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Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

Game Description: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is a turn-based role-playing game (RPG) for DS and DSi that places the player in command of a band of adventurers on an ongoing quest to return their city to its once great status. The third release in the Etrian Odyssey franchise, the game features five character party combat, 5-player local wireless multiplayer support, a large number of character classes, the ability to explore and battle from sea vessels, customizable maps and three possible game endings.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 37: RPGs, Dragon Quest IX, Etrian Odyssey III, Puzzle Quest 2, and DeathSpank

We try our best to keep things positive, but Tim screws it up in the home stretch. The topic is "New RPG's We (Mostly) Love" and that means Dragon Quest IX, Etrian Odyssey III, Puzzle Quest 2, and DeathSpank. Guess which one we don't love! Plus we premiere a new segment: "Quote of the Week." With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Spahnk" Spaeth.

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Topics discussed:

  • 1 vs. 100
  • Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
  • Etrian Odyssey III
  • Puzzle Quest 2
  • DeathSpank

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Etrian Odyssey III, DeathSpank and PAX

DeathSpank Screenshot

So DeathSpank is out. I saw it at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) last year and I couldn't see what all the excitement was about, but I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. Time went by, and I never saw anything that really caught my attention. Didn't see much on it at all, really. Then, all of a sudden, it's available for download and everyone in my Twitter feed is talking about it.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Review

Visit Tartarus for a Third Time

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Screenshot

HIGH The addition of a female protagonist and new social links.

LOW Climbing the tower can still be a bit of a grind.

WTF Yet another RPG with a dog as a playable character. WTF Japan?

Trauma Team Review

A Half-dozen Ways to Save Lives

Trauma Team Screenshot

HIGH The Forensics mode is so great, it could be its own game.

LOW Trying to find the minuscule difference between five CT images.

WTF The phrase "think slowly" does NOT mean the same as "think hard."

Trauma Team Art Gallery

Maria - Trauma Team Art Gallery

PlayStation 3 owners get to relive Zelda memories in Atlus' 3D Dot Game Heroes

Earlier today, I was able to attend an online conference put on by the good people at Atlus. The subject of the meeting? 3D Dot Game Heroes for PS3.

For those of you who might not be familiar, 3D Dot Game Heroes is essentially a loving homage to the original Legend of Zelda. Not Twilight Princess, not that new one with the train, or even anything on a 16-bit system…no, we’re talking old, old-school 8-bit Zelda. The original, groundbreaking stuff.

Mass Effect 2 and the lack of homosexuality in space

Mass  Effect 2 Screenshot

Although I've had more than my fill of talking about Mass Effect 2 since my extremely popular and well-regarded review hit Metacritic, I have to admit that I'm not quite ready to let the topic go. Getting right to the point, I've been thinking about the way homosexual relationships were removed for the most part, and what a disappointing choice that was.

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