Davide Mapelli


13 games reviewed
73.5 average score
75 median score
53.8% of games recommended
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5 / 10.0 - Skater XL
Aug 16, 2020

Skater XL introduces an innovative and very satisfying control system, but that's all: it feels more like an early access game, still lacking any meaningful content like a story mode or challenges/missions. It's also in need of a visual overhaul, as the skate parks feel too empty and lifeless, skaters lack any expressivity and the overall graphical fidelity is quite low.

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Sep 9, 2020

Vicarious Visions managed to do justice to the first two iconic Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games, adding new content and refreshing the gameplay mechanics. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a remastering masterwork and a game everyone should try.

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8 / 10.0 - Ride 4
Oct 12, 2020

A deeply customizable driving experience, good technical production values and some welcome additions like endurance races and dynamic weather and day/night cycle make RIDE 4 one of the best moto racers around, even if some flaws and a reduced bikes list keep it from reaching higher spots.

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered keeps all the traits of the simple and immediate original arcade racer, but it can feel a bit too simple for modern gamers. Technically it's a very good porting though, and if you aren't looking for a too deep or varied experience, it can still be very enjoyable.

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A brilliant JRPG, with a striking visual style, lots of extras and a compelling plot, even if it feels a bit too easy. Dragon Quest has finally arrived on Xbox, and it's definitely a worthwhile experience.

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7 / 10.0 - Outriders
Apr 11, 2021

Outriders is a very well thought-out shooter, with a gameplay capable of satisfying both solo and in co-op, and good looting and progression mechanics. Too bad for the many connection problems that plagued it so far, making it pretty much impossibile to play with friends. Once these problems have been addressed, just consider this review score increased by 1.

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7.5 / 10.0 - MotoGP 21
Apr 29, 2021

MotoGP 21 brings obvious improvements to the gameplay and the driving feel, with a realization especially appreciable on the new generation of consoles. Unfortunately, however, it suffers the annualized production, matching the great realism and the excellent driving feeling with several flaws and too strong similarities with the previous episode in the series.

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85 / 100 - MLB The Show 21
May 21, 2021

MLB The Show 21 is the baseball simulation par excellence, finally available on Xbox. Although the game doesn't deviate too much from past episodes, it is still a real masterpiece, suitable for baseball fans and newcomers alike.

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Jun 9, 2021

Necromunda: Hired Gun gets some good ideas and a great potential and throws them away in a bad production, anonymous plot and embarrassing direction.

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10 / 10.0 - Forza Horizon 5
Nov 4, 2021

Forza Horizon 5 is a true masterpiece. The new Mexican setting brings in wonderful landscapes, alongside a majestic implementation of the whole graphic compartment. And the contents offered are no less, with a mountain of modes suitable for both those who prefer the single player experience and those who love co-op or competitive ones. A sumptuous work and a true statement of love to the racing games genre in general.

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7.5 / 10.0 - GRID Legends
Feb 26, 2022

GRID Legends lives of ups and downs: it makes decisive steps forward compared to the previous episode, with a good technical realization and a frantic and fun driving model, but it fails to differentiate itself enough when switching cars, flattening the gaming experience. It's suitable mainly for those who are looking for entertainment without too many frills, but less recommended for those seeking something deeper and more refined.

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7 / 10.0 - Shredders
Mar 21, 2022

Shredders is an ambitious indie game, characterized by some too many edges but with the great quality of offering a snowboarding game that conveys passion for this discipline. The extremely complex control system can lead to some frustration, but those who have the patience to overcome a few too many failures will be rewarded with satisfaction and a lot of fun.

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6 / 10.0 - SBK 22
Sep 22, 2022

SBK 22 brings on the one hand the deep driveability characterizing Milestone's motorcycle simulations, but on the other hand it comes across almost as a clone of MotoGP 21, stingy in content and with various issues in urgent need of correction. Recommended only if you have not previously played the last MotoGP games.

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