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Author: overdrive (Mod)
Posted: October 26, 2008 (12:46 PM)
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Here we go with another RotW from your favorite reviewing icon who has covered both Swordquest: Fireworld and Zero Tolerance over the years. Yep, no one else can say that! So, now, let's have a moment of awed silence to honor me.


Alrighty, now on to you guys. Usual rules apply. Which are BLAHBLAHBLAH this and that and something or other about that one thing. Also, for some good ol' fashioned 80s power metal, listen to Twilight of the Gods by Helloween.

THIRD PLACE: Video Life (Atari 2600) by Felix_Arabia

This was a fun, quirky little review. Like with a lot of blah old Atari games, it's more fun and, oftentimes, a better read when one focuses on the utter weirdness that seems to circle around these titles. Which you do here with a sort of whimsical tone that made this an enjoyable review to read. I loved the "Maybe one could be in your possession. Wouldn't that be nice?" line. Sadly one is not in my possession.... And putting a good amount of the focus on its rarity and why it's rare was a nice touch, letting readers know that just because there isn't much to this game doesn't mean it's pure throwaway drek.....but actually a pretty valuable little piece of drek.

SECOND PLACE: Grand Theft Auto IV (PlayStation 3) by zippdementia

You put up a ton of reviews this week, most of which I found entertaining. I think I liked this the best because a lot of it mirrors just how I felt about San Andreas. While I gave that game a 10 for various reasons, mainly the vast game world and all the stuff you could do, there were a lot of things I didn't find all that entertaining. Like the arcade games, playing pool, etc. And you mentioned how all those sorts of diversions are in this game, but if you want to do them, you can find far better games featuring them. And on top of that, you did a good job explaining how this game takes things away from the Auto, focusing more on you doing missions with the cars only being used for transport. Very effective review. While I haven't played GTA IV, I still found myself nodding my head in complete understanding of what you were trying to say.

OVERDRIVE PLACE (aka: the winner): Fable (XBox) by Suskie

I'd actually complimented this review earlier this week because it did something very good. While it might not have gone into great detail on every aspect of this game, it did give an in-depth shredding of its ballyhooed "good or evil" aspect where your actions would affect how people acted towards you and so forth. Here, you get to find out all this stuff is cosmetic and meaningless.....and screwed up to the degree that simply killing monsters that just attacked you gives you points toward being good.....meaning that to maintain "evil" status, you have to do a lot of time-consuming "busywork" and go out of your way to kill humans and do other evil deeds. I really liked this review because it focused on one very important aspect of the game and completely exposed it as a letdown, making for a very strong effort.

Farewell for now, my subjects! There's beers to be drank in my immediate future.....or I'll be wicked pissed!

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

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Author: Felix_Arabia
Posted: October 26, 2008 (02:30 PM)
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Thanks for the mention, Rob. And congrats to Suskie for the win. I haven't read Zipp's GTAIV review, but I really enjoyed his Linger in Shadows one.

I don't have to boost my review resume because I have a real resume.

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Author: pickhut
Posted: October 26, 2008 (02:33 PM)
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Congrats to the winners! Though, of the three, I only read felix's review so far.

I head spaceshit noises.

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