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Star Wars Obi-Wan Review (Xbox)

February 21, 2002

LucasArts brings us one of the most promising and most disappointing Star Wars titles so far. Incorporating the force in a major way, Star Wars Obi-Wan can be a lot of fun at times. But poor level design, clunky gameplay, a bad multiplayer system and the nagging trouble we have playing a Jedi on a killing spree really hinders the title. Click here.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 Review (Xbox)
The Miracle Man is back, and he's better than ever. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2 consists of huge levels populated with tons of obstacles to trick off and grind on make this game a playground for BMX enthusiasts. If it weren't for some nagging gameplay issues, this would be one of our faves. Click.
Supercar Street Challenge Review (PC)
Activision brings us a racing game with a bit of a twist. Supercar Street Challenge allows you to build your car from the ground up and customize it to your heart's content before you test it against pre-made vehicles. It sounds perfect, but the execution of this game leaves a lot to be desired. Racers, start your engines.
Jonny Moseley Mad Trix Review (PS2)
What can we say about Jonny Moseley Mad Trix? Our man Jeremy sums it up this way: "You could actually tape a couple of Popsicle sticks to your fingertips and invent a game that is more fun than this." It's a bleak outlook for Moseley and the two-plankers. Click here.

Battle Realms Review (PC)

February 18, 2002

UbiSoft brings us one of the best RTS titles we've seen in a long time. The gorgeous graphics of Battle Realms will amaze you, and the complex, appealing gameplay system will keep you battling for hours and hours. RTS fans should not miss this one. Click here.
Blood Wake Review (Xbox)
Microsoft's water-based demolition derby, Blood Wake, proves there's nothing like joining up with a bunch of scurvy modern day pirates in some fantasy Caribbean meets south Pacific and going all out for serious revenge. Blow up anything that moves, and a lot of stuff that doesn't. Click here.
Takeda Review (PC)
Indy publisher, Xicat Interactive, brings us the crowning jewel of their titles, Takeda. Throwing you fullly into turbulent feudal Japan, this RTS focuses on reality at the expense of everything else, which makes Takeda a bit frustrating and oddly addictive. The RTS hardcore should take note. Click here.

The Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys Review (PC)

February 14, 2002

Xicat Interactive brings us a computer version of everybody's favorite comic book mail order pet. The Amazing Virtual Sea-Monkeys serves as an interactive screensaver allowing you to raise sea-monkeys and assorted imaginary critters on your desktop. Fun? Well... Click.
Eighteen Wheeler: American Pro Trucker Review (PS2)
All the fun you can stand is packed into Eighteen Wheeler: American Pro Trucker. That is, all the fun you can stand to have in three hours or less. Pro Trucker was a blast in the arcade. On the Dreamcast it was mediocre, suffering mainly from the loss of that badass steering wheel. And on the PS2 it's just another dated port that doesn't quite fulfill our truckin' dreams. Click here.

Star Trek Armada II Review (PC)

February 6, 2002

screenshot-med12-01.jpg (7595 bytes)Activision brings us another interstellar battle game in Star Trek Armada II. The sweet graphics and gameplay enhancements make this bad boy hotter than Seven of Nine in a Tropicana bikini contest. Our only problem is blurbing this review without making cheesy Star Trek jokes. Warp speed, commander.
Capcom vs. SNK 2 Review (PS2)
All ye old school fighting fans gather 'round: Capcom has a little goodness for you. Get in on what may be some of the last you see of your SNK faves with Capcom vs. SNK 2. Furious, fast-paced, and classic Capcom, this title doesn't offer a lot of new stuff, but it is a solid rendition of the Capcom theme. Click here.
Art of Magic Review (PC)
Bethesda brings us a well-intentioned fantasy RTS that doesn't quite get off the ground. Art of Magic uses some interesting new techniques (no resource management; all spells and magic monsters) but fails to draw us in. A clunky interface and frustrating battles don't help at all. Click here.
Kao the Kangaroo Review (GBA)
What could be better than a platform jumping kangaroo wearing boxing gloves? Well, as Kao the Kangaroo for GBA proves, just about anything. Repetitive gameplay, no story to speak of, and frustrating jump sequences make this one title to avoid. Click here.

Amped Review (Xbox)

January 31, 2002

Microsoft brings us a freestyle snowboarding game unlike any other. Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding is the best realistic snowboarding title out there. If Tricky isn't your thing, then this has gotta be it. Real mountains, amazing graphics, and the best soundtrack system ever make it a must play. Click here.
Smuggler's Run II: Hostile Territory Review (PS2)
Sometimes, when we play a game from Rockstar like Smuggler's Run II: Hostile Territory, we nod our heads and go "Yes, yes -- this rocks!" And other times, we shake our heads and say, "No, no -- don't stop the rockin'!" You know you need to check it out.
Spyro: Season of Ice Review (GBA)
Who's the cute purple dragon that's a fire-breathing hit with all the kids? Spyro. And he's back in Spyro: Season of Ice for the Game Boy Advance. It's really pretty, and will probably completely satisfy fans of the PlayStation games. Click.
Soldier of Fortune Gold Edition Review (PS2)
The fine folks at Majesco have made available to us the FPS your mother hates. Soldier of Fortune Gold Edition packs over 20 missions of gun totin', gore zonin' ultraviolence, and the multiplayer mode lets you share with friends. But there's a downside, too. Click.

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