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Groovin' Blocks (Wii)

Groovin' Blocks review (WII)

Reviewed on September 05, 2009

Multipliers aren't exactly a new concept, but getting them in Groovin' Blocks requires rhythm. As you move a piece left or right and rotate it so that the color configuration you have in mind can materialize, you have two options: you can either let the block drift downward at the speed the current stage dictates—for no multiplier whatsoever—or you can press the 'down' button to drop it. What's important is that when you press that button, you do so in time with the music's beat.
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Active Life: Extreme Challenge (Wii)

Active Life: Extreme Challenge review (WII)

Reviewed on September 05, 2009

Active Life: Extreme Challenge can be described as an exercise game that allows players—children mostly, like the ones featured on the cover—to pretend that they're engaged in fascinating activities such as base jumping, wind surfing, rock climbing and double dutch jump rope competitions. With the exception of that last one, the activities digitally represented here are the sort of thing that no sane parent would ever allow his or her offspring enjoy before heading into late adolescence.
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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PSP)

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 05, 2009

Instead of getting too clever, Sega wisely kept the concept simple and made a music rhythm game. There's nothing too extraordinary about that. Project Diva's high quality and success is due to the implementation of that concept. Pick a song, select a difficulty, then tap the buttons to match the onscreen cues. Simple!
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2060 Cyber Racer (Xbox 360)

2060 Cyber Racer review (X360)

Reviewed on September 03, 2009

2060 Cyber Racer openly credits the Racing Game Starter Kit, and as far as I can tell this R3dDr4g0n guy just changed some textures around to make the other guy's free game uglier, and then stuck a price tag on the end result. This appears to comply with the starter kit's user license and Microsoft's rules on Indie Games, so there's nothing "illegal" going on, but it's still pretty damn lazy and not the least bit innovative.
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The Bigs 2 (PSP)

The Bigs 2 review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 02, 2009

If you haven’t played the original game, you should find The Bigs 2 highly enjoyable. If you've already experienced its predecessor, though, be sure that you approach it expecting an extension rather than a true sequel. Otherwise, you'll most likely wind up disappointed with what it has to offer.
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Brave: A Warrior's Tale (Xbox 360)

Brave: A Warrior's Tale review (X360)

Reviewed on September 02, 2009

Neither a sequel to nor a port of Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer on the PlayStation 2, this newest effort for the Xbox 360 instead serves as something of an extended cut. Since they had a few years to ruminate on the issues that plagued the original title (a unfocused hodgepodge of game mechanics that resulted in an average, albeit outdated, platformer by 2007's standards), the developers surely have produced a superior effort this time, right? Spoiler alert: wrong.
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Madden NFL 10 (Wii)

Madden NFL 10 review (WII)

Reviewed on September 01, 2009

EA Sports may have dropped the All-Play subtitle from its Wii lineup, but it hasn't abandoned the All-Play attitude. In fact, Madden NFL 10 only further embraces the casual concept. Here's the clincher. Franchise Mode, the staple of the single-player experience, has been relegated to an unlockable, accessible only with a secret code.
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In the Pit (Xbox 360)

In the Pit review (X360)

Reviewed on September 01, 2009

Luvcraft's first-person action game In the Pit tells the tale of a murk-dwelling beast (you) who devours poor souls who fall into the Evil King's dark, dank pit. The game essentially plays like a chainsaw deathmatch except for one small difference: you can't see anything. Since you're a blind ravenous beast, this game is based around audio cues.
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Pangya (PC)

Pangya review (PC)

Reviewed on August 31, 2009

Pangya is a golf game on the surface. A quirky, eccentric, anime-injected golf game. The best example of its sensibilities that I can give you is this: you can spend as much time upgrading your chosen character's golf game as you can saving points to buy a happy bear that carries your clubs for you. If you're in the market for a golf sim you should probably just go grab Tiger Woods PGA Tour and buy a bunch of polo shirts.
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Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut (DS)

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars - The Director's Cut review (DS)

Reviewed on August 30, 2009

It’s all in Director’s Cut. But so are those trade offs.
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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith (PlayStation 3)

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 29, 2009

Basically, you choose from a few possible rockers—none of them from the actual band—and then you are taken through a scattered recollection of their rise to fame. Between every five or so songs, there's a mess of interview footage that seems to have been edited by a chimpanzee with trouble concentrating on any one subject for more than three or four seconds. After a few sentence's worth of interesting trivia, you're taken to the song selection list and you get to choose from two songs that will be performed by musical acts who have connections to Aerosmith, such as Run DMC or Lenny Kravitz or The Black Crowes. Clear these and you'll be able to finish up with three Aerosmith songs.
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Batman: Arkham Asylum (Xbox 360)

Batman: Arkham Asylum review (X360)

Reviewed on August 29, 2009

Batman's a game with a few problems, yet it remains utterly captivating throughout the journey. Every inch of Arkham Island, every character nuance, every animation and every gameplay mechanism has been refined to a ludicrous extent. Every transition between styles is utterly seamless. It's a cohesive, captivating world, a tremendously engaging mix of action and sneaking, and one of the most exciting games of the year.
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Disaster Report (PlayStation 2)

Disaster Report review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 29, 2009

Each subsequent step in Disaster Report can prompt an aftershock and a split-second decision. There are instances where Keith needs to ignore the shaking ground and just run like hell. The rush from knowing Death is following one step behind – always – is something that we game-players savor. In the middle of a catastrophe, there's no shortage of ways to be caught.
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Metroid Prime Trilogy (Wii)

Metroid Prime Trilogy review (WII)

Reviewed on August 25, 2009

Those who have played through the games before can likely think of a number of places where improved control would come in handy, and they should rest assured that in most cases the experience feels every bit as wonderful as they imagine.
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Mazes of Fate (Game Boy Advance)

Mazes of Fate review (GBA)

Reviewed on August 21, 2009

Despite not being overly enthralled with this place, it was paradise compared to the Underground Temple, which started with a lengthy fetch quest. In this sort of game, I might be told to obtain one item or another, but I won't feel like I'm doing some sort of mundane busywork in the process. If some guy says,
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Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 - Siege of Spinner Cay (PC)

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 - Siege of Spinner Cay review (PC)

Reviewed on August 19, 2009

It's a thoroughly good, thoroughly traditional adventure game that's sure to please fans of the original Monkey Island series and adventure-savvy newcomers alike. It's nothing remotely special, but it's unlikely that was ever its intention. Judged for what it is, it's a solid, entertaining and often exceptionally amusing way to pass a couple of afternoons.
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Pangya: Fantasy Golf (PSP)

Pangya: Fantasy Golf review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 16, 2009

This game is a time-killing, cute-girls-dancing golf epic. Using the "tap for power, tap for accuracy" gauge system that evolved across years of video game golfing, Pangya mixes tournament play with versus-mode battles against oddball opponents (such as a policeman who looooooves fried chicken), an assortment of challenges (such as ten tries to make a hole-in-one), and ridiculously cute costume changes.
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Fat Princess (PlayStation 3)

Fat Princess review (PS3)

Reviewed on August 16, 2009

Units look like little toy Vikings and they scream defiance and taunts with the squeakiness of cartoon chipmunks. Watching them jump off pirate ships or run through treacherous lava fields brings to mind a nostalgic sense of playing with action figures as a child. Baroquian jigs set the mood as these guys hack and maim each other, often resulting in explosive sprays of blood and gore as they are decapitated, squashed, blown up, and eviscerated. Meanwhile, the princesses yell orders in increasingly baritone voices: “Save me, my hero! Feed me more cake!”
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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Wii)

Ghostbusters: The Video Game review (WII)

Reviewed on August 16, 2009

It's got the script, style, and soul of its source material, but fails to build a compelling game around these elements.
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Killing Floor (PC)

Killing Floor review (PC)

Reviewed on August 15, 2009

Killing Floor's amateur origins are uncomfortably clear, and there's no doubting that a little more polish would have gone a long way. Still, when you find yourself scurrying between cover in an open field at night, carefully aiming for the heads of a stream of mutated foes, before someone chimes in on the radio and makes a gag about liking "the big ones" the best, you'll understand. For all its quirks, inconsistencies and annoyances, you'll likely find something to love.
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