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Video game reviews

By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 15, 2001


FIFA 2001

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: EASports

PRICE: $49.99

FIFA makes an impressive debut for the PS2. Graphically, the lighting effects are excellent, and the game play is smooth and multifaceted. Dozens of teams from the world's best soccer leagues, including MLS, ice the cake.

Grade: A-

Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

MAKER: THQ

PRICE: $49.99

Scooby looks just like the cartoon and follows the format of the cartoons, with lots of humor and voice samples. There isn't much to do besides look for items and run from villains, but kids should love it.

Grade: B-

Blue's Clues: Blue's Alphabet Book

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color

MAKER: Mattel Interactive

PRICE: $29.99

This game is strictly for little ones who need practice on their ABCs. Blue's Alphabet Book emphasizes recognition of letters and spelling small words and, of course, features Blue and her friends.

Grade: B

Max Steel

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

MAKER: Mattel Interactive

PRICE: $44.99

This one is your typical run-jump-and-explore action game, with solid looks and control. Max has a few cool weapons and super powers at his disposal, but more innovation would have been nice.

Grade: C+

Final Fantasy IX

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Squaresoft

PRICE: $39.99

The final Final Fantasy for the PlayStation is perfect for players who love role-playing games. It has likable characters, an old-fashioned fantasy story line and good looks and sound. It may not be revolutionary, but it satisfies nonetheless.

Grade: A

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

MAKER: Nintendo

PRICE: $49.99

Can I give a game an A++? The second Zelda for the Nintendo 64 is the best experience to be found on any system. Majora's Mask takes place over three days, but players can travel back in time and replay those days over and over. And as usual, the puzzles and subquests are brilliant.

Grade: A+

- Robb Guido is an avid gamer who lives in Tampa.

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