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Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon – Second Opinion

By now, most Game Boy Advance owners should be comfortable with (or at least accepting of) reliving the past with the majority of releases 'revisioning' or outright porting the biggest hits of generations past. Konami helps this case of initial deja vu in its dark (in tone and luminance) Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon by mixing venerable 16-bit gameplay with an entirely new adventure.

Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon – Review

Circle Of The Moon, a launch title for the Game Boy Advance, is an obvious throwback to the "run-and-jump platform" games of the past. The surprising thing, however, is that the many years since its original 8-bit release has done little to diminish the indelible trademarks of the series.

Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon

Game Description: Konami's Simon Belmont started hunting vampires back in 1987, and he hasn't quit yet. Now he's chasing them across the Game Boy Advance in Castlevania: Circle of the Moon. He'll use his trusty whip, as well as a few magical items, to combat Dracula and more than just a few foul minions. The game takes advantage of the GBA's rich color palette to create detailed, moody environments and intricate spell effects.

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil – Second Opinion

rad and I are in almost total agreement when it comes to Namco's sequel. Like Brad, I too was impressed with what Namco was able to achieve graphically with Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil. Though limited to a 2.5D perspective, Namco managed to create one of the more beautiful videogames released in a while and it is certainly one of the best-looking PlayStation 2 games on the market.

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil

Game Description: Klonoa is the long-eared hero of the world Lunatea, an enchanted realm divided into separate kingdoms. When a forgotten fourth kingdom of darkness threatens to upset the balance of power in Lunatea, Klonoa and his friends go on a magical journey to set things right again. This family-friendly action game uses a new illustration technique to create dynamic camera angles in a seemingly 2D world.

Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil – Review

I'm very glad that Klonoa 2: Lunatea's Veil was released. Heck, forget released how about the fact that it was even developed? Its a good game, but my reasons for being so glad to see it run deeper than that. Its all about platforms, really.

Sonic Adventure 2

Game Description: When longtime Sega mascot Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut on the Dreamcast console in Sonic Adventure, gamers were stunned. Sega had not only used the game to show off the tremendous possibilities of the then-new hardware, but they had reinvigorated the platform-style arcade adventure genre with massive, intricate levels, gleefully distracting minigames, and even a new kind of virtual pet, called a Chao, that could be combined with other pets, traded with friends, and even exchanged over the Internet. Sonic Adventure 2 ups the ante of its predecessor with all-new puzzles and levels, and even faster action reminiscent of the early Genesis-era games. Knuckles and Tails are back, as are the Chao pets (who can now talk!).

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