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reviewed Lunar Silver Star Story Complete. February 19
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Lunar Silver Star Story Complete
I recently received an e-mail from a gentleman who didn't think highly of my Final Fantasy VII review. He didn't like the last paragraph, in which I suggested that some hardcore gamers who like it might …
reviewed Sonic the Hedgehog 2. December 22, 2014
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Sonic the Hedgehog 2
A common desire that everyone who ever played the original Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 ever had was to have all limitations on fox hunting lifted so they could blow the head off Sonic's tagalong …
reviewed Duke Nukem Forever. May 13, 2014
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Duke Nukem Forever
It's hard to believe that Duke Nukem was once supposed to be the Future of Action Games Forever. It's also an irony, because "forever" is also the amount of time his latest game took to develop, as great …
reviewed Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Sta.... February 23, 2014
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Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
Dragon Quest has been the pioneering name in RPGs since the 80's. In fact, Dragon Quest was the series that codified a lot of the little, established facts of life about RPGs that we now take for granted: …
reviewed Sinistron. August 15, 2013
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In the great race of space bad guys in video games who are all out to destroy the Earth, the Sinistron is unique. Instead of being an entire squadron of aliens, the Sinistron is just one enemy. Just one. …
reviewed Side Arms. July 11, 2013
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Side Arms
Earth's future in intergalactic relations, if video games are to be believed, can be summed up thusly: We're the neutral, laissez faire good guys. The aliens are convinced that our otherwise mundane existence …
reviewed Donkey Kong Land. May 09, 2013
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Donkey Kong Land
When Donkey Kong Country became a huge, runaway hit for the Super NES (as if it could ever have been a failure), you had to know more was right down the line. Would video game-playing adults like to have …
reviewed Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal. January 13, 2013
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
My favorite thought about playing the original Ratchet and Clank was, "Finally, an actually, honest to god mind numbing action title!" Thankfully, it turned out to be more than a hiccup. It turned into …
reviewed Sega Genesis. September 09, 2012
Sega Genesis
Ah, I remember the good old days, sitting in front of the TV, playing the old Sega Genesis, awesome games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Shining Force 2, and the NHL series, spectacularly losing my battle against …
reviewed Sonic the Hedgehog 2. June 23, 2012
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
You know what I hate about trendsetting games? The fact that they set trends. When the new hip character cashes in, everyone begins copying the formula with the hopes of cashing in themselves. So while …
reviewed Knights of the Round. March 01, 2012
Knights of the Round
You may recall that in Monty Python's take on the story of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, Arthur got into an argument with a snooty French castle keeper about how coconuts could have randomly fallen …
reviewed Streets of Rage 2 [Sega Genesis]. February 18, 2012
Ya gotta love the brawler! The most stupidly fun genre of gaming during the 16-bit era, brawlers were everything video games were meant to exemplify back then: Walking around, just beating the living …
reviewed New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo DS). January 17, 2012
New Super Mario Bros.
Hey, you know what we haven't seen in a very long time? That old, classic Super Mario Bros. 2D gameplay. Well, Nintendo has brought Mario back to his old-school roots, and it's as good as ever.     Ye …
reviewed Ratchet & Clank. November 29, 2011
Ratchet & Clank
While gaming technology took leaps and bounds forward in the 32-bit era, one genre that started to lack sorely was the mind-numbing action game - the kind where you just run around blowing the hell out …
reviewed Metroid: Zero Mission. November 20, 2011
Metroid: Zero Mission
When Metroid: Zero Mission was first announced, it was a little hard to gauge reactions. Myself, I was fairly indifferent. Metroid was a fantastic game that I remembered playing quite a bit in my childhood, …
reviewed Golden Axe. November 13, 2011
Golden Axe
Way back in the infancy of post-crash video gaming, the old warriors and wizards motif meant only a few things: A typical hack abd slash adventure game or an RPG. Then Golden Axe came along. I'm very …
reviewed Sonic Rush [NintendoDS]. October 27, 2011
There are two kinds of Sonic the Hedgehog fans in the world: Those who believe the Blue Blur's best work was in the 16-bit days, and those who were born after 1996. Those who have read my game reviews …
reviewed Gunstar Super Heroes [Game Boy Advance]. October 25, 2011
It's the level design, stupid.     Gunstar Super Heroes is a notoriously short game which was released in an era in which longer games were becoming the norm. Let's clarify that by …
reviewed Street Fighter II: Special Champion E.... October 22, 2011
Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
It's tough to imagine what gaming might be today without Street Fighter II. Street Fighter II was a milestone. This was the game that introduced the concepts of combos, the quarter-circle motion, the …
reviewed Super Mario Advance [Game Boy Advance]. October 21, 2011
The legacy of Super Mario Bros. 2 is an odd one. On the one hand, it helped permanently define the Mario canon - the ability to pick up and throw enemies is in there in large part because of Super Mario …
reviewed Nanostray 2 [NintendoDS]. October 02, 2011
Prepare for old-school two-dimensional shooting game action! That is to say, prepare to die over and over again while hacking through levels with little to no progress over long periods of time!    Th …
reviewed Star Wars Battlefront II. September 24, 2011
Star Wars Battlefront II
In a few ways, Star Wars Battlefront II is exactly what the first Star Wars Battlefront should have been. All those big space battles you wanted to pilot through in the first Battlefront are finally in …
reviewed Final Fantasy VII. July 31, 2011
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Okay, before I get to my opinion about what Final Fantasy VII is to me, let me start with a few quick facts about the game, no matter what you or I personally think of the game: Final Fantasy VII is the …
reviewed Keith Courage in Alpha Zones. July 28, 2011
Keith Courage in Alpha Zones
Here's a quick question: What's the worst pack-in video game of all-time? I imagine Sega consoles have their detractors in this category. After all, they did open up their brand-new Genesis to a spanking …
reviewed Earthworm Jim 2. July 26, 2011
Earthworm Jim 2
In a just world, Earthworm Jim 2's predecessor would have been the sequel because it's the better game. Of course, the same could be said for almost every sequel ever made. So I guess it doesn't really …
reviewed Earthworm Jim. July 23, 2011
Earthworm Jim
Remember the show Rugrats? On the Nickelodeon network? For those who don't, let me clue you in: Rugrats was a show about what our infant children did behind our backs. The parents would be in their faces …
reviewed The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time. July 22, 2011
The Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time
By now, even the most diehard Nintendo-heads have accepted the fact that the Nintendo 64 represented a giant leap backwards for the company. It wasn't enough to just have 64 bits. The cartridge format …
reviewed Zero Tolerance. July 18, 2011
Zero Tolerance
What we have here is a prime example of why console FPSs were considered inferior to PC FPSs for so long. After playing Zero Tolerance one time, one wonders why developers even tried to fit FPS games …
reviewed Final Fantasy VIII. July 15, 2011
Final Fantasy VIII
The fact that Final Fantasy 8 looks really pretty is obvious is universally agreed upon. But once you get underneath the glamour and glitz of Squaresoft's multimillion-dollar blunder, you'll see that …
reviewed Mortal Kombat 3. June 28, 2011
Mortal Kombat 3
When you last left the Baron in "Mortal Kombat reviews": Get over here! Come here! Gotta call the cops! You will die! Is that your best? WWWWAAAAAHHHHH!!!! AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!!!!! (various hitting sounds) …
reviewed Mortal Kombat II. June 27, 2011
Mortal Kombat II
After the massive, shocking bloodletting seen in the original Mortal Kombat, programmers Ed Boon and John Tobias probably wondered how they would ever top themselves. Eventually they figured out a way, …
reviewed Mortal Kombat. June 23, 2011
Mortal Kombat
Any self-respecting gamer remembers the first time he laid eyes on Mortal Kombat. I know I do. I don't even think I was a teenager at the time. But I remember casually walking into a local gaming spot …
reviewed Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story. June 16, 2011
Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story
My first and only encounter with Super Mario RPG for the Super NES came back when the game was brand-new, back in 1995. A friend had rented it, and I was impressed with it. Since I didn't own a Super …
reviewed Sonic the Hedgehog. May 24, 2011
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Sonic the Hedgehog
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.... Wait, those last two are no good. So how about this: Sonic, he can really move, Sonic, …
reviewed Star Fox 64. May 18, 2011
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Star Fox 64
I thought I knew a comprehensive list of the big-name video games involving Shigeru Miyamoto. But it wasn't until recently that I learned he was the driving creative force behind Star Fox 64. Learn a …
reviewed Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Br.... October 23, 2010
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Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3
"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock and roll."  -Shigeru Miyamoto    Super Mario Bros. 3! The game that made the plumber who became a myth into …
reviewed Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon. October 20, 2010
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Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon
Few video game villains have ever put the "killer" in "killer app" like Dracula. As a video game villain, Dracula seemed just too perfect: He has superhuman strength, sucks blood, and can change into …
reviewed Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords. October 07, 2010
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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Pros: It's the puzzler High Roller with strategic depth     Cons: Luck is too big a factor     The Bottom Line: I enjoy it strictly as a puzzle and strategy game …
reviewed ESPN NFL 2K5. July 02, 2010
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Pros: Everything not listed in the cons     Cons: The celebrity game option is annoying, first-person football is a bit clunky     The Bottom Line: Hockey is still …
reviewed Mars Matrix. July 01, 2010
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Mars Matrix
Pros: You get to shoot lots of things!     Cons: And lots of things fire back at you, in waves     The Bottom Line: Epilogue: I have beaten Mars Matrix since this …
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