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Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars review: If you love a baby, set it free

A game doesn't need to be perfect in order for you to keep playing it, so long as there's some kind of tradeoff that provides something good in exchange for the bad. Maybe the voice acting is iffy, but you can deal because the combat is fast-paced and exhilarating. Perhaps the level design is...

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Yoshi's New Island review: Not quite dino-might

Mario games, the good ones, anyway, are a gestalt, rising above their sundry components to become something truly special. Yoshi's New Island is no such beast. It is exactly the sum of its expertly-hewn parts, offering a platforming experience that is impressive in its intricacy, nonetheless...

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Weapon Shop de Omasse review: Dull Blades, Sharp Jokes

Where would Cloud Strife be without his Buster Sword? Sora without the Keyblade? Link without his shield and Master Sword? Stuck on Level 1, that's where. Thank goodness there are talented weapon smiths to forge these legendary weapons of power for our RPG heroes. In Weapon Shop de Omasse for...

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Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy review: Such Sweet Sorrow

Professor Layton games have always been all-consuming, everything-else-on-hold affairs. I vividly remember playing The Curious Village, the first Layton, as I was drudging through a dank November London. It was essentially a collection of puzzles tied together by a story, but on that day, that...

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Bravely Default review: Crystal Clear

Bravely Default is almost to the Final Fantasy series what Casino Royale was to James Bond films. Unlike the 2006 film, the so-billed spiritual sequel to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light doesn't convey its modernizations immediately. In its first hours, Bravely Default is like a dry homage to...

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Chibi-Robo Photo Finder review: Shutter bugged

The first Chibi-Robo on GameCube was an adventure game in miniature about a tiny, mute helper robot who sets out to improve the lives of every human, dog and animate toy within reach. It was pure magic. Chibi-Robo Photo Finder is not that. It very closely resembles Chibi-Robo, but trades the...

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Sega's 3D Classics: making old games stand out

I never really thought much about Space Harrier. I like vintage Sega just fine, I just never spent much time with that particular game for whatever reason. Then I read this interview with M2, who ported it and the rest of the Sega 3D Classics line to 3DS, and I resolved to buy 3D Space Harrier as...

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Review: Hi, it rules

The Legend of Zelda series has become as known for its Mad-Libs structure as it has for its green-clad hero. Whatever Zelda you pick up, you can probably expect to have to find the [NUMBER] [PLURAL NOUNS] and thus prove you've got the [ADMIRABLE TRAIT] that marks you as the hero of legend. Whether...

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Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate review: Dynamic 2.5D

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is the latest in the excellent Arkham series, and its first handheld game. It's also the first original game from Armature Studio since it was formed by Metroid Prime expats in 2008. Because both sides of the family tree are so distinguished – and seem so...

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Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies Review: Still appealing

Silliness and cleverness: To reach one in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, you'll have to wade through plenty of the other. Longtime fans of the spiky-haired litigator already know to expect the bizarre cavalcade of characters, the tenuous interpretation of juris prudence, and...

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