GamesFirst! Magazine

Darkstone Review (PSX) 

April 4, 2001

Darkstone013-01.jpg (4706 bytes)Take 2 has really done it right this time. Darkstone, an action RPG similar to Diablo, is really fun on the PlayStation. Sure, the graphics might be a little dated, but the play is solid and addictive. Click here for the whole story.
Grand Theft Auto 3 Preview (PS2) 

April 2, 2001

Grand Theft Auto 3 brings the franchise to a whole new level. Due this October for PS2, we finally get to be hoodlooms in 3D. Woo-hoo! In addition, we'll be rollin' in new vehicles like helicopters and boats. It looks way cool. Check it out.
Dragon Warrior III Preview (GBC)
One of the most popular RPGs ever created for a console system, Enix has resurrected the Dragon Warrior series for your enjoyment. Dragon Warrior III, due in July for Game Boy Color, promises over 70 hours of play, enhanced graphics and cinemas, gamelink multiplayer, and a lot more. Click!
2001 Interactive Achievement Awards Winners
Well, who knows what they were thinking giving Diablo II the Game of the Year Award, but at least the Console titles whooped up on the PC games in the Craft category. SSX is apparently the best game ever -- ever -- and everybody likes Deus Ex. Click here for a summary of the 2001 Interactive Achievement Awards.
Serious Sam Review (PC) 

March 30, 2001

When the Serious Sam demo was released, it caught almost everybody by surprise. Nobody really expected a team of Croatian game designers to offer a first-person shooter capable of  matching the graphics or gameplay that good ol’ American boys were wringing out of the Quake III and Unreal engines. Guess again.  Get the serious scoop here.
Kingdom II: Shadoan Review (DVD/PS2)
What's uglier than that lame-o animated version of the Hobbit and less fun to play with than a dead gopher? Kingdom II: Shadoan! From the creator of Dragon's Lair (no, not Don Bluth) comes another incredibly shallow, and frustrating, nostalgia title. Click here for your fair warning.
Bill Gates Announces Plans for XboxT
The Japanese Xbox, XboxT, will sport a smaller controller. But that's not the exciting stuff. It turns out that Microsoft is hoping to become a major presence in Japan, a needed market to survive in console gaming. Click here for information about Microsoft's plans for Japan. And Sega got into the fray by announcing eleven games in development. Click here for details about Sega's Xbox titles and how Sega is going to help Microsoft with online gaming.
Conker's Bad Fur Day OSG Review
Conker's Bad Fur Day is definitely tough enough to want a strategy guide. But the Conker's Bad Fur Day Official Strategy Guide isn't up to the usual BradyGames standards. The strategies are sparse and poorly explained, and don't work half the time. Plus it's just not fun to read. Click here.
Sudden Strike (PC)

March 28, 2001

ss5.jpg (4309 bytes)Sudden Strike sounds like a superb idea: take an RTS sans resource management and set it in World War II. While it's got great graphics and fast and furious gameplay, Sudden Strike unfortunately doesn't really have much to do with World War II. In the end, it's about as realistic as Hogan's Heroes. Of course, that was a great show. 
Conker's Bad Fur Day Review (N64)
We've got a Big @$$ Review of Conker's Bad Fur Day. Not only does this title mark a radical change for Rare and Nintendo, but it's #&@%!#$ hilarious (if you like potty jokes and ironic references to video games). This one isn't for the kiddies, but it's great for all us %$#@*&!@#$%*!. Click here.
Fear Effect 2 Review (PSX)

March 26, 2001

The ladies are back, and this time is better than ever. Yup, we enjoyed Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix, even thought the fixed camera angles suck. A good story, and some good, long gameplay make it worth checking out. And the cartoon hotties don't hurt. Click.
A Tale of Two Peripherals (PC)
Many peripherals employ new technology to enhance players' gaming experience. We'll take a look at two recent offerings, one that uses motion as a control mechanism and another that uses force feedback sound.  Frustrating or enhancing you ask?  Click here to read on and we'll give you the lowdown on what you can expect from these two very different products.
Undying Review (PC) 

March 23, 2001

Undying is a gothic horror set in 1923 in which you play Irishman Patrick Galloway, a roving investigator of the paranormal--think early X-Files. Initially skeptical, it doesn't take long before the game starts throwing bloodthirsty demons a-plenty at Galloway. Investigate more here.
The Ward Review (PC)
The strengths of The Ward begin to show within the opening scenes, from the moment you wake in the heart of the alien moon base.  Around you a war seems to be taking place.  The doors of your chamber have been blown open, your alien guards lay dead, along with the remains of another human. Click here for more...

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