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1. Final Fantasy XI Chains of Promathia
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2. Everquest Online Adventures: Frontiers
$17.99 list($49.99)
3. Final Fantasy X-2
$27.95
4. Dukes of Hazzard: The Return of
$27.50 list($49.99)
5. Shrek 2
$25.92
6. Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
$50.99 list($49.99)
7. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2
$28.99 list($39.99)
8. Karaoke Revolution
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9. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
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10. Dark Cloud 2
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11. DDR Max
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12. Secret Weapons Over Normandy
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13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's
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14. Amplitude
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15. Samurai Warriors
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16. Front Mission 4
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17. Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits
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18. Mega Man Anniversary Collection
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19. Toca Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing
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20. The Suffering

1. Final Fantasy XI Chains of Promathia

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Asin: B0002VYS3C
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX USA INC.
Sales Rank: 748
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2. Everquest Online Adventures: Frontiers

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Asin: B0000CDZB9
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1504
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Massively popular online RPG
  • 10 races and 15 classes with unique abilities
  • New race, class and areas
  • Hundreds of new items to acquire and trade
  • For 1 or more players

Reviews (11)

Should come with a warning lable
Before Final Fantasy came out, there was Everquest. This game may be a little bit confusing at first.

Some sore points: learning the controller. You get over that in 5 minutes, but you do have to read the instructions. Keyboard: the game will play without one, but it is essential if you are planning on spending more than 5 minutes in the game. They are not THAT expensive, you can easily find them in video game stores that carry PS2 accessories.

This game has a huge community on the internet. Any question or point in the game where you are stuck is one click away from a solution. EQOA on a search engine and you are on your way.

About the game per se: The first few levels are designed to get you familiarized with the controls, the interface and basics (like spiritmaster, coachman, basic killing skills). It will take you a good 30-60 minutes to feel comfortable with the interface and the environment. After that you WILL be hooked. To advance in the game you can kill mobs to get experience and complete quests (again, very easy to find online) to gain items, spells and experience. The early levels are mostly quests, after that most of your time will be spent gaining experience to level your character. Currently your character can reach level 60, with the addition of Class Masteries (CM's). These are extra experience you gain in the form of CM points to gain new abilities, and sub specialize within your class. You don't earn CM's right away, around the time you start grouping for experience, you can assign a percentage of your experience gained towards CMs.

A great part of the EQOA community are the guilds. There are many guilds in Tunaria; whichever one you join (if you decide to join one, is up to you) will be your EQOA family. Guildies help you out on quests, experience gaining, and a good laugh once in a while. It's like a sub community within the EQOA community. A good guild will make the game experience a great one; a bad one can be bothersome, but easily fixable (join another guild!).

With the recent updates to the game, the interface has improved dramatically. Looking for group members is easier, finding that special item your character needs is faster with the new auction system, which now allows stackable items and lore items to be listed. (A little tip, if someone else in your group picks up an item and you want to see the stats, look it up in Auction when you have a break (not mid-battle please :) ).

As a final word: EQOA is a complex, rich virtual world designed for limitless hours of play. It does require a monthly fee (roughly $10) but think about this: most games, you buy them for say, $50 (give or take), play them for a week, get bored and move on. With the price of one regular game, you have 3 months worth of EQOA entertainment. So the monthly fee is not really an issue. A word to the wise: pace yourself, it's a game, don't let it take over your life or you will burn out.

If anyone needs any in-game help, you can in-game mail me in the Hodstock server to Argwin.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE CHANGES!!!!....
I have played alot of RPG's in the past. Typically after the putting about 40 hours of playing most traditional RPG's (and still not beating them) I get bored and move on because most RPG's are soooo much of the same thing over and over again.

EQOA: Frontiers is the most addicting RPG I have ever played!!!! There are tons of places to visit in the giant world and different things to do in each town. This game allows you to have a completely unique game playing experience and is an ever changing world. I got sooo sick of traditional RPG's because they are the same no matter who plays them or how many times you play them. In this game if you wanna try something different just start a new character of a different race or of a different class. I guarantee you it will be a completely different experience then the last time.

The best part about this game is that it is a massive multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG) and it is on a CONSOLE. I don't play computer MMORPG's because pretty much every expansion requires you to buy a new computer to keep up with the drivers, graphics, sound, etc.

Additionally, the game developers update this game often adding enhancements to the game all the time. Giving you changes and improving your gameplay.

So if you are bored with "more of the same" RPG's then try this out. FRONTIERS made a huge step forward on the original as far as graphics and ease of playing. The Developers are adding a new group search engine to help you find groups easier.

In final, I have alot of experience playing this game. I have a level 41 Elf Paladin on the Castle Lightwolf Server and several other characters. You can find TONS of information on-line as far as quests and classes. Try this game out. if you do and need any help get on the Castle Lightwolf server and just look me up.
My characters name is Tobiaslee.

Not bad at all.
If you'd like to start playing Everquest but have never touched it before, this is a good title to start with.

The graphics are top notch, there's enough servers (worlds) to explore and monsters to kill.

The one small problem I found with the game (That should *NOT* deter you from checking out this title) is the lack of abilities at the lower levels. Here, you are expected to follow a linear path of doing tasks for trainers. I'd rather be out killing monsters, but in order for you to get to this stage, you have a few hours of boring tasks to do.

Other than that, it was well worth the purchase and I can't go a few days without playing.

BEWARE!
there are alot of people playing this and some are mean some are and others take this way too seriously if. some kids will skip school to play. also dont be in rush to beat this cause it takes at leats 6 MO's to get 1 char to lvl 60 and thats if you work, sleep, play and have no life. it is cool to meet people though and all ages play the company tries to edit out bad words from being said but there are ways around it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good PS2 Game
Some people say that this game should only be for the PC, but this is the kind of game the PS2 needs. This game is fun, and very addicting. I can play it for hours into the night. Basically, this is a very fun game and it sure doesn't end quick. That's one of the great things about it, unlike regular games that you can beat in 1 or 2 days, this game lets you spend plenty of time playing it. I Love this game!!! ... Read more


3. Final Fantasy X-2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008URUA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: SquareSoft
Sales Rank: 208
Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (457)

3-0 out of 5 stars Boy meets Girl,Boy loses self,Girl searches for Boy
At a glance, one might think of this game and it's prequel as a whole as a mix between Charlie's Angels, Sailor Moon, Grandia 2 and Breath of Fire 2(but who that one is I won't say). Well, it is but that's not a bad thing. I'll explain what I mean by that. Three spunky girls (signifigantly less than the Sailor Scouts/Soldiers, I know, but equal to those who bring Heaven to Earth)search for a lost love but uncover an ancient threat born of Man's ignorance and hostility (War's bad, m'kay?)opposed by the heroine and her beau in a previous life(sort of like Usagi/Serena and the Tuxedo Mask/Prince Darren guy did in the the Moon Kingdom assisted by the proto-Sailor Soldiers )which a group of dreamy guys and a dippy female rival are wrapped up in for their own reasons.They change clothing alot, too, also using magic gems with memories stored on them. Yeah, I know, standard fare for Japanese girl's comics just as Final Fantasy X had much in common with the usual boy's manga/anime and a story midway between the aforementioned RPGs and even a few Marvel and DC comics(you've been praying to the 'Devil' all along/what you thought was the solution was the problem. Long live Despero/Thanos/Galactus/Gaint gaseous wanna-be diety!)but originality is highly overrated anyway.It's the execution that matters most and it's here that it delivers in spades. The new fusion of real-time and turn based action introduces a timing based stategy element to the series that it sorely needed (I dozed off one time playing the original. I may have been sleep deprieved already, but it's montony didn't help matters any), allowing one an almost Grandia-like level of freedom to choose the way one will pick their foe apart, defeating enemies with pre-emptive combos (one gripe some have with the Grandia series, but that's the whole point. It works to a lesser extent in FF Tactics, as well...no combos...a proper stategy can bring the highest degree of success with a minimum of damage to one's character)or randomly wailing away on lower level opponents, whatever suits one's playing style.The Dresspheres are, more or less, a much slower version of the character cycling system first seen in Breath of Fire 4 then in Final Fantasy X, that is if one doesn't toggle the Spherechange sequences to abridged form or off, or the Dragon Morphing of Panzer Dragoon Saga/Orta,but the same character changes ablities sets and apperances while retaining the experience level of the previous mode...sort of like Mega Man does but alot more elaborate in both design and implementation. Graphically, the game is about on par with Metal Gear Solid 2(almost)until the cinema scenes play, then one can be teased with X-Box quality visuals, making one wonder why in the world Square-Enix insisted on (until Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles came out on the GameCube)remaining loyal to Sony (like they didn't with Nintendo),losing millions in sales instead of making games for all three console game systems. Soundwise, it's a mix between standard to great J-Pop, a few tunes reminscent of Panzer Dragoon Saga(especially Zanarkand Ruins)and vaguely operatic themes. Some may be disappointed by the lack of the familiar FF FanFare, but keep in mind that it's an optional sequel, not it's own opus,a continuation, not a stand-alone. Storywise, what there is, won't appeal to players who didn't enjoy or couldn't tolerate the Legend of Mana's layout or Sailor Moon/Super Archies, being fed story events and info little-by-little, sometimes delicious, sometimes bland and unpaletable, but over-all fun so long as one leaves it as a blind taste test...in other words-don't use guides except for repeat playthroughs which the ChronoTrigger/Cross style New Game+ accomodates.Don't worry about not being able to import your chosen name for Tidus(Lucifer, in my case) as they cleverly refer to him by inspecific titles like "You-know-who" to keep from spoiling it for fans of the prequel. One last thing that needs to be said is this: Final Fantasy X-2 is not the first Final Fantasy to feature a female main character as FF6 had Terra for the first half, Celes for the second, but it is the first to feature gender exclusivity since the very first all-male outing(no pun intended). Final Fantasy X-2=XX(as in the chromosomes...pun intended but not by me.)!
Now, for an update: Maybe my 4-star vote was a tad hasty before. Many months have passed since I last played. I just got bored with all of the sparkly things flashing across my screen, giggling airheads(Paine, you sold me out...just like Daria Morgandorfer!) and dull, skeletal Bishoujo-'inspired'storyline, leaving it unfinished at roughly 95%. I just can't muster the enthusiasm the play it again. If you desperately want a videogame with a strong main female character, try The Misadventures of Tron Bonne(PS1), Beyond Good and Evil(all),XenoSaga(PS2),Final Fantasy 6(see review),Deception 3(kind of), any Tomb Raider game, Resident Evil(any of them), Metroid Prime(GC), Eternal Darkness(GC)and Metal Gear Solid 2(kidding!)for starters. Beware though, except for TR, the cheesecake content is far below the ManShow-recommended quantities. It was still nice to see a scantily-clad heroine in an RPG for once instead of the usual beefcake/boytoy eye-candy...I liked Tidus, but that's what he was!

5-0 out of 5 stars FFX-2 is a great idea!!
I just want to say something...Anyone who opposes this idea is not I repeat NOT a Final Fantasy fan...True fans (in my opinion) would like to have a sequal every now and then. I think it will be really cool to finally have a sequal. Cuz to me this game left off for a good sequal. I want to know why Tidus was swimming and seemed to be so happy. And further I would kinda like to know what Spira is like now that Yevon is basically gone and Machina are now widely used. I know who the last boss is and I kinda wanna fight him :). And all the questions that you may have had from the first one may have been answered. And then the jobs are a good thing because they havent been used in a long time so it's nice for something to come out for some fresh air. I heard there was a new leveling sysem but I don't know about that. Prolly like the rest. Gain EXP and gain levels. And of course you learn abilities from the jobs...The jumping and level environment is a good thing. It kinda helps the game to feel more real. Rather than just running everywhere. Well thats about it. Buh-bye :)

a surprisingly good sequel
how do you make a sequel that can live up to it's predecessor? have three awesome leading ladies with new cool abilities and quests, allow the player to pick his/her own destinations, and throw in superb graphics that surpass final fantasy 10's fan expecatations. even though ff10 would have been fine as a stand-alone game, the sequel isn't even close to as bad as some are saying it is. it may not have a deep, emotional storyline, and gameplay is very lax, letting you roam freely and choose where you go. but that's what makes this a fun game to play if you aren't looking for a headache- you can just play it whenever, without worrying about what's going to happen next. the battles are fun, the characters are awesome, and i think the look of the game is great. my only complaint is that the music got repetitive at times, but that's a minor factor- the rest was wonderful. just don't expect a huge epic adventure like ff9 or ff10, and you can love this game, too!

3-0 out of 5 stars The opposite of Final Fantasy X
Now, after successfully completing Final Fantasy X, I went right out to the Gaming store and bought Final Fantasy X-2, as I deeply loved X. When I put the disk in my drive, I noticed the nice piano music playing. At first, in the game, it was pretty boring, which most games are in the beginning, so naturally, I played on, waiting for the good stuff to happen. To my surprise....It didn't. Honestly, if you hold down X during regular enemy battles, you will win. I guarantee it.

STORY 6/10

Well, the story can probably be told in a few sentances, so let me try. Continuing from FFX, Yuna finds a sphere of tidus, or someone who looks like tidus, and joins to sphere-hunting group "gullwings". Later on, they discover it is NOT tidus, and also that there is an evil machina that New Yevon is hiding from the public, so you and your companions set out to destroy that evil.

Not the best summary, but pretty much gives the gist of it.

SOUND AND MUSIC 6/10

I give a six out of ten because half of the music was good, half sucked, and The sounds were the usual greatness.

Now, the music...Well, the Director of music sure got lazy or something. The battle music seems like the director just hired a professional guitarist and had him play random guitar notes and riffs. So while you are shooting and hacking and slashing, you hear this really annoying guitar noise just blasting over your characters' talking and making jokes, which just adds to the annoyance effect. The boss music is even worse. Sure, they actually have MORE than a guitar, but It really is not very nice to know that it adds up to be a whole four notes played. Yes, four notes, each one accented, blasting over your gameplay and bad joke telling.

However, there are two FMV scenes where Yuna sings. The first one, which can be seen on New Game, Features a Very catchy techo/dance song, which takes a lot of getting used to. The biggest problem during that scene, is in the middle of this pretty cool singing, Two pop-ish guys dressed in really tight cut off jeans and cut off jean shirts suddenly appear, giving frightening boy-band moves off, and thus made me scream the first time.

Summary of Music: Gameplay music is not very good, But the FMV music is phenominal

GAMEPLAY 6.5/10

I will be honest here. The gameplay is not very organized or good at all. I say this for quite a many reasons, and a few will be mentioned below:

1) There is the usual option of Active or Wait on the ATB system, but even if you have the option of Wait, while you are selecting your item or spell, The monsters still attack! why, I do not know...

2) There are so many side quests it is sickening. I promised myself when i got the game to complete it ALL, and after countless hours of random sidequests that would not affect the game were it taken out, I gave up and only beat the game at 74 percent.

3)As mentioned above, most of the enemy battles can be won by holding down the X button. While not producing any challenge at all, It also proves no fun.

4)While most enemy battles prove no challenge or fun, Bosses are different. Near the end, they get to be Insanely challenging, so challenging that you have to level your Characters up to a level higher than you have ever leveled up JUST to beat this boss, and then it turns out that the last boss is much easier, making it possible for you to beat him in 10 minutes with no trouble

5) You learn Many Countless skills, about 5 in total which you can use against enemies and bosses

6)having to watch the dressphere changing over and over again

There ARE some Pros here, believe it or not:

1) some bosses provide adrenaline-pumping action

2) Sometimes provides quite a bit of thinking and a lot of strategy

MENUS AND PUT-TOGETHERS 8/10

While the dressphere idea is very nice, during gameplay it becomes very annoying, watching the same animations over and over again. Even though they have an option of shortening the sequence, it still becomes very annoying. But its pretty fun being able to customize your only three playable characters, so its a pretty great idea, with that minor setback.

Well, once again, there is no equipping armor, just two accessories, but I have grown used to it thanks to Final Fantay VIII and X.

GRAPHICS 9/10

Great graphics. The FMV sequences are stunning, and the mouths ACTUALLY MOVE WITH THE SPEECH NOW!....during the FMV sequences, I mean. The usual nonstop mouth moving is still in here, however.

REPLAY VALUE 5.5/10

When I finished this game, i just started up VI again. The game has some really sort of original ideas (the dressphere idea sort of reminds me of FFV), the two songs 1000 words and the intro song are stunning, making me save a seperate game right before the cutscene so I can listen to them again.

I honestly suggest you rent this game before buying it, as i bought it first, and now im having a hard time finding where to sell it. If you like it, then or course buy it. If you dont like it from the beginning, do not get it. It will not change.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's About Time!
Finally, a Final Fantasy game that has almost everything one could ask for. It's challenging (maybe even too challenging, a refreshing change from the ease and stupidity of FFX), fun (something a lot of games haven't been in a long time), and overall a thrill to play. Due to the story completion percentage system, you're challenged to go everywhere and talk to everybody for that little 0.2% that leads to 100.
The story, also, is lighthearted, something that is definitely a plus. If I wanted to play a scary game or an evil game, I'd shell out 50 smackeroos for DMC2 or RE: Outbreak. This time, the Eternal Calm is in full effect, and everyone is celebrating and taking it easy after 1,000 years of fearing Sin. However, this time someone who looks remarkably like the protagonist from FFX is attempting to awaken a monstrosity known only as the colossus Vegnagun. The three characters (Yuna and Rikku from FFX and a new girl, Paine) attempt to stop this Tidus lookalike and the Vegnagun from ever escaping into the world. That's about as dark as I like it, thank you very much.
Another innovation used to make this game as unlike FFX as possible is the new free-roaming world system. In X, you didn't get to free-roam until after you annihilated Yunalesca and discovered the deadly truth about the Final Summoning. This time, you get to explore as soon as you beat the spider Boris in Chapter 1. In fact, you're encouraged to go digging for facts about Spira and its inhabitants. That's one of the things I truly love and enjoy about this game, and something that wasn't present in the past 4 FFs.
The next thing that is absolutely revolutionary is the new battle/dressphere system. The geniuses at Square took the battle system that has become so bland from the past and stripped it down to the reintroduced ATB system, and made it absolutely strategic. Every battle is a matter of tactics and counter-tactics, not a "I'll smash my forces into yours, you fool" system like it was in FFX. The chain-system is a blunt challenge for people with three thieves to continually build their chains into the 20s and 30s. Or the Gunners to become absurd with the Trigger Happy chain. Or the Alchemists to build up the Archangel mix.
Overall, this game was a blast. I've never had more fun in any FF game ever! I'm still playing it, trying to get past the Via Infinito.

I hope you found this review helpful.

Best wishes,
FF7 Sucks,
Jimi L. Alexander ... Read more


4. Dukes of Hazzard: The Return of General Lee

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Asin: B000228EQ8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 521
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dukes Are Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Dukes are back for another run again. I can't wait to here that Ol'General Rev up again with its v8 again for another adventure. Here is the details on The Dukes next adventure:

Set in Hazzard County, players step into the shoes of Bo and Luke Duke as they race to win prize money in order to save the local orphanage from Boss Hogg's latest crooked scheme. With the help of the ever-popular Daisy Duke, Uncle Jesse and Cooter, the good ol' boys go up against the villainous Boss Hogg, his bumbling cohorts Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and Deputy Enos in order to win the Hazzard County Derby. Just like the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee is filled with wild off-road action, gravity-defying stunts and adrenaline-pumping car chases.

Key Features:

The Dukes of Hazzard is an all-American favorite: Fans young and old across the U.S. remember the TV show with fondness, with its fast, memorable cars and down-home characters.
The Dukes world, the way fans want it: Players explore a virtual Hazzard County full of stunts, races, chases and adventures all tied together by a new story.
Dukes Celebrity and Music: Full cast represented from the show, with voice-overs and likenesses from John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), James Best (Roscoe P. Coltrane), Ben Jones (Cooter) and Sonny Shroyer (Enos Strate). Also included is Waylon Jennings' signature theme song.
Dukes Vehicles: Players can drive a variety of vehicles including the General Lee, the Black Charger, Uncle Jesse's Pickup, Daisy's Road Runner, Cooter's Tow Truck, Rosco and Enos's Police Cruisers, Boss Hogg's limousine and the infamous "Double Zero", the only car to ever beat the General Lee.
Hair-Raising Chases and Stunts: Take on Rosco and Boss Hogg in a single-player Adventure Mode containing over 15 missions, and an unlockable two player split-screen mode featuring destruction derby battles, head-to-head competition and cooperative play.
Great developer: Ratbag Games is a developer of high-quality racing games, such as Powerslide and World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars. ... Read more


5. Shrek 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005BZC7
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 41
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Based on the movie, you guide Shrek and pals through this action adventure
  • Explore Far Far Away and all-new areas like the Spooky Forest and Dwarven Mines
  • Choose to play as one of ten different characters, including Donkey and Puss in Boots
  • Use each character's special abilities to solve puzzles and accomplish objectives
  • For 1 to 4 players

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great game, especially for kids
Those who said it has bad graphics are way off the mark in my opinion. The graphics are awesome and the gameplay itself is really smooth. My kids all love it and play it often. Their ages are 13, 11 and 8....my 3 year old loves to watch while they play it. The voices are either original or so close to sounding original that I can't tell the difference and I've seen the movies many times.

This game was well worth the money, and given the chance I would buy it all over again. I can't say that for many other games out there where I wish I could've gotten my money back instead!

4-0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun
I must be playing a different game then the other reviewer.
Bought the game - my six year old and nine year old love it!
I've played a few levels with them and enjoyed it as well.

Allows you to play 4 players at a time and players can join or leave at any time. Controls are quite easy. Game mixes up platform type action with mini-games called hero time. Lots of different characters from the movie. Graphics are quite good - much better then the first Shrek Video Game. Any kid that likes the movie will have a blast with the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars my mom hates video games but she played this one!!!
i am a 5th grade girl. i like video games and i can finish them but sometimes you have no idea what to do in a few levels, but there is a mirror guy that was very helpful. He gives you a hint of what to do. Me and my dad played it. my mom hates video games but she even played this one with us. my friends and i beat this game. it was a good game but they could have made it a little more challenging. i love that there is 4 characters you can controll at once. in each level you get a new character or an old one that you had to trade in before. i liked this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars it was a good game!
Shrek 2 was a good game and it followed the story but the camera angles in the last level were poor. there are sevral characters it lets you be. This game had a good dificulty level. It was the best video game i have played! it's worth buying.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW! Great Find!
My 7 year old loves this game! My 5 year old loves to watch him play, and she hates video games. The characters are so much like the movie that my kids feel like they are watching the movie again and again. Great Game! Those who say they beat the game, could NOT have beat the game at 100%. We have played it for 3 weeks and are only at 47%. ... Read more


6. Street Fighter Anniversary Collection

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Asin: B0002B90OE
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 900
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Celebrates 15 years of Street Fighter supremacy
  • Features Hyper Street Fighter II, a blend of Street Fighter II games in one
  • Also includes Street Fighter III: Third Strike
  • Mix and match characters from different games to create your own dream matches
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm really looking forward to this game
SFAC features Hyper Street Fighter 2 from Japan (which is a compalation of all previous SF 2 games) as well as a new game. All versions of characters from every previous SF 2 game (SF 2, Turbo, Special Champion Edition, Super SF 2, and Super SF 2 Turbo) are playable. There is also "Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie" within the game. This game is being released on PS 2 and XBox (hopefully GC as well) and is a must-have for 2-D fighting game fans, esp. Street Fighter 2. I first played this game more than 10 yrs. ago, and I still love it! SFAC has gotten very good reviews from GameSpot and other sites. ... Read more


7. Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009MVJ7
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 659
Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance took co-operative action role-playing to new heights on the Playstation 2 console. Alone, or with a friend, you could tackle giant rats, undead monsters, dark elves, and even a white dragon, as you uncovered a plot against the good city of Baldur's Gate. But the ending indicated there was more adventure to come. Fans were worried that the sequel wouldn't live up to original's promise when the original design team jumped ship to work on Sony's Champions of Norrath: Realms of EverQuest. They need not have worried; Dark Alliance 2 is a worthy successor, retaining the weapons, monsters, Dungeons and Dragons action and rules, sharp graphics, responsive controls, and high adventure of its predecessor.

The plot is a bit darker this time, but you're given a wider range of character classes to help face the elevated threats. There's the mighty barbarian, a dwarf rogue, a cleric, the monk (a martial artist), and a necromancer. The quest is huge and there are character-class specific side quests you can embark on--an extra incentive to play again as a different character. The level design tends to be a little too maze-like, and there's lots of boring backtracking, but the annoying jumping puzzles from the first game are gone.

The biggest problem with Dark Alliance 2 is that it doesn't measure up to the competition. It's a 2-player game, while Dungeons & Dragons Heroes (on the Xbox) and Champions of Norrath (on the PS2 and Xbox) allow four-player play. Then again if you plan to play solo, or with a single friend, that shouldn't keep you from coming to the city of Baldur's Gate's aid once again. --Andrew Bub ... Read more

Features

  • Action/adventure game based on the Dungeons & Dragons campaign Forgotton Realms
  • Faithful to the 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons rules
  • 3 character types, each with unique skills and abilities
  • Explosive spell effects and amazingly detailed environments
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (58)

5-0 out of 5 stars Now this is a Sequel!!!
Clearly, Black Isle coded this puppy for the fans of BGDA1. There are hundreds of subtle hardcore additions to this sequel. Gameplay has been extended to an average of 14 hours per character getting your characters to level 27. Each character can reach level 40(ie play through game twice on harder difficulty levels) to maximize feats. Any Diablo-style player can easily squeeze 100+ hours out of this game by maxing all your characters stats, feats, weapons, and amour. They added the left-trigger mapping option. This allows you to map 4 feats to your face buttons like Xbox's D&D heroes. Each of the 5 main character classes have hidden quests that allow them to level an extra 3 levels and unlock hidden feats. Gameplay even with 2-player coop is a blazing 60fps without a single drop. You can switch between 2 melee & 1 ranged weapon on the fly. Their is a 2x zoom option for single player. There are now 2 hidden characters from RA Salvatore's Forgotton Realms novels. These include the Drow-elf Drizzt Do'Urden and his assassin arch-nemesis. Each of these characters start at level 16 max at level 40(giving you at least 2 plays through the game with each). Multiplayer options are killer(like BGDA1). You can import or delete characters in the middle of any game. So if your friend leaves...delete his character out of your 2-player game and keep playing single player. There are now 80 levels instead of 40. Usually you have 3 paths to choose from instead of the old linear level-by-level design. There in an overworld map that provides optional side-quests(7 side quests). Item creation system is like that found in Diablo2. This gives you 10,000 possibilities for armour and weapons, thus eliminating the #1 problem with the original game...no new items to discover with each successive play. Each character class plays completely different. Think Diablo2 vs Diablo. Baldurs Gate DA 2 WILL OWN YOU!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for BG1 fans, newcomers may be less enthused
My husband and I loved BG1 and couldn't wait to get BG2. As has been said, this is more like an expansion of the last game. The previous storyling is referred to often and there are very few improvements or expansions on gameplay. One new addition is the ability to upgrade weapons with jewels, which my husband especially enjoys (it kind of reminds him of that capability in Grand Tourismo) and a world map that allows you to revisit different areas. Load/save times seem faster than BG1, graphics and gameplay are about the same. The enemies are par for the course (although what is up with the fighting furniture? It seems a bit silly). However, it's a great, fun, game with a 2-player cooperative mode (the main reason we bought it in the first place) and well worth the money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
It was an awesome first game, but the second didn't have as much action. The graphics were sweet, as well as the levels. DA2 had some fun stuff, and I keep playing it. I have to recimend playing with another person, it's more fun and a lot quicker, inless the other is an unexperenced gamer. You should pick it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fun for 2 Players!!
If you are looking for a game that two people can play together, this is it. Baldur's Gate 2 has a great story line that follows the earlier game Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. This game is much longer, has more worlds to explore, more levels and extra characters to play.

The only flaw that we have found is that any money collected is shared between two players vs. each player collecting their own riches as in the first game. When upgrading armor and weapons it would have been nice if $$ didn't have to be shared.

Beyond that this game is great when you want to have more than one person involved in the game play! I would reccomend this game for those who love cooperative play games!

3-0 out of 5 stars Only Average
Baldurs Gate 2 is not a horrible game, but its not a great one either. It is almost exzactly like the first one, the only difference is the levels. More of an expansion than a sequel. ... Read more


8. Karaoke Revolution
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000A289A
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 276
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Turns your Playstation2 into an interactive Karaoke machine
  • Choose from a list of hits from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today
  • Perform your way to the ultimate concert venue in Showtime mode
  • Utilizes the Sony USB headset microphone for PlayStation2
  • For 1 player

Reviews (22)

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun!
Karaoke Revolution is a great game. I finally got it the other day after holding out for awhile, but it's finally one of those games that you can play with people that aren't really into the mashing of buttons or aren't too great with the whole eye-hand coordination. My girlfriend and I have played it a lot. It helps to REALLY know the songs in order to do well. I really hope expansion discs come soon, but I feel there's a good amount of songs on the first disc. If you're one of those people who sing along to the radio, you will love this game.

5-0 out of 5 stars I felt like a better singer after playing this game!
I love karaoke Revolution! It's the main game at parties, this game rates you on how you sing. You can pick a character, outfit, and difficulty level. There are many different songs to choose from, ranging from classics, to moderen. The whole family can have fun with this game. You can unlock hidden songs or videos. It even has a video about how they record the music which is VERY funny! Although this game may cost more or seem less interesting then a karaoke machine, it's defentally BETTER then any other karaoke machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is a great game for the whole family. From my 6 year old to my 30 somenthing hubby. We still play it and have had it for quite some time. I ordered the new one and can't wait to get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than a voice coach
For those of us with average singing ability who desire to improve their skills, this game is an economical and fun alternative to taking voice lessons. I never realized how hard it is to sing an entire song, let alone many songs in a row. The first thing that improved was my breathing, and I can now sing for a longer time without gasping for air or straining my vocal chords. My singing has gone from average to respectable, and it's all from playing this game. I admit, I don't like to play this game with others as much as I like playing it alone, as it gives me more time to practice my singing. At first I only sang the songs I was familiar with, and stuck to artists whose vocal ranges more closely matched my own. As I got better, I found I was able to sing songs I could never sing before. I'm currently working on being able to sing like Aretha. I have gotten confident enough to start learning the songs I didn't know before, and I have a better appreciation for both music and singing.

As a game, KR has been a hit with everyone I have coaxed into playing. Players can have different judging levels to compensate for their level of ability. The easy level is good at first, but the key is to move up to more difficult judging levels so you can really work on improving your singing. Though the graphics are wonderful, after a while you dont even have to watch the screen anymore if you learn to pay attention to the music. This game has taught me a lot about singing, and I am grateful to Konami for putting out such an incredible game.

Lots of Fun!
When I first saw this game I got so exited!I play it and it was
great.You get to pick your clothes,nickname,and band.Then you can
go take center stage to sing.Then,while your sing to your favorite tunes,Karaoke Revolution judges you.There's more than 35
songs to choose from.Here's a tip about choosing songs.1 Pick the
song that's right for you.2.Choose one with less words if your
just starting.3.Choose a song with more words if you already
know how to sing.For girls,I suggest you pick girly girl clothes.Because nobody wants to see a girl wearing boy clothes
and a boy wearing girl clothes!Boys should wear something that is
good.You'll even get to curl your hair.Not by yourself.You get this girl,her name is Ashley.And she does your hair!But,she'll
charge you 10 times the cost.You can out flowers in you hair for
the girls.This game is fun.While your singing,people are up on
stage dancing.You can pick which micro phone you want.Some of
the colors are pink,blue,purple,yellow,orange,black,and brown.
Pick a microphone that matches with your outfit and shoes.You
can get more outfits if you win plenty of levels.There are 100
levelsin Karaoke Mode. ... Read more


9. Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000067DPL
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 589
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Set in the interval between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, this first-person adventure lets you step into the role of the galaxy's most heavily armed bounty hunter, Jango Fett, as you track a renegade Jedi across the galaxy, collecting information (and bounties) along the way.

In addition to Jango's trademark dual blaster pistols, your armor bristles with gadgets and weaponry: darts, flamethrower, blowtorch, scanner, cable snare, and--of course--a missile-launching jetpack. Use this arsenal to battle hordes of uncooperative guards, fend off rival bounty hunters, scale precipitous skyscrapers, and capture fugitives--dead or alive. The basic controls are surprisingly easy to master, and you've got enough armament at your disposal to fight your way out of almost any situation. Still, some finesse is required: as fun as it is to walk into a room and blast everything in sight (and it is fun--especially when you're the one wearing the jetpack), you may discover when the smoke clears that the guy you just fried was worth twice as much alive. Oh well...

The complex storyline is revealed by extended cutscenes that let you rest your thumbs while Jango follows up the next lead. (Star Wars fans will appreciate the quality and detail of these scenes, as well as the fidelity of the story arc--namely how Jango is chosen as the model for the clone troopers in Episode II.) And anyone familiar with the Lucas Arts suite of games will not be disappointed by the superior graphics, music, sound effects, and fully realized characters and locations. The pace of the game is up to you: methodically seek out the secrets of each level, or ruthlessly blast your way to the big payoff. --Maile Bohlmann

Pros:

  • Impressive graphics and rich detail
  • Excellent scripting and voicing
  • Nice balance between action and strategy
  • Controller setup is intuitive and easy to learn

Cons:

  • Long stretches between save points
  • Climbing sequences can become redundant
  • Weapons must be holstered to use scanner, leaving you vulnerable
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Reviews (70)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Stealthy Enough
When I started playing bounty Hunter, i was pretty exicted because my favorite charactor of Star Wars was Boba Fett. (Yeah, you play as Jango Fett in the game, but what's the difference.)Anyways, i started playing and thought the graphics were pretty good as i walked and fought my way through the 1st level, battling the giant bug like monster, escape out of the building, and started to admire all the backround buildings and art.Another cool feature is that when you spot a bounty with your HUD, it gives some intresting facts about your target. But what Lucas Arts really hit gold upon was the story-line of the game, and some of the extra features on the disk. I was also suprised at how well the movies between stages were done, and how the writers scripted them.

So the first few levels were really fun, but after a few days stuck playing on the game, all the climbing, running and shootouts with bounties started to get redundent. Also on the minus side, you don't really sneak around that much, like you think a real bounty hunter would operate, but you're shooting everything that has a blaster. All in all this is a pretty good game, but if you really want a bounty hunter/spy game, get Splinter Cell

5-0 out of 5 stars Bounty Hunter: Coolest FPS if you love Star Wars
I bought the game couple weeks ago. I have loved it so far. The skill level to play the missions, starting at the Coruscant missions, gets hard quickly. I am stuck trying to get out of an asteroid prison. I am a die hard Star Wars fan, so this game is great for me. The last FPS game I have enjoyed as much was Frontline, Medal of Honor.
The graphics in SW Bounty Hunter are superb. The controls are very responsive. The twin laser guns are reliable, and will stop almost any threat if you click the fire button fast enough. You have to use the jet pack smartly, since you can fly for a few seconds only.In the tradition of Lucas Arts games, there are great cinematic sequences in 4:3 box format between levels.The story line is fine. It reflects accuretely what kind of working life a bounty hunter like Jango Fett goes through daily. Some levels tend to be very long, so within a level the story timelime slows down. The Star Wars worlds and environments we have come to expect from the movies are accurately portrayed.
To conclude: SW Bounty Hunter is an excellent game. It is very challenging to play. It's a must rent, and a must buy if you are a SW die hard fan. The game is not perfect, but from the three I own now ( Starfigther, Pod Racer, and this one), I consider Bounty Hunter the best. It has the best action play, the closest storyline to the SW movies, and the closest I can feel momentarily that I am actually inside the Star Wars Universe.

Bring his head back!
This awesome game features a very high level of exitement AND I was engulfed with it.My favorite level is the Entertainment district in Coruscant.You would be amazed by how many bounties you can find in one room.You just need to explore,aim,and shoot.Quick tip:the number of bounties range between each level.Kill every enemy you find. trust nobody

prepare for the hunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are looking for a action packed star Wars game your search is over.You get to play as Jango Fett.{Bobo Fetts father}eneone who stands in the way of you and your bounty are either blasted,burned,poisoned,capturd or blownup.GO JANGO!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun but Difficult
I thought that this game was a pretty good one. There are many cool features about Jango Fett, he has many weapons, and many gadgets on his armor. The only problem with the game is that I thought it was insanely difficult. At first it's fun and easy. But soon it gets to be a real pain. ... Read more


10. Dark Cloud 2
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006Z7HR
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com

What's creepier than a sinister clown? Nothing, as it turns out, which is probably why the makers of Dark Cloud 2 made their evil villain a member of the circus family. After all, a clown who lifts the town's friendly mayor off his feet--with a strangle hold--is not to be messed with.

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

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

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

Pros:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


11. DDR Max
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006F2ZS
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Konami
Sales Rank: 225
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (86)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12. Secret Weapons Over Normandy
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000A1HW3
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 981
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Join a secret squad of fighter pilots in this WWII shooter/flight simulation game
  • Intense flight action
  • Over 20 realistic aircrafts to fly
  • Over 30 action-packed missions in air and air to ground combat
  • For 1 player

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER!
I have played many PS2 games but none of them rivals the amount of fun in this game. I have always hated flying games. They always seeemed lame, or boring, or too easy. I mean, shooting a heat-seeking missle is no where near as fun as two planes going at it in a dogfight with bullets. This game rox! The graphics are amazing. Some people keep saying that the flying isn't that realistic. Sure you have to shoot down more planes than you would in real life, but its not 48 like the one guy said. The flight controls are realistic. You have to shoot at a red target thats in front of the plane. In real life you don't shoot directly at the enemy. You're both moving so fast that the bullets seem to "curve". If you're a beginner, you can slow down time which makes it a little easier to aim and shoot. Also, when you're flying into combat and the enemy is far away, instead of waiting 30 seconds to get there you can speed up time too. Its realistic so not only you're plane speeds up but everyone elses too. Bombing is a ton of fun especially using torpedos. Adding cool upgrades such as 37mm cannons is awesome. My friend brought it over one day and the next day I wanted to buy it. Its really easy to learn. The controls are simple but fun and effective. This is a great game for someone who just wants a fun realistic flying game to just pick up and start playing and have fun. Its WWII so it encorporates real battles and scenarios into the game. However, it doesn't overload you with information about WWII. Enemy AI is great as is your wingmates. All-in-all, this is a great game and I think you should buy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Put your skills to the test
I'm not a fan of flight simulators but I decided to buy this game because I was interested in WWII. From the second I put in the game I knew I was going to like it. The game starts out with an amazing orchestra them song and then immediately brings you right into the action. The game is surprisingly very simple. The controls are easy to master and you will soon be flying around like an ace pilot. The game actually contains some very realistic flying physics' like the fact that your plane can stall, but the game is not a flying simulator and that is what makes it a great game. The graphics for SWON are very good and realistic especially the planes although the ground terrain could use a little work. The missions in the game will range from shooting down other planes, bombing targets, escort duty, and my favorite one, torpedoing ships. If your a good pilot you'll eventually be able to unlock up to 32 different plane which you can customize with different weapons, like bombs, rockets, a 37mm cannon, and my favorite, yep you guessed it, torpedoes. You'll be able to fly all different types of planes like the British Spitfire the American P47, German bombers, and Japanese air fighters. All these planes can be upgraded with more armor, better engines increased ammo load and different types of camo to help blend in with the sky, and terrain. Another great feature about this game is that you can fight a friend head to head to test your piloting skills. Nothing betas watching your friend's plane go crashing down to earth in a fiery mass, except maybe seeing your friends face when this happens, that's fun too. SWON is an awesome game and any one who even has a remote interest in flying games or WWII should buy this game.

the best air to air combat ever
Look, im an old plane freak and i know a good flight sim when i see 1. this game takes the cake. The game of this caliber deserves more credit then some of these losers i know who say this game sucks. its the best historical game u can ever come up too. even some plane historians love this game because its soo accurate on the sounds, movement, and looks of most of these aircraft. basicly this is my most treasured game ever!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game!!!
When I first began this game, I didn't think I'd ever complete it. However, I soon realized each mission and challenge prepares you for the next. At first I was a little disappointed that the aircraft wouldn't roll. but found out that going to the "Advanced 1" setting provides this feature. I've never been much with video games, but the combination of story line, action,
graphics, and dialogue really puts me "into" the game. While
not completely realistic, I find it to be highly challenging, yet
downright fun and exhilerating. I hope LucasArts and Totally Games will make the bonus missions exclusive to "Xbox" available
to "PS2" and other platforms. SWON has captivated me for hours of
pure enjoyment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Fun
I am a real fan of flying games but all too often such as with Ace Combat 04 they are too easy, how hard is it to fire a heatseaker and watch it destroy the opponent. In this game you have to fly the plane, guide your guns and think which targets to attack next. All this said the controls are easy to master and not so difficult that you feel you need a PhD to fly the game.

The graphics are good, sound is excellent and the story line fun, as you progress you slowly collect new weapons (many of them secret!) and you also get to fly a fun range of planes. I lent the game to a freind of mine for the weekend, by time it came to Monday he had purchased his own copy so he could carry on playing.

Overall this is a great game, and i would highly recommend it. ... Read more


13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000ARQMR
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 779
Average Customer Review: 3.46 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Based on the novel, you play as Harry Potter
  • Sneak, climb and jump as you explore 3D environments
  • Play fast-paced arcade style Quidditch or battle evil creatures
  • Interact with over 20 characters from the novel
  • For 1 player

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars for harry potter fans ONLY!
this game is good, but only if u like harry potter like i do.

graphics: 7/10

not really that great but u can tell the characters apart so its not that bad.

gameplay: 6/10

followed the book pretty good. controls are easy. the game is overall easy. takes a while to load sometimes.

sound: 5/10

the sound was ok at times and bad at times. the characters voices arent that good though. harry sounds like a whimp whenever he casts a spell.

the castle is really bad in this game. it has too many rooms and is confusing to find out where you need to go.

someone please tell me if this game is better on PS2, because i bought this game for PS1 before they came out with it on PS2, and i want to know if its the same or better and i dont want to rent it or buy it on PS2 if its the same. thanks ^_^

by the way: someone wrote a report saying they hate harry potter and they said "i hate harry potter sooooooooooooooooo much da look at me im harry potter dont let vole-de-mort kill me i have a scar i am special look at my scar". if u hate it sooooo much, then why are you wasting your time complaining about it when you could be looking at and reviewing stuff you actually like? you must have no life if you do that. dont you agree?

3-0 out of 5 stars Great for Potter fans, but game has lots of bugs :-(
If you are a true Harry Potter fan, then i would not hesitate to buy this...however...the game has lots of bugs and problems. I am always restarting the game...For example, you can not control Harry's view very well. A lot of times, I have had to re start the game because Harry got "stuck" in between things in the game and you couldn't move him or the camera. Also, I have had to restart the game many times because the voice overs sometimes just repeat the same word, over and over again and don't stop....The music is usually off somewhere and the words don't go along with the character's mouths.

But, the game's graphics are good, the game play is just like the previous HP game. In a nutshell, this game is nowhere as good as Chamber of Secerets , but is still a good additive to your PS2 collection. I can't wait till November when Prisoner of Azkaban comes out on ps2!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Review
This is an awsome game. The graphics are almost the same as Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for PS2 (they look nothing like on the cover). This is a little bit challenging for the first game released, but with a little bit of strategy and logic...all the tasks come together. I loved how well it followed the movie. I gave this game 5 stars because it is VERY addictive and EXTREMELY fun. Hope this review helped.

1-0 out of 5 stars EA You Let Me Down Again
Ww all played this game on the PS1 and it was the worst game EVER! But we got this on the PS2?!WHY? Here's why I hate this game.
Story:it's the same as the book and movie.
GamePlay:same as COS.
Graphics:it's messey and chessey.
SoundWork:good and bad,because the voice work is really bad and muisc is bad.
Overall:Harry Potter A.T.S.S is the worst game on the PS2 EVER!Did I meton that it's to easy!
I give it a 1 out of 5!

I give it a 1 out of 5.

1-0 out of 5 stars I hate Harry Potter
i hated it is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stupid da i am harry potter don't let vole-de-mort kill me i have a scar so i am special everyone look at my scar ... Read more


14. Amplitude
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000859TM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (32)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amplitude Picks up the Beat
Harmonix has really outdone themselves this time. I was a die-hard FreQuency fan, and was worried that the seQuel to their incredible music game would be the same game with different songs. Amplitude takes it up another notch (from 11 to 12), and really delivers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5-0 out of 5 stars ello
hi. this games pretty cool. it is all cool. it's a game that you dont have to worry about the graphics or game play!
it rocks.now...my report i not the biggest thing in the world.but look for me online in amplitude
screenname:degumancxo9
Sup goonie? ... Read more


15. Samurai Warriors
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001XASJ4
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1701
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • The new Active Mission System(AMS) triggers new mission variations each time the game is played
  • Auto-Formation System(AFS) randomly generates castle levels and conquest routes, for a new experience with each play
  • Unique graphics render game environments in deeply saturated, chromatic tones -- the entire game feels like a classic samurai film
  • Warlord Mode lets you create characters by playing a series of mini-games
  • Avoid the many traps and obstacles you'll face -Circular blades, false staircases, and other traps lay hidden within each castle

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Like Dynasty Warriors
This game is almost exactly the same as Dynasty Warriors and Kessen, which should be no surprise considering that all three games are made by the same people. If you are expecting something different, you won't like this game. Gameplay was good, although the stages seem really short and there are some really annoying things about the game too.
- some of the stages have two parts, the second of which is a long, boring dungeon maze with a thousand people to kill and no health.
- characters do that "disappearing" act from your screen angle just like the other two games
- in co-op play both players use the musou;they build up concurrently on one bar and no player can use it alone
+ there are more characters to play with but
- the story lines essentially remain the same no matter who you are using
+ better items
+ better attacks, thanks to elementals, which means
+ better weapons

I rented this game. I probably wouldn't buy it because it is so short and the storylines are so unoriginal (there's even a Cao Cao character! but with a different name), but it's worth a try if you like slash-and-dash games. ... Read more


16. Front Mission 4
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00025ETC8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX USA INC.
Sales Rank: 1747
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Set in 2096, six years after the Second Huffman Conflict
  • Lead teams of wanzers, mech pilots, in squad-based tactical fighting
  • Spectacular visual effects and outstanding new graphics
  • Use tactical features like the Link System for enhanced multiplayer strategy
  • For 1 player

Reviews (7)

3-0 out of 5 stars Engaging
As a major fan of Front Mission 3 for the PlayStation I was excited upon hearing the news that Square-Enix was making a sequel to my favorite single-player tactical-strategy game. The only thing missing from Front Mission 3's excellence was great graphics. With the arrival of Front Mission 4 on the PlayStation2 I thought the rough-graphics problem would be solved and I'd have the perfect game.

Unfortunately life has a way of playing dirty tricks. Oh sure, the graphics are much improved over FM3 with greater detail and far smoother animation. But the colors are downright bland! Also, many areas in the game appear overly dark, making it a challenge to view the screen easily unless the lights are off. I suspect the developers were going for realism here.

The length of the game disappointed me as well. For the amount of time spent working on your characters' skills and statistics the number of actual plot-developing missions is minuscule. There are only 29 stages in all! By comparison, FM3 contained a staggering 128 stages played out through two scenarios! Admittedly, FM4's stages are bigger and take longer to complete, and there are simulator battles to play. But FM3 had simulator battles, too!

Now that the bad is out of the way let me let you what was good about FM4:

Graphics - already touched on this. MUCH better than FM3 except for the colors & lack of lighting.

Sound - the most refined part of FM4. Heavy, realistic, perfect. Great use of bass!

Music - very appropriate for the events onscreen. High quality.

Speech - the main characters now speak in select cut scenes and the voice-overs are extremely well done. The accents and voice tones are very accurate to their respective nationalities. No bad acting here!

Battle System - more involved than in the last game. The Link system adds a fun new level of strategy to the gameplay. New specialized backpacks increase combat options.

Customization - a slight increase in variety of weapons and parts. Better colorization options but the blandness + darkness at times makes it almost moot.

Control - takes some getting used to, but adequate. In a tactical, non-twitch game like this it's not a detriment.

Battle Maps - daytime shifting and weather effects add new depth to missions. Battlefields are significantly larger than in FM3.

Character Skills - no more randomness in acquiring new battle skills to help towards victory! Instead characters buy skills they want as they become available! The challenge is getting the funds needed to afford them.

And finally, FM4's greatest improvement over FM3...the chaotic E-mail/virtual net system is gone!

I'd have to say FM4 doesn't match the gaming experience FM3 gave. Don't get me wrong...it's a fantastic game for as long as it lasts. The plot is solid. Just don't expect as huge a jump in quality as I did or you'll be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Turn based -a la- F. F. Tactics
Front Mission 4 is a brave attempt to rescue Turn Based combat. I'm crazy about it since many games today are real time and my personal favorite is turn based.

Well, if you liked FF Tactics, you'll enjoy FM4. I'ts an RPG which follows two story lines and of course, all the battles are designed for you to equip and tune up your robots. They are not luxuries, they're a must if you want to survive.

PROS: if you like turn based ... HEY ! ... here's one at it's best!.
Long battles makes a lot of time to develop your strategy.
Immersive, wait until you learn how to use the link system ! you'll learn what "UNLEASHING POWER" means!
Sci-Fi, Mechs, Explosions, Story, what else do you want?

CONS: Mixed graphics, everything is amazing but when you try to read gray text over gray background... you have to squint... BR> Some battle situations may end up with a lot of time wasted on moving your units.
A single enemy unit needs several turns to be destroyed.

As in real life, some times you need things to go faster, but you can't do that.

Some times, one hour(+) each battle, is just what you need...

If you are an Action-oriented gamer, try this one, you might lear that strategy is FUN.

PS: If you think this game gets too difficult is probably because you are not going to train on the simulators and/or you are not equiping your units well... take your time ! ENJOY!

5-0 out of 5 stars Mech Smashing Fun!
This is my first Front Mission Game, But I have found it just like all the Armored Core games, you need to upgrade your Mech and skills. Doing so will lead you down the road to sucess or at least a good time. Overall the game has good graphics and the combat system is solid turn based Final Fantasy Tactics/Advanced Wars style. The only draw back in my opinion is that customizing your wanzers (mechs) can be labor intensive since switching between the shoping screen and equip screen takes a little load time. And the shop/equip screens music get old fast. Other than that the over all game is pretty good. Its one that you'll get stuck on from time to time but with practice you'll get through it. Plus there is a simulator that acts like a free battle where you can earn money and experence so you never can really get super stuck for long.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun game for turn based strat fans
For those who've never played a Front Mission game before: Enormous mechs. Tons of weapons, armor and computer options. Turn based strategy. The Front Mission series alone incorporates all three, and thus has a collection of players devoted to it. If you don't like all three, however, the chances are slim that you will fully enjoy this game. The game has much more serious involvement than your average turn-based strat game: even by the end, you will continually be discovering new ways to customize and operate your wanzers. There's no way to jump into the game and immediately be good at it: "trial and error" is a phrase you will get used to, and very quickly at that.

For those who've played previous Front Mission games: The game, while remaining fundamentally the same, has changed in enough ways to mark it as an entirely different approach to the same ideas. The most obvious change is the Link system: it introduces a new variable when deciding where, when and how to use your wanzers and forces you to take the enemy's linking abilities into consideration when choosing your defensive tactics. With enough AP and the right positioning/turn order, a single wanzer can attack upwards of 6 times in a single turn (the highest I've seen is 9, with a shotgun). The other marked change is in the way characters progress: no more gaining proficiency with a weapon through repeated use. Instead, you purchase upgrades to your computer system through a pre-planned route, which may be expanded upon by purchasing computer upgrades in a store. If you stick to the pre-planned route, you will find your characters locked into a set path based on the skills they receive: lots of shotgun abilities and evasion skills obviously points toward a lightweight, evasive wanzer armed with shotguns. The benefits and detriments are obvious: the game starts you with a fairly balanced team that works well, but also makes it annoyingly tedious to change the fighting style of ANY of your wanzers. Expect to repeat simulations like crazy in order to fully customize your team.

OVERALL RATINGS:
Graphics: 6/10. The FMV is nice, but the in game graphics are reminiscent of very early PS2. Character portraits, while animated, are still portraits. Animation is, however, smooth, and almost all the cutscenes are accomplished with excellent use of the in-game engine.

Sound: 8/10. The voice-overs aren't spectacular, but are more than acceptable for a video game and help to fill out the characters' personalities. The music is very well done, although there wasn't nearly enough variation. The actual sound effects are fantastic: metal against metal, etc. is very accurate sounding.

Controls/Interface: 5/10. The controls are great and mostly intuitive, but the interface itself is a mixed bag. The combat interface is pretty intuitive, although at times your eyes will get confused as to which part of the display you should be looking at. Combat between similar looking wanzers gets confusing, especially when linked teammates are all fighting (whose bullets are those?). The non-combat menus are what get really annoying. My biggest problem is the seperation of the purchasing screens from the organization screens and the load times between: you can de-equip and purchase/replace equipment for all your wanzers at the same time, but you can't equip a weapon/part/item you already have from within the same screen. You can set skills, purchase new ones and upgrade computers from the same screen, but if you want to purchase a new skill set, you have to go to the computer store, and at the computer store, you can only see a bare-minimum of information about the pilot you're buying skills for. ANNOYING!

Gameplay: 9/10. Although a beginner could pick up the game and survive the battles, in order to truly progress and make the money necessary to customize your wanzers and pilots, you have to utilize an enormous level of strategy which makes playing the game fun. A dozen different elements make your choices in each phase of combat exciting. There's no way to effectively summarize the gameplay other than to play it, so rent it if you're unsure.

Storyline: 6/10. I've come to expect a level of quality from Square Enix that this game doesn't match up with. While better than the filler that generally occupies turn-based strat games, the story had so much more potential than was actually realized.

Replay value: 5/10. My save file said 36 hours when I beat the game, although at least 3 hours of that was the game sitting around while I ran errands or ate. I did, however, plow through the game with a minimum of grinding (so I didn't do a lot of customization, etc.), so those dedicated to creating the ultimate wanzer team will find they have plenty of time to do so. The catch, however, is that you can restart the game with your old team once you beat it: those who already took the time to maximize their teams will find little to do on a second playing, while people like me still have places to go, so the net gaming time is probably about the same. FM4 is the kind of game you won't want to replay for a month, but will seem fresh and exciting again after that month has passed.

1-0 out of 5 stars sucks
this game really really sucks. since square enix ruined the gameplay and graphics. and the second mission from this game is so hard that i wanted to throw this game in the trash since your weapon takes a lack of damage and the enimies are too powerful. ... Read more


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


18. Mega Man Anniversary Collection

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Asin: B00019HNNC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 1088
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Mega Man Tribute
  • Play the original Mega Man 1 through 8 series and two never-before-released in the U.S. arcade games on your PlayStation 2
  • 10 Mega Man games on one disc
  • Footage from the original Mega Man TV series
  • Original artwork and remixed music

Reviews (21)

5-0 out of 5 stars Old school gamers MUST OWN THIS!
The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was a strong system due to the classic game series that graced it. You had the great Zelda, Mario, Ninja Gaiden, and the RPG games like Final Fantasy and Dragonwarrior. Among my favorite series of all time happens to be the blue bomber (as we true fans called him), Mega Man. There were six on the NES as well as the 7th one for Super Nintendo and the eighth one for PlayStation. For years I anticipated a treatment like they did for Mario All-Stars (although they made The Wily Wars for Genesis, which had the first three, but that wasn't enough...), and I finally got my wish... all eight original games on one disc.

THE GOOD
Not ONLY do you get the original games on the one disc, you ALSO get the two previously Japan-only arcade games, Mega Man: The Power Battles and Mega Man: The Power Fighters. The arcade games you must unlock before playing. I don't see that as a drawback because gamers must experience the original games (especially you poor gamers that didn't grow up playing it). Most of the music in the first 6 games are remixed, most of them sounding quite good; the music in Mega Mans 5 and 6 are VASTLY improved over their original counterparts. Not only that, but you have the option of playing the games in their original forms as well. Mega Man 8 doesn't change much, but remember its crappy load time between sections? GONE. The game loads very quick-paced, and I am forever grateful to those involved with the game that eliminated it. Another secret you can unlock---and this surprised me---is the first episode of the short-lived Mega Man cartoon series (y'know, the one with Mega Man voiced by a GUY, and he was also Goku??). Not just a clip, not a collection of clips, THE ENTIRE EPISODE. That's the best secret to unlock aside from the arcade games. Also included amongst the secrets are picture sets of early drafts of characters, titles, and so forth (one of the original names for Mega Man is "Knuckle Kid." What a weird name.).

THE BAD
There's few wrongs with this game, but I mention them nonetheless. First off, when I said MOST of the music is remixed, by that I mean that Mega Mans 4,5, and 6 have totally remixed music but the first three do not. You'll hear, for example, Cut Man's theme and then when the boss music comes up, it's the original 6-bit music. Not necessarily bad, but I do wish they would've remixed every piece of music. Also, most of the secrets not mentioned in THE GOOD are mostly remixed music that has nothing to do with the series. Also, and I didn't see this as a terrible thing since the controls are set in my preference anyhow, but you can't change the control scheme. That might irritate some people, but thankfully, it didn't irritate me.

OVERALL
I didn't find much wrong with this game. It's a great anniversary edition of gamers' favorite blue bomber, and I'm glad that they finally brought them over to the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube for all gamers to play (Xbox, however, got the shaft.). Not only that, but it's only around $30. That's a GREAT price for 10 classic games on one disc. New gamers, do have the patience and the initiative to try out this collection. It's a piece of gaming history and my generation of gamers understand what I mean by saying that this is one of the best game series to ever enter our fertile imaginations.

5-0 out of 5 stars All fans MUST own this collection
Mega Man Anniversary Collection (2004). Capcom's first compilation collection featuring the first six NES Mega Man games, the seventh game on the SNES, the PSX eighth game, and two never before released arcade games.

One of the key video game series franchises that helped make the NES system great along with Mario, Zelda, Metroid and others was the Mega Man series. For those who are unfamiliar, the series revolves around a blue robot who must overcome the evil Dr. Wily and his robotic minions by tackling on each stage in any order. What set MM apart from the rest was the fact that you could steal a boss's weapon once you beat him and use it throughout the rest of the game. The fun part was always trying to guess which weapons worked best on the bosses. It's amazing that the series has progressed this far, continuing on the SNES with MM7 and the PSX with MM8. Growing up with most of these games, it's hard to believe that Capcom's little blue hero is already 15 years old. If you're an aficionado of the series, you know how difficult it is to find some of these games in their original cartridge formats, especially MM1 and MM7, which are ultra rare and fairly expensive on their own. I never owned MM7, so it's great to finally have it now. When I heard that Capcom was releasing all 8 of them on one disc, I couldn't resist buying this classic collection. After all, when you've got 10 games for only 30 bucks, what's not to like? How does the MM Anniversary Collection fare? Check out the list of many positives this game has, as well as the _very few_ negatives:

POSIVITES

-For the most part, ALL EIGHT GAMES ARE LEFT IN THEIR ORIGINAL FORMAT. This is good, because the graphics, sound, gameplay, and music are all intact and you get the same experience as when the games were originally released.
-EACH GAME CAN BE SAVED VIA A MEMORY CARD. Of course, you can still copy down the passwords if you wish on all games except 1 and 8.
-THERE ARE NOW DIFFICULTY SETTINGS ON ALL SIX OF THE ORIGINAL GAMES. Previously, the only game that featured difficulty levels was MM2, but now all the games can be tackled on easy mode for beginners. All these games feature lots of challenge, which is the way MM games were always meant to be.
-THERE ARE TWO GAMEPLAY OPTIONS AVAILABLE: ORIGINAL MODE AND NAVI MODE. Original mode is simply the games the way they were originally created. Navi mode on the other hand changes a few aspects of the game, such as a modernized life-bar, menu, level maps (4-6 only), and hints are provided at key points of the levels if desired. Most MM gamers won't really need these hints, but I'll put it this way: If you need to look up a strategy guide after reading all the hints that are provided, then there's something seriously wrong with you.
-NAVI MODE ALSO FEATURES REMIXED MM MUSIC. Most of these remixed tunes are great and stay true to the originals. MM's 1-3 only feature certain remixed tunes, all taken from the Mega Man Power Battle arcade games. MM's 4-6 on the other hand, show the most benefit, as all the tunes are remixed. Skullman, my favorite MM theme, never sounded better, and all of MM6's music is just AWESOME now.
-One modernized improvement to the original NES games that all fans can appreciate is THE ABILITY TO CHANGE WEAPONS WITH THE L AND R BUTTONS.
-YOU CAN UNLOCK LOTS OF BONUSES BY BEATING EACH OF THE GAMES. This includes stuff like original artwork, music, and the two Power Battle arcade games. The best bonus of all though comes from beating MM8. I won't spoil what it is, but it is certainly a welcome, pleasant surprise to any fan.
-Speaking of MM8, THERE IS NOW NO LOADING TIME WHATSOEVER IN THIS GAME. In fact, there are no loading times on any of the games, only between the games themselves, which means more gameplay time.
-Mega Man: The Power Fighters is much better than the first game because you have more characters to play as, more options on stage select, more moves, and multiple endings depending on which characters you beat the game with.

NEGATIVES

-As much as I like the remixed music in MM1-3, it's kind of odd that only a few of the tunes are remixed. For instance, you're playing through Elecman's stage and hear the awesome new music, but when you reach the boss, it only plays the original music.
-At first, it's hard to get used to playing the NES games with the PS2 controller, but you'll get accustomed to it eventually.
-For some strange reason, the music in MM7 sounds very quiet in comparison to the other games.
-Mega Man: The Power Battle can be beaten in only 5 minutes if you rush through it. I'm not kidding.
-I didn't care much for the bonus music tracks you can unlock. They don't have anything to do with the series.

These are just a couple of gripes in an otherwise perfect game compilation. 5 Stars. You won't find any of the X games here, but perhaps that will be another collection released someday. Old fans of the series shouldn't hesitate purchasing this fine collection. If you're a newer gamer who only prefers 3D games with fancy graphics, then don't bother with this. However, if you're a newer MM fan who wonders how the series began, then it would be well worth your time to snag this stellar collection, as you've got TONS of gameplay time guaranteed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
I recently hauled out my old NES and SNES to play some old school games. Since I grew up on these machines, I really appreciate the simple controls and gameplay they offer, despite the stone age graphics and sound. I loved the original Mega Man series on the NES and just had to get this for PS2 when I heard it was coming out.

I played all 6 originals, but only owned 2 thru 5, so it is great to own those that I never had. After playing them again, I just can't believe how wonderful play control is in these original games. I don't think there are any games produced since with control this tight and crisp. I think the original 6 games have better control than 7 and 8.

Some notes on each game:

MM1-This game makes me realize why I don't get upset at games as much anymore. This game is so difficult and frustrating, I still haven't been able to finish it. No E-tanks, no slide, no Megabuster, just jump, run, and shoot.
MM2-This is the first Mega Man game I ever played as a kid. I loved it then and still love it now.
MM3-Probably my favorite of the original 6 games. The tunes are the most memorable. The stages where you face the MM2 robots are quite irritating.
MM4, MM5, MM6-All similar games, all very good but not quite as good as 2 and 3. 4 is probably most difficult, followed by 6 then 5.
MM7 and MM8-I had never played these in the past. I have played both a little, and they are not as good as the NES releases. More modern technology made these much more complicated than the originals. You can't just pick up and play them and expect to get very far.

This is overall a great collection, and I had been waiting for something like this probably since the original Playstation was released.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia kicks butt
Everywhere I've seen this game for sale it has never been more than thirty dollars for a brand-new copy. There's a reason for this phenomenon ... supply and demand. These games are not even close to high-tech by today's standards. The graphics have not been polished or redone in any way. The MegaMan experience is, indeed, quite the same as it has always been. And, let's face it, that might not appeal to everyone. Therefore, the game is cheap.

But for those whose gaming life began with the MegaMan games, this collection is pure heaven. The games, from the controls to the music to the graphics, are exactly the way they've always been. And you don't have to pull any cartridges out to blow the dust out of the connectors. (C'mon, you old-school gamers know EXACTLY what I'm talking about)

I'll be honest: Because of its old-school nature, the collection will NOT live up to the expectations of the younger generation. It will do little to win over anyone who's used to the more aesthetically-appealing games now produced. Don't get me wrong ... the newer games are fun in their own right. But let's not forget where those games came from. History is important, people!

I have comments about a few of the games in particular ---

MegaMan --- This has always been (and it continues to be) the most difficult in the series. No Energy Tanks and no password feature. Those damn cyclops-ish hopping things that can kill you in three or four hits. Those floating platforms on IceMan's stage that also shoot out of both sides have always given me hell. And now it seems that the "pause the game repeatedly to kill difficult bosses" trick no longer works. It didn't for me, at any rate. Still stands out as the starting point of a great franchise.

MegaMan 2 --- *sigh* This is the game that really got me hooked on this series. And even after ten years or so I could still remember what order the levels are supposed to go. Is that sad? I could even whistle along with some of the music.

MegaMan 4 --- ToadMan is too easy. Honestly, if you can't defeat him, you're a loser. Sorry to sound mean, but it's the frikkin' truth.

MegaMan 6 --- FlameMan, on the other hand, is a hard one. His stage and the 'bot himself. Ah, well.

It seems to me that the programmers were probably running out of ideas for the 'bots by the end of the series. I mean, how many names can a robot who is affiliated with fire have, really? FireMan, HeatMan, FlameMan. I guess it's better than the Fire Manatee or whatever it was that showed up in the MegaMan X series.

But I digress.

If you're familiar with the games from your days of youth, pick up this collection. It's a lot of fun to relive your childhood, and you won't even have to go to the hassle of dusting off that old RF adaptor. Hee hee.

4-0 out of 5 stars Retro Gaming at its best!
This is pure entertainment. Something about this nostalgia is incredible! Mega Man has never had any better adventures than in his 2-D sidescrolling world. This Megaman Anniversary collection depicts his first 8 adventures. The port is a re-release. Unchanged and untarnished.
The game centers on Megaman who is running around saving the world from the likes of Dr. Wiley. This is the foundation that Megaman was built off of. When your adventure begins you select one of many bosses to go and battle. Each time you battle a boss you get a special weapon for Megaman that allows him to use his techniques. Each boss has their own weakness and part of the strategy of beating Megaman is figuring out which boss is weak to what weapon as well as the order to find them in.

The graphics are the exact same as they were before. Even the weird glitches and such from the NES version are here. So it's all the same. If this bothers you then you may or may not enjoy Megaman Anniversary Edition.

There are a few changes though. Controls are now easier. There is a now a short cut in accessing Megamans arsenal so that you don't have to open the menu each time. The game also has an "auto-save" feature so that you don't have to wrtie down all the passwords and such.

This new version also includes bonuses. On the PS2 version you get an episode of the anime. Kind of nice but if you didn't like it it isn't much.

Pretty much a retro game. If you don't like retrogaming or 2D graphics then this collection isn't for you. ... Read more


19. Toca Race Driver 2: Ultimate Racing Simulator

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Publisher: Codemasters
Sales Rank: 1138
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20. The Suffering
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Asin: B000095ZH6
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1336
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • You are Torque in this horror themed 3rd-person action/adventure
  • Fight the reincarnated death row inmates of a hellish prison
  • Explore 9 levels with first- or third-person perspectives
  • Transform Torque into his monstrous alter ego
  • For 1 player

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great action horror. Surprise game of the year so far.
In an earlier review, I bashed this game saying it was just another survival horror wannabe like Fatal Frame and Clock Tower 3. Yeah I'm the guy who said stick with Resident Evil and Silent Hill. Well I take it all back, now I feel like a moron. I guess that's what happends when you judge a game before playing it.

The Suffering actually does evolve survival horror into a more action shooter based horror. The horror concept is also pretty original with a combinatin of gore, ghosts, and deformed creatures. Typical scary stuff, but the game is also disturbing in a rude and more thuggish manner with even some humor thrown in. Earlier Rockstar Games released Manhunt a game that was labeled as Resident Evil or survival horror for Grand Theft Auto fans and I think this game to can go under that catergory. It's better than RE: Outbreak, Fatal Frame 2, probably even Silent Hill 3, but Silent Hill is my cult favorite.

As far as the graphics and gameplay, it's very solid with a surprisly smooth control and feel to it. It's like Max Payne but 100 times smoother. Graphics are also impressive with awesome lighting effects. Sound is impressive, and despite what you'll hear from reviews the voice acting is very good and very funny, falls in right with the tone of the game.

How does the game compare to other horror games as far as scare factor? Well this is more of an action horror,so you should think more along the lines of Doom or something. It's not quite in the level of Silent Hill or Fatal Frame but it's got a very disturbing yet a bit humorous thuggish feel to it. The game also has some good extras like a behind the scenes look at the making of the game, along with a very good movie on the history of some of the worst and most barbaric prisons and methods of torture ever. This game really brings prison hell to life, it's the surprise of the year for me s far.

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid, horrific fun
The Suffering, Midway's much hyped about survival horror game, is solid, horrific fun from beginning to end. Playing as death row inmate Torque, the newest resident of an island prison, he is one of the few survivors of an attack by some horrific monsters in the prison. From then on, you take on a horde of ghastly creatures, while finding a few surviving inmates and guards as well; your choices determine one of the game's three different endings depending on your actions. Torque has plenty of different weapons to his disposal, and as his insanity meter rises, he can transform into his monstrous alter-ego. Besides a bit of a sloppy frame rate and some minor control and camera issues, The Suffering is a fun game, and does offer some replay value with the three different endings. It offers less on puzzle elements and more on bloody action than other games in the genre, which can be both good and bad depending on the gamer. Besides it's third person perspective, the game can also be played in a first person perspective, but that is practically useless when you have to see if something is attacking you from behind. The monsters are varied, albeit repetitive, and are designed reasonably well, while the graphics are solid PS2 fare. The sound is where The Suffering shines; with plenty of shrieks, screams, and everything else that makes survival horror games enjoyable. Be warned however, the game earns it's Mature rating as it is exceptionally violent and contains some of the harshest language to ever be found in a game (then again, considering this is a game revolving around prison inmates, is that a surprise?), but despite it's shortcomings, The Suffering is worth checking out for fans of the genre.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good game for The night.
This game is very awesome. The graphics and the story line are one of the best i have ever seen. The fact that you can switch from A FPS to an TPS is very cool and the alternate ending thing is very good. If your playing The suffering in the dark.... It will scare the crap out of you.It's fun and enjoyable.

5-0 out of 5 stars a disturbing action hit
the suffereing is based on a man by the name of Torque, who has jus been convicted of killing boht his wife and child. As he enters his cell block, he briefly meets his fellow inmates, before soemthing goes terribly wrong. The lights go out, and a horrific clicking noise fills the cells, followed by blood curdled screams, and then just plain blood, and now the action starts.

The suffereing really isn't one genre for sure, it's several. At one moment it takes the form of a great sction shooter, then the ambience takes over and puts you in mind of a survival horror title. Then you find out you can switch to first person shooter, and it becomes an FPS! That really is the charm of the suffering, its not one thing its many. Its packed with extras, action, and just plain ol' shooting fun.

As for the controls, they are what is to be expected from an action title, with primary use of the analog sticks and shoulder buttons. I did, however, find that doing a 180 degree turn was somewhat difficult, and often resulted in losing some health. When the game changes to an FPS, the transition is done so very well, with just one tap of the buton, you have changed your action title into a first person shooter, a great innovation that would be a welcome addition to many games these days.

The storyline is excellent since its outcome heavily relies on what you as player do. If your the type that loves to kill to get a laugh ina video game, then don't count on getting the good ending. This game has several situation in which you have the chance to help someone. Whether you help that person or not is up to you, but just keep in mind that whether you are good or bad will ultimately decide in the end whether you killed you wife and son or not!

The greatest part of this game that sets it apart from many others is the great ambience. The sound is great (especially if you have your system hooked up through a set of stereo speakers.) The graphics are amazong, and add that much more to the eerie setting.

In conclusion, the suffering is a very wel thought out game, but is a bit on the simple side. I am a fan of all survival horror genres, Resident evil, Silent hill, Fatal frame, it doesn't matter. While this game follows the framework of a survival horror game in no way shape or form, itstill manages to get that scare factor across quite well. If you feel like a change from the usual survival horror action, but still want to be scared in the same way, rent it, believe me thats all the time you'll need to beat it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Leads to places your mind could not think of
This was another one of my favorite games this year, as well as The Chronicles of Riddick. This game was awesome. Knowing that most of today's made games pretty much sucked when you expect them to be good like "Tenchu" really stupid game, Manhunt "really stupid game about sum guy named cash that well.....nvm this is different." I thought The Suffering was going to be a stupid silent hill game (resident evil rocks!) but it turned out this game was hella scary, fun and cool all at the same time, omg I chickend out at night because I was so damn scared, that I thought my house was cursed because the power went off the next day lol! This game delivered me the entertaiment that I needed, and Im happy to say that well... maybe not 50.00 would be worth the real deal, unless you take really long on video games, but renting is definitly worth the cost! Overall Rating Graphics:ok Gameplay:great Story:excellent and it makes you want more and more, blood. Plus the the bonus footage of the pentitentury jailhouse was amazing, go try it out! ... Read more


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