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Tomas Franzese


Favorite Games:
  • Star Wars: Battlefront 2
  • Pokémon Sapphire
  • Batman: Arkham City

142 games reviewed
72.7 average score
75 median score
48.6% of games recommended

Tomas Franzese's Reviews

Tomas Franzese is a Video Game News Writer at Inverse. He started writing about games in 2016 and has barely put his controller or keyboard down since! Tomas was formerly News Editor at DualShockers.
10 / 10.0 - Darkest Dungeon
Sep 28, 2016

Some people will have problems with Darkest Dungeon. It can (at times) be excruciatingly hard, to the point where you might consider quitting due to a frustrating experience. However, if you stick with it you will find an immensely hard, but still fair and rewarding experience unlike anything that has been released before it. All RPG fans and lovers of difficult games should definitely give Darkest Dungeon a look on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita if they haven't already. This game is not for everyone, but those who can handle the difficulty will love this game immensely.

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10 / 10.0 - Astral Chain
Sep 5, 2019

PlatinumGames' Astral Chain is the most innovative action games in years and certainly one of the best games of 2019.

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Aug 22, 2016

If you own a PS4 and are into fighting games, or are just starting in the competitive scene, The King of Fighters XIV is perfect for you. It is simplistic and easy to use on the surface, but still has huge combos and advanced mechanics for players to learn and master if they put time into the game. While the graphics could be better, everything else about the game is so amazing that you tend not to notice after a while. The King of Fighters XIV is one of the best fighting games I have ever played, and will satisfy fans of the series, hardcore fighting game enthusiasts, and those hoping to get into them. Quite the return for SNK, isn’t it?

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9.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Mania Plus
Jul 10, 2018

If you haven't tried Sonic Mania yet, now is a better time than ever to jump in — whether you opt to pick up Sonic Mania Plus and all the extra things it brings, or just download the Encore DLC and free updates.

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9.5 / 10.0 - The Outer Worlds
Oct 22, 2019

The Outer Worlds is an extremely well-written RPG and one of the best games of 2019.

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9 / 10.0 - Bayonetta
Apr 12, 2017

Even if its story falls into many amnesia tropes and the graphics are a bit dated, the innovative and enthralling gameplay coupled with its over-the-top-nature make Bayonetta a wild ride that you won’t ever want to get off. Sega has mentioned that they want to do more PC ports in the future and, if they are done as well as Bayonetta, I can’t wait to see what they bring over next.

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9 / 10.0 - Hue
Aug 30, 2016

Hue came out of almost nowhere and shocked me with its sublime design. While it might seem like Limbo at first, the game is able to establish itself on its own fairly quickly and create a distinct and memorable experience. Fans of puzzle platformers will find a lot to enjoy in this game, as well as those who just want a new and fresh indie title to play.

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9 / 10.0 - I Am Setsuna
Jul 18, 2016

I Am Setsuna is a game from a different era in the best kind of way. For better or for worse, it borrows many of its mechanics from some of gaming’s classics. While its graphics are outdated and its story gives only the illusion of choice, the rest of the game is good enough to make up for it: the characters are likable, the story is engaging, and the gameplay is fun. RPG fans will find a lot to enjoy here, especially those who love games like Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger.

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Sep 19, 2016

While not without a few minor sound problems, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is the definitive evolution of the Pac-Man series, adding enough new mechanics while improving the main game so much that the title is worth a purchase from any arcade game or Pac-Man fan. While some series veterans might not be a fan of the radical changes to this game’s gameplay, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 shows that there is still a lot of life and innovation to be found in this 36 year old series. This game was truly the power pellet that the entire series needed, and now that it has been rejuvenated, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pac-Man sticks around for another 36 years.

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9 / 10.0 - Injustice 2
May 20, 2017

Injustice 2 improves upon Injustice: God Among Us in almost every way. It's faster, smoother, better animated, and better written than its predecessor, and is definitely NeatherRealm's best fighting game yet. While the Clash system sullies otherwise great fighting mechanics, and the game's story has a few problems of its own, I've had tons of fun with Injustice 2. As both a comic book and video game fanatic, I'd recommend Injustice 2 to anyone who is even remotely interested in it, as it does its source material justice while delivering both a great single player and online experience, and looks just as awesome in the process.

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9 / 10.0 - Puyo Puyo Tetris
Apr 24, 2017

While I still think Tetris is the better game in this match-up, and that it has a slight in-game advantage due to its faster speed, and that the voice acting can get grating after awhile, I loved my time with Puyo Puyo Tetris. It familiarized me with a puzzle game franchise and group of characters that I had never heard up before while also delivering a solid console Tetris experience, which makes it steeper price acceptable. I hope SEGA continues to bring over more Puyo Puyo games to the west, as it has the possibility of catching on just like Tetris did years ago on the Game Boy.

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9 / 10.0 - Ever Oasis
Jun 23, 2017

Ever Oasis proves that the six year old handheld still has the potential to pump out some great content, while also being one of Koishi Ishii's best works. Even if you haven't heard of the game befor3 this review, I urge you to check Ever Oasis out, especially if you are a fan of city builders or Zelda-style games.

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9 / 10.0 - Celeste
Jan 25, 2018

On top of that, there is a great story that addresses themes of depression, self-discovery, and ultimately perseverance, which can be applied to both one's personal life and the experience one has in general when playing a difficult game. You may get mad at a few points, but that peak is always there waiting for you, within reach, and is something we should all strive for, whether it is in-game or not.

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Oct 22, 2018

The Nintendo Switch version has noticeable technical faults, which does make it the weakest version of Valkyria Chronicles 4. Fortunately, outside of annoying menus the rest of Valkyria Chronicles 4 is so solid I am more than willing to overlook those flaws. Due to its likable characters, engaging plot, and fun and unique as ever gameplay, Valkyria Chronicles 4 has definitely cemented itself as one of my favorite strategy games in recent memory.

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Feb 3, 2022

OlliOlli World delivers beautiful, fast-paced, and captivating skateboarding fun.

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Oct 1, 2020

With a solid story, tough but rewarding and immersive gameplay, and dynamic multiplayer modes, Star Wars: Squadrons stands out from every Star Wars game released over the last decade.

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Feb 17, 2021

The cat’s out of the bag: Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury is a must-play for Nintendo Switch owners — and it might just be the redeemer of the downtrodden Wii U.

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May 5, 2021

Fans demanded a sequel for years, and New Pokémon Snap highlights why: at its core, this is the perfect concept for a Pokémon spinoff.

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9 / 10.0 - Psychonauts 2
Aug 23, 2021

Even if you are a newcomer to the series, Psychonauts 2 is an excellent standalone 3D platformer, with the most creative level design since Super Mario Odyssey.

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9 / 10.0 - Back 4 Blood
Oct 11, 2021

Back 4 Blood' has the best water-cooler moments of any game released in 2021.

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