Alessio Palumbo


38 games reviewed
79.9 average score
80 median score
63.9% of games recommended

Alessio Palumbo's Reviews

Decade-long gaming writer, now Executive Editor (Games) @ WCCFtech. Self-professed TV Series addict; also fond of movies, books and generally everything that has to do with stories.
7.5 / 10.0 - State of Decay 2
May 17, 2018

State of Decay 2 is every bit as fun and rough as the first game was in 2013. It feels like a game that would have massively benefited from additional resources during development given its numerous technical shortcomings, but even so, its core (improved in this sequel) remains unique and fun to play, especially with friends. It's one of those titles that can be described as being more than the sum of its parts.

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6 / 10.0 - Sea of Thieves
Apr 8, 2018

Sea of Thieves is a daring attempt by Rare but also a lacking one on so many fronts. While the graphics are fantastic and the game has a unique charm, ultimately the world feels empty, devoid of content and features. Sailing with friends can be an exhilarating experience at first, but when there's not much to do the fun dies down pretty quickly.

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Oct 26, 2017

Overall, besides the aforementioned lack of instant assassinations in some cases, I do have a lingering concern regarding the depth and variety of content, an important aspect of games belonging to the open world genre. Ubisoft stated that it would always be meaningful, but I still have to check whether this will actually be the case. Other than that, though, Assassin's Creed Origins is looking great so far.

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6.4 / 10.0 - ELEX
Oct 18, 2017

ELEX is pretty much the gaming incarnation of a mixed bag. While exploring the massive world of Magalan is an enjoyable experience and the lore easily pulls players in with lots of interesting quests, the mediocre combat, poor companions AI and severe balance issues prevent it from securing a spot in the ever more crowded RPG limelight.

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Aug 9, 2017

Blending powerful imagery, unrivaled visuals quality, an excellent combat system and a unique setting blending Norse mythology with mental illness, Ninja Theory fully delivers on their independent AAA pitch with Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. This is one of those titles that, albeit not flawless, should be experienced by every gamer at some point.

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9 / 10.0 - Dishonored 2
Nov 14, 2016

Dishonored 2 is the best stealth action/adventure game on the market. It's filled with memorable characters and locations, not to mention empowered by superb art style and gameplay. No gamer should miss it, though if you intend to play on PC you might do well to wait for the update that's scheduled to bring a slew of performance improvements.

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Sep 11, 2016

Could it be better? Most certainly, as pointed out in the review. But Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is already great as it is, and you would be remiss to leave it hanging in physical (or digital) stores if you care the slightest bit about RPGs with a deep story, lots of choices and a cyberpunk setting.

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7.2 / 10.0 - The Technomancer
Jun 28, 2016

The Technomancer is a well made action-RPG and the best title released by Spiders so far, thanks to the additional polish and increased size of the game's content. Just don't expect to be able to explore a massive world like those in Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3 or you may be disappointed.

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May 17, 2016

Homefront: The Revolution is a disappointment no matter how you slice it. Maybe Deep Silver Dambuster can improve it over time and when that happens, the game could be worth a purchase in a sale; as it is, though, it simply cannot be recommended with many better options available for gamers.

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8 / 10.0 - XCOM 2
Apr 22, 2016

Firaxis managed to improve upon the already great Enemy Unknown in almost every way, with the exception of multiplayer. Unfortunately, the shockingly bad performance prevents XCOM 2 from reaching the status of a true masterpiece.

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Feb 9, 2016

As with most (if not all) expansions, Dying Light: The Following probably won't win over those who didn't enjoy the original game. At the same time, it offers a lot of fun and a few shiny new toys (such as the buggy) to everyone else who greatly appreciated Dying Light, and it does so with great value thanks to a strong longevity for its price. Unless you really dislike zombies, The Following is a worthy purchase.

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Jan 18, 2016

Dragon's Dogma is a great action RPG, especially as a first entry in the franchise. CAPCOM successfully married the Western open world RPG with an awesome combat system and a bit of Japanese flavor; if you haven't played it until now, the PC version offers enhanced graphics and frame rate. I, for one, hope to learn about a sequel very soon.

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8.6 / 10.0 - Fallout 4
Nov 21, 2015

Fallout 4 is one of the best games I've played this year. It's not the best and not even the best RPG (which in this case is the same thing) due to some missteps detailed in the review, but this shouldn't deter you from an experience that will be worth it for any fans of the genre and setting. Moreover, this is just the beginning: we'll hear a lot more of Fallout 4 in the coming years thanks to DLCs and mods that will likely bring the game to a whole new level. The Commonwealth gates have just opened and few will be able to resist entering.

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Nov 12, 2015

Warhammer: End Times Vermintide is a new take on the Left 4 Dead formula. It brings enhanced combat (particularly melee) and some RPG elements, but it loses the PvP aspect and user generated content, both critical to longevity in this genre. Still, if you have a group of friends this game can definitely provide lots of fun.

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Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection might not be that appealing for those who played the Uncharted trilogy on PlayStation 3, but for everyone else it's simply a must buy, particularly if you plan to get Uncharted 4 as well next year.

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9 / 10.0 - FIFA 16
Oct 15, 2015

FIFA 16 reacted extremely well to the increasing challenge posed by Konami with PES. This year's edition fixes all the shortcomings of FIFA 15 while introducing more features and authenticity to the game; in short, FIFA 16 is still the king of football games, at least for another year.

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Oct 11, 2015

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a gameplay triumph, that's for sure. Kojima managed to marry the stealth/action elements of MGS with the open world setting in a way that no one could have predicted. While not perfect, this is a masterpiece that everyone should enjoy; let's just hope it's not the last we'll see of Snake.

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8.6 / 10.0 - Until Dawn
Sep 4, 2015

Until Dawn is definitely a nice surprise. Despite not being marketed as a huge exclusive like Uncharted or God of War, it's arguably the best one available on PlayStation 4 with the exception of Bloodborne; if you like horror/thriller movies and you don't mind Quick Time Events, you're definitely in for a treat.

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