Star Fox Command

In the beginning there was gibberish. The superlative Star Fox 64 gave the furry critters the power of speech, although if you owned the PAL version – Lylat Wars – you could go back to nonsensical ramblings if you wished. Rare’s Star Fox Adventures and Namco’s Star Fox Assault – plenty of talking animals there. …

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Orbital

The bit Generations series, of which this is a member, is part of Nintendo’s mission to make games simpler. Not as simple we need though: it took us about a week to realise that pressing select lets you scroll freely around the level. The game only uses two other buttons. We have no excuse. Those …

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Monster House

Like the way a cheese burger is different from a normal burger – in that it contains a slice of processed cheese, and maybe some mystery sauce if you’re lucky – Monster House is a bit different from the usual rushed out licensed pap. For starters, it’s not another run, jump and collect the spinning …

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Miami Vice: The Game

Just like The Chronicles of Riddick, this movie tie-in has been created from the ground up for just one console – PSP here to Riddick’s Xbox. This lets the developers – Rebellion, in this case – utilise the strengths of the format in question, rather than hastily convert the lead version to as many consoles …

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Sol Divide

Over in the land of crispy fried schoolgirl socks and Hello Moggy, this 2D shooter from Psikyo was bundled together with the half-decent Dragon Blaze. This isn’t yet another one of our ‘Europe gets screwed again’ rants though – it turns out we’ve done alright this time round, with various import emporiums charging over £30 …

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Capcom Classics Collection Remixed

“Where the hell is Strider?” we wondered when reviewing Capcom Classics Collection on PlayStation 2 late last year. The answer, it would seem, was that it was being saved for this 20-strong portable compilation. Problem solved, then. But now we have another predicament: Street Fighter II and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts – which took pride of …

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Tekken: Dark Resurrection

Japanese Tekken fans haven’t been looking forward to this. Well, we’re sure that some of them have, but certainly not as many as you would expect. It’s all down to the host format – they believe that Tekken should either be played in an arcade with a sturdy joystick and a large screen perfect for …

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Dotstream

The presently Japan-only bit Generations series (to be known as the Digiluxe Series in North America) is the Game Boy Advance equivalent of the Nintendo DS’s Touch Generations, both offering easy to pick up games with intuitive controls. The difference with bit Generations is that they all have a minimalist retro-chic tone, coming on black …

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Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers

This sequel to one of the more involving war games of recent times didn’t get a dedicated news article on these hallowed pages when it was announced: instead we bundled it in with details of EA’s SSX on Tour. If we had to go back in time and give it its very own article, we’d …

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Dragon Blaze

There isn’t a polygon in sight, but that doesn’t stop Dragon Blaze from being one of the most charming 2D shooters in quite some time, with lots of colourful enemies, nicely rendered bosses and detailed backgrounds. The fantasy theme is welcome too, replacing the formulaic spaceships, robots, tanks and flying ninjas with crossbow-wielding bats, mutineer …

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Micro Machines V4

Micro Machines V3 was the last Micro Machines game from Codemasters, but it wasn’t the last title to feature the tiny toys – Atari had a stab at resurrecting the overhead racer with a multiformat offering back in 2002. The V4 at the end of the title of this long-time-coming continuation suggests that Codemasters are …

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Disney Pixar’s Cars

Rather than being farmed out to an unheard of development studio to knock out on the cheap, THQ handed the development rights to Cars over to Rainbow Studios, best known for the publisher’s own MX Unleashed and ATV: Off Road Fury titles. This makes perfect sense to us given the source material. A lack of …

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Homura

We may not know what Homura means, but we do know that this is another retro-styled shooter from 505 GameStreet, originally published by Taito in Japan and developed by the team behind Psyvariar. The original Psyvariar wasn’t up to much, with stupidly short levels and hackneyed bosses, but its sequel – not released outside of …

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Ultimate Fighting Championship

The first thing that will strike you in Ultimate Fighting Championship is the rather long introductory FMV sequence, which comprises of action taken from the real UFC. You will then notice that it is violent. Really violent. Not comedy grappling a la WWF – these people are punching and kicking (and almost anything else) the …

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Project Justice: Rival Schools 2

The idea behind Project Justice sounds like the type you might read in a “Your game ideas” section in a computer magazine. Teachers and pupils from rival schools band together and fight it out in 3D to uncover a mystery following a chain of events. Of course, only such an idea would come from the …

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