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Game: Unreal Tournament
Reviewer: Eric Sprague for eVidGames.com
Review Date: 16-Nov-2002
Platform: PC
Unreal Tournament can be played over the internet which makes it nice if your friends are into it. In order to play well over the net, one should have a reliable high speed connection(dsl or cable)(56k modem won't cut it). Even though I have dsl I, can't play it over the internet from home because my dsl drops packets so the connection is not reliable. However, I have played it at friends' houses and the game is a lot of fun when the internet connection is solid. A somewhat powerful computer is also necessary(my machine with 96MB of ram does not have enough memory). There are a variety of games available. Capture the Flag is a fun MultiPlayer game because it is important for the team to work together cohesively. Deathmatch is a cool game because everyone gets to shoot a lot and the winner is the person who has the most kills.

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Game: Madden 2003
Reviewer: Eric Sprague for eVidGames.com
Review Date: 29-Dec-2002
Platform: Sony Playstation2
Madden 2003 is a great NFL game in many ways. It is kind of similar to the older Nintendo Tecmobowl games where the offense chooses a play to call while the defense chooses a formation as well. Unlike the original Tecmobowl which only had a handful of plays for each team, Madden 2003 provides numerous options on both offense and defense. The teams are up to date for 2003 and they show the records from 2002.

On offense the X button is used to hike the ball. Holding down X while running increases the speed for an offensive player. R2 shows the assignments on the filed(this is useful for checking receiver routes). The Circle Button is used for spinning offensive ball carriers. The L1 and R1 buttons are used for offensive ball carriers to shake defenders.

On defense the Circle button is used for the selected player to run faster. The triange button can be used on defense to jump up and intercept a pass. The X and Circle buttons are used to select different players to use while on defense.

The game has some tools that make it easy for beginners to learn. The defense has the option of asking Madden what formation he likes for any given play. There are a number of helpful drills like passing and rushing.

Game: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Reviewer: Simon Brew for Amazon.co.uk
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Review by Amazon.co.uk reprinted with permission
Following a strong introductory sequence, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone wastes no time jump-starting the action. Unlike the Game Boy Color version, this game kicks off with Harry already at Hogwarts and in dire need of picking up some magic skills. You step into Harry's shoes, initially moving from classroom to classroom learning new skills and spells before indulging in activities such as sneaking out of your dormitory at night, fighting off trolls, and having a quick game of Quidditch. You certainly can't accuse the developers of trying to shortchange the fans, as it seems they've tried to cram as much of the film into the game as possible.

Unfortunately, that's also the game's main problem. Whilst it tries to cover all angles of the plot, this means that some segments of the game lack polish. Sure, there's some great fun to be had with the game, and the quality of the graphics means players will instantly relate the game to the film. But the game could have benefited from a little more time in development. Nonetheless, fans of both the film and books are likely to enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, even if it's arguably inferior to the Game Boy Color version. And if you're not overwhelmed by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you can wager on one certainty--this certainly isn't the last we've seen of Mr. Potter on the Game Boy Advance. --Simon Brew

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