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Fire Emblem - Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem - Game Boy Advance
6 used & new from CDN$ 47.92

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's about freakin time., July 15 2004
For those of you who aren't game savvy, we got our first taste of Fire Emblem in Super Smash Bros Melee, with two hidden characters, Roy and Marth. But when some of us looked into it further, we discovered that Fire Emblem had been around for about six or seven games from the SNES days. When some of us saw how cool Roy and Marth were, we wanted to see the actual game. So the newly announced GBA game was brought to US shores. And it was good.
The US version of Fire Emblem takes place in "Roy's storyline" but Roy isn't really in the game. Instead it revolves around Eliwood, his father and Prince of Pherae, his good friend Hector, Brother of Marquess Ostia, and a new friend Lyn, granddaughter of Marquess Cailen. A dark power in the form of the Black Fang rises, kidnapping Eliwood's father. Eliwood sets out with his friends too find his father and stop the Black Fang.
The gameplay is technically RPG based but is tactial strategy. In your turn you select your characters to move to certain locations based on the map. When your turn is over, your opponents do the same thing on their turn. It repeats until the mission goal is achieved. Leveling up is in the form of battling your enemies.
The gameplay is fun and the storyline is wonderful. There are several challenges for the advanced gamers, like support conversations and fully leveling up, or if you're pretty straight forward, that works too. The game's graphics are good and cinematic sequences are shown in artistic format, which is very effective for the storytelling game.
Overall, if you're an RPG fan, this is a must have game. It is the best game I played that came out in 2003. I reccomend it to anyone with a GBA/SP.

Bionicle Chronicles #1: Tale of the Toa
Bionicle Chronicles #1: Tale of the Toa
by Catherine Hapka
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
74 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 étoiles sur 5 The First Chronicle, Aug. 25 2003
Well this book finally arrived a few days ago and so I finished it... in less than a day. While the book does have some good moments in it, it's mainly stuff from the Bionicle Comics and Website Flash Movies. Nothing really new. If you're an absolute collecter or need some refreshing on the storyline then you might want to check this out from a library. I'm going to get the other two just because I want to read about the "never seen before" stuff.
Boils down to this: It's good to rent if you're new or need a memory jog, but otherwise it's just rent.

Lego Lego Bionicle 8571 Kopaka Nuva
Lego Lego Bionicle 8571 Kopaka Nuva
Offered by Urban Inspirations
Prix : CDN$ 117.50
4 used & new from CDN$ 111.81

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Transformed...., June 20 2003
Solide:5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amusant:5.0 étoiles sur 5 Educatif:3.0 étoiles sur 5 
The Bionicle Storyline advances further as the Toa emerge from the Bohrok saga changed into the Toa Nuva. Kopaka Nuva is a bold warrior and his sword can be changed into Ice Skates for fast transportation.

Once again, LEGO amazes me. Kopaka Nuva is cooler (no pun intended) than the original and new parts make it great for creating other things. As with all LEGOs the fun comes from building. While it takes only five minutes, it's still fun. The gear mechanism is easy to operate and making the shift from Ice Blades to skates is simple.

Only one problem. Knee joints. They don't bend even thought the CG ads make them. But one small downside doesn't make Kopaka Nuva a bad toy. Kopaka Nuva is a good choice for collecters and people new to the Bionicle Universe.

GameCube Console (Jet Black)
GameCube Console (Jet Black)
3 used & new from CDN$ 64.99

5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Ultimate Machine., June 19 2003
Let's say facts about facts first. Technologically the Xbox is the most powerful system, however Microsoft is new to the gaming biz and doesn't have the large amount of support Nintendo or Sony do. The PS2 has a large amount of games but it's hardware (released in the prototype stages) is slightly defective which results in crashes upon crashes upon crashes.

Which brings us to the Gamecube. If you're looking for quality in Gameplay and Hardware then get this little bundle of joy. It's portable, which is great cause airport security won't wonder what that big heavy box is when it's your X-Box. It's hardware is ready for use unlike the hurried PS2 and it's got good third party support. Plus Nintendo makes their own games and those are always great.

I have a GCN and it's wonderful. If you're looking for a good system at a good price, here it is. Stop readin, start buying.

Metroid Fusion - Game Boy Advance
Metroid Fusion - Game Boy Advance
13 used & new from CDN$ 22.25

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fighting a Mirror., June 19 2003
First off, until these games were announced I had no clue Samus exsisted. I didn't know what a Metroid was and I didn't know who Ridley was. When Prime and Fusion started showing up, I became interested. My friend, a Metriod Expert told me the story of the games in the series and introduced me to the Metroid Universe. Although I couldn't get my hands on the games for a few months, I did manage to snag Fusion. I'm still huntng Prime.

Anyway the game is great. The controls are easy to adapt to and the graphics are spectacular. The few 3-D views are bliss for gamers. No matter how many enemies there are you can't just help but blast them to pieces and watch the X-Parasites flee before you. The storyline is wonderful and the environments go from the tranquil to the obtuse. The enemies vary from each environment with the exception of the X themselves. The game isn't too hard to beat which is wonderful for those time trial lovers.

The only bad parts abou the game I found were some of the bosses in the middle of the game are a little too difficult (This means YOU Yakuza) and some of the music becomes repetitive. Also finding some of the Expansions for Energy or Missles are a little too difficult for thier worth.

Overall this is a must have for a GBA(SP). A long road trip doesn't have to be boring anymore.

Kingdom Hearts - PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts - PlayStation 2
Offered by Orion Xpress
Prix : CDN$ 12.99
31 used & new from CDN$ 9.45

4.0 étoiles sur 5 Never Expected This...., June 19 2003
Did you ever imagine Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth and the Little Mermaid in the same game? No I didn't either but here it is. Kingdom Hearts. An Squaresoft RPG with Disney characters.

The good part about this game is the gameplay. A real-time RPG with a level up system. The battles are much eaiser to escape from than in other games as you can just leave the area. The control scheme can be weird at certain times but for main gameplay it works.

Now for the bad stuff. As good of a game this is, there is some stuff that majorly kills the game. Disney. Why did Disney have to get involved. The script (which at times is ok but mostly horrid) was written by Disney and the voice acting was done by Disney. Haley Joe Osmet, Chrisy Carlson Romano, Lance Bass (As SEPHIROTH?!?). It's great when you get actors to do some voice acting but when the company literally owns the actors, it's not even worth it. (However they did get Sean Astin (Sam Gamgee, Lord of the Rings) to play a part. My question is how much was he bribed?)

Another thing is that the version known as Final Mix has been made much like Final Fantasy X International except it has more storyline involvement. This will ruin it for us Americans, because when Kingdom Hearts 2 comes out we won't have a clue who some characters are. If you want a good version, get the Import. I'm gonna.
Overall the game is good enough for me to keep it. The battles are great but otherwise, it's a Disney game. Now the sequel looks like Square Enix took the charge.

Outlaw Star Perfect Collection Box Set
Outlaw Star Perfect Collection Box Set
DVD ~ Bob Buchholz
2 used & new from CDN$ 117.94

5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the greatest and funniest animes I have ever seen, Sept. 29 2002
Outlaw Star is an incredibly good anime. It has an origional storyline, great plot and hilarious characters. Although I haven't seen this dvd collection, I saw the cut version on Toonami.

In Outlaw Star, a cocky gunsligner, Gene Starwind and his 11 year old techno whiz friend Jim Hawkins, are put in a job with a mysterious woman, who turns out to be an outlaw called "Hot Ice" Hilda. After being chased by Kei Pirates, the plot really synchs up. When Gene finds out what Hilda really is after, he's stuck with Mefina (The naked girl in a box). All of them take off to find a legendary ship, The XGP. When they find it the Kei Pirates ambush them. Hlida is killed but Gene gets the XGP which in her honor he names the Outlaw Star. As the story progresses on new heroes, including the assasin Twilight Suzuka, and the crazy Katarl Katarl cat girl, Ashia Klan Klan are introduced as well as new villans such as the Anten 7 and their leader Hazanko, and the mysterious McDougall Brothers.

What I really enjoy about Outlaw Star is the comedy. There is some romance and plenty of action, but there is a lot of comedy as every anime should have. Gene and Jim argue half the time, Ashia's smack talk comments about all of them, the Outlaw Star's onboard computer, Gilliam, and Melfina not knowing who she is or what she does. All in all, the comedy and the action may get mixed up at times, but there are some good, even cute, moments in this series. Can't wait for Chirstmas to get this.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars - GameCube
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - GameCube
3 used & new from CDN$ 19.95

5.0 étoiles sur 5 This will be the Greatest Star Wars game of all time., June 8 2002
If Rouge Leader was good, combine it with Shadows of the Empire and Attack of the Clones to get Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Spectacular graphics look like the movies just pop from the theater to your tv. A great story line connects with the movies even episodes 4,5,and 6. Gameplay variety allows you to fly around blowing up tank droids in a Republic Gunship then get out and cut some Genosians in half with your lightsaber as Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. And to top it all off, the first Star Wars game for Gamecube to be Multiplayer. Grab a friend, a second controller and start blowing each other to Kingdom Come. "Begun the Clone War, has"-Yoda, Jedi Master

That was the preview now for the review.

The game itself has pretty good graphics, on the vehicles especially. The storyline dates back to events before the Republic was formed. Although some of the character voices and designs could leave something to be desired, it could be worse. Although there could be some more missions and some better bosses (one in a Gunship for one) the levels are fun, especially when you're in a Gunship. Overall it's a five star game with some minor downsides.

Gundam Movie: Endless Waltz [Import]
Gundam Movie: Endless Waltz [Import]
VHS

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz, Nov. 5 2001
(...) It has been one year since the downfall of the White Fang and Libra and the world has finally reached true peace. But the gundams, the mobile suits which helped out the most in making true peace are going to be sent into the sun now that all weapons have been discarded. This is the time for a dark force to strike. Relina Darlin, a high ranking government official and Heero Yuy's girlfriend is kidnapped by a force that is led by a little girl who claims to be the daughter of Treize Kushrinata and Daimien, one of the original creators of operation meteor. Little by little the Gundam pilots eventually join forces and find out the original plan of operation meteor. They retrive they're Gundams from the pod heading towards the sun and a war starts. An endless waltz will continue on and on forever.

"History is much like an Endless Waltz. The Three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever."

With a lot of action, a great music (all in japenese) track, and the best animaton I've seen in years, this thing should be on the silver screen.

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