Daniele Dolce


55 games reviewed
75.3 average score
77 median score
45.5% of games recommended
Scores 4.3 higher than average

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Daniele Dolce
Jul 25, 2019

Wolfenstein: Youngblood could be wrongly categorized as a "more of the same", but the many new features make it an indispensable title for fans of the series, even if these new mechanics aren't always without flaws.

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Daniele Dolce
7.7 / 10.0 - Earth Defense Force 5
Jul 12, 2019

Earth Defense Force 5 is yet another iteration of a series that embraces the repetitiveness of the action to make it its own main strength, thanks to an enviable amount of unlockable content and an immediate gameplay formula capable of entertaining for tens, if not hundreds of hours.

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Daniele Dolce
Jun 22, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is not a bad game but it is disappointing, a metroidvania all too anchored in the past that doesn't really add anything new to the genre that Koji Igarashi himself contributed to create. Beyond the bland execution and the continuous plagiarism of Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow, Bloodstained is plagued by too many problems, especially in terms of combat and the hitbox system, preventing an enjoyable gaming experience. It hurts to say this, but there are too many better alternatives to Bloodstained on the market. We expected a lot more than this from Igarashi-san.

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Daniele Dolce
Jun 3, 2019

It doesn't really introduce anything new to the genre, yet Warhammer: Chaosbane is a nice hack & slash ARPG with a deep and engaging endgame.

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Daniele Dolce
May 29, 2019

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Nintendo Switch is a decent conversion of a game that may not have aged very well, surpassed on several fronts by many other exponents of the same genre.

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Daniele Dolce
May 16, 2019

Total War: Three Kingdoms collects the legacy of the previous chapters related to the Warhammer universe, presenting many noteworthy innovations that show how that formula can also be applied in a historical context. There are also some good new mechanichs on the espionage and diplomacy side, too bad that the artificial intelligence hasn't been retouched accordingly, representing once again the weakest part of the entire offer.

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Daniele Dolce
8 / 10.0 - Dark Devotion
May 1, 2019

Dark Devotion is an enjoyable souls-like action RPG, despite being a bit derivative.

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Daniele Dolce
9 / 10.0 - Katana Zero
Apr 24, 2019

Katana ZERO is a stylish action platformer with a deep and engaging story.

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Daniele Dolce

Alliance War is a well thought out expansion that fits very well into the solid established gameplay of The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

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6.8 / 10.0 - Pathway
Apr 16, 2019

Pathway can count on an outstanding art direction, but there are many issues preventing the players to fully enjoy the game.

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Daniele Dolce
Mar 21, 2019

Defining Tom Clancy's The Division 2 as a "more of the same" is certainly unfair, but we have to say that the innovations introduced by Massive Entertainment are grafted onto the already proven mechanics of the previous incarnation of the series. Compared to its direct predecessor, the latest game developed by the Swedish studio already offers an impressive amount of content. The lack of a consistent plot and a poor optimization on PC are the only issues worth noting. This is however an excellent exponent of the "looter shooter" genre, surely the only one presenting itself in the most complete form at launch.

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Daniele Dolce
9 / 10.0 - Devil May Cry 5
Mar 6, 2019

DMC is finally back, and it's here to teach all of us a lesson on how to make an excellent action game.

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Daniele Dolce
8.2 / 10.0 - Eastshade
Feb 26, 2019

Eastshade is a wonderful surprise. A videogame in which violence is not contemplated and which gives free rein to the exploration of the world, as well as the discovery of the characters that populate it. The artistic direction is also fantastic, lending itself perfectly to the protagonist's brushes. Despite some small technical issues, Eastshade is an incredibly deep and relaxing experience.

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Daniele Dolce
7.2 / 10.0 - Crackdown 3
Feb 14, 2019

Crackdown 3 comes directly from the past, from an era in which the open-world action games focused mainly on the amount of things to do, to the detriment of the overall quality and variety of situations. This does not mean that the formula proposed by Sumo Digital doesn't work, far from it, but it's linked to a now anachronistic concept of a genre that has evolved in the last couple of years into something that goes beyond the simple repetition of the same tasks throughout the duration of the campaign.

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Daniele Dolce
7 / 10.0 - Re-Legion
Feb 4, 2019

Re-Legion is based on some interesting ideas and has a nice cyberpunk setting. Sadly there's only one game mode (the single player campaign), and overall the game feels very easy due to a lackluster AI.

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Daniele Dolce
Jan 28, 2019

There's a lot of content here, but the many technical issues, the poor balancing between the twelve factions, and the many feature missing from its direct predecessor make Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 an underwhelming experience.

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Daniele Dolce
7 / 10.0 - Ashen
Jan 17, 2019

Ashen is a souls-like game with a particular focus on the co-op multiplayer. Sadly this feature rarely works as intended, but despite its flaws, the game developed by A44 is still an enjoyable variation to the formula created by Miyazaki and From Software.

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Daniele Dolce
9.5 / 10.0 - GRIS
Dec 13, 2018

GRIS is an outstanding work of pure art lended to the world of video games. Its gameplay, however simple, is but a vessel for a strong and emotional message carried out by an exceptional visual and sound direction. The first title of Nomada Studio is moving, delicate and elegant: a real gem in the landscape of independent video games.

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Daniele Dolce
Dec 7, 2018

There's a game behind the many issues and flaws of Underworld Ascendant; we just don't know when (or if) we might see it one day.

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Daniele Dolce
Dec 4, 2018

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Heaven is a game with a lot of charisma thanks to an exceptional characterization of the world and the characters that populate it. Unfortunately, the mix of turn-based tactics and stealth isn't always working as it's supposed to, but the game developed by The Bearded Ladies is still able to entertain for about fifteen hours. Maybe next time it would be appropriate to put on the gameplay the same care given to the narrative aspects of the game.

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