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The War of the Worlds Review

No One is Mistaking this for the Real Thing

The War of the Worlds Screenshot

HIGH Racing through abandoned buildings as poisonous smoke filled the rooms behind me.

LOW Listening to the exact same speech from Patrick Stewart after retrying the same cheap spot for the twentieth time.

WTF Walking around as a corpse when the game failed to properly detect my death.

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?

Sideway: New York Review

Dry, White Toast

Sideway: New York Screenshot

HIGH Solving a rooftop maze by shifting "gravity" using the surrounding walls.

LOW Taking the last block of life off the boss only to have him regain it and kill me as I scrambled to pick the controller back up.

WTF What does the Knuckler boss have to do with anything?

Portal 2 Third Opinion

There Better be Some Cheese at the End of this Maze

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH Sabotaging a turret assembly line for hilarious results.

LOW A series of giant test rooms where the challenge stems from spotting the portal-able wall.

WTF How do you "freshen up" carbon dioxide, GLaDOS?

From Dust Review

Not Quite Worthy of Worship

From Dust Screenshot

HIGH The "Emergence" mission is awe-inspiring.

LOW The frustrating "Wildfire" mission comes too early in the campaign.

WTF The awful, abrupt non-ending.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Review

Again for the Third Time

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Screenshot

High Getting unstuck by realizing that I'm a goofus, rather than checking an FAQ and thinking: "How was I supposed to think of that?"

Low The overwhelming sense of déjà vu.

WTF Lego Davy Jones is adorable.

Outland Review

You Got Your Bullet Hell in My Platformer

Outland Screenshot

HIGH Stellar visual style.

LOW The prologue is far, far too long.

WTF Why is this not a side-scrolling platformer?

Portal 2 Second Opinion

The Return of the Orange and Blue

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH Wheatley's voiceovers.

LOW The frustration from a particular puzzle at the end of the underground area.

WTF Who knew the turrets had such heavenly singing voices?

Portal 2 Review

She has a Medical Degree. In fashion. From France.

Portal 2 Screenshot

HIGH My co-op partner's reaction to me falling onto a springboard and being flung to my death.

LOW If I think of one I'll you'll be the first to know.

WTF Has anyone ever seen Chell and Zoey from Left 4 Dead in the same room at the same time?

Moon Diver Review

Evolving into Irrelevance

Moon Diver Screenshot

HIGH Starting the first stage and being greeted by a screen full of faceless baddies and an earful of cheesy, pulse-pounding electronic music.

LOW The hour-long final stage.

WTF Do we really need to see the same unskippable cut-scene every time a spell is cast?

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