New EGM Review Scores!

I shall do this every month just for the hell of it. :wink:

Game of the Month: Project Gotham Racing 2 b[/b]

MULTIPLATFORM GAMES

True Crime Streets of L.A. (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 6.5, 9.5, 5.5
Good: Superaccurate City of Angels
Bad: You’ll solve this crime all too quickly.
Celeb Cast: Michelle Rodriguez and Christopher Walken

Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 4.5, 6.0, 4.0
Good: Fools be gettin’ sliced
Bad: No difficulty setting? WTF?
Dumb: Skeleton straight outta D&D’s Monster Manual

Secret Weapons Over Normandy (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 7.5, 6.5, 5.0
Good: Top-flight graphics and presentation
Bad: Some confounding missions
From the Guy Behind: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter on PC

Crash Nitro Kart (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 5.5, 6.0, 5.5
Good: Controls well enough
Bad: Multiplayer modes lack intensity
Crash: And burn

Spawn: Armageddon (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 5.0, 6.0, 3.5
Good: Better then the PS1 Spawn game
Bad: Dull graphics and derivative gameplay
Fear: Laughable enemies, like Bullydozer

Tony Hawk’s Underground Online (PS2 Only)(PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 9.0, 9.0, 10
Good: Story mode starring you
Bad: Still same old Hawk formula
Skate: Or die trying

ESPN Collage Hoops Online(PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 6.5, 7.5, 6.5
Good: Deep recruiting system
Bad: Plays too much like a NBA game
Fun: Trying out the mascot team

NCAA March Madness 2004 Online (PS2 Only) (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 8.0, 8.0, 8.0
Good: Plays exactly like a collage b-ball game should
Bad: Graphics fail to impress
Loudest Arena: Syracuse’s Carrier Dome

Need for Speed: Underground Online (PS2 Only)(PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 8.5, 8.5, 9.0
Good: Stunning visual effects
Bad: Recycled tracks can get repetitive
Crying Shame: No whistle-tip mufflers

Battlestar Galactica (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 6.0, 6.0, 5.5
Good: Better visual effects then the old show
Bad: Frustrating mission objectives
Where Oh Where Is: That damn robodog?

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 8.0, 6.0, 4.5
Good: Lots of variety between missions. And very addictive
Bad: Might be too simplified for some stratagy fans
Best Advanced Unit: Giant spiked hammer ball!

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun Online (PS2 Only) (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 5.5, 5.0, 5.5
Good: Some exciting cinematic moments, great soundtrack
Bad: Laughable enemy A.I., muddy graphics
More Bad: Enemies and friends look alike, grenades too weak

The Hobbit (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 6.5, 5.0, 7.0
Good: Clever puzzles
Bad: Blah fetch-the-item quests
Mood Music: Lenard Nimoy’s “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” (click)

R: Racing Evolution (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 6.5, 6.0, 4.5
Good: The cars look great
Bad: Slow, plodding game progression
Feels like: Driving on ice

Midway Arcade Tresures (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 8.5, 7.5, 8.5
Good: Most of the classics on this 20-game roster
Bad: Little kids who can’t understand why Robotron rules
Go Ahead, Show Off: On Hight Score Live (though Xbox Live)

Whiplash (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 7.0, 6.0, 8.0
Good: Top-notch physical humor
Bad: Confusing level lay-outs
Also Known As: Jak and Daxter’s Bondage Adventure

Legacy of Kain: Defiance (PS2, Xbox)
Scores: 7.5, 8.0, 7.0
Good: Apocalyptic vampire wastelands never looked so good
Bad: Dodgy camera, not enough enemy types
Unreasolved Issue: Why Raziel wears a poncho… but no pants.

The Sims: Bustin’ Out (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Scores: 9.0, 8.5, 9.0
Good: New unlockables spice up the Story and Free Play modes
Bad: Your sim missing the bus to work… by ONE minute
We’re So Glad: Sims with cars = Sims driving minigames

PLAYSTATION 2

King of the Fighters 2000 & 2001
Scores: 5.5, 5.0, 7.5
Good: King of the Fighters 2000
Bad: King of the Fighters 2001
Anime Alert: K9999’s voice actor also played Tetsuo in Akira

Final Fantasy X-2
Scores: 8.5, 9.5, 9.5
Good: Cool new battle and job systems
Bad: Tons of graphics reused from FFX
Hottest Outfit: Lady Luck, the scantily clad gambler. Rrrowr!

Kya: Dark Lineage
Scores: 6.5, 6.0, 5.0
Good: Nice blend of gameplay elements
Bad: Unintuitive town layout
Now She’s Free: Free-fallllllling

Dragonball Z: Budokai 2
Scores: 5.5, 5.0, 5.0
Good: The toon-shaded visuals look fantastic
Bad: Easy to get bored with board-game gameplay
Worst Idea Ever: Get rid of the episodic style of Budokai 1

WWE Smackdown! Here Comes the Pain
Scores: 7.5, 8.0. 7.0
Good: Nice, fast action
Bad: Still plays like every other wrestling game
Best Addition: Bra and Panties match

Monster Rancher 4
Scores:5.5, 7.0, 6.5
Good: You raise 5 monsters at once!
Bad: Too easy, lack of variety
Makes Us Want: A real Pokemon for consoles, already

XBOX

Magic: The Gathering: Battlegrounds Online
Scores: 4.0, 4.5, 4.0
Good: A nice adaptation of the card game
Bad: CPU opponents are nightmarishly good
Voice Actors Attended: The Keanu Reeves School of Acting

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3 Online
Scores: 9.0, 7.5, 9.0
Good: Fantastic level design and comsummate realism
Bad: Enemies and allies could be a few IQ points smarter
Toughest Part: Not shooting your teamates

Drake *Shame of the Month
Scores: 2.0, 0.5, 2.5
Good: It’s over quickly, thankfully
Bad: Terrible controls, camera, level design
No, Seriously, You Guys: It is bad

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge Online
Scores: 9.0, 9.0, 8.5
Good: Ace Control
Bad: Longish loading times
For a Kooky Online Twist: Play with gyros only

Project Gotham Racing 2 Online Game of the Month
Scores: 9.5, 9.5, 9.5
Good: Just about everything
Bad: A.I. cars have a death wish
Second Ugliest Word in the English Language: Kudo

NBA Inside Drive 2004 Online
Scores: 6.0, 7.5, 6.5
Good: Low-post moves
Bad: Little inovation
Increase: The difficulty. The default setting is a joke

Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix Online
Scores: 8.5, 8.0, 7.0
Good: Online play and downloadable songs
Bad: Number of previously used songs may bore seasoned vets
Only Cheaters: Use the control pad when playing online

Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Scores: 5.5, 4.0, 4.5
Good: High production value
Bad: Far too repetitive
Voiceover Work Provided By: A special-ed class

Armed and Dangerous
Scores: 6.5, 7.0, 8.0
Good: Unique and useful weapons
Bad: Too many repeated mission objectives
Get This: The robot!?!?!?! He likes to drink tea! How crazy!

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy Online
Scores: 6.0, 6.5, 3.0
Good: Multiplayer modes
Bad: Haphazard lightsaber battles
Not a Surprise: Another Hoth level in a Star Wars game

NHL Rivals 2004 Online
Scores: 3.5, 4.0, 6.5
Good: Decent graphics
Bad: Totally broken gameplay
Save Your Money: And buy ESPN NHL Hockey

GAMECUBE

1080 Avalanche
Scores: 7.5, 7.0, 5.5
Good: Lots of shortcuts and great sense of speed
Bad: The trickiest tricks system we’ve ever tried tricking
Bye Bye Birdy: Use the normal controller and feel the rumble

Mario Party 5
Scores: 8.0, 8.0, 8.0
Good: New modes that don’t fit the Mario Party mold
Bad: The new stages are lifeless, but…
Do-It-Yourself: …now, you customize them as you play

Go! Go! Hyperground
Scores: 6.0, 5.0, 3.5
Good: Got that Spumco (Ren & Stimpy) spunk
Bad: It’s no Tony Hawk
Most Disturbingly Phallic Character Ever: The Johnson Bros.

Gotcha Force
Scores: 7.0, 5.0, 5.0
Good: Addictive, fast paced fighting
Bad: Gets old quickly
Feels like: Virtua On meets Pokemon

Pac-Man Vs.
Scores: 8.0, 7.5, 9.0
Good: Fun, simple, and addictive
Bad: Mario’s overly dramatic commentary
Available Free With: Pac-Man World 2 and R: Racing Evolution

GAMEBOY ADVANCE

Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
Scores: 9.0, 8.5, 9.0
Good: Exciting combat, great sense of humor
Bad: A slow underwater sequence and single fetch quest
Cameos From: Dr. Mario, Mario RPG, Luigi’s Mansion, and more

Dragonball Z: Taiketsu
Scores: 5.5, 4.0, 3.5
Good: Large characters for a handheld fighter
Bad: Not deep enough for a serious fighter
Japanese 101: “Taiketsu” means “confrontation”

The Sims: Bustin’ Out
Scores: 8.0, 5.0, 8.0
Good: Simply compelling
Bad: No Simlish?
If You Dream You’re a Sim: Take a break

Shining Soul II
Scores: 7.5, 7.0, 7.0
Good: Lots of items and ways to build up your character
Bad: Combat a bit repeatitive
Fixed: You can save anywhere this time!

Best Addition: Bra and Panties match
Not really, the lack of CAWs in it kind of ruins the fun. It’s still fun to play with your friends though.

Thanx for the info.I may buying some of those games in the near future.:cool:

Man, is it just me, or do critics just seem to HATE Legacy of Kain: Defiance? Gamespot even rated it lower than Blood Omen 2 (which is impossible by ANY standards). I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet (it’s on my Christmas list, so I’m refraining from renting or buying it until after Christmas), but I doubt it can suck as much as everyone says it does.

Yeah, I don’t know why it’s getting panned so much.
The previews made it sound like the greatest LoK ever, then the reviews came…

What is it with you and c/ping articles? :stuck_out_tongue:

DEfinace sucks? Well that’s just ruined my expectations, and

NOT MORE SIMS!

They, I wrote this intire thing by hand!
I should be gettin’ some prespect.

Fetch me a toolshead for I am hungry!

I use www.gamerankings.com myself, but thanks for the info =)

Gamerankings is a good site.
They put all the scores the game got into a percentage.

Originally posted by Gizamaluke7377
They, I wrote this intire thing by hand!
I should be gettin’ some prespect.

Fetch me a toolshead for I am hungry!

Family Guy reference! :o

Originally posted by Steve
Family Guy reference! :o

What the deuce are talking about? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

It’s something from Family Guy.
Meg says that they can’t leave Peter alone in the house because last time they did, he turned it into a puppet.
Then it changes scenes to the outside of the house with Peter inside with a megaphone.
He pulls a few strings and says “Hey… hey! You better not come in here! This is the Gryphon house! Fetch me a toolshed, for I am hungry!”
Freakin’ hilarious.

Originally posted by Steve
It’s something from Family Guy.
Meg says that they can’t leave Peter alone in the house because last time they did, he turned it into a puppet.
Then it changes scenes to the outside of the house with Peter inside with a megaphone.
He pulls a few strings and says “Hey… hey! You better not come in here! This is the Gryphon house! Fetch me a toolshed, for I am hungry!”
Freakin’ hilarious.

Yes, I know.
I was jokin’, gansta. Ya dig?

And it’s Griffin’s, not Gryphon’s.

“Holy crip, he’s a crapple!”

Project gotham got GoTM? What the fuck?

Originally posted by Devillion
Project gotham got GoTM? What the fuck?

Why WTF?
It’s a BITCHIN’ game!

I liked Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. I also bought it for pc though, which makes a pretty big difference if you ask me.

Originally posted by Gizamaluke7377
Why WTF?
It’s a BITCHIN’ game!

But nowhere near as bitchin as Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga…

Originally posted by Devillion
But nowhere near as bitchin as Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga…

Oh yes it is, and better!