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Sunday, March 25 2007

The Warriors

More a prequel than a digital re-imagining, The Warriors is all the better for its differences from the movie that it's based on.


Thursday, March 22 2007

Sam & Max: Season 1, Episodes 1-3

Sam & Max work best when mirroring the comedic mood and tone of the story being told with the conflicts that an adventurer seeks to resolve.


Tuesday, March 20 2007

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Within days of The Burning Crusade's release, thousands of players had already hit the new level cap, forsaking niceties like sleep and hygiene in the process.


Sunday, March 18 2007

Crackdown

If the Grand Theft Auto series is the Godfather of the so-called "sandbox" genre, consider Crackdown to be the Die Hard or the XXX.


Thursday, March 15 2007

Rogue Galaxy

Rogue Galaxy opts for stale planet themes (Desert Land! Jungle Land! High-tech Land!), harebrained technology, and characters that can be described in five words or less.


Sunday, March 11 2007

Football Mogul 2007

There are too many little mistakes, too many annoyances, and far, far too many AI glitches to allow Football Mogul to succeed as the "thinking man's" American football game.


Tuesday, March 6 2007

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Hotel Dusk is essentially an interactive mystery novel, and is really meant to be enjoyed as such.


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.


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