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Tanetane Island (Mother 3)

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Oases of Beauty | 2 comments

May 2012 is Alternate Reality Month on Oases of Beauty. This entry looks at Tanetane Island from Mother 3, a JRPG for the Game Boy Advance.

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Kinect: Star Wars

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

IT’S A TRAP!!! Don’t be fooled by the promises of force powers and lightsabers. This game is a significant hit to anyone’s midichlorian count.

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Mario Tennis Open

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

“A glorified game of Whack-a-Mole. Are you even trying, Nintendo?” Good: Good job scaffolding the player from basic to more complex skills. Bad: Absurdly, insultingly simple: the entire game can be beaten just by tapping the flash buttons on the touchpad; broken AI; a ridiculously and uselessly simple online mode; silly throw-away minigames; dumb gyroscope issues.

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Dark Torvus Bog (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Oases of Beauty | 0 comments

May 2012 is Alternate Reality Month on Oases of Beauty. This entry looks at Dark Torvus Bog from Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, an First-Person Shooter for the Game Cube.

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Max Payne 3

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

Cinematic storytelling, hard boiled narrative, and precise gunplay form the trifecta of Max Payne 3’s brilliance.

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