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Final Thoughts: Peggle Deluxe 0

I'm no stranger to mindless puzzle games (having put countless hours into Tetris when I was a kid), but I haven't really been into those types of games for a long time. In all honesty, I probably never would have even heard of Peggle, never mind have played it, if not for the fact that a demo version came bundled with my Orange Box purchase... a diabolically ingenious move from developers Valve and PopCap.I don't know whose idea it was, but in the end it became my undoing. The idea is so simple,...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Phantom Hourglass 1

I am a Zelda nut. I have owned every game in the series since it began, and have beaten most of them multiple times. That said, I can honestly say that I was not really even looking forward to this game at all. I mean, I knew it was coming... but it wasn't the biggest blip on my radar. I think this is mostly due to my feeling lately that the series is getting too stale and predictable. I figured the game would be more of the same, and not particularly engaging. Was I right? Yes and no. One one ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Professor Layton and the Curious Village 0

"Layton's apprentice saves the day!" I'd been looking forward to Professor Layton for a long time because I am a sucker for puzzles and puzzle-type (adventure) games. I picked it up on day one and finished it 100% a few days later, which is a testament to how addicting the core gameplay is. The story follows world-renowned puzzle-aficionado professor Layton and his young apprentice Luke, as they venture to solve the mysteries of a curious village named St. Mystere. It sounds complicated, but t...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: No More Heroes 0

"Trust your force, and enter the garden... of madness!" Suda 51 is a game developer I really admire. Whatever you may think of him or his games, you absolutely have to give him credit for creating works that defy all conventions (and/or completely turn them on their head). His previous foray into utter insanity, a.k.a. "Killer 7", was a game that polarized players and reviewers alike - you either loved it or you hated it. Personally, I loved it, but I could also see how those who hated it coul...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Endless Ocean 0

"Let your arms enfold us through the dark of night. Will your angels hold us till we see the light..." And with those lyrics from New Zealand chanteuse Hayley Westenra, so begins your journey within the fictional Manoa Lai Sea. As most people are probably aware by now, Endless Ocean isn't so much a game as an experience. While there is a basic story line, it's mostly just an excuse to lead the player to all of the areas in the sea and teach them to use their equipment on an incremental basis. ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Super Mario Galaxy 0

I fully completed Super Mario Galaxy about a week from the day I got it. What does that mean? In a nutshell, it means the game had to be either a) really short or b) really good (because I rarely ever have enough time to finish a game that quickly nowadays). Obviously, the answer is "b". The game is so good, it's almost impossible to turn off. You always want to go just a little longer to get just one more star... and well, I'm sure you all know how that ends up. As is my usual goal with the 3D...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Zack & Wiki 0

Zack & Wiki is a unique puzzle game consisting of a series of levels, each of which is a "puzzle" that must be solved. In one level, your goal may simply be to find a way through a locked door. In another level, you might have to protect your pirate ship from an attacking sea creature. These are your goals. Getting to these goals is what constitutes the "puzzle" aspect of the game. It's hard to give proper examples of these puzzles without ruining the game for those who haven't played it, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: BioShock 0

(Note: there are NO MAJOR SPOILERS in this review) What is BioShock? Those who have played it know what it is. But those who haven't played it probably only know a few things: it takes place underwater, has something to do with Ayn Rand, and features guys in big diving suits protecting creepy little girls. Going in, that's pretty much all I really knew about it, too. And that's all sort of correct... sort of. Some of the major ideas and backdrops of BioShock are indeed based on the writings of...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: LostWinds 0

LostWinds is the perfect title to illustrate the potential of WiiWare. It features the two things I consider to be most important for games on the service to be a success: 1) Wii-optimized mechanics; and 2) a high value ratio. Number 1 is simple: The game is custom-tailored to the Wii's unique controls. Games that don't take advantage of the many opportunities the Wii controller presents are completely missing the boat (and the whole point). Number 2 is simple math. Is the price worth the experi...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Final Thoughts: Okami 0

Okami is a game that I had been interested in ever since it was first shown for PS2. But unfortunately, I never got to play it (not owning a PS2 will do that). Luckily, that all changed last year with the announcement of a long-overdue Wii version. Okami quickly became my #1 most wanted Wii game, even over such anticipated titles as Smash Bros. Brawl and Mario Kart. And now, it has arrived and I have finally played it (oh lord, have I played it). So what's the verdict? Read on... (Note: there ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.