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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Updates and Game Reviews

The latest edition of my "Spoiling the Illusion" column is up. Also some thoughts on IWGP Champion Hiroyoshi Tenzan's upcoming title defences and ZERO-ONE's HUSTLE-2 show. Check it out and let me know what you guys think.

PS2 Game Review: The Simpsons - Hit and Run
The latest GTA3 rip-off and probably the best Simpsons game ever. Springfield is in trouble and it's up to the Simpsons family (and Apu) to save the day! You play through 7 levels with 7 missions in each. You get to play as either Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa or Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu throughout the game as you race around to accomplish the objectives set before you.
The game itself is easy to pick up and play. Most missions find you dashing back and forth from location to location to complete various objectives. I found the missions for each level are actually just repeats of the previous with a few small twists (Like the challenges on every season of Survivor). The difficulty of the game starts out easy enough, but progresses to annoyingly difficult levels. I really hate it in any game where when your racing the clock, traffic on the road has a tendancy to either just cut into your lane, or come to a dead-halt right in front of you!
Most missions can be finished in a few tries, others might take longer.
So I finished the game. Should I play through it again? Only if you want to unlock all the hidden stuff in the game and get 100% game completion. On the other hand, some might not want to play through the more difficult missions again, cause they really can get annoying. Me? I'm moving on to something else.
Graphics - 8
Sound - 7
Gameplay - 7
Lifespan - 6
Overall - 7

PS2 Game Review: Hyper Street Fighter II: Anniversary Edition
Anybody who knows fighting games, knows it was all started by Capcom's Street Fighter II. Now, on it's 15-year anniversary, Capcom is releasing a collection said to have every version of SFII ever released all in one game. This can be one big misinterpretation as the game is really just Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge, but with the option to play as Street Fighters from the previous games with their previous abilities, against the SF2X game! Like many others probably were, I was hoping that there actually were different game modes where I could re-live the glory of old Street Fighter 2 classics like Turbo or the original World Warrior game. Instead, I'm stuck using a very limited Ryu against a combo cheap Ken that has a super-meter! They should have done what they did with the original Street Fighter Collection that came out on the original Playstation and Sega Saturn, it gave you the choice of either playing Super Street Fighter or Super Street Fighter 2 X. This is what should have been done here instead of lumping it all into one game.
The real big plus here is that in the bonus section of the game, it includes the COMPLETE Street Fighter II Animated Movie! However, I did notice that Chun Li's shower scene was cut out XO
This game would most probably appeal to die-hard Street Fighter fans and fans of old-school 2D fighters like myself. When I first read the review for the original Street Fighter 2 game for SNES in Mean Machines magazine over a decade ago, they said this was a game that people would still be playing 10-years after it was released. Now more than a decade later, that still seems to be the case.
Graphics - 7
Sound - 9
Gameplay - 6
Lifespan - 6
Overall - 7


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