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Home Entertainment, Game On Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox goes heavy on the gore and glitches

Ninja Gaiden II for Xbox goes heavy on the gore and glitches

It's probably a good thing Game On wasn't around to review Ninja Gaiden when it hit Xbox in 2004 — we probably would've written "an awesome, brutal, majestic action masterpiece," then filled the rest of the space with crude crayon…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Castle of Shikigami III tests the bounds of Wii loyalty

Castle of Shikigami III tests the bounds of Wii loyalty

John Edwards might see two Americas, but this simpleminded little game enthusiast is more preoccupied with America's two Wii owners. One is the Nintendo fan: the cat who bought a GameCube, Nintendo 64, every incarnation of the Game Boy —…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Niko Bellic and Grand Theft Auto IV are great, but is that enough anymore?

Niko Bellic and Grand Theft Auto IV are great, but is that enough anymore?

If you read reviews the way I do, you've already started by checking out the score, and now you're back here to see what the hell my problem is. Peace, brother. Grand Theft Auto IV is a fine game, with…
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Home Entertainment, Game On When Less Is Less

When Less Is Less

When the trailer for Star Wars: Episode I first hit theaters, some fans bought tickets for the movie it was presented with, watched the trailer, and then walked out — essentially paying full price for a fraction of the final…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Baroquen Spirit

Baroquen Spirit

First of all: God bless Atlus. As a publisher devoted to bringing obscure Japanese gaming gems to the West — basically, the much-needed heir apparent of Working Designs — Atlus is the only hope for gamers who crave oddball, strange,…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Just Shy of Seaworthy

Just Shy of Seaworthy

It's nice when a game comes along that pleasantly surprises you. I admit, I judged Viking: Battle for Asgard by the screenshots, writing it off as yet another one of those grimy, violent games so plentiful that they're almost their…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Online Turnoff

Online Turnoff

Developers seem to believe that their first-person games are required to include online modes. Blame it on the few narrow-minded gamers (and critics) who constantly hammer away with that boneheaded message. At best, it's a strange logic of inheritance: Since…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Pounding Headache

Pounding Headache

You'll know in the first few minutes exactly what Patapon has going for it. There's the goofy premise, which casts you as the tribal god Patapon, lord of a band of creatures called, imaginatively enough, Patapons — little savages that…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Text Adventure

Text Adventure

Lost Odyssey wants to be Microsoft's answer to Final Fantasy — not that that's such a good idea. Like Star Wars, Final Fantasy survives as a power brand thanks to the shining stars of its past, rather than the overwrought…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Wii's No More Heroes Lightsabers Geek Chic With Absurdist Gusto

Wii's No More Heroes Lightsabers Geek Chic With Absurdist Gusto

When it comes to giving a game a vibe, "awesome" is an easy mark to hit. Explosions, hot chicks, macho one-liners, and salivating mutants are all awesome. And it's just about impossible to overdo the awesome: More explosions, more hot…
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Home Entertainment, Game On Wii's Samurai Warriors Offers Dull Swordplay

Wii's Samurai Warriors Offers Dull Swordplay

The very first time I saw the Wii's motion-sensitive "Wiimote" (and after my initial "wha-HUH?" reaction), a single thought bounced in my head like a toddler on corn syrup: Finally we're gonna get an f-ing brilliant light-saber game. It was…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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