Review: Mario Kart DS (NDS)

Posted in NDS,Racing,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 26 2006f February 2006

What happens when Nintendo ports one of their most popular franchises to their DS handheld with all the game modes you know and love, old and new tracks AND includes support for wi-fi connectivity? Perhaps one of the best handheld gaming experiences out there.



Review: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (Xbox)

Posted in Reviews,Sports,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 4 2005f November 2005

For a long time golf was considered a boring, old man’s game, but in the 90’s Tiger Woods shattered that entire image. Since then many young people are flocking to the sport, as well as snatching up copies of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchise for the past few years.


Review: NHL 06 (Xbox)

Posted in Reviews,Sports,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 6 2005f October 2005

Out of all the professional sports, in the United States hockey has always been behind baseball, football and basketball. But after the NHL got its punishment for being greedy by being grounded for 16 months, they’re looking to attract more fans and make the game more enjoyable for the casual hockey watcher. New rules, such as no more games ending in ties, but instead shootouts, is just one of the few things that the NHL is doing to make the game more attractive. So to go along with all the new excitement about hockey and the NHL, EA Sports has added a plethora of new things to its NHL 06 franchise.


Review: NASCAR 06 Total Team Control (Xbox)

Posted in Racing,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 25 2005f September 2005

How large is the NASCAR fan base that plays video games? Is it worth it to put in the effort if only a select few are going to pick it up? Obviously the lowest tier on the EA Sports title list, the company is hoping to attract more than just NASCAR fans with its latest title, NASRCAR 06: Total Team Control. And they actually might. The game is not a glorified Project Gotham Racing or Gran Turismo type game, the developers are trying to replicate the NASCAR experience as much as they can, and for the most part they succeed.


Review: Darkwatch (Xbox)

Posted in Action,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 21 2005f September 2005

For the first person shooter genre of video games, almost every idea has been created. From James Bond to killing aliens or monsters to blasting away soldiers in war, it would be hard to come up with something fresh and creative. So with that in mind, the folks at High Moon Studios along with Capcom created its new first person shooter with a bit of everything that gamers have grown to love about the genre.


Review: Burnout Revenge (Xbox)

Posted in Gaming,Racing,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 20 2005f September 2005

Last year Burnout 3: Takedown blasted onto the racing game scene on consoles, bringing with it might and mayhem. From the  rocketship-paced racing to the incredible crashes, Takedown firmly planted itself near the crown of arcade racers.  Then, just a couple months back, Takedown’s angry red-headed stepchild, Burnout Revenge, began making waves. Talk of  tracks made for battle, bigger crashes, faster cars, more blood… it’s everything a fan of Takedown could imagine.  But, Takedown left behind some mighty big shoes to fill. Can Revenge live up to the hype?


Review: D-Link DGL-4300 108G Wireless Gaming Router (HW)

Posted in Gaming,Hardware,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 7 2005f July 2005

In working for a large regional ISP, I’ve done many installs of SOHO-type wireless networks. I also have one at home as well and consistently use my laptop from the easy chair to do this and that; my wife’s desktop, because it’s on the other side of the house (and because we have an older home and wired networking just wasn’t practical), is also connected wirelessly. So, when I heard that D-Link had produced a gaming-specific router, and with all the PC gaming and Xbox Live gaming done from home, I had to check this unit out. I can tell you outright I was not disappointed.


Review: Midnight Club 3 DUB Edition (Xbox)

Posted in Racing,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 30 2005f June 2005

Midnight Club 2 was a fun arcade racer with fake cheesy car names like “Cochete” and “Diablo” and limited upgrade ability. With Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition, all that changes. Rockstar Games tapped DUB Magazine to take center stage in this edition of the game, helping them get more than 60 licensed vehicles and the ability to “pimp” them with real off-market auto parts. This has to be one of the deepest arcade racers on the market. (more…)

Review: Doom 3 (Xbox)

Posted in Action,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 26 2005f April 2005

Although some hardcore fans may disagree, the original Doom on Playstation is really what got gamers interested in first-person shooters (FPS). First person shooters were already popular on PC with Castle Wolfenstein 3D and Doom after that, but when Doom hit the console in the mid 90’s that’s when things changed. Since then, there have been many incarnations of the first-person shooter from the likes of Duke Nuke Em’, Goldeneye, Halo, Deus Ex and Chronicles of Riddick, each FPS has outdone the previous. Now does Doom 3, one of the originators of the FPS genre bring anything new to the table? Not necessarily.


Review: Jade Empire (Xbox)

Posted in Reviews,RPG,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 25 2005f April 2005

It’s been in development for years and it’s been talked about even longer. Most gamers were sick of seeing that same trailer over and over again wishing the game would just come out. Well, Jade Empire is finally here and next to the Final Fantasy series has the potential to be one of the best role playing games ever.


Review: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)

Posted in GBA,Reviews,RPG by Shawn Wallace on 21 2005f April 2005

The Minish Cap is a 2D adventure on today’s hardware and, frankly, I can think of few other RPG titles that even come close to the quality, fun factory, and sheer enormity “When it comes to classic gaming, you need look no further than The Legend of Zelda series. From the very beginning it has been synonomous with adventure, danger, innovation and just all around solid gameplay. From A Link to the Past to The Wind Waker, you can rarely go wrong with a Zelda game. The Minish Cap simply furthers this mantra, bringing an old-school style RPG to the GBA.


Review: Project Snowblind (PC)

Posted in Action,Gaming,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 7 2005f April 2005

Maybe you didn’t know this but Project: Snowblind started out as an expansion pack (and/or sequel) to Deus Ex and was going to be called Clan Wars. For whatever reason, this plan was veered away from and the game took on a life of its own. The game became Project: Snowblind and a Deus Ex-styled game made it to store shelves. Can Snowblind deliver a unique experience without being called Deux Ex 2?


Review: Untold Legends (PSP)

Posted in Gaming,PSP,Reviews,RPG by Shawn Wallace on 30 2005f March 2005

I can’t say for a fact what it is that draws gamers to simple hack and slash titles, but they seem to get alot of play. The most specific I can get as far as current titles are the ones from Snowblind Studios, such as the Champions series as well as the Baldur’s Gate series for consoles. Well, imagine if you could take the near mindless button mashing goodness of Diablo 2 with you wherever you went. You (almost) can. Untold Legends takes the level up/gather items RPG mindset, partners it with some fine graphics and slaps it on the PSP. The result? Read on.


Review: Star Wars Republic Commando (PC)

Posted in Action,Gaming,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 10 2005f March 2005

What with the massive popularity of squad-based shooters it was high time the Star Wars universe got its butt in gear. Enter Republic Commando. You take command of four highly trained clone commandos called Delta Squad. Your mission? The behind-the-scenes dirty work. Your crew has started and ended wars but the glory has always went to the Generals and Admirals. Can you lead Delta Squad and put the smack down on the bad guys?


Review: Brothers in Arms (Xbox)

Posted in Action,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 7 2005f March 2005

Gearbox software, a little known developer with its roots in porting games, explodes into the limelight with their first original title, Brothers in Arms.  Brothers in Arms is a tactical first person shooter which takes place in the initial days of the Omaha beach landing.  The game follows an elite group of paratroopers through 8 days of intense fighting across the countryside of Normandy.  The inclusion of squad commands and effective fire and maneuver tactics sets this title ahead of the competition to produce something entirely unique, original, and satisfying.


Review: Painkiller Battle Out of Hell (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 7 2005f March 2005

When Painkiller was released last year gamers flocked to its throwback style of run-and-gun gameplay. The gameplay movies released showed Painkiller getting vintage and leaning heavily on the Doom style of shoot ’em up. There was no hook to the game, only to say that the game’s hook was a lack of a hook, so to speak. PK was all about getting your enemy in your crosshairs and pulling the trigger faster than they did. So, when it was announed an official expansion would arrive for PK, titled Battle out of Hell, the masses rejoiced in the thought of more fun locales, enemies and weapons to deal out the destruction.

Could Battle Out of Hell live up to the hype generated by the massive fun machine that was Painkiller?


Review: Mercenaries (Xbox)

Posted in Action,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 20 2005f January 2005

Pandemic Studios has shown that they know how to make a gratifying game. From the Battlezone titles to Full Spectrum Warrior, they’ve exhibited skill and knowledge in creating fresh, fun, playable products. So, if you haven’t played Mercenaries yet and you want to get your hopes up… go ahead. It’s good, dirty fun.


Review: Call of Duty: United Offensive (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 7 2004f October 2004

Call of Duty: United Offensive continues the grand tradition of Call of Duty by pitting players against near-impossible combat situations to see what they’re truly made of. The single player campaign spans across three campaigns, American, British and Russian. Each campaign gets progressively harder (there’s four American missions, three British and five Russian) as you progress until everything culminates with the final mission of the campaign. It’s not uncommon for this mission to cause the following:

  • Spitting
  • Cursing
  • Extreme Discomfort
  • Diarrhea


Review: Half-Life 2 (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 24 2004f August 2004

In 1998 the planet was graced with what would be considered the great single player FPS experience ever played. It was called Half-Life. From the cinematic-style action to the solid level design to the innovative story, Half-Life had it all and left the gaming community not only rattled but clamoring for more.Fast forward to November 2004. Every gamer’s wish comes true; Half-Life 2 is released to the masses. Valve’s infernal hype machine did it’s best over the previous two months to gear gamers up for what was anticipated to be the next greatest ‘thing’ in PC gaming.So, how did it do? Read on!


Review: Doom 3 (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 24 2004f August 2004

The long awaited sequel to what could be considered one of the greatest shooters of all time is upon us. Doom 3, the hotly anticipated third installment in the Doom first person shooter series (did I really need to clarify that?) stormed in the summer of 2004 and took the PC gaming world by storm. However, the frantic pace of the previous installments has been supplanted with an overall frantic anxiousness one could only ascribe to being involved in this universe being taken over by Hell. Could the Doom faithful and elite allow themselves to part ways with the old ‘run and gun’ style for a slower paced, horror-esque experience? Read on to find out.


Review: Psi-Ops The Mindgate Conspiracy (PS2)

Posted in Action,PS2,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 20 2004f June 2004

The marketing blitz that started just a couple weeks before Psi-Ops hit store shelves had me puzzled. It seemed to me this game came out of nowhere and, with the amount of flash ad banners I was seeing on my favorite gaming sites, I knew something was up with this title. After only 15 or 20 minutes of gameplay, I knew exactly what the buzz was about.


Review: Rallisport Challenge 2 (Xbox)

Posted in Racing,Reviews,Xbox by Shawn Wallace on 4 2004f June 2004

Not only does this game shine in the single player aspect but online play, supported by Microsoft’s Xbox Live online service, gives extended life to this title and makes it a must have for racing game aficionados. “Microsoft made a very smart move in releasing RSC2 as an Xbox-only title. Not only does this game shine in the single player aspect but online play, supported by Microsoft’s Xbox Live online service, gives extended life to this title and makes it a must have for racing game aficionados.


Review: Painkiller (PC)

Posted in Action,Gaming,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 10 2004f March 2004

Painkiller is a shooter in the most unadulterated sense. The game is truly about shooting enemies. There’s no fluff, no night vision, no stealth moves, no squad tactics and definitely no funny happy-go-lucky sidekicks to help you out.    “Painkiller is a shooter in the most unadulterated sense. The game is truly about shooting enemies. There’s no fluff, no night vision, no ‘find this key to unlock this door to go to this room’, no stealth moves, no squad tactics and definitely no funny happy-go-lucky sidekicks to help you out. It’s all about pumping rounds into individuals who are hell-bent (sorry, pun unintended) on perforating you like oh so flimsy notebook paper (sorry, bad analogy).


Review: Jak 3 (PS2)

Posted in Action,PS2,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 1 2004f January 2004

With Jak 3 being the conclusion of this masterful series of action platformers, Naughty Dog has pulled out all the stops, making this title one of the best action titles you can find on the PS2. From the graphics to the gameplay to the production values, there is absolutely nothing here that someone can’t find to like.


Review: Saitek R440 Racing Wheel (HW)

Posted in Hardware,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 10 2003f November 2003

If you’d like to experience some all-out racing, you needn’t visit your local raceway and pay $500 or $1000 for a four-hour ‘Real Life’ race experience. All you need is a racing game and the Saitek R440 Racing Wheel by Saitek. It’s as good as it gets.    “Final lap. You’re buzzing around Talladega speedway, a single stock car in front of you. As you pass the start/finish line for the next to last time you begin to work your magic to make your move. You ease the wheel back and forth, very slight movements, to try and catch that draft off of your opponent. You ease up behind him, hoping to throw some dirty air his way and get him loose so you can slingshot around him. You give his rear bumper a love tap which you feel up through the steering wheel. He has to be intimidated at this point.


Review: Call of Duty (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 29 2003f October 2003

With the impending release of Call of Duty there has been many rumblings in the PC gaming world, namely that of gamers who say ‘we’ve had enough of WWII, why another title?’. Well, I can tell you why … because Call of Duty ups the ante when it comes to WWII shooters. The game uses the venerable Quake III engine yet it looks fabulous. The voice acting is top notch and, I dare say, the gameplay pushes the limits of the WWII shooter. Read on to see what I mean.


Review: Grand Theft Auto Vice City (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 24 2003f May 2003

Greed.  Corruption.  Hawaiian shirts.  This just about sums up the mid-80’s in Miami, Florida.  However, in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (GTAVC) you get one more small variable; guns.  You play Tommy Vercetti, an up-and-comer in the crime world, fresh out of the joint.  You’re sent on what is to be a fairly routine mission for a crime boss and you end up vying for your own stake in Vice City’s web of fear.  It’s a glove that fits Tommy Vercetti nicely.


Review: Halo Combat Evolved (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 3 2003f April 2003

Considering Halo for Windows is one of the most anticipated titles for the PC, possibly ever, I’ve taken great care in considering how I choose to present my review to you. One of the major factors is that the single player campaign for Halo on the PC is identical to the Xbox campaign, therefore a complete review of the single player would simply be a rehashing of old information, at least on the story and gameplay side of things.


Review: Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome (PC)

Posted in Action,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 2 2003f April 2003

The front is expanding!  Soldiers are being called out to join the war on the Italian front, venturing forth to do battle in the Italian and Sicilian campaigns of World War II.  Do you have what it takes to take the hills of Operation Husky and Monte Cassino?  Can you and your fellow soldiers fend off the Axis and lead the Allies to victory?  What’s more, can DICE and EA deliver, yet again, an immersive and satisfactory expansion to their ever-popular Battlefield 1942?  Read on to find out.


Review: Battlefield 1942 (PC)

Posted in Action,Gaming,PC,Reviews by Shawn Wallace on 2 2002f October 2002

Ever since Quake the online gaming masses have banged their fists in request of an online game that can incorporate on-foot combat with vehicles. EA and Dice have risen to this challenge with their World War II offering, Battlefield 1942. Instituting grand battles, offline and online, with the inclusion of land, sea and air vehicles, BF1942 (as it’s affectionately abbreviated) seeks to do all of these things. Well, we can say it’s practically succeeded.