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Drakan: The Ancients' Gates

Game Description: In the ancient, decaying world of Drakan, the immortal Spirit Dragons are being held captive. Rynn, a brave female warrior, and Arohk, a fearless dragon, are called upon to save these spiritual leaders, as well as the last remnants of mankind. Embarking on an enchanted journey through eight vast, foreign environments, Rynn and Arohk use magical spells, resourcefulness, and more than 50 powerful weapons in their quest to save civilization. With an immersive story line, stunning graphics, and intense battles, Drakan: The Ancients' Gates places you within a world of magical creatures, mysterious lands, and courageous conquests.

PaRappa the Rapper 2 – Review

It's only March, and it's already been a great season for diverse gamers. For proof, we need look no further than the niche genre of music gaming. For a category of entertainment that had formerly been labeled too Japanese for western tastes, music games seem to be here to stay. It's funny to look back and see that such a thing was almost unthinkable even as recently as five years ago.

PaRappa the Rapper 2 – Consumer Guide

According to the ESRB, this game contains: Mild Language

PaRappa the Rapper 2

Game Description: You gotta' do what? You gotta' believe that he's back! See if you have enough rhythm to keep the beat with everyone's favorite rappin' puppy. Join PaRappa and a cast of characters old and new on a mission of the greatest importance: to prevent the Evil Noodle Syndicate from turning everything into noodles. Dance along with the foot-stomping tunes and catchy lyrics created by musician Masaya Matsuura, the talent behind the original PaRappa the Rapper. As in the original game, the graphics were created by New York artist Rodney Greenblat. The title includes guest appearances by Lammy and her band MilkCan, plus the ultimate rapping sensei, Chop Chop Master Onion. The multiplayer mode allows two rapping disciples to square off, while the practice mode lets you learn how to get your beat on.

ICO Review

ICO Screenshot

There are games, and there is art. Are the two fated to be mutually exclusive? Personally, I'd say the answer is no.

ICO

ICO Second Opinion

ICO Screenshot

I completely agree with Brad's assessment of ICO as art—the game really is that beautiful. You'll have countless moments where you just have to stop and soak all of the scenery in. This sleeper hit of the year is simply too good to be missed.

Extermination – Second Opinion

Extermination was slated for release soon after the PlayStation 2 launch in the US. Sony promised that as the first survival-horror game available for the console, it would offer players a unique spin on a genre mired in complacency. What piqued my interest was the discovery that the Deepspace development team was made up of some of the original developers of the Resident Evil series. Unfortunately, as was the case with many of Sony's launch titles, Extermination missed its release date by well over a year.

Extermination – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Violence

Extermination – Review

Survival Horror is a tired and worn out genre with far too many games and not enough innovation. Theres a perceptible lack of creativity thats setting into it like gangrene. In the bigger scheme of things, its a relatively young genre that seems to have aged quite poorly before its time.

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