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Thomas Leaf's Articles


Xbox Review - 'Ninja Gaiden'

by Thomas Leaf on March 11, 2004 @ 3:05 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Ninja Gaiden is on the cutting-edge of action as the player takes on the role of powerful ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, who seeks revenge after his clan is massacred by the Vigor Empire. Taking full advantage of three-dimensional space, you follow the story with only your wits, your ninja skills, and your deadly sword, cutting down opponents in the Vigor Empire as you attempt to beat the Holy Emperor and reclaim the magic sword "Ryuken". Realistic battle actions and acrobatic ninja actions add another dimension to the game, restoring Ninja Gaiden to its rightful place in the gaming pantheon.

PC Preview - 'Nemesis Of The Roman Empire'

by Thomas Leaf on March 5, 2004 @ 2:03 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Nemesis of the Roman Empire (known in Europe as 'Celtic Kings The Punic Wars') continues on the traditions of the award-winning original Celtic Kings: Rage of War from Haemimont Games. Nemesis of the Roman Empire explores the three Punic wars between Rome and Carthage in 264-146 B.C. and includes the famous campaigns of Hannibal and Scipio Africanus. We had the chance to try out a build, read more for our impressions...

Xbox Review - 'NHL Rivals 2004'

by Thomas Leaf on Feb. 24, 2004 @ 1:22 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Hockey fans will be able to settle old grudge matches and create new rivalries online using Xbox Live. Gamers will be able to track individual and team stats, leader boards and win/loss records as well as support cooperative, team, ranked and non-ranked play. With Xbox Live, gamers will be able to download quarterly roster updates, All-Star game rosters and updated player ratings. Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Review - 'AirForce Delta Strike'

by Thomas Leaf on Feb. 18, 2004 @ 1:48 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Strap in and take off. The latest addition to the successful AirForce Delta franchise flies onto the Sony PlayStation2 this fall with AirForce Delta Strike. Join a cast of highly skilled pilots and get lost in this gripping universe with multiple endings and non-stop action. AFDS flies into uncharted territory with its unique brand of action flight combat, interplanetary missions, compelling characters and intense futuristic storyline.

PS2 Review - 'Kya: Dark Lineage'

by Thomas Leaf on Feb. 2, 2004 @ 1:34 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

Steal your way through or fight head-to-head with hordes of Wolfens using original combat moves and magical strikes. Soar against various vertiginous wind currents on breathtaking flights. Slide down extreme entwined turbulent tracks, through challenging obstacles and lush environments. Journey through unbelievable acrobatic freefalls as you get closer to Kya’s quest to save her brother and defeat the Fortress of Brazul.

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 - '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 ...

PS2 Review - 'Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3'

by Thomas Leaf on Jan. 2, 2004 @ 1:30 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

For the first time in the series' history, Tokyo Xtreme Racer 3 uses licensed Japanese, North American and European car manufacturers. Players will be able to get behind the wheel of over 15 different car manufacture models. The game also benefits from a massive upgrade from previous games in the series. The upgrade includes the driving physics engine, graphical effects and editors, driving conditions and courses, vehicle tuning options and rival characters.

PS2 Review - 'I-Ninja'

by Thomas Leaf on Dec. 29, 2003 @ 1:43 a.m. PST | Filed under Reviews

I-Ninja is an adrenaline-charged adventure game. An ultra-cool ninja with major attitude meets extreme sports game play, I-Ninja is the consummate warrior who has spent years mastering his weapons and honing his skills. In true gravity defying game play, I-Ninja can scale buildings, "shred" on extreme rails, hover great distances with a "sword copter", ride drifting roller spheres and utilize specialized manga-style ninja moves to navigate through each dynamic environment.