Steven L. Kent

For Steven L. Kent's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Big names, big games, big show

May 19, 2005

Big names, big games, big show

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 a ...

Fast, furious -- and frustrating

| Apr 21, 2005

Fast, furious -- and frustrating

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 of ...

The spy who stayed in the dark

| Mar 24, 2005

The spy who stayed in the dark

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 ...

| Mar 10, 2005

A tip of the hat to a venerable series

The kingdom of Hyrule is in trouble. But then, the kingdom of Hyrule is always in trouble, and so is its legendary princess -- Zelda. First endangered 19 years ago in the original "The Legend of Zelda," Zelda has been cursed, kidnapped or killed on ...

A game darn near too scary

| Feb 24, 2005

A game darn near too scary

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 goal ...

A treasure for the Game Boy

| Feb 10, 2005

A treasure for the Game Boy

"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 Hearts" is ...

| Jan 27, 2005

Wonderfully easy on the eyes

Sony launched its new PlayStation Portable in Japan in December. According to Sony, it is slated to launch in the United States by the end of March. Who knows about Europe. No one likes to be invited last, but the PSP is well worth the ...

| Jan 13, 2005

Adult fun and gore galore

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

"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 role ...