Filipe Castro Mesquita


12 games reviewed
78.3 average score
85 median score
100.0% of games recommended
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6 / 10.0 - Ponpu
Dec 21, 2020

Ponpu presents us with a creative idea than ultimately isn’t that well executed. The Bomberman-style gameplay lacks depth, and after a handful of levels you realize the futility in deep level exploration. The multiplayer modes are a bit more achieving but are still just a short distraction. The visual style and the interesting idea are worth something, but for every positive there is also a negative. Ponpu’s wasted potential is palpable.

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Dec 12, 2020

Demon’s Souls is everything I hoped, and a bit more. Combat is still precise, challenging and rewarding, and the world is as beautiful as it is bleak. With its new coat of paint and notable improvements to the game’s quality of life, this is without a doubt an ultimate Souls experience. It is mandatory for players who went through the original experience, as well as for those who passed it by. It’s a true next gen game, and a phenomenal start for the PlayStation 5!

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Nov 20, 2020

When it comes to original entries, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a triumphant return for the beloved marsupial. Using the remade trilogy’s excellent framework, this title offers a more varied, gratifying, and challenging gameplay. With an absurd number of challenges to overcome and a new shining art direction, we risk affirming this is Crash Bandicoot’s best entry yet. Before us is an excellent experience, one which is mandatory for fans of platforming games.

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7 / 10.0 - Ghostrunner
Nov 19, 2020

When it works as intended, Ghostrunner is one of the most exhilarating games of the year. It is brutally challenging, presents a frantic rhythm, and its gameplay is stylish and rewarding. But some frustratingly designed sections, inconsistent AI, and several bugs stop it from achieving excellence. There is a lot to love about Ghostrunner, which can become something truly special with a bit more work and care put into it.

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Sep 26, 2020

Nexomon: Extinction assumedly presents itself as a Pokémon clone. Even though it does not deviate enough from the formula set by Game Freak, this title ends up offering some fresh ideas that make it memorable. The narrative is more mature and has a delicious sense of humor, and the variety of well-designed creatures gives it a sense of wonder until the end. Some technical issues and unpolished aspects somewhat limit the overall enjoyment, but before us is an excellent base on which something special can be built within the genre.

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9 / 10.0 - Manifold Garden
Aug 24, 2020

Manifold Garden offers an experience both challenging and stunning, in equal measures. With absolutely beautiful visuals and a set of simple mechanics it cleverly takes to its limits, it is not an exaggeration to affirm we are before one of this genre’s best and most creative games. Above all, Manifold Garden is memorable and easily recommendable, even to those less used to puzzle games.

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Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise loses itself among too many technical and mechanical problems, which almost completely overshadow its intriguing story and memorable characters. Performance-wise it is almost always atrocious, the gameplay mechanics are basic and, despite that, inconsistent, and its design is frustrating on many levels. Underneath all its flaws are some enjoyable aspects, but only the most avid fans of the first game and its fantastic protagonist will want to take this experience all the way through to the end.

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Aug 7, 2020

Deadly Premonition: Origins is a bizarre game, one which you either deeply despise or love with all you have got. There are a lot of problems which can be pointed out and many of the design options should lead to it not working at all. But the truth is it not only works, as it is one of this industry’s more fascinating experiences. If you can get by with the poor visual resolution and get used to its gameplay, Deadly Premonition: Origins offers an interesting story, appealing characters, and a lot of entertainment value. Its whole is more than the sum of its parts, and those who step into this world with an open mind will find it is full of charm.

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9 / 10.0 - Cuphead
Aug 1, 2020

Cuphead is much more than its brilliantly nostalgic art direction. Whether solo or with a partner, facing and defeating one of its challenging bosses is always exciting and exhilarating. Cuphead’s controls are precise, the whole world and character design is phenomenal, and the music masterfully walks hand in hand with the whole experience. Above all else, it is extremely fun and rewarding, like few other games in the industry are, affirming itself as one of the best independent games of the current generation.

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Jul 30, 2020

Ghost of Tsushima is a true homage to Japanese history and culture, and another excellent game from a PlayStation first-party studio. With the most beautiful open world of the generation, and a rigorous, precise, and rewarding combat system, this game presents several refreshing and ingenious ideas that make it a very immersive experience. It is a game that does almost everything right, and one which will give fans of action games and samurai-based entertainment everything they could wish for. Ghost of Tsushima is a perfect example of the overwhelming quality of PlayStation 4’s exclusives and an amazing curtain call of an excellent generational cycle.

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