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Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker review (DS)

Reviewed on November 27, 2007

Just as the upgrade and customization features abolished everything Pokemon has shown us in the past five years, DQM scores another point for monster synthesis. You could literally spend hours testing monster combinations and still have only scratched the surface.
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Uncharted: Drake's Fortune (PlayStation 3)

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune review (PS3)

Reviewed on November 26, 2007

Of course, Uncharted is a game. It's not a perfect one, either. That means that for all of its visual splendor and for every moment you're so immersed that you'd jump out of your skin if the phone rang—and really, that side of things can't possibly be emphasized enough—the title sometimes pulls you out of its version of reality and unceremoniously dumps you in mediocrity's lap.
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Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake (DS)

Strawberry Shortcake: The Four Seasons Cake review (DS)

Reviewed on November 25, 2007

Of course, whether or not little girls are ready to solve some of the challenges here is a matter that's up for some debate. There's nothing particularly taxing until right near the end, but at the same time, sometimes the answer might not be clear. Believe it or not, the game eventually gets rather rough and actually requires a bit of platforming skill.
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Luminous Arc (DS)

Luminous Arc review (DS)

Reviewed on November 25, 2007

The more ‘professional’ reviewers out there have all led their reviews by saying something along the lines of “It’s no Final Fantasy Tactics” and I fully agree with them. Luminous Arc isn’t a dull, monotonous trek through a featureless and overly-convoluted series of caves: it’s an explosive rocket bungee through a gallery of neon-lit wonderment.
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Condor (PC)

Condor review (PC)

Reviewed on November 25, 2007

Condor deals only with gliding and it does so extensively, but as long as you're interested, you don't need to have previous flight-sim experience. But get used to the ground. You'll be seeing a lot of it.
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Assassin's Creed (Xbox 360)

Assassin's Creed review (X360)

Reviewed on November 23, 2007

When you first enter a city, you'll generally follow the same process: climb a tower to reveal more of the map, visit your guild, investigate until you have enough clues to find your target, then take his life. Along the way, you can stop soldiers from picking on unlucky citizens and you can scale the tallest structures to aid in your search, but a lot of that is unnecessary and time-consuming. Even the investigations themselves grow old, since they almost always involve punching someone a few times, picking a pocket or sitting down on a bench to eavesdrop on suspicious characters.
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Clive Barker's Jericho (Xbox 360)

Clive Barker's Jericho review (X360)

Reviewed on November 21, 2007

Clive Barker's Jericho is a tale of tremendous promise. This first-person shooter's storyline — penned by the author of Hellraiser and Candyman — follows the final voyage of seven futuristic warriors, seven warlocks and witches who comprise an elite commando squad armed with machine guns and magic missiles.
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Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii)

Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2 review (WII)

Reviewed on November 20, 2007

Regardless of the game type you choose to play, you can't lose. That's literal, since your goal isn't to survive, but to rack up the highest possible score. If your Wii has an Internet connection, you can then check online leaderboards to see how you rate compared to other gamers throughout the world. Even if your only competition is the game itself, though, you'll find that achieving a gold medal is a nice challenge (particularly in some cases).
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rFactor (PC)

rFactor review (PC)

Reviewed on November 20, 2007

It’s a little unfair to hold rFactor’s lack of accessibility against it as it has clearly set out to be a simulation racer. It does a fine job of that, but those who don’t demand flawless simulation are better served looking elsewhere.
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Screwjumper! (Xbox 360)

Screwjumper! review (X360)

Reviewed on November 19, 2007

The best way to keep the score rising is to keep your jet-boots burning. As you charge through columns of pads, avoiding a circle of mines, the walls vibrate with a cacophony of multiplier-inducing explosions. You ignore the searing flames that wrap around your hurtling body. You might disintegrate at any second, but you push it to the brink for that next line of pads.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop (DS)

Build-A-Bear Workshop review (DS)

Reviewed on November 19, 2007

If you're a parent and you don't mind walking your kid through the process the first few times, or if you have a boy or girl that's approaching the double digits and you want to provide him or her with an innocent alternative to some of the more violent fare on the market, you could do a lot worse than Build-A-Bear Workshop.
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Wild Arms 5 (PlayStation 2)

Wild Arms 5 review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 18, 2007

If ever there were an argument for the existence of the silent protagonist in an RPG, Wild Arms V's main character Dean would be it. Whereas most RPGs will have characters with at least a handful of surprising lines, Wild Arms V seems content in making Dean feel as generic as possible. He's a carefree, naive young man with a female best friend that's too good for him and always insults him for being a moron.
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Escape From Paradise City (PC)

Escape From Paradise City review (PC)

Reviewed on November 18, 2007

. The bank robber, Porter, can pick up anything to small machine-pistols (and, in an odd decision to recycle fantasy prefixes on the weapon types, a rusty Uzi) to hulking assault rifles while the crooked cop, Chekov, has a greater command of henchmen but prefers to provide covering fire with handguns. The last of the trio, Angel, a female brawler pulled from death row, simply kicks a lot or arse. Via violence. The three serve individual purposes, embodied by everyone having separate skill branches which they can level up through RPG-like methods.
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Mutant Storm Empire (Xbox 360)

Mutant Storm Empire review (X360)

Reviewed on November 18, 2007

MSE improves on the formula of Geometry Wars in nearly every way. While its predecessor was a very limited point grind with the entirety of the game taking place in one small boxlike grid, MSE adds levels. While this seems like a fairly standard addition, having a clear goal really makes all the difference. Each level introduces a number of unique enemies with unique behavior. At times, you fight against tanks and metallic soldiers. At others it's alien dolphins and large gelatinous eels.
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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare review (X360)

Reviewed on November 16, 2007

It's not the plot twists that will keep you playing so much as it is the sense that you're a part of them. As you head through the cities and the farmlands of present-day Russia, you're not some tourist dropped off somewhere to look at the pretty scenery; you're a soldier (multiple soldiers, actually, since the game shifts perspectives over the course of its 20 or so missions) exploring an unforgiving, hostile landscape where one careless step could spell disaster. This is a war. People on all sides will die and your goal is to make sure that you come through it all in one piece.
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Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am (PlayStation 2)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Zombie Ninja Pro-Am review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 15, 2007

To win the game, you must progress through twelve levels. Each is sandwiched between brief but amusing cutscenes featuring voices provided by the people responsible for the TV series. The cinema sequences set things up nicely as the trio of heroes advances from one stage to the next, but don't really hide the fact that the fun diminishes significantly once you actually start playing. That's because with the exception of a tutorial and three racing events, every stage unfolds the same way.
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review (DS)

Reviewed on November 15, 2007

At its best, Phantom Hourglass is pure fun. The innovative touch controls provide a fresh take on the standard Zelda fare, and that alone was enough to revitalise my dwindling interest in the series.
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Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa (PC)

Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa review (PC)

Reviewed on November 11, 2007

It’s been a few months since I last played through the six episodes of Telltale’s Sam & Max resurrection (and then played through them all again to review the entire season as a whole!) and the general feeling was positive. The series retained most of the aspects that made the 1993 original Hit the road such a well respected title and established itself as one of the better revivals that companies out of fresh ideas like the throw out into the market these days. Edios raping Lara Croft’s rotting corpse – I’m looking at you! Leave the poor girl alone.
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Dementium: The Ward (DS)

Dementium: The Ward review (DS)

Reviewed on November 09, 2007

After a scant 15 minutes, Dementium: The Ward withered like an elderly man with erectile dysfunction. What began as a hardcore 1st-person shooter regressed into an atmospheric jaunt through a continual series of empty rooms and hallways.
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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation (Xbox 360)

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation review (X360)

Reviewed on November 08, 2007

When a game that is a part of a series as long running as Ace Combat, there's always that nagging concern that the formula will become stale, or the ball will be otherwise dropped with new changes. A very fine line must be walked between adding to the game, and wrecking it. Ace Combat 6 walks that line very well.
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