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Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden (PC)

Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden review (PC)

Reviewed on October 24, 2009

Thereís not many locations you can squeeze into two hours, so theyíve all been gussied up accordingly. Itís only when the slightly subtle motifs of beating back darkness with your light are replaced by silver-tongued snakes and comments about how disaster befell the last woman to eat an apple in the Garden of Eden that you start forgetting itís meant to be a game and start to wonder when youíre going to be told that when the Rapture comes, youíre going to be the first to die.
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NHL 10 (PlayStation 3)

NHL 10 review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 23, 2009

NHL 10 is inarguably the epitome of EAís drive to make the ideal hockey game and at this point, there really is no looking back. My only gripe is that after 09 we had so much more to look forward to.
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Final Fantasy VII (PlayStation 3)

Final Fantasy VII review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 22, 2009

Those who write Final Fantasy VII off as "emo" forget that it isnít a game about a whiny group of teenagers. Cloud starts off as a cocky dick. The gamer is given the rare opportunity to witness the fall of this character. By the end, perhaps Cloud is a little depressing. But it takes him 40 hours of psychological and emotional abuse to get there.
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Gemini Lost (PC)

Gemini Lost review (PC)

Reviewed on October 21, 2009

With infinite resources you might think that this game is a builderís paradise, but unfortunately itís not. Surprisingly, while the game gives you the freedom to collect as many resources as you want, it does not give you the freedom to build as much as you want. Aside from multiple houses, the game only allows one building of each type in predetermined spaces on the map, which usually means that you will accumulate wood and stone in your stockpile by the hundreds with no use for them.
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Madballs in... BABO: Invasion (PC)

Madballs in... BABO: Invasion review (PC)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

Overall, Madballs is an enjoyable game for a while, especially at the $10 price point. However, it is not greater than the sum of its individual parts. If you want to play either a great shooter or a great platformer, there are other games that do it better at the same price range (have a look at Geometry Wars and Marble Blast Ultra). That being said, if you really want to do both at the same time, you could certainly be worse off, as the cartoony approach and style is charming enough to entertain, if only for a short while.
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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PlayStation 3)

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

Tough guy fulfillment has all but gone up in purple smoke. That the gameís infamous obstinacy has mellowed only serves to make matters worse. Areas crawling with menace that had you sweating your way through, barely able to come up for air, now smack of bland formula and the perfunctory: run, beat up a few guys, run, beat up a few more, earn a new skill, endure long loading times at the pause screen, start running againÖ
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Heavy Weapon (PlayStation 3)

Heavy Weapon review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

Heavy Weapon is yet another downloadable game that debuted on XBLA long before PSN, giving PS3 owners pretty much the same game that Xboxers have been able to buy and play for a long time. This isnít always a bad thing, and itís still a title of worth so long as youíve not already got the previous copy snuggled away on your 360ís hard drive and youíre a fan of a screen full of explosions.
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Zeno Clash (PC)

Zeno Clash review (PC)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

In a lot of ways, it feels like an evolved Double Dragon comfortably shoehorned into the first perspective then bottle fed LSD by the gallon.
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CustomPlay Golf 2010  (PC)

CustomPlay Golf 2010 review (PC)

Reviewed on October 20, 2009

Itís by no means perfect, but by catering to the ground planners at home and making their efforts freely available, it offers something commendable and, perhaps more importantly, recommendable.
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Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 (DS)

Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Destiny 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on October 19, 2009

There's a nice amount of variety and nuance for those who seek it out, and an accessible button-masher for everyone else. Ninja Destiny 2 does just enough to put it at the top of the Naruto DS mountain for now, though the franchise certainly has room for improvement. Expect it to do so, same time next year.
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Rockin' Pretty (DS)

Rockin' Pretty review (DS)

Reviewed on October 19, 2009

Rhythm games are defined by their music and mechanics. Rockin' Pretty misses on the first count by featuring instrumental-only pop tunes. Without vocals, the whole experience should have been be very forgettable. That is, if RP hadn't nailed the second requirement. The gameplay here is ingenious.
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Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger (Xbox 360)

Raven Squad: Operation Hidden Dagger review (X360)

Reviewed on October 19, 2009

Itís a shame in many ways, because the idea the entire game heavily relies upon is so simplistically brilliant that Iíve no idea how no oneís made a killer video game from it before. Imagine your average RTS, then imagine that, instead of watching your controllable troops duke it out in static battles via a camera fitted high up in the sky, you could instead jump into their very heads and take the fight on yourself. Thatís the big idea behind Atomic Motionís new multi-talented squad based shooter but, unfortunately, all the brave idea has given rise to is the ability to drop the ball on two separate fronts.
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Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PlayStation 3)

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 17, 2009

Much ado has been made of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and for good reason. It's entirely possible that no other video game has ever come this close to replicating the motion picture feeling. Perhaps I should clarify: it's entirely possible that no other video game has ever come this close to replicating the summer action blockbuster feeling.
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Ion Assault (Xbox 360)

Ion Assault review (X360)

Reviewed on October 16, 2009

It's a good thing Ion Assault gives players unlimited continues, as a good deal of the difficulty in this game comes from simply learning when and where enemies will warp into the screen. During my first trip through the first zone, I died a few times on every level, but the first. During the second trip, the boss was the only thing I found challenging.
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Cursed Mountain (Wii)

Cursed Mountain review (WII)

Reviewed on October 12, 2009

When you hear the inconsolable sobbing of a woman Ė like her head is resting right on your shoulder Ė it begs for attention. There are also frequent wisps of ghosts seen just trailing off the screen or creeping around a corner, inviting you to follow. These eerie elements both repel and attract, a perfect quality for any horror-driven game.
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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (PlayStation 3)

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 11, 2009

More of the same. Thatís my summary for those of you with short attention spans. If more of the same is what youíre looking for in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, then you wonít be disappointed. For the rest of you, you can still have fun with the formula, if you have the right group of people.
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The King of Fighters XII (Xbox 360)

The King of Fighters XII review (X360)

Reviewed on October 11, 2009

There are better fighting games out there today, and if you really insist on wanting to check this series out, donít start with this one.
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DiRT 2 (PlayStation 3)

DiRT 2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on October 10, 2009

Designed for thrill-seeking racing fans that embrace the idea of bending rules (specifically those involving the survival rate of accidents), DiRT 2 is everything the first game was and more.
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge (Xbox 360)

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Commander's Challenge review (X360)

Reviewed on October 10, 2009

This extension of the popular Command and Conquer installment is well worth your time and attention.
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Final Doom (Mac)

Final Doom review (MAC)

Reviewed on October 09, 2009

Hell, in just one courtyard, you'll first have to deal with a legion of Mancubi while a few Revenants are aiming their missiles at you from higher ground. Finish them off and hit a couple of switches and a bunch of Arachnotrons make their presence felt. Dispose of them and flip a couple more switches to trigger a massive Cacodemon invasion. All in all, this is a very exhilarating series of battles and it's only one tiny part of this massive, combat-heavy level.
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