| Feb 12, 2004

Classic game builds on game classic

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Nintendo’s Metroid has always been more popular in the United States and Europe than in Japan, but I’m really not sure why. The series follows the adventures of Samus, a female microbe-massacring bounty-hunter/astronaut, in some truly incredible space armor. Samus started her career in ...

| Jan 29, 2004

Zip and zap -- Sonic's back

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“Sonic Heroes,” a very entertaining new arcade adventure from Sega for GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2, has four background stories — and not one of them make sense. Don’t worry about it, though. All you really need to know is that an evil inventor ...

| Jan 15, 2004

Green man hulks his weight about

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“Hulk,” a game based on the new Universal Studios movie, has an element that is missing from most games based on superheroes — fun. (Yeah, yeah, I know, Activision’s “Spider-Man” games sold in the millions and you got to swing from building to building ...

| Dec 25, 2003

Egypt game brought to life

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Sphinx is an ancient but not unathletic Egyptian hero with gangly arms and a lion’s tail. Tut, short for Tutankhamen, is a goofy prince turned into a mummy before his time by an evil brother — but being a mummy has certain advantages. Since ...

| Dec 11, 2003

Mortality vs. morality

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James Cash is the death row inmate and protagonist of “Manhunt” — an ultra-violent new game for PlayStation2 from Rockstar Games — and is given a new lease of life when his lethal injection turns out to be a sedative. The Darkwoods Penitentiary staff ...

| Nov 27, 2003

Hobbit's-eye view of world

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You cannot put yourself in Frodo’s shoes as Hobbits walk barefoot. You can, however, walk in Frodo’s virtual footsteps. In “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” (ROTK), players visit Middle Earth as the main characters from the “The Lord of the ...

| Nov 13, 2003

Come to Disney, go to Mars

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Mission: Space, a new ride/space flight simulator at Epcot Center, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, takes Disney guests in a whole new direction — straight up into space. The byproduct of a partnership between computer giant Hewlett Packard and Disney, ...

N-Gage fails to engage

| Oct 30, 2003

N-Gage fails to engage

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It’s no use beating around the bush, N-Gage, the new hand-held cellular telephone/video game system hybrid from Nokia, is quite probably the worst game system in video game history — and that’s counting such notable disasters as the Nintendo Virtual Boy and the Bandai ...

| Oct 9, 2003

TV icons hit the road

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What do you get when you cross America’s favorite dysfunctional family with the video game “Grand Theft Auto III”? You get “The Simpsons: Hit & Run,” a new game from Vivendi Universal Games for Xbox. Few Americans are familiar with Astro Boy and, I ...

| Sep 25, 2003

Worth fighting for

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Most “greatest hits” games are too familiar. They were great when they came out last Christmas and everybody bought them, but now they’re simply old. “Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution,” a fighting game from Sega for the PlayStation 2, however, has the blush of youth. ...

| Sep 11, 2003

Let's roll -- at 800 kph

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If there was ever a litmus test for hardcore gamers, “F-Zero GX” (F-Zero), a new antigravity racing game by Nintendo for the GameCube, is that test. In “F-Zero,” players steer high-speed, hovering rockets around futuristic race tracks. While a few tracks are quite simple, ...

| Aug 28, 2003

A horror smorgasbord

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With monsters in the hallways, blood on the wall and gross-outs lurking behind every corner, “Silent Hill 3” is an all-out assault on the player’s sensibilities. In “Silent Hill 3,” the latest addition to the popular horror series from Konami for PlayStation2, players control ...