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Dragon's Crown Review

Ignore the controversy; this game deserves your attention.

They say beauty is only skin deep, but this is just not the case with the latest output from Vanillaware. Beyond the gorgeous visuals, Dragon’s Crown offers layers of complexity on top of what is typically a very simplistic genre. Side-scrolling beat-‘em-ups have largely stagnated since the days of the arcade, but George Kamitani and company have grafted on dungeon crawler attributes as well as the company’s signature deep and fluid combat systems to create something wholly unique. Quests, loot, and frequent leveling make it hard to pull yourself away from this finely crafted adventure.

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Fable Heroes Review

If you want a beat-'em-up, go buy The Simpsons.

The cornerstone of the Fable series, starting with the very first game, was to bring some degree of innovation to the RPG formula. This puts Fable Heroes in an odd position, as it merely exists to capitalize on the merits of Fable III by borrowing its characters and locales for a mindless beat-'em-up. Puppetized versions of the cast make their way through the bright and cheery fabric version of Albion, killing a variety of equally colorful enemies. However, devoid of any challenge or strategy, Fable Heroes serves very little purpose and offers almost nothing to appreciate.

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The Asskickers Review

This might be the worst game I've ever reviewed.

That's a bold name for a game – it immediately makes you think, "This game must be badass." Or at least that's what developer AGO Games thought you'd think about the game based on its title. Put up or shut up, I say – and based on my experience, AGO ought to be shutting up right about now. The Asskickers is a completely terrible game that achieves little more than being just that, a game.

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Yakuza 4 Review

Yakuza 4 The Movie, coming to a PlayStation 3 near you.

It's hard to make heads or tails on Yakuza 4. It's an absolutely weird game that's steeped in Japanese culture. Calling it a game is even a little off, it's more like some game-movie hybrid. There are hours upon hours of cutscenes that drive the story, and the various tasks you perform in the sandbox world of the game. Don't mistake this for a Grand Theft Auto clone; it's something completely unto itself. If you've played Yakuza 3, I'm sure this is all old hat, but unlike that title, this one hasn't been censored in any way for its western release.

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