ArcaniA: Gothic 4

You can’t help but admire ArcaniA from afar. The soft curves of her hilly regions, draw distance that seems to go on for miles, and a vibrancy that you don’t come across that often. You exchange furtive glances, and right now, she seems like the fantasy game you’ve always wanted. A dream, even.

But looks aren’t enough on which to base a relationship, and if you think you can get yourself emotionally invested with ArcaniA, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. She might seduce you with all that prettiness, lure you into her world and make you enjoy it all that much more, but if you’re going in here looking for a Gothic game, or even an RPG, she’s going to leave the space beside you on the bed cold by morning.

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Games for Lunch: Game Dev Story

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developer: Kairosoft
Publisher: Kairosoft
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2010
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: N/A
Official Web site (Japanese)

In a nutshell: A good game about making good games.

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Games for Lunch: Kirby's Epic Yarn

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developers: HAL, Good-Feel
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: Oct. 17, 2010
System: Wii
ESRB Rating: E
Official Web site

In a nutshell: They somehow made Kirby even cuter? Madness!

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Games for Lunch: Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developers: Sonic Team, Dimps
Publisher: Sega
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2010
Systems: PS3 (reviewed), Xbox 360, Wii, iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: E
Official Web site

In a nutshell: Still Sonic after all these years...

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Hunted: The Demon's Forge

I’d forgive you if you saw Hunted: The Demon’s Forge and laughed. A guffaw, even, might be understandable. You see, the premise is kind of a stereotype. A cliche, if you will. You’ve got the big, burly chap with the sword and shield and the lack of armour on his upper half. And you’ve got the slim, agile elven girl with a lack of armour in her upper and lower halves. A lack of armour everywhere, really. And they’re in a dungeon.

However, like the comedical masterpiece that is Demolition Man, while the characters are entirely straight, it’s the world around them that creates the humour, and that’s something that Max Kaufman, the Game Director of Hunted, says that InXile are very aware of.

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Fable 3 (Xbox 360)

The hero doesn’t die. That’s not how it goes. Heroes are the story, the lifeblood that courses through the veins of the plot, and when they go down, it’s only so that they can have a miraculous comeback and build up some drama. So what happens when you take away death, and the fear of it?

That was one of the questions that Fable 2 asked. And the answer they came up with was that they shouldn’t be threatening your life, but rather the lives of those around you. You had your dog, you might have had your family and you had the lives of everyone else in the land, all in your hands to varying degrees.

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Games for Lunch: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Games for Lunch chronicles the first hour of a different game every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Each hour ends with the answer to the only question that matters at that point: Do I want to keep playing? For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

Developers: Level-5, Square Enix
Publisher: Nintendo
Release Date: July 11, 2010
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: E10+

In a nutshell: Not all fallen angels are bad guys.

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