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 ...

| Jan 13, 2005

Adult fun and gore galore

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Here’s my dirty little secret: Despite my reputation as a hardcore moralist, truth be told I love the “Mortal Kombat” games. When it’s late at night and the kids are in bed, I’ll sometimes pull out whichever is the latest title in the series ...

An FPS for the thinking man

| Dec 30, 2004

An FPS for the thinking man

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“Metroid Prime 2: Echoes,” a first-person shooter from Nintendo for the GameCube, is both fun and a pain at the same time. It keeps you on your toes, even when it makes you perform the same tasks over and over again. You assume the ...

| Dec 2, 2004

The biggest game of the year

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I look at “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” a new urban crime role-playing game for the PlayStation 2, about the same way I might view gorgeous graffiti painted on my front door. No matter how artistic this game may be, I do not welcome ...

Best game yet for the Xbox

| Nov 18, 2004

Best game yet for the Xbox

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How do you top a battle between marines and an alien religious cult fighting to the death on a giant corona in outer space? The next logical step is to take that battle to Earth, which is exactly what Microsoft has done with “Halo ...

Nintendo DS: A wacky winner

| Nov 4, 2004

Nintendo DS: A wacky winner

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Let’s discuss the hard facts first. The Nintendo DS, short for “Dual Screen,” is a new handheld video game system due out Dec. 2, with two moderately high-resolution 3-inch LCD screens, wireless networking and a built-in microphone for voice commands. One of the two ...

A prince in time saves nine

| Oct 7, 2004

A prince in time saves nine

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When a young prince steals a magic dagger, he inadvertently empowers an evil magician with dark powers. In “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” a three-dimensional adventure game from Ubi Soft finally making it into the Japanese market, the eponymous prince must find ...

High-octane crash and burn

| Sep 23, 2004

High-octane crash and burn

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What’s the big complaint about video games these days? Lack of innovation. If you are tired of racing games that feature roughly 2 million accurate models of real-world cars and Einstein-tested real-world physics, fasten your seat belts. “Burnout 3: Takedown,” a new anti-driving simulation ...

Return of the plant people

| Sep 9, 2004

Return of the plant people

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“Pikmin 2” may be old news around Japan, but it’s fresh out in English. For those of you who do not remember the original “Pikmin,” it was a highly influential game released in Japan in late 2001. This was one of the titles that ...

Shedding light on Doom 3

| Aug 26, 2004

Shedding light on Doom 3

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There’s a slight glitch in the instantaneous transport system that Union Aerospace Corp. (UAC) is developing in its Mars labs — it opens the portals of Hell. One moment the station is clean and pristine, though a little bit cramped. The next, it’s decrepit ...