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WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain (PlayStation 2)

WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

I’ve been an avid fan of wresting for about six years now. I’ve also been a fan of video games with the same setting for just as long. In all honesty, WWF Attitude was so enjoyable it made me start watching the actual show. With all the recent advancements I can say without a doubt that “Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain.” is the single best wrestling game out there.
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Shadow Hearts: Covenant (PlayStation 2)

Shadow Hearts: Covenant review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

Whoever said turn-based combat games are boring… well, was probably right for the most part. Shadow Hearts: Covenant, however, pummels your head and your reflexes in a manner I haven’t seen since Legend Of Dragoon. While Covenant’s judgment ring doesn’t have the same insane sense of timing as the fore-mentioned game it is still enough to make you actually sit up, focus and curse at yourself when you miss. The ring consists of yellow hit bars, small red strike bars, and a spinning clock hand that...
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Shinobi (Game Gear)

Shinobi review (GG)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

GG Shinobi is not a down sized conversion of the original arcade game. Nor is it a shrunken down version of the Mega Drive’s The Revenge of Shinobi. It’s a completely different kettle of fish from any Shinobi game featuring a collection of five (yes, five) versions of the legendary Joe Mushashi. Each of these clones has their own special abilities and different magic capability. With just one, they may seem weak but together they can break down any obstacle, walk on water and even defy t...
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Bouken Danshaken Don San-Heart Hen (TurboGrafx-16)

Bouken Danshaken Don San-Heart Hen review (TG16)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

Bouken Danshaken Don San-Heart Hen takes the world of horizontally-scrolling shooters and cracks it with a sledgehammer two or three times. Produced by I’Max for the PC Engine in 1992, it combines a few out-of-the-ordinary gameplay features with the sort of insane visuals I haven’t seen since the last time I dropped acid.
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Ultimate Basketball (NES)

Ultimate Basketball review (NES)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

With the explosion in accessible information and playable video game roms via the Internet, few video games remain truly obscure to this day. Chances are, if a game is worth playing for any reason, someone has played it and felt the need to inform others. Games formerly considered obscure due to short/limited production runs (Radiant Silvergun) or translation issues (Bahamut Lagoon) are soon exposed by diehard fans on the Internet who appreciate the value of the gameplay.
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Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III (Arcade)

Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III review (ARC)

Reviewed on April 29, 2005

If this game were content to be called, unremarkably, Warrior Blade, it would not annoy me nearly as much. As it stands, the full name of this unremarkable beat-em-up is Warrior Blade: Rastan Saga Episode III, allegedly part of a trilogy no one remembers. If the other "Rastan Saga" entries were similar to this one, let us pause to give thanks that Taito did not wish to share them with their stupid rich gaijin buddies. I may be very alone in thinking this, but when a game wis...
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Tokimeki Check In (PC)

Tokimeki Check In review (PC)

Reviewed on April 27, 2005

The grass is always greener where we are not, so it's reasonable that Takayuki Yamano dreams of a life out in the big, wide world. It's understandable that he wants to break away from the family business and create his own niche. That is to say, it would be understandable if his clan ran a more mundane enterprise, but the Yamano Inn is not an ordinary vacation spot. It's a hot spring resort, especially popular with gorgeous young women looking to blow off some steam. And this guy wants to es...
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Ys II Eternal (PC)

Ys II Eternal review (PC)

Reviewed on April 25, 2005

In an age of bad graphics and niche systems came a game known as Ys. The name, near-impossible as it is to pronounce to those who first see it (It sounds like east, without the t) sparks one of three emotions to those that hear of it: Sheer love, for the game's brilliant gameplay and Adol's silent charm; Pure hatred, at the game's difficulty level and 'simple' push-to-attack mechanics; or that intense feeling of confusion at the fact that this is the first time they've ever heard of this ...
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The Lost Vikings (PC)

The Lost Vikings review (PC)

Reviewed on April 24, 2005

The Lost Vikings is bursting at the seams; not just because of the intensely challenging puzzles, the sheer mass of levels but because of the creative and innovative style that it brought forward. Its genre is a well crafted blend of a puzzle game and a platform title, although it tends to push to more puzzles than platforming aspects. Whatever you want to call it, The Lost Vikings is an innovative, challenging and humorous game to play.
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Driver (PlayStation)

Driver review (PSX)

Reviewed on April 23, 2005

Being an undercover cop sounds to me like a kind of mental torture, where I am always constantly paranoid that my identity shall be exposed at any moment and inspire the wrath of several Mr. Blonde types with Brooklyn accents, begging the question of why I worked for The Man in the first place. No thanks, I like having ears and all. For a badass like Tanner, an ex-racer/swinger/hustler cop, life is dull unless you're constantly holding on to life by the fingertips, and the best sensation in the ...
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Wizards & Warriors (NES)

Wizards & Warriors review (NES)

Reviewed on April 22, 2005

One of the first NES games I ever played was Acclaim’s Wizards and Warriors. Back then, I thought this game was flat-out spectacular. Yeah, it was a bit on the easy side thanks to a system that gave you unlimited continues, but all that meant to me was that Wizards and Warriors was a game I could pick up and beat on those days where I just didn’t feel like enduring the heartbreak of losing my last life fighting the final boss (I’m looking at you, Blaster Master!).
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Final Fantasy X-2 (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy X-2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 21, 2005

Final Fantasy.... you may like it, or you may hate it, but the fact is that you've heard of it. No matter if your gaming habits are centered around consoles, or not, the chances are that you will have heard of the Final Fantasy series on number of occasions.
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Shinobi (PlayStation 2)

Shinobi review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 21, 2005

Shinobi isn’t for the weak of heart. It’s always demanding, and it offers no forgiveness if you fail to deliver when it asks you to. If you cannot handle intense ninja action moves, stages that lack checkpoints, or mildly taxing platforming, then you should consider picking up a copy of Billy Hatcher instead.
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Tsukiyo no Saraba (PlayStation 2)

Tsukiyo no Saraba review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 20, 2005

I remember walking out of the theatre after watching the original Matrix movie, totally blown away at all the fresh ideas it had brought to the table, and completely stunned at how insanely cool Bullet-time was. Then a year or so later the movie Kung Pow (possibly the single worst movie ever made) featured a horrible CG cow doing kung-fu in bullet time, and the special effect had officially worn out it's welcome.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (Xbox)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords review (XBX)

Reviewed on April 19, 2005

Now, I’ve played the original Knights of the Old Republic, and found it simply extraordinary. That was a game that offered everything: an unforgettably epic story, the ability to explore worlds one could only otherwise imagine, as well as a delightful freedom of morality that hardly ever ceased to be entertaining. It all melded into an experience that only comes once in a lifetime. Of course, when the sequel to that very game was released a scant year later, from a brand new developer ...
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Come See Me Tonight 2 (PC)

Come See Me Tonight 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on April 19, 2005

With Come See Me Tonight 2, the developers at Sekilala continue to explore Japanese clothing fetishes. Their choice for the debut was weak, simply casual kimonos, and worn by waitresses no less. This time around they focused on a more distinctive treat, the crisp white shirt and crimson hakama of a traditional shrine maiden. Outfits aside though, the sequel and predecessor have much in common. That's not necessarily a good thing, as the first game wasn't a powerhouse of the adult bi...
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Taz-Mania (Sega Master System)

Taz-Mania review (SMS)

Reviewed on April 18, 2005

That dizzyingly hyper Taz is hungry once more. Of course, anyone familiar with that cooky freak knows that when Taz's stomach rumbles, he needs something fast to go yummy in his tummy. This time, Taz disembarks to the Lost Valley; a hidden gulch bearing numerous treats that he is just dying to get his hands on.
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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (PlayStation 2)

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 18, 2005

When I think of sexy, the first thing that comes to mind is a lovely young woman. But when it comes to games I think “Devil May Cry 3.” The wait is finally over, and Capcom finally did things right. Anything and everything that went wrong with Dante's second outing has been fixed. There are all sorts of changes and some new features to make this game perfect.
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Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

Viewtiful Joe review (GCN)

Reviewed on April 17, 2005

Viewtiful Joe failed to live up to its hype. I read a ton of magazine reviews on the game and I found scores of 90% and over. I checked GameFAQS (hardly the most trustworthy of places to go to for review scores) and found that amongst the fan boy trash lay reviews from quality authors giving it the thumbs up. The cover of the box had a sticker saying 93% on it, it must be something special. Unfortunately, Viewtiful Joe is nothing more than a problematic, repetitive and boring game that fills...
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Kirby Super Star (SNES)

Kirby Super Star review (SNES)

Reviewed on April 15, 2005

If the only part of Kirby Super Star that I’d played was the “Milky Way Wishes” adventure, I’d be slapping a “10” on this SNES compilation cart so fast it’d make your head spin!
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