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Excitebots: Trick Racing (Wii)

Excitebots: Trick Racing review (WII)

Reviewed on May 12, 2009

Each time you manage a long power slide, you could earn anywhere from one to five stars. Launching into the air and staying there for a lengthy period of time also yields a similar reward, as does weaving between perilous stands of trees or even crashing spectacularly. There's a substantial bonus if you cross the finish line first, but the person who wins is ultimately the one who bags the most stars.
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Demigod (PC)

Demigod review (PC)

Reviewed on May 11, 2009

Though Demigod is an exceptional offering with unique strengths, one that does a fantastic job of straddling the genre fence and moving gaming forward, the multi-player headaches beg the question: is it ultimately worth buying?
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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride review (DS)

Reviewed on May 10, 2009

Narrative strength is one of two important elements that make Dragon Quest V such an adventure. Monster recruitment is the other. As you wander the land, you'll defeat all manner of beasts that should be familiar to those who have been enjoying the franchise from the beginning. Sometimes, you'll have the opportunity to add those creatures to your army. They'll fight by your side, whether you choose a feisty little brownie or a healer or even a fierce golem. Much of the game is spent with only a few human companions availableóas dictated by the furiously twisting plotóso your path to success requires that you cultivate working relationships with monsters.
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Deathsmiles (Xbox 360)

Deathsmiles review (X360)

Reviewed on May 09, 2009

With so many entertaining scenes, it's clear that Cave put a lot of care and attention towards creating an appealing new world. They attempted something similar a while back with Mushihimesama, but this time the gameplay lives up to their previous best efforts.
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Breath of Fire (SNES)

Breath of Fire review (SNES)

Reviewed on May 08, 2009

The eight characters that compose Ryu's party all have their own specific uses and abilities, which makes backtracking very useful. Many early-game dungeons have their share of locked doors and crumbling walls hiding rooms full of treasure that isn't accessible until certain characters have joined. While it might not be mandatory to retrace your steps to grab most of these goodies, many are very useful ó† ranging from stat-enhancing items to equipment that's likely better than what was at that last shop you visited.
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Wallace & Gromitís Grand Adventures: The Last Resort (PC)

Wallace & Gromitís Grand Adventures: The Last Resort review (PC)

Reviewed on May 08, 2009

There's a slightly uncomfortable predictability about The Last Resort, this second instalment of Telltale Games' Wallace & Gromit adaptation. The first episode, Fright of the Bumblebees, impressed with its faithful aesthetic and witty dialogue, but the mundanity of its first half left a little to be desired. In The Last Resort, you'll spend the first hour collecting things, and the second hour on customer service duty. Hmm.
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Elven Legacy (PC)

Elven Legacy review (PC)

Reviewed on May 06, 2009

If you're a turn-based strategy fan looking for something new, a Fantasy Wars fanatic or even a real-time regular who appreciates the RISK-type features many titles feature on their overworld map, Elven Legacy is for you. It sucks you in and dupes you into playing hours at a time, whilst managing to make every minute enjoyable. Whilst some elements such as the unvaried objectives and linear path may put a lot of people off, the game compensates by throwing in exciting fights and a fascinating plot.
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Plants vs. Zombies (PC)

Plants vs. Zombies review (PC)

Reviewed on May 05, 2009

The addictive nature of Plants vs. Zombies comes as a bit of a surprise given the generally repetitive nature of its design. There are several available modes of play that switch things up with varying degrees of success, but they almost all come down to the same basic task: keep your brains in your cranium! Even the generous assortment of zombies that you'll face and the extensive cache of weapons at your disposal wind up feeling limited after awhile, but there's a good chance that you won't even care.
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Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series The Final: Dural (Saturn)

Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series The Final: Dural review (SAT)

Reviewed on May 04, 2009

If, like me, you havenít played a lot of Virtua Fighter, you might not know who Dural is. In this case your first several seconds spent with her portrait series will be rife with confusion as you try to come to terms with the fact that what you are watching is a series of pictures of a textureless CG model. Horror will truly set in when you realize that thatís what Dural is... a bad CG model which left its skin at home. Virtua Fighter fans call her a robot.
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Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II (PSP)

Air Conflicts: Aces of World War II review (PSP)

Reviewed on May 03, 2009

Similar to the setup of a racing game, each individual mission belongs to a series of missions. This seems like an interesting presentation until you discover that the consequence of losing is also similar to that of a racing game. When you die, the mission is overÖfor now. Rather than being given the opportunity to try it again, youíre automatically taken back to the main menu, at which point you can now select the campaign mode and start again.
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Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series Vol. 2: Jacky Bryant (Saturn)

Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series Vol. 2: Jacky Bryant review (SAT)

Reviewed on May 03, 2009

Virtua Fighter CG Portrait Series Vol 2 highlights these traits by showing Jacky playing with a Dalmation, going grocery shopping and entering a deserted bar to play a rousing game of pool. By himself.
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Monsters vs. Aliens (Xbox 360)

Monsters vs. Aliens review (X360)

Reviewed on May 01, 2009

If you want to get all of your characters' upgrades (and/or look at the concept art, 3-D character models, etc. you also can purchase), you'll be following up a number of stages with mini-stages covering the EXACT SAME ground you just crossed. Holy repetition, Batman!
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Lux-Pain (DS)

Lux-Pain review (DS)

Reviewed on April 29, 2009

The game's primary failure is a very basic one: the story just isn't compelling. One important element for any visual novel is believable characters. Some of Atsuki's classmates manage to avoid standard stereotypes (the fortune-telling blonde is particularly refreshing) but several of the villains are simply outrageous. One early baddie ó a bald man with evil pointy ears and creepy narrow stalker eyes ó repeatedly professes his love for guns and hatred for schoolchildren.
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BattleForge (PC)

BattleForge review (PC)

Reviewed on April 28, 2009

EA Phenomic's latest effort could have served as a glorious marriage between the familiar and the exotic, like fusion cuisine for gamers. Instead it ended up tasting like two types of leftovers tossed together in the same take-out box.
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I'm Gonna Nurse You - Voice Plus!- (PC)

I'm Gonna Nurse You - Voice Plus!- review (PC)

Reviewed on April 27, 2009

Though each leading lady to a certain extent has her own personality, they mostly share an obsession for your penis and will request regularly that you prove your love for them with your genitals. Similarly, the moment when you first do the deed doesn't ever feel right. One minute you're chatting it up and the next you're swapping spit and falling onto the nearest surface for a quickie while your partner professes embarrassment but wiggles her body so you can penetrate deeper. Whether she's wearing a nurse's habit (the fetish this game is most clearly meant to satisfy) or a nun's habit (an odd inclusion, but one that works), your woman of choice behaves the same.
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Gobliiins 4 (PC)

Gobliiins 4 review (PC)

Reviewed on April 27, 2009

If this sounds negative, then itís because it is! Gobliiins 4 is a flawed game, filled with problems, awkward design decisions and a baffling lack of foresight. Itís ugly, clumsy and displays nothing that would push you onwards into the late levels. Except for the puzzles.
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Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis (PC)

Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis review (PC)

Reviewed on April 27, 2009

Global Crisis doesn't do anything wrong by any definition, very competently building on the strengths of the core game and bringing more toys and scenarios to the mix. But neither does it add anything really new that shakes up the gameplay, and I confess to a bit of disappointment at that.
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Blue Dragon Plus (DS)

Blue Dragon Plus review (DS)

Reviewed on April 26, 2009

What good is equipping your meat shield as a monster bait when your stupid healer wonít stop standing in front of him? The more numbers mean the greater chance for complete chaos, and itís all too tempting to ignore the gameís wishes to break your forces into four small platoons to explore different corners of the map independently when you can redistribute characters to far-flung areas between battles without penalty.
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Braid (PC)

Braid review (PC)

Reviewed on April 26, 2009

Heaven forbid I have to move to the left while writing this review. Over the past few days, I've become so wrapped up in Braid's warped fourth dimension that I can't get these crazy time laws out of my head. If I move to the left, I'll lose everything, erasing my progress as the timeline reverses. That said, if deadline looms too close, maybe I can wear my special ring and slow down the clock. I could always rewind if something went awry...
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Runes of Magic (PC)

Runes of Magic review (PC)

Reviewed on April 22, 2009

From first glance, the game defines itself as a generic fantasy MMORPG. It doesn't even try to disguise itself as anything truly unique, making clear that its basically everything you'd expect from the get-go. All the usual features are here, from the typical character classes (warrior, mage etc.), to an extensive creation myth that has no relevance to the quests or characters in-game.
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