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Gears of War (Xbox 360)

Gears of War review (X360)

Reviewed on December 08, 2006

You'll be surprised how much you can do with so little buttons. Take control of Marcus Fenix, and marvel at how easy it is to throw him around the battlefield. Within minutes, you'll have him hurling himself behind cover, popping around the sides to take shots at any available targets and even reaching over his protective barrier to fire blindly at any foe foolish enough to charge him. You'll have him diving from one safe haven to the next, sniping around corners to bull-rush unprepared Locust and hurling spike-encrusted sling-shot-inspired grenades right down their scaly little throats.
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Cartoon Network Racing (PlayStation 2)

Cartoon Network Racing review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 05, 2006

There are a few problems with Cartoon Network Racing, all somewhat typical of hastily-designed games within the genre. The first of these is a tendency to rely on items rather than good courses to provide the bulk of your experience. That translates to a lot of frantic rocket firing and oil slicks. At first, itís kind of fun. It quickly grows tiresome, however, when you spend half your time spinning cookies after rebounding from an attack you couldnít avoid.
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Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 (PlayStation 2)

Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 05, 2006

Basically, the games here are the lionís share of memorable titles you might have missed from the first collection. Thereís no Ghouls Ďn Ghosts here, because that was already done. Thereís no Trojan or Final Fight for the same reason. What you get instead are a collection of brawlers and shooters, along with Strider and Super Street Fighter II Turbo to round things out.
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Online Chess Kingdoms (PSP)

Online Chess Kingdoms review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 04, 2006

Sometimes you play your best and the computer does the same and when all is said and done, youíve won. The congratulatory screen comes and goes like it should. Then the next match is another inexplicable stalemate, or the disc freezes again. You just never know with this game, which is frustrating because of all the things does right.
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Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles (PlayStation 2)

Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 04, 2006

After Uzumaki Chronicles has done its best to drive all but the most diehard Naruto fans away, it actually gets interesting. Strong recurring villains appear, a dire plot involving genetic manipulation is unveiled, and Naruto's friends are consistently thrust into dire peril.
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Master of Weapon (Genesis)

Master of Weapon review (GEN)

Reviewed on December 03, 2006

If that didn't make things easy enough, then reveal in the hailstorm of power-ups that drip from the screen every time you manage to shoot down one of the many lime-green penile-shaped ships that explode upon the merest of bullet grazes. These power-ups will literally outnumber enemy projectiles and offer you the substandard upgrades such as making your standard laser suddenly fire in double or triple spread shots.
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Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Game Boy Advance)

Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends review (GBA)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

Fosterís Home for Imaginary Friends is rather large, a few winding staircases stacked on top of one another with doorways that connect to long hallways and still more doors. At first, itís easy to get lost in all the options, and itís only by the end of the game that youíre likely to know your way around the building. Thatís because by then, you will have wandered rather aimlessly about for hours on end, grabbing little trinkets and starting to wonder why things have to be so monotonous.
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Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix 4 (Xbox)

Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix 4 review (XBX)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

Ultramix 4 features a variety of interesting step charts that sync well to the background music, and while few stages are difficult enough to challenge those who have mastered the hardest songs in past DDR releases, beginners and intermediate-level players will find a lot to like here.
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Lumines II (PSP)

Lumines II review (PSP)

Reviewed on December 02, 2006

For each moment where youíre groaning as things pile so high that you donít stand a chance, youíll find moments where you sneak that piece in place just in time and watch a combo clear half the screen out of your way. Playing a single round for very long is difficult when youíre new, but there are definite rewards if you take the time to get better. Only by surviving a good long while can you hear all of the music and unlock the available skins.
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox)

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

Reviewed on November 30, 2006

Knights of the Old Republic cleverly flaunts its openness by hiding the linearity it does possess behind a curtain of morality. Both of the aforementioned Jedis arrive at the forgotten planet Taris, a world that has fallen from prosperity and is buckling under the inherent bigotry and specism that runs rife on its streets. Whereas one strides through these streets with his companions proudly beside him, a champion of the people and an upholder of all that is right, the other is free to bludgeon anyone who looks at him funny and take anything valuable they might be carrying.
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Tony Hawk's Project 8 (Xbox 360)

Tony Hawk's Project 8 review (X360)

Reviewed on November 27, 2006

Itís definitely nice to see the franchise returning somewhat to its roots. The humor is more reminiscent of Ollie the Magic Bum than it is the days when Bam Magera terrorized the gameplay (though his fans will be happy to know that he is here again). Another change I loved is the lack of an enforced tutorial mode.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army (PlayStation 2)

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Raidou Kuzunoha vs. the Soulless Army review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

While the plot does have the standard SMT flair for the dramatic, with various factions vying for control of Japan by whatever means they feel to be necessary, Devil Summoner doesnít take place in a world thatís already been purged of virtually all forms of civilized life.
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Wii Sports (Wii)

Wii Sports review (WII)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

Wii Sports isnít really a game. Itís a tech demo disguised by artwork that makes you think youíre playing five different sportsóbowling, tennis, boxing, baseball and golfóbut all youíre really doing is swinging your Wii Remote this way or that and convincing yourself that youíre having fun.
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Call of Duty 3 (Xbox 360)

Call of Duty 3 review (X360)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

Unlike its predecessor, I canít remember many dramatic, pivotal battles from Call of Duty 3. This time, instead of dipping in and out of the war, you take part in the Normandy Breakout. CoD 3 attempts to involve you in this extended conflict by using lengthy cut-scenes to push forward its story. I still donít care about the names, though! I wouldíve rather listened to a History Channel interlude on the state of the battle than a Scottish SAS man insult a French resistant fighter. Save the heroes and villains for Spielberg, Treyarch.
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Final Fantasy XII (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy XII review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 24, 2006

Final Fantasy XII was an unusual experience. At first, I hated it. After trudging through several hours of playtime, I learned to tolerate it. Eventually, I came to enjoy it. This wasn't a fast process ó were it entirely up to me, I'd have stopped playing early on.
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Rampage: Total Destruction (Wii)

Rampage: Total Destruction review (WII)

Reviewed on November 22, 2006

Stomping down a building isnít a simple matter of pressing a button; you have to operate the Wii Remote like you might a hammer. Thatís fun for a minute or two, and then you realize that just waving your arm up and down to keep doing the same thing mashing a button might have done isnít particularly fun. Nor is whirling it around in a circle a hundred times, for that matter.
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Silent Hill (PlayStation)

Silent Hill review (PSX)

Reviewed on November 22, 2006

The fog-shrouded town is infested with all sorts of things that go bump in the night and Harryís not exactly the ideal monster-slayer ó being a bit clumsy and not a particularly sharp marksman. And whenever he starts to feel secure that heís on top of things, his surroundings tend to get a bit askew. With loud clangings and bangings, the foggy surroundings melt away, leaving Harry in a dark, hellish world surrounded by rusty metallic walls.
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Trauma Center: Second Opinion (Wii)

Trauma Center: Second Opinion review (WII)

Reviewed on November 21, 2006

Play control had the potential to either make or break the experience, depending on whether or not it delivered. Fortunately, it did. The Wii remote works wonderfully. You may find your hand shaking as you make that first incision, but isnít that what youíd expect? And the scheme mimics things perfectly.
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Rayman: Raving Rabbids (Wii)

Rayman: Raving Rabbids review (WII)

Reviewed on November 21, 2006

Youíll chuck cows and rabbids, kick animals, shear them, slap them on the head with shovels and pretty much make a nuisance of yourself, all to the great delight of the rabbids. Itís sick and twisted, even funny. Is it fun, though? Well, yes and no.
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Trapt (PlayStation 2)

Trapt review (PS2)

Reviewed on November 21, 2006

Allura has the ability to instantly create traps, and the only way to get enemies to fall in said traps is by leading them; wait for them to pass the right spot at the right time, press a button and watch the carnage. Slower paced than your average action game, but thereís creative merit to itÖ
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