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Wednesday, April 6 2005

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines

The vampire has gone from unrepentant monster to hero and champion in a little over a hundred years.


Killzone

Playing Killzone feels like eating a cake with too many flavors.


Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich

Within the innocent naivety and blustery melodrama is a romantic appreciation for justice, freedom, and heroism.


Wednesday, March 30 2005

Wario Ware Touched!

Wario Ware Touched! remains something of a demonstration of the unique properties of the DS.


Viewtiful Joe 2

Realistic games have about as much entertainment value as watching wet paint dry.


The Punisher

Because Castle is who he is, players are allowed to use dozens of environmental hazards to interrogate would-be killers.


NBA Street V3

It's a shame that the game exposes its weaknesses through forced repetition, because it comes frighteningly close to transcending its own artificiality.


Wednesday, March 16 2005

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

The enemies, no longer Middle Eastern sand demons, are now largely populated by females with a bondage fetish.


Godzilla: Save the Earth

First there was the halfhearted American release of Gojira, then there was the ill-conceived 1998 American Godzilla, and finally Godzilla made his leap into commercial work as the spokesperson of Imodium.


Wednesday, March 2 2005

That’s So Raven

It's kind of like Saved by the Bell minus any 'threatening' sex appeal. After all, Raven is a Disney creation.


The Strangerhood

This distance from reality may be more authentic in its honesty than any of the 'real life' situations we see on the networks.


Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

The characters are the most unintentionally shallow and unlikable bunch I have ever seen assembled.


Diner Dash

It is in the everyday operations of the restaurant that the game actually starts to take shape as a game, and not just an expression of white-collar escapist fantasies.


Wednesday, February 16 2005

Playboy: The Mansion

Apparently, free love extends only to heterosexuals and lesbians in this representation of Hef's so-called revolution.


Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors

The worlds you visit are surreal spaces that aren't so much about being traversed as they are simply about being inhabited.


Jak 3

If 'Jak 2' was a little too much like 'Grand Theft Auto', the third game in the series wisely turns the adoration down a notch.


Gretzky NHL 2005

With the cancellation of the 2004-2005 NHL season imminent, today's hockey is limited to virtual reality and Russia.


Thursday, February 3 2005

World of Warcraft

Tolkien fans are sure to feel very much at home in this game.


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

We are unaccustomed to seeing stories about men and women that are anything but sexual dramas.


Fight Club

It's thorough blandness renders it impotent, pointless, insignificant.


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