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Limbo Review

Lost (and Found) in Shadows

Limbo Screenshot

HIGH Seeing the game in motion and realizing it's not a cutscene.

LOW The post-zipline area at the end is the game's only "cheap" puzzle.

WTF With that ending...

Marvel Super Heroes

Marvel Super  Heroes Screenshot

Capcom's considerable library of excellent 2D fighting games were a perfect fit on the Saturn—not only was the hardware well-suited for them, but the Saturn controller was laid out in a similar configuration to Capcom's arcade control setup as opposed to the less-than-ideal button layout on the PlayStation controller. As a result, games like Street Fighter Alpha 2, X-Men: Children of the Atom and the Darkstalkers sequel Night Warriors shined on the Sega Saturn.

Plain Sight Review

Remember, the Enemy's Gate is Down

Plain Sight  Screenshot

HIGH: Chasing an enemy all over the level and finally catching him.

LOW: Getting killed when there's no way I can see it coming.

WTF: The level with the two giant unreeled cassette tapes.

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer

Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer Screenshot

I've been meaning to get to this game for a while now. Not because it's been out for some time, but because I really loathe it. Side-scrolling action games for Xbox Live Arcade, Wii Virtual Console and PlayStation Network seem to be the chic thing nowadays, but it's amazing how painfully mediocre most of them are. It's obvious to me that with Söldner-X: Himmelsstürmer, the developers were out to make the ultimate side-scrolling shooter.

Mini Metamorphasis

Age of  Zombies Screenshot

By and large, the consensus regarding Sony's slowly expanding line of "Minis" software for the PlayStation Portable is that the games—mostly ports from the iPhone and other platforms—are sorely lacking in quality. Given the initial launch titles, it's not hard to see why: An overpriced Tetris port, mediocre fair like Brainpipe and Vempire, and downright terrible shovelware like Gameloft's Hero of Sparta were among the heavy hitters back in early October.

Lost in translation?

Lost in Translation? Cho Aniki Zero-screenshot

Before today, everything I knew about the infamous Cho Aniki series was gleaned either from a cursory glance at Wikipedia or this Escapist article. It's part of the kuso-ge (literally, "sh*t game") class of hyper-stylized Japanese gaming, notable only for the use of kitschy humor. These obscure 2D shooters feature every not-so-subtle homoerotic undercurrent imaginable, from characters who shoot semen-like beams from their heads to greased men wrestling and evil phallic monsters.

Mega Man 10 Review

8-bit is Still Back

Mega Man 10  Screenshot

HIGH: Sheep Man ftw!

LOW: The weapon I got from Sheep Man.

WTF: Can Wily come up with a final form that isn't a disappearing ship?

Mega Man 10

Game Description: The original 2-D classic Mega Man returns in the all new Mega Man 10! Mega Man 10 continues to bring the series back to its old-school roots, with retro platforming action and classic 8-bit graphics and sound. Rediscover Mega Man with new, classically-inspired boss characters, each with unique weapons and vulnerabilities. The year is 20XX and Robotenza - the Robot Flu - has spread like wildfire, incapacitating robots everywhere. One month after the outbreak, the situation worsens. Infected robots have gone out of control and have destroyed the city! It's up to Mega Man to get to the bottom of this viral mystery.

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