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A Look Back

Troy and James take a look back at one busy week.

By James Stevenson and Troy Roberts     September 20, 2004

What could this sim be thinking? Find out when you play THE SIMS 2.
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This week has been one of the busiest weeks for gaming in recent memory. With the releases of games like FABLE, SIMS 2, SLY 2 and SHELLSHOCK: NAM '67, there haven't been better weeks for gamers. But how do all of these games stack up? We offer an initial impression of each.




been one of those long awaited games, even before its current title and platform. While it isn't as open as MORROWIND, the game allows you to do things never before seen in a video game, with every action you perform relating to your overall character. Easily one of the best games of the year.


Honestly, I've never really been able to figure out what THE SIMS is all about. Still, millions of users can't be wrong. After a few hours of gameplay, THE SIMS 2 really is an addicting game. It brings some new stuff to THE SIMS series, but it also does lack a bit of what made the original a hit. But, then again, what is missing will surely be made up in a plethora of expansion packs.


SLY 2: BAND OF THIEVES really does cement itself as one of the best holiday titles to own this year. I know this because I've already reviewed the game and it's a joy to play. If you like games that are pure and simple unadulterated fun, SLY 2 is one of the best bets of the week.


There was a lot of hype surrounding SHELLSHOCK: NAM '67, but it turns out to be mostly unfounded. There was supposed to be character growth in the game, but apparently that feature only made the box and not the cut. Make like the Kerry campaign and stop talking about 'Nam.


SquareEnix announced the official title for the new FINAL FANTASY VII spin-off, DIRGE OF CERBERUS: FINAL FANTASY VII...MATRIX ONLINE will be released on January 18, 2005...HALF-LIFE 2 has been submitted to VU Games for approval before going gold...The new LEISURE SUIT LARRY game, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, has gone gold and will be released during the first week of October...



What could this sim be thinking? Find out when you play THE SIMS 2.

shelves this week is the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD. Yes, we view it as more important than any game on the market.Oh, but you want to know what games to play? For you dance freaks out there DDR: EXTREME is released with EyeToy support to make it even more challenging. DEF JAM: FIGHT FOR NY continues the rapper/wrestler line of games from EA. FINAL FANTASY XI picks up its first expansion: CHAINS OF PROMATHIA. Speaking of PC games, MYST returns with MYST IV REVELATION. Another killer PC game next week will be ROME: TOTAL WAR, this one looks awesome. EA releases NHL 2005, which is funny considering that there may not be an NHL season in 2005. For those of you who are looking to pick up the STAR WARS TRILOGY, you might also look at getting STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT to get some BATTLEFIELD style action with Star Wars. TIGER WOODS hits the links again, and X-MEN LEGENDS is a great beat-em up with some awesome RPG character growth and four-player co-op. Finally, GBA users can get some F-ZERO lovin with F-ZERO: LEGENDS. So many games to play....

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