Gift sampler for video game consoles
By ROBB GUIDO
© St. Petersburg Times, published December 4, 2000
PlayStation 2 seems to be on everyone's wish list this season, but there are plenty of fun games for all the top systems. Here's a taste:
Madden 2001: This is the must-have game for PlayStation 2. It plays as well as previous Madden installments but looks oh-so-much better.
Tekken Tag Tournament: Fighting game fans shouldn't despair. Tekken is to 3-D brawling what Madden is to football.
SSX: How about some wild snowboarding action to fill the gaps between Madden sessions?
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2: It was excellent on PlayStation. It's even better on Dreamcast.
Shenmue: An epic masterpiece on many levels. Interact with characters and learn to fight as the plot unravels.
Sonic Shuffle: Here's a multiplayer board game along the lines of Mario Party but starring the Sonic cast of characters.
Samba De Amigo: Grab a pair of maracas and go loco.
Final Fantasy IX: This Final Fantasy will make the previous two PlayStation versions seem like practice.
Crash Bash: Chaos rules in this multiplayer showdown of Crash Bandicoot characters. It's fun for more than one.
Driver 2: It has new cities for even more crime sprees, plus the wheelman can step out of his car this time.
Zelda: Majora's Mask: This Zelda will tide players over for some time.
Banjo-Tooie: The sequel to one of the best 3-D action titles splits up the bird-bear duo for twice as much fun.
Hey You! Pikachu: Give Pikachu an order and see him move. It includes a mike that ups the price of admission.
Game Boy Color
Pokemon Gold/Silver: It's Pokemon in color. With 750,000 copies sold in advance, it may be a hard present to land.
Donkey Kong Country: This small version of the Super Nintendo classic is a must for those who missed it the first time.
Dragon Warrior 1 & 2: Here's a fun little remake of the old Nintendo role-playing game.
- Robb Guido is an avid gamer who lives in Tampa.
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