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Forums > Contributor Zone > Review of the Week: February 8-14, 2009

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Author: Felix_Arabia
Posted: February 15, 2009 (09:27 AM)
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There was a nice collection of reviews this week. Unfortunately I can only select three unique authors. Letís see how things turned out!

And, as always, only one review per user may be ranked in a Review of the Week topic. Staff reviews are forsaken.




2nd Runner Up: Silent Hill Origins (PS2) by m0zart

Silent Hill reviews always catch my eye because the series has such a reputation for the fear that it conjures in every (good) installment. M0zart begins this review with a lamentation elaborating on the downfall of the series. While weíve seen similar introductions for Silent Hill reviews in the past, m0zart continues by cutting through the gloom and giving the reader a nice, in-depth look at how Silent Hill Origins will appeal to fans of what made the franchise so unique in the first place. The real does tend to drag a ways through, but the information is good. This is a solid review for anyone interested in Silent Hill Origins, or the series in general.

1st Runner Up: Crackdown (X360) by pickhut

Pickhut gives us a vicarious Crackdown experience through his slick, interesting writing. It sounds like a goofy, farfetched action game, but it also sounds like a mindlessly absorbing title that could sap away hours of your life if you get into it. There are plenty of descriptions as to why this game rocks and Grand Theft Auto doesnít. I still like GTA, or at least GTA 4 a bunch, but this sounds like a worthwhile substitute for those with spare time and little spare coin. Now, I must admit something. It may just be me, but I think pickhut is a giant pepperoni pizza. Donít ask me why I think this is true. I just know that it is. Pickhut, you are soo gooey.

Review of the Week: Tonic Trouble (N64) by Suskie

Itís nice to see Suskie back in the writing fold, and he graced this week with not one but two excellent reviews. His Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia was a pretty solid read with some good observations. His Tonic Trouble review, on the other hand, was far more interesting to me personally, because it covered a game I had totally forgotten about. No, Tonic Trouble isnít a good game, and Suskie clearly explains why it fails. But I can recall back in the day reading issues of Nintendo Power and thinking that this game looked kind of interesting. Then years past, I totally forgot about TT, and that was that. Until this review came forward and reminded me of that silly looking purple protagonist named Ed. The writing is fresh and even funny in parts. All in all this is a very interesting review because the subject matter isnít tired, and you can tell Suskie had fun penning it. Just because Tonic Trouble may be a relatively pointless game doesnít mean it isnít worth reading about, and to ensure that it does get its 15 minutes of fame, Iím awarding it to the win. It deserves it.




EmPís up next, so give him a ton to read!


I don't have to boost my review resume because I have a real resume.


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Author: pickhut
Posted: February 15, 2009 (01:01 PM)
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Interestingly, I ate pizza about a day ago. It didn't have pepperoni.

Thanks for the kind words and comments, and congrats to Suskie for his RotW placing. Good job to m0zart, too.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 15, 2009 (01:29 PM)
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Glad you liked it. Thanks a lot for the win, and congrats to Pickhut and m0zart for their placements as well.

Edit: Soon I will review another N64 game you've probably forgotten about. But this one doesn't suck. In fact, it's awesome.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 25, 2009 (06:30 PM)
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Okay, so apparently I'm supposed to specifically request for my 1000 points. So that's what I'm doing.


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Author: Felix_Arabia
Posted: February 26, 2009 (04:48 AM)
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Done.


I don't have to boost my review resume because I have a real resume.


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Author: Suskie
Posted: February 26, 2009 (06:13 AM)
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Thank you, good sir.


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