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A Word from the Webmaster (September 26, 2003)

Summer is over, and the Fall rush of great games has begun. There are a lot of stellar titles just recently released, and many more in the works. There's the 3D update to everyone's favorite vampire saga in Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, there's the sudden renewed interest in ninja games (I-Ninja, Ninja Gaiden, and the sequel to Shinobi), and there are updates to classic franchises like Mario Kart, 1080, and even Prince of Persia. Not only that, but there are some new franchises like Beyond Good & Evil and Manhunt that are just itching to bust out. The problem now isn't finding a great game, it's deciding which to buy. Check back here for help with that, and be sure to submit your own reviews, too! more

News Stories

Metal Slug 3 aims for a North American release
Shooting fans will be happy to know that Metal Slug 3, arguably one of the best sidescrolling shooters ever crafted, will be coming to the Playstation 2 sometime in the future, courtesy of SNK and Sony. more...

Double Dash your way to a pre-order bonus disc
As if they didn't have incentive enough, Nintendo has provided Mario Kart fans with another reason to buy Mario Kart: Double Dash!! this fall: those who pre-order the game will get an exclusive demo disc with playable samples of upcoming titles. more...

The Legend of Zelda gets a collector's edition
Nintendo has begun circulating promotional materials among retailers that reveal a devious new scheme. Apparently, Nintendo will soon be packing a bonus disc in with GameCube systems, and it's going to feature several choice Zelda titles from past titles in the beloved franchise. more...

Silent Hill 4 is coming
If you love the Silent Hill series despite what is widely rumored to be a disappointing third outing, then prepare for some good news: sources close to Konami's development teams in Tokyo have advised that Silent Hill 4 is in the works. more...

Nintendo loses money
Since 1962 when it went public, Nintendo has not posted a single profit loss for a measured period. However, Nintendo today announced that it lost an estimated 3 billion yen over the course of the sixth months leading up to September of 2003. more...

Soul Calibur II still a big seller
Namco has indicated that over half of the 1.6 million copies of Soul Calibur II shipped across the various consoles have sold, meaning sales already top 800,000. This is officially very good news for Namco. more...

Staff Reviews

Soul Calibur II (GameCube) by Jason Venter
Rather than force you to face nine million matches to unlock all the hidden characters and their alternate weapons, Namco went the story-based route. When you first begin this mode, you appear on a map and get to read some text. This leads to a battle with an opponent, where you'll quickly learn the basic moves that make up a typical fight. From there, you advance onto the next area, where there's more story to read and an excuse for another fight. more...

Otogi: Myth of Demons (Xbox) by Dirk Nowitzki
Otogi is really in a league of it’s own on Xbox. The closest game to it is probably Panzer Dragoon Orta, not because the action is similar but because both games deliver such a unique audio/visual impact backed with challenging, addicting gameplay. more...

Soul Calibur II (Playstation 2) by Jason Venter
When playing in Extra Arcade, you can change what weapons your characters use in battle, provided you have obtained new ones. This can greatly affect how balanced a fighter your character is. Tamil can find a weapon, for example, that lets her take out anyone almost without effort, or she can pick a different weapon that has some attributes that are great and some that are a disaster. It's amazing how many ways Namco found to keep gamers playing. more...

Reader Reviews

Mega Man 6 (NES) [7/10] by Scott Clemmons
Silent Hill 2 (Playstation 2) [9/10] by Erin Bell
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (Nintendo 64) [9.5/10] by The Centurion
StarTropics (NES) [8/10] by The Centurion
Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Microgames (Game Boy Advance) [8/10] by Lee Weedall
Lifeforce (NES) [8.1/10] by Steve McFadden
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure (Game Boy Advance) [7/10] by Jenifer Bell

Game Previews

I-Ninja (Playstation 2) by Jason Venter

Guides

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)
Resident Evil Zero (GameCube)
Pocahontas (Genesis)
Beauty and the Beast - Belle's Quest (Genesis)
Vexx (Playstation 2)

Cheats

X-Men: Next Dimension (Xbox)
Midnight Club II (Xbox)
Apex (Xbox)
Front Mission 3 (Playstation)
Kirby's Dream Land (Game Boy)

Fiction

Animal Crossing (The Animal Crossing Mystery Hour #01: The Snowman) by Jason Venter
EverQuest (Zorazia's Saga) by John Valentine
Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II (Heathcliff Flowen\) by Alexander Fielding
Metroid Prime (The End...?) by Alexander Fielding
Final Fantasy VII (Spiky Haired Reasons) by Alexander Fielding

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