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LOTRO: Helm’s Deep Review (GameFront)

Atwald the minstrel, jerk that he is, showed his face about three hours into my playthrough of Helm’s Deep. Not for him the mundane tasks of picking eight flowers for medicine or slicing hides off of six deer—oh, no. “Is this really and truly how you chose to spend your time?” he asks, mocking my…

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Huntsman: The Orphanage Review (GameSpot)

Huntsman: The Orphanage prompts many questions. Who is the huntsman? How did 12 orphans vanish without a trace from a rural Illinois orphanage in 1897? For that matter, where can I pick up that sweet smartphone that talks to the dead and never loses a charge? Huntsman doesn’t answer all of these questions, but some…

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Farming Simulator 2013 Review (Official Xbox Magazine)

Farming Simulator 2013 claims it’s about farming, but in practice it’s more concerned with the business of cultivation — and it’s a child’s vision of agricultural life at that. Its greatest strengths lie in its depiction of the process of groovin’ up rows of dirt while planting seeds, and a welcome assortment of speed sliders…

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Heroes of Dragon Age Review (Mac|Life)

Romancing socially awkward elves might be on the outs in this free-to-play spinoff, but Heroes of Dragon Age for iOS nevertheless manages to capture the spirit of BioWare’s beloved dark fantasy series from consoles and PC. However, the familiar music and faces merely amount to a pretty show. Strip away the ambiance, the lore, and…

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Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Review (IGN)

Thirteen years may have passed since the original release of Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, but I still remember pulling out the 263-page user’s manual, feeling my eyes widen in intimidation at stats like “THAC0,” and chucking it to the side and jumping in without it. I don’t regret it. Then, as now, Baldur’s…

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Hands-On Preview (GameFront)

For much of the past year, it’s been fashionable to use Diablo III as a standard for other action RPGs, but probably not in the way Blizzard intended. Players of Torchlight II occasionally voiced dissatisfaction with the series’ Pixar-esque aesthetic, but developer Runic Games’ effort was almost universally praised for its singular focus on loot…