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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3)

BLAZ_BOXBlazBlue is a series of one-on-one 2-D fighting games featuring beautiful hand-drawn sprites and backgrounds, a unique cast of characters, and one of the most complicated sci-fi back stories of any fighter I’ve ever played. And now you can enjoy the newest in the series on your PS3 (and soon to be released on Vita in a few months).

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Cary’s Pre-Summer Movie Round-Up

LEGOCOWBOYUsually during the winter and spring months at the beginning of the year, I don’t see very many movies in theaters. The majority of the movies I see are during the summer months when all the mindless blockbusters come out. At the end of the summer, I usually write a round-up blog about the flicks I saw during those months. But this year, I actually saw enough movies during the winter and spring seasons that I can write a blog about them now! So here’s a blog about the films I saw BEFORE the summer movie blast that’ll hit us in a few weeks. Oh yeah, just a word of warning. I’m going to try and keep this blog spoiler free, but if a tiny spoiler trickles out, I’m just letting you know it might happen.

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Monster Legacy (iPad)

MONSTER_BOXAn evil force is threatening to take over a fantasy land, and the only one who can save the day is you! Play as a Keeper, and use your magical skills and your army of trained monsters to search for treasures, catch new creatures, and battle the bad guys in this Pokemon-inspired RPG downloadable for iPad.

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Earth Defense Force 2025 (PS3, 360)

EDF_BOXGiant bugs are invading Earth and it’s up to you to stop them! Earth Defense Force 2025 is the latest in the series of video game third person sci-fi giant bug shooters (reviewed on PS3 here). Pick a class of defenders like the Ranger or Wing Diver and venture into a slew of single player missions, or work together with up to four others online to complete objectives.

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Polar Bowler (iPad)

POLAR_BOXGet ready for crazy artic bowling with PB the polar bear and his butler friend J the penguin (get it, PB & J?). Polar Bowler, downloadable on Android and iOS devices (reviewed on iPad here), takes the knock down the pins approach of bowling and ices it over with lots of obstacles and courses to navigate. This isn’t your standard straight lane, ten frame bowling game here!

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TriBlaster (iPad)

TRI_BOXGet ready to get your retro on! TriBlaster is a downloadable game for iOS and Android (reviewed on iPad here), that bears a striking resemblance to Atari’s arcade classic Tempest. How does it work on a tablet device more than 30 years later? Read on to find out.

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Cut the Rope: Triple Treat (3DS)

ROPE_BOXCut the Rope is a popular casual game most prominent on tablets with touch screens, and has spawned sequels and spin-offs as well as toys, key chains, and other products. It’s almost as famous as Angry Birds. And now you can play Cut the Rope on your 3DS featuring three titles: the original, Cut the Rope: Experiments, and Cut the Rope: Time Travel. It’s three games in one!

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Globlins (iPad)

GLOB_BOXGloblins is a blob popping puzzle game available to download for iOS and Google Play. Why are you popping one-eyed, little smiling boogers? Who knows? It’s just fun. In each level, Globlins are arranged in a field and when you tap on them with your finger, they’ll either grow or pop, depending on how big they are. Pop them all to complete the level, but it’s not that easy.

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Reader Review: Escape Goat 2 (PC)

GOAT2_BOXWith a game title like Escape Goat, you know they’d make a sequel. So you’ve gotta read my friend Leroy’s review of the second installment of this PC indie hit.

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Yumi’s Odd Odyssey (3DS)

YUMI_BOXNatsume is mostly known for their Harvest Moon faming simulations, but they’ve published quite a few fishing games, too. Such as the Reel Fishing titles and the unique River King fishing RPG series. Their newest game, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, available for download on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, is a fishing…2-D platformer?!? Yup, that’s right. Actually, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is not that new of a game. It originated way back on the 16-bit Super Famicom in Japan, and has received a few updates since then and has gained a bit of notoriety among the import-savvy crowd. But this is the first time it’s been officially brought to the US.

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