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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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Dungeons & Dragons: Order of the Griffon (TurboGrafx-16)

Dungeons & Dragons: Order of the Griffon review (TG16)

Reviewed on July 23, 2009

Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) provided a formula for RPG's, but unfortunately the licensed computer games focused on the formulas without trying for anything approaching creativity. Order of the Griffon (OotG,) a Turbografx-16 only entry, is fun without being especially good, largely helped by ignoring the more arcane AD&D features nobody cares about. With nothing resembling original plot (hunt down a vampire) or items, and a relatively small world, it sputters along with li...
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Mirror's Edge (Xbox 360)

Mirror's Edge review (X360)

Reviewed on July 23, 2009

The future is not as pleasant as it looks. Underneath its brightly colored and highly reflective surface, a totalitarian government sees fit to monitor the flow of all information and crush any dissent among its citizens. In this world, the only privacy allowed is through use of an elite, underground team of mailmen, specially trained in traversing dense urban landscapes in short periods of time. Known as Runners, or “those who walk in paths not meant for human locomotion”, in Mirro...
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Viking: Battle for Asgard (PlayStation 3)

Viking: Battle for Asgard review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 23, 2009

I had intentions when I chose Viking: Battle for Asgard. I was in a very clear, very violent mindset when I brought it home. Blind Guardian’s “Battlefield” was my hymn, I resisted the urge to let out a primal, growl of a war cry when I put it in my system, and I prepared myself for what I believed would be an all-out, soul-shattering war from beginning to end.
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Homeworld (PC)

Homeworld review (PC)

Reviewed on July 22, 2009

The many skirmishes of Homeworld are punctuated by long periods of cold, dead silence, with the gentle hum of your ships’ engines contributing to it rather than breaking it. There is no sound in vacuum space, of course, and while Homeworld does break this rule, few other games are this adept at conveying such an appropriately quiet atmosphere. For as action-packed as the campaign often is, it’s the frequent stillness that stays with you.
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Kung Fu (NES)

Kung Fu review (NES)

Reviewed on July 22, 2009

“Kung Fu” is not a game that lends itself to deep analysis. There’s nothing subtle about it, no “deep” gameplay, and certainly not any rich art design or anything. It is what it is, which is basically a straightforward retro action game that will inspire a lot of silly grins and snickering. There’s nothing big at stake here, which is what makes the game’s charm.
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