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Final Fantasy (NES)

Final Fantasy review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Looking at the game with modern eyes, it's easy to see a number of flaws in almost every aspect. The world map is too small. The graphics are bland at times, gaudy at others. There isn't enough diversity in the soundtrack. Monsters are too easily defeated in some instances, too challenging in others. There isn't enough variety. These are all flaws that can't be ignored. But here's the good news: they mostly don't matter.
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Dragon Warrior II (NES)

Dragon Warrior II review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

And so it is that the first few hours of the game are spent growing accustomed to the battle system made famous in the original Dragon Warrior (sans the beautiful backdrop), then getting used to the change as a second warrior joins your party, then adapting yet again when you find the third. Itís a fetch quest of the oddest sort. Itís hard to question the validity of finding others to strengthen your group, yet the game throws curveballs in your face with the frequency of a Yankees pitcher.
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Dragon Warrior III (NES)

Dragon Warrior III review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Dragon Warrior III is easily one of the greatest triumphs on the Nintendo Entertainment System, a gem that sparkles even in an age where all the other games on the block have larger assets. Not so much a game as an experience, this is one RPG that you owe it to yourself if the term 'role-playing' excites you even a little.
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Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure (NES)

Bill & Ted's Excellent Video Game Adventure review (NES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Because of the way things are organized, most of the game is spent fetching items and dodging the hazards that get in your way. Suppose you're after that salad dressing I mentioned. When you first enter a stage, you'll have no idea where it is located. If you talk to the locals, they might give you general clues about its location, but even then you have to do a lot of searching because the prize is never on the roadway.
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Pikmin (GameCube)

Pikmin review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

In your search to find the ship parts, you must, of course, rely on the Pikmin to help you through your tasks. Up to 100 may be in the field at any time, either following (or fighting with) Olimar, laying idle, breaking down gates, or carrying objects back to their...
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Onimusha: Warlords (PlayStation 2)

Onimusha: Warlords review (PS2)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

If you're familiar with Capcom's own Resident Evil series, you'll probably have a good idea of how Onimusha plays. The simplest way to think of it is Resident Evil, in ancient China, with a few RPG elements. But that's only the simple explanation. It also has many other aspects which are reminiscent of a variety of genres. There will be
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Max Payne (PC)

Max Payne review (PC)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Max Payne's developers were able to take a simple formula for a third-person shooter, and spice it up with slick controls, big guns, and a really cool controllable slow-motion feature (aka Bullet Time.) While most of the game revolves around running around killing things, the ability to toggle on your limited bullet-time makes the game all the more fun. Bullet-time slows the game down, allowing you to aim
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Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Of course, Super Smash Brothers was all about multiplayer, and that hasn't changed in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Nothing beats a well-fought match against four of your best friends, pulverizing eachother, taunting eachother with your elite skills.
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PlayStation 2)

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty review (PS2)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Right from the opening cuscene, set on a rainy Manhatten bridge, you'll notice the wonderful lighting and weather effects. Never before have I seen such a realistic impression of rainfall shown during in-game graphics.
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Wild Arms (PlayStation)

Wild Arms review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Hills aren't covered in lush grass; they're sandy peaks with dying brush and scraggly reminders of what might have been a forest at one time. You won't find false-fronted general stores, either, or a stagecoach line. Instead, there are castles and towering fortresses, oceans and wastelands that dwarf the last remnants of civilization. It's a world where magic isn't lost entirely, where demons and wizards still roam the land, and where an ancient people's technology still breaks to the surface at unexpected moments.
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The Need for Speed (PlayStation)

The Need for Speed review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

With six tracks to choose from and a selection of authentic sports cars, The Need for Speed was the obvious choice for the gamer who wanted something else (or something more). You can choose from time trial, head to head, single race and tournament modes, and you can play with a friend by way of split screen or the little-used Playstation link cable. You can customize sound and controls to your liking. There are almost more options than you know what to do with. Unfortunately, most of the good news ends right there.
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Parasite Eve (PlayStation)

Parasite Eve review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

The whole time Aya scours a given area, she'll need to be on her guard because... well, scratch that. Even if she's on her guard, she'll still discover the joy of random encounters. Now, don't get me wrong. I like unexpected opportunities to shoot down creatures of the night as much as the next guy (or blast them with my special attacks), but here the whole process just feels odd.
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Legend of Mana (PlayStation)

Legend of Mana review (PSX)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Your reward is a new item to place on the map. Youíre almost scared to use it by now. Is it going to be another stupid town? Is the game going to ask you to stare at a sunset while birds twitter in the background? Not quite. When you enter the new destination, youíll find youíve stepped inside a cave. Limestone walls paint the foreground, while silhouettes of stalactites scroll behind you. A few steps in, monsters suddenly pop into view, and just like that you got the fight youíve been craving for the last ten minutes.
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Uncharted Waters (SNES)

Uncharted Waters review (SNES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Now, the true value in this game isn't the town mode, or the exploration mode, or even the battle mode. Instead, it's the way the three come together. As you work through the game, your ultimate goal is to gain fame for your country, wealth, and the heart of the princess of Portugal (who is quite the looker). The way in which this is accomplished is left entirely at your discretion.
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Super Mario Kart (SNES)

Super Mario Kart review (SNES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Youíll soon find that much of your success in Super Mario Kart comes from the items you obtain and the way you use them. A stupid player may toss away a green shell, considering it useless. A better player might drop it behind the kart as a bomb, or use it as a shield from a red homing shell. Each item gathered has multiple uses, making strategy just as important as luck. And of course, thereís no substitute for good racing.
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Illusion of Gaia (SNES)

Illusion of Gaia review (SNES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

You can change to a sword-wielding knight or (even better), a morphing blob with killer attack power. These fellows kick butt and, thanks to their large size and rich color palettes, they look stylish doing it. If an enemy is spanking you hard, just find the nearest portal, warp inside, then come back with enough strength to level a city block. As is the case with your generic form, the strength of each alternate grows as you clear more and more monsters from the world.
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Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SNES)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Monsters leave behind an obscene number of experience points, so itís not hard to go up three or four levels in each dungeon. Not only that, but the world map also provides additional opportunities in the form of battlefields you clear for prizes and experience. Because of this system, itís actually difficult to maintain low levels unless you skip over the enemies at every opportunity.
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The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time review (N64)

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Like the Dark World in A Link to the Past, the grim future realized in Ocarina of Time is a mangled reflection of a once cheerful environment. In the future, Hyrule grieves as the Zora Domain is reduced to an icy wasteland when formerly it hosted a spectacular waterfall and swimming natives. Soulless creatures shriek when you wander the smoking rubble where once a bustling town flourished.
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Space Station: Silicon Valley (Nintendo 64)

Space Station: Silicon Valley review (N64)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Rather than trying to find all the cheese nuggets on a mountain, or all the geepeepaboos, you are instead trying to reassemble your ship. Though this may sound like just another fetch quest, it feels like so much more thanks to intuitive execution. You don't just bounce merrily up the side of a hill, or ride an ostrich, or put on the magical cape and feather hat. In fact, such tasks would be nearly impossible for you, since your form is roughly equivalent to a waffle maker with legs.
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Rampage 2: Universal Tour (Nintendo 64)

Rampage 2: Universal Tour review (N64)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Any area starts with a timer that ticks down toward monster Armageddon, and you have to destroy every building before that happens or else planes will come through dropping bombs that cut short your adventure. You can pick up clocks to delay the blessed event, but really the most effective technique is to just work fast at the wanton destruction. Otherwise, it doesnít take long to plow through your reserves on a particularly large city.
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