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Burnout Review (PS2)

January 5, 2002

Acclaim brings us an arcade racer to get your motor running on pure adrenalin. Burnout will have you dodging traffic to collect turbo boosts and then getting trippy in a totally sped up mode. And the car wrecks (inevitable when the GF! crew is at the wheel) are bad as hell. Click here for the review.
Kinetica Review (PS2)
In the future, racing will be conducted without cars. People will wear bizarre suits with wheels on their hands and feet, kind of like a really tough fursuit, and will race on buildings, bridges, tubes, wherever. Well, that's if the future looks like Kinetica, which it might. What do we look like, Nostradamus? It's pretty fun, and my Gawd, it's full of thongs. Check it out here.
Transworld Surf Review (Xbox)
Surfing games are tough to pull off, even tougher than their skate or snowboard cousins. Transworld Surf is probably the best surfing game ever made, but it's still a long way from pulling in anybody but the most die hard surfer dudes. It is a gaming oddity -- at the same time the dank and the swag. Get lit here.
Okage Review (PS2)
If your sister only speaks in Pig Latin and you have an evil demon living in your shadow, then you just might be playing Okage. It sounds wackier than it is, although it's pretty wacky, and we wanted to like it more than we did. Oh well, with a bazillion RPGs due for the PS2 this year, we'll just wait. Click!

MX Rider Review (PS2)

December 29, 2001

For those of you who have spent way too much time on MX2002, Infogrames brings another thoroughly worthy Motocross title, MX Rider. With excellent graphics and pros and circuits taken from the European arm of the sport, there's plenty here to keep your motor running. Click for more.
Crazy Taxi Review (GC)
The cult classic makes its way to a variety of systems, including Gamecube. Crazy Taxi on the GC is a pretty straight port from the Dreamcast version. Fans of the DC original may not find enough new stuff here to keep it interesting, but if you haven't experienced the fast-paced arcade action, you definitely need to. Click!

Rogue Leader Review (GC)

December 25, 2001

The word on the street is that Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2: Rogue Leader is the hottest title for Gamecube right now. For the most part, that's true. With visuals that make you feel like you're playing the movie, and gameplay reminiscent of the N64 classic, this is definitely one title to check out. Click here.
Soul Reaver 2: Legacy of Kain Review (PS2)
Eidos brings their classic Soul Reaver series to the PS2, and to say that it has been highly anticipated would be a gross understatement. Soul Reaver 2: Legacy of Kain is a beautiful, frightful journey into the abyss. Get the full story right here.
Splashdown Review (PS2)
Wave Race: Blue Storm made a splash on GC, but what are PlayStation fans to do? Play Splashdown, brought to us by Atari and Infogrames. With gorgeous graphics and  some really fun gameplay, Splashdown is a more than adequate substitute. Click.

Sheep Raider Review (PSX)

December 21, 2001

What could be more fun than picking off a few innocent sheep? Not much. Looney Tunes Sheep Raider allows you to put yourself right in the mutton rustlin' action. Of course, you'll want to watch out for that dog, who is smarter and quicker than he looks. Click.
Monsters, Inc. Review (GBA & GBC)
The movie tie-in is an art on the Game Boy system, and Monsters, Inc. gets its due on both the GBA and the GBC. The games are nearly identical, both offering darn fun sidescrolling action. Click here.

Survivor: Australian Outback Review (PC)

December 18, 2001

It's been a long time since we've seen a game this schlocky. So we thought Survivor: Australian Outback deserved the top spot today. Welcome our man, Matt, back stateside. We needed him to take the brunt of games like this. Plus, he kind of looks like Colby. Click.
WWF Road to Wrestlemania Review (GBA)
THQ brings us one of the least hyped WWF titles in a long time. WWF Road to Wrestlemania is no match for Fire Pro Wrestling when it comes to GBA wrasslin' games. But the entrances are pretty. Click here.
World War III Review (PC)
Engage in realistic strategy gameplay focusing on a war in the middle east scheduled for the "near future". Hmmm. World War III sounds a bit ominous, but for fans of games like Earth 2150, it could be just the thing to cure those winter blues. This is definitely for the core RTS fans. Click here.
Video Games Go Prime Time
We got a letter from the folks at Cyplex. They're making a prime time videogame competition to show on "national TV networks". We like that it features unified PC and console competition, but we're skeptical about the parts that kind of sound like the WWF. Click here for more (like how you could become the next videogame heavyweight champion of the world).

Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX Review (PC)

December 11, 2001

The second biggest "Pro" title in Activision's O2 lineup is Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX. It's not as pretty, or as fun, as THPS, but it's got some things going for it. Mainly, that's the THPS-style control scheme. You'll have to check the review to hear about the rest. Click.
Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX Review (GBA)
The Game Boy Advance incarnation of Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX is pretty enough, but that's about as far as it goes. After the glory of THPS2 for GBA, we expected a lot more from this one, which is a lot like a Game Boy Color game with better graphics. Get the full story here.
Doom Review (GBA)
The GBA has had a stellar year. We've been reminded often why we love our handhelds. Doom is another feather in the cap of the GBA. Activision brings us a PC-perfect port of this classic FPS, complete with multiplayer cooperative and deathmatch modes. What more could you want? Click here.

Mad Dash Review (Xbox)

December 9, 2001

Eidos brings us an excellent kart racer without the karts. Mad Dash is just like it sounds -- an insane race through gigantic courses with the loopiest bunch of characters we've seen in a long time. It's complex, fast, and a helluva good time. Play it with friends. Click here.
Dark Summit Review (Xbox)
THQ offers up a little competition for SSX with Dark Summit, their story oriented fantasy snowboarding game. You must find out why the Ski Patrol on Mt. Garrick is running down snowboarders, which only leads to more mystery. It's a good time for all you punks. Click.
A Winner Is You
We've got some good, good stuff that we're giving away. Actually, it's five boxes of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within stuff, and it's all going out to five lucky winners in a month. Sign up to win one of five prize packages with books, CDs, action figures, and other great FF swag. Click here for more details. 

Conquest: Frontier Wars Review (PC)

December 6, 2001

Ubi Soft brings us a real-time strategy game that allows you to move in all three dimensions. Conquest: Frontier Wars will have you fighting in huge space battles and commanding fleets of cool ships. Space combat and RTS fans should check this one out. Click.
State of Emergency Preview (PS2)
We wondered what Rockstar would do if it turned out that irony really was dead after 9/11. After all, they're located right in NYC. Well, a few small things were changed in their lineup, but Rockstar has stuck to their guns (literally). The success of Grand Theft Auto 3 has proven that irony is not dead, and we're really hungry for transgressive games. So, being the socially conscious crew they are, Rockstar kicked us down some brand new screens for State of Emergency because they knew you were dying to see. If GTA3 shocked you, get a load of this. Click here.
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival Review (GBA)
Capcom doesn't want you to be Street Fighter-less on any system. Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival is a very nice Game Boy Advance title that puts classic 2D action in the palm of your hand. Lots of modes and pretty graphics make this one to check out. Click here.
Max Payne Preview (PS2 and Xbox)
Max Payne is a great game (check the PC review if you don't believe me). We've been waiting for it to come to both PS2 and Xbox, and to tide us over Rockstar gave us some (lots of) new screens. Get your Max Payne fill right here.
Spyhunter Review (PS2)
Midway offers up a healthy dose of nostalgia and some great improvements with Spyhunter. Of course you've played this game before, but possibly not quite like this. It's pretty simple, and a hell of a lot of fun. Check it out.
Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace Review (GBA)
Activision gets this baby out well before the movie is due in Spring 2002. Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace offers up some great web-slinging action and makes the GBA look very good. If only it were a bit longer... Click for the review.

Dark Age of Camelot Review (PC)

December 2, 2001

Mythic Entertainment brings us a MMORPG to renew our faith in MMORPGs. Dark Age of Camelot is a lot of fun, and just as addictive as EQ. Competing realms, lots of character classes, and streamlined gameplay equal more fun and less hassle. Click here.
Rune Sword II Review (PC)
Why settle for playing the game when you can just make it? Rune Sword II gives RPG fans a chance to play gamemaster once again. Offering a load of possibilities and good gameplay, you could be working on this game for years. Check it out here.
Ms. Pac Man: Quest for the Golden Maze Review (PC)
The lady is back, and this time she's taking on dots and ghosts in Egyptian-esque mazes. Ms. Pac Man: Quest for the Golden Maze is pretty much what you'd expect: old-fashioned dot chompin', ghost munchin' excitement. Whee!
Empire of the Sun Review (DVD)
Spielberg's classic comes to DVD newly remastered and looking and sounding pretty as hell. Empire of the Sun is based on the JG Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel and is a breathtaking bit of film. Accompanied by a great documentary, this is an excellent value. Click here for more.
The Matrix Revisited Review (DVD)
How much Matrix advertising can you stand? If you answered, "A lot," then this might be the DVD for you. The Matrix Revisited is little more than an interim hype-fest to get you ready for the anime series and the two sequels to The Matrix. For the whole rundown, click here.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Review (PS2)

November 29, 2001

The Birdman is back, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is everything we'd hoped for. New tricks (so you can actually skate like Mr. Mullen there) and online multiplayer are the big highlights this time around, but there are plenty of other things to get excited about, too. Click here.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x Review (Xbox)
The debate rages on, but true fans of the THPS series know that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x has enough goodies packed into it (like the entire original THPS game) to make it worthwhile. Sure, it's hard waiting for THPS3 on the Xbox, but life is hard. Deal with it. Click.
Civilization III Review (PC)
Our man, Paul, is not impressed with Civilization III. The new emphasis on culture is refreshing, but the new emphasis on discovering resources is frustrating, and that whole historical accuracy thing just has to go. Find out what's new and what's not. Click here.
Mad Dog McCree Review (DVD, PS2, Xbox)
Get ready to see that screen a lot. Mad Dog McCree is the rootinest, tootinest, most tedious-est laserdisc port to make it to DVD. It's not bad if you're on a console system, just repetitive. But it's full of campy goodness. Click.

Sign Up For C&C Renegade Beta Today Only

November 28, 2001

Westwood Studios is taking applications for beta testers who want to check out the new Command & Conquer Renegade multiplayer. Zip over to their site, fill in a form, and you may be chosen by lottery to participate. Click here for the details.
GameSpy Announces Online Multiplayer Support for Xbox
It's here! Granted, the setup is a little tricky and not quite as nice as we hope Xbox online multiplayer will become, but GameSpy at least lets us do it. You can play THPS2x, HALO, and NASCAR Heat 2002 online via your broadband connection right now. Click here for all the details.

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