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Hero Academy Review

Battling Epically Slowly

Hero Academy Screenshot

HIGH Taking out an enemy's crystal in a single turn.

LOW Waiting for an opponent to submit their turn.

WTF Still waiting… two months later.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

Long Absent, a Little Different, but not Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Screenshot

HIGH The resurrection of a long-absent, fan favorite franchise.

LOW Restarting after ten hours due to crushing poverty.

WTF Walls don't function properly in this universe.

FTL: Faster Than Light Review

Rogue Star

FTL: Faster Than Light Screenshot

HIGH Reaching the Last Stand with a fully-upgraded, fully-staffed ship.

LOW Getting destroyed by already-fired weapons after accepting a lucrative surrender.

WTF I am pretty sure the whole thing with the Zoltan emissary was in a Star Trek episode once.

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."

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