Reviews by João Costa

Death Stranding
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Very nice delivery game with too much story

If you like Euro truck or similar you will love this!
The gameplay loop is move cargo from one location to another. You will need to prepare for the trip by making ladders, boots and so on to help you reach the location.
I specially like it because it is super satifying moving stuff around.
eventually you can build structures like roads and vehicles to make delivery faster and with more cargo.
Combat is very simple and easy. Death penalty is almost non existant.

IMo the only con is tehs tory which feels like it remvoes you fromt the gameplay. luckely yo ucan skip most if not all hte cutscenes.

Highly recomend this if you want a relaxing delivery game!

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Heavily revamps CHINA and Japan.

This DLC is great for making the east Asia a much harder to predict conflict which makes WWII much more interesting.

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Parklife Plus
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Allows you to make your own zoo

I found this DLC ok. I think while making a zoo interesting and fun it feels inferior to games dedicated to it.
Alongside this the tools are a bit clunky and you almost have to fight them to do what you want.
That said when it works it makes your city feel very different

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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BATTLETECH
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Mecha strategy title. what more needs to be said?

You take control of a merc company in a universe that uses mechs to fight.
the tacticval combat is very detailed and makes for very interesting fights.
Graphics and animations are ok but the fun of the game is all about managing your company and your mechs. As you slowly advance through the story and build your own mechs the way you like them.
it is an excelent game for strategic enthusiasts!

by João Costa, Portugal - Aug 1st 2020
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Disgaea 5 Complete
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A fun TBS

Disgaea 5 is a intersting TBS. You can complete storyline without almost any grinding and it should last for quite a bit 60h for me.
But IMO where the game shines is with its grinding. The way grinding in this game is designed is so satisfying that makes time fly when levevling up your weapon, lvl, skill,etc
Due to the grinding the game strategy can easily be bruteforced by just leveling up a lot. But tactically wise the game is good.
Alongside the above the game has a LOT of game modes to dabble in. It has a lot of content.

The only drawback is that the game storyline is very anime like so take that into consideration

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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1954 Alcatraz
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An average point and click

I found the game to be average. It has some interesting puzzles and story beats but on the whole it is nothing new to the genre.
I'd recommend it if you want a point and click and have played the more unique ones.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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Stellaris: Federations
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I AM THE SENATE!

This DLC adds a lot of content:
Makes federations a real fun challenge for mid/ late game. More roleplay aspects to them.
makes the ONU in the galaxy which allows for some really weird roleplays like managing to get a lot of votes and basically single handely decide the rules of the galaxy, similar to palpatine in star wars
gives some cool new super weapons for war like empires. I specially like the mobile factory!

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Industries Plus
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Deepens the Industry of the game while making your highways full of trucks!

This DLC is interesting and well worth buying. It allows you to make industry supply lines that allow you to supply your comercial zone without resorting to imports.

The only problem of this DLC is that if you can master the industry and keep the necessary resources and pathways clear than you will be swimming in a lot of money which makes the game much easier.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jul 12th 2020
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Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
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One of the best CK2 DLC to date

This DLC improves catholic and pagan factions.
At the catholic part it heavily increases roleplay due to more interactions witht he pope like baptims. This incrases the improtance of having a good relationship with the pope.
Ont he apgan side a costomizable religion as well as a lot of roleplay options like new warrior societies.
If you like base ck2 then this DLC is well worth the full price

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Imperator: Rome
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An average PDX game

This is PDS game that heavily focuseds on min-max. It kinda lacks a lot of the roleplay aspects of games such as ck2 and stellaris.
It shines with its HUGE map that makes moving armies hard.The battles are also much easier to understand instead of the mess that is EU Iv and CK2.

Note despite the game being average right now it has been heavily updated by PDS. It will probably be still updated for a while so do check the game to see if it has improved.

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Stellaris: MegaCorp
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An interesting DLC for those that want to play tall

This new government type focuses on playing tall while giving penalties for playing wide. Due to the focus on making money it makes these factions play slightly different from the usual.
It specially shines in multiplayer where you can help finance wars with loans!
I highly recommend this DLC if you want to play stellaris with a few planets instead of an empire.

A small but interesting features is the 3 unique advisor voices that are very very unique.

by João Costa, Portugal - Feb 29th 2020
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Deponia
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Short but good point and click.

A fun and colorful game but it is very short. If you are used to point and clicks you can probably finish the game in a couple of afternoons.

by João Costa, Portugal - Mar 14th 2019
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Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
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Breathes new life into the british isles

The unique focus tree as well as the unit packs and the other unique mechanics make playing in the britsh isles very different from vanilla.
With the new free additions to ireland this DLC also makes Ireland much more interesting.

The universal mechanics like innovativeness, naval doctrine and the coal resource are OK but not worth playing full price if you aren't going to play in the british isles.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jan 24th 2019
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The Night of the Rabbit
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A good point and click

An interesting a fun point and click. If you like the genre try it, i don't think you will be disapointed

by João Costa, Portugal - Jan 15th 2019
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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
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A good point and click

If you like this genre this game will be worth a playthrough.

If you don't like the genre this will probably not convert you

by João Costa, Portugal - Dec 2nd 2018
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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
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Must buy for XCOM2 players

XCOM2 WOTC is one of the best expansions ever made. It completely revamps the base while adding more content. THe biggest changes are:
- 3 new bosses that evolve while hunting you;
- 3 new "hero" classes
- a ton of more assets for the levels, making them more unpredictable
- revamp on a lot of mechancis such as the timers, skils of your troops,etc.

In my opinion the only major problem oif this DLC is that it assumes that you played XCOM2, as such it increases the dificulty of the game quite a bit. This is way i recomend this DLC for XCOM2 players, new players starting XCOM should probably play with this disabled on the first playthrough.

by João Costa, Portugal - Dec 2nd 2018
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Stellaris: Distant Stars Story Pack
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Adds a lot of interesting content to the early-mid game

This DLC addas a lot of events most of which have chains that tell interesting stories. It makes the first part of the game, when you are exploring the galaxy feel like a start trek episode.
Alongside the events you have new leviathans and the L-gate (special event). The L-gate is a closed gateway to a system outside the galaxy, as you transverse the galaxy you find clues on how to unlock this gate. The question is: is the gate closed to keep you out if their riches or to keep something in?

If you like stellaris this DLC is a worthwhile purchase.

by João Costa, Portugal - Nov 30th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
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Interesting DLC if you play on the far east

THere are 3 interesting features in this DLC:
1) china - you can interact with it in the east part of the map; it is interesting trying to make sure china doesn't see you ripe for conquering at the same time trying to gain soemthing from thr relationship
2) The new artifacts and portraits increase the immersion a lot. When playing as a western catholic power and during your crusade you steal some sort of artifact it makes you wonder how far it has travveled; it makes the world feel more alive.
3) The new casus belli are very useful to the early- mid game

IMO it is a DLC worth buying if you play at the far east like tibet and india. If you only play with western powers this DLC does very little that will affect you.

by João Costa, Portugal - Oct 7th 2018
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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
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Horse Lords is only worth buying if you want to play nomadic hordes

The core of this DLC is playing a nomadic horde, which is also the main problem. If you don't want to be the next genghis khan then this DLC is almost pointless to you.
Do notice that without this DLC there are no nomadic tribes in the game to play against.
Playing as a nomadic is good but a tad to easy when compared to the base christian counrties.
IMO worth buying if you want to play as a horde, but useless for anyone else.

by João Costa, Portugal - Jun 2nd 2018
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Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
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Interesting cosmetic DLC but not essential.

This DLC has 4 features:
- New portraits-> i feel this is the weakest part of the DLC, the new portraits feel bland to me. It adds orcs,dwarfs,etc. but no new portrait feels exotic
- new ship models -> These are great, they have lot of little animations that make these models come to life.
- 3 new voiceover sets for VIR -> these are always great of immersion
- 3 new music-> for me the music is ok

In short great ship models but filled with, imo, average features. I recommend this DLC on sale.

by João Costa, Portugal - May 26th 2018
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