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Deus Ex: Human Revolution Review

Systemic Control

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Screenshot

HIGH The game is a stealth throwback in the best way possible.

LOW The decidedly dated-looking character models.

WTF I want to punch narrative NPCs!

Dungeon Siege III Review

Meh

Dungeon Siege III Screenshot

HIGH Reinheart Manx. Just... Reinheart Manx.

LOW: Almost everything and everyone else.

WTF Lucas Montbarron, your father has been murdered. Shouldn’t you have feelings about that?

Lord of Arcana Second Opinion

Square Enix is Out Hunting Monsters

Lord of Arcana Screenshot

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?

The 3rd Birthday Review

The Greatest Enemy Lies Within Your PSP

The 3rd Birthday Screenshot

HIGH Blowing up Twisted with an orbital laser satellite.

LOW Spending five minutes waiting for a soldier to appear with the only weapon that can hurt a monster —only to watch him immediately die before you can swap to him.

WTF The entire story.

Lord of Arcana Review

A (Very) Poor Man's Monster Hunter

Lord of Arcana Screenshot

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?

Moon Diver Review

Evolving into Irrelevance

Moon Diver Screenshot

HIGH Starting the first stage and being greeted by a screen full of faceless baddies and an earful of cheesy, pulse-pounding electronic music.

LOW The hour-long final stage.

WTF Do we really need to see the same unskippable cut-scene every time a spell is cast?

Mindjack Review

Making a Case for Stagnation

Mindjack Screenshot

HIGH Pinning down a hostile invader with a small army of machine gun equipped robo-monkeys.

LOW Having to take out entire waves of enemies solo because my entourage was intent on trying to shoot through walls.

WTF Businessmen with machine guns, construction workers with sniper rifles; apparently Mindjack takes place in an NRA wet dream.

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Review

Good Things Come in Small Packages

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Screenshot

HIGH Finding a rare piece of equipment in one of the game's numerous optional dungeons.

LOW Grinding for hours on end so you can afford to buy new gear.

WTF Why is it so damn hard to unlock most of the advanced jobs? We're not masochists, Level-5...

Final Fantasy XIII Second Opinion

I'm Starting to Think I Had My Final Fantasy Eight Years Ago

Final Fantasy XIII Screenshot

HIGH Finally getting my hands on a new Final Fantasy.

LOW Realizing that the game I was playing only looked like Final Fantasy.

WTF Who ever green-lighted Vanelle's voice acting should retire.

Nier Second Opinion

Method Playing

Nier Screenshot

HIGH Walking from third-person combat into a text adventure game.

LOW Some overly-melodramatic cutscenes in the... Oh, who am I kidding, it's the fishing.

WTF Walking from third-person combat into a text adventure game.

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