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Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time Second Opinion

If I Could Turn Back Time

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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.

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan Review

Upwards and Onwards

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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?

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Second Opinion

Alimentary, My Dear Watson

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HIGH "You control Sherlock Holmes."

LOW The terrible frame story populated by hideous children.

WTF You control... a dog?

Persona 4: Golden Review

A Year in the Life of Horny, Magical Teenagers

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

LOW Cut-and-paste dungeons.

WTF Marie's "poetry."

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes Review

A Study in Perspective

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HIGH The cerebral gameplay is a great break from action titles.

LOW Needing an FAQ to find overlooked items.

WTF Why isn’t there a Benedict Cumberbatch skin?

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?

Persona 4: Arena Review

Old Friends Return in a Most Unexpected Fashion

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HIGH Labrys' elegant, touching story.

LOW The white story text can sometimes be hard to read.

WTF I forgot how much I missed these characters until Arena reminded me.

Gungnir Review

Your Myths! I Must Have Them All! No Symbolism There.

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HIGH Landing that perfect AoE spell attack!

LOW I have to break open chests over multiple actions? With a rogue in the party?

WTF That's what you call a tutorial?

The King of Fighters XIII Review

Beauty in Motion

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HIGH Absolutely gorgeous animations and figures.

LOW Bosses that combo cheap moves over and over.

WTF As a newbie to the series, some of the female animations. Srsly?

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked Review

The Devil (Survivor) is in the Details

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HIGH Fusing a kick-ass demon after 30 minutes of planning and multiple steps.

LOW The voice actress for Midori has as much appeal as listening to chalkboard scratching.

WTF So God imposed different languages on humanity as punishment for not living virtuously? Mind blown.

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