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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (PlayStation 2)

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 27, 2005

I'll be honest with you: I'm a big fan of the Dragon Quest series, often famed for having a rather simple storyline, a "boring" battle system, and graphics that most people can only describe as "shit". In fact, I'm such a big fan that I'm often labeled "fanboy" by a surprising number of people. That being said, it should be no surprise that I was salivating over the screenshots of the eighth entry in the series as I anticipated the North American release.
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Timeball (TurboGrafx-16)

Timeball review (TG16)

Reviewed on November 25, 2005

Some bad games can be relatively tolerated to a certain extent. Nickelodeon GUTS was pathetic but it was rather funny to make ordinary kids pull off flips that would make any Olympic acrobat cry like a baby. Dark Castle was a stinker and a half but the sheer hilarity of playing as an escaped vegetable gave it an incredibly small sliver of merit. Some bad games can do that and sometime...
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Mortal Kombat: Deception (PlayStation 2)

Mortal Kombat: Deception review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 24, 2005

I have a lot of qualms about recent fighting games. Back in the nineties, they were at the top of the industry. Arcades were littered with teenage kids lined up in front of a machine, pounding out the quarters just to digitally smack around any challenger and I was one of them. I remember how involved I became with them. I stood in line, I bought the hint books and I studied the moves. I paid a lot of money and I spent a lot of time just to be the best at every new, kick ass fighting game that c...
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Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (Xbox)

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness review (XBX)

Reviewed on November 23, 2005

Honestly, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness. The interesting additions to the game intrigued me a bit, but I originally got it simply because I wanted to see what a 3D Castlevania game played like, whether it was gonna be good or bad. Yeah, I'm crazy. But when I finally had the chance to play CoD, well, I wasn't impressed. However, it quickly grew on me the more I played, turning out to be quite an enjoyable action-adventure title that happen...
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ActRaiser (SNES)

ActRaiser review (SNES)

Reviewed on November 22, 2005

For years, two questions have constantly been on my mind. Is there a god, and could a 2D platformer/strategy game actually work? Imagine my delight when I found out about a game where you play as a god in an Action/strategy game. Finally my problems were solved! But alas, this game's action strategy combination didn't pan out at all. The action was too simplistic and easy, and calling the strategy portions "strategy" was a joke (which is why the word strategy will be replaced with "strategery" f...
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Mario Kart DS (DS)

Mario Kart DS review (DS)

Reviewed on November 22, 2005

The Mario Kart franchise has always been a stalwart in Nintendo's lineup of games. Featuring all of the iconic Nintendo characters in zany karts, a party-like spin is what makes Mario Kart great. While it still takes skill to be good, an assortment of powerups can be used to vault you from last to first in a matter of seconds. This all sounds familiar, (and it is) but what makes this game stand out is its astounding graphics, portability, and (FINALLY!!) online play.
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Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (Sega Master System)

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars review (SMS)

Reviewed on November 22, 2005

Despite the fact that Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars is a fun game, it’s hard to shake that “this isn’t Miracle World” feeling. The fast paced platforming and tricky rock-paper-scissors Jan-Ken matches have been completely axed, replaced with something a little more linear. Don’t get me wrong, even the most hardened of gamers couldn’t deny that The Lost Stars is a cheerful romp through an insanely colourful (acid drop style!) world. Despite the fact that the game took everything that made its predece...
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Tenchi Muyou! Game-Hen (SNES)

Tenchi Muyou! Game-Hen review (SNES)

Reviewed on November 20, 2005

I find myself admitting that the anime that this game is based upon entertained me, being rather brainless fun that made me laugh from time to time. So when I spied a Snes game, I thought I might as well give it a go; it couldn't hurt to try and seeing as I am a huge fan of turn based strategies anyway, a genre this game happily falls into, my resolve was strengthened.
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on November 19, 2005

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest was a game made released in the States, after II (IV) and before III (VI). SquareEnix apparently thought that the sales of Final Fantasy II were directly related to how complex the game was. Now it is true that when they released Final Fantasy III, they would completely shotgun their own theory, but they had a different approach to the problem at first. Someone had the idea of making a game with less items, less magic, and a simple storyline. They definitely nailed th...
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WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 (PlayStation 2)

WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2006 review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 19, 2005

This review is dedicated to the memory of Eddie Guerrero.
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Resident Evil 4 (PlayStation 2)

Resident Evil 4 review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 18, 2005

To most people, Resident Evil 4's very existence is surprising, even moreso that it came out for PS2. Coming in at the tail end of what had so far been a consistent series of flops (except for possibly the remake of Resident Evil 1 on the GCN), no one really expected Resident Evil 4 to be that great - until they actually played it and saw that Capcom finally learned from their previous mistakes.
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Wani Wani World (Genesis)

Wani Wani World review (GEN)

Reviewed on November 17, 2005

Imagine taking Bub and Bob, those two cuddly little dinosaurs from Taito’s classic Bubble Bobble and removing them of their bright eyes and their generally cutesy look. Then, take the remaining leftovers, inject them with a bad attitude and give them sneakers. Now, take away their ability to puke out an endless amount of bubbles and replace that with a rather large hammer. Add a dash of the ancient NES game Lode Runner and voila! You get Wani Wani World!!
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Metal Slug 4 (Xbox)

Metal Slug 4 review (XBX)

Reviewed on November 17, 2005

This was a nice piece of promotion on SNK Playmore’s part. Releasing the fantastic Metal Slug 3 on the Xbox was a fantastic idea as it brought a brilliant albeit hard to access game (loaded with new content) to the mainstream market. However, the release of the vastly inferior Metal Slug 4 on the Xbox with no additional new modes and a few unwanted tweaks appear to S.P playing with the emotions of those hungry Metal Slug fans who can’t be bothered with the tedium of MAME emulation or cann...
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Unreal Tournament 2004 (PC)

Unreal Tournament 2004 review (PC)

Reviewed on November 11, 2005

The adrenaline pumps through your veins as you make your way through the damp cement hallway alongside 5 other burly, grungy, generally unpleasant looking folk. If you met them on the street you'd probably tuck your valuables a little further into your pockets, but here they are your team and before you lies the field. The din of thousands of screaming fans beckons you onward. You are Michael Jordan, or Barry Sanders. And you have a rocket launcher.
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Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System)

Alex Kidd in Miracle World review (SMS)

Reviewed on November 11, 2005

Alex Kidd had one rough ride back in those good ol’ 8-bit days. In five games (let’s try to forget about that BMX racer, eh?) he became the icon of the Master System. Although his cheery little face didn’t make as much of an impact like platforming icons Mario and Sonic, he still left us with a handful (a SMALL handful) of reasonably decent and memorable (let’s also try and forget about Alex Kidd in High Tech World, OK?) titles. A range including a simple plat former, a Shinobi cross-o...
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Counter-Strike: Source (PC)

Counter-Strike: Source review (PC)

Reviewed on November 11, 2005

A few years back, after the release of Half-Life, a team of modders released Counterstrike, a revolutionary modification that became the single biggest online multiplayer game in history. Counterstrike was so popular that people devoted themselves to it like a religion, learning every minor quirk about the gameplay. So, it wasn't surprising that when Half-Life 2 (and subsequently, Counterstrike: Source) was released, most players didn't want to switch. They decried Source as a game for newb...
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The Matrix: Path of Neo (PlayStation 2)

The Matrix: Path of Neo review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 11, 2005

The Matrix: Path of Neo
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Alias (PlayStation 2)

Alias review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 10, 2005

A few days ago, I reviewed Final Fantasy X-2, a game I had high expectations for, but ended up sorely disappointing me. Fortunately, there are games out there that manage to not only live up to expectations, but completely blow me away when I least expect it. While these games are not as common as they used to be (I can name dozens of NES games I expected nothing out of and ended up enjoying tremendously), it is still a treat to buy a game not knowing exactly what to expect, yet coming away impr...
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Spyro: Shadow Legacy (DS)

Spyro: Shadow Legacy review (DS)

Reviewed on November 10, 2005

It's so easy to take back a dead franchise and to make a game out of it, considering you know it's going to sell well if it once was a successful series, but it's harder to bring back to life a dead franchise. Spyro had its days of shame, but we all know his success died the day other companies got their hands on the license. None we able to recreate Spyro's universe like it once was. The last attempt at resurrecting Spyro is Amaze Entertainment's, but if anything, they only knocked him back int...
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Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 2)

Shadow of the Colossus review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 09, 2005

Shadow of the Colossus was hyped to be a completely original experience of gaming. It pits a man against a large array of gigantic monsters called Colossus. It was also said to boast an amazing design in the arts department. Upon completion however, very few of the promised positive aspects were delivered in an effective way. Instead, what we got, was an absolutely huge land, with no enemies or action whatsoever in it, and a boss rush mode.
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