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1. Kingdom Hearts
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2. Final Fantasy X
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3. Xenosaga
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4. Jak and Daxter
5. UFC: Sudden Impact
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6. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
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7. Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild
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8. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
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9. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle
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10. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
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11. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
12. Nicktoons: Movin
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13. SSX 3
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14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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15. SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
16. Dogs Life
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17. .hack: Infection (part 1)
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18. The Sims Bustin Out
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19. Devil May Cry 2
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20. Scooby-Doo Mystery Mayhem

1. Kingdom Hearts
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000066TS5
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Square Enix U.S.A., Inc
Sales Rank: 117
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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Ever wondered what would happen if the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney collided? It’s an odd concept to be sure, but from the most schizophrenic of acorns the mighty gaming oak of Kingdom Hearts has grown. Legendary role-playing game makers Square have been given unprecedented liberties with the entire Disney universe and have created a game featuring everything from The Nightmare Before Christmas to The Little Mermaid. This is odd enough in itself when you have characters as disparate as Tarzan and Donald Duck teaming up, but becomes majorly freaky when Square thrown in a variety of their own characters such as Cloud, Squall, and Aeris from the various Final Fantasy games. But this incongruity has one side benefit in that the storyline behind the game is by necessity rather vague, which seems to have stopped Square from filling three CDs full of their usual New Age whining about Mother Earth. Instead they’ve spent even more time on the graphics, and the end result is a quite stunning 3-D cartoon.

As for the gameplay, it may come as a surprise to learn that it doesn’t actually feature, as all the Final Fantasy games do, turn-based combat. Instead it's essentially a scrolling beat-'em-up-cum-platformer with exactly the kind of complicated Square-style knobs you’d expect. The game may be a little shallow, but it’s an impressive artistic achievement and to be quite frank any title that allows you to magically summon Bambi out of thin air to attack evil demons of the underworld has got to be worth some sort of recommendation. --David Jenkins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars RPG fan or not, you're sure to like this game!
Kingdom Hearts was the first RPG I have ever played, and now, that I have played most of the Final Fantasies, this is still my favourite, along withh FF7. This game is absolutly beautyfiul in every way, from the way the cartoon characters move in their new 3D version to the way this game brings a tropical island to life.

The story starts out on the Destiny Islands, and you play Sora, a 14 year old who lives on the island with his friends Kairi and Riku. Selphie (FF8), Tidus and Wakka (FFX) make appearences as well. After Sora's island is destroyed by the Heartless, a sinister force that can take and destroy people's hearts, he ends up in Traverse Town eher he meets Donald and Goofy. You meet plenty of toher FF and Disney characters here.

They include Leon, Aerith, Yuffie, Cid, Cloud, Sephiroth, Pongo and Perdita, Merlin, The Fairy Godmother, Maleficent, The Queen of Hearts, Alice, The Cheshire Cat, The White Rabbit, Card Soldiers, Tarzan, Jane, Clayton, Terk, Kala, Kertchak, Hercules, Hades, Phil, Jafar, Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, Iago, Genie, Carpet, Geppetto, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Ariel, Sebastian, King Triton, Flounder, Flotsam, Jetsam, Jack Skellington, Oogie Boogie, Sally, Zero, the Mayor, Dr. Finkelstein, Lock, Shock, Barrel, Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Wendy, Tinker Bell, Mr. Smee, Beast, Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White and Chernabog. There are also 6 Disney summons as well; Simba, Bambi, Dumbo, Tinker Bell, Mushsu and Genie.

If you say you've played the best games on PS2, you haven't played anything until you try this game! Sure, it may seem corny, but trust me, this game is worth the money!

One of the best games I've played in awhile
This game is simply incredible, to start off, the voice cast is exceptional for a video game. Many big names make up the voice crew starting with the main protagonist, a boy named Sora, who is voiced masterfully by Haley Osment. Aeris from FF7 is voiced by Mandy Moore and Sephiroth is voiced by Lance Bass. The Disney Characters are almost all voiced by their commonly known actors, (James Wood and Jodi Benson, etc.)

Many people are skeptical of buying this game because of their natural prejudice against anything made by Disney, if you are one of these people and look at this like looking through a window painted black then you will miss out on one hell of a game!

The gameplay, based around an action RPG combat system where everything occurs in real time, is unlike any other. It's easy to get into but difficult to master, you will have to be able to flip through your item inventory while fighting off baddies and trying to stay alive. The battles vary from casting magic spells on foes from a distance or going toe to toe with the enemy in a clash of swords. Along your way you will encounter Goofy and Donald Duck who will join up with you on your quest, you probably think that sounds wussy but you'll be glad to have them along. Goofy is more of a fighter/defensive character while Donald is more of a caster/offensive character. They are both controlled by computer AI that you can adjust to fit your strategic needs.

The storyline is very unique being that it combines Final Fantasy characters colliding with Disney. It has the usual run off the mill villainry of the evil Disney characters trying to accomplish their wicked schemes in their corresponding worlds. This may sound stereotypical but it is mostly done in an interesting more intriguing way than you would expect. On top of Disney's baddies are Final Fantasy characters that you'll end up fighting, early on you'll have a few mock duels with Tidus, Wakka, and you'll even end up crossing blades with Squall!

I'm still playing through the early stages of the game but from what I've seen so far this will be a title to be remembered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps you entertained
It has been several years since i have purchased this game, I have been playing this game since 2000, and i am still completly entertained. Replay value is very high. The real time battle sytem of the game will keep you both awake and alert throughout the ENTIRE game. I give the graphics a 4 out of 5, and the cinnematics are splendid. Story line is very deep and will just suck you in. After a couple of hours, you will feel very connected to your character. i can safely say that anyone who purchases this game should be more than stisfied. The only complain i do have is there are not enough CG, and that people who will use special attacks might accidentaly use the wrong one.

5-0 out of 5 stars this game rules
Kingdom hearts is the best game I have you have to find a way to get it its so much fun....

5-0 out of 5 stars An AWESOME game
I started playing this game when I was 11 and its so much fun, Ive re-played and beaten it 8 times since then (Im 13 now) It has an amazing storyline, one that makes you never want to stop playing. This is probably one of my all time favorite video games, and thats saying a lot :P If you don't like the Final Fantasy series, I still recomend buying this game. There isn't a lot in it about the FF series, just a few of the characters who have minor roles.

This game is also incredibly cheap for how much fun it is. I would definitly get this game. ... Read more

2. Final Fantasy X
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005TNI6
Catlog: Video Games
Sales Rank: 354
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Each installment of the Final Fantasy series has featured strongstorytelling, characterization, and strategic combat, fun minigames, and hoursupon hours of captivating gameplay. The 10th title in the series is noexception. This is the first time a Final Fantasy game has appeared on thePlayStation2, and it takes full advantage of the increased technicalcapabilities.

The story this time concerns Tidus, a blond-haired star of a sport calledBlitzball. While he is playing in a match, Tidus's city is attacked by an evilforce called Sin, and everything is destroyed save Tidus and his guardian Auran.The adventure begins as the pair are somehow transported to another world. Fromhere on, it's standard Final Fantasy gameplay: fight battles, manage experiencepoints, learn new powers, and recruit a motley crew of nonplayer characters tojoin your quest.

The graphics, however, take things to a new level. They are amazing not only fortheir realism, but also for their imaginative art design. The world these heroesinhabit is breathtakingly beautiful, flowing, and full of inventive surprises.You haven't lived until you've surfed cables high in the air, or ridden agraceful airship through the clouds. The stunning effects are on display whenyou use magic in combat, summon gigantic monsters, and use fire columns todevastate your foes.

One new element is voice acting. The innovation yields predictably mixedresults: it's wonderful to hear spoken dialogue rather than read subtitles, butas with most games translated from Japanese, the acting is mediocre andsometimes unintentionally hilarious.

Still, the game's new graphics engine and solid gameplay are sure to please fansof the series waiting to see what Square has in store for them. While FinalFantasy X doesn't offer much innovation, it also doesn't disappoint. Andfortunately, with Final Fantasy XI already in development, the title isstill a misnomer. --Andrew S. Bub


  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Epic story line
  • Voice acting
  • Little innovation
  • The voice acting is sometimes laughable
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5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
My first impression of the game was that it would have a summoner type feel (which isn't bad, but not usual FF to me.) However, the game has a very well done story line. Good voice acting and it flushes out the characters so well that they talk to each other and goof on each other in battle. The graphics are very good, though a little jittering and jagged edges on the vector at times. The cutscenes however are superb, and almost movie like in quality.
The game has a great combat interface, though I am not sure yet if I like the sphere system for gaining skills and abilities.

The storyline seems good so far and I am approximately 10 hours in. The music is very good, but I still think the FF3 soundtrack is the best one ever. Overall this is turning out to be my favorite in all the FF series that I have played.

5-0 out of 5 stars ......Um....Sorry...
A while back, when this game first came out, I wrote a review that was insulting. Well, I was mad, and had to let out some steam. I was wrong. This game is pretty cool....I guess...But it isn't quite Squaresoft quality. I still believe Final Fantasy 9 and Final Fantasy Tactics are the best, but this ones' okay. This one DOES have a neato plot, with the huge plot twist involving "Sin" and the Summoners with their "Final Summoning" Thingy, but Final Fantasy Tactics beats it in the storyline catagory (though definatly not in the graphics catagory, I'll admit to that!). The characters are all right (I still hate Wakka, but Tidus is alright), but Final Fantasy 9 and 3 have awesome characters. So all in all, it is pretty decent, I even feel like playing it (heck, I own it now), but I would've rathered something closer to that of past Final Fantasys.

1. Cool plot twist
2. Grand Graphics
3. Voice Overs
4. Blitz Ball is pretty cool
5. Masamune returns!

1. Plot doesn't kick in for a good while
2. A few horrible characters ruin the cast for me at least
4. Ultima Weapon is no where to be found.....

By the way, I now relieze that Seymore is not at all the main enemy....boy was I ignorant!

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Not the Final Fantasy
I really enjoyed Final Fantasy X. The storyline is top-notch and the graphics are simply breathtaking, particularly during the cutscenes and summon animations. The new system of upgrading characters (the Sphere Grid) can be a bit confusing at first, but I really liked the way it allows you to develop your characters in any way you desire. The voice acting, something I was a bit worried about prior to playing the game, was very good, with a few exceptions (such as Tromell). My only complaint about this game was the extreme difficulty of some of the side quests, especially the chocobo race (I tried for five hours straight and still couldn't get a perfect time). I was ready to fling my controller through the TV screen in frustration. What I don't understand is why Square made these side quests so difficult when the rest of the game is relatively easy. Also, the ending is absolutely heartbreaking, I literally had tears in my eyes. Come on, Square, after playing this for so many hours, I think most people out there would like to see a happy ending for our heroes! All in all, this was an outstanding game, a must for any RPG fans and FF fans. The best FF since 8 (in my opinion, FFX was much better than FFIX). Buy it now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, absorbing story, and deep characters!
Before I played this game, I had heard of the Final Fantasy games from friends and whatnot, but I did not know what was so special about it. Last week, I decided to purchase Final Fantasy X to see for myself. I began playing the game not knowing what to expect - I was greeted with an intro scene of several well-animated characters (who I could only assume I would learn more about them in the game) gathered around a campfire. No sooner had I begun playing did I realize what the game was actually like - the gameplay follows more or less around the story of Tidus, a star player of Blitzball (something like under-water soccer) who is thrust into a world a thousand years into the future following an encounter with Sin (a huge marine creature that harbors smaller creatures atop its body). Tidus meets with numerous characters, most importantly Yuna, a summoner (a sort of magical-religious figure) and helps her on her journey to defeat Sin (which has plagued mankind for the past thousand years). You also meet numerous other characters including Wakka, the captain of the Besaid Aurochs (a blitzball team), Rikku of the Al-Bhed (other-language-speaking race of humans), and Auron (childhood guardian of Tidus). As you progress through the game, you learn of every character's past and present, and their relation to eachother, and the story unfolds. These characters play important roles in the game as well, most prominently in the numerous battles with fiends your party will meet along the way. These battles are fought in a fast, turn-based style and your characters are able to better their skills and learn new abilities. Anyways, this game holds a great story with a huge world and is among the best titles you can own for your ps2.

this game is the best ever
my cousin had this game while i was at his house and i would have to say it is one of the best final fantasies yet(aside from ff7)it has awesome graphics and tidas is a little annoying.but is has more cutscenes than play time. its a fun game. anyone that is a rpg gamer should try it ... Read more

3. Xenosaga
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Asin: B00005BW7Q
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Namco
Sales Rank: 619
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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The ambitiously named Xenosaga: Episode 1--Der Wille zer Macht is an epic-sized space opera that opens in the outer reaches of the galaxy. The story follows several space-dwelling citizens as they aim to unlock the secrets of the universe. The specifics of those secrets presumably will be revealed over subsequent editions of the Xenosaga series (after all, this is only Episode 1)--but a vital clue is held in the elusive Zohar, a mysterious artifact that is aggressively sought by evil aliens. Without spoiling the plot's surprising twists, let's just say the game's German subtitle "Der Wille zur Macht" (translated as "The Will to Power") is a less-than-subtle ode to German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who is considered as one of the precursors of existentialism.

Like many conventional RPG titles, Xenosaga's gameplay balances between exploration and battle modes. The game designers have thankfully spared players from any ill-conceived random battle sequences. Instead, you can concentrate directly on your quest without the repetitious enemy battles.

The designers also did a good job balancing a traditional RPG structure with complex themes. However, the game seems to go out of its way to casually integrate controversial (and frankly creepy) religious imagery into the context of the game. Some may find the game offensive and disturbing; others will likely find it intellectually stimulating.

Namco promises about 80 hours of gaming--but a good portion of that is non-interactive full-motion video. While the stretched-out cutscenes do add considerable depth to the characters, they're often poorly paced and too long--one takes an alarming 30 minutes to unfold! The addition of more background music might have helped to pick up the pacing, since the obligatory soundtrack is strangely absent at some critical plot points.

With impressive animation and unexpected plot points, Xenosaga: Episode 1--Der Wille zer Macht is easily one of the more enjoyable RPG titles to hit the PS2. While this isn't for the happy-go-lucky gaming crowd (see Kingdom Hearts), adult-minded gamers will likely be consumed by the darkness and devious delights offered within this twisted title. --Brett Atwood


  • Complex characters and story themes
  • No random battle sequences
  • Impressive 3-D animation
  • Long, long, looooooooong cut scenes
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5-0 out of 5 stars Deep...Very Deep...
This game is one of the best games that I have ever played. Period. It rivals the Final Fantasy series in terms of gameplay and visual impact. The story is deep and convoluded and full of twists, making you scratch your head at one moment and then at the next- you get this great AH-HAA! moment where you piece something together. True, Some of the cutscenes are quite lengthy, but if you watch them, you get the feeling that you are playing an interactive movie...they are important to getting all the story. In the beginning of the game, they may seem quite boring, but as you progress deeper into the world of Xenosaga, they become necessary and more involved.

The gameplay is great! Xenosaga has one of the most innovative control/battle schemes that I have ever seen in a game. You have skills, tech attacks and ether. Each of these can be upgraded to make them more powerful, faster, and in some cases- easier to pull off. The ether (magic) system is neat too; ether can be evolved into better spells and bigger status effects. During battle, you have the option of jumping into an A.G.W.S. which is basically a big mech that can pound the heck out of the opposition. These battle machines can also be upgraded, outfitted with different weapons, generators, and armor- all depending on your taste and the style of gameplay that you prefer.

The game has a great help system as well. You can enter a simulator to teach you the basics of battle and item management. There is a "dictionary" of sorts on the game disc. When you stumble across a "keyword" or phrase, it will show up in this database. I have found myself referring back to this in order to clear up some points in the game and some pieces of conversation that dont seem to make sense at the time. It is a great help and a wonderful addition to the game.

Personally, I reccomend getting the strategy guide so that you can go through the game and acquire all the secrets and cool items that you would have missed or otherwise not known about.

This game is a great additon to any RPG fans library of titles, and I am eager to see the entire six-part saga unfold itself. Anything that can effortlessly incorporate elements of psychology, biblical refrence, philosophy and a lively debate on humanity and the soul should definatly prove to be worth the time and effort that I put into it. This game is superb, simply elegant.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's so wrong?
My opinion on the game ...

The graphics are smooth, if a little cartoon-like, the voice overs are done extremely well (as oposed to, say, FFX, where the characters mouths are moving randomly yet no one is speaking) the battle system offers several different varieties of attacking, and the story is extremely interesting.

I'm probably not the best person to review this game right now, unfortunately, because I'm writing this review before I've played very far into the game. I rented Xenosaga and was just getting towards the third(?) hour of the game--out of, like fifty hours--, enjoying the fact that I was going to waste away in my room playing it ... when, all of a sudden, it froze. The damn thing was scratched, and boy do I mean scratched.

If you've read other reviews, you'll hear that the game gets even more addictive after about five hours of playing, the story even better, and the cutscenes (is THAT what they're called?) longer. I don't know about other people, but I enjoy watching those.

Xenosaga starts out with an opening scene taking place sometime in the 2nd millenium. You see a dig site, some diggers, and maybe an archeologist or two. They uncover this neat little pattern in the ground. When one of the archeologists places a long flat disc into it, a strange, huge thing appears floating in the sky. It shoots a beam of light into the clouds, and ...

... then you skip ahead 4,000 years, to a spaceship. The main character (so far) is Shion, the chief of a team of people whose job it is to work on KOS-MOS, a robot-like character programed to fight the alien Gnosis. When you're in the testing field, you learn how to work the battle system, and then you're sent on a few errands. Already there have been a few cutscenes (one of them including the retreval of a familiar looking huge thing), and already I was preparing to stay up until the wee hours of the morning.

I was getting ready to run to KOS-MOS (she woke up without being programed to, which occured in a deadly accident last time), trying to avoid the strange aliens that were attacking the ship. And then came that scratch ...

Anyway, I really liked what I saw.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too bad 1 star is the minimum rating...
This game is an absolute mess in every way possible. Xenosaga fanboys, watch in horror as I tear apart your favorite game from every angle:

This is the core element of any good RPG; this is what you'll spend the most time doing. Xenosaga has an interesting (if somewhat basic) battle system, but it's poorly executed in every way. First of all, it's ridiculously slow; an average battle takes from 3-5 MINUTES. The animations are way too long (and they're not very interesting). Also, the "boost" system doesn't work; enemies get boosts whenever they want, and can boost over your boost anytime (you can't do the same).

The areas are supposed to be designed so that it's possible to gain advantages in battle by blowing up stuff near the enemy, or avoid the battle entirely. Unfortunately, this doesn't work either. Every area is set up so that you have to fight every battle every time you go through. There are some puzzles scattered throughout the game as well; I liked one of them, even though it wasn't much. It was an elevator with a bunch of boxes on it; depending on how much weight (the boxes) you blasted off the platform, the elevator would rise certain amounts.

Outdated. Animation looks awkward (though some battle animations are good), especially outside battle. This doesn't really matter, though; you'll spend 10 hours watching cutscenes, 20 hours in battles, and the rest performing menial tasks for characters (like delivering curry) and playing stupid mini-games. There is no lipsync; characters move their mouths up and down at random. The game is styled after Japanese anime and manga, which is fine; they did a decent job making sure the resemblance was there.

Good Lord, I hate Shion! What a whiny moron! Half of her lines repeat what someone else just said; she just says it in the form of a question. Example (although not from the game, it shows the kind of junk you're forced to wade through):

Character: He did.
Shion: He did?
Character: He did.

The other characters are terrible, too. Especially MOMO and Jr. Ziggy's kind of cool, but chaos (that's the proper capitalization) is a dork. Margulis (a bad guy) is also moderately cool. KOS-MOS...meh. The main bad guy (Albedo) is so crazy it's ridiculous! He must spend 15 minutes laughing maniacally in the cutscenes.

Here's the basic game structure:
Cutscene (15-20 min.)
Gameplay (Deliver food, or walk to a location)
Cutscene (30 min.)
Boss (15-20 min.)
Cutscene (20 min.)
Pause so you can save your game
Cutscene (30 min.)

Normally, this is the saving grace of an otherwise mediocre RPG. Xenosaga's drags it down into the Black Pit of Malodorous Stench. The cutscenes are long-winded, repetitive, and poorly acted. Also, because this series is in six parts (of which this is the first), it basically just throws a lot of junk at you that makes no sense. The last game in the series probably won't even arrive until 2013 or so.

The music is performed by the London Philharmonic, which is cool. Unfortunately, there are only about 8-10 songs. One is unbelievably annoying; it's about five seconds long and plays ad nauseum in a location near the end. I remember liking the battle music, but I couldn't hum it for you.

Well, I think I've made it obvious how much I hate this game. I hate it even more for blowing $40 on it (stupid Game Informer - 9.75? Nutcases). Even more disappointing was the fact that it was developed by a group of former Square employees. On the other hand, the disc makes a nice drink coaster. If you're looking for a good PS2 RPG, go for Final Fantasy X (no, I'm not a Final Fantasy nut).

5 stars for the patient RPG'er
If you're a RPG fan, Xenosaga chapter one, "The Way to Power," is very much a score IF you have patience. The animation is anime-esque, and you will experience the love-or-hate cutscenes. Cutscenes are frequently 15+ mins, and the timeframe between save points is about 1.5 hours. Get comfortable.

The characters are very well done. You will meet diverse beings ranging from scientists to cyborgs to Realians (nice Terminators) to angels. The main characters, KOS-MOS and Ziggy in particular, are memorable and distinct. The supporting cast members lack solid introductions, however. Surprises are great, but drama is sacrificed when even the preliminary motives are unclear. Writing down names and affiliations will help you stay sharp with the plot. The story isn't too confusing, but it is vague in some points (I'm still lost on Cherenkov). And please, ENOUGH with the dream sequences!

Battles are interesting and they look great. There is excess customization relative to the actual time you spend fighting, so don't freak out if you're not constantly extracting or transferring skills. A person could go nuts trying to evenly distribute tech points between everyone! Combat is selective and turn-based. Four playable characters can pilot mechs called AGWS. They can be fun, but again, just keep it real (is 30 minutes-worth of menus really worth 7% more attack damage?). Suiting up in an AGWS too early turns the battle into a "He who has the most HP" slugfest, which you will lose to the tougher bosses. AGWS and their pilots have separate HP, so setting a dying pilot in his/her machine to duke it out down the stretch eventually becomes the AGWS' role.

Xenosaga is all about patience. Patience in watching long cutscenes, patience in developing battle techniques and patience in letting the story progress. Think of it as an interactive sci-fi novel. If you like that idea, buy this one immediately. If you have doubts, your time will be better spent elsewhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ye Shall Be As Gods...
Being part of a 6 episode series, Der Wille zur Macht is an excellent opening to the world of Xenosaga.

In this episode, you play as Shion Usuki, along with 5 other companions, who are caught in the middle of a galaxy-wide scandal.

After Shion's ship is attacked by Gnosis, which are aliens from the imaginary dimension, the battle android she is working on mysteriously wakes itself up to save the ship.

Enough of the plot, now for the actual game itself.

I love how this game plays. There aren't any random encounters, the enemies walk around on the map along with you. The battle system is easy to learn (though hard to explain without visuals). Also, you get to make your characters stronger according to how you want them. You use 3 different types of points (skill, technique, and ether (magic)) to gain new abilities, magic, and to level up your special attacks.

The plot is the most in-depth one of our era. The entire plot of Xenosaga covers over 10,000 years worth of events. Xenosaga - Episode 1 also has a glossary of terms as so you do not get lost in the story.

The game case says over 80 hours of gameplay, though I beat it in around 35. There is also a great deal of CG scenes.

If you're looking for a game that isn't complex, this isn't for you. Though, if you want a game with an excellent plot and character depth, this is what you're looking for. ... Read more

4. Jak and Daxter
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005R5PO
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 577
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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While exploring some ancient ruins on a forbidden island off the coast, Jak's best friend, Daxter, is knocked into a vat of Dark Eco--a terrifying and deadly substance that could corrupt the world forever--transforming him into a weasel-like rodent. The village sage, Samos Hagai, tells Jak that there's only one person who holds the secrets to transforming Daxter back. Now the pair must set out on a quest in search of a wise old sage who has the power to restore Daxter to his former self.

Plunge into a world of adventure, exploration, and discovery. Embark on a magical, often harrowing journey that challenges gamers to test their wits and skills, allowing them to discover twisted plots and battle the evil within. Delivering nothing but the best ingredients for a game that's set to be one of the biggest titles of the year, Jak and Daxter features great character designs and animations, innovative gameplay mechanics, superior technology, and absolutely stunning graphics. Jak and Daxter pushes the power of the PlayStation2, offering an engaging, immersive entertainment experience that stretches the imagination. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great game, but short...
This game is fun for all ages and has excellent graphics! It has some funny characters (mainly Daxter) and is a "Greatest Hits" game. The game is about how Daxter transforms into a muskrat by falling into a pool filled with "Dark Eco." He decides to set off on a journey with Jak, in search of a cure for his transformation. The game is an action/adventure/platform type. You (Jak) must complete different tasks to receive Power Cells that help aid your quest. The moves that Jak can perform are pretty neat. There are the basic jumps, punches, kick spins...stuff like that, and then there are the uppercuts, rolling turbo jump, dive attack, and the aerial attack. I thought that the only bad thing about the game was that it was too short. I finished the game in about 1-2 weeks, couple hours a day. I just hope that the sequel will be much longer. Overall, I recommend this game to anyone that likes to play adventure/platform games. =)

4-0 out of 5 stars The pinnacle of platform games
This is probably one of the greatest platform games of all time. Of course, that doesn't say much since platform games aren't truly the greatest games. The graphics are very good, though a little garish. The frustration level is not truly a problem. The most important aspect is the openness of such a game. You could move from the level to level with ease. If you're stuck at one place, just move onto a different place. The constraints of a standard platform game are absent.

Basically, Jak and Daxter travel through different areas (beaches, volcanoes, caves, villages) and try to pick up power cells. You can gain power cells through accomplishing many different task, from finding certain crates, destroying certain creatures, to mini-games, and on and on. You travel by foot, travel in a sort of hover bike, or in one instance ride a small bird like creature.

The controls are pretty intuitive, and the camera angles are right on. You can't save at any point in the game, but the saving takes place in very frequent spots. . This saves the user from repeating many jumps and actions. Sometimes jumping is a little cheap and frustrating, but no one is asking for perfection

The bad part is that it just is a platform game. Even though the exploration part is nice, it's basically a series of jumps for most of the game. It even falls to the same cliched trap of fighting some super boss at the end.

Good graphics
Very little in terms of cut scenes
Wide open
Little repetition

Just a platform game

Time: 17 hours

Frustration: Low

Difficulty: Low

This game's instruction manual is a map of the game's world. Naughty dog out did them selves with the details. The details are amazing because ther so yery detailed with all the colores and landscapes and with 17 areas and vehicles, characters and creatures and even a secrt movie. Yup from geyser rock to the dark eco silo jak and daxter is the greatest game everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

4-0 out of 5 stars Supprisingly fun!!!
In Jak and Daxter:The Precursor Legacy,you play the role as Jak,a village boy who travels with his friend Daxter to a haunted place,known as Misty Island.After secretely eavesdropping on a top secret meeting that plans to unleash Dark Eco,a terryfing substance that can destroy anything in it's path,Daxter'accidentely' falls into a pool of Dark Eco and gets transformed into a strange furry animal.Then,the two friends travel back to the village to ask the village's sage(wizard)Samos how Daxter could be transformed back to a human again.They must travel to the north to reach Gol,the sage to change Daxter back to normal.Later,they realize that Gol plans to unleash Dark Eco around the world.Now it is up to you to stop Gol and his sister Mia.Encounter a magical world full of mystery,excitement,adventure,survive over 15 worlds collecting Precursor Orbs,Power Cells and Eco.The graphics in this game are great and this is sure to please anyone who plays it.

5-0 out of 5 stars great game
this game is so much fun!I beat it 3 times.not even my mom could put it favriote level is lavatube you are on a hover bike.I love this game. ... Read more

5. UFC: Sudden Impact

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Asin: B00015HWUA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Jack Of All Games
Sales Rank: 3467
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Go head to head with over 35 real UFC fighters
  • Create, train, and crush opponents with your own customizable character or a UFC fighter
  • Unlock and unleash 16 secret and hidden fighters
  • Choose from 15 different fighting disciplines
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars An improvement from UFC throwdown
At best, UFC throwdown (the 1st PS2 UFC game) was a 2 Star because it was a duplicate (perhaps worse replication) of the original UFC for Dreamcast. This version however is a vast improvement in my opinion. It still isnt as good as it could potentially be. Being a huge MMA fan I'm glad they are still making these games though it's a lot funner than any other kind of fighting simulation out there and a whole lot more realistic.

The New features that are an improvement over UFC throwdown:

Actual damage will appear on the fighters where they are being attacked (cuts and bruising on the face and body)

New positions in the game are side mount, Standing grapple up against the cage, and a new brutal looking position, it is a mount with the opponent crunched into the cage sitting up akwardly. There are also some updated fighting techniques for all of the fighters that they more commonly use in the ring presently.

There is better music when fighters are comming to the ring although their enterance body movements are very robotic and in their basic standing mobility i believe the game series took a backwards step.

There are new fighting modes such as Story mode where you create a fighter and go through a career of fighting.

Another fighting mode is called CHAMPION ROAD, THIS mode was definitly an improvement on the series I won the championship belt with Matt Hughs in his weight division and then i was able to take on challengers for my belt in another series of matches called LEGEND MODE. This is definitly fun, I will have a lot of fun winning the belt with all of my favorite UFC fighters. On a side note you actually get to carry your belt into the ring with you on your enterance when you are a defending champion, I liked that.

Ken Shamrock is in the game and so is Dan Severn, have your favorite old school warriors go at it one more time!

The game is definitly worth the $20.00. You can't beat the value you get from this game and the replay ability it has to offer for that price. If you were thinking about getting this game JUST GET IT!!! You cant be dissapointed with the price it's at.

5-0 out of 5 stars ufc sudden impact is the baddest fighting game buy it now
I just bought ufc sudden impact and it rocks but I wish people would stop comparing it to pride fc I think ufc has an edge because it has more modes then pride fc and well I think pride fc is fun but ufc is the baddest fighter ever

3-0 out of 5 stars ok for a budget game...
This game feels like I'm playing a beta. The game engine is not very well polished compared to Pride FC. If I HAD to buy a game with UFC fighters in it I'd get this game.

If this game was not a budget title it would get a 2 out of 3. ... Read more

6. Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000099T2E
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 193
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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This sequel features an enhanced health damage system, an upgraded weapons system, all-new character design, and gladiator-style arena battles. ... Read more


  • The next installment in the exciting sci-fi action adventure series
  • More than 50 of the coolest weapons and gadgets ever
  • Ratchet gets the bigger and badder weapons you have
  • Destroy hordes of enemies in gladiator arenas, or upgrade your ship and pick off enemies in space combat
  • For 1 player

Reviews (168)

5-0 out of 5 stars cool. pleasent suprize
rachet and clank going commando is excellent. it features explosive weapons enormus boss challenges huge beautifal worlds with some of the nicest ps2 graphics youll ever see. this game features so many sharp gagets and weapons its unberlivable. plus if you saved your first game with weapons you can get weapons from the original in going commando. theres 50 cool looking weapons and gagets all can be purchased at the main entrance gagetron stand after youve collected enough bolts. the weapons are bigger and better the second time around youll enjoy every second using them. big guns big explosions big fun. not only that how bout the extras in the 3rd level youll come across a battlearena you can fight enormus bosses for huge prizes which are generally a gigantic amount of bolts. and dont expect one hit enemys youll be facing big strong enemys that youll have to fight to the finish with one of your various weapons. graphics are excellent better than the first theyve been rreasonobaly polished along with the animations. the music is good and theres all new puzzles mini games challenges and cut scenes. this game is way better than the first primarly because its focused on big challenges and action. but dont worry its not insanely hard like jak ii. im not even a good gamer and i beat some of the challenges. overall great game game of the year and if youre a rachet and clank fan or a fan of action its more tham worth every penny it costs.

5-0 out of 5 stars oh my god i was shocked out of my mind.
rachet and clank going commando is the best game for playstation 2. no doubt in my mind. why you ask. hmm lets see. 50 of the coolest weapons and gagets ever seen in a video game all can be upgraded. armor suits that protect you. hard bad guys excellent controls extremely intense space battles arena challenges hoverbike races giant clank minigames robot battles side bosses everything clicked together marvousely. if you want action. well rachet and clank going commando has more action than any game on ps2. the action is intense the bosses are hard the challenges are neat. and youre wonderfully rewarded for peforming daring tasks. plenty of humor very funny. and theres lots of action theres logic puzzles minigames swingshottin action. theres even a place in the game where rachet and clank break out of a prizon. the graphics are outstanding simply breathtaking. all the worlds are overwhelmingly flowed with constant activity and very huge. theres funny cut scenes nice boss battles and spherical worlds. and the more enemys you blow up the stronger rachet gets. its a wonderful hardcore perfectly executed blend of action and humor. all brought together in gigantic beautifally designed intergalatic worlds. the armor suits all look sharp theres rocket upgrades. and the weapons are awesome. theres the ryno 2 the sheepinator the minirocket tube the bouncer the megarocket cannon the heavy lancer the metalsheil thingy. wow impressive although first impressions are not that great. play about 15 or more levels and you will right your own reveiw like this. it dosent even matter what taste you have in games. go buy rachet and clank going commando. it costs 40 dollars but it would be a bargin at 100.

1-0 out of 5 stars fu-k this game

The first time I played this I craped my pants, it was so sweet, there are like 24 weapons and most of them up-grade to even sweeter weapons. I beat it already.. and now its even funner! You start with all your weapons and health so you can blow the crap outa things that you couldnt before! The maxi games are wicked, the space battles are the funnest, so are the hoverbike races. This is one the greatest games EVER! Ive told you enough, so go get it! NOW... NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the first
This game rocks!! It's way better than the first one! A must-buy PS2 game!!! ... Read more

7. Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009NH6E
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 233
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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  • Help Barbie and friends find the missing horses
  • Take a 3D horse riding adventure avoiding obstacles while you search
  • Explore the trails on horseback or on foot
  • Search through 5 stunning areas
  • For 1 player

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Barbie Horse Adventures
My 6 year old daughter and 9 year old son both love this game, and actually I think it's fun too! I can't imagine why anyone would think it's so terrible. My kids play it more than any of their other games!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun for all ages
My 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son both love this game. It isn't challenging by any means. It's just pure imagination and fun to have control of a horse and pretend to walk, run, gallop and jump fences. You collect a barn full of horses along the way and can choose which one you would like to ride. You rescue foals from the fields and collect treasures and food. It's a must for any horse lover. My daughter rides and jumps on a REAL horse every week, and she still loves to come home and play on this game. It's a nice change of pace from all the violent video games out there. Not every game has to have an "end". This game is very pleasant and can be played again and again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Ok, I'm 13 years old and I still "play" with barbie horses. As a horse lover major I had to try this out. As my birthday I go to go on a shopoing spree and I went strait to the horse isle. I found this game and tryed it out. I had to admit it was fun! I loved to play this game even if I have to play it on my brother's ps2. It is really fun and I think lotdss of girls of any age would have lots of fun. It doesn't atter what charecter you play it matters only if you have fun! in this case I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Barbie Game That is Not Completely "Barbie-ish"
I can't believe this game is so good!
I haven't had this much fun with a Barbie game since I was five.
I only noticed a few things Barbie-ish obout this game.

1. Barbie's Voice
2. How Barbie Calls all the foals a Girl

Unfortunatly, I don't have this game.
My b-day is coming up though.
The only reason I tried it was because my friend insisted on it.
(Her little brother plays it.
He is almost four.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fairly Easy
When I first got Barbie Horse Adventures - Wild Horse Rescue, I put it in my PlayStation2, and started playing it. It is fairly easy, and the controls are not hard to learn. If your a person who likes using a game with analog control, Wild Horse Rescue has it. It also has key pad control. You get to pick what your first horse looks like, and you get to pick it's tack. You also clean it when it's dirty. You ride through dense forests, climb snowy mountains, and gallop across wide beaches in search for the missing foals and horses. Barbie gives you tips along the way, while you pick up silver coins, open treasure chests, and when you are trying to build a friendship with your horse. It also tells you what buttons to use, while you are not moving around. Barbie Horse Adventures - Wild Horse Rescue is entertainment for horse lovers for all ages, either if your playing or watching! ... Read more

8. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009ZVHY
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 321
Average Customer Review: 4.21 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

Reviews (76)

Not Exactly Perfect. But Still A Must Have For Any Gamer!!
At first I bought this game for gamecube and I didnt like it very much. But after my friend told me everything it has to offer on the ps2 version I simply had to have it. This games got it all killer moves, an incredible story line, great sound, picture, music, and easy to use controls!! Your the prince of persia (obviously) and you get to control time with the mysterious dagger of time which the vizier tricked you into using, unleashing chaos throughout the world!! Aided by the princess Farah your quest is one of redemption not glory, undoing what you wish you hadnt done!! You can see into the future, pause, rewind, and even slow down time itself!! Theres just 2 down-sides to this game. 1) It wasnt as challenging as I had hoped but still gave me some trouble. And 2) its definately not as long of a game so dont use codes or anything (its kinda long but not really). All things considered, if your looking for a great game to spend your money on then this is one for the ages!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Prince Of Perfection!!!!
Let me tell you this game just plain out rocks! Having played my fair share of Ps2 games...this game stands far and wide as one of the best...To be honest it might be one of the funnest games Ive ever played. It starts off like a platformer type game but then some heavy combat comes into girlfriend
and I split up the playing....(since I had rented it)...
we beat it in 7 days,.....she was floored by I was..the graphics are far above most games....smoothe and clear...and his movements are never fall off ledges or die too easy...and the rewind thing is soooo cool!...Im a 37 year old gamer so its really incredible to find a game that just plays so well.
Buy this it!!! Damn I cant say enough...
you will not be let down my friend....

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent game
- graphics: players feel as if they are indeed hundreds if not thousands of feet above the ground. Very well animated characters and cut scenes.
- story: well written story keeps player interested in game outcome.
- controls: player can perform stupendous combat moves and stunts to defeat enemies and solve puzzles, all with minimal button presses.
- seamless tutorial system: the included tutorials integrate well into the overall gameplay.
- challenge: for once a game is designed where the player can clearly attribute mistakes to actions taken rather than gameplay, game design, or AI decisions.

- camera angles at times get in the way. While overall better than most games, they still could use some work. Some points players must travel to are hidden out of view at times. Limited
camera controls don't help this either.
- very difficult: novice gamers may get discouraged by the challenge.
- easter egg bug: I couldn't get the secret game unlocked in the version purchased new off the shelf.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent platforming
This game has some very original platforming; I've never jumped so many different ways. There are a lot of cool jumping puzzles; the developers obviously concentrated on making this game different from other platformers.

Another way they did this was the combat system; it's quite good if a little bit frustrating. It allows you to whip around the battle killing enemies. You can reverse time to recover health, slow down time to deal extra damage, and more. To finish off an enemy, you have to stab it with your dagger (this is annoying in a large battle because of the control setup).

The animation is good (there are over 600 separate animations including transition animations). It frequently looks awkward, even though it runs smoothly (the Prince runs with his shoulders hunched; it looks kind of weird). Farah's animations look weird. Graphics are fairly good (it runs on the Splinter Cell engine, probably because it's developed by the same team). The architecture on the palace itself is well-done and consistent. The game runs at a smooth 30 frames per second (think Splinter Cell).

There are some interviews on the disc (also a la Splinter Cell), which is cool. You get to see all of the game's
creators, including Jordan Mechner (original Prince of Persia).

The story is a change from the normal (the Prince was responsible for releasing the Sands of Time). The voice acting is only passable, though, and frequently near-inaudible (same problem as Splinter Cell).

You may have noticed something; I'm quite fond of semicolons and parentheses (they help you get more across in your sentences, and I didn't want to bother rewriting everything just to make it look better).

Overall, a good game. It's worth your money. If you liked Splinter Cell, a lot here will be familiar (minus old man Fisher).

5-0 out of 5 stars This game is destined to be a classic
Not since the debut of the legendary Tomb Raider on PS1 has a game captured so much of my time and attention as UBI Soft's Prince of Persia has.
The Graphics are gorgeous and the control is dead on tight.
This game has it all; Fighting, action, adventure.
The first time you power up the game and start running along the walls and doing gymnastics and swinging from poles, doing impossible jumps.
I just cant say enough about this title.
I highly reccommend this game to anyone who liked Tomb Raider.
Actually this is the game that Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness should have been.
Get wont be dissappointed. ... Read more

9. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000AHRPM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 114
Average Customer Review: 3.84 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

Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars addictive, fresh, funny, and FUN!
When I see all the bad or OK reviews for this game, I think "these people don't know how to have a good time!" if they give it a review like they did, they probably didnt even play it. the game's like this: there are ten big worlds to play in: bikini bottom, jellyfish fields, downtown bikini bottom, goo lagoon, rock bottom, the mermelair, sand mountain, kelp forest, the flying dutchmans graveyard, and spongebobs dream. there are also two mini-worlds where theres only one task to do: defeat a giant robot! and theres the chum bucket lab, too. there are also some secretworlds. in each world there are missions to be done for " distressed citicens," who will give you golden spatulas for completing their tasks. the more golden spatulas you get, the more worlds you can unlock. you can also trade ten socks with patrick for a golden spatula, or shiny objects with mister krabs. you start with three pairs of underwear. once you lose em' all, you gotta start at the last checkpoint you got to. you can get golden underwears to increase the number of underwears you can wear at a time. you can play as three characters: sbongebob, patrick, and sandy. spongebob is in every world. all the cut scenes are hilarious, so watch em'. This game is easy to understand, but it takes a while to beat (hey, the longer it takes, the longer you'll be having fun!). Ive been playin for over a week for about 90 minutes a day, and Im only 50% done!
all in all, this is a very fun game for people of all ages. spongebob fans especially.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great fun (with your child's supervision).
I'm 36 yrs old, have a 10 year old daughter and we really enjoy playing this game together. It's funny, challeging, has great graphics and many hidden secrets. The game is so sleek, it's like you're playing the cartoon. The voices, unlike so many other games using bad impersonators, actually sounds identical to the original character voices (it may actually have the original voices). There is very little violence and the violence is directed at robots (thanks to that pesky Plankton), so parents need not worry. One of the big bonuses of this game is, you never die. You just keep coming back to your last check point.
Spongebob's humor spans many generation gaps and this game is no different. You get to play as Patrick and Sandy, so there are a couple of different moves and abilities. You have to see Patrick's "belly flop" to believe it. There's also a lot of interaction between other character's: Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and even Gary who provide additional challenges.

Be warned, however, this game can be difficult for beginners or small children. My daughter gets frustrated on some of the more difficult challenges and I have to step up to finish some parts for her (or maybe I'm just hogging the controller)...
If you're a fan of Spongebob Squarepants, you'll really enjoy this game.

3-0 out of 5 stars Funny
This game has bad graphics but come on it's a Nickoloden cartoon video game! Anyway, the graphics don't totally mess up the game because it is a ton of fun. I play it mostly for laughs and to tell you the truth, some tasks you have to do are very challenging. You get to go to a lot of places that are in certain eposides. For example, you get to go to Rock Bottom and when you go to the vending machine a bus drives by. Also, when you go to Sand Mountain you slide on your tounge just like in the cartoon. This game is fun for all ages and it is very funny.

The Game Rocks!
I really liked the game! It has tons of places you can go to and lots of characters from the TV show! It had every single place they have been too and just about every character. The game isnt hard but it isnt easy either, it is just right! It also has veyr good graphics! If you like spongebob buy this game! I garentee you'll like it!

5-0 out of 5 stars fUN
I love love love Spongebob Squarepants! I was at Toys R Us this summer when my parents got an inflatable baby playground pool for my 2 year old sister. I was looking at video games for my playstation 2. As I was really looking for a Mary-kate & Ashley game I came across this one. I decieded it looked neat. I used my saved money to buy this! When I got home I read the game strategy guide . Then I played the game. It is veryeasy to catch on to!(...) The plot is rather .... funny! The idea is that Plankton has made all kinds of differernt robots to get the Krabby Patty secret formula. But this plan backfires. The Robots have taken over Bikini Bottom and there are a bunch of them. Spongebob has to perform tasks for friends to get a golden spatuala, break the Robots AND the Robot making machine, find out where the Robots are coming from and destroy them once & for all, and SAVE BIKINI BOTTOM BEFORE ITS TO LATE!!!! This is very fun!
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10. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000095ZH5
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 203
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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  • Hillarious mission based driving game for Simpsons fans
  • Takes place in the interactive world of the Simpsons: Springfield
  • Bonus material from the Simpsons television show
  • Animated gags and hiddden jokes for the true Simpsons fan
  • For 1 to 4 players

Reviews (108)

3-0 out of 5 stars 3 Stars
Yet another Simpson game and yet another dissapointment....If that's what you were thinking then you are definitaly wrong. This game IS The best Simpsons Game Ever. Basically all of The Simpsons Games that have come out were a big dissapointment and the fact that I actually bought the previous games was because I was a Simpsons fan.

Ok anyway lets get on to the review. This game really tried to copy the gameplay of "Grand Theft Auto" but it has not come close. The game just lacks the true gameplay of GTA but that doesn't mean that this still isn't a good game. Anyways here is the review brought up into 3 sections (graphics,sound,gameplay)

Graphics-At first when I played the game I was amazed with the Graphics and how descriptive it was from the T.V. Show. You can't miss one thing here it's just like Springfield as you would imagine it.

Sound-The game has the actual Simpsons cast and they do a very good job with the voice acting.

Gameplay-Now this is the part where the game really suffers. The game is brought up with 7 big levels with many missions in each. In each level, you get a different character, this is how the rotation goes:

Level 1-Homer
Level 2-Bart
Level 3-Lisa
Level 4-Marge
Level 5-Apu
Level 6-Bart(again)
Level 7-Homer(again)

One thing that bothers me about this is that you get Bart and Homer again and there are 4 levels here with the same place. Another thing that is weak about the gameplay is that many of these levels are so repetitive and boring. Most of the missions you either have to get to a place in a certain amount of time, destroying cars, gathering items, etc. After you are done beating the game, the game still gives you stuff to do such as collecting cards, finding gags, destroying wasps, unlocking cars, etc.

Final Ratings:
Sound- 8/10
Graphics- 10/10
Gameplay- 6/10
Replayability- 8/10

Recommendation (Rent or Buy)-If you are a Simpsons fan then I strongly suggest that you go out and buy this game. If you aren't a Simpsons fan, I would go out and rent this game or rather just stay away from it.

If you have any questions or comments regarding my review or the game please send an email to

great graphics. kewl storyline and its kewl drivin all the different cars. it is awesome. i dont like the minigames and wen u finish the game there's not that much to do. wen u get some cheats they're awesome too.

1-0 out of 5 stars JUST PLAIN BAD
this was one of the worst games that i have ever played in my life. for starters, it has that horrible swerve camera that if you stare at it enough, it makes you want to throw up(nautious).the gameplay is also just plain stupid. i mean cmon....why are bart and his sister driving cars??? another thing is that it gets boring wayyyyy to quickly. how many times can you do the same boring mission over and over without wanting to smash your TV?! i would reccomend somebody to NEVER BUY THIS AND NEVER RENT THIS GAME!!

5-0 out of 5 stars GTA only better!!!
Simpson's Hit and Run is honestly the single most fun game that I have played in years. With the GTA type setup it has what plenty of peoply are obviously looking for since GTA sold like it was going out of style.
Hit and Run is VERY FUN, it's funny, and it allow you to experience Springfield in a way that Simpsons fans like me have always wanted to. The game even includes some special famous Simpsons locations like Kamp Krusty!!! Also by the end of the game you will have had a chance to walk in all of your favorite characters shoes.
Simpsons Hit and Run is by far a must buy. I strongly give this game a 10 oout of 10 stars in my book.
PS don't worry the game is not like Road Rage at all!(haha)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is with out a dout, the best simpsons game ever made. Strange things are happening in springfeald. Wasp Camras, Black Vans and Crop Circles. And Homer, Apu, Marge, Leisa and bart must save the day. You drive and run in this 3D World. You visit famous Landmarks, like the simpsons house. This is like a kids version Grand Theft Auto. In short bye this game. ... Read more

11. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000A09EM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 764
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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  • The Castlevania saga of monster-smashing continues
  • Detailed 3-D environment
  • Enhanced attack system offers combos and other cool moves
  • Beautiful orchestral soundtrack and character voiceovers
  • For 1 player

Reviews (78)

5-0 out of 5 stars A triumphant return
Let's get a few things clear and out of the way:
- Symphony of the Night is one of my all-time favorite games, and since I've been playing videogames since the old Atari systems, that's saying alot.
-The jump to 3D play, and I mean GOOD 3D play, was just inevitable, so get used to it. All games are going this way. It's much easier to take advantage of the hardware in a 3D environment.

Now that that's said and done, let's get to the point. Lament of Innocence is, in my opinion, a well made and very fun game. It helps that the design team from Symphony worked on this game. The controls are easy to learn: 2 buttons to attack, 1 to jump, 1 for special weapons, and 1 to block. As long as you can get those buttons down, you can play for quite a while and not have to worry about the others. The new combo system is great, giving you the ability to chain together an entire series of very devastating attacks. If you can master the combo system, the sub weapons can be moved to a USE-ONLY-IF-NEEDED status. The addition of using the whip as a meathod of swinging off poles and rails was a nice touch. Also, the game requires ALOT of exploring and doubling-back to retreive items you couldn't get before. Also, if you think the voice-overs stink, then you can play the game in Japanese with English subtitles.

There are a few caveats, however. The only way to gain magic points is to block a special enemy attack. This can get extremely frustrating, especially if you're surrounded by enemies that are hacking at you, but not performing special attacks. Also, certain areas of the game become inaccessible after the boss is defeated, and you can go back to pick up something you may have missed, some of which can be very hard to find. Also, the real-time window is just plain bad. You could end up getting the snot beaten out of you just for trying to drink some health potion or equipping a different whip.

All the flaws aside, the game is magnificent and a very impressive transition to the 3D format. The storyline is decent, and I think it shows some guts to try to create a prequel to a very famous and recognized series of games.

5-0 out of 5 stars Castlevania:Lament of Innocence.....
Castlevania:Lament of Innocence is Konami's second serious attempt at bringing the series into 3-D(Legacy of Darkness not withstanding as it was a directors' cut of sorts).While it shares alot with its' N64 counterparts, its' biggest difference is graphically and the fact that it focuses more on action than on platforming elements. Since the storyline takes place before any of the other Castlevania games, the creators took the liberty of giving the game a more back-to-the-basics approach. For the most part, it works and is further proof that Castlevania can survive the transition to 3-D. Surely, you'll hear of the similarites to Devil May Cry but, overall, its' style is pure Castlevania. The only downfalls with the game are that the game is over too quickly and it lacks the polish and deep RPG element that Symphony of the Night had. There's still work to be done to reach that status, which I'm sure we'll see in future interations in the series. That being said, The game is a blast to play through and is definitely a feast for the eyes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellence despite flaws . . .
Who wouldn't like the idea of exploring a haunted castle and killing a few monsters? Personally, the idea has appealed to me since the first entry to the series back in the 80s. (Although that first game literally had me screaming in frustration when the Grim Reaper killed me AGAIN! That little b*****d was harder than Dracula, in my humble opinion.)

But then, this isn't supposed to be a review of the whole series, is it? My apologies.

All the elements that made those 2-D games so great are back in "Lament of Innocence", with a few added elements and a few drawbacks, too. And they are ... ("Drumroll, please.")

--I was disappointed that the whip is not upgradeable to a chain whip. Sure, you can get fire and ice and that cool purple glow for the "Vampire Killer", but I wanted a big-@$$ chain to wave around. I mean, how much damage can a leather whip (I don't care how much "alchemy" was involved) do against a creature made of stone? Oh, well.

--The ability to combine the spheres with the sub-weapons was really cool. Holy Water was always my favorite, and it still is.

--I'm glad that the platforming aspect of this game was toned down. 3-D games are notoriously hard when it comes to leaping about and landing on small platforms. The fact that Leon will not automatically walk off edges helps a lot, too.

--Why can't I destroy the Skull Pillars in this game? That bites.

--Visually, this game is at once beautiful and disturbing. All the lighting effects are nice, but zombies with venomous vomit? What mind thought that up? . . . The juvenile still in residence in my mind just says "Uh, that was cool," and chuckles.

--Yes, the cut-scenes and voice-acting are cheesy. But it's a video game, for cryin' out loud! Don't expect a fine work of art, here. Just something to waste a few hours on.

--OK, this is important. If this is a prequel, how did some guy named Walter somehow become Dracula? What happened to Vlad? The Castlevania games have always, ALWAYS been about hunting down Dracula. The fact that he's missing from this game draws a little away from the tradition. And yet I find myself thinking that this is probably the best game in the series. The only thing that would make it cooler would be if there was an upside-down castle waiting for you when you THINK you've beaten the game. (That was one of the best gaming surprises ever, by the way.)

If your gaming skills are really good or if you aren't the hugest fan of the series, just rent this one. But if you like the Castlevania franchise, pick it up. I found mine for relatively cheap. Possible Greatest Hits title?

4-0 out of 5 stars Who would have known...
As a backdrop to the entire history of the already world reknown Castlevannia series, this game lives up to its predecessors. Only lacking in game length and depth of the story, the game mechanics are challenging at first, but after a short adjustment time, it can be easily mastered. While lacking in length, the difficulty of the game is one of its strong points since it escalates while you advance in the game, offering the player a variety of options with regards to the approach of the same.

Overall, this game is a must for Castlevania fans everywhere in order to read about the humble beginnings of the Belmont Clan, and most of all, brush up a bit on Castlevania Vampire lore.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best in the Castlevania series.
Castlevania:Lament of Innocence is by far the best in the Castlevania series. This story is about Leon Belmont an eleventh-century nobleman, knight of the clergy and vampire hunter who is on an epic journey to bring back his fiancee Sara Trantoul who's been captured by a powerfull vampire, Leon will stop at nothing to bring her back. This game is excellent with a good story, great character design and some pretty sweet graphics. Most people will like this game because of the things i talked about above and also because this game tells how the Belmont clan began. I recomend it to fans of the series and to eneyone who loves video games. ... Read more

12. Nicktoons: Movin

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13. SSX 3
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Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 288
Average Customer Review: 4.45 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 1-2 player(s)

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5-0 out of 5 stars A real "2.0" leap. Creative, fun, interesting...better!
I don't play a lot of video games, but have always been fond of SSX and SSX Tricky. The gameplay, characters, details, and creativity impressed me (and got me excited to get out on the real mountain.

The developers of the game have taken a risk by choosing a new setting (new courses) and breaking the mold of the previous two games in several places. They've succeeded, imo, 100% in providing a different variety of game that takes the best from previous SSX games.

Still great: the characters, attention to whimsical details, consistent controls that are intuitive, room for exploration, rewards for advancement, wonderful audio

Different (and more enjoyable): less waiting around (wasn't that the very worst part of previous games?) for "cool" transitions between game modes; more audio track variety; a more organic feel to the competitions; rails a bigger part of the game

Some fun notes:
- the snow is rendered in a noticeably improved way. The shades and use of light and sound is just excellent
- rewards system offers more flexibility (no more just boosting speed and tricks and screw everything else). The first time you visit the lodge, you'll agree and start to realize they put a lot of thought into this aspect of the game

Overall: I was in love with the 1st game and Tricky was a wild sequel, but more of an interim release. SSX 3 will sneak up on you, because the gameplay probably doesn't lend itself to marketing the 'features'. It lends itself to playing and enjoying tremendously!

10x better than SSX Tricky!!!
This game 3 times faster than SSX Tricky. The speed is more in the vein of Downhill Domination. Thank goodness! The only reason why I bought SSX Tricky was because I thought the game was as fast a Downhill D. due to user's review. Good thing I traded in SSX T for this. Graphics are a step up from SSX T. Characters look more modern. I miss the character interaction cutscenes from SSX T though. The size of the mountain is HUGE!!! Plus it has avalanches. And to think, I made myself LIKE SSX Tricky! Recommended if you like awesome speed/fan of Downhill D., xtreme sports, and if your not a fan of either, just try it. These games made me a fan of the genre (I'm into RPGs). Get or at least rent them to experience masterpieces

5-0 out of 5 stars Shred Some Snow!
The sound of the snow crunching under your board, the feel of cutting the first track through fresh this game you won't be disappointed!

I really liked SSX Tricky, but the Trick Book quickly became tedious along with the repetitive tracks. Though SSX3 steals the ''open'' concept from Tony Hawk 4, it works even better with its ''open mountain'' concept.

And So It Starts...

You begin on Peak 1, the lowest of the 3 unlockable peaks. You have a choice between Racing, Freestyle, and Freeride goals. To progress to the next mountain, you must either complete one set of goals or you have to earn a certain amount of money (typically by performing tricks and winning races).


The characters in this game are great, though be warned that some of your favorites don't appear (e.g. Eddie, JP). The ''snazzy'' voice-acting from SSX Tricky is gone -- no more Lucy Liu! However, the acting replacements are great, and their vocals are much less hammy, IMHO.

It's a sports game; there isn't too much story. The rivalries are still present, and new characters (like covergirl Allegra) bring newfound sayings and moves!

The only negative is that, unlike THPS4, you have to complete the SAME GOALS over and over with each individual boarder. If you thought this was tedious with THPS, try dozens of goals and challenges with the 8+ characters in this game! It becomes really boring!

You Look Maahhh-velous!
Wow, wow, wow. The graphics are fantastic. Yes, sometimes you see the ''inside'' of a mountain or the underside of a level, but that's a small price to pay for the camera keeping pace with you the rest of the way.

In terms of scope, even the smallest of them all, Peak 1, takes 12 minutes to rush down. You can spend well over an hour just travelling from Peak 3 to 1, slowly completing goals and collecting ''collectibles'' (aka snowflakes).

The skins that you can download for your characters (e.g. hats, heads, clothes, boards) allow you to customize your look every time you go down the mountain. I try to dress Elise differently every time I play -- it feels like a whole new character!

Will This Gather Dust?
No, I can honestly say that I'm still playing SSX Tricky, let alone SSX3. I haven't explored the online racing, but the game is strong enough without it!

Overall Recommendation:
If you like Tony Hawk, you'll like this.
If you like SSX, you'll like this.
If you like snow, you'll like this.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
this is the best snowboarding game of all time. graphics are great, gameplay and tricks are awesome, and characters are cool. only problem is no eddie unless you use the cheat (worm) and even then you cant do career with him. also selecting the stuff isnt boaring. if you want to do a race, you snowboard to the starting line. and there are many doffesrent games to play (race, freestyle, big pipe, etc). and one on one is fun. all in all awesome game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tight
This game is tight, thats all there is to it. Better controls than Tricky, a sense of more freedom and its just better I don't know how to explain it. I still miss the Run DMC track whenever I get the uber meter full, but its not that bad you'll adjust to it. ... Read more

14. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
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Asin: B0000696CZ
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Publisher: Rockstar Games
Sales Rank: 273
Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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How big is this game? Even publicists for other games end up talking about Vice City when they call our office, babbling in the same helplessly intoxicated way that afflicts everyone who plays it. The achievement of Vice City (which, as everyone knows by now, is set in the 1980s and offers an all-new, Miami Vice-inspired story) is not only that it manages to live up to an absurd level of expectation, but that it takes the game places that fans of its predecessor Grand Theft Auto 3 never dreamed of, and that it achieves this astonishing level of innovation without losing anything that made GTA3 the bestselling PS2 game of all time.

After a brilliant homage to the era of the Commodore 64 in the opening credits, the first thing you'll notice is the improved graphics, which are smoother and more detailed, and--with effects like neon lights reflected on rain-slick streets, and intense Florida sunlight--have a lush, tropical look that immediately gives you a strong sense of place. The architecture is more fabulous by tenfold, with art deco buildings, high-rise hotels, and believably seedy back alleys. The control scheme is essentially the same as in GTA3, but the cars handle much better, and in pedestrian mode there is a new crouch move. You will have access to fast, great-handling cars right away, as opposed to GTA3 which made you unlock the second island before you could get your hands on any respectable wheels. This game has such riches to offer that there is no need to be chintzy with the vehicles.

Cops are more vigilant this time--minor offenses like whacking innocent bystanders will more often than not get you a two-star wanted level--and are harder to elude (though they still can't seem to climb stairs or negotiate sharp turns). So while free-roaming exploration is as fun as ever, there is more incentive to perform the missions instead of randomly raising hell. Not that that's a bad thing: even lazy criminals like myself (in GTA3, I would rather toss hand grenades into traffic than follow orders from some rude Mafia boss) will be quickly caught up in the vivid characters and hilarious, fascinating story, in which you play an acid-washed-jeans-wearing thug named Tommy Vercetti. Where in GTA3 missions were blocky, schematic affairs only nominally connected to the story, this time tasks move the story briskly along and deftly blend cinematics and game action. For example, there is a scene of a character throwing Tommy a gun, at which point you are suddenly thrown back into the action and must make an instant decision about whom to trust and what to do.

There are more, and more detailed, indoor environments, including a hotel, police station, and mall (a slight downside to this is that some of the more elaborate indoor environments require load times). The layout of the city, with tons of backyards, narrow alleys, and fire escapes, encourages creativity when eluding pursuit, as does greater access to rooftops. Get your motorcycle up the fire escape and a whole new world of action is possible, including... well, use your imagination.

This overview barely scratches the surface of the Vice City experience, its colorful explosion of music, clothes, combat, and brilliant voice acting, not to mention the plot twist midway through the game that changes the very nature of the game itself. Though it was the outrageous, amoral violence that got all the press, the essential genius of GTA3 was its intoxicating blend of script and open-ended action. In Vice City this is--to use a cliché that is for once apropos--taken to a whole new level. --David Stoesz


  • Astonishing, innovative gameplay
  • Godlike attention to detail
  • Opportunity to drive on the beach at midnight listening to the Human League's "Fascination"
  • More load times
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adult Fun
I certainly wouldn't recommend this for kids under 13. Above that age is probably alright. It is filled with adult language, suggestive and blatant sexual references, drug humor, and of course VIOLENCE VIOLENCE VIOLENCE which, let's face it, is why we're interested. It brings you the same action you know and love from the GTA franchise but ups the ante with a massive scale environment and almost limitless possibilities for carnage. You get cars of all speeds and shapes, three types of motorcycles, RC vehicles, air, land and sea. All are covered here. There's hundreds of hours of gameplay at your disposal. And let's not forget the radio. The radio in Vice City is awesome. All of your favorite (and least favorite!) 80's songs are here. From Lionel Ritchie to Kate Bush and all points in between. And the talk radio programs on KChat and VCPR are priceless. I sometimes would pause the game action and just listen to KChat if I was cleaning the house. It's that funny. Well, I've certainly wrote more than enough, and chances are if you ever wanted to play this game you already have.

5-0 out of 5 stars For once, a game that lives up to it's hype.
I avoided writing a 5 star review of this game 6 months before it came out, and considering the bulk of reviews here, it was a smart move. "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" is an excellent game, a worthy follow-up to part 3. Though the graphics and control are almost identical to GTA3, the game has a totally different feel to it. Players who played GTA3 to death will notice this right away.

Vice City is a totally different setting, with sun, sand, palm trees, with girls in bikinis walking the streets. Size wise, it is about twice the size of all of Liberty City put together, with more back alleys, shops, slums, and most noticeably, more diverse pedestrians. The same freedom of movement in GTA3 is found here, but in order to give players an incentive to do the missions, certain actions are restricted until they are "unlocked" by missions. Certain weapons cannot be attained, some properties cannot be purchased, and so on. And similar to GTA3, sections of Vice City are closed off from the beginning, and can only be unlocked by completing X amount of missions.

GTAVC is, like the installment before it, a story-driven crime simulator. But the story here is much deeper and more complex. The main character, Tommy, has a personality and a voice, unlike the mute killer from GTA3. The missions themselves are a lot more complex, and require more skill and timing. From the beginning, you know that you are doing more than courier missions. But between missions, it's your ball game. The game has 32 weapons at your disposal, but the system for carrying them is "class-based", which means that you can only hold one weapon of each kind at a time. For example, if you have the chainsaw but also want the Kitana, you must drop the chainsaw in order to pick the kitana up. In total, you can carry up to 10 weapons at a time. This makes things a bit more difficult, and a bit annoying at times when you run out of bullets, but it is a nice twist.

The graphics have been tweaked in areas, with better looking cars and more fluid character animation. The music is one of the best parts of GTAVC, with over 9 hours of licensed 80's tunes on 10 different radio stations. Sometimes, I just like to park and listened to music. Another addition I love is the addition of motorcycles, which handle much better than cars, and are much faster. The drawback there is that crashing it means enduring bodily damage. A few lingering problems with GTA3 have also been fixed, including the addition of an in-game map and the locations of the Amu-nation have been added to the on-screen map.

Calling GTAVC is retread of it's predecessor is unfair, since the is much more complex and challenging. In GTA3. You made money performing various missions, and moved from island to island, and cause mayhem, that's it. In GTAVC you can shop, rob stores, buy real estate, do the odd jobs (now including pizza delivery) and find the usual hidden packages and rampages. Overall, anyone who liked GTA3 will love GTAVC. Or did you even doubt it?

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER
this is by far the best game i have ever played. This game is a must buy!!!in this game there is so much to to do. the city is so big and u can do just about everything u can do in a real city. this game is GTA 3 with everything improved. if u thought that nothing could beat GTA 3 then u were wrong. They have come out with the perfect sequel, with more weapons, more cars and a bigger location than the # 3. They have improved on the graphics so everything looks realistic. Although very violent this game is a must have. so if u have a PS2 then i highly recoomend this game. In this game there are fun missions and u can buy property. You can even buy your ow mansion. You can fly helicopters and 1 of them even has a gun on it. this game is really fun so go out and buy it. its is worth all the money u spend on it! If u rarely buy games and u have enough money to buy one then get this one it is a blast and u wont be able to put it down and u wont get bored so it wil last u forever. Have fun!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Game That Started A Million Protests
(refers to XBox version, despite being under the PS2 heading)

I love GTA: Vice City. The difficulty is perfect, the graphics are amazing, the stroryline is great, the cars are great, the music sucks (no one's really listening tough!!!) and all around the game kicks major ass.

You play a criminal sent to Vice City by his old boss as he returns from another mission. You work with your lawyer who gives you missions to accomplish and leads you to other areas in the game, as you recieve cash and complete more missions.

You are accompanied by your partner, the humble but untrusting Lance. As you meet new characters, you get more missions you must accomplish and the story evolves into a twisty-turny action-packed ride.

The soundtrack, though cheesy, makes a great way of making you feel you are in the 1980s, with the most memorable in rock, rap, new wave, and pop from the area. There is also an option to import your own soundtracks into the game. However, in my opinion, the best part of the radio option is the hilarious talk radio and advertisement parodies.

The weapons selection is amazing. It veries from guns to other objects, like the screwdriver and the ever-popular chainsaw. The vehicle options are great, letting you drive everything from cop cars to ice cream trucks. With these vehicles you can acomplish mini-missions to get more money or recieve different options in the game.

With endly variety, GTA: Vice City is a perfect game for the fans of every game genre. Definately a classic!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible
After Grand Theft Auto III came out in late 2001, i figured they would never make a better game. Than Grand Theft Auto Vice City came out. It has all the good elements of GTA 3, but with more well rounded characters and a better developed plot in a larger, more diverse city. THe game has an excellent replay value and almost never gets old cuz there is always something new to do, from going on killing sprees to exploring the scenery or even playing the missions over again. This game will probably go down with classics such as Super Mario Brothers and Zelda. ... Read more

15. SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
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Asin: B000099T2H
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 209
Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The sequel is here with new challenges, enhanced graphics, and eviler terrorists! ... Read more


  • Play as an elite SEAL commander and strike targets of importanse within 12 intense international missions
  • Confront deadly enemies with the most skilled Special Ops force ever assembled
  • Battle the world's terrorists in 12 intense missions
  • Command and strategize with SEALs and other special operations forces with a SOCOM headset
  • For 1 to 16 players over the Internet

Reviews (192)

5-0 out of 5 stars SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs - the new PS2 top online game
This sequeal to SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, which >was< the first and best online game for the PS2 featuring voice chat, online gameplay for up to 16 players, and single player campaign featuring voice ativated teammates. Now SOCOM II come to take takeover as the PS2's top online multiplayer game with all the features above... but more.
During online play, you get all the original SOCOM I maps improved and glitchless. All new weapons arsenal includes two types of rocket lauchers, several new shotguns, new primary and secondary weapons and sniper rifles, and grenade launchers. Also landmines were added. Though the game still is a realistic and fun shooter.
New features in online gameplay include the ability to man turrets and the change stance button has a pressure sensativity button for instant ducking. Chatting inside game lobbies was added also. Many other new features and improvements I have not mentioned.
The music in the game has also been improved... a bit more dramatic. And here's a list of more stuff I cannot mention in paragraphs (1000 character limit)
-original extraction, demolition, suppression plus brand new online modes: escort, and breach.
-12 new missions takes you to Albania, Russia, Brazil and more.
-works with original SOCOM headset or Sony's PS2 Headset (sold seperately)
-online game room restrictions such as: pistols only, snipers only, or shotguns only.
-new and improved ranking system online

-new buddy list feature online
-new player statistics feature online
-12 new SOCOM II maps plus 10 original SOCOM I maps equals 22 maps in all... wow!
-voice chat in game and in game lobby.
-and many more... in fact, why not buy the game and see for yourself, remember to buy the Network Adaptor for PS2 (sold seperately) for the real fun online. official SOCOM I and II online gaming site.

-Chris C.
SOCOM Online name and E-Seals name: Arrow

5-0 out of 5 stars SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs
This sequeal to SOCOM: US Navy SEALs, which was the first and best online game for the PS2 featuring voice chat, online gameplay for up to 16 players, and single player campaign featuring voice ativated teammates. All these features return in SOCOM II but better.
During online play, you get all the original SOCOM I maps improved and glitchless. All new weapons arsenal includes two types of rocket lauchers, several new shotguns, new primary and secondary weapons and sniper rifles, and grenade launchers. Also landmines were added. Though the game still is a realistic and fun shooter.
New features in online gameplay include the ability to man turrets and the change stance button has a pressure sensativity button for instant ducking. Chatting inside game lobbies was added also. Many other new features and improvements I have not mentioned.
The music in the game has also been improved... a bit more dramatic. And here's a list of more stuff I cannot mention in paragraphs (1000 character limit)
-original extraction, demolition, suppression plus brand new online modes: escort, and breach.
-12 new missions takes you to Albania, Russia, Brazil and more.
-works with original SOCOM headset or Sony's PS2 Headset (sold seperately)
-online game room restrictions such as: pistols only, snipers only, or shotguns only.
-new and improved ranking system online
-new buddy list feature online
-new player statistics feature online
-12 new SOCOM II maps plus 10 original SOCOM I maps equals 22 maps in all... wow!
-voice chat in game and in game lobby.
-and many more... in fact, why not buy the game and see for yourself, remember to buy the Network Adaptor for PS2 (sold seperately) for the real fun online. official SOCOM I and II online gaming site.

-Chris C.
SOCOM Online name and E-Seals name: Arrow

Socom2 is Top Notch! Online Gameplay is Superb! Very addicting when playing online. Graphics on this baby is sweet, even better when playing online. I don't care what some of ya'll say about how bad this game is and giving it a single star! (it's probably because you get killed more times then vise versa! Newb!)This is a must buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gameplay
Very fun to play because of the variety of weapons and range of choices you can make. For example, you can choose to lead an attack or you can have others do that and you stand gaurd. the graphics are just awesome and the variety of weapons let you play in a stealthy way or shoot-em-up way. I would recomend stealth because you have less of a chance to be counter-attacked. the only bad part of the game is that sometimes (which is rare) you have to be so stealthy that it isnt fun. overall this game is an 11 out of 10.

1-0 out of 5 stars Always something better out there
Well, Sony has done it again; they have made a completely horrific game, and I don't mean horrificly good, i mean horrificly bad. PlayStation 2 is too choppy and the framerate is too slow to run a half-decent game. They release SOCOM II, and Xbox releases Rainbow Six 3, and I know what you're gonna say: "Rainbow Six 3 is on all 3 systems", well it's only actually GOOD on the Xbox. No matter what Sony tries, Microsoft will always be two steps in front of them. ... Read more

16. Dogs Life

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Asin: B0002FQVEW
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: HIP Interactive
Sales Rank: 464
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17. .hack: Infection (part 1)
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Asin: B00006B5T8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Bandai
Sales Rank: 642
Average Customer Review: 4.14 out of 5 stars
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A 14-year-old boy named Kite is invited by his schoolmate Orca to play the online game The World. While playing the game, both Kite and his friend are attacked by an unknown monster. As a result, Orca becomes comatose in the real world. Despite his friend's condition, Kite continues to play, believing he’ll find a way to revive Orca. While playing The World, Kite accepts the Twilight from Aura, a mysterious girl in white. Kite is transformed into an Outlaw player within the game, wielding the very same power responsible for Orca’s condition. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great RPG!
This is a really great rpg and is a really fare price considering the free anime dvd inside. For those people who have watched .hack//sign should definetly get this game. It helps u better understand the concept of the story within the anime. This game is like an online game thats not really online. Meaning that u do not need a hard disk drive or spend 200 dollars playing it. The story is about a young boy about 13 years of age named Kite that gets this video game which is called "The World." "The World" is a online game which players interact and go within dungeons with parties. But when Kite goes into "The World" the first time with his friend, something incredible happens. Kite see a flying girl in trouble and him and his friend tries to help but in the process Kite loses his friend. Now you think this is only a game nothin happened to his friend, but it turns out his friend went unconscious in the real world. So Kite now is trying to help his friend get back to normal. This game has great graphics and a incredible story, so i suggest this game to any fan of the anime or someone who loves rpgs!

Viper's .Hack Infection Review
I must say this game is definitely in a league of its own. Just for starters...the storyline of this game is unique. The gameplay is very nice because this game simulates the playing field of an online game only its not literally online playable. Beating this game may not take you a long time,but the thing is there is alot to explore and alot of things to discover which makes this title pretty long. The characters are cool and the voice acting is very well done. Plus other bonuses to this game is the fact that it comes with an anime dvd inside plus .Hack Infection is but one of a four part series. The anime inside is very good too for those anime fans looking for something different. I highly recommend this game for anyone who likes an rpg of a different calibur and remember...this game is a FOUR part series so even though each game by itself may seem short...think about the game time yu'll have to put in to defating all four parts. So if you haven't got this title yet you better get started now cause .Hack Part 3 Outbreak is out now and .Hack Part 4 Quarantine is coming soon so you better hurry up!

4-0 out of 5 stars BEST RPG EVER IN HISTORY!!!!!!!
first of all the game is about a kid who joins a online game called the world. his one friend "orca" was data drained by a virus named skeith. he then meets the little girl in white gives him a book.his friend ended up in a coma. "kite" (the main character) travels with a female character "blackrose" who is a newbie or begginer just like him. she takes them to a viraly infected area called "hidden,forbidden,holy ground" where they find a monster who can not die. later they continue meeting virus monsters and screwed up areas. i gave this game a best game because i am a huge fan. if you like rpg and movement fighting you will love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars .hack infection:advanced review
Dot hack infection is about a kid named Kite whose invited by a classmate (we'll call him by his online name, Orca.) to play the online game the world. But, after a breif tutorial the two are attacked by a powerful, unknown monster named Skeith. Afterwards, the mysterious Aura gives Kite the book of twilight, from which Kite drew the twilight bracelet. Orca fell comotose in the real world. The bracelet Kite recieved has 2 essential skills: gate hacking, to get you there. And Data drain to weaken Skeith. It is an online-game simulation via RPG.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy....HOLY GAME!
For this game, I have to cuss out loud (in every positive sense). This game has BLOWN my mind! Such an amazing lead, an astonishing game-within-a-game hook, great gameplay, actually GOOD music, and loads of character development. I can't say it's a good replay, because obviously some of us want to get on with the series, right? But if you're going to play an RPG, play a freakin' RPG and buy the entire series, today. Now. Whenever you can. Seriously! This is THE ONE game you don't want to overlook!!! ... Read more

18. The Sims Bustin Out
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000ARQMW
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 262
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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  • Create a character and play through over a dozen unlockable levels
  • Explore new locations in your car or scooter
  • Unlock 100 new objects and social moves
  • Several new careers including gangster and mad scientist
  • For 1 or 2 players or play online

Reviews (52)

4-0 out of 5 stars the good and the bad
I've been playing the game now for a couple of days. There are quite a few things I like: you can see your house/objects/sims closer up now, there are more objects, they've refined the build mode so that building goes a bit more smoothly, the new interactions (like towel snap) are fun to watch, there are more options in the sim creation mode (more clothes, facial features, hair, etc.).
Now for the things I didn't like: perhaps I haven't found a way to do it yet (in which case, I will update my review...) or perhaps I misunderstood the advertising-- but in "free play" mode you can't "bust out" anywhere, it's like the previous Sims game in which you're basically confined to your house. I was very disappointed since I had thought that you could go to other locations on both the "level" based, bust out mode AND free play, not just in the bust out mode. Also, forget about playing with your Sims from the previous console game. As opposed to the PC versions in which you get an "expansion" and you're able to use the new features with your previously saved games, "The Sims, Bustin Out" is NOT an expansion game in that sense. You will not be able to access any of your old sims. I had read quite a few previews on different gaming websites and all of them failed to mention these two (in my opinion) very important details.
Overall though, I do like the game- it's addictive. My big wish for future installments of the Sims for the PS2 is that they acquire the gameplay and features of the PC versions.

2-0 out of 5 stars The Sims Bustin' Out - A major disappointment
Before you read the glowing reviews about new objects, social interactions and the ability to visit other locations, ask yourself what you expect from a Sims game. If you prefer mission based gameplay and nothing else, this is the game for you. If you prefer the open ended free play of the original console Sims and the PC games, save your money. In the Bustin' Out version of free play you are only given three open houses instead of the six in the original. You can forget about all the exciting places like Club Rubb and Pixel Acres you unlock in the mission based mode because you can't visit or call any of the Sims you met there. You're basically stuck in your free play house with only your neighbors from the other two free houses to invite over. This total lack of freedom ruined the replay value of this game for me despite the new items and locations. I only recommend this disaster to die hard Sims fans who must own every game and expansion.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Game , If you never played the original
The Sims Bustin Out is almost the same game as the original. There are hardly any new features that stand out and i was very disapointed. Although, if you have never played the original, This is a great game to check out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent although I was sceptic at first !!!
The Sims Bustin' Out is an excellent game although I was sceptic at first due to the fact that I am a very loyal to the Sims games on PC. This particular title is very fun and has quite a bit to offer.
If you like the Sims titles and chain of games, I recommend that you try it out, I highly doubt you'll be dissappointed.
Happy Simming!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars ?
This game is an alright game.
If I liked to play it how you were suppost to play it, I'd give this game 5 stars.
But I'm lazy and like to cheat and get millions of dollars, thats why I don't really like this game. It's too hard to start out, furnishing your house takes too much money.
You can't even build a second story, if I had enough money.

Overall this game was great. It had good gameplay, graphics were really good, sounds were good. Creating families were pretty good. ... Read more

19. Devil May Cry 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00007E1OA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 951
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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Devil May Cry 2 brings us back to Dante's world, and this time his fellow demon-fighter friend, Lucia, has her own disc. OK, she sounds a bit like Celine Dion, and her plot's a little silly, but she has her own disc with a reasonable 13 missions. She's refreshingly clothed for a female character, and like Dante, she can transform using "devil trigger"--the equivalent of rampage mode in other games. Dante's disc holds 18 missions, with a few redundant maps between the two characters.

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

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

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

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


  • Great, creepy enemies: Blood goats, Noctpteran (with larva), Sargasso
  • Cool powers available through amulet stones
  • Stellar maps, including inspired underwater fighting
  • Not a good game for inventory freaks
  • Goofy "Don't worry" and "Showtime!" announcements detract fromatmosphere
  • Ultracheesy Diesel product tie-in when you finish
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Reviews (131)

4-0 out of 5 stars What to expect from this sequel.
I see that nobody has written about this game yet so I figure you want to know what this sequel provides. In the second installment to the Playstation 2 2001's hit gothic slasher comes the sequel to Devil May Cry. In this one Dante returns with a new heroine named Lucia who wears a black cloak & has white hair, details of Lucia's weapon however are unclear to me although I believe that she may use a samurai sword + a whip & a shotgun. Information on Lucia are top secret until release of the game apparently. She looks like Adrian Fahrenheit from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night! Her "face" was not shown in the magazines. Pertaining to character moves Dante can now run along walls while shooting his guns such as Shinobi does & jump from 20 story buildings such as Raziel from Soul Reaver 1&2 & sustain no damage.This game takes place outside in a Europian mid-evil like setting. That is all I can say because that is all I know about this game. Info from Capcom to PSM magazine was not abundant& cannot be found on their websites but it will be released in 1 month.. until then, this probably will be all the info that you will find on this game. The rating above is required so I put in my "guesstament".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20. Scooby-Doo Mystery Mayhem
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00015HWSW
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 1009
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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  • Play as either Scooby or Shaggy and solve the mystery
  • Solve puzzles, find clues, eat Scooby snacks
  • Capture creepy monsters
  • Explore 4 different locations
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
My 8yo got this as a gift. We wouldn't have bought it, because he doesn't even like Scooby Doo, and he probably didn't play it for more than 5 hours - he got bored halfway through. Although it is a fun, harmless adventure for kids, and it has a wonderful Scooby retro feel to it, it just isn't gripping enough to hold interest.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very Sad
Night of 100 Frights was really cool -- my 5 year old and I (over 40) had the best time playing over and over and over. Mystery Mayhem, well, it's a mystery ... how/why it ever got made... the graphics are poor, story line/presentation is lame, no excitement, no challenge, even my 5 year old played for about an hour and then looked very sad, dejected, disappointed, and hasn't returned since. (Can I get a refund?) I suggest you go blow spit bubbles before buying this game, it will be more fun. Trust me.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad, but not as fun as 100 Frights.....
Mystery Mayhem is not THAT bad, but no it's not as fun as Night of 100 Frights. If you're considering Mystery M. but have not played N.of 100 Frights please start with N. 100 F. first!!! Rent Mystery Mayhem because you can probably finish it during the rental period, unless you have cheats for 100 Frights I doubt you'll be able to rent once & finish.

I'm a female in my mid 20 and I'm not a serious gamer, Mystery Mayhem is not all that challenging but finding all the goodies is time consuming enough to keep my interest. If you like the following girly kiddie games then rent don't by Mystery Mayhem: Monopoly, the Mario Parties, Shrek Party, any Mario Nintendo game, Simpson's Hit & Run and Road Rage. Night of 100 Frights is a masterpiece compared to Mystery Mayhem, but M.M. is not that bad.

Scooby-Doo Where Are You???
If you are older than 6 years of age this game is not for you. After playing Scooby Doo Night of 100 frights I couldn't wait for the next release from THQ. Afer spending my $40 I discovered that I could have waited after all. The game poses very little challenge and becomes boring very quickly.

Not Nearly As Fun as Night of 100 Frights
This is a rather poor version of Scooby Doo. I bought the GameBoy Advance version and stopped at the fourth level--it was very two-dimensional, and this game is almost the same.

Some of the game is limited to side-scrolling and going to various doors, and it looks like the authors did not put very much time, money, or energy into making this Scooby Doo as fun to play or exciting as Night of 100 Frights.

I was waiting readily for another Scooby Doo but was really disspointed to spend $40 on this version that is almost a port fo the GameBoy Advance version (it has some 3-D levels and the puzzles are harder, but it isn't that good).

If you don't have Night of 100 Frights, then get that one over this title. You will have a better gaming experience. This game requires you to press a certain button countless times to capture ghosts and it's the same throughout the entire game. It gets really boriing and tiring on the fingers to take 30 hits to capture one ghost. How original (sarcasm).

I don't recomment this game--save your money. The authors certainly did and it shows. Trust me. ... Read more

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