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SnickerdoodleNinja's Final Fantasy XIII Game Review

Final Fantasy XIII

Rated: 5

When I beat Final Fantasy 13, I had two major complaints: length and linearity. Luckily for me, Final Fantasy 13-2 fixed both of these problems. With a length that varies greatly depending on how many optional quests you want to complete, the game can be as long or as short as you want it to be. As for linearity, well, the game tries so hard not to be linear that it almost seems as if it’s trying to be a rebellious child. No longer bound by a single pathway with short branches only for treasures, 13-2 allows the player to circumvent transition areas by eliminating a world map and replacing it with a timeline of settings’ leaving you to decide when and where you want.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Mawaru Penguindrum Tv Review

Rated: 7

If there’s one thing that’s certain about Penguindrum, it’s that despite all initial appearance, the show is not just about cute blue penguins. Oh, they’re significant alright, but anyone who thinks they’re in for a fluffy magical girl show is in for a rude awakening-Penguindrum is often dark and constantly psychological, even when it appears otherwise. That said, it also has a fair bit of comedy, and one of the series’ strongest points is its ability to transition rather seamlessly from comedy to intense drama and back again. A surprisingly addictive mix of interesting plot elements and characters, amusing blue penguins, and thought-provoking themes regarding fate, family, and devotion, Penguindrum won’t always make much sense, but it will still be addicting nonetheless.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Romeo x Juliet Tv Review

Romeo x Juliet

Rated: 9

One of the major concerns that I personally have when I pick up romances is the concern that the series will become so in love with its main couple that it loses sight of all of its supporting characters. Considering both the title and play of origin, this was also a major concern of mine for Romeo x Juliet. However, RxJ proved me wrong, giving ample attention to a fairly large cast, whether it be the adorkable Romeo, the brooding, Batman-like Tybalt or even the comic playwright Will.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Final Fantasy IX Game Review

Rated: 8

To match its massive story, Final Fantasy 9 features a detailed fantasy world with a mammoth amount of game play. Following in the footsteps of its ancestors, FF9 uses the ATB battle system, which is essentially a real time turn-based system in which you wait for your bar to fill up over time so that you can select a command from a character’s menu. However, unlike some its ancestors, FF9 does not allow the player to make all of their characters invincible supermen- instead, each character has very specialized stats and abilities that realistically match their role in the game as a character. After all, a six year old white mage is not about to start dealing 9999 damage with just her wooden stick, while a dragoon is not about to start dropping meteor on her opponents.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's DURARARA!! Tv Review

DURARARA!!

Rated: 8

Trying to tell someone precisely what DuRaRaRa is about is kind of like trying to explain to someone what the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is about-it’s next to impossible because of the oddness that goes into it. However, you can describe DuRaRaRa in genres-from slice of life to action to comedy and even romance, there aren’t many genres that DuRaRaRa couldn’t be classified as. Its ability to also blend supernatural and everyday life can draw in fans of all types-male or female-regardless of its presentation as a shounen anime. That said, DuRaRaRa certainly isn’t for everyone.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Silent Hill Game Review

Rated: 5

In order for fans of the original Silent Hill to properly enjoy Shattered Memories, it is vital that they throw off notions of wanting the game to be a remake and instead accept it as a completely different game with some ties. Another important thing to keep in mind-regardless of whether or not you are familiar with the Silent Hill series-is that Shattered Memories just isn’t that scary, despite its label as a horror game. While the Silent Hill series is usually filled with intense, bloody environments, Shattered Memories’ version of a frightening “otherworld” is instead the regular world frozen over in ice.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Tv Review

The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi

Rated: 4

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is an original show with an original premise and painfully unoriginal humor, despite the fact that it presents itself as a comedy. Considering that the series revolves around the supernatural, the sky was the limit in terms of originality and possibility. Actually, not even the sky was the limit-provided the creators had the originality, anything was possible for Kyon and his friends-which just makes it that much more depressing that the series settles for fan-service humor and filler episodes such as the typical baseball outing without providing enough of a twist to make them memorable.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning Tv Review

Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning

Rated: 8

Simply put, Spiral is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys with an ending that makes about as much sense as one. Truly, though, Spiral manages to provide new, interesting challenges to its characters in each episode that leave you wanting more while still having interludes in which characters just go about their daily lives. In fact, Spiral manages to show the character’s day to day lives without a single episode of filler not only by showing the emotions faced every single day, but also by sprinkling in well-placed moments of humor that remind the viewer that while things might be going south the characters are still just teenagers who want normal lives.

Whether you are interested in Spiral for its character development or its mystery, you will enjoy it.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Radiata Stories Game Review

Rated: 7

Through its gameplay, Radiata Stories provides a number of different ways for you to amuse yourself. One of the more creative elements is the method of recruitment. As the in-game clock (able to be checked by the player at any time) progresses, day and night come and go, and Jack can follow each of the 177 character in their daily routine as you try to get hints as to how to recruit them. Yes, that’s right: one of the game’s main attractions is stalking people. It’s slightly creepy when you think about it that way, but still very fun to be able to see the detail put into every individual character. That said, not every character you can stalk is recruitable, and unless you look it up you could end up wasting a large amount of time on a non-player character.

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SnickerdoodleNinja's Star Ocean The Last Hope Game Review

Rated: 7

Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope is incredibly fun. Once again, Tri-Ace has managed to create an addictive battle system, with the “blindside” system allowing players to strategically dodge and counterattack in order to inflict more damage. Battle skills are present as typical of the Star Ocean series, but this time around they can be chained and even the spell casters are fun to use because each has their own forte and playing style. From arrows to claws to cannons, SO4 has playing styles for nearly every gamer.

Item creation in SO4 is, in my humble opinion, the best yet of the series, with each item being a recipe that can be used to make the item time and time again at your request, provided you have the right materials.

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