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Driver – Second Opinion

With an unparalleled quality of graphics and realism, Driver was supposed to be a marquee release for the PlayStation and extend its life into the next millenium. Unfortunately, Driver fails miserably short of expectations. The graphics are pixelated and everything in the game is a low-resolution mess. In this regard it's a total disappointment from such an accomplished developer.

Driver – Review

Surprisingly, despite being in the capable hands of Reflections (the developers previously responsible for the Destruction Derby series), Driver comes up flatter than overnight Coca-Cola. Practically the only thing positive about Driver is the controls. To its credit, the cars handle great.

Driver – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language

Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace – Second Opinion

I take exception to the comparison Chi made of The Phantom Menace to Super Mario 64 and the Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. Being a fan of both games, I can say that The Phantom Menace has little to show in terms of inspiration from either masterpiece. What I do see is that LucasArts wanted to capitalize on the trend of third-person perspective titles and the Star Wars prequel license at the same time.

Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace

Game Description: Live the sage in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace for your PC. You will participate in the dramatic events from the Star Wars Episode I story—and beyond. The action in The Phantom Menace will pick up where the movie begins—as two heroic Jedi Knights dock on the Trade Federation Battleship above the planet Naboo. The journey takes you to such locations as Naboo, Tatooine, and all the way to the Galactic capital world of Coruscant as you confront imposing threats to freedom in the midst of a galaxy in crisis.

Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace – Review

My suspicions of confusion proved to be correct. Trying to figure out what the developers were going for is difficult and describing the results isn't easy either. The best I can say is imagine the jumping platform elements in Super Mario 64 mixed with the puzzles in Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time; all from a locked-down, overhead, three-quarters perspective.

Final Fantasy VII Review

Final Fantasy VII Screenshot

One of the most eagerly anticipated games of 1997, Final Fantasy VII (FF7), did not disappoint fans when it finally was released. With plenty of hype already surrounding the game, Sony further promoted it with commercial spots that resembled movie trailers, begging to elevate the integrity of videogames up to a status equal with more mainstream media like film and television.

Final Fantasy VII Second Opinion

Final Fantasy VII Screenshot

Make no mistake about it, Final Fantasy VII is a graphical showcase, first and foremost, and an RPG second. No matter what Square says about trying to add movie-like elements to their games to aid in storytelling, they are obviously in love with their SGI machines and are determined to put them to use at any cost. Graphics took such a precedence over gameplay that playing through any part of the game was akin to being lead by a leash; I was allowed some freedom, but if I really strayed, I was snapped back to path by the designers' invisible, yet heavy hand.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

Game Description: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces 2 picks up where the award-winning Dark Forces left off, but with even more features and firepower in dazzling 3D graphics. As Kyle Katarn, you must acquire the lightsaber and learn the ways of the Force to become a Jedi Knight. Confront old foes—Greedo, Bossk, and storm troopers—and new enemies, seven Dark Jedi who plan to harness the power of an ancient burial ground for unsurpassed evil. But take heart, your 10-weapon arsenal and over 12 Force powers make you a force to be reckoned with. Play for either the Light or Dark side.

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