Review Roundup – Killzone 2, Flower and Fire Emblem edition

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From time to time we like to put up a review roundup of sorts to see what recent or upcoming releases are getting on their report card. Although we’re not suggesting anyone has to agree with review averages (we often don’t ourselves), it’s nice to see the general consensus on a game – especially if you (me) lack the funds to take chances with potentially mediocre titles.

What we’ll do is take the quote tagged with the review score from the highest, lowest, and a somewhere-in-the-middle score.

With that, here are a few game averages from Metacritic (all scores will be in Metacritic form):

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Killzone 2 (PS3): 92 percent based on 45 reviews

1UP – 100

“With its unparalleled graphics, incredibly well-paced single-player campaign and in-depth multiplayer offerings, Killzone 2 has established its place among top-tier console shooters. Expectations on Killzone 2 had reached ridiculous proportions; here’s one of those cases where the game actually lived up to them.”

Edge Magazine – 70

“But without the first game’s ambiguities, a sense of humour or even an ounce of intrigue, its story stinks. It’s so slight you could play the levels in random order to little ill-effect, and it assumes knowledge of everything and everyone, not once recognising the real-world echoes of its premise: an allied invasion of an enemy the allies themselves created.”

Game Trailers – 92

“While Killzone 2 is not re-imagining the genre, it’s solid, beautiful, and challenging, with excellent multiplayer that makes it well worth the 60 bones. It falls short of legendary, but it’s sure to offer anyone who takes the plunge a visceral, tactical treat for the thumbs and eyes. It may be tough to get into, but once it gets its hooks in it won’t let go.”

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Flower (PS3): 89 percent based on 16 reviews

Gaming Age – 100

“It’s an interesting take on a form of entertainment that often puts destruction over creation, and I definitely think some interesting conversation can come out of the theme presented by this title.”

Playstation Universe – 65

“Ultimately, it’s an evening worth of entertainment and you’ll probably be satisfied with the result. Just don’t expect to be talking about Flower or playing it beyond the next couple of weeks.”

IGN – 90

“If you’re interested in something very unique and very powerful, Flower is a must-play. It will especially resonate with people that possess a deep connection with nature and spirituality, as it’s the type of game that reaches out to us and whispers about the beauty of life — without saying anything at all.”

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS) – 81 percent based on 14 reviews

Pocket Gamer UK – 90

“Fire Emblem’s DS debut has been a long time coming but it’s unquestionably worth the wait. Shadow Dragon provides astonishingly compulsive turn-based action.”

Edge Magazine – 70

“The beginning is a sensible place to start, but rest assured, it gets much, much better. [Feb 2009, p.91]”

IGN UK – 80

It hasn’t toppled the Sacred Stones from its berth as the best game in the series (or, if you’re a purist, Fire Emblem on the GBA), and it feels a bit like a missed opportunity to ally the game that started it all with some of the many incremental improvements that have been introduced since. Still, though, it is a Fire Emblem game, and for some of us, that’s enough.”

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