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Video Game Reviews

Review 1: Sonic Colors
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- how Sega MIGHT be able to redeem their blue mascot.

Review 2: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles- The Crystal Bearers
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- How Square made a really good Wii Remote tech demo that wasn't well-received because it was way too late. Also, it's open world.

Review 3: Super Mario 3D Land
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Mario's like, Nintendo's flagship character. So why is this game so boring?

Review 4: The Legend of Zelda- Skyward Sword
Recommended? Y/N
Subject-Zelda's 25th Anniversary features a theme park of motion controlled fun.

Review 5: Sonic Generations 3DS
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Sometimes, I review a game that I actually don't like. This is one of them.

Review 6: Paper Mario- The Thousand Year Door
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- My favorite game, and why I love it so.

Review 7: The Legend of Zelda- Link's Awakening DX
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- The ULTIMATE Portable Zelda experience!

Review 8: The Last Story
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Well, it's a flawed Action RPG. But damn, is it good.

Review 9: Metroid: Other M
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- It's not Metroid, but it's still really fun.

Review 10: Liberation Maiden
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- It's like Kid Icarus Uprising, lite version.

Review 11: Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A delightful romp through the Mushroom Kingdom, but in a way unlike anything you've seen before.

Review 12: Sin and Punishment: Star Successor
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Words cannot begin to describe this game.

Review 13: Crimson Shroud
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Wow! A JRPG based off of tabletop games! Wait, it's actually AMAZING.

Review 14: Gunman Clive
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A decent game redeemed by an incredible extra mode.

Review 15: Fire Emblem: Awakening
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- What's the point in strategy when I have all this money and experience?

Review 16: Etrian Odyssey IV
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Brilliant, First-person dungeon crawling. And lolis. Those too.

Review 17: HarmoKnight
Recommended? Y/N 
Subject- A quirky new rhythm title by Game Freak?! Expect some Pokemon tunes!

Review 18: The Starship Damrey
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Less of a game, more of an experience.

Review 19: Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- An expanse and vivid DS RPG with lite-combat and great presentation.

Review 20: The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- And so, I continue my journey through the portable Zelda titles. Seasons>Ages, sorry.

Review 21: Pandora's Tower
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A surprisingly great dungeon-crawling, action RPG with repetitive visuals but fresh gameplay.

Review 22: Attack of the Friday Monsters!
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- If you're looking for a game, look elsewhere. But if you're looking for an amazing visual novel? Oh boy, sit back and relax.

Review 23: Pikmin 3 
Recommended? Y/N  
Subject- A dearly beloved old friend... IS ABSENT FOR THE MAJORITY OF THE GAME?! Ah, whatever. It's FREAKING PIKMIN!

Review 24: Shin Megami Tensei IV
Recommended? Y/N  
Subject- A long, long, long, long RPG that is carried by atmosphere and mysteries that it never solves unless you go neutral.

Review 25: Zombi U
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Graduate from those babyish horror games, this one will try you.   

Review 26: Pokemon Y Version
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- An old friend comes out to play, but this time, new tricks (and a new coat of paint) make things feel super fresh.

Review 27: Sonic Lost World
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Do you hate when Sonic Team throws everything out the window for a new idea and then half-asses it? ME TOO!

Review 28: SteamWorld Dig! 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Going in one direction has never felt so strangely satisfying. I mean DOWN, not right.

Review 29: Rune Factory 4
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Simplistic combat in a game that prides itself on Harvest Moon with combat isn't exactly reassuring, but I only care about taking my wife into the den of monsters. 


Review 30: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- The nostalgia is strong with this one. Fortunately, the game is freaking AMAZING.

Review 31: Super Mario 3D World
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Is is weird that everything I hate in 3D Land is awesome in this game? Oh right, I CAN BE TOAD.


Review 32: Bravely Default
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A really long RPG that appears to respect its audience in the first half and then THROWS EVERYTHING OUT THE WINDOW IN THE SECOND.


Review 33: Darksiders 2
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A title that's ambitious and brutal, but ultimately delivers a generic experience.

Review 34: Code of Princess
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Though rife with technical issues, this game is still a blast to play.

Review 35: Fighting Fantasy: The Wizard of Firetop Mountain 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Somewhere, in an old, forgotten corner of the DS library, there is an awesome game by the name of Fighting Fantasy.

Review 36: Kirby: Triple Deluxe 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Though easy even by Kirby standards, it has enough content and charm to rank high on my personal list of Kirby titles.

Review 37: Child of Light 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Flying and rhyming might make a fun game, but it turns out that both end up being quite lame. So here's a review, and I know it's a crime, but unfortunately the whole thing doesn't rhyme.

Review 38: Moon Chronicles Episode 1 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A nice introduction to a universe and story... but it still baffles me as to why it wasn't released all in one chunk.

Review 39: Scram Kitty and his Buddy on Rails
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Just when you had given up on the 2D platformer innovating, along comes Scram Kitty!

Review 40: Shovel Knight 
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A loving tribute to the NES, not without flaws, but definitely an amazing title.

Review 41: Azure Striker Gunvolt
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Not-Mega Man comes in to save the day, but he's just to weird and different, and kind of dumb.

Review 42: The Keep
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A high-fantasy based dungeon crawler with a real-time combat system? Count me IN!

Review 43: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Strange that a Shantae game without her powers is the most magical of them all.

Review 44: Donkey Kong (1994)
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- You can't get any better than this on the Game Boy. I think it's literally impossible.

Review 45: Xeodrifter
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- It's Metroid! It's Renegade Kid! I should love this! WHY DON'T I LOVE THIS?!

Review 46: Hyrule Warriors
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- It takes a special kind of Zelda fan to enjoy this title. Actually, you need to like Musou games too.

Review 47: Fairune
Recommended? Y/N
Subject-A simplistic RPG that hearkens back to the glorious Ys Book I and II. Does that make me super biased in reviewing this game? HELL YEAH IT DOES.

Review 48: Teslagrad
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Oh Teslagrad, if you weren't on sale, I'd say I wouldn't recommend you. You're going to need to shape up there, kiddo! Lose some weight, get a haircut, and also consider taking a look at your consistency of tone and core mechanics.

Review 49: Gunman Clive 2
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Clive is back! But is he better than ever? Not really, just more different. Duck Mode saves the day as usual, though.

Review 50: Moon Chronicles Episode 2, 3, and 4
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Renegade Kid's eShop FPS is finally complete. As it turns out, the sum of its parts does actually make the whole thing better.

Review 51: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Metroidvania? In my Luchadore-themed experience? WE'LL SEE ABOUT THAT!

Review 52: The Fall
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- It really does suck when a game has an amazing story and annoyingly stale gameplay.

Review 53: Splatoon
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Nintendo released a third-person shooter, and it was awesome. And then they released the rest of it and it became even more awesome.

Review 54: Box Boy!
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Hal Laboratory steps up to the eShop plate. The result is a big, monotone puzzle platformer, with a little too much monotony.

Review 55: Ironfall Invasion Campaign Mode
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- I guess everyone realized that shooting things could be fun on 3DS, too. But not when every other aspect is painfully mediocre.

Review 56: Iron Combat: War in the Air
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- I woke up one day and decided to end war, so I became a little girl-jet and made my dreams come true.

Review 57: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- I'm not really the biggest Donkey Kong fan, but this game is too damn good for me to care.

Review 58: The Legend of Legacy
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Furyu and Atlus team up to give you an autumn JRPG with no direction but great progression!

Review 59: Rodea the Sky Soldier (Wii)
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- For years, I waited. WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?!

Review 60: Code Name S.T.E.A.M.
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- This strategy game might leave you fuming, but it was well-worth the crazy ride.

Review 61: Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Buyer beware: this game might make you damage property.

Review 62: Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- An absolutely charming game with tight controls and an interesting premise DESTROYED BY BUGS

Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Atlus succeeds in making an utterly bizarre premise work with loads of charm and a solid battle system.

Review 64: Pokemon Sun
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Ch-ch-ch-changes! Changes! Changes suck.

Review 65: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- Take Shantae and add her to action-platforming. It's not perfect, but it will do the job.

Mini Review 1: Mutant Mudds
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A fantastic eShop title that is well-worth its price.

Mini Review 2: Resident Evil: Revelations
Recommended? Y/N
Subject- A wonderful 3rd party game on the 3DS, though aggravating at times.

Mini Reviews 3: Witch and Hero, Demon King Box, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, and Rusty's Real Deal Baseball
Recommended? Witch and Hero: Y/N
Recommended? Demon King Box: Y/N
Recommended? Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Y/N
Recommended? Rusty's Real Deal Baseball: Y/N
Subject- Why did I do this.

Dual Reviews 1: New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Recommended? NSMB2: Y/N
Recommended? Risky's Revenge: Y/N
Subject- Two platformers. One of them is worth the price, the other? Not so sure.

Dual Reviews 2: Chrono Trigger and Xenoblade Chronicles
Recommended? Chrono Trigger: Y/N
Recommended? Xenoblade: Y/N
Subject- This is an epic review.

Dual Reviews 3: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut and Iji
Recommended? Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut: Y/N
Recommended? Iji: Y/N
Subject- Two RPGs with non-lethal, hacking-based gameplay enter the fray, but they are both really good so I just end up discussing them.

Dual Reviews 4: Sakura Samurai and Retro City Rampage 
Recommended? Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword: Y/N
Recommended? Retro City Rampage: Y/N
Subject- Two eShop games, downloaded relatively close to each other. One is painfully boring, and the other is too excited to sit still.

Dual Reviews 5: Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut and The Swapper
Recommended? Q.U.B.E. Director's Cut: Y/N
Recommended? The Swapper: Y/N
Subject- Two puzzle games, but one so freaking incredible that it's hard to compare the two.

Dual Reviews 6: Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows and Freedom Planet
Recommended? Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows: Y/N
Recommended? Freedom Planet: Y/N
Subject- Retro-themed platformers are what the doctor ordered, but only one prescription ends up having the desired effect.

Dual Reviews 7: Final Fantasy Explorers and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Recommended? Final Fantasy Explorers: Y/N
Recommended? Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Y/N

Subject- Action RPGs with a focus on gear grinding, one game is an experiment with the formula worth a look, while the other is a finely-aged wine.

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