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David Restrepo

Former Staff Writer

About David Restrepo

I've been writing about games since 2014. I pursued gaming journalism because I hold the industry and the craft of writing in equal regard. You can also catch me at Gamepur and JumpCut PLAY with occasional appearances at Tom's Guide.

Articles by David Restrepo

Total Articles: 32

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Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection - The Next-Gen Difference

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves is the best way to experience Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Unfortunately, margin between platforms is small.

January 26, 2022 | 10:00 EST

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High Review Scores: Do Games Need Them to be Worth Playing?

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is comfort food at its finest. It isn't the most delectable meal, but it is so satisfying when you're in the right mood for it.

December 19, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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Games That Show the Biggest Difference Between the Xbox Series X and S

As an entry-level machine, the Xbox Series S serves a specific audience well. With weaker hardware than the X, though, some games just don't measure up.

November 30, 2021 | 12:00 EST

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Forza Horizon 5: Is Quality Mode Winning the Race?

Forza Horizon 5 features the most compelling quality mode to date with a gameplay experience that doesn't make you feel like you're making a sacrifice.

November 12, 2021 | 01:00 EST

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Crysis Remastered Trilogy Review

The Crysis Remastered Trilogy is an inconsistent package that suffers to varying degrees depending on which entry in the collection you're looking at. From a console gamer perspective, Crysis Remastered is rough around the edges, marred mostly by its bugs. Crysis 2 is as good of a remaster as you could want, but the game itself is less ambitious than its younger and older siblings. Crysis 3 is great, but it fails as a remaster with less polished visuals.

October 15, 2021 | 04:00 EDT

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What is Up with Life is Strange: True Colors' Performance?

Life is Strange: True Colors is a great narrative experience with an unusual performance profile that deserves to be addressed.

September 24, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Lost Judgment Review

Lost Judgment is a magnificent sequel, refining nearly fiddly aspect of the original's detective-infused design. Coupled with an excellent narrative that delves into shockingly mature territory, it's hard not to feel an empty hole in your chest once those credits hit.

September 16, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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The Worst Eighth-Gen Remasters

In an industry that grows increasingly reliant on remasters, few were worth complaining about, making the original versions preferable in most respects.

August 27, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Every Yakuza Game Ranked

With RGG in the mainstream spotlight, about to complete their first simultaneous worldwide release, let's take a look back and rank the Yakuza games.

August 9, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Fullbright Co-Founder Steps Down Following Toxic Workplace Allegations

Steve Gaynor, Fullbright's co-founder, stepped down as manager and creative lead following a series of toxic workplace allegations.

August 4, 2021 | 10:57 EDT

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A Plague Tale: Requiem's Room for Growth

A Plague Tale: Requiem can be an exciting sequel if it addresses its predecessor's largest area of concern: in-game dialogue. With sign-posting being minimized, Requiem can capitalize on Innocence's potential.

July 13, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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A Plague Tale: Innocence - The Next-Gen Difference on Xbox

The A Plague Tale: Innocence next-gen patch is a curiosity. It no doubt feels better to play thanks to the 60 fps target. But there's more to it than that.

July 7, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Scarlet Nexus Review

Scarlet Nexus' accomplished combat and world are hamstrung by a shockingly low budget that oozes nearly every corner of the experience from its cinematics to its levels to even enemy composition at times. That said, action JRPG fans should be able to latch onto enough to walk away satisfied.

July 1, 2021 | 10:30 EDT

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Xbox Series X: 20 FPS Boost Games With Lackluster Upgrades

Xbox Series X's FPS Boost is game-changing when it works and disappointing when it doesn't. While frame rates are often consistent, many titles make concerning sacrifices. This lost compiles 20 FPS Boost games that make major sacrifices, detailing their drawbacks.

June 8, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Rising Hell Review

Rising Hell successfully captures the genre's addictive nature through its relative simplicity and adherence to personalization.

June 4, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Biomutant Guide For Beginners

This Biomutant Beginner's Guide takes a cursory glance at the game's character creation, gear, skill points, and combat with tips sprinkled in. Readers will come away with a better understanding of what Biomutant offers along with an idea of how to approach the game.

May 24, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Scarlet Nexus' Promise Outstrips Any Warning Signs

The way Scarlet Nexus handles its storytelling across two protagonists and technical performance are the sticking points, but it offers glimpses of an exciting action game.

May 23, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition's Only Notable Flaw

In the process of tweaking gameplay based on feedback, BioWare's stellar remaster goes a few steps too far in messing with the original Mass Effect's intent.

May 19, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Before I Forget Review

Before I Forget is a strong, concise story tracing a woman suffering from dementia as she slowly uncovers pieces of herself as well as the story framed within this mental health journey. It doesn't waste players' time with a run-time that doesn't overstay its welcome, helped by a protagonist that doesn't divulge too much information when she speaks.

May 5, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Nier Replicant's Technical Shortcomings

Nier Replicant Ver. 1.22 fixes some of the original's faults while radically overhauling its visuals. Despite the massive upgrade, it still doesn't look great, which is to be expected for a project of this scope. This makes its rendering setup on consoles and poor PC performance all the more confusing.

April 30, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Judgment Review

Judgment is a pretty good part of Ryu ga Gotoku's portoflio. Its new mechanics lack the agency required to realize the concept's potential. It's also sometimes painfully droll for studio veterans that have tread this formula a dozen times already. That said, when Judgment fires on all cylinders, it reminds us of why RGG is a force to be reckoned with.

April 30, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Judgment: The Next-Gen Difference

Judgment on next-gen consoles is a surprisingly high quality remaster that fixes every technical grievance from the PS4 version. The hardware is no longer constraining the game's vision, making it far more enjoyable.

April 22, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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PlayStation is Losing its Roots

With Sony's practices the past few years combined with recent reports about their business strategy, they aren't the company fans fell in love with 26 years ago. They're losing sight of the roots that allowed them to reach market dominance in the first place.

April 14, 2021 | 01:00 EDT

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Outriders Devastator Guide

the Devastator is Outriders' simplest class. It's perfect for players that want to jump in and enjoy the core gameplay loop while trying to understanding the deeper systems. This guide should help players find an optimal early-game use of the devastator's toolkit.

April 7, 2021 | 08:06 EDT