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Sanrio World Smash Ball! (SNES)

Sanrio World Smash Ball! review (SNES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

So, Hello Kitty's Sanrio buddies DO have a competitive side. As the referee, she's above it all, but her pals grimace and showboat after each goal in the soccer and breakout amalgam that is Sanrio World Smash Ball. (SWSB.) It's still wholesome fun, from introductory-round enemies adorably whiffing easy kicks to the four-fruit passcodes for continuing at later matches. It even gets away with elevator music between matches. It's just far more intense than you'd expect from Sanrio.
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TaleSpin (NES)

TaleSpin review (NES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

“TaleSpin” is a game that I did not wholly enjoy. I certainly didn’t enjoy it on the same level as Capcom’s “Darkwing Duck” or “Rescue Rangers.” And yet, it’s a fairly competent piece of software that delivers all the requisite action and brand power. Fans of the syndicated Disney cartoon “TaleSpin” will find that this is probably the only good video game based on it. This isn’t just a concession based on the low bar set by other “TaleSpin” games, but also a fair appraisal independent of any oth...
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Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty: World at War review (X360)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

During the opening scenes of Call of Duty: World at War we’re shown documentary footage of a Japanese solider shooting a man in the back. I’ve seen similar footage in countless History Channel documentaries, but somehow this feels different. Being made to watch a grainy, black-and-white clip of a wartime execution in the opening sequence of a video game is a shocking statement of Treyarch’s intent. The scene is over in an instance, but the very fact that this is the first Call of Duty<...
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Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES)

Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers review (NES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

“Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers” is a lot like “Super Mario Brothers 2,” but it’s much less tiring. Actually, it has an energy that’s infectious. Its two characters, Chip and Dale, move at a brisk pace, like you might expect chipmunks to. They lift and chuck crates like pros, plowing through approaching enemies and unearthing all manner of item pick-ups. The action is so snappy, you might find yourself, as I did, becoming entranced by the rapid-fire hopping and throwing. This is a lot of fun.
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Heavenly Sword (PlayStation 3)

Heavenly Sword review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

Often, the most powerful sacrifices are made by one, but benefit many.
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Parodius (SNES)

Parodius review (SNES)

Reviewed on July 13, 2009

Some gamers prefer a realistic gaming experience. Parodius is about as far from realistic as the Detroit Lions are from winning a Super Bowl. This is a space shooter that has your little starship avoiding a giant – albeit lovely – Las Vegas showgirl, surviving tight spaces in a candy crafted castle, warping about the playfield of a pinball machine and even blowing up penguins in a bathhouse brawl. Parodius is absolute nonsense, plain and simple, but I’ve never had so much fun in an...
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JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox)

JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future review (XBX)

Reviewed on July 13, 2009

When you really stop to think about it, Jet Set Radio Future is basically a fetch quest title: the main objective is to go around and search for tagged surfaces, so you can spray graffiti over them. Sure, it's slightly different since you're not collecting items when you find them, but the concept is the same. Apparently, Smilebit thought that wouldn't be enough, so they added a side quest where you do more fetching. Needless to say, this could have easily been an unfortunate wreck.
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Jawbreaker II (Apple II)

Jawbreaker II review (APP2)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Jawbreaker 2 left me wondering: how small can a maze game be before it's not really a maze game any more? It lowers the bar further than I thought possible, as you run a clacking pair of teeth through five rows of dots with roving trap-doors between them. For all the cheery graphics, there isn't much to do, and yet it's more sophisticated than Jawbreaker, that silly clone of Gobbler, with enemies who actually get faster and smarter. Still, it's one of those games you can't b...
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The Witcher (PC)

The Witcher review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Interesting, this game is nothing if not interesting. In so many ways the game is just enough different from all the rest of the RPGs to be considered quite good, in other ways interesting is quite odd indeed.
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Sins of a Solar Empire (PC)

Sins of a Solar Empire review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

This is a pretty darn good game. But it's just shy of being a great game. In fact it has improved my opinion of the RTS genre. I've had three RTS games that have really impressed me. The first of course is Age of Empires, I remember being very excited in my very first play of that game, the second was Company of Heroes, and this is the third. Interestingly it is the departures from the latest standard RTS fare that have re-ignited my interest in this form of PC gaming. Namely, it doesn't exactly...
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Mount & Blade (PC)

Mount & Blade review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

I ran across this game about a year ago on another game website. I noticed it was made a few years ago and it was a bit of an "Indie" hit. while it intrigued me I didn't want to pay for what was reviewed as an "almost but not quite" type of game. A couple months ago I tried the Demo.
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Knight Lore: Majou no Ookami Otoko (Famicom Disk System)

Knight Lore: Majou no Ookami Otoko review (FDS)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Knight Lore was a breakout ZX Spectrum game where you walked through a huge castle presented in 45-degree-rotated view. You picked up reagents for a spell that would stop your nighttime lycanthropy, and each set of item locations offered a markedly different puzzle. The FDS version, which probably had to simplify some things due to memory constraints, tried to stretch itself with ungodly repetition. It achieved dilution, as anyone smart enough to solve its puzzles would see quickly.
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The Little Mermaid (NES)

The Little Mermaid review (NES)

Reviewed on July 11, 2009

“The Little Mermaid” is an amiable little game, very well suited to youngsters who enjoyed the 1989 Disney classic. Its developer is Capcom, who worked on other great 8-bit Disney games like “Duck Tales” and “Darkwing Duck.” In ranking “Mermaid” with the rest of the Capcom/Disney canon, I would say it’s about as good as “Adventures in the Magic Kingdom” but below “Darkwing” and “Tales.” It sure beats “Barbie.”
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Valkyrie no Bouken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu (NES)

Valkyrie no Bouken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu review (NES)

Reviewed on July 10, 2009

Valkyrie no Bouken: blah blah something grrarrh (VnB,) despite a fancy title, quickly establishes itself as mournfully bland before turning violently senseless. It achieves what personality it has by committing some baffling mistakes I haven't seen in other bad games. Unsure why anybody would write a translation patch for a game this weak, I Googled to find it was based on an anime series. I also found a detailed walkthrough on a dedicated website. Reading all the secrets hidden by the ga...
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Black (PlayStation 2)

Black review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 10, 2009

Come 2006, the Xbox 360 had just been released, the PlayStation 3 had been announced, and Sony fans are eagerly not waiting for one as it costs a billion quid to purchase it. So what’s the best way for Sony to drown the fans financial sorrows? They could keep the hits rolling when the PlayStation 2’s contemporaries have declared themselves dead, or they could push the hardware so much that fans can almost convince themselves they’re playing a 360 game. Or maybe they should focus on the future an...
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Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse (Genesis)

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse review (GEN)

Reviewed on July 09, 2009

“Mickey Mania” is a potent combination of technology, imagination and tradition. In other words, it’s the Disney paradigm expressed in video game form. I don’t know if Walt would have a created a game like this, but I’m certain he would be proud, and awed, of its achievement. “Pong” wasn’t even a glint in Atari’s eye when the old master passed in 1966. Could he have imagined that children would one day interact with the sort of images his studio animated? That the drawings of his company’s own a...
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Bloodstone (PC)

Bloodstone review (PC)

Reviewed on July 09, 2009

Before Bloodstone, I always took boats in RPGs for granted. Maybe I'd have to complete a weird quest or even overpay a greedy merchant to acquire one, but really, there was little doubt I'd get a boat at some point. There'd always be someone there to help me with transport so I could save his world.
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Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 2)

Shadow of the Colossus review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 08, 2009

Shadow of the Colossus, more than any other game I’ve played, strives to be epic. The colossi, those enormous creatures that frequently steal the spotlight from protagonist Wander and represent the entirety of his opposition, live up to their name. With the light of his sword guiding him, Wander travels great distances to slay these foes, an act that he believes will bring his dead girlfriend back to life. Upon arriving at each destination, however, players are likely to be humbled by the...
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Darkwing Duck (NES)

Darkwing Duck review (NES)

Reviewed on July 08, 2009

“Darkwing Duck” is a video game that is always inventive and rarely redundant. Here is a game where there are discoveries in every level, be it in the form of new enemies or obstacles. It is true to the spirit of the early 1990s cartoon show that inspired it, right down to the title character’s spiel every time he arrives on the scene. “I am Darkwing Duck!” he says. He also trips on banana peels, and his expression when he runs out of hearts is exactly the kind I would expect him to put on. The ...
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Assassin's Creed (PlayStation 3)

Assassin's Creed review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 08, 2009

Assassin’s Creed
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