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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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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 05, 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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Half-Life 2 (PC)

Half-Life 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on September 05, 2009

The decrepit city of Ravenholm is home to many a fell beast. No longer are headcrabs and zombies your typical foe. There are far worse breeds. A hiss and a screech announce the arrival of the infamous venom crab as it launches at your face. A flash of sickly green obscures your vision and you’re suddenly inches from death. Muscles tense, heart pounding, you pray that there aren’t any other monsters crawling around because if there are, you know your chances of survival are slim.
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Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed (PC)

Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed review (PC)

Reviewed on September 01, 2009

"Buck Rogers: Matrix Cubed" is the sequel to "Countdown to Doomsday", but it doesn't really feel that way: it feels a lot more like an expansion pack than as a new game. Admittedly, it's an expansion far bigger than the original game, but the point is simple: you pretty much need to have experienced the first game in order to savor all of the spicy old-school epicness oozing forth from this title.
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Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection (Xbox 360)

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection review (X360)

Reviewed on August 29, 2009

The first objective of any video game to players is to entertain, to give them the sense of enjoyment and satisfaction. However, I rarely get that sensation whenever I dive into a retro compilation. I have this theory that most developers release these compilations more for archival purposes, as a way to remind people what they churned out in the past. I say this because a lot of the collections I've played have a list of games with varying degrees of quality. I know it's going to be impossible ...
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X-Men (Arcade)

X-Men review (ARC)

Reviewed on August 29, 2009

“X-Men: The Arcade Game” is a downright depressing and stupid experience. It is based on the comic books published by Marvel Comics, which were originated by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in the early ‘60s. Although released in 1992, this coin-op seems to drawn more upon the 1980s wave of X-Men comics, judging by the team’s dated (at the time) costumes. It features the heroes Cyclops, Wolverine, Dazzler, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and Storm. The only novel aspect of the game was that some arcades had it ...
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Wasteland (Apple II)

Wasteland review (APP2)

Reviewed on August 28, 2009

Vegas is a wild place, so I've heard. If the top-down classic RPG Wasteland is to be believed, not even nuclear war can keep it down. The surrounding towns that survived the blast have panicked, but Vegas's gang bosses still have the upper hand on the invading robots--just--and may even have information on destroying them for good. That's Wasteland: a game which skewers not only fears of nuclear war but also stale RPG conventions----and you, if you try to cheat.
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Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box (DS)

Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box review (DS)

Reviewed on August 27, 2009

The Elysian Box is cursed. That’s what everyone thinks, anyway. It’s an evil container capable of killing anyone who opens it. Just imagine owning such a thing. You could spend hours gazing at its superb craftsmanship and ornate design, trying to figure out some inkling of its true nature. How can something so beautiful be so deadly? How did it get its powers? Where did it come from? It wouldn’t take long for your questions to consume you; curiosity is a powerful motivator, even if it leads to d...
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Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)

Grand Theft Auto III review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 25, 2009

The next generation of Grand Theft Auto could’ve hardly arrived at a worse moment. Two months prior to its release the 9/11 attacks changed the face of the world forever. War was no longer just about fighting uniformed troops on a battlefield, but against guerrilla terror that could erupt at any moment. As thousands of workers in the World Trade Centre discovered, working in a white collar no longer meant you were safe.
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World of Goo (Wii)

World of Goo review (WII)

Reviewed on August 23, 2009

The Goo are awake. They’d been sleeping for ages, lurking deep in the recesses of our modern world. Discarded and forgotten, like so many wads of chewed gum. But they survived. Thrived. And now, with numbers beyond reckoning, they’re on the move. It’s not about taking over the world, or exacting vengeance upon those who have misused their power. The Goo are driven by something far more basic: curiosity. What secrets lie within the urban wastelands left by their corporate masters? What is ...
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Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday (PC)

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday review (PC)

Reviewed on August 22, 2009

Buck Rogers: Countdown to doomsday was my favorite RPG in the age of the Mega Drive (AKA Sega Genesis), mostly because it was non-linear in a console where what few RPGs there were available followed the Japanese style of linear and character-centered gameplay. After more than 10 years, I discovered that the explanation behind this was that Buck Rogers first started as an American PC RPG that was pretty much like most American PC RPGs.
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X-COM: UFO Defense (PC)

X-COM: UFO Defense review (PC)

Reviewed on August 21, 2009

Note: This game was originally titled UFO: Enemy Unknown and is also known as X-COM: UFO Defense in the United States. As the series progressed, the title X-COM: Enemy Unknown became more prevalent and is consistently used throughout this review.
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Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PlayStation)

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 21, 2009

Modern day RPGs could stand to learn something from Lunar, though it's not immediately obvious why. It's a PSX remake of a game with graphics that would be embarrassing on the Super Nintendo, and a battle system that was already standard fare when it originally launched on the Sega CD. What could such an old fashioned title possibly show our modern huge budgeted masterpiece? Well, all that pizzazz aside Lunar is a game that's good for the soul.
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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon review (GBA)

Reviewed on August 20, 2009

It's no secret that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was absurdly easy, but I've always found a certain beauty in that. While I wouldn't want every game to be like it, there's something satisfying about seeing enormous boss monsters strut their stuff and then slaughtering them before they have the chance to pull off a single attack. Turning Alucard into an unstoppable machine was half the fun, and it was no accident; in the final battle, Dracula summoned earlier bosses and crushed them in the ...
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Robotron: 2084 (Arcade)

Robotron: 2084 review (ARC)

Reviewed on August 20, 2009

Robotron: 2084 has lasted and evolved for me well beyond my expectations. It's the only arcade cabinet I'd still throw money into: an overhead arena shootout, dazzling when you suck at it and intricate once you actually get good. You, a cyborg from a failed genetic experiment, must protect wandering humans from Robotrons, whose logic circuits have dictated that destroying their human creators is the next step in the quest for perfection. The double-joystick controls--one fires, one moves-...
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Dragoneer's Aria (PSP)

Dragoneer's Aria review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 20, 2009

Sometimes, the strength of people’s convictions amaze me. Not so long ago, one such person decided to make a stand against the manufactured pop music that floods our airwaves, and made her way to a public stage armed with only a bucket and a CD belonging to one of the cheesier offenders on her hit list. For the entire album’s duration -- the best part of an hour -- the woman bent over the bucket and expelled the contents of her stomach.
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inFAMOUS (PlayStation 3)

inFAMOUS review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 18, 2009

There is a darkness in every man. He can ignore it, he can embrace it. He can struggle all his life against it but the darkness is always there…waiting.
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Fat Princess (PlayStation 3)

Fat Princess review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 16, 2009

"Behold: the blue team's Castle. The walls are paper thin, as well as jumpable by means of catapult or trampoline. The entrance has revolving doors, and there are hidden shortcuts that reach all the way across the map in every direction. Only thing left now is to storm in and Rescue the Princess. We cannot lose! Charge!"
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Afro Samurai (Xbox 360)

Afro Samurai review (X360)

Reviewed on August 15, 2009

Afro Samurai is at its best when it just wants to be a simple, 3D hack 'n slash title. The game will try to convince you that it's deeper by giving you such abilities as a parry move, but it's completely useless when you're up against more than two opponents. When you're fighting five or six foes at a time, parrying is completely out of the question, and you'll simply have to hack 'n slash like crazy, stringing together combos with the light slash, heavy slash, and kick buttons. If the si...
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Ballyhoo (Apple II)

Ballyhoo review (APP2)

Reviewed on August 15, 2009

Infocom's text adventure Ballyhoo turns a circus into a deadly kidnapping mystery, never sacrificing reality for dramatic tension. Chelsea Munrab, the daughter of circus owner Thomas Munrab, has been kidnapped. As a straggler from the show's crowd, you hear a conversation between Munrab and the detective in your town. Munrab blames the locals and suggests the detective do the same.
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