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Fire Pro Wrestling Review (GBA)

June 28, 2001

Bam! Entertainment brings the noise into the ring with Fire Pro Wrestling, a GBA title that rivals in gameplay many console wrestling games. With over 150 pre-fab wrestlers and 1200 moves, plus a create-a-wrestler mode, this one will keep you busy for awhile. Get over here!
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure Review (GBA) 
Majesco brings us another SNES port with Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure. Everything about it is pretty great, including the nice visuals and animation, except the lack of a save feature. Click!

Earthworm Jim Review (GBA)

June 25, 2001

Majesco was kind enough to kick us down their launch titles. Earthworm Jim is a classic 2D sidescroller, resurrected on the GBA. For those of you hankering for some old-fashioned EWJ action, or those who missed it the first time around, this might be one to check out. Click here for the review.
Iridion 3D Review (GBA) 
Amaze your friends and relatives with the insanely cool graphics the GBA cranks out in Iridion 3D. The look of this game is incredible, and the boss characters are amazing. Still, it's got some pretty simple gameplay. Click here.
Silpheed Review (PS2) 
The fine, fine folks at Working Designs offer up another excellent import. Silpheed is a high quality shooter, in the classic sense of the genre, with pretty graphics and some cool little twists. And, like all the best shooters, it is damn hard. No pansies need apply. Click!

Rival Schools Project Justice Review (DC)

June 20, 2001

Rival Schools is back, and we are so happy about it. The cult-classic original was incredibly fun, and in Rival Schools Project Justice the greatness has just gone 3D. It's a slow summer for fighters, but you can't go wrong with these high school heavyweights. Click here.
Eighteen Wheeler: American Pro Trucker Review (DC) 
We wanted a mighty convoy; we wanted to hit the gate doin' 88 and yelling, "Let them truckers roll!" We got a big disappointment. Eighteen Wheeler: American Pro Trucker proves that any idea, no matter how good, can become utterly unfulfilling. Roll on, mama.

Red Faction Review (PS2)

June 19, 2001

THQ gives us what we want in Red Faction. The latest FPS for the PS2, and the first to include a really good single-player storyline, also incorporates Geo-Mod technology for revolutionary gameplay. Viva la resistance! Click here.
Super Mario Advance Review (GBA) 
Mario is back, at least on the GBA. Super Mario Advance combines Super Mario Bros. 2 with Mario Bros. Arcade, giving both games some real spiffing up and added voices. It's even better than classic gaming. Click here.
Mars Matrix Review (DC) 
Capcom's latest top-down shooter is another title bringing back classic gameplay. Mars Matrix is a phenomenally fun shooter, and insanely difficult. Who else but Capcom would bring us a game where you have to suffer to win? Click here for the review.

Hands-On with the Game Boy Advance!

June 14, 2001

Even though the Big 3 console systems are grabbing all the headlines, Jason insists that the Game Boy Advance is the only Sure Thing out there. He backs that up with a couple of reviews of some excellent GBA launch titles, the ubiquitous Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and the classic space racer, F-Zero. We'll be featuring loads of GBA coverage, and even our PC guys are "sorta interested" in the system. Does the hand-held console finally come of age with the GBA? Read on
The Dumbed-Down Future of Computer Games 

He's finally digested what he saw at E3, and he's not entirely happy. Resident doomsayer and RPG aficionado Matt foretells a time when computer games are geared towards the casual gamer, simplified in gameplay and theme, and produced by an evil cartel of Hollywood-style movers and shakers. Are we at the end of the golden age of computer gaming? Will PC games become nothing but glorified console games? Should we anticipate a Dumbed-Down Future of Computer Games

Air Command 3.0 Review (PC)

June 12, 2001

ac3-1.jpg (3864 bytes)Been doing much air travel lately? Spent much time waiting for landing stacked up over O'Hare while that Cubs game you've got tickets for is about to start? Think you could do better than whatever &%#$! moron is controlling the airspace? Well, Shrapnel Games gives you a chance to test your mettle in Air Command 3.0, which allows you to take a shift as an ATC. It's simple and spare, but it's also a terrific gaming experience.
Spiderman Review (DC)

spidey1.jpg (6292 bytes)Finally a game that allows you to do whatever a spider can. Spiderman for the Dreamcast has tons of villains, gameplay that goes all over the map, and those nifty Dreamcast graphics. Jason's our superhero comic book aficionado, and Jason says this is the best comic book-based video game yet. We don't argue with him about stuff like that.

Tropico Review (PC)

June 8, 2001

trop3.jpg (8522 bytes)Ever think, hey, if that Castro dude can run a tropical island, so can I? GoD and PopTop allow you to see if you're dictator material in Tropico. Guide your small island from insignificant rock-in-the-water to socialist worker's utopia or capitalist tourista's paradise or even a rebel-ridden craphole. With compelling gameplay, loads of local flavor, and enough depth to keep even the most hardened strategy gamer happy, Tropico is a sun-drenched gem.
Gigawing 2 Review (DC)

scrn04-01.jpg (8528 bytes)Capcom brings us another top-down shooter, Giga Wing 2, and it looks like this might be a title to pass on. Clocking in at a whopping 20 minutes, and rewarding brute force over tactics or skill, the best you can hope for from this baby is a grand mal. But don't worry if your seizure makes you lose, because there are infinite continues. Like hell. Click here.

Super Bombad Racing Review (PS2)

June 4, 2001

LucasArts brings us a kart racer obviously designed with kids in mind. Unfortunately, Super Bombad Racing drives more like a granny game, and taxes your nerves more than serious interrogation by the Dark Knights of Sith. On the other hand, bumping Jar Jar into the Sarlacc Pit is pretty dang fun. Racers to your marks.

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