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Dungeon Strategy Game Review Series Part 1: Dungeon Keeper 2 stars

Most people are used to believing that justice prevails in a struggle. Somehow, it does not feel right if a story ends with the demise of good. At the same time, the audience is often unsatisfied and even outraged if the protagonist fails to spread light, love, and peace. As a consequence, from fairytales to popular movies like Iron Man 2, stories are dominated by happy endings and the prevalence of justice.

However, people get bored of trite, predictable plots, and that is probably why developers made some of the games that will be shown in this review series. In these games, players play not as a hero who vanquishes darkness. Instead, they will assume the opposite role: an evil lord who builds dungeons to slay the invading heroes, breeds monsters, and carve a path of destruction and torment toward global domination. In this article, the first of this review series, Dungeon Keeper 2 will be reviewed.

Super Street Fighter IV Review stars

In the tradition of fighting games in the 90s, Capcom has just released Super Street Fighter IV, the update to 2009's highly successful Street Fighter IV. Will this be a simple rehash or the supreme version of Street Fighter IV? Read on to find out.

White Knight Chronicles International Edition Review stars

White Knight Chronicles is the latest RPG from one of the most renowned studio in Japan, Level 5. Level 5 is famous for many hit RPGs such as Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest VIII, and even the portable Professor Layton series. White Knight Chronicles is a massive RPG released in 2008 in Japan; can the game retain the same appeal that it once had when western gamers first gazed at the original trailer?

Sakura Wars: So Long My Love Review stars

Sakura Wars is overwhelming popularity in Japan. Up until March 2008, the franchise had its own store complete with a Sakura Wars inspired cafe. The series has spawned a plethora of sequels, side stories, novels, anime adaptations, and even live stage shows. Being the fifth game in the main series, and first to ever be released in the United States, can Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love hope to share some of the same success that it had overseas?

No More Heroes 2 Review stars

Released two years ago, No More Heroes left a large impression with its sexual references, fountains of blood, and the memorable use of toilets as save points – all of which were used tastefully or humorously, but never excessively. Now, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle brings back the shock value that Wii gamers so rarely get. The question is: is there enough new content in this game to warrant a purchase or is the game simply a rehash that tries to cash in on its mature content?

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Review stars

Link is out of the water and onto a train in this all new adventure in the land of Hyrule.This time, Link has to team up with a phantom Princess Zelda to fight the forces of evil. Does The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks brings new ideas to the Zelda franchise while keeping the overall charm and feel that many gamers have come to love from this series? Read more to find out.

Demon’s Souls Review stars

Demon’s Souls is probably the most frustrating, yet rewardingly epic, experience on the Playstation 3. There are many moments where players will want to chuck their controllers at the TV, but this game will still have them coming back for more. Demon’s Souls is one of those games that doesn’t come around very often and is a must have for fans of action and RPG games.

Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS Review stars

Following in its predecessor's path, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS is the PSP port of the arcade hit Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Gundam NEXT. While a solid game, Gundam vs Gundam had its fair share of problems that needed to be addressed. A slew of new gameplay options and an expanded mobile suit roster make Gundam vs Gundam NEXT PLUS the best game Gundam fans can own for either portables or consoles.

Tekken 6 Review stars

2009 is arguably the year of the fighter, featuring releases for games like Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue. Now it's Tekken's turn with Tekken 6, the newest version of this notable 3D fighting game series. With such a large roster of fighting games available already, does Tekken 6 still deserve some shelf space?

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Review stars

Square Enix's beloved franchise is back and has landed on the Nintendo DS. The Kingdom Hearts series is a collaboration of characters from one of the biggest animation studios of all time, Disney, and one of the most popular RPG production companies, Square Enix. When these two companies combine, it's like magic. While Disney's games are pretty dismal, with the help of Square Enix, Disney characters can make an appearance in a deep RPG as well.