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Bleach: Shattered Blade (Wii)

Bleach: Shattered Blade review (WII)

Reviewed on December 15, 2008

Almost every character in Bleach carries a sword, which opens up Shattered Blade to a swashbuckling Wii control scheme. Of course, this one-on-one fighting game doesn't tell you what those swords, those zanpakuto, mean; they're the manifestation of spiritual power. It doesn't explain how Ichigo Kurosaki, a roughnecked teen, came to carry one, or how he suddenly found himself traveling between the human and spirit worlds as a substitute Soul Reaper, defending his friends a...
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Ninjatown (DS)

Ninjatown review (DS)

Reviewed on December 15, 2008

Ninja Gaiden? Ninja Raiden? Forget those, this is an entire game about a town of ninjas. Ninjatown takes two things they most probably hadn’t ever expected to see together: cute animated ninjas based on a plush toy line, and the classic idea of a tower defense scenario. If you’re expecting to boot up the game and find bad dialogue and easy levels however, you’d better scoot on back down to your local game store and turn in this game for Resident Evil. Do not let Ninjatown’s cute, pastel flooded ...
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S4 League (PC)

S4 League review (PC)

Reviewed on December 15, 2008

S4 League (which stands for Stylish eSper Shooting Sports), while although hailing from Korea, is probably one of the easiest games to get into and has a surprising amount of depth compared to most other free MMO games. The game was recently released in Europe and is identical to the Korean version aside from a few features like the Fumbi Shop, the Cash Shop, and a couple of weapons, skills, and maps that have yet to be added but that are being included in periodic updates.
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Alone in the Dark (Wii)

Alone in the Dark review (WII)

Reviewed on December 11, 2008

I find it to be strikingly painful when I come across a game with such enthusiasm only to be let down with my face bashed against the rubble like a children's toy forgotten about after a shining afternoon's adventuring. As the storm clouds loom overhead and swirl together in a deafening chorus, it becomes clear that this night's proceedings will be of relentless disappointment. How shameful that after such a long wait, the hopes of a prospective fan are crushed so. I WANTED to enjoy Alone in...
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Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360)

Sonic Unleashed review (X360)

Reviewed on December 10, 2008

I wasn't expecting much from Sonic Unleashed going into it for the first time. After the wreck that was Sonic '06, I'm surprised I still ended up buying this title when it came out. I guess when you've been a Sonic fan ever since the original's release, it's hard to abandon the series. Even as I was going through Unleashed's first few stages, I still had my doubts. I was disappointed that Sonic Team decided to, yet again, include adventure fields, called Town Stages here. I was eve...
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Ys (NES)

Ys review (NES)

Reviewed on December 09, 2008

Whether you’re struggling against some seemingly overpowered boss or plowing through a horde of minor enemies like some sort of god, you’ll realize just how well the two elements go together. They actually make exploration fun, and how many games from the 80s actually factor in place of attack when determining damage?
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Samba de Amigo (Wii)

Samba de Amigo review (WII)

Reviewed on December 07, 2008

Samba de Amigo on Wii has the unenviable task of reinventing a cult classic. Rhythm games weren't exactly plentiful when the original Samba hit the Dreamcast in 2000, but its specially-designed maraca peripherals made it a wholly unique experience. This version keeps the same spirit, retaining the original soundtrack and an indomitable cast of characters, and its quick-fire Latin rhythms keep you shaking all about. But the Wii motion controls, even though they seem like a natura...
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox)

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time review (XBX)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

The brainchild of Jordan Mechner is undoubtedly among the icons who defined the term "oldschool"; Prince of Persia is right up there with Sonic and Mario and the like. The original Prince of Persia, released in 1989, was a masterpiece of technology and even now, despite technological advances, the original game still looks great and plays very well, even in the context of the new generation. There are two things about PoP that stuck in the mind: one was the fighting system, and the other was Pri...
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Prince of Persia Classic (Xbox 360)

Prince of Persia Classic review (X360)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

Almost 20 years ago (1989 to be precise), Prince of Persia blazed onto the gaming scene and was successful enough to create an entire subgenre of games, the Cinematic Platformer. Besides featuring fun puzzle and combat gameplay, Prince of Persia was notable for its precise controls and fluid animations, with each movement of the Prince and his various short-lived adversaries compared extensively with filmed footage to ensure the most realistic possible animations. To put it another way, Prince o...
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Virtua Racing (Genesis)

Virtua Racing review (GEN)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

Pushing a games console to its limits can be risky business for developers. Try too hard and the game will get panned for looking ugly and having choppy frame-rates, but games are expected to make some use of the systems potential. Efficiently making the most of the systems resources whilst still making a decent looking, playable game that doesn’t get swamped by slowdown is perhaps one of the greatest challenges in developing a game.
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Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage (PlayStation)

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage review (PSX)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

There was a time when Spyro games were good. Out of absolutely pure coincidence, this was the same time when Spyro was made by Insomniac, who since moved on to Ratchet and Clank. The original Spyro the Dragon was the start of what would become a hallmark franchise of the PSone platform genre, stripping 3D platforming to its fundamentals and demonstrated how they should be made. A small, cute purple dragon but with an attitude, and, um, fiery breath, how could anyone hate wee Spyro?...
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Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Game Boy)

Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition review (GB)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

I remember the days when Pokemon was all the rage in my primary school years. Trading card swapping was everywhere, rushing from school to catch the program on TV and eventually most schools banned any merchandise being brought in because of card theft. How dare they! Those were the days when everyone kept saying Pokemon would never go out of fashion…
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Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly (PlayStation 2)

Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

Oh Spyro. How unfortunate such a franchise suffered a fate that parallels with the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog and Crash Bandicoot. Once good on its console of origin, but a step up on to following platforms and he’s lost his sense of what he was. Yet despite their console mediocrity, they seemed to get it right on portable formats with relatively pleasing results.
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Half-Life: Opposing Force (PC)

Half-Life: Opposing Force review (PC)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

1998’s Half-life was seen by many as revolutionary to the FPS genre from its atmospheric feel, the first person presentation of the story and it’s astounding gameplay. Since then, dozens of mods spawned from its engine such as Counter-Strike, plus expansions like this and 2001’s Blue Shift. Half-Life: Opposing Force intervenes with the original HL’s plot, playing the role of US Marine Corporal Adrian Shepherd. As part of the Black Mesa clean-up crew, you must s...
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RollerCoaster Tycoon (PC)

RollerCoaster Tycoon review (PC)

Reviewed on December 06, 2008

Chris Sawyer has been no stranger to management games in the 90’s, single-handedly programming Transport Tycoon before his White Knuckle project, eventually renamed Rollercoaster Tycoon. Various expansions and sequels followed, the third seeing a shift to full-on 3D and ending Sawyer’s exclusive development, but this original RCT remains as strong as ever. You’re simply building theme parks with a large emphasis on constructing your own custom rollercoasters. Swanky c...
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Sonic the Hedgehog (Xbox 360)

Sonic the Hedgehog review (X360)

Reviewed on December 05, 2008

Sonic The Hedgehog has been run into the ground by his creators as fast as he once ran along it. That was not a retrospective comment about recent Sonic games generally, that was a comment about Sonic '06, referred to as such to prevent any of the following comments from being associated with the original Sonic the Hedgehog, a memory Sonic fans must cling to now more than ever.
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Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 (Xbox 360)

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 review (X360)

Reviewed on December 05, 2008

I once demonstrated Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 to a person (you all know someone like this) who has no knowledge, let alone experience, of games, who still is unconvinced that they constitute anything more than toys for overgrown children. After the initial realization that there was actually a game in progress under all the flashing lights and loud noises, his first actual comment was, and I quote; "this looks very playable." I think if the phone hadn't rang immediately afterward he may eve...
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Project Sylpheed (Xbox 360)

Project Sylpheed review (X360)

Reviewed on December 05, 2008

Some games are better for being bigger. More levels, more space, more freedom, more characters, more plotlines, more things to do. Given that Project Sylpheed has the Square Enix brand plastered all over it, and is marketed as being "from the makers of Final Fantasy" (despite Square Enix having no developmental input), you might be forgiven for expecting Project Sylpheed to be such a game. Nonetheless, you would be mistaken - Project Sylpheed is the kind of game that manages to succeed because o...
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Mother 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Mother 3 review (GBA)

Reviewed on December 05, 2008

Know first that it took every ounce of willpower I have not to say "The Mother of all RPGs". (Besides, attributing originality to a second sequel is a very silly thing to do.)
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PlayStation 2)

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 05, 2008

What do you hate about yourself? Come on, be honest. Or are you too ashamed to admit anything? Perhaps you’re not even aware of it. It’s those perceived flaws, those nagging insecurities that can drive a person mad. Maybe you’re afraid of failure, that everything you do in life will ultimately amount to nothing. How about the resentment or jealously you might feel towards someone more successful than you are? A close friend you keep around to satisfy your sense of self-worth and need for accepta...
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