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Odin Sphere (PlayStation 2)

Odin Sphere review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 22, 2007

Odin Sphere is frustrating like that. The threat of exertion and the constant need to snack on restorative items exist throughout the entire game. Button mashing seldom leads to victory over even the simplest of adversaries. Instead, you must strike and retreat while dipping frequently into your bag of supplies.
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Jeopardy! Teen Tournament (Game Boy)

Jeopardy! Teen Tournament review (GB)

Reviewed on May 21, 2007

Having two people there to answer questions instead of three really changes the dynamic, and not for the better. A lot of the strategy is removed. All you must do to win is beat out the one guy. That’s actually not too terribly difficult if you know the answers to a lot of trivia, as I apparently do.
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Spider-Man 3 (PlayStation 3)

Spider-Man 3 review (PS3)

Reviewed on May 20, 2007

Such moments rock, but they’re counter-balanced by tedious missions. Early on, those revolve around stopping the various gangs that are battling for control of the city. Later, you have to take on super villains. The problem with these missions is that they’re not particularly fun, not when you could be out swinging around the city, riding on top of cars and whatever else interests you.
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Bust-A-Move Bash! (Wii)

Bust-A-Move Bash! review (WII)

Reviewed on May 18, 2007

Rather than press ‘left’ or ‘right’ on the d-pad, you hold the controller toward the screen like a wand and turn it toward the left or right. This causes the launch mechanism at the bottom center of the television screen to shift accordingly. It’s truly a satisfying improvement that brings a new dimension to the game… when it works. The problem is that sometimes things go haywire.
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Bone: The Great Cow Race (PC)

Bone: The Great Cow Race review (PC)

Reviewed on May 18, 2007

What the game lacks in complexity, it makes up for with simple charm. Bone quite nearly drips with personality. Every bit of dialogue is an opportunity for a wry quip or a zany grin-to-yourself kind of line, all of which are delivered with stellar voice acting. Where else can you find a stuffed chicken for a vendor who makes soup with 'a pinch of sawdust', or tangle with a giant honeybee that has a New York tough-guy accent? Nowhere, that's where.
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7 Wonders of the Ancient World (PSP)

7 Wonders of the Ancient World review (PSP)

Reviewed on May 17, 2007

After all, the 8 levels you get here will probably last you around that many hours before you complete them, and you can then go back and play them for better scores. Really, it all comes down to how the game plays. Thanks to power-ups and cornerstones, it plays pretty well.
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Ankh: Heart of Osiris (PC)

Ankh: Heart of Osiris review (PC)

Reviewed on May 16, 2007

Anhk: Heart of Osiris starts off directly after the original Ankh finishes. After a misunderstanding with Thana over a love letter sent by the spurned pharaoh’s daughter, he hits the tiles, gets wrecked and wakes up in a side ally with a killer headache and a conspicuous lack of Ankh. After being convinced by a clairvoyant bet-taker that his fate was inter-tined with the odd artefact, Assil is grudgingly forced to start a new quest all over again.
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Aegis Wing (Xbox 360)

Aegis Wing review (X360)

Reviewed on May 16, 2007

As multiple ships soar through space, you’ll find that you can approach an ally and latch onto his ship. Though doing so consigns you to whatever evasive maneuvers your ally feels are appropriate, there’s a tradeoff: you receive boosts to your firepower. Suddenly, those intimidating warships aren’t such a big deal.
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Alpine Ski Racing 2007 (PC)

Alpine Ski Racing 2007 review (PC)

Reviewed on May 15, 2007

The actual performance of your skier is also directly linked to the stats in such a way that you can feel those new poles doing their job and you can feel those boasted levels taking effect. Clumsy turns become sharp ones; your acceleration becomes quicker; the ability your skier has to carve tight turns through the white stuff become more crisp and competent
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SBK 07 Superbike World Championship (PlayStation 2)

SBK 07 Superbike World Championship review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 14, 2007

Crashes are great. Bikes will smash off competitors, spin madly in the air and whack other riders into oblivion; with 22 racers eagerly pushing for places, wheel-clipping and faring-rubbing is going to happen. In full credit to SBK ‘07, the great sense of speed the game presents doesn’t slow down one iota should ever single on of these bikes find their way on-screen – quite the achievement for the seven-year-old hardware it’s housed on.
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Final Fantasy IX (PlayStation)

Final Fantasy IX review (PSX)

Reviewed on May 11, 2007

Eventually, my favorite “mini-game” simply involved me finding all the references to early Final Fantasy games in this one. Square went above and beyond the call of duty in making sure us players got enough nostalgic moments to last any number of lifetimes. Look! It’s the classic black mage design! Hey, that old geezer’s named Garland! He was the bad guy in the original Final Fantasy!
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Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos (PSP)

Aedis Eclipse: Generation of Chaos review (PSP)

Reviewed on May 10, 2007

What all this amounts to is a game that’s akin to a great movie with a terrible ending. You plan out each move and become completely engaged in the experience. Then the battle (the ‘movie ending’) comes and you’re left wondering where the rest of the game went.
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Spider-Man 3 (Xbox 360)

Spider-Man 3 review (X360)

Reviewed on May 10, 2007

Gang wars take over the streets. An alien symbiote pops out of nowhere and gives him a new suit with incredible strength - but makes him a complete asshole. Kraven the Hunter, Calypso, the Lizard, the Rhino, the Scorpion, the Kingpin, the Sandman, the New Goblin, Venom - New York City is a battleground, and there’s only thing standing in the way of complete chaos is one little spider.
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Sam & Max Episode 6 - Bright Side of the Moon (PC)

Sam & Max Episode 6 - Bright Side of the Moon review (PC)

Reviewed on May 09, 2007

The point being that Bright Side of the Moon is a fitting conclusion to the season and the exclamation mark at the end of the big red YES! offered by Telltale after being asked if their foray into episodic gaming was really going to cut it. However, it leans heavily on its player having invested in the previous adventures
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Honeycomb Beat (DS)

Honeycomb Beat review (DS)

Reviewed on May 07, 2007

When you’re done in Honeycomb Beat’s Puzzle Mode, you’re done. This is fine, except the only rewards are unlockable backgrounds. No hotties in bikinis, colorful fireworks, or even an exciting song to dance around to. At this point, I would even settle for a measly “Congratulations” screen.
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Soccer '97 (PlayStation)

Soccer '97 review (PSX)

Reviewed on May 07, 2007

What do you give a game that’s great for all the wrong reasons? You give it a 5. And a hearty recommendation.
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Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade (PC)

Genesis Rising: The Universal Crusade review (PC)

Reviewed on May 06, 2007

It's fun watching organic starships explode in massive clouds of blood. It's fun sucking genes and fluids from the carcasses of defeated ships. It's fun throwing Drake shells from halfway across the map...Genesis Rising is too much fun for me to care about the crappy voice acting and crappier script.
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Pirates: Battle for the Caribbean (PC)

Pirates: Battle for the Caribbean review (PC)

Reviewed on May 06, 2007

If you're expecting me to break into some tirade about how Pirates is much more intricate than it seems, well, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.
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Satan's Hollow (Arcade)

Satan's Hollow review (ARC)

Reviewed on May 05, 2007

To an impressionable six-year-old Christian schoolchild, this was an amazing find. After seeing Satan's full-body portrait on the side of the arcade cabinet, I couldn't help but leap into the lion's den; the prospect of defeating the devil and becoming a Bible Camp Hero was more temptation than I could resist!
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Dinohunter (PC)

Dinohunter review (PC)

Reviewed on May 05, 2007

We've all played a multiplayer FPS before, unlike games like Far Cry, Dinohunter's gimmick isn't readily visibile in screenshots. All those show is a generic husk, a gun barrel and that familiar point and click interface. Indeed, this game isn't going to win any awards for artistic merit or for its complex gameplay. Sometimes, however, polish can be made up for with sheer overwhelming creativity and enthusiasm.
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