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VOL. 3, NO. 2



F-Zero X



ROB TURMEL, is a Playstation and Nintendo 64 connoisseur from Pawtucket, RI. He is a staff writer for Renaissance Online Magazine. Email him your feedback.




Console Game Reviews


The Legend Of Zelda:The Ocarina of Time (N64)

the Legend of Zelda screen Where do I begin with such a great game? The Zelda series has been highly popular since it's first release in 1986, then in 1998. Holding strong in 1999, Zelda continues it's tradition of greatness with "The Legend of Zelda : The Ocarina of Time". This time the game has made the transition from 2D to 3D. They not only changed to a 3D format but did so with no compromise to gameplay. If anything, the game benefits from being 3D because it retains it's 2D gameplay feel. Zelda: TOOT also has a wide cast of familiar characters from the previous games along with many new faces. This gives the player the familiar feel of a Zelda title and at the same time introduces a new feel to the game. There is not much more to say without spoiling the game - which I am not going to do. Telling you about the game and experiencing it are two different things. This game is a masterpiece. If you own a Nintendo 64, buy this game. If you do not own a Nintendo 64, find someone who does and play it. However, I strongly suggest the use of a Rumble Pak to enhance the experience. - 10 stars (out of 10)

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (N64)
This is the second Star Wars title for Nintendo 64 and the best of the two. This game took the best part of the first (Shadows of the Empire), the "Battle of Hoth" stage and made all of Rogue Squadron like it. For those of you who have not played the first game, the "Battle of Hoth" stage consisted of flying a snow speeder which included doing things like tying a tow cable around the legs of an AT-AT. The "Battle of Hoth" stage was considered the best part of the game. Rogue Squadron takes it a step further by letting you navigate many different worlds and piloting an array of Star Wars vehicles. The graphics are among the best on the system so far, thanks to the N64 Expansion Pak and the sound is equally amazing. If you are a Star Wars fan or just a fan of a really good game, check this one out. - 8.5 stars (out of 10)

South Park 64 (N64)
What can I say? this game is all about South Park - that should speak for itself. It is by far the most cutting edge N64 game to date, because of the language and outrageousness. Then again it is South Park and wouldn't feel right any other way. The single player game is fun the first time around but not much of a challenge. In single player mode you get to pick between the four South Park kids: Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny. Throughout the game your character can be changed and sometimes is done so at random. The mulitplayer part of the game is where this title shines. You can be an array of characters from the show such as, Pip, Barbrady, Mrs. Cartman, Chef and many others. The multiplayer game is hilarious and will keep you playing for hours. This game also utilizes the N64 Expansion Pak. I would have rated this game higher if the Single player game was improved. - 6.8 stars (out of 10)

Bust A Groove (PSX)
Bust A Groove is a game I didn't think I would enjoy, but to my surprise was totally addictive. This is a game where you dance to beat your opponent. You dance by pushing a series of buttons, which are displayed on the screen, and hitting these buttons to the beat of the music - no easy task. The game is great because it is so addictive and simple to understand. The music draws you in and fits each character's style. The graphics are simple but fitting. If you liked "Parappa the Rapper" or just want to try something out of the ordinary, check this one out. - 7.7 stars (out of 10)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (PSX)

street fighter screen This game gives Capcom new hope on the Playstation for 2D games because is the first 2D Capcom game on the playstation that is actually fun to play. Granted, the game is not as fast as it should be and some animation is missing, but it is still a blast to play. Street Fighter Alpha 3 features 25+ characters to choose from including Ryu, Akuma, Blanka and many others. The game's exciting presentation makes it stand out. Another thing that is great about this game is that you can choose between three fighting styles called isms, which give the game high re-playability. Definitely a solid 2D fighting game worth checking out. - 8.9 stars (out of 10)
(Note: This review was done on an Import version of the game.)

R4-Ridge Racer Type 4 (PSX)
R4 is the fourth installment in the Ridge Racer series. Everything about this game has been improved from the last including 320+ cars and more than one track to choose from, as opposed to one track in the previous installments of the game. This is a suitible competitor to "Gran Turismo", which I feels is the best racing game to grace a console to date. R4 has some things I like better, such as a better soundtrack. Where "Gran Turismo" is better as far as realism is conserned, R4's wins in terms of pure racing quality. With a giant selection of cars and a reasonable amount of tracks to race on, R4 will give "Gran Turismo" a run for it's money. - 9 stars (out of 10)
(Note: This review was done on an Import version of the game.)

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