Andrea Maiellano


38 games reviewed
86.0 average score
89 median score
78.9% of games recommended
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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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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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9.5 / 10.0 - Dreams
Feb 17, 2020

If analyzing a completed art form can be a complex undertaking and that obliges to take into analysis different specific elements ... making a judgment on the instrument to generate that specific form of art, could prove to be a challenge, almost, impossible. Dreams, however, manages to give a mere development tool, a form that embraces different playful and social aspects, giving life to a software able to unite developers and players together allowing the former, or anyone who wants to take this path, to give life to their fantasies, and the latter to be able to access a library, almost infinite, of multifaceted productions that show the inspiration that this media can generate in its fans.

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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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Mar 16, 2020

As reiterated several times by Nintendo, Animal Crossing New Horizons is an "ode to relaxed gameplay". The new chapter of the famous Life Simulator series, in fact, shows a natural evolution of the excellent game mechanics offered by its predecessors going to file and improve a series of aspects that began to feel the weight of the years.

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Feb 10, 2021

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury is a collection that makes it impossible not to praise him. 3D World, with its immense quantity, quality and variety of content, confirms its status as the best level platformer currently on the market.

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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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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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9 / 10.0 - Cuphead
Apr 19, 2019

The conversion of Cuphead for Nintendo Switch shows the care with which the ports should be performed on Nintendo's hybrid console. Technically identical to its previously released counterparts, and accompanied by all the improvements added with the latest update, Cuphead offers a fast-paced, fun and respectful experience of the important origins it wants to celebrate.

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Condensing the evaluation of a production like the remake of The Legend Of Zelda Link's Awakening, with a simple vote is, at times, demeaning towards the work itself.

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Mar 23, 2021

Monster Hunter rise is, in no uncertain terms, the perfect combination of everything that made the Capcom saga famous and the excellent rejuvenation operation performed with the previous World.

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Mar 25, 2021

Going straight to the point Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 is exactly what fans of the franchise have been waiting for many, perhaps too many, years. An anthology of all those elements that at the beginning of 2000 made this series a real icon, as well as the genesis of a genre that would spread in multiple directions in the years to come.

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

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Surprisingly, Dragon Quest XI S, turned out to be a conversion to which, the months of waiting compared to the other versions, have benefited in a really positive way.

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Jul 25, 2019

Fire Emblem Three Houses succeeds in breaking with the past, remaining faithful to its roots.

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Jun 26, 2019

Super Mario Maker 2 does not re-invent or distort anything compared to the current panorama of Level Editors but thanks to the important name it boasts, and the impeccable gameplay that follows, it manages to stand out from other productions for the immediacy of use and the variety of content that it can offer to the player.

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Oct 17, 2022

Having come to the end of this lengthy analysis, all I can say is that I wish there were many more productions made with the same care as Mario + Rabbids Sparks Of Hope. Ubisoft Milan's new work is qualitatively, and content-wise, to be commended in virtually every way.

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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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