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By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 10, 2000


NHL Rock the Rink

  • PLATFORM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: EA Sports

Sure, hockey is a violent game, but EA has taken things to the extreme with this one. Tornado shots, high-speed bonuses and crushing hits highlight this 3-on-3 arcade-style sports game featuring real and make-believe teams. First one to 5 wins. Grade: B+

NASCAR Rumble

  • PLATFORM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: EA Sports

Think NASCAR is boring? Well, this version definitely is not. First, choose one of more than 30 cars and trucks of racing pros such as Jeff Gordon, then go crazy on 18 tracks, collecting power-ups and turning other cars upside down and inside out with shields, twisters and sonic booms. It's just wild. Grade: A

ChuChu Rocket

  • PLATFORM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: $29.99
  • COMPANY: Sega

The first online game for Dreamcast is simple, yet insanely addictive. Direct mice toward your rocket with colored directional tiles, trying to one-up other players while watching out for cats. It sounds weird but almost everyone will love it. Grade: A

Virtua Striker 2

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

Soccer strikes Dreamcast, and while this one is not bad, the stiff controls leave much to be desired. Still, it is the first and only soccer game for the system, and as such, fans should check it out. Grade: B-

Roadsters

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

Awesome graphics are the only thing that separates this game from the other racers out there. While this ragtop romp through exotic locales may be fine for Dreamcast, it can't compare with the PlayStation's best. Grade: C

Barbie Super Sports

  • PLATFORM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Mattel Media

Dress Barbie and her friends before taking them snowboarding or inline skating in this deadly dull game aimed at girls. Younger lasses may get a kick out of seeing their favorite doll brought to life, but that's about it. Try buying your daughter Pokemon Stadium or ChuChu Rocket. Grade: D

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

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