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Video Game Reviews

By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000


Medal of Honor: Underground

SYSTEM: PlayStation

PRICE: $39.99

MAKER: EAGames

DreamWorks has created the Saving Private Ryan of video games. Players assume the role of a resistance leader in occupied France in this first-person shooter. The story line is excellent, taking players from Europe to Africa via 24 detailed levels.

Grade: A-

Samba de Amigo

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $39.99 ($79.99 for maracas)

MAKER: Sega

This is the game to buy this Christmas for those who own a Dreamcast. Samba's full of Latin tunes, and some tunes adapted to a Latin beat, that players shake their maracas to, and the result is unadulterated fun.

Grade: A+

Pokemon Silver and Gold

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color

PRICE: $34.99 each

MAKER: Nintendo

Pokemon Silver and Gold are very good games and the first Pokemon games to use the Game Boy Color's full palette. Additions include new versions of all the old Pokemon types, plus two new ones; day and night events; and compatibility with previous Game Boy Pokemon titles.

Grade: A

Jet Grind Radio

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $44.99

MAKER: Sega

Jet Grind is one of the most novel games to come along in a long while. The graphics look like a comic book come to life and play is a strange mix of inline skate tricks and tagging walls and cars with graffiti. Games like this make Dreamcast look like the best new system.

Grade: A+

Summoner

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

PRICE: $49.99

MAKER: THQ

Summoner is the best role-playing game for the PlayStation 2. While that's not saying much, it provides an interesting mix of characters, plot twists and real-time battles that are hardly traditional. It's no Final Fantasy, but it'll hold fans for now.

Grade: B

NBA 2K1

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

PRICE: $49.99

MAKER: Sega

Besides adding online playability, Sega has improved the graphics and artificial intelligence of this year's version of its stellar basketball series. Now, players have to work for their points, backing their way to the basket and looking for the open man. The detail of the players and coaches is better than before.

Grade: A

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

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