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Chivalry (Apple II)

Chivalry review (APP2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

KNAVE! Didst thou believe that Mario and his ilk brought party games and 'minigames' to the gaming world? Thine own eyes and ears deceive thee yet again. Ye should know that the first true party game - that is, a die-rolling boardgame concept for multiple players, crammed with arcade mini-games - was Chivalry for the Apple II, released in 1983 by Optimum Resource. If thou canst find a TRUE example of an arcade-board-party game hailing from an even earlier time, I'll eat yon squire's hat! ...
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Grabbed by the Ghoulies (Xbox)

Grabbed by the Ghoulies review (XBX)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Since Rare moved over to the Microsoft ship, the team has been hard at work on numerous titles for the Xbox, while putting out a small title in the midst of the process. Grabbed By The Ghoulies was not received well by critics, as well as by fans of the development team. Most are certain that Rare has fallen from grace, while many agree that the company is brewing up something special, and wanted to have something released for the system by the end of the fiscal year. Regardless of the constant ...
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Silent Hill 3 (PlayStation 2)

Silent Hill 3 review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Well, it looks as if Silent Hill 3 has finally hit the states, and wherever else it hit at that time, to boot. About time, after nearly five delays. Let me state this before you read the review: I am a huge fan of Silent Hill 2. I felt as if it were near perfection of the feeling that you get when you become too scared to continue playing. The game was grainy in the “light” version of the town, and petrifying in the “dark” version of the town. I was expecting Silent Hill 3 to succeed it in every...
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Manhunt (PlayStation 2)

Manhunt review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

It had to come sooner or later: a game where the complete trademark revolving around all of the action is finding new and inspiring ways to remove a man’s head from his shoulders. And to think that “New Line Cinema” isn’t in the publisher’s title! Even so, you can always rely on Rockstar Games to come up with some brand new idea to push the envelope, and Manhunt is no exception. While being fueled on the concept of blood and gore, the game revolves around sneaking from one area to the next, maki...
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Canyon Climber (Apple II)

Canyon Climber review (APP2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Canyon Climber is the second-worst game ever made for the Apple II. The worst would have to be U.F.O., but let's not get ahead of ourselves.
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Contra: Shattered Soldier (PlayStation 2)

Contra: Shattered Soldier review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Ahhh, yes. It is the ever-so long awaited return of one of the most notorious video games series of all-time: Contra. Contra had “returned” in many forms throughout the recent years on the PlayStation (One) and such, however, the “return” was more like a slap in the face of us Contra fans. This, as well as the not-so-true-to-the-original remake of Contra III: The Alien Wars on The Game Boy Advance, proved to most gamers that the Contra series was just a far, long lost memory, and shell of its fo...
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ICO (PlayStation 2)

ICO review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

One of the key ingredients to a successful game, as most would say, is common a marketing technique. Whether it is a gimmick that a specific title uses, or a certain household name to boost sales, bad games tend to sell decently based on something that is completely driven away from the original concept of having fun. ICO is the complete opposite of what I am discussing here, and for such a good reason: it uses no gimmicks, it has no star-power, and it is not a flashy title. Playing ICO is like ...
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Maximo vs. Army of Zin (PlayStation 2)

Maximo vs. Army of Zin review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Maximo VS Army of Zin, the long-awaited sequel to the critical success Maximo Ghosts To Glory, is a lot like your hamster rolling around in a ball: it’s cute, quirky, lots of fun, and has a certain charm to it-much like the first game in the series, although several gameplay elements have changed, and for the better. The game’s difficulty has been toned down to the point that casual players that are attracted to the box art alone can pick the game up, and actually beat it this time around withou...
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Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection (PlayStation 2)

Return to Castle Wolfenstein: Operation Resurrection review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Return To Castle Wolfenstein is one of the few titles that has received major hype behind it from the PC version of the title, and delivers with a nice touch on every platform it is released on. Obviously, even with the infamous hype, the weakest version of the three currently released is the PlayStation 2 version, as it lacks multiplayer/online play in comparison to the “online heavy” Xbox version. But can it survive without the online play in its deck of cards?
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Beer Run (Apple II)

Beer Run review (APP2)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

Sirius Software's 1982 advertising material called platformer Beer Run 'a light-headed game of suspense.' Certainly the beer puns could flow thick and fast and in a sort of yeasty fashion where this game is concerned. But except for the twin schticks of cuteness and having a really cool title, Beer Run is one of Sirius Software's most minor efforts for the Apple II, and the surprise is that it's so slight that it just doesn't prompt any alcohol-related humour at all.
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Bio-Hazard Battle (Genesis)

Bio-Hazard Battle review (GEN)

Reviewed on February 05, 2004

For all the good that scientific advances have done for our planet, there is a dark side to this technology. Whether it be pollution, the threat of nuclear war, chemical weapons such as anthrax or something else, the possibility that our world’s progression could lead to its downfall is present.
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Harvest Moon 64 (Nintendo 64)

Harvest Moon 64 review (N64)

Reviewed on February 04, 2004

Guy gamers are notorious for not being able to get the girl. Why is it though? Mostly because sitting around playing video games all day, is really LAME compared to, oh say watching movies all day. It makes perfect sense! Also, I guess women find it unattractive to get up, scratch your belly, get some bean burritos, then proceed to play games all day without doing anything hygiene oriented! Either way, Natsume has been coming out with games to satisfy the lonely gamer for quite a few years. The ...
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Sengoku (SNES)

Sengoku review (SNES)

Reviewed on February 04, 2004

During the age of the Neo-Geo arcade and home video games, SNK was quite fond of cranking out shooters and brawlers of all shapes and sizes. Whether they were putting mollusk heads on generic thugs in Mutation Nation or creating a new Contra in Metal Slug, one thing seemed clear — whether you liked or disliked the games, you WOULD notice them.
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Mega Man: The Power Battle (Arcade)

Mega Man: The Power Battle review (ARC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

Adventure after adventure finds the Blue Bomber forced to struggle through a thematic assemblage of booby traps and scatterbrained minions before battling the stage's final Robot Master face-to-face. Questions run through my mind when I ponder this fact, such as:
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Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines (PC)

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines review (PC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

''Okay men, it doesn't look good... Our spy got killed trying to steal an enemy uniform. Our truck was blown up with our driver in it. The marine and me are left stranded in this building, and the sapper and the sniper are left hiding in the ruins, with an enemy patrol heading straight for them. There's only one thing for it....''
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Connections (PC)

Connections review (PC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

There are some words that, while individually appear harmless, placed together make a terrifying combination. It's like putting ingredients for a bomb together, or something. One of those words is 'Educational'. Sure, it may bring up memories of days at school where the teacher who you know hated you more than everyone else made you read your 'F' grade homework to the class, after which the school bully hung you up by the underpants, but as a word it's not all that offensive. Another word is 'ga...
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Dungeon Keeper (PC)

Dungeon Keeper review (PC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

Most games cast you as a simpering, whiter-than-white hero, who (most RPG games excepting) has virtually no character flaws and is always tall and handsome, or thin and pretty. The sort of people who in real life everyone would just hate ! And so it is with great pleasure that I tell you that Dungeon Keeper by Bullfrog encourages you to bring merry hell upon these people, and then some. At last, justice is served.... on a platter!
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The Curse of Monkey Island (PC)

The Curse of Monkey Island review (PC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

A quick recap: (This paragraph contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the first 2 Monkey Island Games - you have been warned). The Monkey Island saga features Guybrush Threepwood, a young pirate, LeChuck, his undead nemesis, and Elaine, his true love. In the first game, Guybrush is a fairly young boy who wants to become a pirate. You take control as Guybrush arrives on Męlče Island, hoping to achieve this lofty goal. While on the island he meets and falls in love with Elaine Marley, the governor of the isl...
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The Secret of Monkey Island (PC)

The Secret of Monkey Island review (PC)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

It would be easy to simply fill this review up with pirate-y puns and lame pirate or monkey related jokes (after all, that's what the game did). I'll try my best not to though!
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Burai Fighter (NES)

Burai Fighter review (NES)

Reviewed on February 03, 2004

...Okay, maybe R-Type wasn't the best comparison, but it's close. Think Forgotten Worlds - that's more like it. Burai Fighter was one of the games that I got with my NES way back in the day, and it was the second game that I played on the machine. As such, although this game is far from the most technically impressive NES games out there, it really blew me away when I played it, and some of that magic feeling is still present every time that I play the game, even today. I will try my best not to...
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