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Dark Souls Review

Curiosity is a Serial Killer

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HIGH Exploration has never been so satisfying.

LOW Plays too safe with other aspects of the Demon's Souls formula.

WTF Why is Blighttown such a stutter-fest?

Knights Contract Third Opinion

Awful and Awesome in Equal Measure

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HIGH Many of the boss fight "conclusions" are jaw-droppers.

LOW The absolutely wretched signposting in the confusing free-roam levels.

WTF Minukelsus is... a supreme bad-ass?!?

Knights Contract Second Opinion

This Room Looks Familiar

Knights Contract Screenshot

HIGH Ripping through Rapunzel with Maar's Lance.

LOW Finding out I lose auto-save data when I turn off my console.

WTF Climbing a ladder and climbing vines is the same animation.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Second Opinion

The Sixty Dollar Indie Game

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Screenshot

HIGH The eureka moment, not in discovering the solution to a puzzle, but in discovering the solution to approaching the game itself.

LOW The early hours with the game, where each uneventful hour felt like an eternity.

WTF I still can't figure out how to say "this game feels like a 10 dollar downloadable" without it coming off like an insult.

Knights Contract Review

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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HIGH Ping-ponging a room full of enemies with a combination of spell and scythe, and watching them all meet their grisly fate simultaneously, tangled in the vines of Mag Mell's Rose.

LOW Getting knocked down a hole after failing a boss QTE 20 times.

WTF For being upset at having to execute all of her sisters, Gretchen sure seems to love making a graphic display of their demise.

Splatterhouse Review

Bloody as Hell

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HIGH Revving the chainsaw and delivering a long string of one-hit-kills.

LOW The 2D segments desperately need tuning.

WTF Penetrating an enemy's neck hole with its own head, over and over again.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Second Opinion

Monkey Don't Trip

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Screenshot

HIGH The romantic art design.

LOW Fall-behind-and-die chase segments.

WTF Andy Serkis' face, in cut-scenes all over the place.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Review

Ordered a Tapestry, Got a Quilt

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Screenshot

HIGH The slurping giggle the Majin does when you're bringing him fruit.

LOW The tedious final dungeon, featuring repeated appearances by an irritating mid-boss.

WTF Quit telling me you're going to use the lightning and just use the freaking lightning, big guy!

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West — Pigsy's Perfect 10 Review

Not Quite, but it Comes Damned Close

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West — Pigsy's Perfect 10 Screenshot

HIGH Everything screams quality.

LOW Using the Pigsy Prod on a second-to-last attacking robot.

WTF Why aren't more pieces of DLC done as well as this?

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Review

Monkeying Around in a New Genre

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West Screenshot

HIGH Activating Monkey's "cloud" for the first time.

LOW The end of the game doesn't seem to match the beginning.

WTF Trip shows no remorse for killing innocents in the first level.

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