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Ninjatown (DS)

Ninjatown review (DS)

Reviewed on November 17, 2008

Ninjatown has thrown me for a bit of a loop, so much so that I just know it’s going to lead to the kind of introduction I’ve been trying to avoid for years, so I might as well get it out of the way early then sulk in the corner for a while. Here goes: Ninjatown has a cute, fluffy exterior that cunningly hides a devious centre.
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SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation (PlayStation 3)

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 16, 2008

SOCOM: Confrontation changes that dynamic and suffers for it. The way things work now, a single player from the opposing team might choose a light machine gun, run into a squad of tactical players and very likely win the day. Gone are the days of carefully planned movements and teamwork, replaced by generic run-and-gun gameplay commonly found in less creative or realistic games such as Halo and Half-Life. Certainly the game can be every ounce the tactical shooter experience you might expect if both teams choose to play tactically, but this rarely happens in random public matches.
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Imperium Romanum: Emperor Expansion  (PC)

Imperium Romanum: Emperor Expansion review (PC)

Reviewed on November 16, 2008

Imperium Ronanum: Gold Edition is by no means a bad game. I believe it was built for newcomers to the genre, as everything from resource management to the interface is incredibly simplified. Regulars will still see some uncannily similarities to games they've played before, namely Glory of the Roman Empire. Make no mistake, though: This is not a typical strategy aimed at your average war-monger.
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The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (PlayStation 2)

The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 15, 2008

In short, The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest really does feel like a complete game that could have stood alone—precisely as you see it here—and even fetched a similar price. It's the reason that you might feel good about reaching for your wallet. Unless you're a history buff, unless you care to learn more about each character featured in the series and his or her evolution over the years... you won't spend much time with any but this final selection.
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Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games (DS)

Back at the Barnyard: Slop Bucket Games review (DS)

Reviewed on November 15, 2008

Welcome to the Cowlympics. In Back to the Bardyard: Slop Bucket Games you must best the cast of the Nickelodean series across ten wacky events to earn the ultimate golden bucket. Unfortunately, THQ doesn't bring its A-game in utilizing the full personality of its license.
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Mirror's Edge (PlayStation 3)

Mirror's Edge review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 15, 2008

The game does a lot of things right, things that every bone in my gamer body tells me shouldn't work. The first-person perspective, for instance, works better than it has any right to, taking a basic platformer/action title and making it truly immersive. It is easily the game's claim to fame. There's nothing quite like jumping from the roof of a skyscraper to a tiny ledge, thinking you've missed only to see your arm dart up and grab hold at the last minute.
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Exile (Turbografx-CD)

Exile review (TGCD)

Reviewed on November 15, 2008

This is a pretty standard action RPG featuring sidescrolling swordplay in the vein of Zelda II or Ys III – except instead of some lanky elfin dork, you’re thrust into the role of Sadler, laconic Syrian leader of the hashshashin and deadly foe of the Christian invaders despoiling his homeland. Having killed his own despotic father in the awkwardly-titled XZR, the young assassin now finds himself in an uneasy alliance with the Knights Templar as they travel the globe in search of the Holy Grail, and if that doesn’t raise a few eyebrows his personal habits sure as hell will.
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Midnight Club: LA Remix (PSP)

Midnight Club: LA Remix review (PSP)

Reviewed on November 14, 2008

One mistake shouldn’t decide the outcome of a race (unless you were inches from the finish line, of course). Likewise, the opposite shouldn’t happen either, but it occasionally does in LA Remix. If you manage to drive perfectly for the first half to 75% of the race, there’s a good chance you’ll be so far ahead of your opponents that there’s no way they can ever catch up.
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Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES)

Ultima: Quest of the Avatar review (NES)

Reviewed on November 13, 2008

And so your quest isn't to overpower some great evil, but instead to master eight virtues and become an Avatar — the human representation of goodness whose purity of soul will be the necessary inspiration for the populace to enter a new era of prosperity.
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Alisia Dragoon (Genesis)

Alisia Dragoon review (GEN)

Reviewed on November 12, 2008

But she does have need of two things that set her apart: a quintet of highly-destructive pets that faithfully tail her wherever she treads and the rather handy ability to channel flickering forks of lightning into the faces of evil hostiles ranging from hives of undead monkey-bats to teleporting guardsmen swinging mammoth claymores.
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Celebrity Sports Showdown (Wii)

Celebrity Sports Showdown review (WII)

Reviewed on November 12, 2008

As for the actual celebrity roster, it doesn't do the game any favors. About half of them are washed-up athletes that you may or may not recognize, while the other half are generally successful pop and country artists. You've seen better line-ups gathered for VH1 specials making fun of stupid criminals and the 80s. It's so underwhelming that to add some flair, the developers even threw in 'wannabe' celebrities such as Steve (he looks kind of like Elton John with a potbelly hanging out of an Elvis-style jumpsuit), Chad (goth all the way) and Kylie (some girl who runs around in a bunny suit).
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Rock Revolution (Xbox 360)

Rock Revolution review (X360)

Reviewed on November 12, 2008

It by no means beats out Harmonix's effort in terms of gameplay, but if you've played so much Rock Band that you're in danger of burning out on the series -- or if you were disappointed by the lackluster Guitar Hero: World Tour -- Rock Revolution is a refreshing alternative.
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Midnight Club: Los Angeles (PlayStation 3)

Midnight Club: Los Angeles review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 12, 2008

If you can get past the pain of losing the same race for the umpteenth time, Midnight Club: Los Angeles is a very good racing game.
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Fable II (Xbox 360)

Fable II review (X360)

Reviewed on November 11, 2008

One of the most impressive evolutions in Fable II is the way it holds your hand in a non-intrusive manner. For years, games have been including mini-maps in the lower corner of the screen so that you can check at a glance where you are in your environment. Here, there's none of that... and the game is actually better because of it! No longer do you have to consult a semi-transparent overlay to see where the next exit lies. You can still pause the game and bring up a cumbersome—and sometimes useful—map if that's what you want, but often there's no reason.
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Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy (PC)

Nancy Drew: The Haunting of Castle Malloy review (PC)

Reviewed on November 11, 2008

Nancy Drew can do everything. This adventure, her 19th game outing, gives her an opportunity to work as a wedding planner, chemist, musician, bartender, astronomer, mathematician, and shepherd. But of course, her most important role is always that of super sleuth. To completely unravel The Haunting of Castle Malloy, Nancy must decipher an intriguing blend of old world folklore and modern scientific mysteries before her friend's wedding is canceled for good!
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Xenogears (PlayStation)

Xenogears review (PSX)

Reviewed on November 11, 2008

And there were plenty of moments like that throughout the game that kept me wanting to keep playing so the countless number of questions I had could be answered. Why did imperial commander Ramsus have a serious grudge against Fei, considering that Fei seemingly has no clue as to who the man is? Why does Citan (the doctor you visit in the game's beginning) seem to know so much about virtually everything? What is the connection between Fei and the ominously threatening Grahf, who constantly preaches the joys of utter destruction?
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The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon (Xbox 360)

The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon review (X360)

Reviewed on November 11, 2008

To make matters worse, sometimes you aren't provided with enough information to solve puzzles even when you're looking right at the various components of a given solution. Though each challenge you face is logical and you'll find yourself saying “Aha!” at several points throughout the game, the many situations where you just don't know what to do can be exasperating.
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NBA 2K9 (PlayStation 3)

NBA 2K9 review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 10, 2008

Though you can acquire almost the exact same experience from NBA 2K8, you have to play 2K9 to experience the living rosters (which allows 2K Sports to update your rosters as the sport evolves in real life), full five-on-five multiplayer and updated Association mode. Basketball fans will love how the game changes when every teammate and every opponent is controlled by a real player. Gone are the days of shouting at the screen because the AI screwed up – now you’ll spend these moments shouting at your friends.
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Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade (Xbox 360)

Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade review (X360)

Reviewed on November 10, 2008

Namco truly was at the top of its game when the selections here were originally produced. The result for today's retro gamer is a backlog that includes familiar classics such as Mappy, Pac-Mania, Xevious and Pole Position. Many of those have been offered numerous times in past compilations, so some extra treasures have been added to the mix. Rally-X, King & Balloon, Dragon Buster and The Tower of Druaga are all examples of quality games that you may have heard of but never tried for yourself. Now you can.
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Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (Xbox 360)

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War review (X360)

Reviewed on November 09, 2008

Some would say it's better to be remembered in death than not remembered at all. That is the motto of the mercenaries — the warriors who didn't give a damn about national pride, the warriors who sacrificed their lives for a one-in-a-million shot at immortality. Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is their story.
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