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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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Arkanoid: Doh it Again (SNES)

Arkanoid: Doh it Again review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

Arkanoid: Doh it Again contains all of the things one would expect when a game that is part of a longstanding series comes out on a new and more powerful system: more levels, new enemies and power-ups, improved graphics and sound, and dumbed-down gameplay.
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Super Solvers: Treasure Mathstorm (PC)

Super Solvers: Treasure Mathstorm review (PC)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

Childhood stories, we visit again. The unprecedented success of Treasure Mountain lead to a very similiar game with just different subgames and a much more interesting environment. Instead of trudging up a tree filled mountain, you were trudging up snowy slopes avoiding getting hit by snowballs and collecting snowballs yourself. You had to work your way through the three levels to the top, and do so over and over against hundreds of times to beat this game. While I think this is possible the wor...
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The 7th Saga (SNES)

The 7th Saga review (SNES)

Reviewed on January 19, 2003

With its high degree of difficulty and the necessity to devote a great deal of time to level-building, the 7th Saga was not something that appealed to everyone. But it is a game that gains momentum the farther into it you progress, and it provides a bleak and edgier alternative to the glut of anime-tinged fluff RPGs that came out on the SNES.
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Battletoads (Game Boy)

Battletoads review (GB)

Reviewed on January 17, 2003

I remember sitting in that hotel in Toronto, with my parents and sister out on the city, sightseeing at some museum that did not interest me. I never enjoyed scenery, or for that matter vacation, but my sisters friend brought along a perfect companion for me. His Gameboy. That gray box seemed to shine like the sun, and there was one game that I played more than any other; Battletoads. Either punching warthogs with your fists, or hacking through them with your axe, or whatever other array of weap...
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Kingdom Hearts (PlayStation 2)

Kingdom Hearts review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 16, 2003

Disney and Square. It seems like a video and mainstream match made in heaven. One is a giant in the movie industry, famous for their children’s movies that have entertained generations, monopolistic policies that endanger the lives of poor workers in third class countries, and for introducing some of the most memorable characters ever by way of world class animation. The other is a giant in the video game industry, famous for bringing roleplaying games, formerly a pursuit of just the hardcore...
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Crimson Sea (Xbox)

Crimson Sea review (XBX)

Reviewed on January 14, 2003

Brought to you by the same company that gave us the game with a million ennemies to fight, Dynasty Warrior 3, Koei proudly present the game with a billion ennemies to fight: Crimson Sea.
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Suikoden III (PlayStation 2)

Suikoden III review (PS2)

Reviewed on January 08, 2003

Few things stir feelings more then the concept of nationalism. The idea that certain ethnic and religious groups are nationally entitled to a vague political boundary based on centuries old barriers is a constant factor in wars in the present day world. No country is immune; the United States prides itself on being the “best” in the world, yet the mere thought that another nation can have a bigger arsenal of weaponry then causes us to hurriedly develop weapons of mass destruction that would gi...
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