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Soul Calibur V Review

Welcome Back to the Stage of History

Soul Calibur V Screenshot

HIGH Getting curbstomped until I'm down to a sliver of health. My opponent's throw places him at the edge of the ring. I kick. Ring out!

LOW The AI blatantly cheating in the most infuriating ways possible.

WTF Ivy's the only person to speak with a European accent. Maybe she missed the memo that everyone was pretending to be American?

Video: Mortal Kombat flash dancing, Round 2

The one good thing that came out of those terrible Mortal Kombat movies was the soundtrack, or more specifically, the opening song from the soundtrack. Not only does it get the heart pumping and the blood going when you first hear it, it also gets the feet moving too.

That must be what compelled these "cosplayers"—at least I think they are cosplayers—to just break out the ghetto blaster and dance like fools.

Video: Mortal Kombat flash dancing, Round 2

Soul Calibur V hates n00bs and [redacted] sucks!

Soul Calibur V Screenshot

It's been quite a while since I spent any time with the Soul Calibur series... I think the last one that I really got into was probably the original SoulCal on Dreamcast. The series kind of dropped in terms of quality (for my taste, anyway) and it fell off of my radar until today when GameFly sent me Soul Calibur V.

The King of Fighters XIII Review

Beauty in Motion

The King of Fighters XIII Screenshot

HIGH Absolutely gorgeous animations and figures.

LOW Bosses that combo cheap moves over and over.

WTF As a newbie to the series, some of the female animations. Srsly?

Real Steel Review

Pay per Play

Real Steel Screenshot

HIGH Decapitating an enemy with a flurry of punches.

LOW Success in the game is hidden behind a paywall.

WTF I have to pay real money to change my robot's colour? Seriously?

Batman: Arkham City Review

I'm Batman

Batman: Arkham City Screenshot

HIGH Taking down Mr. Freeze.

LOW "That crazy bitch!" "I'll make you meow bitch!" "I want you to tear that bitch apart!" "Two guns, bitch!"

WTF Who the hell thought that creating Arkham City was a good idea?

The Cursed Crusade Review

A Good Metaphor Spoiled

The Cursed Crusade Screenshot

HIGH Wow, this history is really accurate!

LOW One terrible boss fight is bad—but the exact same boss four times in a row?

WTF Um... where's the ending?

Guardian Heroes Review

Side-Scrolling in Style

Guardian Heroes Screenshot

HIGH Realizing that I was good enough to finish on Normal after my initial stumblings.

LOW I don't like straining to see my character in a sea of enemies.

WTF My first Hard Mode attempt lasted a minute—literally.

Knights Contract Third Opinion

Awful and Awesome in Equal Measure

Knights Contract Screenshot

HIGH Many of the boss fight "conclusions" are jaw-droppers.

LOW The absolutely wretched signposting in the confusing free-roam levels.

WTF Minukelsus is... a supreme bad-ass?!?

Dead or Alive: Dimensions Review

Wanted: Dead, not Alive

Dead or Alive: Dimensions Screenshot

HIGH The responsive combat controls.

LOW The haphazard and awful excuse for a story mode.

WTF The sheer number of women getting backhanded.

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