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Shin Megami Tensei IV Review

Fafnir, I Choose You!

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screenshot

HIGH Blowing away a boss well above my level in a single turn with some well-chosen elemental attacks, timely smirks, and a lucky crit.

LOW My previous try at that boss, where my ally's poor choice of elemental attack caused the boss to smirk and wipe my party with just two attacks.

WTF Is that a penis demon? I think it's a penis demon.

Zeno Clash II Review

Zeno Bash

Zeno Clash II Screenshot

HIGH Giving a humanoid crustacean a piledriver. The wrestling kind.

LOW Getting locked out of certain environments after traversing them.

WTF There's a few WTF moments in here. There's... a few.

Dragon's Crown Review

Finally!

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH The Amazon's jumping animation.

LOW The incredibly finicky "shield" sidequest in the Wizard's Tower.

WTF None of the playable male characters show an inch of skin. (And the Dwarf's chest hidden underneath all that beard doesn't count!)

God Mode Review

Divine Limitations

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HIGH Laying waste to scores of demons.

LOW Rotting in the matchmaking lobby in the hopes someone will join.

WTF The announcer sounds like Stewie Griffin after huffing sulfur hexafluoride.

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.

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Second Opinion

If I Could Turn Back Time

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Screenshot

HIGH The real-time combat and Spellstone system provide satisfying loops of tactical decisions.

LOW Major story battles often boil down to frustrating trial-and-error.

WTF The handling of female characters is frequently problematic.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Review

Upwards and Onwards

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Screenshot

HIGH Using Deep Forest Lore the first time

LOW Getting stuck (twice) after falling for false in-game information.

WTF Four great games and this series is still largely unknown?

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Second Opinion

Alimentary, My Dear Watson

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Screenshot

HIGH "You control Sherlock Holmes."

LOW The terrible frame story populated by hideous children.

WTF You control... a dog?

Persona 4: Golden Review

A Year in the Life of Horny, Magical Teenagers

Persona 4: Golden Screenshot

HIGH The Mystery Gang mocking their own corny "Persona!" cries while plastered.

LOW Cut-and-paste dungeons.

WTF Marie's "poetry."

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Review

A Study in Perspective

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Screenshot

HIGH The cerebral gameplay is a great break from action titles.

LOW Needing an FAQ to find overlooked items.

WTF Why isn’t there a Benedict Cumberbatch skin?

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