Peter Torckler

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Hyper Light Drifter - Special Edition
Reviewed: May 21, 2021
9.20

One of the first indies I'd played and I loved it at the time. Excited to give it another pass, hopefully it stands up.

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SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2020
7.70
A score based heavily on the combat mechanics. If the art/writing had won me over, a very subjective point, it'd be breaching the 8s. Ignoring that, the game is worth it alone for the battles. Its pool-like combat system is always entertaining and grows in complexity at a steady pace. Characters offer important diversity and new abilities allow for reckless and creative strategies. Different weapons have vastly varying effects, but after a certain point new weapons become a simple cycle of strict "+5 bonus" style upgrades. Finding the right combo of crew mates and weaponry was where most of my fun lay, and at this the game was extremely successful. Beyond that, its up to your fledgling skills to execute on the plan - which led to many tense last-shot-or-die moments. A fun game which didn't leave a strong mark on me, but a good game non-the-less.
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Castlevania Requiem: Symphony of the Night & Rondo of Blood
Reviewed: Feb 16, 2020
9.20
Just finished SotN for the first time. Really strong game which lived up to the prestige, for me at least. There were some signs of aging, inventory issues in particular. Platforming and exploring lose some of their luster in the 2nd phase of the game. Besides that, the game was extremely engrossing. Vibe & atmosphere were on point, every discovery was rewarded and every area was filled with unique monsters and bosses - such a fun haunted house of horrors. Music was stellar, locked me into the world and gave every section its own charm. The combat was more compelling that I thought it would be. Its in & out battle for spacing was exciting and enemy attack patterns were on the regular switch up. If the basics of combat grew stale, the spells and unique weapon abilities allowed for another level to mess around with. Then the bonus of familiars! And even more game content I haven't even touched! Super generous game. Overall, suprised by how much I enjoyed it. There are some more minor gripes, but theres much more to praise if for. Easy to see why it left such a mark on the industry, well worth a look. This game would have blown my little mind if I'd played it back at release. Strong 9/10. Will start Rondo of Blood at some point, but ill leave the score based on SotN, regardless.
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Hollow Knight
Reviewed: Feb 12, 2020
10.00
Perfect to me. Extremely satisfying mechanics and an engrossing world to explore.