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What's on tap for players
By ROBB GUIDO
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 12, 2000
Summer is a slow time for video games for good reason: Who wants to stay inside when you can go out and play?
But just in case it rains, players can look forward to a few hot titles.
Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color
The most notable choices for summer come from Nintendo. If you haven't bought a Nintendo 64 or Game Boy Color yet, now is a great time. Players can expect an onslaught of high-profile titles in the fall and winter, including the hilarious but mature-rated Conker's Bad Fur Day, Dinosaur Planet, Zelda: Majora's Mask, and, of course, Pokemon Gold and Silver.
Players can look forward to these N64 titles:
Sega is the company to watch over the next couple of months, but players will have to wait for its biggest releases. Jet Grind Radio, a rollerblading and graffiti funfest, as well as Shenmue, the role-playing game to end all role-playing game, won't arrive until the holidays. In the meantime, there are a couple top-flight games to keep Dreamcast players happy:
* World Series Baseball 2K1 (not yet released, $49.99): Sega finally delivers a baseball game to go with its football, basketball and hockey franchises, and it should please fans to no end. Graphically, the finest details of the game, including the stadiums, look better than ever, and the game play isn't too shabby either.
* Space Channel 5 ($49.99): Usually guns save the planet in video games, but this time around, it's dance moves. As space age reporter Ulala, you'll have to mesmerize packs of extraterrestrials, recruiting fellow Earthlings to join your dance team in this critically important mission. The fate of the universe rests on your sense of rhythm and button-pushing abilities.
It seems that PlayStation 2 is drawing more criticism than praise these days. Sony probably will sell a million of its new systems in its first month on the market this fall, but that won't satisfy players of Sony's old system, who won't be seeing much action until Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 and Spiderman come out later this year. Still, there are one or two titles to look forward to:
* Vagrant Story ($39.99): This role-playing game has garnered acclaim from every major video game magazine and Web site. With its deep story, beautiful graphics and unique battle system, it's everything that Final Fantasy VIII should have been.
* Grind Session ($39.99): Look out Tony Hawk. Sony's Grind Session does skateboarding justice with a wide selection of tricks, fun skate parks and objectives. There's even cool music from KRS-One and Sonic Youth.
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