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Elebits (Wii)

Elebits review (WII)

Reviewed on December 21, 2006

Elebits provides is one of the most truly convincing 3D atmospheres yet presented in a console game. Though the visuals are clearly inspired by animation and maybe 1950, they are endearing in their way and really suck you into the experience. If at times there are hiccups, theyíre still an acceptable price to pay for the freedom you often enjoy.
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Pocket Racers (PSP)

Pocket Racers review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 18, 2006

Although I approached Pocket Racers with an open mind, I left with anything but. Aside from Satan (or in this case, a hooded facsimile), this is an ill-conceived, poorly-designed, "me-too" racer. This is not a game that deserves respect.
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Phelios (Genesis)

Phelios review (GEN)

Reviewed on December 15, 2006

Artemis looks and acts much like your standard damsel in distress with her long blond hair and scant clothing barely covering her SWEET rack as she begs for Apollo to remember their time together and come save her. Well, while that was all I needed to see before leaping into action, according to the actual legends, Artemis was more of a butt-kicking tomboy type who likely was a role model for young Greek lesbians.
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Luxor: The Wrath of Set (PSP)

Luxor: The Wrath of Set review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 13, 2006

In Luxor, you are a warmongering scarab out to destroy all the other scarabs before they can push a bunch of multi-coloured balls into a nearby pyramid. I guess these balls are bombs or something, because if even one makes it into the pyramid, YOU LOSE.
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Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin (DS)

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin review (DS)

Reviewed on December 12, 2006

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin is as rewarding an experience as the series is likely to ever provide. Itís huge, itís fun and itís devious in all the right amounts. I can think of only two flaws: nothing here feels overwhelmingly new compared to previous installments, and sometimes you have to wander around breaking apart too many candlesticks for gold because healing items and accessories are so expensive.
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Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Xbox 360)

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 review (X360)

Reviewed on December 11, 2006

Although I could whine about DOAX2's more challenging (but still fair) version of volleyball, the marina race is far, far better than volleyball ever was. There are a lot of courses ó more are unlocked after a first-place finish ó and the aquatic atmosphere provides a relaxing counterbalance to the adrenaline of high-speed battle. Even after mastering the basic course layout, there's still the "flag" system used to earn turbo boosts, the stunt system which lets me pull off some crazy flips, and the fair but persistent opposition.
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Gears of War (Xbox 360)

Gears of War review (X360)

Reviewed on December 08, 2006

You'll be surprised how much you can do with so little buttons. Take control of Marcus Fenix, and marvel at how easy it is to throw him around the battlefield. Within minutes, you'll have him hurling himself behind cover, popping around the sides to take shots at any available targets and even reaching over his protective barrier to fire blindly at any foe foolish enough to charge him. You'll have him diving from one safe haven to the next, sniping around corners to bull-rush unprepared Locust and hurling spike-encrusted sling-shot-inspired grenades right down their scaly little throats.
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Cartoon Network Racing (PlayStation 2)

Cartoon Network Racing review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 05, 2006

There are a few problems with Cartoon Network Racing, all somewhat typical of hastily-designed games within the genre. The first of these is a tendency to rely on items rather than good courses to provide the bulk of your experience. That translates to a lot of frantic rocket firing and oil slicks. At first, itís kind of fun. It quickly grows tiresome, however, when you spend half your time spinning cookies after rebounding from an attack you couldnít avoid.
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Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 (PlayStation 2)

Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 05, 2006

Basically, the games here are the lionís share of memorable titles you might have missed from the first collection. Thereís no Ghouls Ďn Ghosts here, because that was already done. Thereís no Trojan or Final Fight for the same reason. What you get instead are a collection of brawlers and shooters, along with Strider and Super Street Fighter II Turbo to round things out.
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Online Chess Kingdoms (PSP)

Online Chess Kingdoms review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 04, 2006

Sometimes you play your best and the computer does the same and when all is said and done, youíve won. The congratulatory screen comes and goes like it should. Then the next match is another inexplicable stalemate, or the disc freezes again. You just never know with this game, which is frustrating because of all the things does right.
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Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles (PlayStation 2)

Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 04, 2006

After Uzumaki Chronicles has done its best to drive all but the most diehard Naruto fans away, it actually gets interesting. Strong recurring villains appear, a dire plot involving genetic manipulation is unveiled, and Naruto's friends are consistently thrust into dire peril.
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Master of Weapon (Genesis)

Master of Weapon review (GEN)

Reviewed on December 03, 2006

If that didn't make things easy enough, then reveal in the hailstorm of power-ups that drip from the screen every time you manage to shoot down one of the many lime-green penile-shaped ships that explode upon the merest of bullet grazes. These power-ups will literally outnumber enemy projectiles and offer you the substandard upgrades such as making your standard laser suddenly fire in double or triple spread shots.
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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Game Boy Advance)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends review (GBA)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

Fosterís Home for Imaginary Friends is rather large, a few winding staircases stacked on top of one another with doorways that connect to long hallways and still more doors. At first, itís easy to get lost in all the options, and itís only by the end of the game that youíre likely to know your way around the building. Thatís because by then, you will have wandered rather aimlessly about for hours on end, grabbing little trinkets and starting to wonder why things have to be so monotonous.
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Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix 4 (Xbox)

Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix 4 review (XBX)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

Ultramix 4 features a variety of interesting step charts that sync well to the background music, and while few stages are difficult enough to challenge those who have mastered the hardest songs in past DDR releases, beginners and intermediate-level players will find a lot to like here.
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Lumines II (PSP)

Lumines II review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

For each moment where youíre groaning as things pile so high that you donít stand a chance, youíll find moments where you sneak that piece in place just in time and watch a combo clear half the screen out of your way. Playing a single round for very long is difficult when youíre new, but there are definite rewards if you take the time to get better. Only by surviving a good long while can you hear all of the music and unlock the available skins.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic review (XBX)

Reviewed on November 30, 2006

A lesson in morality. Plus lightsabers.
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 (Xbox 360)

Tony Hawk's Project 8 review (X360)

Reviewed on November 27, 2006

Itís definitely nice to see the franchise returning somewhat to its roots. The humor is more reminiscent of Ollie the Magic Bum than it is the days when Bam Magera terrorized the gameplay (though his fans will be happy to know that he is here again). Another change I loved is the lack of an enforced tutorial mode.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army (PlayStation 2)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

While the plot does have the standard SMT flair for the dramatic, with various factions vying for control of Japan by whatever means they feel to be necessary, Devil Summoner doesnít take place in a world thatís already been purged of virtually all forms of civilized life.
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Wii Sports (Wii)

Wii Sports review (WII)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

Wii Sports isnít really a game. Itís a tech demo disguised by artwork that makes you think youíre playing five different sportsóbowling, tennis, boxing, baseball and golfóbut all youíre really doing is swinging your Wii Remote this way or that and convincing yourself that youíre having fun.
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Call of Duty 3 (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty 3 review (X360)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

Unlike its predecessor, I canít remember many dramatic, pivotal battles from Call of Duty 3. This time, instead of dipping in and out of the war, you take part in the Normandy Breakout. CoD 3 attempts to involve you in this extended conflict by using lengthy cut-scenes to push forward its story. I still donít care about the names, though! I wouldíve rather listened to a History Channel interlude on the state of the battle than a Scottish SAS man insult a French resistant fighter. Save the heroes and villains for Spielberg, Treyarch.
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