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Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in The Sarien Encounter (VGA Remake) (PC)

Space Quest I: Roger Wilco in The Sarien Encounter (VGA Remake) review (PC)

Reviewed on January 31, 2009

The trick with reviewing a remake is that you often find yourself treading on the toes of the previous iteration, and if you don't do that you confuse the hell out of anybody not familiar with it. But I think I'm safe in assuming that most readers aren't familiar with Space Quest at all, let alone enough to know that Space Quest 1: Roger Wilco in The Sarien Encounter is a remake of the original EGA Space Quest: The Sarien Encounter released by Sierra around the same time they were ...
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Operation Darkness (Xbox 360)

Operation Darkness review (X360)

Reviewed on January 30, 2009

I’ve always wondered the historical accuracy of the many assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler’s life and his uncanny ability to dodge them. I mean, honestly, how could he survive so many virtually unscathed? How could he survive a point-blank rocket to the face from a werewolf?
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LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3)

LittleBigPlanet review (PS3)

Reviewed on January 29, 2009

Very rarely am I ever “blown away” by a game. I play a fair amount of the “good, even the great. Games that are overwrought with airships or zombies; battles with a Colossus or battles with one's inner demons. Games that all claim to be Epic, yet harbor some resemblance to something I’ve already played.
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Mass Effect (Xbox 360)

Mass Effect review (X360)

Reviewed on January 28, 2009

I’ve invested 33 hours and 42 minutes into Mass Effect.
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God of War (PlayStation 2)

God of War review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 27, 2009

Creating a blood geyser by shoving a blade down a Minotaur’s throat not only looks awesome, it also gives you health. Likewise, ripping the head off a gorgon slightly replenishes mana. Savagely gouging the eye of a Cyclops gives experience, but most importantly, these deviations from normal combat end a fight much more quickly, possibly saving your life.
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American McGee's Alice (Mac)

American McGee's Alice review (MAC)

Reviewed on January 27, 2009

Forget Walt Disney's sanitised version of Alice in Wonderland, and return to the roots of the Alice mythos by entering the bizarre, insane and violent fantasy world, created by Lewis Carroll's febrile imagination, and recreated here, in American McGee's Alice. This is a third person platforming adventure at its very best, and for adults only.
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Frogger (Xbox 360)

Frogger review (X360)

Reviewed on January 25, 2009

It’s irking to see a series with plenty of untapped potential fail to claim what’s rightfully made possible through the immediate gratification of a platform such as the Xbox 360‘s Live Arcade. Although perhaps we should be thankful that the developer’s didn’t over-exert themselves over another broken platformer nightmare, such as so many Xbox titles. Sticking to your guns sometimes is the most appropriate move you can make, although the achieved end result might not be spectacular. While I don...
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Mortal Kombat: Deception (PlayStation 2)

Mortal Kombat: Deception review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 25, 2009

Despite my prudish nature and enrolment in something called “Library and Information Studies,” there is a part of me that wants to get piss ass drunk, rip off my clothes, and throw myself onto a pile of naked women. I'd never admit to it in my every day life, and you could never tell from looking at me, but there is a deeply disturbed creature in the back of my head that wants to be called a “bad boy,” to feel finger nails and teeth digging into the skin on my back, to have intimate contact wit...
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Time Slip (SNES)

Time Slip review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 25, 2009

When a game's music is its best feature by a wide margin, you're probably in for a rough ride. Don't get me wrong, there are some excellent soundtracks out there -- Chaos Legion's frenetic rock and the Ys series' magnificent scores come to mind -- it's just that I generally don't feel too good about things when a handful of tunes I could "legally buy" for free are the most rewarding part of a $50 product.
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College Hoops 2K8 (PlayStation 3)

College Hoops 2K8 review (PS3)

Reviewed on January 24, 2009

In College Hoops 2K7, the computer AI melted against the press, throwing careless, telegraphed passes. In the half-court set, it was possible to stalk the passing lanes at the top of the key without paying much of a price defensively. The massive amount of turnovers delivered easy walkovers on even the most difficult settings. Now that 2K8 has rolled around, the CPU finally learned how to protect the ball. It'll confidently dribble across the timeline, and any man left open can...
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I-Fluid (PC)

I-Fluid review (PC)

Reviewed on January 24, 2009

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Banana Nababa (PC)

Banana Nababa review (PC)

Reviewed on January 24, 2009

Gamers who have played Banana Nababa, an 8-bit boss rush game, will tell you it's a fun, yet difficult, title. Now, at this point, if you've never played Banana Nababa, you're probably pretty intrigued. I mean, a tough, boss battle game that's designed to look, play, and sound like an NES title? Wow, it feels like dreams are growing on trees, only falling to the ground and... I got nothing. I, too, was curious about this game when I saw it for the first time in a video, being playe...
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Metal Max Returns (SNES)

Metal Max Returns review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 22, 2009

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Sonic Unleashed (Wii)

Sonic Unleashed review (WII)

Reviewed on January 21, 2009

Sonic the Hedgehog screwed up. He let himself get a little too confident about his role as a hero. Sure, he has Chaos Emeralds and can turn into a golden, flying juggernaut anytime he wants. Yes, Dr. Eggman can be incredibly stupid despite his technical genius and ambition. That doesn’t mean that he can be taken lightly. Sonic learned that the hard way; not only did evil mastermind manage to outwit him, but actually used him in his latest scheme for world domination. Thanks to Sonic’s blunder, t...
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Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

Left 4 Dead review (X360)

Reviewed on January 21, 2009

For me, purchasing a video game on an already limited budget comes down to its lasting appeal. Otherwise I can just rent it at blockbuster and return it a few weeks later with no late fees. Left for dead is somewhere in between lasting appeal and too short and slapped together.
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Gradius IV (Arcade)

Gradius IV review (ARC)

Reviewed on January 20, 2009

I first picked up the Gradius III & IV compilation pack initially because I was into Gradius III at the time, since I was primarily playing it via MAME and the PSP Gradius Collections. When I received the PS2 ports, I played Gradius III with the slight hope of getting the 1 credit clear, but it's so cruel near the end of the game where you face the infamous cube rush that I just gave up, knowing that I would have to memorize an utterly frustrating point of an above average game. Eventually, I d...
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Way of the Samurai (PlayStation 2)

Way of the Samurai review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 19, 2009

I picked up Way of the Samurai many a year ago in one of those impulses that causes you to browse games at Target while you’re momentarily distracted from buying cheap T-shirts with pictures of Bob Ross on them. These impulses occasionally lead to solid gold, more often lead to disappointment, and can on rare occasion result in eternal damnation, like the time I found one of Satan’s toenails at a lazy seaside pawn shop.
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My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Party  (DS)

My Little Pony Pinkie Pie's Party review (DS)

Reviewed on January 16, 2009

Before starting to write this review, I tried to think about who might read it. Unlikely to be the small children for whom this game is designed, and most likely to be some long suffering parent, trying to find a good reason to resist the demand for yet more My Little Pony related merchandise. If you fall into this category, then I'm sorry to say that I have bad news for you. This game is surprisingly good, and in fact I would recommend it for any girl or boy who likes pink ponies and opening lo...
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The 7th Guest (Mac)

The 7th Guest review (MAC)

Reviewed on January 15, 2009

It was one of the first CD-ROM games ever released, one of the first games to use live action video placed over pre-rendered graphics, and one of the first games to have an adult theme (not counting Atari’s vast library of lewd titles). That’s a lot of impressive firsts, but it also places The 7th Guest as a pioneer trying a lot of new technology in the early 90’s.
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Devil May Cry 4 (PlayStation 3)

Devil May Cry 4 review (PS3)

Reviewed on January 14, 2009

There reaches a point in any franchise’s history when it peaks, and the creators of the franchise are faced with a dilemma. Do they try and top that success with another game, or do they take their money and run while their reputation is still intact? Inevitably greed makes their decision the former, and inevitably developers seem to think the best way to top a great game is to make one exactly like it.
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