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1. DDR Max 2: Dance Dance Revolution
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2. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
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3. Dark Cloud 2
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1. DDR Max 2: Dance Dance Revolution

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Asin: B0000A09EL
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 12
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • All-new exclusive songs, licensed songs and dance hits
  • New game modes and graphical interface featuring music videos
  • Customize dance steps in Edit mode and exercise in Work Out mode
  • Links with previous games for special features
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (79)

Dance Dance Revolution
What DDR Is
DDR is a very active video game. You do not sit around with a controller tapping buttons with your fingers, however, you stand up, jumping like crazy and steping on arrows with your feet. It is very entertaining, and good exersise too. You need a special dance mat to play correctly. Once you pick a song you wish to play, moving arrows come up on your screen. Once the arrow corrosponds with the stationary arrow, you simply step on the same directional arrow on the dance mat. That is basicly what you do in DDR to complete songs. Completing songs will unlock new songs for you to play and master.

My Opinions and Advise
I've played DDR, DDR Konamix, DDRMAX, DDRMAX2, and in arcades, DDR Extreme. In my opinion, I think DDRMAX is the best out of all of them. Its improved since konamix. It's got a great song selection, and even quite a few american songs. Anybody who is wondering which DDR to buy, you should definatly go with DDRMAX. DDRMAX2, however, was a little disappointing to me. It does not have a very great song selection (unless you like the 80's), and was not a big step from DDRMAX, (they're very similair).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Max RULEZ
This game is a great gift for kids, it is excersise, fun, and more fun. There are a few different modes like the work-out mode which lets you do unlimited songs and tells you how many calories you lose and stuff, game mode: unlock songs,people, and levels. There is an edit mode to create your own dance steps! There are many other modes but I can't talk about them because I'll ramble on about how fun they are. I consider DDR one of the best games on the face of this Earth. If your a parent I would get this for your son or daughter. If you are a child I would beg your parents for it until they want to strangle you then I would suggest running away before it actually happens! If your a newbie I would stay away from MaxUNLIMTED because like you gotta be a saint to do it perfectly on Expert or even Light (Easy). Another hard song is End of the century, it is no where near as hard as maxUNLIMITED though. You'll probably be able to End of the century within a week or so of getting it. I want you to be a DDR FREAK too. (I'm so big on it I lose over 1,000 calories per day on it!) Anyway I am rambling on like I tried not to do so I'm gonna shut up and let you buy this awesomely awesome game (Remind me not to say awesomely awesome again) so buy it now. You're still reading this aren't you...... GO BUY IT NOW (LoL Just kidding) But I would buy it. Hey wait why are you still reading this? GAAAAHHHHHH

5-0 out of 5 stars DDR makes you bootilicious !
DDRMax2 is the hot new way to exercise. Because it's so much fun!
First a simple overview. DDRMax2:Dance,Dance Revolution is a Playstation game where music is played on your TV screen. Arrows move across the screen. The player dances on a dance pad and attempts to move their feet to match the direction of the arrows. The better you do the more points you rack up. Sounds simple but it can be tough depending on the difficulty level you choose.
While the music is playing (and there are a number of songs to select from or let the game select for you) the background will change. Sometimes there will be videos, othertimes characters that you can select to dance with.
So each time you "play" the game looks different and you will have the challenge of trying to improve your ability level.
I purchased the game for the workout and am delighted to find that it's so much fun I could (and do) spend hours on it!
The game has the added bonus of a "Workout Mode" so you can track your calories, weight and progress.
You will need a dance pad to play the game. I bought two dance pads so my daughters could take turns working out with me or each other. Well worth the investment. I would advise buying good pads with good padding so it's easier on your joints as you will be doing a lot of moving around.
A+++++ for this great game that gets both kids and adults moving and grooving and having a GREAT time!

5-0 out of 5 stars It Rocks!!
I gotta say this is the most fun I've ever had exercising and that's exactly the reason I bought it. I like music and I like to dance and I'm losing weight in the process. I would highly recommend it to anyone for simply that, but also just for the fun of it. I'm 44 with 2 teenage kids and if I can do it, anyone can do it! I also need to say that you should get a really good Redoctane pad to go with it. It is $80, but well worth it. So go out and buy this and have fun!!

5-0 out of 5 stars GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR!!!!!! AGAIN
Ok lets get started with this review!

Storyline NA/10
There is no storyline all u do is DANCE!!!!

Gameplay 10/10
This game is extremely fun u will spend hours playing this game!!! And now with the new beginner level added new comers to the game can start at a very easy level. Also with the new dancer option u get to choose ur favorite dancers from a long list.

Graphics 8/10
The graphics aren't that good, though there not meant to be, cause its more a fun loving kind of game. The dancers aren't that good graphics wise. Still the backgrounds still make up for it.

Sound/Music 10/10
YEAH of chores this gets a 10/10, the music for this game is absolutely wonder with such songs as Dive ~more deep & deeper style~, Break Down, and Legend of Max. This game has some of the best music out there.

Replay Value 10/10
U can never finish this game, there's always something new to do with it, like added options, and a whole lot of other stuff.

Overall 10/10
THIS is one of the best sports games out there! Highly recommended!! ... Read more


2. Marvel vs. Capcom 2

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Asin: B00006LEM1
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 1713
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

It's a collision of the world’s two most powerful fighting universes. Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is an insane tag-team fighting game with an unprecedented 56 playable characters, three-on-three tag-team battles, tight controls, and hyperfast animation. Pick a fight between your favorite legendary Capcom characters and superheroes from the Marvel universe and watch the super combos fly. ... Read more

Reviews (53)

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! MvC2 has come back....
It is about time Capcom released this title for the PS2; I had originally bought the system for Final Fantasy X, as well as the possibility of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Why they made us wait so long I guess we'll never know.
With the introduction of the 3-character tag system, new moves and combos, and the extensive list of selectable characters (including Dr. Doom!), how can you go wrong? The 3D backgrounds also add new style to the game. My only complaint would be that the final boss is a tad easy (and not nearly as cool as Onslaught or Apocalypse); with most characters you can kill its final form with one team super as long as all 3 on your team are intact. The top characters in this version appear to be Cable, Magneto, and Iceman, while cheaper characters include Spiral, Omega Red and Blackheart. Although this game does require a degree of skill, particularly when performing air combos linked with hyper combos, button-mashers seem to fare pretty well, so one need not be an expert to thoroughly enjoy the game. A must-have for fighting-game lovers and those who have followed previous titles in the series...
....alright, so I just bought the game last night, and let's just say I got little sleep thereafter. You only start out with a fraction of the 56 characters, and must unlock the others by spending points earned by completing other modes of the game. The controls are a bit difficult to get used to at first (unless you have an arcade-style controller) but soon enough I was busting out Cable's infinite-Hyper combo like no tomorrow. Pick this one up, it was well worth the wait and a very faithful arcade-to-home system translation.

5-0 out of 5 stars 2D Cult-Classic Beat'em up - PURE GAMEPLAY!
Before I start, I would like to commend Capcom for this conversion. It was a LONG time coming, but they still persisted and went ahead with it. This game, while not appealing to a wider market, will no doubt please a lot of die-hard fans of the genre. Please read on and find out what my opinion is, of this cult-classic 2D fighting game.

GRAPHICS 7.5/10
This is where the game takes a step back in time. The 2D sprites are showing their age, and look particularly pixilated in comparison to the Dreamcast port. But what is reassuring is that all characters move smoothly and have all most, if not all of their animation frames intact. When you think about how jerky a lot of the old 2D fighting games were on PS1 back in the day due to lack of frames, it's a relief to know the PS2 can 'cut it' in this area. Most of the character sprites are bold and colorful as ever, but some appear rough around the edges and recycled when compared to some of the previous installments. The game's special effects are rather impressive: when performing a tag super combo, the explosive effects are very flashy. The Backgrounds are now in 3D, but still have a cartoony edge, this is nice, but the characters being 2D, don't fit in very well - I cant help thinking the game would have had a better feel if it was 2D throughout.
So in summary, the graphics aren't too bad, it's just a pity that the character sprites suffer from pixilation and that they are not quite on par with the crystal clear sprites of the Dreamcast version.

SOUND 5.5/10
Now this is the area of the game that I find most disappointing. The sound effects during battle sound shoddy, recycled, muffled, and altogether a lot less crisp and clear when compared with the Dreamcast version. Sometimes you can barely hear the impact of a blow. The vs. games on the PS1 packed a real good punch and sounded solid - so why in the world does this PS2 suffer and have worse sound? The PS2 has greater audio capabilities than the PS1 but for some reason suffers in this area. Perhaps it is due to the large amount of memory usage for all of the animation frames processed at any one time during play. It just takes a lot away from the solidity and impact of the game and slightly effects gameplay quality. It is as if all of the sounds have been dubbed over from the Dreamcast version and have lost audio quality in the process. The Music on the other hand, is what prevents me from giving Marvel vs. Capcom 2 a completely bad score on the sound front. The music is excellent. It gives the game a good feel and is very fitting for super heroes. However the character select music can become extremely tedious, especially when taking longer to choose your characters as the roster increases. The continuous repetition of the "I wanna take you for a ride" riff is sometimes enough to reduce you to tears of tedium and anxiety! Just joking, but then you'd probably guessed! The music is extremely Jazz influenced, so depending on your taste; you may either love it or hate it.

GAMEPLAY 10/10
Now this is where the game cannot be faulted! The usual razor sharp control system is once again present with the exception of one minor alteration: the traditional six button configuration has been brought down to four, but don't panic! This increases combo ease and speeds the gamelpay up. The difference is that you now have light & medium punch as one button, and light & medium kick also as one button. Upon activation of the button your character will perform a light attack but when pressed repeatedly your character will go from light to medium performing easy chain combos and super combo openers! (Opportunities to link regular chain combos to super combos) And of course you have your heavy attack buttons for kick & punch. This control system works incredibly well and makes gameplay a delight!
But what makes Marvel vs. Capcom 2 astounding is the sheer amount of characters available. There are 24 to begin with and a total of 56 when all are opened. This makes for an incredible amount of gameplay possibilities and character teams, especially now that you have three characters to a team! Difficulty levels are good, ranging from very easy, where you can cheaply super combo your way through the game, to intense difficulty, where you will struggle for victory in the first battle! All in all, an amazing amount of FUN gameplay.

LIFESPAN/LONGEVITY 9/10
This game has a massive amount of replay value; you'll keep coming back for more. It has 7 additional backgrounds to open up; character galleries and all characters have variant costume colors to access along with the aforementioned multitude of playable characters. All of which are bought with points earned through playing the game in training, arcade and score attack mode. You have an incentive upon playing the game due to how much more you can gain through buying new features with the points you earn. Excellent.

OVERALL OPINION
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is a great bumper value package of a fighting game! But in the end of the day, it will only really appeal to the die-hard fans. The majority of the fighting fans these days would opt for the next generation fighters like Tekken 4, Virtua Fighter 4 or the upcoming Soul Blade 2, but if you are a fan, I strongly recommend this game. The good easily out ways the bad.

To be exact, an overall 8/10 - Great Stuff

5-0 out of 5 stars What the hell?
The last review of this game pretty much mirrors my own opinion about this game... but who the HELL would buy it "brand new" for $89.99 USD? Better yet, who the HELL would actually sell this game for such an outrageous price?

For $89.99, I can buy THREE PS2 games...

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive
This is by far my favorite 2D fighter. The graphics are superb and the controlls are excellent. The greatest pirk is the number of characters you can play as! New character include Jill Valentine, Hayato, Ruby, T.Bonne, B.B.Hood and Servbot on the Capcom side and Thanos, Cable, Magnito and Doctor Doom on the Marvel side. You can also play as characters from Marvel V.S Capcom and Marvel V.S Street Fighter. You can spend hours making a variety of teams that have skills or powers that complement each other perfectly (my team is Jill, Strider, Spider-man) or cool themed teams like X-men blue team (Wolverene, Gambit, Rouge)guarenteed to be played for hours.

2-0 out of 5 stars One MAJOR mistake ruins this game before you can even play..
This game is HIGHLY flawed. There's a HUGE misktake with the game: this game is on the blue-bottom disc format (CD-Rom).

If you are unsure what that means, let me explain. Playstation 2 games are on two different formats: DVD-rom, and CD-rom. On a CD-rom, the bottom of the disc is blue, and the CD is lighter than a DVD format.

When ANY Playstation 2 game is on CD-rom format, the PS2 WILL have problems reading the disc. This is because the disc is lighter than its DVD counterpart, causing the disc to wobble when spinning in the PS2. This causes loading problems, game failing to start, and often, damage to your system. You read about this problem A LOT in game magazines.

It's unfortunate Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is on the CD-rom format. The gameplay is great actually. However, 75% of the time when you turn on the game, it won't start, guaranteed. It says "Disc read error." Unless you want to restart your PS2 four or five times just to start the game, this game isn't worth the money.

I know what some people would say: there is a solution to this. There is a solution actually, but it's risky. One solution to make the CD-rom disc heavier (for PS2 to read it properly) is to put two equal pieces of tape side by side next to the center hole. There's a risk to this, though. What if the tape is too light? That means error on PS2. What if the tape is too heavy? That means an error also. Besides, who wants to put some tape on their games? It's not worth it!

Look in the lower-left hand corner of the game's cover (the picture on Amazon.com). There's a tiny "DVD-rom" logo. Unfortunately, this is misleading. The game is NOT on DVD-rom format. I don't understand why there's false packaging labels.

I know all this because I ordered the game off Amazon.com (brand new). When the game arrived, I put the game in my system. Guess what? The PS2 wouldn't read the disc! My PS2 is fine--all other games work properly. I had to restart my system around five times to get the disc working.

If you must buy this game, but it on Dreamcast, or Xbox. Please, stay away from the Playstation 2 version, unless you are tolerant of restarting your PS2 four or five times just to get the game started. Be warned. ... Read more


3. Dark Cloud 2
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006Z7HR
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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What's creepier than a sinister clown? Nothing, as it turns out, which is probably why the makers of Dark Cloud 2 made their evil villain a member of the circus family. After all, a clown who lifts the town's friendly mayor off his feet--with a strangle hold--is not to be messed with.

Welcome to the world of Dark Cloud 2. Stylistically, it resembles a Holly Hobbie Colorforms set. All the characters are of childlike proportions, and the village's Tudor buildings seem pried from a Yorkshire hamlet. While Maximillian, the preteen hero, wanders around his hometown, Parisian accordion MIDI music serenades him. Though this is not a kid's game (it carries a Teen ESRB rating), gamers who are put off by kitschy/cute nuances should beware--this game is loaded with them.

But at its heart, Dark Cloud 2 is a wonderfully solid RPG. Its story has three main elements: Max's lost mother, the secret of what's going on outside the village, and why the evil clown wants Max's red stone pendant. Fighting takes place in real time, unlike the turn-based fighting in the similar Final Fantasy series. This was a good decision on behalf of the designers, as was the attention to weapon customizing. And if you love to manage inventory (there aren't many RPG fans that don't), this is your game. Not only can Max's weapons be upgraded, but by taking pictures and tinkering, he can create tools from scratch, in seemingly endless variations.

There's so much more to this game than can be described in any review. Along the way, for example, Max meets up with Monica, a princess from the future. He may build a village using the Georama system, or he may just want to do a little fishing--to say more would be to spoil the fun, but you get the idea. You'll just have to discover it all--and there is a tremendously rich world here--on your own. --Jennifer Buckendorff

Pros:

  • Multi-layered world with strong replayability
  • Intuitive game controls
  • Strong inventory management and interesting items
  • Great, playful aspects, like Steve the "ridepod"
Cons:
  • Painfully slow, almost hour-long introduction
  • Some repetitiveness in weapon upgrading and dungeon maps
  • Hokey gestures and dialogue
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Reviews (82)

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Cloud 2 is a huge improvement over the original
I played the original Dark Cloud for several weeks before I grew bored with it. Dark Cloud 1's gaming system was complex, repetitive, and too convoluted to impress most gamers.

Enter the sequel. Dark Cloud 2 takes place in a world separate from the original, and it shows. The game features cel shaded graphics, offering it a very rich "cartoon" look, which managed to impress me. Most cel-shaded games seem like they're engineered for kids, but not this one.

Dark Cloud 2 almost seems like a game from a different series, rather than a sequel to Dark Cloud 1. The storyline is complex, lengthy, and diverse. The gameplay is simplistic, yet satisfying. The in-game music is rich and memorable. There's a plethora of mini-games to keep you entertained between missions.

The best part of this game, however, is the in-game Help system. There's a tutorial for just about everything in the game, and each tutorial provides clear and precise directions for everything. There's even a full voiceover from one of the game's many characters to assist you.

For the [price offered], Dark Cloud 2 is well worth the investment. Fans of the original, plus those that enjoy "Hack and Slash" games like Legend of Zelda and Kingdom Hearts will find their money well spent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Strong, diverse gameplay
The original Dark Cloud was one of the first RPG-like games to come out for the PlayStation 2, and although it broke from the traditional console-style mode, it mixed fun gameplay, dungeon exploration, and a simple Sim-city mechanic to create a game that never got boring.

Dark Cloud 2 is in the same vein, but it's a quantum leap forward. The graphics, story, animation, and gameplay are all clearly a new generation beyond the first game. There are some repetitive bits, but this is balanced by the sheer depth of the game. Sometimes, you'll be playing to build up your golfing skill, sometimes to work on your fishing, sometimes to enhance your combat skills, sometimes to explore, sometimes to advance the story, sometimes to build your cities. Few games have such a sheer number of fun activities all rolled into one, and each aspect is done with a light, breezy quality that prevents it from feeling onerous.

I highly recommend this game, especially if you enjoyed the original Dark Cloud.

5-0 out of 5 stars i'ts okay i guess
ta tell you the truth the game is kinda frustrating because you have to level up your weapons alot(so you don't get trampled by your enemies)and you can't level up your characters,instead you have to find this thing called edens apple(i think thats the name) to increase your HP,same thing goes for boosting up your defense,you have to find items to increase it as well(its up to you to find them if you don't your gonna get s5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Cloud 2
I loved Dark Cloud and when I herd that there was a Dark Cloud 2 coming out I went out and bought it on the first day it came out. I would have to say that this game is the best sequal in the gaming world it has wonderful graphics and fun side quests.

1-0 out of 5 stars too hard
I played this game and im really dissapointed. I mean the game has incredible graphics and all but the game is just too complicated. First off when you are fighting enemys your weapons break fast, your subweapon has a lack of bullets, you die very easily, and buying healing items is expensive. So if your the type of person who likes to play complicated games where your weapons break and you die easily give this game a rent. And the first Dark Cloud game was much better than this one. Anyway my rating for this game is a 2 out of 10 since the games graphics are superb. ... Read more


4. War of the Monsters
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00007KE6C
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 613
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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At first look, it's easy to get excited about War of the Monsters--it has colossal mutated beasts fighting each other in various dreary cityscapes, and it's all wrapped in the campy confines of '50s sci-fi and horror flicks. But after a few go-rounds, the game's frustrating controls and limited replay value may leave you feeling flat.

As the game's background story goes, the monsters were spawned from radiation spilled from downed UFOs that were thwarted in their plans to take over Earth. Cities everywhere are now powerless to stop the rampaging savages, which include a King Kong rip-off named Congar and the Godzilla-inspired Togera, to name just two. The game is all about the thrill of bashing the other guy senseless in an unrelenting rampage that would leave city planners everywhere quivering in fear. The fighting is fierce and brutal--monsters are sent hurtling through the air with a variety of multi-hit combos; entire buildings are crumbled by either throwing your opponent into them or by an errant punch; cars, buses, radio antennae, steel pipes, and other objects are picked up and thrust into monster flesh. One can even hear the sound of tiny human bodies being squished underfoot.

Unfortunately, War of the Monsters seems to have a mind of its own at times since monsters are inexplicably difficult to control. Things are swell one moment as you're zeroing in for the kill but the next you're swaying side to side like a punch-drunk fool. The controls are frustratingly unresponsive when your monster gets stuck in a corner or pinned against a wall. And be prepared to hit the reset button several times, as the game tends to freeze quite often when paused. --Larry White

Pros:

  • Satisfyingly brutal fighting action
  • Well-done look and feel
Cons:
  • Unresponsive controls
  • Limited replay value
  • Fights devolve into button-mashing frenzy
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Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars Destroy cities!
Monster games have always kind of [not been good]. However, war of the monsters takes all the fun stuff (destroying cities and such) and leaves the poopie there, giving you a solid, fun fighter.
The premise is simple: pick a monster, pick a city, and destroy the other monster, using the city to destroy him. just about anything can be used to destroy your enemy: pick up cars to throw at him, grab a huge metal beam and whack him, or just grab a radio antennae and heave it thorugh him. or knock a building down onto him! the options are endless.
the one real problem i have with this game however, is that the hits you give enemies don't really...i don't know. just somethings missing. there's just not enough impact , i guess.
aside from that, this is a quite enjoyable game.

pros: great combat

cons:empty hits
no 4-player mode (that bites!)

Final score: B

3-0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Albeit Short, Ride
A week ago, I bought War of the Monsters, and today I have just beat it. That is to say, I have unlocked every single character, skin, level, and minigame, as well as having beaten the game with every character in "Adventure" mode. I've had a great deal of fun playing it, but now it seems like there's very little else for me to do, except maybe play through all the difficulty levels or see how long I can last in endurance, although there's little to motivate me to do so.

Graphics 4/5: Very sharp, detailed character models and skins. The levels are equally detailed (and quite destructable). I really loved the fact that most of the skins weren't just "different colors" of the original monsters (each monster has 4 skins, 2 of which need to be unlocked via tokens earned in fights), but actually unique from one another for the most part.

Music/Sound 3/5: I really loved this soundtrack, reminded me a lot of the old 50s monster movies which I always a big fan of. The sound, on the other hand, gets fairly repititive, though that's a given in most fighting games. I played the games mostly on a mono TV, so I can't comment on the stereo sound, but I imagine it to be pretty sweet.

Gameplay 3/5: Gameplay is on the surface incredibly simple - 2 buttons to attack, 1 to throw, and 1 to jump - but is a bit more complex than that for those willing to experiment. When I first started to play, it was nothing but random button mashing, but then I realized that there were actually *combos* in the game. A lot of these combos are real simple, though there are a lot I havn't found yet. For example, the average simple combo is around 3 attacks, but I've gotten some as high as 9 hits, and there's the chance that there are even higher ones.

The environments in the game, probably one of the biggest draws, are almost completely destructable. Anything you see you can most likely grab, throw, destroy, and/or pound into the face of your opponent. It may take a while, but it's possible to completely annihalate every building on a level, which is both a strategic advantage and disadvantage.

There are three single player modes of gameplay: Adventure, where you take a monster through a "storyline" of sorts (though its the same storyline for every monster, so it gets a bit dull); Free-For-All, the classic...err, free-for-all in which you can fight up to 3 computer controlled opponents; and Endurance mode, where you see how long you can last with just one life against an endless supply of opponents (but only one at a time).

Most of the fights in Adventure mode can be a little frustrating at first, especially those with more than one opponent (I spent ages on the level with the Insect monster and the Robot Gorilla, but spent even longer when I had to fight two dragons...), but as you develop your skills, it becomes like a second nature. That still doesn't mean you'll die a frustrating death, but at least it won't happen quite so often.

Multiplayer 2/5: Multiplayer modes are the aforementioned free-for-all; Elimination, which is like free-for-all except its only two players and when you die you pick another monster to play as; and three mini-games, which can be unlocked but are quite pointless. If there had been more, maybe the mini-games would have been better, but with only three it's not really all that exciting.

The biggest drawback to multiplayer modes, however, is the fact you can only play with two players. With four players, multiplayer would be fantastic, and make War of the Monsters a great party game. However, with only two, it definately loses some of its appeal. I can understand why there's no online play (though it would have been really fun), but what's the explantion for no four player mode?

Replayability 2/5: Possibly the worst part about the game, which in the end is its downfall. When you first start the game, you have 2 skins for every monster, with 10 monsters, and a few levels. As you play through Adventure or Endurance mode, you'll earn Battle Tokens, which can be used to purchase more skins, 2 secret monsters (each with 3 skins you can unlock), 3 mini-games, and 4 secret levels. This would be all fine and dandy if it weren't so easy to get tokens or if the prices of the unlocks were more expensive. Believe me, you can have most of the secrets unlocked within a few days of casual playing.

What's worse is that there weren't more monsters to play as. Yes, you get different skins for each monster which make them look totally different and great (check out the Electric Eye's 4th skin for a great example), but at the core they're the same monster. The two secret monsters make up for this, but I felt there really should have been an even 20 monsters alltogether, secret or not.

As far as unlocks, there should have been much more of them, or Incog should have made it a lot tougher to get them. Where's the fun in getting secret stuff if it's incredibly easy?

Overall 3/5: I'm a little biased because I just love games with senseless violence and destruction, and the fact it has giant monsters resembling all those favorites from the golden era of monster movies makes me love the premise of the game. But overall, I felt that there could have been more. Maybe I'm expecting too much from a fighting game, but for the love of all that's holy, at least a fighting game like this should at least have four-player compatability! Rent the game first, you'll probably "complete" the game in a few days. See then if its really worth it to buy it. As for myself, despite its many shortcomings, I still think its great fun to play with a friend, even if it may be limited.

5-0 out of 5 stars SMASHES SUPER SMASH BROS
i played this game and fell in love instantly. i have no clue what people are talkin about when they say it gets repetitive. this game is AWSOME. if u like super smash bros and even soul caliber2 youll love war of the monsters. if you have a choice between super smash bros melee and wotm, wotm all the way.

5-0 out of 5 stars NICE!
I loved this game! It is very good and I want to influence others to play it!

best fighting game on ps2
this is one of the best games ever. all of the levels are fully destructible. another good thing about it is you can throw just about anything you see. its also funny seeing the people when they get smashed and the blood is all over the ground. i highly recomend this game to someone who loves fighting games and a little humor along with it. BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


5. DDR Max
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Asin: B00006F2ZS
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 225
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Step into the spotlight in this sequel to the blockbuster arcade hit Dance Dance Revolution
  • Strut your stuff to DDR¿s sixth mix, including house, rap and R&B
  • Customize your own specialized dance moves
  • All-new game modes and stunning graphics
  • For 2 players

Reviews (86)

3-0 out of 5 stars Why is this series getting worse?
"Dance Dance Revolution" may be the only video game series that is getting more popular in the US even as successive entries in the series get demonstrably worse.

I criticized the first US DDR for its small song-list, which omitted the series' best songs and wasted time on remixes. Little did I know then that it would be the most varied and most fun song-list ever released in the US.

Somewhere around DDR's 4th or 5th "Mix" in Japan, the musical style veered away from J-Pop into an obsession with insipid and uninspired faux-R&B, dropping styles like reggae, latin, and rap almost entirely from the repertoire. That change in tastes was evident in "DDR Konamix" (a US-only release containing songs Konami created themselves for the series so they wouldn't have to pay licensing fees) and it's even worse in DDRMax. If there's a difference between "Baby Gimme Your Love", "Celebrate", "Groove" and the other mewling R&B wannabes, I can't hear it. The best way I can describe these songs is that it's what the taste-challenged contestants on "American Idol" think good music is supposed to sound like.

Regarding long-time favorites of real DDR fans, the US "Max" represents the first appearance of songs by "Captain Jack", but classics like "Dam Dariram" and "Butterfly" remain absent and are clearly never coming to these shores.

It's also a strange fact of this series that it gains nothing from the power of the PS2. Indeed, the idea of DDR is so simple, it could have been released on the 16-bit pre-PlayStation platforms like 3D0, SegaCD, and CD-i. To try to make things interesting, DDR Max includes "freeze arrows" (which dancers must step and hold on, using their other foot to make other steps), and a tendency for some songs to stop their arrows cold, and then restart, almost entirely unmotivated by the music. In both cases, the effect is to make the gameplay LESS like real dancing, and from my POV, much less fun.

I suppose the real DDR fans, the ones who go to tournaments, listen to DDR music on internet radio stations, etc., have long since given up on the US releases and just bought import PlayStations and games. So this game is probably meant for the casual player. Maybe they'll like it, but with the increasing awfuless of the music, some will surely wonder what all the fuss has been about.

4-0 out of 5 stars One problem... No good songs
I will rate this game into three different catigories.

Gameplay:
Great! Freeze arrows have been introduced and the animation of the arrows on the screen have been greatly improved. Also, the introduction of music videos adds a nice touch. There are three modes of difficulty so everyone can dance at exactly their skill level.

Music:
Now I know that everyone has different musical tastes but several people have told me that the songs in DDR Max are terrible. I am sorry to say that I have to agree with them. The arrows are really only half of the fun. The music you dance to is the other half.

Fun:
This game really fun. However, some of the fun is taken away by the terrible music. For some reason,Dance Dance Revolution is a really great game. It is great for parties and provides hours of fun and entertainment.

5-0 out of 5 stars GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR!!!
OK lets get started with this review!!

Storyline NA/10
This is no storyline to this game, all u do is DANCE!!!

Gameplay 10/10
This game is extremely fun u will spend hours playing this game!!! And now with the new option menu added u can increase the speed, and do a lot of other stuff with the game. If u have ever played Konamix, u r going to be amazed at how advanced this is.

Graphics 8/10
There isn't really any graphics in the game, except for the background image. The background image is fairly good; IT IS A BIG IMPORVMENT FROM KONAMIX BACKGROUND. Also for one of the songs true... Trance rise sun mix has a music video background

Sound/Music 10/10
YEAH of chores this gets a 10/10, the music for this game is absolutely wonder with such songs as Sandstorm, to Look to the Sky. This game has some of the best music out there.

Replay Value 10/10
U can never finish this game, there's always something new to do with it, like added options, and a whole lot of other stuff.

Overall 10/10
THIS is one of the best sports games out there! Highly recommended!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
When I saw the ddr game, i thought so what? but after i tried it, i couldn't stop playing it! I kept wanting to get better and better at it. I love this game. People always complain how they think they're soooo fat, this is the perfect answer, it's fun and it even has a special workout mode where it lets you count how many calories you have lost! I think everyone should try this game.

1-0 out of 5 stars never received game
Ordered the DDR Max2 + Ignition 2.0 package and got the pad but no game. After repeated attmepts to contact RedOctane finally talked with some there and was told the game would be shipped. 20 days later, still no game. Will not dispute credit card charge and file complaint with the FTC. Buyer beware. You may not get all of your order too. Good luck with getting a response from their customer service. ... Read more


6. Silent Hill 3
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Asin: B00007LV7Y
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 1469
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Silent Hill 3 continues the series' trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As a teenage girl named Heather, players must explore and unravel the mysterious connection between the god-forsaken town and her inner fears. The game features enhanced graphical detail, a more complex storyline, and even more grotesque monsters than the previous games. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars welcome to the night
I used to play Resident Evil all the time. Thought it was neat- you could fight zombies and in the later games they found ways to scare you. That being said, I don't miss the series. The sole reason for this is the Silent Hill series. Take the most disturbing creatures you can think of and the ones in this game will probably be ten times as scary. Big bloated things, Really tall creatures without faces and massive arms, things that look like messed up tapeworms with legs and others I would have a hard time describing. But these alone would not be scary by themselves without the wonderful sound. A game that has this kind of sound in it, which adds to the experience quite a bit, should be commended for the lengths it goes to. You walk down an abandoned hallway and perhaps you hear a scaping noise- you go to investigate and nothing is there - so you turn to head back and you hear a loud bloodcurdling scream through the wall and then a thump like a body hitting the floor, and it sounds close like it's just beyond the wall where you can almost get to it. Try not to get unnerved by that. There are more weapons in this version and you can decide what exactly you think is needed in a given situation. This can come in handy- if i've only got a gun with limited ammo and many levels with many monsters I might think that i'm in trouble. Also a very dark and deep storyline tied in to the first game. It's enough to keep you coming back for more time and again. Play it at night and just try not to be freaked out by what you see and what you hear. Also, no zombies in sight- and I didn't mind once.

5-0 out of 5 stars If your looking for good honest smart stuff. READ THIS
This is kind of a 2-part review

Part 1: Silent Hill is marketing suicide, but damn is it good.

First off, let me be the first to say this out publicly. Konami doesn't know how to market Silent Hill 3, or doesn't care to. I mean just look at the cover artwork of Silent Hill 3. It's terrible. I mean if your not a hardcore gamer, you wouldn't even know what this game is about. Whom that doesn't know Silent Hill would buy this game based on the cover? It's not even scary, and you can't even tell what it might be about. You need a real twisted looking cover full of blood and gore so that some punks can walk by and say, "Hey, what about that game?!!" What happened to the EA tactics, a company like EA that makes pure worthless games but makes them on popular labels that attract mainstream people and families. Yep EA isn't the biggest 3rd party developer for nothing.

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Part 2: Silent Hill 3 Vs Survival Horror

I never got too far in the original Silent Hill but I hear from people that it was scary and disturbing. I beat Silent Hill 2 and I loved it, it was very emotionally disturbing but it wasn't that scary. I mean you can't compare it to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, that game was pure firecracker shock terror that made your heart pop out and made you cry in anticipation of the next one. Nemesis is by far the scariest Resident Evil ever, only part 2 comes close.

Some people were disappointed with Silent Hill 2's scare factor, and some of those people have said that Silent Hill 3 returns to the roots of the original and captures disturbing terror. Others who liked SH2 say SH3 doesn't have the same kind of brilliant deep plot that SH2 did. I agree with both sides, but I think it's always good to get a change up. I love both types of Silent Hill. Personally, I think Silent Hill 2 was the best, but not the scariest of the series.

Overall reviews of this game are a little lower than I had hoped, but they are still solid enough considering it's the second release on the PS2 console and it's obviously not as innovating as the first release on PS2. Plus there is also the fact that the storyline isn't as interesting as the brilliant SH2. There are even a few people who say SH3 becomes a bit too much like Resident Evil's type scare tactics and others who still say the monsters are slow and it's not enough like Resident Evil.

Silent Hill 3 is scarier than Silent Hill 2 but it's overall not as good in quality. Here is hoping for part 4, 5, and 6 for years to come of disturbing terror that really soaks into your mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars They're Back
First off, let me warn you that reading some of these reviews gave away the ending (::glare::), so I would be careful which you read if you haven't finished the game.

I'll keep this short and simple. You can get the detailed description from another review below, I'm sure. In short, we return to Silent Hill with a character named Heather, a 17 year old girl who flashes between the hellish nightmare of a world and the "normal" Silent Hill. The monsters are back, and for me, more terrifying than ever.

There are slow monsters you will want to outrun, and fast monsters you will have to stay and fight. Something I love about this game is it's ability to lower the action or riddle setting. I have my action setting on easy because I'm not so good with a gun =), but I have my puzzles on hard so it can still be fun for me. It's made to be adjustable to fit every person.

I bought the second Silent Hill 2 when I bought my PS2, and I didn't enjoy it at all. But once I started playing this one, I really got into it, and thus got into the second one. I haven't played the first yet, since it's difficult to find (I plan on buying it on ebay), but from what I've read the first is the best. This is not to say that this game doesn't stand on it's own and is enjoyable in it's own ways.

Heather has many dark secrets, and some of them may surprise you. If you're a fan of the series, defiantly buy this game. If you've never played a Silent Hill game- rent it first. I warn you that it can be very, very scary and gruesome. I don't normally enjoy gory games/movies, but this one had thrills of it's own, playing with music and lighting.

Overall, I highly reccomend this game. It is not only fun to play, but enjoyable to watch. You will dread the next corner, but will be too intrigued to turn back. Welcome back to Silent Hill...

5-0 out of 5 stars great game in a great series.
ritual abuse, guilt, greif, loss, pesona, morality, theology, fear lurking in the commonplace just beyond our senses, these are some of the issues that have come up in the silent hill series... it's obvious to me that video games are growing up... when you can tackle issues like dealing with the loss of a terminally ill loved one with a straight face in a game... wow... these games are creepy, surreal, and really produce a sensation thats pretty rare in any medium and thats some jump-up-in-your-seat fear. there are times when it's like watching a car wreck... you feel like it's a little to scarry but you want to find out what happens next... buckets and buckets of blood. but beyond that silent hill was first celebrated as a "cinematic" game and while some people are critical of the gameplay (it's essentially an old school adventure game where you solve puzzles to get to the next part of the story.) if you give them a chance they are very immersive. the people behind silent hill didn't leave it devoid of story, and even beyond story theres allegory and metaphor... theres some depth beyond killing and gore. certainly not for everyone...

i was totaly engrossed for three or four days and just finished silent hill 3 last night... theres a point in the game when the sleazy charachter (vincent) is berating your charachter (heather)... "don't look so smug your the worst person in here." he accuses her of enjoying all the killing shes been doing in the game "you get exited when you club them to death and hear their screams." (these aren't exact quotes) anyway he's chiding you for doing what you had to do to get to this point in the game... what you have to do in alot of games... kill stuff... heather tries to defend her actions by saying they were only monsters... "oh, is that what they looked like to you?" says vincent... the monsters are interchangeable, robots, enemy soldiers, it's virtual killing and we get exited...

this is a strange meta-meta thing and seems very tongue and cheek and self aware for a video game... also theres the part where your in a house of horrors in an amusement park... your in a house of horrors in a horror video game... essentialy what the game itself is... you go from room to room, from scare to scare, although theres an appearance of freedom your really confined by the items and thier functions and their interaction with certain other items... find the key, open the door, another scare.

also the importance of sound as a tool of immersion and fear is incredibly well implemented... this goes for all of the games... i remember in the first game there was a door that led into and empty room and then suddenly theres an abrupt loud and freaky sound that bleaches your skin... nothing happened... you walked into an empty room... but the sound made it significant... theres alot of throbbing gristle style background noises that give different enviroments the tension they need to be frightening... sound holds the whole enviroment together.

to be honest there was some content that was hard to follow even if you had played the other two games. they did a pretty good job of tying it up in the end so that you wouldn't feel so lost but even some of the dialogue is very confusing.

also i felt that some of the grit grom the earlier games is sort of going away. in earlier games you found weapons that related to your surroundings or that you could imagine finding in the toolshed.. hammer, crowbar, board with nail in it, kitchen knife. in this game she finds a machine gun on the floor. not very beleivable but whatever it IS a videogame. the monsters are alright exept for the numb bodies and the flying pendulums, they don't really seem to fit in. and they're the same monsters over and over which i guess is much like the old formula.

i get frustrated with these games but there are enough moments unlike any other that make me say this is the best game i've ever played... they have the crapiest controlls and a linear storyline but i can't get enough... i can't wait to see the next one which apparently primarily takes place in a single room.

Silent Hill 3
SH3 is about a 17 yr old girl named Heather who was shopping at a mall. She is being followed by a strange man who says he is a detective, so she ducks into a bathroom. Upon escaping into the mall she was shopping in earlier, she also stumbles upon Silent Hill. I have not yet finished this game because it is so scary. It is very fun and hard. You meet characters like Douglas and Claudia. Claudia is the daughter of Dahlia (from SH1). I recommend this game to anyone who can take it. ... Read more


7. Devil May Cry 2
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Asin: B00007E1OA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 951
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Devil May Cry 2 brings us back to Dante's world, and this time his fellow demon-fighter friend, Lucia, has her own disc. OK, she sounds a bit like Celine Dion, and her plot's a little silly, but she has her own disc with a reasonable 13 missions. She's refreshingly clothed for a female character, and like Dante, she can transform using "devil trigger"--the equivalent of rampage mode in other games. Dante's disc holds 18 missions, with a few redundant maps between the two characters.

Visually stunning, Devil May Cry 2 offers minute details that envelop the player. For example, when walking on the roof in a little Italian villa, you can hear the distinct sound of tiles under your feet.

As with the original Devil May Cry, this is not a game for children. It comes with a gore warning, but in this game some of the gothic elements--like the Demonochorus (possessed cherubs) or Infestants (energy-sucking insectlike things)--might disturb even an adult's sleeping pattern.

This is one game where it really pays to pick up the strategy guide, and here's why: Players need to complete the mission in as little time as possible. Since lots of great power-ups are found in secret rooms, you would waste a lot of time endlessly inspecting doors without it, and never reach the coveted S status that comes with a fast run through a level. The overall grade is a combination of your rankings in style, collected number of orbs, the number of items you used (the fewer the better), damage, and your overall clear time. This isn't just an attempt to get you to buy more, we promise: you'll get far more orbs, find many more secret chambers, and enjoy the nuances of the game better with the guide.

Characters can jump off the walls Matrix-style, shooting from midair. The game allows for limitless ammo and energy. These and many other facets recommend Devil May Cry 2, even if some fans find it less engaging than the original. In our opinion, it's as addictive as other sequels from successful franchises--Final Fantasy comes to mind--and we're hoping for more reincarnations. --Jennifer Buckendorff

Pros:

  • Great, creepy enemies: Blood goats, Noctpteran (with larva), Sargasso
  • Cool powers available through amulet stones
  • Stellar maps, including inspired underwater fighting
Cons:
  • Not a good game for inventory freaks
  • Goofy "Don't worry" and "Showtime!" announcements detract fromatmosphere
  • Ultracheesy Diesel product tie-in when you finish
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4-0 out of 5 stars What to expect from this sequel.
I see that nobody has written about this game yet so I figure you want to know what this sequel provides. In the second installment to the Playstation 2 2001's hit gothic slasher comes the sequel to Devil May Cry. In this one Dante returns with a new heroine named Lucia who wears a black cloak & has white hair, details of Lucia's weapon however are unclear to me although I believe that she may use a samurai sword + a whip & a shotgun. Information on Lucia are top secret until release of the game apparently. She looks like Adrian Fahrenheit from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night! Her "face" was not shown in the magazines. Pertaining to character moves Dante can now run along walls while shooting his guns such as Shinobi does & jump from 20 story buildings such as Raziel from Soul Reaver 1&2 & sustain no damage.This game takes place outside in a Europian mid-evil like setting. That is all I can say because that is all I know about this game. Info from Capcom to PSM magazine was not abundant& cannot be found on their websites but it will be released in 1 month.. until then, this probably will be all the info that you will find on this game. The rating above is required so I put in my "guesstament".

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good...
Lets start it off like this; I absolutely loved Devil May Cry (the first one). I think it may be one of my top 5 games of all time. Pure action game.
Going through normal on Devil May Cry II as Dante, I was impressed with how everything felt and looked. The moves were stylish, and Dante was godly. My only issue with the first few levels is that all the enemys are too ... easy. I mean honestly; Devil May Cry was all about the challenge in defeating enemys... and oh my lord... some of those bosses got pretty damn nasty. n this game it's like "Lalala, Dante kill everything. Dante is happy. Ooohhh, a skeleton in metal bondage... should be interesting." *SLASH* "Wow... its dead... already."
I still think that Dante is an awsome character and that this game does still have its challenges... however these challenges are mostly in Dante's final boss alone... or *shudder* jumping/flying puzzles.
I've now beaten the game wih Lucia and Dante on hard mode. Still a good game, but definitely doesn't own up to the first.

2-0 out of 5 stars just not the same
When the first devil may cry was released, the public was blown away. Dante was cool in everyway, he had bad ass moves, even more bad ass weapons, and just new how to give the baddies a hard time. Devil May Cry 2 was looking to be the breakaway hit that surpassed the first in everyway. However, it almost falls short in evry single aspect form the forst game.

There only two points that have improved in Devil May Cry 2. the first being the controls of the game, they still say much the same, very fluid and easy to adapt to. I also found it a nice change to have a second playable character. The problem with this character is that her moves are almost exactly the same as Dante's she just moves a bit faster.

As for the storyline,...well there really is no storyline. The first Devil May Cry was great because not only did you get to obliterate hoards and hoards of baddies, but it was all packed to gether with an excellent storyline. Once you finish this game, you feel like you actually know less about who Dante actually is, because the storyline is EXTREMELY confusing.

Another adition, which could have come off as either a good or bad thing, is that the level size is MUCH bigger. Unfortunately in this game, it is a very bad thing, since you spend most of your time brainless tapping the button that fires your guns. As a matter of fact, when you get to the flying bat on the roof top, the only way to hit it is to continously mash the fire button, and since the game has auto aim, there is no strategy! The whole point of having both a sword AND guns is so that you can use them both, and in this game you will find yourself using your guns MUCH more than your sword. This also makes leveling up your sword with red souls pointless, since most of the time your not using it!

I'm not saying this game is completely empty of any entertainment, there are shining moments when you find yourself creating huge combos, and yes you still feel like a bad ass, SOMETIMES. If your looking at this game because the first blew you away, you may just want to rent it, because the game is EXTREMELY easy, and you will probably beat it within five hours of picking it up. If you haven't played the first one and your thinking of buying the second. DON'T! Buy the first one, rent the second, believe me its not worth your money to buy!

1-0 out of 5 stars A Big Bore!!!
I got this game thinking I would have a great time playing, but was soon disappointed... the weapons are cool, the graphics are okay, but all the elements of the game just don't seem to come together...Don't buy this game!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Decent Sequel
While I praise Devil May Cry, its sequel, while still a good game, has some issues. First off, kick ass Dante who I so praise in my above review is seemingly gone. His character says all of five sentences during the entire course of the game, and bases all his decisions on the flip of a coin. Didn't Two-Face from Batman do that? Anyway there's a second disc with another playable character, the oddly shapen Lucia. Lucis has her own story, her own moves, and her own weapons. The problem here is, we really don't care because we don't understand her story. In the original DMC, we understood what Dante was searching for, the purpose of his quest, and we enjoyed everything he encountered along the way. In DMC2, we don't understand why Dante is even on this mission, or why he is interacting with Lucia. Did the creators suddenly forget about Trish from the original? I think it would have made more sense to place her in Lucia's role. All in all, it is unfair to compare DMC2 to it's predecessor, but that is what nearly every reviewer will do. It is still a fun game, with new monsters, new weapons and new moves, but it is a far cry from the original. ... Read more


8. Amplitude
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000859TM
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Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amplitude Picks up the Beat
Harmonix has really outdone themselves this time. I was a die-hard FreQuency fan, and was worried that the seQuel to their incredible music game would be the same game with different songs. Amplitude takes it up another notch (from 11 to 12), and really delivers.

With a total of 26 songs (yes, I've beaten them all on Insane), Amplitude is perfect for the casual gamer, or the hardcore musician. There are four different difficulty settings, so all ages can get into the fun. As an audiophile and snobbish gamer, I have to admit that I'm hooked on Amplitude.

The graphics are wonderful. Load times (a problem in FreQuency) are virtually non-existent. The gameplay has a slight learning curve, but once you get the hang of it (use the shoulder buttons!), then you can rock out to Blink-182 and Papa Roach. All explicit lyrics are omitted in the tracks, which should appeal to parents (however lyrics by Slipknot might be a bit disturbing). The genres in the game include Trance, Hip-Hop, Rap (Icelandic rap, even), Rock, Metal, Dance, Techno... I might have left a few out.

The nicest thing about Ampltidue is the aspect of being able to replay the game. There is a drive to go back and beat your old scores on songs and push yourself. I have not yet tried the online feature of this game, but I suspect it will also be excellent.

In summary, if you love music, then you NEED this game in your collect. Heck, buy FreQuency too. You will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rock On and On and On
Amplitude is a music game which is unique in the fact that it uses songs from established artists - some you most certainly have heard. If you are familiar with music games you would be at home here - the music plays and you perform a part by "playing" the controller while the "music" moves by on the screen. It is the sequel to a game called Frequency and some of this review compares this game to that one.

The game also allows you to remix songs but I did not get into that on Frequency and again fail to find it enjoyable. Also the head-to-head mode of this game is kind of strange - the single player is much more enjoyable in my opinion.

One of the best parts about Frequency was getting introduced to groups I hadn't heard before and hopefully some of these artists will turn out the same. The music in Amplitude is a mix of familiar and unfamiliar artists. Strangely it seems to be harder to play the songs that I know (Weezer - Dope Nose or Blink 182 - Rock Show) than songs I haven't heard before. Some of my favorite songs on Amplitude are Baseline by Quarashi, Cherry Libs by Garbage, and Urban Tumbleweed by the Baldwin Brothers. Ultimately I feel like somehow these artists were picked to promote them for Sony - I wish there were more variety of tracks.

Amplitude is easier to beat than Frequency was - there are 4 difficult modes (Mellow, Normal, Brutal, and Insane) and I started on Brutal when I first got it and played through in about 2 1/2 hours. The expert mode of Frequency was much more difficult. Easy mode is easy enough for my 6 year old to play.

I would have been happy with the Frequency base game with new music - what Sony needs to do in the future is modify this game with new music every 3 to 6 months and rerelease it for $20 or so. Much of the effort in the sequel seems to have gone into the system that allows you to create your own "guy" and as you play you unlock new clothes - whatever. Your guy sort of plays along with you - if you are on a guitar track he plays guitar and when you play drums he switches to drums.

A final word about the music. I love 4-letter words in my music as much as anybody but while I enjoyed playing Frequency with my kids, some of the songs in Amplitude have bleeped out words and are about mature subjects - and some words that in my opinion should be bleeped aren't.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amplitude Is My Favorite Game Ever!!!
I got this game on March 24, 2003, the day it first came out. I felt stupid because there were only two copies in the store and both were for the only two people to reserve the game: my friend and I. We picked up our games and went home to play. One year and 6 days later, I just finished playing the game. The music is good for the most part, but some songs are a bit easy and some are a bit hard. Your skill level will depend strongly on your ability to keep a steady beat and hold a rhythym. I, for one, and 16 years old and am in my 6th year of school band, took private lessons for 3 years, took piano for 6 months, took drums for 6 months, am in jazz band, pep band, and marching band (section leader). I am a huge band geek, so my rhythym is superb. This can be attributed to my rank of 357 out of over 2000 people. The game is played by using the L1, R1, and R2 buttons to shoot lasers at pods of sound, which releases the energy inside. The rhythyms start out very simple, in a classic-rock-beat-esque style, but eventually become very complex, with no real countable rhythym. The online play is amazing, allowing you to play with a total of 4 people together. As you win games, your rank drops, with the obvious goal of getting #1. If you buy this game, you will not regret it, I promise. This game is good for anyone with any rhythymic talent whatsoever. Any negative reviews are simply because the reviewer was bad at it and wouldn't give it time. Before I bought this game, I had Frequency, its predecessor, and was very bad. But now I rock against people and my rank just keeps dropping. If you won't buy the game for only $20.00 USD, at least rent it. It is worth your money and time. It is the only purchase I have ever made with no buyer's remorse! My Amplitude name is eggBEATer. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute Mindbending Fun
I loved this game. I was just browsing around the internet for new games and I never thought Amplitude would become one of my favorite games. I had never even heard of it until I viewed the trailer. The music beats of electronica and today's punk makes it great for me and following the beat to my favorite songs makes it even better. From all 4 levels of difficulty, I became inpressed on how hard it was. It took me around a week to complete one song! Other than that Online is just so fun YOU WILL NOT STOP. Addicting, Attractive, and Absolutely cool.

5-0 out of 5 stars ello
hi. this games pretty cool. it is all cool. it's a game that you dont have to worry about the graphics or game play!
it rocks.now...my report i not the biggest thing in the world.but look for me online in amplitude
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9. Jak II
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000099T1Y
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 138
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Futuristic adventure with mission based gameplay
  • Take control of Jak and fight your way through hordes of enemies
  • Use 4 powerful weapons and hop in and out of vehicles including a hoverboard
  • Meet fantastic characters with incredible AI
  • For 1 player

Reviews (237)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sensational
Jak 2, sequel to Naughty Dog's Jak and Daxter (Naughty Dog, of course, being the creators of the famous Crash Bandicoot) from a few years ago, is simply a great game. Everything from its level design to its voice acting to its art direction is simply top-notch. Clearly a huge amount of love and time has been put into making this game the experience it is.
There are many who would compare Jak 2 with Grand Theft Auto. I think this comparison is completely unfair. Yes, Jak 2 does borrow a number of game elements from GTA. Most notably the use of a mini-map and mission system will be familiar to anyone who played the GTA games. However, these features were not original to GTA, but were simply refined in GTA. And, in fact, in Jak 2, these features are further refined. Also, there is a long history of "borrowing" in platformers (the most obvious example is last year's wildly successful and fun Ratchet and Clank which was in many ways a Greatest Hits Album, compiling the greatest moments from the greatest platformers over the last ten years and throwing some guns in), and, in fact, Jak is being creative to actually borrow from outside the genre.
Actually, its unfair to even spend so much time discussing these features because, quite frankly, they're minor aspects of an enormously more impressive game. Jak 2 adds a number of new features to the original game including a gritty, futuristic setting, the aforementioned GTA aspects, a hoverboard, and guns. Miraculously, all this other stuff does not keep it from being a great platformer. In fact, it makes Jak 2 even better and more sophisticated than its predecessor. Its many missions are relatively short, giving you just enough time to enjoy the action without getting tired of doing the same thing over and over again (fans of the original game may remember the snow level...), but never making you feel cheated. They're perfectly bite-sized, giving you just the right amount of everything.

Finally, Jak 2 is probably the most artistically accomplished game in recent years. The world Naughty Dog has created is so beautifully constructed and conceived that, even if you're just looking to blow away some bad guys, you won't be able to not stop and stare at some of the amazing sights. Naughty Dog's attention to detail is astonishing and even if you're stuck on the same mission, its hard to get frustrated because the game is so gorgeously built.
Thanks Naughty Dog! Gamers owe you!

5-0 out of 5 stars One really good game!
Abandoning it's somewhat cheerier atmosphere from the first Jak and Daxter,Jak 2 takes a totally different route,storyline and gameplay wise. A welcome change indeed from the predictablility of the first game.

A mix of Vice City meets Crash,Jak 2 takes place in the future,where Jak and his pal Daxter are sent 200 years into the future from a precursor rift found at the end of the first game. The future is very bleak and Jak is thrown in prison. Daxter rescues a changed Jak 2 years later and together they work to overthrow Baron Praxis,ruler of Haven City,who tormented Jak with Dark Eco. Jak also makes some new friends along the way as well.

The game itself is very detailed,but the city is at times very confusing to navigate through,despite the little map. Other than that,everything else is really good. The cinemas are clever and the ones featuring Daxter and Pecker(a monkey/parrot hybrid with a Mexican accent) are awesome!

Another worthy title to add to your PS2 gaming library.

1-0 out of 5 stars Jak II Rocks
In this game you're sent into the future with Daxter and get captured by Baron Praxis. After two years of torturous injections of dark eco, Daxter finally comes and rescuses you from prison. After that Jak seeks revenge and joins the Underground which are a group of people who are rebelling against the Baron. Along his adventures Jak gets mentored on how to use his Dark Powers from the dark eco and it is really cool. You get to have cool weapons, a hover board, and the ability to transform into Dark Jak at will. You get to race against your enemies on the track and blow up the Baron's ammo supply. You also have to stop the evil metal heads from taking over the city or else their will be a great war. So all in all, this game is really cool and you are playing the story which is completely load free and it saves automatically. The graphics are very good for the style of the game especailly the character's expressions. I hope you decide to buy this game because you'll have a blast. The newest Jak game is also out so be sure to check that one out too.

1-0 out of 5 stars Jax 2 is not as fun as Jax 1
For those who liked the first Jax. This one is compeletely different. The game play is not as fun. Driving around the city between missions gets old and is far to time consuming. Once you get a gun that is all you use, unlike the first jax where it is was fun the fight the bad guys.
So, Don't Buy It if you are looking for the same format that was Jax one.

Buy this game. IT RULES!!!!!!!!
I got this game for christmas 2003 (it is kinda weird because my grandma gets me the Jak and Daxter games every year and I think I am gonna get Jak 3 from her this year) and I had to buy yhe strategy guide just to beat it (it took me forever even with the guide) the bad news is my 5 year old brother got a hold of the game and erased my save file. This game rules and I don't know whether it is a RPG or an adventure/ shooter game. Buy this game it rules! ... Read more


10. Aliens Versus Predator Extinction

Asin: B00009ETKZ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 4939
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play as an Alien, Predator, or Colonial Marine to wage war in 21 single-player missions
  • Upgrade up to 10 different unit types of various races including new, never before seen units such as the Predator Hydra or the Alien Ravager
  • Engage the enemy in 21 unique maps, from jungles to deserts to high-tech laboratories
  • Use powerful resources and strategies including pulse rifles, exosuits, and air strikes
  • For 1 player

Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars Extinction is not exitinct
First of all i dont think people should rate this game to warcraft. Extinction was the first try of a RTS on playstation2. And i think they did a pretty good job on their first RTS.
Its really cool to play with each of the three races and try to hunt down the others while trying to complete other objectives. A couple of things that i thought brought this game down was the graphics and the pretty bad AI. But all in all i think it is a must buy for avp fans and some RTS fans

4-0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets...
First off I'd like to say the AI really is not that bad if you keep half an eye on your troop movement. Yes units do take unexpected turns and do some stupid things but I think all the criticism about the AI is overdone.

Second, what the heck do you expect from a RTS console game? Common folks, get real. There is no way a console RTS can EVER come close to a PC RTS (i.e. "Conflict Zone") so lets be realistic in our expectations of this game. To judge it by PC standards simply is not realistic or fair. If your angry that it doesnt mesure up to PC standards than you must be a.) a fool b.) a novice that has never played "RTS" games on console units before.

I beleive 'Extinction' accomplishes what it sets out to perform and does so very nicely. The game play is solid and addictive. There is a great deal of diversity in units and weaponry. The graphics are very nice (background graphics as rather bland though) and the sound is excellent.

I was disappointed that there is only the campagin game option available. I was hoping for online play or at least a "skirmish" setting.

...if you like the AvP genre you'll like this game!

3-0 out of 5 stars Wish it had been on computer
I thought that this game was great. it did need more missions and a multiplayer mode. But the game really needed to be on computer like most stragey games. over all the game was not worth that i spent 50 bucks. I should have waited for it to go down or read a review first. But it really should have been on computer. overall the price on amazon is what i should have paid but is anyone came out with a starship troopers game following this type of line i think it would be worth decent money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good game but seems to be lacking features
I loved this game. It did very well for a RTS on a console. One thing it needed was a skirmish or a multiplayer mode. Since it lacks these options, it's replay value ends after you beat the campaign. The campaign missions were quite challenging on hard. A good game, but you should probolly rent it before you buy it.

Aliens Versus Predator Extinction
As a Predator fan, this game was highly disapointing. For one it was too short. It needed more missions and environments. For two in most games like this u are able to build some kind of a base and/or defense. The most u could do here was place a few mobile guns around. And that was only for the Preds and Marines. Third of all, it should not have been a strategy game, not for the PS2 console anyway. It should have been a third person game. Even if it was a first person it would have been somewhat more exciting. All in all I give it a 2 1/2 outa 5. And thats being generous. ... Read more


11. Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00008W2R8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1604
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars This is a game
Listen, and listen good, you don't have to buy this game, but I'd advise it. Heck, I'd give it a five star if only for one thing. The graphics aren't the best, so what. But it still counts toward a great review, and everything does. Trust me when I say this, its one of the best RPG's you'll find for the PS2. Yeah, I know, it doesn't look all that good, and it's kind of hidden and stuff. Even I was not sure about buying it, but after I did, I was happy. It features turn-based combat, but in a new way. Instead of the hits back and fourth, you actually move in combat, and then attack when in distance. Oh, fine, there's one more reason why I gave it a four, in battle the characters say things, and sometimes its freakin' annoying. The story great, the gameplay's great, graphics are fine, and the voices are good. I would recomend this game too anyone who likes RPG's, or all those like me who are huge RPG fans of all sorts, this game is a great buy. It's also kind of cheap. In the game, you will switch for a while between two brothers who are completely different, and have never met each other. Okay, fine, there more than a little different. It's hard, i'm sorry, but can't explain the story too much, if I do it will spoil a lot, and for two it's too hard. The story is so complex and everything, so yeah. I hope my review helped, now go buy it or rent it, or don't bother, it doesn't matter too me. Oh, yeah, and if you like this game you'll like Kingdom Hearts as well, no matter how dumb you think either look, and if you like Kingdom Hearts. you'll probobly like this, well, bye.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Little Long Winded
On a world that depends on magical energy for it's motive power two races vie for control of the scarce source of that power - spirit stones. Humans seek them out to run their maachines, and the Deimos, or demons, seek them because their very nature is magical. Children of a rare Deimos/Human relationship two brothers who were seperated at birth are drawn into a web of conflict that makes them mortal enemies - each raised by a different race, each sworn to defend their own by killing the opposite. Kharg and Darc are their names and this is the story of how they discovered that there are even worse enemies out to destroy them both.

The game is a standard RPG in format, but shifts the player back and forth between Darc's demon quest abd Kharg's human one. As the game builds the player can select characters for battles, and chose how individuals will develop skills. The plot meanders back and forth across the face of the world in carefully orchestrated fashion, the only variable being how many random conflicts one finds. You need a large number of these, since money and spirit stones are extremely scarce commodities. So hard to find that their acquisition will become the primary fixation of the game.

The reason for this is that you have to stop fighting and actually pick up your winnings during the battle, rather than receive a lump sum payment. As a player who likes to acquire new weapons and skills, I found this irritating - too often you leave a titanic struggle with almost nothing to show for it. The other big flaw in the game is that it is completely linear. The game makes sure that you always do the right thing in the right order, which limits its replayability. Many people are comfortable with this kind of game, but I find that, once you taste freedom, you don't want to head pack.

But most of my issues with Arc the Lad have to do with playing it right after playing Final Fantasy X-2. The result is that I became acutely aware of it's shortcomings. Of course, FFX-2 was created to be an extravaganza, and Arc the Lad was developed to be something less - just another decent, playable RPG. Thus the plot, which is really adequate for an RPG, comes of as glaringly tepid and character development seems sketchy and archetypical. Yet, had I played this a year ago I would have liked it much more. In any case, Arc the Lad is quite playable, even if it fails to meet the compelling quality of some of the releases of the past few years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best RPG on the PS2 after Final Fantasy X.
Through two generations of consoles, the PlayStation has become synonymous with classic role-playing games. One such RPG is the notable Arc the Lad series which saw a few versions published on the Playstation 1. Now, Playstation 2 owners can get a chance to play an updated version of the Arc the Lad series and RPG fans will be delighted to hear that the latest version is not a disappointment and is probably one of the top three RPGs on the PS2.

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is played in two parts. Gamers will get a chance to follow two destinies and both character's stories will alternate. One path is the tale of Kharg, a young man in a small rural town who is the likely candidate to inherit the position of Captain in the town guard. Kharg's mother was actually a monarch but she refuted the title and instead chose to allow the town to decide its government via democracy. Because of this, Kharg still possesses a formal place in society as some of the villagers still have a hard time believing that the monarchy no longer holds any power. Fiercely loyal and protective over his town, Kharg has sworn to defend it from outside evils including the monsterous Deimos race that approaches human territory.

In another region of the world, gamers will play the story of Darc, a half-human half-deimos character who has been forced into slavery. Darc is different from the other Deimos. His heart is purer and he has a hard time relating to the savage power hungry ways of the Deimos. Darc knows little about his past other than his father helped him escape from a distant Deimos camp long ago and died in the process. Both Kharg and Darc have destinies that will eventually meet but you'll need to play the game for several hours before you start to see how their fates are intertwined.

The gameplay in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is fairly easy to pick up. It borrows a few concepts such as elemental damage and turn-based combat from its JRPG peers but it also uses a movement system that not many current JRPGs employ. When moving a character, a zone is displayed showing you where your character can move. After making your move (to perhaps flank the enemy), you then select a number of special moves or magic attacks from your menu. You can also use items at any time. Depending on how much experience you have built up, your special attacks will increase in magnitude and by the end of the game all of your companions will have a nice assortment of lethal attacks in their repertoire. The game also allows you to upgrade your weapons and armor. During the course of the game, you will find treasures or come across vendors who sell necessary items. The key ingredient throughout all of this, though, are spirit stones. Spirit stones are the life forces that drive the world in Arc the Lad. Without them, magic and special abilities are null and void. One of the biggest tricks in the game is spending spirit stones when needed. If you spend too many, you'll run out of them and lose necessary energy for later battles, but if you conserve too wisely you may have problems defeating earlier opponents. It's a give and take system that requires some strategy to master.

The characters and story in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits are all top notch. Not since Final Fantasy X has this reviewer played such a quality role-playing game on the PlayStation 2. If you're only into voice acting, you may be disappointed because most of the drama plays out in text and the game does require a lot of reading so keep that in mind if you're not someone who enjoys heavy reading games. The voice acting that is used is extremely poor and sometimes makes the game feel a little fake.

The graphics are pretty good in Arc the Lad, especially when you consider its genre. The sounds aren't that impressive and some of the music can get old fast. Many scenes use the same theme and it sometimes doesn't fit the mood of the moment. This game can also be long with as many as 50 hours of gameplay so it will definitely take a dedicated gamer to finish it. The game allows you unlimited saves at several in-game save points so it avoids some of the frustrations of long JRPGs that have limited saves. The save game slots also take up little memory so you'll be fine if your memory card is starting to get full.

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is fairly easy to find on the Game Trading Zone. It still has moderate supply and moderate demand so you should be able to work out a deal with someone. This is a game that you'll want to trade for because of its length. Arc the Lad won't be completed over a weekend rental. If you're into Japanese RPGs and have been meaning to find a new one to occupy your time, I'd highly recommend this game. In this reviewer's opinion, it is one of the top three RPGs on the PlayStation 2 and a memorable experience for most gamers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent story until the end
This was one of my main problems with the game. It tells a mildly interesting story. Then, at the end, they throw it all in the trash for some "friendship conquers all" junk. Bleah.

Still, there are some positive aspects to this game. The battles are a little slow, but they're mildly entertaining. Character designs are decent, graphics are decent, music is decent...That's pretty much all there is to say. It's a decent game. If you can get it for 20 bucks, you'll probably get your money's worth.

By the way, this doesn't matter too much, but the game's main character (Kharg) is voiced by the same [bad]-sounding actor that voiced Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 2 (and Isaaru in Final Fantasy X).

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Game, Indeed!
Well, I have to say first of all, I regret not playing this game sooner. I have gone to Blockbuster countless times, seeing this game on the case and turning my nose up at it, and, until recently, I borrowed Arc from a friend, negligently at first, though. Well anyway, to the review.

Graphics: Not the best in the world, but the storyline and the music, more than make up for it. The magic spells cast makes the game more visually accepted, good eye candy.

Music: Wow! This is what truly makes the game feel like your accomplishing something. The music makes you feel like your fighting a giant army of billions...well not quite, but it has encouraging music. Beautiful is nothing short of what the music is like.

Storyline: War, racism, betrayal, love, and death. What else is there to like in a story? Well, nothing...this game has it all. The creators really almost make you feel for the characters. You play the game as two main characters, Darc and Kharg. Darc is a half-human, half-demon (Deimos), but physically looks more like a Deimos. Kharg is the same as Darc, but looks more like a human; in fact, he shows no sign of having a Deimos origin until later. The game wages war in two different ways. In Khargs story, it's Humans vs. Deimos vs. Other humans. And with Darc it's Deimos vs. Humans vs. Other Deimos. I don't want to ruin the story by explaining why Darc and Kharg are fighting the people they fight. The characters are completely different physically, but mentally they are very much alike. Of course with war, usually comes racism and a lot of betrayal...A LOT...I mean you get back-stabbed dozens of times, though, at times Kharg seems to get back-stabbed the most and most of the back-stabbings are a result of his own stupidity and gullibility. At one point Darc literally does get "back-stabbed". This is just a touch on the story and I'll leave it up to the readers to find out the rest.

Overall: A definite 5/5. A great game in anybodies collection, though not for the person who wrote his/her review in a giant on-going sentence, but the point is I'm sure you'll like it, because I sure did. ... Read more


12. The Sims
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006GSO0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Sims has much in common with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: There's a great emphasis trial and error, it encourages personalized solutions to problems, and overall success comes down to both balance and timing. Also, like the Tony Hawk games, The Sims is a very addictive game.

Players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people and influence the outcome of their lives, be it success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. The bestselling PC version of the game has, in recent years, been upgraded with elements like parties, pets, and vacations, but this iteration is closer to the basic formula.

You start the game living with Mom in a one-story suburban house. You are immediately presented with certain life tasks, such as fixing the TV and making lunch, which are aligned with the skills you'll need for the game's main challenge--keeping your sims in balance on eight conflicting categories. For example, eating will have an impact on your sim's hunger rating, but it will also impact his bladder rating. You'll have to make sure that he keeps himself and the house clean, that he sleeps to restore his energy, and that he also has time to keep himself entertained. The free will option lets your sims coast a bit, and you can also save time by stacking tasks together. Time passes at the rate of about one minute per second in the game, but you can fast-forward sim time when you need to, such as when they're sleeping.

The controls are justifiably complex, but adjusting to them is not difficult. You see your sims from an overhead perspective that you can both rotate and zoom. You direct their actions by moving a line cursor to where you want them to go or to what object or person with which you want them to interact.

The game is surprisingly funny. Neglect your sims and they'll shout and wave their arms to get your attention. Allow one's energy to get too low and he or she will likely collapse and sleep right where they were standing. When that happens, Mom is likely to serve them dinner on the floor.

Gamers may find that it takes a while to get the hang of The Sims' style and control scheme. Stick with it and you may find real time fast-forwarding by. --Porter B. Hall

Pros:

  • Interesting, open-ended gameplay
  • Lots of quirky humor
  • Two-player split-screen option
Cons:
  • Can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with strategy games
  • Controls take some getting used to
  • Long save times
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Reviews (159)

5-0 out of 5 stars So far so good....
Just got this game yesterday and so far I am impressed. Wasn't sure how controlling it would be after having played it on the computer. I have all the previous expansion packs, etc for the PC and I love the game. So far, I'm impressed, you really get to personalize the characters far more than you could on the PC. The "Get a Life" section of the game is great. You have certain goals you must complete in each house, starting out in Mom's house, then renovating a fixer upper, having a roomie, having your own, all the way up to havine two children and then retiring and buying a yacht. For those that bored easy with the PC version, having specific goals to complete might make this more attractive for you. However I could play the Open ended play forever and be happy and with this, I can do that and more. Having just gotten this I haven't delved to far into the 2 player mode but found it great fun also. An example is working against your opponent in a museum to make friends so that you can eventually ask them for money. Who ever collects the most money obviously wins. This is almost everything great about the PC sims but with extras and no delay in playing or getting kicked out. I can't wait to play some more. I suggest everyone to check this out, it's completely different from anything else out there.

2-0 out of 5 stars Definately rent this one
This game, based on all of its' good reviews, I thought it would be great. However, I was disappointed when I recieved it. The game is fun for a while, then QUICKLY gets boring. I've heard it said that it had more items and things to do than the first original PC version. I find this to be false. In fact, I believe the original bland PC version is better.
In the PS2 version, you can't have more than one floor. That's just wrong :( and you can't have a roof either! grrr. I admit there are more options for fully customizing your character.
The whole unlocking thing gets annoying, but an interesting idea. The level-based thing is a good idea, but doesn't cut it because of it's difficulty sometimes. Again, with all games involving The Sims, the timing is unreal. Since when does it take 2 1/2 hours to just go potty? It's easier going on the floor :P It saves time.
The only thing I really enjoyed in this game was the two player feature.
Another annoying feature is that you can't zoom in very close, and all of the pictures *like thinking bubbles and item pictures in the Buy section* are so tiny, you need to squint to try and figure out what the heck they are.... grrrr
Well, in my opinion, the game is fun for a while, but definately not worth its' price of [$$$]. If you wanna play it, I suggest renting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't tear my girlfriend away
Okay, please realize that there will be a transition period from the computer game. Those of you who have every single expansion pack and play The Sims 16 hours a day, this isn't THE SAME game.

I'll address some of the earlier reviews first.

1. There is fast foward/pause in the form of L1 / R1 on the Dual Shock controller.

2. There aren't as many options - no pets, no downtown, no 2nd floor, no vacation. (another reviewer referred to this as "the best of" the original)

3. It's not slower than the PC version. Depending on your computer, it could be considerably faster.

4. The controls do take some getting used to, but become intuitive once you get them. Took me a half hour to an hour, and my girlfriend about the same.

5. It's Just As Addictive As The Original.

6. Characters are more customizable than ever - everything down to the face shape & eye color. On the down side, you can't download outfits from the Internet.

We brought it home last night and I was able to play a bit. At first I thought "gawd these controls are awkward... building this house is sooo tedious," but I played for a long time after that.

Then this morning I woke up and my girlfriend was playing. She's been playing for 8 hours. I wanted to turn on the TV and I paused the game and turned on the TV... followed by her screams. Luckily I was able to hook up the PS2 to the PS1 LCD screen (use an 1/8" stereo male to dual RCA female jack (tell them that at radio shack). Plug the yellow out from the PS2 into the white plug, and the white out from the PS2 into the red plug).

We did some of the two player challenge games that get unlocked in "Get a Life" mode. I'm going to have to learn fast about the other two player modes or I might lose my girlfriend to this game forever.

In short, this game as just as addictive as the original, plus it has two player & goal oriented play. Maxis did it again!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great game
I have had this game for 6 months and it is still fun.There are lots of jobs in this game such as Military,Robber,Daredevil,Waiter and so on.If you play this game to long it gets boring.In this game you can even build houses.This game takes up lots of memory on your memory card so make room.Over all this is a great game!!!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Buy it on PC instead
I am a huge Sims fan and could not wait for the title to be released console version even though I had some doubts. I should have listened to those doubts. Maybe the game would have been totally great for me if I hadn't already been totally spoiled by playing Sims with all the expansion packs for the past few years on PC which is absolutely way too cool for school. ... Read more


13. Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00008J2V0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Wild, spectacular ôthrill-rideö races through exciting, imaginative locales such as Cannonball Cove
  • Animated elements, triggered events and changing paths combine in each race
  • Hyper-real, stylized graphics
  • The next generation of SplashdownÆs water: bigger waves, fast currents and twisty downhill chutes
  • For 1 or more players

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Star game all the way!
This game is great! I really cant praise it enough. The graphics are slick (the water physics are awesome)and framerate isnt even an issue, control is like butter and the trick system is easy to master, yet surprisingly complicated.
The levels in this game are reminiscent of theme park rides. We have a haunted mansion, ice caves, tropical lagoons and even a race through the streets of a venice-style city.
With a large amount of things to unlock from new charachters to new outfits and watercraft, this game is great in terms of replay value and extended play time.
The two player mode is great as well. Challenge a friend to some competitions of speed, style or just see who can get the highest point totals for bragging rights. Splashdown is a great game for fans of the SSX series and for those that want to pick up a game and just have some fun without having to worry about a learning curve.
I suppose that its greatest strength lies in its simplicity. Its fun! Its easy to play, its not going to ailenate an entire group of players and it doesnt take itself seriously. I'll keep the review short and sweet. Splashdown: Rides gone Wild is a great addition to ANY game library and a fun way to pass the time while you wait for the next big wave!

5-0 out of 5 stars the best wave bike game ever!!!!!!!!
i bought this game the day it came out and i am still playin it. i mean the water details are great and is has great gameplay and grapics. If u want a game thats fun crazy and based on theme park ride styles then splashdown rides gone wild is for u.2 find a game like this good not a good chance but this covers it all!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, Good, Fun
I'm not much into racing type games so I didn't have too many expectations when I rented this game and find myself pleasantly surprised. There are many new things you can unlock as you progress through the races and the visuals are outstanding. I especially like the fact that each lap around the track changes sometimes in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. All in all this was a very enjoyable game although I would recommend renting it or waiting till the price drops to $20.

Splashdown Rides gone wild
I played Splashdown Rides Gone Wild at my best freinds house and I loved it I wanted it so badly I did fourteen chores in a day to earn it the next day. And that is a big deal to me becuase I usually only get one chore done in a week! My mom left like an hour ago to go buy it and I can't wait till she comes home and I can play it!

5-0 out of 5 stars better than the original.
in this game,you get to race in 8 cool tracks.see,there are three laps on each track,and on each lap.something different happens.something the course changes on a lap.definetly my style of racing.you can go to the bermuda triangle,a dinosaur track,an icy track,a pirate track,a downtown city track,a haunted castle track,a coal mine track,and italy,i think.so the next time your child asks,mommy can i get splashdown 2,say .yeah!!!! ... Read more


14. F1 Career Challenge

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Asin: B00008RUYX
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1450
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Race to earn your license and build your reputation over four years in the Formula 1 circuit
  • Create yourself as a driver and design your own helmet
  • Based on date from the real Formula 1 1999¿2002 seasons
  • Get feedback during races via headset radios from your Chief Mechanic and after races from your Team Boss
  • For 1 to 4 players

Reviews (15)

3-0 out of 5 stars Bit of a letdown
With high hopes based on the reputation that EA has stablished with its line of F1 simulation over the years, I was looking forward to the F1 sim that actually put YOU in the driver's seat. You didn't have to be JPM, Schumi or DC, but you can finally be "John Smith" working on a career in F1...
Well, I must say that I am a bit dissappointed. The graphics engine has been somwhat updated and all the colors seem a little more brilliant, but other than that the new F1 "sim" seems to be a step back rather than a leap forward which it was promised to be. While the basic features of F1 2002 have carried over into the new game in the form of "quick race" (even though you don't have the fancy customisation anymore), the whole point of the game was the career mode and here are some ups and downs of that:

PROS:
- You play as yourself, building your career on your reputation and your performances.
- You need to pass a Super License exam before getting any ofers from any teams. That adds to realism.
- The 99-02 seasons are authentically representaed with additional details like Mika Salo replacing Schumi when the latter broke his foot in an accident

CONS:
- All races are defaulted to about 6 to 9 laps and nothing can be done about that
- The damage modelling is defaulted to a minimum. When I salmmed into the wall at the Casini hairpin in Montreal, the only damage I recieved was "a missing 2nd gear"... Now, c'mon...
- The AI is good but defaulted to a hard level, so in the beginning you are going to qualify outside the 107% mark.
- The setup includes three sliding bars to adjust downforce, understeer/oversteer, acceleration vs. top speed - so as you can see the setup is nowhere close to where it was in F1 2002

All in all, F1 career challenge is fun if a bit "arcadish". You should own this game in addition to F1 2002, because this game has what F1 2002 truly lacked - a personalised feel

4-0 out of 5 stars A Little better than F1 2002
The only disappointment I have in this game is the only 'slight' improvement in the graphics over F1 2002 (hence 4 starts instead of 5). Having said that, they are still indeed superb. I have read reviews about choppy frame rates, but I have only experienced smooth graphics.

The only real draw of this over last year is the ability to create your own driver (i.e. you can race as yourself instead of taking on the role of, say, David Coulthard) and build a 'career' over four seasons. So now you can still race against your favorite driver since you're not taking his character. I also like how testing paves the way for better cars and setups. This motivates the player into performing well in testing rather than just blowing it off. Between seasons you may have the opportunity to jump to another team if you perform well enough. Imagine starting your career with Minardi and ending with Ferarri!

If you are an F1 Fan and follow the sport closely (as I do), you will appreciate the authenticity of the tracks and drivers for each year.

If you already own F1 2002, you probably do not need to get this game unless you can get it used. If you're curious, try to rent it first and make up your own mind. Myself, I have both and am pleased with my purchase.

Oh yeah, if you have the means try to use the Force Feedback wheel from Logitech when playing this game. You will enjoy it that much more!

5-0 out of 5 stars What, this is a great "game", Relax everyone!!!
Wow, A bunch of people have complained about how this game sucked. I bought it and I dig it. Here it is! Everyone seems to say stuff about how the game cheats, or it's not realistic... ITS A GAME!!. EA's not doing the Microsoft thing and advertising this as "As Real As It Gets".. You know why? because it's a game, and not a F1 simulation. I race carts, gone through racing courses, and am a huge fan of F1 (and live it Italy currently) I will tell you this game is obviously not as sense invigorating but you know what?

This is a pretty cool game. There is no such thing as an F1 Simulation for a game console just yet. Real fans of F1 such as myself recognize that we will always be able to say bad things about computer games. But they cannot be too realistic because driving requires feel, sensation, and view depth which cannot be trasmitted by a computer (yet). Get over it.

EA can't be blamed for not developing this game too much better, because F1 isn't a big sell in the United States and they are a business that needs to sell and profit. Sucks but that's life! Maybe Sony will do a better job (we hope) since they have a more international Market for thier products. But look at the game again; This is one of the best F1 Games ever made.. Without a doubt.

5-0 out of 5 stars best game ever!
This game has great graphics! I, for one, love F1. I know the tracks, and LOVE to race. I think some people know nothing about racing so they think it's dumb, but it's a great game. The race car drivers do crash into you, that is really how it is in F1.

The WORST F1 game ever
I bought this game understanding the idea behind it. Boy do I wish I had spent my money on another game. Sure the graphics are great, but that doesn't make up for the sad game play. As most everyone else has noted, the other drivers seem to be on a mission to crash into you, or they manage to get through a pit stop much faster than you do. I don't know if anyone at EA is an F1 fan, but if they are, they sure didn't do the sport any justice by releasing this piece of junk. I'm four races from the end of the game, and once I'm done, this game is going in the trash where it belongs.

Can anyone out there make a great F1 game? ... Read more


15. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel Of Darkness
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006BMQB
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Average Customer Review: 3.13 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

A series of grisly murders brings Lara Croft into conflict with asinister alchemist from the past and a secret alliance of powerful individualsshrouded in mystery. At the center of the conflict are the Obscura paintings,five 14th-century pieces of art that the alchemist is desperate to repossess.Accused of the murder of her one-time mentor, Werner Von Croy, Lara becomes afugitive. Pursued by the police, she follows the alchemist into a dark world ofblood, betrayal, and vengeance. It's up to Lara to defeat this unholy allianceand stop the villains from unleashing their incredible powers on the world. ... Read more

Reviews (167)

Possibly the best of the TR series
Before "Angel of Darkness" hit the shelves, I had played all of the Tomb Raider games to date. I enjoyed each one, but none of them compared, in any way, to the original game (in my opinion....though TR 2 came very close.) Now, enter "Angel of Darkness"....a very different step for the franchise, a step that may leave some of the older TR players behind.

Let's put aside that the fluidity and graphics are better for the time being. One of the things that the newer TR games had lacked that the first 2 delivered was originality. Basically, the following games rehashed the same style as the others, having Lara solve puzzles and collect artifacts. A concept that remains interesting, but only to a point. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the puzzles, but I knew that at one point, these factors alone would not be able to drive the franchise. I'm not sure that I expected a complete overhaul, like we received, but I knew something was coming.

There are a few things that make this revision great. The extension of Lara's abilities (ie the things she does.) She can now move along stealthily, or fight hand to hand combat and even interact with other characters. Also, enter Kurtis Trent. This is a nice change for the series to actually feature a new and playable character. As great as all of these things are, nothing compares to the sheer fact that Lara LEARNS!!! She improves with you, to perform the tasks she does, better. This is nothing short of astonishing, and can make for an interesting game...if you don't learn or strengthen yourself enough!

Though the graphics are far superior to any of the previous TR games, this is no surprise. A better system calls for an upgrade to the overall look and feel. Everything looks wonderful, but this is something that was expected.

If this game has one drawback, it's the overhauling of the controls. After playing the game for a few hours, I was able to get the hang of how to work Lara, but it is a difficult adjustment to make from the old style of controlling her. There are still some aspects of the controls that are actually slowing me down, because I can not perform a task as easily as I did in any of the previous games. Still, this is a small price to pay for such an amazing revision of the game.

With all of this said, "Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness" is sure to be on a lot of top game lists for the year. Personally, I have not played a game on my PS2 yet that equals it in scope and sheer enjoyment. This game is a must own!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Buggy or not, it¿s still a Tomb Raider game :-)
The latest in the long line of Tomb Raider games, Angel of Darkness has a reputation that no game developer would be envious of producing.... that of a bug laden, uninspiring game. I'm not here to tell you that it's completely untrue, but it's certainly not the gospel either. Those familiar with the series since it's conception will attest that the games have always had awkward controls. Angel of Darkness is no exception. What this game does have going for it is a bit of innovation on Eidos's part.

This time, Lara is more of a stealthy character. In addition, there's now another playable character added to the series named Kurtis Trent. Lastly, Lara finds herself out of the Tombs...and into an urban setting. Some may argue that the game may have ventured too far from the successful formula, but you have to at least give them credit for trying to bring something different to the table. If Eidos is guilty of anything, it's stalling for time needlessly. They could have released this game much sooner, instead of leading us on into believing how much greater it would be with "just a little more time".

Graphically, the game doesn't look too bad, even if we have seen better on the PS2. The storyline isn't too bad, and is actually interesting, if you will just give it a chance. As expected, the sound and voice-overs are classic Lara. It's just a shame that the controls couldn't have been tweaked just a bit more for Lara's PS2 debut. My biggest gripe with the game was how it would freeze up from time to time.... for no reason. It didn't happen a lot, but it did happen. The game also hiccupped every so often, with Lara seeming to slow down considerably. In a Matrix or Max Payne game, this might have been nice. However, it wasn't part of the game-play here. Sad but true, it is due to faulty programming.

While it cannot be argued that Angel of Darkness is the worst in the series, I wouldn't go as far as to say the game is an absolute failure. Yes, the game has it's fair share of bugs, and the controls can be quite frustrating.... but overall, the game isn't half bad if you give it the chance. Is it worth paying full price for? Probably not, but it's worth the price it's going for these days. If you've been holding off on buying this because of the bad things you've heard about it, you might want to give it shot anyway. Underneath all the imperfections is a Tomb Raider game. And that after all, is what it's all about.

"alankelly"

3-0 out of 5 stars Strayed Way Too Far
Tomb Raider. Oh, what is there to say about Tomb Raider...? Well, let's start from the basics. Tomb Raider is the story about a girl and her guns, and she just so happens to raid tombs. Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3, Revelations, Chronicles, Unfinished Business, 2: Gold, The Lost Artifact, and the first game boy game all seemed to follow that story line. With that, Tomb Raider gained a wide amount of success. A true money maker, Lara Croft was. So, if all of the others were such a success, why did Angel of Darkness go such a stray?

First, let's discuss the attire. In EVERY Tomb Raider video game, we have all witnessed Lara Croft wearing her famous attire: the aqua sleeveless top (that has made a considerable amount of controversy) and brown short shorts. Angel of Darkness does not have that same outfit. It does not show Lara Croft running around in her unexpected clothing. I mean, who would have expected an aqua top? I know what you're thinking: "But she's escaping from the police. She needs to be disguised. Wearing aqua is too noticeable." EXACTLY.

Tomb Raider is about, well, raiding tombs. In tombs, who cares if you're wearing bright clothes or if you're outfit doesn't match? No one, that's who. But suddenly, you're thrown out in the streets, with guards watching your every move. Your thoughts? "Must... wear... CAMO!!!" In a sense, taking away her signature outfit was taking away the whole spirit of the game. Within that aqua top held the fun and high-spirited, unrealistic part of the game, while the brown pants and boots tied you back down to the kick-butt reality that is Tomb Raider. But now you're in black and camo. Where's the release from the world in that? Now it's just G.I. Jane. And sorry Lara, Jane came first, so there goes your individuality right out the door, along with your backpack.

Second, Kurtis was added. Now, truthfully, I have not played the game. I have watched ever single screen test, trailer, and game footage I could get my eyes on, so I think I have enough to say. What caught my attention was a clip of Kurtis coming up behind Lara and fondling her. I don't know if that made it into the video game or not, but one thought crossed my mind: w...t...f?! The creators of Lara Croft made a very plain-Jane profile of Lara Croft: she was brought up to be a British aristocrat from birth, but later in life she got engaged, and on a plane to God-knows-where with her parents, the plane crashed, killing her fiancé, mom, dad, and plane drivers (damn... poor drivers). Lara Croft was made out to be a very dark character, sort of beyond caring for another guy that way for the fear of being hurt. So where the hell does Kurtis come in? All in all, I thought it was very disappointing.

Thrice, Lara kills that one guy, Vernan I believe. Second, she's getting chased after the police for it. Now, seriously, come on, how many people have YOU killed in Tomb Raider 2 alone? 20? 30? 50? 100??? So why is Vernan that important? What about those other guys? Incredibly unrealistic.

Fourth, there's fighting. The trademark of Tomb Raider is two 9 millimeter pistols in which Lara takes EVERYWHERE. But what's this? Lara can kick her own ass without guns now? Damn, it's the return of Kung Fu chick! I'd imagine that this would eliminate the need for infinite ammo on those pistols, that is, if you even get those pistols. I stated it before, I haven't played the game yet, but I promise I will, and as soon as I do, I'll fix my dumb-bell mistakes. But going on, where did this new idea of flying kicks come from?! Where they all just sitting in a corner discussing Angel of Darkness or something:
Guy 1: "Damn it... BloodRayne came out, look at her, red hair, dark lips, and kicking! They're selling more than us!"
guy 2: "Yes, damn it indeed, my jolly good fellow, now we must make Lara's hair more brown and give her dark lips!"
guy 3: "Fighting! LET'S MAKE FIGHTING!!!"
guy 1: "But... Lara doesn't fight."
guy 3: "BUT BLOODRAYNE DOES!!!"
all: "YAY!!!"

Ok, but seriously, it was very Bloodrayne in my eyes. Where did Lara Croft go? It's no longer Lara. Jill Valentine plus Bloodrayne plus Charlie Manson does not equal Lara Croft, it equals the Angel of Darkness.

To conclude, if I don't know what I'm talking about, e-mail me and correct me. I fully accept critism and need it. So thanks. By itself, The Angel of Darkness would have been an ok game. But I'd recommend the original Tomb Raider over Angel of Darkness any day.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stooped much lower than the originals.
Me and my dad have played all the tomb raiders and this one is definitely the worst. First of all, there are many glitches in the game. In one part, a fish is flying above the water. Secondly, lara is very slow and doesn't react fast enough. When you take out your guns, she aims at the enemie. But the engine does it in such a way that it really doesnt fit the game. I give this game a 1 out of 5.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs a little work
Tomb Raider is a great video game series and now they have released the first game onto the PS2. Now I know that it sounds great but there are a lot of flaws in this games. But first the good qualities in the game:

The storyline is real good, and keeps you going. Instead of being a retrieval quest like most of the originals, this one plots Lara in her darkest adventure yet, her conviction of murder. Some people I've talked to believe "Angel of Darkness" means she murderded Von Croy because of the Incident in Egypt, but I really think they refer to a creature mentioned in the game to be a hybrid of a human and an angel. As I said it will keep you wanting more.

The combat now includes a stealth mode which can be fun.

Now for the bad points:

The game is very glitchy, I've been able to see through Lara's head in the first level and it ain't pretty. There are random slow downs too i saw this a lot near the begining.

The AI of the characters is really bad, I was in a club and was trying to get an item in a room when I noticed an enemy, as I approached, I noticed he was running into the wall, every time I went there. Also with stealth mode, I was literally touching the enemy while walking, and he continued to walk, until I beat the crap out of him, I had to wait till he stopped walking to do that though. They will also run straight at you without shooting you sometimes untill they relise that you have a gun too or if you don't see them and they attack you first.

Oh did I mention the skill system? Ok basically you try to do something easy, say kicking a door open with her, I did it countless times before, but wait this time she's not strong enough to do this yet?! So what you do is find some other activity, like climbing across poles, moving boxes, and even kicking something else down, to get that stupid skill point you need to kick down a lousy door, Lara deserves better.

Fans may be disappointed, though the storyline kept me hooked. I've heard that the movie company that made the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life tried to sue the people behind this game because they thought their movies lost money because this game was a disaster.

Buy this if you like the gameplay, but stay away if you hate the setup in Tomb Raider games. ... Read more


16. Shrek: Super Party

Asin: B00006JC3Z
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: TDK Mediactive
Sales Rank: 4462
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Movielike graphics and multiplayer action come to the living room in this interactive board game with 30 action-packed minigames. Up to four players (with a multitap accessory) can play as Shrek, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad, Donkey, Monsieur Hood, or Thelonius. By advancing in the board game, swapping bugs, and/or teaming up against opponents, players will compete to earn 100 drops of bug juice and win the game. ... Read more

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars MY favorite game!
I originally bought this game for my 7 yr old nephew to play when he came to visit me, but I absolutly love it, and play it every chance I get! It is a lot of fun, very easy to learn, has adorable characters and will keep everyone occupied for a long time! I love that you can choose how long you want the game to last. (You change the amount of precious drops it takes to win the game.) This game is a must for anyone with young kids (or who's young at heart)!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for kids and adults
When I bought our Playstation 2 I didn't have a clue to what game I should buy. I bought the Shrek game without reading any reviews. I guess it was beginners luck. Great game. You have two game modes. One lets you simply play the games you want, or the other that lets you play the Shrek game that allows you use a "bug trading" strategy against the other players. I think the fact that up to 4 people can play is a huge plus. I wish more video games had this feature. I bought a few highly rated games since, but Shrek ranks number one. Fun for the whole family.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love This Game!!
We originally got this game for my son who is 10. He really likes the game and we've had a lot of fun playing it together. It's definitely a game that gets played a lot around here. We squeal with delight when we can send Lord Farquad to the evil bog! We get burned out on it and stop playing it for a few weeks. Then, out it pops again from the video game drawer. It's a keeper!

THE BEST GAME
Our family LOVES this game. It's like an eletronic board game.You can have up to four players play at once. This is a game that they would play ALL DAY if we let them. A great kids game!!!!!!!!

"THE CHOICE" FOR FAMILIES WITH TWINS OR 2+KIDS!
I just happened to see this game online when xmas shopping last year. The reviews weren't great at the time, but I knew my kids loved Shrek and I was tired of listening to them argue over whose turn it was, so I bought it. What a great investment! The arguing is now limited to stealing precious drops/bugs (very minor)and all of my kids can play at the same time with the multi-tap. The graphics do glitch in some places, but that doesn't detract from the fun. I do like that you can play even if you don't have 4 people and the computer doesn't always win. You won't regret this purchase! ... Read more


17. NBA Street Vol 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005CF9L
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 443
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

We could say that NBA Street 2 is the shizzle, or the sheezy, or the shizzit, but we won't--even though it is. You'll get enough street talk playing the game. Street 2 is just the best basketball game yet.

Although it is an official NBA product, the fact that it's playground ball liberates Street 2 from the confines of fan reverence. Instead, especially in the "Be a Legend" option, it has a great sense of humor about itself. The boss of each city, once defeated, can be added to the player'sroster--and although they are caricatures, they're fondly and funnily done.

Among the best are Stretch (a dunker from Harlem), Dime (a female ballstealer who resembles the singer Pink) and Osmosis (an Oakland version of "It" player Yao Ming). Our prediction? Kids who see Street 2 will not only want to play the game, they'll want to be street legends themselves when they grow up.

And speaking of kids: parents couldn't find a kid- or teen-friendlier game. There's no adult language, and the color commentary is fantastic. It's much improved from the original game's repetitive "MJ, go on with your bad self"patter. Bobbito Garcia, a real-life streetball announcer, should get a "nice work" bonus. For that matter, so should the ambience-noise guys, who included, for example, a single cellphone ring in the background. Clever.

Those not inclined to love sports games should trust in Street 2--it's visually brilliant, witty, and don't-take-it-away-from-me addictive. True basketball fans should get this game immediately, if not sooner. They'll best appreciate that all the old time players have their moment in the sun; for example, 5,000 points unlocks Dr. J, and a billboard between sets advertises Bill Russell and other pioneers. Classic hip-hop from artists like MC Lyte rounds out the impressive package. Kudos to gamemaker EA Sports Big for taking it to the hole. --Jennifer Buckendorff ... Read more

Reviews (88)

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This game is off the heezay. You can do all kinds of spectacular tricks. Bounce the ball off someones head, kick it to another player. There is no way any extreme basketball can top this except maybe nba street 3. If it ever comes out. I like the new be a legend mode it will take a long time to complete, but it is worth it to unlock all of the legends and jerseys. The nba challege mode isn't quite as good as last years, because you can't pick up players from different teams as you defeat them. The only thing I think is wrong with this game is its difficulty. It is way to easy to win games and get trick points. All in all I think any hardcore bball fan will enjoy this along with people who just like to have fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars NBA Street Vol 2
I think this game rock because if you played on the Playstation 2 game lately i think all of my people could beat me in this game i got lots of cool players like Yao Ming, Steve Francis, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Jordan. And tell your parents to buy this game or rent it at your local video store to get this game it was the bomb baby.

Pros:*Osmosis---this cat is THE TRUTH...he can completely change the course of a game in two or three plays Street Legends such as MJ, Magic, Pistol Pete, Earl The Pearl Monroe and Tiny Archibald More and better moves and dunks ( Off The Heezay, back 2 Papa)Custom moves--- now every player doesn't have the same moves and each legend and street player has their own custom move...you can mix and match these different dunks and moves on your created player Trick Points- now the game rewards you for those sick moves and then pulling up for a sweet jumper right in someone's eye. No longer do you have to finish the play with a dunk to get lots of trick points...I picked up 50,000 pts. off a regular play..no gamebreaker involved. Level 2 GB are also welcomed.
· Be A Legend Mode-now the game has EXPONENTIALLY more replay value...this mode is long The difficulty has been raised (until you max out like three characters )...no longer can you get Bonafide and just rip through the defense with very little trouble...nope now they can trick counter to steal the ball
· Better defense
· Better music and commentary (thank the lord) Just Blaze, Nate Dogg, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte...they even include the classic masterpiece Pete Rock & CL Smooth's T.R.O.Y.!!!

Cons:You can only put 5 players on a team
· The legends pretty much [are bad] hen you get them on your team...they are good when you play them but it seems like they get sorrier when you add them to your team. Whitewater just plain out sucks. Rebounds...when the computer wants the rebound they get it. One time I had my custom player who's specialty is boards, Kobe Bryant, and ben Wallace vying for a board at the same time and Biggie Little who is 5'4'' 90lbs comes up with the rebound. Ridiculous! It seems like once you get the gamebreaker it is impossible to steal the ball from the computer, even though you had been stealing the ball all game, they manage to keep it away from you...then they shoot it from half court and get the rebound therefore successfully running out your GB.Hookups aint what they used to be---you are lucky to get 15000 pts. Off a hookup alley oop with all members involved Crowds are wack and unexcited...

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled by the high ratings
Sure, the graphics and gameplay in NBA Street Vol. 2 are good, but you'll play this game maybe a week before it ends up gather dust in your collection. There really is no replay value to it. As the game is only $20, I wouldn't call it a waste of money. Mark my words, however, you'll quickly tire of this title.

Great game until you smash your controller
Volume 2 is a pretty big step up from the first game, which I played until my joysticks crumbled. EA outdid themselves with this one, which is not only my favorite sports game, but one of my all time favorite games. To those of you complaining about the unrealistic hops; if you want realism, go to the park and play a game of pickup. The unearthly dunks, oops and shakes are all part of the fun.
But the game really falls apart when it comes to the AI. On "GOT GAME" I could consistantly shut out the oppostion with absolutley any combintion of ballers. But the first time I stepped it up to the "MAD GAME" I got curb stomped - what gives? Granted, I can still win the odd game on "Legendary", but it seems I am constantly hitting the replay button in an attempt to understand how the F#!K the comp scored on me. I literally am seeing things like the ball going through my hand, arms etc.; Kobe laying down treys with my hand inches from his face; Shaq breaking Billups' ankles and Kobe knocking down ben Wallace AND Rip Hamilton, standing side-by-side, GOALTENDING, on his way to a dunk. Then when I blast up court on a fast break for the gimme, Hamilton misses the friggin lay-in.
This is unacceptable. I am not a poor loser when I am out played, but this game just makes me feel violated.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1 of the best basketball games EVER !!!
This is the best street basketball game ever.Ever since I got it on Christmas I just kept on playing it even though I beat the whole thing. This makes up of the pretty disapointing NBA STREET the first with new tricks such as "off the heezay and back 2 papa".And new street players with Biggie Little,Bonifide,Dimes,Whitewater,Osmosis,and of course my favorite balla STRETCH.Although it is still pretty unrealistic with all the jumping and the dunkings I mean how can they really jump that high.There are also jerseys,trophies,courts and other players to unlock so that is a long way to go with this game. I REALLY HOPE YOU BUY IT. ... Read more


18. Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008DHNK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 1188
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars game of joy
My friend's parents rented Disney Skate Adventure for his youngest brother. We walked by as he was playing the game and laughing to himself. So we sat down to check it out. We were just watching him play but it looked like fun, and we wanted to try also. We ended up playing the game with him for a long time. The game plays just like Tony Hawk 4, but with characters from Toy Stroy and Lion King and Tarzan. It is a nice change to play a top quality video game that is also lighthearted and good for kids. The graphics are pure Disney quality, the goals and characters are funny and the music is not your standard Disney orchestra stuff - and that's a bonus. I plan to order a copy to my own collection, and I'd recommend it as a great gift for kids.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cool Idea
I'm an 11 year old and I'm a Tony Hawk fan! I think that this is a good idea. As you may know already, Tony Hawk is rated T, but it is a fun game. I think it was good of them to let smaller kids have some fun with it too, but not with all the bad language and stuff. My only complaints are that some of the challenges are extremely easy, but I guess that this game was mainly for younger kids and they might have a harder time with it. My other complaint is that some of the songs are too...I dunno. I'm not very "in" to all that music, but there were a few good songs in this game like the "where's your head whatever" song. I guess that the music was mainly for younger kids too. Anyway, this game is a great buy. If you have children who around 8 years old, they'll LOVE this game! Even I do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun game, and not too annoying to parents!
I rented this game for my 7-1/2 year-old son. He made faces at first but then played it solid. The graphics are fun, the challenges are at a good level for him. Hard enough to frustrate him a bit, easy enough that he eventually gets it and is proud of himself. I happen to like the soundtrack, having a dozen or so distinct songs is so much better than the usual repetitive "video game" sound. We turned down the voices and turned up the music.

My only complaints are (1) that the Disney character voices are not done by the original voice actors. Some of them are not even close. (2) The 2-player mode gets old really quick as you are just trying to beat each other's score, even with three games. It would have been nice to compete or team up for the games regular goals.

Sooooooooooooooooooooo Awwwwwwwwwwesome
I got this game for Christmas. My only Complaint is that Lil' Romeos voice is like a normal edit kid. I thought that it would be Romeos voice. In Zurgs World it has a low gravity crater that is good for ollies and spine tranfers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure--review from a parent
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure is a fun game for the 6-12 crowd most likely. The game features tunes from Radio Disney and many fun characters including Buzz, Woody, Tarzan ,etc.

As a parent of two, and gamer myself, we all had fun playing the game. It takes a little practice to get used to the controls but exploring the enviroments (jungle,savana,Andy's room, etc) was fun. As other reviewers note, the game does take some planning ahead (ie. setting up for a grind or something to pull off trick, or getting to where you need to go). The game has little mini missions that allow you to unlock levels and skaters.

I recommend the game for the ages listed above. You may want to rent first before a purchase just to make sure it has lasting play potential with your kids.

Skate on! ... Read more


19. IndyCar Series
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008NRMB
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 2936
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (14)

2-0 out of 5 stars Lack of Steering Wheel Support A Huge Disappointment!
I'm a native of Indianapolis and am a fan of Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and like PS2 racing games. I enjoy racing around IMS in my PS2 Nascar Thunder and Formula 1 games, so I was very excited about IndyCar Series when it came out and I could race the 230+ MPH vehicles I watched many times in person over the years on the track that I know so well.

But, as other reviewers have noted, there is no steering wheel support for this game (I have the Logitech wheel, which is essentailly the standard for PS2), but I don't think that you would know that from the information on the box for the game. I can imagine the look on my face when I plugged in my wheel and... nothing.

The game plays OK with the standard controller and the graphics and sound are decent, but it just isn't the same as driving with a well-calibrated wheel in your hand. I'll make sure I research my next racing-related product first.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS GAME ROCKS!!
At first this game didn't look too exciting because I usually like Road Racing games like F1, Pro Race Driver, and Cart. But since this game was the first opened wheeled oval tracked car game I decided to buy it. When I did I was amazed. The car graphics were awsome and it was extremely realistic. There are caution flags, pace cars, and you even get to control the car during a yellow, and if you do pass someone you will get black flagged and will have to come for a stop and go or be disqualified. If you tap the wall you can end up damaging your suspension, ruining your electronics, and having to come in the pits because your car is misfiring on the straight going 225 mph. These are the exact same cars from the 2002 IRL series. There are about 8 training classes to do before entering the series so you can get prepared. Of course you don't have to do them if you don't want to. Also, when you go in the pits with some damage the pit team will actually look like they're trying to fix the problem. Overall, this game rocks!! The gameplay is smooth and crisp and there isn't any slow down. That's what I like about the game. So if you like any types of motorsports, then you should check this game out.

Buy this game!!!!
If you are a fan of racing sims, this game is for you. Even is you are not a fan of indycar, buy this game and you will soon be a fan. Wheel to wheel excitement and all the fun of the month of may at the Indy 500, you cant pass it up. Great driving engine also and realistic feel.

4-0 out of 5 stars A pure sim
This can be a very difficult game. The level of precision you need to drive at incredible high speeds around these ovals, where only a touch can finish a race, is amazing. And if you blink during a race you may be hosed.

Graphics and sound are just okay. A lot of anti-aliasing going on. But your spotter is dead on and the cockpit view is blinding with 22 other competitors around you. And the car set-up is very detailed. This is definitely a niche product and many will get frustrated. But that just increases the satisfaction when you succeed.

This is simply the best simulation racer on the PS2. I don't include GT3 as a sim because it offers no cockpit view, no damage modeling and horrible AI. You can't just plow into the leader at the last turn and come out with a win like in GT3. You will be out of the race in this game. This game requires a lot of work... and for that Codemasters should be applauded.

awesome!!!!!!
Driving around with guys like Hornish , de Ferran , Castroneves and fellas , is just an incredible experience . The speed and the sensation of concentration and feeling of `be on the limit ` around the track are as good as it gets ! Setup your car , unlock videos of the history of indianapolis are some of the great stufs that you can find in this codemasters must buy for the enthusiasts of racing ! Graphics 10 ; Gameplay 10 ; difficulty 10 ( in pro mode of course ) . ... Read more


20. Resident Evil Dead Aim
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00009KO3N
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 2364
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • First-person shooter set in a sea-jacked cruise ship
  • All new story line
  • Weapon upgrades as players progress
  • Sharp graphics and intuitive game play
  • For 1player

Reviews (41)

3-0 out of 5 stars Way Too Short!
I got this game a couple days ago and it surprised me when I played it. The graphics and gun action were awesome, but there were not many puzzles like in previous RE games. The main downside was IT WAS TOO SHORT!!!! I beat it in under 3 hours in easy mode, but I haven't tried the other modes. Compared to RE games like Resident Evil 0 or 1, this game barely even compares. Other than those things, this game was decent. At least rent it.

5-0 out of 5 stars '' A REAL COOL RESIDENT EVIL GAME '' ! !
AT FIRST I WAS A BIT RELUCTANT ON GETTING THIS NEW SURVIVOR GAME BASED ON RESIDENT EVIL.. DUE MAINLY TO HOW BAD THE FIRST RESIDENT EVIL '' SURVIVOR ''GAME WAS..BUT IN ALL IT WAS A LOTTA FUN TO PLAY .I LIKED WHEN IT CHANGED TO FIRST PERSON MODE WHENEVER A ZOMBIE OR OTHER MONSTER WAS NEAR..BUT THE BOSSES ARE FAST AND YOU GOTTA BE QUICK TO TAKE THEM OUT .THE CRITICAL HIT IS A REAL PLUS , TO NAIL A ZOMBIE JUST RIGHT IN THE HEAD TO HAVE THEM FLY BACKWARDS TO SMASH AGAINST A WALL !!WOW ! THE GAMEPLAY WAS OKAY , BUT CERTAIN MOVES WERE QUITE HARD TO DO . THEY SHOULD'VE BROUGHT BACK THE 360 DEGREE SPIN FROM THE EARLIER GAMES.IT WOULD'VE HELPED IN BOSS BATTLES A LOT ..BUT THE ONLY BAD THING WAS THE GRAPHICS , THEY WERE NOT GREAT JUST OKAY .FOR THIS BEING A PS 2 GAME IT SHOULD HAVE HAD BETTER GRAPHICS.BUT THAT ASIDE IS IS STILL A GREAT GAME , AND EEERIE IN MOOD LIKE '' SILENT HILL 2 ''.AND THE MOANING ZOMBIES - ESPECIALLY THE WOMEN , ARE AS CREEPY AS THE ONES THAT MOANED IN THE POLICE BACKLOT IN THE SECOND RESIDENT EVIL GAME..SO IF YOU ARE TIRED OF BORING RPG GAMES , HO HUM SPORTS GAMES , WRESTLING AND FIGHTING GAMES THAN GET IT TODAY.AND YOU WILL PLAY MORE THAN ONCE TOO..LET'S HOPE THE NEXT GAME WILL BE OUT REALLY SOON..MAYBE MAKE ONE BASED ON THE MOVIE VERSIONS OF THE GAME .IT CAN'T BE ANY WORSE THAN THE LAME PS2 '' SPIDERMAN ''' GAME...HAVE FUN, AND LEAVE ALL THE LITES OFF. IT CAN ALSO MAKE A COOL '' HALLOWEEN '' GAME FOR ALL YOU AND YOUR PALS TO PLAY TOGETHER...HAVE FUN AND LONG LIVE
'' RESIDENT EVIL '' !!!

Saw the Trailer looks really dumb
Resident evil games for gamecube are GREAT!!! Good graphics everything Nintendo is gettting alot of money from these games yet SONY has 2 PS2 Resident evil exclusives cause they want people to get Resident evil for ps2 Dead aim is bad ive seen it Zombies get killed in a shot zombies look like clowns with weird costumes Storyline is terrible Dont get resident evil game on PS2 they suck. Instead get Gamecube

2-0 out of 5 stars Capcom is really getting on my nerves
Dear Capcom, you are really getting on my nerves. I am really upset with you about RE Dead aim and RE Outbreak. I think you are just getting lazy. I loved resident evil 2, 3, and code veronica, but the latest RE releases have been greatly disapointing. This game has too many problems (ie: length, blandness). Don't buy it, rent it first and then decide. I am not buying any more games produced by Capcom until they realease Resident Evil 4 for the Playstation2 as well as the Gamecube. For those of you who don't know, Capcom has announced that it will only be realeasing RE 4 for the GameCube and not the PS2 because of a contact they have with Nintendo. It is just plain wrong. I'm not buying a gamecube just for one game.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Kinda Like Duck Hunt if ya Think About it
I like Resident Evil....but....I'm also sick of Resident Evil. So many games and they really start to get redundant after a while. I thought about it and thought about it and finally decided to give Dead Aim a shot (and bought a GunCon2). The games story is lacking, there really aren't any puzzles, and I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters....but...It's still a wicked fun game. I highly suggest getting a GunCon2 if you buy it though cause I don't think it would be half the experiance without it. Just wait till you're playing and the switch over to the gun and just start blasting zombies in the dome. You'll feel cooler than ever. ... Read more


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