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1. Star Wars Battlefront
$49.99
2. Brothers in Arms
$44.88
3. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005
$44.99
4. Burnout 3: Takedown
$44.99
5. FIFA Soccer 2005
$21.99 list($49.99)
6. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora
$38.82
7. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi
$44.99
8. Ninja Gaiden
$42.99
9. Nascar 2005: Chase for the Cup
$42.99
10. Tony Hawk UnderGround 2
$16.95 list($49.99)
11. Sudeki
$49.77
12. Blood Rayne 2
$17.99 list($49.99)
13. Need for Speed Underground
$29.96
14. Conflict: Desert Storm II- Back
$30.29 list($49.99)
15. Red Dead Revolver
$49.55
16. Steel Battalion: Line of Contact
$30.94
17. Samurai Warriors
$18.98
18. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters
$24.24 list($49.99)
19. EA Sports Fight Night 2004
$44.33
20. Crash Twinsanity

1. Star Wars Battlefront

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Asin: B0001DI6FM
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 106
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Action-shooter game that lets you relive your favorite Star Wars battles
  • Battle in more than 12 environments across 10 diverse planets
  • 20 different soldier types from the Rebel Alliance, Galactic Empire, Republic Clone Army, and Separatist Battle Droids
  • More than 30 weapons including blaster rifles, rocket launchers, and thermal detonators
  • For 1 to 16 players online, and split screen mode for offline multiplayer play

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Battlefront: Real Life Senario in Futuristic times!
Guys, This game is the best! I have friends who HATED star wars stuff that were playing this game! This and Halo 2 will/ have topped the charts! What makes this game so unique to other star wars games is it's battlefield senario- (thus the name). It is almost exactly like 'Medal of Honor' or anyother battle game made for modern systems to a MUCH MUCH greater scale! You can chose from, as said, the rebels or the empire and even the clones! You can be clones or AI as in the movies Episode II and III of Star Wars. The action NEVER stops in this game!

I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars This game is the best Star Wars game since Star Wars Obi-Wan
This game is the best Star Wars game since Star Wars Obi-Wan! Lucas Arts did a fantastic job on this game since the 3 DVD Movie Triligy came out. All I can say is "Bravo my friend, Jolly ol' show!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Hopefully one of the best star wars games ever!!
Well, i haven't had a chance to play this since it has not come out yet, but from what i know, you will get to play as the rebels, imperials, republics, or seperatists on worlds spread across the galaxy, inculding tatoonine, kamino, yavin IV, naboo, geonosis, endor, etc. this won't be any normal battle game either, you will get to play as, for example (repubic forces) a clone trooper, at-te, speeder bike, (rebel forces) rebel trooper, x-wing, air speeder, rebel sniper, rebel rocket launcher trooper, etc. (seperatist forces) battle droid, droideka, super battle droid, tank, hailfire droid, etc. (imperial forces) storm trooper, at-st, tie-fighter, etc. this game looks very promising and i am looking forward to it. deffinately a buy-not-rent game.

Save or Rule
This game is cool you fight each
other on different planets taking them over or saving them. You can use vehicles to help you win. Rebel or Imperial You Choose! ... Read more


2. Brothers in Arms

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Asin: B0002CHIWY
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 6752
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3. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005

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Asin: B0002ILSLK
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 186
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Features

  • Golf sports simulation game
  • Modify course dynamics such as tee-box length, fairway patterns, and more
  • GameFace II feature allows for near infinite combinations of facial features, body types, and skin tones
  • 8 new licensed courses; 15 PGA Tour pros
  • For 1 player

4. Burnout 3: Takedown

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Asin: B0002IQC8Y
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 176
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Features

  • Take risks and battle your foes as you navigate oncoming traffic and near-misses, catch air, tail-gate, and drift to earn boost
  • Slam cars into walls and traffic or pile them into the back of an 18-wheel semi for Burnout Points
  • Cause wanton destruction in a game mode dedicated to demolition
  • 9 race modes including Single Race, Tournament, Lap Eliminator, Burning Lap, and Road Rage
  • 2-16 players, 7 online modes, 70+ vehicles, 40+ tracks, 3 continents, and tons of crash technology

5. FIFA Soccer 2005

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Asin: B0002ILSII
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 264
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6. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
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Asin: B00012TIW8
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: UBI Soft
Sales Rank: 322
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

2006: The U.S. installs a temporary military base on East Timor to train the developing defense force of the "world's youngest democracy." Resistance to the U.S. military presence in Southeast Asia is widespread and passionate, but the threat Indonesian militias pose to Timorese democracy is deemed sufficient justification. Anti-U.S. resentment comes to a head under the leadership of guerrilla militia leader Suhadi Sadono, acting with the unofficial support of major corrupt factions of the Indonesian government. Suhadi's men attack and occupy the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, taking dozens of civilian and military personnel hostage.

Deployed by a top secret wing of the NSA (National Security Agency) known as Third Echelon, Sam Fisher is a lone field operative supported by a remote team. Fisher must defend and assist the U.S. military, both locally and from remote locations, until Suhadi's terror-driven policies can be subverted and the guerrilla faction eradicated. Charged with saving the world, it’s a high stakes game. If he fails, the U.S. will deny any knowledge of his existence.

An experience so compelling you feel it.

  • Believe the story. Inspired by the world of Tom Clancy, and endorsed by the famous author, and written by JT Petty, who penned the original Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow features a storyline so real you can feel it. Tension filled stealth-action springs from a compelling original storyline so realistic it could have been ripped from the headlines.
  • Understand the characters. In this sequel to the original game, favorite characters like Sam Fisher and Irving Lambert return and unveil even more about their personal histories in the more character-driven storyline. New antagonists appear, including Suhadi Sodano an Indonesian guerilla leader whose beliefs are sound, but whose methods are barbaric. And then there is Norman Soth: CIA-trained mercenary deep under cover or traitor working for the enemy? Whose side is he really on?
  • Immerse yourself.Revolutionary lighting, shadowing, animation, physics, and sound effects pushed to the limit to create a universe so tightly woven that the line between reality and gaming starts to blur. "High res" cinematics, amazing sound design and music as well as top quality voice over give SCPT as unique movie production quality. Voice actors, music composers and cinematic directors to be announced in the coming months.
  • You’ve got the moves. Now more than ever, Sam relies on his moves. In this sequel to the original Splinter Cell, circumstances demand that Sam use his agility and athleticism to avoid detection and death. In fact the level design demands them. Use a half split jump to reach a ledge, zip line across an open courtyard, rappel along the side of a building, SWAT-turn to bypass an open door unseen.
  • You’ve got the gear. Based on prototypes currently in development, or gadgets out on the field, Sam Fisher has a menu of high tech gadgets and tools from which to choose.
Revolutionary multiplayer stealth action gameplay online for the first time.
  • Take Splinter Cell online. Taking place in a graphically-rich environment we expect from Splinter Cell, the multiplayer gameplay is a natural extension of the Splinter Cell world. Just as in Splinter Cell, players will call on a wide variety of gadgets, weapons and athletic moves to best their opponents. The light and shadow-filled environment offers dark retreats for stealth gamers and wide open spaces that spell danger for spies. The multiplayer game is integrated into the compelling offline story, though both offline and online gameplay can be enjoyed independently of one another.
  • Choose a side. Taunt your enemies from the shadows as you meet stealth objectives playing through wide multiplayer maps in third-person view as a Shadow Net Spy. Or track spies using a first-person perspective as a heavy armed Argus Mercenary protecting your compound. The abilities and resources on each side are evenly matched. Winning will come down to skill and strategy.
  • Feel the tension. Just as in the original game, online players will feel the tension that comes from never knowing what might happen next. Shadow Net spies hold their breath as mercenaries pass by close enough to touch them. They hide in the dark and wait for the right moment to spring into action. They work in concert—one can distract the mercenaries, while the other(s) meets the objective. Mercenaries never know when a Shadow Net spy might silently drop down from the shadows to attack, or slip by detection efforts to complete a mission. By relying heavily on their detection devices they feel like they can stop the threat—at least for now. Are spies stealing your secrets while they toy with you?
    It’s important to note that the maximum number of players on a multiplayer map is four. Too many people in a map would create chaos and result in shooter gameplay. But this is Splinter Cell. It’s a stealth action game not a shooter. This game tests your stealth and your strategy, your readiness and your resourcefulness. Are you ready?
  • Feel the game. The multiplayer maps feature the revolutionary lighting, shadowing, animation, physics, and sound effects that have become the Splinter Cell trademark. Graphical effects push that even further. Electronic interference can disrupt the vision and tools of the mercenaries. Spies must avoid the searching flash lights and laser pointers. Flash bang, shaft and gas grenades are also powerful visual effects that players will have to deal with. Thanks to their advanced goggles, Shadow Nets can see in the dark and read thermo signatures in their environment while mercenaries detect movements and electro-magnetic disturbance in their surroundings…and much more to discover.
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Features

  • First-person shooter set in Tom Clancy's near future
  • Favorite characters return from previous title
  • Outstanding lighting, sound, and physics effects
  • Lots of cool moves and gear
  • For one player

Reviews (78)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another FANTASTIC game...
This is another standard setting game from the Splinter Cell folks. I laugh when people complain about the number of weapons he can carry, or why its so hard. He's a darn covert operative people, jeesh. This ain't and a run and gun game. The point of the game is to slink around, and accomplish your mission without being seen (most of the time)! If you end the level without ammo, you're playing the wrong game. I ALWAYS have bullets and gadgets left when I'm done playing. People who dislike this game must have a short attention span, and dislike planning their moves or something, because this game is so fulfilling to play.. Even my girlfriend played for 20 mins and said I can see how you like this game..."it's smarter than most games you play"..."you gotta be careful". Shes watched me play the later levels and said its like watching a moive.
If you like the idea of covert missions, and planning your attacks, this is the game for you. If you want to run and gun just to kill everything, please, don't buy this game. I would be willing to bet that people who don't like this game don't understand what the point is, what stealth action is. Those that do like it, get it, and will enjoy it fully. Definitely not for short attention span gamers.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for Combat Fans
Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow is the sequel to the award-winning XBox hit Splinter Cell. Once again the graphics are incredible, the storyline is immersive and the stealth is great.

If you haven't played the original Splinter Cell, I highly recommend you get it and play it first. The graphics were just jaw-dropping, with the way light played across active characters, and the use of night vision and thermal vision was crucial to completing missions.

This "Splinter Cell 2" builds on that previous knowledge. While the initial message begins with some tutorial-like messages, they really expect you to have familiarity with stealth behavior and what to watch for. It's not very far into mission 1 where things get tricky and you're interrogating enemies for knowledge, while skulking in shadows to avoid being seen.

The game is a wonderful change from all the shoot-em-up blasters out there. You are told to avoid confrontation, to get your mission done with a minimum of life loss. There are missions in buildings, missions by the water, mission with sunsets painting the sky. The range of worlds you work through is impressive. You truly feel like you are part of modern-day problems, finding solutions that really make a difference.

The sounds add to the quality of the game, with the water dripping, the footsteps and other subtle noises that can spell the difference between survival and failure. I do have to say that the stock "You stupid jerk, you've failed" messages get REALLY annoying if you've gotten stuck at a certain point and have to listen to them 10 or 15 times in a row ...

It can get frustrating sometimes for beginners to get the hang of stealth - but it's well worth it. You really feel a part of the game, watching for the shadows, listening intensely for the slightest sound. This isn't a game that you play with screaming kids in the other room and friends throwing popcorn across the table. It's a game that rightfully demands all of your attention, and rewards you well.

There's also a multiplayer component, which is great fun. Get together with your friends, or meet new friends from across the globe, and slink through the quiet shadows together. While the game itself is fun, it's always FAR more challenging and enjoyable to face off against other human targets. AI has come a long way in the past few years, but if you want a real challenge, it's the humans you want to pit yourself against.

Highly recommended for any combat fan!

A Stealth Game With its Pros and Cons
This game is fun, but it has its pros and cons.
Pros:
1. When you are trying to hide a body, the stealth meter will flash stating the body is well hidden.
2. There is an advantage with the lock pick and optic cable. Instead of finding it in the inventory, it will say "optic cable" at the door. If the door is locked, it will also say "lock pick".
3. You can zoom in farther with your SC-20K (up to 6X).
4. You can whistle to lure a guard into your trap.
5. The lighting is much better. In the first Splinter Cell, I would often times be in a circle of light and I would have no shadow and it would say I was well hidden.
6. I guess you can say the graphics are better.
7. There are many new moves. You can shoot hanging up-side down from a horizontal beam.
8. Many places to explore. One mission is in an airport. Amother is in Jeruselum, Israel.
9. There is a new alarm (in some missions) where there are three stages. If you stay invisible, it will decrease.
10. Your pistol has a laser (by pressing the left trigger while equipped). It will come in handy when shooting at the back of someones head, but they can see it if you point it in front of them.

Cons:
1. When I did a split jump and then landed on the officer's head. I went right through him and it didn't hurt him at all.
2. Sometimes a guard will see you even if you are well hidden. (On the last mission, I hid a body in the shadow and the guy saw it and was more than 20 feet away.)
3. Voice acting: It is convincing except for the officers who never move their lips. Also, the civilians voice also sounds very weird.
4. I don't like the fact that your SC-20K is always in the rifle mode.
5. There were more checkpoints in the first Splinter Cell.

In conclusion, this is a game some people will and won't like. This is a fun game, but Ubi-Soft needs to fix these problems.

P.S. For all you people who say this game doesn't give you enough ammo, think again. Lambert said that your gun should always be your last resort. Stealth is your best weapon. You don't have to kill every guard you see. If you have too, always aim at his head. I always had never used more than 10 bullets by the end of any mission.

P.S. Look for magizines in the game that have the Prince of Persia (a game by Ubi-Soft) cover. One of them is in the Paris-Nice level. Find the place where the conductor is telling the man how he couldn't find any earplugs. Run in and knock the civilian out cold. Take your binoculars and zoom in on the magizine on the table. You have found a Prince of Persia Magizine!

5-0 out of 5 stars HANDS DOWN BEST STEALTH GAME EVER
Gourgeous Graphics!! My favourite game on xbox PERIOD!!! Just as good as the first but even better this time around. I just wish there were more missions.Hurry up and make another PLEASE UBI SOFT!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pandora Tomorrow = Patience
First of all, I loved Pandora Tomorrow! To me, it was a difficult, tense, but loveable game. Rather than bursting through the door and fragging the two guards inside, you check your optic cable, sneak inside into darkness, shoot out a light, lure a guard to the darkness that conceals you, punish him with your elbow, and repeat on the next guard. This makes for much more interesting gameplay than your average shoot 'em up. For those of you who hate stealth games, obviously don't even bother with Pandora Tomorrow. But if you want a deep, georgeous, well written game that isn't a shot 'em up, I think you'll enjoy Pandora Tomorrow. ... Read more


7. Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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Asin: B00006LEMQ
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1465
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (52)

4-0 out of 5 stars the first review of the game after it was actually released
why oh why do people write reviews for games that haven't been released? first off i suppose i should let everyone know that any reviews written about this game before nov. 21 2002 should be ignored for the most part. one example of where this is true, the reviewer "lik way chan" said that the xbox version would have no dismemberment, i assure you it does. so don't base a review of a game on something you heard. anyway on with the review. this is indeed one of the best star wars games i've played. the controlling is different from Obi Wan (which i look at now and wonder...why?) the saber control is different too, but i liked the saber control in obi wan. the force powers are great (push pull jump speed grip lightning and heal) though its a pain to have to cycle through them. graphics are amazing, the storyline is great. though it seems you wait too long before you get your saber and force powers, so stick with it! the multiplayer is great too, lots of other force powers offered, ie force drain, force seeing and force rage. so apart from a few minor flaws, this game is flat out awesome, even if your not a star wars fan, this is still a great game.

4-0 out of 5 stars Really good but extremely hard
I love STAR WARS games and couldn't wait for this one. It's a cool game but not without some drawbacks.

NOTE: The game starts off as an FPS. Not until around the 7th level do you get the lightsaber and the Force. When you ignite the saber, you go into 3rd person mode.

DIFFICULTY: I'm starting with this, because this stands out the most. This game is TOUGH! I defy anyone to play through this game without consulting someone for help. I knew I was in trouble when I got stuck on the first stage! And I played the original DARK FORCES. JEDI OUTCAST consists of complicated map areas, hard puzzles, things you might not think to do, and enemies that can drain your energy quickly.

GRAPHICS: I thought they were quite good. Familiar planets is a nice touch. Has a realistic SW feel. The frame-rate is good.

SOUND: A little disappointing, particularly with regard to the lightsaber sound effect. It doesn't have half the punch that it did in OBI-WAN. The music editing is very choppy and is not done very well. Blasters sound good.

CONTROL: The default control is awful, but you can customize it to make it a lot better. Using R for the saber leads to not quite as precise lightsaber movements, but you can get used to that. You can deflect blasts with the lightsaber (and it looks awesome) but they never go back and hit the enemy! The Force is awkward to use.

MULTIPLAYER: Lots of cool places to fight (Death Star, Bespin, etc.) and you can even be a stormtrooper and have a lightsaber!

If Lucasarts took the difficulty, Force usability, lightsaber controls, sound effects, and enjoyability of OBI-WAN, with the graphics and animation of JEDI OUTCAST, we'd get one truly amazing XBOX game.

I have to say this one more time: This is game is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT! It takes the fun out of it since it is so frustrating. Still, it's worth checking out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great star wars title!
This is a great game for any skilled star wars game freak. The graphics are pretty good and the gameplay is very fun and challenging don't listen to the negative reviews claiming the game is to hard, the people who claim it's to hard are just weak at video games granted the game can frustrate but it never get's to the point where you want to throw the game out the window. This is a good game and I highly recomend it to and star wars fan. p.s. don't buy jedi academy that game is horrible! what a shame to ruin the series like that!

4-0 out of 5 stars Action Packed!!!
My computer was to slow to play it. So I had to wait till it came out on Xbox. I had high hopes for this game and it did not let me down. The first two levels were kinda dull for me because I wanted to use a lightsaber. But after the first two levels it was granted and the game shined differently in my eyes. The gameplay after that point was action packed and I can say I never thought to brandish a gun ever again. From your first lightsaber dual up to the secret stage of the game, I have enjoyed the gameplay experience. I even find myself returning to the jedi action once and a while to slaughter stormtroopers and take in some of the big environments. If it wasn't for certain levels were I was constantly plummeting to my death I would have gave it five stars. I'm not a big Star Wars freak but just buy this game if you like the movies, it won't let you down.

5-0 out of 5 stars tHiS gAmE rOcKs!
I first got this game about 2 years ago for computer. Back then, I had a really slow computer, and it didn't work right. I was so mad that I had wasted 40 dollars on it. It went on the shelf and waited there for 2 years. Now I have a better computer and play it all the time. The earlier reviewer said that the game was extremely difficult, not so. The guy must have obviously been a moron, and not been able to figure out the puzzles, because the game has an average difficulty, and if he wants it easier, he can play on Padawan. Anyway, the game is basically a first person shooter based game, where you go around blasting storm troopers, probe droids, and more. I suggest getting this game because I really enjoy playing it, and I want to get it for XBOX too. ... Read more


8. Ninja Gaiden

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Asin: B00008KTNW
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Tecmo
Sales Rank: 468
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Complex action/fighting game set in ancient Japan
  • Avenge your clan using old-school ninja fighting techniques
  • Stunning 3-D graphics
  • Huge levels with plenty of action
  • For one player

Reviews (162)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect...but one MAJOR flaw
This game is nearly flawless in its execution, but, unfortunately, its one flaw is a large one. First, let's start with the positives:
- The game's production values are superb. Graphics, textures, attention to detail, level design, animation, motion capture (especially for the nanchuku, which are absolutely breathtaking) are all some of the best I've seen on Xbox.
- The cinematics are great (voice acting is a little weak, but not too bad)
- The variety of gameplay (different settings, etc.) is also good
- The combat system works very well, with some great looking combos that flow together perfectly
- The inclusion of the original 3 Ninja Gaidens is also a great addition

Now, on to the negative.
This game is hard - brutally hard at some spots. I've been a hardcore gamer for 20 plus years, and this game ranks right up there with some of the most controller smashingly frustrating I've ever seen. Furthermore, the difficulty isn't always the "good" kind (it borders on unfair.) You will find that some of the routine enemies you fight towards the middle and latter parts of the game are harder than boss fights in many other games. Furthermore, after finishing off these 'routine' baddies, you will often have to fight a boss IMMEDIATELY afterwards, with no chance to save or buy more supplies. That being the case, expect to play through fairly lengthy parts of the game AGAIN and AGAIN as you try and make it to the boss with as many potions, etc. as possible.
This game's difficulty and frustration factor, are, in my opinion, an unforgivable flaw that detract from what was almost a perfect game. And this statement comes from someone who has gamed over 20 straight years - so I would think it is safe to say that I KNOW an 'unfair' difficulty level when I see one.

I would still give this game thumbs up, though, and recommend it wholeheartedly to any hardcore action gamer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very difficult, but ultimately rewarding gaming experience
"Ninja Gaiden" was one of the very first NES games I had ever played, quickly becoming one of my favorites. Years later, Team Ninja has finally released an update with superior graphics and gameplay. This is definitely going to be the game to beat for 2004 in terms of quality and fun factor.

That said, this game is extremely hard. At normal, it is much like being dropped into a battle without any training or skills. You must fend for yourself. This is not a game where button-smashing will get you through fights. In fact, this is one of the few games where combos actually have a purpose instead of simply adding to your score. The combos help with getting through some tough enemies, particularly when you find yourself surrounded with nowhere to go.

It can be extremely frustrating, yet also ultimately rewarding once you beat the area you have been stuck on for so long. It may seem at first that the first encounter with a boss is also the most aggravating simply because you have not acquired many of the skills needed to play. It's a rarity, but when you receive upgraded weapons and skills, they actually benefit your performance. Instead of being allowed to counter-attack your enemies after a successful block, you must find and learn the skill. Upgrading weapons makes them more powerful and more destructive, which gives added incentive to kill as many enemies as you can.

"Ninja Gaiden" has once again become one of my favorite games. While it is certainly a challenge (you may throw your controller more than once), there is method to the madness. This is a rarity among fighting games, where graphics and gameplay are successfully unionized to provide an addictive and satisfying gaming experience.

*A word of advice: Do not overwrite your saves until you have filled all 10 save locations. It can become necessary to load a previous save in case you find yourself low on potions. One minor caveat I have with the game is that you can not load during the game itself--you must die first. There is no way to get to the Main Menu during gameplay. While this is not a big problem, it does become irritating when you realize you aren't going to live through the boss and have to watch yourself get shredded just so you can reload a save.

PROs: Hard, but rewarding; fluid graphics which never lag no matter how many enemies are on screen; nice camerawork during battles; skill and knowledge fare better than mindlessly pushing X and Y; excellent combo and fighting system--superior to most action games; good use of sound; button smashing will only get you so far; brilliant enemy AI and design--some of the best-looking enemies I've ever seen in a video game.

CONs: No 'Easy' setting; camera control is irritating during platform jumping

Graphics: 10
Sound: 9
Control: 9
Fun Factor: 10
Difficulty: Hard to Very Hard

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, But Beware
If you were a fan of the original Ninja Gaiden games on NES, then you must own Ninja Gaiden on Xbox. Why? Well, because not only do you get this great looking new game, but you also get the three originals, all packed into the same disc! That's four games for the price of one, folks--you can't beat that!

WARNING: This new game, however, is beyond difficult. A lot of people have given up and traded their copies without ever beating it. So I advise you to rent before you buy. Ninja Gaiden isn't for everybody.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Game
This game is richly detailed and has incredible graphics, but the difficulty may be too much for many people. I consider myself good at games like this, and I found the game very difficult on the lowest setting. The lack of any sort of training or tutorial doesn't help as even the first level is full of battle-hardened foes to challenge your skills.

The plot is fairly shallow, despite its attempt to create a "history", but nonetheless is cool and addictive. It never elaborates on key points, leaving many things left open, which is my major complaint. Basically, you are left in command of your clan (your father is off doing something else). This clan is responsible for guarding an ancient sword that is basically evil and actually grows as death and evil surrounds it. This sword is stolen by a Higher Fiend, and taken into the Vigoor Empire. Your mission is to retrieve it.

The game is definitely not short and is worth the money. The fighting is intense and strategic (button mashers don't waste your money), and the styles vary with your weapons (which are for the most part plentiful).

I highly recommend this game, as the down-sides do not come close to outweighing the benefits. If for no other reason, buy it for Rachel(?), who surpasses Lara Croft in "eye-candy" goodness!

5-0 out of 5 stars sleek stylish action adventure
Let me start off by saying this is one of the greatest looking Xbox games to date. Not only does this game have a amazing visual apeal it has the substance to back up all the eye candie. Team Ninja spend year perfecting the stylish combat and it was well worth the wait. you will be decaptating foes with greatest of ease while stringing together 50+ combos while running and jumping off walls. it truly is amazing combat coated in jaw dropping graphics. ... Read more


9. Nascar 2005: Chase for the Cup

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Asin: B0002ILSIS
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 456
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Features

  • Sports racing game
  • Develop your racing skills--and settle your disputes with other drivers--by racing cars through city streets
  • First game to feature NASCAR's new point system
  • Create-a-Driver feature allows you to customize your character and racing gear
  • Single, multiplayer, and online multiplayer modes; race up to 43 cars on a single track through Xbox Live

10. Tony Hawk UnderGround 2

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Asin: B0002CTTQC
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Activision
Sales Rank: 105
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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amazeing
one thing i thought when i played the first thug was unbeliveable, then i went to E3 and saw thug2 and i just said to myself amazeing. It is a fantastic game and at our local game store I'll be first inline and at the strock of midnight on october 4, i'll be the first in my town to own it. I highly recomend it although it will never live up to the first and best thug. ... Read more


11. Sudeki
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Asin: B0000AOE9K
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1342
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play a team of four fierce heroes in this real-time action RPG
  • Battle over 65 enemies, from Accursed Undead to a 90-foot Serpentine Siren
  • Develop your characters' skills, spell arsenal, weapons cache, and powers throughout the game
  • Exclusive graphic engine provides detailed facial animation, bump-mapping, fully dynamic shadows, and awesome scale
  • For 1 player

Reviews (26)

3-0 out of 5 stars what type of game is Sudeki?
From what there has been shown of Sudeki on the web it sure looks colorful at times and dark at other times. I have no idea what Sudeki is about although it reminds me of Shenmui set in ancient times. Not being an expert on art i've read Sudeki is supposed to be Japanese in it's theme. It does not strike me as all that Japanese. The 4 main characters look cartoon like if anything. Is it a fighting game? The four character idea, is it like Gauntlet where you choose to be one of four characters each with their own unique powers?

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I have just played the demo and it's great!!!!

Aso soon as it release i would buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's gonna be be great.
I just played the demo and I can tell this game will be good. The demo showed off some of the combat elements of the game. You can pull off attack combos, skill strikes, spirit strikes, etc. At any time during combat, you can slow down the action by pressing Y. This will allow you to plan your strategy, quaff a potion, change the AI settings of your companions, etc. Since there was no NPC interaction in the demo, I have no opinion on the other RPG elements of the game. Also, the graphics were beautiful.

This Game rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Man this game is the bomb!!Some people call one of the guys you can play gay but the people who call him gay are gay themselfs.
But if you like games where you can interact with people then this is your game.

WoW !!!!!!!!!!!!
I played the demo this game is a must.Trust me buy it ... Read more


12. Blood Rayne 2

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Asin: B0001ZDLE6
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Majesco Sales, Inc.
Sales Rank: 677
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Join half-vampire half-human BloodRayne as she hunts down her evil, powerful siblings
  • Enhanced speed and combat ability
  • New spectral projection allows blood gathering from a distance
  • Runs on the newest version of Terminal Reality's Infernal Engine
  • New in-game dynamics include pole combat, rail sliding and advanced melee fighting with fatality moves

Reviews (1)

The Blood falls again!
This game is definately a savvy item to shop for. In my opinion, part 2 is going to be a great game. This will be a #1 on my list, so I should wait until it comes out. Not that I have played it, but seeing the first Bloodrayne's success, I would think it would be similar to Resident Evil for the zombie concepts, Matrix for It's slow motion,and Buffy the vampire slayer for it's vampire history. I am definately going to buy this game first hand and other readers and Bloodrayne fans should too. It's education isn't that good, but it'll teach a lesson or two about not to stick your nose into other people's bussiness. ... Read more


13. Need for Speed Underground
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Asin: B0000C4M23
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 526
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features urban street racing and high performance tuner cars
  • Build the ultimate street machine by earning cash to pay for custom body kits
  • 20 fully customizable, licensed cars from Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru, Toyota, and more
  • Perfect skills by nailing the perfect shift in drag racing and by putting you street cred on the line
  • For up to four players

Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars a really sweet take-off of the Fast and the Furious
if you like the fast and the furios or 2fast... or if you like turbocharged nos cars then this is the perfect game for you. you can play up to 4 players and pick real cars from the real world including the mits eclipse, skyline, impreza, supra and many others. if you love a game where you can custimiz EVERYTHING out of your car then this is perfect. decals, vinals, window tinting, neon, tail lights, head lights, tail pipe, roof scoop, bumpers, hood, rims, paint, and of course the performance stuff like ecu fuel computer, suspension, nos, brakes, engine/exaust and lots more. lots of chalenging races with a huge party for the winner with hot chicks surrounding you and the car, cheering. get free parts if you accept a challenge from other garage or car owners. see your car on real magazines including Modified, import tuner, and turbo charged. also it features jump cameras which get the better view if you get air or flip up in the air from hitting something. choose from multiple races including drag, circut, lap knockout, drift adn others. if you tried other racing games and were not satisfied, give this game your last chance and youll love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Racing game I have ever played
I have played alot of racing games, but know racing game has ever made me feel the speed like this one has. You actually feel like your in car. The sound quality is superb. I've never heard sounds like this in any game. I think this game has the best sound production ever. You have to play this game too understand how good the sound quality is.

I realize I only like racing games that allow you too customize your cars. You have never seen customization like this in any game. You can customize your car forever. Your car will look like nobody else's car.

The graphics are perfect. There is nothing wrong with the graphics at all in this game.

The music could have been much better. I don't understand why they didn't let us use the custom soundtrack for this game. I had too turn off Lil Jon because my head was hurting me.

OMG....The Drag racing mode is amazing. Once again the speed you get in this game is in no other racing game.

I only have two problems with this game. No custom soundtrack and no Xbox Live support. Hopefully they will fix that in Need for Speed Underground 2.

This game is the BIBLE to street racing fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Need for speed= game
Hey, drag racing is kool. i like cars. cars ryhmes with jars. my dogs name is snoopy!i played this game atmy cousin joeys house the music is phat. my mom says i can ride a car like that if i bought one. im wearing a spiderman tshirt. I WANT A GAMECUBE AND BUBBLE BATH. my cousin joey really likes this game. he bought for copys incase he breaks three of thm. they were smuggled in from the filipeens. im listening to a sting seedee.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than Hot Pursuit 2; it's a blast
This game has so much going for it, I'm not quite sure where to start. How about with the most obvious thing, the graphics?

The graphics look fantastic. The lights in the city reflect off the cars accurately, and the colors you can paint your car make it look even better. The areas are well lit and look great. There's a cool motion-blur effect when you use a nitro.

Now, the game structure. There's about 100 races, each of them netting you winnings based on how you placed and the race's difficulty. There are several different types of race: the point-to-point race, the lap races, drag racing, and a cool (and very fun) drift mode. As you go through the game, you unlock new courses and cars, all of which can be used in the multiplayer mode.

By winning races or spending winnings, you can unlock hundreds of decals, vinyls, mufflers, spoilers, hoods, etc., for your car that you can use to decorate it. As you make your car look cooler, your reputation goes up and you get a multiplier on the number of style points earned during races. Style points unlock decorations for your car. A meter shows how close you are to unlocking something.

The steering feels great and is perfectly suited to the course design. The controls are fine (they're hard to get wrong in a racing game). Neat shortcuts are scattered throughout the courses for you to use if you know what you're doing.

There's some good music to accompany the action; it reminds me a bit of SSX 3, but with a more edge to it: the kind of music that gets your adrenaline pumping.

If you're into racing games that focus more on speed than total realism, this game is perfect for you. It's an absolute blast. I'm looking forward to NFSU2!

pretty good game but mainly for the speed!!
This game is good but the only reason i will but it is because of the fast pace driving. Many other reviews complain about the lack of cars, it really dosent matter because after you get a car you costumise it with (rims,neion,motor and nos) i also heard one of the raters saying that nos only blurs your screen, two of my friends have it they say nos is is very effective, nos is also one of the reason i will buy this game. I also suggest you rent this game before you buy it (i dont have to because my freinds have) it, good luck. ... Read more


14. Conflict: Desert Storm II- Back to Baghdad

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Asin: B0000A03C3
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Gotham Games
Sales Rank: 1534
Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play as the US Delta force or the British SAS
  • Use the unique skills of four elite specialists: Team Leader, Demolitions, Sniper and Heavy Weapons
  • Command all four soldiers simultaneously to coordinate devastating strikes on enemy positions
  • Enemy troops communicate and coordinate their attacks; Squad mates dynamically react to ambushes

Reviews (17)

One of the best quad based fighting games ever
Conflict Desert storm 2 is one of the best war games on the market to date. You lead a 4 man sqaud of a sniper (foley) a man specializing in explosives (Jones) and a guy with the high powered guns (connors) you also have a squad leader (bradly). The game uses realistic command to tell your squad to follow you stand down fire at will and many more. The missions are a real challenge and usaully you must play multyplayer to beat them multyplayer is very fun so this is a good thing. There are also many diffrent weapons to choose from like diffrent guns explosives, and other things that come in handy like binoculars for scoping out the area they also have night vision. Here are some pros and cons of the game.

Pros:
1. Realistic squad based game
2. You get to control 4 guys
3. Tons of weapons to choose from
4. You can tell your men many commands
5. You interact with helecopters Jets and can drive tanks and a jeep type truck
6. Great game
7. Enemy can surprise you and arnt predictable
Cons:
1. Missions can get hard at times

Overall this is a great game and I sugest you buy it. Its defenitly worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun Co-op Game
My wife and I played this game immediately after finishing Conflict Desert Storm (game one) and really enjoyed it. In comparing the two games I can say the primary differences are:
1.) CDS II has better graphics
2.) CDS II allows you to save more often
3.) CDS II is shorter
4.) CDS II is easier to complete
5.) CDS II has more vehicles to drive
Overall we really enjoyed the game and it's probably something that you can rent and finish in a fairly short amount of time. I paid $35 for my game and I thought that was a good value; however, I'm not sure I'd pay $50 for it. If you're looking for a good co-op adventure game try both Conflict Desert Storm and Conflict Desert Storm II. You can now buy the first game for $19.99, since it's a platinum hit.

conflict:Desert Storm 2-Back to baghdad
desert storm is the second most realistic game I've played but it's the best game I've ever played!!! All the guns are real. The graphics are great! The makers should of made multiplayer so you can go against each other instead of cooperative. The unrealistic part is when you get shot in the head,neck, or chest you don't die. Other than that it is a perfect mix of hard and easy !!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding shoot-em up
If you love a squad based shoot-em up game this has got to be the game for you. The game has outstanding graphics from the great Xbox power.
Through out the game there are excellent missions what are just outstanding and mission that once I got started I just could not stop until I had finished them.
The overall weapons that are available to you are just outstanding.
Through the game you can interact with helicopter Jets. With the vehicles you can drive tanks and the main vehicle that you can use is a jeep type truck.
This a great game for the shoot-em up gamer , I must say must have.

Conflict: Desert Storm II- Back to Baghdad review
This is a must have game. It has 3-Demensinal graphics and is oouuttaaa here!!!!!!! most of all this game is war im talkin WAR.....For all u war tpye characters u should check this game ooouuuttt!!!!! ... Read more


15. Red Dead Revolver
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Asin: B0001ADAMO
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Rockstar Games
Sales Rank: 919
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Third person action game where you play as a bounty hunter from the Wild West
  • Chase down foes on horseback, engage in duals, and drive stagecoaches in your quest for revenge
  • Arcade play blended with full-motion capture cut-scenes
  • Inspired by Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s and 70s
  • For 1 to 4 players

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4-0 out of 5 stars Taking aim at "Red Dead Revolver". . .
If you're an avid fan of the western and a gamer to boot, then "Red Dead Revolver" is the only game in town that should get a tip of your hat. Western-themed games are rare to say the least, and good ones are rarer still. This is the latter kind, and its mature themes make it even more remarkable - it's as close as you'll ever get to playing through an old Clint Eastwood film.

You're cast as Red, a bounty hunter who's seeking to avenge the murder of his parents. His quest takes him through many bizarre locations and pits him against a wide variety of murderous outlaws. It's his job to shoot first and ask questions later... then again, he doesn't really ask questions, he just shoots people and leaves it at that.

The game's levels are usually brief affairs that revolve around one particular set piece or another and are jam-packed full of people to kill. Fortunately, all that killing is mighty satisfying. There's hardly a wide variety of weapons to help you along despite the designers' best efforts to bring variety to the period setting, but the weapons that exist are cool enough to compensate. Area specific damage and gouts of blood and gore keep things visceral and compelling. Red can fire from cover if things get too hectic, but it's generally not an essential tactic - even if it is a welcome option. He's also got a Max Payne-like ability called "Dead Eye," which allows him to slow time and take steady aim at his opponents.

You don't only play as Red during the course of the game. There are several other characters and storylines to delve into, and while they sometimes steer the focus of the game's story in the wrong direction, it's generally a welcome change of pace. Red's native cousin, Shadow Wolf, enjoys a particularly entertaining mission that encourages stealth and a fair aim with a bow and arrow. Some of the other character missions feel tacked on, though - such as the Buffalo Soldier's wagon ride back to town.

What's a western-themed action game without the occasional duel? Drawing on opponents is handled like a sort of minigame that generally fits well into the scheme of things. Unfortunately, it's too frustrating, particularly later in the game. It's more a matter of a luck than skill, and certainly could have been handled with more flair.

It's far from perfect, but "Red Dead Revolver" should provide hours of fairly mindless but addictive fun. With the lack of competition, it easily earns its place as the best western-themed game ever released. If this kind of thing rubs you the right way, go grab a copy.

Final Score: B

3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
I had been waiting for a game in the western genre, and finally along came Red Dead Revolver. I even put off buying Dead Man's Hand which came out a month or so earlier because DMH was said to be a more of an arcade shooter. This game lacks a lot. My biggest gripe is the number of shots your enemy can endure. 2 or 3 might be understandable, but 15 to 20 shots, and still standing. We're talking shots to the head and nobody faling. But this seems to be the case in video games. Even Medal of Honor which is supposed to be the most realistic you have to shoot a few times to knock em down. The areas are very limited. You're pretty confined to certain small areas. You can't open doors and there are too many cut scenes and not enough hands on action. If you are looking for a realistic portrayel of the old west, this is not it, it's more like the Wild Wild West, with villians like midget clowns and the like.
That all said, there are some pros. It does seem moderately fun, despite the drawbacks. Like the above reviewer said, I don't think I'll want to play it twice, as I'll just be doing the same exact thing with little or no variance.
Some of the elements are fun, like riding the train and horses. The quick draw scenes I could have done without, as they take no skill to perform.
Well, I guess until the upcoming western game "Boomtown" LogicalVice debuts, this is the only cowboy shooter worth playing. I would recommend renting before buying.
Some fun, just not enough.

4-0 out of 5 stars red dead revolver......good game kinda weak....
good game but i beat it in one day in like 6 hours....which sucked....game was way too easy but it was fun with the double tme or what ever it was with the L2 button...but over all a good shooter and the story line was ok...i didnt like how you couldnt roam around freely though...that would have made the game better...but overal it was a good game worth a rental not a buy...

4-0 out of 5 stars Know what, the experts were wrong!
Don't let the magazine and internet reviews by groups such as ign fool you, this game is really fun. Yes, the controls are not that great, the graphics are blocky, and unfortunately the game is short and does not offer xbox live support...but, the game is a blast to play, the theme is unique, the artistic quality is superb and the acting is attractive and well developed. Plus, it has a great story. I recommend buying or renting this game.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a good game for Western aficionados
Deliver some lead in this spaghetti western videogame!

Red is a gunner with a Clint Eastwood face (I would not be surprised if good old Clint sued Rockstar for using a skin that is a bit too close to his likeness). His parents were murdered when he was a child, his father's legendary gun, "the Scorpion Revolver," robbed. Now that he is old and skilled with all sorts of weapons, Red is on a quest to avenge his parents, get that gun and kill anything that gets into his way.

This game is an excellent western, and here are its game characteristics:

Graphics: 9 out of 10.
^^^^^^^^ Its like being at the movies, great 3D animation and wonderful graphic engine. The wild west finally revives...

Sound: 10 out of 10.
^^^^^ Music seem to come directly from the The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Sound FXs are perfect, voiceovers are well done.

Atmosphere: 9 out of 10.
^^^^^^^^^^ Story, voicovers, music, and graphics will all contribute to a perfect western experience. Gun slinging, western humour, duels... you get everything.

Gameplay: 8 out of 10.
^^^^^^^^ Yes good, but a bit too arcade "kill them all." You will have a LOT of fun though, expecially if you like things simple and entertaining. Plus, not only you command Red around the game, you will use also a cast of other 5 perfectly designed characters.

The Bottom Line:
Thus is a GOOD BUY:
1) for western movie fans.
2) for Rockstar Game fans.
3) for action oriented gamers tired of battling undead that jump out of the sewers or aliens in airshafts.

For all others, this is a possibly good game on which to spend your money, as its overall quality is undeniably great. ... Read more


16. Steel Battalion: Line of Contact

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Asin: B00009WAV6
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Capcom
Sales Rank: 2046
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Mech action game that uses the special 40-button Steel Battalion controller
  • 10 new mechs
  • Rare VTs hidden throughout the game
  • Cockpit and 3rd-person views
  • 5-on-5 battles through Xbox Live

Reviews (2)

2-0 out of 5 stars Does NOT work.
This game is the victim of extremely poor netcode. There is a 20% chance of getting into a 2v2 game in Free Mode, and close to 0% in Campaign mode. It is supposed to support 5v5, but no one in the US has been able to come close to that. My connection is a 2mb DL/512k UL.

Capcom & Microsoft are playing the blame game, and the customers are left out to dry. I recommend getting something else until (or if) these issues are fixed. It's really a shame - the game itself is outstanding. If you can't play an online-only game online...what good is it?!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is going to be one of the most epic games ever
Last Christmas I took the plunge into getting Steel Battalion. To this day, I play it at least 5 times a week, the game is so incredibly awesome. Now with Line of Contact coming very soon, its going to take this game to the next epic level. With Xbox Live (yes its online!) five on five teams can battle it out in deathmatches, capture the flag and more game modes to be shown later. New VT's (vertical tanks, that's what you pliot in the game) new weapons, new mission & enviroments. If you are a dir hard Mech fan, this game will have you pissing in your pants. When played on a 48' HDTV w/ surround sound, this is one of the best game experiences ever. My respect for the Xbox has been won over with this game, not even Halo could warm me up to this system. But in order to enjoy this game, you MUST have the 40 button, 3 foot pedel controller with is included with the origianal game. So, if you are feeling up to the steep challenge (and price) you will have the time of your gaming life with this game. ... Read more


17. Samurai Warriors

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Asin: B00026IKUO
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Kolcraft
Sales Rank: 1619
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Become Sanada Yukimura, the leader of an elite band of samurai and ninja
  • Wield katana, fling deadly shuriken, use kunai, kuzarigama, and other lethal weapons
  • Character-specific actions emphasize the personality of each character
  • The auto-formation system (AFS) generates floor plans and routes, delivering a new experience with each play
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This game is fun. I like it. It has a lot of characters. It has a lot of modes. It is like DW 1, 2, 3, 4. It is awesome. It is better then DW 1, 2, 3,4 ... Read more


18. Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters

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Asin: B00008G8OA
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 1614
Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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Lots of fun, but has some drawbacks
First and foremost, Godzilla:DAMM is a lot of fun for anyone who is a fan of the movies. The developers obviously spent a good deal of time creating the monsters - they all have their distinct advantages/disadvantages and are rendered beautifully in the game. This is a great party game once all the monsters/arenas have been unlocked.

Gameplay:
The game plays as it is expected: a) big giant monsters are not going to be nimble characters (like in DOA:3 or MK:DA) b) it takes a lot more than a few combos to take an opponent out c) throwing buildings and other monsters at your opponents is a given.

The game offers a variety of modes (Adventure, Versus, Destruction, Melee). While Destruction is pointless, the other modes should give the game some longevity. The addition of Bots for the Melee mode boosts the replay value well above the GC version.

The drawback to the gameplay is the collision detection. At times, your character can be standing right next to a building and not be able to pick it up. Even more annoying is getting hit when you should be out of the opponents sites.

Graphics and sound:
The sound is superb - hands down. All of the yells and screams the monsters make in the movie are represented perfectly.

Graphics are a mixed bag. The monsters look great, but the arenas are often bland and look unfinished. The most disheartening aspect of the graphics is the building destruction - they fall down as if they were precision dynamited, not stomped on by a giant lizard.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best Godzilla Game to date
This is one of the best Godzilla games to date. I highly recommend the Xbox version or GCN version if your a fan of Godzilla.

Excellent graphics(all though the GCN could be better)and it's a blast to play as any of the monsters my favorite being Kiryu aka MechaGodzilla 3. I bought a GCN for this game but no sooner than I had done so I found out that it was going to be ported to xbox.

One of the good things about the Xbox version is it supports custom soundtracks, it's really great to play this game while your favorite Godzilla scores are playing in the back ground.

Excellent game a must have if your a fan of fighting games or monster movies.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not the worst game ever, but not the greatest either
Being a heavy G-fan, I rented this sucker the minute I saw it at my local Hollywood Video. I brought it back to my room and popped it into my roommate's X-Box, which was at first to much his dismay. However, within an hour him and two of our buddies were all battling it out as four of Toho's finest. We even played together on the storyline mode to unlock more monsters to make the one-on-one more enjoyable. So, after all that, what are my final statements on the game? Well, there are a lot of good things about this game that I like, but there are also some things that disappointed me.

First lets talk about the storyline of the game. Aliens come down to earth and announce to humanity that they are unleashing all the monsters from Monster Island, and its up to you as one of the selected monsters to stop them. OK, sounds fair enough, that was the plotline of most Godzilla films in the 60's and 70's (even harkens over to the "Destroy All Monsters" movie). I have to say I'm a bit turned off at the stupid, overused humor they gave the aliens ("Am I still on?") as well as the cheapness those CG scenes had. The alien hits a button on the table before him...except there's no button! Also, after defeating all the monsters on earth, the aliens throw MechaGodzilla at you. That's cool, and its fitting with the Godzilla universe as well, but I wish they could have thrown in some more Godzilla monsters on other difficulty levels, or maybe even unlock villains to fight. I know Biollante would have made an awesome boss, or even SpaceGodzilla.

As for regards to gameplay, this was a pretty decent melee game. Every one has their own blasting ability, especially Godzilla 2000 who has one mighty breath-of-death! Arguilas can roll (and if you hit his spiked back your monster will cry in pain). Rodan and King Ghidora, as well as his mecha counterpart, can fly. Megalon can burrow underground and pop up under his enemy, spinning them with his drill.

And yes, you can destroy the city. Buildings take damage either by being stomped or touched by monsters, or some parts can even be picked up and thrown by one of the fighters! There are plenty of stages to fight in, each a major city with day/night choice of time. If you destroy too many buildings in one area, the military will start to target you (although I never saw how that did too much damage).

There are other ways to get the upper hand, though. You can get power ups (Rage) that will increase hit damages, and of course the mandatory HP restore power up. You can also select some items that will bring in other monsters to aide you: one has Mothra swooping in and shocking your opponent, while the other has Hedorah in flight-mode pretty much farting over your opponent (I don't know what else to call it, it doesn't do much except steal the opponent's dignity). If melee is boring, they also have contests where who ever does the most damage in a city wins the round. Never played that too much though, unless I wish to practice a move or some thing.

Despite all this, I think some game issues weren't thought over before this was released to market. For one, some of the moves by the monsters are downright cheap - and their cheapness is exploited by the AI while you may have trouble figuring out how they work. The Megalon AI will continue to try and burrow under you, and there's no way you can attack them back. You're only hope is to run and hope eventually their power will go down. Also, once Megalon gets under you, you can't block - its an automatic drill attack. Rodan also has an incredibly cheap attack with his massive wing-span slap. Most of these monsters move pretty slow, even in their run, so its almost impossible to get to him especially since he flies. Also, I seem to notice the AI for Rodan and Ghidora seem to have unlimited flying abilities while I can barely stay up for more than five seconds.

I also wish they had had some original Godzilla music in there. The music in this game is no where near as memorable as the one from the films - where's my Akira Ifukube? Even "Godzilla 2000" remembered to have the original themes that highlighted Toho's 1980's revival of the G-man.

So what's my final conclusion? Well, I would rent this first. I'm sure most fans will read my complaints and go, "I don't care, I can overlook that." If you can, then by all means buy this for your own. If you get annoyed by this too, then rent it and decide for yourself. Just remember I said it was a "decent" melee game.

A Must Have for G-Fans, Couldn't Have Been Any Better:
...if you know what the term "Kaiju" is, you simply must have this game. If I was a kid, I would have hookied to play this thing. Kudos to Pipeworks software development team for their excellent concept and design. This has the feel of a labor of love, and had to be an extremely difficult game to code. I don't see how this could have been done any better:

1. Most of the Toho kaiju stable are here, and are "perfectly" rendered. In fact, they improve over the limitations of their film counterparts in many aspects.

2. The game has a movie feel to it. Again, Pipeworks did a superlative job of somehow capturing this intangible but crucial element.

3. Has that arcade magic. You can jump right in and hold your own in easy mode but there are plenty of game variation - including an awesome single screen multi-player mode. Great AI means that you can have a fun challenge against the computer regardless of skill level. Game play is intuitive yet challenging.

3A) Balance. Capturing "arcade magic" means the game has to have the correct balance of strategy and fun. This does.

4) Details - as you continue to play you will notice the incredible detail and hidden objects. Every time I play I marvel at something new.

Caveats: Cheat codes are an absolute must! It's too hard to unlock all the monsters and cities without them. The cheat codes are all over the internet. Some have stated that the cities lack detail but I disagree. This was a development trade-off. The buildings are not static elements as they are in other games. Most building can be picked up and thrown at your opponent, and all can be destroyed. Plus there's like 15 different cities to choose from. I only wish they would have used Akira Ifukube's scoring - but that's a minor point.

I was a little skeptical because this game has gotten mixed reviews. I think that those who criticize this one are comparing it to other fight games, and are not familiar with the Toho universe. It's not a fair comparison, and they're missing the point. This is a highly entertaining game that is remarkably true to its cinematic origins. And it's flat out too much fun if you're a fan of these films. As far as film-based games go, no other game even comes close in regards to being truer to its origins. Pipeworks did an absolutely remarkable job with this game. Rather than make it just "another fight game" with a broader appeal, they made it a unique experience by putting you into Kaiju film. Well worth the 15 bucks or so, now that its widely available, pre-owned.

This is not rampage, its a fighter with monsters
I was looking for a party game with simple mindless bashing and point scoring like Rampage, but this was more like street fighter 2 with monsters. The sound is great, but the destruction of buildings is not "messy" and the gameplay is languid. Other fighting games out there are better IMO, but it is unique in that it has monsters. ... Read more


19. EA Sports Fight Night 2004
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0001HAI7W
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Sales Rank: 1073
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Authentic-feeling boxing game
  • Total Punch Control permits unprecedented detail
  • New defensive system
  • Lots of cool background features
  • For 1 or 2 players

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars Fight Night - A knockout of a game.
Had this for the past week now and have to say it's probablary the best boxing game out there. Graphics are good, most of the boxers look spot on. Gameplay is unique with the TPC (total punch control) which makes the game more tactical and harder than the standard 'button mash' of the typical fighting game.
I found it a little hard at first but am warming to it. The CAB (create a boxer) is a nice feature and allows you to create fighters that were not included in the game ie Mike Tyson, Danny Green etc. You can take your own creation or one of the in game boxers and take them through an entire career. You also get to pick the weight division you wish to fight in.
With the mode you must schedule your fights, train, buy new gear if you wish and of course fight your way up the rankings towards a title belt. To any boxing fan the game is quite addictive and a good buy to the boxing and sports fan alike.
Oh for the record I created my own boxer in the Middleweight division and have 20 wins and 6 losses with 9 KO's.

The only things that I would like to see changed (maybe in Fight Night 2005) is when buying new gloves, boots etc that they added to your skills a little as in Tiger Woods golf.
Also the availability to practise some of the training modes, the heavy bag in particular is annoying.
And as already mentioned clinching should be included.

All in all a quite enjoyable game. If your a boxing fan go get it, if not hire for a couple of days to test it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Control
This is quite possibly the best boxing game ever! (once you get over the nostalgia of Mike Tyson's Punch-out...) The graphics are sweet given the ongoing difficulty of generating the human face and the control of your boxer is amazing! Each punch becomes completely intuitive and impact varies based on multiple factors (positioning, transitioning, fatigue, etc.) I love a game that lets you advance in the ranks against a myriad of opponents and increase your skills via training routines on the side, choosing where you want to advance specific skill levels.... Awesome! Each match is totally unique in the AI strategy and opponent attributes, so you have to change your own strategy to compensate; you can't just keep doing the same moves and that rocks huge. Anyway, the coolest part might be how you can configure your own boxer to look exactly like you just like in Top Spin. Or even better, exactly like one of your friends and then let him get pummeled on easy levels against non-opponents... hahaha, it's hilarious to watch a computerized version of your best friend just sit there and take it in the face over and over by the equivalent of a Glass Joe until he drops and gets counted out, hahahaha it never gets old. You have to get this game...

5-0 out of 5 stars play as yourself and fight through the clubs
Fight night 2004 gives you a total punch control system. Witch is an awsome experience because you actually feel like your really beating up your fighter. For example if you push the right thumb stick right and up, you give your opponent a right hook. If u push the right thumb stick down and slide it up to the left you do a left uppercut. You will have to try it for your self.
Fight night 2004 gives you a 20 year career mode to fight your way through the ranks to the top for the belt(you fight 2 or 3 fights a year). You can create your own boxer for career mode or use a pro boxer that already exsits like Ali or Jones Jr. You start out fighting throught the clubs and then as you go u earn money from your fights (Tip:CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTS WISELY). Also when you progress you earn knew ring entrence themes, ring entrence effects, signiture punches, ect...
It is truly the boxing game of the year. Addictive and fun. So go out there and give them the old 1-2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game with Room for Improvement
Overall I have to say that I love this game. It's easily the best boxing game I've ever played. That doesn't mean that there's not things that could be better.

Pros: The graphics are very well done. The motions of the boxers are great and the venues look good. The sound is well done with some very realistic punching and crowd sounds. I personally like the total punch control, but for those who don't like it (see other reviews) there are several other controller options to choose from. The fighters in the game use different tactics that can vary depending on how the fight is going, so there is no set formula to winning.

Cons: I like the fact that the fighters show damage, but it's too uniform. First your eyes get red, then you get a cut around your eye. That's it. There could have been much more variation. Bloody or swollen noses and lips would be more realistic.

Once some opponents start to lose they begin to walk backwards around the ring, moving just as quickly backwards as you do forwards. All this while they're on the verge of going down. This can mean that you'll be chasing an opponent around for most of a round trying to land a punch or two.

Pretty much all fighters will get up on the count of 6 or 7 on the first knockdown. I've fought over 50 matches so far and have yet to see a boxer KO'd on the first or second knockdown, they always get up. A bit more realism would be nice. If you're caught with an especially powerful shot, it should be a little more difficult to get up. I've had fights where I've knocked my opponent down 7 different times before he stayed down.

Finally I think it's unfortunate that your boxer in career mode automatically retires after 20 years while still at the top of his game. Perhaps your skills could diminish as you get older making it necessary to keep training to stay in the game? Then you could decide when to retire your boxer. Go out while still on top or take a chance of losing your title? As it is now you max out your skills after a while making it pointless to keep training.

Overall this is a great game that is worth buying. Hopefully next years title will be even better with some of these problems fixed.

buy this game
fight night is the best boxing game ever. i mean look at the graphics. some advise by the GAME! if youre a boxing fan this is a gift from heaven. ... Read more


20. Crash Twinsanity

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Asin: B0001CJCDS
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Vivendi Universal
Sales Rank: 749
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