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May 14th, 2002

"Hey Hey, Kids!"

Itís time for yet another MAILBAG! I hope you keep the questions coming.

Q: I accidentally scratched a PS2 disk and it said disk error and please insert PS2 disk. The scratches are sorta big and I was wondering if there were any major scratch removers out there that I could buy?

A: Digital Innovations makes a few disc repair products that have actually been tested and proven to work against most types of scratches and marks on discs, even some really nasty ones. Now, if your game got damaged while it was being played with by the family Killer Whale I donít think thereís much of anything we can do for yah.


Q: What games are you playing now?

A: Well, Iíve been playing a lot of Shadowman 2econd Coming lately. Really good game. My friend and I have had an ongoing Capcom vs. SNK 2 grudge match, so thatís usually on for a few hours every week, as is Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3. NBA Street is also something Iíve been giving some time lately. Iíve also been pecking away at ICO with a few minutes here and a few minutes there and Rez usually gets a few hours a week as well. Of course Grand Theft Auto 3 never really goes out of rotation, does it? On the PC front, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault never leaves my 2nd CD-Rom drive, while the first rotates No One Lives Forever, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Unreal Tournament (for the Tactical Ops mod mostly), and now Freedom Force. I have never gone a week without playing Quake III for at least an hour or two, so that is always in steady rotation, but mostly mods like Rocket Arena, Weapons Factory, or my favorite, Urban Terror.


Q: I was wandering what you guys thought the best game based on a movie license is? Excluding Goldeneye, I can't think of a genuinely good one. Your thoughts please.

A: hmm, one would look at that tidal wave of ass that is movie licensed games and think "oh god, it burns" every time someone reminds them they turned Driven into a game, but there have been some good ones along the way. Disney has a nice track record for being their animated movies into the gaming world, probably the two best examples being Aladdin and Hercules. The Star Wars franchise is a bit shaky, but the Super Star Wars series on the SNES is a shinning example of quality 16-bit titles. Steven Spielbergís "Saving Private Ryan: the game" turned out to be Medal of Honor, one killer WWII-based first person shooter franchise. Aliens vs. Predator 1 and 2, while not based on the movie but the comic book, are worth noting. Die Hard Trilogy was an enjoyable Playstation title that managed to do three different genres pretty well. The 8 and 16-bit era saw many more movie-based games. Everything from Michael Jacksonís Moonwalker to True Lies, and while their quality is arguable; there was definitely some enjoyability in a few of those titles. And sure, for the most part licensed games tend to fall back on name recognition rather than fun, a few manage to rely on both and rise above the trend.
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