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165 games reviewed
77.1 average score
79 median score
59.4% of games recommended
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8 / 10.0 - Lone Survivor
Oct 1, 2013

A more than good conversion of an excellent title can only give life to another excellent title: simple equation for one of the best realized works of the recent independent rebirth that even the console world, albeit with culpable delay, seems to have noticed.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Shovel Knight
May 21, 2015

The Xbox One edition of Shovel Knight adds an exciting challenge to the Battletoads, which alone, for the most avid nostalgics, could be worth the ephemeral cost of the ticket, but the real reasons to download it are the same as those already highlighted in previous reviews, starting with an immediate and fun gameplay and passing through a soundtrack to applause.

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Jun 30, 2016

As we have already had the opportunity to say several times, on the occasion of remasters awarded with high-sounding marks, the passion and care for the original product often make the difference in this type of operation. Rejuvenated, streamlined, embellished as it is in this new version, Odin Sphere also deserves to be played by a new generation of gamers, who may have missed it in 2007.

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Jul 3, 2016

Image & Form would have committed an unforgivable crime to deny the joy of playing its Steamworld Heist even to all the owners of Playstation 4 and Vita: after all, we are talking about one of the most eccentric and entertaining turn-based strategic of recent times.

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This Special Edition offers a complete package, yet it does not strive to offer truly new content, other than mods, so far absent on console

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Nov 6, 2016

The choice regarding which titles to include in this Sega 3D Classics Collection is very questionable, as there are great titles (Sonic, Galaxy Force II, Power Drift, Puyo Puyo 2 and Fantasy Zone II), decent ones (Thunder Blade) and almost bad ones too (Altered Beast, Maze Walker). All of them have been treated with love and respect, and the price is right: nostalgia will be a factor, in the end.

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8 / 10.0 - Tyranny
Nov 11, 2016

It's hard not to recommend Tyranny to old school CRPG veterans, as its systems and gameplay mechanics are reminiscent both of the excellent Pillars of Eternity and the classics form the early 2000, but, at the same time, it sometimes seems as a lazy reskin of Obsidian's last efforts.

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Nov 29, 2016

Even though this is the best version of Corpse Party available on the market right now, we can't stop thinking that the port is somewhat lazy, since neither the 3D effect nor the touch screen are utilized as much as 3DS fans were hoping. But if you love Japanese horror games, you won't find better options than Corpse Party on 3DS.

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Nov 30, 2016

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS is not just a shrunken-down version of its Wii U counterpart, but a title that puts more emphasis on the single player and on local sharing of contents. It's a pity, then, that no online sharing is included and that some features are missing. Still, a worthy episode for long time fans of the franchise.

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Nov 30, 2016

Apocalypse marks an improvement in every way over Shin Megami Tensei IV, that already was one of the best JPRG available on the 3DS family of consoles. The user interface, the map, the companion system, the demon alignment are all welcome changes especially because they come on top of a fascinating setting and a gritty storyline.

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