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Silent Hill: Downpour (Xbox 360)

Silent Hill: Downpour review (X360)

Reviewed on April 03, 2012

Some might argue that the canon was lost once it left the hands of its original developers; since that time it has been passed from studio to studio, each with ingenuous intentions of making the first ‘next gen’ standout. Regrettably, that still hasn’t happened.
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Little King's Story (Wii)

Little King's Story review (WII)

Reviewed on March 31, 2012

Your royal guard has a tendency to get caught up on fences, on the edge of buildings and so forth. By the time you’re commanding a group of 17 soldiers, it’s all but impossible to make everyone climb a simple staircase without cautious preparation. Such issues also cropped up in games like Pikmin and Overlord, but here their impact on moment-to-moment gameplay is more severe.
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Wild Arms 2 (PlayStation)

Wild Arms 2 review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 30, 2012

If nothing else, Wild Arms 2 entertains solely because of how comfortable it is seeking refuge in audacity. In the early going, Ashley Winchester, the lead player in an ensemble cast of protagonists, gets possessed by a demon that once threatened to destroy Filgaia, the world in this series. By the end of the game's second disc, a touch of demonic possession seems as normal as watching the sun rise.
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Kid Icarus: Uprising (3DS)

Kid Icarus: Uprising review (3DS)

Reviewed on March 30, 2012

Somehow, the most appealing aspect of any chapter is the game's strong learning curve. Even though you receive a great deal of guidance from the Goddess of Light, that advice only tells you how to interact with your surroundings (such as when she instructs you to grind along rails or explains what activating certain switches might accomplish).
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Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Vita)

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen review (VITA)

Reviewed on March 29, 2012

It's painfully clear to me that Shinobido 2 wasn't a labor of love. Recycled environments, halfhearted character designs, and muddy graphics overall simply don't put the Vita through its paces, nor do they showcase what the powerful handheld is capable of doing. Forgettable music, voice acting, and frustrating touch controls that only worsen the experience all work together to make Shinobido 2 a very weak package overall. If you're looking for well-executed stealth action that delivers a more complete experience, you might want to gravitate toward the excellent Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus instead.
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BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND (Xbox 360)

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND review (X360)

Reviewed on March 28, 2012

Through revisions, balance updates, and mechanics changes, the game has gained its own brand of complexity. However, it's still quite the fun time whether you're the type who just wants to get in there and button-mash, or you’re someone looking for a deep fighting game containing a cast where absolutely no character plays the same and all of them come with their own individual sets of tactics.
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J.U.L.I.A (PC)

J.U.L.I.A review (PC)

Reviewed on March 26, 2012

This makes it a recommendable video game featuring a strong narrative, fantastic storytelling and a real sense of personality.
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Touch My Katamari (Vita)

Touch My Katamari review (VITA)

Reviewed on March 25, 2012

At its heart, Touch My Katamari is the same monster we know and love, with a bright new coat of paint. And it shows quite a bit of potential for what the series could possibly undertake. For now, it's a bridge to bigger and better Katamari games that strips itself down to basics to grow from there. And like the in-game katamari, grow it shall -- hopefully into the brightest star yet.
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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PlayStation 3)

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City review (PS3)

Reviewed on March 23, 2012

My team went through a checkpoint door and encountered enemy resistance. I noticed one teammate was absent on the front lines, and looked for her. Naturally, she was running in place, into the locked checkpoint door we had just come through.
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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PlayStation 3)

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City review (PS3)

Reviewed on March 23, 2012

A dismally unimaginative co-op shooter, coupled with a half-finished idea for an intriguing competitive component. Play it in either mode and you’ll be bored or irritated within minutes.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on March 21, 2012

The meaty bits of battle were so succulent that they were worth waiting through even the most asinine dialogue. When a game's perks are so great that you can ignore such flaws, you know you have a great title on your hands. Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 definitely qualifies.
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Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D (3DS)

Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D review (3DS)

Reviewed on March 19, 2012

When Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D was announced for the 3DS, many people wondered how it was going to work on a platform the original Metal Gear Solid 3 clearly wasn’t designed for. Once the Metal Gear Solid HD collection was announced for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, the question changed from “how?” to “why bother?” There may be a place for both versions, but the value that you’ll find in the portable version mostly comes down to the type of Metal Gear Solid fan you are.
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Zero Wing (Genesis)

Zero Wing review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 18, 2012

Instead, let’s all listen to people who have never played the game quote the ‘hilarious’ intro until the urge to club them with a half brick becomes too strong.
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The Journey Home: Quest for the Throne (SNES)

The Journey Home: Quest for the Throne review (SNES)

Reviewed on March 15, 2012

How did it get there? We'll never know. It could have dropped through an ceiling (unseen by the player) like a few do in Skyrim; it could have been the result of a Final Fantasy XIII-2 time paradox; hell, it could simply be explained by four simple words: A WIZARD DID IT — at least there's one of those causing trouble in this game!
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Ridge Racer (Vita)

Ridge Racer review (VITA)

Reviewed on March 15, 2012

In Ridge Racer, though, none of the tracks—even the two bonus ones—include more than a few corners that you might call “sharp.” Old Town, one of the added tracks, includes a single ‘S’ curve near its conclusion that is an example of the sort of thing that should have been more common throughout the game.
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Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360)

Mass Effect 3 review (X360)

Reviewed on March 14, 2012

Fans have been railing on BioWare for phasing out certain elements – the side quests are virtually nonexistent at this point, and dialog options are more limited as Shepard speaks quite a bit on his own – yet in my mind, Mass Effect 3 is where all of the things that I truly love about this series come together.
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Alan Wake's American Nightmare (Xbox 360)

Alan Wake's American Nightmare review (X360)

Reviewed on March 10, 2012

American Nightmare stops trying to promote itself as the new Silent Hill and camps it right up to great effect.
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Wario Land: Shake It! (Wii)

Wario Land: Shake It! review (WII)

Reviewed on March 06, 2012

You have to take leaps of faith and frequently you must also deal with sloppy controls (since you’ll be using devices that enhance your speed in many cases). If you happen to time a jump wrong or if you start along the incorrect route, you’ll miss out on some nice rewards. In essence, the game penalizes you for not knowing ahead of time where everything is located.
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Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 (PlayStation 3)

Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on March 05, 2012

Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 progresses in a simple pattern: you travel to a new land, witness events in its main town, then outlying areas appear and you explore them. Typically, you’ll slay a monster in a new area, go back to town and witness another event, then return to the same area again so that you can slay a second monster. Every so often, a new area unlocks and the process repeats as you gradually work through the game’s plot.
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Chrono Cross (PlayStation)

Chrono Cross review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 03, 2012

However, like I said, those incremental post-boss bonuses do add up over time. It benefits a player to pick a couple sidekicks they really like to keep with them as much as possible. Sorry, Kid, you might be a major player in the plot, but with all the story elements conspiring to keep you out of active duty for extended periods of time, I only used you if the game forced me to.
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