GameTrailers' Scores

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For 1,844 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 98 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Lowest review score: 23 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1844 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Exceptionally strong visuals for the platform and creative, well-implemented motion controls make for a memorable experience, as long as you're OK with running away from some of your more disturbing problems.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This year, Pro Evolution Soccer fans are being treated to the best entry the series has seen in quite some time. Ultimately though, the adjustable gameplay is still a bit too arcade-like for simulation fans to take seriously, and the lack of authentic clubs is a deal breaker for many.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Outside of the repetitious boss, there’s very little to complain about with Crown of the Old Iron King. As you descend deeper in Brume Tower, there’s much to uncover and you’re often given multiple paths to explore. Regardless of how you progress, that familiar sense of dread will plague every step. Crown of the Old Iron King only gets more insidious as it goes on and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    First-person platforming is certainly nothing new, but an entire game built around it is. It works and comes across as a new beast, just don't expect a lot of play time from it unless you're obsessive compulsive. There's still room for refinement, but anyone who's curious, jump in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it's not the next-gen opus fans have been waiting for since Sakaguchi's departure from Square in 2003, Blue Dragon is a familiar, accessible, and comfortable game with outstanding production values.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    An attractive game with a dark bent, and the pitches really bring the game to life.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When you start building a game on such an impressive foundation you're guaranteed to have a quality product in the end, but the longer you play it the more the issues become bothersome. Just like the NFL rookie class of 2011, it should have spent a little more time in training camp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode one not only reintroduces us to the world of The Walking Dead, it raises the stakes in such a way that Clementine’s situation is more perilous than ever. We weren’t convinced that season two could eclipse season one, but at least in a few ways, it already has.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Yakuza 4 builds on its history and its strengths, using four well-differentiated playable characters to multiply the value of its character-driven drama and exhilarating fights. The game sometimes feels dated and a bit too stodgily conventional, but its virtual tour of a bizarrely attractive, crime-soaked, hyperbolic slice of Japan as seen through the eyes of its underworld nobility is certainly worth taking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Given that the elements designed around its collectability are the game's biggest hook, though, it's hard to recommend to those who'd play on the cheap. If you aren't willing to shell out for the plastic, then you should reconsider clearing some shelf space for this one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When you start building a game on such an impressive foundation you're guaranteed to have a quality product in the end, but the longer you play it the more the issues become bothersome. Just like the NFL rookie class of 2011, it should have spent a little more time in training camp.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Festival of Blood is more of a bite-sized take on the Infamous experience, it's a great Halloween treat. If you're a fan you'd have to be batty not to pick it up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While its gameplay may not even come close to the depth or complexity of a title like Mass Effect, Lost Odyssey’s story and visuals stand toe to toe with some of the best the genre has seen. If it’s an epic voyage into the realm of fantasy you’re after, you’ve found it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yoshi’s Woolly World doesn’t set a new bar for platformers, but it’s a beautiful game that showcases a constant stream of creative ideas. The yarn mechanics fit well with the classic Yoshi gameplay, and it’s a great choice to get all warm and fuzzy with someone this fall.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    House of the Dead: Overkill is undeniably fun. Its crude humor, non sequiturs, self-referential jabs, and brevity are practically overcome by smart level design and surprisingly deep gunplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you enjoy creating your own shows, forming your own factions, and designing your own stable of pro wrestlers, you'll view WWE 13's creation suite as the best there is, the best there was, and possibly the best there will be, with options more diverse than Mick Foley's wrestling personas. Yet the gameplay, AI, and controls have not significantly advanced from last year's title, making WWE 13 more uneven than the "People's Eyebrow."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 provides a fun, straightforward experience that builds on last year's game and gets the franchise back on track.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Its design and gameplay are from the stone age, yet the story, writing, and characters are so interesting that it beckons you to keep playing, hoping to see what's around the next corner.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The controls are tight, though a little complex, but that’s only because there’s so much to dig into. It’s a little ragged around the edges, but if you’re looking for a great way to unwind after a long day, boot up Prototype for some serious therapy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Alien: Isolation is worth experiencing, but at the same time feels like lost potential.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The most condemning thing we can say is the dream reminded us of everything missing in the episode; if only we cared as much as Lee and Clementine used to care about each other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Aside from the original PS2 release, this is easily the worst iteration of Snake Eater. The lack of extras, the frustrating controls, and the overall performance issues hold it back from being one of the premier third-party games for the 3DS. Don't be hypnotized by this snake's gaze--this is far from the optimal way to experience this classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The DS has been good to RPG fans over the years, so it's somewhat poetic that Dragon Quest VI sees the system off into the sunset. It's a game that lets veterans reminisce over days gone by, while allowing newcomers to revel in a golden era they may have otherwise never known.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who has an appreciation for Final Fantasy music will find much to love here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game largely succeeds more than it falters, and anyone with a soft spot for deep, team-based strategy should not pass up this substantial gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The end result delivers a heart-warming and worthwhile experience that's unique, fast-paced, and provides endless laughs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you plan on picking the game up, and do not have a Balance Board, then drop the score a whole point. Yes, it makes that much of a difference. If this is a first glimpse at the future of games utilizing it, then it’s a very bright future indeed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If it's engaging storytelling on a handheld scale you're after, Apollo Justice serves up another ace for Capcom’s line of courtroom sims.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s a vast improvement over its predecessor Tales of Graces, but it doesn’t quite surpass the excellence found in Tales of Vesperia.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    For a value title, Blast Works provides serious replay value for those willing to take the initiative.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game constantly hints at greater things, but never quite reaches those heights. In the end, instead of feeling moved, we felt content. A wonderfully charming game with gorgeous, varied stages and crafty puzzles, but we wish it left more of a lasting mark.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An expansive downloadable game that's bursting with stuff to do. It's disappointing that cheap mini games and toys are the only incentives for perfecting courses, but even so, the game provides a ton of variety and a consistent level of challenge. Like other great puzzlers on handheld platforms, Minis on the Move will have you searching for your 3DS charger before you know it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Sonic Rush Adventure more or less hits all the notes we’ve come to expect in a good Sonic game. It stays largely in safe, familiar territory, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Naruto: Rise of the Ninja is not one of the best ninja games to hit the market, but it is one of the best anime-based games ever released.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Silent Hills: Origins is a game that smartly packs all of the series’ best qualities into a bite-sized, portable portion. With its incredibly short length we only recommend it for purchase for fans. But while it lasts, it’s indisputably the best handheld survival horror game available.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While its action and playful aesthetic are easy to admire, perhaps The Wonderful 101’s best quality is evoking a child-like innocence.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nintendo’s take on golf is as charming as ever and remarkably full-featured, even if the way things are organized keeps you from seeing just how much is really here right off the bat. You don’t have to like the real life sport to have fun with World Tour. If you can appreciate a “nice on”, the variety and challenge here should keep you playing for a long time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With feedback from the ‘GameChangers’ community, NHL 16 not only makes strides ahead for fans of the video game adaptations, but for fans of the game of hockey as a whole. A middle ground has been reached between realism and fun that is wholly surprising. NHL 16 isn’t just a step in the right direction, it’s the game hockey fans have been waiting for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you need to buy all of Rock Band 4 to get a band going, it’s a lot to pick up, but it’s a worthy investment if you’re in the market for a great party game. If you’re fortunate enough to already have compatible gear or pre-purchased music ready to download, there’s no reason not to rock again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It could use a lot more integration of the television show, but at the same time, the show assets aren’t overly invasive as to turn off fans of the Karaoke Revolution games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Killzone Mercenary is the best FPS on the system and works well enough, even as batteries drain quickly and pinky fingers go numb. It does what it does honorably, unlike some of the Mercs you’ll find, but any way you look at it, be it by platform, or by genre, it sits between adequate and good, a tech demo that happens to be worth your time. Only evangelists will collect a full deck here.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    With NFL Blitz 2012 you're going to get almost exactly what you expect…minus the price tag. There are more modes than anticipated, but the gameplay never strays from the formula. Save for updated rosters and teams, there's not much point in replacing your legacy copy of the game, but for newcomers it's an impressively fun package for a small price.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Skullgirls uses its personality and a masterful execution of the genre to punch well above its weight as a $15 downloadable upstart. Even if it isn't quite pound-for-pound on par with the giants of the genre, it's bold enough to aim for the top and accomplished enough to put up one heck of a fight.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The franchise mode is one of the deepest you’ll find and it has extensive online play options. Unfortunately, the on-ice action and sub-par presentation serve to overshadow the good.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    From a gameplay standpoint, Pro Evolution Soccer 2012's minor enhancements add up to a reasonable improvement over last year's entry. Refined AI, improved realism both on and off the ball, and a better sense of pacing add to the depth while maintaining the franchise's fun, addictive spirit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Like a well tempered sentence, Abyss is a complete thought. It’s solid on all angles but lacking any real sharp celerity, except in a plot seemingly based off a lost Einstein journal. It’s as good a Tales game as any, but it doesn’t raise any bars.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    State of Decay is a game that is, in many ways, both the best and worst zombie game you’ve ever played. For all of its bugs, blemishes, and festering imperfections, this game realizes an untapped style of survival gameplay that genre nuts should definitely take notice of.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Apart from a few brief glimpses of hope, Sonic Colors is a bit of a disappointment. Haphazard levels and unresponsive controls have been the bane of 3D Sonic games, and Colors does little to address these issues. It attempts to mask its shortcomings with shiny new trinkets that only briefly distract you from the glaring flaws.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game has a solid set of mechanics and challenging gameplay, but it doesn’t make much of an effort appeal to casual fans looking to get a taste of meticulous tactical maneuvering. If you’re thirsting for a challenge, you’ll find it. If you’re hesitant to join up, this isn’t your war.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If videogames are systems of learning, then Bangai-O is a scatterbrained professor teaching advanced calculus.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It's a fighting game that successfully infuses RPG elements to provide depth and variety. It doesn't quite strike a perfect balance, and the lack of true online functionality hurts, but Duodecim delivers on the thrill factor with its cinematic battles.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Amid the Ruins clearly demonstrates what Telltale is capable of. There’s a level of purpose and confidence here that the studio has rarely matched.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The best rhythm games successfully tie gameplay and music in such a way that players feel like they're part of the song. Rock Band Blitz doesn't quite bridge that gap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The dark and humorously grim atmosphere help make Charlie Murder a unique brawler that knows how to throw a punch and stands out from others in the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ghosts is certainly not a bad game, but it offers few surprises. Although Black Ops II wasn’t always successful, it felt like it was conscious of stagnation and attempted to push the series forward through player choice in the campaign and the introduction of the 10-point system in multiplayer. By comparison, Ghosts seems almost afraid of screwing anything up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    GRID 2 has a handful of head-scratching design decisions, but it's a solid, varied, and challenging racer set in strongly realized environments. Allow yourself to think outside of the cockpit, and you can't go wrong.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The lack of narrative finesse and the toning down of the scripted events was a good call. It’s not quite the open world shooter that was promised, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    MySims Agents is a solid entry in the series filled with memorable encounters and characters. Fans of MySims Kingdom will certainly enjoy the change of setting. While older players will breeze through it and yearn for more things to see and do, younger ones will enjoy the minigames, agency customization, and quirky cases.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Ace Combat may never fully overcome its identity crisis, but its latest sortie is a successful one. Assault Horizon creates some spectacular moments with its visually impressive, close-range battles that make up for some of its slower, more repetitive lulls, and incorporates several different types of gameplay without compromising its overall quality or theme.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The addition of coin rush and StreetPass functionality extend the shelf life of what would otherwise be a rather limited experience, but while there's still reasonable value here, the new Super Mario Bros. formula is losing just a little bit of its luster. Innovation and creativity don't shine as brightly as they should, but the glitter of great control and tight level design still make New Super Mario Bros. 2 tempting to pick up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    None of Dead Rising 3’s issues will stop you from enjoying the ludicrous ways you can kill zombies. While it may initially appear to be a more somber game than before, after spending a few hours with Dead Rising 3 you’ll realize the spirit of the series is well intact.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a tennis player, or just someone who's mastered and grown tired of Wii Sports Tennis, pick up Grand Slam Tennis with a MotionPlus add-on and prepare to be amazed. Just saddle that amazement with a little bit of patience. The learning curve makes pick-up games with the uninitiated a bore, but with the incredible online functionality, a viable opponent is just a series of ones and zeroes away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 has the bad habit of drawing you into a tantalizing catastrophe right before goading you right back into its more tedious and borderline exploitative elements. The quest is long and the side-content plentiful, but it all comes at the expense of the atmosphere. In our estimation, it’s a poor bargain.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It’s challenging and polished, but it can also take a bit of getting used to.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's best to look at Tropico 4 as port of entry for new players. If you've never set sail for the island paradise's sunny climes, you'll be happy to know that the improvements allow you to enjoy a more accessible version of Tropico 3 without feeling like they've dumbed-down the content.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to appreciate here, and many good fights to be had -- Injustice actually does justice to its source material and its players.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is about discovering a story on your own, piecing together the details as you stroll through the countryside. What begins with curiosity in trying to explain what exactly happened soon gets you wrapped up in the lives of who it happened to.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The lack of notable stars, the flat atmosphere, and the by-the-numbers career mode are disappointments. Yet, for better or worse, it's the control scheme that ultimately defines Top Spin 3. Once acclimated, you'll find that it brings you closer to the on-court action than any tennis game before it, but it’s also unforgiving.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Miles Edgeworth's take on the franchise doesn't pack on too many surprises, but is nonetheless faithful to the tenets that make Ace Attorney great.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    One particularly frustrating aspect of the game is the inventory management system.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Sure, the graphics are ho-hum and the 3D does little to enhance gameplay, but if you value substance over style, Shadow Wars stands as one of the stars of the 3DS launch.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It's a little light on features, but it delivers where it really counts. The racing is fast and with enough peripheral elements to keep it interesting, and its crazier side makes it unique.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It's a fun game with solid platforming, though the combat can drag the experience down at times. If you're looking for one more adventure in the vein of Sands of Time, consider discovering The Forgotten Sands.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Armageddon delivers the culmination of all things MK. The roster is huge, the modes are many, the fighting has been nicely tweaked, and overall, it's a fitting way to turn the page on another generation of this classic franchise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's hard to see Nintendo Land becoming anywhere near the sensation that Wii Sports was. It requires too much equipment for the modes that last, and the rest can be quickly milked of their entertainment value. It proves that Nintendo is capable of creating addicting one-dollar games, but at 60 bucks, it's not priced to sell. As a pack-in for the deluxe version of the console it's a nice extra that shows what the Wii U is capable of.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s not a perfect collection, but a decent bundle with Kingdom Hearts Final Mix serving as the main attraction. If you’ve never played Kingdom Hearts, this might be a good opportunity to get acquainted with the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a mix of on-foot gunplay, full on dogfights, and strategic base-building, Starhawk lets you find your niche or switch roles at the drop of a hat. While it doesn't leverage this versatility to create new game types to call its own, its territory-based gameplay offers a wide range of tactical options to explore.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even for those willing to invest the time to learn all there is to know about ArmA 2, the glitches and the bugs are currently too much to take. Maybe once they've patched it up, there will be something more playable. We look forward to that day, because there's really something special in ArmA 2, cheesy voice acting and all.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've never experienced old school Final Fantasy, this is the perfect way to get acquainted.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A big step up from the previous title. It delivers on the classic Western setting, provides lots of gameplay options, and even lets you pull off bank heists with friends online. And without a single assault rifle to be found, it's a welcome change of pace from the standard shooter fare.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Perhaps unwittingly, Shadows of the Damned accomplishes what it set out for, by providing a B-level experience in video game form. It has more than its share of groan-worthy one-liners and irritating gameplay mechanics, but there's enough oddness and variety for it to pull in a cult following.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Above all Dragon Quest Heroes perfectly captures one of the most essential parts of the series—that it prides itself on joy. It’s a quality that overshadows its shortcomings. Too many JRPGs are overly serious affairs that shove the same tropes down your throat again and again. The levity and unabashed enthusiasm of Dragon Quest creates a childlike wonder that’s still enchanting more than 25 years after the original game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Clocking in at just two and a half hours, Raam's Shadow is quite brief for its $15 price tag. The intense tried-and-true gameplay is there and it has some fun moments, but the story feels insignificant, and it's over before you know it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The addition of the extra vehicles and racing styles takes what was already a solid premise and brings it to the next level. It’s a definite must-play for racing fans who enjoy getting a little dirty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Simply put, Kane's Wrath is an expansion pack done right.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Enemies are practically defenseless in the face of your super-powers, and the puzzles never advance beyond the basics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Killzone: Liberation isn’t the greatest action title on the PSP, but it fills a huge void in the handheld’s library: a solid shooter. More importantly, it’s not just another direct port from the PS2.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Considering the package deal, both games are good for bloody trip down memory lane. You might even be surprised at how well they hold up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Apocalypse has high expectations of the player, but the reward for hard work, diligence and patience is one of the most exciting racing games available. Even with the lingering issues, this is Motorstorm at its most extravagant, at its most intense, and at its absolute best.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Sega finally appears to have learned from its mistakes. Sonic Generations' thoughtful mishmash of the hedgehog's distinct incarnations delivers the best of both worlds. Though it's a bit on the short side, the fundamentals are undeniably well executed. Sonic hasn't been this good in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The lack of online play is a shame, but if you've been looking for a great follow-up to Castle Crashers, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World should not be passed up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A significant improvement over its predecessor, and one that proves there are still a few developers out there willing to learn from their mistakes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The game is worth a shot, especially if you’ve never jumped into Lara’s short shorts before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    An example of misappropriated resources. The things that weren't broken have been changed, and lingering issues have gone untouched. With that said, there's plenty of game here.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    This game has surely glimpsed the Necronomicon, and while the blood-curdling rituals may not bewitch you for years to come, it's a delightful cantrip to enchant you for a fortnight or so.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While it doesn't inspire the imaginative wonder of Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return to Dream Land is a welcome return to the gameplay that got this hero off the ground. The structure feels a bit formulaic at times, but it's challenging and true enough to form to keep Kirby fans of all ages from feeling deflated.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A good port of a pretty good game, which controls very decently with the Wii controller. That’s not quite a glowing recommendation, but this game does deserve some respect.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy III is a solid product. The shortcomings with the saves and lack of DS tech infusion are unfortunate, but as an RPG it’s the real deal, and shows why the franchise is so revered.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    King of Fighters XIII accomplishes the difficult task of redeeming a previously failed attempt at revitalizing the franchise. Everything that makes a great fighting game, from an interesting and balanced cast to well-conceived mechanics and visual flair, are here in abundance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Magic 2014 is still well worth its modest ten dollar price tag, but players looking to jump into a duel for the first time would be better served by the better-rounded 2012 and 2013 versions of the series, even if their art doesn’t move.

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