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Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Review

Gaijin Repellant

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Screenshot

HIGH Nailing a combo with pitch-perfect timing against a similarly-skilled opponent to win a heated match.

LOW Most of the new music is... not good, and several design decisions are a step back.

WTF Coming across a customised Akira online decked out with a leather cap, a handlebar moustache and a pair of stylish red underpants. Then losing.

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Review

Where High School is Literally Hell

Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention Screenshot

HIGH Performing an attack that deals over 9 million in damage.

LOW Level grinding can get tedious.

WTF The post-game abandons any pretense of sanity and slathers itself in crazy sauce.

Persona 4: Arena Review

Old Friends Return in a Most Unexpected Fashion

Persona 4: Arena Screenshot

HIGH Labrys' elegant, touching story.

LOW The white story text can sometimes be hard to read.

WTF I forgot how much I missed these characters until Arena reminded me.

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Review

A Joy from Afar

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Screenshot

HIGH Blowing up an enemy capital ship as it tries to jump out of the system.

LOW Getting rocked by pirates right as I'm about to mount an attack on my main enemy's homeworld.

WTF Seriously, screw those pirates.

Gungnir Review

Your Myths! I Must Have Them All! No Symbolism There.

Gungnir Screenshot

HIGH Landing that perfect AoE spell attack!

LOW I have to break open chests over multiple actions? With a rogue in the party?

WTF That's what you call a tutorial?

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Review

Perfect Synthesis!

Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland Screenshot

HIGH Seeing what finally became of the kingdom I worked so hard to build.

LOW I just want a Lvl2 fire resistant item, and I know it's here somewhere!

WTF Well, that bath scene was certainly unexpected!

Xenoblade Chronicles Review

Is Xenoblade the Greatest JRPG of This Generation?

Xenoblade Chronicles Screenshot

HIGH Taking down a rare monster ten levels higher than your party with Melia in the lead.

LOW Traipsing through seemingly endless sidequests to build affinity.

WTF The ending is weirdly reminiscent of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Review

Killer App

Uncharted: Golden Abyss Screenshot

HIGH Soaking in those sumptuous visuals.

LOW Finger-swiping QTEs.

WTF Why do I have to clean 100% of the dirt off this artifact with my tired finger when I can already make out the "hidden" image?

Asura's Wrath Review

When do I Actually Get to Play this "Game"?

Asura's Wrath Screenshot

HIGH It's only six hours long, so my suffering was short-lived.

LOW So many options... how about the fact that I spent a huge chunk of that six hours doing nothing but watching a cruddy subpar anime masquerading as a video game?

WTF A character possesses a sword so large that it can stab through one side of a planet and out the other with length to spare.

Street Fighter X Tekken Review

The "X" is Pronounced "Cross." I Really don't Know Why.

Street Fighter X Tekken Screenshot

HIGH Seeing favorite Tekken characters do their trademark moves in a Capcom fighter.

LOW More beefed-out final boss characters with cheap AI? Really?

WTF Law's face didn't translate well to Capcom's art style. Just, yikes.

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