Editor: September 2002 Archives

MoonBase Commander Review

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Publisher: Infogrames
Developer: Humongous Entertainment


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 233 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 8x CD ROM, 600 MB HD space

Mankind has perfected a multi-purpose craft for space exploration and resource exploitation – the MoonBase Probe. These probes can land on an alien world, establish a central hub with the help of a single pilot, and begin spreading across the surface of the planet. The multipurpose probes are incredibly flexible of function, spreading nodes that can serve as secondary hubs to further exploration. Because mankind has depleted nearly all of Earth's resources, three human factions are competing for the bounty of the universe, competing with a fourth, alien group for dominion. You ally yourself with one group or another, take command of a MoonBase Probe, and lead your faction to victory.

Mark of Kri Review

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Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment America


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Mark of Kri tells the tale of Rau, a trained warrior yearning for adventure. Although a skilled combatant, he has never had the opportunity to prove himself in battle. Rau seeks a valiant quest to become a great fighter and a legend among his people. Unbeknownst to him, he is about to embark on a journey to search for the Marks of Kri – six parts of a spell that hold the power to break that barrier between our world and the demon realm. Should he fail, all humanity will become enslaved, or perhaps even be destroyed.

The Thing Review (PS2)

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Publisher: Black Label Games (Vivendi Universal Games)
Developer: Computer Artworks


Platforms: PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

An American station in the Antarctic has ceased communications, and a military rescue team has been dispatched to determine the outpost's status and recover any survivors. As part of that team, you have been left to uncover the gruesome terror that is lurking at the bottom of the world.

The Thing Review (Xbox)

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Publisher: Black Label Games (Vivendi Universal Games)
Developer: Computer Artworks


Platforms: PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Reviewed on Xbox

An American station in the Antarctic has ceased communications, and a military rescue team has been dispatched to determine the outpost's status and recover any survivors. As part of that team, you have been left to uncover the gruesome terror that is lurking at the bottom of the world.

The Thing Review (PC)

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Publisher: Black Label Games (Vivendi Universal Games)
Developer: Computer Artworks


Platforms: PC, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium II 400 MHz, 64 MB RAM, 8 MB video card, 600 MB HD space

An American station in the Antarctic has ceased communications, and a military rescue team has been dispatched to determine the outpost's status and recover any survivors. As part of that team, you have been left to uncover the gruesome terror that is lurking at the bottom of the world.

Gun Metal Review

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Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Rage


Platform: Xbox
Reviewed on Xbox

Take control of your people's last hope for winning the war against invaders – the Havoc Suit. Standing 30 feet tall, the Havoc Suit is a transforming robot and jet fighter, each bristling with weaponry. Play through fourteen levels of hectic arcade action en route to saving the world from evil. And remember, you're not just a jet plane, you're a robot in disguise.

NCAA Football 2003 Review

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Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Sports


Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube
Reviewed on Xbox

This year's version of EA college football gaming franchise throws everything at you but the opportunity to major in Communications or siphon funding away from the Music program. Pick your favorite college team or make your own. Play a game, a season or even a short career in which you recruit and train players en route to building a college football dynasty.

Bomberman Generation Review

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Publisher: Majesco
Developer: Hudson Soft


Platform: GameCube
Reviewed on GameCube

Perhaps no game introduction will ever again replicate the majesty of "All your base are belong to us," but Bomberman Generation makes a go of it. Rather than summarize the backstory of Bomberman Generation, we'll let the game speak for itself (spelling and punctuation as it appears in-game):

"In the infinitely expanding universe... This is where energy unfathomable... to human kind is overflowing... In the search for this unknown energy... many researchers have challenged outer space... The time is cosmic year 200X... The BOMB Research Laboratory led by Professor Ein... has succeeded in mining BOMB Elements with this secret energy... for the peaceful utilization of this strange power. A Space Freighter carrying Bomb Elements made up of 6 Crystals... has departed for Planet Bomber... however... the evil HIGE HIGE Bandits, searching for domination, sent a hired gun to seize the Bomb Elements. And so the great battle for the Bomb Elements begins..."

Hmmm. I'm not sure, but I think someone set us up the bomb.

Enclave (Xbox) Review

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Publisher: Conspiracy Entertainment / Black Label Games (VU Games)
Developer: Starbreeze


Platform: Xbox, PC
Reviewed on Xbox

The demon Vatar and his evil hordes of undead, goblins, orcs and twisted humans assaulted Celenheim once in the distant past. Only the wizard Zale's desperate actions save the people of Celenheim by opening the maw of the very world itself, engulfing Vatar and much of his army. Zale's magic also opened the Rift around Celenheim, a bottomless chasm that surrounded the kingdom, making it an island haven, surrounded by denizens of evil. Celenheim, populated by elves, humans, gnomes and others became known as the Enclave, and referred to the rest of the continent as the Outlands. Recently, the Rift has been healing, becoming narrow enough to cross at points, and the Outlanders are arming themselves, perhaps under their returned overlord Vatar.

In this conflict you can pursue the Path of Light, defending strategic outposts, striking at the Outlanders key weaknesses, and ultimately crossing the Outlands and a great sea to seek help at Meckelon, home of the Ancestors. If you and your party of adventurers succeed, you may even need to face Vatar himself.

You may also choose the Path of Dark, serving the powerful Mordessa in her efforts to restore Vatar to power... in her service. Success under Mordessa against the Enclave will earn you more dangerous duty, and failure can only mean a painful death. You begin by running difficult errands for her, and ultimately assault the Enclave at the very seat of their power.

Virtual Violence, Real Virtue

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by Robert de los Reyes, Esq.


Two regulatory issues steal the lion's share of gaming industry focus these days: software piracy and video game violence. The piracy issue gets well-rounded treatment from a variety of interested parties. Game makers rightfully defend their work, and consumers rightfully resist draconian and overbroad intrusions into innocent fair use. Both sides are represented by dedicated advocacy groups. Treatment of the violence issue, by contrast, is actually much less developed than you might think. Here, too, gamers rightfully resist overbroad measures designed to "protect" children, but that resistance fights only the overbreadth, not the central premise of the argument. Where is the defense of violence itself?

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