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Author: randxian
Posted: July 05, 2009 (06:32 AM)
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Enjoyed this for the most part. I like how you simultaneously compare and contrast this to Soukoban, yet provide enough description to also bring the rest of us up to speed.

Personally, I don't like your admission that you have no idea what these red tears do. I would just leave that bit out for a couple of reasons. One, if you can't tell us what they do, then that statement serves no real practical purpose. Two, that diminishes your credibility as someone who should be knowledgable about the game you are reviewing. Sure, it's a dinky item that probably doesn't amount to a hill of beans, but I still think that part should be cut.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: July 06, 2009 (08:23 PM)
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Thanks randxian--I guess in every review there's always going to be the sentence that belongs there the least. Just like George Carlin discussing the worst doctor in the country.

I think this sentence may be it, but--the problem is, if half the rooms are useless and not even a decent security measure, that is valid. Can't solve a few rooms--kind of nice the game lets you slide. But when half the puzzles serve no purpose, that's a bit too much. It needs to be mentioned somehow, and maybe I just need to pick up my research to do so precisely correctly.

So for starters I'd like to mail back the folks who wrote a translation of the script of the game. Maybe they can shed some light on it.

My principal said, 'Emo, Emo, Emo.'
I said 'I'm the one in the middle, you lousy drunk!'
-- Emo Phillips

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Author: randxian
Posted: July 06, 2009 (08:57 PM)
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Okay, now it makes a bit more sense.

Personally, I have done research when in the processing of reviewing a game. I've replayed it, looked up info on GameFAQs, and even watched videos on YouTube. I think it pays dividends when you convey to the audience that you are on expert on everything that makes this game tick.

I'm not meaning to be harsh here. I was really floored by how you managed to simultaneously and seamlessly speak to two audiences: people who have played the original in the series and people who haven't. A lot of reviewers really isolate their audience and make assumptions that people have played games in the series before, but you go the extra mile to make sure all your readers understand what's going on. I really appreciate that.

Once you get this whole red tear bit squared away, then I'll say I feel sorry for whoever has to face this review in the TT. Thank goodness I've already matched up against you and got it over with.


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