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Soul Calibur V Review

Welcome Back to the Stage of History

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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

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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

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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?

Dark Souls Review

Curiosity is a Serial Killer

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HIGH Exploration has never been so satisfying.

LOW Plays too safe with other aspects of the Demon's Souls formula.

WTF Why is Blighttown such a stutter-fest?

Knights Contract Third Opinion

Awful and Awesome in Equal Measure

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HIGH Many of the boss fight "conclusions" are jaw-droppers.

LOW The absolutely wretched signposting in the confusing free-roam levels.

WTF Minukelsus is... a supreme bad-ass?!?

Knights Contract Second Opinion

This Room Looks Familiar

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HIGH Ripping through Rapunzel with Maar's Lance.

LOW Finding out I lose auto-save data when I turn off my console.

WTF Climbing a ladder and climbing vines is the same animation.

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Second Opinion

The Sixty Dollar Indie Game

Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom Screenshot

HIGH The eureka moment, not in discovering the solution to a puzzle, but in discovering the solution to approaching the game itself.

LOW The early hours with the game, where each uneventful hour felt like an eternity.

WTF I still can't figure out how to say "this game feels like a 10 dollar downloadable" without it coming off like an insult.

Knights Contract Review

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

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HIGH Ping-ponging a room full of enemies with a combination of spell and scythe, and watching them all meet their grisly fate simultaneously, tangled in the vines of Mag Mell's Rose.

LOW Getting knocked down a hole after failing a boss QTE 20 times.

WTF For being upset at having to execute all of her sisters, Gretchen sure seems to love making a graphic display of their demise.

Splatterhouse Review

Bloody as Hell

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HIGH Revving the chainsaw and delivering a long string of one-hit-kills.

LOW The 2D segments desperately need tuning.

WTF Penetrating an enemy's neck hole with its own head, over and over again.

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