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Shatterhand (NES)

Shatterhand review (NES)

Reviewed on June 30, 2012

You might suppose that in a game where you’re supposed to wail on everything with powerful fists, your enemies would attack in a manner that encourages brawls. However, your foes often fire potshots at you from a significant distance. You’ll almost never meet an enemy that is an easy target for your fists, so instead you’ll spend a lot of time slowly sneaking forward while leaping or ducking to avoid projectiles. It slows everything to a crawl at the best of times, while in other instances you’re pretty much screwed until you memorize the layout of a level.
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Whomp 'Em (NES)

Whomp 'Em review (NES)

Reviewed on June 28, 2012

Another potential issue is that Whomp ‘Em plays a lot like an old Mega Man title, except that the pacing for the stages doesn’t feel quite as refined as it did in Capcom’s famous series. You can clear the six main stages (after a brief introductory stage) in any order you like, usually after spending only a few minutes in each of them. You’ll even gain special weapons when you emerge victorious.
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The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock (SNES)

The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 27, 2012

Fortunately, the action levels that make up the bulk of the game are reasonably good. There’s not a lot of visual variety because each of the stages are themed, but you’ll see grasslands, volcanic areas, icy crags, a dense jungle and a series of dank caverns. The time limit is often every bit as much your enemy as the various animals that try to make life difficult for you.
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Blades of Time (PC)

Blades of Time review (PC)

Reviewed on June 26, 2012

You wield sadistic dual blades, sling spells without much care, and solve innumerable puzzles. It's just that the variety is lacking. Yes, it's totally fun to tear up swarms of zombies with sharpened swords, or blast winged warriors out of the air with a high-powered rifle. It's thrilling to ignite a sea of humanity on fire or freeze pesky critters in place. But the catharsis isn't quite the same.
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Containment: The Zombie Puzzler (PC)

Containment: The Zombie Puzzler review (PC)

Reviewed on June 24, 2012

Zombies are commonly associated with shooters. Most of us would not expect a puzzle game to successfully incorporate the undead without the result feeling like a real stretch. Containment: The Zombie Puzzler manages to do just that, though, all while holding your attention with a light storyline full of surprisingly effective character clichés, not to mention new gameplay elements that are introduced with each successive chapter.
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Gas Guzzlers Combat Carnage (PC)

Gas Guzzlers Combat Carnage review (PC)

Reviewed on June 23, 2012

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is a really, really good game, and you're missing out on it.
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Pac-Man (Atari 2600)

Pac-Man review (A2600)

Reviewed on June 21, 2012

However, just because I had fun times with family while playing this game doesn't mean I can excuse its large list of faults. That period of time can best be described as good times with a bad game simply because we didn't know any better.
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Titan Quest (PC)

Titan Quest review (PC)

Reviewed on June 20, 2012

Titan Quest is an exciting bash across ancient lands. Very little about this game is innovative. Rather than experimenting with new concepts, Iron Lore took familiar ones and refined them. They knew what kind of game they were making. They didn't overload it with pretentious storytelling or bits of narrative that demean the action.
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Inversion (Xbox 360)

Inversion review (X360)

Reviewed on June 18, 2012

Playing it won't ruin your weekend.
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O.C.D. (Xbox 360)

O.C.D. review (X360)

Reviewed on June 15, 2012

With O.C.D., you grind so you can grind more; you gain skills so you can grind more quickly; you harvest goods to make items and equipment so you can grind even more quickly. The grinding isn't a means to an end, it's the beginning, middle and end!
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Rock of Ages (PlayStation 3)

Rock of Ages review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 10, 2012

This game is probably the last thing Albrecht Dürer’s brain showed him the moment before he died.
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Awesomenauts (Xbox 360)

Awesomenauts review (X360)

Reviewed on June 10, 2012

Though many games share the core mechanics that Awesomenauts is built upon, there’s simply nothing else out there like it right now.
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Game of Thrones (Xbox 360)

Game of Thrones review (X360)

Reviewed on June 05, 2012

While there is magic in the world of Game of Thrones, the majority of it is in Mors' and Alester's respective dog and fire powers. Unlike Dragon Age Origins, there are no darkspawn, no dragons, no werewolves and no sentient trees. Hell, there aren't even any wolves, spiders or bears. You'll fight tons of barbarians, bandits, peasants and soldiers, though…and for all intents and purposes, they're all the same.
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Oil Rush (PC)

Oil Rush review (PC)

Reviewed on June 04, 2012

What makes this game so compelling isn't the plot (which is fairly stereotypical) or even the environment (which is quite beautiful despite the post-apocalyptic setting). It's the careful balance between a remarkably simple interface and complex strategy. Unlike other examples of this genre, you don't need to consider eight million factors when planning a move, or gather fifty kinds of resources, or examine ninety different stats. Instead, your concerns lie with your units and, of course, oil.
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Mario Tennis Open (3DS)

Mario Tennis Open review (3DS)

Reviewed on May 30, 2012

While you play, your view of the action shifts between two perspectives depending on how you hold the 3DS. If you hold the system in a roughly vertical position, the 3D effect is eliminated and the action is presented from a perspective that lies low against the court, almost behind the players. This allows you to aim serves by swinging the unit left or right. If you hold the system horizontally in your lap, the 3D effect returns.
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (Xbox 360)

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier review (X360)

Reviewed on May 28, 2012

Not only did Ubisoft delibrately implement design choices that are detrimental to the game, but they occasionally defy logic to do so. Future Soldier often forces action on you as if the game isn't meant to be played any other way. Which would be fine if the shooting were more graceful, or if there weren't infinitely more interesting elements at play.
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Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (Vita)

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention review (VITA)

Reviewed on May 28, 2012

Disgaea 3 is a fun, lighthearted experience with a lot of depth and plenty of content to keep you occupied. If it was alone on the system, it would be an easy recommendation. But when you consider the library of excellent PSP SRPGs easily available to download on PSN, Disgaea 3 doesn’t stand out too easily, and if you've played it already there's no reason to do it again.
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Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland (PlayStation 3)

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 26, 2012

There’s an astonishing level of complexity on display everywhere you turn, so you might have to wait until your second or third trip through the game before trying to actually hunt down some of the more fearsome monsters. Even then, with the benefit of gear that you are allowed to carry over from one round to the next, failure is possible and perhaps even likely. There’s a bunch of awesome stuff to do and see but not nearly enough time.
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The Mist (PC)

The Mist review (PC)

Reviewed on May 25, 2012

You'll be screwing around, attempting to input any damn command the computer might actually recognize, outside the hardware store when suddenly you'll get a "The bug just appeared" message. Now, one of two things will happen. First, if you're lucky enough to have found a bug-killing item AND are lucky enough to figure out the specific way to phrase your command so that you actually use it, you can dispatch the mutated creature. Or, more likely, you'll be dead in a turn or two.
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Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II (PlayStation 3)

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 24, 2012

Do you think Tails has hollow bones?
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