Andrea Maiellano


61 games reviewed
85.3 average score
88 median score
72.1% of games recommended
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Apr 19, 2023

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp joins that list of productions whose gameplay has not been affected in the slightest by the passage of time. The two titles made in the early 2000s by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo remain to this day two of the best exponents of the RTS genre even if the "wow effect" that permeated these games more than two decades ago has, of course, subsided by virtue of all that has come after.

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Oct 16, 2023

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is the exclusive that every gaming machine would love to have in its portfolio, as well as the perfect Christmas gift. An accessible, fun game with an undoubtedly appealing character that again succeeds in providing an experience suitable for all ages. Marvel's Spider-Man 2 is the sequel that Insomniac needed to make, which, while having some flaws, manages to improve on many aspects of the previous games, offering an excellent more of the same that will delight anyone who enjoyed the previous chapters. As scripted, this is not a production that breaks with the past but rather continues a larger project that, without too much doubt, is still far from seeing its end.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Super Mario RPG
Nov 15, 2023

I have been very conflicted about the damned "little number" to assign to Super Mario RPG, as this remake is an experience that, by some mysterious sorcery, is still very solid in multiple respects and capable of both bringing new players to an increasingly niche genre, appeasing old fans with a remake that does not distort the original work, and offering a very valid, compact and disengaged JRPG to fans of the genre.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Sonic Superstars
Nov 13, 2023

Sonic Superstars, net of a few minor smears, is a little gem capable of restoring the two-dimensional series dedicated to SEGA's iconic blue hedgehog to its former glory.

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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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8.3 / 10.0 - Lies of P
Sep 13, 2023

Lies Of P is the best copy of a FromSoftware-branded SoulsLike currently out there. Anyone in dire need of such a new title, after spending hundreds of hours on Elden Ring and consuming all the productions made by Miyazaki, should not ignore it.

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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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8 / 10.0 - Dead Island 2
Apr 18, 2023

Dead Island 2 is a production that focuses everything on immediate and genuine fun. It achieves this by employing superbly crafted world building, immediate and fun gameplay, and a disengaged narrative studded with undoubtedly exaggeratedly characterized characters. While this is a more than convincing restart of a franchise that was now considered dead and buried, some 12-year-old smears remain that will hopefully be cleaned up in a future new chapter in the saga. For the time being, however, all that remains is for me to thank Dambuster for a job well done.

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8 / 10.0 - EA Sports UFC 5
Oct 28, 2023

UFC 5 is a production that verges, at least in its genre of belonging, on perfection. Were it not for an easily "breakable" combat system as soon as one learns all its nuances, the new iteration of EA's series would show the side of very few smears.

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Feb 14, 2024

Mario VS. Donkey Kong is an excellent re-release capable of properly debuting one of the most distinctive IPs in Nintendo's history. The "portable" nature of the production emerges very strong from the first moments of play, as well as, the moment you sit down in front of a monitor and start playing, the experience loses some of its magic by virtue of a strong redundancy of the proposed situations.

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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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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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Oct 12, 2023

Everything works and is fun, the ideas are many, and very interesting, and the general feeling is to find oneself in front of a work done with passion. However, slips on that banana peel called "experience." We would have preferred to be confronted with a Souls-like that was more refined in its foundations and capable of introducing a couple of thick innovations, as opposed to playing a title that errs on the side of presumptuousness in terms of copying FromSoftware's work, causing the many, perhaps too many, ideas it puts forth to falter.

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Oct 4, 2023

Detective Pikachu: The Return is a sequel that remains too much anchored in the past, fossilizing in a "comfort zone" that returns a production that differs little from its predecessor in terms of novelty.

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7.5 / 10.0 - EA Sports WRC
Oct 31, 2023

EA Sports WRC is not the miracle we expected from Codemasters but it turns out, nevertheless, to be a very good racing game dedicated to rally full of ups and downs.

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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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Sep 20, 2023

The Crew Motorfest would be exactly what the series needs to shake off the concept that, nowadays, no longer has a grip on gamers. The very strong inspirations from the Forza Horizon series don't bother and, indeed, create an alternative that would also be viable, and definitely fun, were it not for a dastardly, microtransaction-driven progression.

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Mar 21, 2024

Rise Of The Ronin is not a missed opportunity but certainly not one of those exclusives that will be remembered for years to come, either. The excellent combat system crafted by Team Ninja, along with an engaging story that is respectful of the historical period used as a setting, make it an enjoyable game and, certainly, capable of beguiling fans of Ronin, Samurai and stories set in ancient Japan. At the same time, however, an obvious inexperience with the reference genre, coupled with an insufficient technical compartment.

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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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Nov 21, 2022

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will, undoubtedly, be the most talked-about, and divisive, titles in the series for several years now. The havoc, in technical terms, wrought by Game freak cannot be ignored, and the history of "transitional chapters" can no longer stand as a solid bulwark of defense against the developers.

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