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Video Game Reviews

By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 25, 2000


NFL 2K1

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $49.99

MAKER: Sega

Not only is NFL 2K1 the best-looking, best-playing and best-sounding football game created, but players can face off against live opponents across the country thanks to SegaNet, Sega's new Internet service provider. The game also works with other direct connections to the Internet. Buy it or lose out on the future.

Grade: A+

Mario Tennis

SYSTEM: Nintendo 64

PRICE: $49.99

MAKER: Nintendo

Nintendo delivers once more with this loose cannon of a tennis title. All the Mario characters are here, as well as a new addition: Wario's equally wicked sidekick Waluigi. Pull this one out at parties and have fun.

Grade: A-

Resident Evil: Survivor

SYSTEM: PlayStation

PRICE: $39.99

MAKER: Capcom

Resident Evil: Survivor is a first-person version of the Resident Evil series. The focus is on wasting enemies, as opposed to puzzle solving. But the essential scares from dogs jumping through windows and monsters lurking behind doors are still there. Even scarier is this title's lack of a save feature.

Grade: C+

D2

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $49.99

MAKER: Sega

For players who don't mind watching more than playing, D2 offers a preview of what the convergence of games and movies might look like in a few years. Between movie clips, there are plenty of monsters for the female main character to eradicate. There's also a convoluted plot stoked by a mysterious plane crash in the Canadian Arctic. I took my time and enjoyed this one, but those who require constant interaction may want to look elsewhere.

Grade: B+

NHL FaceOff 2001

SYSTEM: PlayStation

PRICE: $39.99

MAKER: 989Sports

It hardly seems fair for 989 to ask full price for what is essentially FaceOff 2000 with updated rosters. There are a few new modes, such as practice and shootout, and better play-by-play. But it's clear this developer has shifted its focus to PlayStation 2.

Grade: C+

ATV: Quad Power Racing

SYSTEM: PlayStation

PRICE: $39.99

MAKER: Acclaim

This title is definitely a speedy racer, and I love the way the ATVs jump and land with a bounce. But there isn't much depth here, especially when it comes to tracks, which are poorly detailed and don't look that different from one another.

Grade: C

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

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