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Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber (PC)

Water Closet: The Forbidden Chamber review (PC)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

There are times when you hear or read the title of a game, and right then, without question, you know you must buy that game. Sometimes, a name might remind you of an old favorite on a long-obsolete console, recalling the fond days of your youth; for instance, when I heard of Metroid Prime, I thought of the joyous hours I had playing Metroid and Super Metroid so many years ago. Immediately and without reservations, I wanted the new title. Other times, a name may represent a proven series ...
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Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

Metal Gear Solid review (PSX)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

Konamiís Metal Gear series had, frankly, a fairly undistinguished history. Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 developed new genre in which stealth was of overriding importance; there were guards everywhere, and they attacked relentlessly if they spotted you, so the only road to survival was to stay hidden. Yet despite appearing on both the NES and MSX consoles, the games never really took off in the way they deserved. But wait -- like the Final Fantasy series, Metal Gear was ready to make the turn from...
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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! (NES)

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out! review (NES)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

ď[He] called me a Ďrapistí and a Ďrecluse.í Iím not a recluse.Ē Perhaps these were the words that started it all. When you think of all the people you wouldnít want to be trapped alone in a room with, Mike Tyson is perhaps among the first to come to mind. After all, heís only on the Zoloft to keep from killing yíall. Iron Mike is a fearsome giant of a man, with the strength of a bull and the brain of a billygoat. Now usually, when an athlete is licensed to appear in a game, he or she is a...
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Battle Chess (NES)

Battle Chess review (NES)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

Only in recent years, we have seen a computer, Deep Blue, beat the greatest chess player on the planet in a tournament, proving without doubt that a well-programmed logical machine can match any human intellect, at least in the world of chess. Of course, Battle Chess, being a Nintendo game, does not feature quite the level of sophistication that was built into the Deep Blue supercomputer. Still, it is able to accommodate and utilize all the rules of the game, and for most players will at least b...
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Barbie Vacation Adventure (Genesis)

Barbie Vacation Adventure review (GEN)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

Despite the commotion from various womenís groups over the years about the Barbie doll promoting an unrealistic standard of beauty for young girls, the long-legged plastic figurine is a powerful brand symbol. That brand has expanded strongly into the world of video games; recent Barbie titles, I am assured, capture successfully the fashion design and glamorous lifestyle roleplay associated with the doll itself. The Genesis game, however, as one of the first Barbie video games, clearly is an earl...
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UNLIMITED SaGa (PlayStation 2)

UNLIMITED SaGa review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

The localization team for the new Square Enix amalgamation needs to get its act together, quickly, and decide how the name of this game is supposed to look. Itís disconcerting to sit down, ready to write a review, and discover that there is not only no consensus on the quality of the game, but no consensus on how to write the title of the product. Sure, in Japanese itís just a handful of funny symbols, so Square Enixís bigwigs might not have an interest, but the folks on this side of the Pacific...
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Final Fantasy X-2 (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy X-2 review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

Oddly enough, Final Fantasyís first testing of the murky sequel waters is a sequel in the deepest sense of the word. Often when we say sequel, we mean it in the way that, for instance, Donkey Kong Country 2 is a sequel to its first part: simply a new story with the same characters and settings. Usually, video game sequels donít follow directly from their predecessor, as producers donít want to alienate potential buyers who havenít tried the first title. But Final Fantasy X-2 is a true seq...
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Enter the Matrix (PlayStation 2)

Enter the Matrix review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 24, 2004

You want to be Neo. Letís face it, thatís why millions of people bought this game and tens of millions more flocked to see The Matrix Reloaded the first week it came out. The grace, the power, and the seeming invincibility of Neo and his comrades are attractive; who wouldnít want to be able to run along walls and leap across yawning chasms? Moreover, who could resist doing that while dressed in an outrageous black leather trenchcoat with combat boots? Itís pleasing to imagine that we coul...
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RLH: Run Like Hell (PlayStation 2)

RLH: Run Like Hell review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 21, 2004

I waited for this game for quite a while. But I absolutely refuse to begin this review in the same manner as every other review Iíve ever read for it. They all go along about the same thing: this game was announced before the PS2 was even announced, was in development for quite some time, blah blah blah. Yeah, it took a while to get here. And the end result wasnít as good as expected. Thatís the way it goes sometimes. So hereís a real introduction: Run Like Hell (RLH) is a third-person pe...
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Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance (NES)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Pool of Radiance review (NES)

Reviewed on April 21, 2004

As any fan of retro role-playing games can tell you, the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System were the originators of the console RPG. Games like Dragon Warrior and Final Fantasy on the NES and Phantasy Star on the SMS became inspirations for multitudes of games spanning generations of systems.
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The Tick (SNES)

The Tick review (SNES)

Reviewed on April 20, 2004

Friends and neighbors, I have just returned from an exhausting sojourn. Not long before I left, my chin was smooth and my face was untarnished by age, but now I return to you with a long, straggling beard and many a wrinkle, wart, and pockmark on a visage once considered worthy of a goddess's kiss. Before my arduous voyage, I enjoyed the meat of the land with great voracity - some would say to disgusting excess. No more is my body a reflection of this enjoyment, though; my journey wore me down t...
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EyeToy: Play (PlayStation 2)

EyeToy: Play review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 19, 2004

The other day two of my buddies and I were just sitting in my room when all the sudden these ninjas come out of no where and started attacking us. At first, we kept getting hit but eventually we were able to stop their onslaught. It was pretty freaking crazy; we didnít even realize what was happening. Even worse, a little later we got attacked by this huge boxing robot. I donít know what the hell that guy was thinking, but we pummeled him just like we were Muhammad Ali. Three soft jabs with the ...
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Devil World (NES)

Devil World review (NES)

Reviewed on April 18, 2004

Satan may steeple his fingers with reserved glee every time a company releases the next Vice City, but deep down, we all know that the Prince of Darkness has a soft spot for the classics. Even in the early 1980s, he was busy at work planting the seeds of moral destruction in games like Pong and Pitfall!, or so the radical right will have you hear. And boy, was his mean streak really showing the day E.T. hit stores! But of all the gaming waters the devil has tainted with his poison fingertip, thi...
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Casino Kid (NES)

Casino Kid review (NES)

Reviewed on April 16, 2004

When you first load up Casino Kid, youíll be greeted -- after a little screen introducing you to the tough world of high-stakes gambling -- with a view that will make you think of an RPG. Bear with me. You can move around and talk to characters in a casino, complete with tacky seventies pink and black checkerboard carpeting and ostentatious indoor plants. But when you first have a little dialogue with fellow casino patrons youíll begin to suspect that the rich, intense world you had envisioned i...
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Madden NFL 2004 (PlayStation 2)

Madden NFL 2004 review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 16, 2004

As a matter of political correctness, itís somewhat taboo to talk about religion in reviews these days, but bear with my tangential introduction, because I have recently come to an important revelation. You see, I was raised as a Christian, which means I worship Jesus Christ, a Jewish preacher out of Nazareth, as my Lord and Savior: the embodiment of God on earth. Other religions revere inestimably holy prophets or wise men who have pointed the way to salvation -- for instance, Mohammed for Musl...
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XIII (PlayStation 2)

XIII review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 16, 2004

Let's just say, this case has a distinct smell to it, a certain paranormal bouquet. -- Fox Mulder, The X-Files.
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Rise to Honor (PlayStation 2)

Rise to Honor review (PS2)

Reviewed on April 15, 2004

Itís hard not to become interested in Sonyís latest action-adventure game Rise to Honor (RtH) because of the main character, Kit Yun. ďKit YunĒ may not be a familiar name, but Kitís character is built around the ever popular action-film star Jet Li, who was completely rendered, motion captured, and voiced for the game. Through the gameís introduction, weíre told that Kit is a bodyguard for a notorious leader of a Hong Kong crime syndicate. However, things arenít always so two-dimen...
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Toilet Kids (TurboGrafx-16)

Toilet Kids review (TG16)

Reviewed on April 15, 2004

Us poor folks in America sure have gotten the short end of the stick havenít we? Doesnít it just seem like so many excellent and wonderful games from yesteryear never got released in our country? Sure, you can download ROMs, translation patches and all that jazz to play a number of these games now, but wouldnít it have been nice to go to your local store to buy Dragon Quest 6, Star Ocean or a Parodius game, so you could play them before they earned that ever-so-chic ďretroĒ reputation?
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Grandia II (Dreamcast)

Grandia II review (DC)

Reviewed on April 14, 2004

Do you want to know whatís uncommon? A decent Dreamcast RPG. Do you want to know whatís 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 canít think of any off the top of my head that had enjoyable battles. Now that Iíve played Grandia II I donít have to rack my brain thinking if such a game exists.
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Poly Play (Arcade)

Poly Play review (ARC)

Reviewed on April 13, 2004

There's still a small type of disgruntled deluded folks who think that Communism could or should actually work. They overlap well with gamers: lazy slobs who want something for nothing. These amateur politicians who have that perfect political philosophy pinned down between levels of Super Mario Brothers 3 and forget it because, well, they were swept up in the life and thoughts people ought to have are sadly deluded. They probably think the government's going to hand them a bag of quarters a wee...
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