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Pikmin 2 New Play Control review

GAME REVIEW Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. PIKMIN 2: NEW PLAY CONTROL Format: Wii D...

 
 
 
 

Review - Xenoblade Chronicles

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. XENOBLADE CHRONICLES Format: Wii Developer: Monolith ...

 
 
 
 

Review - The Last Story

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. THE LAST STORY Format: Wii Developer: Mistwalker Publ...

 
 
 

Review - The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Reprehensible; 0: Non- Functional. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD Format: Wii Develop...

 
 
 
 

Aaamaazing: Grabbed by the Spetsnaz

James Bond sat alone in the small St Petersburg bar and downed a third whiskey and soda to soften the screams of dead men for another hour. Under the red light, he checked his watch, a 1953 Rolex submariner which told a different time to ...

 
 
 

Technical Difficulties: The Masochist Gamer

I wanted to write a Monthly Musing last month but couldn't find the time, so was a tad despondent when this month's topic turned out to be something I'd already written a full blog post on a while back, which you can read here. Fortunatel...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Super Mario Bros 3 - Blowing minds since 1988

I haven't had time to write a proper article today as not only have I been preparing for Christmas, but it's also my birthday. Hoorah. I am today as old as the Super Mario Bros series. I came across the video below and it reminded me of o...

 
 
 

The Wii Christmas Buyer's Guide

THE WII CHRISTMAS BUYER'S GUIDE Instead of my usual weekly Cblog article, I thought I'd do something which some of you may find of practical help while doing your Christmas shopping. Much to the chagrin of teh hardcorez everywhere, the W...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mother Issues: Metroid Other M UK Review

REVIEW #7 Review Scoring Chart - 10: Masterpiece; 9: Outstanding; 8: Very Good; 7: Good; 6: Above Average; 5: Average; 4: Below Average; 3: Bad; 2: Awful; 1: Barely Playable; 0: Non-Functional. METROID: OTHER M Developers: Project M Pub...

 
 
 

Teh Bias: We are the fanboys

MONTHLY MUSINGS #5 Having been busy for most of the summer, I put up my first comment in a while on a Destructoid news post. Within seconds, I had been labelled a fanboy. The comment was posted on a preview of the upcoming Blood Stone Ja...

 
 
 
 
 

Depth Misconception: The problems with 3D

PAST & FUTURE #4 Ubisoft's Head of UK Marketing, Murray Pannel, this week expressed his view that it will take just three years for 3D televisions to become the new standard. Source here. This forecast seems over-ambitious, not least as...

 
 
 

Alternate Reality: The Crate Escape

=======================MONTHLY MUSINGS GAZETTE EDITION #4======================= The Crate Escape _____________________________________________________________________________________ By Mark Bockwinkle, ZakaPress Association Wednesday J...

 
 

About Xander Markhamone of us since 3:08 PM on 02.07.2010

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I'm a 26-year old English writer, formerly known on the CBlogs as Xandaça. I've been an avid gamer since I was a wee lad, gripping a NES controller in my hands and comprehensively failing to get past those infuriating Hammer Bros on Level 8-3 of Super Mario Bros. I've stuck with Nintendo since then (not for any animosity towards the other console makers of course - Nintendo just make games I enjoy and have grown up with), apart from a brief sojourn with a Sony PlayStation, several woeful attempts to play Half-Life 2 using a laptop touchpad and sporadically wrangling a turn on my sister's beloved Sega Saturn.

In addition to burping out the occasional novel, I'm a passionate critic, writing reviews and articles of films, book and games for my school magazine and university newspaper, for which I created and edited its film section. In addition to starting up my own blog, covering television, games and movies, I am also a writer for Destructoid's cine-geek sister Flixist. While primarily a film geek, the evolution of the games industry over the course of its short lifetime has fascinated me and provided vast quantities of content for some incendiary pieces of work - perhaps a few more might spring up on here?

My Favourite Games of All Time (because who doesn't love having a few Of All Time lists?) are GoldenEye 007 (which I still play through at least once a year to remind me of its glories), Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Gunstar Heroes, Super Mario Bros 3 (I don't know who told Shigsy Miyamoto-san that raccoons could fly, but I'll love them forever) and No More Heroes.

I hope you find great enjoyment in my many scribings, and please keep an eye out for upcoming news on my novel(s) and do pay a visit to my blog sometime. And yes, the Dtoid community's 'no copy and paste' rule will be fully respected!

Good gaming, everyone!
 
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