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1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old
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1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000067DPM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 127
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic takes place just a few years after the Mandolorian Wars, thousands of years before the events in the Star Wars movies we know and love. Two Jedi, master Revan and his apprentice Malak, led the Republic's forces to victory and pursued the Mandalorians into deep space only to return as Dark Jedi at the head of a huge fleet of Sith warships. Only the Force powers of the Jedi Bastila prevented the Sith from overwhelming the Republic's weakened forces. At the start of the game Malak has usurped control of the Sith by betraying Revan and has attacked the ship carrying Bastila and yourself. In true Star Wars style, the game begins with a bang.

The storyline could have been a standard coming-of-age yarn but is instead a genuinely interesting adventure told with humor, compassion, and respect for the source material. Your character has a mystical bond with Bastila, and the two of you share some kind of connection to the Sith villains Darth Malak and Darth Revan. The game's planet-hopping adventures are driven by your exploration of these connections and how they relate to your larger goal of discovering the source of the Sith's sudden fleet. During your adventure you can explore side quests minor (such as racing swoops or gambling) and major (such as uncovering the fascinating back stories of your companions). Star Wars fans will get a kick out of the rich lore introduced in the game, particularly the Tatooine storyline that reveals the origin and history of the Sand People.

Gameplay is an abbreviated form of Wizards of the Coast's d20 Star Wars RPG game system--anyone who has played Dungeons & Dragons will be familiar with the abilities, stats, feats, and bonuses in this game. The player creates a character as a member of one of three starting classes (soldier, smuggler, scout) and then later chooses a Jedi class (guardian, consular, sentinel). Joining the player's character are other Jedi, warriors, thieves, droids, a wookiee, and even a Mandolorian. Unlike the faceless non-player characters of other games, each member of the supporting cast has an intriguing history and even agenda. Up to two of these other characters can join your character at any time. Depending on who you chose to take with you, new dialogue and even intra-party arguments come into the game (put the Mandalorian veteran with the Republic patriot and you'll see sparks fly). Combat is real-time turn-based, meaning the turns are seamless but the player has the option of pausing the action at any time to issue orders or direct any character to use a certain Force power, ability, feat, or item.

Graphics range from adequate to exceptional. Building and character models are not impressive--about what you get in GTA 3. Lightsaber graphics and environmental effects (like waving grass, clouds, and weather) bring the world to life. Battles are just brilliant, with characters pumping out blaster fire at Jedi who dash, dodge, and even deflect the bolts back toward their assailants. Complete with sounds straight out of the movies, the thrilling combat is pure Star Wars.

All in all, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a masterpiece of Star Wars gaming. The pacing, balance of action and dialogue, clever puzzles and quests, and loving attention to detail have set the bar very high for role-playing games in general and Star Wars games in particular. Consider this a must-have game.--Mike Fehlauer

Pros:

  • Captivating storyline
  • Clever dialogue
  • Star Wars feel
  • True story and dialogue support for either Light Side or Dark Side play
  • Brilliant combat graphics
  • Fascinating characters (the loyal--and homicidal--droid HK-47 is truly unique)
Cons:
  • Occasional bugs in dialogue, movie playback
  • Cannot transfer equipped gear between characters while on your ship
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Reviews (383)

5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping
It is not a good idea to start playing Knights of the Old Republic if you have other things to do or if you're behind on your sleep schedule. This is the sort of game that sucks you in and compels you to keep playing long after you really should have gone to bed.

The graphics are decent, but nothing to write home about. The control scheme is simple but effective. But where this game really shines is in its storyline. Multiple interlocking ministories weave around the main tale, the saga of your character and his struggles to retrieve the Star Maps and defeat the Dark Lord Malak, while coming to terms with... well, I won't spoil it. Play the game and love it.

The Star Wars universe translates very cleverly into an RPG world. Feats of skill mesh more or less seamlessly with Jedi powers allowing amazing flexibility in character development while remaining controllable. The game does suffer from a mild lack of balance: Jedi characters are so much more powerful than non-Jedi that I rarely interacted with the rest of my party once I had it full of Jedi. But this is a marginal defect in a stellar game.

The game supports content download via Xbox Live. As of this writing there is no extra content, but I hope Bioware gets some up soon. This game left me hungry for more, and I'll be first in line to buy the sequel.

5-0 out of 5 stars It Really Doesn't Get Much Better Than This in Console Games
Let's get right to the point ... this game is one of the top 2 or 3 console titles produced to date, period. Hype? Not at all. It's simply a wonderful gaming experience start to finish.

Disclaimer -- I am not a huge fan of console gaming, I tend to prefer PC games. However, this game is an outstanding example of what a console game *can* be when it's done right, and boy what a ride this one is.

The game is hard to categorize. It's technically a RPG following the D20 pen-and-paper Star Wars Role Playing Game rules and system presented by Wizards of the Coast, which closely follows the new DnD rules. However, the game plays more like an interactive movie than a typical RPG .. there is combat, but this isn't a predominantly hack-and-slash game. It's a great search, explore, find type of game, with a wonderful rendering of the Star Wars galaxy environment, and frankly the best dialogue and character interaction I have seen in a computer/console RPG-type game. The storlyline and characters are deep, compelling and they draw you in ... you begin to really care about what is happening, about the story that is developing, and it is not the banal story often slapped on to a RPG as a colorful backdrop for endless combat scenes, but a real cinematic-type story.

I would go as far as to say that this game justifies purchasing an X-Box, if you don't own one. It's really that good. And if you own an X-Box, obviously you have to have this game -- it's the best one out there for that, or any other, console platform.

5-0 out of 5 stars To be blunt, this game is simply phenomenal.
Ah, the realm of Star Wars... Filled with so many good - and bad *cough hayden christensen cough* things. And to not name Knights of the Old Republic amongst the good should be punishable by law. To be blunt, this is game is simply phenomenal.

As it should be in any good RPG, KotOR features an insanely good plotline. You'll begin your journey at one of three "professions." Soldier, Scout or Scoundrel - all either male or female. It's up to you as to whether you'd like to customize each aspect of your character or just have the computer create a quick one for you. You're stationed on a Republic Battle cruiser - the Endar Spire. From here, it's up to you to escape your doomed ship and make it off to Taris - the planet you're in orbit around.

Right from the first minutes of the game, you're choosing your side - or path if you will - which will ultimately result in your fate and place in the galaxy. It comes down to you to choose through your actions and dialogue whether you will side with the Republic - or the Sith.

Those who are not very familiar with RPGs (as I've noticed in some of the other reviews) sometimes find the combat style of Knights to their disliking. I myself am a fan of first person shooters like Halo. You'll soon find that Knights in the COMPLETE opposite of Halo when it comes to combat. Combat is turn based and auto- targeting and while you might formulate a picture of a slow tedious time watching the computer aim, fire,miss aim, fire, hit... it's quite the contrary. Utterly unlike Halo, combat doesn't resolve around pumping your opponent with as much lead as fast as possible (which is awesome, don't get me wrong) but around strategy. You main characters and accompanying party members each wield different skills. A Jedi might use a skill like force choke to mercilessly drain the life from an opponent while a soldier might use grenades and the rapid fire skill to take out targets. Trust me, if you're willing to try it and get into the game, combat is far from a con.

On top of the stellar storyline, combat, and the ability to decide how the game's going the end - Knights wields additonal positives. One thing I was impressed about right off the bat - before I even got into the storyline - was the sound and graphics. The voices of each of the main characters are performed by actors who do a great job with tone and rate. The sound of a lightsaber springing to life or a blaster going off are instantly recognizable. On one particular planet, you can hear the breeze blowing across the plains. The music is decent. The most important things is that it doesn't get really annoying after a lot of gameplay time. It changes accordingly during exploring time and time spent in combat. The graphics are impressive. Those displayed during the various movie clips are better than the in-game ones, though the in-game graphics are still satisfactory.

Finally - plus the graphics and sound, Knights features great replayability - something that sometimes hard to find in XBox games. The variation of games you can play are stunning. You might play your first game as the Light Side male soldier while you take a couple side quests because you're still getting the hang of things. Then you may go back and play the game as a Dark Side female scoundrel with a completely differnt set of powers and storyline. You may take a few more side quests - opening up further possibilities. Depending on the side quests you take, game might anywhere from 24 hours to 40 hours.

Overall, I'd go back and shell out $100 dollars for this game. I can't say enough about it - as is obvious by the above.

Hope I've helped give you some insight into one of the best games I've ever played! (BTW, look for the sequel on December)

1-0 out of 5 stars I even hate Star Wars RPGs!!
I'm a big Star Wars fan and I love Star Wars games (Shadows of the Empire, Clone Wars, Episode 1 Racer, Jedi Academy, etc.) but KOTOR is awful!! Like the other negative reviewers, I agree the computer does the work for you, has limited mobility, and is too wordy. You have to switch characters alot to get doors open at the beginning and you rarely fight. When you do, the game asks you if you want to fight, and when you do, the game locks the target for you (often misses) and the part that pisses me off the most, its turn-based fighting. I was really frustrated with the game play and all of the wordy stories from people you run into. I realised this was an RPG and I quit immediately afterwards. I'm glad I only rented this instead of shelling out $50. I'm also glad that I have Clone Wars for XBOX and Shadows of the Empire for my N64. For non-Star Wars games, I suggest Halo, MechAssault, Red Faction 2, and Turok 2:Seeds of Evil. I'd play Shadows of the Empire anyday over KOTOR!!

One of the best!!
This game is one of the best games ever made, I've been playing video games for many years and i am pretty picky about the ones i buy and praise. But i bought this game as soon as it came out. Even if you are not a star wars fan you will love this game. not only for the story line but for the features as well. It treads the line of 3rd perspn shooter to Rpg extremely well. ... Read more


2. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000AHOOX
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 133
Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Help Spongebob and friends stop Plankton's evil plot to take over the world
  • 3 playable characters: SpongeBob, Patrick or Sandy
  • Crazy maneuvers like Tongue Boarding, Underwear Bungee Jumping
  • 10 huge 3D environments to explore
  • For 1 player

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars FUN and FUNNY, This game is GREAT ! ! !
SPONGEBOB: THE BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM(XBOX)...Apparently there are some people that have never seen the show or played the game and feel compelled to give this game bad reviews. Well let me say it is undeserved. This game is TRULY FANTASTIC. There is beautiful scenery and it's easy enough for the little ones to play, not to mention it's extremely fun. I'm 36 and find it lots of fun. It's not marketed for adults but, if you have kids, you'll sneak in a few minutes here and there, I guarantee it.
The colors are sharp and crisp. The frame-rate is perfect, not a lick of slow-down. It has a neat 3-D look to it(it's cool seeing a 3 Dimensional SpongeBob). My only complaint is it's only for 1 player. They fell way short on that aspect. However, it's teaching my two kids to take turns and they are doing a great job at it. So I give it back the star I deducted.
Overall, this game is great for kids of all ages and I highly recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars OHHHHhH, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
I wouldn't normally review a childrens game, but this is one of the best platformers ever! Now, I don't play too many games for kids, but I like Spongebob. He is always sooo happy. As proof that I don't play kids games, the latest game I've bought is Serious Sam, and I have been playing Halo for at least a year now.

The few things that hit me the wrong way were pretty serious. Firstly, Mermaid Man was not played by the same guy who does him usually and so was Mr. Krabs. That saddened me. Another thing was that it was just really easy up until I hit 50 or so golden spatulas. It was aggravating to me as a gamer, and probably all of the kids who bought this that it got so hard. You have to be anally punctual on every single jump, and I soon found myself cursing up a storm. For more cursing watch me play Mario Party....

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun/Hard
I purchased this game for my 5yr old niece.She likes it alot.But,I have to help her get around some of the more difficult obstacles,like jumping from platform to platform.I would say this is a difficult game for young children (and adults)but it's still alot of fun playing.Well,we only have 26 golden spatulas and need to find 14 more to got to Krusty Krabs so I better get back to the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars SpongeBob
This game is really fun. The whole family, ages 4-40 are enjoying it. The only thing I would change on this game is how many saves you can have, it has 3, we need 1 more.

I Loved It!
My daughters are 6 and 5 and they love this game. They love switching from SpongeBob to Patrick to Sandy. There are many missions and they look forward to earning golden spatulas. My seven year old will not leave this game alone. She likes this game more than watching cartoons. The only draw back is that it is only one player. However, the graphics are great and I actually enjoy watching her play. ... Read more


3. WWE Raw 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008DHNY
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 916
Average Customer Review: 3.48 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (85)

2-0 out of 5 stars this game is a joke
wwe raw 2 is the most messy unrealized unpolished and generally unfinished wrestiling game out on the market in these days. while raw 2 scores with the varations of gameplay the styilish arenas and up to date wretelers and modes it lacks one very important thing. ahh what could that very important thing be you might ask. well WRESTILING. THE WRESTILING IN WWE RAW 2 IS JUST ....... all the wrestiling is unlife like clunky and not realistic whatsoever. wwe raw 2 is just too slowpaced all the moves are delivered many seconds after you execute them. the slowpaced style horrible move set and dumb ai make this game just to weak to have fun with. its all the more disappointing after playing smackdown here comes the pain. raw 2 has lots of match modes but if the actuaul wrestling sucks it dosent matter what mode your in beleive me. the season mode is just unintresting it dosent really make use of that monday night spirit of raw you get every week. and judging by the ack of bad wrestiling and poor season modes. this isnt exactly a can of whoop .... i have kind of mixed feelings about the games graphics. the wresteler animations are excellent they reallyare all realistic looking. all the wrestelers are just fantastically well done and exploding in color. but the wresteler animations dont complete the package. what i mean by that is that the arena animations are just horrible. there plain unatractive and not up to date at all. in the long run this game is poor with its awful execusion slow paced wrestiling style etc. if you have a ps2 you better not even think about getting this. the thought somebody would pay 30 dollars for a mess like this is beyond my understanding. if you have a ps2 no doubt get here comes the pain it is a lot better. and looks like a game whos company gave a damm the way it would look.

5-0 out of 5 stars ALMOST PERFECT
Everything in the game was perfect!!!! On the next raw game you game creator people you should have a choice for if you wanted to be the general manager of raw so they make the matches!! If that happened that would make it perfect and it would definately sell more!!!!!!!! Anyway it was a good game just do what I said PLEASE!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars wwe raw the best wrestling game
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THIS IS THE ONE THIS IS THE ASS KICKER GAME Y YOU WANT A GOOD WRESTLING GAME THIS IS THE ONE YOU LIKE IF YOU HAVE XBOX DONT GET SHOWDOWN LEGENDS OF WRESTLING BECAUSE IT IS REALLY BAD THIS GAME RULES

4-0 out of 5 stars Still Alittle more room to improve
After playing this game, I felt that it is definitely an improvement over the first "RAW" title on XBOX. However, there could still be a little more improvement made to enhance the game. The good part of the game: more wrestlers, you can find most of the wrestlers wrestling in this time to be in the game and the good thing is you can edit their costume to update them. GREAT GREAT CAW mode, RAW 1's create a wrestler mode was definitely lacking, you creat big ugly looking wrestlers that just look like real wreslter wresling a doll, in this model NO MORE, you can upload your own music and make your own Titantron, although in that field it was still a tiny bit lacking because there is only certain moves you can show in the titantron. Moves: there were alot new moves added, and even if you are creating a wrestlers whose move is not in the selection, you can probably find something like it. Now the downside, there are still UGLY UGLY models of wrestlers in the game. Triple H was ugly in RAW 1, they have fixed that problem but if you look at the noses of Billy Kidman and Goldberg in this game you would think Triple H in RAW 1 model was actually detailed. Lack of variety of matches: RAW 2 definitely has more types of matches than RAW 1 where it was either Pin only, submission only, and hardcore, but RAW 2 still just stuck with the most basic of basics of matches (table, ladder, tlc, hell in a cell, cage, handicap, battle royal, and royal rumble) they did not come up with anything creative like Smack Down did. Stupid AI: sometimes computer gives you a good match, other times computer stands around and look at you, other times when you almost beat the opponent they charge at you with rampage of attacks that will keep you down, other times they just pin you OVER and OVER and OVER and OVER AGAIN! Ladder Matches are also very difficult to win (TAP LIKE CRAZY!)Sound: there still isnt any commentary, the annoying music in the back is irritating, and the wrestlers somewhat sound alike. Storyline: there basically isnt a story line, the part where it says wrestlers personalities tells it all, you find ones with opposite personalities and it is real hard to challenge someone to a match right off the top. Overall, this still brings the thrill of a wrestling game, but it is still lacking in some fields, but it still cuts it if you are just playing matches not trying to discover features.

Graphics: 7.5
Sound: 7.0
Gameplay: 9.0
Storyline: (not much storyline so Ima skip this catagory)
Replay Value: 9.0
Overall: 8.125

4-0 out of 5 stars Not that bad!!!
C'mon guys, this game isn't that bad. Sure, Smackdown kicks its ass, but still its better the Wrestlemania, give that much credit. The graphics could be better, but they arent horrific, and the souund and match-types aren't bad either. If you have a Ps2, get Smackdown, but if you have an X-Box and settle for it, you can rent raw 2 first. Rent it before buying! Wrestlemania gets old and boring, however Day of REckoning is gunna be kick-ass, even though Smackdown 6 will whip their ass again!!! ... Read more


4. Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008G886
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 946
Average Customer Review: 4.08 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (37)

3-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but falls short on character and plot.
In a nutshell, it's AD&D wiggled into the Gauntlet package.

Pros:
Good multiplayer game if you've several friends with 3-5 days of free time.
Also fun as a single player game.
Lots of powers to buy up and further diversify each character.

Cons:
Despite the diversity of skills/powers that can be bought up, it all boils down to "look at my new trick for doing/avoiding damage."
Linear gameplay with no means of exploring or jumping ahead.
Gets repetitive fast.
Low replay value.

Finish the game in 3-4 days of solid playing.
Zero character development. Total hack n' slash.
There is no actual story/plot beyond "go kill X again." Yawn.
Mini-adventures/quests are equally linear and inconsequential. Double yawn.
Standing around aimlessly while waiting to heal up.
Backstory is so ridiculous as to be laughable.*

* The backstory has the four heroes killing the Bad Guy centuries ago. But as the Bad Guy is dying in this fight, he gets off a spell that 1) kills all the characters and 2) destroys their weapons by shattering their magic into 20 shards which are then dispersed to multiple planes of existence. Hello? If the guy is so powerful as to be able to cast something like that as he's dying, why didn't he do that right when the heroes walked through the door? It's just outright bad story.

So while the game is entertaining most of the time (the first time through), it becomes tedious in places and won't be one that you go back and play time and time again. Lack of any plot/story makes it a combat-only game rather than an engaging epic, which is the heart of the AD&D gaming system.

I'll be selling my copy after I've loaned it to some friends to play.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good waste of MY time
I played the demo from Xbox mag and liked this right off the bat.
As for the actual game I played, sorry to say I can't 100% agree with other assessments of the graphics. The water and fire is what catches your eye but the boxy (classic D&D) style dungeons made me drop my rating a step.

Monsters: Are pretty much slightly modified repicas per level. ie some skeletons are archers, some are fighters and some more like rogues. This makes for modified tactics on your part.

Bosses: Pretty easy to figure out. Even the Final Boss isn't that bad.

Story line: YES it is weak but I don't see these whiners making games for Atari. The story line forces you to follow one path to your goal but you can always go back to past places to rack up a few XP or gold.

I played all 4 characters and found it pretty much fun each time.

Bad: It should have allowed you to add players in a single player mode if you already finished the game with other characters. ie If I already finished with the fighter, when I play with the Rogue, I should be able to add the fighter to my party as a NPC and so on.

I had fun and so should you.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Diablo Clone
I need to preface this with saying that I love D&D, and I love fighting through dungeons. Any game that lets you set the character's armor and weapons makes me happy.

I really liked D&DH when I started playing it, but it became repetitive after the first few hours. I finished it, but quickly traded it in. Read on for the reasons why...

You are one of a band of heroes raised from the dead to fight an evil warrior you defeated years before. His power is legendary, and it is believed that only you (and your friends, if you are playing multiplayer) can defeat this undead hellion. He has, of course, unleashed a pride of monsters upon the various worlds you must travel to find his lair.

Characters
The characters in this game are good, keeping in tune with traditional D&D classes. I played through as the human Warrior (I mean ''Fighter''), my hack-'n'-slash favorite. You can also choose from Rogue, Wizard, or Cleric. Other than the players, the NPCs are well animated, but their character development is pretty two-dimensional.

Bad Guys, Monsters, and [SPOILER]s, Oh My!
Ok, I won't spoil my favorite part of the game for you. Let me just say that some of the monsters that appeared brought back some great PC/earlier console memories. There's nothing better than beating a monster easily that has kicked your backside before, and there is plenty of this in this game. The monsters are well animated, and have decent sound effects. It would be nice if there was additional variation within levels (rather than just among levels), but overall there are is a wide variety to kill.

In other graphic/sound areas: The NPC voices are good, and well cast. The animations for fighting and spell casting are nice, but are not unique to D&DH.

Will This Gather Dust?
I traded it in after finishing it in one week, so it might be gathering dust at the store -- I don't know! I have absolutely no desire to play it again, because the repetitive hacking and slashing became tiresome the FIRST time through. Only about 20 hours worth of playing time, but I only played through as the Fighter (thank goodness)! There is nothing new in this game, but that may not be a bad thing, depending on your taste...

Overall Recommendation:
If you like Diablo, you'll like this.
If you liked playing earlier D&D games, you'll like this.
If you like pushing one button to attack and another, occasionally, to use a health potion, you'll like this.

4-0 out of 5 stars 20 hours of fun
This game, while worth the 20 hours my brother and I spent on it disappointed us in the end. Perhaps if we had played on the toughest skill level it would have been more challenging. The objective was reached without much trouble in a "hack and slash" style. Disappointing ending for a pretty good game.

5-0 out of 5 stars ok, but needs some work...
this gamer was great except for on multy player when you walk away from each other it zoomes out so far you can't see any action. And another down drop in it is that the characters can only use their appointed weapon. the warrior can only use sword weapons. the rogue can only use daggers, the wizard, staff weapons, and the dwarf, hammers and ax's. so really if you like having a selection of weapons with any tupe of character, this RPG is not for you. ... Read more


5. UFC: Tapout 2
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00008L41T
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: TDK Mediactive
Sales Rank: 2605
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Sequel to UFC: Tapout, developed exclusively for the Xbox
  • Over 35 real UFC fighters, the most mixed martial arts brawlers in any UFC game to date
  • Redesigned animation system gives fighters more life-like movements
  • Career mode allows players to create their own fighters using a wide variety of body types, clothing, faces, and hairstyles
  • For 1 or 2 playersB00002S64N

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars UFC TAPOUT 2
UFC TAPOUT 2 is not as good as the first one for xbox. What I really like about the first one was the sound effects their is nothing like the sound of someone's arm breaking.I was so disapointed iI sold it the same day. Trust me don't waste your money

2-0 out of 5 stars ???
This game looks great, but the gameplay (in my opion) could really use work. The matches are WAY to short. It's a little too shallow for my blood. ButI don't know you so rent it, cause YOU might like it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Awesome graphics,bad animation, worse gameplay
After playing Pride FC for my PS2, I was excited to play UFC Tapout 2 for my Xbox. For sure, it would be just as fluid and smooth as Pride FC, but with much better graphics. I was right about the graphics. The graphics are amazing at the least. The fighters cast shadows on each other, and the outlines of the fencing cascade over the fighters, as does the referee's. But that's pretty much it. The animation of the fighters is very stiff and choppy. While the skin textures and facial features of the fighters look realistic, their bodies seem to be just a little out of proportion. Vitor Belfort looks like a dwarf. The fighters move around in the octagon in an identical manner, and all their punches and kicks look the same. The game's AI is horrendous, and you can beat just about every fighter in the exact same way. There is a new fighting position, which is the side amount, but it offers no advantage to either fighter, as they can both deliver equally devastating knees from the bottom or the top. There are hardly any moves or counters. Also, the create-a-fighter is a joke. You cannot customize the combos AT ALL, and you are only given a selection of heads and clothing that you cannot alter. You can't change the skin tones or the hair style, which is the least any create-a-fighter system can do. Instead, you have maybe a hundred different faces that really all look the same; they just have different hair cuts and slightly different skin tones. For most arcade fans, this game will be satisfying enough because the graphics are just undeniably impressive. For most gamers who do not really understand the essence of mixed martial arts, this is a decent game. But for MMA purists like myself, this game is a huge disapointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars UFC Tapout 2 - Best Fighting Game Ever!
Information:
Release: 21/3/2002
Format: Microsoft Xbox
Genre: Real Fighting
Developer: Dream Factory
Publisher : Crave Entertainment
Number of Players: 1- 2 players
ESRB: Teen (Anticipated)

Ufc Tapout 2 is the best fighting game ever, and it is only on Xbox. It has a unique fighting style and is great. Its more of a Mortal Kombat fighting game than a wrestling game, and has a full UFC lisence with all the best fighters. It is just like the real thing, fighting in a cage (The Octogan) untill a fighter taps out or is knocked out. This is a great game for fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and has many playing modes. UFC Tapout 2 is the sequel to the award winning UFC Tapout, and Tapout 2 is much better than the first so you can bet its going to GREAT!

Here is a list of some of the features os the game:

The sequel to OXM's Editor Choice Award, UFC: Tapout, developed exclusively for the Xbox™ video game system from Microsoft.

A brand new, redesigned model and animation system will result in fighter models with more points of articulation, and movements will appear more fluid and life-like.

Real-time mesh deformation - when players move and flex their muscles, you'll see the skin move and ripple with them.

Over 35 real UFC fighters, the most mixed martial arts brawlers in any UFC game to date, including UFC stalwarts Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddell, and B.J. Penn. Several new fighters, such as current UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante will also be making their debut in UFC: Tapout 2

With improved AI, fighters will behave even closer to their real life counterparts, use more attack combos and grappling, use more counter and reverse moves, and be much more aggressive overall than in the previous version.

The fan favorite Tournament Mode returns in Tapout 2, where up to eight human and/or computer controlled fighters battle in an open weight free for all.

The Career Mode continues to expand, allowing players to create their own fighters from scratch, using a wide variety of body types, clothing, faces and hairstyles. Through training and sparring against computer-controlled opponents, players will develop an ever-increasing repertoire of moves and abilities.

An improved interface, enhanced sound, a new music soundtrack with a customizable play list and the ability to play ripped music from the Xbox hard drive

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5-0 out of 5 stars [Great!]
Wow....the Best fighting game on XBOX period. So real that it hurts....:) my thumb....:) Great Game, UFC rules! ... Read more


6. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009ZVHU
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 450
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features rich characters and white-knuckle action
  • Plot offers more twists than even the exotic, elaborate castle featured in the game
  • Takes place in a 3-D world that players can view in varying camera modes
  • Script by Jordan Mechner, creator of the original Prince of Persia classic
  • For 1 player

Reviews (58)

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS GAME IS A MUST haVE...
...THIS GAME IS SWEET THE GRAPHICS ARE OUTRAGOIUS GAME OF THE YEAR FOR ME EVERYONE ON TV AND ROOMERZ SAY THIS GAME GETS A 10 I PLAYED IT IT GETS A 10 FOR ME NEW CAMERA ANGLES NEVER SEEN IN A GAME BEFORE GOOD JOB PRINCE OF PERSIA DO SLOW MOTION FIGHTING WALK OVER WALLS THE GAME IS SOO SWEET I NEVER HEARED A BAD THING ABOUT IT YET...GRAPHICS: GETS A MAGNIFICENT 10 THIS GAME HAS THE BEST GRAPHICS OF 2003...SOUND: AWESOME SOUND GETS A 9 WELL ITS LIEK PRINVE MUSIC WHAT DO YOU EXPECT GET LOW!!...>CONTROLS: GREAT CONTROLS THEY GET A 9.5 I WAS EXPECTINE VERY BAD CONTROLS BUT THEY WERE GREAT!! V1 NAAAAA

CONCEPT: YOUR THE PRICE OF PERSIA SEARCHING FOR THE SANDS OF TIME WHICH MAKES YOUR GO IN SLOW MOTION AND REWIND TIME FOR EXAMPLE YOU DIE USE THE SANDS OF TIME AND REWIND TIME AT LEAT 5 TIMES AND RESTART AND TRY TO BEAT WHAT YOU GOT KILLED ON!

REPLAY VALUE: UM A AWESOME 9: YOU WILL BE PLAYING THIS ALLT HE TIME THE TV SAID HOW RE YOU GONNA PLAY ANOTHER AGME AGAIN ME I SAY THATS A LIE THE GAME SORTA GETS BORING AFTER AWHILE THATS MY OPNION...

5-0 out of 5 stars good, but confusing
This game is perfect until the wierd sand monsters show up. I mean if you hit them 1,000 times with your sword and dagger, they won't die! You have to flip over them(which looks like its from the matrix)hit to the ground, then suck the life out of'em.But after awile, you get the hang of it and its really fun. I think its cool when you get killed, you can just rewind time to the piont where you're alive.Slow motion is also cool. But only use it when you die, because the only way to get some more is to go to a save piont or get a sand cloud. At some points in the game it gets so frustrating on how to beat the level. But heres a tip, pay atten tion when you're saveing, because it gives you tips on how to beat a level. I rate the game like this;

Graphics 10 out of 10
These graphics are incredible!!!! They makes you feel like you're actualy in the game. Trust me, do not skip any cut-scenes because the graphics are the best in them.

Game Play 8 out of 10
The fighting is this is exilent! The only problem is puzzles and geting past traps is at least 1/4 of the game. If you're not so good with that stuff,get a guide.

Sound 9 out of 10
The sound is awsome!! you can here every sword clash, every moan when you suck the life out of the monsters,and while you're playing there's usually a little tune.

Replay-ability 10 out of 10
Once you've played the game about 30% through, or you're stuck, start a new game. It will be a lot easyer once you've gotten past a lot of the hard puzzles its a breaze.

2-0 out of 5 stars Paulie
This game is amazingly EASY. Save yourself the cash and rent it for a couple bucks if you really want to try it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Well, I don't share your enthusiasm, but......
I am the kind of gamer who absolutely requires, in this order for a great game: a good plot, good controls/gameplay, and good graphics. This game, in my opinion, falls short on at least 2 of these.

The plot is sort of neat, but it really feels more "in the background" than anything else. Nothing terribly exciting happens that you couldn't predict, but it is nicely done. I especially like the fact that he's telling the story, and its funny to hear him go, "no no, that isn't what happened...". Nonetheless, the story is addicting and you really feel like the prince.

The controls were hard to become accustomed to, but they ended up being great. Since the combat is fairly unique (the sand people have only one weakness--dagger of time), it takes a while to learn your abilities, but they are very neat. The gameplay IS SO LINEAR YOU COULD CHOKE. This is by and large the most annoying failure of the game. There is only way to go, and only one way to do it. You'll be running, jumping, swinging, climbing, dodging, shimmying, etc. the whole game. Whereas I do agree with someone else's review that this you feel great pulling these things off at ease, it gets tedious and repetitive. It never gets more difficult, the only difference between the beginning and end of the game is harder battles and usually timed switches. You cannot have a great game built off the concept: jump the gap, pull a switch, lame partner jumps a hole, pulls a switch, repeat repeat repeat.

The game is also too short. It really is a better rental, as it can easily be beaten in 3-4 days (if that). The major point is the graphics and sheer fun you have performing the acrobatics. The game is immensely fun despite these setbacks, and the scenery is indeed beautiful. You should definitely play it.

For those who care, it is also nice to know that the game is not that violent. You can only call it gore if you count flying sand as gore. The battles are hard, but the rest is easy, appealing to younger and less experienced gamers. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars good game without a glitch
well, well, well.........when i first saw this title I was a little
hesitent..but i picked it up for 30 bucks and found out that it was
really good, only thing is that there are a few terriblly hard boss
battles and a few MINOR glitches....the only two things are that the controls are a little off at times and the camera is very aggrevating at times......but the thing that makes me mad was, well at a point in the game you will need to leave a person on a platform that holds a door open and if something is not done properly your game will fail and you will have to start over (after a few hours of gameplay) but it does include pop, and pop2
that you can play if the cryteria is met ... Read more


7. Barbie Horse Adventures: Wild Horse Rescue
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009NH6D
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 1297
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Help Barbie and friends find the missing horses
  • Take a 3D horse riding adventure avoiding obstacles while you search
  • Explore the trails on horseback or on foot
  • Search through 5 stunning areas
  • For 1 player

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars My 6-year old loves it
My 6-year old received this CD as a gift for Christmas. She loves horses, she loves Barbies, and she loves computers. What better combination! She was hooked from the first minute we tried the game. She wanted to play it for HOURS and I had to limit her PC time. It was easy for her to master. It took a while to play it all the way through the first time, and now that she has mastered it, she just enjoys changing the outfits and horse colors and playing certain pieces of it. I would not recommend this game for under 5 years old.

2-0 out of 5 stars If you want a cute game for girls, get Mario Kart, not this.
Obviously, this game was made for little girls, but there's better games out there that might appeal to girls without insulting their intelligence.

I'm actually exaggerating a bit, this game is not nearly as bad as it could have been. Most of the gameplay is built on riding your horse, which borrows a lot from the Zelda 64 riding engine. Once you get off your horse though to look for runaway horses, watch out. Barbie is slow on her feet and can't run, which can get very annoying. There are also side activities, like unlocking outfits and washing your horse, which is as rudimentary as using the cursor brush to move over a horse.

But overall this game sucks. If you want to buy a game for your sister/daughter/niece, get her a real game with quality gameplay, like Mario Kart Double Dash or Super Monkey Ball.

BORING
allthough I don't like barbies, I tried a demo of it(my sister wants to see it) And all you do is keep running to catch horses and that's all

5-0 out of 5 stars My 5 yr old daughter LOVES this game!
She can't get enough of it! If you have a daughter that loves horses and Barbie, this is a must have!

Great for young girls
My 5/6 year old daughter can't get enough of this game. Great to see a game any parent can approve for a young child. I highly recommend this game as an alternative to the fast violence in most other games. ... Read more


8. Midway Arcade Treasures

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Asin: B0000AHOYP
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway Entertainment
Sales Rank: 880
Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Over 20 classic arcade favorites
  • Includes Spyhunter, Gauntlet, Defender and Joust
  • DVD content with creator and developer interviews
  • DVD also includes 80's music
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic FUN!
The controller set up is excellent! Some people complain that in multi-players games like Gauntlet & Ramapge you can't select the player, they are wrong. In the game option you can select any player you want to be, you can be any player from any socket and you can save the settings. In the Gamecube version you have to switch sockets, so XBOX version is better designed.

Smash TV looks just like the arcade on XBOX! I have the Gamecube version too and Smash TV didn't look so good.... The resolution is noticeable higher and cleaner on XBOX. Midway Arcade Treasures on Xbox rules!

4-0 out of 5 stars Bring back the memories!
Really, $20 for 20 old style arcade games. Are you kidding me?! The purchase price is worth Gauntlet, Marble Madness and Spy Hunter alone. This set of arcade classics includes every popular game from Midway you can imagine, including the insanely popular Defender and Joust.

I grinned from ear to ear when I popped this in the Xbox and told my son that I used to pay .25 to play these games. He just kind of chuckled and looked at me all strange.

Marble Madness was and still is my all time favorite arcade game and it is true to form in this port to the Xbox. Actually every game I've played on it is true to the old school arcades.

For $20 you can't go wrong with this purchase. That is only $1 a game! You will be playing it for hours and hours.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read Darth Fluffy's review.
Darth Fluffy is da king of da world ho ho ho. he likes dis
can't wait for Midway Arcade 2 with Mortal Combat 1 2 and 3
and Wizard of Wor! Weeeeeeee! Bug yuggie yuggie!! I'm an
astronaut! Slabadoo!

5-0 out of 5 stars AwEsOmE OLD SCHOOL ARCADE FUN! 24 games in 1!
Dream come true! This collection is so awesome, let the tears of joy flow. These old school arcade games are super fun with solid logic, gameplay, mind stimulation, action, challenge, and entertainment. The 24 games are: Spy hunter, defender, defender 2, gauntlet, joust, joust 2, paperboy, rampage, robotron 2084, smash tv, bubbles, roadblasters, blaster, rampart, sinistar, super sprint, marble madness, 720*, toobin', klax, splat!, satan's hollow, vindicators, and root beer tapper!
This game is the best of all 'classic aracde collection games'. You get both QUALITY AND QUANTITY! It also includes game histories, developer interviews, and top-secret documents.

My favorite games:
Gauntlet - Unlimited quarters ruin the game
Paperboy - Fun but hard, the street hazards are hilarious
Ramapge - Fun, destroy buildings and eat people, multi-players
Smash TV - Fun! Lots of carnage. Like the movie "Running Man', multi-players
KLAX - Fun puzzle tetris/columns type game.
Super Sprint - Fun! No steering wheels? Feels more like radio control than driving with joystick, still fun, multi-players
720* - Fun!! I like this more than Tony Hawk 4, seriously!
Root Beer Tapper - Fun! The gameplay and concept is classic!

These games are more fun than most modern games. This is a MUST HAVE for all classic old school arcade lovers! If you want to play REAL video games then try this too. THANK YOU MIDWAY! Can't wait for volume 2!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice oldies collection
This game disc has many of the oldies that you ancient folks, like me, will remember playing at the arcade. They are basically reproduced as we remember them. Amazing how we lived in the stone ages isn't it? Still there is much fun to be had and memories to stoke. The original version of Gauntlet is worth its weight in quarters. Have fun with this and you won't be dissapointed. ... Read more


9. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006JZQZ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 1293
Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell grants players access to the highest echelons of national security, where shadowy operatives have the freedom to do whatever it takes to safeguard America. The player controls Sam Fisher, a field operative of a secretive black-ops NSA subagency called Third Echelon. Sam Fisher is geared up to infiltrate high-security strongholds, seize critical intelligence, destroy threatening data, and neutralize the enemy--all without leaving a trace. ... Read more

Reviews (311)

5-0 out of 5 stars SMOKES METAL GEAR SOLID SUBSTANCE, PERIOD
Anyone who would think for a moment that MSG is better than Splinter Cell is just a fanboy troll. One hour playing Splinter Cell and the improvements are obvious. More moves, better story, better more realistic gadgets, FAR superior graphics engine with excellent light effects, better voice acting using REAL voice actors and it's totally addictive. This game features a great training mission so you can get the handle of the controls very easily. The missions are cool and you can do just about anything. Rapel down buildings, grab enemies and drag them off, interrogate them, use them as human shields in shootouts, climb up down or across pipes, hand pick locks (not just some time delay, it shows you the tumbler and you actually have to mess with it to get locks open), skooch across ledges either standing or hanging from them, split jumps (jumping from one wall face to another for extra height) and of course my fav, the jump attack; leaping from above and smashing an enemy. There are just too many cool moves to list.

Not only is the gameplay easy to pick up and addictive as heck, but the story is great. No nonsense, totally believable senarios make the game more real.

And if you have XBox Live you can get downloadable content.

Put it this way, I like and have MGS SOL for my PS2 and I like and have MGS: Substance for XBox...but I love Splinter Cell. It's just a cut above MGS. If you have XBox and enjoy 3rd person espionage like Metal Gear Solid...you will LOVE Splinter Cell.

Also, it got the highest rating EVER for ANY title reviewed in XBox magazine...which is known for being pretty tough with scoring. AND it's not available on PS2 or GameCube, only XBox and PC CDRom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic and thrilling
Splinter Cell is a blast to play. I don't know where to begin. First the game play is top notch. The camera is responsive, easily controlled and very rarily gets in the way. I don't think I've played a third person action game with this nice a camera. The controls are logical and you'll learn them in five minutes.

The story is convulted and confusing at times. There are times when I'm not sure what has happened with the Georgian president and captured US soldiers computer hacking but at the same time I don't really care. To me the story is just some background noise that adds atmosphere.

The graphics are the best I've seen. The lighting effects are moody and make the game what it is. The designs of the scenery are gorgeous. Buildings look like they were designed by architects and really help to submerge in the Splinter Cell world. The outside scenes are set up so that they feel larger than the are. The designer's have very cleverly set up the scenery to lead you where you need to go while leaving a lot of freedom of movement.

The game play is wide open. The emphasis is on avoiding trouble. It sounds boring but it's very challenging. I like the change of pace from games like Devil May Cry. I think there's room for both game types. I bought the Prima guide but haven't used it. I check the guide after I complete a mission and hardly ever go through a level the way the book suggests.

There a enough gadgets to make James Bond envious. The effects are awe inspiring. You can go through a lot of the game without using the wall mines or diversion cameras but it's so much better to set up an ambush. When you decide to use your gun the violence is mild, but realistic. The pistol is difficult to get a one shot kill but that makes it all the more satisfying. The sniper rifle is similarly difficult (you have to hold the left trigger to steady your breath, a great touch) but is well worth the effort to use.

I've never played the Metal Gear games so I don't have that for comparison but this game stands by itself as a fun exciting time.

5-0 out of 5 stars nothing wrong with this
Heres what I thought of the game and the features.

Excellent graphics and character models. Every character hand drawn making them unique.

Good storyline and news cast scenes.

Cool moves like hanging on pipes, shooting from them and crawl on them. use guards to cooperate and as human shields.

Guards are chinese and Russians.

Good controls

Excellent wepons and items like thermal and night vision goggles, sticky camera, and a SC Pistol (Kind of like a Socom).

Hide and Skadows for cover and stay in light for danger.

Interact with the enviroment. Shoot Lights, soda cans, comperters, throwobjects like the can and about any thing else.

Cool features like behind the sceens footage.

Overall a good game and a must buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fun Graphical Masterpiece
This is one of the best games I have ever played. It is so awsome. It is a stealth game. Heres more detail:

Graphics: 5 out of 5

Amazing. The guards and people can't see you in the shadows or dark spots, just like in real life. The graphics are revolutionary. The animations are smooth, and the textures are detailed. When you pick people up, their motions are great. This is the prettiest game on Xbox.

Sound: 5 out of 5

The sound is amazing as well. The footsteps are good, the guns sound awsome, and the people talking are awsome. That means, when you are hiding, you can evesdrop on the guard's conversations. The script writing for them is excellent. Here's an example:

Guard 1: How you doin'?
Guard 2: I'm tired.
G1: Why? Workin' overtime?
G2: Yeah. Ever since that blackout the boss said things should change. The security's tight over here. We can't risk an info leakage now.
G1: Yeah, well, things happen.
G2: I know. I gotta go now.
G1: I'll see you around.
G2: Bye.

That was something like one of the conversations in the CIA level. The con. was better that what I wrote, but that is only an example. The writing is also better than mine, but I don't want to go back through that hard level just to find that one conversation. (it's the hardest level in the game) There are also more, better ones. (also: after the conversation ends, you grab guard 2, knock him out, and hide him in the closet!)

Gameplay: 5 out of 5

This is the best stealth game ever. It is the best game on xbox besides halo. You infiltrate, do objectives, destroy, kill, knock out, and hide bodies. When you hide in shadows, the guards can't see you even if they're staring right at you! Just like in real life! Also, if you make noise, they might here you and start searching. The levels are made awsomely. (is that a word?) The level layout and design is the best part of the game. That all adds up to one extremely fun experience. You also can do multiple paths to get past people. For example, in the level, "Chinese Embassy 2", at the beginning there is a part where you have to go into a resturaunt, go into the kitchen and climb up a hidden ladder, and in the kitchen there is one chef, and in the dining rooms there are two guards eating. In order to do this, you can either- a) Sneak through the front door, sneak to the bathrooms, throw a grenade by the table the guards are eating (killing them), shoot the cook and climb the ladder, or- b) Get an empty glass bottle, go to the front door, and smash the bottle. The guards will start searching near the door to see what happened. While they are searching, go to the back door of the resturaunt, sneak through the kitchen, past the chef, and up the ladder. The gameplay is awsome!!! The only problem is that some parts in the game are very hard. They are not impossible, but it may take you hours or even days to get past that one part. Some of these parts are made up of trial and error. You have to see the layout, try something, and if it doesn't work, you try something else. But it's still fun.

Lengthetivity: 5 out of 5

Very fun game. There are nine long, challenging, very fun levels. This game took me two months to beat. Also, it is so fun, that you may play it again just for fun.

Overall: 5 out of 5

Rent or Buy?

BUY!!! Every xbox owner should have this game and have it now! It is the best game ever (besides halo)!

Pros:

1. Revolutionary graphics
2. Outstanding sound
3. Awsome, outstanding, amazing gameplay
4. You can evesdrop on wonderfully written conversations!
5. Great level, map layout and design
6. Challenging and long
7. Good weapons and gadgets
8. Guards can't see you in the shadows
9. You have to hide knocked-out people's bodies
10. Good objectives
11. Great save system
12. After you're done, you can download new levels via xbox live
13. Just plain awsome

Cons:

1. After you finally beat it, you don't unlock anything. All you can do is go through it again and play for fun.

Any Xbox owner should buy this game. Anyone alive must have this game. It is wonderfully awsome!

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but has some AI problems
You're probably already familiar with Splinter Cell and its all-stealth approach to stealth games, so I won't bother covering that part. A quick summary of the good and bad:

GOOD
-Graphics and lighting (the Xbox is best, GCN second, PS2 last).
-Controls (Xbox is best here).
-Most level design (the CIA mission is lousy; PS2 and GCN have better levels).
-Voice acting for Lambert and Fisher.
-Atmosphere.

BAD
-Animation.
-Artificial intelligence (guards see you when they shouldn't).

-Guards can see your optic cables poking out from under the door! Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
-Some areas require you to kill lots of people just to make it through. This is a result of the bad AI.

So, is the game better than Metal Gear Solid? My personal answer is no, but they're not the same type of game. Both are enjoyable and deserve to be played by anyone who likes stealth games. Worth your $20 for the Platinum Hits version. The downloadable content is cool to have, but it isn't of the highest quality. ... Read more


10. Tetris Worlds

Asin: B00009B8DL
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: THQ
Sales Rank: 3256
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Take the stop online with the world's most popular electronic game
  • Six variations of gameplay including the all new Hot-Line Tetris, Fusion Tetris and Cascade Tetris
  • Simple gameplay, easy to pick up without instruction and completely addictive
  • Xbox Live: Go online and test your Tetris skills against other people all over the world
  • For 1 or more players over Xbox Live

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Eh...I don't know
Do you already own a version of Tetris? If so, stick with that, and pretend that this one doesn't exist. It's not that Tetris Worlds is a bad game, it just...ok, it's bad. Though I admire the developers for trying to do new things with the concept of Tetris, they just didn't seem to think of anything very good.

There are a few modes of Tetris here, in addition to the original one. Really, you won't be playing any of those, as they don't make any sense. I don't think anyone wants to play Tetris, but only clear out specific lines and colors. It's not challenging, just annoying. I won't describe the other variations of the game, since really, I only played them once and left them for dead. What really sucks regarding gameplay though, is that the box where the pieces fall in is narrow. Remember how the original Tetris for NES and GB took up a good amount of the screen? Well it only takes up like 1/3 here...maybe a little more. But unless you're close to the tv, you'll be squinting at the pieces trying to pin-point where they should go. There's also a "ghost" feature. What it is is whichever piece you're moving around will have a faded version at the bottom of the box, showing where it'll be and how it'll look. I thought it was kind of annoying, since you're paying attention to the block you're moving, and there's something at the bottom that distracts you. Luckily, you can turn this feature off.

At least the music's good. It's all techno/ambient and somehow, fits the game pretty well. If you don't like the music, then you can always use the Xbox's custom soundtrack feature and make your own to hear during gameplay. There's only one problem with that: whenever you restart or pick a different mode, the soundtrack automatically skips to the next track even if you weren't finished with the current one. The graphics, well, there aren't much to them. The blocks are well animated (that sounds so lame), and the things going on in the background are nice looking I guess. It's not like Tetris was ever meant to break the graphic chart or anything.

Somehow, there's a story mode. I could read the instruction book to find out what it is, but that's ok, I'll pass. Looking over the other reviews here, I guess it has something to do with getting robots off a planet. *sigh* TETRIS WAS NEVER MEANT TO HAVE A STORY MODE. What's next? A Tetris rpg or 3-part movie series? Also, there's of course the online mode. But I don't care about online games. If you do play 'em, then there you go. I guess it'd be fun taking on other people via Xbox Live, especially since it can get boring once in a while in single mode.

Again, if you already own Tetris, stick with that version. $20 for a flashy version of it isn't really worth it. I'm lucky I got this with my Xbox and didn't have to pay for it. But if you don't have Tetris in any form, then you can probably find this in a used section for less than half the retail price.

2-0 out of 5 stars A weak Tetris game.
First things first. I didn't buy this game, I got it with the Xbox bundle and let me just add that Microsoft aught to be ashamed bundling such weak titles with the Xbox. I love tetris in general but this game just doesn't do anything all that inovative with it. It's cool that THQ atempted to add a story element to the tetris concept but I found the story levels too hard. There just isn't enough reward for making lines after lines after lines or an adeqate enough incentive to try to beat the game.

3-0 out of 5 stars Tetris... 15 years after it originally came out
Tetris Worlds does offer a new spin on the original game of Tetris, such as a story mode. The story is strange if not cheesy, a world made of block like creatures is being threatened, and they must escape their world by opening portals called Tetrions, which of course is why you play Tetris. Tetris has been out since 1989, it's a wholesome puzzle game for everyone, where blocks fall and you must position the blocks into rows. When you make a row of blocks, the blocks fade away if the blocks stack to the top, then you lose. The game has some new features, that make things a little too easy, such as the blocks have a shadow, so you can see where they will end up. You can see the next four blocks that will drop, and you can even throwaway blocks, before they drop. The final "improvement" is that the blocks are not permanently in place until you stop moving them, like when players have to drop a block past an overhang then wedge it in. There is some nice depth and distraction to the game, such as there are different worlds, jungle worlds, ice worlds and so on. When the blocks begin to stack the civilization in the background gets built. The further you go, the further the civilization grows. It's a nice touch, but of course it is really to distract the player! The music is good, but people might not like it, because it is futuristic and spacey, however if you have music on your X-Box you can play songs from that, rather than the Tetris soundtrack. The graphics are nice, but they could be so much better, its sort of like graphics for the 64 bit game consoles, not the super powered X-Box. There is now online play, so you can play against every other Tetris player using X-Box Live on Broadband. You can compete head to head, where when you complete a row, it feeds blocks to your opponent. For online play there are also scoreboards with the top players. Even with the online play, after Tetris has been available for nearly every game system this is nothing that any gamer can get excited about. Fortunately this game now comes as a part of a new X-Box Live bundle for Christmas of 2003.

4-0 out of 5 stars The controls took some getting used to.
Attention former Tetris fans:

The XBox controls will throw you off! The "standard" square of four buttons has been rotated 45 degrees and is a diamond, so your buttons aren't where you are used to them being.

Overall the game is great. I have always loved Tetris, I always will. I enjoy the "interactive" backgrounds. As you progress in levels civilizations rise, jungles grow, and the world develops. I thought it was a great idea. They also turn the "game" of tetris into a life or death struggle.

You have to be able to open the "tetrions" so that the creatures can get off their planet. The way you do this is by playing tetris, which is actually the key to opening them. It is a creative idea to add some story theme to Tetris, but the game itself is enough to keep me playing.

Also there are six variations on a theme in this version, plus the ability to go onto XBox live.

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Final Thoughts:

I like Tetris. It is a good challenge anytime. There are some nice features in the XBox version, but I personally didn't need them to buy the game.

And remember Tetris fans, you will have to get used to some new controls. I suggest doing so by playing other games first to get used to the controller, then, once you are used to the controller moving on to the challenges of Tetris.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for any tetris lover!
I've been playing Tetris for over 13 years now.. I'm amazed that I'm still addicted to it after all of these years. This online rendition of Tetris is fun and addictive, and worth the purchase if you're into Tetris. Casual players not looking for an online challenge would be best picking up a used Gameboy rendition.

The online play is great with a number of different modes to try. My favorite mirrors the old Gameboy link up version (where achieving double, triple, or tetris moves adds lines to your opponent). Tons of fun, and you'd be surprised how lousy you really are at it :).

My only complaints are more annoyances than anything else. The controls could be a little tighter (perhaps it's just the Xbox controller isn't designed for this kind of gameplay). The authors have deviated a bit from standard tetris rules, and allow players to 'bank' an unwanted (or wanted) piece to later. Pieces don't 'lock in' until you're done moving them, taking away a bit of the challenge.

Bottom line: If you're a competitive Tetris player (or hope to be) grab it! ... Read more


11. The Simpsons: Hit and Run
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000095ZGZ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 492
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features over 30 of your favorite Simpsons characters
  • Huge levels with over 100 Springfield landmarks
  • Brave jam-packed routes and time-saving short-cuts
  • Compete for passengers in 2-player split-screen action
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game that all ages can enjoy
Talk about a game that is perfect in just about every day! The Simpsons Hit and Run gives you puzzle games, racing, quests, and an amazingly fun plot!

Yes, the game is based on the famous Grand Theft Auto - Vice City. You can leap into cars, drive them all around HUGE maps, and explore the world in amazing detail. But that is only the beginning. The levels are based on the Simpsons show and every building, landmark and character you pass are immediately recognizable!

You get to play as a variety of characters - Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge and even Apu. You get to earn various outfits for each person. There are the main quests, tons of subquests, and hidden secrets everywhere. The graphics are superb, and the sounds are PERFECT. The real writers from the show wrote the plots, the real actors supplied the voices. You feel like you're right in the middle of a multi-hour episode series and you'll find yourself laughing out loud at the lines!

Yes, you can 'run over' people, but it just knocks them off the road where they wave their fist at you. You're also penalized for doing that, so it's in your best interest to stay on the road and achieve the objectives set out for you. The whole plot ties in together in a great way, and you can always go back to the levels and replay them to aim for 100%.

Highly recommended! This is definitely a game we eagerly played through from start to finish, then kept playing to track down all those secrets.

5-0 out of 5 stars My opinion as both a diehard Simpsons fan and an avid gamer
Being both a diehard Simpsons fan and an avid gamer, I am very confident in saying that this game finally breaks the mold of bad, generic Simpsons video games. The game is extremely fun. You run around as various characters in a handful of well-rendered 3D environments straight from the show. Like Simpsons Road Rage, the little remarks from the characters are hysterical. However, getting out and running around makes this game much more exciting than Road Rage. It is mission based, with plenty of minigames and bonus stuff everywhere to keep us Simpsons fanatics happy. In fact, my favorite feature in the game is the little things here and there that only diehard fans would recognize. Like Frostillicus' frozen body as an attraction at the Kwik-E-Mart, or the tiki god that Homer ran the oven gas to that sits in the backyard of the Simpsons home. As well as Bart's treehouse, and the Flanders' "Shelterini" in their backyard.

I have been an extreme Simpsons fanatic for quite some time. I have all of the toys, I have seen every episode at least three times over, and I have played all of the games. I think it is safe to say this is definitely the best Simpsons game yet. Yes, the old 90s arcade game ruled, but this 3D game is on a different level. I would compare it a little to Grand Theft Auto III, without the violence, and with much better graphics. However I think it's more like the Super Mario World launch game that came out when Gamecube hit the market. It's very similiar, with the 3D worlds, free roaming capabilities, missions you get by talking to people, and of course collecting coins.

A+!

3-0 out of 5 stars One Word: Addictive
This is a great game for all ages. It is challenging, making it very addictive. I couldn't put this game down since I got it! However, I did get sick of it, and the levels can be very repetitive. The 3-D effects are average as well.

Compared to Road Rage--make sure you read my review on that game too, by the way--this game is gold. Unlike Road Rage (another Simpsons game), this game is more challenging, and you are capable of a wider range of places to drive to. Also, you don't only get to drive, but you can walk around Springfield as well! And if that's not enough for you, there are over 30 different vehicles to choose from by the end of the game.

In summary, this is a very addictive game that can be challenging at times, however you get bored of it after a while. The 3-D effects are average, but you are able to drive and walk through the whole city of Springfield. You don't really have to be a Simpsons fan to own this game, however the game is much more fun if you are one. This video game isn't a must-have, but it is entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive, Funny and With Great 3-D Graphics!
My partner and I treated ourselves to an X-Box last Christmas, and, being Simpsons fans and seeing the cool-looking commercials for this game, bought THE SIMPSONS: HIT AND RUN as one of our first games. So far, this is still the only X-Box game I've played. I just went back to playing it after an absence of three months, and I couldn't put it down for SEVEN hours! I love the missions, plus the bonus races that win you extra vehicles for your use. I love running over things for coins, which you can collect and use to buy vehicles, wardrobe changes, etc! Of course, there is plenty of exploring of sights, sounds and other numerous gags within each level that adds to your experience. I love the alternating of characters you play. You start out as Homer in the first level, switch to Bart in the second and then to Lisa in the third. (That's where I'm up to as of this writing!) I love the irreverently funny tone of the game, just like the TV show. Let's face it, this game is *a lot* of fun!

The first missions are not easy, and they get more difficult as you go along. Right now, I'm stuck on the one where you have to knock 15 slabs of 'flatmeat' (roadkill) out of Cletus' pickup truck by repeatedly slamming into him. It may not sound hard, but you have to do all this within a two-minute period! The graphics on X-Box are extremely sharp, and it is an absolute joy to play. Eventually, I will get around to playing ENTER THE MATRIX, THE NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND, PROJECT GOTHAM, STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING which we also have. No question about it, THE SIMPSONS HIT AND RUN gives you a lot of gameplaying hours, and is even more fun than watching the TV show! [Warning: May Result in Calloused Thumbs!]

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

4-0 out of 5 stars one of the best simpsons games.
its like gta but with the simpsons.

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12. Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005NZ1K
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 902
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Abe, the strange Mudokon, is back with his powers to possess enemies andlead other Mudokons. This time he's joined by a Gabbit named Munch, anamphibious creature that can communicate with Fuzzles and shoot electric beams.They are definitely two of the weirdest characters in gaming, but they oozepersonality, partially because of their design and mainly because of theoutstanding voice acting provided by Lorne Lanning, president of OddworldInhabitants. Although the characters are cute, in a peculiar way, the game'sdark humor gives them an edge.

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee is primarily a puzzle game, with some actionand adventure thrown in. The puzzles are great brainteasers that require playersto use the special abilities of the two characters, know when to switch betweenthem, and know when to guzzle performance-enhancing SoBe beverages. Several ofthe game's best puzzles get the player so caught up in their conventions thatthey overlook much simpler solutions.

This curious world seems totally believable through the power of Xbox. Themountains, water, caves, and factories in this foreign world are extremelydetailed and lifelike. The in-game cutscenes are comparable to Pixar movies.Although the Oddworld games for the PlayStation had spot-on personality andgameplay, the Xbox has truly brought the developers' visions to life.

Oddworld Inhabitants has crafted a captivating experience that's imaginative,clever, and beautiful. Simply put, this is a must-have Xbox title. --RaymondM. Padilla

Pros:

  • Unmatched uniqueness and personality
  • Awe-striking cutscenes
  • Addictive brainteasers
Cons:
  • Might not have enough action for impatient gamers
  • Quite possibly, too strange for some
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Reviews (119)

5-0 out of 5 stars Not your typical platformer
Munch's Odyssey is definitely NOT your typical platformer. While it's suitable for pretty much all ages, it's humor is aimed at a more teen or adult audience.

The graphics are incredibly realistic, especially in the cut scenes. And even if you are familiar with the back story of this series, you have to watch the introductory movie. Hysterical.

The gaming is easy at first, and you get lots of help early on to get you into the flow of the game. I haven't finished it by far, but I've heard that the puzzles will get harder as you progress, but that only means that you shouldn't get bored with it very easily.

If you're tired of the well-done, tried and true Mario-like platform games, and are looking for something that has it's own unique (albeit wacky) style, give Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee a try!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I rented this game from Blockbuster, and I just couldn't stop playing it. This was the first game in a long time that I tried and said I'm definetly going to buy this game. I saved my money up and bought it the first chance I had.
Also, this is the first platformer that isn't all running and getting to the end of the level by killing everything. you have to put your mind to work, and you have to solve puzzles to get past parts of the game. But that's not what the game is about. When you're Abe, you have to save your fellow Mudokens who are prisoners, and who are still free. When you're Munch, you have to save little furballs, their fur looks outstanding with the XBOX graphics, named Fuzzles who are imprisoned.
If you are looking for a challenging, satisfying, and rewarding game, you don't have to look any further. this game has everything you would need, unless you're looking for a Crash Bandicoot type game with non-stop action. This game may turn those people that want to kill things non-stop in a platformer off.
I believe this game ranks right up there with Halo, Dead or Alive 3, and all the other hits for the XBOX. This is definetly much better than Crash Bandicoot.

5-0 out of 5 stars This game is Awesome!
Odd world munchs oddysee is a great game.
It'S Blend of platforming is cool. Some parts were annoying because You didn't know what to do next but thats the best part about the game. Especcially possesing..Thats pretty neat.

The graphics are the biggest highlights of the game. The texture is very high nd' I love the res of the game!

The story is very good and inovating. I didn't really like the ending of the game. They could have made it a tad bit better.
The levels are Friken sweet, through out the game you have to use both Munch and Abe in alot of puzzles which are really neat I might add.

The amount of time this game took me was awhile but they could have made it a little longer though. But still the lengh was good.
There are also some very memorable levels in the game espicially(My spelling sucks I know) When you're possesing the bots n' stuff like that.

Over all I would probably give this game a 9.2 out of 10...

Great game....A must own for XBox Owners..

Later..

5-0 out of 5 stars Odd but fun!
This game is a simple yet fun game. You get control of two charaters. You need more of brain than brawn to play this game as it is full of puzzles. For instance, you need his friends to open doors, so you must pick each of them up and throw them over the wall to get to the door. Little puzzles like this make the game interesting. You need to collect these green orbs to use to complete tasks. The more you collect the more it helps to complete the missions. It is a cute game that is for all ages.

The experience of the game is incredible. The landscape and detail of the game is incredible. The flowing water, the mountains, the sun and darkness all add to the great effects of the game.

This simple yet fun and funny game is a must have for all xbox owners.

4-0 out of 5 stars ODDWORLD
This is a game for all the family. You get to control 2 characters "ABE" "MUNCH". Abe is best on land by running fast, jumping high, mind controling enemies, telling friends to help him out and more. Munch is small and he can swim, use a wheel chair to move faster, rescue small fury creatures and more. If you like Crash Bandicoot(I thought Crash 2 was best followed by Crash 1)then you'll like this.

PRO'S

the price
not violent
quite original
make kids laugh
Great graphics

infinity health
No time limit to finish missions
90% of game Not hard(My friend with learning dicabilities could play this).
save anywere
good cutcenes(you can skip them)

quite repetetive
takes 10 days or more to finish
sometimes you don't know what to do next(I didn't play the game for months then I got back to it and completed it). ... Read more


13. Counter Strike
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000AJMPK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 842
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Take part in counterterrorism missions
  • Play single-player missions or challenge others in team-based multiplayer games on Xbox Live and System Link
  • Credit card required for monthly membership of Xbox live
  • DSL or cable modem required for Xbox live
  • For 1 to 16 players with Xbox live

Reviews (70)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Review!
Ok, just to let you know this game has no storyline, you can't beat it, you can't even beat a level. You can play a level but not beat it, you can beat a round but that is it. So it is pretty much useless unless you have xbox live. Now there are two game modes: demolition and hostage rescue. You can either be a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. A terrorist in hostage rescue makes sure the counter terrorists don't rescue the hostages and the counter terrorists rescue them. A terrorist in demolition plants the bomb at either a or b bomb site and the counter terrorist defuses the bomb!

Pros:
1.second funnest game on xbox live (Rainbow 6:3 is #1!)& super addicting
2.good graphics
3.good weapons
4.realistic
5.buy weapons adds fun
Cons:
1.no multiplayer
2.no storyline!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Update to a Classic Game
In an amazing sign of how metamorphic the gaming industry is, XBox Counterstrike is a console version of a PC mod of of HalfLife.

First, for those who have never heard of counterstrike, this was a user-created modification of the classic HalfLife game. Counterstrike pit counterterrorists against terrorists in a team vs team situation, moving through a variety of city, town and other landscapes.

As you might imagine, the graphics have been updated to take advantage of the great XBox engine. You get great rain and fog effects, as well as reasonably nice terrains. This isn't Splinter Cell, but it is far better than the original PC version.

The sounds are reasonably good too, with foodsteps, ambient noises, radio chatter and so on.

Players of counterstrike on the PC will immediately fall into play. The XBox controller is actually a benefit here.

Single player is great, with AI working quite well both with your teammates and your opponents. Where the game shines, of course, is in online multiplayer. XBox Live lets you take your skills and talents online against players around the world.

A great benefit is that you can easily play on the couch with your friends and family hanging out with you, instead of huddled around your computer monitor. This is a great thing for those all-night-long gaming sessions!

Sure, we play Counter Strike on the PC. But the servers are often laggy and full of cheaters. With the enhanced graphics and more stable servers of XBox Live, there's little reason to go back.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice game for playing on line
If you don't like to play on line, don't buy it. It is kind of boared playing it by your self

The best out there
This game is amazing. it has good sound quality, and good controls. But i give the game a 4 just because of the graphics. The graphics look pretty bad, and the gun looks all square and blocky, but the rest is pretty good. Anyways I recommend this game to anybody that likes first-person shooters.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Single-Player Missions
I don't doubt that playing Counter Strike online with several other people is fun, but the single-player missions are a complete waste of time. They're not really missions at all--they're "scenarios", no plot, no direction, just lots of mindless running and shooting. I was expecting CS to be like SOCOM, an online-enabled game that also happened to have a truly stunning single-player experience. But this ain't SOCOM. The graphics are horrible (even worse than Ghost Recon), the sounds are muffled and the voices are often unintelligible. The reviewers at IGN.com got it right: If you don't have Xbox-Live, then don't play Counter Strike.
I rented it for five days, but I took it back after one night. ... Read more


14. The Sims Bustin Out
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000ARQN0
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 564
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • The Sims bust out of the house to explore new locations
  • Choose from 12 new career paths
  • Unlock and collect over a hundred new objects and social moves exclusive to the console
  • Socialize with a cast of over 25 new outrageous characters
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This game is fun to play and watch! It is a step up from the first Sims and the extra options are great. You can work your way up in a career, find a new job and go back to your other career without losing your position. I like the different challenges in the different houses, it gives something extra to the game other than going to work and skill building. I havent' even played on the free play option yet. This game will be played for a long time to come. I have reccommended to several friends who are just as happy with it as I am. I great change from all the violent games out there!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great But There Is Still Room For Improvement!
This is a great game but of course there is still room for improvement. First, I was hoping for the ability to make an upstairs portion of a house. Not that this is vital but it would've been nice. Though I must say that the single player or "bustin' out" portion of the game is more fun than it was on the first sims console game even though it's basically the same thing. The animation and graphics of the xbox truly make this game more of a pleasure to play. Damn those pixels! I would've been great if you had the option of removing the pixels for when the sims are nude.

5-0 out of 5 stars Addictive Entertainment
I have to say - I got the first Sims out on the Xbox a while ago and was not all that fussed on it - I only played it for about 20 min before I got frustrated with it cause I didn't understand what I had to do. I got out Bustin Out and that was the end of it - I ammm sooo addicted - I found myself rushing home from chores I had to do so my Sim could clean up or go to her job (how sad am I). It made an otherwise boring weekend entertaining.

3-0 out of 5 stars nothing new
It's a very nice game, but I was expecting much more. There is no big difference between both Sims games.

Played my son's game for hours...
It started with my son telling me about the game. Then he showed me. Then I played.
...for hoooours ...and forgot to go to bed.
It's fun. From creating your character, through completing your goals. Have them clean up after themselves, or get a maid. Decorate your home, or completely reorganize it. Chat with your friends on the phone, visit them, throw a party or even ignore them. No matter how old you are, you'll find it entertaining.

Parents!
If you're tired of explaining your kids why they have to clean up after themselves, and how annoying it is when you have to ask them a 100 times, get this game! :o) ... Read more


15. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00006FDLP
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Midway
Sales Rank: 2448
Average Customer Review: 3.92 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance brings the MK series a new 3-D fighting engine, adds tons of features and extras, and still offers classic gameplay.

This installment introduces a 3-D battle system that still manages to maintain a 2-D feel. For example, pushing up on your controller makes you sidestep your opponent's attacks, yet it also allows you to jump by tapping up plus a direction. A revamped fighting system offers up to three different fighting styles for each fighter (one includes a weapon technique). The multiple styles provide countless variations of attacks for any given fighter. Different combinations of punches and kicks allow for lengthy and powerful chain attacks similar to the Mortal Kombat of old. Fatalities are also back and are rich in graphic representation.

New fighters join the cast of old favorites such as Sonya, Kano, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Scorpion, Johnny Cage, Jax, Cyrax, Kung Lao, Kitana, Quan Chi, Reptile, and Shang Tsung. The lavish environments surround your fighters with animated backgrounds and rich skylines. On some levels there are even breakable objects and hazards that you can interact with, such as pools of acid--the perfect landing place for a thrown opponent.

In addition to regular modes of gameplay (arcade, versus, etc.) there is an option called Konquest mode. This mode allows you to learn more about fighting styles, read up on each character's personal history, and gain Koins which can then be spent in the Krypt to unlock a host of new characters, costumes, and early concept drawings. The additional content offered with this title is plentiful, including "The Making of Deadly Alliance" and "The History of Mortal Kombat" featurettes.

Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance successfully reinvents the series by dishing up a unique mix of improved graphics and stylized gameplay without compromising those features that made the MK series popular in the first place. --Carlos Rodela

Pros:

  • Complex gameplay
  • Realistic 3-D graphics
  • Hundreds of unlockable features

Cons:

  • Weak story line
  • Unbalanced combo system
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Reviews (60)

5-0 out of 5 stars FIGHT!!!
The story of Mortal Kombat has always interested me,as well as the old and new characters from each game.I have an x-box,but my favourite one on one fighter is Tekken Tag.That title is only on Playstation 2,and Dead or Alive does'nt do it for me.Now,I'm looking for a great fighter to take its place.Deadly Alliance fits the bill perfectly.It was nice to see the in-depth real styles of martial arts each has.Two unarmed and one weapon based for each character.Styles range from various forms of karate, kung-fu,and Bruce Lee's art of jeet kune do.Some of the many weapons used are nunchucks,escrima double sticks,sai,and any type of sword you could ask for.Jax uses a machine gun along with his tonfa. The graphics are rich with color and detail to the stages,characters,and their costumes.Different weather conditions like rain and snow add a nice touch.Modes are arcade,vs.,practice and konquest.This is where the originality comes in.The krypt is an area with hundereds of coffins,each filled with unlockable characters,costumes and too many other items to mention here.The idea is to either fight in arcade or learn about each style in konquest mode.This is how you earn the required coins to open the coffins.You need to have patience and alot of coin to get the extra characters and costumes,so you need to keep saving your earnings to get them.Go on line,(like I did),or find a current game mag to get the complete krypt list.This way you're not waisting coins on the needless stuff.I played almost non-stop for a couple of weeks.I completed konquest mode with all the characters.By that time,I had enough coin to unlock the the other characters and all costumes.It was very fustrating.When you complete the konquest mode with every character, you then unlock two special characters.After I did that,I felt relieved that I can now enjoy the arcade,knowing the important stuff is unlocked.The characters do different blocks as you hold down the button.They also move their heads to keep their eyes on you.Now that's detail.When they're knocked down you can see them get mad as they get up for round 2.With a game like this,I don't care that there is only one fatality each.I rather impale them anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST Fighting Game Period !
I've been a fan of the mortal kombat series ever since it first came out in 1992. The other fighting games on the market are just too "cute" for me, but MK is bloody & violent, exactly the way I want my fighting game to be. Thanks for not folding to the pressure Midway, the blood content is sweet!! (a welcome addition to a true fighter) Thank God for Fatalities :)
I wouldn't suggest this game for anyone under 17, but for everyone else this one is so much fun to play. During a fight you can switch to any of 3 differnt fighting styles including weapons! There are many fighters, alternate costumes, and game arenas that you can unlock as you fight, win, and gain Koins. I was most impressed with the way the fighters move so fluidly and the colorful fight arenas are beautiful eye candy. The game is also loaded with things like a video on MK History, a music video, sketch art, etc. Thanks again to the people behind this game, so glad they took their time making this one. It is a true gem and definitely the best MK game to date, keep up the great work Midway! If you want a dark, violent fight game, give this one a chance, I love it!!

1-0 out of 5 stars I Hate IT
P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C!! I can't belive this is an Mortal Combat Game. What a discrace.I advise you loyal xbox fans to keep a distance from this game.If you want a Fighting game Dead or Alive games are the safe ones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice
Being a long time mortal kombat fan,I was lookin forward to this game,and I was not dissapointed.This game could have taken best fightin game of the year if not for soul calibur 2.The only things is afer u open up all the koffins which will take u a hell of a long time i bet,there isn't much 2 do after that.But that is the prob with all fighting games isn't it?.
some of the new characters are cool but the absence of liu kang is kind of a let down...that said some of the new characters are corny to like li mei the sexy asian chick she really [stinks]. any wayz all in all this game is a great buy and why wouldn't u get it????

4-0 out of 5 stars Test Your Might!
Mortal Kombat is back again for an all new game
with familiar elements. The graphics look great
and has lush 3-D backdrops, and cool characters.
The animation is fluid and the sound effects fit the
game perfectly. A host of new characters and
old ones return with new fighting styles. Characters
can even pull out swords on the fly for melee combat.

Pros:
+different fighting styles
+sword fighting melee
+great graphics and sound
+responsive controls
+good fight trainning system
+bloody and brutal
+familiar gameplay
+some old characters return

Cons:
-fatalities are hard to pull off
-no stage fatalities
-kind of feels like the same game ... Read more


16. Pac Man World 2
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00006IKCC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Namco
Sales Rank: 828
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good game, but nothing special
The Pac Man video games were some of the first to be truly successful in the video game industry, so it's not surprising that Namco has revived the character in recent years. Pac Man has starred in a number of different types of games over the years, and here he stars in a three-dimensional platformer! Read on for my review of Pac Man World 2.

PROS:
-The graphics for this game very good, in particular those of the cut scenes. The cut scenes really must be seen to be fully appreciated.
-The controls are, for the most part, pretty easy to learn. You should be able to pick them up pretty quickly.
-There are a number of things to hunt down in every level, which slightly boosts the replay value of the game.

CONS:
-The control scheme has a number of problems, which are particularly noticable when you're in the heat of battle, or trying to make a virtually impossible jump.
-Much like the recent Sonic games, the camera is pretty lame. It has a tendency to get stuck on pretty much anything and everything, which can really hurt your gaming experience.
-The swimming controls flat out suck, mostly due to continually-shifting camera angles underwater. You shouldn't include swimming stages in a video game unless you can get it right!
-In the end, this ends up being a pretty generic three-dimensional platformer. There are considerably better games of the same genre available. The game comes off seeming like something intended more for younger players.

OVERALL:
Overall this game is decent, but it doesn't really do anything special, nor is it bound to hold your attention for very long. My advice to potential players of this game is to rent it before you make the purchase. And if you MUST buy the game, buy the Gamecube Player's Choice version - it includes the ultra-fun Pac Man Vs. multiplayer game as a bonus.

5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS GAME
Hi, Pac-man world 2 is VERY fun to play. I am on the 9th level and it is very hard ,challenging, and surprising. U never know what is gonna happen next. That's why i would reccomend this game to other people.

This game is top notch!
Finally an XBOX game I can play when my mother comes to visit!!! This game is a breath of fresh air. The 3D action is a neat twist to the 2D graffics of the older versions. As you advance levels you un-lock the older games and can play them!!! The only down side is the fact that it is only a single player game. But hey, who cares it is a lot of fun!!!

Great Game for Young Kids
My kids ages 5 (boy) and 8 (girl) love this game! They are obsessed... It is the one that has been able to keep their attention more than any other so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars All great Pac Man titles in a single disc
Either if you are an old pacman fan (remember Atari 2600? [yes, the console]) or you are just intrigued on how this game got its own arcade game, you may be looking at the right xbox title. This is a SINGLE player game [for all the 3D games, but i'll explain this later on], and it's basically a crusade to find the stolen golden fruits from PacMan's village. There are way more enemies other than the old 'Spooky' and friends and many levels.

pros:
+ immediate hands on experience
+ 2 gaming modes: normal and vs. time
+ as you advance in the game, you get to unlock all the original games of: PacMan, Ms. PacMan, PacMania and PacAttack, which are 1 or 2 players!
+ beautiful graphics and great sound effects
+ suitable for all ages

cons:
+ single player
+ camera angles are a little hard to control at some times

It would have been fantastic to have a pacman title with cooperative mode, but until this happens, this title will keep you in front of your tv for many, many hours of true fun. ... Read more


17. Links 2004
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000C6FJ1
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1864
Average Customer Review: 3.68 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Outstandingly realistic gold game
  • Compete online against unlimited opponents
  • Multiple gameplay modes
  • Highly detailed play and environments
  • For 1 or more players using Xbox LIVE

Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars a change of pace for Tiger fans
the difference between Tiger Woods 2003 and Tiger Woods 2004 is very marginal, not much changed. so if you're in the market for a new golf title, Links 2004 is just the ticket. both games are similar, with Links taking a slightly more conservative approach. Links' career mode is well-done and will take some time to complete and rise through all of the different levels. each tour level has a nice array of different tasks that must be finished before progression to the next level is obtained, which bodes well for the long-term aspects.

on the links, you'll find putting is a more pleasant experience with Links 2004 than TW. not that it's easy, or completely aggravation-free, but certainly easier to deal with. the actual tee-shots and fairway drives are easy and take the least time to master. control-wise, you really need to get good at Links to have the feeling that you are "in control." it's easy in TW to aim with precision, whereas Links can be challenging if you're trying to judge distance. and the meter moves very quickly, forcing you to improve or die trying. unfortunately, the audio commentary in Links is horribly fractured and robotic-sounding. it has become a running joke of every matchup a friend and I have (Sam... putts for... EAGLE...) how they expected that level of incongruous commentary to not come off as a really laughable joke is beyond me. but the condescending repetition of TW isn't much better.

being a Tiger Woods vet in the market for something different made the choice easy for me, and the many XBox Live compatible features might sway you in favor of Links also. but for those who have never played Tiger Woods, it might be a tough choice. you really can't go wrong with either.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tiger Woods 2004 -or- Links 2004...???
If you are deciding between Tiger Woods 2004 or Links 2004, I will tell you the differences.

GAMEPLAY:
Both games are set up very nicely. Both have the great analog swing. The only problem with Tiger Woods is once you have your player stats maxed out it becomes unrealistic because your drives go 370 yards consistently, which makes the game too easy. Links, it takes awhile to max your stats, and once you do its still realistic, meaning you'll need a good drive and good second shot to make it on the Green in 2 on a par 5. As far as putting, Links has Tiger beat by a huge margain. On Links you get a nice chart layout and the analog putting feels so real. On Tiger it gives you a caddy tip and the grid really stinks. To spin the ball, Tiger still has the arcade feel where you spin the ball after its hit. On Links you choose the spin before you hit it, just like in real life.
ADVANTAGE: LINKS 2004

COURSES/GOLFERS/ITEMS(UNLOCKABLES):
Tiger Woods has a ton more courses, compared to only 9 on Links. Tiger also has a lot more PGA Golfers on the game, like Tiger, Vijay, Daly, Furyk, and more compared to Links 3 golfers. Tiger Woods has THE BEST create a golfer ever!!!! Links you choose a player model and change his clothes. In Tiger you can create your player (identical to you!) and have all kinds of unlockables to fit to him including clubs, shoes, gloves, hats, etc. There is just so much.
ADVANTAGE: TIGER WOODS by far!!

CAREER MODE:
In Links you play in a series of Tournaments to earn cash to buy attributes. In Tiger you can play through an entire "almost real" PGA Tour season with the real events, like at Kapalua (the Merceds Championship) starting in January in Hawaii. Also included are the 4 majors, just named something different. This gives Tiger a major advantage as far as replay value.
ADVANTAGE: TIGER

OVERALL:

Tiger Woods has a ton more options, courses, golfers, unlockables. The gameplay is a little more unrealistic (not like Mario Golf or Hot Shots Golf though) and the putting is not as good as Links. The create a player and career mode is awesome.

Links has the better gameplay but lacks the options and unlockables cool stuff found in Tiger. The gameplay is so much more realistic than Tigers though, and the graphics are better.

If you are looking for a game with better gameplay and don't care about the options, get Links. If you are someone who loves the all the good unlockables and true PGA Tour season play, get Tiger.

best golf game
this golf game is simple so it is easier for kids. Also it has many modes, such as practice shots and intense competition!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Tiger Wood
Not a lot of fluff, just good game play. When you do what you're suppose to do you make the shot.

Rock Solid Gameplay
Links 2004 is a fairly decent golf game. You get to choose and design your player and then start off on a career. The controls are fairly easy and there's really no learning curve to this game. One you pass a few tests, new courses and tournaments open up. The one thing I didn't like were the announcers in this game. Their commentary is so choppy it gets annoying, fast.
Despite the game's uneven presentation, Links 2004 is still a good choice. The game is not much different from Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, but it's generally not as polished or feature-rich. ... Read more


18. Museum
list price: $29.99
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Asin: B00006IKCE
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Namco
Sales Rank: 624
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars XBOX owners! Buy this game NOW! Tons of fun!
Being an old-school gamer who grew up playing these games in the 80's, I was excited when Namco announced they were releasing Namco Museum for the XBOX! And for only [price], this is one of the best gaming deals you can find! The arranged Pac-Man mode is worth the cost of the game itself!

You get emulated versions of Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position 1 and 2, Galaxian, and Dig Dug. Having just these classic titles on one disc is worth the cost of the disc, but Namco also included modernized "arranged" versions of Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug which have modern graphics and even boss battles as well as two player simultaneous play! These arranged versions were originally released in the arcades back in the mid-90's and they are translated PERFECTLY here!

Guess what? Namco also included Pacmania AND Pac-Attack as unlockable titles! That's 12 games one one disc! Whether your a longtime gamer like myself or a l337 newbie who cut his teeth on nothing but modern consoles, you'll find yourself playing these games for hours! SO much variety and one final option that Namco saw fit to include....

YOUR HIGH SCORES ARE RETAINED! This may not sound like a big thing, but believe me, it's a much-needed feature and something that has been left out in past versions!

Any problems? Strictly minor...sometimes the screens look small, some sound glitches (sometimes the music seems out of tempo on some of the high score entry screens), and you may want to invest in a Controller S or joystick since these games demand some precise joypad movement. I bought this on launch day and it will forever remain a part of my XBOX library. It's truly that good!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Namco Museum for XBOX: A Good Family Game for Nostalgia
Wow! 12 games on one disk! This is probably the best bargain for X-Box. It includes Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position 1 and 2, Galaxian, and Dig Dug. Additionally, Namco Museum comes with modernized "arranged" versions of Pac-Man, Galaga and Dig Dug which have sharper graphics, good sound effects, and, best of all, two player simultaneous play! I love this two player feature! Playing Pac-Man simultaneously with someone else is a lot of fun! Good teamwork is definitely needed! One important feature: the High Scores are saved!

All in all, this is a great buy. The games are good and reminiscent of the old 1980s style arcades. This game, however, requires no more quarters to be plunked down! Although cheaper to simply play these games online or on the computer, it was fun on the X-Box and on my TV. Like almost all games, it does get old after a long period of repeated play, but has greater staying power than many strategy or mission games. It is great for play with the girlfriend, sister, or even parents. My mother, uniterested in halo or Madden, loved playing Pac-Man.

This is a super edition to any X-Box library!

5-0 out of 5 stars The last game you'll ever have to buy
What more could you possibly want in hard hitting arcade action? Forget Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto, these are the games that separate the men from the boys...

Galaga - As far as I know I am the world's Galaga champ. I cannot walk past an arcade machine no matter where I am or what I'm doing. I just know that as soon as I put that quarter into the machine, I know where I'll be spending the next hour and a half. This is an incredible game, perhaps the greatest ever made. Go for 40 on the challange stage every time or you'll never catch me. And always double up your ships every chance you get. Shoot the aliens while they are forming up. By the time they start coming down, you should only have two or three left.

Dig Dug - The Holy Grail of 80's arcades. This is the game that predated Mr. Do, yet will never be forgotten. Always drop rocks, drop as many rocks as youcan. It makes the vegetables appear, you get tremendous points for kills, and they get you out of tight fixes. At the arcade when you see 999,999 on the Dig Dug machine, you know it was me.

Pac-Man - Hail the highest grossing game of all time. Though Ms. Pac-Man was the best version, Pac Man will bring you hours of enjoyment everyday. When you get the chance, purchase or download the song 'Pac Man Fever'. You can play it at your next Pac-Man elimination party.

Pole Position - I spent a fortune on this game as a kid at the Circle K. Now from the comfort of my own living room, and without bullies and hangers-on over my shoulder, I can run the gauntlet of this superior driving game. Go into low around those curves bud, and never ever tailgate.

5-0 out of 5 stars I disagree with just about all of these reviews...
These are the same games you remember from the eighties....of course they seem basic by today's standards, but if you loved them like I did you will be very happy with this game. No duh pac man and ms. pacman are the same game....we knew that in 1983. The point is, you will likely buy this game out of nostalgia, not because you are looking for the next huge special effects dynamo p.c. game. If you loved these games 20 years ago, you'll enjoy the heck out of this game because they are the exact same games simply made playable on the Xbox.

4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Arcade Games
These games play EXACTLY like the original versions I used to play in the old arcade days.

Same graphics, sound effects, strategy, etc.

Exact ports of the originals. ... Read more


19. Midtown Madness 3
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B000086JXB
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1116
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST RACING GAME EVER!
This game features career mode missions in two HUGE citys: Paris, D.C. You drive in more than 50 missions, which are broke into 14 driving careers. The careers include a Pizza deliverer,taxi driver,secret agent,limousine driver,and many more.
Multiplayer is awesome in this game. You can chose from over 30 cars (which some you have to earn). There are three types of multiplayer games Checkpoint,Cruise,and Blitz. Cruise is my favorite, its where you get to crash EVERYTHING in the city and go off awesome ramps(if you can find them).
Overall I think this is the best racing game! BUY IT NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars now THIS is a very fun game!
Usually in a driving game, it's just you going against some un named AI drivers, no real plot, and no sense of humor whatsoever. Not to mention some make believe tracks and stuff...

Not in this game my friend! In addition to the "normal" checkpoint racing, the real fun is when you take an undercover job as a pizza delievery driver, limo driver, taxi driver, a police man...and the cars you fet to unlock, like a DC Metro Bus (!) the humor in this game is outstanding--you can deal with the French, a pair of Norweigan race fans, an italian mobster, sme famous European race car driver, etc. Even in crusie mode, you can simply hop in and drive down to the White House, Capitol ill, and give your least favorite windbags a virtual piece of your mind.

During the Limo race in Paris, I found myselft yelling back at my 2 passengers to shut the bleep up--really! And the live play is just too good for words, you have to see and kay it to understand. I rate this higher than MC II, because MM3 doesn't deform your hands and fingers with some stupid control layout. Just guess which one I'm buying?

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Diversion
There's little left to the imagination with the Midtown Madness series. Released in its first two incarnations on PC only, the games were already well-known for their original, free-roaming style of gameplay, their wide selection of real world automobiles and their revolutionary use of online play. This was one of the earliest games to allow players to leave the pre-set race tracks and obstacle courses to explore an entire virtual world on wheels, complete with working traffic systems, interesting jumps and stunts, and pedestrians. I'm surprised it took the series this long to make the transition from home computer to consoles, but the third chapter in the ongoing series was worth the wait. It's a vast improvement over chapters one and two in every area, and though it does have its faults, I'd consider it to be one of the Xbox's strongest original titles.

The storylines themselves are, honestly, very overwhelming and incredibly cheesy, but that slowly becomes part of their appeal. Every single character you interact with is a crazy, super-exaggerated parody of some sort of culture, be it French, American or anything in between, and the voice acting reflects that more than anything else. The unifying sense of humor between all the different stories is a bit too cartoony for my taste, but occasionally delivers a good laugh or two. If you're looking for a game with the realism, grit, grime and atmosphere of Grand Theft Auto, you better move along because this ain't it. If you've got your eye out for a squeaky clean, sometimes amusing, lighthearted adventure that won't lose you any sleep at night, this is your ticket.

The controls employ your standard racing setup, basking in the glow of the strengths of Microsoft's controller design. The triggers are your gas and reverse, respectively, and are pressure-sensitive which makes all the difference when you're trying to set the proper speed for taking a turn or lightly brake before pulling a fancy Hollywood U-turn. Both the left analog stick and the D-Pad can be used to steer, but you're out of your mind if you use the D-Pad. Unlike Sony's classic dual analog, Microsoft's S-Controller was born to handle racing titles, and my hands never cramped or suffered throughout my experiences behind the wheel of MM3 (which is something i most certainly CAN'T say about my marathon sessions with Gran Turismo 3.) Even the extra "click" functions of the Box's two analog sticks come into play here, and clicking the right stick will bring up a translucent full-screen map of the city and your location, overlaying the game screen itself which is still in motion. It really gives the feeling of keeping one eye on the road while you quickly check the map in your passenger seat, and often leads to similar results. I've driven headfirst into some nasty situations because of this map, and I love it that way. Very nicely done.

Though not particularly original, the graphics of MM3 are still quite a sight to behold, and deserve special mention without a doubt. There's a nice visual theme running between the cutscenes, (which are few and far between) the loading screens, the main menu and the in-game HUD, and the car / building models themselves are fan-freaking-tastic. There's no question in my mind they were setting out to flex the Box's muscles in a big way with this one (thus the inclusion of both 480p High Definition and Dolby Digital 5.1 support) and in this regard they were quite successful. While I won't go so far as to claim the vehicles or environments trump those seen in the previously mentioned Project Gotham 2 or Gran Turismo titles, they do give both a healthy bit of competition. The sheer visual interactivity of tiny elements of the scenery especially caught my attention.

Almost as an afterthought, the sound is also an impressive example of what the Box can do when it really sets its mind to it. The use of Dolby Surround is more effective than you'll give credit for at first, sending the sound of squeeling tires, angry horns, screaming pedestrians and scattering change from one side of the room to the other as you wildly spin the wheel. There's no doubt in my mind that this is an example of some of the best use of ambient noise in a video game, and it aids the entire package immensely. The in-game music is nothing worth remembering, no doubt, but never really gets in the way and is negated due to the inclusion of custom soundtracks. There's really no excuse for a racing game to ship on the box WITHOUT this feature, since even the greatest tunes can get old after an hour of solid racing, but it's noteworthy all the same.

All in all, this is a game I'm happy to have in my collection. It didn't force my jaw to the floor in utter disbelief when I first caught a glimpse of the visuals, it didn't blow me away with unique, revolutionary new gameplay methods or stun me with a totally original concept. Put plainly, it is what it is; a solid, straightforward adventure game mixed with a solid, straightforward driving game. The single player story mode isn't anything to write home about, but I can't think of a time at any point in the future where I'll grow tired of playing the online modes and trying to erase my old land speed records offline. This is a great example of a game that never takes itself too seriously and is meant as a diversion, a way to kill a couple hours with pure, unadulterated fun. It isn't perfect, but it's good enough. I'd recommend a purchase without a second thought if you're Live-Enabled yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME, DUMB GAMERS
This game is the best Race Car game there is. You don't
have to like race car games to enjoy this. You don't even
have to race if you don't want to but you can. People, rate
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Best Racing Game, Period
If you like racing games this is without a doubt a must have game. If you dont like racing games, still give mm3 a chance. It totally different from any racing game I have ever played. Instead of driving around a boring circle thousands of times, you get to drive through 2 very detaild cities. Paris and Washington DC. See main attractions like the eifel tower, the Louve, the white house, the capitol building the lincoln memorial and many others. Cruise on the streets following all traffic laws or wreck the whole city. Run from the police through soccer feilds and lawns. at the beginning you start out with trashy cars, but as you win races and complete jobs Like delevering pizzas the fastest, or getting a man in a limo to his wedding on time, you get awesome cars and other vehicles. Some of the things you can get are an 18 wheeler, a garbage truck, a cement mixer, a safe truck. Some of the cars are a volswagen beetle a chevy corvette a audi tt and dodge viper there are 2 awesome cars that I havent unlocked yet. The game has tons of replay value You can cruise the streets with a freind and look for new paint jobs for all your cars. If you have xbox live you can play people all over the world.

I paid fifty dollars for this game when it first came out, and it was well worth it. For twenty bucks, your ripping amazon.com off. GET THIS GAME NOW!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


20. SSX 3
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00009X3VD
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 486
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Attack the mountain in this snowboarding adventure
  • Beware of avalanches and lightening storms as you seek your adrenaline rush
  • Enjoy out of bounds exploration and racecourses
  • The mountain's 3 peaks are wide-open and full of collectables, secrets, and shortcuts
  • For 1 player

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good game, but not much has changed
I liked this game, but I played SSX tricky forever and this game didn't quite have enough new stuff to keep me permanantly interested. There's just not as much new stuff as I would have expected. With so many awesome new games coming out, it's hard for me to devote any time to this version that is so similar to the prior version.

The speed is awesome and the racing is my favorite part of the game. I did get framerate issues with some of the levels, but it wasn't too bad. It seems that they have cut back on some of the banter between the characters and I appreciated that. The level designs are pretty awesome too. There was obviously a lot of thought put into the mountains and it is pretty cool in that respect. It's cool to able to ride for such a long amount of time without having to stop.

Nevertheless, if you didn't play any of the previous versions of this game, check it out. It's fun and offers and incredible challenge to beat. I'll give it a 4 as a standalone product, but if you played Tricky as much as I did, you may want to spend your money on a game that offers you a totally new experience.

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

5-0 out of 5 stars Video Game Crack
It started with me, then I introduced the game to my friends. We are all addicted. We're not getting any sleep. We spend most of our evenings playing SSX3. Awesome graphics. Awesome Fun! BUY THIS GAME! You won't be disappointed!

4-0 out of 5 stars great game
I think that this is a wonderful game. Who ever thinks this game is bad must have no taste. I have never tried ssx, but I have played ssx tricky, and that game was alright. Though it is alittle expensive it is worth it to save and buy this game. It may seem hard at first, but you will get used to it.

2-0 out of 5 stars waste of time on xbox
Now this is a good game, but its a complete waste of money if you have Xbox or Gamecube. On Xbox you could buy Amped 2 and on Gamecube you cn buy 1080 Avalanche. Buyit on PS2, not Xbox or Gamecube. ... Read more


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