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1371 games reviewed
78.8 average score
80 median score
58.1% of games recommended

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Reunion is a hybrid between a remake and a remastered. Aesthetically enhanced, with revised polygonal models and an optimized combat system, having fun is guaranteed even if you will collide with the inevitable defects, the same of 2007.

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Dec 5, 2022

Darktide would have deserved a better score, because the game itself is good, real good. But poor optimization (not entirely justified by the game's looks), far too common game crashes, and a loot economy that cannot help but raise some eyebrows end up impacting the user experience. It's still a great 40k game, but you might want to wait for some patches if you're on the fence.

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Dec 2, 2022

Glen Schofield and Striking Distance Studios deliver exactly what their audience want: a new horror sci-fi epic with intense combat and cinematic elements that will make you sit on the edge of your couch from the first to the last minute. Worst or better than Dead Space? You decide!

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Nov 30, 2022

Complex beast, Marvel's Midnight Suns. Overall, I have enjoyed it a lot; so much that I found its defects even more annoying, especially considering they are related to design choices around combat missions. Still, this game is an epic adventure, truly worth of Marvel's lore.

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8 / 10.0 - Soccer Story
Nov 30, 2022

Soccer Story is an adventure capable of entertaining those who love football thanks to many fun challenges, a light atmosphere and the constant promise of new things to come. Some technical problems, easily circumvented AI and an RPG soul only hinted are its limits, but it remains a love letter to football for football lovers.

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Emanuele Feronato
8.2 / 10.0 - The Knight Witch
Nov 28, 2022

The Knight Witch is a solid shoot'em up with a metroidvania progression where exploration of beau-tifully designed levels is mixed with frantic shooter action, which sometimes turns into a bullet hell. The card system for managing special abilities invites us to experiment trying to sort out the most appropriate build for each type of situation, and the character build, although quite simple, requires tactical choices that influence the gameplay. The narration is maybe too trivial, often tempting you to skip some dialogues, but the shootervania formula works and the game is challenging and a lot of fun.

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Nov 24, 2022

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet jump between future and past, like their cover monsters. A freely explorable Open World but unable to performing well and killing all the new good ideas. It's a classic from Game Freak, a place where every step forward is followed by some steps backward. And maybe is not enough anymore, it's time to force the best-selling franchise in the world to grow up.

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7 / 10.0 - Somerville
Nov 23, 2022

A promising debut for Jumpship, with a perfect Game Pass title that can easily be finished in one evening but that would have deserved some extra polish. I want to believe.

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8 / 10.0 - Goat Simulator 3
Nov 23, 2022

Cunningly exploiting its own limitations among which the technical ones stand out, Goat Simulator 3 is perfect for single player or even better in co-op fooling around, has a lot of crazy customizations and proves that the devs have truly given their best - or the worst, it depends on the point of view - of themselves.

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8 / 10.0 - Gungrave G.O.R.E
Nov 22, 2022

A gothic and bloody old-style TPS with massive explosions and BIG guns. It doesn't have the charisma of Devil May Cry or Bayonetta, and its gameplay is partially flawed by some annoying issues... but you won't regret the time you'll spend with it.

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8 / 10.0 - Evil West
Nov 22, 2022

Evil West isn't a bad game, but it's certainly a disappointment. Jesse Rentier is a fun character to play, but unfortunately the encounter design doesn't always let his full capabilities shine, and the boss battles are downright awful. Still worth playing if you're looking for a decent singleplayer (or coop!) action with over-the-top characters, but perhaps wait for a sale.

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The Ram From Hibernia is a quite entertaining (but short) experience for younger audience, but it feels like another missed opportunity for OSome Studio to elevate this beloved franchise to an higher level of gameplay.

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Nov 18, 2022

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales brings another Sony icon to our PCs thanks to an action-adventure that is technically solid and adaptable to any hardware configuration, perhaps perfect in managing the framerate but as exciting as only playing Spider-Man can be.

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The last chapter of this first season of The Dark Pictures Anthology confirms the desire to continue to produce products of thickness, balanced on the front of the gameplay, but not for this time still. Supermassive Games tries to do things right, improves some things, gives its best in storytelling and guarantees the player the entertainment necessary to continue and start again, looking for the new choice to make. Stay until the end of the credits, it will be worth it!

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7.5 / 10.0 - Bravery and Greed
Nov 16, 2022

Bravery and Greed is an enjoyable game with lots of clever ideas, but it seems almost left to its own devices. Excellent co-op, but too many useless equipment items, few bosses, and a not-so-clear overview during the combat phases. Still, it remains a wonderful experience with friends.

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Nov 16, 2022

Dragon Ball: The Breakers is a crude and poor video game, but it is not lacking in inventiveness. What I'm wondering is if, unlike other similar multiplayers titles, it will have time to evolve and improve over time, or if Bandai Namco will put an end to its service before the game formula is refined and enriched as it needs.

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Nov 16, 2022

The rebirth of a great classic to be enjoyed until the last drop thanks to an exceptional replayability, a script that is never banal and a thousand other reasons. Graphically more could have been done, but Square Enix's mission is still accomplished.

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Nov 15, 2022

The Case of the Golden Idol is an excellent debut. Color Gray has learned the lesson of Return of the Obra Dinn and reinterpreted it with its own style. The cases to be solved are well thought out and to come to grips with puzzles that require deduction and intelligence rather than skill with the classic mechanics of the genre is quite satisfying. The Latvian developer duo in his first game shows they have personality, including in the graphic style that does not mind being disturbing and in the appropriate background music, all of which conveniently mystery-themed.

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8.4 / 10.0 - Floodland
Nov 14, 2022

Floodland is a very strong strategic game with solid gameplay mechanics. The world is fascinating to explore and the narrative campaign introduces new layers of complexity. Defects are few and far between with little impact on the overall experience. Kudos to Vile Monarch.

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8.7 / 10.0 - Pentiment
Nov 14, 2022

Pentiment is a fascinating dive into XVI century Bavaria, that combines a murder mystery spanning over twentyfive years with a quick but accurate portrayal of the tumultuous social upheaval of the time. Its choice-based dialogue system only marginally influences the central elements of the plot, but the characters are well-written and artistically, the game is excellent.

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