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Scribblenauts (DS)

Scribblenauts review (DS)

Reviewed on September 14, 2009

There’s a cat stuck on the roof. It’s been there for hours, yowling its lungs out. It’s almost as annoying as its owner, a young girl who’s too lazy to get it herself. That’s why Maxwell is here; he‘s a problem solver, and it‘s your job to supply him with whatever he needs. It’s not really a question of if you’ll get little thing down, but how. You could always get a ladder and end it quickly. Perhaps you could tempt it down with some catnip. Or a mouse, for that matter. They’re obvious, ...
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Defense Grid: The Awakening (Xbox 360)

Defense Grid: The Awakening review (X360)

Reviewed on September 13, 2009

The Defense Grid allows the player to create defensive structures called towers that come in several types. You’ll start off with the basic, cost effective gun turrets and area-of-effect flamethrower towers. Different types of towers become available as you progress through the game’s 20 distinct levels, and are usually necessary for successfully fending off alien hordes.
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Final Fantasy V Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Final Fantasy V Advance review (GBA)

Reviewed on September 13, 2009

You might say it's the black-sheep of the SNES Final Fantasy games; sandwiched between two notably story-driven entries, Final Fantasy V doesn't have a memorable lead akin to Cecil of IV or Terra of VI. Furthermore, you'll accumulate only four constant party members, a paltry figure compared to the twelve and fourteen of the aforementioned games. Modest in comparison, but it doesn't stifle this whimsical tale of world-saving adventuring.
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Fate/stay night (PC)

Fate/stay night review (PC)

Reviewed on September 12, 2009

I am the bone of my sword.
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The Beatles: Rock Band (Xbox 360)

The Beatles: Rock Band review (X360)

Reviewed on September 12, 2009

People will no doubt complain about omissions, but the songs on the set list are the ones that best suit Harmonix’s vision for The Beatles: Rock Band. Not only do the forty five tracks capture the band at various stages of their career, but they also serve as a reminder of how special The Beatles were as a group, with entertaining and varied note charts for each instrument. The Beatles: Rock Band is not really about being a guitar hero or a drumming virtuoso because The Beatles weren’t guitar heroes or drumming virtuosos.
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Defense Grid: The Awakening (Xbox 360)

Defense Grid: The Awakening review (X360)

Reviewed on September 11, 2009

OPENING SHOT: This is a tower defense game for Xbox Live Arcade where aliens have come back to the planet and you fight them off alongside the computer AI that waxes romantic about...raspberries. Yes, raspberries. Apparently the AI loves him some raspberries, and will tell you all about it as the game progresses. Putting that aside for the moment, the computer AI has 24 "cores" which it relies on to stay powered up. You place different types of turrets in the way of the aliens to take them ...
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Hearts of Iron III (PC)

Hearts of Iron III review (PC)

Reviewed on September 11, 2009

A Grand Strategy game, for those readers who have no idea what it is, is a game that simulates everything. Gameplay is conducted at the national level, in contrast to more a conventional game like Company of Heroes which takes place at the battalion level. Rather than commanding soldiers and vehicles on the battlefield, the player has at his disposal the resources and manpower of an entire nation.
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A Mind Forever Voyaging (Apple II)

A Mind Forever Voyaging review (APP2)

Reviewed on September 11, 2009

I don't believe A Mind Forever Voyaging is more profound than the emotionally apolitical Trinity or even the wildly clever Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it's another successful text-adventure experiment from Infocom. It features you as PRISM aka Perry Simm, a computer built to simulate human experience in the future. It is another example of an Infocom game doing what a book would like to do but cannot, and here it creates an interactive dystopia with social comment...
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Mytran Wars (PSP)

Mytran Wars review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 11, 2009

I’m not against the concept of a tactical mech game. In fact, I’m a big fan of the concept. Mixing the joys of customizable characters with the fun and elongated strategy of a table-top tactical setting... what’s there not to love? But Mytran Wars is such a game in appearance only. The tactics of the war zone are boiled down to the guiding principles of a gang rape and the high cost of mech customization makes you have to repeat the same missions over and over again to collect EXP.
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box review (DS)

Reviewed on September 10, 2009

Since the best puzzles are only interesting when you're engaged in solving them yourself, it's almost doing the game a disservice to rave about their simplistic excellence. A description like "skate across a pond while bumping against barriers" doesn't sound like much on paper, for instance, but actually doing it gets a person thinking. Likewise, talking about calculating distance between folds in a slip of paper or guessing the value of components within a set of weights could leave a person yawning... yet it's a great deal of fun when you're actually playing the game.
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System Shock 2 (PC)

System Shock 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on September 10, 2009

There’s an interesting theory that I learned about in sociology called «flock theory». Basically, if a high enough number of people report to an individual that Pearl Harbour is a masterpiece of cinematic history, even the most sane of individuals will eventually condemn common sense and hail Michael Bay as the new Orson Welles.
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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon review (GBA)

Reviewed on September 10, 2009

You’re walking through a dark hallway. The antiquated stones look grim, its damp, and you’ve only got a whip at hand. The only form of light is from the small candles and the large moon gleaming outside, and there’s bats everywhere. Take a few steps and the pillars begin to animate. A few more and a mummy or skeleton will as well, and at the end of the corridor it turns out you can only go up. The castle master Count Dracula, has been unsealed by Camilla, and yourself, Morris (a veteran Vampire ...
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Crazy Taxi (Dreamcast)

Crazy Taxi review (DC)

Reviewed on September 09, 2009

I still remember when this game first appeared at the arcade I used to go to, and just watch people play it. They understood the concept, where they had to pick up customers and drop them off at their destinations before time ran out, which, considering the game's title had the word Taxi in it, wasn't hard to grasp. However, when the game finally started, I would watch in amazement as they just drove causally while picking up customers and dropping them off. Obviously, they didn't last long, but...
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Shorts (DS)

Shorts review (DS)

Reviewed on September 08, 2009

It's the jumps that make the game; they're spaced so you'll barely make it. The character will only just grab onto and dangle from the edge of the next platform.
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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 you’ll 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.
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Champions Online (PC)

Champions Online review (PC)

Reviewed on September 07, 2009

A while back I previewed Champions Online. At the time I was optimistic about the full version and now I'm not disappointed in the slightest. The completed build of CO is everything I hoped for and more but I don't feel its fair to brandish it as a 'WoW killer' at this early stage. However, the game does provide a tonne of unique traits that should ensure its future survival - even on today's cut-throat MMO market.
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East India Company (PC)

East India Company review (PC)

Reviewed on September 07, 2009

It frequently surprises me just how broad the range of concepts are that get made into full fledged games now, especially on the PC. It probably shouldn't anymore, but if I was asked, I would probably list concepts for new games for several hours before getting to 'realistic simulation of the Indian spice trade in 17th century Europe'. And yet none of my ideas are being made and here's a realistic simulation of the Indian spice trade right in front of me.
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Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)

Tales of Vesperia review (X360)

Reviewed on September 06, 2009

A Tales game is easily identifiable by its fast-paced, action driven battle system, a complex fantasy story, and a lovable cast of characters. Those who might criticise Tales of Vesperia for being too similar to previous games in the series, such as Symphonia, are missing the point. Why change what isn’t broken? Tales of Vesperia is such a perfect balance of battles and character driven story telling, that you shouldn’t care if you’ve played this type of game before, ...
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Shadow Complex (Xbox 360)

Shadow Complex review (X360)

Reviewed on September 06, 2009

When you're not battling some metallic behemoth—most of the time, then—you're usually trying to get some gear that will allow you to survive the next brawl. That means seeking out weaponry wherever you can find it, whether that be at the far end of a furnace vent or in a small cranny on the opposite side of an underwater passage. There are plenty of goodies to collect if you're just patient enough to go through the same areas a few times as new supplies increase the distance you can jump, the speed with which you move and the explosive power of your sub-weapons. If you make sure to grab everything (or even if you don't), you shouldn't have any sort of trouble reaching the end of the adventure in one piece.
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Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It (Apple II)

Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It review (APP2)

Reviewed on September 06, 2009

Graphics would probably have ruined Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It--it's a pure text adventure which relies on puns and figures of speech. Though it's text-focused, it feels more like a fun quiz than a real text adventure. The plot is, nominally, about rescuing a city named Punster from out-of-control words. Still, I would bet Nord was really an excuse to serve up clever word play that didn't quite fit in other games. If that's true, it was a good one.
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