José Viana


77 games reviewed
74.5 average score
75 median score
44.2% of games recommended
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A blast from the past, Persona 3 Portable returns to the scene after thirteen years. With a few outdated quirks directly imported from the PSP rerelease, it's still a very fun game, although it might not be up to the standards of players that had Persona 5 Royal as their first foray into the series.

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90 / 100 - Persona 4 Golden
Jan 21, 2023

I understand that Persona 4 Golden has a special place in the hearts of those who played it and want to revisit the classic, and that it's still a great choice for those who have never played it, but an addition to the story, new Personas or even a more elaborate work with graphics could've brought this still excelent RPG to a new high in 2023.

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Dec 24, 2022

Overall, Witch on the Holy Night is an excellent visual novel that shows why the studio behind it is so famous and responsible for some of the biggest franchises of the genre. Apart from some minor criticisms, such as the localization and the balance of the scenes, this might be the genre's best release this year.

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Dec 20, 2022

More of the same, River City Girls 2 offers an expansion for the price of a sequel. More time was needed in the oven, either to offer more novelty or to break the mold and bring something completely new.

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Nov 22, 2022

Yomawari: Lost in the Dark is a new game in the franchise five years after its last, delivering familiar gameplay and setting for fans of the series, but losing the opportunity to reinvent itself and target a wider public.

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A product of its time, Sam & Max Save the World is a remaster dedicated to fans of the series and point and click games, but in the current market, the audience might not be much bigger than that.

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With a minimalistic approach, taking you back to your childhood, Shin chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation -The Endless Seven-Day Journey- is a unique title in our current market, bringing players an unusual and sweet combination.

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Jul 1, 2022

Initially engaging, Yurukill: The Calumniation Games brings its conclusion far too soon, without taking advantage of its interesting cast and premise. The sum of its parts is worth it, but if you are a fan either of mystery games or shmup, the game doesn't sustain itself.

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Years after releasing games from established franchises or western indies, Square Enix took a different direction with impressive new Japanese titles. The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story was a surprise. And a great one.

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Feb 19, 2022

Heart of the Woods is a perfectly fine visual novel, a good introduction to those that have never played an OELVN. However, it has clichés and a story that is divided between a romance that doesn't seem very believable and a mystery with a predictable outcome, not reaching its full potential and ends up leaving something to be desired.

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Delivering combat, exploration, exciting battles and an impecable art in 2D sprites, Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth has the potential to amaze fans of the Metroidvania genre and maybe even bring new fans to the thirty-plus year old franchise.

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Dec 7, 2021

Rune Factory 4 Special brings something special to lots of players, being an easy recommendation to fans of farming games, action RPGs or even romance titles.

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After over a decade, the Story of Seasons franchise is back to the PlayStation universe, offering players a new chance to spend their days taking care of their farm, engaging into romance and creating their own routine in the little Mineral Town.

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Nov 3, 2021

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi redefines the quality standard for DRPGs, especially the ones developed by Experience Inc. After learning from all the games they've developed for the last decade, there's no better starting point for players interested in the genre.

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50 / 100 - The Good Life
Oct 23, 2021

If you already know and appreciate the work of director Hidetaka "Swery" Suehiro, there's a big chance you'll enjoy The Good Life. If you don't, there are plenty of other titles in the market that are more capable of entertaining you.

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Oct 13, 2021

Mary Skelter Finale closes the curtain for Idea Factory's DRPG franchise in a satisfying way. It does so before the audience could get tired, but while it still could explore its story and refine a few exploration and combat mechanics.

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Mixing different genres and mechanics, ENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights is perhaps one of the lesser-known, albeit one of the best Metroidvania titles released in the last ten years. From start to finish, with very few caveats, the game excels in everything it does.

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Jun 30, 2021

Subversive, shocking and even touching, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus brings a definitive package to consoles for all players, fans and new players alike.

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65 / 100 - Astro Aqua Kitty
Apr 24, 2021

Astro Aqua Kitty surprises by being a new release for Sony's little handheld in 2021, that despite having some serious flaws, it could entertain a few players still willing to buy new games for the platform.

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100 / 100 - It Takes Two
Apr 1, 2021

On its second foray, Hazelight Studios brings a masterpiece to the audience. It Takes Two is a game for all audiences, with a touching story, light humour, excellent graphics and an impressive gameplay. It's easily a game that can define a generation for countless gamers.

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