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Kirby: Canvas Curse (DS)

Kirby: Canvas Curse review (DS)

Reviewed on August 06, 2009

I was going to say that Kirby: Canvas Curse does for the touch screen what Super Mario 64 did for the analog stick, but that isn’t right. The latter standardized the concept of movement in a three-dimensional space and is now the model for console games, whereas the former has been out for over four years now, and I still have yet to witness anything else like it. Rightly so, too – flipping Samus into perpetual morph ball mode and guiding her around the screen with a hand-drawn ...
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Scythe (PC)

Scythe review (PC)

Reviewed on August 06, 2009

Almost every Doom II mod out there, good or bad, takes the same approach: endless sprawl, insane enemy counts, and the subtlety of whichever metaphor cliché you prefer. I'll go with a sledgehammer. Play one and it's fresh, play two and it's still exciting. Once you've barreled through enough of them, though, you come dangerously close to thinking it's time to give up on Doom.
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Dragon Warrior (NES)

Dragon Warrior review (NES)

Reviewed on August 04, 2009

While Dragon Warrior can at times be a slow grind fest, the game exudes an atmosphere that is charming, yet filled with hidden dangers and secrets at every turn. It may take several sleepless nights and plenty of pots of Eight O' Clock Coffee to make significant progress, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
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Red Faction: Guerrilla (PlayStation 3)

Red Faction: Guerrilla review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 04, 2009

Every now and then, simplicity strikes a chord with me. Sometimes I want to throw myself into chaos, worry more about my own survival rather than the bigger picture. I want to destroy. I want to continue to destroy without being burdened by an intricate plot, emotional fifteen-minute cut-scenes or the grating, over-rated act of thinking.
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The King of Fighters XII (PlayStation 3)

The King of Fighters XII review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 03, 2009

Rebirth. That’s what The King of Fighters XII is all about. Getting back to the basics, reliving the glory days of the fighting genre. Remembering what made the series kick ass. A large ensemble cast divided into teams of three, all competing in one of the most epic crossover tournaments ever conceived. All kinds of flashy special attacks and technical aspects to master. The thrill of barely surviving each match, testing your skills and tactical prowess with every passing bout. The feelin...
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Red Faction: Guerrilla (Xbox 360)

Red Faction: Guerrilla review (X360)

Reviewed on August 03, 2009

With Red Faction: Guerrilla's campaign mode being a sandbox game (taking place on Mars), I knew I was bound to get caught in some crazy situations. One such early instance was when I traveled to an apartment complex after a guy on the radio asked for help. Not even a minute after I got there, all hell broke loose: armored vehicles with turrets, tanks, and a buttload of soldiers came spilling into the area, ready to kill, kill, kill. I did my best by throwing a bunch of explosives, only sw...
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LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)

LittleBigPlanet review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 03, 2009

“Play. Create. Share.” That’s the way LittleBigPlanet works, and it’s one of the taglines used for the game. I’ll start with Play, as that’s mainly what you’ll be doing. You take control of an adorable little being called Sackboy (or Sackgirl), and his main role in life is to navigate his way through levels using what starts off as simple platforming, but eventually gets quite complicated. LittleBigPlanet is essentially a platform game, but it’s a game based entirely on a brilliant physics engin...
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Fable II (Xbox 360)

Fable II review (X360)

Reviewed on August 03, 2009

The world of Albion has changed a lot over the past 500 years, but townsfolk still talk of stories that occurred in the original game. Fable II follows a young hero on a quest to defeat a man called Lucien, who is responsible for a life-changing event very early on in the game. After this event, and 10 years later, the hero has now grown up and can finally take his revenge on Lucien. With a mysterious woman named Theresa leading the way, and his trusty dog companion by his side, is there nothing...
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Tales of Vesperia (Xbox 360)

Tales of Vesperia review (X360)

Reviewed on July 31, 2009

I think the charm of the “Tales” series has always resided in the little picturesque settings it has given us to explore. From the beginning, this has been a fantasy universe defined by bright green fields and quaint houses and cobbled roads. “Tales of Phantasia” painted a rich picture by capturing details like shadows, reflections in mirrors and ponds, and footprints imprinted in snow. “Tales of Vesperia” is a game forged in that tradition, rich in colors and layers and the little things that i...
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Lunar: Eternal Blue (Sega CD)

Lunar: Eternal Blue review (SCD)

Reviewed on July 30, 2009

I have many games from my past.
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PlayStation 2)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 30, 2009

If nothing else, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is interesting. The games-as-art movement hadn't even gotten off the ground in 2001, and doing what director Hideo Kojima did with this one takes balls so huge that I expect to see him on a Paris runway now that the drop-crotch pants trend has taken off.
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It's Mr Pants (Game Boy Advance)

It's Mr Pants review (GBA)

Reviewed on July 29, 2009

It's Mr. Pants, a garish cacophony of destructive glee, trashed my lingering Tetris habit with love, weirdness and dented trophies. Imperfection, too, from the scribbled backgrounds to the game strategies. The Cockney kibitzing of Mr. Pants, an egg-chested fellow with stick limbs and red underpants bigger than his head, combines with several trombone-folly tunes for an upbeat yet relaxed experience.
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Star Trek 25th Anniversary (PC)

Star Trek 25th Anniversary review (PC)

Reviewed on July 29, 2009

Space. The final frontier.
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Heavenly Sword (PlayStation 3)

Heavenly Sword review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 29, 2009

Heavenly Sword is a curious game. It's made from scriptwriting in the tradition of throwing the viewer into the story, and then avoiding the temptation to update you regularly about the events as they happen. So as opposed to having the writers gloat endlessly over being in a position to bore you to tears with their brilliance - you can listen to the short and few character interactions instead, if you wish to decide the story should interest you.
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Psychonauts (PlayStation 2)

Psychonauts review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 28, 2009

On the surface, Psychonauts may not appear remarkable. Broken down, it’s just like any genre-fusing game. Like an RPG, it features a specially gifted character with a “Time to save the world!” complex. Like an action-adventure, you run around a series of levels collecting items for upgrades and power ups until your task for that area is complete. Like a brawler, you slay most enemies without much thought. Like a platformer, you dodge hazards while working your way through a maze of obstac...
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Dead Space (PlayStation 3)

Dead Space review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 28, 2009

Isaac Clarke waits motionless, the heavy sound of his breathing mixing with the low hum of the USG Ishimura, the freighter he’s been commissioned to put back together after the ship suffered critical power and engine failure. The engineer feels a bead of sweat run slowly down his back, its progress hampered by the tightness of his space suit. He shifts his shoulders and looks closer at the strange apparatus in front of him. It’s a series of tubes, filled with some kind of clear solution and.....
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Tomb Raider: Anniversary (PSP)

Tomb Raider: Anniversary review (PSP)

Reviewed on July 27, 2009

Lara Croft is the greatest adventurer ever. There’s no situation she can’t spelunk, shoot, or scurry her way out of. When at the bottom of a gigantic ravine filled with ravenous wolves, she will leap, somersault, cartwheel, and dodge her way to a cliff wall and proceed to climb it with near-divine grace and no need for rest. Huge uncrossable pit? No worries, Lara’s here with her trusty grappling hook and amazingly long legs, great for leaping long distances in a single bound of faith. Not e...
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Rocky's Boots (Apple II)

Rocky's Boots review (APP2)

Reviewed on July 25, 2009

Rocky's Boots, like Warren Robinett's more famous Atari 2600 hit Adventure, features you as a cursor running through rooms of many wall textures and colors. It's an educational game, though, not an adventure. You build logic machines to sort shapes with positive and negative values. Or you don't have to. Even the tutorials and sandboxes can keep you wrapped up for a while. Though the end puzzles get maddeningly difficult for the targeted age group, Rocky's Boots provides han...
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Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PlayStation)

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 24, 2009

The problem with “Resident Evil 3: Nemesis” starts with what follows the “3.” The star of the game is not a credit to it. Nemesis is certainly intimidating and intense and fu~gly!, but his presence is also constant from the start to the end. I understand the intention: instead of launching the player into a relative safe zone, throw a big invincible monster at them right from the beginning. It’s a novel experiment, but it’s also one that hasn’t been repeated in a “Resident Evil” since and for a ...
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Billy Bob's Huntin' and Fishin' (Game Boy Color)

Billy Bob's Huntin' and Fishin' review (GBC)

Reviewed on July 23, 2009

There are a lot of games on the Game Boy. As a general rule of thumb, those of us with some sense in our heads tend to shy away from anything with the words "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen," "Nickelodeon," "Disney" or "port of the thrilling arcade classic!" on the box. Thankfully, this isn't hard, as, despite what the "professionals" may tell us whilst wiping the self-congratulatory jism dribbling out the corner of their mouths, there really aren't that many of those games out there.
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