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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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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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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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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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Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy (PlayStation 2)

Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 09, 2005

Cutting away the epic pretension lavished on many other action games, Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy boldly relies only on its innovation and competent execution. With lofty ambitions of psychic powers, Psi-Ops had just as much potential for utter failure as it did for resounding success. And while cult-classic System Shock and LucasArts’ fabled Jedi Knight have sheepishly tested psychic power implementation, Psi-Ops bravely brings this idea to the foreground...
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Sly 2: Band of Thieves (PlayStation 2)

Sly 2: Band of Thieves review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 08, 2005

Stealthy games are quite popular these days with titles like Metal Gear Solid and Splinter Cell. Really, with those giants setting the bar there aren’t many other comparable games in the stealth genre. However, gamers should not forget the little guy that is Sly, a raccoon thief that uses stealth as a means to obtaining vast fortunes. While the original Sly Cooper was anything but grand, the latest entry in the series has become one of my favorite games in just a short amount of time. Though it ...
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Blaster Master (NES)

Blaster Master review (NES)

Reviewed on July 08, 2005

Sometimes I think I’m too hard on storytelling in today’s video games. Yeah, sometimes plots get overly convoluted and sometimes you’re stuck in control of a “hero” who looks, sounds and acts like a reject from some ultra-lame boy band, but do I really have the right to complain? I’m from the old school, where stories were non-existent much of the time. And you know what? We often were grateful when those “plots” didn’t actually weave their way into the fabric of the actual game!
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Final Fantasy X-2 (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy X-2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 08, 2005

After the events in FFX, life resumed peacefully, with the threat of the extraordinarily hideous Sin gone. The setting is once again Spira and regions such as Zanarkand, Besaid, and Luca, albeit with several changes. The most noticeable one is that Spira is no longer the gloomy, almost claustrophobic world it once was where everybody was pessimistic and whining about their fate. People are now more cheerful, and it is immediately obvious Sin is nothing more than a souvenir now. To prove this eve...
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Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory (PlayStation 2)

Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 08, 2005

This is the last round!
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Donkey Kong (NES)

Donkey Kong review (NES)

Reviewed on July 06, 2005

Frankly, I was dissatisfied when I first played Donkey Kong. In five minutes, I had cleared three levels and had made the horrific discovery that the game had reached its limit. Yes, Donkey Kong may be Nintendo’s true shiner when it comes to its long list of overrated NES “classics.” It was very disappointing but not as disappointing as this piece of information: They’ve repackaged this grossly overrated title and are charging it for four times its worth in their “NES Classics” range on the GB...
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Pick Me, Honey! (PC)

Pick Me, Honey! review (PC)

Reviewed on July 04, 2005

The harem route has become a standard in the repertoire of H games. These raucous paths, where all pretenses are dropped in favor of uninhibited orgies, are now the de facto reward for reading the multitude of monogamous threads to completion. Pick Me, Honey! teases about reversing that equation, providing the protagonist with a cadre of concubines from the very beginning.
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