Fatal Frame (Project Zero) Tecmo (2003) XBox

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Fatal Frame (in the US), known as Project Zero in PAL, and just “Zero” in Japan is a Survival Horror game that I refused to give a chance.

I have always had issues with skeevy Japanese schoolgirl fetish/anime shite, so I incorrectly assumed a game with a young female protagonist would be up-skirt waifu-bait, and thus never gave Project Zero a chance.

So here I am, to beg you all for forgiveness. Project Zero is honestly the most pants browning game I have ever played. Continue reading

UFO: Aftermath. Altar Games (2003) PC

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UFO: Aftermath started off  “The Dreamland Chronicles: Freedom Ridge” by Mythos Games, but was eventually abandoned. It is an homage to X-Com, and is partly based on the abandoned X-Com: Genesis. It is *NOT* officially related to UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-Com: UFO Defense).
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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Bioware (2003) XBOX

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There are games that come along every now and then that have blown my socks off. Silent Hill 2 is one of them, Final Fantasy VI is another. With that, Knights of the Old Republic is firmly in the socks blown asunder camp.

I played this a lot at release, I borrowed the XBOX version off of a mate, but I also ended up buying my own copy for the PC. It means that I have played through it a number of times, attempting different paths. But it is probably 10 years since the last time I donned the Jedi robes and ventured into the Old Republic if we ignore the MMORPG (please ignore the MMORPG).

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Gunfighter II: Revenge of Jesse James. Rebellion (2003) PlayStation 2

I am going to do a top Light gun Games list soon, and to do that I want to get a few games out of the way. So apologies to the many people who don’t like On-Rails shooters as much as me.

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Gunfighter 1 was a really slow Time Crisis clone, it looked like shit, and didn’t play much better. And since I am coming close to the end of collection of Light Gun Games it was a case of barrel scraping, and seeing what is left. Continue reading

Silent Hill 3. Konami (2003) PlayStation 2

What better way to wrap up Konami month than with Silent Hill 3, on anniversary of reviewing Silent Hill 1!

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Silent Hill 2 is my favourite game, I honestly think it to be one of the few examples of a perfect videogame, so coming into Silent Hill 3 for the first time it has some pretty big shoes to fill. Continue reading

Resident Evil: Dead Aim. Capcom (2003) PlayStation 2

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Every now and again I come across a game that blows me away and I really enjoy it. Maybe my expectations were low for RE: Dead Aim, but I found the game way more fun than it had any right to be!

If TL/DL skip to conclusion.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Nintendo EAD (2003) Gamecube

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Wind Waker has always been a strange one for me. I can remember the faux outrage over the cartooney graphics, and I can remember getting bored of the game around the plot twist. So originally (in two attempts), I never completed it.

Fast forward 13 years however and there are many MANY things which make Wind Waker my favourite Zelda game, but then, there are also a few things I take umbrage with. Continue reading