Andrea Maiellano


36 games reviewed
86.4 average score
89 median score
80.6% of games recommended
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7 / 10.0 - Saints Row
Aug 22, 2022

If you've jumped at breakneck speed to this point to decide whether or not to buy Saints Row on the basis of the little number on the side, know that you've made a huge mistake. Volition's new production is a good restart for the series, both in terms of narrative and in terms of rethinking the gameplay. Saints Row's real flaws are all to be found in an endless series of bugs due to a failure to clean up the final code.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder Revenge is not only a constant celebration of the 1987 animated series, and of the videogame productions dedicated to it in those years, but it is, above all, an excellent horizontally scrolling Beat 'Em Up

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Jun 8, 2022

Mario Strikers Battle League Football not only succeeds in bringing Nintendo's famous football series back into vogue with a chapter that is solid in almost every aspect, but above all succeeds in distancing itself from the experience offered by Camelot's Mario Tennis and Mario Golf dilogies.

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LEGO Star Wars The Skywalker Saga is arguably the most ambitious, and huge, LEGO title ever made by TT Games.

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Mar 29, 2022

In our review of Death Stranding Director's Cut we put aside the big words because once again we needed to explain, explain and explain again its indecipherable gameplay, as well as the introduction of the new gadgets and tasks released with the Director's Cut. Whether you only discover it now, or you decide to upgrade from the previous version, Death Stranding remains an experience that, regardless of your personal taste, is valid, important and destined to remain lucid in the memories of those who will trust it, for a very long time. Almost as prophetic as the brilliant Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Sam Porter Bridges' journey westwards, despite some unnecessarily brainy and drawn-out sequences, remains profound and filled with messages and social themes too powerful to be ignored, which first pass through the gameplay, with the efforts required of the player, and then culminate in a genuinely moving final sequence. We will not begin, as practice would require, to justify at any cost the high rating that will surely be making someone turn up their nose, but if you are tired of the usual experiences, and want to experience on yourself something really new, try Death Stranding ... and trust that never as in this case, a gameplay on YouTube just will not be enough to make you understand what you're about to meet.

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Mar 23, 2022

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is the best of the celebrations for the iconic Nintendo mascot's 30th anniversary, as well as a great starting point for a series that has been searching for a new identity for too many years. Hal Laboratory Inc. and Nintendo's new production isn't perfect in every aspect, but what was achieved with Kirby and the Forgotten Land is far more convincing and, with the right differentiations, this new iteration of Nintendo's iconic mascot could easily fill the hole left in each generation of Nintendo's consoles between one three-dimensional Mario chapter and the next. At the moment we can only assure you that Kirby has, at long last, found its optimum size and that Nintendo Switch has gained another exclusive of undoubted value.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Ghostwire: Tokyo
Mar 21, 2022

Ghostwire: Tokyo is a production that aims, above all, to entertain. It doesn't try to reinvent anything that has already been proposed by other productions, but it sets itself the important goal of succeeding in making that open world formula "different", proposing an intriguing combat system, over the top activities and a decidedly successful artistic direction. The final result undoubtedly works well, but it won't change the opinion of those who don't appreciate, or don't appreciate anymore, open worlds that are extremely driven and full of redundant activities, while it will surely succeed in entering the hearts of those who love Japanese horror or simply appreciate the style that has always distinguished Shinji Mikami's works.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Triangle Strategy
Mar 3, 2022

Triangle Strategy is a surprising production from many points of view. A title able to revive the sensations of a videogame past that is becoming more and more distant, managing at the same time to be modern and accessible in many ways. The story is written in an excellent way, full of twists and turns and without any fear of daring in staging the cruelty of war. The strategic component works and manages not to disfigure against the historical exponents of the genre. Undoubtedly, Triangle Strategy's leisurely pace won't appeal to every gamer's taste, but hands down we're looking at one of the most important Nintendo Switch exclusives of 2022.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Chocobo GP
Mar 3, 2022

Chocobo GP is a very valid alternative to Mario Kart, designed for all Final Fantasy fans who own a Nintendo Switch. The real problem of Square-Enix's new production does not lie in any technical aspect of the title, but simply in simply carrying out the task of re-proposing a historical IP, leveraging on nostalgia rather than trying to propose a different formula from the usual.

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9.4 / 10.0 - Elden Ring
Feb 23, 2022

Elden Ring is the point of arrival, and departure, of all Miyazaki's productions prior to Sekiro. Where Sekiro was that butterfly born from a chrysalis called Bloodborne, Elden Ring picks up the important gaming heritage of Demon's Souls, matured over the years, to transplant it in a context at the same time new and familiar to fans of the genre. Elden Ring is not the classic open world but a Soulsborne that violently bends the rules of open world games to its will, defining new standards for the genre that cannot be ignored in the years to come...neither by future open world titles nor by the next Souls-Like productions. You can undoubtedly question the choice to reuse assets already seen, and overdone, in the past, as well as it is obvious that the general performance of Elden Ring are not among the best currently in circulation, but in practice, when you immerse yourself in the vastness of the Interregno, the only truth that comes out is that From Software, as it did in 2009, has once again overturned the rules of the game.

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9 / 10.0 - Sifu
Feb 7, 2022

Sifu is a rare gem that deserves to be discovered, tried out and evaluated subjectively by the widest possible pool of users. Just like our experience with Returnal, we find ourselves in front of a product that, besides marking the maturity of its development team, departs from all those clichés indispensable to grab the largest number of users and stands only on its originality and on the skill of its creators in packaging a title that does not give discounts and does not compromise. Sifu is a collection of genres that come together in a satisfying game, punishing in some ways but never unfair. It's a celebration of beat 'em ups, and martial arts cinema, adorned with a distinctive and inspired artwork that exudes style from every pixel. We're sure it won't appeal to everyone who tries it, but it's only right that it should, to avoid a general flattening of the experience that titles like Sifu want to keep varied and, above all, original. For all these reasons we have decided to give Sifu our Award.

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8.8 / 10.0 - OlliOlli World
Feb 3, 2022

OlliOlli World was undoubtedly one of the surprises of early 2022. The developers' ability to blend the original concept of the series with the typical dynamics of two-dimensional platformers has proved brilliant and, in some ways, innovative. OlliOlli World is fun, challenging, satisfying and, above all, accessible to everyone. It meets the needs of both those looking for a product for hit and run sessions and those looking for a more challenging title where they can lose themselves for hours in unbridled completionism. If we add to all this an artistic compartment that, although it is inspired too much by Pendleton's works, manages to be pleasing and perfectly in line with the absurdities proposed by the game, it comes from that OlliOlli World is a product that, unless you hate skateboarding, platformers and Adventure Time, you should absolutely not miss and that, by virtue of having proposed a fresh identity is "different from the usual" to the series, has deserved our Award.

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Jan 26, 2022

If you've read our entire analysis of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you won't be surprised by the grade beside it. Game Freak's new production is, as we have repeatedly said, a "diamond in the rough". A very important title for the Pokémon franchise, entrusted with the thankless task of forever changing the canons of the series and guiding them towards a new, more modern direction. A task that, however, clashes with a series of inconsistencies, missed opportunities and not very brave choices, which fail to make Pokémon Legends: Arceus shine as it deserves. The grade we've given it represents exactly the nature of this production: a title that's still far from earning everlasting glory, but also far from that ruinous insufficiency that the indignant people wanted to give it ex officio in recent weeks. We are sure that Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be talked about for a long time, dividing the fan base into those who will adore it as a deity from another dimension and those who will consider it, simply, a good starting point for the franchise. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just an amateur of the creatures created by Game Freak, our advice is only one: don't be misled by that amount of content edited ad hoc to show you only the shortcomings of this production, finding yourself proudly waving the pitchfork for something you don't even know, and play it before taking sides... you might find everything you've always wanted from a Pokémon production.

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6.8 / 10.0 - Labyrinth Legend
Jan 13, 2022

Labyrinth Legend is not a bad game but it is undoubtedly a production that accuses the weight of its "smartphone" nature. The simple and immediate gameplay is a boon for the type of device on which it was originally conceived but it is hopelessly too simplistic and reductive on any gaming platform that can accommodate more layered experiences.

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9 / 10.0 - Metroid Dread
Oct 6, 2021

Metroid Dread is simply the concrete demonstration of what a great action game in two dimensions should look like.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Tales of Arise
Sep 8, 2021

Tales Of Arise is hands down one of the best chapters of the series, as well as a JRPG able to charm a much wider audience than in the past thanks to an immediate playful system, fun and perfectly blended with a solid and well-written narrative sector.

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Aug 19, 2021

Ghost of Tsushima Director's Cut reconfirms itself as a poetic and bewitching production in its beauty and respect for the culture from which it takes shape.

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9 / 10.0 - Hades
Aug 10, 2021

Eleven months after its official release, Hades finally arrives on the consoles of Microsoft and Sony confirming itself as a small masterpiece able to address a much wider audience than you might think considering the genre of belonging.

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Jul 26, 2021

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X remains the new benchmark for flight simulators, as well as a clear demonstration of the new technical standards that await us in this new video game generation.

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Apr 2, 2021

Disco Elysium The Final Cut succeeds in the difficult task of elevating the original work from a "phenomenal role-playing game" to a masterpiece of the genre that anyone should play at least once in their life.

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