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Valkyrie Profile

Game Description: In an interesting mix of side-scrolling action and role-playing games, Valkyrie Profile will have you scouring the ranks of the dead in search of suitable warriors for Odin, the Norse god of gods. But before these dearly departed can be entered into Odin's einherjar, or heavenly army, you've got to train them in the right battle skills.

Valkyrie Profile – Second Opinion

Unlike so many of the role-playing games that are out now, here is one that is wonderfully fresh and endlessly interesting (in other words, the complete opposite of The Legend Of Dragoon). I love how the game creatively wraps itself in Norse mythology, and how it infuses the battles with such action and excitement. It has truly been a while since Ive played such an imaginative and energetic piece of work. However, I just cant justify giving Valkyrie Profile a higher score because the game goes a little overboard in the scope of both its gameplay and its epic story.

Valkyrie Profile – Review

When looking at RPGs lately, it seems to be getting harder and harder to tell them apart. You know how it goes—a young hero from a quiet town is thrown into circumstances beyond his control. He sets out to right a wrong and gathers together a band of friends to help him on his quest. After facing insumountable odds and legions of evil dragons/sorcerers/corrupt rulers, etc., our courageous hero emerges victorious to right all wrongs done to innocent townsfolk everywhere. Justice prevails, you win.

Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II – Review

Taking the concept of playable and collectable cards one step further by bringing it to an electronic format and succeeding fabulously, Tecmo brings us Monster Rancher Battle Cards. Based on their two other virtual pet/monster raising niche titles, Battle Cards takes the same previously established world and characters and gives them an entirely different style of play.

Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II

Game Description: Episode II, the sequel to Monster Rancher BattleCard, shares many of the same elements of its predecessor. The idea here is still to collect game cards and use them in "battles," where the cards represent attacks, defenses, and improvements to the player's skills. But this game has added a very interesting twist to the addictive trading-card-game genre. You can swap the Episode II disc out of your PlayStation console for virtually any other audio CD, CD-ROM, or even another PlayStation game to create new game cards that you can then save to a separately sold memory card and share with your friends. In Episode II, players are off on a search for the indispensable monster assistant, Colt, who has vanished to the Paradise of Monsters. To find him, you'll have to battle your way through a series of islands to collect all the cards.

Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II – Second Opinion

I wasn't interested in giving Battle Card 2 any praise when I first saw the game because I have come to view these "battle card" games as cheap opportunities for publishers to milk a popular franchise. But after playing it, I found that it held a few surprises that almost made me overlook the static 2-D graphics, inadequate translations, lack of a multiplayer and uninteresting cast of characters.

Monster Rancher Battle Card: Episode II – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Animated Violence

Diablo II

Game Description: In Diablo II, players return to a world of dark fantasy. As one of five distinct character types, players will explore the world of Diablo II, journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures, and uncover ancient mysteries. The Collectors Edition includes the four-CD game, a 24-minute Diablo II movie on DVD and in letter-box format, the 70-minute soundtrack, and the D&D Diablo II pen-and-paper box set for playing D&D in the Diablo II setting.

Diablo II – Review

For the uninitiated, Diablo II is the sequel to the popular medieval RPG title that once again cast players in the role of an adventurer out to put an end to the newly resurrected Prince of Darkness, Diablo. Played from a diagonal three-quarter view perspective, the most surprising thing about Diablo II is its simple and console-like gameplay.

Diablo II – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Blood & Gore, Animated Violence 

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