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Wednesday, May 19 2004

Visual Pinball

Kids these days may seriously not have the pleasure of experiencing the whole wonderful mystery of why pinball carries a far greater pleasure than any video game I can name.


Uplink: Hacker Elite

Uplink is too far removed from reality to provide more than an extremely crude representation of hacking. It does do a very good job, though, of establishing the atmosphere.


Siren

If Resident Evil scares us with visions of a future driven by profits at the expense of human life, Siren frightens us with the possibility of a return to a violent past based around repulsive ancient beliefs.


Red Dead Revolver

Maybe 155 years after the San Francisco gold rush, cowboys and Westerns just aren't relevant anymore.


Wednesday, May 5 2004

Trivial Pursuit Unhinged

Thanks to the many editions of Trivial Pursuit, everything from Friends to the Holy Bible has been trivialized for your gaming pleasure.


Real Lives

In case you think this is simply a bleeding heart exercise to pity the poor, in Real Lives even the more fortunate people in the world are bound by their circumstances.


Hitman: Contracts

To complete the game's missions, you literally have to think like a hitman.


Wednesday, April 21 2004

Madness Interactive

The heart and soul of Madness is homicide, and lots of it. It is as basic and primal as a video game can get.


MTX: Mototrax

The good news for the uninitiated out there is that there is still a solid game underneath all the extras.


MLB 2005

While certainly reflecting today's world of global capitalism within baseball, the ubiquitous advertisements are both overwhelming and bothersome.


City of Heroes

Americans lack any real connection to mythology in the classical sense. All our stories of heroes and monsters -- religious and mythological -- are imports.


Wednesday, April 7 2004

Top Spin

Unlike other sports games and America's sports pages, Top Spin doesn't completely erase women from its sports world. Yet their presence is to fulfill male fantasies as sexualized commodities.


Sacred

This action-RPG plays like a 'greatest hits' package of fantasy RPG elements, with a couple of brand new tracks thrown in to entice the fans who've heard the classics a million times.


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

With its Middle Eastern setting, Sands of Time deserves credit for allowing Western gamers the chance to experience a different cultural atmosphere.


Ninja Gaiden

No longer are your virtual enemies content to die one by one, lining up for death like lemmings overlooking a cliff.


Wednesday, March 24 2004

RealArcade

It certainly puts to rest the myth that online gaming consists of nothing but first person shooters and MMORPGs.


Mafia

The plot is markedly less clichéd than that of The Getaway, which steals relentlessly and less interestingly from Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino's films.


Metroid: Zero Mission

There's a difference between sticking to the formula and adhering to it as dogma. Super Metroid greatly expanded the breadth and depth of both the original setting and Samus herself.


Wednesday, March 10 2004

Pitfall: The Lost Expedition

It seems as though Harry winks and nods at the camera during every cutscene, as if he knows he's in a game and not on some dangerous expedition. Moments like that really pull you out of what should be an immersive experience.


Out of Order

While artists and programmers continue to push the limits on graphics, sound, level design, and animation, video game writing is lagging far behind in terms of innovation.


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