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PS2 Preview - 'Romancing SaGa'

by Alicia on Sept. 10, 2005 @ 1:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Visit the vast world of Mardias in Square-Enix's Romancing SaGa. Select from one of eight playable main characters to follow through a series of amazing adventures, with the outcomes of your decision forever altering the future of Mardias. Fully customize your characters in battle with proficiencies, multi-class training, and purchasable skills and spells. Guide a party of up to five characters in battle, inviting and dismissing new warriors as you see fit.

PS2/Xbox Preview - 'The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge'

by Alicia on Sept. 6, 2005 @ 3:52 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Return to the twisted world of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge. Take Jack Skellington through more than 20 levels of macabre platforming action, as you seek to rid Halloween Town of the scourge of Oogie Boogie once and for all. On the way, visit all of the other Holiday Worlds and use your powers as the cheerful Santa Jack and the frightful Pumpkin King.

PS2 Preview - 'Namco Museum 50th Anniversary'

by Alicia on Aug. 16, 2005 @ 3:02 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Bring a classic retro arcade into your home with the Namco Museum 50th Anniversary collection. All of the usual favorites like Pac-Man, Mappy, and Galaga are here in arcade-perfect form, along with rarities like Galaga '88, Pac-Mania, Rolling Thunder, and Bosconian. Save high scores to your memory card to compete with friends long after a game gets turned off.

Xbox Preview - 'Dynasty Warriors 5'

by Alicia on Aug. 15, 2005 @ 1:01 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Based on Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the Dynasty Warriors series of action games takes players back in time and onto the battlefields of Ancient China. In the games, players experience the thrill of fighting single-handedly against nearly endless legions of enemy soldiers in historical battles that shaped an empire.

NGC/PS2/Xbox Preview - 'The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction'

by Alicia on Aug. 1, 2005 @ 12:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

Going hands-on with Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is an amazing rush. You can break, smash, and throw nearly every object in the game, jump to the top of every building, and pull off some amazing stunts. Featuring an all-new storyline and classic Hulk characters like Doc Samson and the Abomination, Ultimate Destruction is absolutely the game that Hulk fans have been waiting for.

PS2 Review - 'Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome'

by Alicia on July 27, 2005 @ 12:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Nippon Ichi’s latest strategy game is a return to their roots – sort of. Makai Kingdom breathes new life into the Phantom Brave engine by adding in elements from their classic Disgaea. Now you can enjoy the Free Movement system along with true turn-based gameplay. A lot of old favorites from past games are back, with the addition of the new TEC stat, vehicles to pilot, facilities to build, and a host of completely new character types.

PS2 Review - 'Colosseum: Road to Freedom'

by Alicia on July 25, 2005 @ 1:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

Koei takes a trip back into Roman history with Colosseum: the Road to Freedom. Trace the life of a Roman gladiator from his first few bouts as a lowly slave to his final days of glory in the Roman Colosseum. Design your gladiator's history, appearance, and fighting style, and then train his body so he can stay on his feet in even the longest battles. Or, if you just want some quick action, visit arena mode and choose to fight in any of the arenas or modes you've beaten in the main game.

PS2 Review - 'Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse of the Crimson Elixir'

by Alicia on July 14, 2005 @ 2:29 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The hit Full Metal Alchemist franchise continues with its second PS2 game, featuring new animation, striking cel-shaded graphics, and streamlined gameplay. A simplified alchemy system and a wide array of new enemies to fight make this game ideal for any fan, even someone who didn't catch the last game. The storyline follows a blend of the early anime arcs and an original storyline, featuring a new villain.

PS2 Review - 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms X'

by Alicia on July 5, 2005 @ 1:14 a.m. PDT | Filed under Reviews

The 10th game in Koei’s epic strategy series, Romance of the Three Kingdoms X comes to the PS2 with all of the history, complexity, and gameplay options fans have come to expect from the series. Create your own officer, or play one of the many characters from the novel series, and rise from humble warrior to powerful sovereign. Use duels, debates, battles and full-on military campaigns to increase your power and become a living legend.

PS2 Preview - 'Makai Kingdom: Chronicles of the Sacred Tome'

by Alicia on June 27, 2005 @ 1:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

The latest in the line of Nippon Ichi strategy RPGs that began with La Pucelle and brought Disgaea to the US is about to hit. Makai Kingdom merges the devilish humor of Disgaea with the free-roaming gameplay of Phantom Brave, and throws in a host of new gameplay options like vehicles, buildings, and a whole new class of offensive weaponry.