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Author: Nightfire
Posted: June 18, 2017 (09:00 AM)
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Thank you again for the lighter week, friends, and sorry about the lateness of this article. This dragon is tired. I've been suffering through illness with my talons full of real life responsibilities, but I have still found the time to read your submissions nonetheless. The quality is high even if the quantity has diminished somewhat, and that's OK by me!

Honourable mentions go to Joe's excellent Mass Effect review and JedwardRandy's Mega Man review, the feedback of which is posted under each respective article. Joe would probably be on this list if not for that errant repeated screenshot. Yep, it was a tight week once again.

Now, onto the winners:

Third Place: Masters' Journey of Johann review (PC)

The tone and pacing of this article seemed to match the structure of the game itself; fast, frenetic, excited. Quite short, too. It kept moving and told us exactly what to expect from this game without outstaying its welcome. I dunno know how I feel about those bolded titles (italics would probably do), but that's a style thing and a small gripe at best. However, I guess I don't like an article that tells me I'm not good enough, because quite honestly I don't care. Again, perhaps this is a style thing; I'm not the type of gamer who cares about achievements, completion, or high scores, I'm just here to have fun. There are plenty of gamers out there who do though, and this article will serve them well enough.

Second Place: Jason's Castle of Shikigami review (PC)

Jason almost reached an EmP level of snark in this piece, which was fun to see. I have also played this game, albeit exactly once, and it made about as much sense to me at the time as it did to him. I enjoyed how he pulled apart the nonsensical and irrelevant story while staying even-handed about its gameplay and the quality of the port. A 3-star review made interesting is always worthy of getting bumped up in the rankings; in this case it almost made it to the top. It was a good read and technically flawless, accomplishing exactly what it set out to do, though the second half of the article was less interesting to read than the first half. Descriptions of mechanics can tend to be a little dry.

First Place: Philip Kendall's The Town of Light review (PS4)

Yet another interesting 3-star review, though in this case it was not made interesting by clever snark, but even-handed analysis of why it doesn't live up to its incredible potential. Mr. Kendall does a thorough job of elevating our expectations of this game, then letting us down softly by the end of the piece, which seems to mirror his experience with the game. He also tells us enough about the story to give us a good overview without spoiling too much. The piece just had a nice flow from end to end, keeping my interest throughout. Now I'm torn; I am somewhat interested to play it, yet hesitant because of his warnings...

Aaaand that's all for this week. I go now to hibernate.

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Author: honestgamer (Mod)
Posted: June 18, 2017 (12:40 PM)
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I hope your illness is behind you, or well on the way to such a state. Thanks for the topic, and congratulations to all who placed and participated!

"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: JedwardRandy
Posted: June 18, 2017 (01:31 PM)
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Thank you for mentioning my honour

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Author: JoeTheDestroyer (Mod)
Posted: June 19, 2017 (12:14 PM)
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Thank you for the honorable mention. Get some rest and feel better. My kid is down with something, too, and I fear that I shall soon be infected with its nastiness.

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

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