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Jordan Van Nest's Articles


Xbox Review - 'Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy'

by Jordan Van Nest on Feb. 5, 2004 @ 12:58 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy allows players to immerse themselves in the classic Star Wars universe as they take on the role of a student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Master Luke Skywalker. Players will interact with famous classic Star Wars locations and characters while facing the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom in the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

Xbox Review - 'Drake Of The 99 Dragons'

by Jordan Van Nest on Feb. 4, 2004 @ 1:16 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Drake is the ultimate Anti-hero. Drake is Feel-good, action-packed gaming with instant gratification. Grim but colorful. Cool and violent without being controversial. Real-time 3D action shooter of furious and brutal revenge, supernatural Hong Kong action style. Read more for the full review ...

Xbox Review - 'XIII'

by Jordan Van Nest on Jan. 27, 2004 @ 12:51 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

XIII features a conspiracy of epic proportions, and players will unravel clues behind the story’s compelling and mysterious events. XIII includes themes of amnesia, in which players must uncover sinister plots against themselves, the U.S. government, and even the president himself. The only clues players have are the roman numerals XIII tattooed on their shoulder and a key to a safe deposit box in a New York bank. 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 ...

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 - 'Maximum Chase'

by Jordan Van Nest on Dec. 28, 2003 @ 1:04 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

In Maximum Chase, players assume the role of police investigator Rick Summer, who must foil a plot to blow up the city, while helping a mysterious woman on the run from shadowy pursuers. Two game play modes allow players to both drive and shoot their way through 20 levels of intense car chase sequences. Set in the traffic-snarled streets of Los Angeles, players must outrun enemies and police, shooting out tires and taking down rival helicopters.

Xbox Review - 'NBA Inside Drive 2004'

by Jordan Van Nest on Dec. 26, 2003 @ 1:24 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

NBA Inside Drive, with its fluid gameplay and lifelike player models (decked out in tattoos and cornrows), is taking its game online with the help of Xbox Live. New "jukes" and post moves will be "breaking ankles" all over the court, and a revamped defensive game will be shutting down high-scoring teams and making them run home to their mamas. Read more for the full review ...

PC/Xbox Review - 'Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance'

by Jordan Van Nest on Dec. 23, 2003 @ 1:20 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

A Warrior Slave…Chosen by the Gods…to Re-store the Glory of an Empire In the Year 106AD the Roman Empire is in terrible decline. After the untimely death of the much-liked Emperor Trajan, the despotic Emperor Arruntius has bled the once powerful Rome to its knees. Badly fought wars, famine and plague are rife in all corners of the Empire, whilst the Emperor and his elite enjoy every excess and vice that the emptying coffers can afford. As herald to this age of degradation, Arruntius has destroyed large portions of the city of Rome to create the battleground for the bloodiest gladiator event ever staged.

Xbox Review - 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines'

by Jordan Van Nest on Dec. 11, 2003 @ 12:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a first-person action game that will allow players to become the Terminator Series signature icon, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the original Terminator. This marks the first time Arnold Schwarzenegger's voice and likeness has ever appeared in a home videogame. Read more to find out whether Atari managed to live up to the high expectations ...

Xbox Review - 'Grand Theft Auto 3: Double Pack'

by Jordan Van Nest on Dec. 1, 2003 @ 1:31 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Developed by Rockstar North, the Grand Theft Auto franchise has long been applauded and praised for its expansive and open-ended gameplay, cinematic scripts, and epic soundtracks. Since its introduction in 1997, the franchise has received countless awards of excellence and universal critical acclaim. With sales of more than 25 million units worldwide, Grand Theft Auto is one of the most recognized franchises in the history of the videogame marketplace. Rockstar Games has finally brought the award-winning Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a "double pack" to the Xbox. Read more for the full review ...