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Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 (DS)

Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on July 07, 2008

There's still a learning curve for those new to the franchise, but returning veterans should be able to jump right into the action. Working too quickly is likely to lead to errors just as it should, but missed slices and injections feel like true blunders instead of something that can be blamed on faulty hit detection. As a result, tense operations feel challenging for all of the right reasons.
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Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 (DS)

Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 review (DS)

Reviewed on July 04, 2008

As long as there are people, there will be an endless line of medical patients in need of surgery. That's good news for Trauma Center hero, Derek Stiles, as this means plenty of new hospital adventures to be had. Even better, his latest batch of patients in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 make for some of the most exciting surgical operations to date.
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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS)

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift review (DS)

Reviewed on July 02, 2008

It’s no secret to most of the world that Square-Enix is a dying company. Their stock price has fallen 20% in the past year and their CEO has issued a memo telling the developers that they will be fired if they attempt to release anything other than rehashes or new expansion packs for Final Fantasy XI. The ironic part is that up until the release of The World Ends With You earlier this year, Squaresoft had not made an original non-Final-Fantasy game since the release of Chrono Cross in 1999, and ...
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Arkanoid DS (DS)

Arkanoid DS review (DS)

Reviewed on June 28, 2008

Basically, the game is meant to be played with vertical orientation (like Tetris). To make full use of the space provided, this means that the developers had to split the playing area in two, with dead space at the center. If you were playing this at an arcade and someone set a yardstick across the middle of the screen, the effect would be roughly the same.
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Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (DS)

Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles review (DS)

Reviewed on June 28, 2008

While the PC will always be rightfully known as the king of visual novels, the Nintendo DS began to makes its presence in the genre known with the 2005 release of Trace Memory and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, released only 15 days apart on American shores. Subsequent releases included more titles in the aforementioned Ace Attorney series, Hotel Dusk: Room 215, along with less critically-acclaimed games such as a poorly-remade Myst, with many more yet to come. ...
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Etrian Odyssey (DS)

Etrian Odyssey review (DS)

Reviewed on June 27, 2008

Dearest dungeon-crawler fan,
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Summon Night: Twin Age (DS)

Summon Night: Twin Age review (DS)

Reviewed on June 21, 2008

Even the concern that she'll run out of magic is nullified by a skill that allows her to regenerate it on the fly—only a few seconds of charging are required, which is inconvenient but generally not lethal thanks to the invulnerability—meaning that once you progress to a certain point you won't even have to worry about purchasing restorative items. Comrades slain will revive themselves after a bit, as well, so if you're reduced to just Reiha you can play tag until the situation improves, or even stand next to the enemy repeatedly using skills so that it can't hurt you.
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The World Ends with You (DS)

The World Ends with You review (DS)

Reviewed on June 20, 2008

The Game is dangerous. The Game is bizarre. The Game is insanely difficult. Fail to complete The Game and it'll be the last thing you ever fail to do. I don't mean this game, The World Ends With You, I mean The Game. Our protagonist, an anti-social, lonely people-hater, Neku, is somehow thrown into this Game and is told that he must complete the mission or face erasure. In a strange but fascinating, fast-paced opening, you find yourself linking up with a partner in order to defeat ...
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Space Invaders Extreme (DS)

Space Invaders Extreme review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2008

We should have seen this coming. It was inevitable, really. Despite all the bloody battles and hard-earned victories, the human race was never really safe. Not from these things, anyway. No matter how many of them you kill, there will always be more of them. Wave after pixilated wave of spaceships are now wandering the skies, descending ever so slowly like a waterfall in slow motion. There is no water here, though; these bastards are dishing out laser beams, bullets, missiles, and whatever else ...
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Rondo of Swords (DS)

Rondo of Swords review (DS)

Reviewed on June 13, 2008

For a strategy RPG set against a traditional medieval backdrop, Rondo of Swords tries to surprise you. It introduces a radically different method of moving around and engaging the enemy. The objectives of its stages can change at any time, with the express purpose of putting you in the worst possible position. And of course it contains a few major plot twists. Ultimately though, the biggest surprise comes in the form of disappointment. Rondo of Swords fails to strongly augment...
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Speed Racer: The Videogame (DS)

Speed Racer: The Videogame review (DS)

Reviewed on June 13, 2008

You won’t have much time to pay attention to your surroundings, however; in the vein of such series as Wipeout and F-Zero, Speed Racer: The Videogame is set in a futuristic society where races move fast! At the beginning of the race, you can expect to accelerate from zero to 300 miles/h within seconds; at top speed, your vehicle will approach Mach 1. Nevertheless, the experience isn’t completely about speed; it’s also about style...
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Ys Strategy (DS)

Ys Strategy review (DS)

Reviewed on May 26, 2008

This becomes most apparent in the campaign mode battles, which seem to be aimed at an advanced tutorial rather than the driving force behind Ys Strategy. You’ll constantly switch forces throughout the game, playing as Abel’s allies (and, sometimes, foes) giving you a quick glimpse at the sparse changes of powers promised by each team. Which, basically, amounts to there being very little change in your tactics throughout the campaign.
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Front Mission (DS)

Front Mission review (DS)

Reviewed on May 19, 2008

One of the main complaints that I, as well as many other gamers that I know, have about the gaming industry nowadays is the fact that there are way too many ports and remakes being released. The Game Boy Advance was notorious for this, especially with the constant Super Mario Advance games. However, the good news about the two main ports/remakes I got for the Nintendo DS is the fact that neither of the games ever came out in America before. I had played them on ROMs on my computer over the years...
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Final Fantasy III (DS)

Final Fantasy III review (DS)

Reviewed on May 19, 2008

I am a huge fan of the Final Fantasy series, as you may have noticed over the years due to my various Final Fantasy reviews and walkthroughs. Growing up, I always wanted to play the original Final Fantasy 3, but back then there was no translations or emulation available, so it was always one of those mysterious games I knew very little about, yet yearned to play regardless. I had heard the sequel to Final Fantasy was awful (and it turned out to be the truth), but Square really fixed things up fo...
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Toy Shop (DS)

Toy Shop review (DS)

Reviewed on May 19, 2008

While it's true that a lot of games of this type bury you in menus, they at least have other things going on so that you can remain entertained throughout the process or there's a sense of urgency. With Toy Shop, I would frequently set up my assembly work for the day, then just leave the DS sitting for 2 or 3 minutes while the game did its thing.
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Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword (DS)

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword review (DS)

Reviewed on May 18, 2008

With Dragon Sword, Team Ninja has taken a game known for brutal, in-your-face action and made the switch to a control scheme that is far more unconventional and alien to those experienced with Ninja Gaiden. It could have been a disaster – that it’s actually a relatively smooth, entertaining action game (on a handheld, no less) should serve as a testament to the skills the team possesses, especially in an area as potentially hostile as DS development.
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Prism: Light the Way (DS)

Prism: Light the Way review (DS)

Reviewed on May 10, 2008

If you have ever taken any physics course, then at some point in time, you may have glossed over the behaviour of light. One point that stays clear is that on a flat, reflective surface, the angle that the light bounces off of is the same angle that it first struck the surface at.
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Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! (DS)

Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys! review (DS)

Reviewed on May 06, 2008

These monsters are planted in specific locations, and your zombies' only defense against them is based on their current ailments. Lefty uses her right arm to whack enemies senseless. Fins uses his tentacles (Or are they fins? They look like tentacles...) to simultaneously strike enemies in three directions. Zack, the young skateboarding star without legs, is able to stretch his body like Dhalsim from Street Fighter II and attack with his board.
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Hurry Up Hedgehog! (DS)

Hurry Up Hedgehog! review (DS)

Reviewed on May 06, 2008

Hurry Up Hedgehog is instead a modest title based upon some German board game I’m not even going to try and spell. It presents players with a grid full of pits and challenges them to get three of their four hedgehogs to the other side before any of the other teams can. Along the way, you need to try and push your opposition’s hedgehogs out of the way (and, ideally, into pits) while trying to navigate the safest route through the obstacles and opposition.
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Powershot Pinball Constructor (DS)

Powershot Pinball Constructor review (DS)

Reviewed on May 05, 2008

As much as the concept of creating your own tables sounds really appealing, the editor is so lacklustre and limiting that it may as well have not existed. And if I’m judging Powershot Pinball Constructor as an ordinary pinball title, its completely uninspiring and sleep-inducing gameplay makes it impossible to recommend.
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