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Lost Magic (DS)

Lost Magic review (DS)

Reviewed on June 10, 2006

Coming up with RPGs for the DS must be tricky. Sure, your staff can come up with all sorts of cliched stories and generic heroes to go with them. There’s also plenty of leeway with regards to the leveling and combat systems. Hell, even the DS’s graphical capabilities can work a few small wonders. But the real problem lies with the Touch Screen; it’s one of the system’s most celebrated features, yet finding new and inventive ways to utilize it must be quite a task. All things considered, it’s lit...
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Trace Memory (DS)

Trace Memory review (DS)

Reviewed on June 09, 2006

A young boy watches in horror as one man levels a pistol at another. Pop Cue a blood red fadeout. Over four decades later, a mother hustles her daughter into hiding. Peeking from the closet, the small girl with white hair sees only the silhouette of a man holding a gun. Another dull pop resonates. Cue another blood red fadeout.
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King of Fighters: Maximum Impact (PlayStation 2)

King of Fighters: Maximum Impact review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 03, 2006

Once upon a time, the Street Fighter series was the greatest thing to happen to the fighting game genre. There was a massive roster of incredibly popular characters, a wide variety of special moves, and some of the best competitive gameplay ever seen. But for all of the success that the Street Fighter genre garnered with each passing year, there was only one other series in Japan that rivaled its awesomeness: The King of Fighters. There were no sumo wrestlers, Indian Yoga disciples, Sonic Booms,...
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God of War (PlayStation 2)

God of War review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 29, 2006

Do you have a job? If not, you will eventually. Assuming that you’re not going to mooch off your parents for the rest of your life, you’ll have to face the harsh reality of the working world someday. Chances are, it won’t be pretty. Maybe you’ll start things off as a lowly bagger at a grocery store. Or maybe you’ll suffer countless hours in the hell known as babysitting. If you manage to finish your college education, your degree may help land you a job in a reasonably professional environment…W...
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Final Fantasy IV (PlayStation)

Final Fantasy IV review (PSX)

Reviewed on May 27, 2006

I’ve played Final Fantasy games involving cute “slam dancing” animals, a stupid creature called NORG, and implied man-on-man action in a notorious place called the Honey Bee Inn. What I haven’t experienced is a Final Fantasy game as insanely difficult as the fourth installment. Perhaps the first couple games featured on Final Fantasy Origins were the most challenging, but those PSone incarnations were on a glorious easy setting that made things a breeze. This isn’t the ca...
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Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid: Zero Mission review (GBA)

Reviewed on May 24, 2006

It is the start of one of the most cherished franchises, one that spawned sequels many consider to be among the best games of all time. It's ending surprised everyone, becoming one of the most iconic moments in gaming history. It is ingrained into our collective consciousness, an experience anyone who plays games knows about. And it's a bad game. Yes, you heard me. The original Metroid was nearly unplayable thanks to some poor decisions, limitations in the hardware, and simply awful design ...
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review (GEN)

Reviewed on May 24, 2006

Being Sonic isn’t as easy as one might think. Once one looks past the glamour of being a world hero, his job is pretty tough. Sonic’s arch-nemesis, Dr. Robotnik, is constantly kidnapping the furry animals of the world and only Sonic can save them. This might seem like an easy task at first but it is much more difficult than it presents itself. The reason for this complication is because Dr. Robotnik has set up machines to try to take out Sonic so he doesn’t have to take out the blue hedgehog him...
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Battalion Wars (GameCube)

Battalion Wars review (GCN)

Reviewed on May 22, 2006

Military games are a dime a dozen these days. When was the last time a major World War II-based combat simulation not being released for a home console or PC? How many times can we take on the AI-controlled Germans and still feel like we’re playing a unique game? Haven’t we deployed platoons, shot down enemy fighters, endured D-Day, blown up, and used tanks to plow our way through enemy forces enough times to make the whole experience seem unoriginal? Nevertheless, playing war hasn’t seem to hav...
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Tenchu: Dark Secret (DS)

Tenchu: Dark Secret review (DS)

Reviewed on May 22, 2006

You’ve got your back against the wall, and your heart is pounding. Around the corner from where you stand, a guard is restlessly pacing back and forth down the corridors, armed to the teeth with deadly weapons. You’ve been watching him for three minutes now, trying to figure out the man’s movement patterns. Will he turn right and exit into the adjacent hallway? Will he make an abrupt U-Turn and head back toward your position? Doesn’t he realize that he’s being watched from an enemy less than thi...
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The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age (PlayStation 2)

The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 22, 2006

Lord of the Rings is the all-time classic fantasy novel, and now movie experience. Tolkien would be my favorite writer if it wasn't for R.A. Salvatore and the movies would be my favorite film trilogy if it wasn't for Star Wars (the original three of course). With all the hype The Third Age was getting, I was hopping that it would be the source of entertainment that broke the "runner-up" streak that Lord of the Rings has had with me. It did, but unfortunately not in a good wa...
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Trauma Center: Under the Knife (DS)

Trauma Center: Under the Knife review (DS)

Reviewed on May 21, 2006

Cavity Sam has dedicated his entire existence to the medical field. Perpetually prone with gaping wounds, he’s given millions the chance to poke and prod in order to develop the steady hand necessary to save lives. But we feel his pain, too. Every time one of his vital organs goes missing, his red nose lights up in distress, or his body emits a shocking buzz, we know Sam has sacrificed a little more of himself. Now, though, it’s time for a break, because Trauma Center: Under the Knife...
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New Super Mario Bros. (DS)

New Super Mario Bros. review (DS)

Reviewed on May 20, 2006

It’s a tough legacy to follow, when you are the over weight, mushroom eating, fireball spitting, Italian plumber known as Mario. Super Mario Bros. hit the scene in 1985 and blew the world away. My first video game experience was Super Mario Bros. and thanks to its amazing adventure, I was hooked on a hobby that I have loved since. Albeit, a bit dated, the original Super Mario Bros. is fun at its purest form. While Nintendo followed it up with a slightly disappointed sequel, it was still more tha...
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Fable: The Lost Chapters (Xbox)

Fable: The Lost Chapters review (XBX)

Reviewed on May 20, 2006

Before the original Fable's release, lead designer Peter Molyneux hyped up the game so much that it seemed that it would be the most ingenious RPG ever. Upon release followers of Mr. Molyneux were disappointed to find that instead of the groundbreaking best RPG ever, what they found was a short, linear game that featured a bare-bones story and dumbed-down customization when compared to what was originally planned. Despite this, people still loved the game, mainly due to its fantastic presentatio...
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Bombastic (PlayStation 2)

Bombastic review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 19, 2006

You bask in the glorious immolation of Aquis.
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Call of Duty (PC)

Call of Duty review (PC)

Reviewed on May 17, 2006

The Medal of Honor series has always amazed me with its atmosphere and perfect portrayal of war. Battlefield 1942 (and its successor) and Day of Defeat offered what it quite possibly the best World War II multiplayer experiences ever. But Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty tops them all. It doesn’t have the atmosphere of Medal of Honor or the options and multiplayer of the latter two (although it is atmospheric and has decent multiplayer), but it does exactly what...
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MediEvil: Resurrection (PSP)

MediEvil: Resurrection review (PSP)

Reviewed on May 17, 2006

Have you ever not wanted to do something?
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Tomb Raider: Legend (PlayStation 2)

Tomb Raider: Legend review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 17, 2006

I have no right to comment on how much the entire Tomb Raider series has ended up smelling like moldy catacombs. I have not played a Tomb Raider game since the third installment, I believe it was. I think Lara went to Area 51 or something, and that is where I bid the lass adieu. Just like most people, I enjoyed the first game quite a bit and was also satisfied enough with the first sequel. The third one did not have enough new material to keep me interested and the new material that it did ...
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Black (Xbox)

Black review (XBX)

Reviewed on May 10, 2006

Let’s talk about realism for a minute. The video game industry is “supposed” to be moving towards realistic everything. Realistic gameplay that’s so technical it isn’t fun (Ghost Recon anyone?). Audio realism that’s so accurate you’ll swear you’re actually on the battlefield. Photo-realism with girls and cars that look “better” than the real thing (check out Gran Turismo). We’re told that we shouldn't want games that look like cartoons anymore, and that we should want super-detaile...
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OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (Xbox)

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast review (XBX)

Reviewed on May 10, 2006

It's been awhile since I've first experienced OutRun2. While I haven't played it a lot lately, I still consider it one of the best titles I've played in recent years. It had an overwhelming feel-goodness to it that was infectious at times. The gameplay was good, too. There were times I thought I wasn't going to play a new game like that for a LONG while. But, here I am, a year and a half later, playing the followup, OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast. Is it as good as OR2? He...
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Red Dead Revolver (PlayStation 2)

Red Dead Revolver review (PS2)

Reviewed on May 07, 2006

Here are a few examples of bad before and after scenarios. Go work out, then when you’ve exercised yourself until you’re starving eat a bunch of cookies and candy bars. Put an entertainment center or bookshelf together using only tape, and then throw all of your stuff on it at once to see if it holds. And finally, watch a really bad “western” movie (The Quick and the Dead) then search fervently for a “western” game (Red Dead Revolver) to fill the mental gap that is now in your life. Remin...
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