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Killer is Dead Review

Abstract Assassination

Killer is Dead Screenshot

HIGH Pulling off a long combo string, ending in a flashy execution.

LOW The gigolo missions, the level design… most of it, really.

WTF How does Suda keep getting to make games?

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Review

You'll Wish This Was Just a Book

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Screenshot

HIGH It's got some of the better writing out there.

LOW Replaying the same, long sequences after each bad ending.

WTF Only girls get extended torture scenes.

Orgarhythm Review

Don't Lose the Beat

Orgarhythm Screenshot

HIGH When everything comes together, it's transcendent.

LOW Struggling to find the beat in Stage 10's godawful boss track.

WTF An experimental game like this should cost less...

Ragnarok Odyssey Review

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

Ragnarok Odyssey Screenshot

HIGH Starts off very Monster Hunter-ish.

LOW Quickly succumbs to shallow design and tedium.

WTF Who thought locking the player in ambush killboxes was good design?

The Last Story Review

The Man, or the Pauldron?

The Last Story Screenshot

HIGH Watching Zael finally tell off the Earl.

LOW Watching is all I got.

WTF Is there anybody in this game who didn't lose their parents during childhood?

Sumioni: Demon Arts Review

Ink-credibly Bad

Sumioni: Demon Arts Screenshot

HIGH The sumi-e art style is pretty nifty.

LOW Nothing else is.

WTF Ancient Japan is lousy with giant, demonic, self-aware wagon wheels?

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Review

Games about Giant Robots Should be Fun, Right?

Solatorobo: Red the Hunter Screenshot

HIGH The opening video is gorgeous.

LOW Combat is simpler and more boring than it first appears.

WTF Yay! New chapter! Wait…I have to go back and do extra quests just to unlock the next part of the story?

Corpse Party Review

Students in Hell. Horror Game Fans in Heaven.

Corpse Party Screenshot

HIGH The final chapter.

LOW No ability to skip scenes.

WTF Butter up my pooper.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Review

Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Screenshot

HIGH Configuring my Orbment to get access to a powerful area-effect spell in the first chapter of the game.

LOW At least half of the game's playtime is spent with only two party members of a potential four.

WTF The budding relationship between Estelle and her adopted brother Joshua is weird enough, but was it necessary for nearly every NPC to peer-pressure them into it?

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Review

An Old Classic Gets a New Look

Ys: The Oath in Felghana Screenshot

HIGH Finally beating a difficult boss.

LOW The game is short. I wanted more!

WTF Why is it so damn hard to kill flying enemies?

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