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Half-Life 2 (PC)

Half-Life 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on January 24, 2005

You know, it’s truly a testament to great game design when you beat a game and feel sad that it’s over. Sure, I can always go back and play through Half-Life 2 again, and I will. But will it have that same "magic" like it did my first time? That “what are they going to throw at me this time” element of surprise; where I constantly anticipating what’s around that next turn or in that building? I know it will still be awesome, and I'll still love it and all that jazz, but is it possible to ...
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ICO (PlayStation 2)

ICO review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 24, 2005

Ico was born with horns on his head. It may look like he’s wearing a helmet, but those two buggers are rooted to the bone. Although such an unfortunate devil-horned child would today undergo scientific study and vivisection, Ico lived in less tolerant times. Local villagers shunned the young boy, believing him cursed; his kin fervently waited for the day he would die. On his twelfth birthday, Ico was carried off by dark horsemen to an enchanting but ominous castle built atop a wave-washed cl...
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Time Crisis II (PlayStation 2)

Time Crisis II review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 23, 2005

Time Crisis 2 is a simple game, but sometimes that’s a good thing. I’m a simple man; I don’t always want to be bombarded with ridiculous amounts of options, puzzles, menus, and storylines that can’t be skipped. Sometimes, I just want to shoot first, ask questions later, like Vin Diesel does in many of his films. Sadly, there are few options out there for people like me, but Namco steps up to the plate and delivers with their lightgun titles, including Time Crisis 2. When you’re han...
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Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)

Resident Evil 4 review (GCN)

Reviewed on January 22, 2005

Maybe things would’ve been better if he stayed home.
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Half-Life: Firearms (PC)

Half-Life: Firearms review (PC)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

Maybe I’m just skeptical by nature. Or perhaps the community outlook for user-made modifications is overly optimistic. It’s important to keep in mind that user-made modifications – and this goes for any game, not just Half-Life – are made by amateurs, and their chances of being even remotely worthwhile are abysmally low. The general attitude seems to be: “Well, it’s a new game, and it’s totally free! How can you possibly go wrong?” Yet time and time again, a new modification is released which pr...
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Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution (PlayStation 2)

Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

If you have even a passing interest in fighting games, chances are you’ve played, or at least heard of Sega’s Virtua Fighter series. As fantastic this latest installment is, Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution’s depth and steep learning curve severely limits its appeal to a very select group of gamers. Only long-time Virtua Fighter fans, hardcore gamers, or anyone with the perseverance and time that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution demands will truly enjoy it for all it’s worth.
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Space Megaforce (SNES)

Space Megaforce review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

With foreboding music playing in the background, the Earth is exhibited at a technological pinnacle with the blue-and-green planet’s nations united in one single coalition. Copilots Ti and Razu of the Earth Defense Force currently lack a diversion from the monotony of their military duties – but they’re about to get one. Cue extraterrestrial space vehicles coming in from the celestial above, their only intent complete and merciless destruction. Mother Earth sends out her offspring to stop this b...
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Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee review (GCN)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

Nintendo decided to take a trip down memory lane again. After the success of Super Smash bros on the N64, they probably thought it would be a good idea to revamp that popular game on the big N’s new (at the time) creation. After gathering the key stars and grouping them together for the first encounter, Nintendo decided to go even further into their library of forgotten and not so forgotten classics. The N64 version provided the player with a substandard cast of fighters, focusing on the true ...
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Ys (NES)

Ys review (NES)

Reviewed on January 20, 2005

Growing up, I never played Ys on my Nintendo Entertainment System.
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Devil May Cry (PlayStation 2)

Devil May Cry review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 19, 2005

In their efforts to show off how much they know, more than a few Capcom enthusiasts are quick to point out that Devil May Cry was originally intended to be the fourth official Resident Evil. Not only is this statement irrelevant (and possibly false) but it’s also misleading: Devil May Cry mirrors the Resident Evil series neither in play nor in pacing.
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Resident Evil 2 (PlayStation)

Resident Evil 2 review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 19, 2005

Am I destined to hate survival horror games? I shudder to think that I might shun an entire genre because of my experience with only one game. However, it just so happens that this one is considered one of the genre’s quintessential games. I usually find the idea of passionately hating a game a bit absurd, but in some cases I really have to make exceptions. Among the most widely acclaimed of these exceptions would have to be Resident Evil 2, a game that’s about as interesting and lively as the z...
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Circle of Blood (PC)

Circle of Blood review (PC)

Reviewed on January 18, 2005

Holiday in Paris – Itinerary for the day.
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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PlayStation 2)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 17, 2005

When Grand Theft Auto III was released, the Grand Theft Auto series made a transition from niche product to mainstream. The follow-up, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, continues this, as it’s basically a slightly improved game with a lot of new content. Constantly I’m finding myself to be the voice of dissent these days, because let me tell you: while Vice City is a good game, it is not stellar. Both this game and its predecessor are impressive primarily because they are successful marriages of mult...
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Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (Game Boy Advance)

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 15, 2005

Out of common self-interest, I tend to avoid terrible games.
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X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES)

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 14, 2005

As true believers may be aware of already, the story of X-Men takes place in a world where certain individuals are prone to genetic mutations which grant them superhuman abilities, i.e. mutants. Naturally, this results in their becoming pariahs, which in turn leads to the more disgruntled ones occasionally deciding to take out their resentment on ordinary humanity.
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Rayman (PC)

Rayman review (PC)

Reviewed on January 14, 2005

I used to think side scrolling platformers were a surefire key to success. Y’know, the Mario clones - where jumping is key and an emphasis on avoiding enemies or engaging in close range combat. Heck, when all you ever played was Mario and Sonic, you’d probably think the same thing. And yes, there are others that do it well too. But somehow, Rayman does not manage to catch the same instant success feel that Mario and Sonic did. It isn’t even a problem with shoddy programming or anything like that...
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Vampire Night (PlayStation 2)

Vampire Night review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 13, 2005

I came across Vampire Night at an old arcade in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. I could tell that the arcade unit had seen some use over the years, but now, it was moved to a far corner, pushed aside and replaced with a fancier, brighter, properly working Time Crisis 3 machine. That Vampire Night game, with its calibration that was more than a hair off and a screen that was a little too dark, still seemed to cry “play me!” I only gave that unit a few of my quarters, but it gave me...
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Suikoden (PlayStation)

Suikoden review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 13, 2005

Once upon a time, when I first bought a Playstation, one of the initial games I purchased was a Konami role-playing game by the name of Suikoden. At first glance, spending money on this game seemed to be a bit of an error in judgement. The graphics looked more suited to a game on the Super Nintendo. More damning was that the plot seemed to be anything but original, as it revolved around a young man beginning his service under the local emperor....only to find out that corruption’s afoot! Yes, th...
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Cosmic Carnage (Sega 32X)

Cosmic Carnage review (32X)

Reviewed on January 11, 2005

One of the few fighters created just for the 32X was an obscure game called Cosmic Carnage. Unlike the majority of those on the system, this one was actually an original game and not a port of an overused arcade title like Mortal Kombat or Primal Rage. It was released only on the 32X, so it is virtually unknown due to that add-on’s failure (it wasn’t the only game to suffer such a fate). A beat-em-up with little innovation or any special qualities to make it stand out in the crowd Cosmic Carnage...
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Kolibri (Sega 32X)

Kolibri review (32X)

Reviewed on January 11, 2005

Novotrade is barely known in the gaming world nowadays. The company themselves may not be known but their classic game “Ecco the Dolphin” probably will. Another game by Novotrade that didn’t become as popular as the Ecco series was “Kolibri” a game similar to Ecco in many ways but had a few original concepts. It was only released on the Sega 32X, the failed console that Sega probably don’t want to hear about ever again. It hit the stores 1995 which was when the gaming world was slowly changing f...
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