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Davide Mancini

Naples, Italy
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146 games reviewed
77.9 average score
80 median score
54.1% of games recommended
Jul 14, 2021

Watch Dogs: Legion - Bloodline is a shallow narrative expansion, with a good storyline undermined by a lazy structure and the choice of giving far less importance to London, which was the best element of the original game.

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9.2 / 10.0 - F1 2021
Jul 12, 2021

F1 2021 is the apex point of these last three editions. The simcade gameplay is refined at its best and the new game modes are solid, impressive and fun. In the best F1 year to date since long time, we have the best F1 game ever.

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SEGA tried to give a fresh spin to the classic multievent Olympics game and mostly did. The mix of arcade vibes and quite unusual choices in terms of disciplines works well and the game is fun, but its structure is pretty lacklustre and multiplayer is too much limited to shine properly.

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Jun 21, 2021

Dark Alliance is an action game with a fiery soul and brave ambitions, whose gameplay is a little bit undermined by some naive choices and a lackluster balance. It's fun in co-op and depicts with joy the D&D universe, but at day one it's still too unpolished to achieve the glory of the top action RPGs.

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7 / 10.0 - We Are Football
Jun 9, 2021

We are Football is a love letter to old-school football manager titles, from which inherits virtues and vices. The holistic business management simulation is fun and the boardgame vibes works well on the long run, while the tactics aspect is a little bit clumsy and not so satisfying. Overall, it's a lighter, indie and quite different alternative to Football Manager series, with a great database editor too.

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May 19, 2021

Aerial Knight's Never Yield is an honest and essential endless runner, which stands out for style and cultural vibes, but that's a little bit too naive in terms of gameplay and whose scope is narrowed by the lack of a "best time ladder" or any form of multiplayer.

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Wrath of the Druids is a solid expansion for Assassin's Creed Valhalla, surprisingly huge and well structured, but at the time quite self indulgent in terms of storytelling and a little bit unpolished. It brings an interesting variant gameplay loop and offers 15 hours of contents, so it's perfect for die hard fans of the main campaign.

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8.4 / 10.0 - MotoGP 21
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a consistent and solid racing experience, which gives the joy to ride just become better and better on the track. For the first time in the series, it's even a little bit more gentle with rookies and newcomers, thanks to a tutorial and a better help system. It lacks only of narrative dimension which could help to express all the emotions of motorsport.

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8 / 10.0 - Genesis Noir
Mar 31, 2021

Genesis Noir is a sublime trip through the history of the universe. Feral Cat Den did a terrific job in terms of balancing scientific premises and mythic consequences developing a linear, but visionary, point and click experience, whose only little sin is to indulge sometimes in its own beauty.

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Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 4 could have been a racing game with some brilliant ideas and a quite fresh career concept, but the overall result is quite opaque. A quite ok motocross game for supercross fan, fun for expert riders while edgy for newcomers, quite improved compared to other entries in the series, but not enough to stand out as a great episode.

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Feb 6, 2021

Curious Expedition 2 is a fun and fascinating mix of roguelite, a stylish boardame and compelling adventures set in XIX century. The explorations are always fun play even if hard and punishing, with episodes of shining emergent narrative. Though, on the long run the fixed main quest structure and a little bit of déjà vu effect make the experience a little bit less magic than the first hours.

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7.3 / 10.0 - MXGP 2020
Jan 14, 2021

MXGP 2020 is a fun ride, a linear evolution for a series that still lacks of "wow effect". This new chapter gives a slightly better experience wheel on the ground, but overall it fail a little bit to involve the player with lackluster game modes.

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9.3 / 10.0 - Cyberpunk 2077
Dec 12, 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 is like an addictive, huge, impressive braindance, where the feelings are real, while sometimes you see the puppet strings. It's an ambitious RPG, where narration, decisions and dialogue are far more important than combat, wrapped around a lot of fun, but usual and not always perfect, action mechanics. Engaging and marvellous to play, Night City on high-end PCs is stunning to see and super stylish. Cyberpunk 2077 is worth the wait, because the adventure of V and Johnny Silverhand is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Nov 23, 2020

Football Manager 2021 is the best episode ever of the series on the pitch, where the experience is nearly perfect in terms of simulation, while off the pitch the game has really a clumsy and obnoxious user interface. Overall, the experience is great and the football world feels tense, realistic and dynamic as never before, but there's still more room to improve the game in terms of narration, flow and emotional storytelling.

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Nov 9, 2020

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is an epic and huge experience, intelligently combining the past and present of the series.

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8.4 / 10.0 - FIFA 21
Oct 6, 2020

FIFA 21 delivers solid and fun gameplay, introducing a lot of small new features in the structure build in the last two years. Even if FUT is always bigger and louder, the best things this year come from Career mode and plain multiplayer mode, where everything flows with a slower and human tempo.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Ride 4
Oct 5, 2020

Ride 4 is one of the best motorcycle racing game ever. Visually great and superb in terms of handling, Milestone did a great job delivering a fantastic experience on the track. The career is a little bit underwhelming in terms of design, but the game is still great to play.

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Sep 24, 2020

Mafia: Definitive Edition is a clever, stylish and faithful remake of a cult game, which 18 years later, is still powerful lesson of how to tell a story in an open world. Hangar 13 did a great job rebuilding the city and the atmosphere with a modern touch, the story is still great and compelling, while the gameplay sometimes feels a little bit too old.

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7 / 10.0 - NBA 2K21
Sep 14, 2020

NBA 2K21 is a solid update of NBA 2K20... but with a strange and unpredictable twist. The new shooting meter is made for online competition and, in the end, follows the metagame rather the basketball flow. Maybe it's good for the pro gamers, but it feels unbalanced and frustrating for the bastketball lovers.

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Sep 3, 2020

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2 is a pure expression of joy, vitality and gameplay.

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