Reviews by taythib

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Good Ol' Retro Fun

taythib | Nov. 19, 2013 | Review of Super Meat Boy

To start off, this game is a trip right back to the early 90s. Using its retro pixel art graphics, it's very charming to look at. The game consists of a few dozen levels that get increasingly difficult, and by the end of the game you'll want to tear your hair out it's so hard! The platformer controls are very smooth and the game does rely on a certain amount of skill and memorization, but it feels very rewarding to complete every level. Not to mention the boss fights are great! This is not a game to pass up!

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Welcome to the Pinnacle of the Generation

taythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Batman Arkham City: Game of the Year

Batman: Arkham City is everything you want out of a Batman game. The graphics stylistically fit the Batman atmosphere with the city and characters all having a gritty feel to them. The game places you in an Arkham City, a piece of Gotham City, where you are free to do what you want. A bunch of batman's gadgets are back and each have their own strengths and weaknesses in certain situations, but stealth plays the largest roles in taking down the many baddies in the game. A host of classic Batman villains are also present and figuring out the strategy to take down all of them never gets old!

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A Fun Game, Yet a Step Back for the Series

taythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Scribblenauts Unlimited (NA)

Scribblenauts is a very deceiving game. The graphics look like they are made for children, but allow for much deeper mechanics to surface. Puzzles must be solved by putting together any combination of words that your imagination can produce and the game creates it. Unfortunately, unlike the older games many of the puzzles are overly simplified, meaning that your imagination doesn't have top reach very far to solve anything. In the end it makes for quite a short game, but a fun one nonetheless!

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The Best Sonic, by Far

taythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Sonic 3 and Knuckles

Of the three original sonic titles, this is the peak. Playing as the three original heroes, Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, run at high speeds through very atmospheric platforming levels on an adventure to defeat Dr. Robotnik. The level design is extremely intuitive while the controls feel very smooth. The graphics are perhaps the most beautiful of the era, having a colorful combination of backgrounds and enemies. Highly reccomended!

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A Timeless Classic

taythib | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Sonic Adventureā„¢ 2

Back in the late 90s, many games were making their transitions to 3D, and Sonic Adventure 2 was the the second attempt at Sonic's foray into this rather new territory. Playing as classic Sonic characters such as Tails, Knuckles, and of course, Sonic, and also newer playable characters such as Shadow the Hedgehog, Rouge the Bat, and Robotnik, you progress through quite an interesting story. Sonic and Shadow's levels are by far the best constructed, containing nonstop fast-moving platforming and a memorable soundtrack. The games flaws are really in the other 6 characters' levels, which consists of run-and-gun and treasure hunting and bogs down the game as a whole due to a poor camera and controls. In the end, the enjoyment of the platforming levels far exceeds the flaws and makes for a quite fun game.