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Forums > Contributor Zone > RotW: Aug. 19-25, 2012 -- A VERY GOOD WEEK FOR GOOD REVIEWS

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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: August 29, 2012 (10:55 AM)
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Sort of a busy week this week. Even when you take out how Zig don't do RotW (too bad, I thought it was kickin') and how I'm ineligible because I'm judging, there still were eight reviews by seven people. Which means THERE WILL BE BLOOD!

So let it flow!

HONORABLE MENTION: S.C.A.T. (NES) by overdrive

And this is the part of the proceedings where I say "DAMN IT ALL! I'M PIMPING MY WORK AND THAT'S THAT!" I wrote this fine piece of American literature last week despite being swamped at work with multiple projects and regular business to attend to, making me a national hero for the way I rose above adversity and showed all of our children that you too…(okay, maybe not most of you) can achieve great things with hard work and lots and lots of drugs.

THIRD: Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway (360) by EmP

I'm pretty sure I've made that joke about WW II being overused. Or at least commented on how much it is used. I'm one of the cool reviewers!!! Anyway, you do a great job showing how this game is different from the pack and how it is more immersive simply because it makes you feel like you're with real people (as opposed to MoH's SUPERDUPERSOLDIER Jimmy Patterson…or the handful of stock cliches I controlled when I played Call of Duty 3). Very effective review that gives good info on the real life events the game is based on, as well as how this game plays and utilizes the "team" concept.

SECOND: Mega Man 5 (NES) by zippdementia

I suppose that a person not interested in the NES Mega Man games would be totally in "tl;dr" mode with these lengthy reviews. I AM NOT. It's really cool seeing your perspective on these titles going through them one-by-one; especially considering that's basically what I did in 2003/4. Your views sometimes are reasonably close to the same as mine; other times (like this game), they're different. Always, they're given in very comprehensive format where you do a great job of explaining what works and doesn't work with each level and its design — which, as I've said before, is a really neat way of handling a game based on a number of unique levels designed around their bosses. Another good job.

OVERDRIVE PLACE: Catherine (PS3) by holdthephone

It's funny. I'm playing Persona 3 right now (also by Atlus). That game could be briefly described as "life sim during the day; rogue dungeon grinding at night". This game could be described as "bar sim during the evening; box puzzles at night". So, in short, I could really get what you were saying with this review. It resonated with me. You did this good job of explaining how the two modes are connected and what does and doesn't work. Possibly solely on the merits of the review or possibly in part because my P3 experiences really reverberated in my mind reading this….either way this was my favorite review of the week because it took hold of me the most and gave the best descriptions of how everything works. Which might be the worst-written praise I've ever given. The last two weeks have been rough at work…ugh…

A more serious honorable mention goes to Fiddlesticks' review of Illblood. I loved the intro and, in general, how you described the zany, incomprehensible nature of the game. Although, I totally guessed the endgame "surprise" just from reading the review and Wiki said I was right! Still, a good look at something I'd never heard of.

So to celebrate your placements, listen to some old Obituary. I'd recommend Killing Time, as it gives you a couple minutes of good stoner heavy rhythm guitar before the unearthly screaming begins. While I like the unearthly screaming, I concede that not all of you are so…how do I say it…refined and sophisticated. Such a pity, as my old chum Rhapthorne would say between murders.

I'm not afraid to die because I am invincible
Viva la muerte, that's my goddamn principle

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Author: zippdementia
Posted: August 29, 2012 (11:15 AM)
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Yeah, that Catherine review was my favorite of the week, too, Holdthephone! You did an incredible job with that one. Best Catherine review I've read.

Thanks for the Mega Man mention, Rob! A lot of people have been telling me I'm insane for writing these as indepth as I do. I can't help it; I'm just having fun! Good to hear that I'm not the only one enjoying them.

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

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Author: bbbmoney
Posted: August 29, 2012 (05:22 PM)
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hell yeah i needed that ego injection, pass me those drugs OD.

Mobius 1, engage...

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