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Reviews of various entertainment such as movies and video games.

iOS 5 Mini Review

I've only been playing around with iOS 5 for a few hours, since the update took forever thanks to the infamous "Error 3200," so this is just some first impressions.

What I Like

Android's Notification Center

Notifications now appear at the top of the phone, and you can swipe down to view them (and various widgets) at any time. So that's nice. And exactly the same way it works in Android.

Review: Chrono Trigger DS

System: Nintendo DS
Score: 5/5 5 (Excellent)

Unlike some of the more recent remakes coming from Square Enix, Chrono Trigger DS has, at its core, the original Chrono Trigger. This is a very good thing, as the original Chrono Trigger was very good. There are a few new features, but they're all just extras, so if you want an almost entirely original experience, you can get it.

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Review: The Wonderful End of the World

System: Windows
Score: 3/5 3 (OK)

In The Wonderful End of the World, you play as a nameless red-haired goddess who wants to save the world. You do this by rolling things up into a giant Clump of Souls and - wait, I think I've got this story confused with another game.

Actually she does this using a "marionette" which "absorbs" items into its body as it runs around the level. If you caught the earlier reference, then yes, this game is a Katamari Damacy clone. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Review: Devil May Cry 4

System: PlayStation 3
Score: 4/5 4 (Good)

Devil May Cry 4 introduces a new main character named Nero. This, of course, introduces fears of Raiden Syndrome. And Devil May Cry 4 falls prey to this: Nero isn't really an annoying character, but ultimately, he's Not Dante, and Devil May Cry 4 is not Devil May Cry 3.

Review: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King

System: Wii
Tentative Score: 3/5 3 (OK)

I haven't actually finished the game yet or bought any of the optional addons, so this review might change in the future.

In short, it's a very simple city sim in the Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles setting. You play as a 10-year old king who uses the power of Architek (the magic to summon buildings) to rebuild a destroyed kingdom.

Review: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

System: PSP
Score: 2/5 2 (Poor)
FF7 Fan Score: 4/5 4 (Good)

This game was obviously created for Final Fantasy VII fans. If you didn't obsessively follow every plot point in Final Fantasy VII the story will be confusing. If you don't remember what Jenova is or how Cloud relates to the Sephiroth clones, you might want to find a story guide before playing.

If you never played Final Fantasy VII and have no plans to, then forget it. The story will make no sense, the cutscenes that exist solely for Final Fantasy VII fans will mean nothing, and the gameplay just isn't fun enough to make up for this.

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Review: Apollo Justice Ace Attorney

System: Nintendo DS
Score: 3/5 3 (OK)

Yet again, this is another game that I played and enjoyed but I'm giving a 3 to anyway.

Unlike Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations where there was literally no new game play elements, this game contains some new things. Unfortunately, it's either underutilized (a couple one-off forensic minigames, some of which are different from the ones in Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney) or downright obnoxious.

The forensic minigames are, sadly, mostly pointless. They're a fun little distraction for the most part, and are basically impossible to fail, but they really offer nothing over simply being handed the evidence.

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Review: No More Heroes

System: Wii
Score: 3/5 3 (OK)

No More Heroes has a certain style to it, but it's a rather polarizing style. Either you'll like it, and be able to overlook the rather glaring faults in the gameplay, or you won't, and the flaws might rob any enjoyment.

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Review: Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

System: Nintendo DS
Score: 4/5 4 (Good)

There's really only one thing to say about Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations: it's just like the previous two games.

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Review: Portal

System: Windows
Score: 4/5 4 (Good)

Portal is simply a lot of fun. Really, what more needs to be said?

Well, that it's amazingly short. The main game takes about two hours to complete. Afterwards there are additional achievements that can be completed, but they are basically sections of the main game redone to be harder.

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