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David Restrepo

Staff Writer

I enjoy discussing video games critically as much as I enjoy playing them. Catch me juggling between playing a 50+ hour rpg and watching 2-8 hour video essays dissecting a game or series. 

Articles by David Restrepo

Gears of War 4 JD and Kait Walking Through a Gameplay Scene

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.
Published: Tue, 06/08/2021 - 12:00
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Rising Hell Review

Rising Hell successfully captures the genre's addictive nature through its relative simplicity and adherence to personalization.
Published: Fri, 06/04/2021 - 13:00
Biomutant Character Creation Screen

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.
Published: Mon, 05/24/2021 - 11:00
Character Select screen showing both Yuito and Kasane posed back to back

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.
Published: Sun, 05/23/2021 - 12:00
Mass Effect's squad screen showing Shepard's skill trees

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.
Published: Wed, 05/19/2021 - 11:00
Magazine showing the protagonist, Sunita, on the cover of a science magazine

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.
Published: Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:00
Gameplay screenshot with the protagonist, Emil, and Kaine in frame in a desert biome

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.
Published: Fri, 04/30/2021 - 12:00
Close-up of Yagami's face, Judgment's protagonist, during a cinematic

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.
Published: Fri, 04/30/2021 - 11:00
Close-up of character Mafuyu from Judgment

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.
Published: Thu, 04/22/2021 - 09:00
The Last of Us Part 2 artwork showing Ellie in the midst of dilapidated scenery

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.
Published: Wed, 04/14/2021 - 13:00
Key art showcasing the Outriders devastator class design

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.
Published: Wed, 04/07/2021 - 20:06
Key art featuring the trickster class design

Outriders Trickster Guide

Understanding the trickster is about more than zipping in and shooting at things up close. It's one of the hardest classes to start off with while coming to grips with the general mechanics and loot systems. This guide should help players find their footing through to the end of the main story.
Published: Sun, 04/04/2021 - 10:27