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RISK: Factions (Xbox 360)

RISK: Factions review (X360)

Reviewed on June 29, 2010

The "Factions" mode adds a few wrinkles to that classic formula. The maps that you'll explore are different, with special new attractions that give particular territories new value. For example, it's possible to lay siege to an island temple. Doing so means that during each turn that you hold that fortified position, you can choose a single one of your opponent's territories to convert to your own (along with any troops who happen to be stationed there). Just imagine the possibilities. Whoever has that temple has tremendous power, but the temple grounds are obviously going to be under constant attack.
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8-bit Girlfriend (Xbox 360)

8-bit Girlfriend review (X360)

Reviewed on June 29, 2010

8-bit Girlfriend is a paper thin joke that doesn’t even stay around long enough to wear out its welcome.
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Resident Evil 5: Untold Stories (Xbox 360)

Resident Evil 5: Untold Stories review (X360)

Reviewed on June 27, 2010

Untold Stories, as a whole, is a fantastic package that allows you to experience both sides of Resident Evil 5‘s extremes in their very best light.
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Sin & Punishment: Star Successor (Wii)

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor review (WII)

Reviewed on June 27, 2010

It's hard to do justice to the intensity and creativity of Successor to the Skies. All I can hope to do is to convince you that the foundations are in place and give you a mere glimpse of the imagination that flows through this title. If you’re even a little bit convinced then I urge you to go out and experience the insanity for yourself. Sin and Punishment: Successor to the Skies is exactly the game that people have in mind when they think of Treasure.
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Starcraft (Mac)

Starcraft review (MAC)

Reviewed on June 27, 2010

This is Starcraft. This is a game that can still inspire excitement and interest more than a decade after its initial release. It does this despite having outdated graphics, without including branching paths or moral choices, and with nary a trophy achievement in sight. Starcraft can raise a lot of questions about what’s really important in a game.
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Toy Story 3 (PlayStation 3)

Toy Story 3 review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 24, 2010

The experience resembles what it might feel like to walk into a room with a huge chest, dig through it and yank out a bunch of my favorite toys, then toss them together and relish the crazy results. Players are presented with a virtual sandbox—a desert town with just a few buildings and a handful of citizens—and then are let loose to have fun. Even just running around the world, trying out magic wands and ray guns is a blast.
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Alpha Protocol (Xbox 360)

Alpha Protocol review (X360)

Reviewed on June 21, 2010

Alpha Protocol isn’t excused of anything it does wrong. There’s the overwhelming sense here that Obsidian bypassed the game's flaws rather than fixing them. That’s almost as good, though, because it makes everything about Alpha Protocol no less than tolerable. Once the game works, once you find an approach to combat that suits you, it’s easy to ignore what the game does wrong and admire what it does right.
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Dead Space (Xbox 360)

Dead Space review (X360)

Reviewed on June 20, 2010

Dead Space doesn’t want to be another forgettable survival horror wannabe. It desperately wants to be taken seriously and, as such, has poured tremendous efforts into establishing its credentials.
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I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1NIT!!!1 (Xbox 360)

I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MBIES 1NIT!!!1 review (X360)

Reviewed on June 20, 2010

If you’re one of the few still left out in the dark, I can guarantee you’re all the poorer for it.
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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (PlayStation 3)

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 19, 2010

The Forgotten Sands was clearly designed for mainstream consumption. But somewhere along the development process, the line between simplicity and stupidity began to blur. The developers lost sight of what made the last Prince of Persia an unforgettable classic and attempted to create a game they thought the public might enjoy, instead of the one we actually wanted.
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Tecmo Secret of the Stars: A Fantasy (SNES)

Tecmo Secret of the Stars: A Fantasy review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 14, 2010

The Aqutallion party was a group of five kids blended together into some personality-free amalgam of suck. With the Kustera, I was controlling a ninja, a samurai and a dude named "Shark". Sure, none of them were given any personality, either, but I had a great time imagining them on various quests of heroism while I was running them in circles around a town and fighting giant eyeballs, birds and lizards. And let me tell you — in my imagination, Shark is NOT someone you'd want to anger.
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LEGO Rock Band (Wii)

LEGO Rock Band review (WII)

Reviewed on June 13, 2010

Maybe in any other game, I would feel pretentiously ashamed from having any kind of musical association with Counting Crows and Rascal Flatts, but the adorable Lego overhaul strips the game of the pseudo-seriousness exhibited in other musical titles, be they Rock Band or Guitar Hero. My biggest rival through the tour mode was a disgruntled drum-playing octopus who wasn’t included in the band due to an obscure rule on sea life being allowed in a contracted band, and I had to help demolish a strangely indestructible building by playing Tick Tick Boom at it until it fell over.
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Slime Master (X68000)

Slime Master review (X68K)

Reviewed on June 12, 2010

Slime Master stars a lovely blonde lass with perky breasts. Since the developers failed to give her a name, I'll call her Pamela. She's a shy one, requiring not one but two bedroom visits before getting naked.
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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II (PlayStation 2)

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 12, 2010

Mordoc illustrates he's smarter than everyone, which proves to be a mistake, as that sort of tomfoolery will DEFINITELY turn your attention towards him. Also, there are a couple of optional areas you can raid for treasure and each character has his or her own specific side quest. All in all, you'll spend a good number of hours killing stuff and collecting treasure.
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Hexyz Force (PSP)

Hexyz Force review (PSP)

Reviewed on June 11, 2010

If you're looking for the next big thing in JRPGs, you're better off looking elsewhere, but if you have an itch for some traditional JRPG goodness, Hexyz Force might be just the thing to scratch it.
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Blur (Xbox 360)

Blur review (X360)

Reviewed on June 07, 2010

the weapons that you have at your disposal aren't particularly thrilling. The most explosive of them are the homing missiles, as well as mines that sit on tracks like rubber balls with black rings around them. The mines are easily avoided and even the missiles can be shaken from your trail with a well-timed swerve. Shields and nitrous boosts look to add strategy to the proceedings, plus I like the fact that you can hold as many as three items at once, but the races are so focused on providing a frantic experience that any of that theoretical strategy is rendered null and void. You'll quickly discover that in most instances, you can do alright by using items immediately rather than hoarding them.
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Picross 3D (DS)

Picross 3D review (DS)

Reviewed on June 06, 2010

You basically just knock blocks around with your stylus and hope that you hit the right ones so that you can keep chipping away at a mass of blocks and turn them into a three-dimensional image of a flower or a butterfly or some guy walking through a doorway or whatever else. It doesn't sound exciting—and it isn't—and it doesn't sound engaging... but it is.
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Uno (Xbox 360)

Uno review (X360)

Reviewed on June 02, 2010

For the most part, Uno is a laid-back, chilled experience that can either be played as a bite-sized relaxant in between bigger games or as a surprisingly easy way to burn away several hours.
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Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear (DS)

Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear review (DS)

Reviewed on May 31, 2010

As things stand, there absolutely no reason to recommend this over any of the other Jewel Quest entries already out there. By picking up an older version, you are spared from inclusions that lessen the overall effect and get the experience the game as it should have been kept.
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3D Dot Game Heroes (PlayStation 3)

3D Dot Game Heroes review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 31, 2010

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time did many things well and earned itself a gold star in the gaming annals, but it made some changes that moved its franchise away from some of its core values and started it down what I would call "the wrong road." The move into the third dimension definitely could have gone a lot of differently than it did. What I like about 3D Dot Game Heroes is that it fearlessly explores one of those other directions. What I adore about the game is that it actually makes that revised direction work!
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