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Moon Diver Review

Evolving into Irrelevance

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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?

de Blob 2 Review

The Party Shouldn't Stop

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HIGH Rolling through a completed level with the music blaring and a colorful party going on all around.

LOW The bosses feel totally out of place.

WTF Why have a timer?

Lost in Shadow Review

Weightless

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HIGH The beginning of the housing area, when playing as a shadow is well-realized.

LOW Tedious, repetitive levels—and far, far too many of them.

WTF Did the devs really think this much switch-flipping was good gameplay?

Radiant Historia Review

Chrono Trigger's Spiritual Successor?

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HIGH Figuring out how to change a timeline in order to save one of your allies from permanent death.

LOW Skipping through the same story scenes for the fifth time.

WTF The main character was originally supposed to be a sword...thank God they changed that.

Nail'd Review

Dirtbikes Have Never Been Safer!

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HIGH Soaring preposterously high off a jump then landing perfectly on the roof of a moving train.

LOW Snowblindness losing me yet another race.

WTF I'm the one speeding through the mud at the front of the pack—why is dirt splatting on MY face?

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review

Such a Tease

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HIGH Going through the test area that recaps the previous games.

LOW Getting to the end of the game and realizing that it was the middle of the story.

WTF Why can't anyone just say what they think is happening?

Raskulls Review

Digging for Skulls

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HIGH Having a whole mountain stop just short of crushing me because of a well-timed shot.

LOW The computer swooping in and stealing a win at the last moment, over and over again.

WTF The repeated cameos made by the developer—figuratively, anyhow.

3D Dot Game Heroes Second Opinion

Pull Out of Console, Blow onto Connectors

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HIGH My face lit up at the prospect of appointing the Saving of The World to a walking taco.

LOW Replaying four hours of progress after a freeze really hurt.  (Save your game!)

WTF Just because an old game once had an invisible warp point doesn't mean a game released this decade needs an invisible warp point!

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Review

Good Things Come in Small Packages

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HIGH Finding a rare piece of equipment in one of the game's numerous optional dungeons.

LOW Grinding for hours on end so you can afford to buy new gear.

WTF Why is it so damn hard to unlock most of the advanced jobs? We're not masochists, Level-5...

Sports Champions Review

A Game in a Tech Demo's Clothing

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HIGH The impossibly tactile feel of nocking an imaginary arrow to a bowstring that doesn't exist.

LOW Volleyball. Incredibly abstracted and not particularly immersive.

WTF In Gladiator Duel, sending opponents soaring weightlessly out of the ring and seeing them smash through background scenery.

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