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By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 28, 2000


Crazy Taxi

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • COMPANY: Sega

Arcade-perfect in every way, this game fits its name to a "T." Deliver passengers to the goal, pulling off tricks and mowing down obstacles in the process. There are even added mini games. Grade: B+

Zombie's Revenge

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • COMPANY: Sega

It's House of the Dead meets Resident Evil in this shoot-the-zombies mission. Great graphics and sounds cannot disguise this game's mindless nature, though it still comes off as fun. Grade: B-

Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • COMPANY: Activision

The second Vigilante 8 was great for the PlayStation but is merely good for the Dreamcast because of looser controls. Still, the premise of vehicular combat across eight U.S. locales remains unchanged. Grade: C+

Fighting Force 2

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • COMPANY: Eidos

In the not-so-distant future, one man uses brute strength to crush a string of evil research and development facilities. This fighting adventure is for fans of Duke Nukem and the like, though this mercenary seems to prefer hand-to-hand combat as much as the armed kind. Grade: B-

Fighting Force 2

  • PLATFORM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Eidos

Better control than its Dreamcast brother makes a world of difference here. Now you can position yourself more easily for battling bad guys, for jumping and for climbing. Surprisingly, there isn't a big drop-off from the Dreamcast version in terms of graphics. Grade: B

Wild Metal

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • COMPANY: Rockstar

Ever envisioned Mario Kart's two-player battle mode with tanks? That's the best way to describe Wild Metal, a kill-or-be-killed face-off over three expansive terrains. While it can be fun between friends, this metal loses its luster when played alone. Grade: C+

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