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Video Game Reviews

By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 19, 2001


Driving Emotion Type-S

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: Squaresoft

PRICE: $49.99

Squaresoft, known more for its role-playing games, scored an impressive number of licensed cars for this one, including models from Ferrari and Porsche. Other than this, however, Type-S won't overwhelm race fans.

Grade: C+

ATV Offroad Fury

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: Sony

PRICE: $49.99

Sony has finally delivered a top-notch game with this ATV racer. There's more to this one than just going around the tracks, and that means big jumps. Still, it loses points for being just another racing game.

Grade: B+

Metropolis Street Racer

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

MAKER: Sega

PRICE: $49.99

Now this is a racing game. Most racers have just a few courses for players to navigate, but this one gives players access to more than 200 real-life routes in Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Talk about a fun tour.

Grade: B+

Paper Mario

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

MAKER: Nintendo

PRICE: $49.99

Despite its overcuteness, Paper Mario is an extremely addictive hybrid, which combines turn-based battles with traditional Mario action that keeps players involved. Even Paper Mario's odd paper-thin looks won me over.

Grade: A-

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

MAKER: Ubi Soft

PRICE: $39.99

Ubi Soft tries to bring a hipper Batman to Nintendo 64, but the result is hardly fresh. It's nice to switch between different Bat-suits, but the incessant beat-'em-up action made me want to reach for the Bat-spray.

Grade: C-

Sega Smash Pack

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $29.99

MAKER: Sega

Popping in the Sega Smash Pack brought back a lot of memories. Unfortunately, they were tarnished by a rather stale collection of old games. Columns and Sonic the Hedgehog are pretty much the only two titles I'd spend time with.

Grade: C+

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

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