February EGM Review Scores: Reviews for Max Payne 2, Sonic Heroes, Maximo 2, and more

Once again, I bring you this month’s EGM scores.
All I have to say is: Low Scores, Galore.

Max Payne 2 (PS2,Xbox)


Max Payne 2 (PS2, Xbox) Silver AwardGame of the Month
“He can even dodge the sophomore slump”
Genre: Action/3rd Person Shooter
Scores: 8.0, 8.0, 8.5
Good: Top-notch Voice Acting
Bad: Too many instant-death situations
Possibly the First: Nongratuitous sex scene in a game

Spy Hunter 2 (PS2, Xbox, GC)
“Tie up the hounds, call off the hunt”
Genre: Driving/Racing
Scores: 4.0, 5.0, 6.0
Good: Boy, we’ll get back to you on that
Bad: Graphics, level design, gameplay, and fundamental concept
Percentage of All Spies Who Are British: 90

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machnes (PS2, Xbox)
“No need to come back, Arnold”
Genre: Action/First-Person Shooter
Scores: 3.5, 3.5, 2.0
Good: Missions that expand T3’s story line
Bad: Uneventful fistcuffs with the Terminatrix
On the Disc: A demo up upcoming Terminator 3: Redemption

Sonic Heroes (PS2, Xbox, GC)
“We can be heroes”
Genre: Platformer
Scores: 8.0, 6.0, 6.0
Good: Fantastic visuals, Creative levels
Bad: Touchy controls, steep difficulty curve
Coolest Character: Anyone but Vector the Crocodile (Gizzy’s Note: Personally I like Vector)

Mission: Impossible: Operation Surma (PS2, Xbox)
“It’s not only possible, but also pretty entertaining”
Genre: 3rd Person Action/Adventure
Scores: 6.5, 6.5, 6.0
Good: The high-wire sneaking scenes were tense and fun
Bad: Clunky shooting sequences
No Sign of: Tom Cruise

Monster 4X4: Masters of Metal (PS2, GC)
“Redneck rampage”
Genre: Racing Action
Scores: 4.5, 4.5, 6.0
Good: Terrific
Bad: Camera goes wonkey when trucks collide
Mullets: Not included

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II (PS2, Xbox)
“Wine, wenches, and warhammers”
Genre: Action RPG
Scores: 7.0, 4.5, 5.0
Good: Smiting monster hordes is oddly addictive
Bad: It’s basically the same game over again
Want Online?: Then hold out for [i]Champions of Norrath/i


Maximo vs. Army of Zin
“Not quite as charming the second time”
Genre: Action/Adventure
Scores: 6.0, 6.0, 8.0
Good: Tight controll, good music
Bad: Repetitive levels, dull visuals
We Still Want: A side-scrolling Maximo game for GBA

American Idol Shame of the Month
“Quite frankly, it’s crap”
Genre: Music
Scores: 1.5, 2.0, 1.0
Good: Three different voices to choose from!
Bad: All the parts with music
Also Bad: All the parts with the graphics

Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
“Join the poltergeist paparazzi!”
Genre: Adventure
Scores: 7.5, 7.5, 6.5
Good: Phantasmagoric puzzles
Bad: Repetitive puzzles
Soon to Be a: Major motion picture

“It’s raining… dead men”
Genre: Action
Scores: 7.0, 6.5, 7.0
Good: Killer atmosphere. Har har
Bad: Lots of slow paced sneaking and hiding
Finally: Another game besides GTA to blame for societies ills

Everquest Online Adventures: Frontiers Online
“On empty servers, no one can hear you scream”
Genre: RPG
Scores: 6.5, 6.0, 7.0
Good: High-level characters will dig the new horizons
Bad: The drudgery it takes to get all those levels
Includes: Full version of the original Everquest Online Adventures

Low Rider
“The lowdown on lowmobling”
Genre: Driving Action
Scores: 5.0, 5.5, 2.0
Good: Unintentionally funny
Bad: Not much gameplay, really
Best Played On: An in-dash PS2

.hack Part 4: QUARANTINE
“It’s finally over!”
Genre: RPG
Scores: 6.5, 4.0, 8.0
Good: Engaging story, lots of bonuses after finishing
Bad: Exploration and fighting are just plain dull
Prerequisites: .hack parts 1-3


“This turkey”
Genre: Racing
Scores: 5.0, 6.5, 6.5
Good: At 20 dollars, it’s dirt cheap…
Bad: …but you get what you payed for
The Game Came: From outta nowhere

Deus Ex: Invisible War Silver Award
“Knights of the New Republic”
Genre: First-Person Shooter/RPG
Scores: 8.0, 9.0, 7.0
Good: Much to see and do. And pick up and throw
Bad: Long…loading…times…
For Fans of: The Shadowrun games for Super NES and Genesis

“Less of a strike, more of a hit-by-pitch”
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Scores: 5.0, 5.0, 7.0
Good: Smooth controls
Bad: A paltry 2 play modes.
Play Instead: Rainbow Six 3


Pokemon Channel
“57 channels and nothin’ on”
Genre: Virtual Pet
Scores: 3.5, 2.0, 6.0
Good: Pikachu’s a cute li’l bastard
Bad: Watching the Pichu Bros. animated short over and over
Use to: Keep little brother busy while you play something else


Sword of Mana
“A little rusty after all these years”
Genre: RPG
Scores: 6.5, 6.5, 5.0
Good: Lush visuals
Bad: Unclear objectives, poor A.I.
Remake of: Final Fantasy Adventure for the old-school Gameboy

Yu Yu Hakusho: Sprit Detective
“How to misuse a lucrative anime license”
Genre: Action/Adventure
Scores: 2.0, 1.5, 3.0
Good: Follows the show’s opening saga
Bad: Boring, repetitive, nonsensical gameplay
WTF: Apartments with dozens of identical rooms

Max Payne
“Bullet time in your back pocket”
Genre: Action
Scores: 7.0, 7.0, 8.0
Good: Spoken dialogue on GBA!
Bad: Far to difficult in parts
Quote: “Twilight crawled across the sky laden with foreboding.”

If I wanted EGM review scores, I’d read EGM.

What Sorc said.

Well if you dont want them, don’t click on the topic.
Simple as that.

<img src=“http://www.rpgclassics.com/staff/tenchimaru/td.gif”> Or go with the idea I posted in your last game score whatever thread, and just stick the things in your sig. A lot of people seem to dislike the threads.

Originally posted by Tenchimaru Draconis
<img src=“http://www.rpgclassics.com/staff/tenchimaru/td.gif”> Or go with the idea I posted in your last game score whatever thread, and just stick the things in your sig. A lot of people seem to dislike the threads.

What do you mean “Stick it in my sig”?
It seems a tad big to go in my sig.

Your’ sigs already large as it is. Not as large as some people’s, but large nonetheless. And without linebreaks, you could fit the scores in your’ sig easily, provided you made room for it.

Your sig’s already a tad crowded.

Anyway, if I had my way and all threads like these kept coming back, there’d be a lot less action on the boards. So quit all your whining.

Or, I could click on the topic, not read anything that you said, and make a post. Which is what I did.

Originally posted by Gizamaluke
What do you mean “Stick it in my sig”?
It seems a tad big to go in my sig.

As in post a link to it in your sig you fuckwit. And if people give a fuck, and most of us won’t, they’ll click it.

I figured this out:
The less I read EGM/gaming magazines
The more I like video games

Sorc, Orian, you’re warned. Especially you Orian, that language was uncalled for.