Matteo Merlano


14 games reviewed
79.3 average score
80 median score
35.7% of games recommended
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Feb 21, 2024

King Arthur: Knight's Tale is no game to be taken lightly: it requires dedication, concentration, and a desire to understand and exploit the numerous mechanics it offers us. In return, however, it guarantees us the memorable experience of a mythological Middle Ages in which we can spend a huge number of hours, testing our tactical skills and our temper as kings. A title that should not be missing from the library of fans of the genre.

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Oct 5, 2023

Assassin's Creed Mirage represents a welcome throwback for the series to a dynamic and fascinating urban setting, providing a good amount of content and a welcome new focus on stealth components. What it lacks is a splash in graphical quality and greater depth at the narrative level (including the modern sections, which are completely absent here). The road taken, or rather retaken, is a good one, however, and we hope Ubisoft has further titles in development in this vein.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Valiant
Jul 10, 2023

With a well-calibrated gameplay and a truly evocative setting, The Valiant has the potential to find a second youth on consoles, succeeding in offering everyone the right level of challenge and achieving good results with a controller. Even if a bit repetitive and somewhat tiring, it's undoubtedly a convincing and addictive RTS.

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Jun 10, 2023

Miasma Chronicles offers us a great world with excellently implemented game mechanics and an impressive graphic and artistic compartment. A game not to be missed for fans of the genre, and an excellent opportunity for newcomers to try their hand at a solid and fascinating strategy game.

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May 14, 2023

The Last Case of Benedict Fox leverages a charming setting to introduce an interesting Metroidvania gameplay, full of puzzles and a bit light on action and difficulty. Some control issues and lack of clear mission progression keep it from reaching higher grounds, but lovers of the Metroidvania genre will find a rewarding and memorable experience in it.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Last Worker
Apr 2, 2023

The Last Worker is yet another excellent example of the maturation process of the video game medium and the creative potential it offers, offering us a truly engaging - if short and linear - journey with memorable characters, capable of stimulating a reflection on sensitive and current issues. Recommended for anyone looking for a thought-provoking and different experience.

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9 / 10.0 - Hi-Fi Rush
Feb 17, 2023

Hi-Fi RUSH nails pretty much every aspect of its formula: art style, gameplay, technical production, characters, soundtrack. Even if its mechanics are after all quite simple, it's definitely a must-play game and a great new IP we'd love to see expanded in the future.

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8 / 10.0 - Saturnalia
Dec 11, 2022

Saturnalia is an atypical survival horror, without splatter or jumpscare scenes, but driven by the compelling story of a mystery-filled Sardinian town and an intriguing multi-character mechanic, tied together by a uniqe art style. It's not flawless and it's got some design issues, but it's definitely a recommended experience to lovers of unique story-driven horror adventures.

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8 / 10.0 - Gunfire Reborn
Nov 1, 2022

Gunfire Reborn presents a mix of FPS and roguelite mechanics capable of dragging us into a vortex of "one more game" from which it is difficult to get out. With a stronger narrative compartment it could have aimed for higher heights, but even so it stands as a title that FPS lovers should not miss.

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Oct 27, 2022

A worthwhile adventure that, while it does not reach the heights of the first episode, does not disfigure in comparison to Telltale's heavy legacy, with a mix of compelling new characters, dialogues that often crack a smile and an art direction worthy of the saga's fame.

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7.5 / 10.0 - LEGO Bricktales
Oct 11, 2022

LEGO Bricktales offers us a nice opportunity to relive the experience of designing and creating LEGO constructions, although despite the excellent artistic and technical level, the game remains an uninnovative and not too engaging puzzle-adventure, especially with an adult audience. Definitely recommended, however, if you are a brick-building lover.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Metal: Hellsinger
Sep 13, 2022

If taken as a simple FPS, Metal: Hellsinger would be an average one, due to non-stellar graphics, short levels and repetitive boss fights. But add its heavy metal rhythm game gameplay to the mix, and you'll find yourselves captivated by the challenge of flawlessly executing every level, aiming to obtain the highest multiplier possible by hitting enemies following the great head-banging music tracks.

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Apr 4, 2022

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands doesn't disfigure among other members of the prestigious Borderlands saga, even if it doesn't bring significant novelties besides the reinterpretation in a fantasy key, which turns out to be a winning idea anyway. Hilarious and irreverent dialogues, a satisfying gunplay and an end-game that hardly gets boring are the elements that will keep you glued to the game.

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Oct 23, 2021

Disco Elysium is a unicum in the current gaming landscape - the unquestionable quality of ZA/UM's proposal from a narrative and creative point of view makes it a game that would be a crime to miss. At the same time, due to gameplay choices and themes covered it' s also a game bound to be unpalatable to many, but those who'll let themselves to get kidnapped by the world of Elysium, will be rewarded with an absolutely memorable experience.

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