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Strider 2

Game Description: Strider 2 is a side-scrolling slice- and dice-'em-up that moves at a deliberately fast pace. Playing as Strider Hiryu, your moves are pretty simple slash, slide, and wall climbing which lets you concentrate more on having fun. Your goal is to make it through five major levels each capped with a deadly boss, and still have all your arms, legs, and personal effects intact. Included with Strider 2  is the original Strider, which many of us spent all our paper route earnings on when it ruled the arcades in the late 1980s.

Strider 2 – Review

Everyone knows that 2D is Capcom's speciality, and truthfully, I've never seen such an exciting combination of visuals as in Strider 2. People used to talk about how PlayStation couldn't handle 2D graphics as well as Saturn could, but I'm here to say that Saturn could have never handled Strider 2. I've never seen better graphics on PlayStation.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards – Review

To resolve this, Nintendo and HAL, a second party of Nintendo, created a game featuring a slow-moving character that was little more than a circle with feet and put him in a sidescroller, similar to Super Mario Bros. The result was Kirby's Dream Land.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Game Description: Kirby, that cute mushy star of other Game Boy, NES, and Super NES games, has arrived on the N64 in this nearly 3D game. For those of you who don't know Kirby, think of him as an adorable action hero with an eating disorder—in battle, he often swallows his enemies whole and then spits out everything except their powers. Absorbing the attack style of a rock enemy, for example, allows Kirby to later apply a rock shield in his defense.

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards – Second Opinion

This is the game that managed to outsell all competing PlayStation 2 software for two straight months in Japan? I asked myself this question practically every second I played this game. I must confess that I am not at all a Kirby fan, but that isn't why I was so perplexed as to why this game was made. I do agree with Scott on all of his points, but I have to say something on two aspects to the game.

Threads of Fate

Game Description: See two different perspectives of the same quest with Threads Of Fate. You can play as either Mint or Rue, each with a unique story that will take the characters to different parts of the same world. Further, each adventurer has a different style of fighting and magic: Rue can transform into monsters, while Mint gains power from her ability to mix and cast magic spell. Discover the fabric that is woven with the Threads Of Fate.

Threads of Fate – Review

Despite how great that may sound on paper, I'm sad to say that the final results are only slightly better than mediocre. At its heart, Threads Of Fate wants to achieve the kind of friendly and approachable, yet epic and majestic feel that The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time so wonderfully conveyed.

Threads of Fate – Second Opinion

Chi pretty much covered all bases in regard to Threads Of Fate. The graphics in the game are remarkable, and the lack of full-motion video was not missed at all as the real-time graphics more than sufficed. I especially liked how the two plotlines were told throughout the game -- although I preferred Rue's more noble quest. No matter which I picked, they were humorous and carefree overall with the right touches of drama when needed. This part of the game was proof that Squaresoft still knows how to tell as story.

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