Stefano Calzati


59 games reviewed
82.5 average score
83 median score
74.6% of games recommended
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7.5 / 10.0 - MXGP 2020
Jan 14, 2021

MXGP 2020 is not a particular show of effort, and the consequence of this are noticeable on platforms that are not the PlayStation 5. On the new Sony flagship, however, a (rather primitive, admittedly) use of the DualSense is more than enough, and does a lot of work when it comes to feeling the bike in your hands. As for the rest, there are noticeable, but also not particularly impressive improvements on the (already good) MXGP 2019 experience. But let's be honest, what we're waiting for from Milestone is a true next gen game.

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8 / 10.0 - Twin Mirror
Dec 1, 2020

Ambitious and extremely intelligent in creating a playful and narrative system that is always consistent, Twin Mirror has proved to be a fascinating title. A psychological thriller capable of telling the dark side of the American province by talking first of all about people, and what drives them to act in certain ways.

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Nov 19, 2020

For fans of the original, there will be no problem facing the original Demon's Souls, hard and pure in an aesthetically sumptuous context, damn vivid even in the disturbing rottenness that surrounds it, while for others it may be difficult to swallow an extremely mechanical title, which has exactly the same flaws it had in 2009, especially on the artificial intelligence side. However, the experience remains fascinating, thanks above all to a masterful level design, galvanizing as well as terrifying, that dictates the rhythm of a role-playing experience that is certainly solid and violent.

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Nov 16, 2020

Sackboy: A Great Adventure is perhaps the real surprise of the PS5 debut. A solid platformer as expected from Sumo, which knows where to draw inspiration from and how to reinvent it, as if they were true game design restorers. Simple and very smooth from start to finish, but a good challenge to bring to full completion, with all its collectibles and challenges that enhance a level design that is not at all trivial and that always strives to do something different to make each stage a unique gaming experience.

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Nov 9, 2020

Devil May Cry V debuts on the new consoles with a definitive Special Edition, which confirms its status as the best stylish action of the last generation. The new modes and the presence of Vergil as a playable character are great additions, while the Ray Tracing does not feel like it adds much, and certainly not enough considering it comes at the cost of a slashed frame rate or resolution.

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Nov 6, 2020

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales certainly does not reinvent the original work, but manages to tell a particularly intense story by introducing and deepening an extremely positive character with an overwhelming personality. More compact than Peter Parker's adventure, with an elegantly told political subtext and a warm family dimension that comes to protect at all costs, the Insomniac work then explodes in exploiting what PS5 has to offer from a technical point of view, between impressive lighting that benefits from ray tracing and a world instantly loaded thanks to the potential of the SSD, which practically eliminates pop-up , giving a fluidity to the action, a breath at the stairs and an absolutely breathtaking overall visual impact.

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9 / 10.0 - Astro's Playroom
Nov 6, 2020

Just as Astro Bot Rescue Mission was the perfect title to introduce PS VR, Astro's Playroom is a gem that works better than any manual or datasheet in creating a true man-machine relationship, informal, very pleasant and extremely fun. The DualSense proves to be an exceptional controller with absolutely unique sensory possibilities, able to bring the player even closer to gameplay, without upsetting but moving to a new and unknown level of intimacy that, VR aside, had never been achieved in the "traditional" video game. Its nature as a pre-installed software, which I strongly advise you to start before anything else, to end in an afternoon of non-stop play, gives the ASOBI work a resounding value in empathic terms and "first impact" with the new generation, communicating in the language of fun and surprise everything there is to know about the characteristics of the newcomer. A much more important goal.

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Oct 15, 2020

Monster Truck Championship finally does justice to the crazy world of monster trucks with a good title, genuine and fun, absolutely standard in the structure but made unique by a control system and physics designed ad hoc, not always perfect but tasty for racing fans looking for different sensations.

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8.2 / 10.0 - Ride 4
Oct 5, 2020

With RIDE 4 the virtual centaur goes to heaven. The latest Milestone work is simply what every fan of two wheels and video games needs, the top for rideability, bike park and track selection. The driving pleasure at the center of a project that also technically shows itself in dazzling form, soon becoming a refuge for those who love two wheels. It is therefore a pity that the purchase of new cars depends on advances in a career anchored in classic game design concepts, not to say old, yes fun but penalized by naivety such as too mechanical an AIS and penalties all too severe for trivial errors. Despite these critical issues, we are in front of one of the best courses of the generation, very much cared for in presentation and gameplay. A consecration.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Hotshot Racing
Sep 21, 2020

Hotshot Racing is a rare and precious work, that harkens to the spirit of 90s racing games without being bound by it. A great title for players of all ages and backgrounds, its modern and fresh driving system provides endless joy, challenge and enjoyment. And it has both local and online multiplayer!

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