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EGM November 2008 Reviews and Rumors

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Cover Story: Resident Evil 5

The next month section doesn't mention the cover story. It just says "It's a secret to everybody (except us) and has a picture of a sundial in a field of flowers. It also says it's a Manhattan sized announcement.

Edit:


Also Batman: Arkham Asylum, Prototype and reviews for Gears of War 2, Guitar Hero:World Tour, Resistance 2, Saint's Row 2, SOCOM: Confrontation, Fallout 3, LittleBigPlanet, and Spider-man: Web of Shadows.

Features/Previews:

- Foreign Object - Thunder Force VI
- Monster Hunter PSP online at last through PS3
- The return of co-op and where it's headed
- Far Cry 2
- 5 things you need to know about R2's co-op campaign
- Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers for Wii and Bikini Samurai Squad for 360
- The House of the Dead: Overkill
- Seanbaby's rest of the crap - reviewing games based on their box
- Retronauts - History of co-op games, good and bad
- Blu-Ray section
- Videogame politicians

Rumors:

- Devil May Cry style Strider game
- Lucas Arts handing Rogue Squadron rights to new publisher. All games released on one Wii disk with enhanced visuals and Wii controls.
- Kojima wants to make a FPS game. Has been seen talking to Infinity Ward, Guerilla Games, and Treyarch
- Fast domestic release of the Disgaea side scroller
- non-Sony property LittleBigPlanet DLC coming very soon including Disney and characters from 3rd party games
- Every single 2009 PSP game will also be offered as a download

Reviews:

Wario Land: Shake it! - C+, A-, C+
Good: Classic Wario playability, sumptuous artwork
Bad: Lackluster levels, tired design

De Blob - B
Good: Simple, colorful fun
Bad: Too-similar levels, unnecessary motion controls

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames - B+, B-, B
Good: Endlessly satisfying destruction
Bad: Gimped co-op, lacks polish

Megaman 9 - B+
Good: Old-school aesthetic and challenge
Bad: Difficulty sometimes borders on masochistic

Silent Hill: Homecoming - B, C+, B-
Good: Silent Hill never looked so good
Bad: Slow framerate, clunky controls

Fracture - C-
Good: Terraforming works well enough
Bad: Ridiculously derivative

Midnight Club: Los Angeles - B
Good: Solid controls, addictive leveling system, amazing re-creation of LA
Bad: inconsistent difficulty, some visual glitches and framerate

NBA Live 09 - B
Good: Daily roster updates
Bad: Way too many blocks

NBA 2K9 - A-
Good: 5-on-5 online games
Bad: Complicated controls

FIFA 09 - B+
Good: Improves a lot of stuff that FIFA 09 did wrong
Bad: Goalkeeper A.I. is still frustratingly incompetent

Infinite Undiscovery - B, B, C+
Good: Seamless real-time battles
Bad: Clunky menus and interfaces

Rock Band 2 - A-, A-, A
Good: Enormous setlist
Bad: Unlocking songs is taxing

Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - A GOTM
Good: Fantastic action-lite RPG in the spirit of Super Mario RPG series
Bad: BioWare's buyout by EA may mean no sequels

The Legend of Kage 2 - B-
Good: Classic ninja gameplay
Bad: Rudimentary level design

Away: Shuffle Dungeon - B-
Good: Clever core gimmick with solid action on top
Bad: Not much going on beyond the gimmick

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - A-
Good: Deep gameplay, spooky graphics and music
Bad: Confusing puzzles, cut-and-paste levels

Kirby: Super Star Ultra - A-
Good: Plenty of powers to absorb
Bad: Forgettable DS-specific features

Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise - B+
Good: Addictive as always!
Bad: Addictive as always...

Star Ocean: The First Departure - B+
Good: Addictive item creation, relationship bulding
Bad: Archaic storyline and presentation

Spore - B+
Good: Seeing you and your buddies' creations
Bad: An imperfect mix of genres

Damn my arms hurt...
 

Zombie James

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Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - A-
Good: Deep gameplay, spooky graphics and music
Bad: Confusing puzzles, cut-and-paste levels

Yup, i'll definitely be picking up a DS this holiday.
 

cw_sasuke

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thx man :)

wow@the awesome ds lineup/coming games...
i expected better wario scores - damn hater...
 

Cygnus X-1

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Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood - A GOTM
Good: Fantastic action-lite RPG in the spirit of Super Mario RPG series
Bad: BioWare's buyout by EA may mean no sequels

Actually, that's a big surprise.
 

soco

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SuperSonic1305 said:
- Kojima wants to make a FPS game. Has been seen talking to Infinity Ward, Guerilla Games, and Treyarch


RUUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!! EVERYONE MAN FOR HIMSELF!!!!
 

TheCardPlayer

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SuperSonic1305 said:
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia - A-
Good: Deep gameplay, spooky graphics and music
Bad: Confusing puzzles, cut-and-paste levels
Fuck yeah!
 

Tiktaalik

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Rock Band 2 - A-, A-, A
Good: Enormous setlist
Bad: Unlocking songs is taxing

Fortunately isn't there a cheat button combination that enables an option menu option to get around this?

Looks like a good issue. Someone really liked Warioland! It's a shame that the three reviewer thing is dead because I'd love to see second opinions on a bunch of these games, though I appreciate the extra review text that just one reviewer gets.
 

Akia

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Kojima FPS? Oh SHIIIITTTTT.

Kojima + IWard would be awesome. Too bad ActiBlizz is keeping them on Call of Duty for the foreseeable future.
 

Guled

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when dose Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia come out again? Also, the scores for the Wario games are supprising, 2 C's and an A wow
 

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DMC style Strider must be accompanied by BC:R-calibre Strider remake on XBLA/PSN/PC by GRIN.
 

Lich_King

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- Lucas Arts handing Rogue Squadron rights to new publisher. All games released on one Wii disk with enhanced visuals and Wii controls.

Please be true so I won't have to hunt down gamecube versions!
 

Cheech

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Dark FaZe said:
I usually don't give a shit about reviews but...

:\

I think the Mercs 2 review was fair. It was a surprisingly good time, I had a much better "open world" experience with it, moreso than GTA4.
 
Opus Angelorum said:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee137/aranathos/trico.jpg[IMG][/QUOTE]
That is obviously Uncharted 2.

Wait...

THAT IS OBVIOUSLY UNCHARTED 2!!!!!!!!!!
[QUOTE=Cheech]I think the Mercs 2 review was fair. It was a surprisingly good time, I had a much better "open world" experience with it, moreso than GTA4.[/QUOTE]
You're a bad person.
 

neojubei

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- Devil May Cry style Strider game


Captain Picard : MAKE IT SO!


Linkzg said:
Oh, and this



this is awesome. EGM covers have gotten rad.


Nice cover, I think i will buy EGM this month.