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NBA Live 2001 Review (PS2)

February 2, 2001

EA Sports brings the first basketball game to the PS2, and it's pretty dang sweet. With lots of customization, nice visuals, and floor-pounding, backboard breaking action, NBA Live 2001 ought to keep you busy. Check it out here.
Looney Tunes Racing Review (PSX)
Infogrames does it again -- great Looney Tunes action makes for a great kart racer. Looney Tunes Racing is a little bit innovative and just a whole lot well-made. Wacky weapons, events, and levels combined with over a dozen fave
characters makes this one you should play. Get on the line.
America Review (PC)
Remember the real-time strategy glory days of ’97 and ’98, when you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting some Warcraft II or Total Annihilation or AoE knockoff?  America is an RTS set in the American West, and you can play campaigns as one of four “peoples” -- Settlers, Outlaws, Mexicans, and Native Americans. That sounds pretty interesting, right?  Saddle up and mosey thisaway pard.
John Carmack to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
John Carmack, creator of id Soft and Doom, will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame during the 2001 Interactive Achievement Awards, which will take place during GDC. He will be inducted by Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy. Click here for more details.
Sega Announces New Strategy

January 31, 2001

This morning Sega of America President and COO, Peter Moore, held a press teleconference to unveil SoA's plans for the future. Of course, we were there, and we've got all the dirt here. Highlights: No more DCs; DC only $99 now; Sega games in development for PS2 and GBA (we've got titles). And we finally got some hard answers about all those rumors that have been going around. Get the whole story here.
Dragon's Lair Review (GBC)
Dirk the Daring is back, and it's up to you to help him save the Princess. That's right -- Dragon's Lair for GBC is out, and that makes three systems we've seen it on in the past six months. DL is a staple of gaming history, and if you've never played it, it's worth a spin. You can check it out here.
Metal Walker Review (GB) 

January 29, 2001

It's one of the best RPGs we've played lately, and it's on the Game Boy. In Metal Walker, you and your robot buddy must search for your lost father. Sure, the story isn't much to brag about, but the way cool fighting system is. It's like marbles meets pool. If you like RPGs you must play it. Click here.
Infogrames Acquires Hasbro Interactive
Game publishing powerhouse, Infogrames, has announced their acquisition of Hasbro Interactive, completed today. It would be too easy to put in some joke about Napoleon and complete global domination, but it's already been done. Just check out the Press Release. Cliquez ici.
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.

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