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Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox 360)

Final Fantasy XIII-2 review (X360)

Reviewed on February 17, 2012

Final Fantasy XIII may have been a commercial success, selling millions of units around the globe, but it also could also be considered one of this generationís biggest disappointments. It wasnít so much that the game was bad, just that a number of fundamental concepts which make Final Fantasy games so enjoyable were stripped away.
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Michael Jackson: The Experience HD (Vita)

Michael Jackson: The Experience HD review (VITA)

Reviewed on February 16, 2012

While Michael Jackson: The Experience HD is an engaging experience as far as it goes, thereís just not enough of it. Anyone who is happy that there are only 15 songs probably shouldnít be buying the game in the first place, and fans who totally dig what Ubisoft has done here will probably wish for two or three times the number of selections.
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Homefront (PlayStation 3)

Homefront review (PS3)

Reviewed on February 14, 2012

I stopped expecting First Person Shooters to be marathon slogs a long time ago, but I donít think Iím ready to expect them to stop being good.
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Dear Esther (PC)

Dear Esther review (PC)

Reviewed on February 14, 2012

Dear Esther is barely a videogame by any conventional sense of the term and approaching it like one will lead to nothing but frustration. But if you're lucky, it clicks, not as a game but as a powerful and moving emotional experience.
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360)

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review (X360)

Reviewed on February 10, 2012

It's the sort of fantasy epic that perfectly matches the game's barbarian choir musical intro and the constant array of thick nordic voices exhorting you to fight for your country. Still, it was dozens upon dozens of hours before any of this main quest work was done for any reason other than me randomly wandering somewhere I was supposed to be.
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SoulCalibur V (PlayStation 3)

SoulCalibur V review (PS3)

Reviewed on February 07, 2012

Depending on what you expect from a SoulCalibur game, SoulCalibur V may either be the best game in the series, or the worst.
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The Simpsons Arcade Game (Xbox 360)

The Simpsons Arcade Game review (X360)

Reviewed on February 04, 2012

Certainly, youíll see a large number of recycled goons, but the variety is still impressive considering the gameís era. There are pot-bellied businessmen, women with afros, ninja warriors, ghosts and lanky janitors, among others. New stages always have a new threat or two, and even familiar adversaries will mix things up by bringing weapons to the brawl. You can do the same thing yourself.
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Quarrel (Xbox 360)

Quarrel review (X360)

Reviewed on February 04, 2012

I know what you're thinking: "Just what we needed, another Xbox Live word game..." Well, cheer up, because Quarrel isn't your average Scrabble clone. It's a charming combination of word unscrambling and turn-based strategy warfare. Wait, wha-? No, you didnít read that wrong; in Quarrel your goal is to control all of the territories on the game board using the unstoppable force of your Word IQ.
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Star Ocean: The Last Hope (Xbox 360)

Star Ocean: The Last Hope review (X360)

Reviewed on February 03, 2012

The Bonus Board isn't permanent, though, as if an enemy whacks the character you're controlling with a critical hit, you'll watch a number of your bonuses dissipate. I had a knack for killing stuff with critical hits, so at times, I'd be getting at least an additional 100 percent experience. One of those hard hits against me and it was down to 50 percent and I'd have to build my board back to its former glory (or take another couple critical hits and have to start from scratch).
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Pushmo (3DS)

Pushmo review (3DS)

Reviewed on January 31, 2012

Like Mario in Donkey Kong the hero can leap only a short distance, so a lot of pulling is necessary if heís going to scale some of the larger puzzles. It starts to feel almost like youíre building your own platformer as you go, which could easily become frustrating except that you can undo the last 15 seconds or so of play by holding the L button to rewind your actions, as in a Prince of Persia title.
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Medal of Honor: Airborne (Xbox 360)

Medal of Honor: Airborne review (X360)

Reviewed on January 31, 2012

Thereís plenty to complain about with Medal of Honor: Airborne. Thereís simply even more still to appreciate.
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Scarygirl (Xbox 360)

Scarygirl review (X360)

Reviewed on January 28, 2012

Unfortunately, that joy was often marred by frustration. The controls seem a bit loose, which can make precise leaping more trouble that it's worth. Your character is pretty versatile, using her tentacle arm to whack enemies, briefly hover through the air and swing from objects, but it got tricky to consistently pull off some of those moves, especially since the girl struggles with fundamentals like stopping on a dime.
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Unstoppable Gorg (PC)

Unstoppable Gorg review (PC)

Reviewed on January 19, 2012

Unstoppable Gorg is a tower defense game with a twist. Thatís a claim that any PR person might make about any new offering within the genre. In this case, though, itís an especially apt description because the twist is this: you twist things.
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AMY (Xbox 360)

AMY review (X360)

Reviewed on January 18, 2012

Tragically, though the poor presentation is the first thing youíll notice, itís not the worst. Not by a long shot. In fact, an argument could be made that the presentation is the best thing the game has going for it.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic (PC)

Star Wars: The Old Republic review (PC)

Reviewed on January 17, 2012

The Old Republic is fun, tells some interesting stories, and offers players a vast amount of things to do. But the game still suffers from the same things that hold back all MMOs despite the class storylines and voice acting.
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Faery: Legends of Avalon (Xbox 360)

Faery: Legends of Avalon review (X360)

Reviewed on January 17, 2012

The average enemy in this game seemed to come from generic lists of animals and undead. I found it somewhat annoying that the mythical Norse Yggdrasil's dungeons were loaded with hornets and termites instead of, you know, something suited for the game's theme.
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Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Xbox 360)

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure review (X360)

Reviewed on January 08, 2012

Levels feature lots of loot and they all contain special areas that are locked behind gates. To enter gates, you must have a character with the matching affinity. As long as you have such a character and he hasnít been disabled for that stage, you can simply pull the current character off the pedestal and replace it with a new one. The whole process takes mere seconds and it lets you feel like youíre actively involved in the adventure.
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Infinite Undiscovery (Xbox 360)

Infinite Undiscovery review (X360)

Reviewed on January 05, 2012

You collect well over a dozen party members, many of whom have little relevance beyond, "Hey, uh, you're out to save the world, so let me help!". Many villains pop up, deliver a couple lines of dialogue, fight you and are killed. It kind of reminded me of the RPGs I played on the NES and SNES where characters would pop up and randomly join or fight you for no reason other than "I'm good; I like you!" or "I'm evil; I hate you!".
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Trine 2 (Xbox 360)

Trine 2 review (X360)

Reviewed on January 04, 2012

This multi-specialty adventure is surprisingly deep and challenging for its bargain price, and if you've got the friends and the time, it's well worth the admission. If you're looking for more twists on familiar tropes, Trine 2 is your the best candidate. Pick it up and save the princess. Just don't get too caught up in sightseeing on your way to the finish line.
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Defense Grid: The Awakening (PC)

Defense Grid: The Awakening review (PC)

Reviewed on January 04, 2012

Missions include special objectives that switch things up. Your options change depending on the scenario. In one case, you might be able to try a familiar stage with 99 waves instead of the usual 25 or 30. Elsewhere, you might be able to start with 20,000 resources but defeated enemies wonít drop any additional resources.
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