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S4 League (PC)

S4 League review (PC)

Reviewed on June 23, 2008

Iíve played a lot of bad Korean MMOs in my day: FlyFF, Ragnarok Online, ROSE, Trickster, and Pangya Golf, to name a few. However, the worst of them all was a game called Gunz: The Duel. The major problem with Gunz was that even though it was supposed to be a third-person shooter, the entire game revolved around swords-only games and exploiting glitches. Then along came news of S4 League, a game that billed itself as Gunz without the suck. Naturally, I didnít believe a word they said, and I was r...
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Dwarf Fortress (PC)

Dwarf Fortress review (PC)

Reviewed on June 23, 2008

Recently, thereís been a big fad in PC Gaming of so-called ďindependentĒ developers releasing games that had potential, but ultimately were garbage or not totally fleshed out. Then came Dwarf Fortress. Programmed entirely by one man under the auspices of his company, Bay 12 Games, Dwarf Fortress is what happens when an independent developer has an idea and fleshes it out properly. On paper, Dwarf Fortress sounds like the single worst idea ever Ė an RTS done entirely in ASCII graphics, Nethack st...
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Crysis (PC)

Crysis review (PC)

Reviewed on June 23, 2008

Exclusive PC shooters are hard to find these days. Ever since the inception of the Halo series, itís become more and more rare to see a PC shooter stay on PC. There was once a time when a game like Half-Life or Bioshock going to a console system would be completely unheard of. Well times have obviously changed and with the dearth of exclusive PC shooters out there, at least one remains to stand tall and show off its mighty graphics and precise controls. Crysis is a stand-out title both for ...
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Musashi no Bouken (NES)

Musashi no Bouken review (NES)

Reviewed on June 23, 2008

Lovers of history and mythology will enjoy discovering what events were based on fact and which on fiction. Theyíll enjoy exploring a recreated Feudal Japan, wondering which places actually existed. And theyíll ponder how well the next battle will go, where the next quest item will be and question its place in myth.
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii)

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games review (WII)

Reviewed on June 23, 2008

Being quite a revolutionary game in itself, Mario and Sonic was always going to attract a lot of interest. The two trademark characters of SEGA and Nintendo, respective gaming rivals for years, come together for the very first time and head an enjoyable Wii title that can even cater for two lots of fanboys. Buying the game will certainly lead to a lot of fun if you've got friends coming over, but if you're counting on the game keeping you amused on your more solitary days, maybe it isn't ...
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Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition (PC)

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition - Colonies Edition review (PC)

Reviewed on June 22, 2008

Proving once again that they are the king of franchise-milking, Capcom is back with Lost Planet: Extreme Condition: Colonies Edition -- the third release of Lost Planet since its inception a mere year and a half ago. Each iteration since the original has added a bevy of new content ranging from new weapons to playable characters like Mega Man. While there's certainly no shortage of content in this latest release, the major problems that have plagued the game since the start remain ...
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Bushido Blade 2 (PlayStation)

Bushido Blade 2 review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 22, 2008

In this fighting game from Square(!?), you'll go from one area to another, defeating opponents with one of a few weapons you can pick from. Now, from the sound of that description alone, this sounds like a typical 3D fighting game, like Soul Blade or Tekken, but it's actually quite unique. Neither fighter has a life bar that can be drained away, and both fighters are vulnerable to any attack, so every swing of a weapon can result in instant death. A fight can start, and within seconds, one fight...
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ICO (PlayStation 2)

ICO review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 21, 2008

Though intimacy between individuals is one of the most important experiences of the human condition, video games have remained understandably silent on the subject. When attempting to mimic the narrative techniques of films, video games can only come so far Ė evoking real attachment to polygonal actors is an enormous feat, and one in which most games comically fail. In addition, there are so many negative, misunderstood (cf. Mass Effect on Fox News), and downright misogynist representat...
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Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation)

Final Fantasy VII review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 20, 2008

A pivotal thing happens at the end of the first disc of Final Fantasy VII: Aeris, a central character, is killed by the main villain, who evidently falls out of the sky or something. Such a reveal might be labeled as a major spoiler by some, but seeing as how itís likely the most widely known plot development of any video game in history amongst the gaming communityÖ Well, if you didnít know about it, you probably donít belong on a site like this in the first place.
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The World Ends with You (DS)

The World Ends with You review (DS)

Reviewed on June 20, 2008

The Game is dangerous. The Game is bizarre. The Game is insanely difficult. Fail to complete The Game and it'll be the last thing you ever fail to do. I don't mean this game, The World Ends With You, I mean The Game. Our protagonist, an anti-social, lonely people-hater, Neku, is somehow thrown into this Game and is told that he must complete the mission or face erasure. In a strange but fascinating, fast-paced opening, you find yourself linking up with a partner in order to defeat ...
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Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (Turbografx-CD)

Ys III: Wanderers From Ys review (TGCD)

Reviewed on June 20, 2008

In the world of gaming, there's always been one thing that I've noticed: nearly every series seems to have a black sheep of sorts, hated among the masses because of how different it is. Where would the gaming world be without Super Mario 2, Zelda II, and according to a large chunk of the HG userbase, the entire Metal Gear Solid series? Even my eternally-adored action RPG series Ys has been unable to escape such a fate. Where the first two Ys games featured swe...
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Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

Metal Gear Solid review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 19, 2008

MGS has a storyline that will have you laughing at the ridiculousness of some parts (terrorist demand #3: One billion dollars!) yet shocked and amazed at the brilliance of others (comrade Masterís true identity). Its controls will have you frustrated yet overjoyed. The multitude of ways to apply stealth and defeat enemies will leave you hungering for more, impatient to get through that next cut scene.
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Lemmings (PC)

Lemmings review (PC)

Reviewed on June 18, 2008

Itís quite hard to appreciate retro classics these days without actually being there at the time, especially when coming to grips with torrid graphics and dubious bleeps claiming to be music. But in this case, itís ironic that a game I absolutely loved as a kid fails to satisfy much nostalgia. With this being a serious keystone in gaming, being ported on every computer, console and handheld up to the PlayStation, itís hard to pin down my dissatisfaction. Maybe itís the fact I played this game to...
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Castle of Shikigami III (Wii)

Castle of Shikigami III review (WII)

Reviewed on June 18, 2008

Alcaland is in trouble. In danger of being wiped of the face of the map, in fact. Not from war or pestilence or anything you might expect; up until now, the country has been thriving under its monarchy. No, this crisis is beyond the constraints of human comprehension. The legendary Swan Castle has reappeared in the skies, blotting out the sun and is now slowly descending onto the helpless populace. Thousands of people have suddenly vanished with the return of this ancient behemoth, and thereís n...
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Space Invaders Extreme (DS)

Space Invaders Extreme review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2008

We should have seen this coming. It was inevitable, really. Despite all the bloody battles and hard-earned victories, the human race was never really safe. Not from these things, anyway. No matter how many of them you kill, there will always be more of them. Wave after pixilated wave of spaceships are now wandering the skies, descending ever so slowly like a waterfall in slow motion. There is no water here, though; these bastards are dishing out laser beams, bullets, missiles, and whatever else ...
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Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360)

Ninja Gaiden II review (X360)

Reviewed on June 16, 2008

2004 saw the rebirth of the Ninja Gaiden franchise on the Xbox, Team Ninja setting a new benchmark for the action-adventure genre in the process. Four years later and Ninja Gaiden II hasnít had quite the same groundbreaking impact as its predecessor. It doesnít have the same visual kick as the first game did in í04 and it lacks the same level of polish, but rest assured it provides all the sword-swinging, blood-bathed action youíve come to expect from Itagaki-san and company.
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Gears of War (Xbox 360)

Gears of War review (X360)

Reviewed on June 15, 2008

Gears of War is simultaneously excellent and flawed. Itís far from perfect, and yet it feels so close. The game is filled with unrelenting excellence, and perhaps thatís why the very real problems seem to detract so little from the big picture. Maybe by the end of the review, youíll see what I mean.
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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 (Xbox 360)

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 review (X360)

Reviewed on June 14, 2008

For a few of us, the end of Rainbow Six: Vegas left a bad taste in the mouth; a sudden cliff hanger that provided little satisfaction or resolution. For everyone else, it was just a side commentary to combine smoldering action set pieces together, or was forgotten altogether due to the compelling multiplayer. In either case, it was an excuse for a sequel; one that is not quite a fully fledged evolution of the franchise, or something that could have simply add-on content either.
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Rondo of Swords (DS)

Rondo of Swords review (DS)

Reviewed on June 13, 2008

For a strategy RPG set against a traditional medieval backdrop, Rondo of Swords tries to surprise you. It introduces a radically different method of moving around and engaging the enemy. The objectives of its stages can change at any time, with the express purpose of putting you in the worst possible position. And of course it contains a few major plot twists. Ultimately though, the biggest surprise comes in the form of disappointment. Rondo of Swords fails to strongly augment...
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Viva PiŮata (Xbox 360)

Viva PiŮata review (X360)

Reviewed on June 12, 2008

Viva Pinata is, in a word, unique. It incorporates many familiar simulation and animal care aspects, yes. But when I say you unique, I donít mean in terms of gameplay. I mean that this is a complex, deep game marketed almost entirely to an audience that is likely too young to get the most out of the game. Itís understandable; the game stars a cast of adorable, cutely named pinata animals. Thereís a childrenís TV show that ties into the game. The game takes place in a magical garden. This isnít ...
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