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Peggle In 300 Words 0

  It's not often that I enjoy a "casual" game. Call me snobbish, but I usually like my games to contain plenty of depth. Still, I'll occasionally make an exception. Wii Sports Resort managed to impress me with its gameplay variety, and most recently, Peggle grabbed my attention with its Pinball-like mechanics. What's amazing about Peggle is that it's easy enough to figure out in a minute, yet it contains enough of a challenge for a video game veteran. How Peggle works is simple: A cannon hanging...

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A Devilishly Difficult Two-Wheeled Ride 0

  Forget the training wheels.  Want a real man's motorcycle game?   You've got it.   Trials HD is one of the hardest motorcycle games you'll ever play.   Like the classic Excitebike, you'll spend your time in two dimensions, maneuvering your motorcycle through a variety of obstacles.   There are fifty courses in addition to a variety of mini-games, so masochistic gamers will have plenty of time to burn rubber.   If you tire of the game's difficult courses, there's also the option of creating cou...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This Generation Spanning Quest Is One of Dragon Quest's Best 0

  It's time to review another entry in the series that drives Japanese gamers wild. No, I'm not talking about Monster Hunter, or that series of games where you collect monsters in a ball. I'm talking about the legendary series of games that causes top-notch students to cut class--the one and only Dragon Quest. Dragon Quest may have a Harry Potter-like following in Japan, but it has gained little ground in the U.S. You could blame this on Enix's failure to release many Dragon Quest titles in the ...

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This Dragoon May Be On Rails, But It Has Heart 0

  On May 11, 1995, the world should have momentarily halted, due to the North American release of the Sega Saturn and one of its best launch titles: Panzer Dragoon. But it didn't. If Sega hadn't broken so many hearts with console add-ons and screwed over third party developers with a surprise system launch, things may have been different, but alas, they were forced to retreat and plan a new system. Even though I wasn't exactly what you would call a "broken-hearted fan," I missed out on Sega's bu...

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Can Bungie's Flagship Shooter Survive Without Its Chief? 0

  This review is divided into parts for the purpose of preserving those precious eyes you intend to use during  your twenty-four hour gaming binges. You can choose whether to learn about my thoughts on the flavorful series that is Halo, ODST's vanilla campaign, its fruity multiplayer concoction, or all of the above. Whatever you do, do not mix the three. Enjoy. A Backwards Glance At The Halo Series If you've played any video games over the past decade, you may have heard of a relatively unknown...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

ActRaiser: For The God In You 0

Until about a year ago, I believed that I had played all the great titles the Super NES had to offer (excluding Japan-only titles like Ys V). Once I played obscure titles like Terranigma and Cybernator, that idea was turned on its head. I don't usually like being wrong, but I didn't mind in this case, because quality Super Nintendo titles make me feel like a kid again. Yesterday, I grew into a pint-sized individual once again after I downloaded a title called ActRaiser.  I had heard Jeremy Pari...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Finally, An RPG That Is Truly For Everyone (Mario & Luigi: Bowser 0

  Let's Begin With A History Lesson People who played video games during the 16-bit era may remember a title that resulted from an all-star collaboration between two powerhouse developers: Square and Nintendo. This title, known as Mario RPG, was loved by many due to the action and humor it brought to the RPG genre. Battles were no longer simple turn-based affairs where you sifted through endless menus. Instead, you played an active role in the battles. Timed attacks were an essential ingredient ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Super Nintendo's Best Kept Secret 0

  The RPG is now a diverse genre spread across multiple platforms with its own sets of sub-genres, but believe it or not, there was a time when RPGs were relatively unknown. There were a few series of RPGs that had managed to gain some recognition in the West by the end of the 8-bit era: Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Phantasy Star, but to most controller-wielders, these games remained a mystery.   An RPG sub-genre, known as the Action-RPG was even more elusive. Titles like Final Fantasy Adve...

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Square, I Am No Longer Bitter 0

  Towards the end of the Super NES' lifespan, I played a groundbreaking title that remains as one of my favorite games to this day.   This title, known as Secret of Mana, is still considered the pinnacle of the Action-RPG genre by many.   Even Square's own successors failed to have the kind of impact of Secret of Mana.   What's worse is that most of them weren't even fun. Well, there were a couple Square-developed Action-RPGs during the SNES era that attempted to dethrone Secret of Mana, but ne...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Forget World Of Mana--Remember The Series' Epic Beginning 0

Anyone who is familiar with console Action-RPGs has likely heard of a title called Secret of Mana. This SNES Action-RPG classic captivated gamers with its gorgeous visuals, three-player simultaneous real-time gameplay, and its nearly unparalleled musical score. Sixteen years later, it remains as a cherished memory etched in the minds of the fortunate souls who played it.  Sadly, most of these players are unaware that Secret of Mana is actually the second game in a series titled Seiken Densetsu, ...

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This Arena Is One I'd Never Want To Return To 0

Back when the Dreamcast was on every gamer's radar, online gaming was still a relatively new thing.   Sure, plenty of PC games had featured deep online experiences, but consoles were just beginning to enter cyberspace.   The Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis had previously flirted with online gameplay, but barely anyone knew about it--even if they could afford the service.   Well, in the year 2000, the Dreamcast finally brought online gaming to the masses, and titles like Quake III Arena helped pu...

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This Dreamcast Sports Title Hits Harder Than A Linebacker 0

When people reminisce about the Dreamcast, they typically think of unique titles crafted by Sega, instead of the many ports the system received.   "Port" is often a dirty word when it comes to video games, but the Dreamcast actually received a number of quality titles that matched what the system was about.   See, the Dreamcast was about innovative games and bringing the arcade home, and titles like NFL Blitz 2000 meshed with this vision. Sure, Blitz wasn't innovative, but its hard-hitting actio...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

For Those Who Love Exploration, Skies Still Sails 0

We now live in an era in which we're inundated with various types of RPGs.   It's not like different types of RPGs haven't always existed, but players are now more familiar with the three major categories of role playing games: Japanese RPGs, Western RPGs, and Massively Multiplayer RPGs.   Each of these sub-genres appeal to players for different reasons, but regardless of their tastes, many players play RPGs for the sense of adventure they provide. I'm more the type of RPG fan that plays the gen...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Soul of 1999 Is Still Going Strong 0

If you were lucky enough to purchase a Dreamcast on September 9th, 1999, you probably purchased one of two titles: Sonic Adventure or SoulCalibur.   Your average Sega fan probably assumed that the cocky hedgehog's game would be the obvious choice, but boy, was he mistaken.   It's not like Sonic Adventure was a bad game, but who'd want to play that when it was accompanied by the best-looking fighter to ever grace a home console? We'd seen some decent looking 3D fighters on home consoles before So...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Even Time Can't Unravel This Classic 0

Boy, does time fly.   Fourteen years ago, I remember playing an SNES game with an unusual title called Chrono Trigger.   Before playing Chrono, I knew little about this RPG, other than the fact that it was developed by a "Dream Team".   At the time, I was unaware that this "Dream Team" consisted of Final Fantasy head-honcho, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and the Enix final boss, Yuji Horii.   It also included a renowned anime artist, Akira Toriyama (responsible for Dragon Ball Z and the Dragon Quest serie...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

9/9/99: Did Sonic Do For Dreamcast What Mario Did For The N64? 0

 Ah...September 9th, 1999.   The launch of Final Fantasy VIII...err, I mean the Dreamcast.   It was a glorious day ten years ago when Sega rose from the dead and breathed new life into a console.   On that day, the Saturn, an epic failure (in the U.S. at least), was replaced by a smaller, white system.   Instead of surprising us with a sneak attack, Sega actually announced the Dreamcast's release date, and sent a legion of retail games to accompany it.   Two of these titles blew away Dreamcast f...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

One of 2008's Most Slept On Titles Chills And Thrills 0

There are two truths when it comes to gamers: They love innovative games, and they devour sequels.   You might ask, "Then why do titles like Okami fail when it comes to overall sales?"   Well, this is often due to the fact that certain titles are marketed poorly or misunderstood.   People may also not appreciate the complex content within those titles.   For example, most North American gamers can relate to a green elf-looking boy who's out to save the world, but few can understand Japan's compl...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This Portable Delight Has Aged As Well As Fine Wine 0

"Ha ha, I'm-a-Wario-and-I'm-a-gonna-ween!"   Sadly, that phrase was my first experience with Mario's evil twin.   Ever since Mario Kart 64, I chose this portly plumber who's incapable of color coordination, as my secondary racer.   Whenever Bowser was unavailable, I'd cruise the streets in Wario's pimped out ride.     There's more to this chubby character than his oversized nose and his go-kart prowess, however.   Unbeknownst to most, Wario is also a skilled platformer.   He may not have the fam...

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Reliving The Xbox 360 Launch: Burning Rubber In The City 0

I was nearly a year late to the Xbox360 party, so I missed out on many of the system's "exciting" launch titles.  The year 2005 was rough, not only because I had to do without Joanna Dark,  but because I missed out on Peter Moore's lucent dreams and power brick weight lifting sessions.     Well, two years later, I eventually came back to the shoddy FPS that is Perfect Dark Zero, and walked away unimpressed.  The bland single-player missions and multiplayer that reeked of the N64 generation did...

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Slightly More Fun Than A Car Crash 0

With each passing year, gamers have grown more accustomed to receiving "me-too" games.   Some years, we'll receive a deluge of First-Person Shooters.   At other times, we're given dozens of games featuring plastic instruments.   Even worse is receiving a landslide of downloadable titles that don't offer much more than standard death-match modes.  One recent PS3 release, known as Crash Commando fits in the death-match slot.   This EPOS Game Studios developed title isn't a bad game, but there jus...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This Resort Is Worth The Price Of Admission 0

During the past few years, video game fans have grown accustomed to the terms 'casual' and 'hardcore.'   Some gamers despise these terms, while others wear their badge with pride.   One company who is famous for its Italian plumbers is primarily responsible for this shift in gamer demographics.   Nintendo, or the Big N, felt that its destiny was to draw in new players through simpler technology.    One way in which they accomplished this is through motion controls.   With Wiimote waggle and co...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

An Enjoyable Experience, With Or Without The Buddy System 0

Horror fans have come to love the Resident Evil series over the years for its excessive use of gore, pants-pissing surprises, and wacky storylines.   The original Resident Evil titles were famous for providing terrifying moments that'd give an adult gamer nightmares, but changes were in store for the fourth installment.   Resident Evil 4 for Gamecube took the series in a new direction by doing away with the tank controls that plagued the first few games.   Capcom left most of the horror-filled g...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Can Tiger's Magic Wand Win Over A Sports Loathing Gamer? 0

Fighting games were all the rage back in the '90s, and they're currently making a comeback.   During the previous decade, games like Street Fighter lined arcades.   Many fighting game enthusiasts loved taking Ryu and Ken into battle, but for some people, two-dimensional characters just didn't cut it.    Some of these people were won over by up-and-coming polygonal fighters, like Virtua Fighter.   Virtua Fighter may have moved at a slower pace than what people were used to, but they didn't care, ...

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The Original 3D Fighter Makes Its First Online Appearance 0

Fighting games were all the rage back in the '90s, and they're currently making a comeback.   During the previous decade, games like Street Fighter lined arcades.   Many fighting game enthusiasts loved taking Ryu and Ken into battle, but for some people, two-dimensional characters just didn't cut it.    Some of these people were won over by up-and-coming polygonal fighters, like Virtua Fighter.   Virtua Fighter may have moved at a slower pace than what people were used to, but they didn't care, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If Samus Was To Ever Have A Baby, This Would Be It 0

When gamers over twenty reminisce about their favorite video games, you'll commonly hear Super Metroid mentioned.   This sci-fi title is often recognized as the finest of the adventure saga known as Metroid.  In Metroid games, you typically explore massive planets that are chalk-full of secrets and power-ups, and Super Metroid was no exception.   The series hero, Samus, would find various suits and equipment that would enable her to reach new areas.   Much of Super Metroid was played in linear ...

29 out of 32 found this review helpful.

A Gentle, Spring Breeze 0

 Even though people often use video games for entertainment or to escape the world around them, it's rare that a video game puts one in a state of complete relaxation.   Have you ever listened to a relaxation tape?   One that attempts to dig you out of a rut and improve your hectic life?   If it had no effect on you, discard that, and boot up Flower. This downloadable PSN game, is a unique gameplay experience that shouldn't simply be dismissed because of its lack of violence.   Even though I ty...

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More Fun Than a Rocket Launcher to the Posterior 0

 Everyone's got a favorite Superhero: Superman, Spiderman, X-men (okay, that's a group of super heroes), but there's always one that evades the naked eye.   One superhero that immediately comes to mind doesn't exist in the Marvel or DC pantheon; rather, he was created by an amateur video game developer.   This unlikely hero, 'Splosion Man, was crafted by an Indie Development team that became famous through its award winning video game, The Maw.   This cartoony video game was well received for it...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Is This Downloadable War One Worth Fighting? 0

  Hut!   Attention!   Soldier, welcome to DICE's latest: Battlefield 1943.   This isn't just any virtual war that you can buy at a retail store--this is a full-fledged downloadable conflict.   The Battlefield series has grown quite popular over the years, and recently expanded to the consoles, but this is the first time that Xbox360 and PS3 owners have been able to purchase a full Battlefield game for fifteen Washingtons.   You'd think that a cheaper Battlefield might be a watered down conflict,...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This Download Will Shatter Your Expectations 0

 Have you ever played Breakout or Arkanoid?   Don't worry, I haven't either.   Most reviews of Shatter have compared it to brick-breaking games of the past, but I've decided to judge it on its own merits.   This PSN download definitely draws from games like Pong, Breakout, and Arkanoid for inspiration, but it's so much more.   Instead of simply hitting a ball back and forth to break blocks, you'll find yourself using the effects of gravity.   You control a small ship that can reflect balls back ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I'd Rather Play This Than Eat Cake 0

The Playstation Network has had some gems now and then, but many Sony fans have secretly looked at 360 owners with envy; not for the fifty dollar Xbox Live fee mind you, but rather, for the incredible downloadable games.   Now, with titles like Castle Crashers and Braid heading to PSN, 360 fans don't have as much to gloat about.   Even more threatening to 360 fanboys is the literal cake-in-the-face that is Fat Princess.   PS3 owners have received some unique gems in the past, such as Shatter, bu...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Four Giant Humanoid Reptiles Receive A Tubular Makeover 0

  Hey, dudes!   Remember the tubular late '80s and radical early '90s?   Back then, we used words like "bodacious," "radical," and even "cowabunga!"   What got us spouting those phrases?   Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, of course.   This comic hit took America by storm and spread to movies, action figures, and even video games.   We were introduced to the Ninja Turtles with a excruciatingly difficult NES game by Konami.   It left many of us ninja-wannabes in tears, but that didn't stop us from en...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Gamer Referees And PS2 Caliber Visuals 0

Remember the unofficial sequel to Goldeneye that everyone seemed to pass over?  You know, that Rare title featuring a slender, red-headed chick?  No?  Well I don't blame you.  Despite receiving rave reviews, Perfect Dark was passed over by many due to the launch of the PS2 and the drought of quality titles for the N64.  The title was also plagued by horrible slowdown, so even its inventive weapons and co-op multiplayer couldn't save it.  By the title's small group of fans, Perfect Dark was well ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Space Invaders Proves It's Okay To Be Extreme Without The Dew 0

When you think of the word "extreme," what's the first thing that comes to mind?   For most people, it's probably skateboarders, snowboarders, or Mt. Dew drinkin' rednecks driving lifted trucks.   It's unlikely that you'd ever lump Space Invaders in this category.   The original Space Invaders was black and white, and slow-paced in comparison to the Shmups (Shoot-'em ups) of today.   Thankfully, instead of re-releasing a classic that your father probably enjoyed, Taito went the extra mile and co...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Does A Rotten Banana Lurk Behind This Shiny Coat Of Paint? 0

Ahoy mateys.  Yea scurvy dogs, best be ready to walk the plank if yea shy away from Monkey Island.  That wimp Guybrush Threepwood can't become a pirate and save a governess from a dead captain by himself, ya know?  Okay, enough poorly written pirate talk.  By now, the secret is out.  A renowned PC title famous for its witty writing--The Secret of Monkey Island, has now been released on XBLA to the joy of wannabe pirates.  This classic straight out of 1990 isn't served cold; rather, Lucasarts dec...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This Shooter Is Packin' Pixels 0

Going into Rocket Riot, I had no idea what to expect.  I didn't pay attention to previews, or even reviews of the game, but a video showcasing the trippy, pixilated visuals was enough to catch my attention--that, and the fact that I crave dual-analog shooters.  I loved Geometry Wars, but not to the point of obsession, so I was a bit worried that Rocket Riot would simply be a retread.  Fortunately, that wasn't the case at all.  Rocket Riot's use of dual analog sticks for bouts of intense shootin...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Is This Saccharinely Sweet Adventure Worth Inhaling? 0

It's a great time for those of us who enjoy Indie Games.  On each of the major game consoles, several unique titles are available for download, provided you have the necessary points or a credit card.  Sadly, this wasn't always the case.  During the Xbox360 launch, many of us feared the worst--that evil corporations were turning our artsy video games into mere commodities.  Games like Castle Crashers, Braid, and now The Maw have finally put those fears to rest (or have they?).  How are these gam...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Decent Tale, But Not All That It Could Have Been 0

As a spinoff to one of the Gamecube's most revered RPGs, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World had a lot to live up to.  The Gamecube Tales of Symphonia is considered a classic because of its real-time fighting system, excellent character dialogue, great soundtrack, and its story full of real-world issues combined with aspects of Norse mythology.  Dawn of the New World continues this legacy in many respects, but unfortunately, it falls short in a few key areas.  Before going into the details...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Do The Gears Still Turn? 0

The original Gears of War was a heavily hyped game that delivered for many, but failed to live up to some gamers' expectations.  Gears of War was a third-person shooter that boasted phenomenal graphics and a unique cover-based gameplay system.  It utilized a cover system where you could hide behind almost every object, and move between them with ease.  I enjoyed playing through the campaign, but to me, it just didn't live up to Halo.  Halo felt so much more intuitive, while Gears felt clunky and...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A Legendary 2D Mario Experience 0

Mario 3 holds a special place in my heart, as it's my favorite 2D Mario game.  I loved Super Mario World, but after replaying both games recently, I felt that Super Mario Bros. 3 had the best level design in the series.  First of all, the graphics are a significant improvement over its predecessors.  Mario looked like a collection of pixels in the original NES Super Mario Bros., but in Mario 3, he began to take on the appearance that we're all familiar with now.  Besides featuring better charact...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Is this really Mario? 0

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a simpler game than The Lost Levels (the true sequel to Super Mario Bros.)--but it takes the series in a completely different direction.  There's a reason for that, and it's not because Miyamoto was on acid.  Rather, Super Mario Bros. 2 was based on an entirely different game called, Doki Doki Panic.  Nintendo liked the concept behind the game, and decided to do a character swap.  Instead of the Lost Levels, we got this retooled version of Doki Doki Panic in the U.S.  Does...

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