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Tokyo Jungle Review

The Pomeranian Generation

Tokyo Jungle Screenshot

HIGH My first run lasting over 30 years.

LOW The second Hyena mission in Story mode is pure awfulness.

WTF Why are there no omnivores?

Political Machine 2012 Review

Making a Toy Out of US Politics—Just like Real Life!

Political Machine 2012 Screenshot

HIGH Creating my Grace Jones candidate, complete with cape.

LOW Increases my cynicism of the electoral college as a system.

WTF "Gay Marriage?" Can't we just call it marriage equality yet?

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Nintendo Wii U and 3DS

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Nintendo 3DS) Screenshot

Presented without comment are some screenshots from the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. I think these images from the 3DS version speak for themselves.

Orcs Must Die! 2 Second Opinion

Legloas Orcs are an Image Forever Seared into My Brain

Orcs Must Die! 2 Screenshot

HIGH A perfect kill that results in massive chain combos of screaming orcs.

LOW When playing solo: maps designed specifically for co-op.

WTF With all the running the sorceress does, that much sideboob and lack of support is hazardous.

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Review

A Tactical RPG for People Who Hate Tactical RPGs?

Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Screenshot

HIGH Executing a flawless plan of attack in an important story battle.

LOW Sitting through the first ten hours or so as the game sets up its predictable story.

WTF Do I really want to find and try on different outfits for my bad anime-inspired helper?

Hitman Sniper Challenge, XBLI Indie Uprising & Monster Hunter Wii U

Hitman: Absolution Screenshot

After playing Hitman: Absolution at PAX Prime, I felt a lot more confident about it and decided to put $5 down at Gamestop in order to play the Sniper Challenge demo level.

Rainbow Moon Review

The Butterfly Effect

Rainbow Moon Screenshot

HIGH Some of the game's features are refreshingly respectful of the player's time.

LOW Virtually everything else is not.

WTF One female quest-giver explains why she wants her comb fetched: "I want to impress my gallant Gorodo, but first I have to pimp myself."

Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

Sappers Closing In!

Orcs Must Die! 2 Screenshot

HIGH Watching orcs get launched into the abyss/lava/acid/void traps never fails to bring a smile to my face.

LOW Attempting a perfect run, only to have orcs repeatedly slip past when I'm busy elsewhere.

WTF The Sorceress's "clothes" might as well be made of dental floss.

TouchTalk, Volume Two

Great Big War Game Screenshot

Welcome back to a semi-regular feature here at GameCritics.com: TouchTalk. While this series was inspired by one of my old features, the Bargain Basement, I've got an all-new focus for an all-new phase in gaming. Rather than highlighting discounted gems in the used section of a retail shop, I'll be reviewing downloadable mobile games and apps that you might want to check out… and maybe some that you'll want to avoid.

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.

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