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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: October 20, 2010 (11:43 AM)
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Greetings and salutations! Enough small talk! It's time for RotW MADNESS!

You know the rules. I make decisions. Only one review per person. Zig's not eligible. Which means nothing, as he didn't submit a review. I really hate it when a person puts in a stipulation where they don't have their reviews count...but then don't even give me the opportunity to deny their review.

THIRD PLACE: Super Basketball (Arcade) by aschultz

This was a good week. Seemed like just about every review had a chance to be placed, as there were no clunkers. This was a neat little review of a game I'd never heard of. A fun look at an old arcade game with a simple hook to get people to play. You do a great job of explaining how things work without out getting too wordy/FAQ-y (which I've mentioned in critiquing you before). A short, effective review that was easy to read and I learned something about a game I knew nothing about — I can't complain about that!

SECOND PLACE: Double Dragon (Arcade) by Leroux_Deux

Your Sunday Cabaret arcade reviews constantly entertain and inform me. While this isn't as enthralling as your Donkey Kong one (which isn't a slight on this one, as that one set the sort of gold standard that I think will be tough to beat), it was a very fun read of a classic brawler. You set out to show readers how Double Dragon was the true father of the brawler and you do a great job of justifying that stance. The "bottleneck" line was genius, as it effectively shows that while it wasn't the first, it was the one that influenced those which came after. Hmmm...two of the three slots here go to your Sunday review and Schultz's (which guest-starred for you). Note to other writers: PROTIP -- Give Rob arcade reviews during his RotW weeks.

OVERDRIVE PLACE: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (Xbox 360) by Suskie

There were two reviews for Enslaved this week, so I got to see two different views of the game. Overall, I liked this one more, as it felt like a more well-rounded look at the game that focuses mainly on aspects of playing the game and treats the story as just part of the ride. Which is a good slant to take after the opening paragraph and its mention as to how Heavenly Sword was a game that was boosted by its story. Acknowledge the story, but let the action speak for itself. As a guy playing another one of the Tales of... RPGs (which tend to have better-than-average JRPG stories, but repetitive button-mashing battles), I can appreciate that, as it can be tough to blast a game's flaws when you had so much fun finding out how things turn out. To me, though, games like that tend to have less replay value, as the story's not so much fun when you know what happens...which causes the flaws in the action to be more noticeable. Which probably ties into why I liked this review so much. It seemed to be very effective in focusing on analyzing the gaming experience where it's a fun game with an intriguing story...but does have annoying flaws that drag it down a bit. I don't know how much sense any of that rambling made, so in was an effective review that really worked for me. The end.

And now...I do other stuff. And man, the year's about over and I haven't reviewed Street Fighter 2010 yet. WTF's wrong with me?

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Author: aschultz
Posted: October 20, 2010 (12:36 PM)
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Yeah, it was nice to see good reviews this week. Of course, they're usually there. But it's nicer and rarer to get a mention in RotW.

Congrats to those who placed above me, too. Their reviews were more ambitious and deserved it.

Sometimes not being FAQ-y is more a case of just having so much time to write something out or redo an old GameFAQs review. It seems tougher to do with games I haven't reviewed yet, even when I put aside time to proofread.

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: zippdementia
Posted: October 20, 2010 (01:16 PM)
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Review of Street Fighter 2010

Note to gamers: when someone shoots you in the face, they aren't "gay." They are "psychopathic."

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Author: Suskie
Posted: October 20, 2010 (01:18 PM)
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I totally get what you're coming form, so thanks a lot, and I'm glad the review connected with you. Props to Leroux and Schultz.

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