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By SCOTT STEINLE

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 9, 2002


FireBlade

FireBlade

System: PlayStation 2

Company: Midway

Price: $49.99

Rating: Teen

This game came out at the perfect time. It is about an antiterrorist military organization called FireBlade. The point of the game: kill terrorists popping up around the globe.

The vehicles of destruction are decked-out stealth helicopters. They are equipped with a variety of weapons, including miniguns, rockets, homing missiles and sniper rifles. There are different modes of flying, including stealth and turbo. You can choose from two helicopters, the Vendetta attack chopper or a carrier chopper, which you can upgrade with turbos. There are 18 missions in four campaigns, which get much harder as you go.

The controls in FireBlade leave a little to be desired. They require the use of both analog sticks and can be somewhat difficult when careful flying or shooting is required.

The graphics in FireBlade are not up to PS 2 standards. They are closer to PS 1 graphics.

But flying is always fun, so you'll have a good time playing this game. Boosters and cool weapons make it even better.

Grade: B-

Legion: Legend of Excalibur

System: PlayStation 2

Company: Midway

Price: $49.99

Rating: Mature

Legion: Legend of Excalibur is a game about King Arthur and the knights of the round table and their adventures in Camelot. The game play is great. As you recruit different characters (including Guinevere, Lancelot and Merlin), you have the option of playing as one of them instead of Arthur. Along the way you can acquire magic rings, amulets, spells and weapons, including King Arthur's famous sword, Excalibur.

The fighting can be intense when you and your party are swarmed by hordes of enemies and you try to protect innocent bystanders. You fight by using combo attacks, and the more successful you are, the stronger your attacks will be.

There are 13 rather long missions to protect Camelot from evil. The missions increase in difficulty, even though you gather more allies as you progress.

The graphics in Legion's opening scenes are outstanding, but the game graphics are only mediocre.

This game is rated mature for some violent, bloody scenes and may not be appropriate for very young players. There are also some partly clothed female characters.

All in all, Legion: Legend of Excalibur is a game that is worthy of its maker, Midway.

Grade: B

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