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Double Dragon II: The Revenge (NES)

Double Dragon II: The Revenge review (NES)

Reviewed on July 18, 2009

“Double Dragon II” is in some ways a step forward and in other ways a step backward. The good comes with the bad, and the bad is often irritating. The lesser parts ultimately outweigh the better ones, and we walk away thinking this could have been a really good brawler. Just a little bit of thought would have gone a long way.
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Confidential Mission (Dreamcast)

Confidential Mission review (DC)

Reviewed on July 18, 2009

When Confidential Mission, a standard light gun title by Hitmaker, was released, quite a number of creative games in the genre had come and gone. During the mid '90s, Namco unveiled Time Crisis, a game that gave you the ability, with the help of a foot pedal, to take cover from attacks. Silent Scope, by Konami, actually makes you wield a sniper rifle to locate targets from absurd distances. Hell, Police 911, released the same year CM was ported to the Dreamcast, has sensors impleme...
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Munchman (TI-99)

Munchman review (TI99)

Reviewed on July 17, 2009

Many home maze-chomp games in the eighties tried to emulate Pac-Man, maybe adding something, with weird mazes, one-way doors, turning walls, keys and so forth. In theory, at least. Some pretended like giving more frequent extra lives was a big bonus over the arcade, when really they'd just gotten your money anyway. Most barely went beyond adding graphic detail, shifting point values, or changing sounds or the reward in the center. Some subtracted it, like the Atari 2600 port of Pac-Man. Munch...
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Double Dragon (NES)

Double Dragon review (NES)

Reviewed on July 16, 2009

“Double Dragon” is a fair brawler. For one of the earliest entries in this genre, that’s not bad. Compared to the execrable arcade version, it fairs even better. But put it next to a game like “Mighty Final Fight” or “Ninja Turtles III,” and “Dragon” demonstrates some wear. It’s not as technically competent as the former or as inventive as the latter. Such is often the condition of being “first.” A game like this can start a genre, but it’s one thing to do that and another to remain relevant as ...
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Half-Life: Desert Crisis (PC)

Half-Life: Desert Crisis review (PC)

Reviewed on July 16, 2009

Blasting someone out of the sky with an electromagnetic beam rifle; making heads explode with twin Desert Eagles while somersaulting through the air; disintegrating someone's entire torso with an over-sized, electrified sledgehammer - these are some of my fondest memories in gaming.
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Metal Slug 4 (Arcade)

Metal Slug 4 review (ARC)

Reviewed on July 16, 2009

Lots of words come to mind when I think about SNK's Metal Slug games, and one of the very last is “competent”. Riding an elephant, turning into a zombie—I didn't love this shit because of how well it complemented the gameplay. I loved it because it was fucking insane. An elephant eating chili and incinerating the enemy army with his breath would be the highlight of any other game, but in just one level of Metal Slug 3 it's a distant second to seeing your undead hero melt the flesh off their bone...
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

I’m fairly certain that the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced in a video game happened in Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. In one of the game’s many stops along the timeline of an ancient book detailing the history of a dark, unseen force, I found myself in the shoes of a Persian swordsman named Karim, who was journeying into the desert to claim a legendary treasure for his lover. The Forbidden City that Karim came upon looked startlingly similar to the one I’d explored as Roman sol...
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Sanrio World Smash Ball! (SNES)

Sanrio World Smash Ball! review (SNES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

So, Hello Kitty's Sanrio buddies DO have a competitive side. As the referee, she's above it all, but her pals grimace and showboat after each goal in the soccer and breakout amalgam that is Sanrio World Smash Ball. (SWSB.) It's still wholesome fun, from introductory-round enemies adorably whiffing easy kicks to the four-fruit passcodes for continuing at later matches. It even gets away with elevator music between matches. It's just far more intense than you'd expect from Sanrio.
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TaleSpin (NES)

TaleSpin review (NES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

“TaleSpin” is a game that I did not wholly enjoy. I certainly didn’t enjoy it on the same level as Capcom’s “Darkwing Duck” or “Rescue Rangers.” And yet, it’s a fairly competent piece of software that delivers all the requisite action and brand power. Fans of the syndicated Disney cartoon “TaleSpin” will find that this is probably the only good video game based on it. This isn’t just a concession based on the low bar set by other “TaleSpin” games, but also a fair appraisal independent of any oth...
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Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty: World at War review (X360)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

During the opening scenes of Call of Duty: World at War we’re shown documentary footage of a Japanese solider shooting a man in the back. I’ve seen similar footage in countless History Channel documentaries, but somehow this feels different. Being made to watch a grainy, black-and-white clip of a wartime execution in the opening sequence of a video game is a shocking statement of Treyarch’s intent. The scene is over in an instance, but the very fact that this is the first Call of Duty<...
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Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers (NES)

Chip 'N Dale: Rescue Rangers review (NES)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

“Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers” is a lot like “Super Mario Brothers 2,” but it’s much less tiring. Actually, it has an energy that’s infectious. Its two characters, Chip and Dale, move at a brisk pace, like you might expect chipmunks to. They lift and chuck crates like pros, plowing through approaching enemies and unearthing all manner of item pick-ups. The action is so snappy, you might find yourself, as I did, becoming entranced by the rapid-fire hopping and throwing. This is a lot of fun.
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Heavenly Sword (PlayStation 3)

Heavenly Sword review (PS3)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

Often, the most powerful sacrifices are made by one, but benefit many.
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Parodius (SNES)

Parodius review (SNES)

Reviewed on July 13, 2009

Some gamers prefer a realistic gaming experience. Parodius is about as far from realistic as the Detroit Lions are from winning a Super Bowl. This is a space shooter that has your little starship avoiding a giant – albeit lovely – Las Vegas showgirl, surviving tight spaces in a candy crafted castle, warping about the playfield of a pinball machine and even blowing up penguins in a bathhouse brawl. Parodius is absolute nonsense, plain and simple, but I’ve never had so much fun in an...
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JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox)

JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future review (XBX)

Reviewed on July 13, 2009

When you really stop to think about it, Jet Set Radio Future is basically a fetch quest title: the main objective is to go around and search for tagged surfaces, so you can spray graffiti over them. Sure, it's slightly different since you're not collecting items when you find them, but the concept is the same. Apparently, Smilebit thought that wouldn't be enough, so they added a side quest where you do more fetching. Needless to say, this could have easily been an unfortunate wreck.
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Jawbreaker II (Apple II)

Jawbreaker II review (APP2)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Jawbreaker 2 left me wondering: how small can a maze game be before it's not really a maze game any more? It lowers the bar further than I thought possible, as you run a clacking pair of teeth through five rows of dots with roving trap-doors between them. For all the cheery graphics, there isn't much to do, and yet it's more sophisticated than Jawbreaker, that silly clone of Gobbler, with enemies who actually get faster and smarter. Still, it's one of those games you can't b...
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The Witcher (PC)

The Witcher review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Interesting, this game is nothing if not interesting. In so many ways the game is just enough different from all the rest of the RPGs to be considered quite good, in other ways interesting is quite odd indeed.
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Sins of a Solar Empire (PC)

Sins of a Solar Empire review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

This is a pretty darn good game. But it's just shy of being a great game. In fact it has improved my opinion of the RTS genre. I've had three RTS games that have really impressed me. The first of course is Age of Empires, I remember being very excited in my very first play of that game, the second was Company of Heroes, and this is the third. Interestingly it is the departures from the latest standard RTS fare that have re-ignited my interest in this form of PC gaming. Namely, it doesn't exactly...
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Mount & Blade (PC)

Mount & Blade review (PC)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

I ran across this game about a year ago on another game website. I noticed it was made a few years ago and it was a bit of an "Indie" hit. while it intrigued me I didn't want to pay for what was reviewed as an "almost but not quite" type of game. A couple months ago I tried the Demo.
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Knight Lore: Majou no Ookami Otoko (Famicom Disk System)

Knight Lore: Majou no Ookami Otoko review (FDS)

Reviewed on July 12, 2009

Knight Lore was a breakout ZX Spectrum game where you walked through a huge castle presented in 45-degree-rotated view. You picked up reagents for a spell that would stop your nighttime lycanthropy, and each set of item locations offered a markedly different puzzle. The FDS version, which probably had to simplify some things due to memory constraints, tried to stretch itself with ungodly repetition. It achieved dilution, as anyone smart enough to solve its puzzles would see quickly.
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The Little Mermaid (NES)

The Little Mermaid review (NES)

Reviewed on July 11, 2009

“The Little Mermaid” is an amiable little game, very well suited to youngsters who enjoyed the 1989 Disney classic. Its developer is Capcom, who worked on other great 8-bit Disney games like “Duck Tales” and “Darkwing Duck.” In ranking “Mermaid” with the rest of the Capcom/Disney canon, I would say it’s about as good as “Adventures in the Magic Kingdom” but below “Darkwing” and “Tales.” It sure beats “Barbie.”
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