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Super Monkey Ball Jr. (Game Boy Advance)

Super Monkey Ball Jr. review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

At first glance, Super Monkey Ball Jr. brought horrible flashbacks of Marble Madness and the 3-D wooden board game Labyrinth—both of which I hated and sucked at. The resemblance was just too uncanny: navigate a little monkey in a plastic ball around a course to the finish gate by angling the terrain to make him roll a certain way. After playing a few rounds of it and continuously losing control of the monkey and watching him plummet off the edge with a heart-wrenching little shriek, I was read...
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Crystal's Pony Tale (Genesis)

Crystal's Pony Tale review (GEN)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

Into the midst of all the shooters, macho beat-‘em-ups and blood-spurting fatalities galloped Crystal the pony, and showed everyone that little girls wanted things to play too. The fact that this title is now an obscurity doesn’t say much about the state of girl-games, and it’s truly a shame that girls today are tossed Barbie, Mary Kate & Ashley and Britney Spears games to “enjoy” when there were at one time innovative and intelligent games like this being made for them.
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Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen is a game of many faces. Looking at it in retrospect it was a well made game, and did what I guess it was supposed to be. It made strategy a part of gaming, and made it crucial to being a victor. Problem is, that is only in retrospect. While playing the game I was bored beyond reasonable belief, and truly have no desire to play this game EVER again in my life. It would take me a full day to beat a single level, just cause I'd pause it for so many breaks. Ogr...
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Lady Sia (Game Boy Advance)

Lady Sia review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

Lady Sia is a visually stunning, solid hack n’ slash platformer that has everything going for it except marketability. Perhaps if Sia had looked more like Lara Croft and had been dating a guy with spikey hair named Cloud this game would have gotten more attention, however it seems destined to remain one of those underdogs that not many people know about but those who do feel very lucky to have played.
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Masters of the Universe: He-Man - Power of Grayskull (Game Boy Advance)

Masters of the Universe: He-Man - Power of Grayskull review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

As a He-Man fan, I really tried to like this title. I watched the original cartoon as a kid, and had all the trinkets: the playsets, action figures, and even a He-Man sticker book. Yet I’m not so much of a fangirl as to stick up for a game like this, which is obviously a rushed and poorly designed cash-grab.
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Britney's Dance Beat (Game Boy Advance)

Britney's Dance Beat review (GBA)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

Though it took a while, the wonderful, challenging, quirky and oh-so-Japanese music game genre has finally been infiltrated and butchered by the unstoppable steam-roller of mainstream America. And what better mascot to usher in this new age than Britney Spears, whose pretty voice and midriff sure can sell CDs, and now, it seems, videogames as well.
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Um Jammer Lammy (PlayStation)

Um Jammer Lammy review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

UmJammer Lammy was a spin-off/sequel to Parappa the Rapper that I feel well deserves a sequel of its own. Actually I’ve been pining for a sequel ever since I first played the game, because as music games go UmJammer Lammy is one of the best around.
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E.V.O.: The Search for Eden (SNES)

E.V.O.: The Search for Eden review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 25, 2003

“Survival of the fittest” is the phrase that best describes E.V.O., a game that tackles the theory of evolution with an approach that flips between light-hearted playfulness and primal ferocity. Nature is, of course, both of these things, and exists because of delicate balances that can easily be disrupted. One divergence from the evolutionary path can cause chaos, and eventually the death of the planet.
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Xbox)

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 24, 2003

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Perhaps THE most hyped-up game in 2002. Does the game render the hype justice? My answer is: maybe...
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The Getaway (PlayStation 2)

The Getaway review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 22, 2003

Have you ever fancied visiting England's vibrant and exciting capital city London, but you just can't afford the ticket? Ever wanted to drive around London shooting gangsters, but don't want to spend anytime at Her Majesty's Pleasure? Ever wanted to be a corrupt police officer trying to rid the streets of London of crime?
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Xbox)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 20, 2003

Ahh... Metal Gear. Who has never played one?
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Metal Dungeon (Xbox)

Metal Dungeon review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 20, 2003

The story:
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Kana Little Sister (PC)

Kana Little Sister review (PC)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

One of the biggest knocks against video games is that they do not provide any redeeming social value. This point can hardly be argued; where is the social value and moral development in games such as Grand Theft Auto III? When was the last time you played a game with a mature storyline more suited for a movie house then a video game? The surreal plot of Metal Gear Solid 2 might jump to mind, but that correlates little to the real world. Instead, the stereotype of video games wi...
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NHL Stanley Cup (SNES)

NHL Stanley Cup review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

There’s no question that hockey can be done better than this. NHL Stanley Cup is an ambitious attempt to capture the close-up excitement of hockey by using a 3D perspective and trailing camera; unfortunately this was executed clumsily and with decidedly mixed results. Even besides the camera however, there are some other issues that make the game far less enjoyable than it could have been.
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King of Dragons (SNES)

King of Dragons review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

King of Dragons was one of the first so-called “beat ‘em up” games that I really got into, mostly because its fantasy setting and RPG aspects set it apart from the millions of other beat ‘em ups that all seem to involve brutish shirtless men kicking and punching their way through junkyards or other unattractive urban locations.
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Hit the Ice (SNES)

Hit the Ice review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

North American ice hockey doesn’t exactly have a highbrow reputation, and Hit the Ice is a game that exploits all of hockey’s worst stereotypes, from the small-brained, big-fisted behemoths who pass for players, to the blue-collar slobs in the stands and the ineffectual referee who lets the players get away with murder (almost literally, but not quite…) The game isn’t the least bit realistic, and the controls leave something to be desired, but the concept is so funny that it’s worth taking a sec...
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Frogger (SNES)

Frogger review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

I know Frogger is supposed to be a “classic” game, but anyone who’s first experience with it comes through this Super Nintendo stinker will have a hard time believing it. The first clues to the poor quality of the game is that there is barely a title screen, no music, and the development team credits list THREE people. And one of them is a tester. Projects like this were supposed to have happened in the eighties, or later as homegrown indie projects made by teenagers in their basements for fun a...
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

In its effort to be an “easy” game specifically geared towards young people and those not familiar with role-playing games, Mystic Quest exploits two different concepts of the word “easy.” The game is easy in that it lacks the complexity and number of micromanagement options that could easily overwhelm a casual gamer and tend to turn many people off of RPGs in the first place. However, Mystic Quest also easy because it lacks any serious challenge and lightly skims through all the areas of gamepl...
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Final Fantasy II (SNES)

Final Fantasy II review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

Although it never became the blockbuster in North America that subsequent Final Fantasy games did, the game that was released as Final Fantasy II made a powerful impression on many people including myself. Final Fantasy II will always be special to me; playing it turned me from being a somewhat casual gamer into someone who began to take games much more seriously. Although looking back I can now identify a few of the game’s weaknesses, I will never forget that initial impression of wonder and ex...
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The Chessmaster (SNES)

The Chessmaster review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

I really suck at chess. I just don’t seem to have the right sort of brain for it, and when I think of playing chess I am bitterly reminded of childhood games where spectators would all suck in their collective breaths and loudly declare “awww, you shouldn’t have done that” after each move I made.
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