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Bargain Basement - June 2001

Welcome to the first installment of a new feature here at GameCritics.com—the Bargain Basement. It’s as sure as death or taxes that anyone who takes up videogaming as a hobby or profession will find themselves eventually rooting through a bargain bin at one point or another.

Metal Slug X – Review

Looking at the differences between where videogames have been and where theyre going, youll often find some groups of people saying that they miss the good old days. "Old-school" gaming, as it were. For those of us with enough years under our belts to have been active players on more than one generation of consoles, its a mysterious and sometimes indefinable quality that some claim has disappeared from games crafted today, much to the loss of game players everywhere.

Metal Slug X

Game Description: Metal Slug X sets the stage for you to save the world. A power-hungry group of renegades has teamed up with aliens, and together they are planning to assume control of the planet. You are a one-man army whose mission is to squash the rebellion. There are four characters to choose from: Marco, Eri, Tama, and Fio. At the beginning, you've only got a gun and a few grenades, which isn't going to be enough. But as you rescue hostages, new weapons like rocket launchers, flamethrowers, bouncing shots, Molotov cocktails, and a shotgun are at your disposal. In addition to new weapons, you will also have access to a variety of vehicles including the Super Vehicle-001 mini-tank, Camel Slug, Slug Flyer, and Slugnoid, each packed with special weapons and abilities. The world is counting on you to stop the terrorist threat in Metal Slug X.

Metal Slug X – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence

ESPN MLS GameNight

Game Description: Real players and teams in a network-style presentation. Create your own characters or build teams of real players., With ESPN MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER you can flop on the couch for a quick and friendly Exhibition game or set up camp and draw the battle lines for an entire 32-game Season, complete with an All-Star game and Playoffs. And if you’re good enough you’ll be taking home a shiny Major League Soccer Championship Cup. ESPN Major League Soccer provides all the thrilling gameplay you’ve come to expect from ESPN, along with current team rosters and more than 300 players ready for action.

Driver 2

Game Description: Fine-tuning the white-knuckled car chase formula of its predecessor, Driver 2 features more of the same high-speed, inner-city vehicular mayhem, and casts players once again as Tanner, a hard-boiled undercover cop who's posing as a badass getaway driver—this time, to stop an international mob war. With computer-animated cinematic sequences doing the lion's share of the storytelling, players must guide Tanner through more than 40 action-packed missions in four different city settings, this time on foot—which primarily allows Tanner to carjack other vehicles—as well as behind the wheel.

ESPN MLS GameNight – Second Opinion

Ben's review is pretty close to how I feel about this game. As a true soccer fanatic, I truly appreciate the amount of work that has gone into the engine of ESPN MLS GameNight, as it still remains my favorite soccer video game.

Driver 2 – Review

Flash forward to present day, and I find theres bit of irony and vindication. For the sequel, Driver 2: The Wheelman Is Back, is now being universally panned by gamers and press alike for the same reasons that Dale and I pointed out two years ago over the original. (Just goes to show you how hype can cloud ones judgment.)

Driver 2 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence 

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