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Imogen (PC)

Imogen review (PC)

Reviewed on January 22, 2004

Freeware is the refuge of the broke of pocket. Or the tech-savvy brokenicks, at least. Oh, sure, there's ROMs and abandonware out there too, but I was over so budget enough this month that I got wary at the thought of handling anything that might have once cost money.
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Pipe Dream (NES)

Pipe Dream review (NES)

Reviewed on January 22, 2004

I'm usually not a big fan of puzzlers, but Pipe Dream nevertheless enthralled me thanks to its simple designs and a totally intuitive game play. As you may have guessed, this game revolves around pipes, your main objective being to build consistent pipelines to allow a white sticky liquid to flow through it. The core principles are really that simple, but of course, the game itself is challenging and very tough (near the end) while never losing its charm.
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Chrono Cross (PlayStation)

Chrono Cross review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 21, 2004

Chrono Trigger is one of the most highly regarded RPGs ever released. It’s not because the storyline is original. In fact, the storyline is awfully clichéd. Squaresoft uses all the clichés (a noble warrior, a silent protagonist and a feisty princess) to forge something of a parody of the RPG genre. The parody was a subtle one, but the graphics, music and gameplay all mixed splendidly to create a humorous and unforgettable adventure. All of the fans expected the sequel to be one of Go...
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Illusion of Gaia (SNES)

Illusion of Gaia review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 21, 2004

Zelda clone.
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 21, 2004

The idea that Americans need an ''easy'' RPG to introduce them to the genre is already quite insulting, especially considering that games like Wizardry have been around in the US far before anyone knew what Dragon Warrior was. It's no big wonder that RPGs in the early 1990's were ill-received, anyway; not only were they often primitive, monotonous affairs, but they were usually plagued with god-awful translations laden with ridiculous censorship.
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Fighting Vipers (Saturn)

Fighting Vipers review (SAT)

Reviewed on January 19, 2004

Fighting Vipers was the unheard voice back when the Arcade vs. Consoles debate was at its peak. While ported games like Virtua Fighter, Tekken, and Mortal Kombat were scrutinized under the limelight when compared to their Arcade counter-parts, Fighting Vipers was snuck into the home market without much fanfare. Over eight years later, despite the fact that it wasn’t recognized at its time, FV is held as one of the most solid fighting titles for the Satur...
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Deus Ex: Invisible War (Xbox)

Deus Ex: Invisible War review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 18, 2004

The first Deus Ex was, apparently, an excellent game. A game filled with conspiracy, worldwide collapse and headshots galore. But, did it have Penguins? Possibly. I haven't played it so who knows? All I know is that DX2 delivers all the conspiracy, mindless violence and nanites a man can stomach and then tosses flammable wildlife into the mix. It's a game destined for greatness, surely.
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Mega Man 2 (NES)

Mega Man 2 review (NES)

Reviewed on January 18, 2004

Did you ever have any friends when you were a kid, like in elementary school, that you were best friends in the world with? It seemed like nothing could tear you apart. But one day down the road in high school, you two eventually became nothing more than just another face in the crowd to each other with seemingly no regard whatsoever as to the great times you've had in the past. You see a former friend you haven't seen in a few years in the hallway and part of you wants to walk up to them and sa...
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The Adventures of Bayou Billy (NES)

The Adventures of Bayou Billy review (NES)

Reviewed on January 18, 2004

Admittedly, The Adventures of Bayou Billy is usually unsatisfactory, uninviting, and outrageous. The storyline is pure putrid poppycock! From the outset, the game seems a bit hopeless; what was Konami thinking? Does this title have a purpose?
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Xbox)

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 18, 2004

Make no mistake: this is not a traditional experience. There is no alien race to shoot down in your airship before they invade the earth and exterminate humanity. There is no noble hero, taking up a sword to battle through an evil empire in hopes of rescuing a damsel in distress. In fact, there are ONLY damsels, and none of these beauties are in any kind of distress. The only grief these dolls may have had was finding out they’ve been invited to Zack Island, where they were expecting to find ano...
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Hot Shots Golf 3 (PlayStation 2)

Hot Shots Golf 3 review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 17, 2004

There's little to dislike about Hot Shots Golf 3, a simulation if not a bit too cartoony, a childlike representation of the sport if not a bit too realistic and unforgiving in the early going. It will likely find appeal with all audiences, even those not really jumping at the opportunity to play a golf game. Unlocking new items, equipment, features, golfers of varying abilities and diverse courses, plus entering tournaments to fill your trophy room, will guarantee some longevity for the t...
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NBA Hangtime (Nintendo 64)

NBA Hangtime review (N64)

Reviewed on January 17, 2004

By the time of NBA Hangtime's release, the NBA Jam series had proved to the world that it deserves a place among the best sports games of all time. Even many non-sports video game fans (such as myself) loved NBA Jam and NBA Jam T.E. Both titles deemed themselves worthy of the Video Game Hall of Fame; it's unfortunate that there's no such thing.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

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

Reviewed on January 17, 2004

Oh RPGs, where art thou! Screamed the fair Xbox.
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Beyond Good & Evil (Xbox)

Beyond Good & Evil review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 17, 2004

It's always a shame to see a game like this get passed up for the next installment in the Final Fantasy series. Or, as I like to say; ''Pretty boy and his pretty friends defeat overly pretty villan''. When pieces of gaming art like Beyond Good and Evil are passed up for the next in a line of cookie-cutter RPG's it makes me weep for the future. You'd be doing yourself a favor to pick up BG&E, it's bound to leave it's mark on you and become an instant classic in your mind even if it isn't recogniz...
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Pole Position (Arcade)

Pole Position review (ARC)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

I remember a few years ago when just about every arcade I would go to had a Pole Position cabinet backed against a corner somewhere inside. Many of the small arcades (here's to remembering Battles Skating Rink!) didn't have any racing games but Pole Position.
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Centipede (Arcade)

Centipede review (ARC)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

Centipede. Now that was always a fun and original game. I had played and enjoyed it for years on the Atari 2600 before I ever saw it in the arcade. Once I finally got the chance to play the arcade version of it, I noticed that the graphics were a lot different from the 2600 version (well that's a gimme), and that the gameplay seemed a bit faster. But the biggest difference between the two is the way the game is controlled.
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Ms. Pac-Man (Arcade)

Ms. Pac-Man review (ARC)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

There's no doubt about it, I've played Ms. Pac-Man more than I have any other arcade game by a huge margin. This compelling sequel throws in everything that was great about Pac-Man, along with new things that make it all the much better.
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Pac-Man (Arcade)

Pac-Man review (ARC)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

I don't know for sure what the most popular arcade game of all time is, but I know that Pac-Man is definitely sitting pretty high on the list. The reason it was and still is so popular is because it's so simple to play. You won't have to use much of your brain at all to learn how to play Pac-Man, but if you want to learn strategy you might. Pac-Man was also a game that could easily become addicting after only one or two plays.
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Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES)

Zombies Ate My Neighbors review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

You gotta love it when you buy a used game and don't have the instruction booklet for it and the game itself leaves you wondering what the real story is all about. In Zombies Ate My Neighbors, it's apparent that the world is under attack, and two kids get to live the dream of their lives. They get to be the heroes! We don't need any Superman leaping tall buildings or a Captain Picard to cruise through space; a skinny freak boy with 3D glasses and an average looking teenage girl who both w...
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Pac-Attack (Genesis)

Pac-Attack review (GEN)

Reviewed on January 16, 2004

It seems developers have no problem these days with using their star characters to promote other games that are hardly relative. A quick look through the gaming platforms of old uncover several titles which are basically simple in execution, but with a mascot on top. Something that may spring to mind is Dr.Mario – a poor Tetris clone with Nintendo’s plumber hero stuck in for a few cheap sales. He’s not the only victim however. Sega threw sonic into a pinball machine for Sonic Spinball, although ...
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