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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Game Description: Maya Amano, a cub reporter at the Seven Sisters High School is trying to solve a series of gruesome murders in Sumaru City. That’s the setup for Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, an engaging RPG with somewhat serious overtones. Maya and friends will wander through a world of monsters and demons on a quest to save the city from the grips of The Joker. In addition to monsters you can outwit rather than outfight, you’ll also come across rumormongers that can be told lies that will change the entire complexion of the game. Throughout the city there are also engaging spells that let you call on additional personas to help defeat the Joker and solve the case. This engaging RPG is filled with realistic monsters and demons, 80 different persona spells, captivating dialogue that both informs and entertains, eerie music that sets the tone for the game and a rumor system that lets you affect the game's events and story.

Grandia II – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Animated Violence, Mild Language

Grandia II

Game Description: Dive into a world of fantasy, combat, and magical intrigue in Grandia II for the Dreamcast. You are Ryudo, a young hero entrusted with a vital mission to escort the priestess Elena. In your epic journey you'll explore dank and dangerous dungeons, utilize powerful magic, gather precious items, and battle fierce enemies. Improve your skills, meet scores of colorful characters, and save the world in the beautiful, 3D, interactive, role-playing of Grandia II from Game Arts.

Grandia II – Second Opinion

After forcing myself to sit through Final Fantasy VIII and The Legend Of Dragoon, I appreciate any game or developer that does away with prerendered 2D backgrounds. Though not always as pretty, 3D graphics like those found in the game add a level of interactivity—and dare I say realism—that the aforementioned titles were missing.

Grandia II – Review

Grandia II isn't a landmark game by any means, but it comes pretty close to being an amazing role-playing game done in the traditional style. It looks great, has solid gameplay, great characters and a well-written story, but it's basically as straight-forward a role-playing game as you're likely to find.

Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 – Review

The Sega Smash Pack: Volume 1 is Segas version of the old-time compilation disc trend made popular recently by companies with a rich history of games—such as Namco, Konami and Midway. The disc includes no less than nine certified, triple-A, 16-bit classics out of the Genesis era as well as three other miscellaneous titles to add to the overall value of the purchase. The games listed on the back of the case are practically a "whos who" of the greatest cartridges available for Segas renowned machine.

Sega Smash Pack Volume 1 – Second Opinion

Like Brad, I have issues with Sega Smash Pack Volume 1. There are some true standouts in Streets Of Rage 2, Shining Force, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Virtua Cop 2 (even without light-gun support); all are shining examples of the Sega at its best in the pre-PlayStation age. The rest, however, are either throwaways like Sega Swirl and Wrestle War or games that do not stand the test of time like Phantasy Star II and Altered Beast. This has always been a sore spot of mine with these compilation releases.

Sega Smash Pack Volume 1

Game Description: If you’re just not getting enough variety in your video game diet, look no further than the all-inclusive Sega Smash Pack Volume 1. You’ll get immediate access to a dozen classic games, including: Golden AxeAltered Beast, Columns, Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage 2, Shining Force, Wrestle War, Vectorman and Phantasy Star II. The two most modern inclusions are the Dreamcast version of Virtua Cop 2 (previously available only in Japan) and Sega Swirl.

Paper Mario – Review

Now, in the twilight years of the Nintendo 64, we can only hope that the upcoming GameCube will not travel down the same racing-and-platformer-heavy path its predecessor has. However, in a strange turn of events, the Nintendo 64 has been graced with a supremely excellent RPG only a few mere months before it receives its last rites.

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