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Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk Review

Look past the coquettish DLC swimsuits and intermittent instances where ditziness serves as comic relief, and the Atelier franchise reveals its principal virtue: it’s a series that focuses on female empowerment.  From Rorona’s efforts to ...

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Star Wars Pinball Review

When 2007’s Pinball FX was released for the Xbox 360, critics had a common stickling point: the steel-ball simulation failed to recreate actual machines. Although Zen Studios has yet to fulfill that wish, over the ...

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MUD FIM Motocross World Championship Review

In theory, MUD FIM Motocross World Championship seems like an obvious progression for Milan-based developer Milestone S.r.l. Combining expertise garnered across six iterations of the SBK: Superbike World Championship asphalt-centered series, with some of the ...

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Crysis 3 Review

From Doom’s demon decimating BFG 9000 to Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s demoralizing PDW-57 submachine gun, first-person shooters have a long history of conveying empowerment through dominating devices. That said, few franchises can compare ...

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Review

Literary critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge once proposed that if authors impart “human interest and a semblance of truth” into an otherwise far-fetched story, readers could temporarily suspend disbelief.  Over the years, this theory has been ...

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Aliens: Colonial Marines Review

While I’ve generally had little difficulty maintaining journalistic objectivism during E3 demonstrations, Randy Pitchford’s Aliens: Colonial Marines walk-through proved to be one of the rare exceptions, stoking the fires of a fervent Aliens fanboy. Driven ...

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Dead Space 3 Review

Although survival is a pervasive theme in interactive entertainment, the first two entries in the Dead Space franchise provided a pair of remarkably engrossing depictions of the struggle for existence. Pitting protagonist Isaac Clark against ...

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Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 Review

Since the eighties, numerous developers have attempted to offer interactive interpretations of the seminal manga/anime Fist of the North Star. While early adaptations for the NES and Gameboy struggled to capture the dystopian backdrop and ...

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The Cave Review

Successful rockers are often faced with a difficult quandary. Venturing into unexplored directions can present new opportunities for musical expression. However, crafting an album that delivers only a slight variation from a fan-favorite can be ...

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