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Davide Mancini

Naples, Italy
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68 games reviewed
75.9 average score
78 median score
48.5% of games recommended
Scores 1.6 higher than average

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IGN Italy
Davide Mancini
May 17, 2019

Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a rock solid collection of (some) great old school games. Anyway, the lack of real extra features, apart from the ebook, the absence of a masterpiece as Rondo of Blood and some odd choices by Konami make the collection feel a little bit pedantic.

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Davide Mancini

Saints Row: The Third is still fun play and 8 years later it feels better if enjoyed in short session in handheld mode. The main problem of this release is the lacklustre porting, spoiled by framerate issues, some crashes and poor controls optimization. Anyway, if you feel nostalgic about the Saints irriverence, it's still worth a shot.

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8.7 / 10.0 - Katana Zero
Apr 24, 2019

Katana Zero is a fast paced action game which shines thanks to its smooth, brilliant and clever gameplay, while a surprisingly good writing gives to the game an unexpected depth. It's a brand new take on the classic genre mechanics, made even cooler thanks to a lovely art style and a powerful soundtrack.

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IGN Italy
Davide Mancini
Apr 18, 2019

Konami Anniversary Collection: Arcade Classics is quite a lazy collection of a bunch of good 80s games. The emulation is quite smooth, most of the games are still fun, but some bizarre games choic, a quite essential look and the lacks of peculiar features such as online support make the collection just average.

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8.5 / 10.0 - APE OUT
Mar 7, 2019

Ape Out is a pure adrenaline rush. A joy to play, to watch and to listen to, where game, graphic and sound design work to bring together a true synesthetic experience.

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8.7 / 10.0 - Sunless Skies
Feb 28, 2019

Sunless Skies is a refined and more organic successor for Sunless Sea. The skies above London are full of intriguing events and charming characters depicted through a fancy, sharp and magnetic writing. The hybrid gameplay which mixes “choose your own adventure” elements with a classic RPG/roguelite scheme works well and offer a deep and satisfying experience. If you don't mind read walls of text and embrace the rhythm of the slow gaming, Sunless Skies is one of the best games around.

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8.4 / 10.0 - Dirt Rally 2.0
Feb 18, 2019

DiRT Rally 2.0 is a solid improvement for the rally sim made in Codemasters. The physics and the driving model are top notch, even driving with a joypad, while the lack of a couple of locations and the general aging of the Ego Engine limit the game scope.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
May 8, 2018

Football Manager Touch 2018 on Nintendo Switch is a great surprise and offers a great compromise between the depth and the complexity of the destkop version, and the need to have a quick and satisfying experience, suitable for mobility. Sports Interactive and Hardlight achieved a great result in adapting the control system using the full input potential of Nintendo Switch.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Thin Silence
May 2, 2018

The Thin Silence is a charming narrative adventure filled with puzzles on the lines of Limbo and Inside. Tw PM was courage was courageous in dealing with issues such as depression and the socio-political issue, but the experience is sometimes a little repetitive and frustrating.

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8.5 / 10.0 - MLB 18: The Show
Apr 16, 2018

It's hard to improve a game which is already the best in its own genre, but SIE San Diego Studio achieved a good result with a few, but meaningful, changes. MLB The Show 18 offers an even more solid and consistent experience than its predecessor, although the devs cut off a couple of game modes. The new most important core element is the brand new progression system in the Road to the Show career, which offers the chance to live the tough dream of a mid- to late-round draft pick prospect.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
Apr 6, 2018

TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge could have been the chance of a lifetime for all the motorbike fans. The Snaefell Mountain Course is glorious, the lights are great and wind blows like in an epic tale, but game itself is quite a wasted opportunity. The simcade racing gameplay is harsh and unforgiving, and sometimes you just don't feel the motorbike. A part from the handling issues, the game lacks of contents beside the Snaefell, and the career mode is flat and emotionless.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
Mar 30, 2018

The first episode of The Council is a pleasant surprise. Big Bad Wolf has succeeded in inserting a snappy roleplaying system into a historical investigative-style narrative adventure, and the implications are surprisingly original, brilliant and ambitious. There are minor flows in the script and technical wise is quite clumsy, but it's a good opening episode indeed.

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7 / 10.0 - Sea of Thieves
Mar 27, 2018

Sea of Thieves is a game with great potential, but undermined by the lack of variety and depth. Meditative alone, fascinating and epic in multiplayer, the navigation experience provided by Rare is truly unique and brilliant. On the other hand, the extreme freedom given to the player cannot be fulfilled because of clumsy boots on the ground mechanics and quest structure far too repetitive.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
Mar 23, 2018

Despite a quite brillaint look, the 27 minigames designed by Shiver Entertainment are meaningful and fun only for a couple of nights with friends. Unfortunately, they become soon a clumsy attempt to recycle well know mechanics in very superficial way.

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7.6 / 10.0 - Frantics
Mar 23, 2018

Frantics is a fun and polished collection of minigames, made unique by its wonderful aesthetics. The gameplay is very effective in bringing out the worst and most competitive side of the players involved, so it's perfect for a night with friends. Ruthless competition, misconduct and wicked behaviour are combined well with a game system that, while maintaining the inclusive philosophy of PlayLink, do not skimp so much action and rhythm. On the long run it may become a little bit repetitive, but until then it's amazing.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
Mar 20, 2018

Despite the good technical remaster, Assassin's Creed Rogue finds its definitive form out of time. It's hard to suggest to play such an old episode of the Ubisoft saga when you can play Origins, which just gives to Assassin's Creed a brand new life. However Rogue is a fair Black Flag spin-off, and if you are a fan of the saga and never had the chance to play the role of the betrayer of the Creed, it may be worth a run.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Mulaka
Mar 17, 2018

Mulaka is a traditional action adventure, ispired by Okami, that tries and tell the roots of the Tarahumara culture. The game developed by Lienzo is constrained by an all too linear gameplay, a bland level design and a boring combat system (except the boss fights). It's presented in an elegant package, it can be played peacefully, but it's not bound to leave a mark.

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The Games Machine
Davide Mancini
Mar 9, 2018

Where the Water Tastes like Wine is an amazing piece of storytelling caged in an unwieldy game structure. The journey through the States is a charming trip about the importance of the stories we share everyday and a great portrait of America form many point of views. On the long run, unfortunately, the lacklustre gameplay simply fails to sustain the sense of wandering and discovery of such an amazing journey.

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Davide Mancini
8 / 10.0 - Gravel
Feb 27, 2018

Gravel is welcome a return to Milestone's roots: a fun, engaging and exhilarating racing arcade, along the lines of Dirt 2 and V-Rally. The driving model is accessible but not trivial, the gameplay is challenging without being frustrating, some locations are simply unfogettable and the multiplayer has a lot of potential. Green light!

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7.8 / 10.0 - EA Sports UFC 3
Feb 26, 2018

Ea Sports UFC 3 is a pretty good mixed martial arts sim, deep and spectacular enough. The gameplay feels a little bit unbalanced, the Career has some unconvincing moments, and the multiplayer forces the Ultimate Team mode on the player. The game is intense and satisfying, but there's still room for improvement.

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