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Maximo vs. Army of Zin – Review

In the world of videogames, every developer at one time or another has taken their own formula and re-used it for a sequel or off-shoot title, but how much "new" content does there have to be before it's enough to justify a release? This question came up often for me personally last year, a year which packed an incredible number of, shall we say, "return visits" in amongst the few fresh new ideas. Some were clearly better than others, but in my opinion, the general dearth of creative risk taking cast a malaise over 2003.

Maximo vs. Army of Zin – Consumer Guide

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

Chaos Legion – Second Opinion

Brad's review hits all of the right notes. The game is stereotypical Capcom filtered through Square. The guys at Capcom have apparently let the success of the original Devil May Cry go to their heads and now spend lots of time working on games that attempt to ape that title's style. Unfortunately, like Devil May Cry 2, Chaos Legion is a pale imitation of Devil May Cry.

Mega Man: Network Transmission – Second Opinion

No longer a platform-hopping lil' guy in blue, Mega Man is now a muscular online avatar of sorts, an extension of his offline counterpart Lan. I'm reminded of the anthropomorphic logos that were common in the 1950's but were retired in modern times, because a walking stack of tires (Michelin) just wasn't "cool." Perhaps this MegaMan.EXE avatar was brought to the console by Capcom in order to prove that their gaming icon can stay relevant.

Viewtiful Joe

Game Description: In this fighting action game from Capcom USA Studio 4's Atsushi Inaba, players take control of an average, well, Joe as he's transported into his favorite movie. In his new environment, Joe discovers he has all the abilities of Hollywood action-hero when he becomes Viewtiful Joe. Using cel-shading techniques, VJ boasts a unique visual style that blends colorful 3D environments with a twisted take on traditional 2D gameplay. Joe's power stems from his skillful martial arts attacks, high-flying acrobatics, and time-bending special effects. Players can slow down or speed up time when attacking/ dodging enemies, as well as zoom in on the action to execute different attacks.

Viewtiful Joe – Review

Capcom's Viewtiful Joe is an all-too-knowing parody of genre cliches in various forms of entertainment, from videogames to television to film. It's exactly the kind of game where one might expect a hearty wink after an enemy says, "Who do you think you are, some kind of Rock Man?"

Viewtiful Joe – Consumer Guide

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

Mega Man: Network Transmission – Review

Culture changes. And whatever the intents or purposes of the culture makers (or artists, choose your term), they have to change with the times. On one level, it's a rather cynical process: aging artists and gray-haired entertainment execs trying to stay hip and fresh by copying what the kids on the streets are doing. Appropriation and exploitation is sometimes the name of the game.

Mega Man: Network Transmission – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

Mega Man: Network Transmission

Game Description: In Mega Man: Network Transmission, you must explore the gloomy stark and mysterious Cyber World to deal with a new computer virus harassing the Internet. Mega Man's inly link to the Real World is through friendly character Lan, who offers feedback and advice during play. Mega Man's first 3D action role playing adventure for the Nintendo GameCube; story-line tie-in to the Mega Man Battle Network series; collect battle chips, battle enemies; solve puzzles and uncover secret characters from the Mega Man universe.

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