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Crysis 2 (PC)

Crysis 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on November 03, 2011

Crysis 2 brings the nanosuit experience to multiple platforms, but what does it lose along the way?
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Metroid: Other M (Wii)

Metroid: Other M review (WII)

Reviewed on November 02, 2011

That's the problem with Metroid: Other M. It's a game that clearly understands what makes a Metroid experience great, so every time it chooses not to use that knowledge I'm left scratching my head and asking "why?"
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Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (PSP)

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep review (PSP)

Reviewed on November 02, 2011

In all areas, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep is a nice break from the traditional RPG experience. The story is engaging, the combat is fast-paced and the gimmicks work. The biggest indicator of its success, though, is the fact that I was captivated throughout three playthroughs. Never once did I feel like I’d “been there and done that.” That alone is worth a recommendation.
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Fallout 3 (PlayStation 3)

Fallout 3 review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 02, 2011

More than two years after its release, Fallout 3 remains as flawed as it is fun.
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Deathsmiles (Xbox 360)

Deathsmiles review (X360)

Reviewed on October 30, 2011

Instead, you control underage goth girls with magical powers, tasked with stopping a demonic invasion on the verge of All-Hallows-Eve, ignited by a man obsessed with creating a portal back to the real world. Ye... it's not as creepy as it sounds.
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Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360)

Batman: Arkham City review (X360)

Reviewed on October 29, 2011

It reminded me of the first time I played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, not just because it’s awesome – though it certainly is – but for how thoroughly it explores the potential of its fictional, decades-old universe in the context of interactive entertainment. This is the definitive Batman game; if you were to take out the franchise-specific characters and settings and leave the design itself intact, it would still feel distinctly like a Batman game.
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Koudelka (PlayStation)

Koudelka review (PSX)

Reviewed on October 28, 2011

I can only guess that it was Koudelka's lack of polish that scared off the popular crowd, but its merits far outweigh its superficial flaws. Make no mistake, Koudelka is a stellar dark RPG with a great story, one that was sadly overlooked.
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Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (Turbografx-CD)

Akumajou Dracula X: Chi no Rondo review (TGCD)

Reviewed on October 27, 2011

Rondo of Blood prides itself on following Castlevania traditions while not relying on them solely. I could yammer on for ages about awesome level designs, great ominous scenery, and fantastic soundtrack packed with modern updates of memorable themes. However, you could attribute those qualities to any great Castlevania title. Rondo of Blood uses them in such a way that they serve as both tradition and homage.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (NES)

A Nightmare on Elm Street review (NES)

Reviewed on October 26, 2011

The Elm Street license, however, won't distract most gamers from noticing that this an unremarkable platformer. This is not to say it's unplayable. The mechanics, apart from entering buildings, are stable and functional; the platforming scenarios are passable; and the overall product is still far greater than many others that carry the LJN name.
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Ghoul School (NES)

Ghoul School review (NES)

Reviewed on October 24, 2011

If anything keeps Ghoul School from mediocrity, it's the kitschy touch. It's entering the music hall and battling a monstrous music instructor and his carnivorous music note sidekick. It's cheesy enemies like the Grease Monkeys, cap-wearing primates that chuck wrenches. Sadly, camp is not enough to elevate the experience to greatness. The act of tediously searching through mostly bland environments wears you down.
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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (NES)

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse review (NES)

Reviewed on October 23, 2011

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is consistently great from start to finish. Each level begins with malevolent surroundings and devious music for a chilling atmosphere. It sends you through a gauntlet of challenging scenarios and against horrific creatures, building for a grand conclusion in a fearsome clash. Castlevania III is a fitting finale to a memorable trilogy, and easily the apex of the three.
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Friday the 13th (NES)

Friday the 13th review (NES)

Reviewed on October 22, 2011

Horny pot-smoking counselors outrunning a masked maniac isn't enough to fill a side-scrolling action game, but it can definitely work for a cheesy film. There isn't enough there to inspire constant interactivity, and just running around and avoiding or killing Jason would be a dull task. However, padding out the finished product with broken ideas is less favorable than not bothering with the project.
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ICO (PlayStation 2)

ICO review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 20, 2011

Back in 2001 when Ico was first released there was scarcely anything quite like it. Perhaps, like many games of the past, it was over-praised for being something different where now it may seem aged – a feat of its time and little else. Now given a re-release and the HD treatment, Ico is perhaps just another example of a developer aiming to cash in on nostalgia. What is strange, however, is that Ico in 2011 is grabbing players in the same way it did 10 years ago, players who are entering its cas...
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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (Xbox 360)

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon review (X360)

Reviewed on October 16, 2011

Then there's the payoff: an up close, incredibly detailed look at the destruction that never gets tiresome. Smoke engulfs metal, wings break off, and you'll sometimes actually see the pilot flail uncontrollably out their aircraft! I excitably let loose an explicit the first time I witnessed that.
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Silent Hill (PlayStation)

Silent Hill review (PSX)

Reviewed on October 14, 2011

But when a well made horror game beckons you to advance further, dread replaces your enthusiasm. You wonder at what traps could be waiting, or what new grotesque menace could be lurking in the shadows waiting to unzip your torso and feast on your corpse. You advance further, counting your ammunition and health restoration items and hoping it will be enough.
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PlayStation 3)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 10, 2011

You are Adam Jensen, a retired police-man now in the employ of Detroit's largest corporation. Your previous effort in Detroit PD has enlightened you to the ways of the world. But also letting you see that as head of security of Sarif Industries, you are more free to help the town and investigate crimes than as a police-officer. Your method is still that of a good cop, however. Always preferring a non-violent and indirect approach. But it is difficult to convince Adam Jensen to look the other way...
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Under the Skin (PlayStation 2)

Under the Skin review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 09, 2011

There's even a Resident Evil 3-themed level, including zombies, a hulked-out Nemesis, and Jill Valentine, the latter which you can transform into and... yes, see in her undies.
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Cursed Mountain (Wii)

Cursed Mountain review (WII)

Reviewed on October 08, 2011

While Cursed Mountain provides thick atmosphere, tightly designed levels, and an adequate battle system, it skimps on the aspects a horror title should contain: challenge and scare factor. Without challenge there's nothing to fear.
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution review (PC)

Reviewed on October 04, 2011

Eidos Montreal deftly updated the game to give it more modern sensibilities while retaining the core of what captivated us with the original. I'd even go as far as arguing that this is the very best entry in the series and closest to the original vision of what the game could be, though some may disagree.
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Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest review (NES)

Reviewed on October 04, 2011

It's almost beautiful how the old mechanics and concepts can be adapted into a different style of game, one that looks brilliant at first glance and feels adventurous and exciting. It all seems so picture perfect that when it finally goes wrong you can't help but shed a few bloody tears of your own.
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