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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review (GCN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

I've got a great idea for a game: you play as a young princess, and your goal is to eat loads of baked beans, sprouts and such. I call it Zelda: The Wind Maker..... Anyone?? Okay, that's it for the flatulence jokes in this review. I promise.
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Zoop (Genesis)

Zoop review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

It's always reassuring to know that the game developers are excited about their product. Their confidence that the game is good brings confidence to us, as consumers. Sometimes, though, developers get so excited that they stop seeming confident and start to delve into the realms of sheer barminess. Such over-eagerness is seen on the packaging of Zoop for the Sega Mega Drive. The back cover blurb promises ''brain-burning action'' and ''Intensifying gameplay''. Blimey! Furthermore, reading the ins...
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Two Crude Dudes (Genesis)

Two Crude Dudes review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

A fair few years ago now, a game appeared in the arcades and on the humble NES called 'Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja'. It became something of a cult hit, not least because of the shockingly awful opening line, which asks if you are 'a bad enough dude' to rescue the President (or President Ronnie in the Arcade version) from the ninjas. Despite the fact that, although fun in small doses, Bad Dudes wasn't very good, it spawned a sequel. Well, half-sequel, really. Two Crude Dudes on the Sega Mega Drive...
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Theme Park (Genesis)

Theme Park review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

A fair few years ago now, while browsing through the second hand section of one of my local game emporiums, I stumbled across a copy of Theme Park for the Mega Drive for £20. Knowing that Theme Park was thought of as a PC classic, but at the time not having a PC, I thought this would be a real bargain: £20 for a game where you could create and run your own theme park (hence the title of the game..) seemed a great deal,. so parting company with my 20 notes I left the store with the game in my swe...
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Street Racer (Genesis)

Street Racer review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Street Racer appeared on several formats in 1995, and it's the Mega Drive version under the microscope here. The brief when creating this game appeared to be to produce a racer that didn't just involve using the cars to race, and while this doesn't make for an exactly unique experience, it certainly made for a refreshing alternative for all the racing game players out there.
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Toki: Going Ape Spit (Genesis)

Toki: Going Ape Spit review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

It seems to be a current trend to mock early Mega Drive games and say how bad they were, despite the fact that, really, they were damn fine games. Altered Beast is on such example. And in a not unexpected twist, Toki: G A S is another.
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The Lion King (Genesis)

The Lion King review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Back in the day, things were different. Children respected their elders. Chicken, apparently, tasted like chicken. And licensed games from uber-cute, kiddie-brainwashing, mouse loving sentimentalists Disney were welcomed with open arms, as opposed to being avoided like a sugar-coated plague. Before Walt started whoring his characters out to the developers of crappy skateboarding games (not Walt himself, obviously, his corpse is currently living in a freezer, eagerly awaiting the day that boffins...
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Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis)

Streets of Rage 2 review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Y'all must have heard of this game. For me it is the definitive MegaDrive title, and one of the greatest games ever. However, for the two people out there who have never heard of it, I'll explain why I have come to this view.
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Spot Goes to Hollywood (Genesis)

Spot Goes to Hollywood review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Remember Spot?? If you don't, then you must surely have heard of 7-up. Anyways, Spot is a kind of mascot for 7-up, and he featured in a few games in the mid-nineties (this particular example coming out in 1995). If you haven't heard of 7-up, then you may as well go read some other review - things aren't gonna get much better.
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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (Genesis)

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

A dense, imposing jungle.... Dangerous snakes, bugs and other creepy-crawlies at every turn... A former hero trying to recapture some past glory one last time.... Ancient relics of the past all over the place.... No, I'm not talking about alarmingly compelling TV crapfest I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!!, but rather the Mega Drive game Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure. A pity in a way, as having Johnny Rotten calling us all by the c-word would definitely have spiced up proceedings somewhat......
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James Pond II - Codename: RoboCod (Genesis)

James Pond II - Codename: RoboCod review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

The younger of you may not remember James Pond, but those of you who remember the 16 bit era will no doubt have spent many happy hours glued to your consoles playing Pond's latest adventure. He was a bit of a videogame icon, y' see. Starring in games across the various systems, Pond was an Agent of F.I.5.H, and featured in several platform games, as well as other diversions, such as Aquatic Games - a kind of Track 'n' Water game. Of all his adventures, though, Codename: Robocod is arguably his m...
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James Pond 3: Operation Starfish (Genesis)

James Pond 3: Operation Starfish review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Don't remember James Pond? If you came to gaming with the 32-bit machines then that's understandable, although in the 16 bit era Pond was a real gaming icon. In the days before Lara Croft or the big orange marsupial our Jimmy was one of the most recognisable game characters, not in the same league as Mario, Luigi and co., Sonic and his friends or Ecco The Dolphin, but not acres behind (especially in his Robocod guise). For the uninitiated, Pond is an agent of F.I.5.H, a kinda sub-aqua MI5, if yo...
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Altered Beast (Genesis)

Altered Beast review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

There are some moments in life that are bound to be a bit special. In the early nineties, to many happy gamers the arrival of Sega's Mega Drive console was one of those moments. They bought their machine, they plugged it in to the telly, many slotted in Altered Beast into the console and switched it on. The tension was growing... would it all be a huge waste of money, or would it be the greatest thing ever? There's a title screen with impressive, thumping arcade-style music: all good so far. The...
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (PlayStation)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Okay then, folks, a quick show of hands. Who knows who Tony Hawk is? Good. Now how many of you had heard of Tony Hawk before the videogames? R-i-i-i-ght.
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Tomb Raider Chronicles (PlayStation)

Tomb Raider Chronicles review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

That Lara Croft, eh? Despite the fact that, at the end of the previous game she.... ( SPOILER ) ...well... died ( END SPOILER ), she heroically turns up, regular as clockwork, ready to claim the Christmas number one spot in the gaming charts. So Christmas 2000 saw Playstation gamers once more taking control of the large-breasted one as she once more returned to do battle with the animal kingdom (if David Attenborough has done a documentary on it, then Lara has added it to the endangered species ...
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Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (PlayStation)

Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Tomb Raider was a massive hit at the time of it's release. It seemed that gamers couldn't get enough of Lara Croft's subterranean exploits. As such, when news of a second adventure for Miss Croft was announced (along with a deal that made the series exclusive to the PC and to Sony's grey box), it was very well received, and Tomb Raider 2 followed it's predecessor straight into the best-sellers list. The suits at Eidos realised that they were onto a winner with the Tomb Raider games, and so swift...
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Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PlayStation)

Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Not very long ago, those kind people at Activision and Neversoft had a brilliant idea - an idea that became the really rather good Spider-Man for the Sony Playstation. If that game made your Spider-sense tingle, then you'll be pleased to know that there's a sequel out, and even more pleased to know that, hey, it's really not that bad either. Well that's good news...
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Spider-Man (PlayStation)

Spider-Man review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Superhero games are never the most eagerly anticipated games on the release schedule. Gamers have learned the hard way, through years and years of substandard piles of junk such as the abysmal Superman 64. However, those superb people at Activision and Neversoft obviously have no idea about how downright bad Superhero games are supposed to be, because when they made Spider-Man for the Playstation, they made it... well... great.
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Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol (PlayStation)

Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

Spec Ops: Stealth Patrol isn't exactly one of the more highly-rated titles to have hit the Playstation. It (and it's sequels) in fact are generally thought of as being downright bad. And I'm not afraid to say that when this game was first popped into my grey box and played, I thought the same thing. I soon changed my mind, though, and here I'll try to explain why.
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Silent Hill (PlayStation)

Silent Hill review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

What was that noise? It could have been a car backfiring in the street, but you think it seemed closer. Was that a creak on the stairs? Probably the wind in the trees outside, but you can't be sure. Hey, wasn't your door shut before? Now you're just being silly. Oh but look at you, you're very pale, you're jumping at the slightest thing, you're having sleepless nights... You've been playing Silent Hill again, haven't you....
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