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3D Dot Game Heroes Second Opinion

Pull Out of Console, Blow onto Connectors

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HIGH My face lit up at the prospect of appointing the Saving of The World to a walking taco.

LOW Replaying four hours of progress after a freeze really hurt.  (Save your game!)

WTF Just because an old game once had an invisible warp point doesn't mean a game released this decade needs an invisible warp point!

Demon's Souls Third Opinion

The Sirens are Calling

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HIGH Clinging to the tiny sphere of light surrounding my character, squinting in a futile effort to penetrate the blackness that threatened to swallow me whole.

LOW Being one-shotted by a demon's sword that clipped through a pillar and being forced to replay the entire stage.

WTF That dragon just sat there and let me shoot it with 250 arrows.

Knights in the Nightmare Second Opinion

Something Old, Something New

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HIGH The first time I dominated an encounter after fully comprehending the battle system.

LOW Another last boss? Why can't this game just be over!

WTF Japanese developers really love their quasi-Christian bad guys.

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City Review

Don't Knock the Farmer

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City Screenshot

High Wiping the floor with enemies who wiped the floor with you earlier.

Low Adding a new class mid-game can mean a lot of painful leveling-up.

WTF Would it really kill the game to have the experience accrue just a bit faster?

Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City

Game Description: Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City is a turn-based role-playing game (RPG) for DS and DSi that places the player in command of a band of adventurers on an ongoing quest to return their city to its once great status. The third release in the Etrian Odyssey franchise, the game features five character party combat, 5-player local wireless multiplayer support, a large number of character classes, the ability to explore and battle from sea vessels, customizable maps and three possible game endings.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Review

Shameful Voyage

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HIGH A new Shin Megami Tensei title!

LOW Too bad it's terrible.

WTF A poop demon came out of the ship's toilet. I guess that's not all that WTF for Shin Megami Tensei.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey

Game Description: A fresh sci-fi twist on the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei series! A startlingly original entry in the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei universe, Strange Journey takes the heralded RPG franchise to exciting new sci-fi frontiers while bringing to mind the all-time classic Nocturne. With over 300 demons to bribe, coerce, and negotiate with to gain assistance in battle, Strange Journey is every bit the deep, rewarding RPG experience fans have come to expect from the SMT franchise.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Review

Visit Tartarus for a Third Time

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable Screenshot

HIGH The addition of a female protagonist and new social links.

LOW Climbing the tower can still be a bit of a grind.

WTF Yet another RPG with a dog as a playable character. WTF Japan?

Hexyz Force Review

More Fun to Say than to Play

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HIGH Finally getting a fourth party member...

LOW After 13 hours.

WTF Even with the game explicitly telling me that I could upgrade Ragnafacts, it took me two whole chapters to remember to do it.

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