Francisco Maia


45 games reviewed
81.5 average score
82 median score
80.0% of games recommended
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95 / 100 - Inscryption
Sep 10, 2022

Inscryption is a card game that goes far beyond its initial premises, delivering narrative and gameplay twists on several occasions. It's a game that subverts all the player's expectations, renewing itself at each stage of its campaign. An easy-to-play roguelike, with complex mechanics and fun gameplay, as long as the randomness and restarts typical of the genre are tolerated. Inscryption is brilliant and you need to try it!

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Jun 25, 2022

Despite the impression of being an unpretentious and simple game, Pocky & Rocky Reshrined provides a great time. The gameplay is functional and challenging in the right measure. The graphics are good and the animations are excellent. The soundtrack is impeccable. The game delivered by Tengo Project is exemplary in many departments, but some questionable implementations and the lack of online co-op and content compromises the overall experience.

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80 / 100 - Souldiers
May 31, 2022

There is a vast supply of quality metroidvanias on the market and Souldiers is yet another game that goes into that pile. However, there are a lot of technical issues and there are no major innovations here. Although it is quite enjoyable and fun for the most part, there is no revolutionary content in Retro Forge's debut game.

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80 / 100 - Road 96
Apr 26, 2022

While Road 96 lacks consistency in its quality and its approach to politics is occasionally superficial, it's a necessary game that raises an important topic of discussion. There are few products that deal with politics and its consequences so directly in this media. The innovative take on the theme highlights this game amidst an avalanche of good offerings, justifying the experience. Road 96 isn't perfect, but it has great ideas and a spectacular soundtrack!

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95 / 100 - Elden Ring
Feb 23, 2022

‎With Elden Ring, From Software de-graces an ideal model in open-world game design.‎

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80 / 100 - Infernax
Feb 11, 2022

Infernax brings an interesting system of choices in a retro game, giving a certain freedom to the player, something that was not so common in the 8-bit era. The gameplay is quite primitive and there hasn't been too much effort to bring more modern elements to it. Thus, it is difficult to recommend Infernax to players who cannot tolerate the gameplay and aesthetics typical of the era it simulates. If that's not your case, Infernax is worth checking out. It's a nostalgic, fun game, with considerable content and with good surprises in store.

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Comprised of dozens of Creation Club additions and a petty upgrade for the PS5 version, Skyrim's anniversary edition is good, but not enough to justify such an expensive upgrade. Most of the new content are cosmetic and don't add as much to the experience. It is only recommended for the most enthusiastic fans. For everybody else, it is advisable to wait for a sale.

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Jul 30, 2021

Frostpunk's Season Pass raises the bar and demonstrates how additional content should be. With interesting new narratives and the addition of relevant mechanics to the gaming experience, the expansion proves essential for any fan of the game.

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Feb 14, 2021

Little Nightmares 2 is more of the same, but it is a deja vu of a very unique and enjoyable experience. Although it does not bring significant innovations and provides a brief experience, the art and design of the game is quite impressive. It is an essential game for anyone who enjoyed the first title, on the other hand, it is not a product that will change the opinion of those who did not like the predecessor.

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80 / 100 - Cyber Shadow
Jan 27, 2021

After the tedious early stages and a few upgrades, Cyber ​​Shadow shows its value. The gameplay is much more appealing after the first half of the game. However, it still lacks innovation. Despite those problems, it is easily recommended for those interested in the classic 8-bit era, especially for its great visuals, sound and narrative.

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80 / 100 - Amnesia: Rebirth
Nov 5, 2020

The new chapter of Amnesia delivers an intriguing and well-crafted horror story, which promises to please fans of H.P. Lovecraft's supernatural tales. The game inherits many of the features introduced in "The Dark Descent", but does not deliver a remarkable evolution in gameplay. Although the gameplay structure is a little archaic, the experience is recommended for its deep and immersive narrative.

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90 / 100 - Spelunky 2
Sep 25, 2020

Although Spelunky 2 recycles much of the formula that made the first game so great, it is a fantastic evolution. This is another "benchmark" for procedural games, which promises to provide countless discoveries and curiosities over the years. It is a product that tests the skill of both beginners and veterans. An essential experience for fans of the genre, whether in solo or cooperative mode.

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Apr 6, 2020

Odallus: The Dark Call provides a satisfying retro experience comparable to other great nostalgic products, such as Shovel Knight or The Messenger. Although brief, it is very entertaining and another demonstration of Brazil's potential in game development.

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80 / 100 - La-Mulana
Mar 17, 2020

With a reasonable price and great content, La Mulana 1 & 2 provides many hours of entertainment. It is a good cost x benefit, as long as the user is aware of the saga he is about to embark on. It is not an easy journey and, for the most part, the game does not provide guidance. It is a well-produced game, but, in the end, it is up to each player to assess how suitable La Mulana is for himself. If the constant obstacles and dead ends exhaust your patience, it is better to look for something else. If persistence and a taste for mystery defines you, it's definitely worth checking out.

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94 / 100 - Frostpunk
Oct 11, 2019

Whether it's the setting and mature themes presented or the diverse and complex gameplay mechanics, Frostpunk sets an example on how strategy games should be. The immersion is so deep that it is difficult to realize the lost (but well invested) hours. It is a game that deserves your attention and it's absolutely worth of your time.

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Keepers of the Void brings nothing really new to the Darksiders 3 experience, but at least features some great puzzles - an important feature of the series. It is better if enjoyed during the main journey of Darksiders 3, due to the new items and weapons added to the game. Repeatability makes the journey a little boring, but the rewards can justify the player's effort.

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Jul 23, 2019

Enhancing its predecessor's formula, Builders 2 delivers an even more charismatic, rewarding and fun experience. While there is freedom to play with the possibilities of the game, the complaints are minimal. However, the design of the missions and the game's constant tutorials are annoying, assuming the player needs "crutches" for even the most basic tasks. The imbalance in tutorial implementation will require players' perseverance, but the investment is worth it after all.

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May 13, 2019

A Plague Tale is an interesting new intellectual property. The period of the black death was reimagined with a narrative permeated by mystical elements, while exploring the fraternal relationship between Amicia and Hugo. It is a technically competent game, which conveys a rich and detailed universe, but its potential is barred by a trivial gameplay. Despite the problems, it's recommended and worth playing!

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Mar 26, 2019

The few imperfections are quickly dismissed in the face of such a majestic gameplay. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice sets an important milestone for action games by introducing an innovative and euphoric fighting system, allied to a unique vertical exploration. The journey is not easy, but the catharsis provided by overcoming each obstacle is unparalleled.

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88 / 100 - The Messenger
Mar 20, 2019

Just as surprising as the plot twists is the entertainment provided by The Messenger's dialogues. The gameplay is great and represents an evolution of the games that it takes inspiration from, but it's the unforeseen events, in the good sense, that makes this journey fantastic.

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