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Zombie Apocalypse (Xbox 360)

Zombie Apocalypse review (X360)

Reviewed on October 07, 2009

While Zombie Apocalypse is never particularly enjoyable, one thing I can say is that if you do play it you should do so with company. The presence of other zombie hunters alleviates some of the game's mediocrity, plus everything gets easier. Alone, it can literally become impossible to deal with every zombie. When others join in the cause, however, things change. Provided you have some semi-competent partners (and I don't really see why that wouldn't be the case), most of the game becomes laughably simple.
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Risen (Xbox 360)

Risen review (X360)

Reviewed on October 06, 2009

There’s moments in Risen that can quite take you by surprise. Moments where you find yourself regarding the virtual world as a living, breathing entity. That alone is worth some measure of admiration.
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Demon's Souls (PlayStation 3)

Demon's Souls review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 05, 2009

Some other challenging RPGs are enjoyable, sure, but they're a different sort of affair. They're tough because you haven't prepared yourself sufficiently or because there's an unavoidable attack that will always drain away most of your life. In stark contrast, Demon's Souls is tough because everything is completely fair, because every disaster is technically avoidable and because every enemy can kick your ass if you let your mind wander.
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Supreme Ruler 2020 GOLD (PC)

Supreme Ruler 2020 GOLD review (PC)

Reviewed on October 03, 2009

Supreme Ruler is a decent game, so long as you can get your head around it. Old school, die-hard management fans may really get to grips with this title, but most of us will be left out in the cold.
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Scribblenauts (DS)

Scribblenauts review (DS)

Reviewed on September 30, 2009

The capability to create hundreds of entities isn't particularly impressive when 80% of the game can be mastered with less than a dozen. Developer 5th Cell must have forgotten that most gamers seek degenerate solutions and will keep using what works. Great games become more difficult and build on their own mechanics until you've accomplished far more than you originally expected. Scribblenauts works in reverse — the game becomes easier and less stimulating as it goes on.
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Final Fantasy Adventure (Game Boy)

Final Fantasy Adventure review (GB)

Reviewed on September 30, 2009

You control a gladiator enslaved by Dark Lord, but within moments, you escape.....and have the bad luck to immediately run into Dark Lord and his pal Julius while they're plotting nefarious deeds. They notice you and decide that tossing you off a cliff is a fitting punishment for eavesdropping. Fortunately, since you are the game's hero, you survive and embark on all sorts of heroic tasks — in particular, attempting to protect a young woman from the dastardly forces of evil, as she seems to be essential to their plans.
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Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny (PSP)

Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 26, 2009

Aside from ridiculous moments, the game plays exactly as one would expect of a new-millenium Soul Calibur. The control is as smooth as ever, the visuals are crisp, core characters remain essentially unchanged, the music is still epic in scope, and canned proclamations herald each battle just as they've heralded battles for the last ten years.
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Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes (Xbox)

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes review (XBX)

Reviewed on September 26, 2009

Play this with a friend, or don’t play it at all. Just don’t be too surprised if you’re no longer friends come endgame.
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Mini Ninjas (Xbox 360)

Mini Ninjas review (X360)

Reviewed on September 26, 2009

When there's something to do, which is much of the time, Mini Ninjas can be a lot of fun just because of the number of offensive options that it provides.
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Build a Lot (DS)

Build a Lot review (DS)

Reviewed on September 23, 2009

Build-a-lot is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it – and also repetitive.
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The Beatles: Rock Band (PlayStation 3)

The Beatles: Rock Band review (PS3)

Reviewed on September 22, 2009

Harmonix has produced a finely-tuned release that falls in line with the best of its work to date. There are several elements that help this newest effort to stand apart from the Guitar Hero franchise.
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Enter the Story: The Divine Comedy (PC)

Enter the Story: The Divine Comedy review (PC)

Reviewed on September 21, 2009

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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Wheelie Breakers (Wii)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Wheelie Breakers review (WII)

Reviewed on September 21, 2009

The first thing you should know about Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Wheelie Breakers is that it’s a battle game first and a racing game second. This means that, despite the racing-infused screenshots, the emphasis isn’t placed on the racing mechanics. Rather, Wheelie Breakers places all of its emphasis on the duels that occur between you and other competitors. The fact that the action unfolds on a racetrack is practically a coincidence.
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Dissidia: Final Fantasy (PSP)

Dissidia: Final Fantasy review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 21, 2009

While chatting with one of my friends over sushi, I described Dissidia: Final Fantasy as "Virtual On with Final Fantasy characters". He gave me a puzzled look; far too many people missed out on Sega's one-on-one mech combat masterpiece. Perhaps an Armored Core comparison — 3D arena battles with extensive character customization — would have been more appropriate, but I didn't think of that until later.
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Zuma’s Revenge! (PC)

Zuma’s Revenge! review (PC)

Reviewed on September 20, 2009

Zuma's Revenge is fun, addictive and hard to put down.
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Guitar Hero 5 (PlayStation 3)

Guitar Hero 5 review (PS3)

Reviewed on September 20, 2009

Unless you're the sort that isn't happy with anything but indie music, Guitar Hero 5 probably has more than a few selections that will appeal to your inner rock star. Some of the bands appearing here are new arrivals and some aren't, yet the songs included feel so perfect that I could scarcely believe they hadn't already been claimed by previous installments in the series.
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Wolfenstein (PlayStation 3)

Wolfenstein review (PS3)

Reviewed on September 18, 2009

The missions, at least, are fun. Many are punctuated by well-scripted action sequences involving explosions, otherworldly encounters, and Nazi secret experiments. The levels and enemies are extremely varied and the sheer number of things in the environment that can go flying or be smashed during a gunfight is quite satisfying. Still, I never really got over my disappointment that the game didn’t live up to the established atmosphere. At the start it had me feeling like an actual undercover agent with enemies all around me. Despite early promises, it turned out to be “just another shooter,” albeit a very polished one.
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Wild Arms (PlayStation)

Wild Arms review (PSX)

Reviewed on September 17, 2009

You'll be expected to use those tools (and your wits) to make it through the many obstacles these ruins hold. Shortly after Cecilia gets a wand allowing her to converse with animals, you'll be locked in a dungeon room with the only way out being to talk to the scary looking wolf that's materialized next to you and follow it along a convoluted path. Distant switches can be manipulated by Jack's pet rodent, Hanpan, while Rudy's bombs come in useful from the moment you're introduced to him until you've reached the final bosses.
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Section 8 (Xbox 360)

Section 8 review (X360)

Reviewed on September 16, 2009

Fortunately, multi-player matches go a long way toward redeeming the game. Maps might have been a disaster when you were wandering across them to satisfy a few repetitive objectives and to catch another glimpse of Corde looking like he bit into a toxic lemon, but when you're exploring that same region and you know that an intelligent player could lie in wait around every corner, barren landscapes and labyrinthine military complexes suddenly take on a life you never would have imagined that they could possess.
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The Sims 3 (PC)

The Sims 3 review (PC)

Reviewed on September 14, 2009

The Sims 3 is the third incarnation of The Sims franchise and by far the best the series has to offer.
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