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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Review (PC)

April 25, 2002

It's THPS day here at the old GF! First up is Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for PC. The PC version sports all the same goodness as the console versions, plus a little. New multiplayer modes like capture the flag add to the online experience. PC skate fans click here now.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Review (Xbox)

The Xbox version of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 has given me a callous on my thumb that is different from the callous worn into my thumb by the PS2 controller. Some folks (babies) complain (whine like little girls) about the Xbox controller and how it throws them off their game, but I don't see it. Click here for the review.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Review (GBA)

And what fun would the world be without portable THPS? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 on the GBA is another remarkable achievment that makes you glad to own the little device. Sporting pro videos, extra characters and levels, plus a whole lot of good play, this is a must have for anyone with a GBA. Click here.

Rygar Returns to the PS2

Tecmo has announced that they will release Rygar: The Legendary Adventure for the PS2. They say a little bit more about the game, too, which brings back the wildly popular NES character and, presumably, his killer yo-yo thing. Sweet!

TDK Mediactive Secures Muppets License

TDK Mediactive is planning a set of games using their newly acquired Muppets License. Fans of the Muppets (and who isn't) may begin holding their breath now... Click here.

Ubi Soft Unveils Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell

Ubi Soft has just announced the development of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, which brings you into the would of counter terrorism (just like that guy on 24). We'll bring back more info about this game from E3. In the meantime, read this.

Arc the Lad Collection Review (PS1)

April 18, 2002

Working Designs has done it again. Fans of Lunar take note: Another insanely cool collection has just hit the market today. At $75 it ain't cheap, but the Arc the Lad Collection sports five discs full of good stuff, not to mention a bazillion cool extras. We've updated our review with coverage of Arc the Lad II and Arc Arena Monster Tournament, which brings our total playing time on the series so far to half a fall and a whole spring. That's some long term addiction going on right there. RPG fans click here!

Sonic Adventure 2: Battle Review (GC)

Sonic and pals are back, and this time on the Gamecube. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle is a slightly modified version of the Dreamcast release. The big changes are support for the GBA link cable and slightly less glitchy graphics. Unfortunately, the gameplay didn't improve much. Click here for more.

Sonic Advance Review (GBA)

Sega and THQ have teamed up to bring forth Sonic Advance, a 2D throwback to those classic Sonic sidescrollers. Blistering action and graphics as good as the Genesis make it a good play, especially for those hedgehog connoiseurs out there. Click here.

Icewind Dale II Collector's Edition Available Online

Interplay and Black Isle have announced a spiffy collector's edition set for Icewind Dale II. This special edition package is only available through Interplay's online store, so you'll want to order now before the game releases next month. Plus, it comes with stickers. Woo-hoo! Click here for more details.

Enix Announces Two for 2002

Fans of Japanese import titles love Enix, the kind folks who brought you the Dragon Warrior series in the US. This year, Enix will bring out two new games. Robot Alchemic Drive features giant robots and lots of destruction. Sounds fun. And Grandia Xtreme, developed by the fine people at Game Arts, promises to be just as amazing as the last couple installments of the series. Click here for all the dirt on these games.

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Coming to Xbox

Codemasters is bringing their best selling military PC title to the Xbox. Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis will hit the Xbox this winter, and it will feature a whole extra campaign called Resistance. Fans of modern warfare might want to pre-order. Click here for a full briefing.

Star Wars Episode One: Racer Revenge Review (PS2)

April 16, 2002

LucasArts and Rainbow Studios team up for much more than just a buff and polish of the original hit Podracing game. Star Wars Episode One: Racer Revenge sports some serious speed, lots of new bells and whistles, and brand new courses. Check it out here.

Rallisport Challenge Review (Xbox)

Microsoft has made the racing fans very happy with their latest. Rallisport Challenge features some of the sweetest graphics we've seen, definitely challenging GT3 for visual superiority. The gameplay is pretty sweet, too, and this is definitely a title you don't want to miss if you're a fan of the car and the track. Start your engine.

Dark Arena Review (GBA)

Majesco brings us another FPS title for the Game Boy Advance. Dark Arena is a solid game -- fly by wire rockets and really sweet graphics make it a good play. However, the plodding pace (what, no run?) and its similarity to another FPS out there for GBA (starts with D, ends with M, double O in the middle) takes some of the sheen off. Click for more.

The Getaway Creates Cinematic Experience on PS2

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has been quietly hacking away at The Getaway since 1999. That's the story at least. The game features a completely realistic rendering of over 30 square miles of London and promises to deliver creative, cinematic gameplay (it sounds a lot like GTA3 meets Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). We'll definitely keep our eyes peeled for this one at E3 this year. In the meantime, check out this article.

Strictly Ballroom Review (DVD)

At the time of its release, Strictly Ballroom became an international success in cult movie and dancing circles. Now that the director, Baz Luhrmann, has gone on to bigger projects (anyone heard of Moulin Rouge?), the movie is reaching even more audiences. Click here for our review of the recent DVD release. And for more info about the film, its director, and the connection to video games, click here for our interview with Baz Luhrmann.

Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Multiplayer Testing Begins April 18

Just a public service announcement to help you get your gore on: Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix Multiplayer Testing will begin in two days. You'd better sign up. Click here for more.

Everquest Online Adventures Coming to PS2

Sony Online Entertainment has officially thrown their hat into the PS2 ring. Everquest Online Adventures will open a whole new realm of online-only addictive gameplay to PS2 owners. Click here for the whole story.

Dark Age of Camelot Official Gathering

This June in Washington DC Mythic Entertainment will sponsor the first official gathering of Dark Age of Camelot players. Everyone will be there, including the makers of the game, who will no doubt be hunting for good ideas. Click here for more.

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee Preview (GC)

April 9, 2002

Sometimes a game comes along that seems right for so many reasons. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee is one of those games. Relive the glory and excitement of the classic film. Beautiful graphics and what is shaping up to be really great multiplayer action could make this a classic on its own. Click.

Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness Preview (PS2 & PC)

Is it just me, or does Lara kind of look like Michael Jackson in this screenshot? No matter -- she's the queen of the 3D action adventure, and she's back. Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness promises amazing graphics, a twisted storyline, a brand new playable character, and stealthy MGS2 style gameplay. Is that what you want? Then click here.

Blood Omen 2 PC Patch Now Available

This is a Public Service Announcement. Eidos has released a patch for Blood Omen 2, so if you're having trouble, make sure you click here. Or maybe it's just the LoK affecting you...

HALO Sells One Million Copies in Record Time

Garnering a 25% higher sales rate than PS2 since its launch, the Xbox has already carved out a tidy portion of the gaming market for itself. HALO has just broken a million copies. Hopefully that means Microsoft will start a greatest hits program like Sony and we'll be able to pick up the popular titles cheap after they hit this mark. Oh yeah, did we mention that HALO took the AIAS award for Game of the Year? Click here for all the juicy bits.

Looney Tunes Space Race Preview (PS2)

One of the best kart racers since Mario Kart 64 (and before MK GBA) has been Looney Tunes Space Race. Perfectly capturing the animated look of the cartoons, and integrating some of the wackiest weapons and vehicles we've seen, LTSR is a joy to play or watch. Hopefully Infogrames will kick us down some extra goodies for the PS2 version. Click here for more.

Activision Announces Star Trek: Elite Force II for PC

Trekkers, trekkies, and "casual sci-fi fans" get ready -- Activision is following up their hit FPS with a sequel (imagine that!). Star Trek: Elite Force II promises more story-driven, Trekked out FPS action. Set phasers to "read all about it" and click here.

PaRappa Rhyme Contest Winner Announced Today

April 8, 2002

A big congratulations goes out to Siva Bhavani, our fourth and final Finalist. His rhyme was great. But of all the excellent rhymes we got, nobody could touch the amazing Kapt. Buzz. El Capitano threw down rhymes and beats so fat that we had to give him a PlayStation 2. Don't believe us? Check it out here. Visit the PaRappa the Rapper 2 Rhyme Contest page to see the champ, the Finalists, and a couple of honorable mentions. Click!

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