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Weak story aside, Starcraft II soars on wings of liberty. Hur hur 0

The ShortPros- Finally a sequel to Starcraft after over a decade- Adds enough new with the old to create something that is both familiar and fresh- Graphics are beautiful and have enough settings options to run even on crap machines- Voice acting and sound effects are, as always, superb- Single player has lots of RPG like options and even some adventure game style elements- Fleshed out Battle.net is so feature-rich it's insane, and the online is all free- Multiplayer remains strong, balanced, an...

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A pioneering great that is severely showing its age. 0

The ShortPros- Pioneered 3D action games with a control scheme still used to this day- Massive sprawling adventure across unique dungeons and locations- Good music (see below)- Transition between child and adult Link adds an awesome twist on an old formula- Lots of secrets, sidequests, and more to explore- Ocarina makes lots of things (travel, day/night cycle, etc.) streamlined- The crazy windmill guy is the coolest everCons- Game looks downright awful, and didn't even look particularly great wh...

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Third verse, same as the first. 0

The ShortPros- Strong single-player campaign is totally bananas- Game runs at 60 FPS and looks incredible for it- Spec Ops mode is more fleshed out and has a "horde" style gamemode now, too- Minor changes to multiplayer are welcome ones, especially the ability to earn killstreaks through death- Voice acting is excellent, as usual, as is the rest of the sound design- No stupid zombiesCons- Single player campaign is insanely short. On easy I'd give it 3-4 hours.- Graphics look ok but it's clear th...

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There is no denying its impact, but 15 years will date any game. 0

The ShortPros- Solid JRPG gameplay elements with the materia system- Limit Breaks drastically change battle strategies- Long adventure that spans three discs- In-battle graphics look quite good- Music is excellent, as usual- Has some genuinely memorable story moments (leaving Midgar, Golden Chocobo, etc.)- Lots of side-stuff to do before the end of the game- Barret is a massive stereotype but is still awesomeCons- Everything aside from the battle graphics looks hideous- Dialogue between characte...

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Great ideas, poor execution. The sequels are much better, though. 0

The ShortPros- Interesting mix of lots of genres, but particularly parkour, open world, and stealth- Graphics look great, and locals of the middle east are architecturally gorgeous- Animations for climbing and fighting look extremely fluid. Very well done.- Voice acting is good throughout- Music is good- Playing as Altiar just feels cool, with the hand blade and the assassinations and all that jazzCons- Excruciatingly repetitive- Stealth elements are poorly executed and the open world feels stil...

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You people really think this is a good story? Honestly? No lie? 0

The ShortPros- Offers a unique and new attempt to evolve the adventure game genre- Claims to be a game focusing on its story, which in theory I'm all for- Quick time event based scenes, while sounding bad on paper, actually work pretty well- Decisions/mistakes you make a permanent, and shape the story accordingly- Several of the setpieces are thrilling and look greatCons- Story is unbelievably awful, filled with plot holes, bad writing, inconsistent characters, and just shoddy work overall- Blat...

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It has its problems, but fun will overcome. 0

The ShortPros- Zany, stupid story that never takes itself seriously- Massive open world to screw around in, with "screw around" being the key word- Dozens of side missions and things to do, all of which are original and really fun- Buying shops and earning income means you are never completely without money- Leveling system ("Respect") tiers unlocks until you are an invincible gunslinger- Vast amounts of character and vehicle customization- Everything in this game is streamlined and done correct...

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Who cares if it's a reskin? Mario 2 is freaking AWESOME. 0

The ShortPros- Lots of levels with new abilities that changed up the Mario formula- Play as four distinctly different characters, including Peach!- Graphics dramatically better than original Super Mario Bros- Great music- Better difficulty balance than the first Super Mario Bros- Can run leftCons- Ripoff of Doki Doki Panic- People hate it for some unexplained reason- No save system for such a long gameMARIO MADNESSThe LongOk, look. I know Super Mario Bros 2 is an American reskin of Doki Doki Pan...

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The Finest JRPG Ever Created 0

Final Fantasy III / VIThe ShortPros- Fourteen characters, the majority of which have interesting backstories to explore- Beautiful 16-bit graphics- Best video game soundtrack ever- Story is interesting and has a rather dramatic twist half way through- Some genuinely touching and heartwrenching moments- Kefka proves to be the best Final Fantasy villain to date- Fast battles that don't require substantial amounts of level grinding- Each character has a specific unique ability- Manages to be both a...

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DOTA. That should be all I need to say. 0

The ShortPros- Adds new units, new balance, and a full single player campaign- Finally adds boats back in- New locals are vibrant and colorful- Added tons of new heroes and content via patch downloads, all for free- Upgrades to the map editor made custom maps go from "crazy" to "completely insane"- DOTA.- The definitive version of Warcraft IIICons- New campaign's story isn't as good and ends on a cliffhanger- Graphics haven't been touched up at allThis menu screen has been etched in my brain for...

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Major changes to the formula, and nearly all of them work. 0

The ShortPros- Unique hybrid of RPG and RTS elements- Four races, each unique and well balanced- Long single-player that focuses on each of the four races- Strong story about redemption, revenge, personal failings, and hope- Shifts focus from massing units to smaller, more micromanaged skirmishes- Strong competitive online multiplayer- Map editor allows for some crazy scenarios- Fantastic art designCons- Graphics look technically dated- Music isn't anything special- The weird RPG/RTS fusion can ...

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Pretentious or no, Braid is still a superb game. 0

The ShortPros- Beautiful visuals- Unique puzzle-platformer with no dead time and genuinely ingenious brainteasers- Time reversing mechanic is done in a way not seen before- Music is incredible- Story is captivating- Has probably the single greatest ending level in any video game, except perhaps Portal 2Cons- While the story is good, it takes the fast train to pretentious town pretty quick- On that same note, it's attempt at "deep" ambiguousness just makes it seem silly- While the 3-4 hours of ga...

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Seven stars? Don't Mario games usually have 120? 1

The ShortPros- Enchanting, hilarious story set in the Super Mario world- Combines turn based battles with an active attack system that makes them more engaging- Fantastic soundtrack- Did I mention this game is funny? It's wit goes a long way.- Sits at about exactly the right length to provide an engaging experience the entire time- Tons of minigames and side stuff to do- Enemies are actually in the game world so you can dodge them rather than fight them- Doesn't require the usual grindfest of no...

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An absolutely killer reboot. 0

The ShortPros- Superb evolution of the platforming formula- Excellent platforming puzzles and traps- Introduction of the "time reverse" mechanic relieves the frustration of failure- Charming characters and witty dialogue- Story told as a narration fits the Arabian theme- Excellent graphics for the time, still hold up reasonably well- Great musicCons- Combat isn't particularly enthralling and can be "broken" with a few attacks- Some of the puzzles can have obscure solutions- Pre-rendered cutscene...

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It's flawed as hell, but I can't help but love it. 0

The ShortPros- Dark, exceptionally well-crafted story that transcends most JRPGs and games in general- Does something rare in that it doesn't ham-fist you ever piece of information, saving most of its mysteries only for those who dig deeper and actually immerse themselves in the story- Has probably the best "pull the rug out from under you" moment of any game I've ever played- Four endings, and the "New Game +" actually adds new content and cutscenes that connect with my previous bullet point- E...

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For a fan of Pokemon, this game is unique and great! 0

The ShortPros- Unique photography game set in the world of Pokemon- Courses have a hefty amount of replay value, even if there aren't a lot of them- Photo grading is fun, leads to upgrades, and can prove addicting- Seeing the pokemon in their "natural habitats" is fun, in a sort of weird, voyeuristic way- Graphics look quite good- Used to be able to print out the pictures you took as stickers at a "Pokemon Snap Station"- On the Wii Virtual ConsoleCons- Only has 63 pokemon. They should have at le...

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A solid game, but the Pokemon aesthetic actually works against it 0

The ShortPros- Apes the Tetris Attack formula perfectly, creating an addicting experience- Lots of options, people to battle, and puzzles to...puzzle.- Basically this is Tetris Attack with a Pokemon skin. Hard to say much else about it.Cons- Only two players (instead of four)- Voices of characters from the anime are extremely obnoxious- Not much here that hadn't already been brought out in Tetris Attack back on the SNESGet ready for some puzzles in a league of their own!The LongTetris Attack is ...

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Not quite the revolution, but still the best Pokemon game to date 0

Pokemon Black/WhiteThe ShortPros- All new adventure with 152 new pokemon- You won't see any pokemon from previous generations during your initial adventure through the game world; all new pokemon- Battles are presented in pseudo 3D for the first time, with the pokemon being fully animated throughout- Excellent graphics and music- Day/Night cycle as well as a monthly seasonal cycle- TMs can now be used repeatedly- Story plays a much bigger role, with more characters and variations on the theme th...

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This would even be sad as a tech demo 0

The ShortPros- Has 25 tracks, and you can import tracks based off your pokemon from Ruby/Sapphire or FireRed/LeafGreen- Has a fair number of pokemon in itCons- Is a full price, glorified, branded tech demo for the Nintendo DS- "Gameplay" is nonexistent, and they didn't even bother to try and mix up their awful formula- Graphics look awful, even for an early NDS title.- It also sounds awful. Bonus.- Why does this game exist? It's nothing but a trick for mothers or little children who want Pokemon...

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This is not the digital pet you're looking for. 0

The ShortPros- Can talk to Pikachu and make him do things- Actually has a lot of stuff to do- Looks ok for an N64 game- Is probably good if you are a kid. And live in 2000.Cons- Pikachu is either an idiot or hates me because he never does anything I say- Required microphone only works for this game and another game released in Japan. Useful!- Lots of games, but most aren't particularly fun- The definition of "crappy cash-grab spinoff"This is going to be awesome.The LongSo Nintendo has this thing...

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A faithful remake of the best Pokemon generation 0

Pokemon SoulSilver/HeartGold VersionNote: I will not be going over the basic mechanics of the Pokemon games in this review, as I have covered these mechanics extensively in my Pokemon Blue/Red review. Instead, all subsequent reviews will instead focus on the changes made to the formula in any particular iteration.The ShortPros- Remake of the best Pokemon generation- First pokemon will follow you around like in Pokemon Yellow- Has all the pokemon from the previous games- Complete experience is re...

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Accurate representation of the TGC, but should have been better. 0

The ShortPros- Successfully emulates both the trading card game and the regular Pokemon formula- Lots of bosses/Gym leaders to fight, cards to unlock, and decks to make and manage- The inclusion of RPG elements and unlocks help the game retain some replayabilityCons- Looks kind of ugly- If you don't like the Pokemon Card Game, you'll pretty much hate this- No cards from Gold/Silver, despite coming out the same year- Is basically just a bunch of boss fights you can repeat for more cards, until yo...

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For a game about evolution, this series sure hasn't. 0

Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum VersionThe ShortPros- 107 new Pokemon, bringing the total at that point to 493- Day/Night cycle is finally back- Ability to import your pokemon from either of the GBA games if you have a DS with a GBA slot (DS or DS Lite; no DSi support)- New world graphics are a mix between 2D and 3D and look pretty good- Storyline is surprisingly epic for a Pokemon game- The first female champion in the history of the series, which is good; finally some progression here- Battle u...

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An excellent remake for both fans and newcomers alike. 0

Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen VersionsThe ShortPros- Completely remakes the first Pokemon generation with added features- Includes all features introduced in Generation II and III, such as abilities, breeding, held items, etc.- Streamlined interface improves over both original and Ruby/Sapphire- Can catch pokemon from all other generations after beating the game- Included (when new) a wireless transmitter to trade/battle wirelessly on your GBA- Improved music and graphics look and sound fantastic- T...

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Not quite the "advance" the series needed. 0

The ShortPros- New, improved graphics on the Game Boy Advance- Adds 135 new pokemon to catch and train- Introduces pokemon Abilities and Natures, which dramatically changed the game for vets.- Also added a host of small things, like double battle, tweaks to the IV/EV system, and contests- Each version now has a different story: In Sapphire Team Aqua wants to flood the world, in Ruby Team Magma wants to cover it with lava- Same addictive formula- Has METAGROSS, which is my favorite pokemonCons- W...

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A fun, light diversion into the worlds of Pokemon and pinball. 0

The ShortPros- Unique combination of Pokemon catching and a pinball game- Can actually catch all original 150 pokemon in this game- Lots of unique side tables and games- Had a built in rumble pack!- Music is pretty good- Graphics look vibrant and really colorful on the GBCCons- Only two actual tables, Red and Blue- Lack of analog controls for the flippers makes precise shots hard- Tables are simple but the game can be quite difficult, as the controls make aiming roughIt's Pinball, BUT WITH POKEM...

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The definitive version of the best Generation. 0

The ShortPros- Improved version of Pokemon Gold/Silver- Can finally play as a girl for the first time in a Pokemon game- Can catch both legendaries from Gold/Silver- Pokemon now animate when entering battle, which is a nice touch- Several small aesthetic changes and the phone calls people give you are less stupid- Has the best batch of available pokemon between the three games of this generationCons- Essentially the exact same game as Gold/SilverYep, we're doing this again.The LongPokemon Crysta...

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The elite pair out of all the Pokemon games. 0

The ShortPros- Adds 100 new pokemon to the mix, and an entire new region to explore- Adds a day/night cycle that advances in real time, and changes which pokemon are available- You can now breed pokemon. The implications of this are nuts.- Can re-visit the entire region from the first game, three years later, and battle all the same gym leaders- Ability to map items (such as the bicycle) to a button greatly speed up the game- Two new elements, Dark and Steel, further mix up this elemental-based ...

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One of my favorite Pokemon games. Plus, surfing Pikachu! 0

The ShortPros- Keeps the same, addicting gameplay found in it's siblings, Pokemon Blue/Red- Graphical improvements over it's predecessor- Follows the anime series by giving you a Pikachu to start, unlike any other game in the series- Is the only game in the series where it is capable of getting all three starters of the generation without trades (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur)- Pikachu follows you around and can be talked to, and his mood influences certain aspects of the game- Improved compat...

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The greatest handheld game ever...and it hasn't aged well. :( 0

The ShortPros- 150 Pokemon to capture and battle (no, not 151. You can't catch Mew without cheating. Trust me.)- Surprisingly deep JRPG with a heavy emphasis on elemental weaknesses and attacks- Hella tight music, even for the tinny GB speakers- Hunting down and trading for every last Pokemon is addicting and fits that obsessive-compulsive need- Idea of creating your own journey to become a Pokemon master is compelling, enough so that they reuse it for every future game in the franchise- Creatin...

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An awesome four hours, I just wish there was more to it. 0

The ShortPros- Same violent, dark, comic book adventure of the original- New cell-shaded graphics look very good overall- "Quad wielding" the tentacles and guns is much more responsive than The Darkness- The world between life and death is better realized/less weird than the first game- Upgrade tree allows for tons of customization- Darkling management has been improved to have just one "always on" Darkling- Four-player co-op multiplayer in the vein of Left 4 Dead- One of the most fast paced, re...

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It would be a CRIME to pass this game up! Eh? Eh?! 0

The ShortPros- Gritty, violent fusion of horror and criminal investigation- Strikes a decent balance between fighting and investigating- Combat is first-person melee, something unique for a modern setting- Story is genuinely creepy and compelling- Areas are dark, tense, and scary- Wide variety of weapons with varying stats at your disposalCons- Areas can get a little repetitive, especially at the beginning- Graphics haven't dated particularly well- Some parts of the game are so dark you can't se...

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A fine action/horror game, but an awful Silent Hill game. 0

The ShortPros- Controls are vastly improved; tank controls are gone- Combat is improved, which is good in a way (more on that later)- Soundtrack is fantastic, as usual- Many monsters, especially bosses, are horrific and disgusting- Story actually sort of makes sense- Graphics are pretty good- Transformation to "Nightmare World" are some of the best looking in the seriesCons- Much more of an action game than any other game in the series- Flashlight sucks; swear they did this to make it "scarier"-...

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Cut from a different cloth, but still incredible. 0

The ShortPros- Another excellently atmospheric, dark game adhering to the Silent Hill formula- Direct sequel to the first Silent Hill game- Heather, a young woman, fits well as a new protagonist for the series- Improved graphics (particularly the backgrounds/environments) serve to make the game scarier- "Nightmare" world seems better realized, at least for the first 2/3rds of the game- The theme park area is my favorite area out of every Silent Hill game- Voice acting is much improved over Silen...

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Despite it's gameplay issues, Silent Hill 2 is among the elite. 0

The LongPros- Gritty and horrifying- Excellent aesthetic- Adheres to the "less is more" Silent Hill rule- Story is surprisingly deep and harbors many interesting psychological elements- Graphics still look good even to this day- Music is excellent and horrifying- Enemies are both creepy and tie into the psychological points of the storyCons- Clunky combat and controls- Voice acting works on one level, but ultimately brings the game down- Story takes some unexplained, crazy turns and can be very ...

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Plants and Zombies work well together. Who would have thought. 0

The ShortPros- Addicting twist on the tower defense genre- Easy to learn but very difficult to master- Dozens of plants to choose from- Charming aesthetic, from the zombies to the plants to the kickin' soundtrack- A metric butt-ton of game modes including survival, minigames, puzzles, zen garden, and more- Seriously, this game has more content than three $60 retail games- Crazy Dave is awesome. The ending song is awesome.- Horrendously addictingCons- Those damned bungee zombies.- Unlocking stuff...

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Second verse, same as the first. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. 0

The ShortPros- Fast paced, visceral bloody violence like the first game- Controls are tightened and improved from the last game- More weapons and upgrades- Set on a massive space station, its environments are far more varied than the first game- Crazy story that expands on the original- Isaac finally talks- Same integrated UI, "strategic dismemberment," and general polish from the first game- Great graphics, horrifying enemies, and everything else combines to make quite the thrill rideCons- Desp...

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Don't be fooled by the retro graphics: Clock Tower is terrifying. 0

The ShortPros- Horrifying, genuinely scary- Conveys a sense of helplessness rarely found on any game- Pixelated graphics still do a great job in bringing the horror- Multiple endings, most of which do not end well for your main character- Good mix of genuine chills and jump scares- Very unique experience on the SNESCons- Never came out in the US; you'll have to find a fan translation ROM if you want to play it- Uses a point and click interface but doesn't support the mouse, making controls cumbe...

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Despite having a myriad of issues, Saw is actually...pretty good? 0

The ShortPros- Captures the gritty, dirty, horrifying world of the Saw movies- A fair number of the infamous traps make an appearance- Voice acting is decent and the game has a good atmosphere to it- Puzzles can be very difficult and brain-teasing, which is great- Captures the essence of the Saw movie franchise perfectly, which will please fans- Really easy 1000/1000 G for Achievement huntersCons- Combat, while not broken, is really, really poor- While it has traps, it doesn't have nearly enough...

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More of a midlist novel than a New York Times bestseller 0

The ShortPros- Action/horror in the vein of Resident Evil 4- Stars Alan Wake, a horror writer, which is an original protagonist for a video game- Alan Wake provides story-like narration throughout that helps set the tone and mood- Excellent fog and lighting effects, dark forests look creepy and foreboding- Has some genuinely interesting and weird twists in the story- Controls are smooth and easy to pick up and play- Voice acting is excellent- Serious "Twin Peaks" or "Twilight Zone" vibe from thi...

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