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Review Recap

What western game beats out Taiko Drum Master, Calling, and Monster Finder?

Famitsu's reviewers didn't seem like picking up with Calling. Har har har.

It's the middle of the month, so there are relatively few releases on the way next week. But the small pack does include a couple of notable titles, so let's see what Famitsu's reviewers say is worth picking up.

Taiko Drum Master Wii 2 scored 9, 8, 7 and 8 with Famitsu's reviewers. The guy who gave it a nine remarked that it's the same game, but that the song selection is, as usual, full of variety. The lady who gave it a 7 (she tends to be pretty tough with her scores!) complained that those who've been keeping up on the series may find little new.

Hudson's Wii horror adventure game Calling scored 8, 7, 7, and 6. One reviewer complained about difficulties with the pointer-based movement controls, but also said that this could help contribute to the fear. The guy who gave it a 6 said that the mysterious story was interesting, but that the game has a number of problems that stand out, including control difficulties. Another reviewer complained that when you die and have to retry, you can't skip the movies and dialogue (grrrr!).

For Calling's completion time, the magazine lists 8 hours for the first play-through, reaching 20 hours if you try and do everything. One reviewer suggested that there are some extras on the second play through.

Monster Finder, DS's first DSi exclusive cartridge (well, first in Japan, at least), got a middling score with 7, 6, 6, and 6. All liked the idea of getting monsters by taking pictures. Complaints included the lack of growth and customization options for your creatures. The game lacks strategic depth, although one reviewer said that it could be okay if you want something simple.

For Monster Finder's play time, the magazine lists 25 hours to clear the game, going up to 35 hours if you get everything.

Incidentally, the highest rated game this month was a foreign title. Ratchet & Clank Future 2 scored four 9s, taking a platinum award. The reviewers had great praise for the game's localization.

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