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Shadow Hearts: Covenant (PlayStation 2)

Shadow Hearts: Covenant review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 29, 2006

Forget what you learned in history class: Princess Anastasia was a feisty princess that traveled the world defeating monsters, and Rasputin sold his soul to a demon in exchange for magical powers and a sweet fortress. Also, the catastrophic casualties of World War I can be blamed on a secret society that unleashed “malice” upon the world from a building at the Vatican.
Brave Fencer Musashi (PlayStation)

Brave Fencer Musashi review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 24, 2006

Brave Fencer Musashi is a treasure trove of delightful oddities. First, there’s the amusing food obsession with locales such as Grillin’ Village and characters named Princess Fillet and Ginger Elle. Next, there’s the pint-sized hero, Musashi, a pre-teen samurai with a very high opinion of himself. Factor in other odd things, such as collectible action figures and the presence of Vambees (half-vampires, half-zombies), and you have the makings for an interesting ride. Combined with the e...
The Hobbit (PlayStation 2)

The Hobbit review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 09, 2006

Bilbo Baggins, as many of us know, is a typical hobbit. He’s portly, laid-back, and perfectly content with never leaving Hobbiton. However, due to his recruitment by a wise wizard and a bunch of dwarves, Bilbo sets out on a quest where he encounters some awkward camera angles, many boring stages, and a final couple levels that hint at what could have been a much better game. So much for the epic journey I expected.
Final Fantasy IV (PlayStation)

Final Fantasy IV review (PSX)

Reviewed on May 27, 2006

I’ve played Final Fantasy games involving cute “slam dancing” animals, a stupid creature called NORG, and implied man-on-man action in a notorious place called the Honey Bee Inn. What I haven’t experienced is a Final Fantasy game as insanely difficult as the fourth installment. Perhaps the first couple games featured on Final Fantasy Origins were the most challenging, but those PSone incarnations were on a glorious easy setting that made things a breeze. This isn’t the ca...
ICO (PlayStation 2)

ICO review (PS2)

Reviewed on February 12, 2006

In some regards, Ico is the antithesis of most macho console games. There’s little in the way of narration aside from a couple cutscenes, but the mysterious plot is one of the most intriguing aspects of Ico. There are no health bars and the simplistic combat often has the young protagonist armed with only a wooden plank. There aren’t any bosses aside from the final enemy, but there is plenty of hand-holding and puzzles. All of these things come together to form a unique and memorable ...
Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete (PlayStation)

Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete review (PSX)

Reviewed on February 04, 2006

A boy on a quest, an attractive love interest, and a world in peril certainly aren’t original RPG themes, but Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete contains all these clichés. Originally for the Sega CD, and later making appearances on the Gameboy Advance and Sega Saturn, this dated game shines on the PSone for a variety of reasons despite the lack of any real innovation. Honestly though, can you expect anything other than old-school goodness from a classic originally released back in 1992?...
Legend of Mana (PlayStation)

Legend of Mana review (PSX)

Reviewed on January 29, 2006

People are always complaining about the lack of originality in videogames. Playing what is essentially the same game over and over again seems almost impossible to avoid considering how few unique titles there truly are. Legend of Mana takes some stabs at originality, but the original features are what makes this game far less enjoyable than it’s predecessor, Secret of Mana. Who says creativity is always a good thing?
Suikoden (PlayStation)

Suikoden review (PSX)

Reviewed on February 28, 2005

No, this game does not span multiple discs. No, the graphics aren’t 3-D. Ok, ok, the box art is horrible. And yes, I’m not exactly sure how to pronounce the name either. However, none of those things mean that Suikoden is a bad game. Suikoden is actually a delightful little gem that never exactly reached a wide audience. Hidden beneath the horrible box art and crude graphics is an admirable RPG with plenty of heart and emotion, not to mention enough characters to sink a battleship...
Silent Hill 2 (PlayStation 2)

Silent Hill 2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on December 07, 2004

A few years ago, I was one of the many people who assumed Silent Hill was just going to be another Resident Evil. Turns out I was wrong, and Silent Hill actually turned out be a truly scary game with an original storyline. Sure, the storyline was confusing as hell (pun intended), but the atmosphere is where the game shined despite some spotty graphics and “collect the keys” gameplay. With Silent Hill 2, the graphics have been upgraded, the storyline is coherent, th...
Valkyrie Profile (PlayStation)

Valkyrie Profile review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 05, 2004

After playing so many role playing games, they start to become more and more similar. That’s not to say that they’re bad, it’s just that so many follow the same formula and use similar conventions, so things become stale at times. Once in a while a game offers original gameplay only to be crippled by a substandard plot, or vice versa. Surprisingly enough, Valkyrie Profile is one of the most entirely original RPGs I’ve had the pleasure of playing in a long time.
Final Fantasy Origins (PlayStation)

Final Fantasy Origins review (PSX)

Reviewed on June 30, 2004

Like many other people, I started my RPG fixation with Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. The sheer size of these games blew me away at the time, but now my tastes have matured and I find myself enjoying truly epic RPGs. Games like Morrowind and Final Fantasy X do a great job of catering to my newfound needs, though I’ll never forgot the early ones that got me hooked.
Aliens Vs. Predator 2 (PC)

Aliens Vs. Predator 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on April 27, 2004

“Scary as hell” is a term I rarely, if ever, use to describe a game. So many games that claim to be frightening end up being relatively low on the scares due to poor atmosphere, weak gameplay, or a little of both. I can honestly admit that Aliens vs. Predator 2 had me scared, but only for exactly one/third of the game. You see, this game lets you play as three wildly different races, the standard Marine, the badass Predator, and the freaky-as-hell Alien (dubbed Xenomorph by the in-gam...
Vagrant Story (PlayStation)

Vagrant Story review (PSX)

Reviewed on April 25, 2004

Squaresoft has impressed Playstation gamers many times in the past. The breathtaking Final Fantasy’s, Xenogears and many others have created fanboys who worship Squaresoft’s skill in creating complex stories and breathtaking worlds. Unfortunately, gameplay has always taken a backseat to the epic stories and dazzling graphics. Vagrant Story is more gameplay oriented than the usual Squaresoft games, but does that necessarily make it better? Sadly, the results are mixed for this ...
Grandia II (Dreamcast)

Grandia II review (DC)

Reviewed on April 14, 2004

Do you want to know what’s uncommon? A decent Dreamcast RPG. Do you want to know what’s even rarer? A console RPG with a fun battle system. So many games in this genre have provided us with epic plotlines, lengthy sidequests and memorable characters, but I honestly can’t think of any off the top of my head that had enjoyable battles. Now that I’ve played Grandia II I don’t have to rack my brain thinking if such a game exists.
Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)

Grand Theft Auto III review (PS2)

Reviewed on March 29, 2004

There’s nothing like good ol’ fashioned violence and crime, and Grand Theft Auto III has plenty of it. The Grand Theft Auto series became notorious for its violence and “go anywhere, kill anyone” gameplay. While the previous 2 installments had to be played in an annoying and limiting overhead view, Grand Theft Auto III represents the series’ jump to 3D. The jump to 3D can be disastrous for a game series; just look at what happened to Bubsy way back in the early da...
Disney's Tarzan (PlayStation)

Disney's Tarzan review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 20, 2004

Disney has always been known for their seemingly perfect family morals, their delightful animated films and their fairly consistent track record of making bad games. To be fair, not all of their games are bad. Too bad for every good title, like Aladdin, there is crap like A Bug’s Life, Kingdom Hearts(I’m the minority here) and My Disney Kitchen. Since Tarzan is one of my favorites out of the recent batch of Disney flicks and I heard this was a 2D platformer, my ho...
Strider 2 (PlayStation)

Strider 2 review (PSX)

Reviewed on March 12, 2004

It saddens me to say this, but the 2D platformers genre is dying. Everyone remembers playing Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, and numerous other fine titles. But now all those games have evolved into 3D scavenger hunts. The fun of perfectly executing a challenging jump has been replaced by hunting for an endless amount of items or battling awkward camera angles just to land the easiest of jumps. Strider 2 is an attempt to recapture the former days of 2D excellence, but ca...
Command and Conquer: Renegade (PC)

Command and Conquer: Renegade review (PC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

The rush you experience from rushing squads of tanks and soldiers into an enemy base is a memorable one- just ask any Command & Conquer fan. Westwood’s renowned real-time strategy franchise has captivated gamers for a long time, even though the game was a little light on the “strategy” side. As other RTS games focused more on micro-management, complex formations and the like, Command & Conquer continued to deliver the fast-paced missions and entertaining cutscenes that made the s...
Suikoden II (PlayStation)

Suikoden II review (PSX)

Reviewed on February 16, 2004

Ever since the first Suikoden’s debut on the Playstation, the RPG series has grown into a popular franchise. Suikoden has spawned two sequels, two text adventures and a couple card games, not to mention a devoted following. In the videogame industry, sophomoric efforts are often times inferior to the original. Just look at the likes of Syphon Filter 2 and Metal Gear Solid 2(I’m not counting the NES games). Fortunately, Suikoden II joins the ranks of Silent Hill 2, Dynasty ...
Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles (PlayStation)

Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles review (PSX)

Reviewed on February 14, 2004

On May 19th of 1999, millions of people gathered to watch a movie that would change their lives forever. Some of these people were normal, like you and me, while others were dressed as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Boba Fett. As the theater lights dimmed, the anticipation grew. After around fifteen minutes of ads and trailers, the famous words: “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” appeared on the screen. Around two hours later, many people left the theater feeling shocked, confused and/...

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