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PS2 Review - 'Whiplash'

by Thomas Leaf on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Whiplash is set in a high-tech product testing facility where questionable experiments are conducted on animals. Playing as Spanx, you must use Redmond as a weapon to not only escape, but also to free other enslaved animals and bankrupt the corporation by destroying property. Whiplash combines a unique 'chain' gameplay mechanic with in-depth enemy and environment interaction, rich combat and slapstick humour.

PS2 Review - 'Muppets Party Cruise'

by Hank on Jan. 16, 2004 @ 2:26 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

No one parties harder than the Muppets, and in Muppet Party Cruise players set sail with the Muppet crew for tons of hilarious, family-friendly fun. One to four players can play as one of six Muppet characters, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Fozzie Bear, Pepe the King Prawn and The Great Gonzo in 30 action-packed mini-games! Muppet Party Cruise also features authentic Muppet voice talent and bonus movie shorts created by The Jim Henson Company. Come aboard the wackiest party boat around!

PS2 Review - 'Culdcept'

by Hank on Jan. 15, 2004 @ 2:10 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Culdcept, each player has a customizable deck of 50 cards that come from a total in-game deck of 480. Up to four players (human or computer-driven) maneuver around the map, taking control of unclaimed land in an effort to build their power. Players defend their land by placing creatures from their card hand on the individual terrains. Battles ensue when opposing players land on occupied space and don't wish to pay the "toll." Read more for the full review ...

GBA Review - 'Dragon Ball: Taiketsu'

by Agustin on Jan. 15, 2004 @ 1:56 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Dragon Ball: Taiketsu allows players to unleash devastating combos or super moves alone or against friends in huge multiplayer battles. Choose from one of 15 DBZ characters including villains Frieza, Cell and Buu, and for the first time ever take on the role of the Legendary Super Saiyan, Broly! Battle opponents on the ground or in the air, and power-up characters to their strongest forms. Can you fight your way to the top? Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Review - 'R: Racing Evolution'

by Hank on Jan. 14, 2004 @ 2:45 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

R: Racing Evolution is an extraordinary action-racing experience featuring authentic licensed cars and daring, real-world tracks. Combining awesome graphical quality and high performance driving physics with a spectacular story line, R: Racing Evolution chronicles the intense competition and deep rivalries found only within the professional racing circuit. New exciting features such as the Interactive Driver AI System and in-game radio communications bring players closer to racing action than ever before!

GBA Review - 'Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon'

by Agustin on Jan. 14, 2004 @ 2:12 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon, gamers can pilot the Millennium Falcon, the most popular vehicle from the classic Star Wars universe, in 14 combat-filled missions interweaving the movie storylines with all new plot twists. Featuring highly detailed environments and ships, frantic battles and high-speed flying action, Flight of the Falcon lets gamers battle the Galactic Empire in the skies of Yavin, Endor and beyond. Is it as good as it sounds? Read more for the full review and find out ...

PS2 Review - 'Tony Hawk's Underground'

by Hank on Jan. 13, 2004 @ 1:22 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Play as yourself, not a pro skater, and make your way through a plot-twisting, true-to-life story that takes you from unknown local skate punk to fame and fortune as Skater of the Year. Read more for the full review ...

Xbox Review - 'Secret Weapons Over Normandy'

by Corey Owen on Jan. 12, 2004 @ 1:02 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Join a secret squad of pilots dedicated to thwarting the most heinous plans of the Third Reich. Fly over twenty authentic aircraft across thirty daring missions in this new WWII action-flyer. Lawrence Holland, the legendary creator of Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: Tie Fighter and Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe returns with an exhilarating new game of action and intrigue. Can you be trusted with the most dangerous secrets of the war?

GBA Review - '¡Mucha Lucha!: Mascaritas of the Lost Code'

by The Cookie Snatcher on Jan. 12, 2004 @ 12:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

While in the care of Rikochet, Buena Girl and The Flea, the official “Code of Masked Wrestling” has been stolen from the main office of the School of Lucha. The three mascaritas (little masked ones) must find the book or be expelled! The quest to retrieve the book leads them to bizarre landscapes and to a final encounter with the dreaded El Dolor de Kurtz, the leader of room 207. Read more for the full review ...

GBA Review - 'Gameboy Advance SP'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on Jan. 11, 2004 @ 2:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

And now for something completely different. Over here at WorthPlaying we usually focus our efforts to review and preview the multitude of PC and console games that come out every week, but exceptions can be made here and there for certain products. One such product is Nintendo’s Gameboy Advance SP, which at first glance seems too similar to the original Gameboy Advance to garner a purchase. However, upon closer inspection the GBA SP wildly surpasses the original version, with a slew of features that the original GBA simply doesn’t have.

PC Review - 'X²: The Threat'

by Ben Zackheim on Jan. 10, 2004 @ 2:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In X²: THE THREAT you have the freedom of exploration and uninhibited style of game play. A first person space experience, X²: THE THREAT immerses the player in a dynamic, living, breathing universe, where every event and action has 'cause and effect' upon the entire gaming universe. Discover new worlds and life forms across countless sectors of space, players can become either a trader, bounty hunter, pirate, miner or a strategic combination of them all. The choice of how the player experiences the X² universe is up to them.

PS2 Review - 'Metal Arms: Glitch in the System'

by Thomas Leaf on Jan. 9, 2004 @ 12:49 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

You are Glitch, the gun-slinging, half-ton menacing bot of Droid City who blasts his way to victory. Found as scrap metal, but transformed into destructive machinery, Glitch is determined to free his people from the evil clutches of General Corrosive and his maniacal army of Mil bots. Unleash a world of pain as you annihilate the General's sinister plan to dominate the world, and salvage the robot race. Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Review - 'Fire Warrior'

by Thomas Leaf on Jan. 9, 2004 @ 12:42 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Fire Warrior follows one day in the tumultuous life of a young Tau warrior who must battle alone against a force that shows no mercy: The Imperium. The Tau will soon learn there is a darker foe at hand and become entangled in a frightening story that leads them through an ongoing war. Read more for the full review ...

PC Review - 'Contract J.A.C.K.'

by Ben Zackheim on Jan. 8, 2004 @ 1:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The prequel to No One Lives Forever 1 & 2, Contract Jack is a standalone action experience focused on giving PC action gamers what they want: More action, less stealth, and more robust multiplayer gameplay. Developed by one of the industry's elite developers, Monolith Productions, Contract Jack showcases the award-winning storytelling of Monolith in a new singleplayer campaign, and adds new multiplayer content as well as a suite of mod-making tools. Read more for the full review ...

Xbox Review - 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'

by Jordan Van Nest on Jan. 8, 2004 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Set in 19th-century China, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a martial arts fighting game based on the classic teachings and techniques of the Wudan style. Combining intense, dynamic combat with the ability to explore lush, interactive environments, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon transcends the laws of space, gravity and the human body to provide the ultimate martial arts experience. Read more for the full review ...

GBA Review - 'Prince of Persia: Sands of Time'

by Justin on Jan. 7, 2004 @ 2:41 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

With Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Ubi Soft and Jordan Mechner are channeling their combined talents to breathe new life into the action/adventure genre. They’re creating rich characters, white-knuckle action and a plot with more twists than the exotic, elaborate castle featured in the game,” said Serge Hascoët, Editor in Chief, Ubi Soft Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to move forward with the legendary Prince of Persia brand and eagerly await the launch of the next masterpiece from our world-famous Montreal studio.

PS2 Review - 'NCAA March Madness 2004'

by Hank on Jan. 7, 2004 @ 2:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

NCAA March Madness 2004 storms the court with new schools, improved gameplay, and an incredibly deep Dynasty Mode. Dick Vitale, the voice of college hoops, takes you through the sport's strategy and drama all the way to the "Big Dance" like no one else can. The unique, fast-paced game comes to life with players applying pressure D, diving on loose balls, and throwing it down against rival schools.

Xbox Review - 'Mission Impossible: Operation Surma'

by Jordan Van Nest on Jan. 6, 2004 @ 1:33 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Can you save the world from the ICEWorm microchip? You are special agent Ethan Hunt — back to battle international espionage as the fate of the free world hangs in the balance! A microchip nicknamed ICEWorm is disabling the security systems of the world’s largest organizations, and providing free access to the highest bidder. Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to destroy the chip and prevent its creators from bringing the free world to its knees.

Xbox Review - 'Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne'

by Corey Owen on Jan. 6, 2004 @ 1:21 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

When Max Payne debuted in July 2001 as an award-winning, best-selling PC game, it revolutionized the action genre with its cinematic combat sequences fueled by the groundbreaking use of slow motion and compulsive narrative-driven gameplay. Now, Remedy is working closely with Rockstar Games on the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster hit. Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne delivers the most intense gameplay experience imaginable.

PC Review - 'Gothic II'

by Mark Crump on Jan. 5, 2004 @ 1:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

The sequel to the critically acclaimed RPG, Gothic, Gothic II takes you on an even greater journey of adventure and discovery. The plot continues from the cliff-hanger of the original: After the imprisoned colony members are victorious, collapsing the magical barrier, the former Prison Colony is struck by a terrible earthquake, claiming the lives of many. The majority of survivors seize this opportunity to escape with only a handful of people remaining in the derelict prison.