GamePower's Scores

  • Games
For 109 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 MechWarrior 4: Vengeance
Lowest review score: 25 The Outforce
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 109
  2. Negative: 9 out of 109
109 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not just vast, but flooded with quests and side adventures. There is always something to do in this game and, after that, there's always something more.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The PS2 accentuates developer Polyphony Digital's extraordinary handling of lighting and textures -- sun rays sift through a tunnel of trees, exhaust fumes spew into the air, and cars glisten like the sweat on La Femme Nikita's brow.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is perhaps the finest use of the PlayStation2's power so far. Twisted Metal: Black represents a superlative combination of frame rate, detail, and gameplay.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Be warned, this is a game with unprecedented story depth but at the price of pacing. Some key soliloquies can drag on for 15 minutes.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An exceptionally cool game. It's got a fun, interesting story; intelligent level design; and provides a great mix of stealth and action.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I stand in awe of the vastness of its scope and the inventiveness of its design. However, it takes forever to learn, and one can't help getting frustrated along the way.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This extremely challenging game cries out for documentation, of which there is virtually none. And the nonsensical, sometimes juvenile back-story and completely incomprehensible and disconnected scenarios spoil what could have been a more superb title.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, NASCAR Racing 4 is a great game, but if Papyrus would put its experience into something besides graphics and driving models, the next NASCAR Racing would be much better.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A deeply challenging and unforgiving game that rewards perseverance but leaves those looking only for a little diversion writhing in agony.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all of its strong design and competent game play, however, Red Faction still never quite adds up to the "Half-Life" it aspires to be.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This isn't some short, slapped-together final chapter, but a full-fledged game of its own. Clocking in at around 40 to 50 hours, Throne Of Bhaal is easily longer than most other stand-alone RPGs.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Some of the most astounding graphics ever seen on a 3-D battlefield.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In short, the best reason to own Lord Of Destruction is for the resolution bump -- but it's ludicrous that we have to pay for that...Its high price notwithstanding, this is one expansion pack that's well worth owning.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Breaks RTS conventions the way the Taliban break Buddhist statues.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An old-school, first-person shooter -- and damn proud of it. That it also happens to be white-knuckle thrilling, spectacularly beautiful, and totally captivating is what makes it so special.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game is so much fun and has such a great sense of humor that those quibbles melt away like goo off a reactor core. Bottom line: You'll love Startopia.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Make no mistake about it, Europa Universalis offers an extremely deep yet eminently enjoyable look at world history in the wake of the New World's discovery…It's one of the most engrossing global strategy games to come out since Sid Meier's "Civilization."
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game gives you countless rooms to explore and the impression of freeform gameplay despite the fact that the game is actually quite linear. The downside is frequent disorientation.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It offers more of everything you'd expect and then some -- gorgeous graphics, incredible animations, visceral sound effects, terrific cut scenes, wild weapons, unique characters (wise-cracking Brits, a diaphanously dressed magical sea nymph, and a towering giant), and deadly enemies with effective AI.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is eminently replayable. There are so many options -- the island's physical characteristics, victory conditions, El Presidente's personality quirks -- that it never plays the same way twice.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whatever American McGee is smoking, he shouldn't lay off it.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I don't care how it was done, but the results are simply breathtaking.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The artificial intelligence is not the sharpest tool in the shed.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If stunning, real-time rendered visuals and significantly improved functionality are any evidence, the third time is indeed the charm.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Capturing the offbeat Fallout flavor, humor, and sense of violence perfectly, Tactics should prove to be a worthy sidestep for the series.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nothing you've played previously will properly prepare you for the authentic and often distressing portrayal of aerial warfare served up by Microprose in B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th. Never has a title so humanized the genre or brought it to such a personal level.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It looks marvelous, especially the character animations that have been especially tweaked to improve on typical Unreal character performance.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With 10 deliciously complex levels to work through as you alternately take turns controlling each character, MDK2: Armageddon delivers a formidable amount of gameplay depth.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Besides all of the cosmetic and mechanical embellishments, BreakAway also improved the competency of the artificial intelligence, making Waterloo one of the most challenging historical war games to come out in a very long time.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It has buried within other commonplace RPG elements the most innovative approach to game storytelling I have seen in years.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A distasteful plot combined with bitterly frustrating controls saps a lot of the fun out of what could have been a real winner.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not superb gaming, but plenty good enough to satisfy most RTS and Dune fans.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A rare gem of a game, BOB is a beautiful, detailed, yet manageable recreation of the battle for the skies of Britain. Complex enough for dedicated simulation enthusiasts yet scaleable for the novice, this is one simulation done right.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As pure an adventure as you'll find on any console. Apart from a few timed segments, it's completely free of the action elements normally associated with "adventure" games on these systems.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The graphics are clean and crisp, the soundtrack and audio effects are excellent, and the depth and variety of gameplay are quite impressive.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Orion Pirates is still "Starfleet Command II," only this time, for better or worse, it's turned up to 11.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    We reloaded NBA Live 2000 for comparison, and there's no question that this is a leaps-and-bounds improvement.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The design is visually engaging. The character and combat system are simple but with enough detail to give the player a sense of control. And the side quests keep things from getting too linear.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A remarkable new mech combat/fighting game hybrid that -- while gorgeous to look at and often wickedly addictive to play -- offers a surprisingly fleeting overall gameplay experience.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The best part is that, after the first few Krig-bound missions, much of the campaign takes place elsewhere in the galaxy in a variety of new planets and on new terrain effects.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Anachronox has a deep and satisfying noir sci-fi back story and genuinely well-wrought characterization. For all that, it is remarkably unengaging to play.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most impressive new feature in Volume II -- and the reason you'll want to go buy this game (today, if the stores haven't closed yet by the time you read this) -- is a revamped campaign engine that operates in both the single-player and multiplayer game modes.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On a purely conceptual level, the "Project" is an absolutely first-rate product that shows the RTS genre still has plenty of life left in it when others thought it was dead.
    • GamePower
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Dogfighter is a heck of a lot of fun and a great way to release any pent-up frustration caused by years of parental nagging.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun game, with great audio files of worm banter and amusing animations.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it seems that Rebel Act might have bitten off more than it can chew. Although the swordplay is Blade Of Darkness' greatest strength, it's also its greatest weakness. The sluggish interface is the main problem.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Technically speaking, one of the most important things this expansion pack does is bring Icewind Dale up to visual par with "Baldur's Gate II."
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But hey, if your party is good enough, Drew Carey himself may come over and hang for awhile. What a goal, eh?
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A game that is at once familiar, yet unique, this RPG from the folks who brought you the Rage Of Mages strategy RPGs is a strong, yet slightly flawed plate of gaming goodness.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Suffers from Y.A.T.W. syndrome (Yours Against the World). ... at least give the computer opponents some pretense of fighting with one another instead of having some secret alliance to focus almost entirely on your units.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A standout among some recent disappointments in the first-person shooter action genre.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, though, the playing experience offers more than enough good, clean fun to offset its weak points.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Draws from all that has come before, mixes it with cutting-edge graphics, and churns out a forgettably generic off-road racer.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Oni
    After three years in development and two years of hype and anticipation, Oni fails to meet the expectations Bungie created for it.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An exercise in taking a shrewd idea, giving you an idea of how great it could be, and then making it frustrating beyond belief. There is a sad reverse alchemy the longer you play, in which gold is turned into dross.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Visually, The Sting is downright gorgeous, similar in many respects to some of the animated cartoons run on Saturday morning TV.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With its shocking horror sequences, macabre pre-rendered backgrounds, and terrifying in-game ambience, RE3 will give PC gamers a shocking treat.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Bland and dull.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you've never played "Half-Life" or "Opposing Force," you'll be blissfully unaware that Blue Shift has the same weapons, the same monsters, and the same basic cast of characters. But it's still a blast to play.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a great game in theory. But, in practice, it's the equivalent of the broken Buddha statues you find on the map.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This is one game that deserved to go the customary real-time route without getting detoured along the way.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is fun; its combination of humorous action and territory-grabbing resource management make for interesting gaming. Unfortunately, I couldn't help feeling an overwhelming sense of deja vu.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can overlook its two "problems," you may find Project IGI one of the most engaging tactical-combat games of the year.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Echelon is as beautiful as it is thrilling. No virtual space jock should be without it.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A unique challenge.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you're a nostalgia buff looking for a good party game, The $100,000 Pyramid isn't a bad choice, especially considering the 20-buck price. But be warned: it's not a particularly engrossing one-player game.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Combines a wide-open, free-roaming world with nifty physics, torturous terrain, awesome special effects, and more environments, vehicles, and gameplay modes than any other off-road title.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Expands upon the original game by adding some much-needed variety and team-play action to the mix. The only problem is that, for an overly priced $30, gamers expect a bit more than a glorified mod that should have been in the game right from the get-go.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I still find UO the most ambitious, flexible game design in the current field of MMRP games. I just wish the food were a little tastier after seven years of cooking.
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It is the kind of decent B-list thing that tides you over until another one of these A-list gems comes along.
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The many cut-scene cinematics are first-rate, the settings (despite the herky-jerky animations) look wonderful, and the rich incidental music works seamlessly with the story.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A beautiful, yet vacant, "Resident Evil" rip-off full of annoying key hunts, obtuse and frustrating puzzles, and one of the worst "save game" functions ever. But, hey, it sure is pretty.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There is a feeling of tension derived from negotiating through the bee's nest of enemies, regardless of how stupid the AI may be at times or how bad the voice acting.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    On the final test of truth -- whether the AI can put forward a credible command -- Danger Forward falls drastically short.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, in opposition to the title, the game offers little "thunder."
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Do you like intuitive, point-and-click adventures with animated smart cursors and lots of fantastic locations? How about sophomoric humor and more gags about farts, dumps, boogers, and bodily functions than Ren has nose hairs?
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though not as groundbreaking as the original X-COM was when it first appeared, Enforcer is a damn fun romp, nevertheless.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    While it's certainly not furthered by the annoying and continuous verbal patter of characters who bark such idiotic redneck-isms as "Yee-haw," "Hushpuppy," and "Hold onto your butt," Redneck Racing is a blast of short-term fun.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fans of the earlier Heroes Of Might & Magic PC games, however, will be shocked at how dumbed-down their beloved strategy game has become on the PS2.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its minor frustrations, Away Team is still one of the more enjoyable additions to the ever-growing library of Star Trek games.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps the finest cartoon-to-game conversion I've seen. Everyone is sure to be impressed with at least some aspects of the game, and some will find it just perfect. That those folks will invariably be the youngest members of your family almost goes without saying.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply an excellent game.
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    At odds with what could've been serious subject matter is the stylish, silly presentation.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    "Single player" in this expansion pack absolutely reeks.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I'd really like to shimmy up to the crow's nest and holler at the top of my lungs that AoS II is without a doubt the be-all and end-all of naval warfare sims. But until they squash all of the bugs that seem to pop up with amazing frequency, AoS II may be looking for a stiff wind to guide it safe passage for several more weeks to come.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Step through and discover ... The Worst Adventure Game You Will Ever Play.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Remains a relatively shallow hackfest.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An offer gamers may not be able to refuse.
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This may be the only pinball game that requires seatbelts.
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    With its forgettable Practice mode (the same game without scores on a really poorly rendered beach), ugly graphics, dropped frames, and mediocrity at nearly every other level, it's easy to recommend passing this title up.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    If "Frogger 2" raised the bar for remakes, Galaga's the one that'll have deranged 30-somethings firebombing Hasbro headquarters.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Call it Chicken Gear Solid! A 3-D action game with "Metal Gear Solid"-type sneakiness, chicken-style.
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It doesn't come close to the strategy, personality, and gameplay balance of Warcraft or the addictive depth of Diablo. Instead it's an amateurish copy.
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In baseball parlance, we figure we'll wait till next year.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    The graphics are wretched, the interface is a mess, and the few rare excuses for new features feel like half-baked afterthoughts. This is one of the ugliest games I've seen in the last several years.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If developer Playnet.com completes the vision it has for this product, it is a *very* strong contender for Sim Of The Year, if not Game Of The Year.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Aside from a couple of new moves and animations, there really is nothing here, and the tired 3-D engine and controls are bound to cause frustration to casual gamers and those without the patience Lara requires.
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    At best, a dull, repetitive, and utterly dreary real-time strategy game that will no doubt get shoveled into the bargain bin as soon as it gets unpacked.
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The low-res, 640x480 graphics are a quaint throwback to the mid-'90s and the absence of any sort of independent camera control or alternate viewing options make for some pretty static gameplay environments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's frustrating and boring...the execution is fraught with problems and the end result is the world's ugliest five-star golf resort -- a hodgepodge of architectural incongruities.
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