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Play Under Review - April 2003

In this edition of Play under Review, we take a look at each of the latest soccer simulations currently available in the U.S. As noted before in other editions of Play under Review, the crucial decision for sports games must be whether to be an arcade game or a simulation game, where a simulation game is concerned mainly with attempting to replicate an existing sport, whereas arcade games do not have to bother with many concessions to reality.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes

No One Lives Forever – Review

Personally, I don't believe in the adage that women need to be better than all the men around them in order to be accepted. By having a few chinks in her armour, Cate remains true to life...maybe even a bonafide Female Role Model.

No One Lives Forever – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Violence.

Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Violence

Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood and Gore, Violence

Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven – Review

Back in '98 there was what could only be described as a "stealth boom." Three games came out that year that, apparently by coincidence, all featured sneaking as their main gameplay and subsequently ushered in the age of stealth gaming.

Gungrave – Second Opinion

What is it with developers these days? It seems like going for a high level of style makes them totally ignore the substance. Note to developers: the two elements are not mutually exclusive. Unfortunately, the "great-looking, weak-playing" game seems to be a new genre that's here to stay.

Haven: Call Of The King – Review

It's disappointing to see such an ambitious game unable to evolve into something greater than the sum of its parts.

Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver – Review

Presumably released to compete against Stuntman, Chase is the namesake of (obviously) a Hollywood stunt driver whom you guide through various movie "scenes." This is not a game concept that developers have an easy time filling out with creative gameplay ideas, and Chase is hard evidence of that unfortunate fact.

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