Jan 12,2007 00:00
Game: "Neverwinter Nights 2"
System: Windows XP
ESRB Rating: T
Review rating: 3 1/2 stars
While this mystical title does contain a robust adventure, it also has plenty of side quests to let players enjoy the game in their own way, at their own pace. The ability to directly control your party members as well as fill their inventory slots and equip their armor and weapons is new to the series.
Up to three party members can travel with you at any time, and various information can be extracted from them depending on how the player acts in battle. This can affect game play drastically because slaughtering every living thing can have negative effects.
"Neverwinter Nights 2" builds upon the tool set released with the original title that lets players create their own adventures. Everything from weather to locations to enemy placement can be customized, and creating adventures can be as much fun as actually playing the final product. This title also can be enjoyed online, either by playing through the main adventure or someone's creation, which infinitely extends its replay potential.
Game: "Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles"
System: Sony PlayStation 2
ESRB Rating: T
Review rating: 2 1/2 stars
Even though every mission in the game is combat-oriented, it's still more of an adventure title than a fighter. That means players are limited to controlling Naruto most of the time, although they are able to call in teammates to aid in battles.
Fortunately, Naruto's moves are easy to pull off, and custom attack combos can be created, so players are free to experiment. They can take control of teammates for short durations, and some of the teammates' powers are needed to advance through later missions. No matter which character you control, the enemies are dumber than punching bags, which is all they end up being anyway.
Graphically, the feeling of the animated TV show is lost since cel shading has been dropped in favor of a more three-dimensional look. Still, most fans will enjoy the variety of authentic moves and characters that "Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles" offers.
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4 stars - Must have
3 stars - Pretty good
2 stars - So-so
1 star - Don't waste your time
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Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)
T: Teen (13 and older)
E10-plus: (Everyone 10 and older)
M: Mature (17 and older)