Reviews Spotlight: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Mario Party 9, The Witcher 2, and more

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I would love to see a game about a pro-skater witch who has to stop an alien invasion by playing a board game. But since no one is likely to make that title, I'll read some community reviews instead.

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
By Mark Purcell

I loved Tony Hawk's Pro Skater back in the day, but Mark's words make me a little cautious about trying out this updated version. "Nostalgia is a funny thing," he says. "You usually only remember the good things and forget the shortcomings."

Preparing for Halo 4 with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
By Taylor Stein

Speaking of HD versions of classic games, Taylor recently took Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary out for a spin. "Despite the negatives, revisiting the origins of the series has allowed me to reconfirm several points: The level Library is still hell, the pistol still rocks my world, and the key to Halo on practically any difficulty is to shoot nonstoand melee the crap out of anything in range."

The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition review
By Joseph Jordan

Enough with HD rereleases! Here's a port of a PC game for the Xbox 360, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. This version runs on less powerful hardware, but Joseph didn't seem to mind too much. "If great stories and deep combat strike your fancy, I highly recommend this."


Mario Party 9

50 Games in 2012:  No. 9 Mario Party 9 (Wii)
By Bryden Keks

Man, Nintendo has released nine Mario Parties already? Don't these characters ever have to Mario Work? I guess that game wouldn't be as much fun. Anyway, Bryden found some joy in this newest installment: "It's a hard tightrope to balance on when your trying to innovate with new titles yet still trying to keep the core of what interested people in the first place. Mario Party 9 stumbles in trying to perform the balancing act but still delivers a sharp, fun Wii experience that everyone can enjoy."

Star Ocean 1: Japan's first Star Trek adventure
Jonathan Oyama

Jonathan is speficially reviewing Star Ocean: First Departure, the PSP remake of the original Star Ocean. "Star Ocean 1 still plays like an old 16-bit game. The 3D textures look a bit stale. The music sounds more like it was designed for a MIDI synthesizer. The plot follows every Japanese RPG [role-playing game] cliche near the very end. I really enjoyed the adventure, though."

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