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Shadow Madness (PlayStation)

Shadow Madness review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 25, 2004

Throughout the early history of console role-playing games, one common failing was that a game's plot and story just weren't up to par with the actual gameplay. You'd be playing a game with a great battle system, good challenge, cool enemies and challenging gameplay — but the storyline would fall under a generic ''save the princess/slay the bad guy who's taking over the world for reasons unknown'' theme and the most in-depth dialogue would be ''Talk to the King.''
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Alpha Mission (NES)

Alpha Mission review (NES)

Reviewed on January 25, 2004

One of the most popular genres of video game throughout time has been the shoot-em-up (shmup). From the all-time classic Space Invaders to Gradius to Einhander, many gaming systems have made the shmup a key part of their library.
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Call of Duty (PC)

Call of Duty review (PC)

Reviewed on January 25, 2004

Just over the horizon you can faintly make out the wreckage and ruins of Stalingrad. As the ferry transports you and two dozen nervous soldiers to the urban battlefield the commissar reads Comrade Stalin’s latest decree; not a step backwards! The commissar assures you of Mother Russia’s courage, but just as he does, a German Stuka dive bombs on your boat and half of your fellow soldiers lie dead. As the plane turns around for another attack, some soldiers jump out of the ferry in panic. “Tr...
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Atomic Robo-Kid (Genesis)

Atomic Robo-Kid review (GEN)

Reviewed on January 24, 2004

So, your world is on the brink of destruction thanks to the evil mischief caused by a group of diabolical robotic governors. Who will you call upon to save all of existence from the dire fate awaiting it?
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Conan: The Mysteries of Time (NES)

Conan: The Mysteries of Time review (NES)

Reviewed on January 23, 2004

Have you ever been in a serious situation and just started laughing for no apparent reason? You just find amusement in something that’s to be taken seriously but it just comes off as funny. I’ve had situations like this, such as a friend falling of a ledge and breaking a few the bones in his body. I sat over him laughing at his foolishness. You know it’s wrong to laugh, but, hell, you live the moment up and make him feel even stupider about his mistake.
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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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