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1. Marvel vs. Capcom 2
$37.97 list($49.99)
2. Gauntlet Dark Legacy
3. Phantasy Star Online
$28.97 list($39.99)
4. Otogi: Myth of Demons
$15.75 list($49.99)
5. NBA Street Vol 2
$12.99 list($49.99)
6. Voodoo Vince
7. Shrek: Super Party
$14.90 list($49.99)
8. Enter the Matrix
9. Aliens Versus Predator Extinction
$17.49 list($49.99)
10. The Sims
$17.46 list($49.99)
11. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
12. Haunted Mansion
$18.48 list($39.99)
13. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island
$16.83 list($49.99)
14. MLB Slugfest 20-04
$17.76 list($39.99)
15. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
$24.93 list($49.99)
16. Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
17. Wallace and Gromit in Project
$28.48 list($49.99)
18. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
$9.99 list($49.99)
19. NHL Hitz Pro
20. Nightcaster II: Equinox

1. Marvel vs. Capcom 2

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Asin: B00006LEM0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 2505
Average Customer Review: 3.73 out of 5 stars
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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 hyper-fast animation. Pick a fight with your favorite legendary Capcom characters and superheroes from the Marvel universe and watch the super combos fly. ... Read more

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars Must Have Fighting Game for Fighting, Capcom, and Marvel fan
This is a great game to own. I loved the gameplay and the addictiveness due to unlocking characters and just the game itself. But it started to get kinda repetitive after a week or two. Many of the characters were just clones of one another (Ryu, Dan, Ken, Akuma). There aren't many different modes or things to do, in fact I just spent most of my time playing arcade mode. But aside from that, I like this game. If you are a Street Fighter fan this game contains many of the more popular street fighters and has all of the characters from the first marvel vs capcom. If you are a Marvel fan, this game gives great moves to spiderman and includes many of the X-men (but most importantly CABLE). I think this is a fun game to play with your friends or at a party, but if you want a game that lasts, I suggest you look into another video game.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best games ever!
This game is SO Awesome!!!!!!! There are 56 characters to unlock, possibly the highest amount so far, and each of them has two super moves. In order 2 unlock extra characters and stages, you have to go to Arcade mode and beat it (or quit) or go into training mode, cause the longer you leave your video game system on training mode, the more points you get. A good trick would be to leave your VGS (video game system) on training mode overnight with the TV off, then when you wake up the next morning, quit and you will have TONS of points.
Anyway, if you have a PS2, an Xbox, or a Dreamcast, GET THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars mvc2 review
this game is the best game i have ever played,dude! It's got rad controls and stuff! I do not have many words to say about this game because it really rocks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest fighter game ever!
This game is similar to Capcom vs SNK 2. However this game lacks online play. But the graphics, sound, and the moves are better. The control is very solid, capcom street fighter style, very easy to pull off combos with the S controller. The gameplay control is a bit easier here but its more complex in other ways. In CVS2 you do two fire ball or dragon punch motion to pull off super moves. In Marvel vs Capcom 2 you do one motion with a special move button. There is light and heavy attack and medium attack is removed, but dont let this fool you, this game is just as deep as CVS2. The moves in MVC2 is more complex and prettier when you do them. The team attack is sweet, something CVS2 dont have. Overall this game kicks major ass and is the BEST fighter fame ever along with Capcom vs SNK 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars an undeservingly underated game
i know the console versions is not the same as the arcade. but it's still great. over 50 characters compared to marvel vs capcom 1 with only 13. and part 1 was terrible on ps one and dreamcast even in the arcades. so this part 2 is much better. create your own insane 3 on 3 tag team. this game rocks 2d characters in 3d backgrounds wow. ... Read more

2. Gauntlet Dark Legacy
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Asin: B0000657SQ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 3.66 out of 5 stars
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Gauntlet Dark Legacy is the all-new iteration in the 3-D "hack 'n' slash" time-honored arcade classic Gauntlet franchise.

The revolutionary Gauntlet game design allows players to work as a team as they venture through eight dangerous worlds. One to four players can select one of eight different characters. Using force of arms and exotic magical powers, players vanquish creatures, search for treasure, evade traps, and embark on quests. ... Read more

Reviews (32)

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Addictive, good game
hey well I'll be the first to admit i have never been a big fan of Gauntlet i don't know why i jus never really got into it.....until now. I went to a friends house and they rented it and being bored and lack of knowin what else to do i decided to try it. We started at 2 in da afternoon and didn't finished till bout 7 at nite.....its so addictive. It keeps you guessing and wonderin what your charcter will turn into next each 10 levels you get a new suit of armor and get classed differently by your experiance, you have many charcters to choose from as well as secert charcters like the infamous Medusa, Graphics...well i'll admit they aren't xboxs "cutting edge graphics that puts them over PS2" type but they still pretty good....looks kinda like Diablo 2 graphics, multiplayer can have up to 4 players against the cpu (in MP mode you get certain teamwork abilities you can do like one well jump on the shoulders of a teammate and shield them while the other person whose shoulders he's on can walk around and kill anyone they touch) its a good game and really deserves a chance if you like RPG's

The only Con i see about it is the magic....its looks the same warriors throws axes, wizards throw fireballs, etc... but the all have the same form and shape no real special abilities...(i personally was hoping for Medusa stone gaze as in age of empires but its a no show..

truthfully this is a game that you would wanna play when ya bored, its fun by ya self alot more fun with friends in multiplayer

Numba 1 Stunna

5-0 out of 5 stars Gauntlet Rules all Kingdoms on XBOX!
Well when me and my friends rented the game all i did was complain. "This looks boring" "lets rent a star wars game" but everyone told me it was cool. so we took it to my xbox and we just couldn't get off it! It is a 1-4 player team co-op game. I never new what a gauntlet was all i knew was that its just some arcade game. But know i am like a number one fan! Its so cool collecting gold to power up your character (that you chose at the begaining from 8 different ones) you also fight vicious bosses, zombies and other creatures. This is an interesting game because you are on your friends team to find all the sharms but at the same time there is alot of compitition againist your friends of who gets the treasure and whos this strongest whos the fastest and whos the on the highest level, whos weapon is the strongest and so forth. This is the absolute best sleepover game to stay up late and play. whats also cool is that u can't fall off cliffs your player will just stop! (AWESOME) I am so tirered of stupid games where i keep dying from cliffs.I think its fun for all ages and it is not super complitacated, the fighting part any way, So even my lil bro can come in and kill some zombies! This game is great! The only bad things are if u change your character in a game the new person is at level 1. And the plot is kind of odd but still an awesome game i got to go play it now seeya!

2-0 out of 5 stars EXTREMELY BORING
Well this game was pretty basic... a bunch of freinds all get to gather to kick evils butt. sounds fun right...WRONG. in this game all you do is toss projectiles at what ever comes your way. the only thing i enjoyed was the boss battles. hahaha all four players would be slaughtered! any way i dont reccomend this game.

Best long-term game ever
This game was a wonderful hit in my world. When I first got it, I was worried that it might get boring after playing it for days. I was amazed at the way it pulled me in. I didn't want to stop playing it. The only problem with it is you do the same thing again and again. The enemies don't really change much. This game is the best multiplayer game ever! I loved it. The boses make up for the normal enemies. There hard and fun. I love to go up levels. I've been playing the game for half a year now, and I'm not even half way done! When you go up levels, you get stronger and better. I'm almost at level 50! You get bigger and better every ten levels. Wonderful game. Rent it first, make shure that you agree. Then buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars {4-PLAYER ACTION AT ITS BEST!}
GAUNTLET DARK LEGACY rocks the XBOX! 1 to 4 player cooperative action, spectacular magic effects, terrifying boss battles and 50 playable characters! Go alone or with up to 3 of your friends, embark on a quest to collect the mythic 13 rune stones and battle the evil wizard, Garm! 30 Awsome powerups, wield the electric amulet, super shot, acid breath, fire shield, thunder hammer, x-ray glasses and much more! 60 Dangerous levels! Hack and slash your way through the Forsaken Province, Warrior King's Moutain Realm, Dwarves' Ice Caves and many more! 50 Classic GAUNTLET characters! Play as the Dwarf, Jester, Sorceress, Archer or Valkyrie. Can you find all 42 hidden characters?!. Gauranteed hours of endless violence, one of the most re-played games I own! If you like action/stage games at all, then you must play GAUNTLET DARK LEGACY! ... Read more

3. Phantasy Star Online

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Asin: B000086JXD
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 5136
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars PSO Rules
I just bought this game and it is awesome. Playing with people online is so sweet. I highly recommend this game.

3-0 out of 5 stars WHAT!?
I am really mad now. WHY WOULD ONE HAVE TO PAY FOR XBOX LIVE TO PLAY OFFLINE. Boy i have some really nasty comments to say to the creators. Ya its a great game but paying to play offline is...not a good idea. eight dollars a month for a few years does not add up in your favor. and i almost bought it...jeesh

1-0 out of 5 stars crappy game
Well I think this game would be cool if you didnt have to pay to play online. man I already payed for the game once. Im not going to pay to play it online. thats just bull crap.

5-0 out of 5 stars Phantasy Star Online
product arrived 2 day after ship date! excellent condition and prompt delivery.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Neverending Story of PSO
If you are not really sure about purchasing this game and you need a helping hand that tells you more about the game story line,well you better read this prewiew...The game PSO(Phantasy Star Online epi. I & II)its the most AWESOME game experience EVER!!! this game allows you to create a character in which you can change hair color,body shape, well everything. If you buy the game you won't be able to stop playing it, is like you are inside of the game playing all the time!!!! this game for me is the best on markets right now; The graphics (on the Xboxconsole ) are just amazing,there are so many beautiful special effects that, you'll be surprised in about how well done this game is. This game is 100000000 times better than the SEGA version, you should buy this you will never be disappointed about it and you'll love it !!!!!!!! buy it and get ready to have funnnnnnnnnn..... ... Read more

4. Otogi: Myth of Demons
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00009M987
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sega of America, Inc.
Sales Rank: 3803
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Deadly Sleeper Waiting to Happen
Otogi: Myth of Demons is a mythological action-RPG much in the vein of recent hits like Devil May Cry and Shinobi. Published in the US by Sega (a sequel is already being worked on in Japan) and developed by From Software, Otogi deals with an undead samurai named Raiko, who is charged with destroying an invading army of demons and freeing trapped souls, restoring the balance of ki to the land.

Gameplay set up in a series of linear missions, each with its own objective (but often boiling down to "kill everything"). At the end of each mission, you are able to upgrade Raiko's abilities based on your performance, and can purchase additional spells or weapons. You are able to replay missions, with the option of having the highly destructible backgrounds intact or in the damaged state you left them. In all, there are about 30 weapons (including swords, staffs, and axes), 12 spells, and 29 levels to visit. A second replay lets you keep all the items and stats you build up.

Similar to Sega's PS2 game Shinobi, Raiko's life meter and magic meter are connected. If his magic runs out, it starts eating away his life. Magic is recharged by - you guessed it - killing demons, and killing them as quickly as possible. There are many attack combos possible, including stabs, twisting slashes, leaping attacks, and launching attacks - different combos work better against different enemies.

But the combat has more to it than just hack-n-slash. In an interesting twist, Raiko's weight directly affects his performance. If he is lighter, he can dash faster and jump to greater heights, but his attacks do less damage. If you increase his weight, he becomes slower, but his attacks are more powerful. Also, if Raiko uses fire-based magic more often, he becomes more susceptible to ice-based attacks by enemies. Overall, you can increase attributes like strength, defense, and speed, up to a max level of 31. This lets you customize Raiko to your own style, lightning-quick or full-on power.

Controls are as follows: A is jump (hold to double-jump), B is a weak attack, Y is a strong attack, and X is magic (hold to increase power). The L trigger locks-on a target, and the R trigger lets Raiko dash. Proficient players can spend most of the missions in mid-air, a la Sega's GunValkyrie, helped by combos and dashing that keep you aloft. Battles can be very dynamic, as Raiko can hurl opponents through buildings, and throwing them to the ground leaves craters in the earth.

The game set in mythical Japan, so the backgrounds include temples, bamboo forests, lakes, and the like. On selected levels, certain enemies and platforms appear only when the moon shines on them. The environment can also change, affecting gameplay: on one particular frozen level, a river soon melts, changing the battles entirely. The soundtrack is a welcome change, consisting of traditional Japanese instruments like flutes and drums, and is dark and foreboding, adding to the atmospherics.

Otogi's visuals are some of the best on the Xbox. Raiko is a wonderfully rendered character, and the demons he faces are all fearsome and inspired. Battles explode in a shower of smoke, crackling energy, and sparkling swordplay. Some of Raiko's stunning magical attacks include a huge dragon of flame and a dancing swarm of icy butterflies. Together with the great sound effects - including optional Japanese voice-acting - and Otogi ranks as a superb technical achievement.

While not quite having the same high profile of Devil May Cry or Shinobi, and similar to those games in a couple of ways, Otogi: Myth of Demons stands on its own as a compelling, well-executed, gorgeous game that action junkies ought to give a serious look.

4-0 out of 5 stars read
Well, one thing that I didnt like about the game was its very vague and not so interesting storyline, but the gameplay made up for it. Otogi is the game for people who dont easily give up if they lose once or twice. You have to have a lot of determination to make it through the game, cause some of the levels are that much of a pain ...But one nice thing about it is the ability to go back to levels uve beaten and increase your stats and them and earn secret weapons. Doing this can increase your experience and help you conquer the harder future levels. Plus you have the option of purchasing weapons, spells and accessories....I stil havent beaten the last level (lvl29)...but im just biding my time, gaining experience to make it easier....If your not someoen prone to throwing your controller on the ground when you lose and would rather press your start button to give that level another try. then otogi is your game....

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game.
Otogi: Myth of Demons is an exellent action game. Sega once again has made a great game that will probably go unreconized. But not your you because your reading this, which means you have no reason not to by this game. The graphics are excellent, the levels are superb, and the gameplay is great. Believe me if you purchise this game you won't be dissapointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars controls suck
Otogi seemed great when first put the disk in. The first thing I noticed was the controls are horrible. Look around and movement are reversed when using the thumbsticks. Which means it is really hard to get used to the game play. Its like trying to write with your left hand if your a righty. This makes the game impossible and no fun. There's no way to reconfigure the thumbsticks. If someone found a way, please write it in a review. If your ambidextrous, go for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better and better.......
WHen i first picked up this game i thought to myself that i wasn't going to really like it. Actually, that was when i rented it. I thought to myself that it was probobly going to be really cheesy and not great at all. My friends, i was wrong!
THe game features a ninja/samauri, kind of like Ninja Gaiden, (FLowers make him appear). After beating levels, not to hard, not to easy, you get money depending on how many enemies you defeated and objects you defeated. Also, how quickly you managed to beat it. You also, of course unlock the next mission. You may then buy weapons, magic, or accessories, that can raise your speed, health, endurance, strength, or magic power. After beating each mission, your level also raises. WHat i like about this game is that you may go back to the previous missions that you already had beaten and beat them again which gives you more money, stats, (etc.) The levels can get frustrating, but you just have to keep on going and not throw your controler on the ground and scream, "I CANT BEAT THIS STUPID GAME, HOW HARD CAN IT GET." Don't get my wrong, some of you might to this, and this is certainly the kind of game that can do this to do, but if you have patience, you can beat the game.


1. Great graphics
2. Great gameplay.
3. Great levels.
4. Great weapons.
5. Great controls.
6. Not to hard.
7. Not to easy.
8. Everything else.


1. You heard me, nothing falls in this category.


5. NBA Street Vol 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00007UHEQ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1242
Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun for even non-basketball fans
NBA Street Vol. 2 is an engaging, colorful hoops title that is perfect for gamers who flip the channel whenever real basketball comes on the TV.

The game centers on casual 3-on-3 pick-up games set in a variety of urban settings. You can pick players from any NBA team, a roster of All-Stars, or a pantheon of famed ballers from NBA history. You can also create your own hoops star, tweaking a portfolio of skills like "dunks" and "handling" and even picking hair styles and outfits. There are several play modes, including quick, one-off games, an NBA Challenge against various teams, and the "Be a Legend" mode that lets you develop the career of your streetballer, improving his skills and upgrading his shoes and wardrobe as you dunk your way across the country on courts from New York to Seattle.

The controls are a little intimidating at first, at least to folks like me who don't play a lot of sports titles. I imagine hard-core NBA gamers will have a much easier time mastering the various moves. But there is a nice tutorial that takes you through everything, and the game turns out to be one of those "easy to learn, difficult to master" exercises.

The graphics are pretty solid. The characters are fairly realistic with a bit of cartoonish edge to them. The moves are nicely exaggerated, i.e., players can soar several feet above the basket on their way to slamming down a spectacular dunk. There is nice variety in the appearance and skills of your opponents, who can range from towering men with afros to petit women in tank-tops. The wide selection of courts is also nice.

Finally, apart from the traditional street scoring of one point per basket up to 21, there is a cool system for awarding points based on style and combinations of trick moves. It is challenging and rewarding to pull off a string of moves that results in an eye-popping alley-oop that nets a huge score.

The drawbacks to the game include long load times and a rather confusing array of menus and options to get a game started. I have also had the game freeze on me several times while starting a match, though this problem seems to be cropping up in other games I have and may be a problem with my machine.

I have been addicted to this game for a couple weeks now and expect that it will be the first sports game that I play all the way through. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive Love
When I first bouight this game is was hard at first (Obviously playing in "Legend" mode) however once you get the hang of it and start pullin off crazy trick moves (and these are REAL LIFE MOVES, if you don't believe me pick up one of the AND 1 Mix Tape DVD's) the game is highly addictive. Depending on you're created players tendencies he'll earn a certain nickname (if he's a defensive monster, a scoring machine, drops constant dimes, a pick-pocket, etc..). Be a legend mode is really the heart of the game as you start out with a bunch of baller wanna-be's playing in tournaments. However once you steal some of the players off other teams you beat your supporting cast becomes better which makes your player less awful and able to pick up points to boost your players abilities. If your good enough in the long run you'll end up aquiring Stretch, Biggie Little, Dime, Osmosis and the other unlockable street lengends (mind you these are REAL life ballers, not people made up by the game).

NBA Challenge is nice and better when you build up your created player and end up schooling the old heads.

Gamebreakers are much easier to pull off when you pullin off crazy tricks (sick alley-oops, ankle-breakin ball handling which translates into points, or even better into an alley-oop). The more combination of tricks, the higher the trick points which will get your gamebreaker metter lighting up after scoring only 3 or 4 points. The key is if you keep using the same trick the same times in a row, you get less trick points after the first time you used it, and you don't want players like Shaq tryin to do "off the heezies" when he has no ball-handling skills cause you'll lose points for the ball getting stolen.

The game is endless, unlocking M&N (Mitchell & Ness) throwback jerseys, old school players like Doc, Bird, Magic, Pistol, Wilt, The Ice-Man. Get it cause I said so!

Exeptionaly cool game if you are not looking for a real basketball game but is just the same fun as one I've it's funier than just an old fashiond basket whit faults and free trows
This one is BIG just like ea-sports-big big you'll love it

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun game, nothing to get excited about though
Now that more and more nba games are comming out on the three systems consisting of PS2, Xbox:):), and gamecube:(:( you kind of know what to expect, especially from these extreme nba games like this one and nba ballers. The basic point for this one, street 1 and ballers is to pass the ball, pass again, perform trick move, and score. The com will sometimes block it, sometimes not. So it basically turns into a luck game. In terms of stealing, the com will hardly get a good chance to successfully steal the ball from you as long as you perform a trick move such as act a fool, or in this case y and b which perform different trick moves. Or if you want to be fancy shmancy then you might pull both triggers, click the left thumbstick and push x or y resulting in a more advanced trick move resulting in more points. One thing that i do not like about this game is the gamebreaker move. While it takes away one point from your opponnent and adds one to yours, i don't think that that is enough considering how many tricks and shots you have to pull off in order to get the gamebreaker meter full. Even the gamebreaker level 2 meter isn't enough. Special meters such as the ones in NBA jam and nba ballers, (particularaly ballers:) are a little, or in ballers case, a LOT more rewarding. But, as you can see by the amount of stars that i gave this game, there is a lot to the game that i like, such as, legal goaltending, (this can get fun.) Instant replays are way out sick and the soundtrack is totally awesome. Did i mention the Old School Ballers. THey are so sweet its not even a laughing matter, well maybe for someone who laughs a lot it is, but besides that its definetely not. Also, the create a team and create a baller is tight. Now, on to the things that i dislike about this game. One thing is the graphics. Those definetely need working on for nba street volume 3, (hopefully:). Also, like a previousely stated, its basically the same concept as ballers and jam with the same style and "trick like" moves. The one thing that i hate about this game is the dissapointengly short season. It took me three days to complete it TWICE! So dissapointing. The last thing that i don't like about this game is that it does not include the xbox live feature. Do you know how much fun this game would be if it included this. I'd be playing it from dawn to dusk no kidding. Looking back on this review, i probobly would give this game a 3 1/2 which you know, isn't all that bad, but there are certainly definetely rooms for improvement. Now, the list.


-Great Old School Ballers
-Completely up to date rosters, (I think:)
-Nice instant replays
-Create a baller and create a team are totally outrageously sick


-Horrrrrrrrribbbbbleee graphics
-Lack in player models, (which i guess is the same thing as above)
-Unbelievebly short season
-No Xbox Live! WUT!?!?

Mindue, there haven't been any EA games that have been on Xbox live, at least none that i recall. Uhhhhhhhhh...No!

I hope this review was helpfull.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game (...)
This game is fun. Become a Legend is the best mode in the game.
First you create a baller. Second you go into become a legend mode and get a couple of teamates. Third you play games and tournaments to get devision and reputation points. {dev. points let you raise the skill of your created baller and reputation points help you raise your reputation.} After winning a game and/or tournament, you can choose 1 player from the other team to put on yours. You can replace players if your team is full.

The games are 3 on 3. {pick 3/5 players from team to play before the game. All of this is just 1 mode. Street School is good and teaches you the controls and how to play. Go there first. This game is underpriced, so get it. It is sa-weet man! ... Read more

6. Voodoo Vince
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009YFU3
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2259
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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  • You are Voodoo Vince, a tattered voodoo doll on a quest to find his keeper
  • Defeat quirky monsters and villains by injuring yourself
  • Trek through 30 detailed worlds
  • Master the minigames
  • For 1 player

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4-0 out of 5 stars Extremely fun, but also extremely frustrating
Voodoo Vince is, in a word, intense. It's also funny, snarky, and challenging.

Controls for Vince are very easy to pick up, although, with certain combinations, it can be painful or downright deadly for Vince if you have a brain freeze, and hit "dive bomb" instead of "propeller" (like, say, over a bottomless pit).

The camera controls aren't perfect, but they're pretty easy to pick up, and eventually they become second nature when you're playing.

My favorites, and the thing that VV is known for, are the "voodoo powers". Like another reviewer said, they're basically slickly-animated smart bombs. However, having said that, it's definitely a kick to be surrounded by monsters, and then setting off things like Blender, Vial of Acid, William Tell, or Wrecking Ball (unless I've missed something, it's randomly chosen, but they all have the same effect on the monsters).

The mini-games are also quite clever, and the boss fights are sufficiently challenging, although if you don't execute them perfectly, the re-do factor of trying to damage the boss can be extremely trying.

Ultimately, this is a very addicting game, and one that I really hope comes out with a sequel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated Platformer with A Lot of Laughs!
I didn't pick this game up until it dropped to $20, mainly because I had heard mixed reviews about it. After playing it, I'm beginning to think that many reviewers are just jaded from the surplus of platformers available on the market. The game is beautiful and easy to learn. Voodoo Vince is a very cute mascot with just enough personality to crack up even the most serious of players.

The story is pretty entertaining. You are a voodoo doll named Vince. You are the "third best" doll of a woman by the name of Madame Charmaine, who has been kidnapped by Kosmo the Inscrutable. During the crime, Vince has zombie dust sprinkled on him, bringing him to life and allowing him to receive telepathic messages from Mme. Charmaine.

Vince is a very likable character, with his tongue in cheek disdain for all things platforming (e.g. "Another musical gate puzzle...hooray"). I can't decide if he has very low or very high self-esteem, because his character seems to waffle between the two. In any case, he is very entertaining. Mme. Charmaine's visual role is small after her abduction, but her voice haunts you throughout the game (think Cleo from the Psychic Friends network). The main "baddy", Kosmo, reminds me of Bert from Sesame Street. He is supposed to be quite comical, but I find it hard to believe that a Muppet could pull off such a heist!

The gameplay is standard 3D platforming at its best -- jump around and float/hover to drop more slowly and find secret areas. Your special attacks are one of the more novel I have seen. To harm a large number of enemies around you, you invoke a random special attack which involves...hurting yourself! You collect icons throughout the game that add to your portfolio of attacks, including my favorite: the shark attack.

WOW! Animation and Great Tunes
A few other reviewers have dissed the animation, saying it isn't XBox calibre, but I couldn't disagree more. The first time Vince looks in an old, worn out mirror in the first level, I was amazed at the attention to detail that the designers put into this game. The burlap on Vince looks so real that I expect to get a rash from touching its rough surface! Everything else is cartoony, but the lighting effects are excellent, as is the feeling of age in certain areas (e.g. inside an old drainpipe).

Jazz and blues tunes permeate this title, giving it a real Cajun feel. The Main Street level of The Quarter really feels like New Orleans, especially how the music speeds up when Vince catches on fire. (Don't's an important part of the story).

Will This Gather Dust?
It certainly won't in my collection. Vince is cool, and his antics are classic. I am still revisiting levels trying to get all of the pages and skulls that I missed the first time through.

At $20, this game is a steal.

Overall Recommendations:
You'll like this if:
* You grew up on platformers and still love them.
* You like Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga style humor.
* You like New Orleans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
The game has three-D graphics and allows multi-direction movement of Vince. The levels are challenging and solutions cleaver. The game will hold the interest of players from early teens and up.

3-0 out of 5 stars It just might work its voodoo on you. Good - not great!
Voodoo Vince. I bought it for the Xbox because it got pretty good reviews and my XBox needed a platformer. By the way... three out of five stars for me, means that I liked the game and would reccomend it to fans of the genre. In truth it is worth 3.4 stars, but no way is it ever gonna be worth five. The only five star platformer I have played was the original Super Mario 64, so based upon that game, 3.4 is a fair assessment of Voodoo Vince. What can you expect?

Graphics...Astounding: 4.5
Music...Very Original and good: 4.0
Control... better than most: 4.0
Originality...somewhat lacking: 2.0
Humor...sometimes funny, sometimes dumb: 2.5 nothing new: 3.0

OVERALL SCORE: 3.4 out of 5

This game is probably one of the better platform titles for the XBox, so if you must have a platformer... rent it first. Odds are, if you like platformers, you will have fun. If you don't like them, however, Voodoo Vince isn't going to convince you otherwise.


5-0 out of 5 stars Voodoo Vince - Great fun!
I just bought Voodoo Vince and I absolutely love it! It's so much fun, playing a cute little voodoo doll that inflicks pain on itself which then transfers to surrounding enemies. The graphics are great and the controls are easy to master. Although I only just started, I know this will be a fun game all the way through. Definitely worth twenty dollars. ... Read more

7. Shrek: Super Party

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Asin: B00006JC40
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: TDK Mediactive
Sales Rank: 2976
Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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Great Fun
Shrek Super Party is one of my favourite games. My partner isn't very much into video games but Shrek is the only one he loooves to play.
It's very fun to go from the mini-games called "Epic Battles" to the "Daring Duels", the characters look very much like the ones in the movie, the graphics are AMAZING, the music can be contagious. If you want to spend a good hour of your time with your loved one, family and friends, definitely this is the game to go.
The only bad thing is that the game is intended for 4 people so if only 1 or 2 are playing, the CPU controls the rest of the characters, which makes it unfair since most of the times it ends up winning. Other than that, go for it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great simple fun!!
I read some bad reviews right after I bought this game, so I was going to return it before opening it. But I decided to open it and play. I am so glad that I did! It's a really great game to play with friends. The graphics and ideas are cute. The games are not complex, so you don't have to practice a lot to learn them. It's great for people who are not gamers - definitely not for gamers who want lots of strategy & fighting & in-depth plots or goals. Anybody can learn the games in the first sitting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for families to play together!
I played this game at a friends house and decided it was time to buy an XBox! My husband and I have been playing it for six months now.

Anyone that has opposable thumbs can play this game. You only need to use the left thumb pad and two buttons with your right hand. This is a fun game for the controller-challenged, children, and is stimulating enough for more advanced players. Some of our friends visited us and were surprised at the depth of involvment in this "children's" game.

The biggest plus to Shrek is that you can set the time frame that you want to play. So you can play for anywhere from one-half of an hour up to two hours. If your kids are junkies, you can limit them to only playing one game, and you will know that they aren't going to be zoned out for the next six hours.

This game is similar in style to Mario Super Party, but, once again, uses less buttons on the controller. You also have the option of playing the mini games.

An all around A+.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for the family!
This game is really great! But sometimes the announcer of the game (the magic mirror) gets a little on your nerves. I mean all the characters are from the movie which is good. Now all you have to say is... what are you playing? All of the games are mini games. There are 30 of them. Some of the games are lame. But some are very fun! If you like mini games that are family type, buy this.

I love this game!!! Me and my friend love it. We are practicing the tournament now. Thelonious, Lord Farquaad, Shrek and Monsuier Hood are always playing the TV people and my friend always is Donkey and I am always Princess Fiona. We always lose, though but we keep practicing. My favorite one is Dragon's breath. I recommend this Super Party to anyone who likes X Box games. ... Read more

8. Enter the Matrix
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Asin: B000088KH3
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Publisher: Atari
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As It Could Have Been
I bought this game the day it came out. Being a huge Matrix fan, and an avid gamer, I thought that I would enjoy the game immensely (I'm also a huge fan of Shiny Entertainment - I loved Earthworm Jim and Wild 9's). Sadly, while the game IS fun, I wish they had delayed it to make it perfect. As it is now, it's only slightly above average.

As you undoubtedly know from every other review, the game shows the events of Matrix: Reloaded through the eyes of two characters: Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith) and Ghost (Anthony Wong). You see things from different perspectives, and see how storylines from the movies are tied into each other (Also, it ties the Animatrix storyline "Final Flight of the Osiris" into the movie, which I thought pretty cool). The game contains tons of FMV that you can't get anywhere else, so Matrix fans pretty much don't have an excuse to not get this game. For the rest of you, I'd read the rest of this before you make your purchase.

The game has many good things going for it, but Shiny always has some huge "but" to destroy any good notions you had. The character models are gorgeous, but the textures boring and the levels sometimes downright ugly. The fighting engine is magnificent, but the enemy AI either stupid or bug ridden (ie, SWAT members walking into walls, facing away from you while you pulverize their pals, etc.). The levels inventive and huge, but save points pop up too often, and many of the sections between saves consist of (not exagerrating at all) running literally 20 feet, seeing an in-game cutscene, running 10 feet, seeing an FMV, then save point. That's it. That's not fair to the gamer. I like to earn my saves if it's going to be a "save point" system. Plus, sometimes the levels consist of "run here, kill the guards, and enter the door." It could've been so much better, had just a little bit more time been put into it.

Also, the game has some of the worst driving levels I've ever seen. You can only be one character or the other, so you either drive (Niobe) or shoot at people chasing you (Ghost). And, no matter who you are, your buddy is a moron. You actually have to hold down a button to get Ghost to shoot at cops, or the twins, when you're Niobe, and you have to pray the AI Niobe doesn't run into every single obstacle in your path when you play as Ghost. I think they were decent, but it could've been much better... and God, the city streets are ugly as hell. Midnight Club 2 and Grand Theft Auto have shown that the city can have personality. The driving graphics are inexcusable.

However bad that sounds, the main component of the game is the third-person (think Splinter Cell) type adventure, and it's actually done quite well. However, the whole time I was playing this, I couldn't help but think, "Why couldn't they let the camera be controlled by the gamer? Why do they wish to punish us?" Splinter Cell's control scheme could've been used, and it wouldn't have affected anything (they barely use the right analog stick at all), and it would've basically eliminated all of those nasty camera issues that this game has. Nothing is worse than fighting 6 guys, then having the camera swing 180 degrees around, then trying to figure out which way you were headed. This should have been addressed early in the stages of the game design. It's almost as bad as Nintendo not having any different control schemes for Metroid:Prime. Talk about aggravation.

Also, I won't discuss the "pseudo-flying" level which finishes the game, because it is the worst level I've ever had the displeasure of playing. The Squiddys are so poorly shown, it looks like cheap "green-screen" effects from the early 80's.

All in all, this game disappointed me. I love the Matrix, and I liked the Matrix: Reloaded. I like Shiny Entertainment, and I think that this could've been one of the greatest gaming achievements in recent history. I wish that Shiny had held back the game until Revolutions comes out, and ironed out all the bugs, changed the ... control scheme, fixed some textures, and thought out the obvious stupid stuff this game seems to fixate on (constantly reincarnating enemies in a closed Post Office, etc.) and this could've been the greatest game of 2003.

I'm still upset.

2-0 out of 5 stars Awful!! Horrible!! Terrible!! $#&@!!
There are many things wrong with this game, too many. The graphics don't "make you feel like you're watching the movie", they remind you of an old PlayStation, even the Xbox version. Arms and guns are seen popping through walls, cutscenes have below average resolution at best.

Adding to the terror of this game is the fact that you play as Niobe and Ghost. Niobe and Ghost? What were the designers thinking? Maybe to add more understanding to the story, but in an awful way. They have almost nothing to do with the story, it would have been way better to add extra missions as Morpheus and his chums that added to the story.

Combat is stupid. Opponents, even Agents, are little challenge at all. A few punched will KO any security officer or SWAT member, and some focus combos will even beat up Agents. Shooting is terrible as well, choppy and random, there is little way to control the accuracy of your shots (rather then enter "sniper mode" where you can't move). Enemies will fly back as if they were shot by a tank, after getting a .38 shot at them.

Driving is ATROCIOUS!!! Don't do it! Pay someone to beat the driving levels for you, do anything to avoid the driving levels.

Focus is the saving grace of this game, adds ONE WHOLE STAR TO THE GAME! You can do cool moves, and aim better, but after a while it feels completely fake, way more then it should.

I am sorry I ran out of synonyms for bad throughout this review, and I give props to anyone who found more ways to say BAD!

Don't buy this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars sweet
this game rocks!!!!! you can play as 2 charecters, the game play is great. the movie scenes blend into the movie. and with the hacking menu, you can unlock some hidden extras. all in all this game is great

3-0 out of 5 stars BAD NEWZ


3-0 out of 5 stars On foot missions are great

The onfoot missions are great, I was shocked with a preview trailor and I was going to get the game whatever the outcome. All you do is run through levels and beat up or shoot anyone that stands in your way. There are 3 buttons to press, punch, kick and disarm, that's the buttons for hand to hand combat. When pushing any of the buttons the game randomly selects a move and it might be depending in which way your facing. If you played Dead to Rights, hand to hand combat is rubbish in it, dissarms in it are awsome(better than Enter the Matrix), so I think they're as good as each other.

There're some ausome moves like running up a wall then doing a stylish spin off it then kick them in the face. Shooting is ausome for owning the game for 10 days because slowmo is used to a great exstent, as good as the original Max Payne. You can do cartwheels to dodge bullets and forward dives whilst spinning when shooting. There's variaty and you'll be playing this non stop for 10 days. The graphics are bland and there are alot off glitches in the game and that's why the game doesn't last as long as GTA 3/VICE CITY, that knocks 1 star of.

DRIVING or RIDING SHOTGUN(knocks 1 star off)

Driving as Niobe is below average, all you do is drive forward and turn corners and the 2 or so levels look the same. You can send Ghost out to lean out of the car window to fend of cop cars.

Riding shotgun(as Ghost)is when instead of driving, you lean out of the window to shoot cop cars or the Agents. If someone is shooting you from behind you can shoot ongoing trafic to block thier way. Also when shooting cop cars they fip over you. That part of the game is rubbish to me.

Is it worth bying? yes if you're a Matrix fan. This is a perfect rent because you're in for a treat playing this for 10 days or so. ... Read more

9. Aliens Versus Predator Extinction
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Asin: B00009KX7C
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 2900
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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  • 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

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5-0 out of 5 stars aliens vs predator extinction
This game was one of the best i've played before. It has things you've never thougt of seeing in a AvP game. It is short but, the story lines are great. Pick ethier the Aliens, the Predators, or the Marines. The game is easy to learn how to play, and the people look great. Get ready for the most intenese AvP game ever. Go for the Marines.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun but Very Short
Aliens vs Predator Extinction is a StarCraft style game pitting the human marines against the classic sci-fi monsters Aliens and Predators. Three separate campaigns await!

There are 7 missions per group, and 20 maps that you explore. Sometimes you are the marines, trying to defend your base against the onslaught of nasties. Sometimes you are the aliens, carefully tending to your nest of eggs and developing a new queen. Each group has its own growth trees, its advancements and goals.

The graphics are good but not excellent. The maps are sometimes quite on the plain side - endless caves, endless jungles. The sound is reasonably good and does give you a spooky feeling sometimes, worrying what might be around the next corner.

None of the groups are easy to play, and the game is definitely not an arcade-style shoot-em-up. You have to lay down a well thought out strategy, using each of your unit types to its best advantage, if you're going to win. Anyone who has seen the movies knows that whatever side you're on, there are usually overwhelming odds stacked up against you that usually leave only one man standing. The game is no exception. Don't expect an easy mow-down-the-enemy game. Whichever side you play, you're going to have to play WELL to move along.

I realize that plots are usually rather transparent in these games, but I do still like them. I was disappointed with the plot and cutscenes in here - you get a brief 'do this' description in the beginning and if you win, you win. I would really have loved some cinematics to show what was happening and to give you a sense of satisfaction when you win the game. To just have it say "OK, campaign done." wasn't very much fun after many hours of playing.

Probably the most disappointing part was the complete lack of multiplay. We often have friends over the house to play games with us, and this one was a sit-and-watch game only. You can't multiplay in the same house. You can't multiplay over XBox Live. And since there are only 7 missions per group, once you finish those missions, the game is completely over. That's rather short for us - we enjoy games that we play for months and months, unlocking new features and missions and playing multiplay. To have a game that just ends after a week of play seems rather short.

A great game for a sci-fi and StarCraft style strategy fan, but be ready to sell it back to the game store for their used shelves when you're done.

4-0 out of 5 stars Steep learning curve, but loads of fun
Okay, I am kind of hesitant playing a strategy game without a mouse, but this game's system is actually really easy to learn and use. All three species very, which keeps you hooked after the first few missions. I would like to say that since each side varies so much, that each side would be really different to play, but it isn't so. You still need large numbers to accomplish much in this game. The upgrades are nice and inventive, and the Predators ripping the heads off of their kills is priceless! The sound effect for that particular event is great.
I did like the soundtrack, even though there was very few background tracks total.
Over all, the game is very hard. But it does have it's perks, and if you can't afford a computer and still love strategy games, this one will definetly fill your plate.

2-0 out of 5 stars A nice try, but...
First let me start off by saying I absolutely love the Aliens vs. Predator franchise. Its probably one of the best ideas that had ever been conceived. Pitting two of the most popular movie monsters of all time against one another in a fight to the death...what could be more fun? Well, unlike the other Aliens vs.Predator games, AvP:Extinction breaks the First Person Shooter criteria and comes in with a Real-Time Strategy game. Its a nice attempt, but ultimately flawed.

The graphics in the game are far as a strategy game goes they're decent, but just very average...clearly nowhere near the caliber of Warcraft III or Command and Conquer: Generals. However, examining the creatures up close yields further distortions in graphics. Some of the aliens look ridiculous, and the Predators look just plain silly. The design is very cartoonish, just like Aliens vs. Predator 2 for the PC, which many people complained about. The environments are also very drab and dull...nothing really stands out. Some of the jungle environments are nice, but most of the environments, such as interior settings and caves, are just lifeless and boring.

The game itself is very simplistic. While creating endless droves of Aliens is alot of fun, the whole game just lacks substance. Aliens use the Queen to lay eggs, and drag back hosts that they killed (or more likely, just invaded and nearly wiped out your colony the moment the mission started). The Queen is basically the epicenter of the purchase all upgrades by selecting her, and using 'currency' earned by killing your enemies, you can upgrade your aliens. The basic Alien species are there: the warrior, the drone, the dog alien from Alien 3, the praetorian introduced in the AvP games, and new Aliens called 'Ravagers', which are huge, monstrous aliens with blades for hands that rend and maim opponents. The 'Carrier' is a large Alien that allows facehuggers to attach to its dorsal spines and leap out at enemies as you go. Nice ideas, though the creatures themselves look uninspired. All the aliens have unique abilities, and playing as them was an overall fine experience, but the game is just not executed well.

As for Predators, you are very limited in forces, which is understandable considering how powerful they are. The only building they have is the 'Shrine', where upgrades can be purchased and new Predators summoned. All the Predators have unique abilities and weapons, though some of them look uterly Predator has a scythe, and it just doesn't go well with the whole Predator look. Cloaking is utterly useless, since it seems that everyone and everything can see you regardless. Predators earn curency by killing, as well as taking trophy skulls of their enemies.

Marines are simple enough to use, though difficult to play. The 'CommTech' is used to purchase upgrades and summon more units from the dropship. If the commtech is killed, you're out of luck. Some of the humans are immensely powerful, which throws the balance of the game off alot. The marines don't have any structures of any kind, just one landing beacon where the drop ship lands. Marines earn currency by fixing 'Atmos' which generate steady income. They must be defended, since Aliens and Predators will try to destroy these every chance they get.

The game is unbeleivably should be the Aliens that come in countless swarms...not marines and Predators. The final Alien mission is infuriating...the moment the mission starts out, you are attacked by all three sides (Marine, Predator, Mutant Aliens) and they don't attack each other...they attack you. Some of the earliest Predator missions open up right into the middle of a fire fight...the Predators should be able to decimate marines but the endless swarm of marines and their incredibly strong fire power are too much. The game can end before you even get out of the starting area. As for marines...forget it. Aliens and Predators swarm you so much you won't even know whats going on half the time.

Overall, the game's biggest fault is that it was designed narrowly...with the consoles in mind. All the races, while characteristically different, are fundamentally the same. None have any structures, other than the main population center (Queen, Shrine, Landing Beacon). The game is somewhat unbalanced, with some units just being far too powerful. The idea of Alien procreation is good and is probably one of the best aspects of the game, but this game is just far too basic of an RTS. Perhaps its biggest fault is the complete lack of Multi-player and custom missions. Once you beat the game, that's it. You're done. There is nothing else to do, unless you want to try for a 'medal' by fulfilling all mission requirements in a certain amount of time. The game is virtually devoid of extras, and there are no ending cinematics...when you beat a campaign...that's're just done. You won. Nothing else. There is no downloadable content or anything else...this is strictly a one-player strategy game that, once beaten, has absolutely nothing else going for it. This was a decent attempt to expand the Aliens vs. Predator franchise into a new game genre...but it fails. Perhaps they should've paid more attention to existing strategy games...its utter lack of options and extras throws this game back almost ten years...compared to other RTS games, it is basic and completely mediocre. The game was fun, but it took only about 2 or 3 days to complete, and playing it anymore beyond that became pointless, because there was nothing else to do.

This just further proves that RTS games belong on PCs, not consoles. Had this game been released for the PC, with multi-player options, extra content, and a better game engine overall, then this would have been a winner. As it stands, it was a decent but failed attempt. ... Read more

10. The Sims
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Asin: B000088KHF
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1372
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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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 --The text of this review refers to the PlayStation2 version of the game.


  • Interesting, open-ended gameplay
  • Lots of quirky humor
  • Two-player split-screen option
  • Can be frustrating for those unfamiliar with strategy games
  • Controls take some getting used to
  • Long save times
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4-0 out of 5 stars A much better game than I expected
When my little sister first got this game, I thought it would be like any other Sims game I played. Play it then get bored in 10 minutes. You see, I never really fell in love with the PC Sims game. Maybe it was because of the snail-slow loading times, maybe something else. But I am highly suprised with this game.

PROS: 1. The Sims are on XBOX!

2. Some good 2-player mini games

3. The Get a Life mode is a great addition.

4. And the same old Sims goodness (court wife, court neigbors wife, court neighbors daughter, court girlfriend, etc.)

5. and some more extra goodies in between (did I hear Monkey Butler?)

6, you got to earn the original sims mode and other goodies (in the original menu, it only has "Get A Life" mode)

CONS: 1. There is something missing in the graphics, but I cant tell what

2. Controls are hard to understand and frustrating

3. you've played the original sims version before

4. Only has the first 3 sims version on it (so there is no vacation mode, no pets, and no nightlife)

5. the Love Bed is locked when you start the game. THE LOVE BED!!!

6. I HATE DUDLEY LANDGRABB!!! He is so lazy! He doesnt even answer the phone! (calls it "hell's bells")

FINAL VERDICT: Avid Sims fans can sprint to the store to get this one. Casual fans can walk.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT Game!!!!!!
This game is great one of the best ive played its entertaining and will keep you going for hours i once stayedup for 7 hours playing there are so many items and it never gets old i would highly recommend this game!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Game!
I thought this game was awesome. I have never played the PC version, but from what I have heard of it this one is just as addicting and amusing. I have not yet purchased htis game but I have rented it and every time I am glued to the game all day until it is time to take it back. I found cheats online that can unlock all of the special features and give you unlimited money so I don't really have a problem with not being able to use some things. Overall this game is very fun and very addictive. I really enjoy it. You should all purchase it.

The Best
The game is the best simulation game ever. If you love simulation games this is the game you should get.

4-0 out of 5 stars addictive and fun
Warning: highly addictive...
I bought this game awhile ago...and it's highly addictive..I've had oodles of fun playing this game. While it's not perfect (what game is?) I liked it. The game looks quite simple, but after a few hours of begin to figure out that this is not the case. One has to juggle their personal needs with building up their stats (logic, fitness, etc.), having personal relationships, their jobs and their health.
I having said there are a few issues with the game. This world has you working 7 days a work, 8 hours a day. You do the math. It would be very nice if the game allowed you 2 days off in a row without the risk of losing your job. You are allowed to miss 1 day, but if you miss more than one consecutive day, you get fired and have to start your career all over again. Needess to say, this can be rather difficult..
All in all, this is a fun game...but it's not for everyone... ... Read more

11. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006LU9L
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 1046
Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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Set in the year 2008, Ghost Recon is a Tom Clancy-inspired war game that puts you in command of a Special Forces unit pitted against Russian ultranationalists trying to rebuild the former Soviet Union. Although the story arc is grand in scale (in keeping with Clancy's style), the game doesn't involve you in the war's major battles. You'll actually spend most of your time behind enemy lines--rescuing downed fighter pilots, knocking out enemy patrols, ambushing armor columns.

You control a six-man squad, divided into two teams, and you have the opportunity to handpick your squad members (and their equipment) after each mission briefing. You can switch your point of view to any of the six active soldiers--the soldier you control automatically becomes the leader of his team, while the other team operates according to orders you give via a map interface. Thus, you can move one team into a covering position, leave them with orders to provide cover fire, and then lead the other team in to reach your objective. Or, break up your squad and try to achieve two objectives simultaneously.

The level of detail and realism is incredible, right down to the way the soldiers communicate in hushed tones and with gestures. The complexity of the game requires an elaborate controller setup that takes a while to get used to (luckily there are plenty of training missions designed to help you learn the multitude of movement, weapons, and command functions). Once you get the hang of it, you'll find it's worth the time spent in boot camp. --Maile Bohlmann


  • Incredible graphics and realism
  • Wide array of tactical options integrates strategy into the action
  • Missions are diverse and challenging


  • Controls are complicated, hard to master, and sometimes counterintuitive
  • Dramatic music and "drill sergeant" narration between missions is pretty campy
  • Enemy soldiers sometimes behave too predictably

Note: This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Good online, but thats where it ends....
I'm pretty open to most games... in fact, I don't find too many shooters that I don't enjoy, and to top that off, I really enjoy more "realistic" games.
Unfortunately, Ghost Recon fails in nearly all environments excluding online play.
You see, in single player, you run around, mostly in forest type terrain (you can't actually SEE any enemies because there are too many trees and the graphics are so poor that you can't barely distinguish a bush and an enemy).
Now here is the HUGE problem, you have 5 other teammates all controlled by AI (unless you switch to them specifically)... they 3 of them run through the level on a predetermined path and easily kill all their enemies without stopping. The 2 guys that run with you, are gauranteed to see the enemy and kill the enemy before you ever even realize they are there (remember you can't see anything).
This game has a superb concept, but just completely lacks in its actually gameplay, its annoying and boring.
If you are an intense online player, this game will provide tons of action packed fun on xbox live... but by all means, avoid it for the single player missions.
If you are looking for realistic-semi-realistic shooters, try out conflict desert storm I and II.... both very fun squad play in first person.. stealth, action, great weapons, great squad dynamics, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
With Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, squad based combat on the XBox lets you play through single player missions or take it online with XBox Live for up to 16 simultaneous players.

Gameplay involves you running a team of up to 6 members. The team members can be snipers, foot soldiers, engineers, and more. As in Rainbox Six, you can build your teammates up through the levels so they can gain more skills.

The single player missions are interesting, with landscapes varying from countryside to small towns to big city streets. You have to use stealth and strategy to achieve your objectives without dying or running out of ammo. Each teammate must use his strengths and help cover for each other's weaknesses.

The graphics aren't exactly stunning - while the buildings have windows and doors drawn on them, for example, you can't shoot out the windows. It's more like they are giant squares with murals painting on them. On the other hand, the human bodies are extremely well done, with their movement and actions.

The sounds are immersive and draw you in. There's background noises of wind and cars which can make it harder for you to hear the footsteps of your enemy ... or at times mask the noise of your own footsteps. If a loud noise happens near you, it gives the realistic temporary 'underwater' sensation as in real life.

Single player is just practice for the real fun of Ghost Recon - XBox Live play. Unlike PS2 or Computer gameplay, with XBox Live you're guaranteed that other players all have a high speed (Cable Modem) connection speed. This means the lag you see in many other on line games is pretty much completely avoided.

We play a ton of games on line and this is one of our current favorites. Recommended for XBox Live owners who enjoy team-based gameplay.

4-0 out of 5 stars good but at the same time it's boring
yes the game is very good. i havent got the chance to play it online. I still play tournaments with friends. the controls in this game ( out of 5) is a 3.7. they are hard to master. gameplay is a 4.9. there can be some rough spots. A.I for your team mates is a 2.2. they get in the way causing you to get shot a lot.enemy A.I is a 5 they are very are a 4.10.
there can be object that need to be 3d that are 2d
fun factor is most definatley a 5. This game is addictive.
there is so much good thing to write about this game. Levels are emerse and interactive. fire fights make you feel like you are actually on the battle field.
the weapons shoot just like the real thing. Overall the game is interesting. every level will want you to keep playing. shorty z was here. oh yeah if any one out ther knows the lowest price for socom tell me.

tight game
I got to go eat dinner a Stake and Shake so I will keep this short. I love this game. It is ausume. I played it all night and I beat it. I love the multiplyer in this game I played it with my brother he is very good at it. So I got to go eat at the Stake and Shake peace out dogs.

5-0 out of 5 stars this game is sweet!!
all i have to say is wow. this game is awesome it is even better online than it is single player. i recommend this game for sure.
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12. Haunted Mansion

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Asin: B00009QGE1
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Jack Of All Games
Sales Rank: 3336
Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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  • Naviagate through Disney's Haunted Mansion with game environments inspired by the movie and the ride
  • Run, jump, fight and climb as you attempt to rid the mansion of evil spirits
  • Release 999 trapped souls before becoming one
  • Unique puzzles that uncover hidden clues, passageways and secrets untold
  • For 1 player

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not 11th Hour
I was hoping for a game like 11th Hour or Fools Errand. This game is more arcade like, but the puzzles are fun. Turns out I'm liking the game more and more as I play it. I do get tired of shooting the ghosts that come at you from all driections, I've got plenty of shooters to do that.
The basics of the game are that you are hired by the good ghosts of the mansion to get rid of the evil spirtis. You go from room to room solving puzzles in order to capture free spriits that allow you to gain access to other parts of the mansion. Along the way evil spirits and creatures attempt to do you harm.
The graphics and sound are very well done. Its easy to just pickup and play a room, save and go do other things, or you can sit for a few hours and work the game.
Definitely worth a rent, but good puzzle games are so few and far between, give it a purchase so we can all enjoy more titles in the future.

Possibly my favorite game for the Xbox
This game is terrific. Apart from one or two graphic anomalies (no game is perfect) and two significant omissions from the documentation, the only negative thing I can say is that it's too short (about 17 hours on easy level). It's beautiful, fun, funny, and just a great experience. This is one of my favorite games for the Xbox.

(The important omissions are that you can strafe (step sideways) and back up without turning, each by holding the left trigger and moving the left thumbstick; and, you get 100 souls each time you get a gem, so you can open two doors marked 170 when you've only collected 70. Those two tidbits might be in the documentation, but I didn't catch them when I quickly read through, and they're important.)

I found this game to have just the right mix of goofiness, scariness, and challenging obstacles to be fun. Most of the time, you're trying to solve puzzles and get past/around/over/through things, but sometimes you have to shoot your way through monsters and evil spirits. However, the shooting isn't really the point: the threats are mostly just part of the atmosphere, and your arsenal consists of just one "weapon" with a few upgrades along the way.

The graphics are awesome, the sound just right (except for the pause music which will drive you insane if you listen to it too long), and the game play smooth. If you like platform- and puzzle-style games with a little goofiness, a little fear, a good dose of the supernatural, and lots of puzzles, this game is the game for you.

And by the way, my family played through on the easy level all together, and the scary stuff wasn't too much for my four-year-old... as long as we kept reminding her it wasn't real, just a drawing. Yet for adults, a couple of images are too creepy or disconcerting to laugh off completely or easily forget.

I just wish it was twice as long. For the price, I'd expect more than 25 or 30 areas. But it's so much fun, we're already playing through it again on the next higher skill level...

9.4 out of 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Once you get going, you just can't stop
This game is the kind of game you wouldn't expect to be on a game system. When I think of Xbox, I think of fighting, killing, and running. I don't think of this excelent strategy game.

The graphics are phenomonal. It makes you feel that you are in the rooms you are playing in. They just surprised me. Enough said. The graphics are the best I've ever seen. (I only own nine Xbox games though)

The controls can be mastered in 15 minutes. It's not like some other games that buttons do multiple things at different points inthe game. Each button does one action throughout the entire game.

The gameplay is what I focus buying games on, and this is why I bought it. You control a young man named Zeke Holloway. You must first turn on the lights in the room. You need skill to figure out the puzzles to get to the light though. They are extremely hard. Once you've turned the lights on, you must locate souls hidden in objects such as chairs, tables, and plants. Then you must suck them into your special lantern. This isn't hard because the objects the souls are in are pulsing in and out. Then you have to Find the next room to open and repeat the process. You have to do the same thing in each room, but the rooms and puzzles are so different, you just won't get bored. There is actually some fighting in this game. You shoot light from your lantern to kill ghosts, spiders, and more. Although the game is rated T for violence, parents this game is suitable for all. The violence really isn't violent.

To sum it up, I love this game. It really makes your mind work hard. If you don't like strategy, this game isn't for you. This game is packed with fun. I recommend renting this game before you buy it, because it appeals to some, and some won't like it. This is the best game I have ever played, and it was a good choice for me.

2-0 out of 5 stars It becomes a chore after a while
At first, it's fun finding ways to get to that light switch and light up a room and yadda yadda, yadda. Sure, when it's fun, creative puzzles that take a few moments. However, after a while it just ranks up there with doing your math homework and eating your broccoli. A heinous chore. Some of the puzzles in Haunted Mansion were just frusterating, and not in the fun way. More like a half hour ordeal when your not fighting any monsters, just figuring out which way to point some frigging mirrors.

In the end, if you have a Game Cube or have a friend who does, rent Luigis Mansion. Same principal, but a lot more fun. The ghosts are tougher to catch, but you don't have to deal with those ridiculous little puzzles. Otherwise, leave the Ghost Busting to Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd.

3-0 out of 5 stars Just a comment
I thought this review section was a place where people could review a game that they have played, not critique the grammer of other reviewers or insult their place of origin.
It might be a "New Jersey thing", but then again I would NOT even remotely go bragging about being from New Jersey if I was so unfortunate as to have to reside there.
Just a thought. ... Read more

13. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000093NQH
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 1118
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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  • Tactical combat game set in near-future Cuba
  • Eight single-player missions plus more downloadable from Xbox Live
  • Intense graphics and smart opponents
  • Realistic tech
  • For one or more players using Xbox Live

Reviews (38)

5-0 out of 5 stars A new Game ?
Having just received the game and having played all the Tom Clancy Rainbow Six, Ghost recon Games before on the PC it was what I expected, this is just my type of game but I was a bit disappointed, having no XBox live function, living in the middle east thats a luxury, I only had the one player mode which I expect leaves out about 50% of the features, I was still disappointed as there were only 18 tasks to complete unlike Ghost Recon original where there were 50. Still I enjoyed playing the game, having to discover all the maps and a few new weapons, the graphics are good and having a surround system juts adds to the effect. I am now busily trying to break out all the specialists, hopefully there will be lots of new weapons and characters there, have only found one new character out of 4 so far. Looking forward to Rainbow 6 (3) for a totally new experience in the Tom Clancy series, hopefully I will have finihsed Island Thunder by the time it is released.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Squad Based Game Out for Any System
Ok first off id like to say that this game is totally awesome. The beginning intro is beutiful. More graat missions, more killer weather effects and a pile of exellent new multiplayer maps. And yes it is compatible for X-Box live. It also is the first game to have voice activated commands so all you is get the X-box live head set and you can issue commands to your Ghosts offline or online!!! System link supports 1-16 players. The grahpics haven't really changed from the first one but its very cool to see gear dangling off the ghosts as they run. The story line is always the best when taken from a Tom Clancy Book. Don't buy this game if your not prepared to spend hours just strategising where to hit the enemy from or just where to go! The enemy AI is the best i have every seen in a game. Usually if u shoot an enemy and it misses they won't do anything but just stand there. In GRIT {Ghost Recon Island Thunder) They will hear it a run for cover behind buildings and trees. Very hard game if you like to complete the missions with no causalties. The only cons i have seen in the game are these when you shoot a guy he dies before the bullet reaches him and plants seem to get 2D when close to them. But overall its the best Squad based army game. So even if you don't have the first Ghost Recon go buy it. Well worth the money for the time and effort your gonna be puting in for this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best game for xbox
This game is the Best. It's like paintball, except u don't have to pay for each paintball game. =)

3-0 out of 5 stars Same old song and dance
This game isn't much different from the first. The game is definately tailored for those with Live. For those of us without.... The game is still rich in detail but a few bugs still do remain. The waypoint guide still requires you (sometimes) to get into the exact spot or spin circles to release it. Arms will still appear through doors and similar barriers and team mates will still get stuck everynow and then. The most disheartening thing is that a sniper really isn't needed. The specialists have a amount of accuracy at a range that only a sniper should be able to hit. If they can see it on zoom they can hit it. The number of levels for those of us without Live is also a downside. But still all in all this is a good game and for a challenge play on Elite. It's a keeper.

3-0 out of 5 stars better but too short
This game improves on alot of the errors from the first gameand ads alot more. 8 missions will take about 2 hrs to beat, but since I got it for 15 bucks it was worth it. I dont have time to sit around for hrs on end playing on Live so I cant really give this game a higher rating do to its lack of single player missions. ... Read more

14. MLB Slugfest 20-04
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008BR98
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (8)

MLB Crapfest
This was the worst baseball game I have ever played. I put the difficulty level on "Trainee" and it played like it was on allstar mode. It also wasn't easy to pitch were I wanted to. I was unable to catch the ball in the air which the computer seemed to do with great ease. Stay as far away from this game as possible, it only causes frustration and isn't worth the rental fee or wasted time.

mlb slugfest 2004
All my friends love this game ,but i don't . it isn't realistic like people are bigger well the part where if they are good is pretty cool they're on fire [literitely] this game is just like any other baseball game. You've seen one you've seen 'em all. I do not particuarly like this game but many people do so I would say BUY THIS GAME.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ok, but I expected it to be better
Even though the cover looks cool, do not buy this game. On rookie level the other team, good or bad, gets the runs back that you got. I had a 7-0 lead and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays came back with a couple of home runs even though I was pitching curveballs low and in. It is also unrealistic. Everybody gets to slide tackle and stiff-arm the infield, and you get to bean batters intentionally. Instead, rent it first and see if you like it. I dought you will.

5-0 out of 5 stars breath taking
This game was great.You get to punch people and use takeout slides.The commentaters are funny.its great with midway teams and fields.This is one of my best games i highly recomened this game for anyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Blitz for Baseball
Slugfest is a cool game. Even though I thought it was a bit overrated and advertised a bit too much. It's sort of like NFL Blitz except in baseball. However, it has a lot less features in terms of beating people. Most of the hitting takes place when you just constantly punch the baserunner for fun while he's standing on base. You can kick and punch a fielder if he's trying to tag you out, but if you don't time it right, it doesn't work and you're out. It would've been more fun if you could hit people with the bats and peg them with the balls and stuff.

Despite it's setbacks Slugfest 2004 has some added features from 2003, like a "Special Pitch" feature and new cheats to make the game more fun. Once again it has sexy girls on the loading screens, except one of them's new. The best part about this game though, in my opinion, is the commentary. Jimmy and Tim are back again with whole new lines to crack you up.

My final verdict is:
I'd say, rent it and see if you like it first. Don't just go out and buy it because it gets pretty boring, pretty quickly. ... Read more

15. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00007F8PB
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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The Baldur's Gate series redefined and reinvigorated the PC role-playing scene, and now Interplay brings it to the Xbox. Don't be fooled, however, this isn't a traditional role-playing game, but rather a fun, wall-to-wall action hack 'n' slash adventure in the mold carved by Gauntlet and Diablo--one that nonetheless conforms to the Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition rule set.

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance casts you as one of three basic characters: an elf sorceress, a human archer, or a dwarf fighter. From there, you're set free inside a huge Dungeons & Dragons world replete with dungeons, forests, and ice caves. Naturally, it's all filled to the brim with horrible monsters, wicked traps, treasures, and fabled magical weapons. As you go, you're constantly rewarded with new weaponry, new monsters to fight, and experience points you can put into your character stats to grow even more powerful. You can swap equipment in an inventory "paper doll" screen. Those changes are reflected in your onscreen character, so you'll start with simple weapons and a drab appearance, and you'll end up a big, mean superhero at the conclusion.

The graphics are simply wonderful, and the controls are accurate, responsive, and fun to use--which is necessary for the constant hacking and slashing required. The game is all the more fun when you recruit a buddy and play in cooperative mode. --Bob Andrews


  • Fast, furious fun with great graphics
  • It's even more fun with a friend!


  • Might disappoint PC Baldur's Gate fans looking for something deeper
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Reviews (27)

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't let the name fool you...
Despite the game's title, this game is not at all in the same vein as the wonderful Baldur's Gate PC RPGs. It's a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, and in terms of gameplay it is nearly identical to Diablo II, but with better graphics. If this type of game appeals to you, great! If you're looking for your RPG fix though, you'll have to get it somewhere else.

Let's start with the good points. The game is pretty fun if you're into hack-and-slash types, especially with two players. Any game with a two-player cooperative mode always scores points with me. The graphics and sound are very good, and the game is easy to learn and easy to control.

There is some replay value to it, as there are some new modes you can unlock by finishing the game. Beat the game once and you'll be able to play a special game mode that puts you in a tough dungeon on a short time limit, playing as none other than Drizzt Do'Urden. Beat that mode, and you unlock Extreme difficulty in the normal game, which is several times more difficult than usual. If you manage to beat Extreme, you can play as Drizzt in the normal game.

There are some bad points to the game, however. It's extremely short; you can beat it in under 10 hours. It's really a shame that the game is not more extensive. Also, as with any game of this type, it can get quite repetitive after awhile. The game is very easy as well. The Gauntlet is really the only difficult part of it. Even on Extreme, I had no problems completing the game quickly.

And finally, although I knew this wasn't really an RPG when I bought it, I still couldn't help feeling disappointed at the great lack of depth compared to many other games that have been set in the Forgotten Realms. I would have liked to see a wider variety of D&D skills and spells brought in, as well. For instance, the Sorceress (and all spell-casting enemies) doesn't have any spell effects aside from direct damage. It would be cool to have things like Entangle and Charm Person available, to have a thief class with all their many skills, and so on. I realize why many of these things were left out, but a little more work on the design could have added a welcome element of strategy to what it is essentially little more than a slugfest.

My list of complaints may be long, but don't get me wrong; for what it is, this game was executed extremely well. If you're looking for a game like Diablo, you will enjoy this. If you want an RPG, you're better off with Morrowind, or waiting until Bioware rolls out their Star Wars RPG this summer. It's better with a friend, so BG:DA scores a few points there. Still, rent before you buy. You could easily beat this game in a weekend, and you might never play it again after that.

4-0 out of 5 stars Campy Fun in a Starter RPG
Baldur's Gate is a hugely popular RPG series for the PC. With Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, console gamers get a taste for what makes this game so much fun.

First, remember that this is a console port of a very rich PC game. That means that instead of having lots of choices of male/female or human/elf/dwarf or fighter/thief/mage/cleric, you have three. You can be a male archer, a dwarf fighter, or a female sorceress.

The graphics are really quite good. There are numerous pools of water for you to run around in, to watch the ripples and wakes shimmer and merge. The lighting is lovely, the detail in the buildings and towns and dungeons look great on even large TVs. The sound is good too, and sitting in your living room with friends while the stereo sound surrounds you is tons of fun.

You can play single player or two-person cooperative, which makes couch-play even more fun. With a large bowl of popcorn and your favorite drinks, you can hack and slash your way through numerous hours or a weekend of play.

Now, the down side. Again, console port. Really, you're playing Gauntlet. You run around hacking up barrels and crates in your friend's cellar. Is this exactly the nicest thing to do? You hack at rats and enemies, look for things in barrels. Yes, you get into lever-pulling and puzzles. But in the end the game is pretty linear and the monsters don't regenerate. So whatever level you're at when you get to a certain point, you can't build yourself up more strongly.

This can get to be a real pain when you hit a strong boss. You can't go buy more gear, because there's no way to make more money. You can't get stronger or more skillful, because there's nobody else to kill "behind you" and you can't go "ahead" until you kill the boss. So you're doomed to keep trying to hack at him until you get past him ... somehow.

Another big complaint I have is that the gamemakers seem obsessed with the female form. The guys in the game are all pudgy and uninteresting. But the girls! The first woman you meet, the bartender, has jiggly, wiggly breasts and she shakes them around non-stop during her long, long discussions with you. Everyone I showed the game to was mesmerized by them.

And playing the female sorceress character, I found that no matter how hard I tried, I could NOT get her clothed well. Every outfit involved a cut-off top, skimpy leather boots and not much else. Ahem, she's going into a deep, dark dungeon to face dire enemies? And she's doing this in beach-wear??

Still, the game was campy fun, and definitely draws you in. A fun weekend-play game for real RPGers, and an easy way for those new to the genre to learn what it's about and to get a taste for the fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars I loked it a lot, but it just wasn't as good as the second..
this game is like the RPG of the century, good graphics, awsome weapons, and an asortment of spells and abilities. It's best to play as the archer or wizard. but I liked trying to beat the game on extrem to unlock Drizzt. but Drizzt starts on level sixteen, he cannot change his weapons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game
Wow this game is so much better than gauntlet dark legacy. I can't believe I didn't play this earlier. The graphic is excellent! I like how you can equip and un-equip stuff and it shows on the characters. The animation is very smooth. The camera view is nice and you can rotate. The characters talks which is much better than just reading words. There are towns, shops and stuff unlike gauntlet which have no rpg aspect. Overall an excellent rpg action game. Im waiting for part 2's price to drop until then Im happy with this game.

baldurs gate review, swapping cash
actually there is a way to swap cash or better yet make unlimited cash, potions, weapons, etc.....but this would be cheating, wouldn't it? I have done this just for the feeling of omnipotence it provides but it certainly rubs against the moral and ethical tenets of true game play. For those who find out how to do it.....enjoy your godhood. Game is, sound, oppontents(really love those mud slugs)but you better find that special sword before you battle the ultimate foe or you will have troubles out the wazoo. With the sword its a piece of cake. The dicotomy is truly amazing. Bring on the Gate II. ... Read more

16. Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009KO3G
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 2616
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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  • Skate like a pro, Disney style
  • Create your own skater or play as your favorite Disney character such as Woody, Simba, or Young Tarzan
  • Play through a skating career and perfect your skateboarding skills along the way
  • Enter the worlds of Toy Story 2, The Lion King and Tarzan
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!!
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure is the only game that allows players to test their skateboarding skills in the large and imaginative worlds of Disney. Incorporating Activision's powerful Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 game engine, Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure lets players perform skating tricks just like the pros- but as their favorite Disney and Disney/Pixar characters. Players skate using non-traditional boards like tiki masks and frying pans, solving puzzles as they go

The coolest part of this game is that you really start to feel like you are Buzz, or Woody in a skate park! It was awesome, and the best part is that it isnt a hard game, but it keeps you interested! This one would be great for the whole family!

5-0 out of 5 stars This game is good.
When I played the demo of this game, the graphics are good, no blood or guts in this game(I hate blood & guts), you can unlock Lil Romeo as a playable character for all his fans to know, and this game is fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars This game....
Rocks! You can grind on rocks! You can grind on rocks...and branches, and dominos. YOu can go to another planet and skate. Grind on the craters! And you can play as the old monkey with the red butt from Lion King. Yes, I repeat, you can skate as the red-butt monkey. That ALONE would get 5 stars from me. But you also get to skate around a pizza parlor and an arcade, oh yah, skate through the pizza oven, no problem. The trick list is exellent and the characters are cool and funny, just like in the movies.

What's cooler than cool? This game!
If you like skateboarding, and you like Disney (like me), then you must play Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure!
It's built out of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4's engine, but has better graphics. You say that's crazy talk? Well, why would I make up a lie like that?
Timon and Pumbaa skate together, what more could you ask for?
Everything in this game is perfect. Well, the only area with room for improvement is the soundtrack.
The music is from Radio Disney, but it's really good. My only wish was that the movie's soundtracks would be in the game, but they aren't. I was hoping to blast Hakuna Matata or You Got A Friend In Me (which, I think, won an Academy Award.) But, in any case, on this X-BOX title, you are free to use your hard drive's custom soundtrack. So, I ripped all the soundtracks and listen to them anyway.
This game is cheaper than most as well. So, there's another incentive to buy it now!
Let me repeat that. BUY IT NOW!
It's really fun, and everyone has his or her own goals spanning lots of cool levels.
The makers of this game also recruited ten real kids as the human characters and they are really cool. The movies for them are awesome.
I'm currently convincing my friends to buy this game, so you better hurry before they buy your copy.

The Wonderful (skate-able) World of Disney
If you like skateboarding, and you like Disney (like me), then you must play Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure!
It's built out of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4's engine, but has better graphics. You say that's crazy talk? Well, why would I make up a lie like that?
Timon and Pumbaa skate together, what more could you ask for?
Everything in this game is perfect. Well, the only area with room for improvement is the soundtrack.
The music is from Radio Disney, but it's really good. My only wish was that the movie's soundtracks would be in the game, but they aren't. I was hoping to blast Hakuna Matata or You Got A Friend In Me (which, I think, won an Academy Award.) But, in any case, on this X-BOX title, you are free to use your hard drive's custom soundtrack. So, I ripped all the soundtracks and listen to them anyway.
This game is cheaper than most as well. So, there's another incentive to buy it now!
Let me repeat that. BUY IT NOW!
It's really fun, and everyone has his or her own goals spanning lots of cool levels.
The makers of this game also recruited ten real kids as the human characters and they are really cool. The movies for them are awesome.
I'm currently convincing my friends to buy this game, so you better hurry before they buy your copy. ... Read more

17. Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo

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Asin: B00008KUA7
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Bay Area Multimedia
Sales Rank: 2129
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Nick Park's marvelous clay-animation characters Wallace and Gromit translate well to videogaming in Project Zoo.The villainous penguin Feathers McGraw (from The Wrong Trousers) has abducted numerous baby animals, and it's up to Gromit to set them free by running, jumping, and using various gadgets around and below the zoo.The player controls the dog-turned-action-hero Gromit, while Wallace follows along, fixing machinery and building quirky gizmos.The five levels look great (though low-lighting situations are murky) and are very large, with a terrific 3-D feel--Gromit can wander almost anywhere he wants, and he climbs ladders, swings on and slides down ropes, and swims.On the downside, the heavy emphasis on timed jumping can get tedious, and the game has an odd tendency to suddenly shift camera angle, which can make jumping even harder.Bonus levels are very tough, but fortunately the player can back out without completing them.Likewise, puzzles are sometimes tough, but not always required to complete the level (plus, there are often hints if you're paying attention).There are also a number of arcade-like diversions that can be skipped then tried on your next pass through the game, which increases the replay value.

Although it can get a little scary, kids who enjoy the films should like the game too, as the characters look and sound familiar (kudos for getting Peter Salis to return as the voice of Wallace), there's a lot of humor taken from the films, and heck, rescuing baby animals is a worthwhile thing to do.For those concerned about violence, it's worth noting that Gromit never has to fight living creatures, just robots. Project Zoo is recommended for those looking for a family game, or for fans of the films.--David Horiuchi


  • Three-dimensional world that allows you to go almost anywhere you want, swing on and slide down ropes, swim, etc.
  • A sense of fun that evokes the movies, and Peter Salis returns as the voice of Wallace
  • Fun for kids


  • Too much timed jumping
  • Sudden shifts in camera angle
  • Only three save-game slots
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  • Charge through the game as the resourceful and adventurous Gromit, with Wallace never far behind
  • Race through five enormous action packed levels (with 24 sub levels and mini arcade games)
  • Bursting with inventions designed to challenge the mind and fill every level with fast paced fun
  • Build contraptions invented by Wallace to aid your journey
  • For 1 player

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Wallace and Gromit in Project Zoo
This game starts out as very fun, but the more you play the harder the levels become, and I mean TOO hard. I played this game with my boyfriend and we are both very good gameplayers in our 20's, and even we were having the worst time beating the levels near the end of the game. There are a lot of tricky parts near the harder levels that I had to play around 7-10 times over again, sometimes more, in order to complete. This game became more frustrating than fun after a while, because you had to move so precisely it became almost impossible to move on to the next part.

Another really frustrating part of the game was that as you moved Gromit through the levels, when you get to a hard part where you need to adjust the camera angle in order to complete the task sucessfully all of a sudden the camera angle moves, and it became really hard to adjust back. This would happen EVERY TIME you needed to do a tricky task.

And another note, the game does look very beautiful in the beginning, inside this tropical green pretty looking place, but the next few levels have very ugly scenery, one is a rusty mine, and the ugly scenery does not improve the enjoyment of the game.

My best advice would be that if you want an accurate review of the game, make sure the reviewer has played through more than 1/2 of the game. The game is VERY decieving through the beginning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wallace and Gromit battle Feathers again
Any fan of Wallace and Gromit will love this game. The game starts with a long intro to set up any non-fan with the important characters, and introduce the player to the off-kilter storyline Wallace and Gromit are famous for. Feathers McGraw takes over the West-Wallaby Zoo and all it's animals. Your job, as Gromit, is to assist Wallace in freeing the animals and especially Wallace's adopted polar bear (part of an adopt-a-bear program). The game-play is very fun, fluid and fully of silly gadgets. I enjoyed it fully and think most who play it would agree. peace. ... Read more

18. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006409Y
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 4442
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The force is truly with Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter. Thisfirst-person space shooter will appeal to fans of the genre, and will especiallyexcite any Star Wars buffs: there's a lot of material in this game thatcovers the period between Episode I and Episode II.

The time prior to the events of Star Wars: Episode II is a chaotic one.Pressure between the Republic and Count Dooku is building, and the Count has aplan that will give him the upper hand. He's made a deal with Captain Toth ofthe Trade Federation, who intends to take over the resource-abundant Karthakksystem. He has met almost no resistance, except for the alien smuggler Nym.

Aware that the Karthakk system must not fall into Dooku's hands, Mace Windudispatches his former student Adi Gallia (now a Jedi Master) to the system in anexperimental force-powered starfighter. She joins forces with Nym, and togetherthey just might have a chance at stopping Captain Toth.

Jedi Starfighter has 15 story-driven levels and an in-depth tutorial. Inall, the game provides over 20 missions, mostly protecting or escorting targetsand blowing up droids and other minions of the future Empire. The action takesplace in space, as well as in the sky over various planets. You can play aseither Adi or Nym, and you can also play the entire game in two-player split-screen cooperative mode. The Xbox version has an exclusive head-to-head scenariocalled Coruscant Territory Capture--think Star Wars meets Capture theFlag.

The two main ships you fly are Adi's Jedi starfighter (the same ship piloted byObi Wan in Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones) and Nym's strikebomber. Adi's ship is fast and light with four force powers (force field, forcelightening, force reflex, and force shock wave). Nym's ship has heavier armor inaddition to energy bombs, cruise missiles, proximity mines, and clustermissiles. The cockpit is set up similarly in both ships, so it's easy to switchbetween them.

This game is good, but there are a few weak points. The voice dialogue, whilewell-scripted, never shuts up and may drive you batty. The AI is downright dumbearly in the game: for example, you can blast away at an enemy troop carrier,and it keeps going on its merry way until it's destroyed (the drones aresomewhat trickier, but soon become predictable). The AI does improve later on,but some may not feel challenged even then. Lastly, the button placement on thealready cumbersome Xbox controller is difficult--the zoom button is right nextto the shoot button, making it pretty much impossible to do both at the sametime.

Bottom line: Star Wars Jedi Starfighter is a fun spaceshooter--especially for two-player gaming--that shows off your Xbox. --BryanKarsh


  • Good training missions
  • Two-player cooperative and combative modes
  • Sharper, smoother graphics than PS2 version
  • Too much dialogue
  • Difficult button placement
  • Dumb AI
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Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's worth the price and a good collection for a Star Wars..
A good fun game to relieve stress or get away from reality. It's worth the price and a good collection for a Star Wars fanatic. The Jedi Starfighter itself more then makes this a worthy addition to your collection, as it is just as enjoyable to fly as an X-Wing and looks a lot better then the N1-Starfighter ever did. And with a great back-up craft in the Havoc, you'll have a blast. But what's more important is the story arc. From what is presented here, Episode II looks more and more a beautiful treat. There are plenty of new enemy craft to keep an eye out for, and the extras on disc will keep you going for some time.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good as a gift
The game is ok. The main knock I have is that the controls are extremely confusing. The controls change from battle to battle and you have no idea even what "mode" you are in when you start.

The graphics are decent and the ship is fun and easy to fly. The force powers add a nice dimension - but again - too difficult to control.

Also - the game is pretty linear. The replay value isn't very high.

I'll just go back to Halo...

4-0 out of 5 stars worth bying
Its a great game. It really is. And the nice thing if you beat the game and get tired of the missions you can play them again with bonus craft or with a friend. You could also play bonus missions or chalenge somebody in a game or duel. If you like this game you should also try "starwars starfighter."

P.S. When you play two player the person playing with you will side with you and also have a different craft. On some levels you can even get crafts that you couldn't get even as a bonus craft. So here's my suggestoin to you. Get your little sister or cousin to play with you and take the cool car.

3-0 out of 5 stars Innovative and Fun At First, Tiresome After a Couple Hours
It's always been extremely "hit-or-miss" with LucasArts Entertainment's long running series of games based off of the Star Wars universe. On one hand, they've brought to life several extremely successful arcade-style flight simulators, but on the other they've stumbled and bumbled their way through countless platformers and shoot-em-ups. In more recent years, even their greatest strength, the flight sims, have taken a nosedive with poor showings on the PSX, N64, PS2, GameCube and Xbox. So when I finally sat down to have a go at this one, it was with a fleeting hope to see more of what once was and less of what's most recently been. I remember when things were good, and it's very hard to forget when they were bad.

The basic premise of this one is quite simple; you alternate playing the roles of Adi Gallia, a young Jedi Master and Nym, a typical gung-ho, brightly colored alien pirate, as they battle to save the republic from the looming threat of the Trade Federation. Both fly easily recognizable ships, and each come fully equipped with their own set of unique special weapons and secondary firepower. While Adi can use the force to aid her in the battle by slowing down time, reinforcing shields or striking enemy ships with force lightning, Nym's vehicle carries a heavy load of blunt firepower. Adi's ship is faster and more maneuverable, but Nym's packs a much stronger punch.

The entirety of the controls themselves are very easy to learn and deceptively simple to master. It's nowhere near as complex and customizable as the keyboard-based system introduced by X-Wing and Tie Fighter, but it still accomplishes many of the same tasks without the necessity of another sixty buttons. The left analog stick controls the direction of your ship, and the right analog handles the roll, which is more of a luxury feature than anything else. In space you won't need to put this to use at all, except perhaps to dodge enemy fire, but when you're battling near the surface of a planet it's easy to get disoriented by your surroundings if everything isn't level. The left and right triggers handle the speed of your craft, with the left your brake and the right your speed boost. I miss the ability to set my thrust to 40% or 60%, or to match the speed of my target and ride his tail until he's dead, but the lack of so many confusing buttons here is a trade-off I can live with.

The story, unfortunately, isn't nearly as inventive nor as easy to follow as the weapons or control systems. What story there is shoots by at such a blazing pace, it's nearly impossible to comprehend what's just happened before you're right in the thick of another fight. At one point, I didn't understand that I was dogfighting with Jango Fett himself until the second or third time he killed me. Efforts were made to tie this title in with the events going on during Episode II, but you could blink and miss the connections. Samuel L. Jackson's character, Mace Windu, is directly involved with everything you do, but it's hard to tell when that's his voice you're hearing over the comm-link, because the voice actor they cast for his role sounds NOTHING like his movie counterpart.

Another thing that bothered me about the way this game played was its straightforward series of goals. While one of the coolest things about Tie Fighter was its variety, Jedi Starfighter puts you in a new location, shakes up your odds a little bit, and tells you to do one of two things; protect something or kill something. Gone are the reconnaissance missions that made the pace of the PC flight sims so strong. You'll never be asked to retreat from a battle after holding off enemy fighters long enough for backup to arrive. It's kill or be killed, every single time.

While the gameplay itself is quite realistic in appearance, with tightly-rendered ships, daunting scale and believable obstacles such as asteroids and hidden enemy bases on small moons, the characters in the important scenes are flamboyantly cartoony and unrealistic. The regal, pompous air exuded by the tall, green members of the Trade Federation in Episode I is rendered null and void when they flail their arms around, swivel their hips or throw their heads around in strange ways during casual dialog. It seems like the animators grew bored with what they were being asked to render and overcompensated on the body language.

The audio, to its credit, is very well done from start to finish. Though the voice acting is pretty much universally terrible, the sound effects and music more than make up for it and then some. Laser fire is easy to trace, each different ship sounds crisp and distinct, and the original John Williams score works every bit as well here as it does on screen.

This is a title that had all the elements of a great game, in the same vein as its vaunted predecessors. It was overflowing with ingenuity, featuring unique new elements that made even the harshest battles exciting and entertaining, an enormous stage upon which to play, a steadily rising level of difficulty and several well-developed unlockable features. The gameplay is most certainly spot-on but the story, mood and motivations have got it all wrong. It's hard to get into a game like this, no matter how original the weaponry, if the story feels like an afterthought and each stage is just a new skin wrapped around the same old set of goals. Extra features help add a little spice to it, but on the large it's a perfect example of what could have been. I wish they'd taken another couple months on this, finished it properly and concentrated more on adding some peaks and valleys to the missions themselves.

one of the worst games I have ever played
This game was terrible my dog can make a more fun game than this. It's not worth looking at. I look wide eyed when people buy it. ... Read more

19. NHL Hitz Pro
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008XKZQ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1738
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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  • Play the way hockey is played in the NHL: 5-on-5--every team, player and position
  • Authentic NHL penalties will get players time in the "sin bin"
  • All players are available and all authentic team lines are ready to hit the ice
  • Switch up the line to have the freshest players on the ice
  • For 1 player

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars fun
this is the quickest hockey game and it's fun too.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Past is Ruined
I cant say I'm to happy with Hitz Pro. I dont understand why people have to change the game so much, leave it the way it is and just patch up a couple of glitches. Making the game 5 on 5 completely ruined it. Who the hell makes this game anyway Gary Bettman lol. This game went from being an awesome unique three on three battle with thundering hitz and amazing graphics to an ordinary 5 on 5 hockey game which I can I play on any other hockey game. Go back to the old style.

Thanks, Anonymous

Best hockey since Sega Gensis
The thrill is back in hitz pro. Wow! This game moves quick and looks gorgous. You can play traditional hockey or arcade so it's like two games in one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Go Back To 3-on-3 Hockey
NHL Hitz is known for 3-on-3 hockey. Thats what I liked so much about Hitz 2003. The gameplay is pretty good and the graphics are good but who needs penalties not to mention the hits aren't as big. I did like the fighting a little bit but there was no chance for blocks. If you want a real hockey game buy ESPN NHL hockey.

5-0 out of 5 stars nhl hitz pro
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20. Nightcaster II: Equinox

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Asin: B00007L12C
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Jaleco
Sales Rank: 9112
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars I just can't take it!!!
THIS GAME IS A WASTE OF PLASTIC. The graphics show little improvement from the original. The musical score is almost non-existant. They also took away the one good thing the original had; CAMRERA ANGLES! I got this game for $9.00 and I wich I had gotten fajittas instead. No one in there right mind would say this game was good unless they worked for or are related to an employee of Jaleco. I great concept that been destroyed by programmer laziness and company haste. DON'T BOTHER!

Why? Just, I mean, did they even...? Why?
Okay, this game has no business ever being released. It's just SO terrible. The people who gave it a good review just saw its excellent graphics and said, "It must be awesome!" No. I'm getting frustrated because I can just not in any way even begin to tell you what a catastrophe it is that it was ever released. I guess I CAN give you a runthrough of a playing.

There is no continual background music; however, when something comes near you it plays this annoying little ditty until it is vanquished. Then, it is silent again. Oh, I forgot something: the enemies are only beatable because of having infinate lives. 7500 bad guys that can withstand 100000 hits each tackle you at each battle, all while you can only withstand 3 hits, of which are continual, without using one of your 5 lives.

STAY AWAY!!! There is a reason that AMAZON no longer carries this!

4-0 out of 5 stars Much improved over the original--sure to be a rare game
First of all, let me state that I believe Nightcaster II will be one of those rare titles that, in a few years, may be worth quite a bit since many gamers have passed it up and the number of copies for sale in stores is actually quite low. With that said, let's go on to the game.

Reading some of the reviews that other members have posted for NCII, you may be tempted to pass the game up, particularly if you've played the horrendous Nightcaster 1. Now keep in mind that I am a very picky gamer and I also hated NC1, but figuring that Jaleco had time to improve much of what went wrong in the first game, I decided to give NC2 a shot and I was pleasantly surprised! The game is still not perfect, but it does appear that much of what I hated in the first has been addressed, and the style of play is more appealing now.

First off, the graphics are better. The orb gives off realtime shadowing effects to background objects, bump mapping is used, and the overall dark atmosphere helps keep you in suspense. The point of view is still a little claustrophobic, but the camera and orb controls have thankfully gotten better. Melee fighting is now actually a big part of the game and you can string together combos--you actually get fighting-game style bonuses when you kill enemies in combos with weapons/and or magic! The spells are MUCH more useful this time around and far easier to use..some actually home in and auto-target enemies and each spell seems to do a good amount of damage regardless of which character you use, so the endless spell cycling prevalent in the first game is not as necessary now. RPG elements now exist! You can level up and assign attributes to you character, and the levels are massive and better structured, plus the map screen tells you how many enemies are on this particular map as well as how many special items (artifacts) remain. YOU CAN NOW SAVE ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME!! Thankfully, the biggest issue with the first game was the limited saves. Also, 2 players can play cooperatively and you can pick from two different characters for the solo adventure! The adventure seems more cohesive now and I actually found it fun to roam through the maps rooting out every single enemy and item. I like the fact that enemies will not respawn after you've cleared a map.

The production quality is quite good and overall, I found Nightcaster II to be a big improvement and a pleasant surprise. If you can find a copy, buy it. Give it a chance and you may be surprised!

5-0 out of 5 stars SWEET!
I fell in love the moment I layed eyes on it!

5-0 out of 5 stars SWEET!!!!!
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