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Fight Night Round 3Mix the high flying glamour of WWE Wrestling and the brutality of boxing and your pretty close to impact sports latest craze - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Make no mistake, this isn't a watered down sport to just bring together washed up meatheads from varying disciplines. Ultimate Fighting Championship is a mix of various different fighting styles and techniques, such as Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Fights take place in a cage called the Octagon. Rounds are 5 minutes each and range from 2 to 5 rounds. Ways to win the fight include Knockout (KO), Total Knockout (TKO) and submission. It's brutal, very brutal. A few years ago developers Yukes picked up the job to convert UFC to the... FULL REVIEW
UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED
THQ
( PS3 / XBOX 360 )

82%
Great Graphics
Polished Gameplay
Takes Time Learning

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GhostbustersTwenty years since sucking up ghosts while speeding along the street with a vacuum cleaner on top of a Cadillac on my old Amstrad CPC is a long time waiting. With a new film in the works, everything Ghostbusters is back in again and the PS3 is the first platform to get the latest Terminal Reality release. The moment the familiar Ray Parker Jnr tune kicks in the hairs will stand up on the back of your neck. Not only is the game awash with the licensed music from the soundtrack, together with incidental music and original cast members doing the voice acting, this game is 'canon'. That means the story runs hand in hand with the films, no offshoots or alternative realities here... FULL REVIEW
GHOSTBUSTERS THE GAME
TERMINAL REALITY
( PS3 )

88%
Spectacular Visuals
Fun Environments
Easy Controls

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Fight Night Round 3Its been a while since we've seen a decent wrestling game, so I was pleased to take a look at the latest WWE franchise to hit the XBox360 system. The the first thing you’ll notice is that the controls are very different from previous Smackdown games. Grapples are now controlled with the right analog stick. Up, down, left, and right each correspond to a different grapple and once you get into a grapple you push another direction to perform a move. This took a lot of getting used to and I’m not really convinced that it is better, just different. The upside of this is that there an enormous variety of moves and combos available to your wrestler.... FULL REVIEW
WWE SMACKDOWN vs RAW 2007
THQ
( XBOX 360 )

91%
Great Visuals
Fun Scripted Events
Tricky Controls

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Fifa 2004In 2000, Deus Ex seemed to pick up just about every PC accolade under the sun, including a BAFTA for outstanding interactive media. Since then millions of nanotech minded gamers have anxiously awaited its sequel DeusEx: Invisible War, portraying the aftermath of what transpired in the original title. Probably the most ambitious addition to DX:Invisable War is that of object physics. Like the first game many things can be picked up, moved or thrown, but this time around items roll, impact with other objects, drop, bounce and have their own level of damage tolerance. The manipulation of objects is very much part of the game... FULL REVIEW
DEUS EX: INVISABLE WAR
EIDOS
83%
Engrossing Story
Cool Object Manipulation
     No EAX Support
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Fifa 2004The whispered release of Konami's Pro Evolution Football 3, had certainly pushed all the right buttons at EA. Football gaming is cetainly big business and FIFA football for the first time delves into team management like never before. The 2004 release of FIFA promises a nice selection of new features and polishes over last years predecessor. What pricked my ears was the option to play as lower Nationwide teams and just scanning through the team selection really hits home how much depth EA have gone to this time around. The players and grounds are remarkably detailed and accurate giving a little glitter to the 350 or so teams in the game... FULL REVIEW
FIFA 2004
ELECTRONIC ARTS
( XBOX )

86%
Visually Great
Hundreds of Teams

        Strong Online Play
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Alien vs Predator: ExtinctionDust off your pulse rifle and load your grenade launchers because there's trouble about to break out on LV-742. This time the action takes from a top down view point in real time, new ground for the Aliens vs Predator genre. The aim is very simple. Use team work and tactical positioning of your units to carry out the mission objectives while the other alien species attack you. You get the option of playing as either the Colonial marines, Aliens or the Predators, each with their own set of upgradeable units and firepower. Of the three, I found the Marines by far the most enjoyable. While co-ordinating facehuggers and sneaking around cloaked is pretty cool, frying xeno butt with some serious Weyland-Yutani Corporation firepower is great... FULL REVIEW
ALIENS vs PREDATOR: EXTINCTION
ELECTRONIC ARTS
( PC )

81%
Lots of weapons and upgrades
Play as three species

    Levels can get repetitive
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Gothic 2After being available in Germany for a good few months Gothic 2, the sequel to the 2001 RPG hit has finally arrived on UK and USA shelves. Continuing on from the previous title, Gothic 2 puts you in the boots of the "nameless one" who in the original title was thrown into the Empires prison colony of Khorinis to mine ore for King Rhothbars armies. The sequel boasts much sharper graphics, a greater playing area and a broader scope to the story of the Kingdom of Myrtana. While your character and many other npc's from the original title have broke their bonds from the colony, another problem has arisen in the land and the blood-thirsty orcs and undead from the north are all too happy to take advantage of the situation... FULL REVIEW
GOTHIC II
JOWOOD
( PC )

96%
Great Interaction
Intelligent NPC's

           Very Addictive
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Rise of NationsThere's nothing quite like a good global dominiation sim to burn up your well earned free time. Lots of stategic alliances, petty quarrels, aggressive management of vital resources and even maybe a little education thrown in for good measure. Brian Reynolds brought us perhaps two of the greatest titles of the genre, namely Civilisiation 2 and Alpha Centauri and was a key figure in the design of Rise of Nations the new real time simulator from Big Huge Games. The game offers a good number of civilisations to take control of, from old colonial powers of the British and Spaniards to the war mongering Nubians and Mongols. ... FULL REVIEW
RISE OF NATIONS
MICROSOFT
( PC )

81%
Diverse Units
Action Intensive

        Limited Negotiation
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WWE Crush HourThe WWE franchise has brought us some decent wrestling titles in the past, so it was interesting to hear of the new driving spin off Crush Hour on the PS2 console. With many top-notch extreme driving titles on the system, perhaps the most difficult task for THQ was to bring something new and refreshing to the market. The intention here was clearly to inject the fun of the grappling US superstars to the demolision derby-esque arena. Crush Hour offers three main modes of play. Exhibition mode is the game's quick and easy single-player mode, which allows you to chose your wrestler and vehicle, the arena and rules for the level. There is also a mildly entertaining split-screen mode for multiplayer and a season mode which comprises of a series of arenas for any of thirty pre made WWE superstars.... FULL REVIEW
WWE CRUSH HOUR
THQ
( GAMECUBE / PS2 )

57%
Official WWE license
Annoying Audio

         Limited Gameplay
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Enter the MatrixOn the back of the second movie, the Wachowski Brothers have gone to town with a wealth of additional footage allowing Neo-head to immerse themselves in the Matrix universe. Unlike many other spin off titles, the game focuses on the side-story of Niobe and Ghost and their role within the Matrix to help the original team, namely Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to succeed in their quest. The Wachowski's shot all of the exclusive content at the same time as the second movie, taking advantage of all of the movies special effects. Such polish and depth to the Matrix world will prove to be a winner for the hardened fans of the movies.. FULL REVIEW
ENTER THE MATRIX
ATARI
( PC / XBOX / PS2 )

79%
Great Unique Footage
High System Requirements

       Frustrating Cameras
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Armored Core 3Twenty years after Armored Core 2, the Raven mech robot is back for more explosive action. With the warring corporations a thing of the past, an AI unit known as ‘The Controller’ now maintains order in the world. The the Raven’s are now hired to the company Global Cortex to carry its dirty work. There are 50 missions in all. Missons range from protection to out and out destruction of all enemy units on the map, with the story slowly unravelled as you progress. The usual mech upgrades are available for your robot, but a welcome addition to your firepower come in the guise of wingmen, who you can hire for a pricey sum... FULL REVIEW
ARMORED CORE 3
METRO 3D
( XBOX / PS2 )

76%
Good Storyline
Cool Multiplayer

           Tough Control
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Burnout 2With the games market awash with high-speed racers, new groundbreaking ideas are pretty thin on the ground these days. Acclaim's Burnout 2: Point of Impact certainly isn’t the greatest looking of the bunch, but once you get in and turn the key you'll be hard pressed to find a better arcade driving game on the console. What works particularly well for me is the terrific car physics and responsive controls. While the large selection of cars offer different advantages, you always feel in control of the car. Like its predecessor, Burnout rewards for dangerous driving. Each high-risk manoeuvre like driving into the oncoming traffic and braking around corners gain you Burnout Throttle. Once the dial is at max a press of a button sends the car at blinding speed for a few seconds. Very useful when playing catch up.... FULL REVIEW
BURNOUT 2
ACCLAIM
( XBOX / PS2 )

91%
High Speed Fun
Lots of Extras

          Smooth As Glass
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Dakar 2For such a major event in the racing calendar, the Paris to Dakar rally just screams for a decent game to absorb the gamer into the variety and diversity of the event.  Acclaim have clearly done their homework and won the licenses to the courses and vehicles bringing about a true representation of the hot tarmac streets of Artois to the sandy, scorching Sahara. The game offers a wealth of bikes, trucks and jeeps for you to choose from. All with their own mechanics, advantages and drawbacks. The option to tweak with the engines, gears and tyres to suit the courses will be music to the ears of wise rally fans who understand the need for different car set ups for such contrastingly different terrains.... FULL REVIEW
DAKAR 2
ACCLAIM
( XBOX / PS2 )

56%
Licenced Vehicles
Tricky Controls

            Very Difficult
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The SimsWill Wright brings his top selling PC game to the XBox. For those who who have been on another planet "The Sims" drops you in a virtual world and allows you to create and micro-manage your own virtual "Sim". The game's open-ended depth allows for a wealth of careers, romance and house fittings with large amount juggling between going to the toilet, eating and obtaining money to survive. For the console version, Maxis teamed up with EA to offer something that still has the fun-factor of the PC version while being intriguing enough to warrant buying the game again. To a degree the developers have done this. The console version now provides a very nice looking 3D freely-rotational view of the game with significantly improved graphics and visuals... FULL REVIEW
THE SIMS
ELECTRONIC ARTS
( XBOX / PS2 )

85%
Lots of New Additons
Much Improved Graphics

      Some Annoying Bugs
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Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersOn the back of the latest film in the Trilogy comes Electronic Arts' Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Working closely with the films director and cast, EA have crammed in a wealth of official footage, interviews and losts of new stuff surrounding Tolkien that's going to prick the ears of many Middle Earth fans. One thing that hits you from the word go is the presentation of the title. A big aim was to pick the gamer in and make them feel part of the film. To an extent the developers certainly do this. The visuals are fantastic and musical soundtrack consistent with the original motion picture...... FULL REVIEW
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
ELECTRONIC ARTS
( XBOX, PS2, GCube )

82%
Looks Great
Lots of Bonus Stuff 

            Fairly Short
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Dynasty Warriors 3Originally a PS2 title, Koei import their Chinese war hack and slash to the XBox, taking advantage of its souped up graphic capabilities and hard disk space. The Dynasty Wars saga takes us back to ancient China where a number of oriental heroes vie for the land. A series of campaigns are fought at strategic milestones in time and locations as you move around second and third century China. No question, Dynasty Warriors 3 is damn easy to play. While I prefer the more slow, thinking mans game, there's alot to be said for simple mindless maiming of a number of angry enemies in one swipe. In Dynasty Warriors 3, enemies dont just die, they die with bells on - especially with some of the special moves on offer to the playable heros..... FULL REVIEW
DYNASTY WARRIORS 3
THQ
( XBOX, PS2 )

89%
Mindless Violent Fun
Lots Going On

         Short View Range
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Legends of Wrestling 2Lace up your boots and don that face paint because Legends of Wrestling 2 is here. I was curious as to what Acclaim had under the ring apron in terms of beating their particularly entertaining precursor, which to date was probably still the best wrestling game out there. Oh, it had its faults, but the meagre opposition in its path really struggled to budge Acclaims wrestling funfest. This time theres more wrestlers. Lots more it seems and if you're from British shores you'll be well-pleased to see Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Kendo Nagasaki giving it some in the squared-circle..... FULL REVIEW
LEGENDS OF WRESTLING 2
ACCLAIM
( XBOX, PS2, GCube )

86%
Packed with Extras
Smooth action 

    Some elements missing
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BlinxIt's not easy to whip up a media frenzy like what Microsoft have done with their new "Super Mario and Sonic killer", Blinx - The Time Sweeper. The game is the first real 4D platform game to grace the XBox and reportedly taking full advantage of the consoles graphic grunt and visual vra-vra-vroom. It's no fun when your a feline janitor, especially when you have time splits and bike riding-hogs to deal with after the toilets and the yard. The cat universe is all kept in order with time crystal, all nicely located to ensure balance and tranquility..... FULL REVIEW
BLINX
MICROSOFT
( XBOX )

83%
Atmospheric
Tense Action 

         Cool Storyline
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Toxic GrindWell this was interesting. An extreme BMX game with a storyline? Original to say the least, but could Toxic Grind shine much like other games in the extreme sports genre, namely Tony Hawk and Agressinve Inline? I popped in the disk to take a look. You play the able-BMXer Jeff in present-day downtown USA, who before long is sent headfirst to 2090 where he finds himself as a contestant in a particularly lethal BMX game show. The prize? his life.... FULL REVIEW
TOXIC GRIND
THQ
( XBOX / PS2 )

79%
Atmospheric
Tense Action 

         Cool Storylin
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Hitman 2Being a fan of an earlier Eidos creation, namely Deus Ex, the plot to Hitman 2 certainly had me intrigued. A genetically engineered assassin being
brought out of retirement to deal with the skeletons in his closet. The game begins with you living in the humble surroundings of a Cathedral assisting with gardening duties from your shed of a home. A confession to Father Vittorio leads to his kidnap, resulting in the assassin literally opening the hatch to his past and booting up his agency's laptop.... FULL REVIEW
HITMAN 2
EIDOS
( XBOX / PS2 )

91%
Atmospheric
Tense Action 

         Cool Storyline
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Turok EvolutionTurok: Evolution is the latest episode of Acclaim's very successful  "Turok" adventures which graced the Nintendo 64 for the first time, five years ago. This installment is a prequel to the other three games, which paints the foundation of Tal'Set's history and his reasoning for being in the prehystoric world. The story opens with the hero in battle with his nemesis Captain  Tobias Bruckner in 1886 Texas after Bruckner kills Tal'Set's chief and with his Cavalry most of the Indian tribe... FULL REVIEW
TUROK: EVOLUTION
ACCLAIM
( XBOX / PS2/ GC )

87%
Awesome Sound
Easy Controls 

         Solid Storyline
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Prisoner of WarWhen you think: Roll calls, Nazi camp and computer games, If you're as old as I am you'll be nodding your head thinking back to the ZX Spectrums, Great Escape - which brought about a good number of nights of fun dodging guards and crawling in pixelated pipes. I'd watched the development of Codemasters latest title closely with anticipation and wasted no time in loading Prisoner of War up and turned out the lights... FULL REVIEW
PRISONER OF WAR
CODEMASTERS
( XBOX / PS2 )

86%
Great Graphics
Easy Controls

            Strong Depth
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New LegendsI've always loved real world, slightly futuristic games such as Deus Ex and the Fallout series, so on reading the background story to New Legends, I knew I just had to take a look at this disk. You are Sun Soo, a soldier in one of last areas of China in the near future preparing for an immanent attack from a particularly nasty emperor and his half demon henchmen. By the time you take over as the hero, the army of evil are right on your doorstep and congregating around your largest city in your province. After a patrol calls in, identifying the threat, you and a couple of units head out to assist the recon team... FULL REVIEW
NEW LEGENDS
THQ
( XBOX )

68%
Cool Story
Dated Graphics

             Repetitive
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NBA Inside Drinve 2002With three basketball games out for the XBox, I thought I'd check out what all the commotion was about. Being about as American as buttered scones and afternoon tea, I had to remind myself that Basketball is a huge sport across the pond. With this in mind, I was expecting something special from Microsoft to appeal to the masses. ... FULL REVIEW
NBA INSIDE DRIVE 2002
MICROSOFT
( XBOX )

84%
Great Graphics
Easy Controls

            Strong Depth
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Legends of WrestlingThe late eighties/early nineties was a true    golden era for the WWF. As fake as it was, the Hulk Hogan's, Ted DiBiase's and Jimmy 'Superfly' Snukka's brought about true, top quality entertainment for the hyperactive teenager. The depth of Legends of Wrestling is impressive. For the price of games today, you wouldn't expect anything different and Acclaim certainly deliver here... FULL REVIEW
LEGENDS OF WRESTLING
ACCLAIM
( XBOX / PS2 )

80%
Lots of Opponents
Good Career Mode

        Clustered Rings
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Wreckless The Yakuza MissionsWhen I was a young pup, one of my favourite games on the bulky computer I owned was a game called Lotus Turbo Esprit. It wasn't for its racing value and the game itself had little to no aim to it, in all honesty. What it did let you do was cruise around a city and smash into anything else that moved. Oh, the mind of a young and foolish child. Today being old and foolish, the scent of Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions certainly pricked my ears up... FULL REVIEW
WRECKLESS : THE YAKUZA MISSIONS
ACTIVISION
( XBOX )

86%
Nice Visuals
High Velocity Action
Frustrating Controls

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Project Gotham RacingAfter playing Metropolis Street Racer on a friends Dreamcast years ago, I had officially been won over by racing gaming. On hearing that the very same company, Bizarre Creations' were going to bring a similar driving game to the XBox, I couldn't wait to test drive Project Gotham Racing on my shiny new console. On start up - PGR just oozes with visual splendour. The detail on the cars and the circuits are simply second to none and the smooth visuals make this one hell of a title... FULL REVIEW
PROJECT GOTHAM RACING
MICROSOFT
( XBOX )

93%
Awesome Graphics
Responsive Controls
Very Addictive

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James Bond returns in another mix of high tech gadgets, explosive firefights and beautiful women in 007 - Agent Under Fire. After the smash hit, Goldeneye on the N64, creating another Bond blockbuster is no easy task. The game itself doesn't skirt any of the films, but instead weaves up its up Bond-esque intrigue over 12 levels. ... FULL REVIEW
007 - AGENT UNDER FIRE
ELECTRONIC ARTS
( XBOX / PS2 )

81%
Nice Visuals
High Velocity Action
Frustrating Controls

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Title Fight 2001 for the PCIn the months leading up to the Xbox launch, it's been hard to have a conversation about Microsoft's new system without a mention of "Halo," Bungie's intense first-person shooter. Originally conceived as a PC title, "Halo" has made up a large portion of the anticipation surrounding the Xbox since Microsoft acquired Bungie and announced that the title would be an Xbox exclusive. ...FULL REVIEW
HALO
BUNGIE/MICROSOFT
( XBOX)

88%
Stunning Graphics
Immersive Atmosphere
Cool Storyline

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