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Ikaruga – Review

Ikaruga's patterns of alternating colors and the constant flipping of the ship are not unlike Tetris at its most complex levels (at least in terms of being forced to concentrate fully, react as quickly as possible with complete precision, and plan a few moves ahead). This really brings an extra dimension to the game in terms of mechanics as the title asks gamers to not only shoot and dodge, but also focus on finding the best path through each stage.

Ikaruga

Game Description: Ikaruga is a 2D scrolling space shooter (with options for either a vertical or horizontal display) set against a 3D backdrop with a combination of rich Japanese storytelling and high-powered fighter-pilot heroics. Players take the role of hero Shinra, the lone survivor of a freedom federation that was massacred by the evil, power-hungry conqueror Tenro Horai. Now Shinra, in his newly-built ship, the Ikaruga, must fight for aging, exiled people who are depending upon him for their survival. Join the sole warrior as he battles the evil Horai in the hopes of restoring peace.

Apex – Consumer Guide

Apex – Review

The racing genre has traditionally been one of the more staid and basic genres of videogames. Going from track to track, players work on buying new cars, upgrading the cars they already have and winning various competitions. It's a system that pretty much ignores the emotive and narrative aspects of videogames, usually concentrating on gameplay and graphics above all else. Apex, the new driving game being marketed under Infogrames' Atari label, represents an attempted step in a promising new direction for the driving genre by offering up more than just driving.

Apex

Game Description:  Racing games are typically sorted into one of two categories: simulation racers or arcade racers. Apex could easily fit into both categories. It breaks so many traditional driving game rules that it almost qualifies as its own genre. Unlike most racing games Apex has elements of role playing game progression: your in-game persona improves as you achieve success on the track.

Stuntman

Game Description: Have you always wanted to be in the movies? Now you can, as a steel-nerved stuntman on the search for fame and fortune behind the scenes of Hollywood blockbusters. From the masterminds behind the popular Driven video game comes Stuntman, an action-packed thrill-ride through the streets and across the back lots of Hollywood. Rise from rookie driver to hero of the silver screen. Do you have what it takes? In the world of stunt driving, fear is failure. One slip and your silver screen dreams are over. The higher you climb, the higher the stakes. Grip the wheel, hit the gas, chase the glory.

Stuntman – Review

It's a nice idea—put the player in the movie. But movies are a passive experience. I felt like my time was wasted—the levels themselves were so frustrating that this delayed reward added injury to insult.

Stuntman – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Lyrics, Violence

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