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Metal Gear Solid 2 Review (PS2)

January 17, 2002

Sure, it's been out for awhile, but better late than never has always been our motto. Metal Gear Solid 2 is everything it was cracked up to be. Copies have just been flying off the shelves, so if you haven't gotten informed yet, do it here. Get the whole twisted story. Click.
Dragon Warrior VII Review (PSX)
Enix brings possibly the most popular RPG series in Japan to the US, and Dragon Warrior VII has a lot going for it. A huge game, it incorporates tons of story, sidequests, and mini-games. But those graphics will make you think you're playing it on Genesis. Click.
American Pie 2 Review (DVD)
It's finally available on DVD, so we can all quit wringing our hands worrying about when we will have to chance to watch American Pie 2 whenever we want. Oh, wait a minute, we weren't really that excited about it because AP2 is a horrible film. Let me explain.
Farscape Review (DVD)
From the bowels of Jim Henson's legacy creature shop comes what might be the coolest sci-fi series since ST:TNG. Farscape offers up a great story and nice visuals without becoming a parody of itself, which is more than a challenge. And the new DVD releases of the series are perfect for the fans. Click here.
Neon Genesis Evangelion vols. 0:1 & 0:2 Review (DVD)
ADV Films brings the ultra popular series Neon Genesis Evangelion to DVD. While the story of Shinji, the reluctant Eva pilot, and the troubled Earth around him is pretty dang slow in parts, the pretty animation and great giant mecha scenes keep it moving. It's not for everyone, but those who love it want this DVD.
Generator Gawl vols. One & Two Review (DVD)
Coming in just under our radar, Generator Gawl has shocked and amazed all of us. Its a phenomenally good series that combines action, drama and a healthy dose of humor to break the mold of the standard "we've got to save the world" story. Anime fans of all kinds will love this series. Check it out here.

Pikmin Review (GC)

January 15, 2002

Nintendo's latest brainchild is a cute little game called Pikmin. Combining elements of action, strategy, adventure, and puzzle games, this is a breath of fresh air on the console. It's just the right amount innovative and plenty cute. Click here.
NBA Live 2002 Review (PS2)
EA fails to score with it's latest courtside offering, NBA Live 2002. While the boards look as shiny as ever, and the knee braces and sneakers have never looked so good, the gameplay is atrocious and the air looks completely hokey. Get the full story here.
Azurik: Rise of Perathia Review (Xbox)
Some of the graphics are nice, and the world design isn't half bad, but Azurik: Rise of Perathia still manages to come off as a thoroughly sub-par game. Fans of the fantasy genre will have to keep waiting for an Xbox title to hit it. Click here for more.
All-Star Baseball 2002 Review (GC)
It sure looks sweet, but the baseball franchise that ruled on the N64 is now simply the only game in town for the GC. All-Star Baseball 2002 isn't bad, except for that really crummy AI and some choppy animation. But GC-owning baseball fans don't really have a choice yet. Click here.
Getter Robo Armageddon, Vol. One Review (DVD)
Based on the classic 1970s anime series, which was based on the manga by Go Nagai, Getter Robo Armageddon, Vol. One seeks to resurrect the Getter Robo series. Super cool retro big transforming robot fans only, all others will probably be turned off by the nearly incomprehensible plot. Click.

Final Fantasy X Review (PS2)

January 8, 2002

Square brings us the long-awaited next installment in the Final Fantasy series, and Final Fantasy X does a whole lot of things right. With an entirely new combat and skill development system, FFX manages to maintain the classic feel and incorporate some innovation. Click here for the review.
Half-Life Review (PS2)
1998's classic FPS, Half-Life, has made its way to the PS2. After much hype and anticipation, the finished product just isn't what we were looking for. The story is still great, but the gameplay and technical execution is just dated. And don't even bother with those multiplayer modes. Click.
4x4 Evo 2 Review (Xbox)
Take Two brings their off-road PC hit to the Xbox, and it looks very sweet. Lots of detail and real vehicles make 4x4 Evo 2 an off-roading fiend's dream, provided that off-roading fiend loves fairly straightforward racing and isn't too hung up on driving Fords. Click.

Max Payne Review (Xbox)

January 5, 2002

The folks at Rockstar have brought one of the most popular PC games of the summer to the Xbox. Max Payne is a cinematic third person shooter that sports a slew of cool effects and is a helluva lot of fun. Blaze through loads of ammo as you make like Chow Yun-Fat. Click here for the scoop.
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance Review (PS2)
Interplay brings their fave PC RPG series to the PS2, and it's a whole new thing. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance is a beautiful and really enjoyable RPG, plus it supports two player cooperative gaming. All the glory is checked, however, by the brevity. Click here.
Gun Smith Cats: Bulletproof Review (DVD)
Continuing our DVD coverage, check out the DVD release of an anime classic. Gun Smith Cats: Bulletproof offers a trilogy of episodes based on the very popular manga series. In addition, a newly buffed up making-of documentary gives you an inside look. Otaku and casual anime fans alike should enjoy this one. Click.
A Winner Is You
Only five more days to enter our contest to win one of five boxes of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within stuff. This has been a really great contest, and we're eager to send out those prize boxes. Sign up to win one of five prize packages with books, CDs, action figures, and other great FF swag. Click here for more details. 

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!

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