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© St. Petersburg Times, published May 1, 2000

SaGa Frontier 2

  • SYSTEM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Squaresoft

The market has been absolutely flooded with role-playing games the past few years, but this is one of the better ones. The graphics are hand drawn and painted, as opposed to computer generated. But unless you love the genre, you'll want to wait for Wild Arms 2. GRADE: B-

Alundra 2

  • SYSTEM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Activision

The action-slanted nature of this role-playing game makes it a better pickup for players who like to keep things moving. Graphically, this one is impressive and probably pushes the PlayStation to its limits. Plus, the puzzles are fun too. GRADE: B+

SimTheme Park

  • SYSTEM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Bullfrog

SimTheme Park resembles every other Sim game out there, with you taking charge of an amusement park, building the rides, shops and bathrooms and placing security cameras and trash cans. It's all about money management and keeping the patrons happy, without getting them too sick on the rides. GRADE: C+

Front Mission 3

  • SYSTEM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: Squaresoft

A Japanese-oriented game, Front Mission 3 involves duking it out with giant robots in strategy-heavy battles. If you like turn-based games where you have to think to win, and you don't mind the foreign dialog, this one's for you. GRADE: B

Syphon Filter 2

  • SYSTEM: PlayStation
  • PRICE: $39.99
  • COMPANY: 989 Studios

The first Syphon Filter was a marvel in terms of mixing action and espionage, and this one expands things even more. Instead of taking place around Washington, Gabe Logan takes his act outside the country. You can even play as Lian Xing, a supporting character in the original. GRADE: A-

Plasma Sword

  • SYSTEM: Dreamcast
  • PRICE: 49.99
  • COMPANY: Capcom

This fighting game gives you 22 futuristic fighters, armed with one of many weapons ranging from light sabers to axes and plasma guns. While entertaining, it really doesn't add anything new to a genre stuffed to capacity. GRADE: B-

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

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