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About Bill Stiteler

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe; like, the first four Police Academy movies, in-theater.
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Review: Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Royal Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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1 week ago

Review: Kingdom Come: Deliverance – Royal Edition (Nintendo Switch)

I want to be clear—the Switch port of 2018’s Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a big game, offering you options in terms of how you want to play it. A lot of options. Too many options. It becomes so intoxicated with how immersive it is that it forgets to be fun to play.
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Review: Lunar Lander Beyond (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Lunar Lander Beyond (Nintendo Switch)

I play games to relax. I play games to feel smart, to feel a false sense of power, or to have a story told to me that makes me feel I’ve learned something. Lunar Lander Beyond is based around the premise that frustration and failure are valid recreational activities.
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Review: Saviorless (Nintendo Switch)
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2 months ago

Review: Saviorless (Nintendo Switch)

Saviorless starts as a platformer. Your character jumps, pushes, and pulls as he attempts to follow the Radiant Heron to the Smiling Islands and become a Savior. Sounds nice! Then that stops. Abruptly.
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Review: Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash (Nintendo Switch)
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3 months ago

Review: Jujutsu Kaisen Cursed Clash (Nintendo Switch)

Look, I watch anime. I know Jujutsu Kaisen is popular. I have no doubt that there are a lot of people who are very excited to play a fighting game set in this world. But if you’re not, there’s very little to recommend in this game.
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Review: One Night: Burlesque (Nintendo Switch)
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5 months ago

Review: One Night: Burlesque (Nintendo Switch)

I admire when developers take a lack of resources, or a deliberately clunky interface, and creatively turn that into an asset with visual panache and an unusual vision. And One Night: Burlesque has that in spades.
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Review: Wartales (Nintendo Switch)
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7 months ago

Review: Wartales (Nintendo Switch)

In the turn-based RPG Wartales, no one likes you. You are killers for hire, after all, with no loyalty to anyone but your team. But they need you. What the game needs, on the other hand, is a stability patch.
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Review: Deadliest Catch: The Game (Nintendo Switch)
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9 months ago

Review: Deadliest Catch: The Game (Nintendo Switch)

Deadliest Catch is a reality show about crab fishermen, and how brutal and dangerous the job is. I’m sure it’s thrilling, and I can understand why it makes for good TV. But does it make for a good game? Maybe, but not this one.
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Review: Ship Graveyard Simulator
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10 months ago

Review: Ship Graveyard Simulator

I don’t think I’m alone in wondering this question: “Can I ever experience, even in a virtual form, what it must be like to take on the task of breaking down a sailing vessel to its recyclable components? Do I dare to dream?”
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Review: Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening (Nintendo Switch)
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11 months ago

Review: Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

As a new player, I found Nobunaga’s Ambition: Awakening confusing rather than challenging, obtuse rather than detailed, and lacking a level of basic explanation necessary for someone who isn’t familiar with the series. Also, the controls are poorly-matched for the Switch.
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Review: Smile for Me (Nintendo Switch)
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12 months ago

Review: Smile for Me (Nintendo Switch)

I’m going to tell you as little as possible about the adventure puzzle game Smile for Me, as it’s best to go in knowing as little as possible and just let the world unfold before you. And what an usual world it is.
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Review: Process of Elimination (Nintendo Switch)
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1 year ago

Review: Process of Elimination (Nintendo Switch)

Process of Elimination is a murder mystery that takes place on the island headquarters of a cadre of super-detectives who are being picked off by a sadistic criminal mastermind. I loved it.
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Review: Kung Fury: Street Rage – Ultimate Edition (Nintendo Switch)
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1 year ago

Review: Kung Fury: Street Rage – Ultimate Edition (Nintendo Switch)

Kung Fury: Street Rage – Ultimate Edition comes to the Switch as a set of (very) simple brawlers that harken back to the days of plopping tokens into cabinets at Bally’s Aladdin’s Castle. But how many tokens is it worth?
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Review: Heirs of the Kings (Nintendo Switch)
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1 year ago

Review: Heirs of the Kings (Nintendo Switch)

Heirs of the Kings is a retro JRPG that’s so by-the-numbers it might as well be in binary. You fight monsters, improve your weapons and armor, gain skills, and cast spells. And just when you start to wonder when the airship is going to show up, the airship shows up.
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Review: Nadir: A Grimdark Deck Builder (Nintendo Switch)
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1 year ago

Review: Nadir: A Grimdark Deck Builder (Nintendo Switch)

Nadir is a card-based battle game featuring deck building, multiple ways to attack, and a rather ingenious combat mechanism I don’t think I’ve seen before…
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Review: Moncage (Nintendo Switch)
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2 years ago

Review: Moncage (Nintendo Switch)

Moncage is both lyrical and confounding, abstract and exacting. It’s a puzzle game that should be treated like a collection of short stories rather than a novel. It’s quite literally to be puzzled over.
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Review: The Dark Prophecy (Nintendo Switch)
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2 years ago

Review: The Dark Prophecy (Nintendo Switch)

Sometimes, you just want a donut, ya know? You don’t want a buffet, you don’t want a seven course meal, you just want a well-made, fresh-out-of-the-oven, glazed donut. The Dark Prophecy is just that, and I devoured it.
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Review: Arcade Paradise (Nintendo Switch)
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2 years ago

Review: Arcade Paradise (Nintendo Switch)

What fun! Arcade Paradise is a wonderfully weird little pile of several minigames stacked on top of each other. But first, it’s a business simulator where you run a laundromat.
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Review: Before We Leave (Nintendo Switch)
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2 years ago

Review: Before We Leave (Nintendo Switch)

What if the post-apocalypse was fun? Not the apocalypse itself, mind you, but a period after, when the survivors emerged and things were mostly OK? That’s the case with the city-building sim Before We Leave…until game-breaking bugs spoil the good times.
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