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Panzer Dragoon

Panzer Dragoon
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At it’s core Panzer Dragoon is nothing more than Afterburner with a Dragon motif, featuring the ability to fly and attack targets from the back of said creature. The end result is a pretty damn fun console-to-pc action game. Although the visuals seem a little washed on the PC, the thrill and excitment of flying […]

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AI WARS: The Awakening

AI WARS: The Awakening
2

Another case of forgotten 90s weirdness. AI Wars aspires to be an action/RPG somewhat along the lines of System Shock 2 or TRON. It’s one of many 90s experimental games. Your avatar explores a complicated 3D environment in search of the cash, passwords, and technologies necessary to achieve your goals, deceiving or fighting its way […]

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Terminator 3: War of the Machines

Terminator 3: War of the Machines
2.5

War of the Machines is essentially “Battlefield 2042: Terminator.” It’s humans versus machines, with 32-player Internet and LAN play, lots of vehicles, different maps set in all sorts of post-nuclear worlds – a ruined ocean harbor, devastated highways, Tech Com and SkyNet bases, crumbling factories, downtown future Los Angeles, etc. The concept behind Terminator 3 […]

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The Stalin Subway 2: Red Veil

The Stalin Subway 2: Red Veil
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A poorly veiled attempt at making an incompetent shooter. There aren’t enough shooters set in the totalitarian confines of Soviet Russia. The last good game which gave us a tangential tour through the Motherland was No One Lives Forever 2, but it wasn’t exactly that memorable of an experience. A genuine exploration of the political […]

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Armed and Dangerous

Armed and Dangerous
3.5

Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction, but the idea that a game featuring a cockney thief named Roman, a robot called Q1-11, a Scottish Mole Miner named Jonesy, and Rexus, a “stinky, unpleasant wreck of a man“ could be “based on a true story” (as revealed in the introductory cutscene) stretches credibility far past […]

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25 to Life

25 to Life
1.5

Grand Theft Trainwreck Trailing behind GTA is 25 to Life, a dumb, ugly, barely playable hood shooter with a mean attitude. You start out as Freeze, a drug dealer looking to retire from the scene. Before he can, he’s asked to do one more deal, but everything goes wrong. You’ll eventually play as other characters […]

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Alias

Alias
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In what amounts to an admission that Alias is aimed at fans of the television show, the game version lacks any cutscene introduction to the characters or their current situations. You have to have watched the show to have any idea what’s going on. The two pages in the manual devoted to this cause indicate […]

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Spec Ops II: Green Berets

Spec Ops II: Green Berets
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Spec Ops 2: US Green Berets is the sequel to the original action-sim, Spec Ops: Rangers Lead The Way. The original game introduced a pleasing balance between the realism of a diehard infantry warfare simulation and the arcade-action of more accessible 3D shooters. Spec Ops 2 puts you in the first-person perspective and allows you […]

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I was an Atomic Mutant!

I was an Atomic Mutant!
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I Was An Atomic Mutant casts you in the role of one of four giant monsters bent on destroying mankind and racking up points doing it. It’s pure arcade mayhem, and if you’re a fan of the kind of hyperbolic Atomic age giant monster movies they used to make fun of on Mystery Science Theater […]

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Carnivores: Cityscape

Carnivores: Cityscape
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As if the first three Carnivores games weren’t the cause of enough suffering, along comes Carnivores Cityscape, which tries to offer a more traditional first-person take. (The operative word is tries.) You get two campaigns, unique mission objectives, and even a multiplayer component. But sadly, like the previous Carnivores games, Cityscape is just a Festival […]

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