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Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Second Opinion

If I Could Turn Back Time

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Screenshot

HIGH The real-time combat and Spellstone system provide satisfying loops of tactical decisions.

LOW Major story battles often boil down to frustrating trial-and-error.

WTF The handling of female characters is frequently problematic.

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review

...and the Bland Played On

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Screenshot

HIGH The visit to the Fairyground.

LOW Losing the third phase of the final boss battle because of stun-locking.

WTF So I'm in a nursery inside a fairy's reproductive system?

Speaking in Forked Tongues draws nearer and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Screenshot

I'm currently working on my review of Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate. I wasn't able to put as much time into it as I expected because the bridging software which allows players to transfer data between the Wii U and 3DS has not been available, and apparently will not be until the day of release. Since I'm usually able to catch a few quests here and there on a portable when I'm not in front of my TV, that was an unexpected setback.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Review

Upwards and Onwards

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Screenshot

HIGH Using Deep Forest Lore the first time

LOW Getting stuck (twice) after falling for false in-game information.

WTF Four great games and this series is still largely unknown?

Fire Emblem: M/Str8 > F/LGBT

Fire Emblem: Awakening Art

Fire Emblem: Awakening is easily one of my favorite games of the year so far, from a design perspective. No question. However, after rolling credits I noticed a couple of things which made me raise an eyebrow, and those were already on top of a problem I had with the game even earlier on—essentially, Awakening has quite a bit to say about female characters and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, while never overtly saying anything at all.

Mass Effect 3: Citadel Review

A Night to Remember

Mass Effect 3: Citadel Screenshot

HIGH Finally bringing the entire team on a mission.

LOW Dr. Chakwas was a no-show.

WTF Finding Kasumi going through Shep's panty drawer.

GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 87: An Important Announcement and Sell Richard a 3DS

In this episode we bid a fond farewell to one of our own, plus everyone tries to talk Richard into buying a 3DS with completely meaningless results. With Richard Naik, Chi Kong Lui, Brad "Sweet Can" Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Dylan Collins.

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Ascend: New Gods Preview

Ascend: New Gods Screenshot

Today I had the chance to visit Signal Studios located in Kirkland, Washington, and I spent about three hours talking with the good people hard at work on the upcoming free-to-play Ascend: New Gods coming to XBLA and other platforms to be announced.

Skylanders: Giants Review

Pokéwhat?

Skylanders: Giants Screenshot

HIGH Getting another chance to use all the figures I spent a fortune on!

LOW Any section with jumping. In fact, every section with jumping.

WTF Why do fire-element creatures take damage from fire?

Crimson Shroud Review

An Hour and a Half for $8

Crimson Shroud Screenshot

HIGH The tabletop-style game presentation.

LOW Quitting at Geyserm Waterway.

WTF Why would anyone award a required item randomly?

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