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Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 (DS)

Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2009

Ninja Council 4 is a lean, focused story dressed in a new wardrobe. Unfortunately, the game has become too thin. Wi-fi multiplayer, prominent in the original Japanese version, has been dropped from the North American release. Fans forced to approach the game as a purely single-player experience will find some of its hottest new assets locked away.
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I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover (DS)

I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2009

Beauty is really about style. I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover is about the drudgery of applying makeup.
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Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou (Genesis)

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 13, 2009

Osomatsu-kun: Hachamecha Gekijou is a war of attrition; progression in the game is dependant on what simply breaks first. The game’s surreal presentation or your will to continue onward.
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Cross Edge (PlayStation 3)

Cross Edge review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 13, 2009

Because of the haphazard manner in which information is presented, genre-standard processes such as item crafting, synthesis, skill point allotment, shopping, party formation and so forth all require that you dive through two or three screens. Even then, it can be difficult if you've accomplished what you meant to accomplish. Whether you're trying to guess at who can equip an item or merely trying to assign characters to your current rotation, prepare for frustration. There's no escaping the nightmare.
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Fuel (PlayStation 3)

Fuel review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 12, 2009

Though on the surface the game appears to be just another tour of some established courses where your only goal is to finish ahead of all of your competition, that's not actually the best way to play. Instead, you're expected to chart your own routes while adhering to actual roads only to the extent that is required to pass through the checkpoints. Everything else is up to you. The freedom that this dynamic provides is cool at first. When you come to the first bend in the path and most of the other drivers ease gradually around it and toward the left, you'll probably love continuing straight ahead and launching over a ramp to shave a second off your time. Performing similar feats of daring on the next few bends is similarly great. Then you hit a tree and the cursing starts.
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Red Faction: Guerrilla (Xbox 360)

Red Faction: Guerrilla review (X360)

Reviewed on June 12, 2009

A vast game of utterly mad possibilities. There's not enough of a culture for Guerrilla to be proclaimed a true masterpiece, or even a revolution, but it's not a long way off. Rarely has open-world mayhem been so invigorating, so satisfying and hilarious. Far and away the best in the series so far, Guerrilla is the absolute statement of Volition's explosive plan - and Red Faction would struggle to return to its linear routes after this outstanding effort.
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Up (Xbox 360)

Up review (X360)

Reviewed on June 11, 2009

Fortunately, cooperative play alleviates some of that. Two people can pick up controllers and it's easy to join or leave a game with the press of a button. That allows a parent or elder sibling to save the day if kids are becoming too frustrated. It's a great way for a parent to connect with his or her game-loving offspring without having to spend forever figuring out how things work. It also means that the game could become the perfect choice for a few hours of fun when new visitors enter your humble abode.
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Amnesia (Apple II)

Amnesia review (APP2)

Reviewed on June 11, 2009

If you create a public scene or break any laws (such as sleeping in public or leaving the early-game hotel room naked), odds are you'll wind up arrested. Humorously, you get to play through your final days in a jail cell, choosing what your final meal is, what denomination of priest speaks to you before death and whether you die by lethal injection or firing squad — just one more of the many things I loved about the writing in this game.
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Officers (PC)

Officers review (PC)

Reviewed on June 08, 2009

Officers is a fun toy. Every map is like a sandbox in which you can rain destruction upon the Nazis. Its key feature, huge battles, is both the best part of gameplay and the worst.
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Steal Princess (DS)

Steal Princess review (DS)

Reviewed on June 08, 2009

Even though it's an interesting game, Steal Princess's overly complex, touchy controls tarnish the experience, and map creation is a spectacular failure. On the other hand, the game does feature excruciatingly dull story scenes mixed among its 150 stages!
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PDC World Championship Darts 2009 (Wii)

PDC World Championship Darts 2009 review (WII)

Reviewed on June 06, 2009

2009 has made some big steps up from its previous version, but that everything about the game is so budget that it hardly looks any different from the initial outing made two years ago on the PS2 isn’t something that makes it an easy recommendation.
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UFC 2009 Undisputed (PlayStation 3)

UFC 2009 Undisputed review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 06, 2009

UFC Undisputed has the makings of true MMA bliss, but its clunky, lifeless career mode and lackluster online play will only keep you occupied for so long.
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UFC 2009 Undisputed (Xbox 360)

UFC 2009 Undisputed review (X360)

Reviewed on June 05, 2009

In Undisputed, the tendency is toward striking battles, rather than toward what that particular fighter is actually most comfortable with or known for. Fortunately, this flaw won’t matter much for most gamers because the average MMA fan is still far more enamoured of fisticuffs and the sudden violence of knockouts than of rolling for submissions, which presents a decisively more subtle savagery. Besides, as with most one-on-one contests, the main draw is beating up on friends – not the computer.
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Bejeweled 2 (PlayStation 3)

Bejeweled 2 review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 04, 2009

PopCap Games first developed Bejeweled and released it in the Flash format back in 2001. Since then, the title has appeared on nearly every gaming platform known to man, ranging from the PC to mobile phones, the Xbox 360 and now the PlayStation Network store. Predictably, it plays the same on the PlayStation 3 as it did on Xbox Live Arcade, on the PC and—well, you get the idea.
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Stalin vs. Martians (PC)

Stalin vs. Martians review (PC)

Reviewed on June 04, 2009

But anyway, the game is an RTS in the same way that margarine is butter, which is to say it's not, but it looks similar! The overhead camera is old hat to the genre. The piles of units marching together toward their objective is familiar. The hud, with its point-and-click interface and minimap, leaves no doubt. Any given screenshot tells the RTS story, but it's only when you play the game that you realize that something has gone horribly wrong.
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Elite Forces: Unit 77 (DS)

Elite Forces: Unit 77 review (DS)

Reviewed on June 04, 2009

Considering that the enemies pose no threat, basic ammunition is unlimited, and you virtually trip over medkits around every corner, you’d think Elite Forces is an easy game, right? But it isn’t, simply because things go wrong. Maybe Bill will die because he got caught in front of a gatling gun and the constant stream of bullets prevented him from using a medkit. Perhaps Kendra will decide on her own to move forward a couple of feet and detonate a mine that T.K. was disabling. Weird flukes in the design and AI contradict Deep Silver’s effort to keep the interface clean and intuitive, and above all else, Elite Forces strikes me as a very inconsistent game.
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Terminator Salvation (PlayStation 3)

Terminator Salvation review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 03, 2009

At first, such encounters are thrilling because you don't know what's going on and it's easy to die. Any battle is epic. Then you learn how to utilize cover and you discover that you can basically just draw fire from behind a barrier while your allies shoot everyone from behind. That strategy works most of the time and when it doesn't, that only means that the roles have reversed. You're never required to do anything more mentally challenging than sneak and shoot.
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Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier (DS)

Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier review (DS)

Reviewed on June 02, 2009

RPGs are stereotyped as one of the more intellectual game genres, all about story and plot and meaning. Endless Frontier bucks this stereotype pretty hard. It’s a self-consciously dopey, disposable sort of story that’s little more than an excuse to string dungeons and boss encounters together. Much of the plot’s appeal is meant to rest in its nature as a sly crossover that puts Namco x Capcom, Super Robot Taisen OG2, Super Robot Taisen alpha 3, Xenosaga, and many other games into a single “multiversal” setting.
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Sacred 2: Fallen Angel (PlayStation 3)

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel review (PS3)

Reviewed on June 02, 2009

I have a rule called the FAQ rule. If I reach a point where I find myself checking FAQs to see how much longer a game goes on, then I know the game has outlived its welcome. In the case of Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, I hadn’t done anything interesting, met any interesting characters, or even managed to become interested in my own character in over twenty hours of gameplay and I was nowhere near being done with the main quest.
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Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge (PC)

Hired Guns: The Jagged Edge review (PC)

Reviewed on June 01, 2009

I’ve nothing against games being hard, but before you survive the first few initial outings, loot a few corpses and watch your team’s stats rise to the point where it’s noticeable, you’ll be spending a lot of time reloading old saves that took place before complete slaughters and eagle-eyed head shot levelled against you.
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