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Thomas Wilde's Articles


PC/Xbox Preview - 'Armed & Dangerous'

by Thomas Wilde on Nov. 5, 2003 @ 2:59 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Take a band of gun-toting rebels -a robot, a madman, a mole and a criminal mastermind. Put them in a vividly stunning fantasy realm. Then give them an impossible mission - pulling off the biggest heist of all time in the middle of a war. All you have to do is battle your way through dastardly enemies, giant war machines and an army of psychopathic robots. But don't worry; you have plenty of ammo and absolutely no common sense. Victory is yours in 12,000 bullets or less! Read more for the full preview ...

PS2 Preview - 'True Crime: Streets Of L.A.'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 28, 2003 @ 2:35 a.m. PST | Filed under Previews

Inspired by Hong Kong action films, the game lets players assume the role of tough-as-nails detective Nick Kang, bent on settling a personal vendetta with the L.A. underworld. As Kang, players will be able to dispense their own personal brand of justice through automotive combat, a variety of rib cracking martial arts moves and the business end of dual 45s. Read more for the rather lenghty preview ...

PC/Xbox Preview - 'Magic: The Gathering Battlegrounds'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 21, 2003 @ 1:36 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Just as in the "Magic" card game, in "Magic: The Gathering - Battlegrounds" players will choose a duelist and up to two of "Magic's" five colors -- red, green, white, blue, and black -- to attempt to reduce their opponent's life to zero. Of course, getting an opponent to zero will not be easy; players will have to utilize lightning reflexes, strategic brilliance and, on occasion, raw power to overcome an enemy. Read more for the ful preview ...

PC Review - 'Europa Universalis: Crown of the North'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 18, 2003 @ 1:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Crown of the North takes place in the years between 1275 and 1340 in a time where nobility and the church held all the power and Sweden was about to launch into its only civil war. Play as Norway, Sweden or Denmark and plot to change the historical legacy of a region seldom explored. Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Preview - 'Secret Weapons Over Normandy'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 17, 2003 @ 2:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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? We took to the unfriendly skies with our beta build ... read more to find out how it went!

PS2 Preview - 'Time Crisis 3'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 13, 2003 @ 2:18 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Time Crisis 3 marks the return of Namco's premier light-gun shooting franchise. Compatible with the GUNCON2 light-gun, this fast-paced shooter delivers superior shooting action and supreme excitement. A new weapon select system enables players to chose from 4 weapons (machine gun, hand gun, shotgun and grenade) and optimize their game play strategy. Time Crisis 3 includes the original arcade game as well as console-exclusive game modes. Sniper combat provides intense and lethal sharp-shooting action, sure to be a winning combination for this popular franchise. Check out the full preview ...

PS2 Preview - 'Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 13, 2003 @ 1:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu will stay true to the Batman franchise with intense action-packed gameplay and challenging villains. Featuring favorite super heroes from the Batman universe including Robin, Nightwing and Batgirl, the game also includes a brand new enemy unlike any Batman has ever battled, Sin Tzu, and three villains never before seen in the Batman video game world: Clayface, Scarecrow and Bane.

PS2 Preview - 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 7, 2003 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, players embody the Prince to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land. Read more for the full preview ....

PS2 Preview - 'Bloody Roar 4'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 3, 2003 @ 1:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Bloody Roar returns and is darker, bloodier and fiercer than ever! 14 returning fighters are joined by three brand-new characters in the newest battle of the beast-fighters. Transform into ferocious inner-beasts and attack with fangs and claws in 3D fighting areas to see who is the ultimate beast-fighter champion! Read more to find out how we enjoyed playing with our build ... or not ...

PS2 Preview - 'XIII'

by Thomas Wilde on Oct. 1, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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.