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Game review: I wholeheartedly recommend Lords of Shadow

TEH. BEST. GAMES. EVAR.Andr'e Swartley
PSN ID: lordgodalming

Castlevania: Lords of ShadowDeveloper: Mercury Steam
Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360Rating: M for Mature
Similar games: Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, God of War

(Note: I was unable to finish this game prior to review because I received the little-known "Unhandled Error" message in the middle of Chapter 12 [of 12 total] and lost all of my save-data. Konami has since patched this error.)

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Joanne Niswander: Australia is a place of real contrasts

By Joanne Niswander

Greetings from Cairns and Cape Tribulation - located on the tropical northeastern coast of Australia. As we got off the plane that brought us north from Sydney to Cairns, we immediately felt the rise in humidity as well as temperature. We were happy to stay in the shade of the tall palms, eucalyptus and myriad other trees that cover this part of the country.

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Game review: Give Costume Quest a try

TEH. BEST. GAMES. EVAR.Andr'e Swartley
PSN ID: lordgodalming

Costume QuestDeveloper: Double Fine
Platform: Playstation Network, Xbox Live MarketplaceRating: E for Everyone
Similar games: Super Mario RPG

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Joanne Niswander: Lord Howe Island. How can I describe it?

By Joanne Niswander

First, let me apologize for the slow communication. Wireless Internet is hard to come by in the hinterlands of Australia, and that's where we've been lately. I'll probably be back in the States before I'm able to send my next report. But here's what's been happening since my last communiqu'e:

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Game reviews: Nier will be, and is already, a cult-classic

TEH. BEST. GAMES. EVAR.Andr'e Swartley
PSN ID: lordgodalming

NierDeveloper: Cavia, Inc.
Platform: Playstation 3, Xbox 360Rating: M for Mature
Similar games: Folklore, Zelda, Darksiders

Japanese powerhouse publisher Square Enix saved most of its 2010 marketing thunder for a little title called Final Fantasy XIII (read my fawning review in the Icon's archives!). A little over a month after that game hit western shelves, Square quietly published Nier, and here's where things get funky.

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Joanne N: Giant fig trees spread wide along the winding paths

By Joanne Niswander

Sydney, Australia, October 11, 2000

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'm ready to give Sydney close to a 10 (for a city, that is). My daughter Lee and I arrived here 6 days ago, on a lovely sunny spring day in Australia. We promptly treated ourselves to some of the most beautiful sights of this city that has one of the most beautiful harbors in the world.

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