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Excave II: Wizard of the Underworld review

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Helping to fill the deficiency of dungeon-crawlers on the 3DS, last February’s Excave proved to be a passable entry in the genre. While the title periodically succumbed to hack-and-slash tedium and exhibited an uneven challenge curve, these transgressions were counterbalanced ...

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Story of Seasons review

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For a franchise with a notable absence of antagonism, the Bokujō Monogatari/Harvest Moon franchise has found itself in an ironic junction. Originally published in 1996 by Japanese publisher/developer Pack-In-Video (creator of Die Hard, Friday the 13th, Predator, and Rambo for ...

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Excave review

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Between Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers and the Etrain Odyssey series, the 3DS has a number of quality, turn-based dungeon crawlers. But real-time exploration and creature elimination on the portable is a bit rarer- with Heroes of Ruin ...

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Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy+ review

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Since the Nintendo 3DS’ launch in 2011, the portable has amassed a prolific library of games. And while the role-playing, platforming, fighting, and racing genres have each earned a substantial number of entries, aeronautical antagonism have been largely overlooked on ...

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Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire review

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire review (1)

While the oral tradition of storytelling has long since lapsed, many of the fundamentals of folklore still linger in the interactive medium. One of the best examples of this phenomenon can be found in the Pokémon franchise- which in place ...

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Safari Quest review

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After years of nondescript tile-swapping puzzlers on consoles, PCs, and mobile devices, players might assume that the match-three game has long grown dormant. After all, there’s been little modernization in the genre as of late. Although last April’s release of ...

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Skylanders: Trap Team review

Skylanders Trap Team (1)

Many franchises feel the pangs of stagnancy by their fourth iteration. After a trio of titles that define, then gradually refine a series, the fourth game often exhibits a divisive tension between prudent evolution and risky revolution. It’s a stage ...

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1001 Spikes Review

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While online gaming forums might be fueled by contention, there’s one premise that almost all players maintain: our games have become dramatically easier over the years. Whereas failure could once be measured by the rapid cadence of quarters released into ...

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Atlantic Quest Review

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Having captivated players for nearly three decades, one might assume that the match-three puzzler must be gallantly swapping its last play pieces. Seemingly every possible variant has been inserted into the genre, from Fishdom’s goal of assembling a tranquil aquarium ...

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Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars Review

Conception II Children of the Seven Stars (7)

I once had a psychology professor who claimed that self-preservation was the stimulus behind almost all human action. According to the instructor, a person’s desire to own a spacious house wasn’t just motivated by conspicuous consumption- a bulky estate presumably ...

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