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Mass Effect 3: Omega Review

Bad Girls

Mass Effect 3: Omega Screenshot

HIGH "Time to find allies... The story of my life."

LOW Coming back to Mass Effect 3 for pre-ending DLC felt more than strange.

WTF Where the hell was Aria's couch?

Persona 4: Golden Review

A Year in the Life of Horny, Magical Teenagers

Persona 4: Golden Screenshot

HIGH The Mystery Gang mocking their own corny "Persona!" cries while plastered.

LOW Cut-and-paste dungeons.

WTF Marie's "poetry."

Video: Ninten-blow (Possibly NSFW)

Adult Swim takes the innocent act of a child trying to make his NES cart work and makes it dirty... and funny.

Caution: Crude content

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—Hearthfire Review

Home is Where the Hearth is… Right?

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim—Hearthfire Screenshot

HIGH Hiring a steward to handle the busywork.

LOW Needing a steward to handle the busywork.

WTF The steward I hired refusing to stay on the estate!

Ragnarok Odyssey Review

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Ragnarok Odyssey Screenshot

HIGH Starts off very Monster Hunter-ish.

LOW Quickly succumbs to shallow design and tedium.

WTF Who thought locking the player in ambush killboxes was good design?

Borderlands 2 Review

Numbers Game

Borderlands 2 Screenshot

HIGH Mopping up a roomful of baddies with a buddy in short order makes you giddy.

LOW My low level runthrough gave me +5 Gray Hairs.

WTF Me: "Did we just murder the Ninja Turtles?"

Mugen Souls Review

Moe'd Down

Mugen Souls Screenshot

HIGH Charming an entire group of enemies at once, turning them all into adorable bunny creatures!

LOW Do "something" do get a better ending? What does that mean?!

WTF So many bath scenes!

Don't say a word

Mass Effect 3 Screenshot

In the wake of the success of Obsidian's Project Eternity Kickstarter, supporters are eagerly watching the stretch goals to see what promised goodies will be put into the game. Meanwhile, I am hoping to see one thing left out: voice acting. Done correctly, voice acting can significantly improve a Japanese RPG. However, recording voices for characters diminishes a Western RPG, regardless of the reading's quality. For this reason, I feel that Western RPGs should avoid having voiced dialogue.

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Extra Credits has an interesting two-part discussion about the hero's journey, a concept explored by Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Thatgamecompany's Journey is the game example featured here (along with The Legend of Zelda) but this seems to be a concept exploited in all entertainment genres.

Extra Credits: The Hero's Journey, Parts I & II

Interview with Demiurge Studios' Justin Lokey

Interview with Demiurge Studios' Justin Lokey

What do all of these big-name games have in common? They were all worked on by a studio you might not recognize—Demiurge. After helping the big boys with these heavy-hitting titles, they've stepped out of the shadows with Shoot Many Robots, their own original IP.

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