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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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To the Moon (PC)

To the Moon review (PC)

Reviewed on March 01, 2012

Its retro graphics look beautiful. The original soundtrack is utterly stunning. Its story is one of the most confident and grown-up that our medium has ever seen. Don’t approach To the Moon expecting taxing puzzles or combat or stats, because that isn’t what it’s about. It is its own thing: an indie adventure about going to the moon, but with its sights set far beyond it.
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Neverdead (Xbox 360)

Neverdead review (X360)

Reviewed on February 28, 2012

Playing NeverDead is akin to walking into the game version of a carnival house of mirrors. Everywhere you turn, you see something that looks like a component to a decent action game, only to find it detrimentally mutated in some way.
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EvilQuest (Xbox 360)

EvilQuest review (X360)

Reviewed on February 25, 2012

EvilQuest gets more than enough to justify its already low asking price, but let’s not let its Indie status colour it completely; The 360’s Indie channel regularly produces titles of great value hidden beneath the muck and Chaosoft’s effort certainly deserves to stand along side them.
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Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox 360)

Final Fantasy XIII review (X360)

Reviewed on February 24, 2012

At least the fighting was fun — after the game had decided I'd done well enough with the remedial classes and gave me access to everything. Each character can take on a number of roles. Ravagers blitz foes with attack magic, while Commandos deliver powerful melee attacks. Other roles are more specialized, doing things like buffing party members, debuffing foes, casting healing spells and serving as tanks to protect the more frail from powerful assaults. As the game progresses, each character learns new roles, making them more versatile. With a click of a button, you can switch from a set-up with two Ravagers and a Commando to one designed to quickly heal the wounded.
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Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)

Rhythm Heaven Fever review (WII)

Reviewed on February 20, 2012

Rhythm Heaven Fever asks that you "relax and have fun." Heck, it even tells you that outright in the opening cutscene. It doesn't want you to become too absorbed or obsessed with beating a high score or freaking out when you make a mistake. Just kick back and enjoy the ride!
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Rayman Origins (Vita)

Rayman Origins review (VITA)

Reviewed on February 19, 2012

On the Vita’s OLED screen in particular, colors are surprisingly vibrant. Rayman is animated beautifully and so are his enemies, but the backgrounds are truly something to behold. Screenshots don’t do them justice. They often resemble the most beautiful backdrops from the most beloved of Disney animated features.
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Little Deviants (Vita)

Little Deviants review (VITA)

Reviewed on February 17, 2012

Little Deviants could have been a decent game, even without a multi-player component, but the mini-games are often challenging because of their imprecise controls, not thanks to designer ingenuity. It’s difficult to forget that most of what you find here wouldn’t be nearly as difficult if it used the available analog stick rather than forcing you to play around with the Vita’s more unique features.
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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 generation’s biggest disappointments. It wasn’t 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, there’s just not enough of it. Anyone who is happy that there are only 15 songs probably shouldn’t 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 don’t think I’m 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, you’ll see a large number of recycled goons, but the variety is still impressive considering the game’s 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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