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Pachinko Sexy Reaction (Arcade)

Pachinko Sexy Reaction review (ARC)

Reviewed on September 27, 2004

Are Japanese games of chance and peeks into the dressing rooms of changing women your two greatest passions? Then it just so happens that Pachinko Sexy Reaction is an arcade game that you should invest some time in. It's about as deep as a child's wading pool, and stays in that shallow territory for the entirety of the experience. If you like cheap little table games like pachinko and pinball, here you go. If you like buxom animé women who like to conveniently "forget" that they're not un...
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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (Game Boy Advance)

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga review (GBA)

Reviewed on September 27, 2004

What comes to mind when someone says "RPG"? Some may think of the good ol' days playing D&D, while others see colorful Final Fantasy worlds with chocobos, airships and enormous weapons. Still, the picture is generally the same: swords, magic and random battles are almost always an integral part of the role-playing genre, right?
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DoDonPachi (Arcade)

DoDonPachi review (ARC)

Reviewed on September 26, 2004

Do Don Pachi is packed with ecstasy, not the brain rotting drug but the mixed feelings of apprehension, excitement and anger. The three combined create an unknown emotion that seems to be locked inside the human system, until one plays Do Don Pachi. Once you have experienced the ride that is Do Don Pachi you will never forget it, the firing of the ships cannon, the array of tanks and planes as they surround the one solitary ship floating over the wrecked world. There is no going back, it’s ...
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ESPN NHL 2K5 (PlayStation 2)

ESPN NHL 2K5 review (PS2)

Reviewed on September 25, 2004

When you say hockey you think of a few things. Fighting, toothless Canadians, and organ music playing the chicken dance are the first things that come to mind. When talking about hockey in terms of video games only one thing comes to mind, Sega Sports.
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Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

Viewtiful Joe review (GCN)

Reviewed on September 25, 2004

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Guwange (Arcade)

Guwange review (ARC)

Reviewed on September 24, 2004

If you see that the company Atlus has something to do with a videogame, it’s a pretty safe bet that game will be a wee bit out of the ordinary. You might end up bribing monsters to slay the deities of your choice OR you could take control of a group of wise-cracking demons to rule the underworld. Or, instead of enlisting demons or playing the role of one, you might just decide to slaughter the lot of ‘em.
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Come See Me Tonight (PC)

Come See Me Tonight review (PC)

Reviewed on September 24, 2004

Parents are supposed to be around to support their children. Not so for Ryoichi Sakaki. He returns home one day to find an empty house that’s just been put on the real estate market. Left with only a little cash and a farewell note, the high school senior faces the prospect of being hopeless and alone. However, this recipe for angst is quickly sweetened into a light romantic comedy. Though Come See Me Tonight provides solid characterization and plot, it hurts itself by withdrawing ...
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (PlayStation 2)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers review (PS2)

Reviewed on September 23, 2004

As you sit there waiting for your new Two Towers game to begin, you begin to watch the opening FMV sequence. The first few words out of your mouth are “Ooh, Pretty…” in your most Homer Simpson esque voice possible. Then, to your surprise, you find yourself thrust into the battle fighting as King Isildur in the war of the ring. As the nostalgia begins to wear off, you see your character running around pathetically swinging his sword like a four year old with a stick. Then, you say “what the hell?...
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Phantasy Star (Sega Master System)

Phantasy Star review (SMS)

Reviewed on September 22, 2004

Back in the day, Phantasy Star was simply amazing. This shining Star, one of the rare role-playing games for the Sega Master System, dazzled players with gorgeous graphics, monster animations and a huge quest that took brave heroine Alis and her three companions to three separate worlds in pursuit of the evilly insane Lassic.
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Ikari Warriors (NES)

Ikari Warriors review (NES)

Reviewed on September 21, 2004

I first encountered the plodding Ikari Warriors at the local Spaghetti Warehouse, tucked between Stun Runner and some random football game. In those carefree days, I thought Ikari Warriors was good, and I mean "good" in a sense other than for killing time while waiting for the linguini with garlic butter sauce to arrive. Guiding a bandanna-coiffed Rambo ripoff through grimy Vietnamese jungles is every little girl's video game fantasy (or at least it was mine), and Ikari...
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Contra: Hard Corps (Genesis)

Contra: Hard Corps review (GEN)

Reviewed on September 19, 2004

Contra. Forgive me the mild cliché, but the Nicaragua connection is too good not to bring up first thing, every time. Really now: the Contras were rapists, murderers, and terrorist thugs who plagued the countryside of a hapless Central American nation – and incontestably were the good guys. Equally the digital Contras, for all that they are an elite force dedicated to defeating the extraterrestrial aggressor, are mangy, despicable, homicidal-glint-in-the-eye folks you cross to the ...
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Baseball (Game Boy)

Baseball review (GB)

Reviewed on September 18, 2004

Baseball delivers an experience as generic as its name. Some may view this as a glaring flaw, but this Game Boy launch title revels in its simplistic graphics and arcade style gameplay. However, instead of building on that solid foundation, the game squanders its halcyon appeal with a woefully underdeveloped physics system and nearly unbearable slowdown.
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Einhander (PlayStation)

Einhander review (PSX)

Reviewed on September 17, 2004

In an age where mundane RPGs and over-the-top sequels rule the market, it’s rare to even hear the word ‘3D shooter’ out of any gamer’s mouth. The genre that had its golden days back on the Genesis is seldom heard of anymore. When put against the newest Final Fantasy or Silent hill, the old-school game play style simply cannot compete. Most gamers would rather aid the newest fifteen-year-old protagonist through puberty and first kisses than mop the floor with screen-sized space denizens from a di...
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ESPN Baseball Tonight (Sega CD)

ESPN Baseball Tonight review (SCD)

Reviewed on September 16, 2004

I can imagine the atmosphere at a ball game. The tension as you watch a member of your hopeful team at the bat with the pitcher ready to throw, the smell of this fat guy's hot dog behind you, the organ music booming in the background and the ultimate showdown, where the pitcher throws the ball and (almost in slow motion) the bat swings, you hear the connection and see your man running like hell while those fielding scramble around in order to foil the plan. Right, I probably got every detail abo...
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Contra (NES)

Contra review (NES)

Reviewed on September 15, 2004

On first glance, Scorpion and Mad Dog, the ultra-violent and oh-so-cool heroes of Contra, are much more studly than I could ever hope to be.
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Shinobi (Sega Master System)

Shinobi review (SMS)

Reviewed on September 14, 2004

It’s a well known fact that arcade translations on a console will look like a slight downgrade from the original. It was a lot more so in the 16-bit era of gaming but it started very briefly on the 8-bit Sega Master System and the NES. It seemed that the majority of the games looked less superior than what they did in the arcade (especially in the 16-bit era) but they still provided the same quality of play when on a console, although it seems that the majority of actual 8-bit arcade ports looke...
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Altered Beast (Sega Master System)

Altered Beast review (SMS)

Reviewed on September 14, 2004

After playing the 16-bit version of the game Altered Beast almost to death I was eager to see the 8-bit rendition of the game. Of course I wasn’t expecting much, as I knew everything that was good in the 16-bit version would probably be knocked down a few levels in this downgraded version. Sega made this game in 1988 for the arcades and as the “pack-in” game on their Sega Mega Drive system, so I guess they had to make a version on the Master System to complete the circle. This was a bad idea for...
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SonSon (Arcade)

SonSon review (ARC)

Reviewed on September 14, 2004

SonSon is a shooter inspired by the Chinese folktale “Journey to the West”, where cult shows like “Dragonball” and “Monkey Magic” got their ideas from. Basically it followed the adventures of Gokuu, a Monkey God with an array of magical abilities who went on a pilgrimage to India to collect scriptures from Buddha. Capcom used this legend as the backbone for this game, placing Gokuu, renamed SonSon along with his fellow pilgrim Pigsy in a running shooter game that was highly stressful and very re...
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Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest review (SNES)

Reviewed on September 14, 2004

After the release of the ever-lasting Donkey Kong Country, I was anticipating a sequel. I had a great time swinging through the jungle, creeping through caves and riding on cool animal assists. I wanted to experience it again but with all of the minor flaws that it produced corrected. However, DKC2 didn't exactly fix these problems, it just added a few more to the list.
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Lupin III (Arcade)

Lupin III review (ARC)

Reviewed on September 14, 2004

Resolved: That Lupin the 3rd is an excellent manga/animé, and by the same token, his success should therefore translate well to video games.
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