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GrimGrimoire Review

Unicorns, Specters and Dragons, Oh My!

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HIGH Completely overrunning the enemy with an army made up entirely of chimera and dragons.

LOW Dedicating 30 minutes to a stage, only to die and have to start all over from the beginning... AGAIN.

WTF Opalneria's gravity-defying boobs.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Review

The Devil (Survivor) is in the Details

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HIGH Fusing a kick-ass demon after 30 minutes of planning and multiple steps.

LOW The voice actress for Midori has as much appeal as listening to chalkboard scratching.

WTF So God imposed different languages on humanity as punishment for not living virtuously? Mind blown.

Dungeon Defenders Review

A Great Concept Marred by a Flawed Execution

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HIGH Finding a great piece of equipment and then making it even better with upgrades.

LOW Going through a level with ease, only to get crushed by the final wave.

WTF No instructions or playable tutorial—just a four-minute long training video.

A tale of two chesses

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If we intend to interpret videogames entirely in terms of rules and mechanics then obviously we ought to model our study off the long tradition of analog games.

A World of Keflings: It Came from Outer Space Review

It Should Have Stayed There

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HIGH The aggressive, paranoid captain.

LOW The constant poop jokes.

WTF Why is the layout of this area so gnarly?

Terraria Review

I Always Feel Like Something is Watching Me

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HIGH Flipping gravity and rocketing into the sky.

LOW Trying (and failing multiple times) to face the first boss solo.

WTF I need a demonite pick in order to dig through the Corruption to mine the demonite ore needed to make the demonite pick… Or I can just blow it all up with dynamite.

Orcs Must Die! Review

That's a Whole Lotta Musts

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HIGH The colorful, cartoony style of the game is appealing.

LOW The game feels flat, and holds no surprises.

WTF The near-total lack of character and world-building.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War Review

Where Can I Get a Commando Action Figure?

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HIGH Passing critics I respect on my leaderboard (temporarily!)

LOW The final campaign level is tough to complete with a good score.

WTF The lava in the lava lamp doesn't move. Outrage!!

Frozen Synapse Review

All the Tactics Without the Zerg Rush

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HIGH Wiping out half the enemy team in one turn.

LOW Trying to figure out if I'm in an enemy sniper's line of sight.

WTF Learning the hard way that I cannot fire a rocket launcher through a wall without it exploding.

From Dust Review

Not Quite Worthy of Worship

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HIGH The "Emergence" mission is awe-inspiring.

LOW The frustrating "Wildfire" mission comes too early in the campaign.

WTF The awful, abrupt non-ending.

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