Thief: The Dark Project Review

Thief: The Dark Project.
The known; Your a theif and take on many jobs by your employer. Before each level there is a cut seen that sets it up. Simple but nicely done. Being a theif requires many theif-like equipment. Your trusty bow(that zooms in when you hold the string back long enough), Blackjack(knock out club), A variety of speciality arrows,including a rope arrow. etc.
Being a theif you rely on darkness, hence a visiblity gauge. If it is bright then you are in to much light. Theif also has a sound gauge. If your walking to fast or on noisy floors like metal grating, tiles or gravel, the noise will be much greater.
The game runs smoothly and is very immersive thanks to the great sound effects and good graphics for the time. One thing that some reviewers overlook is the stat summary at the end of the level. It is a nice to see your total and level time,loot, killed bodys, knocked out bodys and discoverd bodys(you can pick up the bodys and hide them to reduce suspicion of other guards. This adds to the feeling of not just going level to level and actually working for a goal. A goal which could simply be saving money to buy equipment at the start of the next level.
Levels are layed out nice. With this point, alot of people complain about the zombie levels. Is that because its not realistic? Not a setting that a theif would normally be put into? Or the fact that they scare the … out of you. I will never forget the first time I played the second level and saw a corpes. I bent down to inspect it. Well what do you know It started getting up and let out a grotesque moan.
The sound makes this game. Without it, the game would be reduced significantly. With that said, use headphones and play it in the dark. Your heart will race and you will jump when guards see you or you come across something you where not perpared for.
Playablity. Play it every once in awhile(like combat flight sim) and it will keep your interest. With the total time stat it will give you an incentive to try to beat your old time.
Bottom Line. 4&1/2 stars for a truly immersive game, even compared to the glamour of the newer games. Get it! It deserves to be in your collection and will not set you back any money.

Verdict: 80/100

Street Fighter Alpha 2 PC

Street Fighter Alpha 2, known as Street Fighter Zero 2 in Japan, Asia and South America, is a 1996 fighting game originally released for the CPS II arcade hardware by Capcom. The game is both a sequel and a remake to the previous year’s Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams, which is itself a prequel to the Street Fighter II series in terms of plot and setting. The game featured a number of improvements over the original, such as new endings, stages, moves and gameplay systems.

Theme Hospital Review

The premise behind Theme Hospital is that the player is running a hospital which must stay within budgetary constraints, while having to heal the highest number of patients at the same time. In order for his hospital to heal patients, the player must build rooms that can perform certain diagnostic and curative functions. The hospital must be staffed by employees such as doctors, nurses, handymen, and receptionists. Certain creature comforts are also available for purchase, like drink machines, benches, fire extinguishers and radiators. By combining these elements, the player must construct as efficient a hospital as possible, curing various ailments and depositing fees in the hospital’s coffers, while trying to not run out of funds.

In general, all this may sound rather entertaining. However, the entire premise wears thin quite quickly. The title’s “bathroom humor” is mildy amusing for a little while, but then, it gets old. Part of the “treat” of this title is supposed to be watching how the cures take place. However, there are only so many times that one can be amused by seeing a Bloaty Head patient get deflated, or by seeing a Slack Tongue patient have his taste buds removed by a Slicer Machine.

One thing that can be completely frustrating is the seemingly constant attention that has to be paid to some very small things. For example, let’s take radiators. If there are not enough radiators in the hospital, the patients are uncomfortable and fewer show up at its front door. If there are an adequate amount of radiators, patients get warm and they will frequent any well-placed drink machine, an activity which will help to line the hospital’s pockets. However, due to the height of the walls, some radiators can actually be hidden from view, which causes a real problem if the player ever decides to redesign his hospital’s floor plan. Mandatory attention to small things like this limited my enjoyment factor for this title.

There are better, more creative sims on the market other than Theme Hospital. For the fan of a good sim, this is not one that is worthy of long-term hard drive space.

Resident Evil 2 Review

When Resident Evil debuted back in 1996 it was one of the most innovative games around. Circa, February of 1998, Resident Evil 2 is unveiled to the United States. While its not as innovative as its predecessor it’s still a great scare. The first thing that you’ll notice about Resident Evil 2 are the backgrounds. They are rendered to perfection offering even more attention to detail and realism than Final Fantasy VII’s. To look at any of the rendered scenes is to see a whole story unto itself.

This time around you’ve got a vast town, police station, underground lab, sewers, and more to explore with enemies to maim, people to interact with, puzzles to solve, and plenty of weapons with which to mow down the living undead! Also impressive are the high quality character animations. Leon and Claire, as well as the many mutations you’ll encounter all animate beautifully. If you get badly injured you’ll find yourself limping to your destinations, barely escaping even the slow moving zombies.

The control is easy to pick up and play even if you missed the original Resident Evil. Type C allows you to target enemies that sometimes are off screen or are hard to line up in your sights. There are plenty of weapons to find as well as weapon parts for upgrading to even more power. Of course, this isn’t just an action game, this is survival horror and blasting everything in your path won’t get you very far. You’ve got to weigh each situation and decide if you have to fight to get by or if you can just sneak by an enemey.

The sound effects and music are spot on perfect. Every sound, every hiss, every moan, it’s all crisp and clear and sends shivers down your spine. The music is lethargic at times as it broods in the background, waiting for something to attack and then jumping into a fear inducing score to accompany the action. Suffice it to say, it’s a great soundtrack.

The only real shortcoming that Resident Evil 2 has is that it can be beaten by an average gamer in less than a day. There are 3 different versions to each character’s missions but are essentially the same. So, for all of it’s action and nerve wracking moments, if you only play games to beat them the first time through, I’d suggest renting Resident Evil 2. Now, if you’re hardcore and have to have all the secrets, RE2 will last you a good long while.

Graphics

The backgrounds are to die for, the cinemas are a work of art, and the animation is fluid and eerie

Sound

Varied and crips sounds and voices. The soundtrack is perfectly composed for this game

Enjoyment

While it’s not a long ride, this game will throw you for several heart-stopping scares

Replay Value

Only hardcore gamers will complete all six mission variations

Documentation

Helpful but not revealing. It’ll get you started fill you in on the basics

Rating: 90/100

Die by the Sword Synopsis

What do you get when you cross an irate grumpy Scottish swordsman who has lost his woman with a third-person medieval fantasy adventure? You get Die by the Sword.

A level fighting game, Die by the Sword combines a variety of settings, action-based puzzles, witty one-liners, swordplay, and a host of enemies to dismember and maim.

Players can battle against monsters or heroes in the arena or tournament mode over LAN, modem, or serial cable, or settle for computer-controlled creatures in the battle environment.

A camera follows your every move in this 3D fighter, rotating in an attempt to get the perfect view of you and your foe. Raise your sword and charge headlong into battle.

1080° Snowboarding Review

Developed by the same team that brought us Wave Race 64 comes 1080 Snowboarding. The most striking element about the game is its graphics. The scenery is detailed and believable. One minute you’ll be boarding across a powdery section only to be thrust into a city the next, complete with rooftop ramps and cars. The animation is also top-notch and realistic, going as far as clothes blowing in the wind.

The courses are all unique and offer their own shortcuts, forks, and lots of opportunities for big air. There are plenty of characters and boards to choose from, meaning you’ll find someone who’s just right for you. This is also one of the best N64 soundtracks to date. All the tunes are enjoyable and some even feature lyrics. Sound effects are nice as well.

While the presentation is nice, the control is the game’s biggest strength. It’s highly technical and takes some time to get the hang of, but it’s worth it. This title addresses some issues of snowboarding (the sport) that few games have. The Z button, for example, crouches your character. This helps increase your speed but is also used when landing. If you land and crouch the instant you hit, you stand a better chance of surviving. Also important is your center of gravity, as you need to land at an upright angle out of every jump to get the points or keep up speed.

On hand are several modes of play, from the typical Match Race to Trick mode (go for the most points), Time Attack, Training (use it often), Contest, and Two Player Versus mode. All of these will keep you glued to your board for months on end as you unlock secrets and compete with a friend. When all is said and done, if you’re a racing or boarding fan you must own this game. It’s got the looks, the gameplay, the great tunes, and it is one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences on the system since Wave Race 64.

Graphics

The best-looking snowboarding game available to date. Textures, lighting, character animation: it’s all perfect.

Sound

A fun and high quality soundtrack with perfectly suited sound effects.

Enjoyment

The game has a steep learning curve, but it’s still great fun.

Replay Value

The numerous modes and two-player option will keep you playing long into the night, but the lack of tracks hurts 1080’s overall score.

Documentation

Not only does the manual explain all the technical moves, but it comes with a quick reference sheet too!

Hoyle Card Games Overview

Hoyle Card Games is a collection of 14 card games and three bonus board games. Included in Hoyle Card Games are standards such as Gin Rummy, Poker, Go Fish, Hearts, Spades, Pinochle, Oh Hell!, Euchre, War, Bridge, and Cribbage. Fans of Solitaire can try to master 30 different variations, and all games have adjustable backgrounds, card sizes, and musical selections. Play alone or against an international opponent over the Internet.

Features
Includes 14 card games and three bonus board games
Gin rummy, poker, Go Fish, hearts, spades, pinochle, Oh Hell!, euchre, war, bridge, cribbage, and more
Play alone or against an international opponent over the Internet