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Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Review

Tokusatsu Memoir

Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale Screenshot

HIGH It's got charm in abundant supply.

LOW The story seems needlessly complicated, yet too shallow.

WTF The final postgame quest is a pain to complete.

Anatomy of a poor choice

Mars: War Logs Screenshot

Mars: War Logs is a confusing game on many levels. It's set on another planet far in the future, but most of the fighting involves whacking dudes with a glorified stick. The player never sees the game's only real "war," and instead deals mainly with an internecine conflict concerning the main character Roy's guild. Yet, in the end, even the internal power struggles turn out not to have been the driving force for the game's violence.

Mark of a hero—complete!

Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate Screenshot

So, Mark of a Hero. Although I haven't talked about it in a while, I've still been putting time into Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. With my wife into it as deeply as I am and my oldest son here for the summer, there's been plenty of opportunity to play multiplayer locally and I've been happy to take advantage of it. We've been chipping away at it steadily, and our overall goal is to take down the Dire Miralis before my son goes back to his mom's house… We've got about three more weeks to go, and we're feeling hopeful.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 93: E3 Extravaganza!

A belated but always beloved E3 shindig for the GameCritics.com podcast team takes in the meandering of Microsoft, the smackdowns of Sony, and the no-shows of Nintendo in a thorough examination of the platform holders' performance at this year's conference. Strap yourselves in for a marathon effort from Sinan Kubba, Chi Kong Lui, Richard Naik, Mike Bracken, and Brad "The Bone" Gallaway.

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The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Review

These Appearances Are Deceiving

The Denpa Men 2: Beyond the Waves Screenshot

HIGH Über, über cuteness.

LOW The grind factor went way up since the first game.

WTF Why can't I find a Denpa Man with Heal-All?!? Waaaaaah!

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers Review

A Blast from Mega Ten's Past

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner—Soul Hackers Screenshot

HIGH Finally getting some of the hard-to-catch demons to join your squad.

LOW Navigating first-person dungeons can be challenging, even with a map.

WTF This game is one giant WTF moment—in a good way.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Review

The Iterative Adventures...

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Screenshot

HIGH "Eat Ray of Destructionnnnnnnnn!!"

LOW Multiplayer doesn't always bring people together.

WTF Did I just sell The One Ring for 3,000 gold?

Mars: War Logs Review

Mars War Slog

Mars: War Logs Screenshot

HIGH Killing the blisteringly incompetent leader of the Resistance.

LOW Having to run back and forth through a whole city repeatedly for the serial killer quest.

WTF I'm in a major city, and the best available weapon is still a metal rod with some razor blades riveted to it?

Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland Review

Moe as Can Be

Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland Screenshot

HIGH It's beautiful and charming.

LOW The rigidly enforced time limit for getting things done is way too harsh.

WTF Barrel!

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Review

Checkmate

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Screenshot

HIGH Bitterblack Isle is a great addition, dripping with atmosphere.

LOW The insufferably slow Ox-driven escort quest to Gran Soren returns.

WTF WHAT THE F*** HAPPENED TO DANGAN?

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