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Wild Arms 3 (PlayStation 2)

Wild Arms 3 review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 26, 2004

Superficiality has rarely if ever bothered me in a woman, as much as today’s culture urges that it should, but I’d always believed it would bother me in a video game. After all, aren’t I supposed to be looking for depth there? Some unique appeal to make my investment of time worthwhile? This was my frame of mind until I picked up Wild Arms 3 -- a game that convinced me of the joys of the superficial and the gentle pleasure of the shallow.
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Blackthorne (Sega 32X)

Blackthorne review (32X)

Reviewed on June 25, 2004

The Sega 32X. One of the most bashed, beaten and humiliated piece of technology ever to ever enter anybody’s home, well in the last ten years anyway. This Genesis add-on did not reach the success of its predecessor, which was a real shame. When you think of the mistakes that were made in the releasing of this console, like timing and the price of it they could really been prevented and then I guess maybe the 32X could have been a small success instead of gargantuan failure. Anyway, one of the ga...
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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 25, 2004

Depending on your sense of humor, the picture of Mario - Nintendo's mascot plumber - in an RPG can either be hysterical or terrifying, especially considering the track record of the company making it. Envision Mario delivering long, angsty monologues, or Bowser brainwashing Luigi into helping him kidnap Princess Toadstool. Perhaps, instead of dispatching enemies with the traditional bop of the head, Mario can swing a sword at thin air and watch a number pop above its head!
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Betrayal at Krondor (PC)

Betrayal at Krondor review (PC)

Reviewed on June 25, 2004

One of the worst things one can say about console RPGs in general is that they are not games, but ''interactive novels''. It seems to be a law of the universe that this argument must pop up in ever console vs. PC debate. The PC side will most likely then turn around and point at the endless customization and choices that every player of computer RPGs must face, then haughtily dismiss their cousins on the console as pathetic imitations of the real thing. Perhaps I generalize, but undoubtedly PC R...
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Pyramid (NES)

Pyramid review (NES)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

Even compared to the rest of AVE's hardly circulated NES library, Pyramid is difficult to find. There's a reason for that. Rarely has a game so blatantly missed its mark, and never before have apparently competent designers shown so much disregard for a blaring, fatal flaw.
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Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee review (GCN)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

Back in 1999, Nintendo and HAL presented us with an unexpected gem of a game called Super Smash Brothers: an insanely fun, innovative 2D fighter involving a dozen Nintendo mascots as combatants. A sequel seemed a good idea to all, and HAL – belatedly – obliged, with Super Smash Bros. Melee appearing as one of the big near-launch titles for the GameCube. The two-and-a-half year wait was a long one for anxious fans – the dearth of other fighters on the Nintendo 64 saw to that – but Melee has made ...
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Daze Before Christmas (SNES)

Daze Before Christmas review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

I’ve been playing Daze Before Christmas for a while and really enjoy it. Admitting my liking for this 1994 Sunsoft platformer is a pretty easy thing to do — explaining why I like it isn’t such a simple task.
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Insector X (Genesis)

Insector X review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

I really wanted to love Insector X. In a shooter genre overloaded with military planes and bizarrely-shaped spaceships, this Genesis game looked to be a breath of fresh air. Controlling a robotic insect, you’d get to engage in battle with other flying critters, both large and small. Sure, the differences would likely only be cosmetic, but considering how many shooters I’ve played that seemed to be little more than copies of more established names, even superficial cosmetic changes would be very ...
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The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis)

The Revenge of Shinobi review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

Shinobi was one of the game series that made Sega. Shinobi was originally an arcade game before being ported onto the Sega Master System in the 80's. What followed was a series of games for the Master System and also onto Sega's 16-bit console the Genesis. The Revenge of Shinobi was Mr.Mushashi's first 16-bit adventure and was definitely one of the best games on the system until the Genesis died in 1997. Once, again Sega had showed their skill at making great action games without a loud and colo...
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Last Battle (Genesis)

Last Battle review (GEN)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

Imagine a world plagued by the aftermath of a deadly and destructive war, a post apocalyptic nightmare now ruled by rampaging and looting biker gangs who go from town to town raiding the survivors of much needed food and water and murdering defenceless people just for the fun of it. Also consider the fact of a power hungry king ruling over what is left of the world with an iron fist with a large vicious army ready to obey his every command. Sounds like hell on earth doesn’t it. Well it’s the f...
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Altered Beast (Arcade)

Altered Beast review (ARC)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

As I pick through the mind of retro gamers and those who dig “old school” I have never found a fan of Altered Beast. “Boy! That game stinks!” is usually the response I get and when I defend it I get something like “What the **** are you on?” It seems, now the mist has well cleared and the cobwebs have now settled on this archaic action classic and most people are now ready to forget it, despite Sega’s attempts to re-launch it on more up to date systems.
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Mega Man: The Power Battle (Arcade)

Mega Man: The Power Battle review (ARC)

Reviewed on June 24, 2004

Mega Man: The Power Battle was a fighting game in the arcades featuring the Blue Bomber, his friends and the cast of unforgettable “men” from his various other hits on the NES and SNES. It contained a selection of bosses from the series and threw you in numerous confrontations against these with the ability to play as Mega Man, his bro, Protoman and their rival/ally Forte, whom I had never heard of until I played this game as to be honest I ain’t a huge Mega Man fan.
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N2O: Nitrous Oxide (PlayStation)

N2O: Nitrous Oxide review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 22, 2004

Balance. In the end, that is what it is all about. Nothing more, nothing less, than balance.
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Uniracers (SNES)

Uniracers review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 22, 2004

Picture this in your head, if you can. A Unigod, who rules over the Universe, creating anything he wants. Eventually, he got bored, as I imagine a Unigod would if he could do whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. One day, he meets a beautiful young princess, and tries to think of the weirdest possible thing to create, to not only squash his boredom but to impress her.
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AFL Live 2004 (PlayStation 2)

AFL Live 2004 review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 22, 2004

I will admit right off the bat, that I have never been a big fan of sports games. I love watching sports, but playing them never interested me. Nevertheless, I decided to purchase and play AFL Live 2004, because the idea of a new game based on my favourite sport intrigued me. I do own AFL '99 for PC, and thought it was okay, but I wanted to play a newer, console version, in the hopes that it would be executed better.
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Kingdom Hearts (PlayStation 2)

Kingdom Hearts review (PS2)

Reviewed on June 22, 2004

Kingdom Hearts was supposed to be one of those rare perfect games. Square, the undisputed king of RPGs, and Disney, everyone's childhood sweethearts, working together to create a gaming masterpiece that was supposed to appeal to the child in us all. Sadly, it's fallen far short of this hypothetical mark.
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Parasite Eve II (PlayStation)

Parasite Eve II review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 20, 2004

I still remember the day I heard about this game called Parasite Eve II. A friend of mine was selling it for five bucks, and seeing as I had just purchased a Playstation and had only one game for it, I thought, why not. I think I got a pretty good deal right there, that day.
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X-Change (PC)

X-Change review (PC)

Reviewed on June 20, 2004

If in earlier days, or perhaps even now, you were like most young men -- and all you ladies out there, I’m guessing you weren’t -- you probably at some point wished yourself a girl. That’s right -- a frilly dress-wearing, tea party-hosting, Nancy Drew-reading girl. Well I’m here to disillusion you and hopefully break you of those twisted desires, because if X-Change is any indicator -- and knowing the reputed mystical insights possessed by your average Japanese game designer, it probably ...
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (PC)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic review (PC)

Reviewed on June 19, 2004

In that familiar galaxy far, far away, some 4000 years before the long-ago events of the two Star Wars film trilogies, the Republic is threatened by a Sith army led by Darth Malak. Its fate lies with the sultry yet sour-mouthed Jedi Bastilla, who possesses a potent ability called Battle Meditation that allowed her to kill Malak’s former master Revan. She’s not doing so well as the game opens, though, as a Sith armada destroys her vessel and forces her to hide out on Taris, a decaying urban world...
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Ardy Lightfoot (SNES)

Ardy Lightfoot review (SNES)

Reviewed on June 19, 2004

It's not difficult to see why companies often make platformers starring cute mascots. After all, making a lovable talking animal is far more easier than making, say, a lovable angst-filled teenager. Mario, despite being an overweight plumber with approximately zero charisma, is nonetheless one of the most recognizable icons of video gaming. Platformers are also quite easy to develop; they may add new abilities or introduce new elements, but you could still get by perfectly with the run-and-jump ...
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