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Espgaluda (PlayStation 2)

Espgaluda review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

Though it may not happen very often, there are times when I am thankful to be living in Japan. While the locals may put asparagus on their pizza and sell used panties in their vending machines, there is one characteristic of the Japanese that my Gaijin brain can actually comprehend... their continued fascination with the old school shooter. Be it of the vertical or horizontal scrolling variety, this classic genre is thankfully still alive and taking quarters in the land of the Rising Sun. And th...
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Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)

Grabbed by the Ghoulies review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

Over the past 20 years, few developers have been as consistent or as critically acclaimed as Rare. Starting life as a small bedroom based code shop in the late 1970's, they soon rose to the forefront of a fledgling game industry with a string of classic titles for the now defunct, though still much loved, Sinclair Spectrum. In the years since, their keen eye for quality has become something of a calling card as time and time again, Rare developed games have gone on to assume near legendary statu...
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Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

Ninja Gaiden review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

The problem with hype and anticipation is that it's pretty much a vicious circle. One creates the other, while the other feeds the one. Round and round this madness goes, building momentum and whipping fan boys up into near fanatical states of delirium. With the street date drawing closer the excitement level inevitably comes to a head as bladders quiver at the merest mention of the object in question. It's unfortunate then that for much of the time, the actual finished product is totally incapa...
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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Game Boy Advance)

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising review (GBA)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

"Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
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Pikmin 2 (GameCube)

Pikmin 2 review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

Next time you think you're getting the raw end of the stick at work, I beg you to spare a thought for Nintendo's often abused Pikmin. For these charmingly innocent do' ers of good are the poster children of workplace abuse. All day every day they toil the back breaking labors of life without even the smallest of compensations. Pulling the long hours from dawn to dusk, they shake it hard for the Man while dodging the constant dangers that lurk around every corner. Dying in their thousands, their ...
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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (GameCube)

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

Of all the great gaming icons ever to grace our living room screens, Nintendo's Link stands as perhaps the most fervently adored. Sure a little Italian plumber by the name of Mario may have cornered the mainstream market, but that hasn't stopped Link's army of dungeon crawling fanatics from declaring their favorite series #1. And why not be enthusiastic? For over the course of the past 20 years, the Legend of Zelda has spawned a steady stream of quality titles that have captured the hearts of yo...
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Silent Hill 4: The Room (PlayStation 2)

Silent Hill 4: The Room review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 22, 2004

There comes a time in the life cycle of every franchise where its developers are faced with one of two choices. Should they cut their losses now and bow out respectfully? Remembered if they're lucky for their crowning achievements and other assorted mile stones. Or should they risk everything and plow forever onwards? Hoping against hope that the magic of old will carry them on, even when such concepts as innovation and originality have fallen by the wayside. On one hand there is honor and respe...
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Super Mario Kart (SNES)

Super Mario Kart review (SNES)

Reviewed on August 21, 2004

I dislike racing games, most of the time. They seem to be bland and repetitive, going around a track, lap after lap until you finish, then after that it feels like ''Oh wow! That was fun!!'' (Sarcastic tone). Going around in circles repeatedly isn't really my cup of tea but after an invite to a pals house many years ago, my interest was rekindled by his SNES and his copy of Super Mario Kart. Who would have thought it? Nintendo plucked eight characters from the immensely popular Mario se...
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Transfer Student (PC)

Transfer Student review (PC)

Reviewed on August 21, 2004

Initially set for release in 1999, Transfer Student was a highly anticipated title in the English bishoujo game market. Advance word indicated the game would feature many desirable elements: multiple endings, multiple girls, and of course multiple sexual encounters. Add to that the fact the game was coming from JastUSA, a company whose triumvirate of Seasons of the Sakura, Three Sisters' Story, and Runaway City had made an important impression on North Ameri...
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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PlayStation)

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 20, 2004

Throughout the glory days of the eight- and 16-bit systems, Konamiís Castlevania series earned a reputation as a tough, unforgiving collection of platform games. Moving your fragile (taking as few as four hits to kill) hero through level after level loaded with bottomless pits and awkwardly-placed enemies proved to be a frustrating task. An emotionally rewarding task, as beating Dracula, Death and the rest of the gang was an accomplishment to be proud of, but still a frustrating one.
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Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (PlayStation 2)

Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 19, 2004

Youíre driving down the pavement, buzzing past every single car ahead. With your level 4 turbo kit, youíre the meanest machine on the track. Then, you approach a curve, and you slam on the brakes, struggling to stay on the road. Instead of making the turn, you fly to the opposite side, hitting the wall and spinning out. As you try to right your car, the cavalry of cars you just past scream around the curve, passing you. No, this isnít a real race; itís the ultra realistic Gran Turismo. Itís so r...
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Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

Viewtiful Joe review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 19, 2004

Ever heard the word "viewtiful" before? Yes, it's not really a word, unless somebody decides to add it to the dictionary. When looking at a few screenshots or videos the first time, it was hard not to think something along these lines:
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Mega Man Battle Network (Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Network review (GBA)

Reviewed on August 19, 2004

Megaman has been in everything. His first games were platformers, but he eventually got himself a fighting game, a 3-D adventure game, and a freaking soccer game. But that wasn't enough for Capcom! In 2001, they created Megaman Battle Network, adding ''RPG'' to the blue bomber's repertoire of genres. What's next, a card battler? (What? They already did that?) Regardless of how many games this guy is in, MMBN is a solid game with a few flaws, but that shouldn't deter an RPG fan look...
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Donkey Kong Country (SNES)

Donkey Kong Country review (SNES)

Reviewed on August 19, 2004

It was a story so eloquent that youíd think Shakespeare had penned it. Donkey Kong, a large ape, woke up to find his enormous horde of bananas was missing. Enlisting the help of Diddy Kong, a smaller (and less useful, as a few enemies just donít succumb readily to his weaker attack) ape, the powerful primate sets off on a trail of revenge and redemption....a trail that would not reach its end until heíd bested each and every one of the vile Kremlings and regained his sweet, sweet fruit. Eat your...
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Sonic CD (Sega CD)

Sonic CD review (SCD)

Reviewed on August 16, 2004

I have quite a collection of Mega CD games, ranging from fast paced fighters, razor sharp shooters and quite a few of those blurred FMV games that gave you a damn headache to play. One game that stands out in my room though is Sonic CD, a definite classic without a shadow of a doubt and probably one of the better Sonic games of the bunch and believe you me it takes Sonic Heroes and rips it to shreds. Heck, it even beats Sonic 3 in some areas and by taking classic Sonic style gameplay and blendin...
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Resident Evil: Code Veronica (Dreamcast)

Resident Evil: Code Veronica review (DC)

Reviewed on August 14, 2004

You think they've dug as low as they can get, and then someone throws them a shovel.
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Darius Twin (SNES)

Darius Twin review (SNES)

Reviewed on August 11, 2004

Maybe the original Darius wasnít the greatest shooter ever made. It wasnít as intricate and demanding as R-Type or as simple and mindlessly fun as other early shooters, but it was still a quality game. Heck, I can safely say the PC Engine port (Darius Plus) is worth playing solely for the boss battles. With a total of 16 beautifully rendered robotic menaces derived from various forms of aquatic life, the original bosses of Darius were sheer works of art. Combine that with some rich, colorful gra...
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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! (NES)

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! review (NES)

Reviewed on August 10, 2004

Fear the man himself -- not the game. Mike Tyson, perhaps the greatest boxer ever, one to create fear in every opponent's heart! Not a bad idea at all from Nintendo! So it was then that I saw the name. Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!. A shock of fear went down my spine, knowing the difficulty that would surely lie ahead of me! Together with two exclamation marks, and you know Mike Tyson wants some food -- his opponents. I fought back my fear, turned the NES on and popped Mike Tyson's Punch Out!!...
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Cabela's Dangerous Hunts (PlayStation 2)

Cabela's Dangerous Hunts review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 10, 2004

How many of you out there have flipped around and checked out the outdoor channel, and saw some guy in a tree, whispering, ''Well ainít she beauty, thatís a trophy'', or something similar? The NRA and every tree hugging animal lover have been going at it for quite awhile, because hunters have been killing ''defenseless little animals for sport''. To people like Ted Nugent, the motto in response is ''killíem and grillíem''. However, in Activisionís next hunting title, you find yourself on the oth...
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Xenogears (PlayStation)

Xenogears review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 09, 2004

SQUARE is most noted for it's excellent Final Fantasy franchise, one of the most popular franchises to ever hit the videogame circuit. However, they have expanded from just Final Fantasy in the past with excellent and popular games such as Chrono Trigger and Parasite Eve, and Xenogears is no exception.
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