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By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 22, 2001


Tiger Woods Golf

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: EASports

PRICE: $39.99

Not only are the graphics awful in this game, but the ball bounces as if the courses are made of Astroturf. Looks like Tiger's ready for the PlayStation 2.

Grade: D

WWF No Mercy

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

MAKER: THQ

PRICE: $49.99

This wrestling game has 65 brawlers and just about every conceivable match option, including a ladder match, to go with highly interactive backstage areas. One drawback: Some serious slowdown results when the action heats up.

Grade: B+

Real Pool

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: Infogrames

PRICE: $49.99

Not only does this game offer a solid game of pool and carom, but players will be challenged by dozens of wacky puzzles on strangely shaped pool tables.

Grade: A-

Q-Ball

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: Take 2 Interactive

PRICE: $49.99

In addition to straight pool, Q-Ball offers several gimmick games such as Bowliard and panel bingo. It's good, but Real Pool is better.

Grade: B

WCW Backstage Assault

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: EASports

PRICE: $39.99

Wrestling action frequently spills outside the ring and into backstage areas, but this is ridiculous. The action starts and ends out of bounds and leaves the ring out completely. Other wrestling games include the ring and just as many backstage zones, and they have better graphics.

Grade: D-

You Don't Know Jack: Mock 2

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Sierra

PRICE: $39.99

Jack makes a great party game, provided those who buy it have three controllers and a Mutitap for plugging them in. The questions are fast and funny, but it's no fun alone and the humor is not for preteens.

Grade: B-

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

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