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Alessandro Barbosa

Johannesburg

Favorite Games:
  • Journey
  • Portal 2
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped

100 games reviewed
74.4 average score
80 median score
55.0% of games recommended

Alessandro Barbosa's Reviews

Writer. Engineer. Designer. Videogames included with all options.
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8 / 10.0 - Islanders
Apr 9, 2019

Islanders is simple and straight-forward but still manages to make each of its city-building runs engrossing with a high-score to chase and procedurally-generated spaces to explore. It's the charming visuals and meditative soundtrack that make your brief stays worth it, enrapturing you in a relaxing aesthetic as you try to survive as long as you can.

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7 / 10 - Ethereal
Mar 22, 2019

Ethereal's frustrating technical issues are alleviated by the satisfyingly challenge of its puzzles.

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Mar 12, 2019

The Wizards: Enhanced Edition wrestles with the limitations of PSVR and never wins, deeply undercutting its enjoyable spellcasting with inaccurate motion tracking. These issues are only made worse by uninteresting missions and repetitive combat, making the initial splendour of this spellcasting adventure fade very quickly.

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7 / 10.0 - The Occupation
Mar 11, 2019

The Occupation's clever real-time investigations and immensely engrossing story are undone by its dedication to inducing tension by restricting saving, which is exasperated by uneven technical performance.

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7 / 10 - Trials Rising
Feb 26, 2019

Trials Rising expands the engrossing and challenging gameplay from its past entries, but it also fails to address some of their issues.

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9 / 10.0 - Apex Legends
Feb 13, 2019

Apex Legends is a surprisingly different interpretation of the Battle Royale formula that introduces new rules for engagement while also refining many of the issues the genre has grappled with for months. It's ingenious tagging system and clever character abilities make it a multiplayer shooter that's easy to pick up and play, but also deep enough to sink hundreds of hours into for months to come.

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6 / 10 - Astroneer
Feb 7, 2019

Astroneer's stunning planets play stage to a serene yet underpowered journey.

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Jan 29, 2019

Genesis Alpha One struggles to make many of its survival components engaging while also obfusticating many of its systems to the point of frustration.

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9 / 10.0 - Resident Evil 2
Jan 28, 2019

Resident Evil 2's remake highlights just how great Capcom's first sequel in the Resident Evil series ways, but does it in a way that makes it the most compelling entry in the series thus far. It's smart changes merge with the classic design expertly, while its atmosphere is rich thanks to gorgeous lighting and incredible sound design. It's a reminder of the past, but this remake would be a fine direction for the future of Resident Evil

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5 / 10.0 - My Time at Portia
Jan 15, 2019

My Time at Portia wears its influences on its sleeve but fails to build both a compelling world and charming inhabitants to engage with when reaching for the same lofty heights. Its loop of resource gathering and intricate building is implemented well, but it lacks the charm to make it all cohesive enough to be alluring.

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8 / 10 - Beat Saber
Nov 26, 2018

Beat Saber is an exhilarating rhythm game that makes a strong impression on PSVR with challenging levels, superb motion tracking, and well-tuned difficulties.

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4 / 10.0 - Fallout 76
Nov 21, 2018

Fallout 76's mundane quest and lifeless story put too much weight on the aged combat and trivial crafting for them to bear. It's a multiplayer experiment with far too many flaws to put up with, both in its limiting player interactions and its woeful technical polish. Fallout with friends is still an idea that could work one, but that's not what Fallout 76 is serving up.

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Nov 13, 2018

Overkill's The Walking Dead is a collection of poorly conceived ideas and uninspired gameplay, neither of which help its lifeless narrative and repetitive missions.

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Alessandro Barbosa
Nov 12, 2018

The Reignited Trilogy is Sypro in his best purple suit, with a stunning recreation of his three adventures making you forget how rough and aged they've become over two decades. Its gameplay is retrospectively simplistic but still engaging, with only persisting camera issues and troublesome audio implementations getting in the way of a special return journey.

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9 / 10.0 - Tetris Effect
Nov 9, 2018

Tetris Effect is a visual and auditory treat that bombards your senses with exploding colours and punchy electronic songs. But it's real triumph is combining this with the delicate nature of Tetris, retaining the precise gameplay while also marrying it effectively with the beat of a drum. Tetris Effect is meditative, exciting and incredibly difficult to put down.

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5 / 10 - Déraciné
Nov 5, 2018

Deracine's gorgeous presentation masks a game that's lacking innovative ideas while misusing the few it does have.

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8 / 10 - Gwent
Oct 31, 2018

Gwent's revamped ruleset and eagerness to reward your time spent with it make it a compelling multiplayer endeavour in The Witcher universe.

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Alessandro Barbosa
Oct 30, 2018

Diablo III is a comprehensive package on the Switch, but just not always the best way to play it all.

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Oct 18, 2018

Thronebreaker's strong writing and compelling characters accent a strong re-imagining of Gwent and a gripping single-player story.

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8 / 10.0 - Super Mario Party
Oct 3, 2018

Super Mario Party retains the whimsical and hilarious nature of its predecessors while greatly expanding on its mini-games and their complexity. It's a joyous time with a bunch of friends or family, even if you can't actually get any better at playing due to its heavily randomised mechanics.

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