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Super Monkey Ball 2 (GameCube)

Super Monkey Ball 2 review (GCN)

Reviewed on September 13, 2002

Soon you'll be swearing as loudly as ever as your monkey takes countless dives off the edge of a stage. Since there are around 150 stages in all, and since many of them will require at least 5 or 6 efforts, you're looking at a realistic minimum of 8 to 10 hours if you want to finish the game. Truth be told, you'll probably be at it much longer.
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Clu Clu Land (NES)

Clu Clu Land review (NES)

Reviewed on September 11, 2002

Moving around the maze becomes a tedious matter of letting the character run in a straight line, finding a pole, then pivoting around it at the precise moment, letting go when you're lined up toward your next goal, and repeating.
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Balloon Fight (NES)

Balloon Fight review (NES)

Reviewed on September 11, 2002

You (and a competing friend, if you go this two-player) get to make a mad leap forward and hopefully keep a few of your opponents from even getting off the ground. The rest obviously will take to the air, and then it's a delicate matter of defeating them while avoiding the natural hazards.
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Mario Party 3 (Nintendo 64)

Mario Party 3 review (N64)

Reviewed on September 09, 2002

There are somewhere around 70 games this time around, some of them genuinely different from anything Mario and friends have faced before. It all has the faint scent of familiarity, but the wrapping is generally more polished. At times, some of the mini-games are quite fun.
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Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)

Super Mario Sunshine review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 31, 2002

You'll be wishing you could see more of a stage (each episode has unique challenges and alterations to the geography), but no such luck. Instead, you're stuck continually rechallenging some lame test, like popping 20 balloons on a roller coaster ride, or fighting the high-maintenance camera while completing one of the retro stages mentioned earlier.
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on August 28, 2002

The plot, too, is forgettable. It's the RPG standard--destroy the bad guy--but without the lovely trimmings that usually come with said standard. There's little to hold my interest, and even less to inspire me to replay the game.
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Donkey Kong Jr. Math (NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math review (NES)

Reviewed on August 15, 2002

There's really no challenge other than repetition and who is better at math with high digits. The only way to die is to fall into a pit, something so difficult to accomplish that you must do it on purpose. And the penalty? You start over while your opponent keeps working toward his goal.
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Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (PlayStation 2)

Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 06, 2002

In the course of reversing Daxter's untimely ottselization, you'll trek across beaches, jungles, mountains, volcanoes, and more while unlocking the secrets of the Precursors and their ancient Eco-powered technology.
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 05, 2002

However, ED adds to the incessant zombie slashing with the innovative ''Magick'' system. Aside from basic healing spells, the different magicks include enchanting items for added power or solving puzzles, creating a magick-proof shield to aid you, or revealing invisible enemies or objects, among others.
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Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (PlayStation 2)

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 27, 2002

Sony snuck up on everyone and released this part action, part adventure, part RPG hybrid. Few people were expecting it, and few really cared when it actually came out. After all, who wants a game that looks like Tomb Raider but plays more like a cross N64's Zelda games and Blizzard's Diablo? Luckily, Sony
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Fallout 2 (PC)

Fallout 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on July 24, 2002

The wasteland truly does give a not inaccurate portrayal of what could be the cause and effect of nuclear war, and the aftermath which would erupt from it. Play this game, and express the power to choose. This is pre-GTA3, pre-Shenmue...Fallout 2 is a pioneer.
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Lost Kingdoms (GameCube)

Lost Kingdoms review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 20, 2002

It's got none of those elements that make someone sit up and notice. Instead, Lost Kingdoms relies on that 'diamond in the rough' sort of theory. If you can get past the somewhat rough exterior, what lies inside is a true gem. The problem is that getting past that exterior takes enough effort that the overall experience isn't as rosy as it might otherwise have been.
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Valkyrie Profile (PlayStation)

Valkyrie Profile review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 14, 2002

Valkyrie Profile has a strong background based in Norse mythology. The end of the world, the Ragnarök, is at hand. The Vanir and Aesir (gods) must battle the dark forces to keep the world from ending. In order to do this, they require the souls of slain warriors.
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Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)

Grand Theft Auto III review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 13, 2002

The back of the CD case says ''you'll have to rob, steal, and kill just to stay out of serious trouble,'' and whoever wrote that sure as hell wasn't kidding. You'll be faced with a lot of plot twists and stabs in the back--all of which you'll get to retaliate for in due course.
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Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy X review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 12, 2002

FFX's gameplay, though, has some truly significant differences from its predecessors. The most drastic change is that you can swap characters in and out during battle simply by pressing the R1 button. This is extremely helpful because it keeps you from getting jacked in boss fights because you brought the ninja instead of the black mage.
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Agent Under Fire (GameCube)

Agent Under Fire review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 02, 2002

At nearly every point, the visuals are superb. Bond women are here, character models that somehow manage to look almost as good as FMV. And polygons aren't reserved strictly for the Bond girls, either; the villains benefit from the same attention to detail.
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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube)

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader review (GCN)

Reviewed on June 18, 2002

The animation, especially of the ships’ movements, is remarkably accurate to the movies, and, in some cases, even better. The ships’ hulls, themselves, are perfectly rendered, immediately recognizable at first glance. The FMV scenes from the original movies, which are shown throughout the game’s menu system, add even more quality to the already nostalgic title.
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Sword of Sodan (Genesis)

Sword of Sodan review (GEN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Sword of Sodan is a bad game, but that doesn't mean it has no value. It's not an unplayable, glitch-ridden mess like Dark Castle, and it's not an exercise in inanity like Budokan. The game's an ambitious spectacle of failure, full of crazy and hilarious scenarios — only a few of which I've documented here.
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Alien Storm (Genesis)

Alien Storm review (GEN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Two of the heroes (the male and female) are equally dull: they fire either an electric beam or a flamethrower, and that is the end of it. Watch the electric beam arc an inch in front of your hero — the excitement drips from my veins. However, the silver robot is quite entertaining; he launches missiles from his fists and rips off his own leg (which is actually a bazooka in disguise)! No doubt you can imagine which was my favorite character.
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Parasite Eve (PlayStation)

Parasite Eve review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Particularly nice in the opening scene is a pan across the Statue of Liberty — rendered so beautifully, yet bearing a disturbingly sad look upon its face... the setting is so quiet and calm that you just know something horrible is going to happen.
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