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Friday, May 13 2005

Jade Empire

The similarities in story and mechanics to other role-playing games threaten to undermine Jade Empire's goals.


Thursday, May 12 2005

BZFlag

The rudiments of the game are very simple: drive the tank, line up enemy tanks in the crosshairs, and fire the cannon.


Wednesday, May 4 2005

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

This game was clearly made for all those bandwagon-jumping casual gamers.


God of War

God of War is also a cinematic feast, with cutscenes blending together to provide a complete story even without a game.


Wednesday, April 27 2005

MLB

I came to realize why I've never actually bothered to chose between the north and south sides; baseball is boring.


The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

This is exactly the kind of Zelda game Nintendo should be making for the GameBoy Advance.


Capcom Fighting Evolution

If anything, Capcom Fighting Evolution offers us the fossil record of the subtle evolution of the fighting genre.


Brothers in Arms: The Road to Hill 30

Brothers in Arms aims to differentiate itself from other war games by placing an emphasis on tactics.


Wednesday, April 20 2005

Zoo Keeper

If you've played Bejeweled, you've all but played Zoo Keeper.


Lumines

Lumines succeeds largely because it is both very similar to and yet completely different from any falling block puzzle game before it.


Dope Farmer

Every harvest provides more money to expand your farm with. It's all very easy. Which is kind of the problem.


Thursday, April 14 2005

TimeSplitters: Future Perfect

The problem nowadays is that nothing's original, and shooters have been done to death.


Tribes: Vengeance

The strength of Tribes has always been its intense, twitchy multiplayer mode.


ATV Offroad Fury 3

Even with its added danger of riders executing crazy stunts, it just isn't appealing at the end of the day.


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.


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