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GamesFirst! Magazine

Saturday Morning Special 

January 27, 2001

All this business about the future of Dreamcast and Sega have just really been getting to us. Rumors are spreading like crazy, (Dreamcast inside Xbox) and we just don't know who to believe. So to help sort it all out, and to give you the latest scoop on the situation (Dreamcast inside Xbox), we've put together a little roundup of the last week's eventful announcements and speculation. Click here to get the story.
Blair Witch Volume 3: The Elly Kedward Tale Review (PC) 

January 26, 2001

Blair Witch Volume 3: The Elly Kedward Tale goes the distance in fleshing out the “Blair Witch” mythology. Ingenious surprises abound, especially in regard to the Native American elements that become essential to the Blair mythos.  With little puzzle-solving and lotsa zombie killing, (yumm, brains...), head this way for the lowdown on the final chapter (?) of the Blair Witch franchise.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX Review (DC)
It doesn't get much more extreme than a no-handed tailwhip forty feet above hard ground. And with Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX you can now feel that sensation from the comfort of your own home. No need to bust yourself all up to become a freestyle BMX god anymore. Check it out.
Getting Beyond the Third Dimension (Editorial)
r2r26-01.jpg (5025 bytes)Is there more to the Next-Gen systems than really pretty graphics? We sure do hope so. In his great editorial, Getting Beyond the Third Dimension, Adam takes a hard look at what 3D has meant, and what it might mean in the future, to gaming. And what about that pesky "realism" thing? It's a complex assemblage of polygons out there. Click here.
SegaNet Proclaims Ravens Most Likely Superbowl Victors
In an ongoing battle via SegaNet, hundreds of gamers have played Superbowl mock-ups, and over 68% of the time the Ravens won. So SegaNet thinks this is an indicator of who will win the real game. Check out the press release about it here. And check out the big game to see just how reliable old NFL 2K1 is.
Kengo: Master of Bushido Review (PS2)

January 24, 2001

Yup, that fine-looking samurai butt is from Crave's latest offering, Kengo: Master of Bushido. We love the game (and the butt), and you should, too. A deep fighting system, actually fun training modes, and excellent ambience make it a lot of fun. Get thee to the dojo.
Sega Cans Dreamcast -- No, Wait! Sega Supports DC 
If anything is going to give this editor an ulcer before E3, it'll be the wildly fluctuating rumors surrounding the future of DC. Reuters went to press today with a story about the end of the DC. You can see it here. And Sega sent us yesterday a statement reaffirming their commitment to the platform. Check that out here. Either way, Charleton Heston and I agree that you can pry our Dreamcasts out of our cold, dead hands.
Oni Review (PC)

January 22, 2001

We first caught a glimpse of Oni at E3 back in '99, and it looked way promising.   Then it seemed to fall off the map, its eventual release rumored for a number of platforms at an unspecified time.  Well, it's here and we've got the PC review ready to roll.  Full of fast and furious action, Oni works hard to balance hand-to-hand and weapons combat, and does an admirable job at it.   Sadly, it lacks multiplayer, and there's just no balancing that odd decision.   Explore the frenetic, mysterious, and confused world of Oni here.
World's First Console Game World Championship 
Our fave score-keepers, TwinGalaxies, are sponsoring the Console Game World Championship, March 24-25 in Dallas, TX. A cool $10K in prize money will be given away at contests for 18 different games, played on N64, DC, and PS2. Titles include THPS2, Perfect Dark, and Ultimate Fighting Championship. Get the entry form here.
Starfleet Command II Review (PC)

January 19, 2001

Starfleet Command II: Empires at War promised to expand the number of playable races in this Star Trek title and to introduce Dynaverse II, an online multiplayer dynamic campaign where players assume the role of a commander in one of the eight empires as they struggled for galactic supremacy. To get the goods on this starship battle simulator, mark a course for our review and--engage!
Starcraft "Expert" contributes to Empire Earth 
Stainless Steel Studios Interactive, developer of strategy games for the new millennium, has announced the addition of a new game balancer to the Empire Earth development team.  Damon "Stratus" Gauthier has joined SSSI to help balance the multiplayer portion of the game. Read the release here.
Evil Dead: Hail to the King Review (DC)

January 17, 2001

Ash is available on the DC now, and we wish we could change our mind completely. Unfortunately, even better graphics can't save Evil Dead: Hail to the King. It's so sad for us to see a game with so much potential blow it. If you're a Dead fan, click here to witness the gore.
GamesFirst! Mailbag Comin' Atcha
This month we've got some Small Town DC Blues, Sony Rumors, and a letter from the nicest website editor in the biz, Kevin Baird from VideoGameNews.com. Check out the Mailbag right here.
PS2 Problems in Britain
We love the UK. And the UK seems to love us, too (except a few notable exceptions in past Mailbags). So we kind of know how Sony feels, what with all the Consumer Alerts the British have vaunted at them this weekend. A leaked memo from Sony stating, "We know a lot of our units are not up to consumer standards," doesn't help at all, either.  The Register has a great article detailing the strife across the pond. Click here.
Xbox Update

January 16, 2001

PONG01-01.jpg (4565 bytes)Amidst all the new information about Xbox that's been bandied about, our fearless intern, Van, updates his great article, In Search of Xbox. Get all the specs, prospective launch titles, and updated analysis. We've got a hunch about this system. Click here.

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