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Hoosier City - Return to Oil City (PC)

Hoosier City - Return to Oil City review (PC)

Reviewed on June 29, 2009

As a huge Purdue fan, I should on principle be glad to see anything Hoosier tank so quickly. Not the Hoosier City series, though. It's not the first time a sequel failed to match the original, but here it's shocking considering that the flippant humor that makes the original such a laugh seems natural enough to continue. Also, part one was shareware, with nags to order the last two. They weren’t worth it. The three games share the same engine but little else. The corny jokes and puzzles h...
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The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match (PlayStation 2)

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 28, 2009

Omega Rugal is a rarity in gaming. Few characters can be loved and despised at the same time, but he pulls it off perfectly. He’s a bloodthirsty, power-hungry beast of a man. You might appreciate how well he’s been crafted, but hate how he always finds a way to slaughter you. He embodies everything a good fighting game boss should be: someone whose design is based solely on predicting any of your potential strategies and ripping them to shreds. The guy has everything, from ridiculously overpower...
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Banjo-Kazooie (Xbox 360)

Banjo-Kazooie review (X360)

Reviewed on June 28, 2009

Juxtaposed against the bright and cheerful hillside of Spiral Mountain is an expansive lair, violently contrasting a local which is otherwise brimming with joy. Plotted amongst the lower-lying fields of flowers and stretches of grass is the colorful home of our protagonist. Meet Banjo, a heroic bear who comes to find that his sister Tooty is being held captive by Gruntilda, an evil witch who plans to drain Tooty of her beauty in order to become the fairest of them all.
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Robot Wars (PlayStation 2)

Robot Wars review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 28, 2009

Friday evenings aren’t what they used to be on British national television. Years ago, the good old BBC brought us a double-dosage of The Simpsons followed by half an hour of the almighty Robot Wars. Nowadays we have to watch The Simpsons with adverts on Channel 4, and if you can’t remove yourself from the couch you have to endure the rubbish clean soap-opera that is Hollyoaks. Cookie-cutter relationship problems with alpha males on anger management instead of...
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Shadow Hearts: Covenant (PlayStation 2)

Shadow Hearts: Covenant review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 24, 2009

Much like its predecessor, Shadow Hearts: Covenant thrives on difference. It is not an absolute departure, but more than most it takes several of the most taken-for-granted role-playing game conventions and turns them on their heads. These differences, while not always positive, make Shadow Hearts: Covenant a unique and refreshing entry into a genre characterized by saturation and conventionality.
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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years (Wii)

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years review (WII)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

When a game is described as fan service, it seems reasonable to question just how the fan is being serviced. Patronage should be rewarded; the Final Fantasy series was built on our backs, us fate-deciding gamers, who saw potential in a poorly translated but ever-engrossing title called Final Fantasy II, which, we were later told, was the fourth game in the series. Two titles in between the NES journeys of a generic bunch of heroes and the plight-plagued saga of Dark Knight Cecil were left over...
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Heir of Zendor: The Legend and The Land (Saturn)

Heir of Zendor: The Legend and The Land review (SAT)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

For me, seeing the name Micronet associated with any video game brings great discomfort. The first game I played from them, Warrior of Rome, is a mind-numbingly slow and irritating strategy title that's easily one of the Sega Genesis' worst. It only has four stages, but those four alone will steal a part of your spirit, a part you'll never see again. I got Warrior of Rome 2 purely out of curiosity, to see if they learned from their mistakes. They didn't. I was horrified to find out that it was m...
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Gears of War 2 (Xbox 360)

Gears of War 2 review (X360)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

If you played Gears of War 1, then you pretty much know what to expect from Gears of War 2, but more so.
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Airball (NES)

Airball review (NES)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

Any boy transformed into an inflatable purple ball by a wizard probably needs a few breaks. Especially when the wizard won't reverse the spell until the boy retrieves a spell book and six trinkets from inside a massive isometric spike-garden maze. That's the story of Airball, ported from an opaque, over-exacting PC game to a fascinating prototype in the NES's twilight era. It's still got over two hundred junior-grade Escher rooms with the forty-five degree rotated isometric view, but it a...
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Moraff's Dungeons of the Unforgiven (PC)

Moraff's Dungeons of the Unforgiven review (PC)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

Moraffware is responsible for quite a number of cute DOS era games, but foremost among them are a trio of dungeon hacks titled Moraff's Revenge, World and Dungeons of the Unforgiven respectively. Of these, Moraff's World was a major improvement over Revenge, having an entirely new game engine and lots of new options to play around with. Dungeons of the Unforgiven, on the other hand, takes the engine of World, throws only a few things around, and feels more like an elaborate mod than a brand new ...
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Moraff's World (PC)

Moraff's World review (PC)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

In the early nineties, Moraffware was as ambitious as small developers could get. A bundle of titles were released in a fairly short time frame, all with free shareware versions to try out and the option to register to get a bigger and better version of the game. The help files associated with each game spoke of even bigger plans, including a movie and a rock band themed after said games. Neither of those have ever come about, but some of Steve Moraff's games of that age survive to have some mea...
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Moraff's Revenge (PC)

Moraff's Revenge review (PC)

Reviewed on June 22, 2009

Out of the three dungeon hacks that Moraffware released in the late eighties and early nineties, Moraff's Revenge is the first, has the most basic graphics, the least depth to its gameplay and the smallest scope - yet also the by far the biggest challenge. Nostalgia aside, Revenge is likely to be the least appealing choice out of the trilogy, unless you want to work for your victory, which the much more popular Moraff's World never really makes you do, and Dungeons of the Unforgiven only to an e...
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Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3)

Street Fighter IV review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 21, 2009

Seth is a terrible boss. It’s not because he’s cheap - ridiculously so, though not quite SNK caliber - but because his design lacks creativity. Ooh, he can mimic the other characters’ signature moves. Big deal. He’s just a hairless, muscle-bound Urien knockoff with a yin-yang for an intestinal tract. Yeah, he’s got a couple of cool moves and a decent voice…but that’s it. Nothing else. Nada. He’s boring. Where’s the personality, the charisma? It’s as if he was thrown in the game as a gener...
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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii)

Metroid Prime 3: Corruption review (WII)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

With the arbitrary ranking of things being all the rage nowadays, I’d say that Metroid Prime 3: Corruption doesn’t even TOUCH the first game but lands head and shoulders above the sequel. But it didn’t start out that way, heavens no. No, I spent the first hour or so of Corruption writhing in pain and cursing the heavens for allowing Retro Studios to befoul their once glorious sub-series.
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The Usurper: Mines of Qyntarr (PC)

The Usurper: Mines of Qyntarr review (PC)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

Imagine if Dimwit Flathead had written Zork I. 1/10
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Theatre Europe (Commodore 64)

Theatre Europe review (C64)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

Theatre Europe is a wargame simulating a not-so-peaceful end to the Cold War, namely a Soviet invasion of West Germany and beyond. Taking turns, the NATO and Warsaw Pact players move their armies across a map, attacking each other, with the Warsaw Pact's ultimate goal being the capture of Bonn and several other NATO cities whereas NATO must keep the Red Army at bay for a month. The game plays out as turn-based strategy and is regretfully for one player only, which means the other side will be co...
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Serpentine (Commodore 64)

Serpentine review (C64)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

There are people who consider the idea of worms crawling around a maze trying hard to eat or be eaten quite revolting. Serpentine is not for them. For this is game that brings us to the bare basics of ''survival of the fittest'': you take control of a blue worm in a PacMan-like maze (minus the cute little edible dots), and as you enter each level, so do three big, hostile red worms. They will try to eat you, and your goal is to do the same to them. Eating enemies is done by nibbling away at thei...
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Seafox (Commodore 64)

Seafox review (C64)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

One of my greatest irritations in gaming, right after online cheaters, inexplicable crashes and self-corrupting saved games, is slowdown. Or lag, as we call it on the internet. Whether caused by a slow connection or locally by video issues, there's nothing more effective in breaking a nice gaming experience than the game constantly s-l-o-w-i-n-g down. The music skips, the mouse movements become jerky, the CD drive spins up, and your teeth grit. There's nothing quite like it. Fortunately.
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River Raid (Commodore 64)

River Raid review (C64)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

River Raid is a 1984 Activision game that is counted among the better shooters on the Commodore 64. After all these years it remains as a favorite of many stubborn Commodore gamers, and is among the first games mentioned when such veterans are asked which titles they remember most fondly. River Raid owes this remarkably popularity not to deep gameplay or stunning visuals - it has neither - but to being a simple, solid and lovable title that's easy to get into.
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Ring of Power (Commodore 64)

Ring of Power review (C64)

Reviewed on June 19, 2009

To the modern day gamer, the concept of the "text adventure" game genre may be difficult to understand. Without any graphics to go with, and with typed commands being the only way to communicate with the game, the genre will probably appear bland and boring to those who didn't experience it firsthand. Nonetheless, text adventures have been huge throughout the late seventies and early eighties, and Ring of Power is but one of many. Admittedly, it's not nearly the best one - certainly no competito...
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