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Shenmue II Review

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I grew up in a collectivist society, which stresses community effort and family over the dog-eat-dog individualist philosophy. Both terms are extremely generalized and say little about each culture, but there are subtle things that are the key in determining which is which. I never had much use for directions or street names. Growing up on the small island of Guam, directions were given by indicating landmarks of everyday things, like a tree, blue trimmings on a house or strange looking stones. We had street names, just like they do in Shenmue and its Xbox sequel, but apparently the entire community found that they were more of an inconvenience.

Blinx: The Time Sweeper – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Violence

Blinx: The Time Sweeper – Review

Most platformers are still stuck with the same ideas of collecting limitless items, defeating monsters in cartoon-like ways and exploring massive 3D worlds attempting to unearth every last secret the game has to offer. Blinx: The Time Sweeper, with its creative use of the Xboxs hard drive, may seem like the game that will breathe new life into the genre.

Bargain Basement - November 2002

Welcome to the fifth installment of a semi-regular feature here at GameCritics.com: the Bargain Basement. It’s as sure as death or taxes that anyone who takes up videogaming will find themselves rooting through a bargain bin at one point or another.

Defender – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Violence

Defender – Review

Like the saying goes, everything old is new again. In recent years, weve seen a fairly sizable resurgence of classic titles attempt to make lightning strike a second time. Its pretty clear that some have been more successful than others, although I think the key to pulling it off is in retaining the core elements while also significantly expanding on them.

Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus – Review

Sly Cooper And The Thievius Raccoonus wont get marks for being the most revolutionary game ever. Nor will it get high marks for its depth or length. But developer Sucker Punch knew how to make their inaugural PlayStation 2 title a noteworthy one.

The Thing – Second Opinion

The Thing, with its fantastic source material and unorthodox gameplay, is one of the few games that dares to break the mold. It is, without question, one of the most compelling survival-horror games I've played since Konami's Silent Hill 2 last year. Brad seems to have had a much less favorable experience with the game than I did particularly with regard to the trust/fear system so its those aspects I'd like to address first.

Contra: Shattered Soldier – Consumer Guide

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

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