Fallout 76 (2018) [PC]

Check out my review of Fallout 76 on TWRM, I would love to hear your feedback on this highly divisive game and see what you think about my opinions.

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A friend is a gift you give yourself.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

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In what was likely the most polarizing game of 2018, Bethesda released this beautiful and terrible masterpiece of unfulfilled potential. I personally have mostly fond memories from the game, but I understand the problems and I would like to take this time to highlight what went well and what went wrong in this blockbuster game that many of us believed might never have existed before the sudden announcement at E3.

I can not remember a game that has been more hated and loved while being ripped to shreds by the majority of the internet since the release of No Man’s Sky, which was met with such an incredible backlash you might have thought the developers were better off not releasing the game at all. I…

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“2018 Annual Summary”

Check out the Purple Prose Mage’s review of all the game reviews in 2018 on The Well-Red Mage.

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Yes, annual. This is something I came up with about a week ago and decided to post as a (very long) series of tweets, which the Well-Red Mage approved as a listicle – my favourite form of laziness! I’ve already started planning how I’m going to prepare next year’s. Do join us again then, when it will be even more detailed. Anyway.

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Graveyard Keeper (2018)

Check out my review of Graveyard Keeper on The Well-Red Mage, fans of Stardew Valley who enjoy a little dark humor will really take a liking to this one.

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First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me.
– Steve Martin

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20181117224858_1.jpg Well met, could I interest you in some fresh meat and candles?

I’ve been on a hiatus and am having some trouble getting back into the swing of writing. I believe I’ve finally found the game that’s given me the spark I needed to feel rejuvenated and continue on this blogging adventure: this game, which is published by TinyBuild (publishers of: The Final Station, Punch Club, and Hello Neighbor, among others) & developed by Lazy Bear (creators of the Punch Club games and Swag & Sorcery). This game scratches an itch that hasn’t been scratched for me since Stardew Valley first came out. You get to grind away and gather necessary resources while slowly increasing…

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‘Salem’s Lot (1975)

Read my thoughts on the spine-tingling classic tale, ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. king actually considers this to be his favorite of his own stories which is really saying something for such an accomplished author. I have to agree that it is one of his finest, but you can follow the link and decide for yourself!

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Sometimes dead is better.
-Stephen King, Pet Sematary

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I will be reviewing the novel ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King in this post. ‘Salem’s Lot is short for Jerusalem’s Lot in case the initial apostrophe was throwing anybody off or had you wondering. I actually was able to read the book and watch the first movie as well and I really enjoyed both of them. The book has been mentioned by King on more than one occasion as his favorite story that he has written, and it is with good reason that he would say that. King does a wonderful job portraying a small town setting and really making the character’s relatable. You cannot help but get sucked into the story and feel close to many of the people within the town. My personal favorite character was the teacher Matt…

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Reviews of July (2018): “Hey, Listen!”

Head on over to The Well-Red Mage and check out the reviews of July including my review of Tricky Towers, a fun take on Tetris that is great to play with a friend.

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After an explosive month in June, by which I refer to its dynamism and not to its destructive power, July seemed much cooler by comparison, even if the weather didn’t follow that pattern. Keeping up a post a day is tough work but we did our best and put out what I think is some great content this month. Further, we hit some Patreon goals and are about to move into a new region of content altogether! Our heart as ever remains in the critiques and here they are for July:

abxy1The ABXY Mage (@ABXY_Reviews) formed the bookends of July with an opening and a closing review. First, he re-examined the original Metroidthrough the lens of Zero Missionon his crusade to review the entire Metroid series, and then he brought us a finale in the form of a deconstructivist take on the iconic Tomb Raider

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Tricky Towers (2016) [Steam]

Check out my review on Tricky Towers and move quickly so that you can enter in for your chance to win the giveaway! Follow the link for details on how you can win your very own copy of Tricky Towers on Steam, and see what I have to say about the game while you are at it.

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Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
-Lewis Carroll

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I would like to start off by thanking The Well-Red Mage, Game-Drive, and the developers WeirdBeard for providing a review copy of this game. This is a very special occasion, however! They have also provided the means for us to give away a copy of the game coinciding with this review. Stay tuned and we will let you know how you can get yourself entered for a chance to win a code for Tricky Towers on Steam!

***The Well-Red Mage is going to make an announcement on Twitter and select a winner at random, all you have to do is like his tweet and/or this article here on WordPress (you can double your chances that way), so follow him there and…

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Reviews of June (2018): All Systems Running

It was the biggest month ever over at TWRM, and I am very happy to have been a part of it with 3 different pieces. Click the link to see my reviews of Shadowrun: Hong Kong, The Lost Child, as well as my top 7 games for the Nintendo GameCube from the 30 Day Console Challenge!

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June is over and so is one epic month of content creating! Forty-seven posts in thirty days and this is what the editor in me felt like, mostly because I had to go so fast I kept making my own typos!


Haha I kid, of course!

Working with TWRM these past two years and some change has been a real work of love, a passion project, and sharing my baby with others has helped it grow into something I couldn’t predict. I simply could not have passed through June alone with the event we hosted but I did so hand in hand with (sometimes kicking and screaming and being dragged by) many awesome writers across the world!

Written media is dead? People still read out there and they responded for the biggest month we’ve ever had. I know because I’m one of those readers that enjoys reading, and I loved…

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The Lost Child (2018) [Switch]

My review of The Lost Child is up on The Well-Red Mage! It has released on Nintendo Switch and was a fun JRPG with some Lovecraftian shout outs which I loved.

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It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

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I always love getting the chance to review a game that I really enjoy. I would like to start by thanking Kadokawa Games, NIS America, and of course The Well-Red Mage for providing me with a review copy of the game. It is a bit surreal for me personally when I am able to play a game and review it before it is available to the general public, so thank you guys for making that a reality for me.

The Lost Child is a JRPG with animation in the art style of Japanese anime and it wears its Lovecraftian influence on its sleeve. You…

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Console Challenge Day 17: Top 7 best GameCube games!

The Well-Red Mage has an incredible event going this month in which each day a new console is presented with the top 7 games from that console which were at least at first released exclusively to that console. I had the honor of being entrusted with my favorite console of all time the Nintendo GameCube! It was a joy to write and I hope that all of you will stop by and let me know which of your favorites I left off or if you agree with me completely. Oh and happy Father’s Day to all the hard working dads out there!

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Please understand, I am not trying to say technology is unimportant. But if we are just focusing on technology… we will not succeed.
-Satoru Iwata

Day 17 of our 30-Day Console Challenge is in the books, NPCs!

Today, I’m proud to present the longest-running active contributor we’ve ever had! At over 20 different articles contributed, the Midnight Mystic Mage (whose alter ego is Sublime Reviews) is a core component of TWRM and what makes us tick. He’s been here for so long that I can hardly remember when he even joined, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He’s been a digital friend and conversationalist since forever, and today he’s sharing a part of himself with us, something less spooky than is in character for him.

Here it is: MMM’s top 7 games for the Nintendo GameCube!

-The Well-Red Mage

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong (2015) [PC]

Check out my review of Shadowrun: Hong Kong which marks my 20th review on The Well-Red Mage! It’s been a journey and I look forward to what is still to come. Oh yeah, and Shadowrun was AMAZING.

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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a game that I spent over 30 glorious hours with and enjoyed every bit. This was the first game that I have played in the long Shadowrun series and I feel like I couldn’t have started with a better one. When I mentioned the game to my cousin he told me that Shadowrun is actually his favorite tabletop game series as well, so there is a plethora of lore and options on how to play with this series.

My knowledge of Shadowrun as a whole is certainly very limited, but I hope to explain what made this specific game so incredible and…

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