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Koudelka – Second Opinion

What makes survival horror games so annoying is how exploring and finding items in the prerendered backgrounds almost always proves to be a rigid and awkward experience. Koudelka makes this quality about a thousand times worse by adding random attacks—more typically found in RPGs—to the mix.


Game Description: On Halloween, 1898, a troubled yet determined medium named Koudelka is driven by the spirit of an unknown woman to the ominous Nemeton monastery. Once a place of worship, it evolved into a prison where the sentenced died horrible deaths. There, along with Edward, the adventurer, and James, the bishop, she will discover horror, danger, and adventure in the ruined and haunted abbey. Either they will solve their mysterious quests, or they will die trying.

Perfect Dark Review

Despite being motivated poorly by the storyline and being occasionally convoluted, the multiple objective-based missions are wonderfully well thought out with a nice mix of timed, patterned, and random events that makes playing through them different and refreshing each time.

Perfect Dark Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood, Animated Violence

Perfect Dark

Game Description: Joanna Dark must fight power, greed and an intergalactic conspiracy in this spectacular first-person shooter. Perfect Dark shines in solo mode and improves upon the awesome multi-player mode that made predecessor GoldenEye a smash hit.

Perfect Dark Second Opinion

Now that the game is finally here, I am happy to say that Perfect Dark has met most of my expectations and provided one of the most solid multiplayer games on the market to date.

Maken X – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

Maken X – Review

In critiquing Maken X, I am surprised I went this long without blasting the game's overall look. Although the game is rendered with crisp, high-resolution graphics, it is ruined by the choice of character designs and models. Being the anime fan I am, I have no problem with Asmik Ace keeping the anime-look and porting it into a three-dimensional environment. After all Capcom and Square have done it wonderfully with Power Stone and Final Fantasy VIII respectively, and the games were the better for it. The one caveat is that the designs must be appealing to begin with.

Maken X – Second Opinion

I have incredible soft spot for games that take preexisting genres and really put their own spin on it. This was truly the case with Maken X. While it uses the first-person view to full effect; it plays nothing like the usual Quake-engine based shooter. Instead, Maken X fuse styles of gameplay (hand-to-hand combat, lock-on feature, charged attacks, blocks, computer AI patterns) more commonly found in console games with the first-person view.

Maken X

Game Description: With exciting first-person sword combat and an engaging storyline with multiple endings, Maken X is one of the most unusual action- adventure games to hit the Dreamcast. Players assume the role of Maken, a supernatural entity that can "brain-jack" the minds and bodies of other characters to utilize their particular strengths and knowledge. Not a bad skill, especially given the evil and gruesome baddies that Maken must overcome. Using a unique lock-on system that targets an opponent's weakest area, Maken takes advantage of a variety of hand-held weapons. As the story unfolds through 20 massive levels, your specific actions will decide your gaming route (as well as which ending you'll uncover).

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