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Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (PlayStation 2)

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 27, 2002

Sony snuck up on everyone and released this part action, part adventure, part RPG hybrid. Few people were expecting it, and few really cared when it actually came out. After all, who wants a game that looks like Tomb Raider but plays more like a cross N64's Zelda games and Blizzard's Diablo? Luckily, Sony
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Fallout 2 (PC)

Fallout 2 review (PC)

Reviewed on July 24, 2002

The wasteland truly does give a not inaccurate portrayal of what could be the cause and effect of nuclear war, and the aftermath which would erupt from it. Play this game, and express the power to choose. This is pre-GTA3, pre-Shenmue...Fallout 2 is a pioneer.
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Lost Kingdoms (GameCube)

Lost Kingdoms review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 20, 2002

It's got none of those elements that make someone sit up and notice. Instead, Lost Kingdoms relies on that 'diamond in the rough' sort of theory. If you can get past the somewhat rough exterior, what lies inside is a true gem. The problem is that getting past that exterior takes enough effort that the overall experience isn't as rosy as it might otherwise have been.
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Valkyrie Profile (PlayStation)

Valkyrie Profile review (PSX)

Reviewed on July 14, 2002

Valkyrie Profile has a strong background based in Norse mythology. The end of the world, the Ragnarök, is at hand. The Vanir and Aesir (gods) must battle the dark forces to keep the world from ending. In order to do this, they require the souls of slain warriors.
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Grand Theft Auto III (PlayStation 2)

Grand Theft Auto III review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 13, 2002

The back of the CD case says ''you'll have to rob, steal, and kill just to stay out of serious trouble,'' and whoever wrote that sure as hell wasn't kidding. You'll be faced with a lot of plot twists and stabs in the back--all of which you'll get to retaliate for in due course.
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Final Fantasy X (PlayStation 2)

Final Fantasy X review (PS2)

Reviewed on July 12, 2002

FFX's gameplay, though, has some truly significant differences from its predecessors. The most drastic change is that you can swap characters in and out during battle simply by pressing the R1 button. This is extremely helpful because it keeps you from getting jacked in boss fights because you brought the ninja instead of the black mage.
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Agent Under Fire (GameCube)

Agent Under Fire review (GCN)

Reviewed on July 01, 2002

At nearly every point, the visuals are superb. Bond women are here, character models that somehow manage to look almost as good as FMV. And polygons aren't reserved strictly for the Bond girls, either; the villains benefit from the same attention to detail.
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Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GameCube)

Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader review (GCN)

Reviewed on June 18, 2002

The animation, especially of the ships’ movements, is remarkably accurate to the movies, and, in some cases, even better. The ships’ hulls, themselves, are perfectly rendered, immediately recognizable at first glance. The FMV scenes from the original movies, which are shown throughout the game’s menu system, add even more quality to the already nostalgic title.
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Luigi's Mansion (GameCube)

Luigi's Mansion review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

For the most part, you move from one puzzle to another, with little chance of dying in between. Enter a room and a ghost is present, but you have to figure out a way to make it appear long enough to defeat it.
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The Simpsons: Road Rage (GameCube)

The Simpsons: Road Rage review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Because The Simpsons Road Rage not only frequently equals Crazy Taxi in terms of playability but sometimes passes it, and because of the well-used Simpsons license, this is one title I have no problem recommending for at least a rental and perhaps even a purchase.
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (GameCube)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

And between every area you can grind, there's a smooth path that lets you manual. That means that, in essence, the only limit to your score is your lack of elite skills. I have a severe lack, there. Fortunately, there's a tutorial.
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Wave Race: Blue Storm (GameCube)

Wave Race: Blue Storm review (GCN)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

You press buttons and you wonder if you're holding the wrong controller and behind you, somewhere you can't see, there's a drunk controlling things. Your vehicle bounces about, into rocks, against walls...everywhere but where it should be going.
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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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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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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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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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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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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PlayStation 2)

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

Reviewed on Date Unknown

The level of realism in this game can really screw you over at times, but it also gives you so many different possibilities when it comes to making it through.
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Sonic Adventure 2 (Dreamcast)

Sonic Adventure 2 review (DC)

Reviewed on Date Unknown

Where I find Sonic and Shadow's versus mode to be more fun than any of the others, I'm sure everyone will find something to like here. All the characters even have special moves that you can use after collecting so many rings, such as Shadow's Chaos Control. Very cool.
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