Vítor M. Costa


60 games reviewed
80.2 average score
80 median score
70.0% of games recommended
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Jan 21, 2023

Portal: Companion Collection brings a good amount of content and compiles two of the most remarkable puzzle games ever made, most notably Portal 2, which has perhaps the most creative, ingenious and well-written design Valve has ever produced. This collection is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys comic science fiction and is a must for puzzle fans.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Roadwarden
Jan 7, 2023

Roadwarden boasts charming, fitting art, immersive sound direction, and arguably one of the best-written texts in RPGs, with a particular emphasis on the expressiveness and social and natural richness of its world. The game is highly recommended for any fan of textually focused RPGs and lovers of serious interactive fantasy literature alike.

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8 / 10.0 - Melatonin
Jan 5, 2023

Despite its narrative and audiovisual simplicity, as well as the little content, Melatonin has a well polished and consistent design. There are interesting psychological and social themes subtly brought up, comfortable audiovisual [elements] and a style that combines a dream ambientation and a creative gameplay that's at the same time intuitive and reasonably challenging when it focuses on the rhythmic aspect of the tracks more than their melodic parts. This title is recommended to people who like casual concepts in general, as well as rhythm game fans interested in unconventional mechanics.

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Dec 28, 2022

Despite its clichés, as well as some excesses and pacing problems, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker has memorable scenes and dialogue and consolidates the Hydaelyn-Zodiark arc as one of the best Final Fantasy stories in a rich mythology of existential, cultural and political issues. The title is highly recommended for Final Fantasy fans and is also more accessible and enchanting than ever for newcomers to the series.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion is a much superior version, especially in audiovisual aspects, and its artistic and musical style is in tune with the Final Fantasy VII remake. On the other hand, the gameplay deserved a deeper overhaul, as well as more content. Despite having little appeal on its own, the game is recommended to fans of Final Fantasy VII, as it adds weight to its narrative experience.

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There's no denying that Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- Remastered has beautiful illustrations and melodies. Furthermore, it is evident how complex, ingenious and interesting its gameplay is. This game is an absolute must for anyone who wants something flexible, experimental, and challenging in a JRPG, but it's not recommended for a beginner or any player who doesn't have a healthy dose of patience.

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Nov 30, 2022

Front Mission remains a good game, but it has limitations especially in level design and narrative that put it below some of the tactical RPGs that came after it. That said, despite Forever Entertainment bringing little new content and a modest technical revision, Front Mission 1st: Remake is the best version of this game, with remastered music and significant improvements in graphics and quality of life. Considering it's a classic and also a really interesting TRPG in combat systems and some aspects of its plot and music, it's a title highly indicated to tactical RPG fans. For new players, however, there are more accessible and immersive options to recommend.

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9 / 10.0 - Pentiment
Nov 23, 2022

Despite bringing a limited, sometimes repetitive, and somewhat simple gameplay experience in RPG elements, Pentiment is one of the best examples of historical fiction that the video game media has ever produced. Its narrative has an engaging mystery, a historically rich context with several good points for reflection on the passage from the medieval to the modern era, a coherent and immersive audiovisual and, above all, a unique text design that makes every word say much more than its mere meaning.

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9 / 10.0 - Immortality
Nov 13, 2022

Immortality brings with its ambitious, mature and daring production a critical and unique narrative experience, and manages to bring art cinema closer to video games like no other interactive film until then. The title is a must-have for any movie lover who is interested in the potential for the intersection of this medium with video games, as well as mystery adventure fans open to dealing with the irreverent eroticism and conceptualism of this work.

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Nov 10, 2022

Despite some very occasional problems in audiovisual and gameplay, most of the technical choices were well made for Tactics Ogre Reborn, keeping it without a doubt as one of the best, if not the best, tactical RPG. Considering the complexity of the gameplay, as well as the narrative sophistication, the coherence of the design and the polish of the game as a whole, this is obviously a must-have title for fans of the genre, and also highly recommended for those who appreciate serious and well-written stories in the context of war. However, in relation to newcomers to TRPG, although there is the Chariot Tarot, which makes the game a little less hostile, it clearly is not and does not intend to be very inviting for this audience.

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9 / 10.0 - Persona 5 Royal
Nov 1, 2022

Persona 5 Royal is the biggest creative leap in the series since at least Persona 3, particularly in gameplay. In addition, it has a plot that is both light and interesting, plenty of content, an exemplary interface design and a coherent audiovisual with a strong personality. The title is recommended to anyone who enjoys both JRPG and social simulation and has more than 100 hours to dedicate to it.

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8 / 10.0 - Lost Eidolons
Oct 17, 2022

I have some qualms when it comes to a few technical, artistic and character writing elements, and I feel like the level design could have been more varied and developed from the start, but I have no doubt Lost Eidolons offers, like no other tactical RPG so far a mash-up between Fire Emblem and an immersive, tragic and epic western aesthetic. I hope sequels may explore the Artemesia continent further and make it even more interesting. Ocean Drive Studio's debut game has a solid and consistent audiovisual [aspect], it's well written for its aims and its gameplay should please newbies in the genre (in casual mode) as well as veterans, playing on normal or higher and with permadeath on.

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Although with occasional reservations in narrative, gameplay and audiovisual aspects, NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition is a highly creative, ingenious, sensitive and deep game, with many coherent layers. In addition, it manages to be accessible and fun while experimentally integrating its exotic choices of battle, interface, music and others around humanistic and existential issues.

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Sep 30, 2022

The DioField Chronicle has an exceptionally accessible progression, brings good customization to the characters, has beautiful concept art and a coherent and characterful audiovisual style. Despite some technical parameters that leave a little to be desired, the script that doesn't flow as well as it could and the level design that is one of the simplest I've ever seen in SRPGs, the balance is still a little more positive. The title is recommended for newcomers to strategy RPGs, but some veterans may feel dissatisfied or a little bored.

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Despite again reusing many features of the predecessors in its series and the level design not having evolved (even regressed in some aspects), the audiovisual remains fresh and brings a good balance of previous experiences in the series. In addition, combat is more customizable and the new capture mechanic is worked intelligently and critically into the game's narrative.

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Sep 1, 2022

Though it lacks some polishment and refinement in the audiovisual aspect and has an underdeveloped level design, Gerda: A Flame in Winter (Switch) offers a good narrative and metanarrative proposal and a satisfactory result when it comes to historical fiction script. It's a shame it doesn't manage to be more immersive, but, due to its strong points, it's a recommendable title for historical fiction adventure fans.

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Aug 17, 2022

Tyrant’s Blessing has an elegant audiovisual, does an excellent job as a tactical game with strong deductive reasoning appeal, has good progression in its level design and good replay factor with characters with unique abilities. This title is easily recommended to any fan of tactical games, and maybe even to some puzzle enthusiasts, but for RPG players, only if they are inclined to like elements of these other two genres as well.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Live A Live
Aug 6, 2022

Despite an undeniable simplicity and superficiality in plot and level design, Live A Live remains interesting and subversive as a JRPG in a highly accessible, varied, creative and fun way. The remake is consistent with the proposal and greatly improves the experience and the technical part. The game is recommended to any JRPG fan.

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Aug 3, 2022

The main virtue of Endling - Extinction is Forever is that it manages to immerse the player in animal life in an intimate and believable way that few games can. The game is suitable both for lovers of more casual adventures and for those who want to enjoy an immersive narrative experience on one of the most important themes of this century.

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Jul 29, 2022

South of the Circle is not visually interesting like the developer's previous work, and the poverty in its scenarios, the character animations that are not valued in that art even with motion capture, as well as the enjoyment of its gameplay, hamper the appreciation of its good history, which is still not without its flaws. On the other hand, the new game from State of Play Games has a competent musical and acting work and art direction, and brings good ideas in its narrative design, both in form and mechanics, approaching the academic environment with sensitivity in a way not much explored in video games and with an appropriate context of historical fiction in a cinematic tone. The game is recommended for adventure fans looking for a more mature narrative experience in romance, post-war historical fiction and academic life.

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