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SSX Tricky Review (PS2)

January 24, 2002

Bigger and better. That pretty much sums up SSX Tricky, the sequel to last year's super hit fantasy snowboarding game. Characters are a bit better rounded out, and the graphics are a bit prettier, but basically Tricky stays close to its roots, just expanding on those roots to offer a whole lot of new gametime for the fans. Click here.
Frequency Review (PS2)
Sony has scored a hit with their latest innovation -- Frequency. This is a music game that puts you in the creator's role. While it won't appeal to everyone, it is sure to build a strong cult following. Who knows? With Sony's plans to make Frequency a flagship online playable title, it could be the next big thing. Click here.
The Fast and The Furious Review (DVD)
It's not going to change your world, but it might make a Saturday night go faster. Odds are you won't be a huge The Fast and The Furious fan unless your Nissan is dropped and modded beyond recognition. This is strictly stock Hollywood action fare. Rent cautiously.
Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-Traction Review (PS1)
Oh no! The Powerpuff Girls have been stuck in a horrible videogame and it's your job to... No, wait, let me correct myself. The Powerpuff Girls: Chemical X-Traction is a horrible game and you should just stay away. Maybe Mojo Jojo will blow it up. Click here.

WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! Review (PS2)

January 22, 2002

THQ brings their highly successful wrestling franchise to the next generation with WWF Smackdown: Just Bring It! for PS2. The new graphics are pretty as hell, and the create-a-wrestler is thoroughly badass, but it just doesn't have that je ne sais quoi we were looking for. Check it out here.
Myth III: The Wolf Age Review (PC)
Amazing visual effects and a great storyline peppered with fun missions make Myth III: The Wolf Age a worthy successor to the series. Battles are waged on a whole new scale, and everything just fits together perfectly, although there are some control issues to annoy you. Click here.
Prehistorik Man Review (GBA)
Titus brings us some great GBA titles, and Prehistorik Man is the first to make its ways to the pages of GF! This action-adventure platformer will have you carrying out a wide range of tasks in compelling gameplay. It's so much fun you'll almost forget about the crummy save system. Click here.
Planet Monsters Review (GBA)
Kind of like Bomberman would be the best way to describe this one. Planet Monsters offers up some incredibly cute, as well as addictive and strategic, gameplay that is sure to attract gamers of all ages. You might check it out skeptically, but if puzzlers are your thing, you don't want to miss it. Click.
Consoles as Communal Entertainment (Guest Editorial)
One of our good friends from across the pond, David Hancock, wrote a delightful guest editorial for us called Consoles as Communal Entertainment. Inspired by the same kind of game-bashing in the British papers as we get in the US, David takes on the notion of gamers as isolated timebombs sitting in their parents' basements. Oh, and we take no responsibility for his "English" style of English. Click.

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.

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