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Monster Tale Second Opinion

Needs to Go Back in the Oven

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HIGH Dying on a boss near the end of the game, causing me to actually wake up and focus..

LOW Encountering a defect in the evolution system that blocked my progress and caused me to give up on it.

WTF Seriously, if you max out the xp on a form, you can no longer unlock any forms that branch from it? What sense does that make?!

Hyperdimension Neptunia Review

The Console Wars Get Literal

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HIGH The satirical cameos by unnamed game stars.

LOW Waiting for a minute for my hammer to recharge.

WTF Seeing the bruised heroine treated with "bondages" (not a typo!)

Lord of Arcana Second Opinion

Square Enix is Out Hunting Monsters

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HIGH The Lock-on System, a simple yet essential addition to the genre.

LOW Environments really aren't all that inspiring.

WTF No Infrastructure mode, seriously?

Lord of Arcana Review

A (Very) Poor Man's Monster Hunter

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HIGH The game didn't crash once on me in 40+ hours of playtime. Hurray!

LOW Tedious boss fights that feel like they're more based on luck and memorization than any kind of skill.

WTF The game doesn't have cooperative online—it is still 2011, right?

Monster Tale Review

Metroid Meets Pokémon

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HIGH The theme song in the Treehouse Grotto.

LOW The late-game money fetch quest that sticks out as padded play time.

WTF Why is the giant rabbit named Lobster?

Gods Eater Burst Review

Smaller. Faster. Better?

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HIGH The rapid-switching gun/shield/sword/mouth mechanic is brilliant.

LOW All clothing in the game is only cosmetic; there are no effects or bonuses.

WTF Why is it called "Gods"? Every character in the game says it without the S.

Gods Eater Burst an acquired taste

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I'm still working my way through Gods Eater Burst on PlayStation Portable. I haven't mentioned it here at the blog yet, but it's basically a "lite" version of Monster Hunter with a strong anime slant and combat that runs a hell of a lot faster than it does in Capcom's game—not that the speed itself is necessarily a good thing. (Spazzy alert: GO!!!)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Review

Three Hundred Hours and Still Going Strong

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HIGH A skin-of-my-teeth victory after a knock-down, drag-out, forty-five minute battle.

LOW Struggling to survive the nasty dual Tigrex mission... Twice.

WTF Watching my Felyne companion get the game-winning hit in on the last boss.

Cozy Fire Review

Not for Kindling

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HIGH Look at those realistic flames! And all the different kinds of wood to burn!

LOW You can't stack the fire to insane proportions—no raging bonfires allowed.

WTF This is the Wii's second fireplace simulator. Is this actually a thing?

Video: Dead Island gets Minecraft treatment

You know you've struck a cord with the gaming public when you get "immortalized" by someone in a  game like LittleBigPlanet or Minecraft. I mean, it says a lot when someone is willing to forego another Mario or Legend of Zelda homage in favor of something contemporary like Dead Island—not the game of course, but the trailer! 

Unfortunately, this translation doesn't quite match the haunting appeal of the eagerly anticipated first-person shooter/horror/role-playing game. Instead, it is quite adorable. Not exactly the effect its creator was going for I'm sure.

Dead Island gets Minecraft treatment

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