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Polarium (DS)

Polarium review (DS)

Reviewed on July 21, 2005

You’re in the middle of a long string that will clear all visible blocks at once. As you whip your stylus over the top row to put the final touches on your combo, suddenly you find that the on-screen detonator has not followed. Why? Because in a second, blocks will fill that space you passed through. You already knew that. It’s the reason you were in such a hurry.
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Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen (Genesis)

Yuu Yuu Hakusho: Makyo Toitsusen review (GEN)

Reviewed on July 20, 2005

When you think of the excellent developer known as Treasure and their small library of Mega Drive games, which titles spring to mind? Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Headdy are probably the two titles that instantly spring to mind which is understandable. Those two games were easily the most popular out of the handful of titles but one that truly deserves to stand side by side with those two games is another title that was pushed into the darkness of obscurity. A fighting game that boasts one of th...
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Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection (Xbox)

Pinball Hall of Fame: The Gottlieb Collection review (XBX)

Reviewed on July 20, 2005

Pinball Hall of Fame. I figured at first it was just a name, but when I popped in the disc and started playing, the game really lived up to its title. In this collection, you'll have the chance to select between seven popular Gottlieb pinball tables that originally came out during the 1950s (Ace High), 60s (Central Park), 70s (Big Shot and Genie), 80s (Black Hole and Victory), and 90s (Tee'd Off). Not only that, but each table has a different theme and a set of goals: from Ace High's play...
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Armed and Dangerous (PC)

Armed and Dangerous review (PC)

Reviewed on July 18, 2005

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that game plots have evolved over the years. Twenty years ago most plots were as simple as save the princess, but today we have to put up with several twists, romance, tons of dialogue, CG sequences, and more. They also tend to be more serious. I remember playing Earthworm Jim and having to launch cows, fight lawyers, and enter an area known as “Buttville”. I also vividly recall playing The Lost Vikings and hearing the three goofballs c...
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Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance (Game Boy Advance)

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance review (GBA)

Reviewed on July 18, 2005

Robots, thousands of them were gathering in the middle of a secluded bit of desert out in Arizona. I was hiding behind a cactus, watching them. The Robots were gathering and rallying for the soon to be invasion of Phoenix, several thousand humans, aware of the Robots assemblage, began to march towards them screaming curses and battle cries. The Robots became aware of their presence and began to assemble for combat. I braced myself for the worst. The humans were outnumbered 50-1. It would be a...
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Animal Crossing (GameCube)

Animal Crossing review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 17, 2005

Videogames can take up your time. They can take a minute, an hour, a day…possibly a month. Usually this is an addictive game, possibly a game that will keep your attention day in and day out. Your eyes glued to the screen waiting for something to happen. Just a game that will keep you entertained, and few games of this kind come out rarely. That’s why you’ve got to keep your eyes open – Animal Crossing is waiting at the shelves.
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Doom 3 (Xbox)

Doom 3 review (XBX)

Reviewed on July 17, 2005

There comes a time in everyone’s gaming life that they allow curiosity take over their choices. They let the wildly erratic reviews of a game rest, and pick it up to simply look and see. That’s exactly what I did with Doom 3. I’ve read the reviews touting it as godsend, and I’ve read the ones labeling it a lifeless, banal piece of software. I’ve mashed my opinion of the game somewhere in between those two categories. There are some truly stunning moments that make me happy I spent...
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Koudelka (PlayStation)

Koudelka review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 17, 2005

I'm a bit of a sucker for the overlooked RPGs, and although this has lead me to many an obscure experience, it also gives me the chance to enjoy games that others have overlooked. I first heard and became interested in Koudelka around the time of its release, the press releases promising quite a unique experience, although it wasn't till several years later that I managed to procure myself a copy. It was a game that had long stuck in my mind, a mixture of RPG and survival horror, and bein...
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Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files - Tournament Tactics (Game Boy Advance)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files - Tournament Tactics review (GBA)

Reviewed on July 16, 2005

Yu Yu Hakusho is an anime about action. Knock-down, drag-out, ball-punching, head-crunching, back-breaking action. So how is that raw fighting spirit translated into this video game? Why, by molding it into a tactical RPG lite of course. What results from these mismatched styles is a game that is too sedate for the show, exacerbated by a skimpy narrative that cannot sustain the redundant fray.
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Gibo: Stepmother's Sin (PC)

Gibo: Stepmother's Sin review (PC)

Reviewed on July 16, 2005

Gibo's art is all drawn quite nicely and the dialogue is translated with a bare minimum of grammatical errors. This is important because it's hard to take a game seriously when the translation is fraught with spelling mistakes and incorrect word usage.
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The Typing of the Dead (Dreamcast)

The Typing of the Dead review (DC)

Reviewed on July 15, 2005

Sometimes, the word will be simple, something like ‘Montana’ or even a simple phrase like ‘Adios’ or ‘Game Over.’ Other times, you’ll be asked to type something ridiculous. It’s funny that whoever put the game together thought to include words like ‘mullet’ and discussions about bed-wetting and sexuality.
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Steamboy (PlayStation 2)

Steamboy review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 15, 2005

Steamboy doesn’t stray from the usual movie-licensed stigma, which is unfortunate considering how awesome not only the source material is, but how awesome the developer is. If you’ve ever played Drakengard or Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, you’ll know Cavia’s work. Personally I’m a huge fan; whether it’s creating a Dynasty Warriors style game with the best and most f’d up storyline ever (Drakengard), or taking the played out, routine concept of a 3rd person shooter and making it not ...
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Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

Metal Gear Solid review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 15, 2005

Stealth games – all the fun of sitting still, being quiet and generally trying to be as anti-social as possible. Metal Gear Solid’s token good guy, Solid Snake, certainly won’t be invited to any parties after infiltrating someone’s house, silently shooting everyone and stealing their plans for world domination (don’t deny it, everyone has them). But, if anyone can make a half-decent game from a genre which demands the player spend long periods of time doing very little, our anti-social he...
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Fantastic 4 (PlayStation 2)

Fantastic 4 review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 14, 2005

I had no desire whatsoever to play the Fantastic Four video game. The movie looked dull and the comics are a bit too campy for my taste. But if I’ve learned one thing in the several years Marvel has spent trying to branch out, it’s that the company is multitalented. The game wandered into my collection by chance, but it was by choice that my hands were glued to the controller and I found myself unable to put it down until the very end. Marvel has once again proven that it can make great comics, ...
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Hydro Thunder (Dreamcast)

Hydro Thunder review (DC)

Reviewed on July 14, 2005

Yes, Hydro Thunder employs what some have described as the rubber-band sort of mentality. Here, though, it’s worse than ever. It doesn’t matter if you have the best time anyone has ever managed when playing the game. There’s about a 70% chance you’ll rank fourth or worse. That’s just how the game works. Completion times are irrelevant.
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Ys: The Oath in Felghana (PC)

Ys: The Oath in Felghana review (PC)

Reviewed on July 14, 2005

As my mouth watered as I gazed at screenshots and salivated over the new Ys trailer on developer Falcom's website, I couldn't help but notice one thing; It looked remarkably similar to Ys III: Wanderers from Ys! Indeed, it did, and for good reason. Ys: The Oath in Felghana is not only a remake of the original Ys III, but a total overhaul, changing nearly everything but the music and storyline. However, as much as I'd like to say, "If you've played Ys III...
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Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity (PlayStation 2)

Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 13, 2005

Stella Deus offers some of the better — but less daring — small-scale strategy RPG gaming to be found on any system. Stella Deus purposely avoids Final Fantasy Tactics' insane level of character customization and Shining Force 3's flashy audiovisual sense, instead choosing to settle into its own comfortably safe niche.
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Ice Climber (NES)

Ice Climber review (NES)

Reviewed on July 13, 2005

I still fail to see why the general gaming population loves so many of these retro re-releases. I was looking through the “NES Classics” series (a.k.a the 'take advantage of our fan’s stupidity' series) and found the dreaded “Ice Climber” on the roster. Ice Climber was a bad game in 1983 so no matter how many times you try to repackage it and pimp it out today, it’s still going to suck. However, after the two Eskimos made their return in Super Smash Bros. Melee with new kick ass attacks and the ...
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Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean (GameCube)

Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 13, 2005

From the moment on I saw Baten Kaitos, I just couldn't wait for its release. The game looked so huge and epic. Finally, I got my hands on it, and played it twice in a row. Did it live up to my expectations? Almost.
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Still Life (Xbox)

Still Life review (XBX)

Reviewed on July 12, 2005

I use the term ‘playing’ rather loosely. Still Life doesn’t usually feel like a game. Instead, it’s like reading an interesting mystery novel but all of the pages are stuck together and you have to fight just to keep reading. Though you do control the protagonists directly, there’s not much to do with them but walk from place to place, talk to people and maybe solve some irritating puzzles along the way.
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