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Tales of Xillia Review

Unexpectedly Nutritious

Tales of Xillia Screenshot

HIGH Milla slamming the gem into the aspyrixis.

LOW Falling out of the arena while punching the last enemy in a coliseum sequence.

WTF An RPG where people actually express concern about the idea of a 12-year-old girl fighting monsters? I thought I'd never see the day.

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Review

Off Target

Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 Screenshot

HIGH Nailing a long range shot without gameplay assists.

LOW Feeling like little more than a dancing puppet throughout the game.

WTF Spotters are undoubtedly the real heroes, not snipers.

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?

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection Review

Still Shamelessly Crushing on Future Trunks

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai HD Collection Screenshot

HIGH Seeing all of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai's story mode in bright, shiny HD; Reversible cover art!

LOW Seeing Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3's boring story mode in flat, static HD; Cheap AI.

WTF The AI abuses the crap out of the fact that combat starts when "FIGHT" appears, not when it fades like most other fighters—cheap first hits for everyone!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

An Iron Fist... in a Newbie's Face

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Screenshot

HIGH Finally starting to master characters and kick some ass.

LOW Losing to the final boss over and over and over again.

WTF Who approved the Easy difficulty level?

Inversion Review

Your Daughter is in Another Castle

Inversion Screenshot

HIGH Flinging an enemy high into the air and watching the varying gravity directions pull him back and forth.

LOW Pretty much every single line of dialogue. Or the boss fights. I can't pick between the two.

WTF Look man, I know you love your daughter, but do you really not lose sight of that while the world is getting taken over by aliens?

Soul Calibur V Review

Welcome Back to the Stage of History

Soul Calibur V Screenshot

HIGH Getting curbstomped until I'm down to a sliver of health. My opponent's throw places him at the edge of the ring. I kick. Ring out!

LOW The AI blatantly cheating in the most infuriating ways possible.

WTF Ivy's the only person to speak with a European accent. Maybe she missed the memo that everyone was pretending to be American?

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Review

Jets!

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Screenshot

HIGH The greatest quick time event of 2011. It's fantastic. There's no better way to end a game.

LOW The bombing run mode repeatedly failing to activate.

WTF Jets with regenerating health? What?

Dark Souls Second Opinion

Demon's over Dark

Dark Souls Screenshot

HIGH Being reunited with my old comrade, the Halberd.

LOW Anor Londo catwalks, Curse status, being lost, and THE ENDING.

WTF The frequent attack lag really passed QA?

Go Vacation Review

Go Vacation

Go Vacation Screenshot

HIGH Playing the quick draw mini-game reawakened my love for another Namco arcade title, Quick N Crash.

LOW The balance board makes games harder to control without making them more fun.

WTF Why can't I swordfight without Motion Plus?

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