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Lost Kingdoms – Second Opinion

Lost Kingdoms is a really interesting hybrid of a game. Part Pokémon-inspired card collecting, part strategy game, and part action-RPG, it's diverse enough to please a wide range of gaming tastes.

Lost Kingdoms – Review

Lost Kingdoms is a fairly unique third-person action game, with the twist being that the main character, Katia, uses magically summoned creatures as weapons. The GameCube's analog stick handles her free movement, and the yellow C-stick adjusts the camera.

Lost Kingdoms – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Comic Mischief, Violence

Pikmin – Second Opinion

I spent the last holiday season as a salesclerk in the electronics department of the toy store I currently work at. Early on, during that time, we received the much-anticipated GameCube demo station, allowing customers to experience some of the games soon to be made available. Even during the worst rushes imaginable, a distinctive tune would always catch my attention, forcing me to look at its point of origin: a television screen displaying a multitude of nervously active and brightly colored beings moving about frantically. Initially, the cheery music and preschool like characters led me to see it as another typical kiddy game cooked up by Nintendo. Not to say that this is a bad thing but in this case first impressions, which are always important, were not favorable to Pikmin. Of course, as the saying goes, never judge a book (Or in this case, a game) by its cover.

Pikmin – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Violence

Pikmin – Review

Pikmin may look cute and cartoon-y, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a game with gameplay as engaging.

Saiyuki: Journey West

Game Description: As a young Buddhist monk in China, you’ve never had much cause for adventure in your sedentary life. Your life becomes very exciting when Lady Kannon, one of heaven’s six guardians, suddenly contacts you. Journeying through immense 3D maps, you’ll meet up with a host of amazing personalities in your search for the remaining five guardians of heaven. The object of the game is to bring the entire group to India; you’ll need all of the magic, weaponry, and reflexes you can drum up.

Saiyuki: Journey West – Review

Saiyuki is at it's a heart a turn-based strategy role-playing game (RPG) similar to games like Final Fantasy Tactics and Vandal Hearts. Whether or not this genre is appropriate given the source material is debatable, but it's an interesting route the developers choose to take nonetheless.

Saiyuki: Journey West – Second Opinion

Since Im not going to attempt to tackle the meta-issues or any cultural relevance here, Ill focus on the nuts and bolts of the game itself, irrespective of its historical background.

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