Vítor M. Costa


10 games reviewed
73.0 average score
75 median score
40.0% of games recommended
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9 / 10.0 - Fez
Apr 27, 2021

Fez has a unique and visionary aesthetic, after all it is not trivial to unite the concept of Ueda with a visual style of the 8-bit era and that can be, at the same time, charismatic and profound; as well as mysterious and humorous. Fez's problems are few, probably the most serious of them being the fact that it is not very challenging: it is very easy to inductively solve the puzzles, and the real challenge is to find the hidden anti-cubes, but they are optional.

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9 / 10.0 - The Longing
May 7, 2021

The Longing can be interesting, elegant, creative, deep and coherent, that is enough for us to consider it a great game.

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Mar 10, 2021

Capcom Arcade Stadium is a must-see collection for retro game lovers - especially shooters and beat 'em ups fans - and for video game enthusiasts. Many may not be entirely satisfied with the result of the Japanese company's work, but they will certainly only realize it after several coins spent on Capcom's emulated machines.

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Save me Mr Tako is a title without great pretensions in the platform genre, but it manages to have a good soundtrack and to be very consistent in its gameplay and narrative. It is faithful to its influences, rescuing a nostalgic tone from that era and adding its own personality. However, a level design that is somewhat repetitive and subutilized game features are its main problems. Despite these caveats, Save me Mr Tako: Definitive Edition is an easy recommendation for platform game lovers who appreciate the aesthetics and gameplay of titles from the 8-bit era genre, especially the Game Boy.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Smelter
Apr 22, 2021

Smelter is easily recommended for those who like action games and 2D platform, but with the knowledge that you will have to live with independent moments of RTS and top-down shooter; which, in addition to being limited and uninteresting, may not appeal to you and can be an exhausting obstacle in the middle of your journey with Eve to rescue Adam.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Pac-Man 99
May 16, 2021

Pac-Man 99 is recommended for anyone who wants to be a little distracted and have fun in sparse moments of the day, but not for those who are fans of maze games who are interested in training for hours and improving their skills in online competitions, since, as stated, matches depend a lot on luck, although the improvement of skills also contributes to the performance in matches and the training is not in vain.

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Mar 15, 2021

Despite the limitations and problems with level design, Birthday of Midnight is recommended for lovers of more casual action-puzzle games. On the Switch, however, the portable experience can be somewhat compromised, due to the lack of precision of the controls, but nothing that can stop progress, since it is not a very challenging game. However, several issues hinder the experience: repetitiveness, the lack of creativity in level design, the lack of use of the proposed mechanics, among other things, such as the low level of challenges and the very short campaign.

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6.5 / 10.0 - Rabisco+
Jun 12, 2021

Rabisco+ is cute and soundly pleasing, but its gameplay is too simple and uncreative in executing the various mechanics it implements. It's a title that could do much better learning from games like The Witness that, from very simple mechanics, greatly refines and progressively improves one gameplay concept until another is implemented.

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Despite some problems that could already be noticed in the original release, what plays in favor of the release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light on the Nintendo Switch is its loyalty to the original title. Besides that, it is interesting to note how the game is, until today, a profound influence on the TRPG genre. On the other hand, loyalty is also a problem. Don't get me wrong, the first Fire Emblem continues to have many features that will leave some fans of the series well satisfied, but, by today's standards, it is dated — its sword of light no longer shines as it did 30 years ago and many will question whether it is worth seeking it to defeat the dark dragon.

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5 / 10.0 - Balancelot
Feb 24, 2021

Balancelot is an unusual experiment of the side-scrolling platform genre based on a simple, creative and artistically inspired idea, but which unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired regarding the execution of its mechanics, graphics, physics and even with regard to its history . Anyway, the game can captivate for some time those who are interested in medieval art or experimental platform mechanics.

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