Monopoly Casino Overview (Synopsis and Features)

Gamers who love the high stakes thrills of both Monopoly and Las Vegas casinos will want to check out Hasbro Interactive’s Monopoly Casino. With Mr. Monopoly as your guide and card dealer, try your hand at one of 19 different Monopoly Slots games, 12 poker games, 5 blackjack variations, 2 roulette games, 4 money wheel variations, 4 kinds of Keno, 10 games of video poker and 5 varieties of craps.

Once you’ve signed in and decided how much money you want to start with, decide which Monopoly board game token will represent you in your gambling travels. Once you’re inside the 3D casino you can approach any table, decide which variation on the game you wish to play, and place your bet. Once you’re done, remember to click the Cash Out button to add your winnings to your money clip.

Among the old standards such as poker and roulette you’ll also find three versions of slot machines created by MS Gaming Inc. and actually in use in casinos around the United States. They are Chairman of the Board, Once Around, and Reel Estate. Each of them has a Monopoly look and feel to it.

If you want to play online against a few friends, just log on to the MSN Gaming Zone and exchange messages via ICQ or America Online’s Instant Messenger while you gamble.

If you have at least $15,000 in your money clip and want to join a tournament, you can play in one of seven different types at any time. If you lose all your money while playing, you’re out of the tournament. The player who has won the most money at the end receives a $25,000 bonus.

Features
Play alone, challenge friends and family at home, or compete against opponents over the Internet
Access hints and playing tips if your luck doesn’t seem to be enough
Test your luck on such slot machines as Reel Estate, Once Around, and Chairman of the Board

High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 Overview

The 3DO Company continues the High Heat Baseball series with its third major name change in the last three years. Following High Heat Baseball 2000 and Sammy Sosa High Heat Baseball 2001, released in 1999 and 2000 respectively, High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 infuses virtual MLB players with statistical data based on real-life performances in replicated ballparks. Licensed by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the game features statistics from Sports Team Analysis & Tracking System, Incorporated (STATS).

Two specific roster choices include those from the end of the 2000 MLB season and the beginning of 2001. Seven game modes allow customization of dozens of player preferences and include exhibition games, season, career, home run derby, playoffs, and pitching and batting practice. Pre-game or seasonal setups provide options for a fantasy draft, amateur draft, free agent pool, player creation, player edits, manager profiling, scheduling, trading, awards, and naming conventions.

Specific gameplay includes decision-making in a variety of situations: in the field (before the pitch), on the mound (before the pitch), fielding, making the play, at bat (before the pitch), hitting the ball, and running the base paths. Four controller options are offered — four-, eight-, and ten-button pads plus the keyboard. Setup options and some on-field decisions are activated through a series of pull-down menus, and nearly two dozen video options are available, ranging from umpire and sky to reflections and jersey names. Ten audio preferences include music, hecklers, EAX support, and crowd noises among others.

Other features include weather settings (wind, rain), one-pitch mode, injuries, mound visits, automatic replays, a designated hitter option, day or night games, game pace, guessing pitches, pitcher warm up, announcers, variable umpires, and more. A wide variety of automatic settings are optional as well. Camera angles can be customized to show perspectives from hitting, pitching, and fielding viewpoints.

Features
Seven unique game modes include Season, Career , and Home Run Derby
Detailed player editor allows for unlimited appearance possibilities
Career mode features free agent pool, trades, and an annual amateur draft

NSYNC Hotline Fantasy Phone and CD-ROM Game Overview Synopsis and Features

Players get personal in this virtual encounter with the members of the contemporarily popular boy band, NSYNC. This release features five different games and lots of information about the guys in the group. Exclusive video footage adds to the appeal for *NSYNC fans of all sorts. The included “Fantasy Phone” controller allows fans to play the games and hear special messages from Justin, Chris, Joey, Lance, and J.C. through a familiar interface.

Features
Hear messages from Justin, Lance, JC, Joey, and Chris
Includes a CD-ROM with five computer mini-games, from bowling to trivia
“Call” each band member and ask them yes or no questions

Tennis Masters Series PC Review (A Fun Game At First)

Tennis Masters Series for the PC is a fun game when you first get it. But it can become very easy very fast and you will probably lose interest. Every once in a while I will play it but I usually get very bored by it. There are 3 types of gameplay. First there is Tennis Masters Series where you play all the tournaments the pros played in the year 2001. Also, one of the main reasons that I bought this game is because it said that there were 67 actual touring professionals. But when I played the game for the first time (I’m an avid tennis fan and I’ve heard of players no one else has) I hadn’t ever heard of any of the players. And I did some research on the subject and I looked in the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals which is the main tour) and I couldn’t find a single person thats on the game. But you can change the players’ names.

You can only play singles in this mode. Second there is exhibition. Where you can play Singles and Doubles with the 67 “actual touring professionals.” Last there is Network play but I could never figure that out. I tried many times to play in this mode, but no matter how many different ways I tried it it never worked. The controls are very easy to master and gameplay isn’t that realistic. Overall I give it a 60 out 100.

All Snowboarding PC and Video Games

Games of this style are based on the real-life sport of snowboarding. This includes racing, half-pipe trick sessions, and freestyle boarding.. While some snowboarding games feature exaggerated play, or incorporate unconventional elements, they are still classified as this style.

Examples:
1080 Snowboarding
Cool Boarders
SSX Tricky
Evolution Snowboarding

Games:
1998 1080° Snowboarding [Japanese] Nintendo 64 4 Stars
1998 1080° Snowboarding Nintendo 64 4 Stars
1998 1080° Snowboarding [European] Nintendo 64 4 Stars
2008 1080° Snowboarding [Virtual Console] Wii 4 Stars
2003 1080°: Avalanche [European] Nintendo GameCube
2003 1080°: Avalanche Nintendo GameCube 2.5 Stars
1996 Alpine Surfer Arcade 3 Stars
2003 Amped 2 Xbox 2.5 Stars
2003 Amped 2 [European] Xbox
2005 Amped 3 Xbox 360 3 Stars
2005 Amped 3 [European] Xbox 360
2001 Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding Xbox 2.5 Stars
2002 Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding [European] Xbox
2003 Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding [Classics] [European] Xbox
2003 Amped: Freestyle Snowboarding [Platinum Hits] Xbox 2.5 Stars
1999 Big Air PlayStation 1.5 Stars
1999 Big Air [European] PlayStation
1999 Boarder Zone Game Boy Color 1.5 Stars
2000 Boarder Zone IBM PC Compatible 2 Stars
1998 Chill [European] PlayStation
1997 Cool Boarders PlayStation 2.5 Stars
1997 Cool Boarders [European] PlayStation
1997 Cool Boarders 2 [European] PlayStation
1997 Cool Boarders 2 PlayStation 3 Stars
2000 Cool Boarders 2001 PlayStation 2.5 Stars
2001 Cool Boarders 2001 PlayStation 2 3 Stars
1998 Cool Boarders 3 PlayStation 3 Stars
1999 Cool Boarders 3 [European] PlayStation
1999 Cool Boarders 4 PlayStation 3 Stars
2000 Cool Boarders 4 [European] PlayStation 2 Stars
1999 Cool Boarders Burrrn! [Japanese] Dreamcast
2001 Dark Summit Xbox 2.5 Stars
2001 Dark Summit PlayStation 2 2.5 Stars
2002 Dark Summit Nintendo GameCube 2.5 Stars
2002 Dark Summit [European] Xbox
2002 Dark Summit [European] Nintendo GameCube
2002 Dark Summit [European] PlayStation 2
2003 Disney Sports Snowboarding Game Boy Advance 2.5 Stars
2003 Disney Sports Snowboarding [European] Game Boy Advance
2008 Drop Point: Alaska Macintosh 2 Stars
2000 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding PlayStation 2 2.5 Stars
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2 [European] Game Boy Advance
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2 [European] PlayStation 2
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2 [European] Xbox
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 PlayStation 2 2.5 Stars
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 Game Boy Advance 1 Stars
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 [Japanese] Xbox
2002 ESPN Winter X Games Snowboarding 2002 Xbox 2.5 Stars
1998 ESPN X Games ProBoarder IBM PC Compatible 3.5 Stars
1999 ESPN X Games ProBoarder PlayStation 2 Stars
1999 ESPN X Games ProBoarder [European] PlayStation
1999 ESPN X Games ProBoarder [CD-ROM Classics] IBM PC Compatible 3.5 Stars
2002 Evolution Snowboarding PlayStation 2 1.5 Stars
2003 Evolution Snowboarding [Japanese] Nintendo GameCube
2003 Evolution Snowboarding Nintendo GameCube 1.5 Stars
2003 Evolution Snowboarding [European] Nintendo GameCube
2003 Evolution Snowboarding [European] PlayStation 2
2007 Freak Out: Extreme Freeride [European] PlayStation 2
2007 Freak Out: Extreme Freeride [European] PlayStation Portable
1999 Freestyle Boardin ’99 PlayStation 2 Stars
1990 Heavy Shreddin’ Nintendo Entertainment System 2 Stars
1999 King Hill 64 [Japanese] Nintendo 64
2000 MTV Sports: Pure Ride PlayStation 3 Stars
2000 MTV Sports: Pure Ride Game Boy Color 2 Stars
1999 MTV Sports: Snowboarding PlayStation 4 Stars
2004 Play TV SSX Snowboarder Plug and Play 2 Stars
2013 Pro Riders Snowboard IBM PC Compatible 2.5 Stars
2013 Pro Riders Snowboard Macintosh 2.5 Stars
2013 Pro Riders Snowboard: Extreme Edition IBM PC Compatible 2.5 Stars
2009 Project Powder IBM PC Compatible 2.5 Stars
1999 Rippin’ Riders Snowboarding Dreamcast 2.5 Stars
2005 SBK: Snowboard Kids Nintendo DS 2.5 Stars
2006 SBK: Snowboard Kids [European] Nintendo DS
2001 Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder Game Boy Advance 3 Stars
2001 Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder PlayStation 2 1 Stars
2001 Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder Game Boy Color 2.5 Stars
2001 Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder [European] Game Boy Advance
2002 Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder [European] PlayStation 2
Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder 2 [Canceled] PlayStation 2
Shaun Palmer’s Pro Snowboarder 2 [Canceled] Xbox
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [European] Xbox 360
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [European] IBM PC Compatible
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [European] Nintendo DS
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [European] PlayStation Portable
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding Xbox 360 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding PlayStation 3 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding PlayStation 2 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding Nintendo DS 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding PlayStation Portable 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding IBM PC Compatible 2 Stars
2009 Shaun White Snowboarding Macintosh 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [Target Exclusive] Xbox 360 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding [Target Exclusive] PlayStation 3 2 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip Wii 3 Stars
2008 Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip [Target Exclusive] Wii 3 Stars
2009 Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage Wii 3 Stars
2009 Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage [Target Exclusive] Wii 3 Stars
1994 Slopestyle 3DO 2 Stars
1997 Snobow Kids [Japanese] Nintendo 64
1999 Snobow Kids 2 [Japanese] Nintendo 64
1998 Snow Racer 98 [European] PlayStation
1998 Snow Speeder [Japanese] Nintendo 64 2.5 Stars
1999 Snow Surfers [European] Dreamcast 2.5 Stars
2002 Snow Wave Avalanche IBM PC Compatible 2 Stars
2002 Snow Wave Avalanche [Jewel Case] IBM PC Compatible 2 Stars
2003 Snowboard [European] Game Boy Advance
1997 Snowboard Kids Nintendo 64 2.5 Stars
1997 Snowboard Kids [European] Nintendo 64
1999 Snowboard Kids 2 Nintendo 64 3 Stars
1999 Snowboard Kids 2 [European] Nintendo 64
2003 Snowboard Racer 2 [European] PlayStation 2
2009 Snowboard Riot [WiiWare] Wii 1.5 Stars
2013 Snowboard Xtreme [DSiWare] Nintendo DSi 1.5 Stars
2000 The Snowboard: Simple 1500 Series Vol. 27 [Japanese] PlayStation
2000 Snowboarding PlayStation 1 Stars
2009 Snowboarding TNT iPhone 2.5 Stars
2009 Snowboarding TNT Mobile 2.5 Stars
2004 Soul Ride II [European] IBM PC Compatible
2000 SSX PlayStation 2 4 Stars
2000 SSX [European] PlayStation 2
2012 SSX PlayStation 3 2 Stars
2012 SSX Xbox 360 2 Stars
2002 SSX [Greatest Hits] PlayStation 2 4 Stars
2002 SSX [Platinum] [European] PlayStation 2
2003 SSX 3 PlayStation 2 3.5 Stars
2003 SSX 3 Xbox 3.5 Stars
2003 SSX 3 Nintendo GameCube 3.5 Stars
2003 SSX 3 [European] PlayStation 2
2003 SSX 3 [European] Xbox
2003 SSX 3 [European] Nintendo GameCube
2003 SSX 3 Game Boy Advance 1.5 Stars
2003 SSX 3 [European] Game Boy Advance
2005 SSX 3 Gizmondo 3.5 Stars
2004 SSX 3 [Classics] [European] Xbox
2004 SSX 3 [Platinum] [European] PlayStation 2
2007 SSX Blur Wii 3 Stars
2005 SSX On Tour PlayStation 2 3.5 Stars
2005 SSX On Tour Xbox 3.5 Stars
2005 SSX On Tour Nintendo GameCube 3.5 Stars
2005 SSX On Tour PlayStation Portable 3 Stars
2005 SSX On Tour [European] PlayStation 2
2005 SSX On Tour [European] Xbox
2005 SSX On Tour [European] Nintendo GameCube
2005 SSX On Tour [European] PlayStation Portable
2005 SSX Out of Bounds N-Gage 3 Stars
2001 SSX Tricky PlayStation 2 3.5 Stars
2001 SSX Tricky Nintendo GameCube 3.5 Stars
2001 SSX Tricky [European] PlayStation 2
2001 SSX Tricky Xbox 3.5 Stars
2001 SSX Tricky [Japanese] Nintendo GameCube
2002 SSX Tricky [Japanese] Xbox
2002 SSX Tricky [European] Xbox
2002 SSX Tricky [European] Game Boy Advance
2002 SSX Tricky [European] Nintendo GameCube
2002 SSX Tricky Game Boy Advance 1.5 Stars
2002 SSX Tricky [European] Game Boy Advance
2003 SSX Tricky [Classics] [European] Xbox
2002 SSX Tricky [Greatest Hits] PlayStation 2 3.5 Stars
2003 SSX Tricky [Platinum Hits] Xbox 3.5 Stars
2003 SSX Tricky [Platinum] [European] PlayStation 2
1997 Steep Slope Sliders Sega Saturn 2.5 Stars
1997 Steep Slope Sliders [European] Sega Saturn
2009 Stoked Xbox 360 2.5 Stars
2009 Stoked: Big Air Edition Xbox 360 3 Stars
1999 Supreme Snowboarding [European] IBM PC Compatible
1999 Supreme Snowboarding [European] Game Boy Color
2000 Supreme Snowboarding [European] Dreamcast
1997 Surf Planet Arcade 4 Stars
2000 Tech Deck: Snowboarding IBM PC Compatible 2 Stars
2002 Tenku: Freestyle Snowboarding [Japanese] Xbox
2002 TransWorld Snowboarding Xbox 2.5 Stars
2002 TransWorld Snowboarding [European] Xbox
2000 Trick Boarder Game Boy Color 2.5 Stars
1999 Trick’N Snowboarder PlayStation 3 Stars
2000 Trick’N Snowboarder [European] PlayStation
2010 Triple Crown Championship Snowboarding Wii 1.5 Stars
2011 Trollboarder [DSiWare] Nintendo DSi 1 Stars
1998 Twisted Edge Extreme Snowboarding Nintendo 64 2.5 Stars

Darin Shapiro’s Big Air Wakeboarding Overview

PC gamers can ride the big waves, catch the big air, and pull off the big trick combinations for glory and high scores in this release. Hit the waves as 2000 X Games wakeboarding champ Darin Shapiro or choose to play as one of seven other characters. Courses feature jumps and obstacles and become more difficult as the player progresses through the game. The title is published by Activision Value and enjoys the endorsement of water sports equipment manufacturer O’Brien, featuring virtual versions of some of that company’s most popular boards.

Features
Perform tricks such as nosegrabs and stiffies
Wakeboard through Venice, the bayou, and a flooded city
Choose from a number of characters including Darin Shapiro

Bloody Roar 3 Synopsis and Features

“Let loose the dogs of war!” would have taken on new meaning if one of the characters in Bloody Roar 3 could assume a canine form. Within this game, developed by Hudson Soft and published in the U.S. by Activision, characters assume the powers of their inner beasts and enter intense melee battles. There are 12 different characters to choose from. Like its also-Hudson Soft-spawned predecessors, Bloody Roar 3 is a fast-action fighting game featuring a host of fighters who have the ability to transform into creatures, mostly based on different terrestrial animals. By winning battles and exercising each character’s abilities, players can learn in-game secrets and unlock special moves. Four different play modes — Arcade; VS Battle; Survival; and Practice — are available to the player. Deformable geometry, breakaway walls, and intense special effects add a degree of intensity to what would already have been furious battle scenes.

Features
Intense melee battle with powerful warriors who can assume animal forms
Breakaway walls and floors add intensity to 3D battle locations
Win fights to unlock secrets and new special moves
Four modes of play: Practice, Arcade, VS Battle, and Survival

All Basketball Games for All Platforms

Games of this style are based on the real-life sport of basketball. Players must bounce the ball as they moved with it and points are scored by throwing the ball through a raised hoop. While some basketball games feature exaggerated play, or incorporate unconventional elements, they are still classified as this style.

Examples:
NBA Jam 2002
NCAA March Madness 2003
NBA 2K
NBA Live 95
Arch Rivals
Basketbrawl
Double Dribble

Gallop Racer 2001 Review

Tecmo’s version of this passion for horse racing has made it to the United States in Gallop Racer 2001. If horse racing is the Sport of Kings, everyone who plays this game should get a crown. Play it too much, however, and you deserve a crown of thorns. That’s not to say that Gallop Racer isn’t a good game. It is. It has loads of style, especially in the front end. If you tally up the overall features of the game — such as the complete design, the front end, the art, graphics, and animation — instead of just the racing elements themselves, this game comes out way ahead. If you approach it as an action title that involves horse racing, however, you may be bitterly disappointed.

Gallop Racer is fully 3D in all the right places. The horses and track elements are beautifully designed and textured. The game is a joy to look at, even while you’re simply setting up which horses to put in your stable and how to outfit your jockey. There are scads of individual races to investigate in the game’s database and there are more horses than names in the phone book (actually, about 1500 horses with individual names – most of them sounding like they were put together with a random English language generator). If you’re a simulation fan, you’ll love all the things you can do prior to and after each race.

If you’re a racing fan and you really just want to pick a horse and get into the action, you may have a different opinion of Gallop Racer. While the game’s polygonal engine is well made and avoids the slowdown that most PS2 games have from time to time, the level of interactivity within the races is actually quite limited. You can urge your horse on by pressing the analog joystick forward, or ease him up by reversing the direction. Going from side to side will help avoid other ponies in the pack, while pressing a button will apply the crop to your horse’s flank (either hand). You can also change your camera view to spot other riders as they make a run to overtake you. If you manage all elements correctly, you may be able to maintain a lead going into the stretch. If you don’t you’ll be picking grass out of your teeth nearly every time you come out of the backstretch.

Graphics

Gallop Racer is a very pretty game to look at, especially in its front end (where all the horse trading, raising, and entering is done). The menu system is clean and very functional. The screens are well designed and offer wonderful views of the individual horses. The creature animation is some of the best anywhere.

The races themselves are nicely rendered and the game suffers no ill effects of having a full slate of horses and a 3D environment on screen simultaneously. If you look closely at the track’s infield, you can see some texture seaming and the low-poly look is more obvious. While you’re racing, however, this is not noticeable at all.

Sound

The game’s sound effects are appropriate for a horse racing game. The music is also appropriately understated.

Enjoyment

This game is a blast for people who enjoy building and operating a stable, as well as racing the horses therein. If that’s your bag, you’ll probably enjoy this title very much. If you want to get in and enjoy the thrill of racing, however, you’ll probably want to invest in another title, perhaps one with weapons and power-ups.

Replay Value

This game must rate very high in Replay Value, considering the nearly limitless possibilities if the simulation aspects of the game. If plumbed thoroughly, Gallop Racer should hang around for a longtime. Unfortunately, the legions of twitchy video game fans in the U.S. are likely to ship Gallop Racer out to a glue farm after a few hours, if that.

Documentation

Considering that controlling the horse the first time around the track is anything but intuitive (except the part where you beat the horse to death with the riding crop), the manual is a must read. The fact that Tecmo put full-color illustrations on each page is a plus! Call this horse Pretty, Pretty Princess.