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Lufia: The Ruins of Lore (Game Boy Advance)

Lufia: The Ruins of Lore review (GBA)

Reviewed on December 21, 2007

So, what you’ll be doing in virtually every dungeon is constantly switching between characters to have them break what needs to be broken and then flipping a switch or pressing a button to get to the next room. Great “puzzles”, guys! With the lack of brain power needed to accomplish this, it really makes you notice certain things about the dungeons — like how they’re really long and dull.
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Tenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei Den (NES)

Tenchi o Kurau II: Shokatsu Koumei Den review (NES)

Reviewed on December 20, 2007

It’s not that it’s a bad game by any means — it just doesn’t offer anything important that already wasn’t in the original Destiny of an Emperor. In fact, this game essentially takes the majority of the first one and adds a lot of story-telling to what is essentially a Dragon Warrior clone set in feudal China.
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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance (PC)

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance review (PC)

Reviewed on December 19, 2007

Forged Alliance is more or less what you'd expect from an expansion pack: more of the same. But hey, that's alright, because Supreme Commander was great to begin with.
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Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

Super Mario Galaxy review (WII)

Reviewed on December 17, 2007

Once he satisfies the current requirements, a new launch pad appears and he can rocket off to his next adventure. Usually, it's another planet with a new assignment. Each area mixes objectives so often that it's almost impossible to get bored because there's always something new on hand. Sometimes you'll clear a stage and go back to it not because you have to, but because you're not yet finished having fun!
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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth (DS)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth review (DS)

Reviewed on December 13, 2007

For example, The Burning Earth picks up right after a large battle against the Fire Nation and has Aang and his two compatriots, Sokka and Katara, off to train in the ways of Earthbending. If this last sentence read like a foreign language, Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth is not the game for you (unless you have a child, cousin, niece or nephew under the age of 10 to explain things).
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare review (X360)

Reviewed on December 11, 2007

COD4 is epic in scope and short on time, but brevity can be a powerful tool in capable hands. Over the course of two days, I stormed terrorist bunkers, marched a tank through city streets, and held an entire militia at bay. I was exhausted, and yet, so moved by the climax that I immediately began the battle again.
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Left Brain Right Brain (DS)

Left Brain Right Brain review (DS)

Reviewed on December 10, 2007

After you've completed a set of exercises, the game will present a handy little chart that shows where you've proven your skills lie. Both left and right hand are rated, so you can see what difference there really is. For the most part, that's the hook behind the whole game. You're essentially playing just another Brain Age clone, only this one actually has a unique purpose that helps it stand apart from the crowded field of peers.
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Beowulf: The Game (Xbox 360)

Beowulf: The Game review (X360)

Reviewed on December 10, 2007

It doesn't help that the soldiers that follow you around are about as intelligent as the nicely bumpmapped rocks you'll constantly be wandering over. They constantly run out and bash the crap out of anything they start to see... even if they're as harmless as little blue crabs or as powerful as one of the huge ogres that take too damn long to take down. Oh, and don't think that you'd just let them die and keep going without them. If all of your worthless peons die, it's game over. It's every bit as annoying as it sounds. The peons are also used to open doors, which you assist by pressing the right button in time with the music that's playing in order to cheer them on. I guess even Beowulf, carnal warrior and Norse badass, likes a good game of Dance Dance Revolution.
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Fury (PC)

Fury review (PC)

Reviewed on December 07, 2007

It's a lot of hassle to go through for a game that's just very...bland. Fury isn't exactly bad at what it does, but what it does is so limited that it's hard to take it seriously when compared to other bigger MMOs. What Fury is, is an MMO devoted entirely to PVP, and where the game runs into problems is that there's no less grind than other MMOs.
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Red Stone (PC)

Red Stone review (PC)

Reviewed on December 07, 2007

Red Stone is the thousandth MMO the market doesn’t need, and it differentiates itself so little from others that only those who are already fans of the genre will appreciate it.
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WordJong (DS)

WordJong review (DS)

Reviewed on December 07, 2007

The change actually makes for a much more interesting experience, since your mind is now put to the test a bit more. There often will be a few options available, so your job is to figure out which will do the most to help your score. For example, why settle for 'cede' if the letters for 'succeed' happen to be available?
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Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth (Wii)

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth review (WII)

Reviewed on December 05, 2007

The two-player mode offers small amounts of dumb fun, but otherwise, The Burning Earth is ultimately shallow, problematic, and frustrating. Go for it if you've got room in your heart for another licensed brawler. Otherwise, you're better off bending air elsewhere.
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The 80's Game With Martha Quinn (PC)

The 80's Game With Martha Quinn review (PC)

Reviewed on December 04, 2007

I was a little scared by the box’s blatant abuse of the word “gnarly,” but let all be forgiven by the image of one woman – Martha Quinn. If you grew up with cable TV, you shouldn’t need an introduction to this illustrious VJ.
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Draglade (DS)

Draglade review (DS)

Reviewed on December 04, 2007

You can choose from four characters. Each has a separate plot, but they all go through the same checkpoints. Once you've finished one tale, the only reason to brave the massive amount of recycled material is the character you'll unlock for versus mode. From locations to bosses to key events, almost nothing is utilized only once. This probably isn't a huge surprise and it wouldn't even be so bad except that there are only a few places to visit in the whole game!
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Monopoly (Nintendo 64)

Monopoly review (N64)

Reviewed on December 03, 2007

I'd meant what I said about the iron. He's easily the most expressive of the available choices. When you land on his property and have to pay rent, he'll chuckle silently but deviously. When he arrives on a space that is to his financial gain, he'll pump his arms enthusiastically. Even when he's standing still, he looks just maniacal enough that you can't help but root for his success.
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Painkiller: Overdose (PC)

Painkiller: Overdose review (PC)

Reviewed on December 02, 2007

The game does a lot right, and is worth a playthrough just to see what each level has for you. They all have a similar feel, but at the same time are all very different. Enemies aren't reused. There aren't any palette swaps in this adventure. An impressive line is walked in that aspect. Unfortunately, all is not well in purgatory. While all of the aesthetics are in order, problems come up in the mechanics themselves.
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Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends (DS)

Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends review (DS)

Reviewed on December 01, 2007

Sit back, let the timer run out, and you will still end up with a perfectly presentable dish and one of 68 new recipes for your lack of effort. Doing well gets a good score, but I’m not really the kind of guy who calls up friends to brag about my delightfully moist, and let’s not forget virtual, chocolate cake.
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review (DS)

Reviewed on December 01, 2007

Things starts how they always start in the Zelda multiverse, with the kidnapping of that dappy bint of a princess whose only point of existence is to be spirited away by dark forces at the start of every new adventure. In a new development twist for the series, Phantom Hourglass is a direct sequel from Wind Waker on the Gamecube, meaning that it inherits the THE BIG TWO flaws that chapter suffered from
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Trauma Center: New Blood (Wii)

Trauma Center: New Blood review (WII)

Reviewed on November 30, 2007

With two doctors available for each stage, you can partner up with a skilled buddy to zap viruses and set bones. As the timer ticks down and you combine your skills, you'll be sharing an experience unique to Trauma Center. It's fantastic if you can manage it, but let's face it: not all of us have friends, let alone talented ones. For such individuals, there may be times when the game feels nearly impossible.
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Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (NES)

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord review (NES)

Reviewed on November 30, 2007

You’ll open the battle against a shadowy figure with an vague name like “unseen entity” and have to wait a turn or two before the foe’s real name is revealed. And that can be dangerous, as this “unseen entity” could be a Murphy’s Ghost, which primarily exists to give young parties a high-experience foe weak enough for them to beat without much risk OR it could be any of many undesirable level-draining undead.
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