Pocketbike Racer (Xbox/Xbox360)

When you pay four dollars for a game, its probably best to keep expectations in check. Burger King’s recently released batch of games are pretty much only worth getting as a novelty or as a means of earning a few more coveted Achievement Points. Given that gaining points is the only reason many will play these games, Pocketbike Racer fits that bill perfectly as its the easiest and most painless gamein terms of getting many points with minimal effort

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Nintendogs: Chihuahua & Friends (NDS)

Nintendogs is the latest game from the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto. The game centers around the joys of owning a dog and manages to bring some of the aspects of owning a dog into the game. Unfortunately, you can see pretty much everything the game has to offer in a few days and there is no compelling reason to keep playing.

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Castlevania Double Pack (GBA)

For one reason or another both Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow disappeared from store shelves between May of 2003 and December 2005. This was especially odd considering the renewed interest in the franchise provided by the release of Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow for the Nintendo DS and the 3D entries in the franchise on the Playstation 2. Konami must have realized this as they have taken both HoD and AoS and put them on to one cartridge in the Castlevania Double Pack.

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Cold Winter (PS2/Xbox)

Cold Winter is a First Person Shooter exclusive to the Playstation 2. While the game isn’t extraordinary by any means, it does provide a satisfying single player game experience which is fuelled by an interesting and well-told story involving a potential nuclear disaster and some very brutal arms dealers. You play as Andrew Sterling, a former MI6 (British Secret Service) agent. At the beginning of the game you are captured by the Chinese and endure some extremely brutal torture (in one of the games several extremely violent cutscenes) before being rescued by an old friend named Kim. In exchange for being rescued you agree to work for another old friend of yours named Danny who operates a mercenary agency of sorts. The mission you receive from Danny is pretty much what the rest of the game is all about. You are supposed to track down an arms dealer, who has somehow acquired a dangerous new weapon, and eliminate him. There is more to it then that but the story does get rather interesting as you progress through the game and I’d hate to spoil anything.

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Psychonauts (Xbox/PS2/PC)

Psychonauts takes place in a summer camp for mentally gifted children, each possessing some kind of psychic ability. The main character is Razputin, or Raz for short, who sneaks into the camp with the desire to become a Psychonaut. Unfortunately, shortly after his arrival many of the kid’s brains start to disappear, as do some of the counsellors’. Raz is then responsible for restoring order to the camp, retrieving the stolen brains and finding out who is behind all the madness.

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Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)

Shadow of the Colossus is unlike any other game I have played. It has elements of other games but the main focus is something entirely unique. A game where the only real objective is to defeat sixteen humongous creatures called colossi in some of the most fantastic boss battles ever conceived. There are no minor enemies or dungeons in the game, just a massive overworld environment, a huge temple, which serves as a headquarters, and a boy and his horse.

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Metal Slug 4 & 5 (PS2/ Xbox)

Originally written on June 27, 2005.

First of all, I love the Metal Slug games. Ever since I discovered the original Metal Slug at the local Budget Movie Theater (since gone out of business) I have kept my eyes open for other games in the series. Over the years I played Metal Slug at several arcades across two provinces. That is why I rushed out and bought Metal Slug 4 and 5 for the PS2.

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