Author: Ben Hopper

ESPN MLS GameNight – Consumer Guide

ESPN The Games MLS GameNight lives up to its ISS heritage in every way possible—which is both good and bad. It contains the excellent gameplay and features ISS fans have come to love, but it doesn't correct any of the glaring faults that have become so prevalent in the series—the […]

ESPN MLS GameNight – Review

Then comes ESPN MLS GameNight—which is basically ISS Pro Evolution with ESPN and MLS (Major League Soccer) licenses slapped onto it. So now not only do you get every MLS team and player represented, but you also get commentary courtesy of ESPN commentators Bob Ley (English) and Luis Tapia (Spanish). Its been a long time coming for the ISS series, but finally there's an official soccer license attached that does justice to its fantastic gameplay.

RayCrisis: Series Termination – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence RayCrisis: Series Termination is yet another solid addition to PlayStation's surprisingly deep shooter library. If you thought Squaresoft's Einhander and Technosoft's Thunder Force V: Perfect System were cool, then you'll enjoy RayCrisis. Fans of classic overhead shooters like Namco's Galaga and Capcom's […]

RayCrisis: Series Termination – Review

A prequel to Galactic Attack in the overall storyline, RayCrisis combines blazing-fast gameplay and great graphics to mark a fitting end to Taito's best shooter franchise. Unlike the generic Darius series, the "Ray" games are inventive in their approach to action.

Bangai-O Review

Originally released two years ago in Japan for the Nintendo 64 under the title, Bakuretsu Muteki Bangaioh, the U.S. Dreamcast release of Bangai-O continues a long and excellent Treasure tradition of fast and furious arcade thrills that began with the Sega Genesis game Gunstar Heroes and culminated with Treasures magnum opus, the Sega Saturn import Radiant Silvergun. Bangai-O reunites Treasure with Silvergun collaborator ESP, and not surprisingly, it marks a triumphant return to hardcore shooting madness.

Sonic Shuffle – Consumer Guide

Parents should know that Sonic Shuffle is marketed as a family game, so this might be one to share with your kids. Just don't expect it to be much fun, and don't let it shape your opinion of videogames in general). Sonic Shuffle isn't something you'd want to invite your […]

Sonic Shuffle – Review

Sonic Shuffle is Sega's inevitable entry into the party game genre, which got its start with Nintendo's Mario Party on the Nintendo 64. Guess what—Sonic Shuffle isn't fast, isn't hip, and it certainly doesn't have any attitude. And that's not all. Not only isn't it a good Sonic game, but it also isn't a very good party game, either.

Gekido: Urban Fighters – Review

Gekido is a shameless rip-off of Sega's Genesis classic, Streets Of Rage 2. It also steals gameplay elements from Treasure's amazing Saturn game, Guardian Heroes. Despite the fact that Gekido offers 3-D graphics, in no way is it nearly as fun as the two games that inspired it. In fact, the two games that basically started this genre—Double Dragon and Final Fight—are 10-times more fun than Gekido. I'd even go so far to say that Sega's Dreamcast game, Zombie Revenge, is a better game (although I hated every minute of playing it). It's certainly a better example of the genre, which is why I gave Gekido a lower score.