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Dragon Warrior VII – Review

Videogames have come under heavy criticism in recent years for conventions they refuse to retire, conventions that, the argument goes, are rendered absurd by the graphical realism and sophisticated 3D environments that have become commonplace. The RPG genre in particular has been the target of much of this criticism, but the reason is fairly complicated.

Blood Omen 2 – Review

While being a reviewer isnt always easy, sometimes its even tougher when youre also a fan. Its our job to look at games objectively, but were still human. We all have our preferences and tastes, and theres nothing more miserable than seeing a series you love go down the drain with a rotten sequel. As if that wasnt painful enough, reviewing such a game forces you to thoroughly examine every single aspect of it, instead of having the luxury of deluding yourself into thinking it really isnt all that bad.

Gunvalkyrie – Review

Mechanical innovation is often viewed as strictly contextual, in that it solves a problem or improves the functionality of a gameplay element. Gunvalkyrie challenges this perception by eschewing the conventions of its genre with a complex, unorthodox control scheme that radically shapes the direction of the game.

Jet Set Radio Future – Review

The world of video gaming has been paying attention to these opportunistic ad execs, as you can see from Rockstars recent State Of Emergency, a 3D beat-em-up with a plot ripped off from the infamous Seattle protests of 1999. Sega has also jumped on the revolutionary bandwagon with their Jet Set Radio series, in which you take charge of a skater gang and tag graffiti all over the city while taking on the cops.

Fantavision – Review

Have you ever seen a game on a shelf that you looked at over and over without ever buying? Have you ever left the store and then picked the game right back up on your next visit? You may feel drawn to repeatedly scrutinize the same package, but its hard to tell the difference between a sleeper hit and a piece of garbage from a box cover.

UFC: Tapout – Review

I remember a number of years ago, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was still in its infancy, the violent and controversial tournament made its way to my hometown. The night of the show, a local, highly experienced and well respected martial arts instructor was asked for his opinion of the tournament. He replied that it is not real martial arts not because the fighters lack technique, but because the martial arts are not really about fighting.

Hot Shots Golf 3 – Review

Whether you're the next Tiger Woods or a person who doesnt know a putter from a hockey stick, Hot Shots Golf 3 will almost certainly appeal to you on some level. Ive never stepped foot on a real golf course, but that hasnt kept me from jumping around the living room after making a difficult putt. Hot Shots Golf 3 is a game not unlike chess--it takes a few minutes to learn, but quite some time to master.

Drakan: The Ancients' Gates – Review

This review is part two in my recent attempt to compare the recent spate of fantasy games starring females. At least two discs with cheesy titles hit shelves within a month of each other, and theyre very similar in a lot of ways. While Drakan: The Ancients' Gates was first to stores, Pirates: The Legend Of Black Kat was right on its heels.

Hot Shots Golf 3 – Second Opinion

There's not a lot to say about Hot Shots Golf 3 that Mike didn't already cover, and I agree with almost everything he said. As stated, the game is very open and accessible to the average person (golf nut or not), and its an absolute breeze to play. You should have no fear of buying this one, since it's a total winner. I did have a few things to add, though.

Rez – Second Opinion

Rez is something of an odd duck to review, like many recent genre-bending Sega games. I can definitely appreciate its richness and vibrancy, but I can also understand why it didnt exactly become a blockbuster hit.

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