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Lunar: Dragon Song (DS)

Lunar: Dragon Song review (DS)

Reviewed on December 27, 2009

Without any real depth to the characters aside from the obligatory teenage spunkiness and sugary-sweet sense of justice in their battle for racial tolerance, and their efforts to prove themselves worthy, just about everything that the Lunar franchise had been previously built upon has been thrown to the side to make room for ideas that I can only assume Game Arts discovered while rooting around in other developerís trash for discarded gimmicks they knew would never work.
QuickSpot (DS)

QuickSpot review (DS)

Reviewed on November 25, 2009

Nice try, Hideo. But your attempt to dampen my courageous heart will be foiled.
Underwater Attack (DS)

Underwater Attack review (DS)

Reviewed on November 20, 2009

As is usually the case when taking down entire world-conquering governments, the task falls to a single person piloting a prototype fighter whoís expected to defeat a globe-spanning military without a sniff of support. Underwater AttackĎs big gimmick is that, instead of the solitary fighter craft taking to the skies, you instead pilot a lonely submarine through the surprisingly un-murky depths. A submarine shaped like a cartoon shark.
7 Wonders II (DS)

7 Wonders II review (DS)

Reviewed on November 14, 2009

Thereís enough going on to ensure that 7 Wonders 2 is more than just another gem-matching puzzle game, but it doesnít really build upon its unique traits enough to truly distinguish itself from the crowded masses. Thereís enough going on to drive you through the entire game, but, once this is done, thereís little to drive you back again.
Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden (PC)

Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden review (PC)

Reviewed on October 24, 2009

Thereís not many locations you can squeeze into two hours, so theyíve all been gussied up accordingly. Itís only when the slightly subtle motifs of beating back darkness with your light are replaced by silver-tongued snakes and comments about how disaster befell the last woman to eat an apple in the Garden of Eden that you start forgetting itís meant to be a game and start to wonder when youíre going to be told that when the Rapture comes, youíre going to be the first to die.
Zeno Clash (PC)

Zeno Clash review (PC)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

In a lot of ways, it feels like an evolved Double Dragon comfortably shoehorned into the first perspective then bottle fed LSD by the gallon.
CustomPlay Golf 2010  (PC)

CustomPlay Golf 2010 review (PC)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

Itís by no means perfect, but by catering to the ground planners at home and making their efforts freely available, it offers something commendable and, perhaps more importantly, recommendable.
Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger (Xbox 360)

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger review (X360)

Reviewed on October 19, 2009

Itís a shame in many ways, because the idea the entire game heavily relies upon is so simplistically brilliant that Iíve no idea how no oneís made a killer video game from it before. Imagine your average RTS, then imagine that, instead of watching your controllable troops duke it out in static battles via a camera fitted high up in the sky, you could instead jump into their very heads and take the fight on yourself. Thatís the big idea behind Atomic Motionís new multi-talented squad based shooter but, unfortunately, all the brave idea has given rise to is the ability to drop the ball on two separate fronts.
Risen (Xbox 360)

Risen review (X360)

Reviewed on October 06, 2009

Thereís moments in Risen that can quite take you by surprise. Moments where you find yourself regarding the virtual world as a living, breathing entity. That alone is worth some measure of admiration.
Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes (Xbox)

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes review (XBX)

Reviewed on September 26, 2009

Play this with a friend, or donít play it at all. Just donít be too surprised if youíre no longer friends come endgame.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360)

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey review (X360)

Reviewed on September 08, 2009

Regardless of how chaotic the on-screen action is, the game never shows any sign of struggling. From the fully working instruments that track every aspect of your journey should you select to view your flight inside the cockpit to the outrageous details ploughed into the landscapes youíll scream over to even the ridiculous numbers of targets and allies clogging up the skies, the approached little touches club together to create an immaculate and clearly laboured after setting.
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut (DS)

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut review (DS)

Reviewed on August 30, 2009

Itís all in Directorís Cut. But so are those trade offs.
Metal Slug 7 (DS)

Metal Slug 7 review (DS)

Reviewed on July 16, 2009

Not the handheld trainwreck you might have been expecting.
Cocoto Platform Jumper (Wii)

Cocoto Platform Jumper review (WII)

Reviewed on July 13, 2009

Platform Jumper looks like Rayman, plays like a lethargic Sonic and lifts the arcing attacks/temporary platforms from Rainbow Island. Notably, in aping games of actual worth, it manages to hobble together a Frankensteinís monster of a title that actually works.
FIFA Soccer 09 (Xbox 360)

FIFA Soccer 09 review (X360)

Reviewed on July 06, 2009

For me, FIFA '09 is a multiplayer game. One so aggressively combative it's become a potential friendship breaker.
Crazy Machines 2 Complete (PC)

Crazy Machines 2 Complete review (PC)

Reviewed on July 01, 2009

Itís an interest thing, really. If the idea of gizmos and pulleys and gears has you grinning like a loon, or even if you want to tread a puzzle path not often explored, then this is a great package to pick up.
Junior Classic Games (DS)

Junior Classic Games review (DS)

Reviewed on June 21, 2009

Split into six differing categories, each of the thirty mini games is bright, colourful and wrapped around a strong animal motif thatís not overly complicated nor tinged with the disappointing ďyouíre doing your homework for fun!Ē aftertaste so many of the more traditional brain-trainers feel obliged to wallow in.
Mystery Stories (DS)

Mystery Stories review (DS)

Reviewed on June 20, 2009

Mystery Storiesí biggest problem is how it seems to want you to believe itís something more than a game that presents you with a cluttered room then asks you to point out semi-hidden items with your stylus because, as far as games of this ilk go, this title is a competent and sometimes enjoyable take.
Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou (Genesis)

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 14, 2009

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou is a war of attrition; progression in the game is dependant on what simply breaks first. The gameís surreal presentation or your will to continue onward.
PDC World Championship Darts 2009 (Wii)

PDC World Championship Darts 2009 review (WII)

Reviewed on June 06, 2009

2009 has made some big steps up from its previous version, but that everything about the game is so budget that it hardly looks any different from the initial outing made two years ago on the PS2 isnít something that makes it an easy recommendation.

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