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The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Review

Not the preciousss...

The Lord of the Rings: Conquest Screenshot

HIGH Finishing the game in two sessions and ending the agony ASAP.

LOW The entire project feels undercooked in every way.

WTF A bunch of f'ing hobbits take down the Balrog?!?

Not feeling Street Fighter IV and other musings...

Street Fighter IV Screenshot

Am I the only person who's not completely bowled over by Street Fighter IV? I had a mad urge to run out and pick up a brand-new copy on the release day, but I held out in an effort to stick to my budget, and wow... I'm glad that I did. I finally got a chance to put some time into it and I've got to say, it left me a little cold.

For some reason, I thought the graphics would be better (and yes, I'm playing on an HD set). It's not just the resolution or whatever, it's that the actual art direction is just weird. The characters look kind of cartoony, kind of not… it's just odd. Besides that, the hit detection seems kind of wonky to me and I've got to be honest in saying that none of the characters really float my boat. Rufus, especially—I mean, how did that guy ever get off the drawing board at Capcom R&D?

OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Review

Zombies, bikinis and swords, oh my!

OneChanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad Screenshot

 HIGH Going into "Rampage" mode and unleashing a serious can of whoop-ass on a horde of zombies while watching their blood and limbs splatter across the screen.

LOW Wasting too much time trying to execute a "Cool" 12-hit combo before realizing it's insanely impossible for gamers without super-human timing skills.

WTF Where does Aya find the time to wax between all the zombie slaying?

The Horror Geek presents: Burn, Zombie Burn! means more zombies this month

Burn, Zombie Burn! Screenshot

As a card-carrying lover of all things zombie, and a huge fan of the old 16-bit game Zombies Ate My Neighbors, I've been keeping tabs on Burn, Zombie Burn! since I first heard about it last year.

The game, from developer Doublesix, features a lead character named Bruce (hurray for more Bruce Campbell references in video games!) who works through multiple stages slaughtering hordes of cartoonish zombies. The title looks to feature parallels between not only Zombies Ate My Neighbors, but also the classic Robotron. The idea is to gather huge masses of zombie together and slaughter them all at once for huge scores and bonus multipliers. I'm so sold on this game that it's not even funny…

Doublesix has (according to Kotaku) planned a big celebration for the game's release—they've lined up competitions (with trophies) for high scores and prizes like "horror themed holidays" (no clue what that might be—but it sounds cool) and shirts, artwork and other prizes. The game will also feature some downloadable extra content such as a strategy guide, music, and an 8-page comic book.

Burn, Zombie Burn! is a PlayStation Network exclusive and will be available for download on March 26th. Expect a review sometime not long after that.

Brad Smash!

Have you ever found yourself playing something that you weren't really crazy about, but you played it anyway? There are lots of reasons for doing so… maybe you spent the last of your budget on a title that the reviews were far too kind to, or maybe there's nothing really hot or exciting on shelves and you've got nothing better to do. Whatever the case, I imagine that anyone who plays games finds themselves in that same position occasionally. That was the situation this afternoon.

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