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Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)

Panzer Dragoon Orta review (XBX)

Reviewed on September 04, 2004

Panzer Dragoon Zwei didn’t waste any time. The opening scene violently hurled unsuspecting gamers into an enemy-infested outpost with the ability to destroy nearly any building for obscene amounts of bonus points. Branching paths were later introduced, culminating in the absurdly intricate Underground Canals. The sheer beauty of reflective turquoise waters enchanted players’ hearts, but the mis-shapen creature skulking beneath the surface chilled players’ spines. As Lundi and h...
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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (Game Boy Advance)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon review (GBA)

Reviewed on September 01, 2004

If I were forced to come up with one flaw in Konami’s masterful Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the Playstation, it would involve that game’s lack of difficulty. For a person who had nearly cried bloody tears after suffering his millionth death at the hands of Dracula, Death and pals in Castlevania III, the utter ease at which I was able to bully my way through C:SotN was a bit disconcerting.
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Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

Super Mario 64 review (N64)

Reviewed on August 28, 2004

Nothing was new in the Mushroom Kingdom. The friendly Princess Toadstool had invited Mario the Italian plumber to the castle for some cake, and Mario couldn't resist. Eagerly jumping out of the large green pipe, he noticed that the landscape was slightly different--and that he could move in three dimensions. Mario, eager to stretch his legs, decided to jump around a little bit and kill some time. And he certainly did jump, easily leaping higher than the average human could dream of. However, thi...
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Donkey Konga (GameCube)

Donkey Konga review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Life is full of surprises. Until recently if someone had told me that gorillas can play conga drums I would have laughed them out of the room. Peeling bananas and tossing fecal matter around the place is one thing, but hammering out a happening beat on a set of drums is something else entirely. Who would have guessed then that Nintendo's #1 gorilla was one hip dude? Luckily for us someone did and have chosen the big fella to fill the gapping, musical sized hole in Nintendo's software line-up. Wi...
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Street Fighter Anniversary Collection (PlayStation 2)

Street Fighter Anniversary Collection review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

What was...
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Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future (PlayStation 2)

Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Where brothers and sisters are concerned, nothing says unfair quite like being compared to your older sibling. Try as you might to match their achievements, invariably you're left standing in the corner as the dark shadow of someone else's success begins to fall across your life. "Why can't you be more like him?" your parents ask. "He knows what life's all about, you're such a disappointment to us all!" they claim. Yes, yes, I know how much I've let you both down. Now go away would you I'm tryin...
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Splatterhouse 3 (Genesis)

Splatterhouse 3 review (GEN)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Arising from the mediocrity that was Splatterhouse 2 came a sequel with that packed a little more punch and bled a little more blood. Namco picked up the rusty and cranky gameplay and polished it up a lot creating not only the best in the series but a great fun beat-em-up that was absolutely crammed to the full with challenge, a ton of unforgettable action and most importantly a pile of unnecessary violence and gore.
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Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (Xbox)

Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

In the beginning there was Interplay. Interplay begat Capcom, and Capcom begat Konami... between them, these 3 software giants were directly responsible for the creation, development and refinement of one of the world's most popular genres, survival horror. If it wasn't for the ground breaking release of Alone In The Dark for the PC, survival horror as a genre would never have been born. If Capcom hadn't pushed ahead with Resident Evil 1 and 2, the genre would have never reached the masses. And ...
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Freedom Fighters (Xbox)

Freedom Fighters review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Russians weren't always the jolly, vodka swilling people that we know them to be today. Not so long ago they were the Red Menace, as feared as they were ruthless. For decades, the fear of communism and the Soviets drove America and its western allies into a near constant state of paranoia, as a deadly game of brinkmanship drove the world to the very edge of nuclear Armageddon. Then one day, quite out the blue, something unexpected happened... they became our friends. With the collapse of the Sov...
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RahXephon (PlayStation 2)

RahXephon review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Something funny is happening to the world of anime licensed gaming. Whereby once the phrase ''based on the hit anime series'' spelt certain doom for a game, these days things are not so clear cut. While it may be true that there is still a fair amount of licensed crap polluting store shelves, the chances of happening upon something that's reasonably playable have been slowly increasing. This is partly in thanks to the efforts of Bandai Entertainment who, for the past 12 months, have taken some m...
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The Suffering (Xbox)

The Suffering review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

23 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This will be your new home. A concrete cell no more than 6 feet across by 9 feet deep. It is going to be your future, it is going to be your hell. Locked away for your heinous crimes, all you have for company are your thoughts and a conscience that betrays you. For an hour each day you are let out of your cell to feed, exercise and shower... but this is no reprieve from the monotony... it is much worse. What should have been a celebration of freedo...
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Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Xbox)

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Since the advent of CD based gaming technology, insiders in the know and armchair experts alike have been predicting an ultimate merging of Hollywood and the game industry. This long sought after goal has been something of a Holy Grail for developers, and one that until recently may have seemed impossible to achieve. But just as surely as the sun inevitably rises each morning, so is new gaming hardware developed. The recent rise of the DVD format combined with the increased power offered by mode...
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Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors (Xbox)

Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

If there's one thing that the average Japanese person fears more than the strange faced foreigners they sometimes see wandering their streets, it would have to be their demons. These faces of evil are so deeply entwined in local mythology and superstition that there would seem to be a demon for every occasion. From the mountain dwelling Tengu that torments lost travelers, to the Kappa water demons that drown hapless swimmers, there's a single universal constant that binds... a total and utter ha...
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Spider-Man 2 (Xbox)

Spider-Man 2 review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

There was a time when the summer movie season was all about the cinema experience. Sight, sound, and spectacle were the keywords to judge by as some of our biggest childhood fantasies were brought to life on the big screen. Inevitably however the movie would end and we would return to our dreary lives with a yearning for more of the good stuff that, oh so briefly, sated our lust for adventure. And while in the past we may have turned to our video games in order to keep that spirit alive, these l...
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JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future (Xbox)

JSRF: Jet Set Radio Future review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Originally debuting on Sega's now defunct Dreamcast platform, Smilebit's Jet Set Radio brought urban street culture into the home for those of us too lazy to get off of our sofas and find it ourselves. It's controversial anti-establishment message worked so perfectly with the graffiti-spraying-grind-fest style gameplay that Jet Set Radio quickly became the talk of the town. Gamers applauded JSR's original approach to roller blading action, while politicians lamented it for it's morally lax value...
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Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death (Xbox)

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death review (XBX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Of all the great comic book characters created during the 1970's, perhaps 2000ad's Judge Dredd is the least recognizable to mainstream America. The comic's hard edged sci-fi setting mixed with liberal doses of black comedy and social commentary make it more than suitable for American tastes. But still for reasons unknown it has continued to languish in relative obscurity. So why has this erroneous situation occurred? Some may choose to blame the woeful 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie for driving (...
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Katamari Damacy (PlayStation 2)

Katamari Damacy review (PS2)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Katamari Damashii is a typically Japanese game. And by that I don't mean to infer that it features school girls. Actually for that matter there is also absolutely zero tentacle content and the mandatory giant robot action is mysteriously absent. There are no hard working maids, no panty flashes, no sailor suited defenders of the universe, nada. Heck, there isn't even a single fireball, be it a sho-ryu-ken or otherwise! That Katamari Damashii has forgone these tried and true staples of Japanese p...
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Pocket Fighter (PlayStation)

Pocket Fighter review (PSX)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

There has never been nor will there ever be again another fighting game quite like this. For you see, Pocket Fighter is unique. Pocket Fighter is special. Pocket Fighter is whacked out Japanese lunacy pumped up on 'shrooms and put through a fanboy themed blender. It's everything that a true Capcom fanatic could ever want in a fighter, and nothing anyone else would even come close to understanding. At first glance, you may think that you get it. It's a 2d one on one fighter isn't it? As close as ...
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Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 (GameCube)

Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 review (GCN)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

In a world where the majority of anime licenses produce software specially breed for the bargain bins, the Naruto name would appear to be something of an enigma. As if born under a lucky star, it has spawned a veritable cross-platform franchise of praise worthy games where so many other licenses have simply crashed and burned. From Bandai's outstanding Playstation2 entry to Tomy's range of Nintendo exclusives, the formula for success has always been universal. In fusing the innovative 3d fightin...
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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (PC)

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind review (PC)

Reviewed on August 27, 2004

Not often does a game come along that simply knocks you off your feet. A game so massive and involved that it hooks you from the word go. A game that you can't get enough of, one that makes you sit back and just go 'whoa'.
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