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Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
Posted: January 01, 2014 (01:23 AM)
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Here we are in the new year, reading an old Review of the Week.

I thought this would be a quick and easy topic because there were only a few games. It tuned out to be the hardest I've ever judged, because all of the games presented didn't offer the best material for the circumstances. Don't get me wrong; I'm not saying this week's offerings were terrible--quite the opposite, actually. What I am saying is that it's difficult to judge reviews of games that are 1) mediocre, 2) puzzle games, 3) rhythm games, or 4) modernized ports. All this week needed was a compilation. Regardless, I think I've figured out which reviews walk away with bronze, silver, and gold this week.

Peggle 2 - Xbox One - honestgamer

This isn't the most interesting review you've written, but it's far from completely dull. It reads very fluidly, is graciously detailed, and doesn't feel overly dry or technical. I also loved the closing lines:

"It probably should be noted, though, that it’s best to steer clear if you have it in for rainbows, unicorns and chirping birds. There are a lot of them here, and they might just drive you insane…"

Montague's Mount - PC - EmP

The great thing about this review is that it has the EmP touch, and it's quite an engaging read. I love your descriptions regarding the game's "anti-beauty" especially. Also, your argument about backtracking is pretty solid. The only damning thing here is your uncertainty about how you feel. It's kind of a vague stance, but at the same time I know what you mean. That's how I felt about BEEP! and a handful of other obscure games I've played.

3D Space Harrier - 3DS - Roto13

What was it about this review that did it for me? You mentioned everything any fan of Space Harrier (i.e. me) would want to hear about a 3DS port. Seriously, I was trying not to spend money on any 3D Sega games--regardless of how badly I wanted some of them--and you've made a very solid case for why I should buy this one by detailing its drool-worthy features. I mean, after reading this, I kind of envisioned you saying:

"So, Joe, are you still thinking of putting this one off?"

"Uh well-"

"Then you're stupid, and my review proves that."

It's also a very lean, efficient review, and a quick and enjoyable read. Great work!


One thing I should point out in Roto's Super Hang-on review:

"While 3D Super Out-Run doesn't go so far as offering..."

That threw me off when I was reading.

The only thing my milkshake brings to the yard is a subpoena.

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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: January 01, 2014 (02:49 AM)
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Thanks for the kind words! I've reviewed hundreds of games, and I've discovered an inescapable truth: there is absolutely no genre that is more difficult to review than the puzzle genre. The fact that you weren't bored out of your gourd tells me I did a fantastic job. :-D

Congrats to my worthy competition, and especially Rhody with his win!

"Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy on reality

"What if everything you see is more than what you see--the person next to you is a warrior and the space that appears empty is a secret door to another world? What if something appears that shouldn't? You either dismiss it, or you accept that there is much more to the world than you think. Perhaps it really is a doorway, and if you choose to go inside, you'll find many unexpected things." - Shigeru Miyamoto on secret doors to another world

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Author: EmP (Mod)
Posted: January 01, 2014 (05:55 AM)
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Thanks for that, Joe. I'd loved to have been more certain on how I felt about Montague's Mount, but that unfortunate would have meant being more certain on how I felt about Montague's Mount. Which I wasn't. It's a pickle.

Congrats to Jason for coming out of a tricky review well, and to Roto for doing a very solid job working through all of SEGA's re-releases.

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