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PS2 Preview - 'Castlevania: Lament of Innocence'

by Thomas Wilde on Sept. 22, 2003 @ 12:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Set in the 11th Century, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence thrusts players ten centuries into the past and casts them in the role of Leon Belmont, the forefather of the legendary Belmont Clan and the first in the family’s long line of vampire hunters. With social and political activities operating under the oppressive grip of clergy during the Crusades, Leon is a nobleman about to be engaged to his beloved Sara. However, when his young lover disappears one fateful evening, Leon sets out to rescue her. We got hold of a recent build and passed it on to our resident (evil) Castlevania freak. Read more for his findings ..

PC/PS2 Preview - 'Beyond Good & Evil'

by Thomas Wilde on Sept. 17, 2003 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Armed with her camera, aikido staff, and resolute investigative skills, Jade sets out to expose the dark secrets behind these alien invasions and to liberate the minds of her deceived people. Pushed to the very edge of her physical and spiritual will, she soon discovers that even these limits are not what they seem … Her quest for the truth knows no bounds. Read more for the full preview ...

PC/PS2 Preview - 'Fire Warrior'

by Thomas Wilde on Sept. 8, 2003 @ 1:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

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. THQ was so kind to let us have a taste of the title, read more to find out how it went ...

Xbox Preview - 'Roadkill'

by Thomas Wilde on Sept. 5, 2003 @ 1:50 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

RoadKill drops players into instantaneous battle with 30 core missions and numerous side missions. The missions place the player into the three cities of Hell County -- Lava Falls, Blister Canyon and Paradise City. In the game, players collect salvaged parts -- which upgrade the 30 vehicles with items such nitrous thrust and armor plating -- to unlock secret features and help explore the world in a search for hidden blueprints. We took our build for a ride around town, read more to find out how it went ...

PS2 Preview - 'SWAT: Global Strike Team'

by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 29, 2003 @ 1:17 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

SWAT: GST is a first-person tactical arcade game combining the strategic elements of SWAT 3 with the instantly accessible arcade action of the Virtua Cop series. Like the real-life SWAT organization itself, the SWAT Global Strike Team is a life-saving organization tasked with defending and saving the lives of the innocent. As a member of the SWAT Global Strike Team gamers will be called to duty at a moment’s notice, confronted with missions unlike any see before.

PS2 Review - 'Disgaea: Hour of Darkness'

by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 27, 2003 @ 12:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The story takes place two years after the death of King Krichevskoy, the ruler of the Netherworld. His son Laharl awakens from a long sleep, unaware of his father's death. Meanwhile, scheming demons vie for supremacy over the Netherworld. With the help of his subordinate Etna and her underlings, the egocentric, self-absorbed Prince Laharl must fight to regain the throne and claim his birthright. Read more for the full review ...

PS2 Preview - 'Gladius'

by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 14, 2003 @ 2:05 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

In Gladius, players may choose to take on the role of Ursula or Valens. Ursula, from the northern land of Nordagh, is the daughter of a great barbarian king. Valens is the son of one of Imperia's greatest gladiators. A bloody conflict between their two homelands gave rise to a vengeful dark god, which nearly destroyed all of mankind. Only with the help of the revered Valkyrie was the dark god defeated, but it came at a great cost of many lives. This gave rise to an uneasy peace that has existed for decades between the two lands. Now the two young heroes must fulfill their destinies to keep the world from heading into another disastrous war.

PS2 Preview - 'Kill.Switch'

by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 10, 2003 @ 2:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

kill.switch™ is an innovative military shooter that emphasizes realistic cover tactics and awesome firepower for the ultimate experience in combat gaming. Featuring the unique Offensive Cover System, and utilizing the Blindfire combat mechanic, kill.switch demands the use of conventional warfare tactics, forcing players to utilize surrounding environments, and quickly adjust on-the-fly through each intense and challenging mission.

PS2 Review - 'Silent Hill 3'

by Thomas Wilde on Aug. 10, 2003 @ 1:32 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Silent Hill 3 continues the series' trademark brand of psychological horror and terrifying gameplay. As a teenage girl named Heather, players must explore and unravel the mysterious connection between the god-forsaken town and her inner fears. With enhanced graphical detail, a more complex storyline, and even more grotesque monsters than the previous games, Silent Hill 3 promises to be the best horror adventure ever. Read more to find out whether it kept its promise ...

PS2 Review - 'K-1 World Grand Prix'

by Thomas Wilde on July 30, 2003 @ 2:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

A growing combat sport that has taken Japan by storm, K-1 brings together the toughest practitioners of karate, kickboxing, Tae kwon do and Kung Fu to create the world's most challenging fighting competition. And now, players can step in to the virtual ring and feel the sweat on their brow in Konami's new videogame, K-1 World Grand Prix - the most realistic recreation of the sport ever. It sure sounds interesting, so we had to get in the ring and fight it out!