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Thor: God of Thunder (PlayStation 3)

Thor: God of Thunder review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 01, 2011

You won’t have to play Thor much at all to see that the title is inspired by the highly successful God of War series. Kratos, the bald-headed warrior from that other series, has simply been replaced here by the blond-haired and impetuous Thor. Instead of wielding a whip, he swings a hammer around like a sword… when he’s not grabbing monsters three or four times his size and wrestling them to the ground by the horns. This is a “T”-rated game, though, so there are no severed heads or geysers of blood and there are no naked women in mini-games or elsewhere. Thor may be a god, but he lives in a bland world.
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Virtua Tennis 4 (Xbox 360)

Virtua Tennis 4 review (X360)

Reviewed on May 31, 2011

It’s no easy task to follow up a perfect original game with sequel after sequel. Virtua Tennis will always be Virtua Tennis, no matter how you package it. In other words, Virtua Tennis will always be a joy to play.
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The Incredibles (Xbox)

The Incredibles review (XBX)

Reviewed on May 30, 2011

The story of Bob Parr and his gifted family of superheroes (wife, Mrs. Incredible; children, Violet and Dash) is told inexcusably poorly. When you finish the adventure, you still won’t know what the movie is about.
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B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel (DS)

B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel review (DS)

Reviewed on May 30, 2011

Here’s the thing; I’ve not played Cannon Fodder since the early nineties, but I still recall the stand out levels, the clever geography and can appreciate the more subtle parodying of the hells of war. In its attempt to revitalise an older way of thinking, all B Team has managed to do is highlight the competence of that it tries to ape and show that it still can’t eclipse a game made almost two decades previous.
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Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale (Xbox 360)

Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale review (X360)

Reviewed on May 26, 2011

Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale has a lot of glitches, very little plot, almost no enemy variety and a sloppy interface that sometimes makes playing the game a chore. The first few hours almost immediately feel tedious, but the game improves from there. Unfortunately, it never really does anything especially memorable.
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Dead or Alive: Dimensions (3DS)

Dead or Alive: Dimensions review (3DS)

Reviewed on May 25, 2011

Environments are expectedly gorgeous and expansive, with cascading waterfalls and rope bridges that span wide chasms. There also are the underground laboratory and ancient rooftop venues, and you can still knock your opponent from high ledges and then follow to kick his or her butt on lower ground. In other words, any concessions that had to be made due to the hardware have minimal impact on the presentation… when it comes to fights.
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Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble (DS)

Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble review (DS)

Reviewed on May 24, 2011

In practice, Shinobi Rumble doesn't deliver superior single-player combat. The fighting mechanics are technically simple, the computer's strategies are equally unsophisticated, and the story mode is simple shorthand. If you're going at this solo, the game will occupy a few hours and then be forgotten forever.
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The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (PC)

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings review (PC)

Reviewed on May 23, 2011

If you can look past the balancing, pacing and technical issues, there is an extremely solid RPG here - nothing especially innovative, but definitely a game that sets out to be the most absorbing, rich and spectacular experience it possibly can be. It’s a disappointment because it largely succeeds in that goal while fluffing the basics. The best RPG of the current generation? With a bit more care, it could have been.
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L.A. Noire (Xbox 360)

L.A. Noire review (X360)

Reviewed on May 19, 2011

What eventually passes for core gameplay in LA Noire is a bad guessing game in which you have to decide whether people are lying and which bits of evidence from your inventory confirm the lie. It's all very vague, and you'll feel like quite the schmuck when you're sure you've cornered a suspect, only to realize that the game's writer was on a different page. Not that it matters, which is a terrible thing to say about core gameplay.
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Dragon Warrior II (NES)

Dragon Warrior II review (NES)

Reviewed on May 19, 2011

Without those rose-colored memories, what we're left with is a decent older RPG that was a marked improvement on the first Dragon Warrior, but more than merely a step behind the third and fourth NES installments. I've played through those two games multiple times. When I picked up Dragon Warrior II a year or two after initially beating it, I think I got about halfway through before losing interest.
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Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword (PC)

Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword review (PC)

Reviewed on May 18, 2011

This kind of incompetence is old news, although one would have hoped that for the series' third outing the AI squadmates would be better at self-preservation. What makes it more frustrating than in the past, however, is that you simply cannot be enough of a superhero to make up for their ghastly mistakes. Because now there are all these guns, you see.
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MLB 11: The Show (PlayStation 2)

MLB 11: The Show review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 16, 2011

MLB 11: The Show rings in the new year with a fresh take on the baseball franchise, complete with up-to-date roster changes and overhauled batting mechanics.
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Brink (Xbox 360)

Brink review (X360)

Reviewed on May 12, 2011

Like Quake Wars, Brink has excellent bot support, which makes it a viable single-player game. Or, even better, a game you can enjoy with a small group of friends playing among bots. It's remarkable how well the AI can handle this relatively complicated game, making use of different weapons, different class abilities, the movement system, and various elements of the maps. In fact, one of the best ways to learn a map is to follow a bot. When it comes to competent bots making multiplayer more than just multiplayer, medium budget games like Brink and Section 8 put to shame AAA franchises like Halo and Call of Duty.
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Shining Force II (Genesis)

Shining Force II review (GEN)

Reviewed on May 10, 2011

There’s a reason why I’ve revisited Moun on an almost yearly basis, and beaten the hell out of goat-eared mages. And it’s the same reason why I’ll meet up with FREYJA around the same time next year and do it all over again.
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Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun (DS)

Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun review (DS)

Reviewed on May 09, 2011

Vampire Moon: The Mystery of the Hidden Sun takes a good idea and does absolutely nothing with it.
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Wall Street Kid (NES)

Wall Street Kid review (NES)

Reviewed on May 09, 2011

The polished interface makes it easy to keep your attention where it should be: on deadlines. Those deadlines do a remarkably good job of building tension because you know that if you make too many mistakes, you’ll lose everything. Stocks go up in value or drop sharply, so complacency works against you. There’s a certain element of surprise, as well. You might get a hot stock tip and dump everything to invest in a new stock, only to see the next day that the stock you previously owned enjoyed a tremendous increase just after you ditched it. When you’re trying to drive up the value of your portfolio in time to buy a new car (or else face a ‘Game Over’ screen), losses and missed opportunities really hit home.
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Wings of Wor (Genesis)

Wings of Wor review (GEN)

Reviewed on May 07, 2011

This is a fantasy game and I don't mean a "control a cute witch as she blasts hordes of adorable critters who turn into lollypops and flowers" fantasy. I'm talking about a dark fantasy where you're in control of an angel descending into a macabre, hellish world to confront grotesque monstrosities seemingly conjured from the worst nightmares of the game's designers.
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Conduit 2 (Wii)

Conduit 2 review (WII)

Reviewed on May 03, 2011

Conduit 2 is fine for Wii owners searching for a decent shooter, but fans of the genre shouldn’t expect anything special from it.
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Pokemon Black Version (DS)

Pokemon Black Version review (DS)

Reviewed on May 02, 2011

When you are wandering the wilds between towns, there often are places where the road simply stops. Then you must traverse tall grass or dark sand or whatever. That has always been true, but now every third or fourth step from the beaten path seems to result in a random encounter. That’s not an exaggeration. I’ve counted on multiple occasions. Sometimes I would win a battle, take one step and then immediately find myself in another battle. I was hoping to take at least two or three steps.
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Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger (PC)

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger review (PC)

Reviewed on May 02, 2011

I feel a bit guilty for panning anybody’s first effort, and my hope that a decent game can be made from this premise is genuine. But the only thing you’ll find here is mounting disappointment and enough dropped balls to start a play pit with.
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