July 2003 Archives

SX Superstar Review

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Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Acclaim


Platforms: Xbox, GameCube
Reviewed on Xbox

The rewards of becoming an SX Superstar include money, women and fancy digs. You make your start on the championship circuit as an impoverished SX rider, newly signed to an agent, with a pathetic (and underpowered) bike and just enough money from your parents to secure an apartment that accommodates roaches more comfortably than you. By winning individual races and becoming the top rider in your league for an entire season, you can earn cash and work your way through the Amateur league to compete at the Semi-Pro and Pro levels.

Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: Sony Online Entertainment


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 933 MHz, 256 MB RAM (realistically, start thinking about that upgrade to 512 MB or more), 32 MB video card, internet connection, DirextX 9.0a

The Star Wars license has invaded nearly every other genre of computer and video game in existence, now comes its turn in persistent world online game. With a choice of eight playable species and professions ranging from chef to bounty hunter, here is a chance not just to play in the Star Wars universe, but to live and work in it.

Publisher: Acclaim
Developer: Acclaim Cheltenham


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Take to the sand with your choice of swimsuit-clad volleyball players, engaging in causal play or the extended tournament of the Summer Heat US Tour.

Advance Wars 2 Review

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Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Intelligent Systems


Platform: Game Boy Advance
Reviewed on Game Boy Advance

The threat once posed by the Black Hole Army to Wars World has returned, more powerful than ever. Join Orange Star, Blue Moon, Yellow Comet and Green Earth as they unite to repel the technologically superior invading forces.

Iridion II Review

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Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Shin'en


Platform: Game Boy Advance
Reviewed on Game Boy Advance

More than a century has passed since humanity was attacked by the Iridion Empire. Despite nearly making humankind extinct, a lone pilot was able to guide his SHN fighter to destroy the mainframe that controlled the Iridion forces. Once the central computer was destroyed, the remaining Iridion forces were rendered ineffective, and disappeared from known space. As always, mankind moved to fill the vacuum and colonized the suddenly vacant Iridion worlds.

Now, the Iridion threat has returned. In a matter of hours, contact with every outpost in human space was lost. What messages came through before contact was broken revealed that the Iridion have returned to retake their planets, and exterminate every living soul in the process. Once again, there is only a single fighter in position to contain the vicious Iridion Empire.

Game Boy Player Review

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Company: Nintendo
Platform: GameCube


The Game Boy Player brings Nintendo's portable games to your television screen in conjunction with the GameCube console.

Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Developer: Core Design


Platforms: PC, PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

She's back, and so are her friends. Oh, you know what we're talking about, you saucy lad. Lara runs, jumps and shoots her graphically-enhanced way through her latest adventure. What else do you need to know?

The Hulk Review

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Publisher: Universal Interactive
Developer: Radical Entertainment


Platform: Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube
Reviewed on Xbox

He's big. He's green. He's what happens when you get Bruce Banner angry. In this third-person action game, you'll have a chance to smash your way though waves of enemies as the Hulk, as well as sneak your way around enemies as Bruce Banner. Once you've made your way through the single-player portion, additional, single- and multiplayer game modes await.

Publisher: Universal Interactive
Developer: Pocket Studios


Platform: Game Boy Advance
Reviewed on Game Boy Advance

Dr. Bruce Banner has been transformed by the radiation from an experimental gamma bomb into a man who is transformed by anger into the personification of rage – the Incredible Hulk. The Hulk wants peace and solitude, but is constantly drawn into conflict with those who would capture or destroy him.

PlanetSide Review

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Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment
Developer: Sony Online Entertainment


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC


Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 1 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 64 MB video card, 3 GB HD space, internet connection (but plan on a much higher-end system)

The Terran Republic ruled an intergalactic empire for more than a thousand years, colonizing worlds and spreading humanity to the stars. When the habitable world of Auraxis was discovered on the other side of a wormhole, the Terran Republic began the colonization of Auraxis, creating three main settlements, spread evenly around the newly discovered orb. Auraxis, however, turned out to be no ordinary settlement. The remains of an ancient race (dubbed the Vanu) and its ancient technology were found. These findings have made technological wonders possible that enable humanity to better their lives, or wage even more effective war.

As the colony became self-sufficient and facilities had been constructed throughout the planet, the wormhole collapsed, stranding the colonists in a distant corner of space. Without the might and resources of the Terran Republic, the world has splintered into three warring factions: those who seek to maintain the ways of the Terran Republic, the New Conglomerate (which seeks to impose a new order on humanity), and the Vanu Sovereignty which wants to improve humanity through the legacy of the Vanu. Vanu technology has granted the warring factions the ability to recreate fallen warriors, so Auraxis faces a war without attrition and a conflict without end as the three sides vie for supremacy.

Publisher: Black Label Games (Vivendi Universal Games)
Developer: Warthog


Platforms: Xbox and PlayStation 2
Reviewed on Xbox

The discovery of the Vagner system has opened up a brand new frontier for humanity to explore, joined by two other intelligent races – the huge but herbivorous Jaldari, and technologically savvy, swamp-dwelling Valleakans. Together, the three races are settling and exploiting the Vagner system, mostly for the benefit of major corporations such as the Tannan Corporation. Even with a major corporate presence, the Vagner system is a frontier region with a rough, 28th century frontier mentality. To protect the populace (and their own financial interests) several major corporations created the Enforcer police service. A Ranger service was also created to take care of special actions, but subsequently disbanded. Now, the Guild of Bounty Hunters has taken the place of the Rangers, taking on danger for pay rather than honor or duty.

Mace Griffin tried to make a career of the Ranger service, serving as a pilot and infantry, until a mission turned sour. While doing his duty, Mace fell into a trap that took the lives of an entire ship full of Rangers, save him. Upon his return, Mace was court-martialed, and thrown into prison with common criminals for ten years. Once his sentence was complete, Mace joined an old friend from lock-up who sets him up with the Guild of Bounty Hunters. Mace's work in the guild not only serves to fund his operations, but to help him discover the forces that set him up for a fall and ultimately avenge the dissolution of the Rangers and the death of his comrades.

Company: Ideazon
Platform: PC


The Zboard is a modular keyboard system from Ideazon designed so that computer users can have a single keyboard base attached to the computer, but can insert interchangeable keyboard interfaces that are customized to improve productivity for work software or to improve the game experience for entertainment software. The interfaces clearly mark many of the important hotkeys for the associated application, and typically have an array of macro keys customized for functions associated with that application.

Company: Ideazon
Platform: PC


The Zboard is a modular keyboard system from Ideazon designed so that computer users can have a single keyboard base attached to the computer, but can insert interchangeable keyboard interfaces that are customized to improve productivity for work software or to improve the game experience for entertainment software. The interfaces clearly mark many of the important hotkeys for the associated application, and typically have an array of macro keys customized for functions associated with that application.

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