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Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles review (PSP)

Reviewed on October 28, 2007

Classic game compilations are an oddity. You plunk down cash for them while fondly remembering the “glory days” in which the included games were made, and often realize after ten minutes of play that your favorite games of yesteryear were garbage. Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is an exception. Composed of a 3D remake of the formerly Japan-only Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, the original PC-Engine version of Rondo of Blood, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
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Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem review (GBA)

Reviewed on October 28, 2007

Back on Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube two characters caused a large uproar in the video game community. Those two characters were from a popular series in Japan known as Fire Emblem. Fans wanted to know more about the two men Marth and Roy: Where did they come from? What is Fire Emblem? Why was it not released outside of Japan? Nintendo heard the cry and answered. The next Fire Emblem game and all to follow since its debut made their way outs...
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Totemball (Xbox 360)

Totemball review (X360)

Reviewed on October 27, 2007

The release of the Xbox Live Vision camera has opened up an avenue of opportunity for the Xbox 360. Games have taken advantage of the Vision by using face-in-game technology and allowing you to see real-time video streams of your opponents during gameplay. However, TotemBall, the first game that uses the camera exclusively to dictate gameplay, is a terrible showcase of what the Vision can do.
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Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s (PlayStation 2)

Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 27, 2007

The original Guitar Hero’s release in 2005 achieved mass commercial and critical success, almost single-handedly reviving the rhythm game genre. Although the companies behind the phenomenon, Harmonix and RedOctane, have now parted company, their last collaboration is now with us. Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s is a collection of thirty tracks from the decade; the song list is a bit hit-and-miss, but the real disappointment is the lack of value and lazy presentation.
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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All (DS)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Justice for All review (DS)

Reviewed on October 27, 2007

Although the Phoenix Wright series has been established in Japan for a good number of years as Gyakuten Saiban, it’s still relatively new to the Western world. 2005’s Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a hit in the US and Europe; the twisting murder plots and courtroom drama translated well from East to West. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Justice for All is very similar to its predecessor. The plotlines are well thought out and the characters well scripted, but it suffers severely from its short ...
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Virtua Tennis 3 (Xbox 360)

Virtua Tennis 3 review (X360)

Reviewed on October 27, 2007

Since the turn of the millennium the Virtua Tennis series has dominated the tennis scene. The past few years may have been a little quiet but Virtua Tennis is back with a bang on the Xbox 360. The game hasn’t changed a great deal since Virtua Tennis 2, but Sega has improved and refined the visual presentation by taking advantage of the Xbox 360’s capabilities.
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Super Paper Mario (Wii)

Super Paper Mario review (WII)

Reviewed on October 27, 2007

The latest instalment of the Paper Mario franchise captures a beauty similar to the paper-folding art of origami; a mixture of vibrant colours, abstract design, and mind-boggling use of 2D and 3D contributes to this, but don’t think Super Paper Mario is a one-trick pony. The side-scrolling action of the classic Mario games, combined with light RPG elements of the Paper Mario sub-franchise, complement each other marvellously.
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Final Fantasy III (DS)

Final Fantasy III review (DS)

Reviewed on October 26, 2007

Back on the Super Nintendo a wonderful game was released entitled Final Fantasy III, eventually we all learned that this in fact was not the real Final Fantasy III. They had taken what in Japan was Final Fantasy VI and made it into Final Fantasy III for the North American market, completely skipping over the original 8 bit wonder. Finally, after a long wait of over ten years us English speaking folk get the chance to play Final Fantasy III, legally. It i...
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SEGA Rally Revo (Xbox 360)

SEGA Rally Revo review (X360)

Reviewed on October 26, 2007

The first time I played Revo, it sucked. The controls were really sensitive, and the car just seemed to swing around all over the place whenever I would move just a little bit. I struggled for the entire race, and had to literally fight to make it towards the head of the pack. Amazingly, I managed to snag the first or second place position when reaching the finish line, but even then, I was still unsure about the game. I thought maybe it was just me experiencing the title for the first ti...
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Overlord (Xbox 360)

Overlord review (X360)

Reviewed on October 25, 2007

Have you ever dreamed of being an evil ruler with an army of underlings to do your bidding? For most of us, Overlord is as close as we can get to fulfill those twisted fantasies, and it generally does a pretty good job. At first glance, it appears as if Codemasters has created a straight-up adventure game, but the central focus on using your minion army to accomplish goals adds a strategic flavour to the game. This fusion results in an unusual and enjoyable style of gameplay, though it isn’t wit...
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BioShock (Xbox 360)

BioShock review (X360)

Reviewed on October 25, 2007

Have you ever dreamed of a place where morality and religion don’t exist? A place where the sole limit of science and industry is man’s imagination? Dream no more, friend; welcome to Rapture.
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Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy XII review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 25, 2007

The original Final Fantasy launched in December of 1987 in Japan, and was expected to be SquareSoft’s swan song. Twenty years and a merger later, Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy has become one of the most successful and inappropriately named franchises in gaming history. As the Playstation 2 enters its final months, Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XII is undoubtedly one of the biggest games at the tail-end of the PS2’s life. A significant switch in tone and game play provides the series with a breath of...
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Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii)

Rayman: Raving Rabbids review (WII)

Reviewed on October 23, 2007

As anyone not living under a rock knows: The Nintendo Wii has a lot of mini-game titles in its growing library. Some of these titles miss the point of success by a large margin, others however, are enjoyable games worth owning even if it is "yet another" mini-game collection. Rayman Raving Rabbids is one of these must owns.
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review (GCN)

Reviewed on October 21, 2007

“This game looks stupid. The Zelda series is ruined.”
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Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii)

Bleach: Shattered Blade review (WII)

Reviewed on October 18, 2007

Bleach. What a name. Upon hearing it, one might assume that this incredibly popular anime is about doing laundry. There have been stranger concepts, after all. There are no washing machines or fabric softener here. Bleach is all about three things: swords, souls, and kicking ass. It follows the saga of Ichigo, a student who accidentally acquired the abilities of the Grim Reaper. The rest of the series basically involves him traveling between his world and the Soul Society (aka the...
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review (DS)

Reviewed on October 18, 2007

Phantom Hourglass is a bore. It takes the same tired gameplay we’ve been seeing for 20 years and throws some touch-screen functionality on it. Does the touch screen add much to the game? Not really. For every way in which it helps the gameplay, it also hinders it. It’s the definition of gimmick. For all but the most die-hard Zelda fans, Phantom Hourglass will be a long, boring trial to keep yourself awake.
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Tales of Symphonia (GameCube)

Tales of Symphonia review (GCN)

Reviewed on October 14, 2007

When you hear the word GameCube what is the first thought that seeps into your brain? Nintendo franchises pummeling it out in Super Smash Brothers Melee? Probably. A demonic Spanish-speaking farmer advancing towards you, pitchfork in hand, straight from Resident Evil 4? Maybe that too. An RPG though? Never! This is quite true as the poor Cube, or even the ill-fated Nintendo 64, never saw many games from the genre. In a small handful of RPGs, maybe 40 to 50 tops, a few stood out as ...
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Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid: Zero Mission review (GBA)

Reviewed on October 14, 2007

Welcome to Planet Zebes. Population: exactly 800 words.
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review (DS)

Reviewed on October 13, 2007

You Nintendo bastards. You think you can take over the world with your touch screens and your motion-sensitive remotes? This battle against the conventions of gaming has raged on for years, and now look what you’ve done. You’ve dragged Zelda into this mess. Haven’t you reanimated enough familiar franchises as is? Can’t you give it a rest? You can do whatever you want to Kirby and Metroid, but not Zelda, man! LEAVE MY ZELDA ALONE!
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WarioWare: Touched! (DS)

WarioWare: Touched! review (DS)

Reviewed on October 13, 2007

Wario Ware: Touched! is fun depending on what type of person you are. If you enjoy funny, light-hearted stories, unrolling toilet paper, and using a peeing statue to stop a forest fire this is definitely for you. You will do everything in this game from cutting, poking, sliding, and even blowing all via the touch screen, save the latter.
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