About Us | Game Reviews | Feature Articles | Podcast | Best Work | Forums | Shop | Review Game

Vanillaware

Dragon's Crown Second Opinion

Sexy Fantasy

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH So. Many. Renaissance. Painting. References!!

LOW Being able to touch NPCs with a hand cursor (and elicit reactions) during certain story scenes.

WTF Mermaid butt. Think about it.

Dragon's Crown Review

Finally!

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH The Amazon's jumping animation.

LOW The incredibly finicky "shield" sidequest in the Wizard's Tower.

WTF None of the playable male characters show an inch of skin. (And the Dwarf's chest hidden underneath all that beard doesn't count!)

Muramasa Rebirth Review

Hack and Snooze

Muramasa Rebirth Screenshot

HIGH Saving courtesans from the clutches of evil.

LOW Not skipping the long and mostly pointless tutorial.

WTF Did I just do a 37-hit combo with two button presses?

GrimGrimoire Review

Unicorns, Specters and Dragons, Oh My!

GrimGrimoire Screenshot

HIGH Completely overrunning the enemy with an army made up entirely of chimera and dragons.

LOW Dedicating 30 minutes to a stage, only to die and have to start all over from the beginning... AGAIN.

WTF Opalneria's gravity-defying boobs.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Second Opinion

The Blunted Blade

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Screenshot

HIGH Gloriously detailed artwork.

LOW Repetitive, simplistic combat.

WTF To access the hot springs, just ask a bath monkey.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 22 Transcript

Transcript of GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 22: Scribblenauts, Muramasa, and Are games too hard?

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 22: Scribblenauts, Muramasa, and Are games too hard?

Do games need to be easier to attract a wider audience? Or are games too easy as it is? Where did all the hard games go? What role does culture play? Will "Autoplay" features reduce frustration or just make gamers lazier than ever? With your help, we attack these questions from all directions. Also: quick hits on Scribblenauts and Muramasa: The Demon Blade. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Tim "If You Lose at Candy Land You're Banished to the Woods" Spaeth.

Download: Right click here and select "Save Target As..."
Subscribe: iTunes | Zune | RSS
Read: Transcript

Topic and Game References:

Please send feedback and mailbag questions to podcast (at) gamecritics (dot) com.

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Review

Not nearly as sharp as it looks

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Screenshot

HIGH The hand-drawn artwork is incredible eye-candy.

LOW Feels empty and barren; a rough sketch of a bigger game.

WTF Did the developers honestly think that style trumps substance?

Odin Sphere

Game Description: In Odin Sphere, players enact the story of their world's end. A great kingdom named Valentine was brought apart by natural disaster and internal strife. As war broke out, the once-great nation became a wasteland. As a demon lord named Odin schemes to conquer it, a far-off sorceror plans to use ancient magic that will bring an apocalypse. As the nations struggle for control, the world steadily slips unknowingly toward its demise, ancient prophecies are ready to be fulfilled—unless a young princess named Gwendolyn can stop the bloody feud between nations and fight for unity.

Code of Conduct

Comments are subject to approval/deletion based on the following criteria:
1) Treat all users with respect.
2) Post with an open-mind.
3) Do not insult and/or harass users.
4) Do not incite flame wars.
5) Do not troll and/or feed the trolls.
6) No excessive whining and/or complaining.

Please report any offensive posts here.

For more video game discussion with the our online community, become a member of our forum.

Our Game Review Philosophy and Ratings Explanations.

About Us | Privacy Policy | Review Game | Contact Us | Twitter | Facebook |  RSS
Copyright 1999–2010 GameCritics.com. All rights reserved.