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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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Body Harvest (Nintendo 64)

Body Harvest review (N64)

Reviewed on October 14, 2005

You’re just one man, so you’re outnumbered. You’ve just got one gun, so you’re outmatched. You’re Marty McFly with a laser pistol, and you’ve got to do what all the armies of all the nations on the entire planet couldn’t do in a hundred years’ time: Stop the aliens.
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Guilty Gear XX #Reload (PSP)

Guilty Gear XX #Reload review (PSP)

Reviewed on October 11, 2005

Borrowing the best elements from many of its contemporaries, #Reload's own brand of one-on-one violence feels every bit as familiar as its port status may suggest. From the now standard projectile attacks to a dozen, quick-off-the-wrist dragon punches, the game presents itself as a beautiful, amalgamation of the genre's best. Even the high flying combo strikes of Marvel vs Capcom get a look in, asking players to juggle their opponents way up the screen as the various, cartoon-esque backdrops erupt into flames.
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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS)

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow review (DS)

Reviewed on October 11, 2005

Amoebic sludge balls, armor shelled warriors with axes, shape shifting walls, and lightning powered phoenixes -- these are the things a Castlevania game is made of.
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Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS)

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow review (DS)

Reviewed on October 10, 2005

A wooden puppet master whose chamber is lined with several iron maidens for you to be trapped in and a clawed wall-hopper eerily reminiscent of Street Fighter 2's Vega are two of the many highlights within Dawn's impressive bestiary.
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Indigo Prophecy (Xbox)

Indigo Prophecy review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 09, 2005

And then it's over; the mental images cease. A revolted Kane looks down at the corpse he's still kneeling over and at the bloody knife still clasped in his soiled hands. What just took place defies explanation, but the more pressing fact is that corpse laying on the bathroom floor. A corpse that's not getting any less dead. What do you do? This isn't for Lucas to decided; this choice is entirely yours.
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Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)

Ninja Gaiden Black review (XBX)

Reviewed on October 09, 2005

If Ninja Gaiden is the story of the World's Greatest Super Ninja, then Ninja Gaiden Black is the epic tale of how a lowly dog becomes a Master Ninja. With each successive play, Black adds enemies and obstacles that not only make the game harder, but keep it fresh — including a new whip-swinging Greater Fiend. To even survive the tougher modes, I had to sharpen my reflexes, train my memory, and master the game's many secrets. In short, I had to follow the Path of the Ninja.
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Robo Aleste (Sega CD)

Robo Aleste review (SCD)

Reviewed on October 08, 2005

With the line sharply drawn between Motonari's alliance of evil and Nobunaga's force of... good?... Compile has infused a driving theme into their 12-stage epic. Each episode, whether it's a rain-streaked flight above placid farmland or a harrowing weave through rocky canyons (as warships take aim from the river below), feels like it's important because each boss has his own unique face and historical personality.
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Advance Wars: Dual Strike (DS)

Advance Wars: Dual Strike review (DS)

Reviewed on October 07, 2005

We definitely do not get enough thought provoking situations throughout the average day. Whether it be sitting in college mindlessly daydreaming on how you can ignore the next upcoming class or watching that same anime rerun you have seen thousands of times, there just has to be something that can be both interesting and difficult. It wasn't soon after I asked myself this question that I came upon Advance Wars: Dual Strike.
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Divine Sealing (Genesis)

Divine Sealing review (GEN)

Reviewed on October 06, 2005

All I can tell you is that you shoot your way through five planets, kill a boss and then get a couple of delicious moments of cartoon girls stripping while expressions of what could either be ecstasy or anguish dance across their face.
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Final Blaster (TurboGrafx-16)

Final Blaster review (TG16)

Reviewed on October 06, 2005

Sure, you could be satisfied in merely completing the game even though in the span of two late-game stages, you plummeted from the elite difficulty level to the lowest (as the Great and Mighty OD did....), but that sort of thing just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
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Burnout Legends (PSP)

Burnout Legends review (PSP)

Reviewed on October 05, 2005

Burnout Legends' status as a "best of" collection then, should be obvious to anyone with an eye for the vernacular. Combining the best elements of the franchise's previous outings, it presents players with one of the most complete, racing experiences around. We've got every track, every car, every damn game mode the series has ever produced (short of Revenge), and if that wasn't enough to pique your interest, I'll mention the near-perfect controls as well.
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Urban Reign (PlayStation 2)

Urban Reign review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 04, 2005

At first, its depth seems marginal. You can only punch, kick, grapple, dodge or run for most of the game’s first half. However, the finer points of each of these moves combine for some real mayhem. Later in the game, you can even pick up or throw weapons. Things really get intense. Finally, the ability to target specific body parts adds yet another dimension. That might not sound so good, but when you experience it, everything changes.
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Capcom Classics Collection (PlayStation 2)

Capcom Classics Collection review (PS2)

Reviewed on October 02, 2005

Remember storming fortresses in Bionic Commando, then advancing toward enemy ranks in that cool overhead perspective? Remember swooping into a bay in 1943: The Battle of Midway to customize your plane? Those were some of the great moments of 8-bit gaming, and after that there were the 16-bit ports with their stunning visuals and digitized voices. I expected to relive all of that now, except I knew the games would look even better. The thing is, the games do look better… but they’re not as much fun.
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3 Ninjas Kick Back (Genesis)

3 Ninjas Kick Back review (GEN)

Reviewed on October 01, 2005

There are at least twenty-six people out there over the bloody moon that I'm stuck reviewing this game and they're not!
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Zero Tolerance (Genesis)

Zero Tolerance review (GEN)

Reviewed on September 28, 2005

The new enemy introduced here, a bug-like humanoid, followed the same pattern as the skittering aliens and attack dogs (running straight at me), but seemed even more inept. Countless times, these critters would run right by me and freeze. I’d turn around, see it suspended in place and get a quick and lethal shot off before it would start moving again. Now that’s some quality programming!
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Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (Animated Clips) (PSP)

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence (Animated Clips) review (PSP)

Reviewed on September 27, 2005

Given that I am about to review what is essentially a UMD music video for a gaming website, a little exposition is obviously required. You see, with the stunning disappointment of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for the PSP, I was left with a fanboy sized hunger and not much to fill it. Of course, the how's and why's are a story for another day, but let it be said that some tepid first person action and laggy controls were enough to kill any and all interest.
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