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Thursday, March 1 2007

Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles

For better or for worse, Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles gives us more time than any other recent Naruto title to become acquainted with Naruto himself.


Sunday, February 25 2007

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Admittedly, Vice City Stories is a blast to play -- still, something different might be nice.


Thursday, February 22 2007

Gunpey

Rarely has the same game, by the same developers, been so different from platform to platform.


Tuesday, February 20 2007

Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 2

It's almost like this game is telling kids that it's OK to be mediocre, that they shouldn't even bother to exert any effort to do a great job.


Sunday, February 11 2007

Saints Row

While Saint's Row gets much of the successful elements of Grand Theft Auto right, it is chiefly the next-gen shininess and slick graphics that are, perhaps, the only thing that developer Volition has in some sense "gotten wrong."


Thursday, February 8 2007

Red Steel

Where's the grit, the dirt? This is the mob we're meant to be dealing with, not Screech and Zack from Saved by the Bell.


Sunday, February 4 2007

Final Fantasy XII

Will real-time combat revolutionize Final Fantasy or ruin it?


Thursday, February 1 2007

Viva Piñata

It's much easier to stomach the death of a piñata named Buzzlegum12 than the knowledge that my friend Buzz Aldrin the Bee was exploded in the night, causing his delicious candy innards to be flung to the ends of the garden.


Wednesday, January 31 2007

Lumines II

This is clearly a Tetris for the electronic age, and the basics of the gameplay are so elegant that minor missteps cannot completely ruin the experience.


Tuesday, January 30 2007

Naruto: Ninja Council 2

Ninja Council 2 is very much an advertisement for the Naruto license first and a game as an afterthought.


Sunday, January 28 2007

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 is less a sports game and more a complicated relationship simulator.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

.Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2

If you want to play a beat-em-up but don't want to worry about learning a new language as some brawlers demand, then this is for you.


Sunday, January 21 2007

50 Cent: Bulletproof

There is no finesse here, no need to memorize certain combinations, no pieces of an overall story arc to fit together. This is basic bloodsport, nothing more or less.


Thursday, January 18 2007

Digimon World DS

If you're not a fan, then Digimon World DS isn't going to make you want to buy a Digimon lunchbox.


Tuesday, January 16 2007

Glow Worm

Glow Worm is pretty, to be sure, but what good is a puzzle game that never actually puzzles?


Sunday, January 14 2007

Spider Man: Battle for New York

Spidey's latest adventure finds him desperately trying to stop the senseless destruction of...Bunsen burners?


Wednesday, January 10 2007

Big Oil

With Big Oil, you can finally indulge your fantasy of fashioning virtual Nigerias of chaos and plunder, without burdening your conscience with the consequences.


Monday, January 8 2007

Tringo

How is it that Tringo has become so popular? Why, its association with gambling, of course.


Wednesday, January 3 2007

World Championship Poker featuring Howard Lederer: All In

World Championship Poker is a hastily assembled product which transparently attempts to capitalize on poker's current pop culture favor.


Tuesday, January 2 2007

Magical Starsign

The biggest crime Magical Starsign commits is the endless, relentless, incessant, infuriatingly pointless random battles.


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