Review: November 2007 Archives

BlackSite: Area 51 Review

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BlackSite: Area 51 Publisher: Midway
Developer: Midway


Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Something has gone horribly wrong in the rural Nevada desert. An exceptionally well-armed force has seized a town near Area 51, driving locals into the protective arms of a nearby army camp. When Aeran Pierce leads his Delta Force squad into the thick of the action, he discovers the Nevada insurgency has a terrible secret... an alien secret.

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo


Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Shortly after the events of The Wind Waker, Link is sailing with Tetra (the piratical Princess Zelda) when their ship and crew run afoul of the Ghost Ship that lurked in The Wind Waker's seas. Tetra jumps onto the Ghost Ship to investigate, and immediately disappears. Link attempts to follow, but falls into the sea.

After plummeting into the water, Link discovers that he's in far deeper than he expected. Rather than landing near his familiar ship and crew, he awakens on a strange island nestled in an unfamiliar sea. This sea was protected by the Ocean King, a powerful spirit served by several fairies. Sadly, the land has come under the shadow of a foul creature that has stolen the power of the Ocean King and his fairies, and holed up in the Ocean King's sacred temple.

With the aid of a captain named Linebeck, Link must travel these newfound waters to rescue Zelda from the Ghost Ship and restore the Ocean King to benevolent power.

Beautiful Katamari Review

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Publisher: Namco Bandai Games
Developer: Namco Bandai Games


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

"The King of All Cosmos and his family were vacationing on one of their favorite planets. The King was enjoying a delightful game of tennis with his beloved Queen and Prince. The King's tennis skills were truly first-rate. But alas! The King's swing was too strong, and the ball was sent flying into the sky!

"The ball flew on and on, and opened up a hole in the sky. The King and his family gazed up in worry at the dark hole that had popped open... The hole began to suck up all sorts of things, for this was truly that dreadful astrophysical anomaly: a Black Hole! The Black Hole hungrily ate up bigger and bigger things. Growing even bigger, it started to suck up nearby stars as well.

"The King had had enough! He stood up to face the Black Hole. The King summoned his almighty powers, and in a spectacular fashion, stopped the Black Hole in its tracks. Harmony has returned to the Great Cosmos, but no one knows when the Black Hole will strike again..."

Mutant Storm Empire Review

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Publisher: Pom Pom Games
Developer: Pom Pom Games


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

"There's this evil emperor, see and... well, he's evil. Now someone has decided to put a stop to the whole evilness thing, and that someone is you. It's the right thing to do!"

Word Puzzle Review

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Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: Interserv


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Word search puzzles proliferate in this puzzler that has gamers hunting for words in vast pools of letters.

Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Ignition Entertainment


Platform: Wii
Reviewed on Wii

This puzzle game for the Wii has players maneuvering blobs of mercury through laboratory-themed mazes filled with wildly dangerous obstacles and wacky rewards.

Flipper Critters Review

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Publisher: Ignition Entertainment
Developer: Zen Studios


Platform: DS
Reviewed on DS

Gawain the Tiger and Bubba the Monkey are two well-meaning teenaged animals eager to help their fellow animals in and around the town of Aldenor – whether or not their friends need the assistance. The unlikely mammalian pair begin by setting out to help a Bull who happens to be an oracle with a bad cold; move on to discover what happened to some Boar guards; and end up getting caught in a vast sequence of quests, complete with a dragon and a sorceress. And they do it all by acting as the ball in a world-sized game of pinball.

Publisher: Telltale Games
Developer: Telltale Games


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: 800 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 32 MB 3D video card, Windows XP or more recent operating system

Grandma ain't run over by a reindeer, but Santa's running amok. The North Pole is undergoing corporate restructuring. The elves are out of work and toy manufacture has been outsourced to baby penguins – because adult penguins have a demanding union.

Sam and Max, the Freelance Police, are going about their business when a gift from Santa arrives: the Maimtron 9000, a death-dealing robot with a penchant for pop music. Now it's up to the Freelance Police (the bipedal hound named Sam and president/rabbity-thing Max), to set Santa straight before Christmas rolls around.

Nyko's Wii Charge Station Company: Nyko
Platform: Wii


Nyko's Wii Charge Station keeps two Wii Remotes charged in a convenient base so that Wii owners are always ready for long play sessions with Mario, Link or just a two-player tennis match with a pair of Wii Remotes.

Publisher: D3Publisher of America
Developer: Infinite Interactive


Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS, PSP
Reviewed on Xbox 360

A young adventurer from the kingdom of Bartonia is destined to lead the battle against the evil that increasingly plagues the world of Etheria. Starting as a mere novice, players build citadels, conquer nations, battle mythical beasts and dominate all opposition – all by playing symbol-matching puzzle games!

Tetris Splash Review

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Publisher: Tetris Online
Developer: Tetris Online


Platform: Xbox360
Reviewed on Xbox360

It's a water-themed Tetris game! That transforms into an aquarium screensaver! It has all the fun of stacking blocks mixed in with the thrill of collecting virtual fish!

Prank TV Review

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Publisher: Wild Hare
Developer: Jam-Games


Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC

Windows System Requirements: Pentium III 1.0 GHz, 256 MB RAM, DirectX 9 compatible 64 MB video card, 1 GB HD space, Windows XP SP2

When a new family moves into a neighborhood filled with malcontents and socially maladjusted hooligans, they decide to teach everyone in the neighborhood a lesson – in the form of vicious pranks. Fortunately, TV crews are on hand to catch every cruel joke and pernicious prank for the benefit of the audience at home.

Publisher: Q Entertainment
Developer: Q Entertainment


Platform: Xbox 360
Reviewed on Xbox 360

Time your own self-destruction to the beat to take out thousands of enemies in massive chain reactions – all to the engrossing rhythm of trance music.

Front Mission Review

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Front Mission Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix


Platform: DS (originally released for the SNES)
Reviewed on DS

Huffman Island is stuck in the neutral zone between the Oceania Cooperative Union (O.C.U.) and the United Continental States (U.C.S.). The O.C.U. and the U.C.S. already battled it out on Huffman for two years, beginning in 2070. When a ceasefire was finally negotiated, Huffman was divided in two, becoming a haven for mercenaries and a hotbed of tensions between the superpowers. Now the year is 2090, and a U.C.S. military factory on Huffman has been destroyed.

Inevitably, war is, once again, at hand on Huffman Island.

Buzz Jr. Jungle Party Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Magenta Software and FreeStyle Games


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Every day in the jungle is a party. At least in this jungle. And every party involves monkeys falling from the sky, being electrocuted or hurling bananas at one another. Fortunately, they never get hurt (at least, permanently). The party is also controlled solely with Sony's new buzzer controllers for the PlayStation 2.

Buzz!: The Mega Quiz Review

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Publisher: Sony
Developer: Relentless Software


Platform: PlayStation 2
Reviewed on PlayStation 2

Buzz himself hosts Buzz!: The Mega Quiz, an irreverent game show with a wild assortment of guests, mixing a biting wit with terrific trivia to provide an entertaining game show experience on the PlayStation 2, complete with buzzer controllers.

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