By Brad Gallaway on June 1, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Giga Wing 2 is the latest in what most people today would classify as a rapidly dying breed—the genre most commonly known as "shooter." Reaching the height of their popularity during the late 80s and early 90s, shooters usually consisted of a spaceship or aircraft of some sort controlled by the player versus enough enemies to fill an arm of the Milky Way.
By Dale Weir on May 14, 2001 - 5:41pm.
According to ESRB
, this game contains: Animated Blood, Animated Violence
By Dale Weir on May 14, 2001 - 5:38pm.
is a port. Nothing more, nothing less. What's more its not a very good one. Based on the arcade game of the same name, it throws you into the role of a sniper for hire. The President and his family have been kidnapped by a generic band of terrorists and it is up to rescue them. Ordinarily, Id jump at the opportunity to play the role of a sniper—many is the time I died in GoldenEye 007
and Perfect Dark
while trying to score nothing but headshots on my targets—but Konamis release is so flawed that I couldn't even enjoy such a base indulgence.
By Chi Kong Lui on May 13, 2001 - 11:00pm.
What really kills me is that this game could have really opened up some new possibilities in narrative and action. Can you imagine if Silent Scope was based on a similar plot device like the Hitchcock classic "Rear Window?"
Game Description: With the amount of ammunition players are expected to use in the average shooting game, one could just as well crush enemies under the weight of their spent shells. But not so for Silent Scope, where the plan is to drop the target with one squeeze of the trigger—even at hundreds of yards away. In this game, you're a highly trained sniper with the most advanced long-range weapon available, outfitted with night-vision scope and a laser sight. You'll line your target up while it's just a dot to the naked eye, then put the crosshairs on it in your long-range scope and make the kill.
Game Description: Rumble Racing is over-the-top combat meets NASCAR-style racing in this brilliant blend of two unlikely styles. In Championship mode, you’ll duke it out with other cars in a series of heats to determine who wins the five championship cups at stake. Along the way, you’ll unlock 12 of the 15 tracks that can be played in Single Race mode. Completing Championship mode will earn you the right to try your hand at Stunt mode, a timed event in which you must pull off crazy tricks. There are plenty of weapons and power-ups to keep the combat junkie happy, and the racing action is superb.
By Brad Gallaway on May 12, 2001 - 11:00pm.
According to the ESRB
, this game contains: Comic Mischief, Mild Language
By Brad Gallaway on May 12, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Its pretty rare that a racing game comes out which is different enough to perk my interest. While Im not the worlds biggest racing fan, I do enjoy the scent of a freshly burned patch of rubber every now and then. Unfortunately, with the overabundance of driving games available on practically any system out there, the genre seems to have become quite over saturated from where Im standing.
By Dale Weir on May 12, 2001 - 11:00pm.
Whether it was intentional or not, Rumble Racing
reminded me of a digital Matchbox racing game. The selection of cars seems to be pulled right out of a Matchbox toy set; each car looks like an over-sized version of the die-cast metal hotrods I collected as a kid. The stunts and over-the-top tracks all add to the extreme feel, making Rumble Racing
a nice break from the likes of Driving Emotion Type-S
or Gran Turismo 3: A-spec
. Unfortunately, its flaws were too great to be hidden by any feelings of nostalgia I may have had.
Game Description: If you’re just not getting enough variety in your video game diet, look no further than the all-inclusive Sega Smash Pack Volume 1. You’ll get immediate access to a dozen classic games, including: Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Columns, Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, Streets of Rage 2, Shining Force, Wrestle War, Vectorman and Phantasy Star II. The two most modern inclusions are the Dreamcast version of Virtua Cop 2 (previously available only in Japan) and Sega Swirl.
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