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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: December 29, 2010 (01:01 PM)
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Due to the holidays and stuff, this RotW is a bit late. You know, like those holidays that pop up every time it's my turn to do this. It's kinda shameful this week, as there were only five reviews by a total of four people (you see, I remembered Masters is ineligible by choice this time!).

So yeah....stuff and rules. Let's do this.

THIRD PLACE: X-Men: The Arcade Game (XLA) by JANUS2

This is what I call a coin-flip review. On one hand I love it, as it's too rare that one writer pens a review for the purpose of directly rebuffing another review. The best example I remember of this was from a number of years ago when Zig did so to Woodhouse's praising review of some disturbing torture hentai. The fact I actually remember those old reviews of some game I've never played and likely never will tells me I like these "counterpoint" reviews. It creates the fun (at least for me) challAnge of reading both reviews, comparing the points and choosing which ones seem more in tune with my mindset. So, along the lines of providing a well-written review that makes me think, you succeeded like a mo-fo. For a contest setting like RotW, though, I'd be a bit less inclined to praise it, just because of those same reasons. It comes off as more of a well-written rebuttal than a stand-alone review. Where if you haven't read RD's Gameroni review, you'll likely be like, "Uh...he seems pissed about what someone said about this game." Or maybe I'm reading it like that because I read RD's first and then read yours after seeing the board thread about it. I'm starting to confuse myself now, so yeah. Here we are. I hope you're all proud of yourselves, making my head hurt like this. I need a drink or 10.

SECOND PLACE: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PlayStation 3) by asherdeus

One thing I always like is when a review does a good job of explaining why a disappointing game is disappointing in clear fashion. I've not played any Prince of Persia games, but I could see in my head just what you found disappointing. Right after making "The Final Climb" sound awesomely epic, you go into describing "The Works" and clearly express your disappointment with it. On one hand, it's fine. On another, it's a big jumble of machinery that really doesn't seem to fit in with the series' mythology. A very nice touch, as it suggests the developers put more energy into crafting big set-pieces than a coherent game. Your description of the simplistic, button-mashing combat just adds fire to that suggestion.

OVERDRIVE PLACE: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 by pickhut

FUNFACT: You clinched the win due to your conclusion. I'd heard a lot about this game; some good, some bad. You did a good job of explaining a lot of the awkwardness of the controls and how many levels here are greatly inspired (or essentially copied) from older Sonic games. And then you mention that you'd only need an extra 240 Microsoft Points to buy ALL four of those classic Sonic games. That was just a great way to tie everything you'd been saying about Sonic 4's flaws. Just for a bit more $$$, you get four games -- each of which is better. Great job.

Sadly, it's looking like I won't get to Street Fighter 2010 this year. Talk about sucking. I had ONE GOAL for this entire year and never met it.

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Author: pickhut
Posted: December 29, 2010 (01:14 PM)
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Thanks for the RotW, OD! Lots of strong contenders that week, so I figured it could have gone to anyone. And yeah, Sonic 4 is such a shady release and one of the most depressing Sonic titles I've played.

Congrats to janus and asherdeus on their mentions. Both wrote solid reviews.

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Author: Masters (Mod)
Posted: December 29, 2010 (01:34 PM)
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Congrats pickhut! Nice job.

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