Andrea Maiellano


37 games reviewed
86.5 average score
90 median score
81.1% of games recommended
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6 / 10.0 - Bright Memory
Nov 13, 2020

The prologue to Bright Memory: Infinite arrives on Xbox Series X to represent one of the few exclusive experiences available at launch. We are aware that we cannot evaluate this experiment in the same way as a triple A production but we have noticed too many critical issues to be able to go beyond a stretched sufficiency.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nov 12, 2020

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is, undoubtedly, an operation that will cause discussion for how it was proposed to users but this, although important, factor, does not affect the qualities of a title that already in 2018 boasted of being the best video game, dedicated to Spider-Man, ever made.

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Nov 9, 2020

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition perpetuates the formula already proposed by Capcom for the previous iterations of the saga. New modes, playable Vergil and next-gen support are the workhorses of a package that, especially at the proposed price, can not miss in the library of all those players who have never tried the fifth adventure of dante.

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8.5 / 10.0 - Battletoads
Aug 20, 2020

The Battletoads are back... and they did it in the best possible form for the current gaming landscape. The new production of Dlala Studios, in fact, is a solid and fun Beat'em up, able to entertain for hours the lovers of the genre, or fans of the series, and to restore the right luster to iconic characters who needed a new context to return in vogue.

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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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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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Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition is first and foremost one of the best restoration works that we have been able to try for some years now. Refined, improved, expanded and with a technical sector in line with the current productions available on Nintendo Switch.

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8.8 / 10.0 - Astral Chain
Aug 26, 2019

Astral Chain turned out, undoubtedly, a very pleasant surprise. The ability to amalgamate different types of games, a multifaceted Combat System and able to show all the capabilities of Platinum Games in the sector, has given life to a peculiar Hack And Slash, solid and damn fun.

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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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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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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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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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