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© St. Petersburg Times, published December 18, 2000

MicroManiacs Racing

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Codemasters

PRICE: $39.99

MicroManiacs are weird creatures with even weirder special moves, such as tongue-lashing, but the far-away view and slippery controls make this racer seem more like an unfinished product.

Grade: D

Mega Man Legends 2

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Capcom

PRICE: $39.99

Mega Man is back but isn't quite up to his 2-D form in this 3-D adventure title. A lot of the game is spent engaged in dialogue and shopping, and the levels tend to be a little repetitive. But decent puzzles and huge bosses save the day.

Grade: B

Mary-Kate and Ashley: Magical Mystery Mall

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Acclaim

PRICE: $39.99

I'm speechless. This girl-oriented game kept me interested for more than five minutes. The in-mall graphics are good, and the mini-games are a challenge and have replay value as far as taking pictures. There's room for improvement, but it's a start.

Grade: B-

NBA Shootout 2001

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: 989Sports

PRICE: $39.99

PlayStation may be nearing the end of its life, but NBA Shootout is at the top of its game. Players are modeled after their NBA counterparts, and the shooting is based on several factors. It looks a little choppy and plays a little slow, but otherwise it's a fine b-ball title for an aging system.

Grade: B+

Muppet RaceMania

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Midway

PRICE: $39.99

This game started out well with all the Muppet characters in funny cars such as Rizzo's cheese mobile. But as it turns out, this title is no more than a bad Mario Kart clone. I guess it's not easy making a good game.

Grade: D

Golden Tee Golf

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: Infogrames

PRICE: $39.99

The arcade version of Golden Tee graces more than its fair share of sports bars, but it ends up in the rough on PlayStation. Without the traditional cue ball-like swing regulator, the control seems awkward. Bad graphics don't help either.

Grade: F

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

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