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He l l oandwe l c omet ot hel ongawai t edf our t h i s s ueofSt r eam,t hemagaz i nec r eat edand s uppor t edbyt heGAAW c ommuni t y . I ’ m nota f r a i dt oa dmi tt ha tIha dmydoubt sa bout whe t he rI ’ de v e rg e tt ot y peoutt hi si nt r o . Poor ma na g e me ntonmypa r ta nds e v e r el a c kofi nt e r e s t me a ntt he r ewe r et i me sIc ons i de r e de ndi ngt he pr oj e c t . For t una t e l y , Ima na g e dt os t r e ng t he nmy r e s ol v e , a ndbe g a nt oputt og e t he rt hi si s s uei n doubl e qui c kt i me . Andi t ’ sac r a c k e r ! Weha v eav e r i t a bl es mor g a s boa r dofc ont e ntf ory ou t oda y . Noodl eLi nk’ sc r i t i queofS e r i e s7ofDoc t or Whoc ont i nue swi t har e v i e wofATownCa l l e dMe r c y . Whi l eba c k t oba c k3DSr e v i e wspi t sPi ta g a i ns t pi t f a l l sa sKi dI c a r usf a c e sAni ma l Cr os s i ng . Notonl y t ha t , y ouc a nr e a das pe c i a l i nt e r v i e wwi t hi ndi ede v I ma g e&For ma boutt he i rMe t r oi dv a ni a s t y l ee Shop r e l e a s e . Bot hNoa ha ndt heWha l ea ndBi ffyCl y r oa r e putunde rt hes pot l i g hti nt hi si s s ue ’ smus i cr e v i e ws . oug hi fy ou’ r el ooki ngf ors ome t hi ngabi tmor e r e c e nt , t he nt a k eag a nde ra tourWi ndWa k e rHD opi ni onpi e c e , orourPe r c yJ a c ks onfil mr e v i e w. Imus tg i v eame nt i ont oAs hHa r r i s ona ndt heNi nt y Chr oni c l e , ( ni nt y c hr oni c l e . wor dpr e s s . c om)whos e he l pwa sv i t a l i nma ki ngt hi si s s uear e a l i t y , s og o c he c koutt he i rs i t e‘ c a us et he yde s e r v ei t . Anot he rbi ga ddi t i ont oS t r e a mi sane wt e x t onl y t umbl re di t i on( s t r e ammagaz i ne uk. t umbl r . c om) . I t ma ynotbel i v ea sy our e a dt hi s , buti t ’ l l hope f ul l y pr ov i dea l l t hee nj oy me ntoft hi sa nda l l s ubs e que nt i s s ue s , j us twi t houtt hef a nc yv i s ua l g uff.

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sRevi e w ATo wnCa l l e dMe r c y . i se pi s odeofDoc t orWhol e f tmei ns ome t hi ng ofame nt a l j umbl e , Imus ts a y . I tma demewonde rhowToby Whi t hous e , wr i t e rofs uc hf a nt a s t i ce pi s ode sa seGo dCo mp l e xa nd t heRTDe r anos t a l g i af e s tS c h o o l Re u ni o n, c oul ds c r e wups ome t hi ngs o ba dl yt ot hepoi ntt ha te v e nac a s ua l v i e we rwoul dpr oba bl ybea bl et o r e c t i f yt hes t upi da mountoffla wshec r e a t e s . Ye s , i tpa i nsmet os a yi t , butt hi se pi s ode-onet ha tha ds omuc hg oi ngf ori tj udg i ngf r om t he t r a i l e r sa nds uc ht ha tpr e c e de di t-wa spr e t t yme di oc r et os a yt hel e a s t . I t ' ski ndofi r oni ct os t a t et ha t , howe v e r , be c a us es omuc ha boutt hi s We s t e r nt he me dt a l ewa se x e c ut e dt one a r pe r f e c t i on, na me l yt he di r e c t i on, mus i c , a c t i nga ndt heov e r a l l t onec r e a t e dbyt hos et hi ng s . I t ' se v i de nt l yc l e a rt ha tt oomuc hoft hef oc uswi t ht hi se pi s odewa son s hoe hor ni ngi nt y pi c a l We s t e r nfli c kc l i c hé sa soppos e dt oa c t ua l l y wr i t i ngas e ns i c a l , br i l l i a nts t or y , s ome t hi ngt ha tIknowf oraf a c t Whi t hous ei spe r f e c t l yc a pa bl eofdoi ng , bot hi nDoc t orWhoa ndhi s owns upe r bs e r i e s , Be i ngHuma n. I t ' swhe nheov e r c oa t sabot c he dt a l e wi t hhi s t or i c a l t he me st ha twes e emuc hwe a k e re pi s ode s ; t hi st he or y i sba c k e dupby2010’ sVa mp i r e si nVe ni c e . Atl e a s tt ha tf uns t or yma dea l i c kofs e ns e , t houg h, ' c a us et hi sone ' sc hoc kf ul l ofpl ot hol e sa nd c ont i nui t ye r r or st hes i z eofs e v e r a l Gr a ndCa ny ons . One a c hs ubs e que ntoc c a s i onIwa t c he dATCM ( f orr e v i e wpur pos e s )I f oundmor ea ndmor ee r r or sa swe l l a sr e c t i fic a t i onsf ors a i de r r or st o poi ntouti nt hi sr e v i e w. I ' l l s a v ea l l oft ha tf ort hene x tf e wpa r a g r a phs , t houg h, be c a us ebe l i e v ei tornott he r ea r eg oodt hi ng st obes a i da bout ATo wnc a l l e dMe r c yde s pi t ea l l t hej us t i fie dha t eI ' v ebr oug htuponi t . I f y ouha v e n' tg ue s s e da l r e a dy , Whi t hous e ' sl a t e s ti saWe s t e r n, whi c hfit s t he' bl oc kbus t e r ' t he meofs e r i e s7ni c e l y . I t ' sa l s ode a l twi t hpe r f e c t l y , ma i nl yt ha nkst ot hes t a g i nga ndt hea bs ol ut e l yphe nome na l mus i c a l s c or ef r om Mur r a yGol d( s e r i ous l y , t hi se pi s odec ont a i nss omeoft he

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Me e tKa hl e r J e x, oneoft hemos t mor a l l yc onf us i ngc ha r a c t e r s e v e rt oa ppe a ri nDoc t orWho. be s tmus i ct heg uyha se v e rpr oduc e df orDoc t orWho, a ddi nga We s t e r nt wa ngt ohi sus ua l e pi ca nt i c s ) . Me r c ywa sfil me da tAl me r i a pr ov i nc ei nS pa i n, t hee x a c ts a mes i t ei nwhi c ht hel i k e sofeGood, t heBa d, a ndt heUg l ya ndma nyot he rc l a s s i cwe s t e r nswe r eonc e ma de . es i t el ooksa l l t hemor ei c oni ci nt hi se pi s odet ha nkst oS a ul Me t z s t e i n' sphe nome na l di r e c t i on-Ye s , t hedi r e c t orofDi no s a u r so na S p a c e s h i pr e t ur nst odi r e c thi ss e c onde pi s odei nar ow, a ndImus ts a y he ' sr i s i ngupi nt hepa nt he onofg r e a tDoc t orWhoa ndi nde e dTV di r e c t or sj udg i ngf r om hi swor kont hes howt husf a r . S omeoft he s hot si nt hi se pi s ode , one si nv ol v i ngt hea ppa r e nta nt a g oni s te Guns l i ng e ri npa r t i c ul a r , l ooka bs ol ut e l yg or g e ous . S pe a ki ngofeGuns l i ng e r , t hepr oduc t i onc r e wha v ede v e l ope da n a bs ol ut e l ywonde r f ul a ndt r ul yc onv i nc i ngc r e a t i onwi t ht hi sc ha r a c t e r . Ex t r ak udost oa c t orAdr i a nS c a r bor oug hf orput t i ngonabe l i e v a bl e pe r f or ma nc eunde ra l l t ha the a v yc os t ume , t oo . S pe a ki ngofpe r f or ma nc e s , de s pi t et hec onf us e dmor a l soft hee pi s ode , Ma t tS mi t hwor ks wonde r sa l ong s i dehi sf e l l owc a s t , e v e ni fmos twe r eba s i c a l l ys t oc k We s t e r nc ha r a c t e r s . et hr e epe r s ona eMe r c yf oc us e sona r et hedr i v i ngf or c eoft hee pi s ode , de l i v e r i ngt he i rmor a l l y s pl i te mot i onswi t h t r ul yg r e a ta c t i nga bi l i t y . He c k, i nt hi sr e g a r dIc a ne v e nc ompl i me nt Whi t hous e ' swr i t i ng , be c a us ewhi l et hepl ota sawhol ei se x t r e me l y fla we d, hedoe sg i v ee a c hoft het hr e ema i nss omet r ul ys upe r bl i ne s . Now, wer e a c ht hene g a t i v es i deoft hi ng s , ame t a phor i c a l s e aofut t e r a t r oc i t yt ha tpr a c t i c a l l yfloodsa ndde s t r oy se v e r y t hi ngt ha tc oul d' v e ma deATownc a l l e dMe r c ys ome t hi ngf a nt a s t i c . I ' v ea l r e a dyme nt i one d pa r t sofi t , s oImi g hta swe l l s t a r twi t ht hes t or y . Whi t hous e ' sl a t e s t e ffor ta c t ua l l ys t a r t soffe x t r e me l ypr omi s i ng , whi c hma k e si ta l l t he mor ea wf ul whe nt ha tpr omi s ei sde s t r oy e d. ev i e we ri si mme di a t e l y


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sRevi e w Fol l owi ngwha ts e e mst obei ndus t r yt r a di t i on, Pe r c yJ a c ks ona ndt he S e aofMons t e r si sba r e l yf a i t hf ul t oRi c kRi or da n' sbookoft hes a me na me , i ns t e a df e a t ur i ngl a r g ec ut sofde t a i l a nda dde dde t a i l st ha t s ome t i me sdon' tma k et heg r e a t e s ta mountofs e ns e , t houg ht he y a r e n' tr e a l l yt ha tbi gapr obl e mi nt heg r a nds c he meoft hi ng s . eg e ne r a l s t or y( t ha nkf ul l y )r e ma i nsunc ha ng e d, s e e i ngPe r c ya ndhi s f r i e ndsAnna be t ha ndGr ov e r , a l ongwi t hPe r c y ' sc y c l opsbr ot he r Ty s on, t r a v e l i nt ot heS e aofMons t e r s( or , a sushuma nsknowi t , e Be r mudaTr i a ng l e )t or e s c uet hemy t hi c a l Gol de nFl e e c ei nor de rt o he a l a l i a ' sdy i ngt r e eout s i deCa mpHa l f Bl ood, s ubs e que nt l y r e s t or i ngt hec a mp' spr ot e c t i v ebor de r sa ndr e t ur ni ngpe a c et oCa mp Ha l f Bl ood. Howe v e r , a sde mi g ods( ha l fhuma n, ha l fg od) , t het r i p doe s n' tg os moot hl ya ndi ns t e a ds e e st hey oungqua r t e tc omi ngc l os e t ode a t hnume r oust i me si nt hepr oc e s s , bei ta sar e s ul tofg i a nt me c ha ni c a l bul l s , a nc i e ntwa t e rmons t e r sorane a r bl i ndc y c l ops . AsIs a i dpr e v i ous l y , i fy ou' r el ooki ngf orat r uet ot hebookfil m, y ou' r e i nt hewr ongpl a c e . Any bodywhoha sr e a dt hebookwi l l i mme di a t e l y bea bl et ot e l l whi c hpa r t soft hebookha v ebe e nc utf r om t hefil m, a nd wi l l ul t i ma t e l yl e a v et hev i e we rdi s a ppoi nt e da tj us thowmuc hha s be e nc ut . e r e ' snowe i r ddr e a ma tt hes t a r toft hefil m, nos c hool de s t r uc t i ona sar e s ul tofane a r f a t a l dodg e ba l l g a me , noma g i c a l a ni ma l t r a ns f or ma t i onsa sar e s ul toft heGodde s sCi r c e ' sma g i ca nd ul t i ma t e l ynot r e kt hr oug hafloc kofki l l e rs he e pt or e t r i e v et heGol de n Fl e e c e . I nf a c t , i tf e e l swi t ht hea mountofc ont e ntt ha tha sbe e nc uti n t het r a ns i t i onf r om bookt ofil m, i ti sonl yami nor i t yoft hebookt ha t ha sa c t ua l l yma det hej ump, whi c hi sde e pl ys a dde ni ngbe c a us eofj us t howe nt e r t a i ni ngs omeoft hec ont e ntt ha ti sl a c ki ngi nt hefil mi s .

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J a ws17c e r t a i nl yr a i s e dt hes t a ke s , Imus ts a y Forwha tt hemov i el a c ksi nt hec ont e ntde pa r t me nt , i tma k e supf or wi t ht hea c t i ngqua l i t yoft hec ha r a c t e r s . Log a nLe r ma n( ot he r wi s e knowna sPe r c yhi ms e l f )ma k e st hec ha r a c t e rofPe r c yJ a c ks ona bouta s be l i e v a bl ea si tc a npos s i bl ybe . You' l l s e et hr oug hLe r ma nt ha tbe i nga de mi g odme a nsnot hi ngt oPe r c y , he ' sj us tl i k ea nyot he rt e e na g eki d, g e t t i ngs c a r e da tda ng e ra ndha v i ngt oc ons t a nt l yr i s ea bov ef e a r si n or de rt opr og r e s s . Le r ma npor t r a y st hede t e r mi na t i onofPe r c y f a nt a s t i c a l l y , a ndv i e we r swi l l wa ntt os e ePe r c yc ompl e t et heque s the ' s ona ndpr ov et oe v e r y one( we l l , mos t l yCl a r i s s e , whoi spl a y e dbyLe v e n Ra mbi n)t ha thi sfir s tque s ti ns a v i ngOl y mpuswa s n' tj us tafluk ea nd t ha thec a ndoi ta l l ov e ra g a i n. Young e rv i e we r sc a nc e r t a i nl yl e a r na t hi ngort wof r om Le r ma n' spor t r a y a l ofPe r c y , s uc ha st hef a c tt ha t e v e r y one( noma t t e rwhot he ya r e )g e t sa f r a i da tt i me s , i t ' sj us tupt o y out of a c et ha tf e a ra ndg e tov e ri twi t ht hes uppor tofy ourf r i e nds . Ofc our s e , nomov i ei sc ompl e t ewi t houti t sv i l l a i n, whoa ppe a r si nt he f or m ofHe r me s ' s onLuk eCa s t e l l a n( J a k eAbe l )he r e . De t e r mi ne dt o c a r r youta ndc ompl e t eada r kpl a nofhi sown, Luk ema k e sape r f e c t r i v a l t oPe r c y , t ha nkst ot hec ompl e t e l ydi ffe r e ntpe r s ona l i t i e soft he t woc ha r a c t e r s . Abe l r e fle c t st hei nt e r na l a ng e ri nhi sc ha r a c t e ri nhi s


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a c t i ng , ma ki ngt hev i e we rs e et het r uepe r s ona l i t yofLuk e , s ome t hi ng notma nya c t or sa sy ounga sAbe l c a ndoe ffe c t i v e l y , whi c hhe l pst he fil m al ota si t ' snotj us tones i de dt ot hepr ot a g oni s ta nda tt i me sov e r powe r sPe r c y , r a i s i ngdoubt si nt hev i e we r s ' mi ndsa st owhe t he rornot Pe r c ywi l l bea bl et ofini s ht heque s t . . . S ome t hi ngt ha tt hefil m doe spa r t i c ul a r l ywe l l , howe v e r , i sc a pt ur et he pe r s ona l i t ya nda ppe a r a nc eofa l i a , da ug ht e rofZe us . Whi l s ta l i a ( Pa l omaKwi a t k ows ki )i sonl yons c r e e nf orama t t e rofmi nut e s , t he a t t e nt i ont ode t a i l i se v i de nt . e' punk ' a ppe a r a nc ea nds l i g ht l y a r r og a nta t t i t udeofa l i aha v ebe e ndi r e c t l yl i f t e df r om t hebook, a nd puti nt omov i ef or ms e e mi ng l ype r f e c t l y .

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I nAi rBa t t l e s , Pi te ng a g e si ni nc r e a s i ng l yf a nt a s t i c a l onr a i l ss hoot i ngs e g me nt s .

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sRevi e w Whe nac e r t a i nr e t ur ni ngNi nt e ndohe r owa sc omi ngi nt ol a nd t owa r dst hes t a r toft hey e a r , s woopi nga nddi v i ngonhi swa ya f t e ra l ong25y e a rhi a t usmi nusapi t s t opi nMa s a hi r oS a k ur a i ' sS upe r S ma s hBr os . Br a wl , hedi dn' te x a c t l yma k eape r f e c t l ye l e g a ntl a ndi ng f r om t hepoi ntofv i e wofmos tc r i t i c s . De s pi t euni v e r s a l a c c l a i m a c c or di ngt oMe t a Cr i t i c , wi t hahe f t ya v e r a g es c or eof88outof100, mos tr e v i e we r sa ndpubl i c a t i onsdi dn' tf a i l t oba s hak e ya s pe c tofhi s l a t e s tg a me , onea s pe c tt ha tc oul dpot e nt i a l l ybr e a ki tde pe ndi ngon whe t he rpl a y e r swe r ewi l l i ngt oa dj us tornot . Ofc our s e , Ic a n' tbe r e f e r r i ngt oa ny t hi ngot he rt ha nKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ngon3DSa ndi t s uni v e r s a l l yboy c ot t e dc ont r ol s c he me . Le t ' snotbe a ta r oundt hebus h, he r e , Ki dI c a r usdoe si ni t i a l l yi mpe depe r f e c tha ndl i ngwhe ny oufir s t s t a r ti tup, butonl yduet ot hef a c tt heg a mes t a r t sy ouoffwi t hs ome pr e t t yt e r r i bl ede f a ul topt i ons . eg a me ' sonf oots e c t i onsr e qui r ey ou t ous et het ouc hs c r e e na sama k e s hi f tt r a c kba l l , c ont r ol l i nga n ons c r e e nr e t i c ul eont hes y s t e m' ss t e r e os c opi cwi de s c r e e nuppe r di s pl a y . Dr a g g i ngt hes t y l usa i mst her e t i c ul e , whi l efli c ki ngt het ouc h s c r e e nhor i z ont a l l ys pi nst hec a me r a , muc hl i k e" s pi nni ngag l obe "a s t heg a me ' swi t t yc omme nt a r y( mor eont hi sl a t e r )c l a i ms . et hi ngi s , t hi sg l ober e f us e st os t opf orawhi l eunt i l y out a pont het ouc hs c r e e n, muc hl i k es t oppi ngonar a ndom c ount r ywi t hy ourfing e r t i p. ek e y wor dhe r ei sr a ndom, a sy ouc a nne v e rs e e mt og e ty oura i mi ngr i g ht wi t ht hi snubi l ousme t hodofc a me r ac ont r ol . Ta k eat r i pt ot heg a me ' s opt i onsme nu, howe v e r , a ndt hi ng sc a ne a s i l ybes or t e dout . . . Ki dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng ' sg l a r i ngf a ul ti s n' ti t sc ont r ol s , butt het e r r i bl e de f a ul ts e t t i ng sy ou' r ei ni t i a l l yg oi ngt ot r ya ndde a l wi t h( a ndmos t de fini t e l yf a i l mi s e r a bl yi ndoi ngs o) . Le a r ni ngt oa dj us tt oabr a ndne w c ont r ol me t hodi sc umbe r s omee noug h, butl e a r ni ngi tbe f or er e a l i s i ng y ouc a nfixi twi l l me s swi t hy ourpr e c onc e pt i ons . Asag a me r , t hi nk

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a bouta l l t het i me sy ou' v eg onet oa nopt i onss c r e e nbe f or epl a y i nga ny g a met ha tdoe s n' tf or c ey out odos o, a ndy ou' l l s e ewha tIme a n. e be s ta dv i c eIc a ng i v ea ny onewi t ht hi sr e v i e w, onet ha tc e me nt smy he f t yr e c omme nda t i onoft hi she r oi cr e t ur nofa na g e ol dNi nt e ndo c l a s s i ca f t e raqua r t e r c e nt ur yi nwa i t , i st og ot ot heopt i onss c r e e n, s e l e c t' Re t i c ul e / Ca me r a ' a ndt a k et het i met ofindoutwha twor ksf or y ou-I nc r e a s i ngt hes pe e da twhi c ht hec a me r ar ot a t i ons t opsi sag i v e n i na nyc i r c ums t a nc e . i sa dv i c eoutoft hewa y , l e t ' smov eont ot he g oods t uff, a ndboyohboy , I ' v eg otal otofpos i t i v et hi ng st os a ya bout t hi sl onga wa i t e dr e t ur nf r om he r eonout . Asama t t e roff a c t , t he t hr e e di me ns i ona l r e s t or a t i onofKi dI c a r usha snotonl yc e me nt e d i t s e l fa smype r s ona l f a v our i t eg a meoft hey e a rt husf a r , i ta l s o ha ppe nst oha v ene a t l yfit t e di nt ot her a r e l yg r owi ngpa nt he onofmy f a v our i t eha ndhe l dg a me sofa l l t i me . I ft he3DSne e de das y s t e m s e l l e r , t hi swa si t , ne v e rmi ndS upe rMa r i o3DLa nda ndMa r i oKa r t7. Butj us twha ti si tt ha tma k e sKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ngs og ood?We l l , wi t h e x pe r i e nc e dde v e l ope rMa s a hi r oS a k ur a i a tt hehe l m oft heg a me ' s de v e l opme nt , I ' ms ur ey ouc a ng ue s s . Whi l et hi sr e t ur nofa l ong f or g ot t e na ng e l i che r oa ndhi sc ount e r pa r t si s n' tqui t eons uc ha g r a nds c a l ea sS upe rS ma s hBr os . Br a wl , i t ' sv e r yne a r l ya spa c k e dt o t hebr i m wi t hc ont e nta ndr e pl a yv a l ue . Forag a meor i g i na l l yi nt e nde d f orr e l e a s eonWi i , i tnotonl ys oa r st ohe a v e nl yhe i g ht sonNi nt e ndo' s di nkyha ndhe l dpl a t f or m, i ta l s os t a ndsupt ot hev a s tma j or i t yof mode r nhomec ons ol et i t l e st oboot , notonl yf r om ac ont e nt pe r s pe c t i v ebuta l s oi nt e r msofs he e ror i g i na l i t yi nal a r g enumbe rof a s pe c t s . i sl e g e nda r yr e t ur ni sy e ta not he rt i t l ewor t hyofS a k ur a i ' s na me , a ndi fy ouowna3DSa ndy ou' r ee v e nr e mot e l yi nt e r e s t e di ni t , I ha v et wopi e c e sofa dv i c ef ory ou: Buyi ti mme di a t e l y . . . J us tdon' t f or g e tt ot a k et i met oa dj us tt hos ec ont r ol s . I ft ha t ' snote noug ht o


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r ni nga t t a c kpa t t e r nsi ske yt ode f e a t i ngt hema nybos s e sofUpr i s i ng ' s e s t . Se v e r a l z a psf r om t ha tde a t hbe a ma ndPi t ' sade e pf r i e dc hi c ke nwi ng

c r a c kt hos epr e c onc e pt ua l nut s he l l si ny ourbr a i ns , l e t ' sg e ti nt ot he me a tofbot ht heg a mea ndt hi sr e v i e wa sIdi s s e c te v e r y t hi ngt ha t ma k e sKi dI c a r us ' ki l l e rc ome ba c ks owor t ht hefiv emi nut e si tt a k e st o s or toutt hec ont r ol sbe f or ey oupl a yi t . emos te v i de nt l ys t e l l a rf e a t ur eonKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng ' sde e pa nd de t a i l e dv i s a g ei st hev a s ta mountofc ont e ntf oundwi t hi ni t spor e s . I f y our e a dmyS upe rS ma s hBr os . Br a wl r e v i e wa ndnot i c e di twa s mi s s i ngaf e wt hi ng si na na na l y t i c a l s e ns e , y ou' l l pr oba bl yknowt he r e a s onf ort ha t : S a k ur a i ' sf a me dfig ht i ngr e l e a s epa c k e ds omuc h c ont e ntt ha ti twa sv i r t ua l l yi mpos s i bl et ofite v e r y t hi ngi nt oar e v i e w wi t houtt ur ni ngi ti nt oa na na l y t i c a l e s s a y , a ndt hi sr e t r or e booti sv e r y muc ht hes a me . As ol oc a mpa i g ns pa nni ngawi der a ng eofl oc a l e s a c r os s25v a r i e dc ha pt e r s , f e a t ur i ng99di ffic ul t yl e v e l sa nda n out r a g e ousa mountofr e pl a yv a l ue ; Af r a nt i c a l l yf unmul t i pl a y e rmode t ha ty ouc a nl a unc honl i neorl oc a l l y ; Ov e r400I dol ss i mi l a rt oS ma s h Br os . ' Tr ophi e s ; Nume r ouse x t r aunl oc ka bl ef e a t ur e s ; 90we a pon de s i g nsc ont a i ne dwi t hi n9s ubc a t e g or i e s ; Av i v i dc a s tofc ha r a c t e r s t e ndi ngt oaf a nt a s t i c a l l yc ompos e ds c r i pt ; r e ewhol epa ne l sof a c hi e v e me nt s . . . Al l oft he s et hi ng sonl yma k eupaf r a c t i onofwha ty ou g e twhe ny oupur c ha s eKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng , a ndunl i k eS ma s hBr os . , i t ' sa l l f r om oneg a me( wi t haf e ws pa r ksofi ns pi r a t i onf r om ot he r r e l e a s e she r ea ndt he r e ) . S o, I ' l l notwa s t ea nyt i mewa ffli ng : Al l owme t odi gi n, s t a r t i ngwi t ht hes t or y . . . epl otf oundi nUpr i s i ngi sba c k e dupg r e a t l ybyt hel or ei tpr e s e nt s , nott os a yt ha tt hef or me ra s pe c ti sba d; Ac o z yy a r nwe l l t ol d, f e a t ur i ngmor eunpr e di c t a bl et wi s t sa ndt ur nsa swe l l a smor es t or y a r c st ha ny ou' di ni t i a l l ye x pe c tj udg i ngf r om t hei nt r oduc t i ony ou' r e g i v e nt ot hes t or ya ndwor l d-Orl a c kofa ni nt r oduc t i on, f ort ha t

I tma ynotbet hemos tt e c hni c a l l yi mpr e s s i v eg a meont he3DS, butf r om a na r t i s t i cs t a ndpoi nt , Ki dI c a r us : Upr i s i ngi sa bs ol ut e l yfli ppi n' g or g e ous

ma t t e r . Asr e t ur ni ngpr ot a g oni s tPi t , apl uc kyy e tl i k e a bl ea ng e l wi t h s omeni c ev oc a l pi pe s , y ou' r equi t el i t e r a l l yt hr ownr i g hti nt ot hea c t i on i nt heg a me ' sope ni ngc ha pt e r , whi c hi nt r oduc e st hepl a y e rt ot hefir s t s t or ya r coft heg a me . Pi ti ss e ntbyhi sGodde s s , t hebr a s hbuta l s o l i k e a bl eLa dyPa l ut e na , t oputas t opt ot heba ne f ul Unde r wor l dAr my a ndt he i re mpr e s sMe dus a , a swe l l a she rnume r ousc omma nde r s . . . Andwhe na l l t ha t ' sov e ra nddonewi t ht heg a mee nds . We l l , a tl e a s ti n ama nne rofs pe a ki ng , onewi t hag a r g a nt ua nl i t t l ewhi t el i ea t t a c he d t omyma nus c r i pt ba s e dy a ppe r . i si ni t i a l s t or ya r cofPi t ' sl e ng t hyt a l e , onet ha te v e r yt r a i l e rl e a di ng upt ot heg a me ' sr e l e a s ee x c l us i v e l ys howe df oot a g eof , i sundoubt e dl y as e mi i mpe r s ona t i onoft heor i g i na l r e l e a s eont heFa mi c om ( orNESi f

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c onc e pt sa f t e ry ouri ni t i a l i nt r oduc t i ont hr oug hwha ty out houg htwa s t hewhol ede a l , a ndwhi l ei t ' snoti ng e ni ous l yc ompl e x , i twor ks i nc r e di bl ywe l l . Oh, a nds pe a ki ngofc e r t a i nf or msoft e l e v i s ua l me di a , I c a n' the l pbuts e et hi sa sas e g uet owa r dsa not he ra s pe c tofUpr i s i ng ' s pl ot : eg r oundbr e a ki ngs c r i pt .

Bonke r s , f r a nt i ca ndpa c ke dwi t hs e i z ur e i nduc i ngc ol our , y ouc a nt e l l f r om t he mul t i pl a y e rmodea l onet ha tt hi si sa bs ol ut e l yt hes pa wnofSma s hBr os . ' c r e a t or

y ou' r enotc ool e noug h)ov e rt wode c a de spr e v i ous . Whi l et i me sha v e mos tc e r t a i nl yc ha ng e ds i nc et he nf ort heKi dI c a r usbr a ndi ng( a f t e r a l l , t hi sr e l e a s et a k e st hef or m ofa nunc onv e nt i ona l t hi r dpe r s on/ onr a i l ss hoot e ra soppos e dt ot hes e r i e s ' 2Ds e mi Me t r oi dv a ni ar oot s ) , t hi sa r ci sa bs ol ut e l yar e t e l l i ngoft heor i g i na l g a me ' ss t or y , onl yi na mor ec ompl e xa nda dv a nc e df or m wi t haf e wne wbr a nc he sg r owi ng f r om i t ss t a l k. Whe ny ou' r edonewi t ht hi spa r toft hepl ot , howe v e r , t heg a met r ul yr e v e a l si t s e l fa ndi ta ppe a r st ha tt hefir s tf e wc ha pt e r s we r eme r e l ya ni nt r oduc t i ont ot hee x pe r i e nc e , whi c hi sfit t i ng c ons i de r i ngt ha ty oug e tnor e a l i nt r oduc t i onwhe ny oufir s ts t a r tup t hes t or ya sIme nt i one dpr e v i ous l y . er e t ur nofKi dI c a r usf e e l s muc hl i k ea na r c ba s e da ni meoraS a t ur da ymor ni ngc a r t ooni nt he wa yi t swor l dope nsup, i nt r oduc i ngy out os oma nyne w, di v e r s e

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Mos ti nc a r na t i onsofNi nt e ndo' sfla g s hi pf r a nc hi s e sha v ea l wa y s pa c k e da nout s t a ndi ngs e ns eofc ha r ms i nc et hec ompa ny ' sg a mi ng i nc e pt i on. Ga me sl i k eZe l da , Ma r i oa ndMe t r oi d, a mongma nyot he r s , ha v ea l wa y se x hor t e dade e ps e ns eofi nv ol v e me ntwhe npl a y e d, a nd f e wt i t l e sonot he rpl a t f or msha v ema na g e dt oc omec l os et ot hi ski nd oft hi ng . i nki nga bouti t , t hi sNi nt e ndoe x c l us i v ef e e l i soneoft he ma nyt hi ng st ha tha she l dmypr e f e r e nc ewi t ht hec r e a t or sofs uc h c ha r mi ngg a me sa soppos e dt ot hel i k e sofMi c r os of ta ndS onye v e r s i nc eIfir s tpi c k e dupaGa me Cubec ont r ol l e r . Andg ue s swha t ?Ki d I c a r us : Upr i s i ngde l i v e r st hi sf e e l i ngi nc ol os s a l s pa de s , notonl ywi t h i t spha nt a s ma g or i a i nduc e dg a me pl a yde s i g na ndc ol our f ul c ha r a c t e r s , butt hehi l a r i ous , de e pl yi nv ol v i ngs c r i ptt hel a t t e rpa r t a k ei n. Upr i s i ng ' sdi a l og uei ss opa c k e df ul l ofr e f e r e nc e s , i nj ok e sa nd j a wdr oppi ngf our t hwa l l s ma s hi ngt ha ti tma k e sonewonde rhow S a k ur a i ' st e a m ma na g e dt odi gupa ndde v e l opa n8bi tc l a s s i c , one t ha t ' sa dmi t t e dl yba r e bone si nc ompa r i s ont owha twes e eofi ton 3DS, i nt os uc has t e l l a rs pi nons e mi f a c t ua l Gr e e kmy t hosa ndi nde e d t heg r e a t l yr e nov a t e ds t a t eofmode r ng a mi ngi ng e ne r a l . I t ' se a s yt o g e ts uc k e di nt ot hewor l da ndl or eoft hi sg a me ; Onet ha ts ur pr i s i ng l y onl yt ookr e f e r e nt i a l i ns pi r a t i onf r om i t sa g e ol dpr e de c e s s or sa nda numb me rofot he rg a mi ngs we e ts pot s . Upr i s i ngg e nui ne l yf e e l sl i k ea br a ndne wg a mede s pi t et hef a c tt ha ti twa sde v e l ope dwi t hs e v e r a l s poonf ul soff a mi l i a r i t y . I nv e i noft hi s , Ki dI c a r uson3DSi samuc h mor eor i g i na l g a met ha nt hos ef oundi nt heS ma s hBr os . s e r i e s , whi c h


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i ss a y i ngs ome t hi ngc ons i de r i ngt hef a c tt ha tt heg a mewa sc r e a t e df or as y s t e m ofs uc has ma l l s i z e . . . Andweha v e n' te v e nmov e dont ot he g a me pl a yy e t . Ki dI c a r us ' 3DSi nc a r na t i oni se s s e nt i a l l ys pl i ti nt ot woma i nmode s ; t hes ol oa dv e nt ur e , whi c hI ' v ea l r e a dydugi nt opr e s e nt a t i onwi s e , a ndt hemul t i pl a y e rmodewhi c hi spl a y a bl ebot hl oc a l l ya nd onl i ne . Bot ha r ef a i r l ydi s t i nc tde s pi t et hef a c tt ha tt he yus et he s a mee ng i ne( f orl a ndba t t l e s , a ny wa y ) , af a c t ort ha tr e a l l yhe l pst he l a s t i nga ppe a l a ndi nde e dl ong e v i t yofi ndi v i dua l g a me pl a ys e s s i ons : I f y ou' r ewor noutf r om pl a y i ngt hr oug hS ol oc ha pt e r s , y ouc a ns wi f t l y j umpi nt omul t i pl a y e rt obe a tdowns omehuma noppone nt s( orCPUs , i fy ouwi s h)a ndg r i nds omeHe a r t s , orv i c e v e r s a . Ont opoft hi s , t he wa yUpr i s i ng ' swe a ponma na g e me ntwor ksa l l owst het womode st o

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i nt e r t wi ne , i nt ur n me a ni ng t ha tonemodec a n a l wa y sbe ne fit t heot he r . Me r e l yha v i nga fiv emi nut e bl a s ti nmul t i pl a y e rg i v e soffa s a t i s f y i ngs e s e ns eofpr og r e s s i on, s ome t hi ngt ha tf e w ot he rg a me s ma na g et or e pl i c a t e . Ne v e ronc ewhi l epl a y i ng t heg a meha v e If e l ts t uc k, a nde v e ni ns hor tg a me pl a ys e s s i onsIa l wa y sf e e l l i k eI ' m ma ki ngpr og r e s s . Fora ne x pe r i e nc et ha tha st hepot e nt i a l t ol a s t hundr e dsofhour s , t ha t ' sr e a l l ys ome t hi ng . t t

Af t e ri ni t i a l l ys e l e c t i ngt he' Mov eOut ! ! ' opt i oni nor de rt ol a unc ha s ol oc ha pt e r , y ou' l l findt hefir s tof25c ha pt e r sf ol l owi ngag a me pl a y s t r uc t ur ey ou' l l l e a r nt og e tus e dt ot hr oug houtt hec our s eoft hea dv e nt ur e , nott oi nc l i net ha tt hi ng sa r e n' tf r e s he ne duponar e g ul a r ba s i s . efir s ts e c t i onoft hi ss t r uc t ur ei nv ol v e sonr a i l sfly i ngs e g me nt s , muc hi nv e i nofTr e a s ur e ' sS i na ndPuni s hme nts e r i e sa l be i ta s f r a nt i ca sy ouwa nti tt obet ha nkst ot hec l e v e rFi e nd' sCa ul dr ondi ffic ul t ys y s t e m. i sa l l owsy out obe tHe a r t s , t heg a me ' sc ur r e nc y , i nt o a ni nc r e a s ei ndi ffic ul t ya ndul t i ma t e l yony oure x pe c t e dpe r f or ma nc e i nt hec ha pt e r . I t ' sas i mpl i s t i ci nc l us i on, buti t ' soneoft hek e yr e a s ons y ou' l l bes uc k e di nt oe a c hofUpr i s i ng ' s25c ha pt e r sonar e g ul a rba s i s . Effe c t i v e l y , t heonl ywa yt og e tt hev e r ybe s twe a ponsi nt heg a mei st o t a k eont heul t r a di ffic ul t9. 0i nt e ns i t yonc ha pt e r s . Ba c kt ot heg a me pl a ys t r uc t ur e , t hes e c onds t a g eofas t a nda r dc ha pt e rl a y outi nv ol v e s onf oot , t hi r dpe r s ons hoot e rs e g me nt s . AsIc e me nt e da tt hes t a r tof t her e v i e w, t hi smor ea dv e nt ur ousa s pe c toft heg a meha sbe e nboy c ot t e df ori t sa l l e g e dl ya wf ul c ont r ol s c he me , butIdoubtIha v et og oi nt o de t a i l sonhowt ofixt ha ty e ta g a i n. Fol l owi ngs omef r e e f or me x pl or a t i on, t y pi c a l l yi nv ol v i ngt hede s t r uc -

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de s t r uc t i onofa ny t hi ngt ha tg e t si ny ourwa ya ndt hel oot i ngof a nyc he s t sorHe a r t ss a l v a g e df r om e ne mi e s , Pi tr e a c he sabos s , ope ni ngt hefina l s e g me ntofat y pi c a l Upr i s i ngc ha pt e r . Idoha v ea s l i g htpr obl e m wi t ht hi ss t a g e , a sbos s e sa r emor eof t e nt ha tnot be a t e ni nafla s h, notg i v i ngt hepl a y e rt heoppor t uni t yt ohe a ra l l of t hedi a l og uee x c ha ng e st ha tt a k epl a c et hr oug houtt heba t t l e . Na t ur a l l y , t hi ng sc a nbema demor edi ffic ul twi t ht hea f or e me nt i one d I nt e ns i t ys l i de r , butIs t i l l ha ds ome t hi ngofat i mei s s uewi t hma nyof t heg a me ' she a v yhi t t e r s , e v e nonmor ec ha l l e ng i ngs e t t i ng s . a nkf ul l y , i tdoe s n' ta ffe c tt hefina l bos sors omeoft hemor e i mpor t a ntc l a s he s , butr e g a r dl e s s , i t ' sf r us t r a t i ngt omi s souton pot e nt i a l l yhi l a r i ousdi a l og ues i mpl ybe c a us e , howe v e rdi ffic ul tt he y a r et obe a t , y oure ne mi e sdon' tha v ee noug hhe a l t h. I t ' sami norni g g l e , buti t soc c ur r e nc et hr oug houtt hea dv e nt ur ei sj us tabi tt oor e g ul a r . S a k ur a i ' smos ts uc c e s s f ul a nda r g ua bl yg r e a t e s tc r e a t i on, t hef a nt a s t i c S ma s hBr os . f r a nc hi s e , ha sa l wa y sbe e nknownt oha v eak e yf oc uson mul t i pl a y e rbr a wl i ng , a st ha t ' st y pi c a l l ywhe r et hemos tf unl i e s . Whi l e i t ' smor ec umbe r s omet ohopont hes of aa ndpl a ys omef r e e f or a l l ba t t l e swi t haf e wbudsi nKi dI c a r us , wha twi t ht heg a mebe i nga3DS r e l e a s e , i ts t i l l c ont a i nsar obus t , a ddi c t i v emul t i pl a y e rmodef ori fy ou e v e rg e tabi tbor e dofs pe e di ngt hr oug hs ol oc ha pt e r s . Ma ki ngus eof t heg a me ' sl a ndba t t l ee ng i nee x pl or e di nov e rha l foft hes i ng l e pl a y e r a dv e nt ur e , Upr i s i ng ' smul t i pl a y e rc ont a i nst woma i nmode s : e s t a nda r dFr e e f or Al l opt i on, a ndt hemor ei nt r i g ui ngLi g htVs . Da r k. I s ha n' tne e dt oe x pl or et hef or me rmode , butt hel a t t e roffe r sane a t t e a mba s e de x pe r i e nc ewhi c hs e e sy oude pl e t i ngt heoppos i ngt e a m' s l i f eba rbyme a nsofde f e a t i ngy oura dv e r s a r i e s . Whe naba ri s c ompl e t e l yde pl e t e d, t hel a s tde f e a t e dwa r r i orwi l l ber e s ur r e c t e da sa s upe r powe r e dAng e l , a r me dwi t hapowe r f ul we a pona nda ne x t e nde d

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he a l t hba r . I fa nAng e l f a l l si nba t t l e , t het e a m t he yde f e ndl os e sc ompl e t e l y . I t ' sa ni nt e r e s t i ngmodet ha ts pi c e s t hi ng supabi t , whi c hi sde fini t e l yapl uswhe n, a dmi t t e dl y , t her a ng eofc us t omi s a t i onopt i onsa ndmode si nUpr i s i ng ' s mul t i pl a y e ri sr a t he rl i mi t e d, nott os a yt ha tt hi sde t r a c t sf r om t he ov e r a l l f unoft hee x pe r i e nc e . ev e r yfir s tt hi ngwes a won3DS, nott ool onga f t e rt hev e i nbur s t i ng r e v e a l oft hes y s t e mi t s e l fba c ka tE32010, wa si nf a c tKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng . Ba c kt he n, t hes ky boundpr ot a g oni s tweknowa sPi t i nf or me dust ha thewa ss or r yt ok e e puswa i t i ng , butl i t t l edi dwe knowt ha twe ' dha v et obewa i t i nga l mos tt womor ey e a r st os e et he di nkyhe r os hi nehi sl i g htont he3DS. Wa si twor t ht hewa i t ? Abs ol ut e l ywi t hac a pi t a l Aa nda na dde da s t e r i s k. Bl e s s e dwi t h S a k ur a i ' sbr i l l i a nc ea ndt hec ha r m ofNi nt e ndo' sl e g a c y , Upr i s i ngf e e l s muc hl i k epa r tofs ome t hi ngwe ' v ea c t i v e l yf ol l owe df orde c a de s , a l a Ze l da , Ma r i o, Me t r oi da ndwha tha v ey ou. Butt ha t ' st het hi ng , we ha v e n' ts e e naf e a t he rf r om Pi t ' swi ng si nov e r20y e a r s , a ndt oha v ea n e ffe c t i v e l ybr a ndne wg a mef e e l l i k epa r tofs ome t hi ngt ha tha sbe e n bui l t upov e rma nyy e a r si sa na bs ol ut e l ya s t oni s hi nga c hi e v e me nt , e s pe c i a l l yons uc hadi nkyha ndhe l d. He c k, Iha v e n' te v e nha dt he c ha nc et ome nt i ont hebe a ut i f ul v i s ua l s , a bs ol ut e l yphe nome na l ( nott o me nt i onpe r f e c t l yc hor e og r a phe d)s oundt r a c ka ndt hei nt r i c a t e we a ponma na g e me nts y s t e mt heg a meha st ooffe r .


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Conc l us i on Iha v enodoubti nmymi ndwhe nIs t a t et ha tKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng i snotonl yt hebe s tg a meont he3DSt husf a r , buta l s ot heg r e a t e s tg a met ober e l e a s e di n2012, a tl e a s tj udg i ngf r om wha tI ' v e pl a y e d. Andi ft ha tdoe s n' tr e i nf or c et hef a c tt ha ty oupr e t t ymuc h ne e dt opur c ha s et hi sg a mei fy ouownNi nt e ndo' sl a t e s tha ndhe l d, Idon' tknowwha tdoe s . Ama s t e r f ul s y s t e ms e l l e rofupl i f t i ngpr opor t i ons , t her e t ur nofKi dI c a r usma k e st hepr os pe c tof a not he rqua r t e r c e nt ur ywa i tf ort hene x ti ns t a l me nta sbe a r a bl e a sc a nbe , t ot hepoi ntwhe r eg oodol ' Pi tne e dn' tha v ea pol og i s e d ont heda yoft heg a me ' sa nnounc e me nti nt hefir s tpl a c e .

Youmi g htt hi nkt he r ei snot hi ngs pe c i a l a boutKi dI c a r us : Upr i s i ng ’ s me nus c r e e n, butoddl ye noug h, oneoft hemos tde fini ng c ha r a c t e r i s t i c sofaMa s a hi r oS a k ur a i t i t l ei si t sme nus c r e e n. Opt i ng f orbol dt e x ta ndc ol our f ul s ha pe sdot t e da r oundt hes c r e e n, t hi s s t y l ei ss e e ni nma nyr e c e ntg a me she ’ sdi r e c t e d. I t ’ sa noddqui r k whi c hi se a s yt oov e r l ook, butwhi c hI ’ m qui t ef ondofmy s e l f .

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sRevi e w I fy ouha dt ode s c r i beAni ma l Cr os s i ngi nonewor d, i t ' dbef r e e dom. He r e ' sag a met ha tl e t sy ouha v ec ompl e t ec ont r ol ov e re v e r y t hi ngt ha t ha ppe nsi ni t . i sr i g hthe r ei sf r e e dom a ti t sfine s t . Noti mpr e s s e dby y ourv i l l a g e r ' sde f a ul tc l ot hi ng ?Nopr obl e m, s i mpl ybuys omec l ot he s f r om t heAbl eS i s t e r s ' s hoporc r e a t ey ourownde s i g ns . Don' tl i k ehow t hef ol i a g ei sa r r a ng e di ny ourt own?I t ' sa ss i mpl ea se i t he rc hoppi ng downt het r e e sa ndr e pl a nt i ngt he m, orpul l i ngupflowe r sa nd r e pl a nt i ngt he ma ny whe r ey ouwa nt . Youe v e ng a i nt hef r e e dom t o a l l owv i l l a g e r smov eoutofy ourv i l l a g ei fy oudon' tl i k et he ma st he g a mepr og r e s s e s ! I t ' st hi sf r e e dom a ndc ont r ol ov e rwha tha ppe nsi n t heg a met ha twi l l k e e py ouc omi ngba c k, ov e ra ndov e ra g a i n. Ea c ht i mey ouc omeba c k, t oo, t he y ' l l bes ome t hi ngdi ffe r e ntt odo . Be i tg oi nge x pl or e rwi t hy ourv i l l a g e ra nde x c a v a t i ngf os s i l st ha t ' r e mi l l i onsofy e a r sol d, s e a r c hi ngf ory ourmone ya ndg e mr oc kst os e l l t o Re Ta i l f orar a t he rni c epr ofiti nor de rt opa yoffy ourl oa nt oTom Nook, ort a ki ng10mi nut e soutt or e l a xa ndt r ya ndhuntdownt ha t e l us i v efis horbugt odona t et ot hemus e um t ofil l t hec ol l e c t i on. eg a mei t s e l fr e wa r dsy ouf orc omi ngba c ke v e r y da y , t oo . 6a ms e e s t heda wnofane wda y , whi c hme a nsane ws pa wnoff os s i l sa ndt he r e pl e ni s hme ntoft hemone ya ndg e mr oc ksi ny ourt own, r e a dyf ory ou t ohuntdownonc ea g a i na ndhi twi t hy ours hov e l t or e l e a s et he i r s t or e dt r e a s ur e supony ou. Ofc our s e , wi t ht hes t a r tofane wda ya l s o c ome sas t oc kr e pl e ni s hme ntf ort hes hopsonMa i nS t r e e t , a l l owi ngf or be l l st obes pe nt , a l l ofwhi c hwi l l buyy oui t e msf ory ourhous ea nd/ or ne wc l ot hi nga nda c c e s s or i e sf ory ourv i l l a g e r , butul t i ma t e l yt hemos t i mpor t a ntt hi ngi sa c t ua l l yhi dde n-s pe ndi ngbe l l si nMa i nS t r e e t a l l owsf ori tt oe x pa nd, br i ng i ngi nne ws hopswhi l s ta l s oa l l owi ng e x i s t i ngs hopst oe x pa nda ndupg r a de . Wha tmi g hts t a r touta s

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not hi ngmor et ha naf e ws hops( ha r dl ye noug ht owa r r a ntt hena meof Ma i nS t r e e t )s ha l l s oone noug hbe c omeahubofa c t i v i t yg i v e nt i me a ndbe l l s . Whi l et heg a mer e wa r dsy oui nt hos ewa y sf orpl a y i ngi t , t he g a mewi l l a l s os e ey oupuni s he df ornotpl a y i ng , wi t hwe e dsg r owi ng e v e r yda yt ha ty ou' r ea wa y , a nda l s ot her e s i de nt sofy ourv i l l a g e not i c i ngy ourl a c kofpl a y t i mea ndc omme nt i ngoni tne x tt i mey oudo pl a yt heg a me . Al l owi ngt i met opa s swi l l a l s ounl oc kt hea bi l i t yt ot r a v e l t oe x ma y or Tor t i me r ' spr i v a t ei s l a nd. ei s l a ndha samul t i t udeofus e s , t ha nkst o t hema nywa y si nwhi c hi tc a nbema ni pul a t e d. Pa t i e ntpe opl ec a nus e t hei s l a nda ndi t swa t e r st ofis houtt her a r efis hs pe c i e st ha ta r ef ound t he r e , a nds e l l t he mt oRe Ta i l . Cons e r v a t i oni s t sc a nma k et hei s l a nd be c omeana t ur a l a t t r a c t i ont ot heg a me ' swi l dl i f ebypl a nt i ngt r e e sa nd flowe r st he r et oa t t r a c tt he m. Be l l hoa r de r s( t hec a t e g or yIf a l l i nt o, I ' l l a dmi mt )c a nma ni pul a t et hei s l a nds ot ha tonl yr a r ebug ss pa wnont he t r e e s , r e s ul t i ngi nas i ng l et r i pe a r ni ngar a t he rni c ea mountofbe l l s . ei s l a ndi sa l s ohomet os omer a r ei t e ms , notf ounda ny whe r ee l s ei n t heg a me . e s ehowe v e r , ha v et obepur c ha s e dus i ngMe da l s , whi c h a r ee a r ne dont hei s l a ndbypl a y i ngmi ni g a me st ha ta r ef una nd a ddi c t i v ebet he r ebeonepl a y e rpl a y i ngorf our . emi ni g a me sa r eof pe r f e c tl e ng t ha nddi ffic ul t y , me a ni ngi t snotg oi ngt ot a k ef or e v e rt o e a r ne noug hme da l st opur c ha s et ha tme r ma i dc l os e ty ous o de s pe r a t e l ywa nt . Ofc our s e , wi t ht her e t ur noft hei s l a ndf r om t heGa me c ubeor i g i na l , t he r e ' sa l s ot her e t ur nofe v e r y body ' sf a v our i t es i ng i ngt ur t l e-none ot he rt ha ng oodol dKa pp' nhi ms e l f , who' smor et ha nha ppyt of e r r y y out oa ndf r om t hei s l a ndf ort hef e eof1000be l l s . Wha tha ppe nst o t ha tf e ei sne v e rs hown-doe sKa pp' nus ei tf orf ue l i nghi sboa t ?


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i si swha tpa r tofMa i nSt r e e t l ooksl i kea f t e rf ul l de v e l opme nt .

He r e ’ sas ma l l e x a mpl eoft hes t uffy ouc a nbuy f r om t hei s l a nd. eg r a nnyf r ogi s n’ tf ors a l e .

Ke e pupwi t hNook’ sr e pa y me nt s a ndy ou’ l l s oonha v eahous ea sbi ga st hi s .

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Ma y beheus e si tt ot a k ec a r eofhi sf a mi l y ?Orpe r ha psKa pp' nha sa l s o g ot t e nal i t t l ei nde btt oac e r t a i ns ome onewea l l l ov et oha t e . Any bodywho' spl a y e da nyoft hepr e v i ouse nt r i e si nt heAni ma l Cr os s i ngs e r i e swi l l knowe x a c t l ywhoIme a ns t r a i g hta wa y . Nope , not Ri z z ot heMous e , butt ha tbe l l hung r y , g oodf ornot hi ngTa nooki knowna sTom Nook. He ' sba c kt hi st i mea sapr ope r t yde v e l ope r s e e mi ng l y , a ndy ou' l l bepl e a s e d( ornots o, de pe ndi ngny ourv i e wof hi m)t oknowt ha the ' sj us ta sa nnoy i nga se v e r , c ons t a nt l ya f t e ry our ha r de a r ne dbe l l sa f t e rc ha r g i nge x t or t i ona t epr i c e sf orr e nov a t i ons . Whe t he ry oude c i det opa yNookf ort her e nov a t i onsornot , I ' dwhol e he a r t e dl yr e c omme nddoi ngs o, i fonl yf ort hebr a g g i ngr i g ht sofbe i ng a bl et os a yt ha ty ouha v et hebi g g e s thous ei nt heg a met oy ourf r i e nds , whowi l l nodoubtbee nv i ousofy ourhous e . S i z ede fini t e l ydoe s ma t t e r . J us twhe ny out houg htt heg a mec oul dn' tpos s i bl ya dda ny t hi nge l s ei n ov e ri t spr e de c e s s or s , Ani ma l Cr os s i ngNe wLe a fa c t i v e l yt hr us t sa whol ene ws e tofc ont e ntupon, whi c hi spr oba bl yt hec l e v e r e s tt hi ngi n t hi sg a me , bye s t a bl i s hi ngy oua sMa y orf r om t hemome nty ous t a r t t heg a me . Ma y or a l r e s pons i bi l i t i e sa r e , howe v e r , r a t he rl i mi t e d. As ma y orofy ourt own, a l l y ouc a ne x pl oi tt hi sne wf oundr ol ef ori s bui l di ngpubl i cwor kpr oj e c t sore s t a bl i s ha nor di na nc e , t houg ha nyof t hos eha st ober unt hr oug hI s a be l l e , y ours e c r e t a r y . eor di na nc ey ou i mpos ea sma y orha sadi r e c te ffe c tony ourt own, s e e i ngi te i t he rr i s e e a r l y , s l e e pl a t e , ne v e rg e tdi r t yorbe c omewe a l t hy . Whi c hoft he s e or di na nc e sdoy ouc hoos et oe na c ti ny ourr e i g noft y r a nny , t houg h? a ti st heque s t i on. Li k eIme nt i one de a r l i e r , c ha r a c t e rc us t omi s a t i onpl a y sal a r g er ol ei n

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t heg a me , a ndt ha nkst ot hee x pa ns i ononwa y si nwhi c hy ourv i l l a g e r c a nbec us t omi s e d. a nkst ot hene whe i g htc ha ng e s , i t ' snowpos s i bl e t oc ha ng ea l l ofy ouc l ot he sf r om y ourt e et oy ours hoe s . I ft ha ti s n' t e noug ht os a t i s f yy ou, Sha mpoodl e sa l s oma k e sar e t ur n, a l l owi ngy ou t og e taha i r c uta ndc ol ours i mi l a rt oy ourown, ornots os i mi l a r , i f t ha t ' showy oupr e f e ri t , l e a di ngt oe a c hv i l l a g e rbe i nguni que . i swoul dn' tbear e v i e wofa nAni ma l Cr os s i ngg a me , howe v e r , wi t houtme nt i onofe v e r y body ' sf a v our i t emus i c a l l yt a l e nt e ddog . Ia m, ofc our s e , t a l ki nga boutK. K. Sl i de r . K. K. ha sbe e ng i v e nal a r g e rr ol ei n t hi sg a me , a spl a y e r sc a nnowe nj oyhi smus i ce v e r yni g htf r om 8pm a f t e rCl ubLOLi sbui l tonMa i nS t r e e ti ns t e a doft heCa f ewhe r ehe us e dt opl a y . As t e pi nt her i g htdi r e c t i on, I ' ms ur ea ny onewi l l a g r e e . Ev e nwhe nK. K. i s n' tpl a y i ng , t hes oundt r a c ki ss t i l l i nc r e di bl e , t ot he poi ntwhe r ey ouc oul ds pe ndawhol es e s s i ondoi ngnot hi ngbut l i s t e ni ngt ot hemus i c . Mype r s ona l f a v our i t ei st he1a mt he me , whi c h i ss or e l a x i ngt ot hepoi ntwhe r eIha v ef a l l e na s l e e pwhi l s tl i s t e ni ngt o i t . Li k ea l l g a me s , howe v e r , Ani ma l Cr os s i ngi s n' twi t houti t sfla ws . e bi g g e s toft he s ebe i ngt ha ti ti se a s yt og r owbor e doft heg a me , a st he g a memos t l yr e l i e sony our e pe a t i ngt hes a meg a mepl a ypa t t e r ne a c h da y . e' di gf os s i l s , findmone y , dos t uff' me c ha ni ca sIc a l l i t , whi l s t s ol i d, j us tdoe s n' tg i v ee noug hv a r i a t i ont ok e e py oui nt e r e s t e da f t e ra whi l e , a nda ss uc hg a mepl a yt i mewi l l mos tl i k e l yde c r e a s eov e rt i me . es e c ondoft he s ei st ha tt heonl i nepa r toft heg a mei ss us c e pt i bl et o t hes a meol ddi s c onne c t i onswe ' v eg ot t e nt oa s s oc i a t ewi t hNi nt e ndo . e s ec a nbepe r ha pst hemos tf r us t r a t i ngt hi ngi nt heg a me , a sa di s c onne c t i ona tt hewr ongt i mec a ns e ey oul os ea l l pr og r e s sma de s i nc et hel a s tt i met heg a mes a v e d, me a ni ngy ouc oul dl os ea l l oft he


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sI nt e r vi e w DG: Fi r s tofal l woul dy oul i ket ot e l l t her e ade r sabi tabout y our s e l f ? I F:We l l , pe r s ona l l yI ' ma nI c e l a nde rl i v i ngi nS we de n, ma r r i e dwi t h fiv eki ds . Andadog . Oh, a ndac a t . Is t a r t e dI ma g e&For mi n1997, wi t ht hei de aofs e t t i ngupamul t i me di aa ndwe ba g e nc yi n Got he nbur g , S we de n-a l l t ha twa spr e t t yne wba c kt he n. Iwa sl i v i ngi n Toky odur i ngt hefir s tha l foft heni ne t i e s , a ndmul t i me di ae x pl ode d t he r ei n1991, s oIg ott odoa l l ki ndsofs t r a ng epr oj e c t s . Buti n S we de ni twa sa l l s t i l l v e r yqui e t . S or a t he rt ha nmov ehomei n1995, I de c i de dt omov et oS a nFr a nc i s c oa nddos omemor emul t i me di a . And t he nt hi ss t r a ng eI nt e r ne tt hi ngha ppe ne d, a ndIg othook e dont ha t . Whe nS we de nfina l l yc a ug htonImov e dhomea nds e tups hop. e n, i n2002weg ota s k e di fwec oul ds a v eac a ps i z e de dut a i nme nt g a me , a nds owedi d-ma ki ngg a me swa sac hi l dhooddr e a mf orus , a nd s owec l ungont oi twi t ht e e t ha ndna i l s . i ng se s c a l a t e df r om t he r e , a ndby2007wewe r ea" t r ue "g a mede v e l ope r , me a ni ngweonl yma de g a me s . Byt hee ndof2009, we ' dma demor et ha n30s t a nda l one PC/ Ma ce dut a i nme ntr e t a i l g a me s , a ndwe r es of e dupwi t hi tt ha twe we r eont hebr i nkofi ns a ni t ya ndc r e a t i v es t a r v a t i on. Al s o, wor ki ng wi t h( ora g a i ns t )publ i s he r sc a nbequi t ef r us t r a t i ng , a ndwer e a l l y wa nt e dt or e a l i z eaf e wi de a sofourown. Wede c i de dt og oi nt oi OSde v e l opme nt , a ndma deaf e wni c e but not v e r y s uc c e s s f ul t i t l e s . ( Anda l s oma deourfir s te nt r yont ot he Ni nt e ndos c e newi t hS t e a mWor l dTowe rDe f e ns ef ort heNi nt e ndo DS i Wa r eS t or e-butmor eont ha tl a t e r . )e n, i nl a t e2011, w de v e l ope da ni OSg a mec a l l e dAnt hi l l , whi c hwa sama s s i v ehi t . Appl e s e l e c t e di ta st heGa meoft heWe e ka tl a unc h, a ndt ha tna t ur a l l yha d

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g r e a ti mpa c tons a l e s . Buti t ' sar e ma r ka bl eg a mei ni t s e l f-we ' v eg ot mor et ha n30, 000us e rr e v i e wswi t ha na v e r a g eof4. 9outof5. Not ma nyg a me sa r eupt he r e . Ands owet houg htt oour s e l v e st ha tweg oti tma de , t ha twewe r ea bonafidee x c e l l e ntg a mede va ndc oul dn' tg owr ong . Wewe r ef ul l of wonde r f ul i de a s , a ndwes t a r t e dpr ot ot y pi ngaf e woft he m. Toour i m ns mme es hoc ka nddi s a ppoi nt me nt , t he ys i mpl ywe r e n' tv e r ymuc h f un. Di s he a r t e dwet ookona not he rwor k f or hi r epr oj e c ti ne a r l y 2012, butj us tac oupl eofmont hsi nt ot ha tpr oj e c tweg oti mpa t i e nt wi t ht hepubl i s he rwhowet houg htwe r et a ki ngt heg a mei nt hewr ong di r e c t i on. Wes e c r e t l yv owe dne v e rt odoa ny t hi ngl i k et ha ta g a i n, a nd t ha tweha dt oc onc e nt r a t eonourowng a me s . I nOc t obe rl a s ty e a rwe we r efina l l yf r e et odoourowns t uff, a ndt hi st i mewewe r ebe t t e r pr e pa r e d. Weha dag r e a ti de af oradi g g i ngg a me , a ndfini s he d de v e l opi ngS t e a mWor l dDi ga tt hee ndofJ unet hi sy e a r . Toda y , I ma g e&For mc ons i s t sof11pe opl e : me , apr oj e c tma na g e r , fiv e pr og r a mme r sa ndf ourg r a phi ca r t i s t s . Re s pons i bi l i t i e sa r ev e r ymuc h s pr e a dout , a ndi t ' sobv i ous l yav e r yfla tor g a ni z a t i on. DG: Whatwasy ouri ns pi r at i onf orSt e amwor l dDi g? I F:Ga me pl a y wi s e , wewe r ei ns pi r e dbyg a me sl i k eMe t r oi d, Ca s t l e v a ni a , Di gDug , a ndMi ne rDi gDe e p, buta l s os a ndbo xg a me sl i k e Mi ne c r a f ta ndTe r r a r i a . Al l t he s et i t l e sa r er e a l a c hi e v e me nt s , r e a l c l a s s i c s . Andwewa nt e dt omi xt he mt og e t he ri nt oonee pi cg a me( we l l , a tl e a s tona ni ndi el e v e l ) . Yous e e , oneoft heg r e a tt hi ng sa boutAnt hi l l i st ha ti tmi x e sg e nr e s-r e a l t i mes t r a t e gymi x e dwi t hc a s t l ede f e ns e a ndl i nedr a wi ng . I twa sa noddmi x , butwor k e dj us tl i k eaCa e s a r


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S a l a d, whe r et hes um i sg r e a t e rt ha ni t spa r t s . Andwebe l i e v e dweha d s ome t hi ngt he r e-mi x i ngv a r i ousg a me pl a yme c ha ni c sc a nma k ef or s ome t hi ngr e a l l yg ood. Wes e et hi si nt heov e r whe l mi ngr e v i e wsf or S t e a mWor l dDi g ; r e v i e we r sa l mos tuna ni mous l ys t a r toutwi t ht hi s s e l f a ns we r e dque s t i on: " I fy oumi xXwi t hYwi t hZ, c a nt her e s ul t r e a l l ybea nyg ood?Ye s , i tc a n. " e nt he r ei ss ome t hi ngv e r yg r a t i f y i nga boutdi g g i ng-y oune v e r knowwha ty ou' l l find, orwha tl i e sbe ne a t ht hene x tl a y e r . I t ' st r ul y f a s c i na t i ng . ( I t ' ss of a s c i na t i ngt ha tIs e c r e t l ywa ntt ot a k emywi f eona me t a l de t e c t i onv a c a t i on. I ' l l ope r a t et hede t e c t or , a nds he ' l l ope r a t e t hes hov e l . J us ta ss e c r e t l y , s hedoe s n' twa ntt oc ome . ) Butt hebi g g e s ti ns pi r a t i onsf orma ki ngS t e a mWor l dDi gwe r et wo t hi ng s : t hefir s twa sne c e s s i t y-t hene e dt os e ei fwec oul dbes uc c e s s f ul onanonmobi l epl a t f or m( s e ebe l ow) , a ndt hes e c ondwa st hemy s t e r y ofS t e a mWor l d. Whe nwema deS t e a mWor l dTowe rDe f e ns e , i twa s s or tofa noffha ndde c i s i ont ol e tt hehuma nsbet heg r e e dyv i l l a i nsa nd t her obot sbet heha r dwor ki ng , hone s tg oodg uy s . Whe nwewe r edone wi t ht heg a me , we ' ds pe ndl unc hbr e a ksdi s c us s i nghowt hi sa l t e r na t i v e f ut ur eha dc omea bout . Andt he nwee x pa nde dont heuni v e r s e . S owe ha dav e r yi nt e r e s t i ngba c kg r ounds t or yonhowe v e r y t hi ngc a me a bout , a ndwe r edy i ngt ot e l l i t . Atonepoi nt , i nonev e r s i on, wewe r e a c t ua l l yt e l l i ngmos toft hes t or yi nS t e a mWor l dDi g . e nwede c i de d t os c a l eba c kt hes t or ye l e me nt , s ot ha twec a npor t i oni touti nc omi ng S t e a mWor l dg a me s . DG: Whydi dy oude v e l opf ort he3DSe Shopi ns t e adofi OSor Andr oi d?

I F: I t ' sav e r yi mpor t a ntque s t i on. La s tf a l l , wenot i c e dhowt heg a mi ng l a nds c a peonmobi l ewa sc ha ng i ng , whe r eF2Pg a me swe r et a ki ngov e r i nar a c et ot hebot t om, a ndi twa sg e t t i ngha r de rt os e l l pr e mi um g a me s . Re a l l ys uc c e s s f ul g a mede v e l ope r swe r enol ong e rpe opl e ma ki ngg r e a tg a me s , butr a t he rc ompa ni e st ha tc oul dunde r s t a nda nd s us t a i nmone t i z a t i onmode l s . Andy e t , e v e r y onewa sfloc ki ngt o mobi l e . Idon' tha v et hemos tr e c e ntfig ur e s , butIwoul de s t i ma t et ha tt oda y , l e s st ha n1%ofa l l mobi l eg a mede v e l ope r sa r ema ki ngmone yf r om t he i rg a me s( I ' m notc ount i ngwor k f or hi r ec ompa ni e st ha tde v e l op nong a mea ppsf orc l i e nt s ) . a tme a nst ha tmor et ha n99%a r el os i ng mone y . Andt he r ea r es oma nyg a me sc omi ngout , t ha ti tbe c ome sa l ot t e r y-onl ys oma nyg a me swi l l g e tf e a t ur e d, t her e s twi l l flyunde r t her a da r . I t ' snotAppl e ' sorGoog l e ' sf a ul t , t he y ' v ema dei tv e r ys i mpl e f orde v e l ope r st os e l l ont he i rpl a t f or ms-butwede v e l ope r sha v es hot our s e l v e si nt hef ootbyr a c i ngt ot hebot t om. Wede c i de dt os t a ndba c kf oramome nta ndponde rwha touropt i ons we r e . Weha dma deS t e a mWor l dTowe rDe f e ns ef ort hehor r i bl e DS i Wa r eS t or e , a ndt ha tg a meha ds ur pr i s i ng l ypa i df ori t s e l f . Wha ti f wema deabi g g e re ffor tt hi st i me , nowt ha tt hee Shopwa sa r oundwhi c hwa samuc hbe t t e rma r k e t pl a c e ?Ye s , wewoul ds e l l al otf e we r c opi e sofS t e a mWor l dDi gt ha nofAnt hi l l . Buta tt hes a met i mewe woul ds e l l t oamuc hmor equa l i t y or i e nt e da udi e nc e , a ndi ft heg a me wa sr e a l l yg r e a t , t he ywoul dn' tmi ndpa y i ngmor epe rc opyt ha nwoul d ha v ebe e npos s i bl eonmobi l e . Al s o, t heNi nt e ndo3DSe Shop c us t ome r sa r er e a l g a me r s , t he y ' r enotmymom pi c ki ngupwha t e v e rI r e c omme ndf orhe ri Phone . 3DSowne r sr e a dr e v i e wsa ndc ons ul te a c h ot he rone v e nt hemos tmi nut ei s s ue sofag a mebe f or et he ypi c ki tup.

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50s e c ondl ongv i de oc l i p-i fwec oul da s s e mbl et ha ti ns uc hs hor t t i me . Wec oul dn' tbe l i e v ei t , buts c r a mbl e da ndg ott hev i de ot og e t he r , a ndt he nt r i e dv e r yha r dnott ol e a kt oomuc hofi tt ot hepr e s s . e or i g i na l l a unc hda t ewa sAug us t8, a ndobv i ous l yal otofpe opl eput t woa ndt wot og e t he rwhe nwea nnounc e dt ha tt heEur ope a na nd Aus t r a l i a nl a unc hha dbe e nmov e df or wa r doneda yt oAug us t7c oi nc i di ngwi t ht heNi nt e ndoDi r e c t , a si tha ppe ne d. I twa sofc our s ev e r yf or t una t e , butmor et ha ny ouc a ni ma g i ne : a sI me nt i one dbe f or e , weha ds ubmi t t e df orl ot c he c konJ une28. Af t e r wa r dswewe ntonv a c a t i on-S we de npr e t t ymuc hha l t si nJ ul y a ny wa y , a ndwewe r ewe a r yf r om t hel a s tf e wmont hsofc r unc h. It r i e d v e r yha r dt or e l a xdur i ngt hev a c a t i on, buti twa sl i k et r y i ngv e r yha r d t os l e e p. Ikne wwe ' dputt og e t he rapr e t t yg oodg a me( i t ' sr e a l l ya f t e r a l l t her e v i e wswe ' v eda r e dt oa dmi tt oour s e l v e st ha tt heg a mei s a c t ua l l yf a nt a s t i c-whe ny oua r ede e pi nde v e l opme nti t ' sv e r ye a s yt o f oc usonbug sa ndt het hi ng st ha tdon' tma k ei ti nt ot heg a me ) , a nd nowi twa supt omet og e ts omer e c og ni t i onf ori t . AndIha dr e a l l y onl yaf e wha l f poori de a sonwhe r et os t a r t , a ndt houg htIc oul dr e a l l y ha v ewor k e dha r de ront hePRf ort heg a mee a r l i e r . Whe nweg otba c kt ot heoffic ea f t e rt hev a c a t i onIt r i e dt ok e e pt he s pi r i t supa ndt e l l e v e r y onewewe r eont hebr i nkofs uc c e s s , butIf e l t l i k es uc haf a i l ur e . eg uy sa ndg i r l ha dwor k e ds oha r d, a ndIwa s a boutt ol e tt he ma l l down-t he r es i mpl ywoul dn' tbea nyhy pe . We c a meupwi t hag ue r i l l aPRi de aa nds e ntoutg a mec ode sa l ongwi t ha f a k ebr i bel e t t e ra ndf a k emone yt ok e ype opl ei nt hei ndus t r y( of whi c hones ur f a c e ds uc c e s s f ul l ya tDe s t r uc t oi d-Iwonde rhowt hi ng s we r er e c e i v e da tt heot he rpl a c e swes e ntt o) , a ndweputt og e t he ra c oupl eofpr e s sr e l e a s e s . Is t a r t e dt we e t i ngf r a nt i c a l l y-a ndwr ong l ya nda l mos tg otourTwi t t e ra c c ountba nne d. Butt hi ng sa l s oha ppe ne d-


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sFeat ur e Iwoul dn’ tbeunf a i ri ns a y i ng2007wa saba dy e a rf ort hePS 3. Looki ng a tt her e l e a s el i s tf ort ha ty e a r , i t ’ sobv i oust ha tt hePS 3wa snotbe i ng us e dt oi t sf ul l pot e nt i a l ba c kt he n, f ul l wi t hg a me sl i k eKa nea nd Ly nc ha ndNe e df orS pe e d: Ca r bon. Not hi ngs t oodoutba c kt he not he r t ha nma y beI ns omni a c ’ sRe s i s t a nc e : Fa l l ofMa n, buti nhi nds i g ht , t he PS 3’ sl a unc ht i t l e swe r e n’ tt hebea l l a nde nda l l t os a yt hel e a s t . e onl yt woot he rs t a ndoutg a me st ha ty e a ri nmyv i e wa r eRa t c he ta nd Cl a nk: Tool sofDe s t r uc t i ona ndTESI V: Obl i v i ona ndma y bey ouc oul d c ountFEARa ndWa r ha wka tapus h, t houg hI ’ ms ur et he r ea r eot he r s I ’ mf or g e t t i ng . Forme , t he r ewa soneg a met ha tPS 3owne r swe r el ooki ngf or wa r dt o a tt hes t a r toft ha ty e a rMot or s t or m. efir s t2005t e c hde moof Mot or s t or ma tE3wa sv e r ywe l l r e c e i v e d, a ndv e r yi mpr e s s i v e , t houg h me twi t hf e a r st ha tt hef oot a g ewa spr e r e nde r e da ndt heg a me woul dn’ tbel i k et het r a i l e r( I twa s n’ t , t houg ht obef a i rIwoul dn’ t e x pe c tt hePS 3t obea bl et oa c hi e v et ha tl e v e l ofg r a phi c squa l i t y , e s pe c i a l l ya tt het i me , a ndMot or s t or mi s n’ te x a c t l yaba dl ooki ng g a me . Che c koutt hee 32005t r a i l e rhe r e : ht t p: / / t i ny ur l . c om/ mot or s t or me 32005) . ev e r s i ons howna tE32006 wa sonl y50%c ompl e t e , buts howe dwa sf a i r l yr e pr e s e nt a t i v eoft he a c t ua l g a me , whi c hr e l e a s e don14t hDe c e mbe r2006i nJ a pa n, 6t h Ma r c h2007i nt heUS A, a nd23r dma r c h2007i nEur ope . I fy ou’ v ene v e rhe a r dorpl a y e dMot or s t or m, i t ’ sa noffr oa dr a c i ng g a mei nv ol v i ngma nydi ffe r e ntt y pe sofv e hi c l e swi t hdi ffe r e nt s t r e ng t hsa ndwe a kne s s e sf ol l owi ngma nydi ffe r e ntr out e s , c r a s hi ng i nt oe a c hot he rt or oc kmus i ca nde ng i ner a t t l e . e r ea r enotma ny r a c i ngg a me sl i k ei t , a ndi t ’ st r a c ksde t e r i or a t ebe t we e nl a pswi t ht r a c ks i nt hemudc a us i ngr a l l yc a r st os ki da nds l i dea l l ot he rt hepl a c e , whi l e

bi k e sa ndATVss e a r c hupa he a df orac l e a rl i ne , g oi ngofft hebe a t e n pa t h, a ndbi gr i g sde s t r oy i nge v e r y t hi ngi nt he i rpa t h. I t ’ sa sc ha ot i ca s t het r a i l e r ss ug g e s ta ndi sj us ta smuc hf un, whe nc r a z ys c e na r i osa r e a r ounde v e r yc or ne r , a ndt owi ny oumus tdodg et hes l e wofv e hi c l e s ba r r e l l i ngdownt i g hts t r a i g ht sa ndi ne v i t a bl yl e s swi l l c omeoutt ha n g oi n, aRa c i ngTr uc kma y bee x pl odi nga ndc l ot he s l i ni ngaha pl e s s bi k e r . Tr us tme ; i nmyt i mepl a y i ngt hi sg a me , c r a z i e rt hi ng sha v e ha ppe ne d. Andde s pi t ea l l t hec a r na g ei ta l wa y sf e e l sf a i r , t hev e hi c l e s a r ea l l ba l a nc e dv e r ywe l l , a ndi ti spos s i bl et owi na nyr a c ewi t ha ny t y peofv e hi c l e( t houg hy ourc hoi c ei sus ua l l yr e s t r i c t e di nt hef e s t i v a l mode ) . Ev ol ut i onS t udi osc e r t a i nl yha dal otofe x pe r i e nc ewi t hoffr oa dr a c i ng g a me s , ma ki ngf ourWor l dRa l l yCha mpi ons hi pg a me s . a te x pe r i e nc e mus tha v ebe e ni nt e g r a l f ort hi sg a me , a st hev a r i e t yofoffr oa dr a c i ng s t y l e si st hec or eoft heg a me , a ndwi t houti t ’ sa l mos tpe r f e c t e x e c ut i on, t heg a mewoul dha v ebe e nabl a ndme s s . et r a c ksi nt heg a mea r ev a r i e dv e r ywe l l , de s pi t et hel a c kofc ha ng e i ne nv i r onme nt , Cour s e ss uc ha sRa i ng odMe s a , wi t hbr i g htc ol our son as he e rc l i fff a c ea thi g hs pe e d, a r ev e r ydi ffe r e ntt ot heMudpool , a Ra c e wa yi nac a ny onf ul l ofmud, mor eda ng e rc ome sf r om y our c ompe t i t or st ha nt hee nv i r onme nt . oug ht he r ea r eonl y9t r a c ks , noneoft he mf e e l s i mi l a ra nda l l a r epr e t t ywe l l de s i g ne d, a ndt he r ei sa l otofr e pl a y a bi l i t y , e s pe c i a l l ywi t ht he( Nowunf or t una t e l ys hutdown) mul t i pl a y e rmode , whi c hha ndl e d16pl a y e r swi t hwha t e v e rs e l e c t i onof v e hi c l e s , c us t omi s a bl eg a memode s , r a nksa ndt hel i k e . I twa sf a nt a s t i c f un, a ndIj udg ea l l mode r nmul t i pl a y e rmode soffi ts i nc ei tna i l e di t , g i v i nga l l t heopt i onst ha tne wg a me sr e s t r i c t , wi t hv e r yl i t t l el a g , ba l a nc e , a ndg ooda mount soff un.

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Mot or s t or m RCi sas i mpl e rg a me , butt heMot or s t or me s s e nc ei sde fini t e l yt he r e , a nd ma i nt a i nst hes e t t i ng soft hepr e v i ousg a me s , t houg hdownpl a y st hec a r na g eal i t t l e .

Ibe l i e v ei ts t i l l i st hebe s tmul t i pl a y e rt ha taPl a y S t a t i one x c l us i v et i t l e ha se v e rha d. eg a meme twi t hl ot sofs uc c e s sr e por t e dl ys e l l i ng3 mi l l i onc opi e swor l dwi de . Oneofmyf a v our i t er a c i ngg a me se v e rma de , Ihi g hl ys ug g e s ty ouc he c ki tout , y ouc a npr oba bl yfindi tf orr e a l l y c he a pnowi nas e c ondha nds hoport hel i k e , c ons i de r i ngi t ’ snow c omi ngupons i xy e a r sol d( NowIf e e l ol d) . Fol l owi ngt hes uc c e s soft heg a me , whi c ha sme nt i one dbe f or ewa s i nc r e di bl yi mpor t a ntf org e t t i nga na c t ua l g oodg a meont hes y s t e m, Ev ol ut i onc a meoutwi t hPa c i ficRi f t , whi c hIne v e rpl a y e df ors omer e a s on. oug hi twa st hefir s tPS 3g a mea v a i l a bl ei n3D, t hr oug ht he3Dpa c k a g e( Re me mbe rt ha t ?I tc a mewi t h43Dg a me sf or23qui d, i nc l udi nga t r a c kf r om Mot or s t or m pa c i ficr i f ta ndWi pe outHD) . Andi tha dmons t e rt r uc ks . Looki nga ti t , i ts e e msmor eoft hes a me , t houg hs e e mst i r onouts omeoft hepr obl e ms , byha v i ngmor et r a c ks , a ndma y be t we a ki ngt heba l a nc eoft hev e hi c l e se v e rs os l i g ht l y . Ic a n’ ts pe a kf ori t r e a l l yt houg h, t houg hi fy ous e ei tc he a p, I ’ ma s s ur e di t ’ squi t eg ood. Af t e rPa c i ficRi f t , t he yoffloa de dt hene x tg a met ot he i rs i s t e rs t udi o Bi g bi g , a l s oba s e di nt heUK, whoma deMot or s t or m: Ar t i cEdg e , whi c h I ’ ms ur eba r e l ya ny oneha spl a y e dma i nl yf ort hef a c tt ha ti twa sma de f ort hePS 2a ndPS Pi n2009, a ndwa sba r e l yg i v e na nypubl i c i t ya ta l l unt i l Is a wi ti nas hop( Is t i l l don’ tunde r s t a nde x a c t l ywhowoul dbuy t heg a meont hePS 2, c ons i de r i nga ny onei nt e r e s t e dpr oba bl yha sone oft hePS 3v e r s i ons ) . Iha v epl a y e dt hi sone , a ndwhi l ei ti sv e r yg ood f ort hePS 2/ PS P( t hev e r s i onsa r ei de nt i c a l ) , a ndha ss omev e r yni c e de s t r uc t i onf e a t ur e swi t hs nowbr i dg e sa nda v a l a nc he s , butul t i ma t e l y f e e l sl i k eas t e pba c kf r om t heor i g i na l . Mos t l yIc a n’ ts e et hepoi nti n de v e l opi ngi tf ort hePS 2i nt hefir s tpl a c e , buti t ’ sha r dt os a yBi g bi g di daba dj ob; t he yj us tdi dn’ tha v et her i g htj ob.

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2Ye a r sl a t e r , at r ues e que l c a met opa c i ficr i f t , Mot or s t or m: Apoc a l y ps e , ag a mes e ti nS a nFr a nc i s c o( It hi nki t ’ sg i v e naf a k ena me i nt heg a me )be i ngde s t r oy e dbyma s s i v ee a r t hqua k e swhi l ey our a c eon i t . I t ’ ss t upi d, ov e rt het opf un, whi c hf e e l sl i k eabl e ndoft heor i g i na l Mot or s t or ma ndebr i l l i a ntS pl i t / S e c ond, whe r eba s i c a l l yl ot sof t hi ng se x pl odea ndy our a c et hr oug ht he m. I t ’ sav e r yha r dg a met o f a ul t , wi t has l e wofg a memode s , t r a c ks , s c e na r i os , v e hi c l e sa nd c us t omi s a t i onopt i ons , i t ’ sav e r yg oodr a c e rwhi c hs t i l l hol dst r uet o t heMot or s t or ms pi r i tofc a r na g e , butIf e e l l a c kswha tt heor i g i na l ha s wi t hi t sc ha ng i ngs ur f a c e s ; t he r ei snomudhe r e , nog r a v e l , t hewi dt h ofy ourv e hi c l es e e mst oma t t e rabi tmor et ha nwha ti tc a na c t ua l l yg o on. Ir e a l l yl i k e dt ha ta boutMot or s t or m, butot he rt ha nt ha t , t heonl y t hi ngt ha tr e a l l ys uffe r e dwi t hApoc a l y ps ei st hemus i c . eor i g i na l ’ s mus i cwa sf a nt a s t i c , a na r c hi cr oc k, whi c hfiti nwi t ht hev i beoft he g a me , a ndApoc a l y ps eha sabi tmor eofas l i g ht l yDubs t e pv i bet oi t . I j us tt ur ne di toff, a ndi tdi dn’ tr e a l l yha r mt hee x pe r i e nc e . Fr e eonPS Pl us , a ndpr oba bl yr e a l l yc he a pnowe l s e whe r e . I t ’ saf a nt a s t i cr a c e r , a nde a s i l yoneoft hebe s tont hePS 3. emos tr e c e ntg a mei nt hef r a nc hi s ei sMot or s t or m RC, adi nkyl i t t l e t i t l ef ort hePS 3a ndVi t a . ec ont r ol sa r efiddl y( Cha ng et he ma ss oon a spos s i bl e ) , buti t ’ saMi c r oMa c hi ne s e s quea r c a der a c i ngg a mewi t h v e r yg oodc ommuni t yf e a t ur e swhi c hi nv ol v el e a de r boa r dc ha s i nga nd c ha l l e ng i nge t c . I tdoe s n’ tr e a l l yha v eal otofr e s e mbl a nc et ot he or i g i na l g a mea ta l l , buti tha sani c ec ha r m, a ndf e e l squi t ec hi l di s h, t houg hg e t sv e r yha r di ns omeoft heDLCs t a g e s , whi c hIwoul d r e c omme ndi fy ouwa nts omel ong e v i t youtoft heg a me . Ov e r a l l , i t f e e l sl i k eav e r yg oodI OSg a mewi t ha c t ua l c ont r ol s( whe nc ha ng e d) , a ndf ori t ’ s£4. 79a s ki ngpr i c e , t he r ei sl i t t l eIc a nc ompl a i nwi t hf or t ha t .


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v oc a l sa ndt he( a dmi t t e dl y )c a t c hya c ous t i cg ui t a rf ort hemos tpa r t . e r e ' sag oodg ui t a ri ni ta swe l l . Ma y bey ou' l l l i k ei tmor et ha nIdo . i si soneofmyf a v or i t e s . Bi bl i c ali sa not he rt e nde rs ong , but t heg ui t a ra f t e rt hev oc a l si nt hev e r s e si sj us tf a nt a s t i c . i si st he mos te ffe c t i v ec hor us . I ti sabi tt oopoppya ndwoul d' v ebe e na n unde r s t a nda bl ec hoi c ea sas i ng l e . I ft hi swa sc ov e r e dbyOneDi r e c t i on ors ome t hi ngi tma ybeahi ts i ng l e . eor c he s t r a l e l e me nt sma k e st he v oc a l sdi edownal i t t l edur i ngt hec hor uswhi c hi smyonl yc on. S upe r b s t uff. Anot he rt r a c kpi c ki st hehe a v ySt i ngi n' Be l l e . i si swi t houta doubtt hehe a v i e s ts ongont hea l bum a nda l l oft he i rdi s c og r a phyI ' v e he a r d. er i ffst wi r l a boutunde rs omec r unc hi ngg ui t a r . I t ' smy f a v or i t eope ne ront hea l bum a ndi t ' sa l s ov e r ye nj oy a bl ewhe nNe i l s i ng st hes ongwi t hi tunde r ne a t h. ec hor usi sa c t ua l l yoneoft he mos tr e s e r v e da ndi tf e e l st he yknowt hes ongi snotde pe nde ntoni t . et hi r da ndl a s tt e nde rba l l a d, Skyl i ght . i ss ongwa sa c t ua l l y wr i t t e nbe f or ee v e nOnl yRe v o l u t i o nss howi ngt he yha dal otofunus e d ma t e r i a l . eope ni ngv oc a l sha st hes a mee x a c tf e e l i nga s" Be hi ndBl ue Ey e s "byeWho, y e tnota sg ood. I t ' spr oba bl yt hewe a k e s tba l l a da nd Ic a nt ot a l l yunde r s t a ndwhyt he ydi dn' tus ei tor i g i na l l y . Fr om nowont hea l bum g e t sal i t t l ebor i ng , y e tt hi si sas l i g ht e x c e pt i on. eope ni ngoft hi ss ong , Tr umpe tOrTap, ha ss ome i nt e r e s t i ngg ui t a r sa nddr ums . ev oc a l sa r equi t es l owpa c e d c ompa r e dt ot her e s t , y e tt heba c ki ngv oc a l sa r ev e r yf a s t pa c e d. e y c ont r a s twi t he a c hot he ra ndma k et hi sade c e nts ong . Mode r nMagi cFor mul ai squi t ehe a v ybutal i t t l eg e ne r i c . e s c ot t i s ha c c e nt ss hi neont hi sonea swe l l , e s pe c i a l l ya tt her e a l l y f a s t pa c e ds pa r s emi ni c hor us e s .  e awi sal i t t l ebi tbe t t e rwi t h s omeni c eg r oov e sa tt hes t a r twi t hs omev e r ye nj oy a bl es l owpa c e d v oc a l sa nds pa c e ddr umst obe g i nwi t h. el y r i c she r es hows omer e a l

t a l e nty e ta sape nul t i ma t et r a c ki tl a c ksal i t t l ebi t . Qui t ec l e a r l y , l i k et hefir s ts ong , t he y ' v et r i e dt oma k et hi sl a s ts onga s me mor a bl ea ndl ouda st he yc oul d. Pi c t ur eaKni f eFi ghti sv e r yl oud a ndf a s t pa c e d, e v e r yi ns t r ume nta ndv oi c epl a y i nga tf ul l bl a s t . e fir s tha l foft hi ss ongi s , de s pi t et hi s , al i t t l ef or g e t t a bl e . I tma na g e st o f ur t he ri t s e l fi nt hel ouddi r e c t i ona ndt hel a s tmi nut es hows de di c a t i on i nt hel y r i c st one e dt os t i c kt og e t he r . I t ' si ns pi r i nga ndy our e a l i s et ha t a l l e ffor tha sg onei nt ot hi ss ongi npa r t i c ul a r . I t ' sag oode ndi ng , i f onl yt hes e c ondha l f .

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or y sSt Tor g orKa r s l a s hs a ti nhi sj a i l c e l l i nWhi t e r unDung e on. I twa sc ol d, da mpa nds me l l y . Hewa swe a r i ngnot hi ngbutr a g g e dr obe s , whi c h we r eat a dmor et ha nnot hi nga tl e a s t . For t una t e l y , heha ds ne a k e das i ng l eLoc kpi c ki nt ohi spoc k e t . Cons i de r i ngt ha thi sc l ot he sha dnopoc k e t s , t hi swa squi t eaf e a ta nda g oode x a mpl eofKha j i i ti ng e nui t y . Heha ds ne a k e dLoc kpi c ksi nt ohi s poc k e te v e r yt i meheha dbe e nt oadung e ona ndhewa ss ur pr i s e dt ha t noneoft heg ua r dsha dc a ug htony e t . Ort ha ta nyoft heot he r pr i s one r sha dn’ tha dt hes a mei de a . e r ewe r et wog ua r dsout s i de , wa i t i ngf ore i t he rt he i rr e l i e foroneof t hepr i s one r st ot r ys ome t hi ngda r i ng , a st he i rj obde s c r i pt i ona ndc or e g a mepr og r a mmi ngha dde ma nde d. I not he rwor ds , t he ywe r e c ur r e nt l yf a s ta s l e e p. Tor g orl e a ntt owa r dst heg a t eofhi sc e l l , a nda l l a r oundhi mt i mef r o z e a shepi c k e dt hel oc k. ea bi l i t yt of r e e z et i mewhi l s ty ouwe r epi c ki ng l oc kswe r e , a sy ouc a ns ur e l ya g r e e , a not he rbr i l l i a nte x a mpl eofKha j i i t i ng e nui t y . Be i ngama s t e ra tl oc kpi c ki ng , hewa sa bl et ounl oc kt heg a t ewi t hout r e v e r t i ngt oa ne a r l i e rs a v ee v e nonc e . Put t i nghi se l bowsa sf a rt ot hel e f ta ndr i g htofhi ma swa sf e l i ne l y pos s i bl ehewa sa bl et ode f t l ye nt e rs ne a kmode . Het he nt ookac oupl e ofs t e psoutwhe ns udde nl y : “ Ps s t -ov e rhe r e ! ” Tor g orl ook e da r ound, a ndt ohi sl e f ts a wa not he rpr i s one ri nac a g e . Hes ne a k e dov e r , a ndmuc ht ohi ss ur pr i s er e a l i s e dt ha ti twa st he Ar g oni a nVa mpi r ef r om t hewa i t i ngr oom. Hes t i l l ha dhi st e r r i bl yl ong t e e t ht oo . “ Good, y ouhe a r d! ”s a i dt heAr g oni a n, “ Idon’ tknowhowy oug otoutof t ha tc a g e , butIne e dy out og e tmeoutofhe r et oo . ” “ Tor g orme r e l ys ne a k e daLoc kpi c ki nt ohi sc a g ewi t hhi m, ”r e pl i e d Tor g or . “ Wow…whydi dn’ tIt hi nkoft ha t ? ”s a i dt heAr g oni a ni naque s t i oni ng ma nne r . e r ewa ss i l e nc ei nt her oom, a sbot hTor g ora ndt heAr g oni a nt r i e dt o a ns we rt heAr g oni a nque s t i on. eonl ya ns we rt ha tTor g orc oul dc ome upwi t hi st ha ti twa ss omec onv e ni e nts e tupf oral ong wi nde d que s t l i ne . Ag a i n. “ Whys houl dTor g orhe l py ou? ”s a i dTor g or . “ Be c a us ei fy oudo, t he nI ’ l l g i v ey oual i t t l ehi ntt owhe r ey ourt a r g e t r e s i de s , ”r e pl i e dt heAr g oni a n. “ Wha -Howdoy ouknowa boutt ha t ? ” “ Ic omef r om t hes a meor g a ni z a t i ony oudoBr ot he r , a ndha v ebe e n

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s e ntt ohe l py oufindy ourqua r r y . ” Tor g orc ont e mpl a t e de v e r y t hi ngf oramome nt . i swa sa l l wa yt o c onv e ni e ntf orac oi nc i de nc e . Fi r s tme e t i ngaDr e mor aa ndt he nbe i ng e nl i s t e di nt ot heMy t hi cDa wnbe f or ebe i ngs e nthe r et ome e ta n Ar g oni a nheha dme ta l r e a dyi nadung e onwhi c hunde rnor ma l c i r c ums t a nc e shewoul dn’ tbei nbe c a us ehe ’ st hea ne . Too c onv e ni e nt . Al mos ta sc onv e ni e nta st ha tc ur ef orVa mpi r i s m. “ Fi ne , ”s a i dTor g or , “ J us tl e tTor g ordos ome t hi ngfir s t . ” Wi t haqui c kpa us eoft hes t or yTor g orKa r s l a s hwa sa bl et oa c c e s sa s pe c i a l di me ns i ont ha tf e wpe opl ei nhi s t or ye v e rha v ebe e na bl e t o-t heS a v eDi me ns i on. I nt hi sdi me ns i on, pr ov i di ngheha dt he s uffic i e ntme mor y , hewoul dbea bl et os a v et hi spoi nti nt i mef ora s l onga shewa nt e dt oa ndr e t ur nt oi ta ta nyt i me , e v e na f t e rhi sde a t h. Wi t honec l i c k, heha ds a v e dt heg a mea ndwa sr e a dyt oc ont i nueon wi t ht hea c t ua l s t or y . Le a ni ngt owa r dst heAr g oni a n’ spr i s onc e l l hewa sa bl et of r e e z et i me , a ndi twa s n’ tl ongunt i l heunl oc k e dt heg a t e . eAr g oni a ne nt e r e ds ne a kmodea ndc a meoutofhi sc e l l . Nota s de f t l ya sTor g ort heKha j i i tofc our s e , butt ha twa st obee x pe c t e d. Ar g oni a nsdon’ tha v et hes a meKha j i i ti ng e nui t y . “ a nky ouBr ot he r , nowwemus tbeonourwa ybe f or ea ny onewa k e s up, ”t heAr g oni a ns a i di nt ha tr a s pyv oi c eofhi s . “ Tor g ora g r e e swi t ht hi ss t a t e me nt . Come , wemus tfindouts t uff. ” Butbe f or et he n, y e ta not he r“ Ps s t ”noi s ec a mef r om a not he rc e l l , a nd t he r ewa ss ome onei nt hec a g ebe c k oni ngt he mt oc omeov e r . S ot he y di d. i sc e l l wa sj a m pa c k e dwi t hEl v e s , I mpe r i a l s , Br e t ons , Re dg ua r ds , Kha j i i t sa ndAr g oni a ns . I nf a c t , t heonl yr a c et ha twa s n’ ti nt hec e l l wa s t heNor ds . Hmm, howc onv e ni e nt . Howt y pi c a l . “ Howma nyofy oua r ei nt ha tc e l l ? ”a s k e dt heAr g oni a n. “ 20, ”r e pl i e dt heDunme ra tt hef r ont . “ Andwha ta r ey oui nhe r ef or ? ” “ Wewe r ea l l c a ug hts t e a l i ngs we e t r ol l s . ” eAr g oni a nt ur ne dt oTor g or . “ e r ea r et ooma nyoft he m, we ’ l l ne v e rma k ei tout ! ”hes a i d. “ Tor g orc a n’ tj us tl e a v et he m! ” “ We l l howdoy oupl a nt og e tt he ma l l out ? ” Tor g orl ook e dt ohi sl e f tt owa r dst hee nt i r eWhi t e r ung ua r da r mour y . I ns t e a dofwonde r i ngwha ti twa sdoi ngt he r ene x tt oa l l t hepr i s one r ’ s j a i l c e l l sl i k emos tpe opl ewoul dhes t a r t e dt of or m apl a n. “ Tor g or ’ sg ota ni de a , ”s t a t e dTor g or . I twa sbr i g htout s i dea si twa st hemi ddl eoft heda y . Ev e r y onewa s


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g oi nga boutt he i ra v e r a g ebus i ne s s e s . eCompa ni onswe r eki l l i ng Gi a nt si na na t t e mptt oma k eapr omot i ona l v i de o . eg i r l who wor k e da tt hea l c he mi s t ss t or ewa ss a y i nge v e r y oneha dadi s e a s ei na n a t t e mptt opa s soffov e r pr i c e dbr a nde dv ol c a ni cmi ne r a l wa t e ra sac ur e f ors a i ddi s e a s ea ndBe l e t hort heGe ne r a l GoodsS a l e s me nwa st r y i ng t o“ e mpl oy ”s ome onet obehi ss i s t e r . Anor ma l da yi nTa mr i e l , ba s i c a l l y .S onor ma l t ha tnobodynot i c e d22 pe opl ee me r g i ngf r om Dr a g ons r e a c hDung e onf ul l yc l a di nWhi t e r un Ci t yGua r dAr mour . Fornow, a tl e a s t . “ i si s n’ tg oi ngt owor k ! S ome onei sg oi ngt oa s kque s t i ons ! ”s a i dt he Ar g oni a nt oTor g or . “ Ca us ei t ’ l l wor k ! I twon’ tg owr ongf ort hes a k eofac onv e ni e ntque s t l i ne , ”r e pl i e dTor g or , c ompl e t e l yf ul l ofc onfide nc e . “ Andi t ’ ss obr i g htouthe r e , It hi nkI ’ mg oi ngt of a i nt ! ” “ S t opmoa ni ng . Yourf ul l yc l a di na r mour , t hes uni s n’ te v e nt ouc hi ng y ours ki n. S e r i ous l y , j us ts t opmoa ni ng . ” “ Wha ta boutourqua r r y , a ndwha ta boutours t uff? ” “ We ’ l l ha v et og e ti tl a t e ra f t e rwe ’ v ef r e e dt he s eg uy s . Nows hus h! ” Tor g ort ur ne dt oe v e r y onee l s ea ndde c i de dt or e i t e r a t et hepl a n. “ Nowr e me mbe r , wea r ea l l onar out i nepa t r ol t ot heWe s t e r n Wa t c ht owe ra sapa r tofouri ni t i a t i oni nt ot heWhi t e r unGua r ds . Whe nweg e tt he r ewewi l l a l l g oours e pa r a t ewa y s . S i mpl ea st ha t . Got i t ? ” “ Ay e , ”s a i d20pr i s one r sa tt het opoft he i rv oi c e . “ Ay e , ”whi s pe r e dt heAr g oni a n. Tor g ornodde da ndt he ns a i d: “ Good, a wa yweg o! ” S oa l l 22pr i s one r ss t a r t e dma r c hi ngs t r a i g htdownt oWhi t e r ung a t e . Nobodyba t t e da ne y e l i da tt hi se v e ntbe c a us es t uffl i k et hi sha d be c omenor ma l i nTa mr i e l i nr e c e ntc e nt ur i e s . Pe opl ec a r e dmor ea bout MudCr a bst ha npr i s onbr e a k out snowa da y s . e yha da l mos tma dei tt ot heg a t ewhe nt he ywe r es t oppe di nt he s t r e e tbyaf e ma l eDunme rt ha tTor g orkne wv e r ywe l l . I r i l e t h, Hous e c a r l t oJ a r l Ba l g r uufofWhi t e r un. “ S t op! ”s heor de r e d, “ Wha ta r ey oul otdoi ng ? ” “ Tor g ori soutwi t ht heot he rg ua r dsonar out i nepa t r ol a sapa r tofour i ni t i a t i oni nt oWhi t e r unhol dg ua r ds , ”r e pl i e dTor g or . “ Tor g or ? ”que s t i one dI r i l e t h. “ NoNO! ”s c r e a me dTor g or , “ Tor g orme a ntAy e …Ey e …Noi t ’ sAy ” “ Wea r eoutonar out i nepa t r ol downt ot heWe s t e r nWa t c ht owe rt o i ni t i a t eour s e l v e si nt ot heWhi t e r unGua r ds , ”i nt e r r upt e dt he Ar g oni a n.

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