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 a ...

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 ...

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 fate ...

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 goal ...

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 Hearts" is ...

| Jan 27, 2005

Wonderfully easy on the eyes

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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

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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 role ...

| 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 it. ...