Gravity Rush Review

I think I know how Superman must feel. The streets of Metropolis would look outright useless. Stairs? Elevators? Who needs them? Sometimes I wonder if he ever feels pity for the lowly humans who has to walk, drive, and walk some more to their jobs. How do I know all this? I just finished Gravity Rush.

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Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Review

Well this is infuriating. We are 5 games deep into Kingdom Hearts, and I still don’t have an inkling as to what the hell is Kingdom Hearts. Like all the previous Kingdom Hearts games, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep once again skirts around the subject of this magical realm that absolutely nobody has ever seen. It’s like if the first Halo game doesn’t take place on the actual Halo but is instead on the other side of the galaxy from Halo itself.

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SOUL CALIBUR: BROKEN DESTINY Review

If you haven’t guessed already, I’m a Soul Calibur nut. It’s only evident  here, here, here , here, here, and  here, but ironically not here. Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny is basically Soul Calibur IV on the go. Sign.Me.Up.

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Resistance Retribution



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Publisher: SCEA
Developer: Sony Bend
Platform: PSP
Genre: Third Person Shooter
Players: Single, Multiplayer
Input: Gamepad
Blood and Gore
Partial Nudity
Strong Language
Suggestive Themes
Violence
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As a sequel/side story to Resistance: Fall of Man for the PS3, Resistance Retribution follows the story of ex British Royal Marine James Grayson, who is out for…uh, retribution.

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Ratings Guide

RRB Games uses a 5-point ratings scale. Here’s how it works.

Enshrine It

Philosophically speaking, video games cannot be perfect because they’re created by imperfect beings, us lowly humans, but if a game, despite its imperfections, simply outdoes itself and has left the reviewer in a catatonic state of awe, we award it with our highest possible rating. If we actually knew how to build shrines, we would build one for games that receive this award.

Praise It

Games can’t all be superstars, but they can still be excellent. They can still bring a smile to us even in our worst of days. Although these games may not be the zenith of gaming design or creativity or technical achievement, they’re still worth our time. To these games we award our second highest rating. These are the games we would talk highly of to our friends.

Play It

Greatness doesn’t come overnight. It is borne from uncountable number of trials of differing levels of success. As such, not all video games can earn our two highest ratings, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth looking at. These games may lack the quality or the polish of the great games, but these games still does it well enough to warrant some attention. In these cases, we say that they are still worth playing, if nothing else is available at the moment.

Forget It

Edison experimented with over ten thousand filaments before finding the perfect combination for the lightbulb. Although video games doesn’t have nearly as high a failure rate as Edison’s search for the perfect lightbulb, failures cannot be avoided. When a game simply fails to achieve that special, unknowable combination of design, execution, and imagination, we regrettably must use this rating. We value our time too much to be bothered by such failures.

Trash It

Nobody sets out to make a bad game. Or at least that’s what we try to tell ourselves when we ponder about the games that gets this rating. These games didn’t just fail. They offend the very box that holds them. Their stink wafts through the air like asbestos on a windy day. Karma’s mood must have taken the turn for the worst during the production of this game. Such abominations require far more than simple ignorance. Action must be taken against these “games”.

LocoRoco 2



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Publisher: SCE
Developer: Japan Studio
Platform: PSP
Genre: Platformer, Puzzle
Players: Single
Input: Gamepad
Mild Cartoon Violence
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It’s nice to take a break from machine guns, zombies, and pummeling people into a bloody pulp. I usually gravitate to M-rated fare but one can take only so much violence and destruction. It was then that I discovered the joys of playing with multicolored gobs of goo.

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Space Invaders Extreme



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Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Taito
Platform: PSP, DS
Genre: Arcade
Players: Single, Multiplayer
Input: Gamepad
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I didn’t realize that Space Invaders is 30 years old now. This update reintroduces the venerable granddaddy of 2D shooters to nostalgic Gen-Xers. (Yes, I know…the 80′s were awesome. We get it. ) and youngsters who have never known a world without 3D graphics. [Read more...]

Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures



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Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Platform: Wii, DS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP
Genre: Action, Adventure
Players: Single, Multiplayer
Input: Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Controller
Cartoon Violence
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Lego Indiana Jones takes us through the good archaeologist’s original adventures before he became eligible for discounts at Denny’s. (See Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or better yet…don’t.) Like the Star Wars saga before it, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Temple of Doom, and the Last Crusade are given the Lego makeover. And like Lego Star Wars, there’s also a fun, puzzle-based adventure underneath, too.

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Patapon



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Publisher: SCE
Developer: SCE
Platform: PSP
Genre: Music, Tactical
Players: Single
Input: Gamepad
Comic Mischief
Mild Cartoon Violence
Mild Language
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Addictive, mesmerizing, infuriating. These are a few words that best describe Patapon. Who knew you could mash together two seemingly unrelated genres: real time tactics and rhythm/music? The game’s simple, whimsical art direction and smooth animation really make it stand out. It reminds me of cave paintings come to life.

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MX vs. ATV: Untamed





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Publisher: THQ
Developer: Rainbow Studios
Platform: Wii, DS, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP
Genre: Racing
Players: Single, Multiplayer
Input: Wii Remote, Nunchuk, Controller,
Mild Violence
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To be honest I don’t know much about motocross and off road racing other than how much I am in awe of those who risk ending up in a full body cast participating in the sport. That being said I had a good time playing MX vs. ATV: Untamed. I had a good time racing as well as good time watching the slow motion breaking of a human body when I wiped out.

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