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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: March 14, 2013 (12:40 PM)
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Another RotW, which I will complete as quickly as possible in order to get to watching college basketball obsessively for the next few days. So, here you go.



THIRD PLACE: A Boy and His Blob (NES) by Roto13

I liked this one the most out of your reviews. Then again, this was the game amongst them that probably lended itself to a review of over 200 words the best of the three, which may have played a factor in that. Or just the fact that as a diehard retro guy, I really could feel what you were saying when talking about the "being completely lost" part of things where you might wind up way over your head because you went to the final area without doing any of the getting money thing early on…just out of ignorance. I've been there so many times. The overall style of this one was nice, as it just sort of explained what playing this game was like from the beginning, mentioning its failings, but noting how it could be entertaining from the perspective of finding out what beans do and exploring the world to see what you can do. It worked for me!

SECOND PLACE: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS) by Whelk

Due to never owning the proper system, I've never played one of these games, although they seem to be up my alley. This review just cements all the goodness in a pretty easy-to-read fashion. You do a good job of explaining the fundamentals of the game and how things work as far as getting loot and making maps. The vast class system customization sounds really interesting. Also, I like the description of the FOE battles. Especially the part where you mention they can attack you while you're fighting a regular battle -- the sort of thing that adds an extra layer of tension that many of this sort of game doesn't have. Real good stuff.

FIRST PLACE: Battletoads (NES) by honestgamer

Since my Romancing Saga 3 review is ineligible, I guess I'll *sigh* give you the win. This is probably as good of a review of Battletoads as I've read. You focus on the infamous third stage, but do a good job of introducing what lies before and what (very few) people have seen afterwards. With a certain element of fairness that can wind up missing when talking about a game that's considered infamously difficult. Just a really good review of a game that probably would have been an all-time classic if a bit more balanced and fun. Weird how the retro days were: create a cartoonish, comic-book game and make it so difficult that only die hard gamers could appreciate it fully.



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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: March 14, 2013 (01:40 PM)
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Suh-WEET! Thanks for the win. I'm glad people seem to have enjoyed my Battletoads review, which honestly I just wrote on a whim because I realized I know the game inside out but haven't actually reviewed it (and remarkably, neither had anyone else on site staff). Congrats to the others who placed, as well. It was a strong week for reviews!


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