The Mako Reactor's Scores

  • Games
For 136 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 80
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 136
136 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2 brings two games that haven't been ported to any system in years to both PC and Nintendo Switch. Makai Kingdom and ZHP are well worth checking out, but the real star of this collection is ZHP. They run fine on my laptop and Steam Deck, but I am disappointed in the lack of any quality of life improvements to make the games accessible to newcomers. As it stands, this collection is worth getting for fans of NIS games and those looking try out some of the developer's earlier gems.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Prinny Presents NIS Classics Volume 2: Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound / ZHP: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman brings two of NIS' more unique experiences to Nintendo's hybrid console. While the first volume launched in a very rough state, both Makai Kingdom and ZHP have been mostly a joy to experience on Switch. It is disappointing that there are no quality of life features or boosts added to make this more accessible to newcomers though.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of both the Neptunia and Senran Kagura franchises, it is worth grabbing Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars on Steam. This isn't the best crossover game, and I was hoping for more from the Senran Kagura side, but the PC port is great. It runs brilliantly even on Steam Deck. If you already played it on PS4 though, the new difficulty options aren't enough to warrant a double dip. If you skipped the PS4 and recent Switch versions to play it at the best fidelity possible, the PC version will deliver.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Demon Gaze Extra is a great version of one of the PS Vita's better DRPGs. It is worth getting for fans of the genre, but not essential for those who played the PS Vita original. The added features and content are nice to have, but the asking price is a bit too high right now to warrant a double dip.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Demon Gaze Extra for PC sees the PS Vita dungeon RPG finally arrive on Steam after all these years with a few new features, but the port is sadly bare-bones. Its high asking also doesn't help. Demon Gaze Extra is only worth grabbing right now if you're a fan of the developer and skipped the PS Vita original. Everyone else should wait for a discount.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition is worth getting if you want to play this PS1 classic on Switch and are willing to play it with the classic graphical style. The soundtrack is legendary, and the new battle enhancement features make for a much nicer experience. The new graphical style is sadly a mixed bag with some nice model and font upgrades, but awful performance and ugly backgrounds.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition on PC feels more like an enhanced port offering both Chrono Cross and Radical Dreamers with some quality of life improvements on Steam. The classic graphical style is how I enjoyed Chrono Cross, and it has been a joy to finally experience this game after all these years. The new graphical style sadly has too many issues to bother with right now on any platform sadly. I've also enjoyed checking out Chrono Cross on Steam Deck over the last week or so where it runs quite well after some tweaking, and it's a great way to play it if you have the option.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    In its current state after a few updates, Babylon’s Fall is worth trying through the demo before you should consider picking it up on a discount. Until the team can overhaul the progression system to ensure most things aren't unlocked after a dozen hours of playing, Babylon's Fall likely will continue to lose players early on. There is definitely potential here and a lot of the bosses and areas are worth experiencing, but it is hard to recommend at even half price right now unless you click with the combat in the demo and want to see more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gotta Protectors: Cart of Darkness is an essential for Nintendo Switch owners with its humor, fun gameplay, appreciation of older video games, and brilliant music. The blend of strategy and action never gets old, and the online play works surprisingly well. This is one of the best value packages available on the eShop with DLC that is an absolute must buy for fans of Yuzo Koshiro’s music.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Neptunia X Senran Kagura: Ninja Wars on NIntendo Switch is a competent port of a game that itself feels like a missed opportunity. If you skipped the PS4 version to play on the go, this is one of the better Compile Heart ports on Nintendo Switch. I just wish the game itself did more justice to the Senran Kagura franchise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taito Milestones offers good value with its 10 arcade games, but lacks any extra content or bonus features making it feel like just a set of Arcade Archives releases rather than a package worth owning for fans of the developer with bonus interviews, artwork, and other potential extras.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Big Bang Pro Wrestling is an easy recommendation for fans of wrestling games on Nintendo Switch, and is another quality conversion from Code Mystics. While it might seem dated in some ways, this is the closest to Fire Pro Wrestling on Nintendo's hybrid system right now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is easily one of the best games in a decade and an absolute must play on Nintendo Switch despite the technical issues in some battle situations. I was skeptical of how it would run in parts given the performance issues on PS4, but the port is very well done and it looks fantastic on the Nintendo Switfch OLED screen. If you skipped this on PS4, you absolute have to buy it on Switch.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Despite some annoying performance issues, Elden Ring is a masterpiece. The combat, enemy variety, exploration, music, and open world are top notch. I’ve been playing it daily across all platforms alongside other games all month, and look forward to doing that all year as I try new builds, help friends, and try to do everything I want in this triumph of a video game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Andro Dunos 2 has a lovely aesthetic and great core gameplay, but it is held back by the lack of display options and online leaderboards. Hopefully these can be addressed in potential updates.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lost Judgment was a superlative experience, and The Kaito Files DLC proves that Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's future is in good hands. While this DLC should've been cheaper on its own, combined with the other content in the Season Pass, it is well worth grabbing for any fan of Judgment and its characters. I hope we don't have to wait too long for another Judgment game and would love to see a full game with Kaito as the lead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Triangle Strategy is one of the best tactical RPGs, and an absolute essential for every Nintendo Switch owner. It has gorgeous art, amazing music, and memorable characters that come together for an unforgettable experience told through multiple endings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Crystar is an action RPG with a compelling story, great voice acting, and excellent music. It is let down by mediocre combat and level design. On Nintendo Switch it includes all the DLC right from the get go at a lower asking price than other versions, but it has seen some noticeable visual and performance cutbacks compared to the PS4 version.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When servers are online and functional, Gran Turismo 7 is a triumph of the racing genre. There's a lot to love with its chilled out atmosphere in its campaign, a plethora of control options, and a vast number of cars to collect. Throw in impeccable production values and visuals, and you have one of the best racing games ever. Albeit one I can only recommend if you can stomach its always-online requirement.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rune Factory 5 is an ambitious entry in the series that does many things well, but one that suffers thanks to a plethora of technical and structural issues. Despite it building on Rune Factory 4 in some nice ways, Rune Factory 4 Special remains one of the best games in a very long time while Rune Factory 5 feels like it needed more time to reach its full potential.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Cruel King and the Great Hero tells a memorable story with great music and a lovely aesthetic, but it is let down by the gameplay and some performance issues on Switch.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on Nintendo Switch is a fantastic portable version of the game, but one that lacks a few online features compared to the PS4 version. It also doesn't look as good as the PS4 version when played docked. Despite that, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is one of the best fighting games available on Nintendo's hybrid system.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona 4 Arena Ultimax on PS4 offers immense value with so much DLC included in its budget asking price. Years later, the game has aged brilliantly, and while I would've liked some of the assets to be improved for higher resolution displays, there's no denying the sheer quality of the newest release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Hopefully the wait for the rollback netcode update isn't too long.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden on Nintendo Switch is a beautiful turn-based RPG with superb music experienced as a tabletop card game. It is unfortunately let down by some technical and interface issues in its current state.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Egglia Rebirth gets a lot right despite its issues. With many smaller scale RPGs trying and failing to capture people's attention on Nintendo Switch by being more of the same, I'm glad Egglia Rebirth tried something different with its structure. The gameplay improvements over the mobile version and new content definitely help make this an easier recommendation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream on Nintendo Switch is an excellent version of one of the best Atelier games. The future of Atelier on Nintendo Switch has been looking brighter with each new entry, and Atelier Sophie 2 raises the bar(rel) further.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never played an Atelier game before, Atelier Sophie 2 on PC is a great way to get into the series and a fantastic game in its own right thanks to all the quality of life improvements. This is a must play for fans of the series and anyone looking for a relaxing and laid-back JRPG.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Monark is one of FuRyu's more disappointing releases with its repetitive gameplay that is carried by the music and character designs. It doesn't help that the Nintendo Switch version feels very rough right now even with the day one patch installed. Hopefully FuRyu can build on this for a more polished RPG in the future that doesn't feel so disjointed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The King of Fighters XV is a fantastic new entry in SNK's beloved series that builds on XIV with some excellent gameplay, great visuals, superb music, and robust online. It is however let down by the offline modes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    River City Girls Zero is an interesting look back at the origins of the characters newcomers have grown to love in River City Girls, but one with a few annoyances. The new music and art sprinkled into this release definitely help make it worth experiencing for fans.

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