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Final Fantasy Legend (Game Boy)

Final Fantasy Legend review (GB)

Reviewed on September 07, 2007

For example, in the very first world, all a player has to do is go to three castles and get a specific item from each king to open the next few floors of the tower for exploration. One king gladly does so if the party kills a local bandit living in a tiny cave. Another fights the party for his treasure in what could be considered a mini-boss fight. The third is assassinated, leaving the party to slaughter the weak usurper and claim the third item. All of this could be done in 15 minutes — if I hadn’t had to spend a good hour or so fighting monsters to earn money for equipment and to build up my humans.
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Saga Frontier (PlayStation)

Saga Frontier review (PSX)

Reviewed on September 06, 2007

So, even though I only had to do all this “magic collecting” once, I wound up choosing to do it with the majority of the other characters. That got boring pretty quickly, as the hunts for mystical runes and tarot cards are the same regardless of who is doing them.
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Loki: Heroes of Mythology (PC)

Loki: Heroes of Mythology review (PC)

Reviewed on September 01, 2007

This isn't a particularly original title, but the level of craftsmanship in its components makes it something more than just another hack & slash RPG. Somewhere down the line, Loki cast away the clichés of its genre and became a work of art.
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WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 (Xbox 360)

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 review (X360)

Reviewed on August 31, 2007

In one section of the career mode, it even made it look like Bobby Lashley had an ounce of charisma! You know technology has advanced when it achieves the impossible.
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Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (PlayStation 2)

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 30, 2007

You might think that tossing 23 playable heroes, dozens of villains, and countless recognizable characters into the same game would be fan-service enough, but some people don’t know when to quit.
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The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion (PSP)

The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 29, 2007

Throughout the course of the 30+ hour adventure, Avin and Mile will come across countless scenarios of people in need of bonding, just like they once were. While Avin and his newfound friend set out in what appears to be a typical turn-based RPG at first glance, the amazing attention to detail is what truly sets this apart from the others.
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Sam & Max: Season One (PC)

Sam & Max: Season One review (PC)

Reviewed on August 29, 2007

While their looks and sounds have been updated, both Sam and Max retain all the personality they boasted in 1993. Deadpan and noir-inspired Sam is the canine shamus with a love for Bogart-like wordplay and overloaded sentences, while Max, the psychotic shark-toothed rabbity-thing, revisits his role as the hyperkinetic, deranged sidekick. They thrive in a familiar setting, too; each of the six episodes has the expected smattering of insanity, mindless violence and laugh-out-loud moments housed within a simple and accessible point-and-click interface.
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Taito Legends 2 (PlayStation 2)

Taito Legends 2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 28, 2007

Unless you lived in arcades 20 years ago, you probably won't even remember half the stuff you find here. You're thus denied even the value that nostalgia might lend each selection. Taken on their own terms, most titles you'll find here are trumped by the free Flash games you can find all over the Internet.
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Falling Stars (PC)

Falling Stars review (PC)

Reviewed on August 24, 2007

Initially you'd be forgiven for thinking that the mechanics of gameplay are rather intricate, but this really isn't the case. The story's a standard good versus evil affair, and the in-game dress-up option is nothing beyond an annoyance.
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Espgaluda (PlayStation 2)

Espgaluda review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 23, 2007

Cave's hyperactive shooter Espgaluda lets you soar through the Middle Eastern sky on wings of psychic light, weaving tapestries of carnage with threads of deadly energy. The quest for vengeance is both challenging and beautiful.
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Revelations: Persona (PlayStation)

Revelations: Persona review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 22, 2007

For example, jokester Masao Inaba, complete with Asian skin tone, playful freckles, and pseudo-jester hat, did not make the cut. Instead, he’s overwritten by Mark. Mark, the token black kid akin to Billy Dee William’s role in Star Wars without a smattering of the charisma, wears a funky red baseball cap, speaks fly street talk, yo, and has a mad crush on the white chick. He’s also armed with hip-hop moves: to try to tempt enemy demons over to the side of good, Mark will dance sexy at them upon command. Inaba wasn’t hip: he was artistic, offbeat and unique. For this, he was to die.
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Hydlide (NES)

Hydlide review (NES)

Reviewed on August 22, 2007

While this place is guarded by a seemingly immortal dragon, that’s of little concern to Jim, as all this beast does is go back and forth aimlessly. If Jim’s not directly in its never-changing path, it ignores him. Apparently Varalys doesn’t pay his employees enough for them to give a damn. I (typing this at work) can relate.
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Ecco the Dolphin (Xbox 360)

Ecco the Dolphin review (X360)

Reviewed on August 21, 2007

I glide through the sea with the grace of an Olympic swimmer. The sun's rays burst through the surface of the ocean's water, making everything sparkle beautifully. A friend nearby challenges me, dares me to see how high above the water's surface I can leap. I accept his challenge, pointing myself toward the sky and launching straight into the air. I break the water's surface, a gorgeous silhouette as I pose in midair...
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Concentration (PC)

Concentration review (PC)

Reviewed on August 21, 2007

It's not that the artwork is bad—it's not—but it's obscure and could mean a few things. Half the time, you'll look at a picture and say to yourself “Hmm, that's either a stick, a log, a limb, a branch or a twig or something else I'm forgetting.” Solving the puzzles is tiresome instead of fun.
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Kudos: Rock Legend (PC)

Kudos: Rock Legend review (PC)

Reviewed on August 20, 2007

If you can find satisfaction in high percentages, Rock Legend just might be your game, as It's basically clicking through menus until as many bars as possible say 100%, but with a theme. Because without the theme, it'd hardly even be a game. Almost nothing it impresses except ideas, but those are ruined. It isn't horrible execution that ruins them, however, but an utter lack of execution.
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Indigo Prophecy (PlayStation 2)

Indigo Prophecy review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 20, 2007

The relentless gravity of Indigo Prophecy pulls you through a vivid storm.
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Gunple: Gunman's Proof (SNES)

Gunple: Gunman's Proof review (SNES)

Reviewed on August 15, 2007

Then, early in the seventh hideout, you can pick one of two sets of clothes. One greatly enhances Zero’s attack, while the other does the same to his defense. Take the first suit and no enemy, even the final boss, can stand up to his power. Grab the second and it’ll take even the toughest foes an eternity to whittle down his life meter. Considering you’ll probably have obtained a good number of extra lives by this point, it now is nearly impossible to actually die.
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Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology (PSP)

Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 13, 2007

Sometimes you're retrieving an item. Others you're rescuing someone who got lost, or delivering a goody he or she needs, or scavenging for materials at an item point. No matter how you look at it, though, you're no more than an errand boy (or girl) engaged in one long series of fetch quests.
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Prince of Persia: Revelations (PSP)

Prince of Persia: Revelations review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 13, 2007

Even though the game sometimes looks like a bad Kung Fu film (audio clips for scripted events aren't properly synched), out-of-control glitches are NOT what make Revelations an irritating experience. The atrocious framerate, inopportune loading, and horrible controls accomplish that on their own.
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Legend of the Dragon (PSP)

Legend of the Dragon review (PSP)

Reviewed on August 12, 2007

Legend of the Dragon is a forgettable fighting game based on a forgettable cartoon. I could tell you all about the first time I played Fatal Fury Special or my memories of Melty Blood, but in a few months all I'll remember about this one is that I hated it. That's what happens when a company cares more about graphics than about designing a good game.
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