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Review: Abyss Odyssey
8Great
Review: Abyss Odyssey

The latest in indie Roguelikes, Abyss Odyssey offers a change from the norm with a fighting game battle system. A slight lack of variety is made up for with the game's atmosphere and the just plain fun battle mechanics.

Trying Something Different Among indie game developers recently, a fad has developed for the Roguelike genre. Procedurally-generated levels, difficult enemies,...
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Classic Review: The Witcher
6Fair
Classic Review: The Witcher

An excellent story marred by poor design choices and a disappointing quest system. Not "bad" so much as "unrefined".

The Hype Machine Out of the massive amount of news and announcements from this year’s E3, one of the most...
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Review: Ys: Memories of Celceta
9Amazing
Review: Ys: Memories of Celceta

Falcom finally comes to own Ys IV. Celceta is not only one of the best games in the series, but, despite a few stumbles, one of the best games for the Vita.

Weaving a Story In 1993, Nihon Falcom had hit a bit of a wall in the Ys series. After the drastically different...
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Review: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
9Amazing
Review: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

Return to Spira in HD.

I can still remember the first time I was introduced to Final Fantasy X. I didn’t have a PlayStation 2...
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Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
6Fair
Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

The conclusion of the Lightning Saga has arrived.

It has been eight years since the world was first introduced to Lightning, a character that would lead Final Fantasy...
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Review: Insurgency
7Good
Review: Insurgency

An addicting multiplayer-only FPS with a focus on tactics, the game pretty much demands previous skill in the genre. Those who are new or just not very good at FPS games might not enjoy it so much.

Back to Basics The First Person Shooter genre is probably the most popular genre of video games in current times....
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Review: Tales of Phantasia [iOS]
2Terrible
Review: Tales of Phantasia [iOS]

What had the potential to be a good port is massacred by a poor gameplay engine and the force feeding of microtransactions. Gamers looking to experience Phantasia are far better off playing an older version of the game.

Left Behind Until recently, the Tales series has had a spotty history of Western localization. On average, one in three...
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Classic Review: Ys II
9Amazing
Classic Review: Ys II

The conclusion to the original Ys duology improves just about everything from its predecessor. Bigger, prettier, and more intriguing, it is a game every JRPG enthusiast should check out.

[NOTE: It is difficult to discuss the story of Ys II without mentioning plot points of the first game. This...
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Classic Review: Ys I
8Great
Classic Review: Ys I

Whether on TurboGraphix-16 or modern PC, the first Ys game stands as a great foundation for the rest of the series, and despite some faults, is damn fun to play through.

The Obscure Third In the 1980s, there were three big names in the JRPG genre. Two of them are well-known...
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Classic Review: Tales of Destiny
6Fair
Classic Review: Tales of Destiny

North America's first taste of the Tales Of series. While greatly surpassed by future entries, Destiny remains a great introduction to the series, despite its faults.

The Next Big Genre Following the release and rave reviews of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, publishers went on a...
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