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1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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2. Star Wars Rogue Squadron III:
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3. Luigi's Mansion
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5. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
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20. Medal of Honor Frontline

1. Star Wars: The Clone Wars
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000067DPN
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1100
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Another title to add to the Star Wars gaming shelf, The Clone Wars picks up where the movie Episode II: Attack of the Clones leaves off. In fact, the very first battle in this game re-creates the climactic battle in the movie, with you leading the clone army and blasting every droid in sight. Not big on strategy, Clone Wars is your basic arcade-style shoot-'em-up game. If you liked Star Wars: Starfighter, this game’s for you.

You control the Jedi leading the Republic's clone army, sometimes fighting as Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace Windu, or other familiar Jedi as the war takes you from planet to planet. As the leader, you may issue squad commands to teammates, allowing them to act independently and assist you in your mission. Your ships and weapons are varied, giving you the pleasure of piloting everything from zippy speeder bikes to the impressive Republic Gunship. Soar over ice fields and desertscapes, or maneuver through labyrinthine galactic scrap yards, leaving robotic wreckage behind as you blast through enemy ranks. And every so often you actually get to use your lightsaber as well.

The game is fun to play, the controls easy to master--but you won’t find a lot new or challenging if you’re an experienced gamer. Also, unlike its sibling, Bounty Hunter, the graphics leave a bit to be desired, but luckily this aspect of the game doesn’t detract much from the gameplay. The pure pleasure in this game lies in becoming a part of the Star Wars universe. And, of course, blowing up robots. --Maile Bohlmann


  • High-intensity play
  • Fun, classic Star Wars music
  • Four multiplayer modes


  • Silly voiceovers
  • Graphics aren’t very detailed and color palette is limited
  • Plotline is threadbare
  • Overall, not very challenging or unique

(This review refers to the PlayStation2 version of this game) ... Read more

Reviews (62)

2-0 out of 5 stars The Clone Wars are just plain boring.
I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and I pretty much have ever game with Star Wars in the title. After Rouge Squadron II on the GameCube, I couldn't wait for The Clone Wars, which can roughly be described as Rougue Squadron on the ground. While the graphics are amazing, the game play that has made so many Star Wars games fun to play was lacking in this game in my opinion. The single player missions are fun, and the difficulty on Jedi Knight is extremely tough. I just didn't get into the game. I did not like the ground based fighting game and only found fun flying. The times when you are a Jedi are laughable. If one has played Jedi Knight II, on PC, they will understand what I mean. The multiplayer is absolutely horrible. I played it with 3 of my friends and after 10 minutes, we played something else, due to the lack of entertainment and fun. If you are a hardcore Star Wars fan, you'll probably like it, if you are a gamer looking for a challenge with great multiplayer capabilties, get Time Splitters 2, and pass on this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars This will be the Greatest Star Wars game of all time.
If Rouge Leader was good, combine it with Shadows of the Empire and Attack of the Clones to get Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Spectacular graphics look like the movies just pop from the theater to your tv. A great story line connects with the movies even episodes 4,5,and 6. Gameplay variety allows you to fly around blowing up tank droids in a Republic Gunship then get out and cut some Genosians in half with your lightsaber as Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. And to top it all off, the first Star Wars game for Gamecube to be Multiplayer. Grab a friend, a second controller and start blowing each other to Kingdom Come. "Begun the Clone War, has"-Yoda, Jedi Master

That was the preview now for the review.

The game itself has pretty good graphics, on the vehicles especially. The storyline dates back to events before the Republic was formed. Although some of the character voices and designs could leave something to be desired, it could be worse. Although there could be some more missions and some better bosses (one in a Gunship for one) the levels are fun, especially when you're in a Gunship. Overall it's a five star game with some minor downsides.

3-0 out of 5 stars Like Rogue Squadron on cheats
With Episode III of the Star Wars saga hitting theaters next year, Lucasfilm licensing is taking the time to flesh out the battles of the Clone Wars through various forms of media - this video game is one of them. You start out at the battle of Geonosis from Episode II and work your way through the war campaign by campaign.

If you've ever played any of the games in the Rogue Squadron series (and by extension Battle for Naboo and Starfighter) you'll know what to expect. However, whereas those games required a more thoughtful and tactical approach to each mission, Clone Wars puts the emphasis on all-out carnage. Mission objectives are really vague excuses for you to blast and blow up the hoardes of enemies the game tosses at you. There are missile and health refills aplenty, and the convoys you occasionally have to protect are in nowhere near the danger the ones in Rogue Squadron faced. I wouldn't say the game is easy, but it's not nerve-wracking either. It's like a cheat version of Rogue Squadron where you get to blow stuff up and go crazy without worrying too much about the consequences, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The graphics are okay. Emphasis was placed on getting as many bad guys onscreen with a respectable framerate instead of making everything look pretty, and it was a smart decision. You'll be too busy staying alive to care that the visuals aren't as advanced as other titles. Sound and story, which LucasArts usually excels at, are disappointing here. The in-game sounds are great, but the cutscenes are compressed. The story itself isn't that great either, with bland voice-acting. I'd rather fight seperate, non-related missions than have them all link together with a convoluted story.

In the end, Clone Wars is a decent game to pick up and play for a few rounds of mayhem. It's not a standout game by any means, but it's a recommended purchase for Star Wars fans and anyone wanting mindless excitement.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Star Wars The Clone Wars is an exceptional game. It is my favorite one out of them all. You can play in single player mode or up to four players. It has mind-blowing missions. You can receive bonus points to win mulitplayer maps and that's not all you can win. You can find out the rest of the surprises by buying the game now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stupendous
Buy it for the awesome Conquest Multiplayer mode. (like Freedom Fighters multiplayer). Single Player is also long and great, with incredible graphics. It's a great deal, so pick it up. ... Read more

2. Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000A1OG4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 544
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
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  • You are the Jedi that can save the Rebels and defeat the Empire
  • Battle using 5 different vehicles and animals from the Star Wars series
  • Includes all the elements from the Rogue Leader game
  • Cinematic realism
  • For 1 to 4 players

Reviews (82)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Jedi Council insists you to get this game!
Meh...sorry for the corny line, but I had to say it. Anyway, everyone is familiar with the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series that started on the N64 and followed into the Gamecube. Each game was known for its outstanding graphics, movie cut-scenes, and fast action gameplay in the different types of ships. Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike is the 3rd game of the series, and again it still delivers the same action quality gaming we were waiting for. Don't listen to the negative reviews, as this game is the strongest and most challenging of the bunch. This is why I can recommend this game from the very onto the review.

The graphics of the game are spectacular and are every bit as good as the previous ones, if not better. From the ground missions on Hoth, to the bike missions in the forest, each level and character detail is well done. As an added bonus there are some great movie clips that come into play in different scenes of the level, usually before and after the mission is over. These videos are all good quality and really help put you into the game. Some people have complained about certain framerate issues, but they are not noticeable, especially in the fast paced sky missions.

The audio portion of the game really shines as well...all the Star Wars sounds are here, including movie based voice acting. There really isn't any music to speak of while you are playing the missions, but in menus and selection screens, some Star Wars music and classic Rogue Squadron game music plays. Sound effects are all great here...Tie Fighters exploding, lasers firing, voices coming in on the com-link...everything sounds great, so no problems here.

Now we get to the after the positive graphics and audio reviews, you would think there would be some gameplay problems as well. On the contrary, the gameplay is just as good as the others, but there are some problems...lets take a look inside. Levels are still mission based as always, and if you are defeated a number of times, or fail the mission, you lose. Now along with the classic sky based missions, there are now the addition of land based missions. If you have played the demo of Hoth, you probably know already. Some people disliked the foot missions, but I found them important to the storyline and were actually kind of fun, due to the change of pace. With that, there are 2 different following Luke, and the other following his buddy, Wedge Antilles.

The foot based missions weren't the only new addition to the game, there was also the addition of new vehicles...such as the Tie Bomber, Jedi Starcraft, and Tie Hunter among others. From that, the best new addition would be the competitive Multiplayer and the Co-operative mission modes of play. This adds a great deal of replay value to the games...which had great replay value already from the medal awards. If you are new to the game, gold, silver, and bronze medals are given based on how you did in each level. This inspection includes how many enemies you beat, how long it took you to beat the level, your accuracy, and more. The sheer number of things to do in this game is incredible, and why the gameplay gets a thumbs up from me as well.

Now with all the positives there are a few negatives, now while they aren't a big problem, they are a tad noticeable. One such being the while the camera isn't a major issue in the air missions due to the constant moving gameplay, the land missions are a tad affected by this. Main point being you can't control the camera in these missions which is a tad annoying...however the camera issue isn't as bad as in games like Super Mario Sunshine. The other problem I had was the bike missions. They are extremely difficult because basically one wrong mistake and you fail. I really think this is one mission that could have been removed from the game. Beyond this though, there are really no major problems, so you can look forward to nice graphics, great sound, and great gameplay. With all these positives, there is no mistake if I should be recommending the game or not. This is one of the best games of the season next to Mario Kart: Double Dash and Mario Party 5, and is one of the games to get for the holiday season!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wooo!!!
I am a big fan of the star wars movies, but not all psychos about it and all upsets with it, but excluding the prequels, which are terrible. This is a definite must play for star wars fanatics though. Anyway, everyone is familiar with the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series that started on the N64 and followed into the Game cube. Each game was known for its outstanding graphics, movie cut-scenes, and fast action game play in the different types of ships. Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike is the 3rd game of the series, and again it still delivers the same action quality gaming we were waiting for. Don't listen to the negative reviews, as this game is the strongest and most challenging of the bunch.

The graphics of the game are spectacular and are every bit as good as the previous ones, if not better. From the ground missions on Hoth, to the bike missions in the forest, each level and character detail is well done. As an added bonus there are some great movie clips that come into play in different scenes of the level, usually before and after the mission is over. These videos are all good quality and really help put you into the game. Some people have complained about certain framerate issues, but they are not noticeable, especially in the fast paced sky missions.

The audio portion of the game really shines as well...all the Star Wars sounds are here, including movie based voice acting. There really isn't any music to speak of while you are playing the missions, but in menus and selection screens, some Star Wars music and classic Rogue Squadron game music plays. Sound effects are all great here...Tie Fighters exploding, lasers firing, voices coming in on the com-link...everything sounds great, so no problems here.

Now we get to the game after the positive graphics and audio reviews, you would think there would be some game play problems as well. On the contrary, the game play is just as good as the others, but there are some problems...lets take a look inside. Levels are still mission based as always, and if you are defeated a number of times, or fail the mission, you lose. Now along with the classic sky based missions, there are now the addition of land based missions. If you have played the demo of Hoth, you probably know already. With that, there are 2 different following Luke, and the other following his buddy, Wedge Antilles.

Now with all the positives there are a few negatives, now while they aren't a big problem, they are a tad noticeable. One such being the while the camera isn't a major issue in the air missions due to the constant moving gameplay, the land missions are a tad affected by this. Main point being you can't control the camera in these missions which is a tad annoying...however the camera issue isn't as bad as in games like Super Mario Sunshine. The other problem I had was the bike missions. They are extremely difficult because basically one wrong mistake and you fail. I really think this is one mission that could have been removed from the game. Beyond this though, there are really no major problems, so you can look forward to nice graphics, great sound, and great gameplay. With all these positives, there is no mistake if I should be recommending the game or not. This is a great game, and now with the new low price it's a must buy!

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent game with a few flaws
When the Gamecube was launched, Star Wars Rogue Squadron II - Rogue Leader was an instant hit with a number of gamers. It was one of the finest games available at the time of launch, and it proved that unlike many previous blunders in the series, Star Wars games CAN be good. For nearly two years we have waited for the sequel, and at long last it has arrived! Read on for my review of Star Wars Rogue Squadron III - Rebel Strike.

-I'll say the most important good thing about this game first - YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A STAR WARS FAN TO ENJOY THIS GAME!
-This game has more pilotable vehicles than the past two Rogue Squadron games COMBINED! If you want variety, you've got it.
-In addition to air vehicles, you'll also get to pilot Imperial walkers and swoop/speeder bikes, and even landspeeders!
-The graphics are stunning.
-There's a cooperative two-player mode featuring the missions from the previous game, as well as competitve two-player modes! And in these competitive modes, you can adjust a number of variables to customize your duels! For example, you can turn power-ups on or off, wingmen on or off, etc. And if you don't want your enemy to see what you're telling your wingmen to do, you can hook a Game Boy Advance up to the Gamecube, and use it to give them orders! That is, provided you have the GBA/GCN link cable.
-The game breaks the chain of "all missions are in craft", and has several "on-foot" portions of missions! This only adds to the variety.

-The game has two separate campaigns - one follows Luke Skywalker, the other follows Wedge Antilles.
-With a little work, you can unlock the ORIGINAL Star Wars video game!
-Star Wars games have been known for their "hit or miss" reputation, but I assure you, this one's a "hit"!
-It's not the expanded universe, it's the classic trilogy universe Star Wars fans know and love. That means no Jar Jar!
-A new type of Imperial craft makes its debut in this game - the TIE Hunter!

-The missions, the Speeder Bike ones in particular, are HIGHLY UNFORGIVING. In many missions, if you make a single mistake, you lose. They should have left these Bike missions out of the game.
-Your objectives are often unclear. It's tough to tell exactly what you're supposed to be doing sometimes.
-There are a number of storyline/chronology errors. For example, many of these missions take place BEFORE Return Of The Jedi, but TIE Interceptors and A-Wings and B-Wings appear in these EARLIER missions! These ships didn't exist until the Battle Of Endor in the films. Likewise, in the Death Star Escape mission, Stormtroopers refer to Han and Luke as "Rebel scum", even though they hadn't joined the Rebel Alliance yet. It also seems highly unlikely that a Jedi Starfighter would remain on the surface of Geonosis for twenty years, let alone still work fine, and that its hyperdrive ring would survive in the asteroid field for the same amount of time (the reason I give this time is because I think they are implying that it is the one that Obi-Wan Kenobi landed on Geonosis in Episode II).
-YOU CAN'T ADJUST THE CAMERA IN THE "ON-FOOT" MISSIONS. This is the Achilles Heal of these parts of the game. If you remember right, a bad camera was the biggest flaw in Super Mario Sunshine as well.
-The control in the on-foot missions is very strange at first. Accordingly, I strongly suggest doing the Tatooine Training before playing the actual game. Personally, I would have liked it better if the game stuck to the "all air vehicles" formula of the last two.
-If you're using a cockpit view in a vehicle, you have to use the C-Stick to look around, whereas the "behind vehicle" view gives you a much wider viewing radius.
-You can't play the old Rogue Leader missions in single player, nor can you play the new missions in two player.
-The game features elements of the prequel trilogy (nothing major fortunately), and this is sure to turn off potential players.
-In the Multiplayer Deathmatch mode, there is always a targeting reticule around your foe. This makes it too damn easy to find whoever you're battling against!
-Multiplayer mode is two players only. You can't do four players.

Rebel Strike is a fantastic game that lives up to the hype that has been created around it for so long now. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME TO ALL GAMECUBE OWNERS, STAR WARS FAN OR NOT! Sure, this game isn't perfect by any means, but this game is a very strong candidate for "best Gamecube game to date". Don't pass this buy if you own a Gamecube - you'll just be hurting yourself!

Rebel Strike
hey like rouge leader, i was disapointed with the lack of levels, there are a few ground missions, but i hate the lack of manuevering, and you cant aim, it aims for you and, well, you have a sucky blaster, and terrible aiming. the flight missions are cool, and i have these problems were i beat a level on my first turn, but when i go to replay it i fail miserably, i dunno, its a good game, i wouldnd pay more that $20 for it, i mean i would if it was longer

4-0 out of 5 stars it's a good game, but how they did it wasn't cool
The game is awesome, to say the least, it could've easily gotten 5 stars, but for one little problem, more with Lucas Arts than anything else. They had released, Rogue Leader earlier, which I had gotten, before I even heard about this, but then I hear about this game, which has Rogue Leader, in co-op mode, plus a whole new story line, that branchs off, making it about twice as long as Rogue Leader, I wouldn't've minded if they put it on 2 disks, but doing that on one disk, kinda pissed me off. I would've only taken a half off, but Amazon doesn't do that. Anyway, it's a great game, worth the buy, since you can do a dogfight with Slave 1(the Fett ship) and Obi Wan's Jedi Starfighter, which Wedge finds on Geonosis on his half of the story, you'd think it wouldn't run by that time, but it does, and for a little hint for reading all my babbling, when doing a rampage in the astroids around geonosis, use slave 1, hold Z, go in a circle and let your Seismic Charges/Sonic Mines fly, in that rampage, you have to destroy the astroids, and the Sonic mines can easily bring them down, plus you get 20 of them, lots of fun, so yeah, get the game, and thank you for reading my babble. ... Read more

3. Luigi's Mansion
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005Q8LR
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 146
Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Luigi's Mansion
Luigi's Mansion, for Nintendo Gamecube, is an excellent game. The only bad thing is that the game is way too short. I beat it in under a month. However, they pretty much make up for that little blemish with incredible replay value. For example, depending on how much money you get over the course of the game, Luigi will end up with a different house that he bought with the money. The highest grade is A, and I'm not sure how low you can get, but the lowest I ever got was E. [My first time beating it.] The game is worth playing over just to see how high you can get.
Then there is the Hidden Mansion. Beat the game, and you get access to it. The differences are small, but they're there. See if you can spot them!
Then, once you've gotten bored, you can still visit that nice Training Room! It's really enjoyable! See if you can get eleven ghosts!
Overall, this is my rating-
Gameplay-9.25/10. Some puzzles are too short, yet incredibly frustrating, and sometimes you have to do completely random things to get ghosts to appear, like shaking a moose head. Other than that, though, they gameplay is great.
Graphics-8.50/10. The graphics are typical for Gamecube. [Meaning that they are very good], but I really wish the facial features on the characters would actually change.
Camera-9.75/10. The camera control in unbelievable. I just wish you could adjust it.
Sound-7.50/10. The sound could have been better. The game only has one main tune throughout the game. [If it's playing any music at all]. It's a good thing that the tune is a good one.
Well, that's my Luigi's Mansion review. I hope it was helpful to you!

2-0 out of 5 stars "Fun" if you like difficult, tedious and repetitive games.
Luigi's mansion is one of the Gamecube Oldies. Most everyone who ended up reserving a Gamecube reserved Luigi's Mansion as well.


Luigi's mansion is so incredibly... what's the word... oh yeah, STUPID.

You start out with a plot line that you have won a haunted mansion in a contest you never entered. You encounter a ghost, and some crazy guy sucks it up with a poltergust 3000 (a vacume cleaner) You then must rescue Mario from the mansion, and thats when it gets exciting... for the one time.

Whats the gameplay like? Well, you need to suck up ghosts. First you need to shine a light on them to freeze them, then press L and pull back on the control stick to suck them up. But the drop bombs down, and you go into them, and you lose health and the ghosts! It's [horrible] how you cannot control the way you go. Second, more ghosts pop out and hurt you, and you can't do anything about that either! You would not beleive how stupid the entire thing is. The entire game revolves around pressing L and holding the C-stick down. Short "mini" games involve you the size of a peanut againts ghosts 50x your size. Also, during gameplay, the dumbest things let you get furthur. What does sucking in a peice of paper have to do with letting 50 boo's come out of a sewer? Speaking of boo's, you need to capture 50 of them. They are virtually all the same, and by ghost 10, you are saying "What's the point of this?" They travel through the walls and you need to capture them by going into a different room! Once I was stuck for 10 minutes in a hallway chasing a boo from room to room. BOOOOORING. You also lose health for opening doors, having mice touch you, and you virtually are dead after 10 touches by a ghosts, plus -20 everytime it shoots out a bomb at you. The gameplay gets a 5/10.

Now, I know, I sound like the old men from [a t.v. show], complaining about everything, but I can't complain about this. Despite the ...awful gameplay, the graphics will blow you away. Everything is in 3D and makes it look great. Ghosts have perfect transparentry, and the physics are perfect. If you try to suck up a cloth, it will respond to how hard you pressing the button, where you are, and how much your moving back. It's amazing. The graphics get a 10/10, but don't count on it to help this game's grade.

The sound is neutral. I can't complain, but I can't praise. The ghosts basically all make the same chattery laughter, and the boo's have the exact safe sfx for all of them. The sound gets a 7/10, but I'm being generous to the fact that it was one of the first games from Gamecube.

Speed's ok. It's not like Madden 2002, thank god, but it's superfast. There is loading time, but it's not annoyingly slow. Speed gets a 8/10.

Controls are decent, except for one part. The y button helps you see what can kill a ghost, but it's so slow by the time you know what it is, it bumps into you and you lose major health. You also have to pull the control stick in the opposite direction, which is very difficult because it seems to change while you are holding it. You will know what I mean if you foolishly purchase this game. Controls get a 8.5/10

Whats this "replay value" you speak of? L's Mansion has NO replay value. Whats the point of doing it again? It's gonna be exactly the same everytime! I'm not joking when I give the replay value a 1/10. You beat it, end of story. What's more to do?

Basically, if you want a game that will frustrate and waste your time and your hard-earned [$$], buy Luigi's Mansion. Case closed.
Let's review:
Gameplay: 5/10
Graphics: 10/10
Sound: 7/10
Speed: 8/10
Controls: 8.5/10
Replay value: 1/10
Total: 39.5/60 giving Luigi's Mansion a 65.83, my lowest review ever.

Am I forgetting something? Oh yeah! I always add points for cheats on games. Right, so now instead of a 65.83, I'm gonna give it the appropriate amount of points for cheats, leaving Luigi's Mansion new total to be... 65.83! Woohoo!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good game
This is a good game, and is the perfect starter game if you just bought a gamecube but once you beat it ... you don't play it again (at least for me). This and Super Smash Bros. Melee were the first games I got with the cube and it didn't take very long to beat it. It's a fun game featuring Luigi who rarely gets the credit he deserves but it's just not hard enough. If it took longer to beat or if it were as fun and innovative as the Zelda or Mario series, I might want to play this more. The main reason I got sick of this game is that the whole thing takes place in the manshion, there really is no worlds or temples. Really, it's not as good because it doesn't take that long to explore the whole place. In all, this game is more worth renting once or twice until you beat it then buying it. Unless you are a cube or Mario series fanatic like me, this isn't really worth your money just for the fact that it's too easy to beat.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Value
OK, so Luigi's Mansion isn't the 2nd coming of the original Super Mario Brothers platform for the NES that made video games a household necessity, but it's easily a worthy title for any GameCube collection. Luigi's Mansion was indeed a game designed for a "younger generation", but video game lovers of all ages could learn to appreciate what it has to offer.

The marvelous graphics alone make LM a good value considering it's currently only running about 20 bucks. Does this title have replay value like Nas' Illmatic? No, but this isn't one of those "beat it, trash it" games either. You're actually graded on your overall performance once you defeat the game; Making it a challenge. Take heed to reviewers saying this game can be done in a couple of hours. That's not true. If you start from scratch, and use zero *cheats*, you'll find yourself baffled in tons of puzzles and enigmatic riddles.

The controls could have been more polished, but overall, they're doable. The storyline is the game's most evident flaw. There could have been more to the plot, it was a little simple, and I must say childish. The ending was quite disappointing and nauseating to be honest, but a game's ending shouldn't be a major factor in my opinion. I liked playing the bosses, and the entire concept behind it.

A four star rating is given, simply because you can get this game for such a good price these days. Next time you're in your local department store, slide that plastic, and save LM for a rainy day, you'll be glad you did.

4-0 out of 5 stars Spooky? More Fun Than Spooky, Really...
As one of the GameCube's launch titles, a lot was expected of "Luigi's Mansion." Are the graphics sparkling? Is the gameplay interesting? Do the controls work well? Can Nintendo's most underappreciated character possibly grab part of the spotlight away from his brother? Well, the answers are yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Luigi wins a mansion one day from a contest that he didn't enter. Yeah, you read that right. Mario went to check out the mansion, to see if it was some kind of trap, and still hasn't returned. Luigi gets antsy and finally works up the courage to go into the mansion and search for his missing brother.

When he gets into the mansion, he discovers it is populated by hundreds of ghosts, all of which are vulnerable to his scientist friend E. Gadd's new vacuum-cleaner-type device called the "Poltergust." Using this weapon and some slick thumb skills on the C stick, Luigi can capture the mansion's spook population and get closer to finding his brother.

The graphics are nice, certainly. The ghosts, while not exactly frightening, are very creatively done, and they fit almost seamlessly into the environment. Luigi's constant shivering and tooth-chattering reminds you not to be scared anyway, because he's doing plenty of that for you.

Using the Poltergust, you can unearth all kinds of secrets throughout the mansion, but the real draw is the capturing of the apparitions, "Ghostbusters"-style. The bigger, "boss"-type ghosts all have something a little different about them, a weakness that you must exhibit before being able to capture them, and sometimes that can be half the fun. Without question, I think "Luigi's Mansion" manages to live up to initial expectations, delivering a family-friendly experience, a few spooky moments, and even a classical "Mario" reference in the form of the old theme song, reproduced by a set of ghostly musical instruments. A game well worth its salt.

Inventiveness: 8 (out of 10)
The game concept and design, while not exactly "Resident Evil," is very well thought-out, and the unique flavor of the "Mario" series manages to hang on to this ghost-hunting adventure.

Sound: 8
Just about all the sounds are good, and the music is great, but some of the ghosts' noises get to be absolutely maddening after awhile. Perhaps a few less-annoying sound effects next time, Nintendo?

Graphics: 10
A dark, spooky mansion done in the light-hearted cartoony style of the Mario series is a dark, spooky mansion done right. Again, not a game to scare your pants off of you, but rather, to make you laugh at the fright of the protagonist.

Control: 9
The arrangement of the controls, while perfect for this game, does seem a bit strange. The B button turns your flashlight on or off, and the C stick controls the direction you turn the Poltergust in to capture a ghost or other booty. While it may take some getting used to, once you warm up to it, it'll make perfect sense, I promise.


Overall Score: 8.5
The bottom line: A G-rated adventurous quest through a spooky mansion finally gets Luigi the credit he deserves, and it shows how much he really does love his brother, despite the second-banana role. Good job, Nintendo. ... Read more

4. Sonic Adventure 2 Battle
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Asin: B00005ULXN
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sega of America, Inc.
Sales Rank: 204
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Sega's mascot made his 3-D debut on the Dreamcast, but with the demiseof that system the zippy blue hedgehog is popping up everywhere--including onthe GameCube. Unfortunately, his first next-gen appearance, Sonic Adventure2: Battle, is marred by the same 3-D camera problems that plagued theDreamcast version, and the multiplayer "battle" component isn't all that it'scracked up to be.

Right out of the gate, players have the option of choosing Hero (Sonic, Tails,and Knuckles) or Dark (Dr. Eggman, Shadow, and Rouge) quests, which arecompletely different. Sonic and his dark counterpart Shadow traverse levels atwarp speed colleting coins and power-ups while fighting enemies in the game'smost exhilarating moments. Unfortunately, the other characters are nowhere nearas fun to play. Dr. Eggman and Tails fight through levels that require littlemore than constant button-mashing to shoot an endless procession of enemies, andKnuckles and Rouge participate in seemingly endless levels that requiresearching for a variety of objects.

Graphically, the game is a bit of a letdown considering the processing muscle ofGameCube. Models are fairly simplistic, and level textures are sometimes bland.Game Boy Advance owners can use a link cable to download Chao from the game andtrain them on the go, but the rewards for doing so are minor considering thetime investment involved. The main feature this game offers over its Dreamcastpredecessor is the variety of multiplayer modes, which are fun but offer none ofthe depth or replayability of standalone multiplayer games like Super SmashBros. Melee. Still, they are nice additions--especially the racinggames--and round out a flawed single-player component. Sonic addicts who missed thisgame the first time around on the Dreamcast will definitely want to check itout, but the finicky camera, tedious non-Sonic/Shadow levels in single-playermode, and surprisingly shallow multiplayer components (especially the Chaogames) turn what could have been a great game into a mere good one. --T. ByrlBaker


  • Plenty of variety
  • Sonic/Shadow levels are pure, unadulterated fun
  • Knuckles/Rouge levels are tedious
  • Multiplayer aspects could use some more depth
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3-0 out of 5 stars Sonic and Shadow=Fun Everyone Else=Not Fun
SA2B is moderately fun. However, only a bit of it is. The Sonic and Shadow levels are extremely fun. Run through levels at fast speeds, killing enemies and collecting rings as you go. That is incredibly fun. So let's say you're in story mode and you just beat Sonic's first level. You're thinking:Wow! This game is the best! The next level you use Knuckles. You're thinking:Wow! This is so hard and boring. The next level you use Tails. You're thinking:I've always loved using Tails' flying ability! Then you see him in a crappy robot. His levels: Hold B. Rotate the analog stick once to lock on to the enemies. Release B and fire. Fun? No. Knuckles' levels are just trying to find emeralds (by the way, when he digs, for some reason they used his Japanese voice) and Tails' levels are just running around shooting things in a robot (if it sounds fun, trust me, it's not). This game also says: play as 6 different characters. That's partly true. The characters are different. But it's really just 3 characters on different sides: Hero and Dark. But, at least it's only $30. This game has an excellent story and some excellent music. I give it 3 stars!

4-0 out of 5 stars Sonics first nintendo game is a hit!
Well I being an owner of a Sega Genesis have played many of the classic sonic games. So when this came out for the Cube I thought I should expand my Sonic collection. I a glad I did. The game features two main modes Hero and Dark. Both vary in different ways but share a common goal, to collect all the Chaos Emeralds. In Dark you play as Shadow, Dr.Eggman, and Rouge. In Hero you play as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. After you beat both sides you unlock a new mode. In this mode all six characters come togehter to prevent the space statio n from running into Earth. The game itself contains over 150 missions. Exclusive to the Gamecube version is a series of multiplayer games. In these games you can be such people as Chaos Zero, metal sonic, or Amy. The reason this game got 4 stars is because the game lacks replay value and the multiplayer games are a little lacking. Overall,I'd say the game is worth a buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh...
This (lucky me!) happened to be my first Sonic game. Though I've had the game for a year or so, I still play it regularly. Why?? Because it's one of the best games ever for GC. There's 180 emblems to collect, which will keep you playing for hours at a time. The theme songs are wonderful and desrcibe each character perfectly. The gameplay really flows nicely. If you just want to see the ending, just zip through the story modes. If you want to see a secret little extra that Sonicteam put in, get all 180 emblems.
Rouge and Knuckles' levels aren't really THAT tedious. Wild Canyon and Dry Lagoon are 2 or 3 minute excursions. It's just when you get to the harder levels where it gets tedious. For example spending 9 minutes on Mad Space. Or spending 5 minutes on Death Chamber. But overall, this is a game for people even if they aren't Sonic fans. This game has recently even become a Player's Choice game. Shows you how much people really do love this game ^^

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sonic game
I've always loved the Sonic the Hedgehog series, and this game is no different. The great part about this game is that you can either play the Hero side or the Dark side, whichever you choose, it DOES end up the same way.

Gameplay - awesome controls, plays a lot like the older games but obviously a little better considering it's a lot newer and on a better system.

Graphics - great graphics, good detail on the characters and the levels are awesome.

Stages - each character has their own special stages, Sonic/Shadow are on their feet doing adventure modes, Tails/Eggman are in machines while Knuckles/Rouge have to find three emerald pieces. This game even has 2 racing stages. The best part is, after you beat a level, you can replay it as much as you want and you keep playing until you receive the letter A. Once you beat the level, a new "challenge" appears such as collect 100 coins, find the lost chao, time mode and hard mode. The stages also get gradually harder which is expected.

Characters - old and new characters appear here, of course Sonic, Tails and Knuckles are back to fight off the evil Dr. Eggman but this time he's brought along Rouge the bat and Shadow, a Sonic look-a-like which is supposedly the "secret weapon".

Options - not only does this game have the different challenges for each level, it also contains a 2 player mode where you can play with a friend on some of the stages. Other two player games include the racing, chao race and a shooting battle.

Chao Garden - the Chao Garden is an amazing feature, it's awesome raising chao and in this game you get 3 gardens though 2 have to be earned. The Hero Garden is a garden for the good chao (chaos that should only be raised by Sonic, Tails and Knuckles). It's a beautiful sunny garden with a nice heavenly waterfall/pool. The Dark Garden is for evil chaos (for Shadow, Eggman and Rouge). It is complete with a red pool and dying, Halloween looking trees. The chaos can die but if you treated them well, they will leave an egg and after 2 or 3 times they will become an immortal Angel or Devil chao and will actually look quite different (IF you follow the directions). There is chao races in the normal garden (for good, evil or neutral chao) and chao karate. Once you beat all the races and karate, you will receive gifts.

Other - the game is great, it features similar levels to the old Sonic, he still has the loops and everything. I like the idea that you can be good or evil and the storyline is excellent. It's the kind of game you will want to play over and over again, especially since it's actually REALLY hard to get a level A in some of the levels. A fun overall game and definitely worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars the coolest game ever made!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is the most fun video game I've ever played! It has the best storyline of any sonic game I've played, it has nice graphics, cool music( the music will get you to buy the soundtrack! ) and is really fun. This was the first sonic game I have ever played, and it is what made me a big Sonic fan ( actually, Sonic is only my fourth favorite character, Knuckles and Rouge tie for first, and Shadow comes in second ) Also, the Chao are really fun and cute to raise and play with, and it is cool to see them transform and win races/karate. If you are a sonic fan and don't have this game, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?????????!!!!!!!!!!! GO BUY IT NOW!!!! (you won't regret it!!!) ... Read more

5. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
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Asin: B000095ZHA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 194
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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  • Features over 30 of your favorite Simpsons characters
  • Huge levels with over 100 Springfield landmarks
  • Brave jam-packed routes and time-saving short-cuts
  • Compete for passengers in 2-player split-screen action
  • For 1 or 2 players

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5-0 out of 5 stars GTA: Springfield!
That's right, folks! Just like how Road Rage was a lift off of Crazy Taxi, Hit & Run is the Simpsons treatment of Grand Theft Auto, only with a PG-13 rating. Even so this game has a tremendous amount of promise and should be a Homer (bad joke). If you liked the game play of GTA, buy this one! If like me, you've never played any of the GTA games because you own a Gamecube instead of a PS2, they buy this game TODAY. You'll be getting the best of both worlds; a new Simpsons game chock full o' in-jokes and laughs, and a version of GTA for us Nintendo fans. Personally I'm so sure this is going to be a winner, I'm preordering it sight unseen.

5-0 out of 5 stars D'OH! Mmmmm ... Simpsons on video game!
THE SIMPSONS HIT AND RUN is a quantum leap from the ROAD RAGE game previously released. In ROAD RAGE you played a driving game that imitated CRAZY TAXI, and this one is more like GTA - missions on foot and driving. In HIT AND RUN you hoof it for some portions of the game, and you drive a variety of cars (just pick one off the road by standing in front of it and pressing the "y" button). You have to complete missions and tasks for the residents of Springfield while also looking out for some evil aliens that are spying on you from cola machines and robotic insects.

The SIMPSONS actors voiced all the characters and the writers had a hand in the plot of the game. Springfield is lovingly reproduced in massive detail and depth. You want to stop driving every now and then to look around at all the billboards and other items that have SIMPSONS lore : ads for Duff Beer, Krusty Burger restaurants and delivery vans, ads for The NEW area code, and tomacco plants fill the horizon.

This ones not too hard - although many of the bonus missions are tricky! But it's so BIG and there's so much to explore! WoW! And unlike ROAD RAGE the characters talk a lot more than just their catch phrases - and there are more mini-movies in the game and they look better. Great game!

The Simpsons: Thank God!!!
The Simpsons:Hit & Run is what us loyal fans have been waiting for, Grand Theft Auto/ True Crimes:Streets of LA/ Simpsons put in a blender and bam! This game is vast, exapanding from Evergreen Terance to even the pond next to the power plant, which is inhabited be three-eyed fish. Your can command such lovable characters as Apu, Lisa, Homer, and Bart; also that rude fat guy from the comic store. The story has no true path, which as we all no is what makes the show great. The game has many side tracks like racing for the DMV with Patty and Selma. The game is not very difficult so less serious gamers can enjoy it but, it is still entertaining for the expert players. I would recommend this game as a must buy to faithful Simpson followers and definitly worth renting if not buying even if you have no clue who Apu is.

i went 2 my frends hous 2 play this and it rocked homer is da best + da missions wer cool.

i loved this game it was so fun with the missions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

6. F-Zero GX
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Asin: B00009PS24
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 1091
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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  • Race against fearless pilots to claim the title of the top speedster in the universe
  • 20 sprawling courses and more than 30 pilots to choose from
  • New "Story" mode allows you to follow Captain Falcon as he races through missions
  • Race a home-built custom machine in the arcade or bring your Memory Card and transfer additional pilots
  • For 1-4 players

Reviews (83)

5-0 out of 5 stars It has something for everyone.
This is definitely the best F Zero game in the series.I dont understand why some people would say this doesnt hold a candle to the old F Zero on the Super Nintendo.Yes that was a great game but this is even better.For one thing the graphics are some of the best Ive seen on any system and take up almost all of the Nintendo Game Cube's power.The speed is again a major part of what makes it so fun but more than anything its the challenge of the game that keeps you coming back for more.A lot of people that I know couldnt beat the harder cups if they tried for 2 years and its not a game you can beat just in one weekend.But dont worry even a novice racer could do well in the first 3 cups on Standard given the right vehicle.
The amount of cars you can unlock is a mindblowing 40.Yep the first 30 you can easily unlock by having been given tickets but the other 10 you have to unlock in the Story mode.And believe me the story mode is very hard.
In conclusion F Zero GX is a perfect game and a personal favorite of mine.I think it stays true to the simplicity of the older ones while being more challenging near the end.Cant wait for F Zero GP Legend.

3-0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing
I've been a fan of F-zero for a really long time, all of the games I've played are really good, but this one, I've got to say, is really disappointing. For starters, the Story Mode is pathetic, the acting is horrible, I think the same programmers did the voices, or some actor wannabes who think they are such a big shot.

Another thing, the race tracks, the graphics and scenarios are awesome, but man! Those tracks look like some horror sci-fi movie, they're all dark and gloomy! Besides they are really boring! And the music? They've only got percusion, man it gets on your nerves. Anyways, I won't say thet it is a bad game, it still has its good things, the graphics and sound effects are the bomb. But if sega and nintendo teamed up, you would expect something better, wouldn't you??

Graphics- 10
Music- 4
Acting- 0 (no, im not exaggerating)
Sound effects- 9
Control- 6
New stuff- 5
Replay Value- 8

If you have an n 64 try to get the oher f zero, you'll get it cheaper and it a lot better than fzero-gx. Although overall it really is a good game, it is not worth your 50 hard earned dollars. Get Elmo's Big Adventure, at least that is more entertaining..

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool game!!
This game is cool, I got it for $20 so it wasn't expensive. I like the four player mode.

3-0 out of 5 stars "Show Ya Moves!!!"
This game is great! It is not as good as Kirby Air Ride, though. There is no violence in this game, and come on! Show me the rotten suggestive themes!! There is none! The reason why it is rated teen is because of the toughness. F Zero is super hard and I recommend this game for teenagers. It is one of those games where you get beat up to much, the race is over. I got this game because I love Captain Falcon's moves in Super Smash Bros., and I heard this was an excellent game. I got this game for $10.40 @ BJ's . I love the action!!!

F-zero is the best title of the franchise yet. If your into incredibly addictive racing this game is for you. So many factors contribute to making this one of the best racers around.
The graphics are very clean and smooth(delivers an amazing 60 frames per second), but it is the game play elements that truly shine. It stays true to it's predesesors by delivering an amazing sense of speed, sending you flying off cliffs and barreling up pipes at full speed. But this racer isn't for the ameture player. F-zero is hard, which I think is great, it keeps you playing and rewards with a great sense of accomplishment. In addition this game offers other great bonuses including a create your own craft option, in which you can also customize exhisting craft. Thier are many bonus tracks as well, which only the elite will unlock. Whether you are a true fan of F-zero or have never heard of it, this game will astound you. A must have for GameCube owners. 5 out of 5 ... Read more

7. Metroid Prime
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Asin: B00006IJJK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 289
Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm almost speechless
Not since ICO has a game hit me in the gut like Metroid Prime.

The sense of isolation on Tallon IV is so strong it almost hurts, and really bonds you to Samus and her quest. And yet, discovery is around every corner, underneath every stone, behind every door, urging you onwards. And of course, you're not alone.....but you'll learn that soon enough.

The scan visor is pure genius: reading the scattered documents speaks volumes, despite there being no voice acting at all. You'll get chills reading discarded files of the evil Space Pirates' terrible experiments, and feel sadness at uncovering long-lost writings of the vanished Chozo race. There are literally hundreds of items to scan - I mean, you can scan the GRASS, for goodness' sake. In spite of this, there's no shortage of running, gunning action: Metroid Prime is equal parts 30th-century Indiana Jones and Doom.

The details make the game: tilt your visor upwards on the Tallon Overworld and watch the rain splatter on it. Tilt it downwards, and the rain runs off....and splashes off your energy cannon. Run through lava-filled Magmoor Caverns and watch your visor fog up. Detonate a bomb close-by, and Samus' eyes will reflect in the visor. There's so much to see, you can spend hours just fooling around taking in the sights.

Metroid Prime is a master creation that will be remembered for years to come. It's technically brilliant on all fronts, constantly rewards, innovates and surprises, and is always coaxing you onward just...a little....longer. Combat is perfect. Control is perfect (once you get past what Halo and Quake may have taught you). The map won't let you get lost.

Nintendo and Retro have not only created the best game of 2002 in Metroid Prime, they've crafted one of the best ever. Not much left to be said....highest possible recommendation - do yourself a favor and don the suit of Samus.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best game's I've ever played
Okay this is going to be a long review but for anyone who is thinking of buying or renting Metroid Prime anytime soon I recommend reading this.

First of all, some people are so stupid that what they think is not a 'good game' is one where you pointlessly run around killing things, with blood, and a variety of weapons to choose from. It may just be my opinion but personally i prefer a time consuming, puzzle game where you take time to solve mysterious puzzles and unlock new abilities than one where you get different guns and find different ways to kill people. I am not saying FPS gun games are bad, just sometimes pointless. Not all games are bad like that, actually very few are, but many peole try to overrule a good game (Metroid Prime) with a FPS such as HALO or whatever.

Graphics: Incredible! These graphics are totally amazing, and i seriously mean it. A good game is a good combination of sound, gameplay, length, and graphics. This game exceeds in all of these categories. More importantly, the graphics are so detailed and complex that sometimes I like playing it just because of the graphics.

Controls: From a previous N64 Zelda owner, these controls were a little hard to adapt too. But soon I realized that they were perfect, and they could not be changed to be better. Sometimes, because of the X and Y makes you fire a missile and turn into your morph ball, you will accidentally fire a missile when trying to play against the clock or put in your morph ball in the middle of a boss. This becomes rather annoying but if you play this game often, then you will no longer make this mistake.

Gameplay and Replay Value: 5/5

The gameplay on this is seriously awesome. I am the type of person who goes through games quickly and was in need of a challenge. This game not only offers an amazing new way of playing the Metroid series (even though this is the first Metroid game I've played [lol]) but the gameplay is VERY addictive, hard and challenging. It is challenging in a way that you wont beat this game overnight or in a series of hours without a walkthrough. This is one of the best games with Gameplay that I have ever tried. What I REALLY like about this game is the lengthiness of it. I am a big fan of zelda games, and in ocarina of time 9 temples was good, but i wanted more. I assumed this game was not a very lengthy one because of the quality of it. Most games either have cheesy graphics and amazing gameplay or amazing graphics and poor gameplay. It seems like this game never ends. When it took me a long time to get 1 artifact and i realized there was TWELVE artifacts, I jumped with joy because the best thing about an addictive game is if it is a long game. I love the feel of getting a new beam or morph ball ability or suit or visor when i REALLY tried hard to solve a puzzle or beat a boss. Backtracking to find missile expansions and energy tanks is somewhat hard.. but surprisingly fun! Another thing i like about this game is that you see what you are going to get before you solve the encounter/puzzle. I run up in a deserted place to scan and find the morph ball. Then when i try to pick it up, it disappears (or something similar) and I turn around to face a huge hideous boss. It's the same thing with energy tanks and missile expansions. You can see them but not get to them. This motivates the gamer to find a way to get them by an alternate path or a new ability.

Music and Sound: 5/5

The music and sound is incredible!! For the different stages, the music suits it perfectly and NEVER becomes annoying. The makers must have done a lot of work to create the precise tone, volume of the music for the different levels. Sometimes I even find myself humming the Magoor Tune while I am doing something without effort. Sometimes the music tenses up when there is a battle going on. When the battle is done, the music changes which helps you see that PHEW! theres no more bad guys in here. More importantly, the sound of firing your ice beam or an enemy exploding or getting hit out of the blue increases gameplay a LOT. The sound and music is what drives games, a game without sound is a game without fun. When I first tried the game, I found it great, but i didnt think it was going to be a long game. When I got to the Chozo Ruins and I went about an hour into the game, I noticed how complex and detailed the rooms, maps, abilities, etc. were and it was then I noticed that this is the PERFECT game for me.

Lack of a Multi-player Option Dilema:
This game does not have a multiplayer option, which in some ways makes it weak, but in other ways makes it stronger. For people who want to kick their friends butt in an awesome game they will be disappointed to see that they can't. However, if Metroid Prime had a multiplayer, the game creators would have to pour the game's resources into that and split up the capability. Also, it would be very hard to put a multi-player option in an amazing graphical game because when the screen is divived, it would mess up everything. And what would you do with a multi-player option anyway?? It would be a cheap version of a multi-player first person shooter with little to do. Nintendo obviously didn't add a multi-player function because not only does it bring down the game's quality, but it would be a COMPLETE waste of time and money.

Overall: This game is definetly worth the money that it is selling for, (I live in Canada and it's 40 bucks). And if you are still not convinced that this isn't a good game, at least rent it, or play it at a friends house. Take a chance to see how it is...

Unlike other reviewers, I am not trying to coax you to buy the game RIGHT away or NEVER buy it even if it was one cent. I'm not saying that I would give it ten stars or negative six, this is what the game deserves. I am showing you the capability of this game and how fun it was to me, and how fun it could be to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nintendo Raises The Bar Yet Again
I really enjoyed this game and would say it is one of the very best i have ever played. Nintendo really has been doing a great job on the Metroid series, but this was unexpected. This game takes all other platform shooters and blows them out of the water. What really annoys me is the large number of trashy games that obviously took no work. This is more of an intelligent game. There's still plenty of alien-blasting for all, but it's the characters and story that get me almost as much.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Samus is supposed to be a bounty hunter, but instead of just hunting down space pirates, she usually ends up tangled into a huge alien-breeding operation and decides to play the hero. That's exactly what happens here. Samus infiltrates a space pirate frigate, destroys a monster alien bug, and pretty soon the whole place is in meltdown mode. The thing she's after, a big robot dragon named Ridley, escapes the explosion and flies off to the planet Tallon IV. Samus follows, and discovers that there's more going on here than what it seems. Throughout your adventure, the entire story unfolds through little journal entries left behind by an ancient alien race before they were killed by... The Great Poison. You later learn exactly what's going on and why.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Another thing is the unique playing style. If you've ever played other Metroid games, you know the formula. At the beginning, you're physically pretty weak. But as the game progresses, you pick up weapon and armor upgrades like the Plasma Beam and the Thermal Visor. Not only does the player get better at the game, but he/she gets satisfying new weaponry and such. And the controls are much different than you would expect, but at the same time, feel totally natural after about 10 minutes.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> The music and graphic design are great as well. The music perfectly fits what's going on around, and it feels natural. The graphics are something to be reckoned with. Everything looks as good as it should. All the designs of the animals and worlds and equipment, everything looks great.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> This is a dazzling game, and was worth the money even back before the price was lowered. It's intelligent and fun. Happy alien-shooting!

5-0 out of 5 stars METROID PRIME ROCKS!
I can't believe how good this game is! I mean, sure it's a little dark, but it's got a bar in the options to slide to change the brightness, so that fixes that. Other parts are meant to be dark, gives you a reason to use your thermal visor. Anyway, all the advanced weaponry and cool technology make this a Sci-Fi fan's dream come true. Then entire Metroid series is great, but this is THE BEST! Now just to wait for the sequel!

i kind of hate it
i dont know about this game. it looked kewl but when i bought it and played it, i just hated it a little. it was pretty hard and when u play it's mostly dark so u cant see that well while ur playing the game. this game depends of what type of game u like. this is for those that like shooting. ... Read more

8. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006FWU6
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 371
Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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pretty good
Well i really like this game and i you will too. It won't matter if you like racing games or not. There are some things i should tell before u buy it though. First: the graphics are 9/10,not bad but their better on the ps2. Second:The selection of cars is great,if you know a lot about cars you'll be pleased to know that the knew gto is in it. It is not called to gto, it is the car gm used for the body and things like that. In the game it's called to hsv look for that. Third:The controls are also 9/10 because at high speeds the cars swerve off the road, if u like realism that might not bother you. Fourtly:I love the music it really get's you into the mood of driving fast. Fifthly:There are plenty of things to do on this game.Example if you are bored of being chased by cops you can go in single mode and be a cop yourself with a variety of cool cop cars like lamborghinis, viper, porsche, and a couple of ford cars. Also you can verse a friend, it is too bad that u can't have 4 people race at once, but all the same it's still good. The championship mode is really cool to because there's no cops and u have lot's of different races to keep you occupied. I personally have troubles with the time trials. So all in all this game is good some of the graphics can be a little messed up at times, but since u can pick this game up for $... it's a good buy. Rent it first if you can and see for yourself. Like I said even if you like games like bond, or madden you'll have a good time playing this game. I hope this review will help you in your descision to buy this game. Thanks for taking your time and reading this!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Nice game
This is one of the best NFS games so far ever since Porsche Unleashed when it comes to graphics. Nothing to say the cars are cool, but you find it difficult to reach speeds of over 200+ mph. There is plenty of staright but to me the cars takes their time to reach higher speeds execpt the last 6 cars but don't get mad because the games states that the Mclaren F1 goes over 240 Mph but the maxinm I push it was 196Mph both versions of this car.But if you are good try manual transmission with NFS Edition of the Mercedes Benz CLK GTR. The tracks are okay but what I miss is the weather options that would the racing better instead of clear skies. Not enough courses to really test speed like Porsche Unleashed had. Just like Porsche Unleashed the traffic cars look cheap and small and when you hit them you get damage and they don't. No upgrades option like the previous games to make the cars go faster. The pursuit mode are intense sometimes the cops will try anything to take you down so pay close attention to what they say because sometimes they will switch their actions and your busted! I would give this game 5 stars but when EA games decides to put back the weather and upgraded options then the next game would get 5 stars

4-0 out of 5 stars need for speed, hot pursuit 2
i don't know what it's like on game cube, but it's awsome on ps2. i spent months in tech school playing this game every saturday. the soundtrack is perfect for the game and the game racing is extreme. buy it, you wont be let down...

Played out the bad way
This game was probably hot when it first came out but now it is all played out. NFS2 is okay the tracks are all just like boring it seems like after you've raced 4 you've raced them all. The game just switches them upside down in all kinds of directions. Besides that the games coolnes comes from the action being the cop and chasing the speeders and the two player mode is hot too. But this game does NOT compare to all the other great racing games that I've played the only reason I bought ut was because it was going to work with my racing wheel. Rent the game but don't this one. It surely is not worth it not worth it all.

1-0 out of 5 stars Need For speed Hot Pursuit 2..... NO NO NO
NFS2 was horrible, no weather options,extremly fake looking cars, this is not a game to die for! plez save that 19.99 and buy another game. Like porche games! EA games normally are good i love this company but they screwed up on this game!!maijor time. sorry if im mispelling any words, its 4 o' clock in the morning here so bare with me. but i hate being told that NFS2 is a 4 star GET REAL PEOPLE IT IS A 1 STAR!!!! so spend your money on James Bond 007 agent under fire, or Shrek 2, or Spiderman 2. BUY THOSE GAMES NOT THIS ONE! i have an review on spiderman 2 so read it. (i am under the name boyboygirl) ... Read more

9. Resident Evil Zero
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006LELI
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 2362
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Hurray for Zombies!
In survival horror games, you generally have to fight your way through hordes zombies and monsters, while trying to conserve ammo and healing items, and solving the occasional puzzle. Resident Evil 0 is no exception. It does do some things differently from the rest of the Resident Evil series, but it still follows the same basic formula.

The first, and possibly most important thing about RE 0, is that it has absolutely magnificent graphics, which are better than every video game made before it (including RE 1). That is no exaggeration. This is important because graphics go a long way towards providing the creepy atmosphere of Resident Evil, and without excellent graphics the game just wouldn't be as scary. The lighting effects in particular are amazing. The atmosphere is also helped along by excellent sound, especially the moaning of zombies, and the haunting echo of your own footsteps.

RE 0 follows the story of what happens to Rebecca and the Bravo team just days before the mansion incident which is RE 1. Rebecca is helped along in her attempts to escape the zombie hordes by a new character, Billy, an escaped prisoner accused of the murders of 23 people. The story itself is actually kind of shallow, and there was a lot less insight into the background of the RE series than expected. I still enjoyed it, mainly as a RE fan, but it could have used a little work. Also, the voice acting was kind of cheesy, but it manages to be better than other RE games.

Resident Evil 0, like all RE games, does have bad controls, but they shouldn't stop you from being able to play the game. There is auto-aim, so shooting zombies really isn't all that hard. Against tougher enemies, you usually get hurt. That is why the game is filled with healing items. Anyways, the two person team concept was pretty cool, and it added some freshness to the gameplay (although it does make the game less scary, as you aren't alone). I wouldn't want to have two people in every RE game, but it worked fine for this one. The new monsters they added were pretty cool, especially the bosses. It is worth mentioning that RE 0 lets you drop items, which is great due to the general lack of inventory space.

Comparatively, RE 0 is probably the easiest game in the series, but that does not make it easy by any stretch. For one thing, ammo management was tricky if you moved as a team, and there are just barely enough healing items for both people through most of the game (I was able to stock up by the very end). Also, one of the new monster types (stretchy-gooey zombies) were incredibly tough, unless you use Molotovs or the grenade launcher. Just to mention, except for a couple difficult puzzles, the puzzles were rather simple.

Everything considered, RE 0 seems a lot better than the sum of it's parts, so I highly recommend it, although it isn't the best in the series (RE 1 for the gamecube is a better place to start). However, if you have played other Resident Evil games, and not liked them, then RE 0 will definitely not change your mind. Resident Evil 0 takes about 8 or 9 hours to beat on the first try, and there isn't very much replay value (there is only one ending, and the stuff you unlock for beating it isn't that great), so it would be good for a rental.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very sweet Resident Evil
If your all still mad that Nintendo has the right to the rest of the RE games well then your going to miss RE Zero, in my opinion that gives Resident Evil 2 a race for #1. Playing as Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen you search a train, an Umbrella facility, and other places leading up to the Spencer Mansion incident. Yes, this is before RE 1 and all the Bravo team members are alive. Personally Forest looks cooler in RE 1 (he's torn apart and becomes a zombie) than he does in 0 but oh well. The omission of the chests makes the game difficult since it was a key factor in every other game. Unfortunately for Rebecca and Billy, they can only carry six items each unlike Jill, Leon, and Claire from past RE's who can carry 8. Still graphics awesome, guns sweet, bosses awesome still. This is by far a great Resident Evil. The only thing I didn't like about it though was the Crimson Heads from the remade first didn't make it. Capcom, please include them in 4 and keep doing a good job!!

resident evil 0
I didn't get this at toy rus but I think it's pretty cool.If your under 17 and are aloud to play m rated games you'll find something to like here later

4-0 out of 5 stars whats next resident evil1?
this is a realy good s/h game if your a fan of resident evil you will like this 4/5 stars

5-0 out of 5 stars 5/5 GREAT GAME !!!!!!!
Im new to the RE games, but as soon as i popped the cd into my gamecube i got hooked. The graphics are NOTHING like the graphics on other gamecube games, which was one reason why i liked this game so much. The game has a great storyline, lots of puzzles, and theres lots of strategy involved. Its also alot of fun when u beat the game and unlock the secret weapons (like a magnum revolver) which pop a zombies head off everytime. If your looking to start getting into RE games, get this. Ive already preordered resident evil 1, and cant wait to get it. ... Read more

10. Destroy All Monsters
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Asin: B00006IJJC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 705
Average Customer Review: 4.28 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Smash, Burn, and Destroy
Finally, a game comes along that allows us to control Godzilla, fight epic battles with gigantic Toho monsters, and smash cities to rubble. Naturally, the game's big appeal is to Godzilla fans. Will fans be disappointed? Possibly, but if you're like me, we'll take whatever slice of delicious Godzilla-cake we can get.

Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters allows you to control one of eleven monsters: Godzilla, Godzilla 2000, Rodan, Mechagodzilla, King Ghidorah, Destroyah, Gigan, Anguirus, Megalon, Orga, and Mecha-King Ghidorah. If you were hoping to get your hands on Mothra, you're out of luck here, my friends. Mothra only makes random appearances throughout the game, [giving] herself out to whoever is the first to snatch the Mothra pick-up. I found this to be a little disappointing.

You can fight your way through 8 different arenas including Seattle, San Francisco, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Monster Island, and an alien Mother Ship. Perhaps you're wondering how come the likes of New York City and Paris didn't make it into the mix. Who wouldn't love to stomp out the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower? Unfortunately, these cities are nowhere to be found.

The monsters in the game look fantastic, very close to their movie counterparts. Their moves are also appropriate to the character, though at times, it seems like your giant monster moves frustratingly slow. Miss a few times with a Godzilla-tail smack, and you'll get my drift. Rodan can fly. Megalon can burrow under the ground, come up from underneath, and fling your monster around town like a pepperoni pizza. Naturally, Godzilla's asset is his strength. The developers did a great job at creating the monsters right down to their trademark screams.

The cities don't look quite as fantastic as the monsters. They're more or less the same: big and little rectangles to knock over, with a few differences. For instance, Seattle boasts the space-needle (get your firebreath and watch it burn!). Also, the cities aren't that big. Explore a little and before you know it, you'll be smacking against the green wall that limits how far you can travel. The monster who does the most damage to surrounding buildings will have the military to deal with. Much like the movies, their missiles have little effect. The worst the military can do to you is freeze you, giving your enemy some extra time to get a few attacks in.

The controls are relatively easy; there's a kick button, hit button, strong attack button, jump, run, and the special move button for your fire breath, sonic scream, or whatever else. The story mode gets repetitive; you're basically beating up monsters to unlock the next one on your list. But it can still be fun as you figure out different ways to off your opponent. Should you stamp him out with a rage attack or pick him up and toss him into a skyscraper? Hmm!

Winning the game comes down mostly to the pick-ups placed randomly throughout the city, adding just a small dose of strategy as you attempt to get to these pick-ups before your enemy does. Get the Mothra pick-up and she'll show up and blast your opponent. If the other monster gets to her first... well, Mothra is a dirty, dirty backstabber.

Some people have compared this game to Super Smash Bros Melee. This game is definitely not SSBM. There aren't as many options, levels, or characters to choose from. Still, Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters has its own merit. I mean, where else can you actually be Godzilla? While the game has its flaws (and there are more than a few), there's still something that makes me giddy every time I light an opponent on fire with that atomic breath.

ha-ha-ha-ha-ha destroy!destroy!
ok this is like a supersmash bros game only you play as godzillia monsters and you get to destroy builldinds yeah!!fun fun buy it if you like supersmsah bros melle or godzillia.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy It Now!
This game calls for one to four players. At the beginning you choose one of three monsters. Your monster has all kinds of fighting techniques. For example, hand punches, kicks, and other powers like fire balls and lasers are some of the abilities of the different monsters. Defeat the other monsters and win addtional monsters and levels. Do you see now why they call this "Destroy All Monsters"? Buy it now! This is a tremendous action game.

4-0 out of 5 stars Godzilla fans rejoice
Finally, a godzilla game that is actually good, no, it's great.
The monsters look just like they did in the movies, thogh there are only 11,
Godzilla 90's
Godzilla 2000
King Ghidorah
Mecha-King Ghidorah
and Orga (the monster Godzilla fought in Godzilla 2000)
There could have been more monsters, There were more than 25 in the movies, but they were all done well.
And every sound from the movies, from roaring to foot stomps, to radioactive rays knocking down buildings and making the city scream in terror, ha ha ha ha haaaa, oh sorry. Anyway every sound is 100% authentic.
The only replay value is you must beat it with every one to unlock all over characters. After that it's only fun with 2-4 people.
Plus there's like 20 cities, most of them are real, the two that are'nt are monster island and the mothership. And, all of the cities have a day or night option, night is the best, it really shows off the graphics of the blasts.
This is a must buy for any godzilla, or super smash bros. fan.
(look at the ground during play, there are like a hundred little cars driving around, and they explode when you step on them and go soaring when you kick them).

5-0 out of 5 stars suprisengly fun......!!!!!!
When I first bought gamecube I had 20 bucks left, and Godzilla was 20 bucks. So I said eh I herd it was good, might as well. And it kicked ass!!. If you like smash brothers you will love this game. I didn't think it was going to be great. I thought it was going to be ok but I didn't expect it to be amazing. This is a really fun game. If you have like 4 to 3 to 10 people over!!!! You need to play this game. Only wish it was longer. It's pretty long but not the story, like you have to beat the game with different characters. If you seen all the movies, you'll recognize them. This is how you get the special characters.
| Godzilla 90's | ---> | Godzilla 2000 | ---> | Destoroyah |
__________ _______ _______
| Anguirus | ---> | Gigan | ---> | Rodan |
_________ _______________ _____________________
| Megalon | ---> | King Ghidorah | ---> | Mecha King Ghidorah |
____________ _______ _____________________ _______________
| Destoroyah |+| Rodan |+| Mecha King Ghidorah | ---> | Mechagodzilla |
______________________________________________ ______
| Godzilla 2000 (when all others are unlocked) | ---> | Orga | ... Read more

11. SSX 3
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009X3VB
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 626
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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  • Attack the mountain in this snowboarding adventure
  • Beware of avalanches and lightening storms as you seek your adrenaline rush
  • Enjoy out of bounds exploration and racecourses
  • The mountain's 3 peaks are wide-open and full of collectables, secrets, and shortcuts
  • For 1 player

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5-0 out of 5 stars Expansive, awe-inspiring... A true sequel
Those worried that SSX 3 would merely be a facelift to the series (much like Tricky was for the original SSX) have nothing to fear. SSX 3 packs so much new gameplay into an absolutely massive package, delivering hours upon hours of challenge and fun. Instead of a string of isolated courses, as in the previous installments, SSX 3 goes for a more cohesive design, with courses and freeride elements that blend seamlessly into one another. There's a lot to do here, from countless trick showcases, to mad dashes down the mountain.

Graphically, SSX 3 is amazing, with excellent special effects and great animation. In the sound department, SSX 3 also shines, with excellent sound effects, and a extensive licensed soundtrack. If there's one complaint that could be lodged, though, it's that the music doesn't follow the action as well as it did in Tricky, and personally, I miss the RUN DMC riff every time your boost bar was maxed out. The new DJ follows the action well, and provides a lot of commentary and info about the tracks you are about to tackle, but I sort of miss the beatboxing of Rahzel from Tricky.

SSX 3 controls very well. New this time is the addition of the ability to grind the nose of your board as well as handplant. These additions are not just cosmetic, as just like in the Tony Hawk games, these grinds allow you to string together tricks ad infinitum. The only control complaint that could be lodged is that even right off the bat, the characters control way too easily and pull off tricks way too quickly. The last game gave you more of a sensation of building your character.

With all the tracks, all the areas to explore, and all the hidden features and unlockables, SSX 3 offers a ton of gameplay for your money. I highly recommend this game.

2-0 out of 5 stars NOT AS PLEASING AS EXPECTED
FINALLY SSX3!!! Those were my words when I recieved the game for my bday this last october, I was and still am A HUGE fan of SSX Tricky which is definately on my top 5 games ever made, but when I played SSX3 I immediatly was dissapointed its on a Mountain! 1 measley mountain, SSX tricky was fun for having numerous levels with dif styles of locations like a wicked techno Tokyo track or the awesome City track, but in SSX3 its mostly all snow trax and more white mountains and more and o wait theres a pine tree! The game also lacks some seriously awesome characters u can only play if u get there cheat and play them under another character's profile. If you have never played The SSX tricky game this will be a blast but compared to SSx Tricky this game needed more time.........

5-0 out of 5 stars SSX 3: Out of Bounds Review
SSX 3: Out of Bounds Review

*Sound 5/5

Ok, with so many songs, and the ability to make your own playlist, this soundtrack rocks!
Here are a few of the artists who make a great appearance on the soundtrack:

Red Hot Chili Peppers (remixed)
Fatboy Slim
Andy Hunter
Finger Eleven
....and more!

Also, the sound is great. When you're riding down the mountain, you'll be immersed.

Voice-acting is top-notch, although in the cutscenes after a race when your rival approaches, you can't really hear them talk; the music is drowning them out. However, this is one flaw in an otherwise perfect sound category.

**Replay Value 4.5/5

Ok, SSX 3 can be played in a lot of different ways. While Peak 1 somewhat resembles the SSX Tricky courses, Peak 2 and Peak 3 are very unique. You'll be even more glad you bought this game once you try the freestyle mode on Peak 3---lightning, rockslides, and high winds make the gameplay explosive.

There are many different characters, all with a different feel to them, although it's not terribly noticeable. There are also tons of cheat characters, so the roster is quite large. However, the cheat characters are freeride only, and you can't change their clothes or gear. The cheat characters don't seem to have gotten the same graphic overhaul either; but since they're more of a fun addition, this factor doesn't detract from the game.

I would say that you have an unlimited amount of replay value, as you can try to go a different course with your character, or try beating the game with all the characters. Or just simply try to get a better race Medal or a better Freestyle score. You've also got the 2 player mode, which allows you to ride an unlocked course with a friend.

There are also tons of toys, posters, art, trophies to collect/earn. This adds more replay value, and it gives it a SSBM/SC II sort of feel. However, the trophies are for accomplishments, so there aren't too many, but there is a reasonable trophy count.

***Graphics 5/5

This game has great graphics. The characters look great, the courses look great, and the lightning and special effects are clear and awesome. I'd say the visuals are in the same league as Metroid Prime, and that's a major compliment.

****Control 4.5/5

The controls are tight, and although they're loose at first, they tighten up as you buy experience. The trick system is the same as SSX Tricky, except for the Uber-tricks. You can buy tons of new uber tricks for each trick category, and assign one to the required button combinations.

The tricks are easy to pull off, but timing is crucial to rack up major points. This game very challenging for all you hardcore gamers, but a casual gamer can still enjoy it.

*****The Final Score: 5/5

SSX 3 is a ton of fun. It's cool to customize your rider from head to toe, and it adds to the gameplay experience a lot. You can receive messages from other riders and your rival, making you feel more immersed in the gameplay. You can't send messages, but hey, this isn't Animal Crossing.

The effects are great, especially on Peak 3---I love the lightning, wind, and snow effects. Even if you have Tricky (like I do), you'll be glad you have it. If you're somewhat cautious about buying it, at least rent it. SSX 3 is the best snowboarding game I've played, and a great game for everyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dude? When does the place close?
theres no time limit here, its just pure fun and exactly how'd you do it professionally. Ingenious ways to cover-up loading times. Flawless play? Why not get it. The courses are enormous and will take months to learn all 3 peaks. Fast, quick, super and pure game play wil leave you addicted as much as ninja gaiden. 4/5 why, because of too much white. well it's like that anyway. The perfect game out there.

1-0 out of 5 stars I thought I paid for a game, not for an ad!
The graphics are great and it is a lot of fun however the famous brand name soda being advertised every 20 seconds during the game itself I think is a despicable act by the game developers and ruins what would otherwise be an awesome game and their own credibilty.
I thought I paid for a game and not an ad. ... Read more

12. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
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Asin: B00009VE6B
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 460
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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  • Third-person action/adventure gameplay
  • Eight playable characters, including Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Sam, and Frodo
  • Jump and swing from ropes, fire catapults, kick boulders, and more
  • Live out the final installment in the trilogy with seamless movie-to-game transitions
  • For 1 or more players

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Fun, challenging game...
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a pretty good game from EA. Worth a rent and maybe a buy if your fan of the series (which I am). I'm satisfied with my buy. The game in nothing epic, but overall very fun and extremely challenging the first time through.
Graphics: The Graphics are incredibly detailed. The backgrounds are amazing, the makers of this game spent a lot of time with detail if this game and it shows. When things break apart or explode, you see every piece crumble and hit the ground, like when towers collapse over you in fierce battles. Although in some places, there is unacceptable slowdown, or lag. The framerate suffers.
Replay Value: You wouldn't think this game has replay value but it does. The levels are simply fun and a worthy of multiple plays, plus there are plenty of unlockable features such as interviews and production art. There is also a new co-op mode where two players can play at the same time. As you would suspect it is extremely fun. It adds hours of gameplay.
There are 6 playable characters. They are Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Frodo, Sam, and best of all... Gandalf. There are also 3 unlockable characters. There are 15 levels and a secret level.
Pretty good game, give it a try.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Return of the King will be even better than the first
The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King will be even better than the Two Tower,and the Two Towers was one of the best games I've played. You will be able to play as Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli just like before, plus you will be able to play as Gandalf the White, Frodo, and Sam! There will also be 2 secret characters to unlock. There will also be 12 or more misions and three story branches. Some of the missions include Osgiliath, Pelennor feilds, Minas Tirith, Shelob's lair and even Helms Deep in the morning when Gandalf comes! There will be tons of enemies including Orcs, Uruk-Hai, Trolls, Beasts, Evil men and many more. There will be many bosses including Shelob and the Witch King of Morgul (the leader of the Nazgul or Ringwraiths). It will also have a two player co-op mode. So if you loved the Two Towers, then you MUST GET THIS GAME! It will be worth it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars SSOOOOO COOOOOL

Best Swordfighting on game
Great swordfighting, swuch as blades clashing, awesome graphics.
As Legolas you have cool moves. Gandalf is really great. Good levels. Shelob's layer is tough. Best when two player.

4-0 out of 5 stars very entertaining but is to easy to beat
this game is very entertaining. the sountract and graphics are incredible. it is very easy to play.You can even play as the hobbits. the downfall to this game is that it is to easy to beat. ... Read more

13. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000AHOON
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 285
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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  • Help Spongebob and friends stop Plankton's evil plot to take over the world
  • 3 playable characters: SpongeBob, Patrick or Sandy
  • Crazy maneuvers like Tongue Boarding, Underwear Bungee Jumping
  • 10 huge 3D environments to explore
  • For 1 player

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5-0 out of 5 stars This Game ROCKS!!!
I think that this game is the best SpoungeBob game that they have ever made. Some of the games, like SpoungeBob and the Dutchman, are almost completely pointless to me. I usually think that SpoungeBob is dumb, but this game is so fun! You get to be Sandy Cheeks, Patrick Starfish, and of course, SpoungeBob Squarepants. I can sit and play it for hours! I gave this game 5 stars because of the animation (it's in 3-D and the technique's not cheesy at all), the voices (they sound exactly like the do on the show), and most of all, how fun the game is. It's not like Mario for Super Nintendo, where you follow a path and that's it, it's more like Mario Sunshine, where you can go all over the place, like an adventure type deal. There are about 10 Stages and somewhere around 10 levels within the stages. This is a good game to just sit, relax and play for hours. (If you want to try it, rent it from somewhere to try it out and see if you like the game or not. That's what I did.)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is such a cool game!
This game is awesome! My boyfriend reanted it for our 2-year-old who loves Spongebob, and me and him played it all weekend! Even my niece who doesn't like video games enjoys it. Some areas are diffcult, but they never seem impossible. I also like the fact that there isn't really any violence. After watching Daddy play "Manhunt" my son decided to hit us, and he has "learned karate" from "Rise to Honor". Spongebob blows bubbles at the robots (who have taken over bikini bottom, thanks to Plankton). This game is at the same time simple and complicated. Some parts require precise timing, but this is the coolest video game I have ever played.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Platformer ever Made
This game is awesome. Nickelodeon games never have the best graphics but in this game the graphics are great especially simple-designed characters like Patrick and Plankton. The story is that Plankton makes these robots that don't obey him and try to rampage the town. The sound and music have improved since "Flying Dutchman." Now, there's good music for each level and each situation unlike in the last where music changes depending on what Spongebob is wearing. The only complaint about this I have is Mr. Krabs and Mermaidman have different voices and Spongebob acts stupid by trying to pass off stupid jokes and euphemisms but it's not a big deal. The gameplay is great. In addition to Spongebob, you can play as Patrick and Sandy. At parts, it is challenging beating robots and solving puzzles but a challenge is a good thing most of the time. If there is one Nickelodeon game you must buy this year, it is this one. Get it now!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars the best
this game has it all, it has humor action and adventure

BEST GAME EVER MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This game is so much fun!Spongebob is the best!!!The first boss
is Robo-sandy.Second is Robo patrick.Third is Robo-spongebob.
Last is Robo-plankton!This is a must buy game!!!!!It's so fun!!! ... Read more

14. Super Monkey Ball
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Asin: B00005QDQ1
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sega of America, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1773
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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In Super Monkey Ball, you're in control of a cute little monkey trapped inside a transparent ball. The objective of the game is deceptively simple: tilt the floor with your analog stick so that your monkey ball rolls towards the goal. Your success is all in the thumb: the more you tilt, the faster the ball rolls. Just be sure not to fall off the edges! You can play with up to four others to see who can master the tilt and get their monkeys to the finish line ahead of the pack. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Filler In-between Other Games
Although Super Monkey Ball might not be the most complex of games available, it certainly can be very engaging. For those of you who don't know about this game, it basically involves moving a floor to make a monkey in a clear, plastic ball move to a goal. The three levels of play for the single-player main game are Beginner, Advanced, and Expert. Beginner and Advanced are both fairly easy, but when you get to the later levels in Expert, you had better be willing to devote a few hours to beating them. If navigating a 3D puzzle isn't your thing, you can choose to play any one of six mini or party games, including billiards, mini-golf, bowling, fight, race, or target. The first three games are pretty straight-forward, and can be played with up to two people. The latter three are capable of being played with up to four people. While playing fight, you command a monkey with a boxing glove attached to the ball, and you try to knock other monkeys with boxing gloves off a platform. Race needs no explanation, and target makes you launch your monkey off a ramp and then try to glide over the ocean to targets. The problem with Super Monkey Ball is that the game hardly ever has the correct difficulty level, almost always being either too hard or too easy. So far most of my time has been spent playing the mini-games. If you're a big party or puzzle gamer, then Super Monkey Ball is for you. If not, I would recommend a rental first, as Super Monkey Ball is a very quirky game with a certain taste needed to enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Investment
I never thought Nintendo would come out with a game that my son would enjoy just as much as Super Mario, the Mario Party games or Diddy Kong, but they accomplished just that with the MONKEY BALL games! My 9-year-old son is just crazy about these games. Cute music that doesn't drive ME crazy; lots of variety, very fun, and takes a lot of practice to build up the skills required to control the ball so it's a good eye-hand coordination builder. On the bad side, some of the game play makes my husband & I nauseaus when we try it because of watching the rolling ball, but it doesn't seem to bother my son at all. And there is a cute game stage where the monkey flies instead of rolling (his ball opens up to become wings) and it is an absolute blast; really feels like flying, and is easy on the eyes and stomach (no motion sickness). The Monkey Ball games are really well done; I highly recommend them.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's great!
Hey everyone, I just wanted to say that supermonkey ball is a nice, safe and fun game. I really enjoyed the racing. I played it with my brother and we had a great time. This is a good family game. There are a lot of party games to choose from, and they are all fun. So if you were thinking about buying it you should, I promise you won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gamer
All I want to say is that this game is soooo fun! Once you start, you can't stop! I played it at my cousins house, and I couldn't stop playing. This game is for everyone doesn't matter what age you are. You should buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE SUPER MONKEY BALL!!!
My sister and I loved Super Monkey Ball!! Our cousins brought their Game Cube and Super Monkey Ball game to our house one time and we were hooked on it. It's a great game for any age! It's one of those games in which you never get bored with, since there are mini games and party games hidden inside the game. SUPER MONKEY BALL ROCKS!!! ... Read more

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Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Sales Rank: 791
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bond, schmond! This game is great!!!!
If you're looking for a first-person shooter with a fantastic Multiplayer and a pretty decent Story Mode (single-person objevtives, etc..), then this is the game for you. While playing the James Bond "Nightfire" game at a friends house, I couldn't help but notice how bad that game's multiplayer is compared to TS2! TS2's gameplay is not choppy, never slows down, and is pretty fast paced and fun! Bond's multiplayer is dark (hard to see), the characters are slow, and the reaction time is pretty bad, plus the levels are pretty boring. The levels in TS2 are colorful and bright, and fun to play in, with plenty of interactive stuff (like in the levels with torches on the walls, you can light the tip of the arrow in the crossbow on fire which makes your enemy catch fire when shot!) There's no blood, so parents will approve of it, there are dozens and dozens of unlockable options like cheats, new levels, a brick for a weapon,
and there are a lot of unlockable characters. The Story Mode's levels pretty fun but a bit too short and easy, but they get better as you go along. This game has a great amount and variety of weapons that range from crossbows and "Cowboy Era" Garrett Revolvers to Sci-Fi Handguns and Laser Guns. The characters are funny also. They range from ducks, gingerbread men, and monkeys, to Russian spys and soldiers, and an elite group of intergalactic time-soldiers. The main thing that makes this game different from others is the range of times this game takes place in. From Notre Dame in the 1800's to a Space Station in the 25th century. Overall, this game is great and I would highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars OK single player, great multiplayer
TimeSplitters was a popular game when it came out. It took the normal shooter game and added in changes in environment - you moved through time to persue your enemies. TimeSplitters 2 expands this with better graphics, sound, and multiplay features.

The plot isn't much to get enthusiastic about. An evil enemy race is trying to wipe out humanity, and they have a time portal. They run back through time with crystals and you have to go back into each time period to track down the crystal and do other miscellaneous tasks while you're there.

The graphics are indeed nice, from flaming torches to dreary sewers and polished marble floors. But when you compare them to the likes of Halo or Kingdom Hearts, they're a bit old looking. There aren't shadows. The backgrounds aren't very dynamic. You shoot walls and get tiny holes, unlike the deformable terrain of other current games. The textures seem flat and a bit repetitive.

They did make an attempt to have the sounds match the eras, with lovely chanting during Notre Dame and twanging during the Western era. Even so, you don't feel 'immersed' in the game. Characters don't make noise when they walk. There isn't really any ambient noise.

The weapon choices are fun and time-appropriate. In Chicago of 1932, you've got Tommy Guns. In Notre Dame you're playing with shotguns. So there's always new variety as you go from level to level.

The missions aren't very challenging compared to other games that are out. They are extremely linear and there's rarely any brainpower involved. There's side missions like "blow up file cabinets along the way" or "shoot out whiskey barrels". There's usually a rationale given but it's pretty flimsy.

There are other 'mini-games' that you can play. Do things like fight off the living dead, smash the glass and so on. Try to get the best times to get high rankings.

Where the game really shines is multiplayer. There are HUNDREDS of characters to choose from in multiplay, and tons of ways to play that you unlock as you go. There are the standards like deathmatch as well as more interesting variations. The game is savvy about game hook-ups and LANs to open the game up to as many players as possible for your system.

In addition, TimeSplitters 2 comes with a MAP EDITOR. This is something rarely seen in a console game!! You can choose from a beginner or advanced mode and design your own maps, and then have your friends play through it! Customize the tile set, bot placements, choose weapons, music, you name it. You can create your own full maps and play a new game every day!

A great game if you're into multiplayer or map creation, and a fun shooter if you're not too particular about graphics or sounds.

5-0 out of 5 stars The game of all games
I loved Time Splitters 2 and I belive it is a great multi player game.The options for multi player action are almost endless plus the mapmaker alows you to create your own multi player maps.Personaly I love multi player gaming and I loved this game.Also the game has good story mode levels and and an okay story conept.Over all I thought this was a great game.

5-0 out of 5 stars KOOL!!!!!
THIS GAME ROCKS, the single player mode is fun, you can replay levels over and over again and you wont get bored, there is a multiplayer co-op that ive never seen before in any other game and the arcade mode is stupendous. i have yet to figure out the mapmaker but i dont care about that. id say the best part of this game is the multiplayer Arcade mode. i would suggest you buy this game

Timesplitters 2,huh?
Timesplitters 2 is by far the best 1st person shooter I have ever played. But if your going to bother playing a shooter it might as well be 1st person.

1. STORY 4.5/5
The story mode is extremely difficult. The best part of Timesplitters is that you play in many different eras as oposed to other games where you play one time period only. This allows a sensible escuse to use a variety of weopons. There are ten levels in this game and though that may not sound like much to you but each level may very well take you three weeks to beat.=)

As oposed to role playing games where you have to follow a pattern when you are playing, Timesplitters allows you complete freedom in multiplayer mode. There are many different kinds of settings your can chose from when playing in case you get tired of conventional deathmatch.

My favorite aspect of this game is that there are so many freaking things that you can unlock! The are exactly 126 different characters and you start the game about 25. There are also many different maps you can unlock along with comical arcade games.

In this game you can create a map that you play on in multiplayer mode. You can also create your very own story mode with this system.

5. CHALLENGE AND ARCADE 4.5/5(but very difficult)
The challenge and arcade leagues are pre-setup mini levels where you use a variety of skills against creative objectives.(such as shooting watermelons off the heads of scampering monkeys without killing them)

6. CHEATS 3/5
There are no cheats in this game that will help you during the story mode only add an extra twist in multiplayer. Such as cardboard characters, rotating heads, and silly hats. There is nothing funnier that seeing a fearsome mutant zombie running around with a spinning head wearing a shef's hat.

The comic relief is that there are joke characters. My personal favorite is the Gingerbread Man but this game also includes the Monkey,Duckman Drake,Calamari(a squid),Leo Krupps(a lion),and the famous Snowman.

8. THE TWIST 3/5
The twists are mainly powerups which include invisibility, shrink, max damage, and super speed.

Overall this game is incredible. and since the gamecube has only about 7% of the market good games are scarce but let me assure you this is one of them. ... Read more

16. Pikmin
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Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 1094
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pikmin - Nintendo's Newest Creation
Nintendo is a company known for its innovation, one needs only to look at the controllers of Nintendo's Gamecube and N64 for proof of that fact. Now, for the new Gamecube console, Nintendo delivers a game that will appeal to people of all ages and gaming ability, a little gem called Pikmin. Make no mistake gaming friends, though it may have graphics that appear cute and cartoonish in nature, this game isn't just for little kids (though I'm sure the little rascals will love it anyway). As Pikmin is rated, this game is for Everyone.

For a little background info, Pikmin is the brainchild of Shigeru Miyamoto, the mastermind behind two of Nintendo's top franchise hits, "Super Mario" and "The Legend of Zelda," and he really knows his stuff. Nothing beats a Miyamoto game, and it looks as if Nintendo let the man loose on Pikmin, doing anything he pleased. Pikmin is without a doubt a very different and more unique game than any of us are use to, and this change is a very good one to be sure.

On a more personal note, because this game seemed so different than what I knew, I was going to rent it before making a purchase, but I thought "What the heck," and bought it anyway. I have no regrets for making this impulse buy. Pikmin is addictive and fun, making you rethink your strategy each game "day." I like to run around a level to become as familiar with it as I can, then restart the level without saving to make the best use of the game "day." Pikmin is almost hard to stop playing.

And now for your regularly scheduled review. Graphics are without a doubt what most people base their judgment on a game (although it shouldn't be), and Pikmin has eye candy galore. Pikmin is a colorful game, very cartoon like with cute little creatures abound, thus making the game appealing to children. The backgrounds are stunning and beautiful, the characters are certainly interesting, and there are absolutely no unintended jagged edges in sight. Framerates seem to be continuous with no sign of slow down, even when you have a hundred Pikmin beating the tar out of a giant Pikmin eating bulb creature or flaming nose rat, giving you smooth animation all the way.

Pikmin isn't just about fancy "look at me" graphics though (although great graphics are always nice and welcome in a game), that's just the eye catcher. Pikmin is really about strategy, lots of strategy, which will appeal to many gamers. The game is broken down into 30 fifteen to twenty minute "days" in which you have to utilize Pikmin, tiny little plant creatures, to recover the missing parts of your ship. The first part of this strategy game is to make good use of your time, as there are 30 missing parts to your ship, meaning you have to find and recover at least one part per day. With thorn walls, rock barriers, and giant Pikmin eating bulb creatures blocking the way, you will definitely have your work cut out for you.

The controls are set up in a simple point and click method. This simplification of controls makes the game easier to play and much more fun. All you need do is position your cursor and begin hurling Pikmin into the air to demolish walls, build bridges, and massacre enemies, using their lifeless carcasses to get even more Pikmin. You can also separate the Pikmin in your party by color, since each Pikmin has its own unique abilities.

There are three types of Pikmin in the game: red, yellow, and blue. Each Pikmin has its own special traits that will help you conquer the game. Red Pikmin are immune to fire, Yellow Pikmin can jump high and carry bomb rocks, and Blue Pikmin can survive in water. These traits will help you decide which Pikmin is best for which task as Yellow Pikmin are good at taking out the bulb creatures that eat them and using bomb rocks to blow up rock barriers, Red Pikmin are good for tackling the flaming nose rats when it tries to burn your Pikmin alive, and Blue Pikmin . . . well . . . their mostly useful in taking down barriers in water and retrieving ship parts that are in water.

Pikmin's only downfall that I can see is that the game is terribly short. 30 twenty minute days (10 hours of gameplay) is really nothing compared to the length of some games, but Pikmin is one of the first games released for Nintendo's Gamecube so this could just be an appetizer for games to come. Still, Pikmin's shortness is a let down, which is why I only gave it four stars.

The verdict: Pikmin is a fun and addictive game, period. It's almost like the Sim City games in that it's fun even if you don't win and you try harder to do better the next time around. Whether you are planning to buy this game for yourself or your children, you most likely won't be disappointed, unless you just really hate strategy games.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - An interesting game
Through Nintendo's years as a game maker, they have generally stuck with making games that followed the stylings of action and adventure. But in a rather odd twist of fate, Shigeru Miyamoto (the creator of the Mario and Zelda games) decided to try his hand at creating a game that fused action and strategy. The end result was Pikmin, one of the earliest games to be released for the Nintendo Gamecube. How does Nintendo's venture into this category work out? Read on and see.


-Uniqueness is by far this game's greatest strength. The game tries doing so many things that have never been done in the video game world before.
-Though this is a first-generation Gamecube title, the graphics aren't half bad.
-The storyline, though a bit cheesy, is actually pretty good. It helps to give you a sense of desperation so that you'll actually want to complete the game.

-When you're using your Pikmin to battle one of the numerous enemies that show up, you don't have any direct control over them. They are killed rather easily, so this will get on the nerves of players new to strategy-oriented games.
-The time limit forces players to rush through the game. I thought after blunders like The Legend Of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Mega Man X6 that forced players to rush due to a time limit, game makers would stop doing this. How wrong I was!
-The Pikmin seem to take forever to destroy obstacles. This is very tedious and makes me wish my Gamecube had a fast-forward button on it.

I must commend Shigeru Miyamoto for creating so innovative a game. Creating innovative games seems to be his specialty, and here he's done it again. Though this game isn't for everyone, it's certainly worth trying out. Rent this one first - don't buy it without getting a first impression.

5-0 out of 5 stars Like being a cult leader, without all the Kool Aid
I LOVE Pikmin. I've played the game over and over again, and it never gets old.

Note that this game is not a great deal of fun if you don't like real-time strategy games. Young children will get bored quickly. But if you like games like Red Alert, Age of Mythology, or even The Sims, give this one a shot.

PIKMIN: 10 fingers up
When I first bought Pikmin I thought it was going to be a pre-school type game, but when I started to play Pikmin, I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY. This game was sooooooo cool. It was like controling my own army. This game packs 2 of the best qualities for games; strategies, and just deminating and destroying a world that you don't even care about.


4-0 out of 5 stars The dude who gave it one star is wrong
I think guy who gave one star must be a pretty bad gamer he complained about not be able to find items witch is strange cause there is a special item you can get in the game that locates the items for you on the map! its on the second world and only the yellow and red pikmin die in the water just use the blue ones (duh!) although the game is kinda short and I don't like the time limit the sequel promises to fix this! The are battles fun and fun to witness. The music is simple but nice and calming I like it alot. Same with graphics you kinda feel like if the Discovery channel had aliens on their shows they'd document the trials of the pikmin life and the pikmin themselves are so cute ! If you like stragety and innovation buy this game. ... Read more

17. Soul Calibur II
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Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Namco
Sales Rank: 618
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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  • 3-D one-on-one fighting game
  • 13 historic fighters plus all new combatants including Necrid, specially designed by Todd McFarlane Productions
  • Seven exciting modes of play including Arcade, Vs, Time Attack, Survival, Team Battle, and Weapon Master
  • Includes Link as nique special guest fighter
  • For 1 or 2 players

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5-0 out of 5 stars Soul Calibur 2
Will This Game Defeat All The Others: Soul Calibur 2

Soul Caliber 2
Rated: Teen (violence)
Released: 2003
Producer: Namco
Gaming Systems Compatible with: Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox
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Have you ever played a game that you thought you could play forever? What about a game that had awesome graphics, a good storyline, good controls, and was the most fun game you have ever played? Well, if you haven't Soul Calibur 2 is a game you need to play.
Unlike most fighting games Soul Calibur 2 has a good storyline. Some fighting games just have an arcade mode where you fight every character on the game. Soul Calibur 2 has a weapons master mode where you can be any character you want and you follow along with the story. Some of the characters on this game are Link, Astaroth, Voldo, and those are just a few of the many characters on Soul Calibur 2. I think that the storyline on this game is better than any other game I've played.
Secondly the graphics on this game are so awesome that they will blow your socks off. It has awesome facial detail along with great background detail. Examples of this are, if the character says something you can see their mouth move. Now you may be thinking why does that matter? It matters because it makes the game more realistic and the more realistic the better.
Like the storyline the controls on Soul Calibur 2 are good. I say this because it is easy to perform attacks or block enemy attacks. Also, there are so many different attacks you can perform. Such as, a horizontal attack, a vertical attack and an attack where you throw the enemy. All this helps you when you are battling throughout the game.
Owing to the fact that, the graphics are awesome, controls are good, and the storyline is good, the fun factor of this game is awesome. What makes it so fun is that there are so many different things you can do, that you never get bored. For example, this game has a versus mode where you can play against people like your friends. It also has a lot of extras, like an extra versus battle, extra team battle and a profile mode where you can read about the profile of any character. Soul Calibur 2 is probably the most fun game I have ever played.
In conclusion, I rate this game a 4.5 out of 5 because of how good the graphics, the storyline, controls and fun factor are. Also, I recommend this game to anyone who likes fighting games. This game is probably the best fighting game ever made. Finally, if you have never played a game that you thought you couldn't stop playing, or a game with a good storyline, controls, and awesome graphics then you might want to play Soul Calibur 2.
Bottom Line: Soul Calibur 2 is a game that defea

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait
The original Soul Calibur was the best game made for the Dreamcast, and since that platform's demise, fans have waited four years for a follow up. It was well worth the wait. The game is premiering on all three major game systems at once, and although each version is essentially the same, each game has one distinct quality: They feature different lead characters. For the Playstation, it's Heihachi. For the XBox, it's Spawn. But the Gamecube got the best one: Link. He's joined by many of the classic characters from the original game, plus some great new ones. The biggest question, however, is this: What prevents this from just being another run-of-the-mill fighting game, another Kakuto Chojin or another Mortal Kombat clone? One needn't worry.

Although similar in style to other combat games, this one rises above them with extraordinary gameplay, first-rate graphics (esp. on the Cube and XBox) and surprisingly easy controls and fighting techniques. The attacks are pretty straightforward: kick, horizontal weapon, and vertical weapon. But there are some good combination moves available, as well. Like all other combat games, this requires button/control combinations and some tricky maneuvering. Unfortunately, the Gamecube's basic controller is not well-suited for these moves; the buttons aren't aligned very well for some of the trickier moves. (Of the 3 systems, only the PS2's basic controller was the most user-friendly). But Gamecube fans have a good alternative: the wireless Wavebird controller works really well with this game. Another advantage for Cube fans: The Cube's excellent graphics engine make this game a real treat visually; the player is surrounded by beautifully detailed scenery and environments. Truthfully, it's not that much different from the first version. (But if it ain't broke...) For those who never played the first version, here's a chance to enjoy one of the best combat games ever devised. For those who loved (and miss) the original, it's just like experiencing this fabulous title all over again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fists of fury
This the kind of game you would find in an arcade. It is that kind of fighting game. It has fun playing modes and the controls are easy to get used to. The graphics are up to date.
The only problem is that You have to beat the game a certain amount of times. But dont let that stop you from buying this great fist in the face and ow that looked like it hurt game

5-0 out of 5 stars The best
This is one of the best fighting games ever, tied with the Mortal Kombat series. The best character is by far, Link. If you don't think Link's fighting styles, moves and weapons are not cool, there is something seriously wrong with you.
Some of the best graphics and some amazing characters, besides Link there are some really unique characters such as Ivy, Nightmare and Voldo. Awesome stages and brilliant story mode. Nintendo games are supposed to be frustrating and hard, if they weren't, what would be the challenge or the point? Excellent, a must play and a must buy. Tons of features to unlock and plenty of game time.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Best Version!
The game is very fun and innovative. I extreamly recomend it to hardcore game fighter fans.

I didn't think there were any flaws in the game but I found a few. But I won't get into that. This game is very well done I can tell you that. The graphics for the GCN are off the hook.


The game is very addicting as you must get lots and lots of weapons to complete the game in the chapters if you play it in that mode. The game does not dissapoint in multiplayer.
The multiplayer in Soul Calibur 2 is friken awesome! Especially when you have friends, cause then it's time to woop some butt!

Really fun for partie....well maybe not...


2 is one step away but still manages to pull through...Was the game worth the wait....Oh hell yeah....

SoulCalibur 2 will be an instant classic....I loved this game even though I still thought the original was better...I donno why..

Overall this is a must own! GET THIS GAME NOW!

Later... ... Read more

18. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
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Asin: B00009ZVI2
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 352
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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  • Action Adventure game with lifelike animation
  • Perform acrobatic combos to outwit the enemy
  • Rich Non-player characters
  • Use the magic dagger to manipulate time
  • For 1 player

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Great Concept, Bad Performace
As the newest in the series of Prince of Persia (starting with the original 1989 game), one can expect a lot from a game bearing this title. Besides, "The Prince of Persia" has been the base inspiration for many other games, books, and even movies. With all this said, as well as viewing the flashy commercials you are probably wondering whats with the review's subject line.

Well, to explain, this game is basically what you may want, or may not want. If your into fighting and want to rough up some bad guys in a game then this sadly is not the game for you. However, if solving puzzles like figuring out how to get from point "A" to point "B" when "B" is some forty feet up is your thing, then you may consider getting this game.

The plot is pretty simple. Your character has been tricked into releasing the sands of time, and these sands consume every living thing it comes in contact with and turns them into mindless entities called sand creatures (*something of a zombie, but not*). The Prince however is spared thanks to an odd dagger called the "Dagger of Time". However, the prince is not the only survivor. The daughter of the palace's ruler Farrah also survived due to another odd artifact (a medallion) and now its up to you to get both characters out of there alive.

A good 75% of the game is all about skill. Pulling off moves like running on a wall only to jump on a bar and swing to a ledge sounds impressive, however its this use of the same moves that gets boring, and eventually fustrating as your left to solve these physical riddles over and over as you are asking yourself "When do I get to slay some sand-creature scum?".

Well, when that moment finally arrives, it isnt all that great. Sorry, but combat is limited to a handfull of attacks, while at the same time the enemies seem to revive themselves after you spent a good three minutes destroying them. This brings up the fact that you cannot kill sand creatures and can only destroy them. -_-.

Don't expect much in cutscenes. While the animation is realtime (*that is if you are standing in point "A" then the cutscene shows you as being there still*), the graphics are a bit grainy. Its more toward something of THQ's Red Faction 2 or low quality people and objects, rather than the impressive styles seen in the Computer Generated Movie scenes in Namco's Soul Calibur 2.

Also this game requires time (*ironic isnt it*). It takes about 15 minutes before reaching the first save point (*that is of course adding the times taken after dying and figuring out what to do next*), and after that the puzzles may take longer to get through.

While this may be Ubi Software's strike back at platformers like Nintendo's Legend of Zelda, or Blizzard's upcomming Starcraft: Ghost, the game has very few good sides.

Those must be the innovations which are intended for use especially in all those obsticals. The first recieved is rewinding time (*up to 10 in game seconds*). While it is impressive, its a bit fustrating especially if you stop the rewind to early or end up wasting a sand tank (*power unit*) by doing the exact same thing again.(*lets see. Jump across gap, oops; fall to death, rewind time, fall again*) The other innovations are the storytelling, which is set in first person with the Prince telling what he did after all this is over. If you die (*and die you will believe me*) then the Prince will comment with a "Nonono, that didn't happen" or something along that. Another innovation is the viewpoints and the sandvisions. In this game if you bother to look around while outside, you will notice buidling portions which you will visit eventually. During the cinematic shots, everything seen in the backdrop are things you will see later on. As for sandvisions, basically its a hint, as well as a taste of things to come after saving the game. In a way it keeps the gamer into the game, while also avoiding spoilers and solutions to puzzles.

As UbiSoft continues the Prince of Persia series, it all depends on your taste of gaming. If you just want to destroy bad guys with no sense of thought to the game, then don't bother. However, if you prefer a game of some action and a lot of thinking, then consider this game.

2-0 out of 5 stars Promising beginning, but a let down in the end...
First off, let me say I like the "set-up" of this game a great deal. The game is actually a story told in the first person view by the main character. The plot therein is actually fairly well thought out considering the linear type story (a fault of the genre, nothing against the play of the game).

The true problem of the game is (while beautiful) that it's just very boring. After about the third "level" the puzzels and such go from intelligent to tedius. Nothing however burdens this game like the fighting. Wave after wave of the same enemies at periodic intervals throughout the entire game. While the fight scenes probably look interesting to your friend watching you over your shoulder, they are in reality, just the same 4 buttons combos over and over and over and . . . well you get the point.

A promising start, but in the end a bit of a snoozer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice !!
This game is awesome!! Great graphics and great 3DF effects!! The way you use the sands of time to make slow motion effects and to return to past is fabulous...You really gonna enjoy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Prince of Persia
First of all, at the time of writing this, POP has an average score of 2 and a half stars. Is this because it's merely an average game? Is it because many people love it but many people hate it too? It's neither. It's mainly because people who profess to love this game (and have even expressed surprise that this game has only reached 2 and a half stars) have gone ahead and repeated the same mistake by giving it 0 stars again!!

Anyway, I don't mind giving this game 5 stars to increase the average because, while it's really a 4 star game, it's still one of the best games of this console generation. In fact, it's difficult to say which is better- this or another Ubisoft game, Beyond Good and Evil. They both put emphasis on creating grand adventures with likeable characters, mean enemies and a sense of humour.

Some people have compared this to Ico and, while I haven't played Ico, I have seen and read enough about it to get the sense of its similarities- set in a beautiful, sun-lit isolated castle and being concentrated on puzzles and character relationships.(The game benefits from the touching and humourous realtionship between the Prince and Farah.) The moody blue colour of the Arabian night in the opening screen may remind you of Disney's Aladdin. In fairness, the original game was released before Disney's film. There is a richness to much of the colour and detail, especially on the enemies. The designers have said that they were influenced by Middle Eastern and Arabian art and it shows. Probably the closest you will have experienced to this same sort of dizzying height is if you accessed Noki Bay on Super Mario Sunshine. You will take in towers, cliffs, waterfalls, a bath house, a zoo, a library and a dungeon among other locations. The graphics have a dreamy, fluid quality in keeping with the fluidity of time that you can control. (Of course you can't control your destiny by the fact that the course of action you will take is shown in the opposite of flashbacks- this highlights the linearity of the game but linearity is no bad thing to me.) Being a PS2 exclusive to start with, you know that the Cube is capable of more solid graphics but it's still very good for the time. There's a lot of mist used in places but we'll just say that creating the suitable dusty, mystical atmosphere is a good excuse against the charge of not being bothered to draw a full landscape.

The camera is generally well done and thankfully gives you hints as to which way to go (especially needed on some rope swinging/ flag-pole jumping sections.) The girl, Farah, did get in my way a few times though. (By the way - not that I would do such a thing- but if you attack her yourself it will drain her health, she will tell you off and probably fire an arrow from her bow at you. In fact, even when you are both fighting enemies her arrows cause damage to you and are sometimes unavoidable which can even made the Sands of Time useless- annoying.)

In the course of the first stage you are shown how to use the basic moves (attacking with your sword, blocking moves, jumping, running up and along walls, clambering up and moving along ledges)
Then you aquire the ability to rewind or slow time by extracting 'Sands of Time' with your sword (which gets periodically upgraded through the game) from the enemies that you have killed. This acts both as a second chance and a chance to get the upper hand on your enemies. In practise, I only used it as a second chance because once you time when to use the block move (and when to get out of the way when one of the bigger enemies attacks) you're ok. I've never seen the attraction in slowing down the action. Like Max Payne, though, you can choose to ignore the Matrix-style feature. The Sands of Time is a good feature but not without its flaws. Why is it, for example, that occasionally, you are not able to use it at all after being killed by an enemy despite having 3 bags of sand left? And even when you are able to use all the bags, some of the bags run out quicker than others leaving you at exactly the same point where you were stabbed/ fell to your death in the first place! Luckily, you always continue not too far away.
I actually found the sword fighting scenes very challenging to start with (I couldn't believe how many enemies you had to finish off which is quite lot in some sections- thankfully, once you've done that you can usually relax on the puzzle part.)

So, as you may have already guessed, the time control feature itself was not the selling point of this game for me. (Although the sword fighting was great.) No, I loved the easy and elegant acrobatics that you can perform- running up a wall, jumping off on to a flagpole, spinning round and jumping face on to a wall and jumping off onto a ladder- which could all be performed in about 10 seconds! And I liked the puzzles in general, which were sometimes fiendish but sometimes could have been made harder. For instance, they could have re-used the moving staircases idea in negotiating a big area so that they could each be moved into various positions requiring further puzzles to be solved rather than a set path. Towards the end, the game becomes too easy since you have the most powerful sword. The final boss was very easy.

It is the smooth, easy to control acrobatics, the exotic locations and the thoughtful puzzles that makes this game great but the flirtations and jokes between the Prince and Farah should not be overlooked either. I especially liked those sections where the Prince is questioning why he is doing certain things- not only is it about the meaning of life but the meaning of videogames too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Being a fan since the very first POP...
We had to have this! Fell in love with that little Prince from the very first version (and the other 3 too!) which were just played on our computers.

We actually had to shop and decide which game system we wanted to buy, specifically, just to play Sands (needed to "feel" the game too!). Decided on Xbox (so glad we did! Awesome stuff) and away we went. Blown away by graphics, music, story, puzzles, and especially the movements and athletics of the Prince. Well, it was just the best ever.

Sad when it ended, sigh.

We've since bought several other games...but they just don't compare. The Xbox is getting dusty now that we've completed the game. Nothing is as interesting or fun so far. Hopefully there will be a sequel coming!

(You've come a long way, Prince) ... Read more

19. Star Fox Adventures
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006599U
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Nintendo
Sales Rank: 536
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Fox McCloud is back, but he’s left the on-the-rails, shoot-'em-up larks of his previous two games behind--this all-new Star Fox adventure sees the super furry animal in a very Zeldaesque bid to save Dinosaur Planet.

Although the control system is very similar to The Legend of Zelda's, Star Fox Adventures is no simple clone. It’s your job as the mercenary mammal to find all the spellstones that will rejoin the splintered planet and defeat the evil General Scales. This entails much exploring of ancient temples and completing of subquests to help everything from Yorkshire-accented woolly mammoths to pterodactyls who've lost their babies.

The game may lack the epic scale and endless invention of Zelda but it has plenty of new ideas of its own, including a fully interactive dinosaur sidekick, some cool shoot-'em-up sections in Fox’s spaceship, and lots of ways to upgrade a magical staff--your weapon of choice when out of your ship. To add some icing to the cake, the graphics are absolutely amazing, particularly the superrealistic fur effects. --David Jenkins, ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This game not in your collection? Order it!
Star Fox Adventures is the choice of a true GCN owner. You can't beat the graphics, it's so vividly detailed! Everything in the game is so realistic like the shimmering waters, the beautiful landscapes, the plants, and even the fur on Fox (which is using fur rendering technology)! The music is by far the best I've heard in any GCN game. The voice acting was very well done, and also the sound effects. You'll just simply be amazed with everything about this game. Though, I see a few people here already putting it down when they haven't even played it at all. As they say, you should never judge a book by its cover. Who knows, you might start liking it sometime. :)

Overall I can safely guarantee you 100% that Star Fox Adventures will be one of the best gaming experience yet, and therefore highly advise you to order. For those who think otherwise, you might want to get your head checked. Order it, order it NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars BANG! BOOM! POW! SLASH! HACK!........
This is one of the BEST Gamecube games ever! Almost anyone will ADORE this game. For those who are fans of the old space shooter style won't be dissapointed. there is still parts in the game that takes the skill of piloting the arwing to get to parts of the world. If you are a fan of the zelda series and aren't sure about the sci-fi style of star fox, don't worry. When you're not blasting away squadrens of space fighters, you're hoofing it as fox. It's almost exactly like playing link in the zelda series. You get this really cool staff that can eventully shoot fire, and ice, create giant earthquakes, shoot you right into the air, and kick some major dino but. As for the other pilots of star fox team, peppy supplies world maps, slippy gives tips on what to do next, and General pepper (who isn't really one of the pilots) shows mission status. For you people who don't know who the heck I'm talking about, try it and you'll learn *snap* just like that. The main storyline is there is this planet on the far reaches of the Lylat System that is starting to fall apart, and eventully blow up! so General Pepper hires the elite piloting team, (Drum roll please) Star Fox. They're mission: stop the planet from blowing up and send huge chunks of it at the inhabited planets. A few hours prior to that, a blue fox girl named Kristal (pictured on the cover) is flying on a Pteridactal A.K.A. a member of the cloudrunner tribe. Then a huge ship comes at them from behind and starts shooting at them. They start shooting fireballs back at them. for a while you play Kristal against alot of enemies WITH NO ATTACK TO FIGHT BACK WITH. You can just skip them all. After a couple puzzeles solved, you'll get captured. That's when you will take control of Fox. You do some space shooting to get to dinosaur planet, when you land Fox will complain to general Pepper about not being able to bring a blaster gun so you're first order of buisness is to get a weapon. That's when you get Kristal's staff and can move on.

When you swing you're staff when there isn't an enemy around, it will be SSSSSLLLLOOOOWWWWW to recover from the swng. But when there IS an enemy, well, read the title. MAN my hand's getting tired so that's it. PU-LEEEAAASEEE say this was helpful to you!!!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great, but doesn't last long
Star Fox Adventures is, a great game. It has many mechanics used in the Zelda games and follows basically the same format as those games. However the game just doesn't have that natural sparkle found in a Nintendo game, that youd come to expect.

Star Fox adventures takes place 8 years after Andross has been destroyed. Wondering around in the Lylat System is something that the Star Fox team is just not into anymore, with Peppy have retired, and Falco to do his personal things, Fox and Slippy haven't been able to keep up with there old ship. So when General Peppers comes in with a job for the old crew, Fox and CO. come into the rescue. They soon learn that they will need to help out a place called Dinosaur Planet, a planet that has been semi taken over by a lizard named General Scales. He has made the planet break up into a few diffrent regions, and your job (as Fox McCloud) is to find Spellstones and Krazoa Spirits to make the Planet return to normal.

In my oppinion, it's a pretty good story, and definitly is alot like LOZ:OOT. The Graphics in the game are next to perfect. the fur effects (which was thought to only be able to be on the xbox) are amazing and very realistic. Fox McCloud is very realistic, and the world are very very well done. The music is all new, besides some of the old school Star Fox songs, which appear in the game a few times. The controls are solid as well, but once you play the game (especially if you've played LOZOOT) will all seem like the same, and you'll be thinking hmmm, have I played this before. In fact the game feels just like LOZOOT. I think that's the huge problem with this game, the controls and mechanics, and even the whole purpose of the game is all old, and it's been done before. Not to mention that in my oppinion SFA has maybe the worst ending I've ever seen in my life (when/if you beat the game you'll see what I'm talking about).

So overall SFA is solid if you somehow missed LOZOOT and it's a great game, with some huge flaws that really hold it back. The whole conecept of the game of find this, put this here, collect this stone has all been done before in LOZOOT and it doesn't need to be done here.


the best game ever
star fox deserves a five star rating and best game award.It is so fun I have to play it at my neighbor's house cause she hase gamecube I do not please please please tell the compony that makes star fox to make the game for playstation2 please. ... Read more

20. Medal of Honor Frontline
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Asin: B00006JZDV
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1132
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent game!
So far, this is the best game I've played on the GameCube. The storyline is great and the play is realistic. The graphics and sound are superb! Some have suggested that this game should offer auto-aim, which might be a nice option to have but I believe it would take away the tension of the moment in the midst of a firefight. In real battle you don't have auto-aim! The solo missions are a bit unbelievable but I think they had to do it this way to keep the intensity level up. I also like the missions where there is cooperation with other soldiers.

I really can't think of any complaints I have with this game... it is an absolute joy to play and find myself being buried in the story. The multi-player is also a lot of fun once you get used to it. Best played as as a two-team, four-player game. The graphics are so good you rarely have to think about where you are or what you're looking at... if you're supposed to be in a kitchen it looks and feels like a kitchen. Also, the sound and music really make a scene come alive. When I play this game I feel like I'm in it. It doesn't make me a member of Easy Company but sometimes I feel like it! (my apologies and thanks to those who DID serve in this war).

Highly recommed buying this game especially if you want to relive some World War II action or love WWII history.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Decent War Game
Having never seen Medal of Honor played on anything other than a PC I was skeptical about picking this game up. I did however and now I'm glad that I did.

In Medal of Honor Frontline you are Private Jimmy Patterson. It is your job to go through 20 missions on 6 levels to help stop the Nazi war machine.

The game is made by Electronic Arts and looks to be built on the same engine as there other first person shooter games. The company is known for making the James Bond games and this really is James Bond meets Saving Private Ryan. The gameplay is pretty clear and crisp. The controls are different from any other first person shooter I've played on this system and that took some getting use to. I've got it down pat now and I like the challenge that it offers to you.

Unlike the Bond games the auto-aim function isn't here on Medal of Honor. You have to do all of the aiming yourself on those Nazi soldiers. It makes the game a little frusterating at first with the different control set up, but once you get use to it I think you'll like it.

I was a little saddened with the Multi Player features on the game. All you can do is hook up and play against three other human opponents. There are no options to add any AI Bots which I found to be a little disappointing. I love to hook up with by brothers and fight them and 5-6 AI Bots. That would have been great to do with WWII weapons and maps but they didn't put that option on this game.

I love this game. It's a decent game. I like it better on this system than the PS2 or Xbox. If you really want to experience Medal of Honor though, I'd pick it up for PC.

5-0 out of 5 stars Your finest video game.
This is what really got me intrested in FPS games, you get to go like, everywhere in ww2, with authentic weapons, M1, Colt .45, B.A.R, Sprinfield Sniper Rifile, and more! Hope you enjoy this, heres a cheat code: DOVE, it unlocks mission 5.

WOW!This one took me by suprise!
I love this game!The graphics,the missions,the multi-player,the gameplay-EVERYTHING about this game rocks.I first played this game at a store,considering I don't have a gamecube and at first I thought I would be waistin' my time since this was the sequal to the horrible Rising Sun.But then again,Electronic Arts normally has a pretty good reputation so I tried it.MAN!This game ruled!I started to play the level'Arnhem Knights'and there was only one word that could describe it-AWESOME!Levels in this game range from Omaha Beach,submarines,facilitys,trains,towering buildings,citys and more!This game also includes new improved Enemy A.I.,nineteen deadly missions,multiplayer and more.
EA Games has truly outdone themselves!

Medal of honor
This is quite the game to begin with for all of you new gamers. This is an all around AESOME game. I have beeten the game 3 times in all dificulty levels. It is an awesome game it is very fun,it is if you ask me,almost as good as Medal of Honor:Rising Sun. Both games are ver great but i am writing a review about Frontline.

So if all you gamers want some tips here are some tips. This is not one of those games like Splinter Cell were you do all of that (...) secret stuff. This game dont try to hide from your enemies because they already know your coming. They are not the hardest to defeat but have your chalanges. This is a very crazy war game were you always have some action and always have to be watching your back! You have some of the coolist guns because you are way back in the day.

I dont really care for the multi player because ther isnt much to do besides verse your friends(which can get really boring). Unlike Rising Sun you cannot allow the com. to verse you in multi-player,and you can not do a campaign with a friend.

Overall great game highly recomended,very fun,great graphics,very funny, and doesnt allow you to put your controler down! ... Read more

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