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Football Manager 2021
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Really user-unfriendly iteration

Really bad decisions by Sports Interactive/Sega for this year's edition.

They decided to go for "realism" by putting in a Covid-barrier on most of the transfer market, and also by cutting a lot of the visible data, largely in favour of emojis. This would've been ok, if they didn't also decide to break out the information that was previously neatly ordered in vertical lists into literally circularly ordered info boxes all over the screen, with the information in games being all over the place so you can't get a good overview of anything. Adding to this, they have added a lot of extra clicks for simple tasks, slowing down the decision process and the flow of the game to a standstill.

The feel of the game is a laggy-feeling mess where important info pops up all over the screen at the same time. Instead of being a game that used to allow the player to process lots of information to make the best decision, the game hits a double whammy of hiding the information and slowing down the interaction with it. I regret buying it, even on sale.

by jfh, - Dec 17th 2020
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Golden Rails 2: Small Town Story Сollector's Edition
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Demo Not Playable

This game lags severely and is not playable on my laptop (MacBook Pro running Big Sur). Laptop isn't the problem because it plays games routinely with no lag.

by LMDLMD, United States - Dec 17th 2020
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Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition
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CK3

Great deal for a great game. Was looking to get this for a while.

by Manos K.2, Greece - Dec 17th 2020
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Santa's Holiday
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Green Sauce Games: Santa's Holiday Match 3

I have played several of this developer's games during lockdown.
This one is seasonally themed, with pleasantly light, slightly jazzy music. Not littered with usual festive favourites and music can be turned off if you get seasonal overload!
Style: Match3 with simple storyline. Story not too intrusive. Lots of tricky objectives, big range of obstacles and hidden areas.
Premise: Santa takes a holiday, you save Xmas.
Difficulty: good range of permutations - play your profile multiple times with different gaming choices, timed or not, limited moves, casual/expert (less time/fewer moves).
Special new feature: Black holes can spawn items both helpful and unhelpful
Verdict at 20% completed: Enjoyable, difficulty levels to suit all, great selection of destructive noises, smooth gameplay. Pretty snowscape backgrounds and fun decorations which can be moved about your room to suit your mood: I like the snowman next to the fire best, and who knows what will happen at the end if we shake the snow globe!
Harder than it looks: make sure to save some of your power-up arsenal for higher levels - funds are not unlimited! So an educational extra is you learn to budget... Make sure you note the goals at the top of the screen so as not to waste moves!
PS Tutorial can be toggled on or off in Options - just as well, my game manual turns out to be in Dutch, even though I have US English ticked in Options, oops. Hopefully Green Sauce will read this and tweak.
PPS If this year's stop-start Xmas has put you off the seasonal theme, try FishWitch Halloween, with an underwater Caribbean flavour. It is possible to go through the whole game choosing only fish and crustaceans for your underwater paradise, if you prefer to mostly avoid Halloween, I know, I have :-).

by frogmort, United Kingdom - Dec 17th 2020
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Craft The World
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Alright

Good game, a little bit similar to Terraria, but it's fun if you like building and exploration.

by BlackJuice, Poland - Dec 16th 2020
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Chimeras: Price of Greed Collector's Edition
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Average

Nothing exceptional with ths same old story line. Why do HO game feel the need to be mysteries?

by Roa, United States - Dec 14th 2020
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Tyranny - Bastard's Wound
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Excellent DLC For A Great Game

Another terrific turn-based RPG by Obsidian only gets better with worthwhile DLC packs. The Bastard's Wound adds some good content at a reasonable price.

by GPGarcia, United States - Dec 14th 2020
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Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition
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Great!

A great spirutal sequal to Sim City, a bit more wonky but gives you more options.

by Fahd A.1, Sweden - Dec 12th 2020
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Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI: Platinum Edition
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A classic

It's a great classic! And I'm getting more expansions!

by Fahd A.1, Sweden - Dec 12th 2020
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Total War: WARHAMMER II – The Twisted & The Twilight
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Skaven yes-yes

Master Mutator of Clan Moulder, Throt the Unclean is here and its creations are marvellous. Skaven are freaking awesome and these new units add even more fun to the best race there is.

by Filipe F.3, - Dec 11th 2020
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The Escapists 2 - Big Top Breakout
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists 2 - Glorious Regime Prison
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists 2 - Wicked Ward
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists - Alcatraz
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita (questo poi è Alcatraz!)

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists - Duct Tapes are Forever
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists - Escape Team
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

[Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists - Fhurst Peak Correctional Facility
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Ogni DLC allunga la vita

Il Team17 ha la capacità di offrire dinamiche ed aggiornamenti nuovi senza neanche immaginarci il come. All'apparenza ogni DLC sembra un semplice allungare il brodo invece introducendo prigioni diverse, zone "particolari" vi permette di avere nuove puntate da cui evadere e sperimentare le vostre capacità alla Stallone (mi riferisco al film dove evade dai vari carceri). La mia recensione sarà ripetitiva per i vari DLC ma acquistateli!

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Team17 has the ability to offer new dynamics and updates without even imagining how. Apparently each DLC seems like a simple stretch of stock instead introducing different prisons, "particular" areas allows you to have new episodes from which to escape and test your skills at Stallone (I refer to the film where he escapes from various prisons). My review will be repetitive for the various DLCs but buy them!]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists 2 - Season Pass
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Must se si vuole il meglio dai DLC

Se volete sfruttare tutte le opzioni dei DLC il Season Pass è l'aspetto chiave per offrirvi un'esperienza completa e permettervi di divertivi.

Non avrete ogni DLC ma quelli che avrete aggiungeranno ulteriore longevità al gioco con prezzi molto abbordabili.

[If you want to take advantage of all the DLC options, the Season Pass is the key aspect to offer you a complete experience and allow you to have fun. You won't get every DLC but the ones you get will add further longevity to the game at very affordable prices.]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists 2
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Come sapersi migliorare al meglio

Il titolo è un gioco di parole ma Escapists 2 riesce ad offrire un plus a 360 gradi alla prima versione. E come lo raggiunge? Lo raggiunge con ritocchi qua e la (vedi la nuova grafica e non solo) ed introducendo la modalità multiplayer per certi versi la feature principale di questa nuova versione.

Entrambi i giochi mi hanno colpito ed entrambi riescono a colpire per le differenze. Differenze che si notano anche nell'editor peraltro...

[The title is a play on words but Escapists 2 manages to offer a 360 degree plus to the first version. And how does it reach it? It reaches it with tweaks here and there (see the new graphics and more) and introducing the multiplayer mode in some ways the main feature of this new version. Both games impressed me and both manage to impress with the differences. Differences that can also be seen in the editor however ...]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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The Escapists
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Da provare un genere che può farvi divertire

Il Team17 non si smentisce mai e con Escapists aprono un genere che tra film e non solo tutti conosciamo. Il gioco con interfaccia 8 bit e dinamiche da crafting riesce a catturarti e spingerti ad "evadere". Può sembrare ripetitivo in alcune azioni, vero ci sta, ma trattandosi di un'evasione alcune operazioni sono ripetitive ed è lì che se saprete osservare dal giusto occhio rimarrete colpiti da Escapists.

[Team17 never denies itself and with Escapists they open a genre that we all know between films and more. The game with 8-bit interface and crafting dynamics manages to capture you and push you to "escape". It may seem repetitive in some actions, true there is, but since it is an escape some operations are repetitive and it is there that if you know how to observe with the right eye you will be struck by Escapists.]

by khadgar1, Italy - Dec 9th 2020
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