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By ROBB GUIDO, Times correspondent

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 3, 2000

NHL Championship 2000

  • PlayStation
  • $39.99
  • Fox Sports Interactive

A little late in the season, Fox Sports Interactive debuts its first hockey game. It is solid, if not a champion. NHL Championship gives players control over every aspect of their team, including trades and coaching strategies. On-ice action could be faster and graphics are low res, but you have to like Fox's presentation. Grade: B-

Knockout Kings 2000

  • Nintendo 64
  • $49.99
  • EASports

What's this? An N64 sports game that's actually better than its PlayStation counterpart? The difference in graphics is like night and day, plus the action is quicker. The only problem is that neither EASports boxing game beats Contender or Ready to Rumble. Grade: B-

Slave Zero

  • Dreamcast
  • $49.99
  • Infogrames

Slave Zero is similar to first-person shooters such as Doom in that the control scheme is the same. One difference: Slave Zero uses a third-person view to follow this giant robot romp through a futuristic city. It is a cool concept that would have been cooler if it involved more than shooting. Grade: B-

Flag to Flag

  • Dreamcast
  • $49.99
  • SegaSports

Sega's original racer has 27 drivers from CART teams, including Al Unser Jr., as well as 19 road, oval and street courses. Graphically, this game captures the sport, but the game play is unexciting. Grade: C

TNN Hardcore Heat

  • Dreamcast
  • $49.99
  • ASC Games

Dune buggies and monster trucks compete in off-road environments with mixed results. Hardcore Heat definitely has the looks, but like other Dreamcast racers, it's painfully uneventful. Being able to customize your vehicle is nice, but more extreme action would have been nicer. Grade: C+

Trick'n Snowboarder

  • PlayStation
  • $39.99
  • Capcom

Imagine yourself in your own snowboarding video. Not likely? Well, Trick'n Snowboarder makes it possible as you take to the slopes of Switzerland, Japan and Alaska. Unlike other snowboarding games, this one concentrates on tricks and even has a story mode, where you make that video. The trick system needs to get a little better, however, before it can take on Cool Boarders. Grade: C+

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