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D.I.C.E.: DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises (PlayStation 2)

D.I.C.E.: DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 26, 2005

When the game works, it means you’re running around as a dinosaur, perhaps firing missiles or maybe just smashing through anyone stupid enough to get in your way. Such moments can approach sheer bliss. You can charge missiles and then release them in a round of explosions that sends enemies flying and racks up your combo score. Then, as your opponents reel from that assault, you can step in and smash them to bits with your tail.
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Sega Ages: Hokuto no Ken (PlayStation 2)

Sega Ages: Hokuto no Ken review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 25, 2005

If you want some Fist of the North Star action, buy the excellent PlayStation game instead; Bandai obviously cares about the franchise a lot more than Sega does.
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Atari Anniversary Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Atari Anniversary Advance review (GBA)

Reviewed on October 25, 2005

But before that, know that Atari Advanced contains some awesome examples of retro gaming (as well as some stinkers). Inside you'll find nostalgic renditions of Asteroids, Super Breakout and, best of all, Missile Command.
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Chibi-Robo! (GameCube)

Chibi-Robo! review (GCN)

Reviewed on October 24, 2005

No matter which way you look at it, Chibi Robo is the quintessential Nintendo game. Developed by Skip (last seen plugging quirky RPG, Giftpia) and saved from development hell by Shigeru Miyamoto, this charmingly innocent tale is the latest reworking of the classic, pint sized hero formula.
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Friday the 13th (Commodore 64)

Friday the 13th review (C64)

Reviewed on October 23, 2005

In an uncharacteristic attempt at “cleverness,” that shambling zombie bodybuilder Jason Voorhees has figured out how to successfully pass himself off as little girls and the elderly. That’s right, one of your campground companions is actually the homoerotic homicidal maniac in a cunning disguise!
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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link review (NES)

Reviewed on October 21, 2005

While there are only a total of seven main dungeons to explore, there are a number of smaller caves to occupy your time, including the mammoth Death Mountain — a maze-like assortment of caves covering nearly a third of the first continent. Much like many of the second-continent palaces, this region is designed to test a player’s endurance and skill, as the combination of tough foes, instant-death lava and a seemingly-limitless number of caverns to navigate ensures that only a proficient player will make it through without losing a life or two.
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Radiata Stories (PlayStation 2)

Radiata Stories review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 21, 2005

In just about every way that matters, Radiata Stories is different from your standard RPG.
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow (PlayStation 2)

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 20, 2005

I’m sure this is very accurate to the actual anime, as I’d guess virtually every episode was highlighted by robot battles, but it just seemed tiresome to fight the same foes over and over again, especially in such a short period of time.
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Rampage (Arcade)

Rampage review (ARC)

Reviewed on October 19, 2005

Rampage’s attempts at proper villainy ultimately fall flatter than an animated coyote (apetitius giganticus) who finds himself momentarily hovering with the clouds high above a desert ravine.
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Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode III (PSP)

Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode III review (PSP)

Reviewed on October 18, 2005

With Sengoku Cannon: Sengoku Ace Episode III, the question isn't so much what went wrong as it is, what on earth were Psikyo thinking?! Taking a popular franchise and releasing a quick-to-market sequel is nothing new. Flushing away years worth of hard work and a solid reputation however, is something else entirely.
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Killer 7 (PlayStation 2)

Killer 7 review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 18, 2005

Killer 7 is like coming across a one-legged dog at a circus freak show.
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X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (GameCube)

X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse review (GCN)

Reviewed on October 17, 2005

It’s a good thing that Apocalypse is a far cry from the current crop of villains, because if he wasn’t, X-Men Legends II would be all the more disappointing. Not bad, mind you…just disappointing.
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Micro Machines (Xbox)

Micro Machines review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 16, 2005

All in all, if this latest version of Micro Machines proves anything, it is that games cannot live on nostalgia alone. Perhaps some excuse can be found in the fact that it was Infograme's first shot at the series that CodeMasters did so well for so many years, or perhaps it is just another case of a series finally running out of steam. Either way, sadly, Micro Machines is to bare thread for fans of the earlier games, and suffers from too many flaws to draw people new in.
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Fifa Soccer 06 (Xbox)

Fifa Soccer 06 review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 15, 2005

Frankie doesn't do this. Instead he gift-wraps the ball and gives it to Roy Keane. Football fans: think on this a little. Frank Lampard -- Frank bloody Lampard -- making an error so basic that I'd blush about doing it for my local Sunday league team. Despite hefty price tags and huge collection of stats, Fifa lets the best players in the world sometimes play like pre-schoolers.
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Breakdown (Xbox)

Breakdown review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

I love Guilty Gear as much as the next guy, but there's just something more viscerally thrilling about actually flying across the room and knocking some poor sap in the gut rather than just watching your fighter of choice do it from the side.
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Tecmo Classic Arcade (Xbox)

Tecmo Classic Arcade review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

Tecmo Cup tries to make soccer exciting, but it plays like a crippled Blade of Steel (NES) or NHL Hockey (Genesis), although I have to admit I was pretty excited when my very first kick scored a goal against the opposing team. Senjyo is an exercise in 3D innovation that doesn't really work, and Pinball Action is so boring that Tecmo had to put the word "Action" at the end to try to trick you into thinking it's exciting.
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Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (PlayStation 2)

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

The rest of it rules, save possibly the atrocious vocals in the background music (TO TAKE ME DOWN YOU MUST FIGHT LIKE A MAN!), but the lacking opposition is a flaw that can't possibly be understated. Most every battle in the original was refreshing thanks to the constantly-changing yet consistently-excellent lineup of monsters; in stark contrast, I was almost bored with many of this one's fights by the time I'd worked my way through a few hours of "guy with scythe".
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Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (PlayStation 2)

Ys: The Ark of Napishtim review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

Although the character models have changed, the music and locales are as gorgeous as before. Every room in the Temple of Memory is infested with skittering insects that drop from the ceilings, sometimes on Adol's head! With angler-like antennae lighting their way in the dark, these bugs crawl along the floors and ceiling as water flows down the walls into shallow ruts around each chamber's periphery.
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Katamari Damacy (PlayStation 2)

Katamari Damacy review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

Fortunately, the gameplay takes itself about as seriously, featuring diverse wackiness ranging from haddocks that flop about inside of your doom sphere to innocent bystanders that run away screaming as if they'd just seen Godzilla. Who knows, maybe they did... you just never know what's inside your katamari!
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Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (Xbox)

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

The volleyball action itself can be pretty intense. Your opponents behave differently depending on their confidence level — "unwilling" foes are like those girls in Phys Ed class who always let the volleyball fall at their feet because they think hitting it might fracture their forearm. "Confident" opponents are like the Volleyball team captains — hyperkinetic, long-legged beauties who block even the jocks' spikes with ease. The nice bit is, you can actually predict the oppositions' attitude before a match based on their character portraits!
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