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Dragon's Crown Second Opinion

Sexy Fantasy

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH So. Many. Renaissance. Painting. References!!

LOW Being able to touch NPCs with a hand cursor (and elicit reactions) during certain story scenes.

WTF Mermaid butt. Think about it.

Dusty Revenge Review

Revenge Just Got Dirty

Dusty Revenge Screenshot

HIGH Fluid animation in nicely detailed environments.

LOW Misshapen hitboxes mean lots of hits land when they shouldn’t.

WTF 30 second load times from a solid state drive?

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Review

Dungeon Brawler

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara Screenshot

HIGH The Gnome village!

LOW The pause music. Man, that pause music.

WTF The Gnome village is optional?

SMT IV, Steamworld Dig and Orange is the New Black

Shin Megami Tensei IV Screenshot

Although I count myself a Shin Megami Tensei a fan in general, I had some hesitation about jumping into SMT IV on 3DS. I haven't been the biggest fan of the portable SMTs and nothing about the previews was really grabbing me. However, the Nintendo offer of $30 eShop credit when combined with purchase of Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I already had, and loved) was too much to resist, especially since I had a couple of games to trade in for credit.

Toki Tori 2 Review

Engage All the Learning

Toki Tori 2 Screenshot

HIGH Pulling off a complex series of environment manipulations without a hitch the first time.

LOW Knowing just enough of a puzzle solution's to solve it wrong. For hours.

WTF Some of the photographs have to be taken before the player is taught the photograph song.

Dragon's Crown Review

Finally!

Dragon's Crown Screenshot

HIGH The Amazon's jumping animation.

LOW The incredibly finicky "shield" sidequest in the Wizard's Tower.

WTF None of the playable male characters show an inch of skin. (And the Dwarf's chest hidden underneath all that beard doesn't count!)

Muramasa Rebirth Review

Hack and Snooze

Muramasa Rebirth Screenshot

HIGH Saving courtesans from the clutches of evil.

LOW Not skipping the long and mostly pointless tutorial.

WTF Did I just do a 37-hit combo with two button presses?

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Review

Mainlining Nostalgia

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Screenshot

HIGH Black Tiger.

LOW Trojan.

WTF Who thought it was a good idea to include 3 versions of 1942?

Hotline Miami and a few words on used games

Hotline Miami and a few words on used games

I've heard a few developers lately talking about why they are in favor of DRM and getting rid of used games. I know this is a huge discussion and I don't really want to get into every aspect of it right here, but there are few things I need to get off my chest.

Interview with Pagoda West's Jared Kasl and Tom Fry

Major Magnet Screenshot

Pagoda West are a small independent studio who rose from the ashes of now defunct fan-game Sonic 2 HD. If that wasn't strange enough, they've just released their first game—poles of attraction platformer Major Magnet. I spent some time talking to two thirds of the team, Jared Kasl and Tom Fry, to hear about the process of making a first game, how magnets work, and why The Ren & Stimpy Show is such an influence.

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