Sega online adventure hits the PC

| Jul 7, 2005

Sega online adventure hits the PC

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Not to be confused with the original “Phantasy Star Online” that hit the stores back in 2000, Sega has added some new content to this PC version and a slick subtitle: “Blue Burst.” The game play hasn’t changed much since “PSO” debuted on the ...

Ancient China never looked so good

| Jun 16, 2005

Ancient China never looked so good

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Buyers of “Jade Empire” are greeted with laughable cover art and silly character names like “Furious Ming.” At first glance, the mythological theme appears to be a mockery of ancient Chinese culture. But beneath the regrettable packaging lies an honest and fun game that ...

Racer for PSP is a real drag

| Jun 2, 2005

Racer for PSP is a real drag

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The appeal of the “Shutoko Battle” series (known as “Tokyo Xtreme Racer” abroad) has always been the way it gives players a free pass to race through a digital representation of Tokyo. For car enthusiasts and armchair racers thirsting for the thrill of hitting ...

Puppies for the digital age

| May 19, 2005

Puppies for the digital age

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Let me introduce Funky. He’s a young, short-haired Chihuahua with a happy temperament and distaste for learning new tricks. With a job and family duties, it’s hard to give Funky the attention he deserves. But I’ve surprised myself. Even though I’m more of a ...

Big names, big games, big show

May 19, 2005

Big names, big games, big show

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The real “Bond . . . James Bond” is coming to video games. Electronic Arts has signed Sean Connery to reprise his role as British agent 007 in the video game version of “From Russia with Love.” And that’s not all. EA also has ...

Techno racing on the edge

| May 5, 2005

Techno racing on the edge

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The original “Wipeout” racing game hit the PlayStation in the midst of a worldwide cultural movement — electronica. Beatboxes and keyboards were ringing in the new millennium as dance clubs saw renewed interest along with the club drugs that fueled the all-night raves. With ...

Fast, furious -- and frustrating

| Apr 21, 2005

Fast, furious -- and frustrating

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In “Meteos,” a new puzzle game for the Nintendo DS handheld, the denizens of the universe greet you with a plea (in earnest, broken English): “We want you, save our planet!” You see, a rogue star named Meteos has gone berserk, raining a kaleidoscope ...

Finding fun in moral dilemmas

| Apr 7, 2005

Finding fun in moral dilemmas

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Steven Kent is taking some time off to pursue other projects. Stepping into the breach is experienced game reviewer Ryan Payton. Over a soaring overture, the narrator opens “Fable,” naturally, with a fable. He tells a tale of a young boy with an extraordinary ...

The spy who stayed in the dark

| Mar 24, 2005

The spy who stayed in the dark

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When mankind becomes an endangered species due to the actions of an Indonesian terrorist, super secret uber-spy Sam Fisher is called in to make things right. Fisher is not a spy after the suave James Bond manner, with pretty women and luxury cars at ...

A game darn near too scary

| Feb 24, 2005

A game darn near too scary

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If you are looking for the biggest jolt video gaming has to offer, and you don’t mind having nightmares, take a deep breath and try “Biohazard 4.” The Holy Grail in games used to be creating an “interactive movie.” This game achieves that abandoned ...

A treasure for the Game Boy

| Feb 10, 2005

A treasure for the Game Boy

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“Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories,” a new role-playing adventure from Square- Enix for the Game Boy Advance, is an astounding achievement by Game Boy standards. Here is a game with graphics, story and gameplay solid enough to compete with the big console titles. “Kingom ...