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. ...

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 2," ...

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 screens ...

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 ...