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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Second Opinion

Story. Gaming on the Side

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH The character animation on-display here is phenomenal.

LOW Me: "Oh great, is that the 30th character or the 40th?"

WTF The only way to the truth is with the help of a dead Pomeranian.

Ms. 'Splosion Man Review

Puttin' a Bow on it

Ms. 'Splosion Man Screenshot

HIGH Captures the insanity that made the first game so great.

LOW Checkpoints are generally too far apart.

WTF That's a "curse"? More like a blessing if you ask me...

Hyperdimension Neptunia Review

The Console Wars Get Literal

Hyperdimension Neptunia Screenshot

HIGH The satirical cameos by unnamed game stars.

LOW Waiting for a minute for my hammer to recharge.

WTF Seeing the bruised heroine treated with "bondages" (not a typo!)

The First Templar Review

A Comfort Game

The First Templar Screenshot

HIGH Siccing the Templars on the Inquisition at Montsegur.

LOW Fighting the game's few single-player duels.

WTF Did the medieval Catholic church have some kind of breeding program to produce these giants?

Brink Review

Me Shoot Now

Brink Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the credits roll came as a nice relief.

LOW Certain game-types can last fifteen agonizing minutes, regardless of the win conditions.

WTF "New Audio Log Unlocked!" AWESOME!!

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Review

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Screenshot

HIGH Configuring my Orbment to get access to a powerful area-effect spell in the first chapter of the game.

LOW At least half of the game's playtime is spent with only two party members of a potential four.

WTF The budding relationship between Estelle and her adopted brother Joshua is weird enough, but was it necessary for nearly every NPC to peer-pressure them into it?

Swarm Review

Lost in a Crowd

Swarm Screenshot

HIGH Making a tower of shoulder-standin' buddies is as cute as a kitten sandwich.

LOW Dealing with the scoring system saps a lot of joy from the game.

WTF The "Mama" character is pretty amazing.  Why can't more mothers be enormous, gelatinous blobs who spew bipedal underlings?

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.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Second Opinion

The Sixty Dollar Indie Game

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Screenshot

HIGH The eureka moment, not in discovering the solution to a puzzle, but in discovering the solution to approaching the game itself.

LOW The early hours with the game, where each uneventful hour felt like an eternity.

WTF I still can't figure out how to say "this game feels like a 10 dollar downloadable" without it coming off like an insult.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Review

A Hard Night's Work

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective Screenshot

HIGH WELCOME!

LOW Repeatedly failing part of chapter 16 because an object I needed was just slightly out of view.

WTF Why does everyone in this game like chicken so much?

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