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Jak 3  
Action & Shooter PlayStation2 4.5 (27 votes)
In these days of endless sequel after sequel it's quite a surprise to find out that a successful series like "Jak & Daxter" is coming to an end of its publisher's own volition. But--although the characters may well appear again in some other form--"Jak III"marks the end of the epic storyline that is now over three years in the making.
The first "Jak & Daxter" game was a fairly straightforward Rare-esque platformer, but the second game expanded the concept considerably to become a sort of cartoon style "Grand Theft Auto". This third game removes some of the more unnecessary diversions of "Jak II" to become a more enjoyably focused action adventure. The actual story follows on directly and sees Jak and Daxter banished to the Wastelands--a massive game world more than five times the size of Haven City from the last game.
Although they are less prevalent than last time there are a dozen different vehicles to pilot and plenty of upgradeable weapons. Perhaps the most important new gameplay feature though is Jak's new light eco form, to balance out the dark eco powers from "Jak II". In light eco form Jak grows a pair of angelic wings and gains the power to regain lost health and even freeze enemies in time (and yes, it does work a bit like bullet time).
For fans of the series, or those just looking for a fun, modern-thinking platformer, this series is definitely going out on a high. --"David Jenkins"

Jak and Daxter  
Action & Shooter PlayStation2 4.5 (45 votes)
The PS2 is finally getting its fair share of platform games, and "Jak & Daxter" is a corker. Following the adventures of the yellow-barnetted Jak and his wisecracking sidekick Daxter (newly transformed into a rodent, and not happy about it), it's a free-roaming 3-D adventure very much along the lines of the N64's "Banjo Kazooie"--only less irritating. The gameplay, while not breaking any new ground, is perfectly polished and diverse enough to keep the interest up throughout; the main body of the game involves running, jumping, and spinning around the world collecting orbs and power cells and bashing enemies, but there are also racing, fishing and sliding bits, and all are very well done.
The game world is seamless and you can move between areas and missions pretty much at will; there are no loading times whatsoever--a lesson which the latest "Crash Bandicoot" would have done well to learn. What's more, the irritation of having to restart levels and collect everything again if you lose all your energy is mercifully absent here. The graphics are truly scrumptious and the sound lush--and, shock horror, the script's decent and the characterisation and voice acting not half bad. It's not quite as amusing and cleverly thought out as Rare's aforementioned N64 stalwart--or their more recent "Conker's Bad Fur Day"--but it's pretty close.
The downsides? It's maybe a bit too easy for seasoned gamers--though by no means a cinch--and the magnificent graphics have eaten up memory that might have been used to make the game longer; as trade-offs go, though, that's pretty reasonable. Bring on the sequel! --"Rikki Price"

Jak II: Renegade  
Action & Shooter PlayStation2 4.5 (39 votes)
The original is widely regarded as the best 3-D platformer for the PS2 ever, so "Jak II: Renegade" is going to appeal to anyone that loved "Jak and Daxter". Things aren't quite how they used to be though, for although the first game was a very Rare-esque happy cartoon adventure, this one is rather darker and more violent (and packs some surprisingly harsh language).
As the game begins Jak is captured by the evil Baron Praxis and subjected to all sorts of torturous tests and experiments in the two years it takes for Daxter to find and rescue him--the happy-go-lucky adventurer from the first game has been replaced by a mean and moody fugitive out for revenge. As well as taking a rather unhealthy interest in various high-powered weaponry, Jak's two years of incarceration have also left him with the ability to transform, Hulk-like, into the extra-surly Dark Jak, which apart from pumping him up to Arnie-style muscle levels also allows him to use Dark Eco magic.
Also new for this sequel is the fact that Jak has his own hoverboard, which he carries around wherever he goes and can be used at any time. And if even that seems like too much bother, nearly all the other vehicles in the game can be commandeered and used if you need a bit more speed or extra firepower. There's a bit more competition in terms of quality PS2 platformers now than when the original game came out, but this is still one of the best, and a genuine improvement on what came before. --"David Jenkins"

James Bond: The World Is Not Enough  
Action & Shooter Nintendo 64
If you've played EA's previous James Bond game on PlayStation, "Tomorrow Never Dies", you probably won't be looking forward to "The World Is Not Enough". However, although it could most accurately be described as "GoldenEye"-lite, "The World Is Not Enough (TWINE)" offers a much more satisfying experience than the previous effort both graphically and gameplay-wise.
As you might expect you play the part of 007, and the action is viewed from a first-person perspective. As each levels begins you are given a set of objectives by M and these have to be completed before you can proceed.
These tasks mainly involve shooting as many bad guys as possible with a variety of satisfyingly chunky weaponry, but there are also skiing, driving, gambling (one of the most fun) and stealth levels. With the latter utilising some neat gadgetry provided by John Cleese's R (the only actor from the film actually voicing his character in the game).
The game follows the plot of the film very closely, with 10 levels being linked by extensive movie footage. An experienced gamer will not have too many problems finishing "TWINE" in a few hours, and the extensive violence makes this game unsuitable for younger players, but most James Bond fans will find much to entertain them in this diverting romp. --"Michael Bartley"

Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja  
Action Game Boy 3.5
Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja features the characters Joe and Mac as cavemen ninjas in a multi-level platform area where the player has to jump and club incoming enemies. They can also throw at them from distance using such weapons as boomerangs, bones, fire, flints, electricity and stone wheels. The objective of the game is to rescue a group of girls who were kidnapped by a rival tribe.

Adventure PlayStation 4
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Jurassic Park  
Kids & Family Sega Genesis 5.0 (10 votes)
"Shoot Her!"

INTRO: Jurassic Park is one franchise that has enjoyed a great amount of success. From the great best selling books to blockbuster movies money has always followed. So it should be no surprise that a video game is made. Now typically you can easily dismissed any licensed game as crap. This because the vast majority are quick attempts to make a buck. But unlike the majority this is a game that is worth your buck.

GRAPHICS: Some of the best ever on the Genesis. Dr. Grant looks like a perfect 16 bit representation of himself from the movie. All the dinosaurs look great and highly detailed to. Especially the raptor, which you get to play as. The forest is very lush and alive which really helps add to the great ambience of the game. All the action flows well together and the special effects are also quite good too.

SOUND: Just like the graphics all the sound effects are top notch as well. There are constantly noises in the background further helping the game pull you into it. The ominous roar of the T-rex will always get you psyched up for this game. Not to mention the cool Sega logo with the T-rex at the beginning of the game. As you play the raptor it will make constant growls and chirps always adding to coolness of playing as a raptor.

CONTROLS: The control scheme is very straight forward and easy to pick up. No complicated button combinations to learn and the variety of Grant's weapons are use to use.

STORY: Although the story definitely second tier to the gameplay, the plot does highlight the overall plot of the movie. A nice touch is being the raptor and journeying through the park through the raptor's eyes.

GAMEPLAY: Jurassic Park is unique because it has to very different campaigns in it. One as Dr. Grant after the car crash run in with the T-rex, and the other as a raptor journeying through the island. to a showdown with Dr. Grant. As Dr. Grant you will use several different weapons to stun or knockout various dinosaurs across 7 levels. The number of weapons and dinosaurs is actually pretty high. Which in turn makes what would obviously be second fiddle to the raptor chapter very fun. Playing as the raptor you will go through 5 levels this time. Will again be fighting dinosaurs and this time even park guards, but this time you will use slashing, biting, and jumping to make ends meet. Although this chapter is much shorter and easier, it has a much higher fun factor just being a raptor. The biggest knock on Jurassic Park has to be that it is a short game. Yes it only has a total of 12 levels and the difficulty level is low, but it has serious replay level. Playing through the raptor levels is some of the best fun I have had on the Genesis.

BOTTOM LINE: The only problems I have with this game is I wish it could be a little longer and maybe some more screen time for the T-rex would have been nice. Other than those small knocks I would have given the game a 10.

Reviewer's Score: 9/10, Originally Posted: 07/23/07

Just Cause  
Action & Shooter PlayStation2 3.5 (34 votes)
In a nutshell:
Grand Theft Auto might give you the freedom of a whole city or county but in Just Cause you’ve got the task of overthrowing a 250,000 acre island all on your lonesome in the world’s first Che Guevara simulator.
The lowdown:
Taking inspiration not just from Grand Theft Auto but also Mercenaries and old Amiga classic Midwinter you play CIA black ops agent Rico Rodriguez as he attempts to overthrow the evil dictator of the fictional island of San Esperito. Despite the huge island and the complete freedom of movement you have on it the game actually only has 21 story missions. There are over 300 side missions but it quickly becomes obvious that these fall into only a very small number of different styles, not all of which are all that entertaining. What makes the game fun though is just wandering off and doing your own thing, which invariably involves upsetting the local military or drug lords and instigating a massive, impromptu firefight. The game may lack depth and variety but it offers a freedom to explore and cause chaos that few others can rival.
Most exciting moment:
As impractical as it may seem you’ve always got a grappling hook and a parachute, which allows you to lock onto any vehicle and commandeer it whenever you want. It also lets you perform some utterly outrageous stunts as you parasail behind boats and jump from a moving aircraft straight onto a road convoy miles below you.
Since you ask:
Instead of storing the island of San Esperito as a gigantic map the game uses a new technique called procedural synthesis to create the landscape on the fly. This is the only way to make such large scale graphics work on the PS2, especially when you’re flying miles above the island.
The bottom line:
Che Guevara meets James Bond in this shallow but satisfying sandbox game.

Just Cause 2  
Action PlayStation 3
Rico Rodriguez is back! After liberating the small Island of San Esperito, the CIA-agent is on his way to the island paradise Panau to find a former colleague: Agent Tom Sheldon. During an undercover-investigation, he vanishes and with him two million dollars. Money, the Agency desperately wants back, especially as they believe that Tom changed sides. So Rico has to infiltrate the criminal organisations of Panau as Scorpio to flush out Tom Sheldon and bring him to justice while plunging the country into chaos - but that's more of a bonus than a real objective...

Like its predecessor Just Cause, the game drops the player on a huge island. From the start, the whole island is open to be explored by the player in a third-person-shooter-fashion either on foot, by using several dozen different cars or even by using heavily armed helicopters and fast planes. The player is totally free to do what he wants, although that mostly breaks down to reeking havoc and causing chaos by destroying statues, fuel tanks and other military-owned stuff. This way the player earns points which in turn progresses the story, unlocks missions and gives him access to additional stuff from the black market. In addition all over the island crates are hidden containing both money and upgrade parts. Once the black market helicopter has been called via a beacon, the player can order weapons, vehicles and even request a transfer to another location on the island for free. Weapons and vehicles on the other hand cost money and are dropped right on the spot where Rico called. They can also be improved using the upgrade parts the player collected.

In addition to his weapons, Rico's two most useful tools are his parachute and his grappling hook. The parachute can be activated at almost anytime, even if the player is driving at high speed along the road, and is very useful to make combo-stunts. And this is where the grappling hook comes in: with it, the player can either pull enemies towards him, or pull himself towards a target - which can either be a house two streets away, or a moving car. The latter allows for example high-speed-car-jacks which in some cases result in one of the two types of simple Quick-Time-Events in the game. The other type pops up when Rico tries to unlock a gate or disarm a bomb or such. Although the grappling hock was already featured in the first game, this time around it's a dual-hook. If the player has hit something with his hook, he can put the other end on another object - again no matter if it's a solid or moving object or a random human who had the bad luck of being nearby. This allows the player for example to hook a car to a helicopter, fly over an enemy base and drop the car onto the poor soldiers.

To keep the action focused even outside the main storyline, challenges like checkpoint-races and optional missions are scattered around the map and each settlement on the island can be cleared 100% by destroying all worthy targets and collecting all crates in the vicinity.

Just Cause 3  
Games software PlayStation 4
The Mediterranean republic of Medici is suffering under the brutal control of General Di Ravello, a dictator with an insatiable appetite for power. Enter Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to destroy the General’s hold on power by any means necessary. With over 400 square miles of complete freedom from sky to seabed and a huge arsenal of weaponry, gadgets and vehicles, prepare to unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can imagine.

Explore a Mediterranean island paradise with complete vertical freedom – skydive, BASE jump and free dive in an open world with virtually zero limits
Glide through the air and swoop across mountains with your Wingsuit giving a new way to rain death from above
Use your Grapple and Parachute to scale buildings, hijack vehicles, move quickly or tether objects together for creative new ways to cause Chaos.
Cause massive chains of destruction in military bases, harbours, prisons, police stations and communications facilities to bring down a dictator
Arm yourself with a wide range of explosive weaponry from shotguns and missile launchers to tank-busters and air-strikes
Choose from a huge variety of different vehicles to drive including speedboats, jets, helicopters, turbo-fuelled sports cars and super bikes
Get adventurous with dozens of challenge missions and collectibles to discover

Just Cause 4  
Action PlayStation 4
Rogue agent Rico Rodriguez journeys to Solis, a huge South American world home of conflict, oppression and extreme weather conditions. Strap into your wingsuit, equip your fully customizable grappling hook, and get ready to bring the thunder!

Day One Edition includes the Neon Racer Pack including a special supercar, wingsuit, and parachute.

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