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Tales of Xillia Review

Unexpectedly Nutritious

Tales of Xillia Screenshot

HIGH Milla slamming the gem into the aspyrixis.

LOW Falling out of the arena while punching the last enemy in a coliseum sequence.

WTF An RPG where people actually express concern about the idea of a 12-year-old girl fighting monsters? I thought I'd never see the day.

Time and Eternity Review

For Better or for Worse

Time and Eternity Screenshot

HIGH The hand-drawn character designs seem straight out of an anime.


LOW The Fiance Who Wouldn't Die
.

WTF The Fiance Who Wouldn't Die is actually the protagonist.

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

An Iron Fist... in a Newbie's Face

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Screenshot

HIGH Finally starting to master characters and kick some ass.

LOW Losing to the final boss over and over and over again.

WTF Who approved the Easy difficulty level?

Steam Greenlight, Mark of the Ninja, and Tekken Tag 2

Mark of the Ninja Screenshot

So I've been thinking a lot about this Steam Greenlight thing for a couple of days, trying to come at it from a few different angles. I had originally written up a blog post about it, but after discussing it a little further with some (very smart) friends of mine, I decided to do something else.

Mass Effect 3: Extended Cuts and Harada speaks!

Mass Effect 3 Screenshot

So, the Mass Effect 3 "extended cut" DLC amending the old endings came out. It's a free add-on and I'm pretty sure it provides an auto-save right near the end of the game for those who may not have a file at the appropriate point—I was positive that I didn't, but when I booted the game up, there it was. It could be my imagination, but I'm guessing the developers included this save as part of the DLC to avoid further outcry.

Soul Calibur V hates n00bs and [redacted] sucks!

Soul Calibur V Screenshot

It's been quite a while since I spent any time with the Soul Calibur series... I think the last one that I really got into was probably the original SoulCal on Dreamcast. The series kind of dropped in terms of quality (for my taste, anyway) and it fell off of my radar until today when GameFly sent me Soul Calibur V.

Go Vacation Review

Go Vacation

Go Vacation Screenshot

HIGH Playing the quick draw mini-game reawakened my love for another Namco arcade title, Quick N Crash.

LOW The balance board makes games harder to control without making them more fun.

WTF Why can't I swordfight without Motion Plus?

Gods Eater Burst Review

Smaller. Faster. Better?

Gods Eater Burst Screenshot

HIGH The rapid-switching gun/shield/sword/mouth mechanic is brilliant.

LOW All clothing in the game is only cosmetic; there are no effects or bonuses.

WTF Why is it called "Gods"? Every character in the game says it without the S.

Gods Eater Burst an acquired taste

Gods Eater Burst Screenshot

I'm still working my way through Gods Eater Burst on PlayStation Portable. I haven't mentioned it here at the blog yet, but it's basically a "lite" version of Monster Hunter with a strong anime slant and combat that runs a hell of a lot faster than it does in Capcom's game—not that the speed itself is necessarily a good thing. (Spazzy alert: GO!!!)

Splatterhouse Review

Bloody as Hell

Splatterhouse Screenshot

HIGH Revving the chainsaw and delivering a long string of one-hit-kills.

LOW The 2D segments desperately need tuning.

WTF Penetrating an enemy's neck hole with its own head, over and over again.

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