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Legend of Dragoon (PlayStation 3)

Legend of Dragoon review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 29, 2012

Its initial fragility is often the last impression bestowed upon a gamer. But there’s more to be discovered; I’m not going to reel of a huge list, we’d be here all day. Some things you’ll just have to discover on your own.
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The Amazing Spider-Man (Xbox 360)

The Amazing Spider-Man review (X360)

Reviewed on July 27, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man's problems stem from having a shaky foundation, trying to be something it isn't, and filling in the rest with... well, filler.
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Final Fantasy II (NES)

Final Fantasy II review (NES)

Reviewed on July 19, 2012

If one of them makes a habit of using swords in battle, that character will eventually be far more useful with that kind of weapon than any other. If another one specializes in casting spells, he'll wind up with tons of magic points. And if you regularly encounter weak enemies and ignore those hapless foes to have your party members beat up on each other, their hit points will go through the roof.
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Little Samson (NES)

Little Samson review (NES)

Reviewed on July 18, 2012

It's yet another case in which a developer wisely forsook innovation for refinement. The team at Takeru knew their audience, they knew what platformer players wanted, and they delivered. Oh, did they ever deliver
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Dyad (PlayStation 3)

Dyad review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 17, 2012

My god. It's full of stars!
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Johnny Kung Fu (3DS)

Johnny Kung Fu review (3DS)

Reviewed on July 12, 2012

UFO Interactive's latest eShop release has charm, if not much substance.
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DiRT Showdown (Xbox 360)

DiRT Showdown review (X360)

Reviewed on July 09, 2012

If you're in the mood for a decent, accessible racing game, you can do a lot worse than DiRT Showdown. The trouble is that you can also do a lot better for a lot less money.
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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy (3DS)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy review (3DS)

Reviewed on July 05, 2012

The varying rules from one mode to the next can seem overwhelming at first, but the differences are actually rather minor and you’ll adapt to everything quickly enough. The biggest difference is actually the differing background imagery. Battle Music places you in a combat scenario that looks like it was pulled from one of the first nine games, with your characters on the right side of the screen and enemies appearing to the left.
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Quantum Conundrum (PC)

Quantum Conundrum review (PC)

Reviewed on June 30, 2012

We play games primarily for enjoyment; we play games ideally for the full package, in which interactive and non-interactive elements are married seamlessly, and Quantum Conundrum suffers from a clear divide in quality that prevents it from ever truly resonating. That certainly doesn't stop it from being worth the money, but it's been a while since such a unique game felt so formulaic.
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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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