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X-Men: The Arcade Game (Xbox 360)

X-Men: The Arcade Game review (X360)

Reviewed on December 23, 2010

X-Men: The Arcade Game could not possibly be a more dated game, one that has no hope of satisfying the modern gaming expectations that have evolved in the eighteen years since its original release. How could it when it’s little more than a humble beat ‘em up? This is a genre that modern video game journalists insist on patronising with phrases that have become all too familiar: repetitive, nostalgic, archaic, antiquated, retro, simple, “old school”. If you’re lucky they might throw in “fu...
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Ghost in the Shell (PlayStation)

Ghost in the Shell review (PSX)

Reviewed on December 22, 2010

I'm not a fan of the franchise, with the only real exposure being the egocentric TV series and the last minutes of the first film, but I always thought it would make for some good video game action, especially with its futuristic, cyborg-infested setting. The PlayStation title, in particular, has aroused my interest for the longest time, ever since I saw images for it in GameFAN; mainly, the concept of driving in Fuchikomas, spider-like tanks that can scale walls and ceilings, is what sold me th...
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In the Hunt (Arcade)

In the Hunt review (ARC)

Reviewed on December 16, 2010

Even though you successfully blast the first few enemies out of the water and dodge their attacks, you still notice two things off the bat. One is that you move somewhat slowly. Understandable, what with being underwater and all. The other is that you cannot hold the fire button down to rapid fire, but must repeatedly press the button.
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Dracula (Commodore 64)

Dracula review (C64)

Reviewed on December 10, 2010

Dracula is an exciting, garish and highly confounding 95% text adventure which was released for the Commodore 64 by CRL in 1986. It was the first of a series of similarly themed horror adventures by Rod Pike (and later, other authors) including Frankenstein and The Wolfman. Dracula broadly follows the events of Bram Stoker's novel and remains highly regarded in C64 circles to this day for a multitude of reasons, sensationalism amongst them. The non-text 5% of the game consis...
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MadWorld (Wii)

MadWorld review (WII)

Reviewed on December 08, 2010

Our man Jack isn't just dismembering for the hell of it. He's a man on a mission, sent to an isolated island where a bloody sport is being held. The citizens of the island have all become contestants of Death Watch, a game in which contestants kill one another for a crack at the championship. Jack poses as a contestant at first, but over time we see what he's really after. More is revealed that thickens the plot and gives the game that much more depth and style. It's refreshing to play and over-...
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Powerpuff Girls: Battle Him (Game Boy Color)

Powerpuff Girls: Battle Him review (GBC)

Reviewed on December 04, 2010

Most savvy gamers will know by looking at Powerpuff Girls: Battle Him what the game entails: tedious gameplay, dry combat, incessant collecting, and a lackluster fun factor. It's not bias that causes this, but experience. Many of us have played too many awful license titles for handheld systems, and know a bad purchase when we see one. It should be no surprise that combining all aforementioned factors nets you one shallow game.
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WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Wii)

WarioWare: Smooth Moves review (WII)

Reviewed on December 04, 2010

Some time during the evening it strikes me that - at least when seen through the foam in the bottom of the glass - Smooth Moves is a brilliant game. It is also a brilliant production, in terms of economical and efficient development - the simplistic graphics and the somewhat cheap meting out of new mini-games makes that much obvious. But the game is also directed and paced well quite often, so it is difficult not to complement the developers for making a good motion-based game. Even if they, too...
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Deep Blue (TurboGrafx-16)

Deep Blue review (TG16)

Reviewed on December 01, 2010

Deep Blue? How about DEEP SHIT!
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Custer's Revenge (Atari 2600)

Custer's Revenge review (A2600)

Reviewed on December 01, 2010

It's not just that this game is boring to play, but it's a complete waste of time. Custer's Revenge is worth taking a peek if only to have your curiosity satisfied. That's about it.
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Sonic Colors (Wii)

Sonic Colors review (WII)

Reviewed on December 01, 2010

The Sonic series has been a mess since Sonic Adventure was released over a decade ago. Now, I don't blame Sonic Team for trying something different in their first, real attempt to bring the series into 3D, however, at the same time, this risk created an identity crisis for the franchise. In nearly every game, there was usually more of something else than what made the Sonic series "Sonic": fishing with a big cat, beating up monsters with a Ristar-wannabe, searching for random emeralds with a con...
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Killzone 2 (PlayStation 3)

Killzone 2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 30, 2010

Here’s a funny thing that happened when I rented Killzone 2 a year ago. I picked the game up early one Saturday afternoon and was finished with its campaign before I went to bed. The next day, I had friends over. We were looking for a decent multiplayer game to kill some time and my roommate’s LittleBigPlanet disc wasn’t working, so hey, Killzone 2! We popped the game into the console and were then dismayed to learn that Killzone 2 doesn’t have local multiplayer. Well...
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London Blitz (Atari 2600)

London Blitz review (A2600)

Reviewed on November 29, 2010

Most games have you taking lives, but how many games have you saving them? London Blitz (LB) thrusts you onto the streets of WWII era London to disarm bombs before they can take lives or cause any major property damage. The more bombs you disarm, the higher a rank you become. Wait too long and bombs go off. This spells a demotion for you. Be careful because if a bomb goes off while you're working on it... Well, it won't tickle.
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The Legend of Kage (NES)

The Legend of Kage review (NES)

Reviewed on November 27, 2010

Turning on the NES that day cleared the room. The instant the grating music kicked in and that faceless woman in a red kimono strutted across the screen and was carried away by a ninja, my brother left the room. He said something about his ears and broken glass, but I didn't catch the whole thing. I was too entranced in Legend of Kage. It wasn't that the game was so enjoyable that it took me away and thrust me into that state of euphoria commonly associated with Contra or Super Mario Bros. 3...
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Contra: Legacy of War (PlayStation)

Contra: Legacy of War review (PSX)

Reviewed on November 18, 2010

Hard Corps is the best and most badass Contra game of the 90s, there's no debate here; it was the apex of its franchise's "original run", incorporating the best of its trademark mechanics and fine-tuning them to a T. Of course, when it came time to make the follow-up, you'd think Konami would have used the same, in-house development team. Instead, they went to an outside studio, Appaloosa Interactive. And boy, they certainly created a legacy... I'll get straight to the point: This game is garbag...
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Silent Assault (NES)

Silent Assault review (NES)

Reviewed on November 18, 2010

Of all the games someone could possibly clone, why Rush'n Attack? The game is already considered by some to be an offshoot of Contra, and it's not a particularly classic game, yet Sachen developed a pretty raw unlicensed title for the NES called Silent Assault that borrows many elements of both games. The title is fitting, as few people know of its existence. The development feels reckless and almost untested, and the graphics, sounds, and all around planning felt very scraped together. It's th...
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Fable III (Xbox 360)

Fable III review (X360)

Reviewed on November 18, 2010

An entry that attempts to make many radical changes to the franchise's direction, Fable III more often than not disappoints rather than achieves whatever goals the developers had in mind. In an effort to make the experience more streamlined and faster, the creator's took out almost everything that made the original games fun, instead making a game that feels clunky and underdeveloped. Fable III is maddeningly inconsistent game that will frustrate both fans and newcomers.
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Clash At Demonhead (NES)

Clash At Demonhead review (NES)

Reviewed on November 16, 2010

Clash at Demonhead is a wild ride, featuring shades of run 'n gun games like Contra and adventure games like Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest. 40+ interconnected "routes" make up the game. It does not flow in a linear pattern. Instead, completing a route will give you access to a few other connected routes, which in turn give you access to other routes. Like Simon's Quest, the object is not simply to complete every level, but to search and discover until you reach the end of the game.
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Super Meat Boy (Xbox 360)

Super Meat Boy review (X360)

Reviewed on November 15, 2010

The titular hero – a cube of meat that tracks blood everywhere he treads – is in love with Bandage Girl. Unfortunately, the dastardly Dr Fetus hates Meat Boy and kidnaps her. This marks the beginning of Meat Boy’s perilous quest to rescue his love and defeat the unborn baddie.
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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (Apple II)

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny review (APP2)

Reviewed on November 15, 2010

Sequels usually promise a bigger world, more spells, more detailed combat, and so forth, but when it comes to the previous game's narrative faults, they don't say much. Ultima V (U5) isn't just shinier; it makes a complaint about its predecessor the focus of the plot. Many people thought U4 micromanaged how the player gained and kept virtue. So the villain in U5 is a quasi-theocratic dictator, Blackthorn, who has deposed Lord British since U4 with the help of nebulous spirits called the S...
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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (Apple II)

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar review (APP2)

Reviewed on November 14, 2010

Before Ultima IV (U4,) people took being the good guy on faith. Maybe you'd get your butt kicked if you robbed a shopkeeper or attacked a townsman, but generally it was you against skeletons and goblins and the like. It was great fun, but Ultima III took things too far. The best strategy was to kill druids in one town until you were strong enough to kill guards in another town with a huge treasure vault. Then you could go kill a computer. Technically, the game was a strong achievement, and it so...
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