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By ROBB GUIDO

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 13, 1999


Rayman 2

  • Platform: Nintendo 64
  • Company: Ubisoft
  • List price: $49.99

This character-based action title plays more like a movie at times than a game. Rayman is adorable, and the graphics and game play are as fine as it gets in 3-D. Ubisoft managed to perfect 3-D swimming -- a real teeth-grinding control issue in 3-D games past. Grade: A

Dynamite Cop

  • Platform: Dreamcast
  • Company: Sega
  • List price: $49.99

Grab one of dozens of weapons in this Dreamcast translation of the arcade brawler. Pick from three characters and take on a ripped pirate in this very short, very shallow game. Even if you rented it, you would finish well before your first day is up. Grade: C

Space Invaders

  • Platform: PlayStation
  • Company: Activision
  • List price: $39.99

Take a tour of the solar system and prevent an alien invasion at the same time. The concept behind this Space Invaders is pretty much the same as its Atari forefather, with the addition of 3-D ships and aliens, as well as some pretty imaginative bosses. Beware of carpal tunnel syndrome. Grade: C

FIFA 2000

  • Platform: PlayStation
  • Company: EASports
  • List price: $39.99

A solid soccer game from a dependable company, FIFA 2000 gives players more than 100 teams, including the MLS franchises, premiere league teams from Germany and England and all-time great teams such as Ajax. Up to eight players can join the dribbling, which is called by Julie Foudy of women's soccer fame. Grade: B-

SuperCross 2000

  • Platform: PlayStation
  • Company: EASports
  • List price: $39.99

While giving motorbike fans 24 top riders and 16 real stadium tracks, EASports' SuperCross 2000 places second to 989's SuperCross Circuit in almost every category, including graphics, sound and control. This one has superior play-by-play and easier-to-navigate menus, but that doesn't help it pass SuperCross Circuit. Grade: C

All Star Tennis 99

  • Platform: Nintendo 64
  • Company: Ubisoft
  • List price: $49.99

I enjoy the simplicity of a good tennis game as much as the next guy, but loose controls and slow on-court action are enough to spoil even the most basic of concepts, as anyone who plays All Star Tennis 99 will find out. Despite an all-star cast and colorful graphics, this game is for die-hard tennis fans willing to look past its many faults. Grade: C-

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