its sales success will lead to a patch that fixes the framerate dips, and more importantly, the development of more Zelda games in this style. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 10SH]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game has become my favorite Dragon Quest ever, one of my favorite JRPGs ever and certainly one of the best games you can buy and play on the Switch. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 8SH]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    More of a free-friendly mobile game than its predecessors in the Nintendo-aligned app space. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 28SW]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I sincerely hope that investors see this as a wake-up call that's harmful to Nintendo's long-term reputation. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 26SW]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Go ahead and treat yourself to a delightful afternoon of spreading havoc all over a quaint town. You won't regret it! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 25SW]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A cool little puzzler for those who want something with more personality than the usual Picross game. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 24SW]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It had to happen eventually! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 24SW]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This colorful escape couldn't have come at a better time. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 23SW]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great game, even if the difficulty feels a little lopsided. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 22SW]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though I'd already replayed Ori for the fifth time last year, when I heard it was coming to Switch, I wanted to run through it all over again without question! [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 21SW]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Think of Puzzle Quest: The Legend Returns as the definitive edition of a game that defined an era. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 20SW]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not a bad experience, but not a memorable one either. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 20SW]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Game Freak simply tweaked the battle system to run a little faster and be less rigged, the game could really shine. [Issue #43 – November/December 2019, p. 18SW]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DOOM 1 has been portable before, but I'll take it on as many systems as I can get. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 20]
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    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to family-friendly monster mashing, it doesn't get much better than this. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Daemon X Machina has a lot of personality when it comes to moment-to-moment action, but everything else sometimes feels like an afterthought. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 72]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a title that seems good for beginners, while still offering seasoned players plenty to do. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 71]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before has my enjoyment of a video game been so diminished by a relentlessly persistent pop-up ad. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This one is more of a crowd-pleaser than a game-changer. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 68]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rad
    A hit-and-miss mix painted up in '80s neon. It's not bad – just not as rad as it could've been. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 25]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Their famous friendship has endured for decades now, and it's incredible to see it immortalized in the Smash Bros. series! [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 24]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're looking for '90s nostalgia with a modern bent and don't mind being bombarded with silliness at every turn, Chroma Squad is ready to fight by your side. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 23]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've got a hunger for factory management sims and know how to think like a well-oiled machine, you'll want to pick this one up. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 23]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's little I would change about the River City Girls. I just hope this isn't their last dance! [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 22]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It feels more complete, but is still a ways from being great. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 21]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DOOM 3 has since been surpassed in everything it set out to do by DOOM 2016, but it's still worth a look if you can't get enough of the series. [Issue #42 – October 2019, p. 21]
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