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Okami Review

Despite the occasional problems players may have when using the Celestial Brush via the Wiimote, it is hard – not to say impossible – to walk away from Okami with the feeling that it is one beautiful game. Its beauty, though, is not of the superficial kind. Surely, there is a great deal of eye-candy and artistic glory to be found in its thirty-hour journey, and it is hard to avoid walking towards a beach or to a peak just to spin the camera around and bask under the magnificence of its watercolor spell. However, Okami’s real beauty is found in a level that is emotional – borderline spiritual. It is in the growth of its characters, the message of its script, and the soul that was poured into every single one of its tightly designed corners. To boot, it fills up that loveliness with a gameplay that drinks from the very best sources and that adds a special thematically cohesive flavor of its own to the recipe.

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Zack & Wiki: Quest For Barbaros’ Treasure Review

Zack & Wiki’s gorgeous cell-shaded art style; its soundtrack, which conjures feelings of adventure and exploration; and its beautiful graphics, which sadly lead to some frame-rate drops in stages that feature too many foes or a big boss; may indicate it is yet another one of those games that tries to appeal to children based on looks and feel alone. However, these assets hide one brutal and creative adventure that transcends the boundaries of four popular genres to bring their elements together into one continuously flooring puzzle-solving spectacle. It is so utterly unique it calls for the creation of a genre in which it can exist by itself; it is so surprising it will leave the cleverest solutions to its greatest puzzles forever imprinted in the minds of those who go through it; and it is so unfairly overlooked it should be ranked way up high in any list of the best titles most gamers have never played.

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Little King’s Story Review

Little King’s Story is, then, a prime example of the Wii’s hidden treasure trove of third-party software. It may not have a big recognizable name, but it charmingly achieves a level of greatness that popular franchises sometimes fail to reach. It is an original take on the real-time strategy formula that mixes it up with world-building elements and the exploration found in the best adventure games. Being king is certainly not an easy task, especially when such a job comes with battles for world domination in its horizon; however, Little King’s Story makes it a whole lot of fun, and, if players are able to look past its punctual control issues, they will find a title that is great in size, heart, soul, and quality.

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Metroid Prime 3: Corruption Review

The split and more digestible overworld, the fact that Samus has got some close company to deal with the current galactic menace, and the more frequent shooting segments will undoubtedly bother some fans. In the end, though, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is excellent; a fitting closing chapter to one of gaming’s finest trilogies and a title that is able to give closure to the themes and stories approached in the three installments that make up the Metroid Prime saga. A technically perfect game with an extremely smooth and intuitive control scheme that takes full advantage of what the Wii offers, it streamlines the traditional Metroid gameplay to embrace a new audience while doing a great job at preserving the franchise’s key characteristics: its overwhelming power of immersion, its ominous loneliness, and the engaging process of figuring out its maze-like maps.

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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review

The biggest difference between Skyward Sword and all previous Zelda games lies in the fact that, here, the dungeons seem to have leaked to the outside of their own structures; the overworld, instead of being the usual empty landscape through which Link mindlessly rushes with his transportation method of choice, has now become an open-wide dungeon where, in place of distinct rooms, players will find one large area that needs to be carefully explored by killing enemies and solving progressive puzzles so that Link can reach the actual dungeon in the area.

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Mega Man 10 Review

Mega Man 10 ends up being extremely successful in mixing old-school values with new little ideas that take the experience one step further. It is not as hard as Mega Man 9, but that doesn’t make it an easy game, as it keeps throwing challenges at the screen in a borderline merciless manner. Clearing the adventure for the first time might take up to six hours, add the time avid gamers will spend clearing challenges, playing as Proto Man, and beating the game on other difficulties and you have great value for a downloadable software built around addictive gameplay and pure old-school goodness.

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Xenoblade Chronicles Review

The ultimate question is, does Xenoblade only set itself apart from other JRPGs, or does it climb higher than that? It is hard to tell whether or not its clear attempt to refresh the genre will be a success, after all, it is a matter of if other games will walk on some of its footsteps or if they will keep their occasional annoying habits as the norm.

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