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Apr 19, 2012

'Dance Central' sequel a chart-topper
Harmonix has hit the top of the dance game charts with Dance Central 2. It's a must buy for the dance enthusiast surrounded by his eager party entourage raring to join in and the solo chick who can hardly manage the dexterity to chew gum and walk at the same time. Simply put this is the best dance game I have ever played.


Apr 13, 2012

Mass Effect 3, a monumental finale
I have just completed the most intense and engrossing video game and series that I've ever played. It was worth almost every second of the 52 hours and 45 minutes it took me to get to that incredible, brilliant, and poignant conclusion of 'Mass Effect'. The only thing missing from this three-part saga was that which Bioware and Electronic Arts cannot provide - a standing ovation at the end.


Mar 15, 2012

Black Eyed Peas game for fans only
If I had to pick one band to create an entire dance game around I think it would have to be the Black Eyed Peas. One may start to wonder if that isn't the real reason the group came together: to one day be immortalized in digital format while young and old alike get up off their butts to shake their lovely lady lumps.


Mar 5, 2012

Monopoly meets Wall Street
If you are a fan of roll-the-dice board games, longing for the day where your beloved Mario gets to hang out with Dragon Quest characters, your wait is over. The classic capitalist land-grab game 'Monopoly' has been injected with genre borrowed musical ditties, featured characters, varied board designs and economic diversity.


Dec 23, 2011

'Catherine', a strange, strange journey
'Catherine' is a stranger-than-fiction tale about Vincent, the drunken commitment-phobe.


Dec 5, 2011

Skyrim redefines RPG genre
Believe the hype. Skyrim is as awesome as you've heard. It not only improves upon the 'Oblivion' model that didn't really need much improvement to begin with but also introduces some very welcome changes.


Nov 7, 2011

Get over yourself and 'Just Dance'
I know what you're thinking. You are wondering how the Wii can deliver an adequate dance experience?


May 9, 2011

Dragonquest sequel has no fire, spark
Like a drunken archer shooting through fog, Dragonquest VI : Realms of Revelation, completely misses the mark.


Apr 21, 2011

Thrilling 'Arrival' ushers in 'Mass Effect 3'
With the downloadable content - 'Mass Effect 2: Arrival' - EA and BioWare have wrapped up the sci-fi RPG sequel nicely with some seriously high-explosives. Our hero(ine), Commander Shepard is left with a lot to think about as she is greeted by a very uncertain future. Life, even a second one, is not easy for Shepard.


Feb 25, 2011

Puzzles rescue 'Golden Sun'
'Golden Sun: Dark Dawn' is a sequel to the 2003 Gameboy title, Golden Sun: The Lost Age. Thirty years have passed since the world was reborn and the forces that once saved civilization are now impelling its imminent annihilation. The young heroes from the land of Weyard are the only ones that can stop it.


Dec 13, 2010

'Fable 3' Measures Up
This is a difficult review. Trying to be objective about a series that I have enjoyed so much in the past has proven difficult. I could easily shy away from its weaknesses or I could hold it up to an unrealistic standard and compare the third instalment to my rose-coloured perspective of the amazing 'Fable 2'. Naturally, the only means to mitigate these extremes was to play the game in its entirety before starting the review.


Nov 3, 2010

'Layton' follow-up: More puzzles, less story
For the very first time, I have felt myself getting a little bit smarter. That's probably because I was playing 'Professor Layton: Unwound Future'. It's not something you would play when you want mind-numbing escapism after a hard day's work but it's perfect for when you feel like exercising your brain... and it might require you to pull out the old graph paper and perform some good 'ol fashioned long division. While some children under 12 might find this game of puzzles, problems and riddles a bit too difficult, it truly is a great way to make math and logic fun for young people…and even most adults.


Aug 27, 2010

'Dragonquest IX' heats up series
'Dragonquest IX'? Where do I begin? Without a doubt, it is an impressive addition to the series. As the game begins, you are a Celestrian Guardian who needs to recover scattered "Fyggs". What are "Fyggs" you may ask? "Fyggs" are fruit from a sacred tree.


July 28, 2010

'Strange Journey' a pleasant surprise
'Shin Megami Tensei - Strange Journey' is an RPG set in the not-too-distant future. You are a part of a military expedition sent to explore a spatial anomaly in the South Pole.


May 3, 2010

Fans will enjoy 'Settlers' sequel
'The Settlers' is a game cut straight from the cloth of the classic strategy genre. If you're a fan of previous games in the series, you won't be disappointed.


Mar 9, 2010

'Shiren' is stuck in the eighties
'Shiren the Wanderer' is a tale of Katakuri Mansion and the one boy who could unlock its mysteries and treasures. The game is named after our hero, Shiren, a young boy who has yet to discover he is the "chosen one".


Feb 19, 2010

'Flames of Judgement' lacks creative spark
'Flames of Judgement', available for download from Xbox Live Arcade, is the third game in the 'Vandal Heart' series, opens with what could be a Japanese wartime folksong sung in French and eerie tones by a female vocalist. It sets a rather unusual mood for this single-player, turn-based RPG adventure. The game kicks off with one of its signature comic book-framed cut-scenes to introduce the plot. War looms between two kingdoms and caught up in this tense political environment is an eclectic band of diverse characters.

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