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    1. PlayStation 2 (new design)
    $284.00
    2. Xbox Core Console USM
    $42.45 list($49.99)
    3. PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
    $38.95
    4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
    $32.00
    5. GBA Pokemon Emerald
    $88.65
    6. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt
    $150.00
    7. Nintendo DS
    $169.97 list($189.97)
    8. Playstation 2 Console with Jak
    $36.49
    9. PS2 Lego Star Wars
    $65.00
    10. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum
    $44.29
    11. God of War
    $34.99
    12. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier
    $94.95 list($149.99)
    13. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited
    $49.99
    14. Gran Turismo 4
    $219.60
    15. Sony PlayStation 2
    $43.17
    16. Forza Motorsport
    $40.00 list($49.99)
    17. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    $42.75
    18. XB Jade Empire (Limited Edition)
    $49.99
    19. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition
    $37.17
    20. PSP Ridge Racer

    1. PlayStation 2 (new design)

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    Asin: B00004SQPD
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 52
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    2. Xbox Core Console USM

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    Asin: B0001B15RA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 246
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Take the power and flexibility of a dedicated computer gaming system and combine it with the easy-to-use, instant-on format of a high-end console system and what do you get? Well, if you also add in DVD playback ability and broadband Internet connectivity, you get Xbox.

    The advanced components inside Xbox make it the undisputed powerhouse among current game consoles. A 733 MHz Intel main processor and 233 MHz graphics processor from industry leader nVidia deliver photorealistic graphics in real time. A cavernous hard drive stores saved games and characters, making flimsy memory sticks obsolete. The built-in Ethernet port enables super-fast multiplayer online gaming over a broadband Internet connection. Four game controller ports allow you and three of your buddies to play at the same time, or you can use them for other peripherals such as gamepads, light guns, and who knows what else?

    But Xbox has more going for it than fancy innards. The Xbox's Windows-based operating system is a breeze to program on, earning it grateful accolades from Electronic Arts, Infogrames, THQ, and other game producers. The less time developers spend struggling with the operating system means the more time they spend tweaking gameplay, which ultimately results in better games. And games are what it's all about.

    Well, games and the fun of owning a green-glowing game console that looks like it came from Darth Vader's living room.--Mike Fehlauer

    The Xbox Video Game System with Controller S includes the Xbox console, the popular "S" style Microsoft controller, and all necessary cables. A DVD kit (sold separately) is required to access DVD playback ability.
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    Features

    • Xbox game system (includes Xbox console, one controller, and power and A/V cables)
    • 8 GB hard drive
    • Ethernet port for broadband Internet and local area network gaming
    • 4 controller ports
    • Plays DVDs with separately sold DVD kit

    Reviews (80)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Graphics, but not without its flaws.
    The Xbox is an excellent system for any gamer. The graphics are amazing, the sounds is killer and {most} of the games are excellent. Unfortunately, just like the PS2 and Gamecube, the Xbox is not without its faults.
    Good:

    Amazingly detailed graphics
    Capable of incredible sound effects
    Can play CDs and DVDs (not without a remote though)
    4 Controller Ports
    Good variety of Games
    Well Supported by 3rd party developers
    Some excellent exclusive games (Halo, Project Gotham 2, Halo 2)
    150 dollar price point is 30 dollars less than PS2 (but still 50 dollars more than Gamecube)
    Best Online Service (Xbox Live!)

    The Bad

    System weighs a lot-don't expecting anything you can bring on vacation
    System is ugly-basically a big, clunky box
    Lack of RPGS (save Knights of the Old Republic)
    Lack of quirky (strange Japanese/Anime/just plain weird) games such as Mister Mosquito and Animal Crossing.
    Lack of "kiddie" games- Xbox is geared toward the 15+ crowd
    EA Sports games are not online compatible (the PS2 versions are though)

    Overall the Xbox is an excellent system choice for gamers who love action/shooter/online games. The Xbox excels in these areas;in fact it blows the competition out of the water. But, due to the lack of games in certain genres, I have to knock the score down a star. That being said, if you are looking for a graphics powerhouse that is home to the best online games (Mech Assault, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell Pandora's Tommorow) and the best action games (Halo, Halo 2, Brute Force, Deus Ex 2), then you should purchase an Xbox as soon as possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best console at the moment
    XBOX REVIEW

    I own both XBOX and PS2 and I think Xbox is better. PS2 wastes my time because its gone in to the world of disk read heaven. Xbox never has this problem unless your disk is dirty, and GTA double pack froze on me but only for the first 3 days of owning it. PS2 may have a wide selection of games but over half of them are rubbish. Xbox has less of the crap games. The graphics are better than the PS2, multiplayer is better, thanks to xbox live. There is a hard drive for xbox so you can borrow music of your friends and store it on to your hard drive as well as game saves(you can use a memory card to take data onto someone's xbox). The PS2 doesn't need a dvd controller but xbox does(people will often already have a dvd player anyway).

    I'm sick of people saying that xbox is bad because graphics are great and gameplay is more important. XBOX is the ultimate gaming system for action games, Ninja gaidan is one of the best action games available and it's only on xbox and oxm(official xbox magazine UK)gave it 9.2. It's one of the highest ratings along with SPLINTER CELL 2, HALO, MAX PAYE 2, PROJECT GOTHAM 2 and BLINX the time sweeper and more. Ninja G.... is so good that OXM said cast your mind back to when you kicked someone through a stained glassed window in DEAD OR ALIVE 2 and remember how thrilling it was, times it by a million times and Ninja.....delivers on thrills . Buy the xbox for that game.

    Check out these very good games that are coming out in the future on xbox, ADVENT RISING(action), Kill switch(shooting), manhunt(horror action), Driv3r(formally named driver 3 and it's like GTA), Full spectrum warrior(only on xbox, action), Spider man 2, Burnout 3, Richard burn's rally, Fable(only on Xbox)(RPG), Ghost recon 2(3rd person action), Halo 2(only on xbox), Pro evolution soccer, Break down(only on xbox, innovative 1st person shooter), Doom 3(only on xbox and PC), Dead or alive 4, Delter force black hawk down, Def jam vendetta 2(wrestling), Goldenye 2, Freedom fighters 2, Half life 2(only on xbox and PC), Jade empire(RPG), Otogi 2, Prince of Percia 2, Quake 4, PSI ops, Starwars Kotor 2(RPG), True crime 2, Top spin 2, The Matrix, Time splitters 3, Silent Hill 4 and Star craft ghost. BUY THE XBOX FOR THOSE GAMES and I didn't list all the games that are only for xbox.

    Don't believe anyone that says xbox is trash because play Tony Hawks under ground on Ps2 and the gameplay is sluggish and so are the graphics compared to the xbox. Splinter cell 1 first came to Xbox with great graphics and gameplay and 5 months or so later it came out on PS2, people saying graphics improved, wrong. All the developers did was add a few colours on PS2 and xbox still had the best lightining effects and so on. When ever there's a game that goes multy format, it'll usually be best on xbox and Soul calibre 2 is a prime example.

    PS2 better all the way.
    Okay people,listen up.Xbox is a good system and all,and has a built in memory saver(whataever its called)think of the size and memory.The things like a MONSTER.It takes up alot of room.And the memory on it is not portable ! So that does not allow you to take it to your friends house.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge if your a PS2 OWNER!
    Listen, a lot of people here giving it a 0/5 stars all own PS2s, and probably have never played on an Xbox. Listen, an Xbox will cost about the same as a PS2, with the accessories. You see, the PS2 only has 2 controller ports, so they spend money buying a hookup for four. Xbox has that. On the other hand, Xbox can't play DvDs without the little kit. In the end they both break even. Both systems have the same ammount of buttons (Trust me, I own both) and they both get great games. Some great games for Xbox are Halo, Mech Assault, Riddick. Some great PS2 games are Red Faction (older classic, like Halo...), Jak and Dex, and some others.

    So what makes an Xbox better? Well, Xbox's may not get as many unique games (Which is funny, because a lot of the PS2's unique games SUCK!), but it has a way better graphic engine and a nice onboard memory (NO NEED FOR MEMORY CARDS!!LESS MONEY!). Almost forgot, Online has some nice perks too.

    Now, don't listen to idiots who have never played BOTH, but someone who has both. If you want to spend less money, I would go with this, because there are alot of games that come out for both, but they usually look better on this!

    Don't count Nintendo out, they have some...odd...perks

    PS2 Better...
    People if u are thinking about getting XBOX, reconsider. I have PS2 and XBOX. Yeah maybe XBOX has more features but PS2 is the system to get. PS2 has more games u can't get on XBOX. plus your XBOX will tire it self out and die within 1 year. U can have PS2 as long has u want as long as u take care of it. SO ALWAYS GET PS2. ... Read more


    3. PS2 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0007SL1ZI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 1
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    Product Description

    The Star Wars Episode III video game features third-person character action gameplay that will deliver the ultimate Jedi action experience as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi join forces in fierce battles and heroic lightsaber duels until ones lust for power and the others devotion to duty leads to a final confirmation between good and e ... Read more

    Features

    • Third person action gameplay consisting of a series of lightsaber battles against a variety of uniquely challenging enemies including droids, humans and Jedi.
    • Live the most exciting moments from the movie and follow the films tragic conflict through the perspective of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    • Master both the light and dark sides of the Force using dozens of different lightsaber attacks and upgradeable combos.
    • Devastating Force powers including Force stun, Sith Lightning and Jedi Mind Trick.
    • Battle in over 16 levels across four movie worlds including the planet Corusant, the sinkhole planet of Utapau and the volcano world of Mustafar.

    4. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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    Asin: B0007SL202
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Lucasarts Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 2
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    Product Description

    The Star Wars Episode III video game features third-person character action gameplay that will deliver the ultimate Jedi action experience as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi join forces in fierce battles and heroic lightsaber duels until ones lust for power and the others devotion to duty leads to a final confirmation between good and e ... Read more

    Features

    • Third person action gameplay consisting of a series of lightsaber battles against a variety of uniquely challenging enemies including droids, humans and Jedi.
    • Live the most exciting moments from the movie and follow the films tragic conflict through the perspective of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
    • Master both the light and dark sides of the Force using dozens of different lightsaber attacks and upgradeable combos.
    • Devastating Force powers including Force stun, Sith Lightning and Jedi Mind Trick.
    • Battle in over 16 levels across four movie worlds including the planet Corusant, the sinkhole planet of Utapau and the volcano world of Mustafar.

    5. GBA Pokemon Emerald

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    Asin: B0007D4MVI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 5
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    Product Description

    This title is now shipping and will not be received any earlier than the street date of 05/01/05.Emerald takes place over land and sea and pits you against the Team Aqua and Team Magma from Saphire and Ruby. This time around, Pokemon will show off their moves prior to battle, perhaps as a sort of taunt. Nintendo also added some new options to the game. A new Battle Frontier area has you play through seven big battles. The Battle Dome places you in a tour ... Read more

    Features

    • For use on the GameBoy Advance or the GameBoy DS

    6. Game Boy Advance SP - Cobalt

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    Asin: B0002TB4CW
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 130
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.
    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gameboy Advance SP Review
    If you were thinking about buying an original Gameboy Advance I would highly reccomend reconsidering. I recently purchased the new GBA SP and was very impressed with the sleek design and great performance of this product. The visuals are very nice, and there are tons of great games out there available for the system. If you were concered about the small size don't worry my hands are fairly large, and holding the system was very comfortable.The Frontlit screen is probobly the most notealbe and anticipated new feature the system has to offer, I was able to play games in a room without any lighting whatsoever with ease, and with the new Lithium Ion battery being used as the power source you won't be needing to spend money on batteries for roughly 3 years; This feature will pay for itself over and over again. I have owned a good deal of handheld consoles and by far this this is the most innovative of them all, finally Nintendo Got it right! My only complaint was the lack of a built in headphone jack for private listening, so you'll have to pay a bit more for the headphone adapter if you plan on using headphones. Unfortunately it always seems to be bundled with something, other than being sold as a standalone item, But the good that this product has to offer greatly outweighs the bad, which makes it highly reccomendalbe. If you have been searching for a great handheld system your search is over, So what are you waiting for? There's no time like there present and these little handhelds are going fast, better get yours while they are still so abundant. ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb Portable Gaming Device
    I must say, Nintendo has done a damn good job with their Gameboy Advance SP. The only gameboy I had ever owned was the original. At first I didn't want anything to do with any more Gameboys. But after trading a bunch of games in at ebgames, I had about 80 bucks worth of credit and couldn't think of a damn thing to buy. On a whim, I bought a GBA and FF Tactics Advance.
    Well that didn't work out to well, as I was plagued by terrible shoulder/arm/back pains at having to sit in the most uncomfortable positions to get decent lighting.

    I therefore decided on getting a GBA SP for Christmas, and after some thorough playing I can safely say it's worth the money if you like the GBA's library or find yourself away from home often with nothing to do.

    The control is decent, some games such as Mario 3 get a little tough when you have to hold B and pump A, but Nintendo was nice enough to allow the R Shoulder button to act a substitute.
    The folding design allows the screen to remain safe from scratches and collects only minimal dust, and is great for fitting in the pocket.
    And the backlight can be turned on and off, and you'll want it off when playing in bright areas to reduce color washing.

    Thankfully, there aren't too many problems with this device.
    The only real problem I have is that it has no stickies or pads on the bottom when folded up to hold it to a surface. This is a bother because most of the surfaces in my house are smooth countertops, or tabletops or desktops, and the wooden ones are glossed. The last thing you want is to have this thing fall off the table and break, and with nothing to help keep it in place I get a little worried.

    Overall, nothing to be worried about. The best portable system for the cost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great portable game machine
    As a grown man, I sometimes hate to admit I'm still a gamer. I play Real-Time Simulations (Command & Conquer etc), flight simulators and shooters. I usually take my SP along when I want to play Chess Master on the plane, or a little bit of Top Gear GT. The backlit screen is awesome and the rechargable battery seems to work fine.

    Best thing ever made!!!
    I have this SP and I love it!I bring it almost everywhere I go and play Pokemon Silver. I play it in bed and with the backscreen light I have no problem seeing the screen. And, something that most people dont bring up, I like that it has a lever instead of a wheel for volume.The folding design is awesome,especially since it goes to daycare with me and there are alot of little kids that just take it off the table and drop it.I recommend this to all you major gamers out there.

    Best one yet
    The new game boy advance Sp is the best one yet! The design is perfect, including conviniatly placed buttons.

    PROS
    - A backlight (a light built into the screen - like a tv has so that you can see it in the dark with out turning on the lights) for at night play, in boring movies, on the airplane, or on long road trips.

    - the L and R buttons are convenientily placed

    - built in battery that is charged by connecting the gameboy to an in the wall outlet, or car outlet

    - while the battery is charging you can still play a game

    - you control wether you want the back light on or not

    - can play game boy, game boy color, and game boy advance games, as well as the new videos available

    - better than a video now player for videos, this screen is lighted like a tv screen, in color, and has a bigger screen

    Cons
    - there are none! ... Read more


    7. Nintendo DS

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    Asin: B00064MUIA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 29
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    Amazon.com

    In a surprising number of ways, the Nintendo DS is quite unlike any video game system that's come before. First, there's the two screens, one above and one below. The idea might seem like a gimmick -- the screens are far enough apart that you won't be able to see them as one long screen -- but the format works in a complementary way. Depending on the game, the DS serves action in one screen and details, maps, stats, or alternate views in the other. Switching your eyes between screens takes a little getting used to, but quickly becomes automatic, like checking a rear-view mirror while driving. Both screens are back-lit and a little larger than that of the Game Boy Advance SP, so they'll be easy to see in most conditions.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Players can control games using the touch-sensitive bottom screen of the DS.
    The bottom screen also functions as a PDA-style touchpad. It comes with a small stylus, as well as a stylus that attaches to your thumb. This touch screen might be both the best and worst feature of the DS. One one hand, it brings the freedom of PC-style mouse control into gaming, but using it also tends to block what's going on in that screen. For example, while playing the Metroid Prime: Hunters, you could use the left thumb pad to move, the left shoulder button to fire, and the touch screen to look and jump. As you track foes on the bottom-screen map, however, your view will be partially obscured by your own right thumb.

    The good news is that Nintendo has stressed a lot of comfort options, both in the operating system and in their games. Want to play Metroid without the touch-pad? Select a different control scheme in the game's option menu, which also includes configurations for lefties. You can even customize your DS to automatically play the inserted title or to start with the main menu, choose which screen to display your GBA games, to add a nickname for wireless play, and more.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    Up to 16 players can connect wirelessly within a 100-foot radius.
    That's right, the DS is wireless-enabled. Say good-bye to that daisy-chain of network cables that was previously necessary for portable multiplayer gaming. Nintendo's proprietary wireless format has a radius rated at 30 to 100 feet depending on environmental interference with its signal. Surely, it's more than enough for friends to game from one end of the bus to the other. We experimented in a small, nearly empty parking lot and got great reception at the upper end of that rating. The DS network can handle up to 16 users, though you can expect the maximum number of players to vary from game to game.

    Also, unlike all but the earliest video game systems, the DS comes with a built-in application. It's called PictoChat, and it allows people to write and draw pictures in a chat-room format. Since it's built in to the DS operating system, you'll always be able to interact with other DS users.

    Nintendo DS used with a stylus
    The built-in program PictoChat lets you write and draw with others.
    But not all is new; Nintendo has re-invested some favorite features of older platforms into the DS. It's backward compatible to the Game Boy Advance, which means that older Game Boy and Game Boy Color games won't work in this machine but GBA games will run fine (sadly, the wireless feature doesn't extend to GBA games). Like the GBA SP, the DS is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides approximately 10 hours of play on a four-hour charge. Old timers might recognize the A/B/X/Y face buttons from the Super Nintendo controller, though they're not in the same positions. The standard headphone jack and wide-body comfort of the first GBA model is back, coupled this time with the SP's screen-saving clamshell design. In terms of its ability to display graphics and sound, the DS is a little better -- and a whole lot smaller -- than the Nintendo 64.

    Overall, the Nintendo DS represents a rather large leap in portable gaming. With some mystery shrouding the future abilities of its internal microphone (voice recognition) and its IEEE 802.11 wireless network, the DS may have left some surprises up its sleeve. --Porter B. Hall

    Pros:

    • Great design marries innovative new features with great features of old systems and lots of customizable options
    • Wireless up to 100 feet
    • Built-in PictoChat lets you write and draw pictures with up to 15 other DS users

    Cons:

    • Sometimes hard to see and use the touch screen at the same time
    • Wireless multiplayer feature won't work with GBA games
    • Can't connect to other wireless devices...yet
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    8. Playstation 2 Console with Jak II (FREE) and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando
    list price: $189.97
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    Asin: B000765NHC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 137
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars new ps2 awesome two award winning games awesome
    this new version of the ps2 is awesome smaller and thinner way better than the last it can fit some places the last coulndt so this ps2 is a great idea i have it, its perfect and maches my game room ,ha! sometimes i cant even see it!! jak 2 is a great game, for me its the game of 03-04 its really cool i have beaten it and ratchet and clanck:g.c. is a great game for all ages i love this set real satistfied and its not a waste of money youll like it trust me ,hope this was helpful

    5-0 out of 5 stars PS2 rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The PS2 is slim and smaller,better desing than the old one.JakII and Ratchet and Clank:Going Commando the best PS2 Games.And buy Smackdown vs. Raw. ... Read more


    9. PS2 Lego Star Wars

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    Asin: B0007M2266
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Eidos Interactive
    Sales Rank: 4
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

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    Reviews (39)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A big hit at our house
    At first we had trouble getting this disc to play but after doing some research, we did the "scotchtape trick" and we haven't had any problems since.

    Our kids LOVE this game - it's easy enough for our 4 year old and still exciting enough for our 10 year old.They like using the Force on objects and slapping silly moustaches on the Princess.They also enjoy changing characters in the Free Play mode.

    This game combines the excitement of Star Wars with the kid-friendliness of Legos and results in hours of good clean fun.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good game
    I think this is a good game, but it is way to short. I got the vader level in 5 hours and thats how long I played. It did have multyplayer though which made me play with freinds.The best part of the game is the humor and the amount of lego people you can be. like General Grivious and even a droideka. All in all it is beter than the movie game. So buy this one first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A suprisingly excellent game
    Star Wars is one of the greatest movie sagas of all time.Period.You can't deny it.It's part of culture.So are those disturbingly fun Lego toys.So it's a good thing that someone in the videogame world decided to team these two enormously popular brand names together to create a suprisingly good game thats fun for all ages.

    As you probably guessed from the title, the star charachters in Lego Star Wars are those adorable little lego charachters, who look like thier counterparts from the movie.We have lots of the first trilogy charachters set here in lego form.Obi-wan, qui-gon, Watto, Sebulba, Count Dooku, Yoda, the battle droids, General grievious (cool!), and almost anyone else you can think of.Even kit fitso (the tentacled guy who smiled in the area battle in episode 2) is in here, in lego form.My favorite charachters?The wookies.They're just so damn cute and cuddly!

    The gameplay in Lego Star wars is incredibly simple.You can run, jump, attack, use the force, and thats it.Nothing to it.So simple a child can do it (which is the point!).I really have no complaints or issues here.

    Because this game is based on the first three movies in the star wars saga, you play through the biggest scenes from the movies.In episode 1, you escape the federation ship, leave Theed, podrace, return to Theed and fight Darth maul.Episode 2 (which is the shortest section of the game), has you going to Kamino, going through the droid factories, the arena, a gunship, and fighting Count Dooku.Episode 3 is the longest, putting you in many situations from the movie, including the explosive ending battle on Mustafar.

    There are many amazing moments within these levels.The big one on one fights are cool, and the scale of some of the battles is amazing (the Kashyyk beach landing comes to mind).One absaloutly amazing moment is the first level of episode 3, where you are piloting a space fighter in the middle of the biggest space battle in star wars history.Though it's a rail shooter (you go on a certian path while things happen around you), it's an incredible level, with things blowing up and fighters engaging one another.At one point you blow a seperatist ship in half!

    The graphics here are pretty good.Not too bad, not too good.They simply get the job done, but they look good at the same time.Some levels are amazing to look at, but i'll let you see them for yourself.

    The sound is equally good as well.John Williams brilliant musical score is present, and it's still as good as ever.The charachters don't talk, but they do squeak, groan, grunt, shout, or say other things (the droids say "roger roger" and "Uh-oh!".Jar Jar says "Ahh!" upon being blown up).

    There's almost no violence in this game, which makes it great for kids.When charachters are defeated, they simply explode into tiny lego pieces.If your charachter is destroyed, they simply come back in a few seconds.There are some lego limbs cut off (hands, legs, etc), but there is never any blood or screaming.Even when charachters die, they simply have little "X"'s for eyes.

    I also liked the games sense of humor.While I don't really want to give anything away, there were many moments where I was giggling like mad at a paticularly funny joke or gag.I love how the clone troopers just waddle away as they jog around a level.Rest assured that this is one game that doesn't take itself so seriously.

    When you finish the main part of the game, you can then get to work getting all the extras.By collecting studs (the game's version of currency), you can buy new charachters, cheats (such as the enormously expensive invincibility), and fun stuff (such as replacing lightsabers with broomsticks).Overall, there's quite a good amount of replay value here.And let's face it, unlocking new charachters adds to some pretty wacky "what if" combinations, such as Darth maul and Chewbacca teaming up to defeat Count Dooku in episode 3.

    Unfortunitly, there is one big problem with Lego Star Wars, which keeps it from getting a five star rating.It's simplicity.Whiel its simple gameplay is nice, it eventually makes it very repetative.You do the same things over and over and over again.No matter what charachters you play as, no matter what level, its all the same in the end.Because of this, i've found that the best way to play the game is in short bursts, maybe an hour or so.

    The game is also quite short.I completed all the levels in less then two hours on my first go!It's not a gigantic problem, but it is questionable.

    But aside from that, this is a really fun game that i'm definitly going to buy.Though it's a kids game, the fun and simplicity makes it a great game for all ages.Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAME EVER!!!
    THIS GAME AWSOME!!! IT IS THE BEST GAME I EVER PLAYED!! I think that this game was better than Lego Star Wars(I played Revenge of the Sith and Lego Star Wars)! So if you have a hard time decideing for Lego Star Wars and the Rvenge of the Sith game, I sujest the Revenge of the Sith game! And this game is not short.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
    My son and I love this game.It is our favorite.He's young, 3 1/2, but he can do most of the stuff after a bit of practice.We couldn't wait to get Darth Vader.I wish it didn't have to end.Hopefully LEGO will come out with another quality game like this.We're hooked!! ... Read more


    10. Game Boy Advance SP - Platinum

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    Asin: B0002TB4D6
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 5
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Early Adopters Pick: March 2003. As theworld's smallest video-game platform, the Game Boy Advance SP is also the first to use a built-in rechargeable battery.

    Many decried the original Game Boy Advance's reflective LCD screen and its reliance on external light sources. The Game Boy Advance SP's main feature--optional backlighting--fixes this complaint nicely, but it's the wealth of other features that makes this system so surprisingly good.

    At first look, you might think the SP is a sleek travel alarm clock. When closed, it's just as tall and deep as the original GBA, but only half as wide. Due to its clamshell design, the screen is always protected from everyday scratches. A small button in the center of the console turns on the backlighting element for use in low-light situations, like in a moving car.

    Game Boy Advance angle diagram The SP comes with a well-designed power adapter that recharges a built-in battery; its prongs fold in for easier storage. Our informal tests found that it takes about four hours to fully charge (you can even play it while it's plugged in and charging), and the battery lasts about 11 hours with the backlighting constantly on--your results may vary. Using the backlighting less often will conserve battery power.

    Withseparately soldcables, you can connect the Game Boy Advance SP to other GBAsfor multiplayer gaming (above) or to theNintendo GameCube(below) to access secret levels, exchange data, or use other specialfeatures that vary from game to game.
    The quality of the backlighting is very good. It's bright and clear when looking directly at it, but degraded from other angles. This is only a problem for friends who are watching the screen from over your shoulder.

    But size, power, and affordability do not come without trade offs. There's no headphone jack here, though Nintendo promises an adapter. The system isn't very loud at its highest volume, and the sound can be turned down to socially acceptable levels. The L and R shoulder buttons are a fraction of the size they were on the GBA, and thus are harder to hit. Also, the reduced size of the SP is slightly less comfortable for adult hands than the GBA, but perhaps more comfortable for smaller hands. The cartridge port placement on the lower part of the console is fine for GBA games, since they are flush with the console body, but older Game Boy Color carts will stick out in a way that takes some getting used to.

    Open it up and the hinge will seek out a preferred, pre-set angle (about 150 degrees), though you can open it a bit wider or narrower for your own comfort. The hinge stands up well to lateral pressure, and over all, the SP seems just as rugged as its predecessor--which has proven to be very rugged, indeed. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • CPU: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
    • Memory: 32 KB with 96 KB VRAM (in CPU), 256 KB WRAM (external of CPU)
    • Screen: 2.9-inch reflective TFT color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.6 by 2.4 inches (40.8 by 61.2 mm)
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels in a wide-screen aspect ratio
    • Colors: 511 simultaneous colors from a palette of 32,768
    • Software: Fully compatible with Game Boy and Game Boy Color game paks
    • Light Source: Front light integrated with LCD
    • Size (closed): 3.3 by 3.23 by .96 inch
    • Weight: Approximately 5 ounces
    • Power Supply: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    • Battery Life: 10 hours continuous play with light on; 18 hours with light off; 3 hours recharging
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    Features

    • CPU: 32-bit RISC-CPU with embedded memory.
    • Screen: 2.9" Reflective TFT Color LCD
    • Display Size: 1.61" x 2.41"
    • Resolution: 240 x 160 pixels
    • Color: Simultaneously display more than 32,000 colors.

    Reviews (35)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gameboy Advance SP Review
    If you were thinking about buying an original Gameboy Advance I would highly reccomend reconsidering. I recently purchased the new GBA SP and was very impressed with the sleek design and great performance of this product. The visuals are very nice, and there are tons of great games out there available for the system. If you were concered about the small size don't worry my hands are fairly large, and holding the system was very comfortable.The Frontlit screen is probobly the most notealbe and anticipated new feature the system has to offer, I was able to play games in a room without any lighting whatsoever with ease, and with the new Lithium Ion battery being used as the power source you won't be needing to spend money on batteries for roughly 3 years; This feature will pay for itself over and over again. I have owned a good deal of handheld consoles and by far this this is the most innovative of them all, finally Nintendo Got it right! My only complaint was the lack of a built in headphone jack for private listening, so you'll have to pay a bit more for the headphone adapter if you plan on using headphones. Unfortunately it always seems to be bundled with something, other than being sold as a standalone item, But the good that this product has to offer greatly outweighs the bad, which makes it highly reccomendalbe. If you have been searching for a great handheld system your search is over, So what are you waiting for? There's no time like there present and these little handhelds are going fast, better get yours while they are still so abundant. ;)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Superb Portable Gaming Device
    I must say, Nintendo has done a damn good job with their Gameboy Advance SP. The only gameboy I had ever owned was the original. At first I didn't want anything to do with any more Gameboys. But after trading a bunch of games in at ebgames, I had about 80 bucks worth of credit and couldn't think of a damn thing to buy. On a whim, I bought a GBA and FF Tactics Advance.
    Well that didn't work out to well, as I was plagued by terrible shoulder/arm/back pains at having to sit in the most uncomfortable positions to get decent lighting.

    I therefore decided on getting a GBA SP for Christmas, and after some thorough playing I can safely say it's worth the money if you like the GBA's library or find yourself away from home often with nothing to do.

    The control is decent, some games such as Mario 3 get a little tough when you have to hold B and pump A, but Nintendo was nice enough to allow the R Shoulder button to act a substitute.
    The folding design allows the screen to remain safe from scratches and collects only minimal dust, and is great for fitting in the pocket.
    And the backlight can be turned on and off, and you'll want it off when playing in bright areas to reduce color washing.

    Thankfully, there aren't too many problems with this device.
    The only real problem I have is that it has no stickies or pads on the bottom when folded up to hold it to a surface. This is a bother because most of the surfaces in my house are smooth countertops, or tabletops or desktops, and the wooden ones are glossed. The last thing you want is to have this thing fall off the table and break, and with nothing to help keep it in place I get a little worried.

    Overall, nothing to be worried about. The best portable system for the cost.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great portable game machine
    As a grown man, I sometimes hate to admit I'm still a gamer. I play Real-Time Simulations (Command & Conquer etc), flight simulators and shooters. I usually take my SP along when I want to play Chess Master on the plane, or a little bit of Top Gear GT. The backlit screen is awesome and the rechargable battery seems to work fine.

    Best thing ever made!!!
    I have this SP and I love it!I bring it almost everywhere I go and play Pokemon Silver. I play it in bed and with the backscreen light I have no problem seeing the screen. And, something that most people dont bring up, I like that it has a lever instead of a wheel for volume.The folding design is awesome,especially since it goes to daycare with me and there are alot of little kids that just take it off the table and drop it.I recommend this to all you major gamers out there.

    Best one yet
    The new game boy advance Sp is the best one yet! The design is perfect, including conviniatly placed buttons.

    PROS
    - A backlight (a light built into the screen - like a tv has so that you can see it in the dark with out turning on the lights) for at night play, in boring movies, on the airplane, or on long road trips.

    - the L and R buttons are convenientily placed

    - built in battery that is charged by connecting the gameboy to an in the wall outlet, or car outlet

    - while the battery is charging you can still play a game

    - you control wether you want the back light on or not

    - can play game boy, game boy color, and game boy advance games, as well as the new videos available

    - better than a video now player for videos, this screen is lighted like a tv screen, in color, and has a bigger screen

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    11. God of War

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    Asin: B0002XL3BA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 33
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Kratos is an ex-Spartan soldier possessed by Ares, the God of War. Over time, he becomes the most vicious warrior in Ancient Greece to a point where he can't bare it anymore and sets out on a journey to kill Ares. However, the only way to destroy Ares is to find Pandora's Box, which is located in a temple that's perched upon a hill and guarded by traps, puzzles, enemies, etc. The story is told as a flashback of three weeks prior to where the opening movie starts and then sets the stage for the g ... Read more

    Features

    • GOD OF WAR introduces a brutal slice of life set in the mythological Greek era. Players can live according to their own nature. Even if it is by brute force.
    • Defining the next evolution in gaming, GOD OF WAR presents an explosive gameplay mix: raw melee combat fused with traps, stunts and story driven puzzles.
    • Huge collection of moves: players can swing on ropes, scale mountain cliffs, swim through rivers, slide down zip lines.
    • GOD OF WAR delivers an extensive combat system based on uniquely linking combos for a myriad of fighting moves. Take the combat in air, take out a number of enemies at once, and utilize "context sensitive moves" moves that in particular situations, allow you to grab, kick or throw an enemy.
    • Kratos' main weapons are two blades one attached to each arm by a long chain that wraps around his arm. This allows for both short-range and long-range attacks.

    Reviews (105)

    5-0 out of 5 stars "God of War" Indeed
    "God of War," complete with its intense, action-packed gameplay, amazing visuals and production values, a fascinating anti-hero, and one of the best stories ever to grace a video game, is easily among the best titles you'll play this year on the Playstation 2 - if not ever. Indeed, if the Playstation 3 were to launch tomorrow, there would be no better send-off for its predecessor than this.

    The game takes ancient Greece and its mythologies for an ingenious spin, transforming "Clash of the Titans" into a bleak, Robert E. Howard gloomfest complete with unrelenting violence and a mood that is downright oppressive. This is certainly not the Greek mythology you learned about back in grade school, and your guide through this austere world of scheming gods and defiant mortals is none other than Kratos, a shameless killer who delights in gushing red blood and being where battle is thickest. He certainly has a chip on his shoulder, and it may or may not have to do with his absent wife and child, and the god of war himself - Ares. The basic concept is revenge, a mortal in opposition to a deity and all the monsters you can shake a sword at, but the plotline that drives "God of War" is far more interesting than that, and is gradually unraveled in splendid fashion. Suffice it to say that both the setting and Kratos, the player character, are as imaginative as they come. This one, like a great movie, sucks you in and, once it has you, doesn't let go.

    With such an interesting story and world already established, the developers of "God of War" could have churned out a half-baked action-adventure and still been a step ahead of many of their peers, but thankfully, not content to do this, they made "God of War" the absolute best game of its kind. It's an out and out ass-kicker, reminiscent of the recent "Prince of Persia" games (particularly "Warrior Within" and its Mature rating) and 2002's "Rygar" redux, but with action forefront and devious traps falling in behind. Comparisons aside, "God of War" is its own game through and through - a rewarding combination of reflex and gray matter, with an emphasis on the former.

    Kratos takes on all comers with a set of short swords, each one lashed to a binding chain and seared into his tormented flesh. That is, at least, during the early portion of the game prior to the introduction of the Blade of Artemis (essentially a gigantic scimitar), but these weapons will, almost undoubtedly, be the ones with which you become most familiar, and given the lack of variety it's great that they prove to be so much fun. In conjunction with some very capable magical powers bestowed upon Kratos by the gods as the game proceeds, these default weapons are more than sufficient, with the aforementioned secondary sword stepping in as a mere bonus. Admittedly, combat in the game initially feels like something that will wear thin, but thanks to the game's upgrade options, which allow you to beef up your spells and weapons by conquering your enemies, new combos and deadlier effects can be attained and unleashed, keeping things fresh.

    Unlike most action-adventures of this type, "God of War" seems all but immune to the usual monotonies of this genre, and not only because of the aforementioned combos, spells, and upgrades. The game's levels can take most of the blame, as they are very well-designed, complete with new challenges at virtually every turn. Aesthetically, each one is diverse, even down to its color scheme. And while some settings are clearly more polished than others, even at their worst these graphics rival anything available on the PS2. At their best, on the other hand, they're astounding, rising in artistry above virtually anything ever committed to a console. That all of this is done on the aging hardware of the Playstation 2 makes it that much more amazing.

    The characters come off nearly as good as the environments. Kratos looks suitably imposing and mean, and the spin on Greek monsters and myths takes a decidedly horrific turn with the motley collection of centaurs, minotaurs, and harpies that stand in his way. Boss encounters are few and far between in the game, but of the three that exist each is memorable, challenging, and beautiful to look at. The same pervading sense of quality pretty much shines throughout "God of War."

    But of course nothing is perfect, and the same is true here. One level, set in Hades, goes above and beyond in terms of frustration, temporarily emphasizing platforming in a game that, before, had little to do with such antics. Likewise, some of the reflex-testing minigames required to take down the game's boss monsters, usually optionally associated with gory finishing moves on lesser beasts, can be difficult to pull off in time, and make for some needless aggravation. As an elective edge in combat they would have fared better, instead of being necessary to prevail. On the other hand, this concept is a novel one, and when it works it works beautifully - but it has its downsides, especially during the final confrontation with Ares.

    Some may find "God of War" to be too difficult, as it's certainly not a game that's easy to breeze through. I think, for the most part, however, that it strikes a fine balance. From beginning to end, "God of War" is truly epic in scope, like a big budget Hollywood adventure, complete with the finest production values available. The more you play, the harder it is to stop. This is action-adventure near its pinnacle, the game that was promised and finally delivered. "God of War" is a great game with a great main character in a great stylized setting. What more can be said of it?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun and nearly flawless
    First thing's first - this game has very graphic, bloody violence, and Kratos, your character, is on a nice-guy mission but is not a nice guy.He's not above wasting a good guy to get at a bad guy.So keep your youngun's away. :o)

    I had high hopes for this after reading the description, and boy, were they fullfilled.I hate to say *too* many good things about a game and come off sounding easily impressed, but God of War is very, very easy to say good things about.

    First and formost - the fighting.You do a lot of it and the battle engine was all but flawless.No slowdowns or snags no matter how many enemies flooded the screen, except for one or two specific situations.Even then it wasn't jarring.Your weapons (you start with two swords-on-chains, then soon get a more powerful single sword, and can switch between them at will) and the attack combinations are great fun and the really useful ones are easy to remember.Enemies (playing in "normal" Hero mode) are tough enough to keep you working but not so hard as to wear you down.I'm also in love with the Greek beasties used, like minotaurs and Satyrs.One mistake God of War *didn't* make that so, so, so many games do - kill and enemy and they're gone.Move on a ways and come back, and they're still gone.I hate perpetually re-spawning enemies, especially when I want to backtrack.Thank you, thank you, makers of GOW for making the dead stay dead.

    You also acquire various magic attacks which come in very handy at times, and they're upgradable along with your swords.Make sure you find the more obscure caches of red orbs to charge things up.

    Puzzles you must solve along the way (there are plenty of breaks from the carnage where you have to think things through) are usually solvable without resorting to a walk-through.Just do the usual and look around carefully.

    As others have mentioned, graphics are great and PS2 games have really improved here.There are lots of mechenizations that are nicely conceived and detailed, and the game keeps up with it all.

    Cut scenes are good and not too long, so you don't waste a lot of time watching movies when you could be playing.

    So what's bad?Well, I prefer camera control and the game uses it's own, so you often find yourself running at the camera without being able to see where you're going.But as fixed cameras go, this one is very good and almost never aggravates.

    The ending is a little anticlimactic, once you've defeated the final foe, but very fitting for the storyline.

    My biggest complaint is, once you finish the game, you unlock "God mode," the hardest setting.I don't know how anyone could possibly play this.I couldn't get past the very first fight (on a boat against a small hoard of swordsman), for crying out loud.Maybe I'm just lame, or there's something I don't know, but it was a disappointment.Oh well, the replay value on normal (I also did the easiest just for fun) is right up there.

    If you have any doubts, don't listen to them and get this game.It really is excellent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An action game of Herculean proportions
    I've heard a lot of good things about God of War, so I made sure that I got a chance to play through it when I got my PS2 recently.After I finished this game, all I can say is...whoa.This is definitely one of the most brutal games that I have ever played through, and I say that in the most positive way possible.Quite simply, God of War is one of the best action games that I've played this year.

    God of War is set in ancient Greece and puts you in the role of Kratos, a seemingly unstoppable, hulking warrior.The game starts off with Kratos on the verge of suicide, and then flashes back to a few weeks prior to his suicide, recounting his quest to kill the Greek god of war, Ares.Personally, I really liked the dark persona of Kratos.He's a breath of fresh air from the many upright, "always do the right thing" heroes that plague many of today's (and yesterday's) video games.Man, I thought the Terminator was unrelenting, but this guy...yeeesh.Kratos doesn't care who you are, and if you get in his way, may the gods help you.

    The game itself is, in my opinion, similar to another PS2 game called Devil May Cry.However, God of War differentiates itself by setting the game in much larger environments, and having a much more refined fighting system.The gameplay in God of War is a whole lot of monster killing fun, thanks to the game's easy to learn combat.Kratos' primary weapon, a pair of very large knives attached to chains known as the "Blades of Chaos", allow you to perform cool "combo" moves and hit multiple enemies depending on the direction you push the analog stick.Also, depending on the situation and the enemy, when you bring a monster down to low life, you can pull off various "finishing" moves such as driving your blades through a Minotaur's throat.As the game progresses the Greek gods will grant you new powers, such as Medusa's stone gaze and Zeus' lightning, which you can upgrade to become even more powerful.God of War also contains some interesting puzzles as well, which is in contrast to how most of the game is like.In the end, God of War doesn't have the deepest gameplay in world, but it is fast, furious, and visceral fun that any action fan will like.

    One of the most impressive aspects of God of War is its graphics.I was surprised that the PS2, a five year old machine, could still produce graphics as detailed as the one in this game.The high resolution textures and lighting effects in this game can put many other X-Box and PC games to shame.The character model used for Kratos looks great.It is actually a fairly simple design, but he looks like a total badass nonetheless.The monster designs for the game's many enemies are flat out cool.My personal favourite is the design for the giant Minotaur boss, which looks like a robotic, walking bull in power armor.Finally, the cutscenes for this game are very well animated, reflecting the game's dark tone, and are filled with copious amounts of blood, gratuitous violence, and scantily clad women.

    On the sound front, I liked the selection of music that God of War provided, although admittedly it is a limited selection.The music is primarily orchestral in nature, and it does the job in conveying the game's mood.Also, I felt that the voice acting was, on the whole, pretty good.The actor who does Kratos' voice has a Vin Diesel-ish quality to him, which perfectly suits the character.

    The one real downfall of God of War is that it is fairly short.It took me only around nine hours to complete it (including restarting the game from checkpoints multiple times).But the game is a blast while it lasts.The fact is I love deep and complex video games, but sometimes I just want to play a game that lets me mash buttons until my enemies are beaten into a bloody pulp.God of War is this game.As such, if you are a fan of action games, you must give God of War a try.Kudos to the developers for making such a fine gaming experience.


    My ratings are:
    Graphics = 10/10
    Sound = 8/10
    Gameplay = 8/10
    Overall = 8.5/10

    1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE god of war.......!
    I received an early demo copy of this game, and loved it. Couldn`t wait to get my hands on it.Three exchanged copies later, i`m left with a fifty dollar coaster. It seems the game won`t load in first gen ps2`s, so unless your willng to buy a new system just to play this game, STAY AWAY until sony either de-bugs the disk or is willing to refund your money(like that is going to happen).

    3-0 out of 5 stars "Meh" is probably the best way to describe it.
    God of War is a good game. The thing is, its not an excellent game. You'll have your moments where you laugh and have fun, but at no point did I just have a "wow" reaction. That's really what the game is- solid all the way through, but doesn't have any really great moments.

    Graphics are good in terms of scale and size of everything, but animations and character models look off. Music is memorable, at times.

    Overall, this game is very, very overrated. It is in no way a bad game, but just isn't as good as reviews say it is. I beat it, started to replay it, then stopped, realizing it just isnt very fun the second time through. After gathering dust on the shelf for about two months, I decided to sell it. It just isn't very captivating.
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    12. Pokemon Emerald with Frontier Battle Tin

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    Asin: B00085EVZC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 49
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (21)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This game..is awesome! Much better than Ruby and Sapphire!
    This game is much more funner and challenging. After you defeat the elite four, you can go to the Battle Frontier. The Battle Frontier is absolutley awesome! Over all, I will give this game a 9.3 outta 10! Thank you nintendo for making this game so much better! For those who don't have the game, you will love it! It's much more advanced than boring old Ruby or Sapphire. IT'S much more FUNNER! And it's only a measily little price of 35 bucks. That's a pretty good deal! So get the game today! It's AWESOME!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Few Flaws
    This game, overall, was very good. I believe that even those who have Ruby or Sapphire would like this game. One reason is the new Battle Frontier. this leaves you a major challenge once the core of the game has been completed. There are also many plot changes that make this game, overall, a good buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars cool
    well it might have the same plot, but still pretty damn good.its all around rayquaza though in this one.that kinda sucks cuz i wanted a sequel to do wit the latis.oh well.but i love the fact that they actually gave u a choice on latias or latios.oh and ray,gro, and ky are now all lvl.70.ray is at sky pillar all da time. gro will occor in,um ithink 6,yah probably 6 places called the terra cave.same thing with ky.except he is at the marine cave underwater. oh and now key to the regis.
    rock=left left down down then use rock smash
    ice=go inside then run around while touching the wall at all times
    steel=go in da middle and use flash

    oh and u have to check out the battle frontier and tents.the tents let u practice for the frontier.lol.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pokemon Emerald
    You may not think that there is much feutures in pokemon emerald untill you have beaten the elite 4.There is a new area called the battle frontier... You can get both groudon and kyogre in the game and there is lots of new places and new things to do.I have pokemon sapphire and I do not think this game was a waste of money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game!!!!
    i haven't played this game yet but of wat my frind has told me it will be awsome!! there are 14 new badges to collect and other fetures.this game is like crystal,ruby, saphire,firered, and leafgreen all together!! you can catch johto kanto and hoenn pokemon in different places, like (after the elit 4) totodile in the safari zone and much much more.i wont spoil the game but this is a MUST HAVE for rpg pokemon players!! ... Read more


    13. Nintendo Gamecube Console - Limited Edition Platinum
    list price: $149.99
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    Asin: B00006IJJI
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Sales Rank: 522
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Though it looks like a toy, don't be fooled: the Nintendo GameCube is a powerful video game console that rightly deserves its place among the other next-generation game systems. In fact, its playful, appealing design and small size (the unit is a not-quite-cubed 6 inches) aren't the only features that set it apart from the others.

    For starters, Nintendo has quite clearly made this a game-only machine. It doesn't try to play your CD collection, run your movies, read your e-mail, or store your MP3 files. The company has concentrated its efforts on games. All the prelaunch titles we've seen play smoothly, with bright, fast graphics and great sound. Nintendo says its engineers have removed traditional bottlenecks that have, in the past, slowed down processing. New components designed by IBM and MoSys, as well as a large-capacity secondary memory cache, keep instructions moving through the system's microprocessor (MPU) at peak levels. In English: the GameCube is optimized to push speed up while pushing costs down; hence its position at the lower end of the price spectrum.

    The GameCube is the first Nintendo video game system to use a disc-based medium rather than cartridges for its games. Moving the software to disc media generally means lower development costs for the publishers, which, in turn, trickles down to the consumer not only in price, but also in availability and quality, as it's then easier to try out untested game ideas (Pikmin, anyone?). While most other systems likewise have their games stored on discs, the GameCube's 3-inch format is smaller than everyone else's, and is so designed to fit in a shirt pocket as much as to deter would-be software pirates.

    Of course, the main advantage of the GameCube is that it's the home field of one of the world's premier game designers: Nintendo. While powerhouses Electronic Arts and Sega make games for all systems (including this one), you can play Nintendo games only on a Nintendo system. And Nintendo, you might recall, has been hitting them out of the park since it started with Donkey Kong. In fact, here's a roll call of characters and series you won't find on the other consoles: Mario, Legend of Zelda, Perfect Dark, Metroid, Kirby, and, of course, Pokémon. A few names that the GameCube will share with the other guys: Madden, Tony Hawk, Sonic, Batman, and Star Wars.

    The system also comes with four built-in controller ports, so you can easily plug in extra controllers and let friends join in for the multiplayer games--it's even got a built-in handle so you can easily move it to a friend's house. It comes with two memory card slots for saving your progress through games, and there's the capacity for future expansion into the world of online gaming.

    In short, the GameCube isn't an all-in-one entertainment system, and neither is it the most powerful of the modern video game consoles. But for video game enthusiasts who want to stick with their favorite characters, its value cannot be beat. --Porter B. Hall

    Unit Specifications

    • MPU (Microprocessor Unit): 485 MHz custom IBM PowerPC Gekko
    • Graphics Processor: 162 MHz custom ATI/Nintendo Flipper
    • Texture-Read Bandwidth: 10.4 GB per second (peak)
    • Main Memory Bandwidth: 2.6 GB per second (peak)
    • Pixel Depth: 24-bit color, 24-bit Z buffer
    • Sound Processor: 81 MHz custom Macronix 16-bit DSP
    • Sound Performance: 64 simultaneous channels, ADPCM encoding
    • Polygon Performance: 6 to 12 million polygons per second (peak)
    • System Memory: 40 MB
    • Main Memory: 24 MB MoSys 1T-SRAM
    • Disc Drive: 128 ms CAV (Constant Angular Velocity) system
    • Data Transfer Speed: 16 Mbps to 25 Mbps
    • Media: 3-inch, 1.5 GB capacity disc
    • Controller Ports: Four
    • Memory Card Slots: Two
    • Audio-Video Output: Analog and digital
    • Dimensions: 4.3 by 5.9 by 6.3 inches (height by width by depth)
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    Reviews (298)

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Nintedo's Greatest Consoles
    The Nintendo GameCube is one of Nintendo's best systems to date. It doesn't try to have a ton of different accessories and other things like a DVD player and CD player like Sony did with the Playstation 2. Many say that they don't like the system for that reason. Who cares?! It's a video game system, for God's sake! It shouldn't be anything more. I'll leave it at that. Anyways, it's game are unique and memorable, and most are sequels to the greatest series of all time. Metroid, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Super Smash Brothers, Sonic Adventures, and MANY MORE. This system also sports great music with it's games. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has a great soundtrack to support my theory.^^ The GameCube doesn't rely too much on RPG's, though those are it's strong points.^^; The controller isn't hard to use; none of it's buttons are on the back, and they're close together for easy use. The system holds much more memory than the N64, seeing as Nintendo has finally moved on to discs and not cartridges. If you like Nintendo, this system is for you. Even if you're not a Nintendo fan, get it anyway. You won't be dissapointed.^_^

    5-0 out of 5 stars A unique ride
    Consoles are bought for their exclusive games and the system's features. Halo, Xbox Live, and Knights of the Old Republic for XBox, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Final Fantasy X for Playstation 2. But people glaze their eyes over paying any attention to the purple box with a handle and I believe they miss out.

    Eternal Darkness, Metroid Prime, Super Mario Sunshine, Zelda: Wind Waker, Pikmin, and Super Monkey Ball 2 are 6 games that are about fun. Oddly enough, all but SMB2 are published by Nintendo. They understand what makes games fun to play with. ED offers mature gamers a deep story (disclaimer: its not as deep if the gamer doesn't ask questions or start looking up ancient history), and Pikmin offers a refreshingly new and charming strategic puzzle adventure.

    And if you like those, you'll be happy to know that every one (but ED) of those games has a known sequel in the works. If you like Metal Gear Solid, then a remake is hitting the cube this fall. If you like Resident Evil, Cube is your system. If you have fun memories of mario kart, you'll be ready to buy Mario Kart: Double Dash this year, along with the fastest futuristic racer, F-Zero. If you like RPGs, Final Fantasy Chronicles, Phantasy Star Online, Skies of Arcadia, Harvest Moon, Animal Crossing, and other very good RPGs are here or coming in a few months.

    Clearly there are a lot of exclusives for everyone. If you just want your Madden 2004, and Red Faction II, or Timesplitters 2, and Splinter Cell, then you can get those too. Check out the rest of gamecube's library: ..

    5-0 out of 5 stars gamecube kicks butt!!!
    well i have to say this was the first system i got (out of xbox and ps2) and ive had it for 2 years now. i have 21 games for it and theyre all brand new, but theyre wer such a low price. honestly, gamecube has the games with the best quality and the lowest prices. i mean, you can get a brand new game for only like 10 bucks! this syystem already brings memories. my very first game was super smash bros. melee. heres a list of games you should look for:

    1. Super Smash Brothers Melee (AWESOME GAME!!! MUSIC ROCKS!)
    2. Mario Paty 4 or 5 (i recommend 4 very fun family game)
    3. Animal Crossing (GREAT GAME SO MUCH TO DO NEVER GETS OLD)
    4. Harry Potter (ss, cos, or poa, either one is great!)
    5. Any of the Tony Hawk games (the music on #3 is the best! CKY ROCKS!!!)
    6. The legend of zelda, the wind waker (awesome graphics, music, and secrets! great game!)
    7. Harvest Moon, A wonderful Life (this game is....very very good. a must buy. the graphics are excellent!)
    8. Starfox adventures (amazing graphics! very good game!)
    9. The legend of zelda, mastor quest or collectors disc (these two games have what is probably the best n64 game ever created!)
    10. James Bond Games (I recomend Nightfire, it has the best levels!)
    11. Medal of Honor games (great war games! I recomend Frontline!)
    12. Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (I LOVE THIS GAME!! THE MUSIC ROCKS AND SONIC IS THE BEST GAME SERIES!!!)
    13. Sonic adventure DX: directors cut (Very good game! Music is good, too!)
    14. Sonic Mega Collection (WOW, this game brings back memories! Has over 10 classic SEGA games!)
    15. Godzilla: destroy all monsters melee (a good game to take out your anger on. smash the heck out of the monsters and cities!)
    16. Soul Calibur 2 (AMAZING GRAPHICS The best fighting game there is!)
    17. Spiderman (I think this is better than #2, better graphics! fun game!)
    18. Mario Kart: Double Dash ( Great racing game! classic characters!)

    These are only a small amount of all the great games to get!!! GAMECUBE WILL LIVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thanks!

    Oh, one more thing! Nintendo was the first (besides atari) to come out with a gaming system! It has the most systems (besides SEGA) and lets face it: Nintendo knows games! it has the best sustems:

    Nintendo (NES)
    Super Nintendo (SNES)
    Gameboy
    Gameboy Pocket
    Gameboy Color
    Gameboy Advance
    Nintendo 64
    Gameboy Advance SP
    Nintendo Gamecube

    If you dont have a GC, I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS GEM OF A GAME SYSTEM!!!! NINTENDO IS THE MOST SUCCEEDING GAME COMPANY IN THE WORLD!!!!!

    Best Console Of The 3 From good old Nintendo
    Nintendo Gamecube is a Awesome Console with some CONS explore all 3 but Gamecube is still the best.

    GAMECUBE

    Games 9/10 Best Games on any Console New exclusives Like RESIDENT EVIL METROID PRIME and much more!!! Not The most games but they are really good.

    Graphics 8/10 to some morons who said GC graphics suck if you look Closely they are almost as good as XBOX games are dark thats why the graphics are good GC are light but still good.

    Controller 7/10 in my opinion they are the best comfy and are easy to use however really bad vibrations.

    Internet 4/10 Better internet than PS2 however Very few online games has Mario cark double dash for internet and PHANTASY STAR ONLINE.

    PS2

    Graphics 4/10 Arent good Dreamcast graphics are almost as good as that Real Blurry and games are too dark to hide the graphics cant handle some games. Terrrible Graphics. ps2 Has good games like GTA and DDR and FIANL Fantasy Wait XBOX as GTA DDR AND FINAL FANTASY so games for ps2 are nothing.

    Games 5/10 biggest selection of games however Most of the games they have are terrible and are not worth buying. Even the best games like Wolfenstein and other good games look Terrible when on PS2

    Controller 9/10 Best Controller out there good at everything mostly fighting games.

    Internet 6/10 As quite alot of internet games really laggy and bad connection Cheap Adopter pretty good

    XBOX

    Games 7/10 has great games for 13+ of course xbox games are for older people Really good games

    Graphics 9/10 really good graphics nuff said

    Controller 4/10 Big Klunky Awkward Design Has alot of buttons

    Internet 10/10 has a HUGE selection of internet games has XBOX live worth the cost.

    OVERALL GC IS BEST GET IT

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the extra costs
    I recently decided between a Gamecube, a Playstation 2, and an Xbox. I was leaning toward PS2 since I already have a bunch of PS1 games, but that got me thinking; if a large part of a systems value is not only how good the games are, but also how MANY games you can play, doesn't it make sense to consider the cost of purchasing additional games?

    With this new consideration, I quickly chose Gamecube. Look, a major reason the decision between the three systems is so hard is because they are all good, and they all have their own unique advantages (which are hard to compare against each other when making decisions). Maybe Xbox graphics are the best, maybe PS2 lets me play games from PS1, but I was able to buy a used Gamecube (80), a used copy of NBA 2003 (15), a used copy of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 (9), and a new copy of Crazy Taxi (20) from Electronics Boutique. In the end, I paid only >> 4 << dollars more than getting a used PS2 with nothing.

    If you want a great system, you can pick Xbox, Playstation 2, or Gamecube. If you want a great system that you can play new games in all the time (without going broke), get the Gamecube. ... Read more


    14. Gran Turismo 4

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    Asin: B0000A0MDV
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 384
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (29)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Been playing GT4 Prologue for about a month!
    I seriously hope that Sony puts a lot more effort into their completed product. Mind you the graphics are superb, I don't think that anyone can deny that. Playing the game looks like watching the intro movie. The driving physics are improved from the previous game, to a point. My major complaint is that when any type of traction control is turned on all the cars seem to drive the same. A rear wheel drive car drives like a front and vice versa. All the cars oversteer with the computer aided driving control. This problem is exacerbated in the rally modes. Another issue is the camera angles. The incar and 1st out of car angles are fine. The farthest camera angle makes the car look completely two-dimensional. The car turns like it is on a pivot about eight feet behind the car; it sweeps across the screen versus steering.

    Don't get me wrong, I have had a blast playing this game and will be the first in line when a release date is set. Everything that is good about this game far outweighs the bad. But, nonetheless, the negative points are a direct correlation to how the game is played.

    I'll say one thing, the tracks are phenomenal, the rally track especially. It also looks like they may be adding Sears Point Raceway, now known as Infineon. I could be wrong; but based on some of the ending movies I was able to recognize some key landmarks.

    Can't wait to play the real thing, minus the Prologue bugs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars READ THIS I HAVE PLAYED IT!
    I got a chance to get behind the wheel at E3 this year, so for all die hard fans out there this review is for you! One huge difference in the game one sees off the bat is the graphics. With new elements such as weather effects(rain,snow, etc.) and much more pixels per square inch it can be hard to tell the difference between the simulator and reality. Yes indeed many more cars will be availible, but unlike the previous Gran Turismo games many more classic cars will be availible. I cannot say what cars exactly, but some new brands will be added as well that have not been availible before.

    Here is the kicker, Sony teamed up with Logitech for the ultimate driving wheel to accompany the game. Much like last GT3 with the Force feedback wheel, Logitech has gone up and beyond unlike anything before this. A brand new Steering Wheel with a 900 DEGREE TURNING RADIUS!!!! unlike previous wheels with only about 200 degrees you will actually have to work hard to control the car. More than one turn on the wheel to be at full turning point! The Wheel is set to accompany the games release sometime near the fourth quarter of 2003!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Posibly the most impressive looking racer to date
    Posibly the most impressive looking racer to date. If only other game making companies could apply as much effort into a game as Sony has done with GT4

    The hottest game to be unleashed
    GT3 was an awesome game, from the tune ups to the formula ones. I tried the prologue of GT4, and WHOA. The graphics were awesome, but it was only 80 % done in the prolugue.And for those supercars lovers, there wil be lamborghinis, ferarris, and the Mclaren F1 GTR. There will also be the real car physics (the acceleration, handling, and top speed), and the race tracks extremely detailed. This is a best buy

    4-0 out of 5 stars gt3 is great!
    gt3 is great but there is minimus choose out cars.
    the tracks are great.
    gt3 is so long here,
    when does gt4 comes.
    first december then juli
    come on
    when does gt4 comes? ... Read more


    15. Sony PlayStation 2

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    Asin: B0000C7GHG
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
    Sales Rank: 89
    Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The PlayStation2 is equipped with a 128-bit Emotion Engine processor that enables lightning-fast gameplay and impressive graphics power. The console builds on its home entertainment value by doubling as a DVD player and accommodating most of the original PlayStation's vast library of games. PS2 is known for its excellent selection of titles for the older gamer. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes console and 1 controller
    • Plays DVDs
    • 128-bit Emotion Engine processor
    • Lightning-fast gameplay
    • Backward-compatible with PlayStation games

    Reviews (291)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite system
    I'll give you my rhoughts on all three systems
    PS2(Top 3 games:Grand Theft Auto Double Pack/Metal Gear Solid 2/Final Fantasy X
    Pros:
    Play's DVDs
    Plays PS1 games
    Plays Cds
    Has the best games out
    Easiest Controller
    usally doesn't cost nothing to get online
    Cons:
    The worst graphics, but not all that bad
    Can have long annoying loading times
    Need to buy memory cards
    Need to buy multitap in order to have 4 players
    What's up with Final Fantasy XI(They wan't $99 for game and hard drive, and pay money to be online every month, they're NUTS!!!!)

    Xbox(Top 3 games:Halo/Grand Theft Auto Double Pack/Star Wars KOTOR
    Pros:
    Best graphics out of three
    Best for multiplatform games(Like Max Payne, it was better on this than PS2)
    no memory cards
    Custom sountracks(On selected game)
    The fastest loading systems
    The best suited for T and M rated games(My kinda games)
    Cons:
    The controller is still a little frustrating(And I had the dang thing for a while, I need a controller S)

    Xbox live costs a bit, but no that much
    So far still behind in games, but it's movin on up!
    Too bad it can't burn mixed CD songs on it(Cuz I hate grabbing my regular CDs just to get 1 song)
    Have to buy DVD kit to play DVDs
    STOP DELAYING HALO 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gamecube(Top 3 games:Zelda:Wind Waker/Super Smash Brothers Meele/Metroid Prime
    Pros:
    Nice tiny compact system
    Good ol fasion nintendo games on a new Nintendo system
    50% technology/50%good games
    cheapest system
    Small controller, but it wasn't hard for me to get used to it
    Cons:
    Not the best for fighting games, (altho I brought Soul Calibur 2 because of Link, and it worked out)
    Must take care of discs or one bad scratch can put it out of commision
    Cant play DVDs or CDs, but hey it's devoted to nothing but games
    Needs memory cards
    Bairly any online games(I only know one, and thats Phantasy Star Online)

    This console war stuff is stupid, lemme say it again, it's just stupid. It's just baisicly peple who only have one of the consoles, and are mad that they don't have the other one, so they bash it hoping to stop the anger. Like when people say PS2 has atari graphics, if thats what you see, get some friggin glasses yo! And whoever says Xbox has no games, and says Halo's garbage it's catchin on up, and Halo is so far the best game I've played on any new generation console,and anyone who treats gamecube like junk, they're just missiing out on some of the good stuff. Me I just say get all three, because all of them are very good systems, I don't care if one says one systems better than the other, they're all good!

    Best System Available
    The Playstation 2 Entertainment System is the best videogame console available. Sure, Xbox has those awsome graphics, but have you seen the TERRIBLY clunky controler? And Gamecube isn't any good either, believe me, I owned one. It has a very small library of games, and the games it DOES have are mostly for little kids. The PS2 has the USB Headset, Internet Adapter, a HUGE library of games, it plays DVD's and CD's, and it's backwards-compatible (it plays PSX games)! My only complaint is that the graphics aren't all that sharp. If you are older than 9, and looking to buy a videogame console, look no further. Go out and buy one. NOW. If you don't beleive me, ask one of the 60,0000'th PS2 owners out their.

    Games I reccomend:

    Medal of Honor Frontline

    Grand Theft Auto III

    ATV Offroad Fury 2

    Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec

    Jak II

    Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando

    Final Fantasy (Pick one of the many titles)

    PS2 ROCKS!!! (Note: Look for the PS3 in the next 2-4 years...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The PS2 is the best gaming system out right now
    OK. Put it this way. XBOX sucks. Gamecube sucks. For XBOX, you have to freakin pay to play online. for the PS2, all you need is the Internet adaptor. And what the heck is up with the XBOX controller? Its fat and ugly. Plus the PS2 is more compact and easier carry. Plus, you have to pay more to even do what the XBOX is capable of. 30 dollars for a dvd remote just so you can be able to play dvd's on the XBOX? thats crazy. With the PS2, all you need is the PS2 and a controller. Plus the PS2 has a WIDER variety of games to play than both systems combined. Sure the XBOX may have better graphics, but thats it. So hands down, the PS2 is the best system to buy right now.

    3-0 out of 5 stars DVD? Are you sure about that?
    I've never been able to get the play station to work as a DVD player, that is a disappointment, since I get sick of having so many wires in my entertainment unit, and it would have been nice to have one machine that performs three functions. (It plays Cd's quite nicely). That aside, It's a wonder machine that plays not only the new Playstation 2 games, but the older Playstation 1. (who wants to render all of their older games as obsolete?) Even though it would have been nice to use it as a DVD player, and I can't, it is a good machine and well worth the little that it costs. (But beware. . .Playstation makes up for the small cost by charging an arm and then some for the games.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love the playstation2!I
    Ok,I dont have it,but I want it BAD!So please buy one! ... Read more


    16. Forza Motorsport

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    Asin: B0006BK58U
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 81
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    In Forza Motorsport, its all about you and your car. Over 230 of the sickest racing machines imaginable. Infinite ways to customize them. The tools to tune them to perfection. The power to take on the world on Xbox Live. And the chance to show the competition what the back of your car looks like. Because in this world, you are what you race. ... Read more

    Features

    • Make every car yours: Collect models from more than 60 top car manufacturers, including Mazda, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, and Dodge. Trick out sport compacts with real-world body kits, rims, spoilers, decals, side skirts, fender flares, and hood scoops. Add motorsport decals and team paint-schemes to supercars, GT racers, and exotics. Transform production cars into racetrack monsters.
    • Tune it up: Take your car to the garage and install alternative engines, suspension kits, bolt-on superchargers, brakes, rims, racing slicks, and more. Fine-tune gear ratios, fuel-mapping, forced-induction pressure, tire temperature and pressure, and ignition timing for the ultimate setup.
    • Experience the most technically advanced driving simulation on Xbox: Top automotive engineers teamed with experienced programmers to create an advanced physics engine for Forza Motorsport, designed to simulates authentic car performance. Cars incur damage and wear, which affects car performance. Advanced tire and suspension models respond to heat and pressure changes as well as weight transfer and aerodynamic load.
    • Drive in gorgeous track environments: From the famously challenging Nurburgring Nordschleife to the spectator-lined streets of Rio de Janeiro, race on meticulously designed tracks with an incredible sense of speed and realism.
    • Check out the revolutionary A.I. Drivatar technology: Train your own A.I. Drivatars to use the same racing techniques you do, so they can race for you in competitions or train new drivers on your team. Drivatar technology is the foundation of the human-like A.I. in Forza Motorsport.

    Reviews (15)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Offically better than GT4
    I have no idea what the person below me was talking about that this is a bad game. But you know I'm cool with that everyone has their own opinion. Check this.

    Pros

    Amazing car customization and performance upgrades.
    Over two hundred cars.
    Amazing classes of cars.

    Cons
    It is extremely hot outside


    I'm already playing XBOX Live mabey we could play some time. See you at the finish line.

    "You are what you Race"
    -------Forza Motrosports

    1-0 out of 5 stars What a ripoff
    I am thinking if the other reviewers are Forza game designers and developers.

    Okay, here is an objective feedback:

    Pros:

    A LOTTTTTTTTTA CARS (Infact, the greatest collection of Cars that I have ever seen)

    Customizable parts and performance.

    A lot of options to tweak the behavior and handling of the car

    CONS:

    ...HORRIBLE HORRIBLE GAMEPLAY...

    If you have every played Project Gotham Racing 2 (PGR2) or Rallisport Challenge or Midtown Madness 3 or even NFS and appreciated the smooth, responsive handling of the cars, the fast gameplay and whizzing scenery around you, this game will be a LETDOWN.

    The cars are extremely sluggish, very very unresponsive and at 120 mph, the scenery floats by you at the same rate as 20 mph in rallisport challenge or PGR2.

    Rallisport and PGR2 are wayyyyyyyy better than this game. I think there is this whole hype factor surrounding this game that just makes us compulsive shoppers want to just go and get it. Do yourself a favor: TRY THE GAME before you buy it.

    I wish somebody had told me about it so that I could have not thrown $50 in this worthless game. My time is sort of precious and I am glad that I didnt waste more than 2 hours on this dump.

    Do yourself a favor and try this game from blockbuster or gamestop before throwing your hard earned money...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite Possibly The Best Racing Sim On Xbox.
    Ive been playing this game for days now & Ive lost alot of sleep because I cant get enough of it ,its a great game,but I will warn you it is a Racing simulator type game that does have a slight learning curve & it will be a harder game when you first play it,because the driving physics are based on real-world driving.I do like other games like Project Gothem2 but FORZA is a better simulation of Real-world driving.Forza playsalot like Grand Turismo.The vast amount of different cars you can buy & race in FORZA isamazing ,the most of any game to date. You can buy just about any real-life car that are in showrooms today and also some of the older cars from the early sixties all the way up through to 2005.The manufacturers are all represented here from ASIA,North America(USA),Germany,Italy,United Kingdom,Sweden,France,Korea,Spain.You could buy a 1991 Honda CRX SI and upgrade it to about 800 HP & race it against a Ferrari ENZO. You have a ton of different race series from Point to Point, Amateur, Professional, Championship series,& Long Endurance races which require pit-stops. Each race is limited to your cars category from D class, C class, B class, A class , S class, R class.Classes D through S have four subclasses ,with 1 being the highest rated & 4 being the lowest. Class R has three subclasses R-GT, R-GTS, & P1. You cars class will raise as you upgrade it & you can sell,& remove parts,adversly you can lower your cars class if you remove parts. There are also brand specific races like Impreza vs.Lancer, RX7 vs. Supra ,American Muscle event,Roadster Challenge,Club Mustang event,Light Weight Challenge,300 HP challenge,etc.etc.There's also FW drive event,AWD event,MR event & many more.The vast number of different class restricted races is mindboggling ,this game is HUGE! You can Upgrade your cars with a large amount of options including Intake Exaust,Fuel Ignition,Turbo Charger, Supercharger,Intercooler,& you can swap up to bigger engines ,say example you could put a b18c5 engine from an Integra type R into any Civic.Also you can upgrade your cars other parts like, Tires from Y-rated ,DOT,to Slicks,Brakes,Transmission,Clutch & Flywheel,Weight reduction,Suspension.You can also add body kit parts from Front & Rear bumpers,Side skirts,Roll Cage,Hood,Rims,Spoilers. You can custom paint your cars from about 80 different colors.You can add customDecals & Vinyls on your cars left side ,top side,front bumper,rear bumper,& wing & change the shape color of each Vinyl for a completly unlimited amount of custom options.You can move,size,spin,tilt,EACH vinyl & decal & layer them up to 100,you could easily spend hours alone on vinyl applications. You can FINETUNE your cars set-up from Front & Rear tire pressure,adjust each individual gear ratio,adjust degree of camber /toe/castor,adjust ride height front & rear, adjust spring tension from soft to firm,adjust Damping Bump & Rebound,Adjust AERO downforce on front bumper & spoiler/wing, adjust Differential accell & decel,adjust Braking balance & pressure & the E-brake slow/fast.You can then go test your adjustments on any track youve unlocked & while your on the track you can fine tune it as your driving a test run in the pause menu.You can then save your cars tune set-up & then load that set-up before any race to match the track your gonna race on.You also can get a Benchmark setting to see what your adjustments have done ,it will show you Acceleration 0-60mph time ,0-100mph time, Top Speed,Braking Distance In feet ,& Lateral G's. As you win races & championships you will get credits towards purchasing more cars or parts,Also sponsors will give you discounts on parts when you win races & championships.Car manufacturers will give you free cars for winning races,series,& championships.The graphics are pretty good in this game ,the only negative thing is the people look like cardboard cutouts,but its still looks pretty good alot of nice detail.The New York & Tokyo tracks are realy nice. The cars all look fantastic and after youve finished a race you can watch and/or save your replay which looks fantastic.The strongest part of this game is the racing gameplay which is outstanding! And I did notice a big difference in performance after you add parts to your car and/or fine tune it .Its a very realistic racing game that does have a learning curve to get used to ,but once you get familiar with the driving physics its realy fun. The developers did a great job with this game & it shows. FORZA is must own for any fan of Racing sims.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Decent...but overhyped
    I definetly looked forward to this game, but after 2 years of Project Gotham 2, I can't seem to accept what "seems" like a game that was created before PGR2.

    The graphics are by FAR a letdown. GT4 blows it away, and PGR2 is must crisper also.

    Game play is decent...sure its more realistic, harder to drive, turn, less acceleration, but it's NOT AS FUN!!

    If you are a GT4 fan, this may be for you. But if you want instant XBOX live racing with a more "fun' factor...then look to PGR2.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get the Fanatec Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel
    If you have an extra $150 after buying this game, then I strongly recommend you also get Fanatec's Speedster 3 ForceShock steering wheel for Xbox.It was designed to work with Forza Motorsport, and it's the closest you'll get to a force feedback steering wheel on the Xbox.The Xbox doesn't offer true full-blown force feedback, but this wheel is pretty close.The wheel also works with other Xbox racing games, but Forza Motorsport has special code in it to work specifically with the Fanatec wheel to offer force feedback.

    Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't sell this wheel, so you'll have to get it from either Gamestop or Fry's. ... Read more


    17. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0001VGFK2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Rockstar Games
    Sales Rank: 1
    Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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    It may not be a splashy leap forward, but Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in its own deep, dark way does just as much to move and revolutionize video games as its two predecessors, Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. As in previous installments, here you play as a thug with problems you must steal and shoot your way out of, but the problems this time are disconcertingly more realistic. You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ, a likeable criminal type who has just returned to his hometown, Los Santos (a fictionalized Los Angeles), to find that his mother has been murdered and that the police have framed him for another murder. Reunions with his friends and a troubled relationship with his brother set off a sprawling, complex plot line, taking place at first in the immediate Los Santos area but eventually spilling into San Fierro (based on San Francisco) and Las Venturas (Las Vegas).

    CJ
    You play as Carl Johnson, known on the street as CJ.


    This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel.

    Gaming Gangsters

    Where Vice City took its cues, with tongue firmly in cheek, from the 1980s television series Miami Vice, San Andreas is a sincere homage to early 1990s innercity gangster films like Menace 2 Society and Boyz ‘N the Hood. This is an honest effort to create an engaging story about sympathetic characters caught up in a brutal environment that is on par with a movie or novel. If that effort hits a few flat notes (you would have to be totally desensitized not to wonder if it's OK to make entertainment out of driveby shootings), it may also mark the first step toward video games growing up.The first thing that fans of earlier GTA games will notice is the range of action is much wider now: Along with shooting, running, and driving, there's now swimming, eating, working out, shopping, and, yes, getting a haircut. All this means the game has a fairly steep learning curve. But, though the pick-up-and-play appeal of Grand Theft Auto III may be long gone, your access to the action becomes fairly transparent after a little practice. My only serious complaint is that, with the controller now crowded with such previously unheard-of functions like "Gang Active" and "Talk Positive," you can drive only with the left analog stick. A minor point, but it makes cars a lot more difficult to handle.

    Bikin’ it
    Bicycles take on a surprisingly central role.

    Vehicular Variety

    It would be hard to surpass the variety of automobiles available in earlier games, and San Andreas wisely does not for the most part try to compete on that score. Instead, it's bicycles of all things that steal the show. The bikes' speed and flexibility are perfect for many of the missions, and there is something about cruising through the streets and basketball courts on a BMX that just feels right. If you play far enough into the game, you will also be rewarded with the chance to fly a number of aircraft, and flying is something Rockstar makes a greater effort to get right this time (welcome news for anyone who struggled with the planes and ‘copters of the earlier games).


    Lackluster Graphics--but a Real Feel

    Graphics--never a huge priority for Rockstar--actually take a step backward from the luscious, tropical look of Vice City. Textures are rendered with only a cursory attention to detail, and contours are often blocky. It scarcely matters, though, because no matter how San Andreas looks, it feels real. This is due in no small part to voice work by an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson, Ice T, James Woods, Peter Fonda, and Outkast's Big Boy and a stellar soundtrack with tunes by Soundgarden, 2Pac, Public Enemy, and even a few country classics from the likes of Willie Nelson. But it's not just realistic, San Andreas is also vast, encompassing three big urban centers and huge swaths of rural land (complete with shotgun-toting farmers) between them. This vastness does mean, however, that there can be a lot of tedious driving to get to the missions, which, along with some awkward sequencing of the cut scenes (they are in places stacked one on top of the other), means that there is a bit too much downtime.But never mind the quibbles. Ladies and gentlemen, we have another classic on our hands. --David Stoesz

    Pros:

    • Astonishingly vast game space
    • Vivid character development
    • Complex, engaging plot
    • Enormous range of available actions

    Cons:

    • Occasionally awkward game design
    • You can no longer steer cars with the directional buttons
    • Steep learning curve

    What's Your Strategy?
    Get mission strategies and detailed maps to achieve every objective with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Official Strategy Guide.

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    Features

    • The next chapter in the legendary Grand Theft Auto series
    • Set in Los Santos, San Andreas, plagued by gang violence, corruption, and drugs
    • Carl Johnson's mother has been murdered and family has fallen apart
    • Carl is framed for homicide by two corrupt cops
    • He must journey across San Andreas to take control of the streets

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    5-0 out of 5 stars PSM Stuff
    Alright heres the stuff i read in the official Playstation 2 magazine (some of the stuff you may already know but oh well):
    -The game is set in 90's San Andreas, which is a whole state that contains cities like Los Angelas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and a bunch of country stuff in between like deserts, mountains, rivers, and lots and lots of interstate highways.
    - You are CJ who decides to come back to his old Los Santos gang called the Orange Grove Family after spending a couple of years in Liberty City...
    -YOU CAN: eat in restuarants (get fat), Work out in the gym and get buff( get too buff and you move slower), improve CJ's skills, get haircuts, ride a bicycle, wear lots of outfits, buy and build buildings (many more things to do with this than in Vice City), Gamble at casino's, break into houses and steal money, swim,dual wield mutliple guns, recruit your own gang to help you out, do 4 person drive by shootings.
    The improvements: -five to six times the size of Vice City, game comes on a rare dual layer dvd, no more loading between cities, new graphics engine with 35-50% more polygons on screen, longer view distance, more realistic relections, shadows, and animation; every character has a "brain", a bunch of more detailed indoor locations, more mini games, man hunt style gun targeting, better hand to hand combat, each weapon is detailed and has its own realistic experience, rag doll physics, wider range of vehicles with improved physics, and the vehicles get rusty and dirty over time.
    The average pedestrian in San Andreas will have up to six times more dialouge than in Vice City. Another thing is that the game will automatically adjust the level of difficulty if a player gets stuck on that impossible mission. However this doesnt mean you can fail and then it will be easy, the changes are supposed to practically invisible and very small. IF you get fat the insults will be pretty mean. You can ride a bicycle by pushing x real fast to go real fast. There is free aiming with any weapon. Also your rival gang are the Balla's and if you go in their territory you are dead meat. The cops provide a greater challenge and are very determined. I got all of this information from a very good magazine that is 100% Play Station 2 called PSM, I strongly recommend this magazine if you are interested in upcoming games and reviews on games. From what i read in the magazine this is going to be a great game and I am preordering it right now... you should too!

    This game is the best of them all!!!!!!!!
    The following features have been confirmed for GTA: San Andreas:
    • Tweaked Vice City
    • Entire state of San Andreas included, meaning three cities will be present in the game, each connected by countryside. Los Santos, a fictional Los Angeles, San Fierro, a rendition of San Francisco, and La Venturra, which is the Grand Theft Auto version of Las Vegas.
    • Larger map, which is much more interesting and "alive" than Vice City. Hills have been confirmed, and even a mountain is to be included.
    • Smog will be present in Los Santos to give it a "real life" feeling.
    • "Characters from the past" will return.
    • Ragdoll physics, aka "Impact Animation" similar to that seen in recent PC titles like Far Cry, Half Life 2 and Max Payne 2.
    • In La Venturra, set up a casino, or gamble in those owned by others.
    • Recruit gang members and perform four person drive by's. (Screenshot)
    • Pedal Bicycles (Screenshot)
    • House robberies will take place but require skill and planning.
    • Stamina Meter. Carl will have to consume food on his journey across San Andreas, and will gain weight if he eats too much. Gyms will be available to work out in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Game Ever!!
    This is by far the best game ever created!! I have Halo 2 and hasn't got anything compared to this. GTA SA is a must have so if you are still reading this review you must get up, go out and buy this game!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best!!
    GTA San Andreas and vice city are such an advancment for rockstar games and this is the best ever but remember how it all started with that birds eye veiw...<br /><br /> John Tushew

    5-0 out of 5 stars Initial impressions
    After a long wait I am now beggining to dig into this game.<br /> <br /> 1. Learning curve: Very unforgiving, the missions go from semi-simple to near impossible at the drop of a hat. Enemy AI is drastically improved, which means you will be spending alot of time in your nearby health facility. Another nice feature is due to gang placement you may not even make it out of the hospital parking lot alive.<br /> <br /> 2. Controls: simply amazing. weapon aiming is drastically improved, you can now actually aim a handgun with enough precision to hit the tiny little gas tank target allowing for 1 shot explosions which I have to say are very cool (just don't do this in sight of police) also control of vehicles improves as you use them more, which means you are less likely to fall off your bike after catching air.<br /> <br /> 3. Character developement: Want your character to be the buffest banger on the block? You better head to the gym and work off that Cluckin' big meal you just ate. Don't eat too much tho, CJ can and will throw up if you do. Does CJ tire easily on those on foot police chases? Hop on the treadmill or the stationary bike and build up your stamina. Even RPG's rarely give you this much control over your character.<br /> <br /> 4. Summary: Initial impressions very possitive, go get this. ... Read more


    18. XB Jade Empire (Limited Edition)

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    Asin: B0007P8FN2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 190
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The next great RPG from Bioware
    As I type this, I finished Jade Empire only minutes ago...and I am quite pleased with what Bioware brought to the table yet again.Great games like this (and other gems like Knights of the Old Republic) are too far and few between, yet it only serves to highlight just how great a game can be... when made by the right people.

    Although the lush graphics and fluid animations are certainly a high point of Jade Empire, it's really the fleshed out storyline that makes this game shine. Throughout the entire 17 hours and 16 minutes that it took me to finish Jade Empire, I felt I was very much a part of something "big".Each person you meet along the way has a part to play, and they feel much more than just supporting characters in a video game.

    They bring their own hopes, fears, dreams, and even personal viewpoints... and are developed nicely. In essence, they not only help to move the story along its key points, but they feel like they are there for a specific purpose. Walking away from the game, I felt that all were crucial in my journey... something that is unusual in most games I play today (even my much beloved Knights of the Old Republic).Beyond the characters, the storyline itself was full of surprises, which fueled my desire to keep moving forward in the game. If you've played other games from Bioware, you'll know that things are not always as they appear.

    Much like KOTOR, Jade Empire incorporates what we gamer's affectionately call the "morality system" into the game; though not as clear-cut this time around. Instead of choosing the path of "good" or "evil", players choose a demeanor based on the "Open palm" or "Closed fist" principles. Although some may view the closed fist as somewhat closer to evil than the open palm, it really just means that you are choosing a path based more on physical power, than inner strength, much like hard vs. soft styles in the martial arts world. What about the game play itself, you ask?

    The game play mechanics were pretty neat, though I didn't find the normal difficulty setting all that challenging (for the most part anyway). The amount of styles you could purchase seemed unending, and choosing from each of them really wasn't that difficult. Mapping them to the respective d-pad was a cinch. My only regret was how little I used the strong attacks in the game, due to how open they left my character so open to counterattacks. Opposing characters could block your fast attacks, but getting past their shields was as simple as jumping over their heads and attacking again from behind.

    Of course if you played the game on hard, this was much easier said than done. Bottom line though, you don't want to go anywhere near the easy difficulty, or the game might be a "pushover" for most of you. Difficulty settings aside, I greatly enjoyed the combat engine and the many fighting styles I could choose "on the fly".Besides being a boatload of fun, they enable you to personalize your martial style to your liking.

    As I expected, the voice work and music was quite good. Though based on an obvious fictitious Asian world, the sounds (and sights of course) of Jade Empire are believable in every respect. It is obvious that much work was put into using the music to help convey feeling throughout the game, and shows. Overall, I think Jade Empire is fantastic, and I applaud this and the other great games Bioware has made for the Xbox.

    The only real complaint SOME may have is with the length of the game itself. While I completed it in around 17 hours, I didn't do most of the side quests. Had I done so, I can imagine the game lasting somewhat longer. Of course you could play it through again using the opposite style of what you chose the first time, and squeeze even more game play out of Jade Empire. Bottom line? I don't think my time is really a good gage of Jade Empire's true length. Nonetheless, I loved every minute of the game, and I think most of you will as well.Though not perfect, Jade Empire is quite the game.

    "gAmE bOi"

    4-0 out of 5 stars The 2nd best RPG!!!!
    Jade Empire is an excellent game, period.It's not perfect, but what game is?Well, KOTOR came pretty close to perfect...so due to it's similarities and since many people played that game (either loving it or hating it) I think it is a good reference point for Jade Empire.

    STORY -As usual with Bioware, the game is driven strongly by a great story and very interesting characters.From a young girl possessed by two different demons and a mysterious and feisty woman in black, to a huge axe wielding mercenary who only wants to drink and fight.The plot is filled with myth, magic, spirits,demons and a share of comedy.It has elements of classic kung fu movies which you will immediately recognize.The only downside to the story is that it's not that surprising.I think the plot twist KOTOR had will be very hard to beat...and Jade Empire has it's share of surprises, but nothing you can't see coming.I won't reveal the plot twist, but I think the impact of KOTOR's plot twist was that it involved the player's character directly, while Jade Empire's twist centers around an NPC.This is not necesseraly bad, since it serves the plot perfectly and ties up the story nicely...but the impact is not as strong.Regardless, Jade Empire's story and characters are by far it's strongest points.

    GAMEPLAY - A lot of people complained about KOTOR's turn based system, so did I when I started the game.To fix that, Jade Empire's combat system is real time. This was done no doubt to try and get more people to play the game, not only RPG fans, and since it is a kung fu game it makes sense.The combat system is essentially a rock-scissor-paper game.The downside....it's too simple!Action gamers will not get as excited with the fighting system due to it's simplicity and RPG fans will miss the strategy behind the turn based system.Add the fact that the standard difficulty level is not too tough and you end up with a pretty easy game to beat.There's no real leveling-up, all this does is increase your health, chi and focus bars more, and improve your styles, which by the way you can get along with just two of them really.I beat the game with the first weapon style I got and the first martial style.The inventory is also trimmed down a lot to gems.While in KOTOR you had to customize your inventory for different fights or situations, adding to the strategy, here you can get along just fine with whatever it is you're carrying.In summary, the gameplay seems to be "RPG-Light" to try and get more people to play it, but it may be just a bit too simple.The moral aspect of it has no influence either.While in KOTOR being dark side or light side had meant different quests, different powers, etc. in Jade Empire it has really no influence during the game, probably just for the ending.Does the gameplay make the game less enjoyable...not really, but it is I think it's weakest point.

    GRAPHICS AND SOUND - No complaints here.Graphics are awesome, the music great, and the voice over is good as well.The loading times are still long though.

    OVERALL -As said at the beginning, the game is great...although I personally enjoyed KOTOR more.This one is also shorter which is a shame because it is good enough to make you want to keep playing it.Story, characters, graphics and sound are great while gameplay is good, but a bit trimmed down.That's why I think it's the second best RPG...KOTOR still being the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Martial Odyssey

    After creating the 2003 game of the year, what would you expect from Bioware? Well it's not what I saw coming, passing up the chance to make the sequel to KOTOR they decided to finally make a game that they've imagined for nearly a decade, an RPG in an ancient-China like land with plenty of kung-fu elements.

    Jade Empire is not your standard RPG, it's far from it, but with it's improvements on the genre it very well may become the standard. The first noticeable difference in the gameplay is the innovative fighting style allowing you to fight in real time, but it's a change for the better. It's truly new feel is based around the d-pad, setting a different fighting style to each direction so that while in battle it is simple to change between them. This allows for many moves with various twists making it easier to navigate attacks. Bioware was correct in saying that for the player to be a kung-fu master they must feel like one as well, this is what the system of fighting does over a turn-based so common to RPGs.

    I will not ruin the story, but it leads for action-packed sequences that will have you on the edge of your seat. You will easily find your self immersed in the story of this world. If you have played "Knight's of the Old Republic" you will know that Bioware's storytelling is top-notch and they only improve with Jade Empire's plot. The scenes have been pondered and perfected, the mythology is in-depth and brings an incredible realism to the world, and the architecture and newly-developed language are the icing on the cake.

    On your quest there is plenty of customization available, mini quests to go upon, and lands to explore, all the while your choices having consequences leading you down the path of The Open Palm or The Closed Fist. You also constantly upgrade your character with the experience you gain over time, mastering different ways of fighting.

    I have not enjoyed a game this much in a long while, and even if your are not a fan of the RPG genre this game can draw you in. It is an almost certain for RPG of the Year and a definite contender for Game of the Year.

    Bioware's attention to detail, the over 320 minor characters have full voice-overs, and superb gameplay earn Jade Empire
    A Bliss of 9


    4-0 out of 5 stars In The Fashion of KOTOR
    I believe this game is alot better than the resent KOTOR II. The graphics are pretty decent. However there are flaws to this game but they are very few. I wonder if Bioware had done KOTORII, it would've been alot better. The story to this game seems like a Star Wars rip off but a well done rip off. The graphics are pretty impressive and the gameplay is solid in and real time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as KOTOR, but still a great game
    Nobody can really blame Bioware for trying to have their games reach out to more gamers, but this certainly alienates their hardcore fans.

    Jade Empire follows this 'commercially' and 'user-friendly' RPG format. The game is actually an Action/Adventure, cleverly disguised as an RPG. The lenght of the game is around 20+ hours, down from 40+, in other Bioware RPGs.

    Gone are also the 2 person parties - now you can only have a follower with you at a time. This means that in order to get their stories, you will have to constantly shuffle your follower. I ended giving up.

    Gone is also the ability to Level Up your followers. This is now handled same way as in Diablo 2, automatically, by the game. Gone are also your levelling up options. Instead, everything has been simplified to the max, similar to Fable.

    Gone is also the inventory - this time around you only upgrade 3 slots from an amulet. Like in Bard's Tale, you automatically get the best stuff. This could have worked great, but this 'best stuff' hardly ever comes around.

    The game's main selling point is the new fighting system. No more turn based, everything takes place in real time. The fighting styles, magic and support styles are mapped to the directional pad, allowing 4 of them to be used. However, fighting ends up being reduced to Prince of Persia 1 fighting: simply jump over an opponent, then hit him with a power attack. Magic is very underpowered and with monsters being immune to magic or weapons, you may end up using one fighting style for whole game.

    Graphics are gorgeous, very similar to Fable. You can still display a MiniMap on screen and all objectives are clearly displayed on it.

    Quests are great and my only complaint is that you never know when or if you will leave the area for good. Chapters seem to be independent from each other and many times areas can no longer be accessed.

    Like Fable, JE is avery linear game. You can only travel on the path you see on the map, everything else is 'invisible walls'.

    Limited Edition comes with an additional character, a Monk. I could not see any differences between this character and others, so I would recommend buying LE only if it sells at same price as the normal edition.

    Final thoughts: if you liked Fable, you will love this one. If you expect another Baldur's Gate or KOTOR, you may be disapointed. JE is NOT an RPG, but a great Action/Adventure. ... Read more


    19. Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition

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    Asin: B0002J9UBY
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Take2 Interactive Software
    Sales Rank: 2521
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    20. PSP Ridge Racer

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    Asin: B0007UDYUQ
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Namco
    Sales Rank: 142
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Wireless Multiplayer Races: Compete head-to-head in 8-player multiplayer races through the PSP wireless connectivity feature. Multiplayer races require every player to have the Ridge Racer game inserted into their PSP system.
    • Unprecedented Visual Quality: Experience DVD quality video in the 16:9 widescreen format, and enjoy more clean edged designs and richer colors on the high quality PSP system's liquid crystal screen.
    • Robust Vehicle and Course Selections: Featuring 58 new vehicles, upgrades and 24 courses- the largest number of courses in the series! Classic courses from previous Ridge Racer titles return with entirely updated graphics leveraging the awesome processing power of the PSP.
    • New "World Tour" Mode: In the newly added World Tour Mode, players challenge the vast number of courses from the first Ridge Racer introduced in 1993, to the latest in the Ridge Racer world.
    • Special Features: Race faster than ever utilizing nitrous! Drift to fill thenew "Nitro Gauge" then boost ahead to burn the competetion. Conquer the World Tour Mode to unlock cars, courses, new tours, and more!

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing racer for the psp
    For a launch title, Ridge Racer is an amazing game. It really shows off the great graphics on the PSP and the gameplay is great as well. Everything is near perfect on here. The graphics, sound, and controls are all outstanding although if you don't like arcade style racers you may want to avoid this or give it a rental. The game's use of power sliding works well and is fun although the game seems to be a bit easier because of it. Since the game require more streaming off the disk, the battery is life is shorter although I really don't mind it at all. Anyway, if you want a racing game for the PSP, one of the best is already out there waiting for you to pick it up.

    4-0 out of 5 stars when in doubt, just keep drifting
    the problem of this game is this.. simply by deliberately drifting the car, you can avoid hitting the boundary, hence the reduction of speed.. although drifting too recklessly could slow you down.. but a well managed but a bit aimless drifting can help avoiding penalty.. and put your car back onto the right direction and track...which i think is a flaw... this makes the game a bit easlier to finish.. and a bit routine

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ridge Racer.......
    Think of this Ridge Racer as a 'best-of' collectionthat has all the best bits of the ten-year long previous Ridge games and you pretty much got the idea of what this Ridge Racer holds in store. It boasts the largest selection of tracks in any previous version(24, to be exact), with a selection of 58 different cars, as well as upgrades for your cars. It's possibly the biggest and best Ridge Racer to date. Add to that, 8 player head to head competition(something that no other racer has, right now, except for Wipeout Pure) which can get really intense- at times-...let me tell you.Speed and control are dead-on, which is important with this type of racer. The graphics...well,...let's just say are simply amazing. Some of the best I've seen on the PSP so far. It's one of those games that shows the PSPs' graphical prowess. It's much sharper and realistic looking than the version of Ridge Racer for the Nintendo DS(which, in my opinion, looked downright horrendous). It's the second racer I've got for my collection(Need for Speed Underground Rivals being the first)of PSP games and is another that has kept me addicted playing for weeks on end.
    If you're a Ridge Racer fan that wants to take a drive down Memory Lane for some all-out racing fun, this game is definitely for you.If, however, you're not big on the series...this game won't do much to change your mind about it.
    I'll admit, I'm not much of a Ridge Racer fan myself but this game has been a blast to play. I love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fourth best racer on PSP
    This game has PS2 graphics and decent steering.This game is obviously better than the DS port it is lacking a realistic game play.It is too much of an arcade game, and I don't mean like a street racer, I mean like a game where you put in the 50 cents and drive.Also, like the other RRs, the cars are bunched up in small groups which you easily pass in half a lap so most of the time you are just driving around alone.The commentary is horrible.I bet Evenderr Hollyfield now wants Mike Tyson to bite off his other ear off too after listening to the commentary of the game.This game is ok but with the other good PSP games this might be one you want to pass.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Fun But Overrated
    This game is pretty fun.The game modes include time trial, arcade race, world circuit, and multiplayer mode.You can choose from three cars (in beginner circuit) and up to seven cars to race from in the more advanced circuits.This may be a fun game, but the fun doesn't last long.

    You race other drivers to unlock new things.But that is about the only objective.Also, beating the races are very easy.The only hard part about this game might be learning how to drift, turn, and powerslide, but that only takes about five minutes to learn.

    Also, the races are barely any fun.You start out in last place and the car in front of you is always like 30 seconds ahead.There's no qualifying or practice, you always start last.

    Also, gaining nitrous is hard and doesn't help much.You gain the nitrous by powersliding (which slows you down), and you only gain about 1/5 - 1/4 of a tank (depending on the turn and speed)After you get it, it lasts for about 5 seconds and you gain a little bit of speed, but then after that, you go back to the speed you were at before you ignited the nitrous.

    And the last thing I have to say about this game that it is overrated.All the reviews I've seen say this is an awesome PSP launch game, but to me it an okay game.I would recommend buying Need For Speed Underground Rivals instead of this.But some people seem to love this game so I would recommend renting this game first at gamefly.com (that's what I did and I'm glad I did it because I didn't like it very much).(Please refer to me at gamefly.com).
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