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    1. The Sims 2 (Mac)
    by Aspyr Media
    list price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0006B63RW
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 7
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Sims was one of the most popular games ever made. In it, players micromanage the lives of a family of virtual people, or Sims, and influence their paths toward success or something akin to a nervous breakdown. Its open-ended blend of cartoonish behavior and everyday living is unique in an art form otherwise obsessed with carnage and sports. With The Sims 2, longtime fans now have a deeper game with lots of ways to customize and share their experiences. The game will also attract first-timers because the goal-oriented gameplay and the luridly fun starter families make it easier to get into the action right out of the box.


    Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old.

    The People in Your Neighborhood
    The game starts at the neighborhood level. Here you can create a housing development from scratch or start with one of three premade neighborhoods, each with its own theme. From there, you'll settle on a house and a family of Sims to control.

    The Sims 2 body shop
    Create your own Sim (above) or your own house (below) from scratch with advanced tools.
    The Sims 2 house-building tools
    Aside from the basic needs carried over from the previous game, Sims now have aspirations, wants, and fears. The wants and fears are the day-to-day things that occupy their minds, like wanting to see friends or get married and fearing death or being rejected for a kiss. Satisfy their wants, and they become more efficient at completing tasks you assign them. Realize their fears, and Sims become lethargic, cranky, and unresponsive to your commands. Aspirations are the big-picture things, like raising a family, becoming wealthy, and gaining knowledge. Succeed here and you'll be able to buy odd gifts for your Sim to improve his or her life, like a money tree that pays dividends or a "fountain of youth" water cooler.

    What Else Is New?
    Of course, you wouldn't be able to juggle all that if it weren't for the improved "Free Will" option, which makes it easier for Sims to fulfill their basic needs. The artificial intelligence of the game is noticeably improved; they won't turn on radios just as a family member is going to bed but, strangely, they do occasionally put their dishes on the floor.

    Another big change in the series is the concept of the lifespan. Now Sims are born with the traits of their parents, families grow, and Sims grow old. Not only does this go hand in hand with aspirations (growing up is the first aspiration that a baby Sim will have), it provides a limited time with which your Sims can achieve their goals.

    Sims in live mode
    The Universal Control Panel helps you manage your Sim family.
    A Family Affair
    The Sims 2 not only lets you create just about any type of Sim in any type of family, build elaborate houses, and even create a neighborhood from scratch, but it also allows you to start the game in medias res, with premade households. These families all have backstories that are smart spoofs of soap-opera plots--lots of scheming, romance, ghosts, and family fighting. Parents of teens shouldn't worry, though, because nudity is tastefully blurred out and "woo-hoo" between Sims takes place completely under the covers. The ESRB has given this a Teen rating. If The Sims 2 were a film, it would likely land between PG and PG-13.

    The makers have included some nice tools to help share the universe you've created. For example, you can capture in-game stills and video to show friends the private moments, family interactions, and house parties of your Sims. You can even package a household to share as a blog or an album on a special Web site.

    The Sims 2 is for patient gamers. Like life itself, the game is filled with mundane details, like getting ready for work and doing dishes. The game also demands a level of creativity from its players that the run-and-gun game genres wouldn't know what to do with. But those who stick with it will be rewarded with an absorbing, amusing diversion and a virtual family history that they've created themselves. --Porter B. Hall

    Set Up a Sims 2 Machinima Studio
    Amazon.com contributor Porter Hall reveals how you can make movies using the Sims as your actors. See his guide to setting up a Sims 2 Machinima Studio. ... Read more

    Features

    • Build dream homes and design neighborhoods with new building options
    • Lifestyle simulation where you manage your Sim's dreams and fears over a lifetime
    • Mix Sim genes and see physical and personality traits through the generations
    • Control the camera and capture the action into mini movies
    • Generate unique Sims with the new Create-A-Sim feature

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims2 for Windows
    Hi, I have the sims2 game. My friend and I really enjoy playing it! It is so much fun. People just need to try it out and see if they like it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims 2
    Yes, I am a Mac user, and yes, I can't wait until May 30th!!
    I have played The Sims 2 before, and it is SO COOL!! I love to go to the park, stand under the trees. It feels like you're right there with them!
    I may not have to wait, though, if I get the Windows computer I've been wanting so badly. And if I don't get that computer, then I'll just get this on May 30th. Oh, lucky me.
    Well, anyway, I've always liked building the houses, and now I can make so many changes (especially when I do the cheat -- hee hee!)
    All my friends like The Sims, especially me. So I root the sequel on!

    -- Nina S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims 2 for Mac - Why the Wait?
    I've waited since the slightest infromation of the Sims 2 to get it, with much impatience. And now, I find out that it's not coming out for Macs until May 30th? I really, can't wait this long. All of my friends have it and I just watch them play it in raging jealousy. So not fair. I wish Maxis would have waited until May 30th to release the Sims 2 for Mac and PC, then I wouldn't have to watch all of my friends play it and brag and stuff. I played it at my friends house, and I was glued to the screen until I had to go home! I can't...wait...until...May...30th. I'll be so mad if Maxis pushes it later for Macs like they did for PC!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally...
    Well I'm really excited that they're coming out with sims 2, but does it have to be in may? the 30th? But luckily I'm getting a new computer, so I really don't have to wait. But its a really good game, and you guys should enjoy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Super game
    Sims 2 is the best game I've played. Now you can actually choose the color of your Sim's eyes and hair, choose what type of cheeks, eyebrows, nose, chin, lips (ect) you want!!! And this time, Sims actually GROW UP!! It's much more reallistic than the other Sims. May 30th is waited with impatience.... ... Read more


    2. Leisure Suit Larry: Uncut & Uncensored
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0006D3QXO
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 31
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Meet loads of hot women in 25 interactive locations
    • Experience the sexual escapades and misadventures of Loser Larry
    • Updated for the 21st century with 3D graphics and engaging conversations
    • Uncut edition with full nudity and sex-scene footage not seen in original version
    • Explore a real-time, 3D world filled with sexy and outrageous humor

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars for adult only
    in this version of Leisure suit Larry you'll see more detail and more "action" then the original version. So for those who want to have some fun with a PC game where you need to sleep with surch beatyfull woman.... it's your game!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME!!!IGNORE THOSE TOUTING COMPLAINTS!!!
    This is a great game! Sure I read the reviews from others that Magnum Cum Laude is nothing more than a string of mini games...??? But I took a chance and boy am I glad I did. This game is so much more than I expected.It is definitely NOT Cheesy or poorly conceived.My best description of it is an adult uncensored version in the likes of Zelda or Link.After all in Zelda you had to master several different opponents by playing a mini game within a game. The same pricipal is used in Leisure Suit Larry Magnum Cum Laude.The only difference is that instead of trying to "kill a bad guy" you are trying to "make it" with a college hottie and there certainly are a lot of hotties in this game!You also have to perform certain tasks that have you moving all over the virtual worlds just like in Zelda.Again instead of trying to "save the world"you're simply trying to get laid!or to catch a glimpse of some incredible T&A.The only thing worth mentioning that may or may not be of concern is that the game takes up a minimum of 3.5 Gig.For some with slow or older systems with small disk drives this could be a concern but if you look at it like I did.Wow the game has 4 disks and requires a minimum of 3.5 Gig.It has to be one heck of an involved game and that is most certainly what it is.To those who are slamming it I can only surmise that you bought it expecting for some quick sexual relief and when you saw that it actualy required a brain and some coordination that bothered you.Personally I'm glad the game is so much more than I expected.I have been up every night until 3:30 AM playing this game just to see what will happen next because according to some "cheat code" sites on the net after you beat the game is when it really gets good!You then start over and things really heat up!!!If you're over 18 and enjoy both a mental challenge and the titilating stimulation of seeing incredible (although animated) HOT college girls in full frontal nudity then buy this game you will not be disappointed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Old Larry Laffer this is not, but fun in its own ways
    The title of this game is "Leisure Suit Larry: Magnum Cum Laude, Uncut & Uncensored."This is almost identical to the "Leisure Suit Larry: Magnum Cum Laude" game, except that this is more like an NC-17 version, with T&A bared for geeks like us to enjoy late at night.

    Our hero Larry is Larry Lovage, nephew of the famous loser from the late 80's, Larry Laffer.The original creator of the LSL series, Al Lowe, was unfortunately not involved in the development of this game at all, so what we have is not the old, very enjoyable adventure game, but more like a puzzle game with silly mini-games that you win in order to see things.

    Apparently some people felt hugely let down by this change.I would have preferred the old LSL style myself, but find this game quite tolerable, actually, make that enjoyable.The 3D girls are gorgeous, and the humor not bad at all, and the mini-games are pretty fun to play and easy to beat.The gameplay is pretty much linear but, because the games are not impossible like true puzzle games like Myst, or even the old LSL series which involved a lot of running around, backtracking and digging and searching, the entire experience is on the lighter side.This game won't win any award, but it's easy to play so in the end is still an enjoyable game, esp. for geeks like us late at night.

    Oh, I see that Amazon has raised the price on the game since I bought it.If you can find it for under 30 bucks, and you enjoy computer-generated 3D T&A, you should give this a try.Of course, defintely go for this U&U version, not the other one.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Adventure game? No, arcade game
    As an old LSL an sierra in general fan... this game is a bomb. They re-wrote the meaning of adventure game. You'll have more fun with frogger.

    1-0 out of 5 stars If you like the old LSL games, keep away from this.
    If you're just interested in seeing a bit of pixelated T&A and playing lots of arcade-like games ad-nauseum, then this is the game for you.

    If you fondly remember all the old Al Lowe LSL games, and are looking to revisit some of their wit and challenge, then stay far away.

    Unlike the old AL Lowe games, all that's required to bed these pixelated babes (or quite often barely miss bedding them), is skill at a few different arcade-like games.There's not a lot of variety in these games, and they quickly become irritatingly repetitive.

    Basically, there's no thought required to play the game at all.The "Little Black Book" tells you exactly where to meet each babe.All you have to do, is show up at that location, wear the right clothes, play the arcade-like game, and watch the cutscenes of Larry scoring or not quite scoring.

    So far, I've not even had to search a single trash can.What kind of Al Lowe or LSL game is that???

    Also, one other very irritating thing about the game is the fact that while you're playing these tedious arcade games, you often miss out on what little humor is available in the game.

    One of the most frequent arcade type games, is one where you have to navigate a sperm through a minefield of conversation topics (this is how you converse with the babes in the game).

    Unfortunatly, I often find myself trying so hard to navigate the minefield succesfully, that I miss out on the actual conversation that is going on at the same time.

    The one up side to the game, is the abundance of pixelated (and sometimes real (during some of the load screens)) babes throughout the game.

    So basically, there's lots of eye candy, but absolutely no intelligent game play.

    If you're looking for a fun LSL game; with lots of humor, challenge and fun, scrape up an old copy of LSL7: Love for Sail.

    If you just want pixelated nudity and boredom, buy this game. ... Read more


    3. The Sims 2: Nightlife Expansion Pack
    by Electronic Arts
    list price: $34.99
    our price: $33.24
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    Asin: B0009E3U4K
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 200
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    Amazon.com

    After the incredible success of the life-simulation game, Sims 2, gamers have eagerly devoured a variety of Sims 2 expansion packs. Get ready for another addition, with the after-dark installment--The Sims 2: Nightlife Expansion Pack--intended to send your Sims on an epic night out.



    Enjoy the hedonistic side of life while you cruise the nightclub scene.


    Play your cards right, and you could meet the Sim of your dreams.


    Get busy with the DJ station, one of over 125 new objects and items.
    Right out of the box, your characters will be ready to hit the town and all the swanky spots. Whether they're cutting a rug until the morning light, flirting with the opposite sex, or getting nowhere throwing gutterballs at the bowling alley, the Nightlife expansion pack will deliver an unforgettable night on the town. With Nightlife, you'll have a better opportunity to discover the chemistry between Sims. Will two people click or clash? Is there a future beyond the night or is it just a steamy affair? If you're ready to add a fun, romantic, splash to your Sims simulation, then look no further than Nightlife to lift your spirits and start the party.

    Your Sims' romantic attraction is now based upon personality, life aspiration, and zodiac signs. After you size up a mate and determine likely compatibility, try to throw your Sims' love life into the red zone with new, romantic social interactions such as the longing gaze, the slow dance, or the dramatic dip kiss. If you've done well, success might bring your Sims a romantic gift. Strike out and your Sims might just get a pile of hate mail.

    Ahh, hedonism. Choose the all-new Pleasure Seeker life aspiration for your Sims and live vicariously through your characters. Deliver these Sims all the blissful amusements the world has to offer--hot dates, fancy parties, fine dinners, hot tubbin', and more--these Sims know how to live it up. Be careful, though!These pleasure-seeking Sims are terrified of pain, embarrassment, and effort, so anything outside of the realm of "PARTY!" is probably going to deliver quite a blow to their fragile egos.

    Partying doesn't just happen. Looking good and hooking up with the right person takes work. Whether it's a girl's night out or an important, romantic date, your Sims will need to get dolled up and dressed to kill for their epic evening in the all-new downtown area. What's the mood? With all the new choices, they can mellow out in lounges, kick up their heels at hipster nightclubs, enjoy candlelight dinners at fine restaurants, or hit the bowling alley with the guys. No matter how they feel, Nightlife has something to offer.

    Sims 2: Nightlife Expansion Pack has tons to offer to help your Sims live it up in fun and style. The pack delivers over 125 new objects and items, including a DJ station, a photo booth, a karaoke machine and more. With all the choices your Sims should be ready to impress. Plus, there are loads of exotic new Sims to mingle with or even date, such as vampires, hot waiters and others. So get out there, have some fun and find romance--even if it is just for a night. ... Read more


    4. The Sims 2 Special DVD Edition
    by Electronic Arts
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $39.99
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    Asin: B0002HTAYS
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 87
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Prepare to experience the wild ride of life through the eyes of your Sims.The Sims influenced the gaming world like no game before it.Now comes The Sims 2 with a lively 3D world, realistic Sims, and new gameplay that will let you control your characters across a lifetime.As you manage Life's Big Moments, they'll earn a Life Score that measures how well you are playing each Sim.Your Sims will have more awareness of their surroundings, be able to form more complex relationships, and be e ... Read more

    Features

    • Sequel to the hit lifestyle simulation
    • Manage your Sim's dreams and fears over a lifetime
    • Mix Sim genes and see physical and personality traits inherited down through Sim generations
    • Movie-making feature lets you control the camera and capture the action into mini movies
    • Also available in CD-ROM Edition

    Reviews (825)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Must buy
    This game was one of the few games that i play all the time. The sims 2 is an inprovement to the sims because firstly the sims would all was pause and i would have to wait for awhile befor i could play again. There are great graphics and it is a very realistic game that can intertan you for hours on end. The only proplem is that if you do not have a fast cumputor or even if you do the game takes awhile for it to load. This game is worth the money and i think shouldcost more because it is worth more.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun for a teen
    I played this when I was nine. To me it was the thing I worshiped. Yeah, yeah, it was fun, but it was so inappropite. I mean I can play this, but it`s really for a teen. Come on it`s not for just a girl, yeah, fine I`m a girl, but that doesn`t mean only girls can play this, so take that back whoever said that. I`m not a teen, I`m a preteen sort of. Well it`s lots of fun and my friends love it, so get this game and don`t just wait for another review. If you hate this and you took my advice, which you won`t hate, than say this review was not helpful. This is a great game!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fun... for a GIRL
    Basically a doll house, fun for a girl. I found it boring, but hey. I guess I was intrigued by the idea that the Sims might get down with each other. But when it comes to controlling little dolls in a little house, and shopping for little clothes for them, that really does not interest the masculine brain.

    5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
    I haven't got this game yet but i've been on it at a friends house. And i can guarentee you 1 thing. You will LURV this game. It has many good graphics and if you get this you will never ever want to get off the computer. Pretty much everyone in my year has this game and no one ever stops talking about it!! All i hear is man this game rocks or Totally sweet!! You can make your own family or have one that was already saved. you have a certain amount of money. You can adopt children or make your man and woman try for them!! I have never been on a game like this most of my games are on horses but this will be like the first non horse game i've ever had!!

    You can also build extentions to your house. once youv'e got a certain amount of money you can move into a really big house and sell your old one. However if you have kids you must remember to look after them!! If you don't all these things will come up and say like: What kind of parent laeves a child starving or something like that. you can go into town and go for a swim or you can get a job and hire a nanny. You can order a taxi or call emergeny services if theres a fire or your shower needs fixing. when your toddler becomes a child they will automatically go to school. You can also get jobs at like schools or you can be a security guard to earn money.

    The worst thing is that i'm not allowed to get it until the end of my exams which are i two-three weeks so i better start revising.

    Oh and buy the way buy it!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Game Made Even Better
    I've been playing sim games since the early 1980s, starting with Utopia for Intellivision.Each game has taught me something.Each one helps us understand what the scholar Peter Senge described as "systems thinking."Through sim play, I've deepened my understanding of economics, business, city a regional development...the list goes on.

    Now comes the re-release of The Sims, the most popular sim game of them all.I was delighted with its emphasis on individality and creativity.

    However, like with the Sims 1, this game teaches us systems and more.In the Sims, the key message was balance.The Sims cannot achieve maximum levels of "win" without an appropriate balance of work, leisure, physical and mental needs...

    Sims 2 helps us personalize this even more - something I would not have thought possible.But the essential message remains:balance is key for the "win."

    What will we see for an encore?? ... Read more


    5. NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $9.99
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    Asin: B000077WA5
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 1411
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    NASCAR Racing Season 2003 brings the intensity, grit, and roaring sound of NASCAR to the PC.This 2003 incarnation of Sierra’s 10-year old series is once again built by Papyrus, the first name in racing simulation fidelity.It doesn’t disappoint.

    NASCAR Racing Season 2003 features 23 venues including all the real-world tracks in the Winston Cup series, every major driver, and all the licensing NASCAR is famous for. There’s advertising everywhere, from M&Ms to Cingular Wireless and AOL, but that only makes the game look more realistic.

    True to the NASCAR Racing legacy, this isn’t an arcade racing game. You can crank the realism settings up and expect to race in all the qualifying rounds to determine your place in the opening pack for the race itself. You can set the physics to perfectly model the real world, where you have to fight your car every step of the way. Set the AI to maximum and you’ll have to battle for every inch of track space. You can even tweak the tire pressure and brakes, and set how your pit crew behaves. It’s a race fan and grease monkey’s dream come true. Less hardcore fans have the option of dialing down the realism settings. You can add a green line to the track showing the ideal route, let the computer help you with traction, steering, and braking, and even set unlimited fuel and unbreakable cars. Admirably, Papyrus puts you in charge of your NASCAR experience.

    The graphics are decent, better than last season but behind the curve when compared with other games. Cars look good up close, and the sense of speed is extremely realistic. The sun glints in your windshield and the smoke effects are impressive. But farther way, even at the highest detail settings, there are problems with shimmering and jagged lines around cars and objects. The audio is perfect, from the pit crew giving advice to the roar of the engines; it’s all very convincing.

    NASCAR may look like a crowd of cars all turning left but in reality it’s split second timing, daring, and skill. It's not easy riding an oval for 20-200 laps at high speed with little margin for error, or passing a crowd of 10 two-ton vehicles all hurtling along in excess of 170MPH. This game perfectly shows just how hard NASCAR racing can be. One word of caution before you get the green light: the keyboard or a game pad will let you play reasonably well, but you’ll never take the checkered flag without a good force feedback steering wheel. --Bob Andrews

    Pros:

    • Fun NASCAR racing for both beginners and experts
    • The best racing simulation on the market
    Cons:
    • Some long distance graphics flaws
    • Confusing menus and interface
    ... Read more

    Reviews (50)

    5-0 out of 5 stars From the Department of Redundancy Department
    Yes, as the previous reviewer stated. "The endless possibilities of this game are ...... um.....endless"

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Sim out there!!
    The endless possibilities of this game are endless.
    Although the offline play can be a bit boring, as the AI cars are very hard to race against (meaning that they are not the most realistic drivers) The game realy takes off when it come to online racing. The Servers that support this game (Xtremespeeday being the best that there is!) offer the best racing around. There are endless additional mods that can be found with a quick search of the net not to mention OVER 200 extra tracks!! that can be played online. You can also join 'families' (Xtremespdwy.com being the most welcoming) where you can get help from other drivers and the bosses that run the different servers. they also offer talking software called ventrillo that can be used so that you can talk to the drivers around you at the same time!!!
    This game is a MUST. If you like arcade games, then this is not for you! If you like racing Simmulations that even the Real drivers use to practice on, then this is the ONLY game to buy!!
    Hope to see you on the Track (in my mirrors of course!!)
    From (TXR) MrMondeo (A boss in Xtremespdwy.com)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Papy makes the Best Racing Sims
    I've had this game ever since it came out and it's still at the top of my gaming pile.

    the community is keeping this game alive, upto date car paint schemes and the mods are great. Project Wildfire has released many mods that are just amazing for this game (Truck series, Busch Series, IROC and a trans am mod for all you road racers, plus over a dozen new tracks from PWF and tons of tracks from many other mod teams)

    get a wheel pedal combo, a good vid card and get into community and you'll find this game is still going very strong even after papy has moved away from the PC sims.

    if your a PC sim fan, Papys games are the only games you want, EA's Nascar games are for arcade fans with Xbox's.

    i can get from 50-80fps with:
    - Athlon XP 2800+
    - 512 ddr-ram (PC-3200)
    - ATI Radeon 9700pro (128mb) videocard

    ------------------
    find PWF @ http://www.projectwildfire.com they have moved on but all the info you need you can get from the very active forum.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flat Out Awesome!
    I've been playing the Papy racing sims for years and have consistently be awestruck at the accuracy of the controls and the "feel" of the cars.Lets face it, anything else is 3rd rate compared to this racing sim.

    What I find amazing is the amount of support online for this product.You can race all of the usual "Cup" tracks or download awesome tracks like Mosport and Le Mans.Anyone with the slightest amount of computer savy will be able to add outrageously modified high-speed tracks with close to 300 MPH top speeds and classic road courses like Riverside.BUY THIS PRODUCT or be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sim racing doesn't get any more realistic
    EA Sports doesn't have anything in their invetory that can conpare with this game. Papyrus is way ahead of everyone else when it comes to Racing simulations. Yes...I'm calling it a simulator instead of a game because that's what it is. Dale Earnheardt Jr. has been know to use the game to prepare himself for the next race. Yes folks, it's that realistic. It's a real shame that this was the last edition of this game. Ea sports bought out the license from NSACAR. ... Read more


    6. SimCity 4 (Mac)
    by Aspyr Media
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $47.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00008YGMU
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 506
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    SimCity™ 4, features new simulation and graphics engines, new regional game play and thenew ability to track the lives of individual Sims as they go about their daily routine, SimCity 4 isthe most realistic, powerful and personal SimCity experience ever. Lay the groundwork for theircities by molding mountains, carving valleys, seeding forests and laying rivers. Build a worldclasscity with stadiums, airports, universities, and real-world landmarks. Feel the rhythm of thecity: peaceful protests and rowdy riots, noontime crowds and nighttime calm. Control everyaspect of your city and see the results for better or worse.

    • Sculpt mountains, gouge valleys, seed forests, and bring forth animals to create a world allyour own.
    • Summon volcanoes, release tornados, and call down meteors and lightning.
    • Build a world class city with stadiums, airports, universities, and real-world landmarks.
    • Deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more.
    • Place your Sims in your city to get the inside scoop on what's going on around town.
    • Connect a massive region of SimCities, each sharing and competing for resources.
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    Features

    • Create and control the most life-like metropolis you can imagine
    • Take your Sims from "The Sims" into your SimCity
    • Dispatch police cruisers to fight crime, send out the Mayor's limo to quell a rioting mob, or cap an erupting volcano threatening your citizens
    • Form mountains, carve valleys, plant forests, raise oceans, and more
    • From mellow traffic flow to commuter hell, noontime crowds to nighttime calm, partygoers to troublemakers, the movement in your city is ever-changing and unpredictable

    Reviews (28)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Should be Crash City not Sim City
    I bought this game for my son and I am now spending many minutes a day rebooting his MAC computer. The game locks up the entire system and requires a hard reboot each time. If this was an automobile from GM of Ford the roads would be littered with wrecked cars. Don't waste you money.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great game, but you need a patch to fix a performance issue
    I played all the previous versions of Sim City back in my bad oldWindows days and really enjoy the game.But for some reason this version will paralyze even a fast Mac.I'm running this on an iMac 1.8GHz G5 with 1GB of memory, and after about 10 minutes of play I have to quit and restart the game because the response becomes impossibly slow.Very frustrating.Haven't tried the updater yet, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    UPDATE (Apr 05): Installed the updater and it appears to have fixed the slow response problem.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good...if it has update!
    I have noticed many people have said just how bad Sim City 4 is. The thing to solve these problems is to get the updater It will make Sim City much better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Graphics not a problem...if you fix them!
    Lots of these reviews complain about the graphics on this Mac version.I had the same problems too - unexpected crashes and VERY slow game performance, on a pretty new G5 tower.

    Doing two things will fix these issues.In the game's video/display options panel, switch off the page scrolling, and reduce the graphic detail.That's all it took to have this game running great.The manual should cover these quirks but it doesn't.

    One final tip - learn the keyboard commands (found on the back of the manual) as it will speed up gameplay hugely, and totally compensates for no scrolling.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth it!
    Ok so i was a fan of Sim City 2000 which I found a demo of on a CD I didnt know i had. So I put it in and played Sim City 2000...and played and played and so on so I soon got the full thing. I became addicted to it. When Sim City 4 came out, i wanted it so much but I only had a mac. When it came out I bought like the first day! When I played I was sooooo dissapointed. nothing seemed to work right, the airplanes shadows became square and the streams on the airplanes was stretched all the way across, it kept crashing, and the industrial zone turned white, edge scrolling messed up sooooo slooooow. When I played it on a PC at my friends house, it was beutiful! Not a single bug! I ditched the game and played 2000 again finding it much better. Now I only play for like 10 minutes before getting bored. Seiously on this, NOT worth spending $40-$50 on this pathetic game. Maxis should be ashamed of themselves to take so much care in the PC games then throw it on a mac bugs and all. NOT worth it! Keep your money while you can! In other words, it doesn't take good graphics to make a good game. So get with it Maxis!! ... Read more


    7. Syberia 2
    by Global Star Software
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0000CDYOH
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Global Star Software
    Sales Rank: 484
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • For 1 player
    • Third-person fantasy adventure game trails Kate Walker on her voyage to Syberia
    • Lush graphics and settings designed by comics pioneer BenoĆ®t Sokal
    • Optimized graphics engine with dynamic lighting effects and more fluid animation
    • 4 new locations and new and continuing characters from Syberia I

    Reviews (55)

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the good ones
    If you like Atlantis & The Longest Journey you will like this.Not as good as the others, but good just the same.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A sequel that works
    Oddly they did that too. They made a sequel that was just as great as the original. An old fashioned adventure game that doesn't want you to kill people (or things), just makes you think and use your head. Unlike the mindless shoot-em-ups being shoved down our kids throats today. And you don't have to save it every few minutes so that you don't get killed and have to start from the beginning. I loved it!


    5-0 out of 5 stars Really Fun Game!
    I really enjoyed this game.I liked Syberia too, but I guess by this time, playing Syberia II I was used to all the little quirks that annoyed me in Syberia.The story line is fun (although I have to admit I still don't understand the obsession with the mammoths) the graphics are A+ and puzzles are interesting and related to game play.I don't want to give anything away, but I was actually sad at one part in Youkol Village - you'll know when you get there.

    I highly recommend playing Syberia first and then Syberia II but Syberia II is by far the better one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very fun, but shorter than the first
    This sequel was as much fun and as beautiful as Syberia I.However, some of the puzzles at the end were rediculously difficult, and the game was much shorter thanSyberia I.However, I recommend it, and wish there were more games that were this interesting, fun, beautiful, and stable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Game
    Wow!

    What a great game! I was totally entertained with both Syberia I and now I have just completed II. Makes me laugh when I see that anyone would say Syberia II was too short. It just goes to show you how delightful both of these games are. I wish it could have gone on and on, but in no way was it too short. One just hates to see it come to an end. I loved them. I cannot say enough good things about them both. Superior in all aspects.
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    8. UNIVERSAL INTERACTIVE Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude ( Playstation 2 )

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    Asin: B00023B1SU
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sierra
    Sales Rank: 950
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Magna Cum Laude brings back humor from the most respected funny brand on PC - Leisure Suit Larry. Now this game comes to the PlayStation 2!Updated for the 21st century with 3D graphics, engaging conversations, and a fully realized college campus, Larry is back to give gamers some loving. 2004 Sierra Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Sierra and the Sierra Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sierra Entertainment, Inc. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Game ... Read more

    Features

    • In this epic search for sex, you'll travel across aninteractive college campus, searching out women
    • Use quick thinking and romance skills to talk your way into women's pants, earning prestige and respect along the way
    • Keep a step ahead of the competition and earn that ultimate reality TV prize!

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a half-step below the best
    It's a little slow at first but you quickly get caught up in the storylines and challenges.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable sexual escapade & 1 of the best games of 2004!!
    "Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude" is the first LSL game in about 8 years, and also the first to cross over from the personal computer to home video game platforms on the Playstation 2 & XBox. As a fan of old Sierra games (even though I was too young to have played the early LSL games), I was incredibly pleased to see the series resurrected and brought to new heights!

    Important note: "Magna Cum Laude: Uncut & Uncensored" has now been released for the PC, and it features full frontal nudity and none of the pesky "censorship bars" that are present in this version.

    Obviously, nudity is the main selling point of this game. Anyone who says otherwise is trying too hard to justify his or her purchase. The college co-eds are voluptuous, they are animated in a sexy, often provocative, ways, and the main quest of the game is to get Larry laid. Because of the time and attention put into creating realistic (though cute in an almost-anime way), this game is more titilating than any of the "Dead or Alive" series of fighting games, more fun than any of the WWE wrestling video games that feature the strip matches, and the females are more desirable than Lara Croft ever has been.

    The women are mostly stereotypical "college girls" -- we have the head cheerleader Barbara Jo Bimbo (B.J. for short), the Italian castoff from "The Sopranos" Analisa, the Russian exchange student Zanna, the hot but nerdy college professor Beatrice, and so on. Chasing after each woman requires different approaches, and the result is never the same twice. And no, Larry *does not* get with all these babes. I hate to spoil it for you, but he only has actual intercourse a few times during the entire game. But every encounter is sexy, funny, and most importantly, packed full of eye candy!

    The gameplay is fun. It is not very involving and has been criticized for being mostly a string of "mini-games." That is true; however, the variety of the games keeps it interesting as you progress through the storyline. The script is absolutely hilarious, and the comedy is equal to the nudity as a selling point for this game. If you are a guy, or even a gal who likes to laugh at guys, you will laugh at Larry and the things coming out of his mouth. He rambles on a lot, gets off-topic, tries horrible pickup lines, lies constantly, and even staggers around drunk and farts. If you've ever known a man who made you laugh simply because he was, to quote Steve Martin, "a wild and crazy guy," then you will enjoy the story of Magna Cum Laude. And the voice acting is wonderful; there is not a bad actor or actress in this entire game.

    Now a few words on the Mature Audiences rating: This game is about sex, (...) drinking, jokes, and other things guys find enjoyable. For some people, this is disturbing. Those people need to get a life. I can play Grand Theft Auto, in which my character is able to walk down any street and at any moment cut off the head of a pedestrian with a sword. Or gun down dozens of policemen, only to enter a cheat code and get away with it all at the last possible minute. Yet somehow, the ESRB (game ratings board) finds Larry's girlfriends more offensive when they drop their shorts. Give us a break! Violence is much more detrimental to society & to teenagers than sex is, and yet we still can't get over our fear of pixelated private parts. It's ridiculous!

    All in all, I give "LSL: Magna Cum Laude" a totally positive recommendation to anyone old enough to purchase it. It was definitely one of the best games of 2004 simply because it is like nothing else on the market today: a fun, sexy romp through college life. 5 stars! 2 thumbs up! Just buy it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars NAUGHTY FUN
    this game is a hoot! it is definitely the naughtiest PS2 game out there. it's terribly easy to play, but that's because it really wants you to experience it's witty (and dirty) story. you won't believe the stuff you're asked to do in this game. it's really not pornographic as in this console version "censored" bars cover up the nether regions, though the game does feature topless characters. it's about as dirty as a SI swimsuit issue. one dissappointment was that the loading screen girls, pictures of actual girls in the costumes of the game's characters, don't show as much as you might want, especially after being tittilated by the game's sex-hunt for a couple hours. but, regardless, i was cracking up the whole way through this clever, silly, no-holes-barred game. a definite rental if not a must-buy.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Where's Al Lowe?
    I see that there is no mention of Al Lowe being involved with creating this.If he is missing, then I can guarantee you that the humor and gameplay quality will be missing as well, and online opinion would seem to confirm this.

    What a shame that Sierra wasn't smart enough to employ him.I was looking forward to a real LSL game, not a rip off. ... Read more


    9. Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Expansion Pack for PC/Macintosh
    by Vivendi Universal Games
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B00008ODBQ
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal Games
    Sales Rank: 175
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    After Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, a new threat rises throughout the land and it's up to you to defeat it. ... Read more

    Features

    • ESRB Rating: Teen
    • Genre: Strategy
    • Mission: Experience a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga
    • Platform: Mac OS 9.0 or higher, OS 10.1.3 or higher; Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

    Reviews (88)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a great game!
    When I first went to my friend's house to play Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos, I had lots of fun! I didn't enjoy the normal maps too much, sadly, and I wasn't really looking forward to buying the game.

    Then, I went online with my free Battle.net account and downloaded a player-made map. I really loved the map, so I decided I'd save up and buy Warcraft 3. The game kept me entertained on and off. I'd play it for hours on end, then I'd stop for about 2 weeks, then go back to play it again! New maps are made almost every week, as players love to find fame. I, myself, have made a number of maps.

    Anyway, when my friend got the expansion pack, I played a few Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne maps at his house. WOW! They were great! I couldn't stand having the game without the expansion! So, I got my allowance, and bought the expansion!

    I recommend this to anyone who likes RTSes (real-time strategies) or even people who DISlike them, because the game could be called an "Action\Adventure Role-Playing Strategy Sports Driving Sim" or something! It's a multi-genre!

    4-0 out of 5 stars good stuff
    this is definatly a good expansion set, just like the regular Warcraft3 itself. if you beat the first one, i suggest you buy this. graphics improved, more gameplay, and more fun. online action is great, including 1 new hero per race. i love this game and so does everyone i know who owns it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 1 year of frozenthrone playing and im not yet tired of it
    Alright people that think this game is boring and it should have a Naga race and a Drenei race is stupid. I mean it would be pretty fun, but it would take lots of balancing and stuff so...no. Humans, nighrelves, undead, and orc are enough and the game is fun enough with out those other 2 races. I mean u can still play as adrenei or naga in the single player...and even on custom games...i was playing open rpg islands and i was a naga and i was swimmin anround shootin things with the naga seaweitch. The game really isnt that hard to play when u get used to it. Heros make everythign so intense and exciting which is why when ur fighting the enemy you really should take out the hero then work on the units.

    The thing that i kinda hate about warcraft frozen throne and warcraft roc is the blademaster...cheap crap. he just got cheaper in this patch i mean now he can run through my units. Im always undead...and if youve been undead race u know what im talking about. Death to that dam blademaster. BUT finaly, they just got 2 new heros in a patch a alchemist and a firelord. I am very impressed with the alchemist he can take on the bladeamster pretty well.Anyways, people been saying how starcraft is better then warcraft and im like why? they say because its too shiney. I'm like ok...period over gotta go to enxt epriod...get this game ur kids will liek it buy it!! wee!!!!!!!!!!!Sinferno rulez!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Tried and true style of game works yet again
    There really isn't much original about the Warcraft 3 game, and its expansion Frozen Throne campaign.It's yet another clone of itself/StarCraft/Ages Of Empires, etc. etc. etc. where you build, upgrade, build some more, upgrade, start sending your forces out, upgrade, replenish your forces, upgrade, repel enemies that may be attacking your base(s), start wiping out major concentrations of enemies, replenish your forces and complete any upgrades not already made, and finish off all your enemies.This has been done a hundred times before, and I'm sure it's not the last strategy game which will use the same method.The hero unit in Warcraft is cool, though.

    The game is really easy to start, and gently eases you into the game.The cutscene movies are incredible, the best I've ever seen in a game.It's hard to say which campaign was the best, but I'd have to say it's a toss up between the Orc and Night Elf ones.I didn't like the Undead campaign, but the summoning of buildings was kinda neat.

    I did get tired of hearing "Frostmourne hungers" everytime I moved my Undead hero, though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the beast at this game beassssssssst
    Warcraft is my favorite computer game. It has a lot of fun especially when you kill your allies. I'm level 100 because I play every minute of my life except for now and when I'm at school. When I play nobody messes with me. I'm the best person you could find on the game except for my brother. You should definitely buy this game. ... Read more


    10. Command & Conquer Collection for PC
    by Electronic Arts
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B0000CE1J2
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 447
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Features 5 games from the Command & Conquer label. Includes Tiberian Sun, Tiberian Sun: Firestorm, Renegade, Red Alert 2, and Yuri's Revenge. ... Read more

    Features

    • ESRB Rating: Teen
    • Genre: Strategy/RPG
    • Mission: Choose a General in control of massive armies of bleeding-edge military weaponry across a globe teetering on the brink of war.
    • Platform: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP

    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The comand and conquer collection
    The Command and Conquer collection is a great game with Red Alert 2 and the expansion pack Yuri's Revenge.plus there are lots of other games .There are five games in all.Command and Conquer, Tiberian SunTiberian Sun Firestorm, Renegade, Red alert 2 and the expantion pack Yuri's revenge.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure and simple
    Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2 and the expansion pack, Yuri's Revenge is more than enough to justify a $20 price tag - that in itself is a bargain, with more than enough to keep any sane person entertained for hours on end, especially with the floods of modifications availabale for the game. To get three additional games thrown in just says it all. Pure and Simple

    5-0 out of 5 stars THESE GAMES ARE AWESOME!!!!
    In Tiberian Sun You can do really cool things like defend a UFO and in Tiberian Sun firestorm you can get awesome units like cyborg reapers in renegade is a first and third person shooter and red alert 2 you can use awesome stuff in yuris revenge you can mind control massively! In conclusion GET THIS!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THESE GAMES ARE AWESOME!!!!
    In Tiberian Sun You can do really cool things like defend a UFO and in Tiberian Sun firestorm you can get awesome units like cyborg reapers in renegade is a first and third person shooter and red alert 2 you can use awesome stuff in yuris revenge you can mind control massively! In conclusion GET THIS!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT SERIES!!!
    The C&C series is some of the best strategy games available.This is has some of the better games of the franchise.In my opinion, Red Alert 2 is the best game of the pack, but the other ones are good, too.Great value, too.5 games for $19.99?Can't go wrong there. ... Read more


    11. The Sims Deluxe Edition
    by Electronic Arts
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B00006CRUN
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 135
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    There has never been a better time to buy the game everyone is talking about.The Sims Deluxe Edition combines into one premium edition the most popular PC game of all time, The Sims, as well as the top-selling Sims expansion pack, The Sims Livin' Large, and a host of all-new exclusive features and content. ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes:
    • The Sims: Create an entire neighborhood of Sims and run or ruin their lives with the full version of the best-selling PC game of all time. Help your Sims pursue careers, make friends, and find romance - or make a complete mess of things! Open-ended gameplay gives you the freedom to set your own goals and chart your Sims' destiny.
    • The Sims Livin' Large: With over 125 additional items, five additional career tracks with 50 additional jobs and a cast of wild characters like the Grim Reaper and the Genie, this best selling expansion pack puts your Sims into outrageous situations and settings.
    • Sims Creator: Recreate every Sim you can imagine with this powerful tool that allows even the novice users to customize every detail of how their Sims look. Even put your own face in The Sims!
    • 25 plus Exclusive Objects

    Reviews (183)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Would be five stars except for Sims 2...
    This pack contains the game that started it all.Here, even more room is made for individuality and creativity.

    What do we learn from the Sims?

    1.Deferring gratification is essential for a "win."
    2.Money isn't everything - but it isn;t evil, either.
    3.Energy is limited but renewable.
    4.Balance is crucial.Spending all time and energy on one thing is rarely good in the long run...

    Wonderful, wonderful game.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Boooooooooorrrrrrrrring!!
    I've heard so many people rave about the Sims over the past couple of years that I finally decided to break down and buy it. This is one of the few times that I have to say I honestly have no idea what the big deal is all about.

    The Sim is a "people simulator". You create little people, plop them down in a house and control thier lives. You buy them clothes, furniture, make them meet people. Just about everything real people do. And that's basically the problem.

    The thing I that I found least entertaining about the Sims is that the whole game revolves around what I call "micro-managment". Every last little detail you have to scrutinize. Though some might find this appealing, I found it tedious and boring. It makes me feel less like I'm playing a game and more like an accountant. The game is also quite slow paced. Even if you speed up time, the game can move too fast and then you can really lose control over the game.

    The gameplay consists of a "point, click, and watch" formula for gameplay. You click on an object, your Sim person will walk to it, use it, and then go back to being idle. After time if you develop a pattern the Sim person will do things on his own, but that takes a while. After endlessly pointing and clicking and watching, I started to do things like try to set my Sim person on fire, or not have him go to the bathroom for a while. It is rather fun to torture your Sim person but it wears thin after a while.

    The graphics are good. The Sims speak in some kind of jibberish. And there's lots of Sim skins available for download on the internet.

    All in all I'd have to say that I really don't get this game. Maybe it's because I'm more used to games like Metal Gear Solid and SOCOM that I have trouble playing a game of this type. I tend to like having more direct control over the outcome of a game. The Sims made me feel like I'm a spectator. I'd have to say pick this up only you find a really good deal. Otherwise it's best to take the $20 you were going to spend and pick up something else. Sorry, but this is one I can't recomend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars simy
    this game is simulated life.Why is it "fun" to do the dishes in a game, but not in real life?who cares?it is!so, but now or die now.

    5-0 out of 5 stars simulated people
    The Simms stands for simulated people.A simulation is like the real thing but on the computer.You dont move around a maze like Mario.YOu have to take care of you're SIMMS PEOPLE!!You have to feed them and give them windows and jobs and make them go to the bathroom.It's like your a scientist whocontrols the experiment which is people. And notice didnt say you are GOD Peo-PLE so you cant get made at me.

    Now some warnigns about the game.Peoplewho play the Simms like to talk about wht there simms did that day and who they met and how they are doing.YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU'RE SIMM OR THEY WILL DIE PEO-PLE!!!!iF YOU THINK YOU CAN PLAY IT A LITTLE BIT and put it away then it is not for you.Go get Halo Half life or another first person shooter!!Part of the fun of the simms is being with people who now about it and want to talk to other people abbout how there Simms are doing!!!

    Also it is very addicting!!!!

    ALo you can kill your sim by putting them in the pool and taking the ladder away!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Kinda Fun, but mostly ANNOYING!
    Overall, the concept of this game is fun and the writers had some really good ideas and it's funny in some ways. But what I HATE about this game is that you spend more than 70% of the time making them go to bed, eat, and go take a bath/shower!!! Like, I get it, but enough already... They have so little energy that you never have time to do anything fun. One or two activities, and they're down on the floor. WHAT?! Ha, don't even bother getting them a job b/c you will see them again...Just stick with the cheat codes. If this game did not have this one flaw (ie energy would last longer) then it would be awesome. I'm buying Sims 2 and I really hope that this will not be as big a problem!!!! Grrrr.... ... Read more


    12. Diablo 2 Expansion: Lord of Destruction
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $23.99
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    Asin: B00005A3I8
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 267
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    New Characters:Assassin -- The Order of Mage Slayers was formed after the Vizjerei survived the tragedy brought on by Bartuc and Horazon. Their purpose was to watch for rogue magi that may become corrupted by the forces of Evil. To be effective at this task they were trained in abilities that were not conducive to Demonic corruption. Living as rumor and myth to the general population, even other magi knew very little about this mysterious order. Their reputation was shrouded in mystery and t ... Read more

    Features

    • Two new character classes (the Assassin and the Druid) each with 30 unique skills/spells
    • One new Act set in the Barbarian Highlands
    • Many new monster types, including bosses and uniques
    • Interactive environments such as siege towers and fortified battlements

    Reviews (267)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lady Gamer's Review
    In D2 LoD, you are following the path of Baal, the Lord of Destruction. He has ventured into the Barbarian highlands to find the Worldstone, the source of the Soulstones. The town you play in is Harrogath, NPC's include Malah the healer, Larzuk the armorer, Nilathak the Elder,(he's also a Necromancer, you'll see how in the fifth quest), Cain, who accompanies you through all the acts, and Anya, the Elder Aust's daughter. Two new characters are available, the Assassin and the Druid. Assassin skills feature lightning, fire, and blade Traps, Shadow Disciplines, and Martial Arts. An all new set of weapons was created- claws, of which she can hold one in each hand. This includes katars, blade talons, cestus', and scissors suwayyah. The Druid features elemental skills, like Hurricane and Armageddon, he can summon spirits like wolves and vines, and he can shape shift into a Werewolf or Werebear. He has a unique helm set of Sky Spirits, Antlers, and Wolf Heads. Of course, there are six new quests, and various monsters such as Minotaur demons, Sucubbi, and Enslaved. New "little" things include jewels, runes, expanded stash, and class-specific items. This is the game that completes the Trilogy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars game rocks like doom 3 and half-life 2
    this game rocks. its better on the online and its not a waste of money. i got good chars with high lvl weapons and kicking sets. online is never boring and some people can be total dicks or friends. the only problem is that it doesnt let us use our spells and skills in town. :)

    buy this game along with doom 3 and half-life 2. these games are great and worth money. i dont like to say this and start rumors but they are makeing a half life 3 and expansion for half life 2 and if u heard already this well dont bitch and if u think this game sucks go play hacky sack or that totaly gay halo 2.

    so peace out.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun & Challenging, but Baal-runs ruins it.
    Diablo 1 was fun and addicting. However, with duping (the ability to duplicate any item in-game), everything got just way too easy. You could beat Diablo without much of a thought as everybody had the most powerful of weapons.

    Diablo II was much more challenging as that bug has been resolved. The graphics were improved and the ability to learn only a certain number of skills added a real strategic portion to the game.

    The only bad thing that Blizzard should have resolved is what is known as a Baal run.Baal is a new character in the expansion.He throws four groups of minions at you to defeat and you end up getting a lot of experience.If you don't kill Baal, you can do this over and over and over again racking up a lot of experience points.Unfortunately, this makes leveling up and advancing waaaay to easy and took the challenge out of the game.Now the only challenging thing is getting to Baal.So if you are playing online on Battle.Net, you are playing against characters who did Baal runs for a couple of hours and are now more buff than imaginable.Blizzard should have fixed this a long time ago.

    After playing for several years, I think I'm going to "graduate" to World of Warcraft (also by Blizzard) which I've noticed is quite similar in many ways. But I'm sure I will return to the world of Diablo quite often as there are still a few challenges left to conquer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I play this everyday, im an expert
    I play this game all the time, im one of the godliest people on US East Hardcore.So much fund dueling and trading other ppl.I enjoy the social aspect of this game and the player vs player a lot, loads of fun to scam people too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HOOKED ON THIS GAME
    I am absolutely addicted to this wonderful game...My honey introduced me to it and ever since then I have been playing it...What makes it so great,for me, is that you can have a female character: Amazon, Assassin, or sorceress.I love all of them.I've been every character and they are all equally challenging in different ways.I also think, what makes this so addictive, is finding better and better weapons, jewels, gems, armor, etc...there are all kinds of magical items...and the skills you can develop are pretty variable.I have tried Amazons that shoot cold arrows that freeze monsters so you can kill them easily, and I have also tried amazons with spears that have lightening properties....If you havent tried this game and are thinking of it...go for it.You won't regret it.The only thingI regret is that they have'nt come out with more diablo. ... Read more


    13. Diablo 2
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B00002CF9M
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 328
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Since the Beginning of Time the forces of Order and Chaos have been engaged in an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now come to the Mortal Realm... And neither Man, Demon, nor Angel will be left unscathed.Diablo, Lord of Terror, and youngest of the Three Prime Evils, awoke from his long sleep beneath the dark earth. Setting in motion a grand scheme to free his exiled brothers, Mephisto and ... Read more

    Features

    • Five all-new character classes with unique attributes and abilities.
    • Four different, fully populated towns complete with wilderness areas.
    • Multiple dungeons, caverns and crypts in every town for players to explore.
    • Expanded world filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armor, monsters and non-player characters.

    Reviews (533)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Genre
    Diablo II is a helluva lotta fun.I'm not so much a single player person, but a multiplayer person.The gameplay is well thought-out and engaging.The plot is corny, but, then again, this is an RPG.

    The graphics are kinda mediocre, but the gameplay makes up for it.The expansion is a must.Playing online is incredibly addictive, which I don't like, but I get a kick out of it.What makes this game is the interaction in multiplayer.

    (...) is easy to use.They catch a fair few cheaters.

    My main complaint is that there are many lamers.There is a group of people that buys duplicated items of the internet at like 10 dollars a piece.This is what I don't like.There are other people that hack accounts and steal characters and equipment, and that is just lame.Thankfully, this has not happened to me, although my brother got hacked a long time ago.

    Even so, the fact that your account might get hijacked just adds to the reality that it is, after all, just a game.

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    The single player is a lot like the multiplayer.It is a good way to learn how to start out independently.In fact, the multiplayer is like single player, but just with more people.(surprise)

    There aren't many glitches, and there is skill involved, up to a point.

    Buy this game.It's worth your money.So is the expansion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great game!
    Diablo 1 players. Yes, I know you have suffered, but Diablo 2 fixed all their problems and this game is 700 times better! Get it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Learned some lessons from DIABLO, but quests more restricted
    DIABLO 2 can be summarized as "like DIABLO, but more so." DIABLO 2 has more locales, more varied scenery, more (and more elaborate) AIs, more control over developing your character's skills, more types of characters to play, better play balance, and so on.

    Like the original, DIABLO 2's settings are (mostly) randomly generated, so that with the exception of some set-piece areas (like the Skeleton King's lair in the original), no two games follow exactly the same map. DIABLO 2 has four acts covering 5 locales (including Tristram, the setting of DIABLO). Each act has very different climate/geography and monsters differing accordingly.

    You're following the trail of the Wanderer (the hero of the first game) as he locates the other Prime Evils, Diablo's brothers, before leading you into Hell and the final confrontation with Diablo himself. The settings in general have much greater variety and eye candy, and include outdoor segments as well as dungeon crawls.

    Act I is a generic-Europe setting, with a lesser-demon Level Boss rather than a Prime Evil. Act I most closely resembles the earlier stages of the original DIABLO, and contains references back to the original, as the player's task is to help the Sisters of the Sightless Eye. (The Rogue from DIABLO was a member of the order; your closest-equivalent player character in DIABLO 2 is the Amazon, who has a different backstory.)

    Act II is a desert scenario, with a sort of Egyptian flavor to the tombs, and a different, more formidable type of undead. Act III, by contrast, is a rainforest, emphasis on poisonous insects, water monsters, and fast-moving little AIs with blowpipe attacks. Act IV's revamped version of Hell is much more larger and elaborate than that in the original, with an assortment of demons and new attacks. The succubae weren't retained, but as a tradeoff Act I has hordes of renegade Rogues.

    Many of the AIs have been revamped to make them tougher and to give them more distinctive appearances. While the distinct colour schemes were retained, the details are more elaborate and they're tougher opponents. The carver-type AIs now include shamans, who in addition to their own magical attacks can raise the fallen. Animated skeletons on higher difficulty levels may now have mages as well as archers with them.

    That's one of the biggest changes from the original. Monsters not only regenerate after you've cleaned out a level (even lesser "unique" monsters, though not Level Bosses that have to be killed to end an Act), but many monster types can raise the dead or harvest energy from corpses. There are also delayed-action attacks, as poisons and antidotes have been added.

    Other changes from original:
    - Multiplayer and single player now use the same limited set of quests, rather than single player having a random selection of a larger set of quests.
    - Play balance on character abilities now includes active and passive skills, differing by character type. Not just any character can learn spells.
    - In addition to mana and life, player has stamina. While you don't have to eat or sleep as in, e.g. DARKSTONE, you either have to pace your character, stock up on stamina potions, or be content to move slowly.
    - In addition to Town Portal spells, each Act contains a set of fixed waypoints, and the player can return to earlier Acts if desired.
    - Towns are more elaborate. Apothecaries selling potions are now separate from magic sellers, and at least one NPC per Act can "gamble" with you. You can hire and equip NPCs who will follow you and fight what you fight. If they're with you, your experience points are divided with them, but they level up and become more formidable over time.

    Some lessons learned by the designers:
    - Local smiths can upgrade weapons, e.g. installing runes or gems in them. Partway through Act II, a quest item allows you to combine multiple gems of the same type to get a single gem of a better grade, so strategy is a factor.
    - In town/camp you have a chest in addition to the inventory on your character's person. Items in the chest are safe, but if you're killed and resurrected, anything you were carrying has to be retrieved from the body. Since you're fined a large amount of your total gold when you're resurrected, you're motivated to scavenge your own body anyway just to get some of it back.
    - Partway through Act I, you revisit Tristram and rescue Deckard Cain, who now has enough gratitude to identify items for free instead of gouging you.
    - Some unique items now come in sets (e.g. helmet, breastplate, gauntlets) that are stronger together than apart, and mostly effective for specific character types (e.g. bonuses apply only to a paladin). Strategy comes into play: is it worth saving an item in the hopes of acquiring the rest of the set?

    In summary: the thing I miss most from the original is the randomized quest mix on single player. The active/passive skill system is interesting enough to make up for restricting the player's ability to create super-powerful spell-casting Rogues and the like.

    As in the original, even in single-player a game can't be saved in multiple states; you can only have multiple characters working through different scenarios. In multi-player, items can be transferred between characters by drop-and-switch, but that's about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars nothing tops this
    there have been many trys by different developers to copy the play style of diablo 2.they are no doubt good but they are NOT diablo 2.diablo 2 has the best story, fun factor, sound, cinematics, addictiveness and replayability.i stopped playing this a long time ago because i was hooked on starcraft but i am going to start a new character tonight just to see how fun this game is again.my previous barbarian only got up to lvl 46.i've been playin WoW and have a lvl 60 alliance human paladin but there is not nearly as much loot as there is in diablo 2, thus making many characters look the same.(to the post below- all mmorpgs require a fee to play...its what basically gets them paid to make updates, fix the servers, etc.)cant wait to start diablo 2 again!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another increible Blizzard's production
    Lord Of Terror
    When Diablo came out almost 4 years ago, it was the surprise hit of the 1997. One day there wasn't Diablo, the next it was on store shelves, and the day after North American productivity plummeted 25%. Although Blizzard liked to classify it as a RPG, it wasn't really one. More like an action-RPG, since so much of the game relied on reflex and mouse-clicking. The story development was slim and roleplaying aspects non-existent. Yet the simple, addictive gameplay hooked us all and had us begging for more.

    After years of development, a few promises, a few leaked features and dozens of delays - Diablo II is here. The Second Coming of Hell and another dip in all IT stocks came to my desk less than a week ago, and grudgingly I accepted the job of reviewing the game.

    For those of you who've been in a timewarp the past 5 years and never heard of Diablo or Diablo II, let me give you a brief rundown on both.


    Diablo
    Diablo was a game where you played a hero of one of three character classes - Warrior, Sorcerer or Rogue. This hero operated out of a small town called Tristram, underneath which Hell itself was opening up. At first simply trying to clear the local corrupted Cathedral of vermin infestation, the hero soon discovers that something much more sinister is afoot. Hence you keep going deeper and deeper through the game until you discover that none other than the Lord of Terror himself - Diablo - is at the root of all the problems. You see, he, along with his two other brothers - form the Three Prime Evils. They got banished from Hell by lesser evils and then rampaged around the world until they were captured in soulstones given to mortals by the angel Tyrael.

    Through 4 different dungeons having 4 levels each you fought, died, and recovered your own corpse. You'd restart the game when it got too hard to gain xp in easier areas, and go back in again. It was all about getting to the next level, getting the next spell, getting the next better weapon or armor. It was simple to the point of being idiotic. Click the mouse to move somewhere, then click-click-click-click-click at some monster until it dies, and move on to kill more. That's an over-simplified description, of course - but the point is that Diablo was extremely addictive.
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    14. The Sims Party Pack (Mac)
    by Aspyr Media
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $47.49
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    Asin: B0002RCYZA
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 825
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Includes: The Sims, The Sims Livin' Large, Sims House Party, and The Sims Hot Date.

    In The Sims create a one-room bachelor pad or a 40-room mansion with easy-to-use house design tools. Choose from hundreds of items to keep your Sims happy, including swimming pools, giant-screen TVs, and even a hot tub!

    With The Sims Livin' Large put your Sims into the most outrageous situations imaginable. With a wide range of wild and crazy objects, careers, and building styles, add even more zaniness to your Sims' lives.

    In the Sims House Party make The Sims one big party! From luaus to raves, host parties that will drive the neighborhood crazy! Build the ultimate theme party with unique party items, party with cool new characters and mix and mingle your Sims in new group activities.

    Rock the house! The Sims Hot Date you can play matchmaker to your Sims! Wine and dine or crash and burn! See how well you can play Don Juan with your Sims. With brand new characters to meet and date, over 40 new one-on-one interactions and over 125 new items, the stage is set for the ultimate romantic interlude!

    Features:

    • Over 600 items to furnish your home and make your Sims happy!
    • Choose a career for your Sims, an astronaut, an award-winning actor, or even an international spy
    • Build a tacky little loveshack, a creepy castle, or a high-tech "home of the future"
    • Rock the house with a variety of music and dance styles
    • Enjoy a passionate picnic in the park or try your luck on the cuddle couch
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    Features

    • Use the game's powerful architectural design tool to build dream homes for your Sims
    • 4-pack includes The Sims, Sims House Party, Sims Livin' Large, and Sims Hot Date.
    • Build a simulated neighborhood and run--or ruin--the lives of the people that live there
    • Unlimited open-ended game play allows you to help your Sims develop and mature
    • Let your Sims pursue any of 10 possible career paths

    Reviews (3)

    1-0 out of 5 stars HORRENDOUSLY SLOW and unplayable....
    ... this has been a horrendous waste of money.After 2+ hours, I can't get the game to run on my computer, despite the fact that my machine far exceeds the system requirements.there's a 1-4 minute lag between when you click a button and when the action occurs, and in a game like this (there's a LOT of choices to make and clicks to make on objects) it's completely unplayable.

    STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
    As you have probably read, the Sims is one of the best games ever made! When I saw this pop up as I was ordering Hot Date, my heart jumped. Bad for me, lucky for you- I've spent almost 100 bucks on all of these games buying them separately. This is a bargain! Of course, the Sims is so much more fun with these expansions. It just stinks that this wasn't out yet when I purchased the Sims 5 months ago... :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bargain
    I didn't get this case of games, but the sims is a great game, and buying all 4 games for 50 bucks is a bargain. Each game is about 20-30 dollars, get the party pack for more the fun and less the money ... Read more


    15. The Sims (Mac)
    by Aspyr Media
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $29.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TFJC
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Aspyr Media
    Sales Rank: 796
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Personality and good looks give each Sim a unique appearance and lifestyle. Keep Sims happy as swinging singles or loving parents. Choose careers, make friends, fall in love, argue with the neighbors, or shoot hoops in the backyard. Build the home of your dreams, buy over 150 different items to add and enhance your Sim's life. Create an endless variety of character and family. Exchange photo albums and family stories with gamers from around the world. Take care of your Sims or they'll fend for themselves.

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    Reviews (99)

    5-0 out of 5 stars This Sims Game is Great !!!!!
    This was the first computer game I ever got and it was the bomb! It was great in all 4 corners. But one thing I didn't get was why don't the people just speak english. Anyhow this game was the BOMB!

    4-0 out of 5 stars STOP!
    look people this game is cool and all the things you can create but stop!!!! before buyiing don't buy only the sims buy an expancion pack because after a while you want more and you would like better houses and all of that I recomend you to buy "living large" or if you like dates you should buy hot date but stop and think research to see what you would like that your sims do but please don't buy only the sims because its very limited and belive me you would like more

    other than that the game is great

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sim up a family and simmer down!!!
    The Sims is for people who like to goof around, create and have fun! You can make people, choose the color of their skin, their age, their personality, male or female, clothing etc... It's a must have! You build or buy a house, and create their environments and furniture and lots of stuff. There's a cheat code to get you tons of money, but i can't tell you! Ha! Anyway, the sims has it's own type of addictive game playing, and everyone will love this! But i'm saying about 10 and up, although it depends how you canhandle some...things. Even though the sims is rated T for teen, there's nothing wrong with it, and you'll love it!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Simania
    The Sims is a fantastic game, and I had wanted it for a long time. Every time I saw it it was for Windows and PC. So I was pretty excited when I found it in a tiny MAC shop. The first night after I bought it, I made a single sim named Monica who moved into a one room bachelor pad. Monica now lives in a mansion with her husband and three kids. The surprising thing is that I did it all without a cheat code. The Sims truly is a game of strategy. I have pushed relationships to the extreme (marriage) and others to the lowest (Coronation Street style fights). I have made kids get A's and go to military school. I have made people who go to work in limousines.

    And I am still no Sim pro. In other words, one does NOT need cheat codes to get their Sims to the top. This game is definitely worth your while.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sim World Rocks!
    I'm a late bloomer and just got this game with the expansion pack 'Livin' Large'.I just didn't want to pay $50 for it for Mac and finally found it on ebay. I can't tell you how much fun I'm having! I'm still on the tutorial and will play that until I can really get a feel for the game. I dreamt about my sims, I became so addicted in such a short amount of time. I haven't found any drawbacks yet. The only thing is I can't seem to figure out how to delete windows, and I'm not sure how to build upper floors.

    The game is very complex and not only does it take up hours in game play, it takes up hours in figuring out what to do -- which is a good thing because Sims are smart, and the way they interact and react is hilarius. You have to keep an eye on them though, my male Sim was heading to the TV when he was supposed to be going to work and I had to redirect him. But it's SO MUCH FUN, I can literally stay up until two and three am playing. Some reviewer posted a money cheat and I'm going to try it because it takes my Sims too long to make money for me to make them happy. They ask me for stuff I can't afford to give them until THEY bring home the dough. Again, EXTREMELY FUN AND ADDICTIVE TO PLAY, and not for anyone who doesn't like to sit at a computer playing for long hours or who wants to just dive in and play without learning some standards first or understanding complex game play. This is better than Zoo Tycoon (for mac). I wish I had more games like this (for mac) to compare it too. I want Sims 2 for mac! ... Read more


    16. Hoyle Casino 2003
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $19.99
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    Asin: B00005W35F
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 3231
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (28)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Games not realistic!!
    I played the tournament Texas Hold Em poker and there is no way you can get pass the second round. You can have 3 of kind, and the other player would have 4 of a kind. You can have a flush, 2 other players would have a straight flush. This is what it is like almost every hand. Anyone who plays poker knows you don't see that many good hands out there.
    Blackjack is way to unrealistic. If you have a 20 and the dealer has a 5 face up, he seems to always to get a 6, then a 10 to get 21. I played 10 straight hands, the dealer had 4 blackjacks and 6 20's. That is almost impossible for a dealer to get that lucky. And if you see the dealer has a king faced up, just surrender unless you have 21 because the dealer ALWAYS has another king down.
    If you want to learn how to play the game, you should get this, but if you already know how to play, don't buy this, it is a waste of money!

    3-0 out of 5 stars I would give this game 3 1/2 stars
    I bought this game for under $10 bucks which also included shipping.For that price, You can't lose!I was reading the reviews for Hoyle Casino 2004 which had all the worse reviews I've seen yet.The reason I bought Hoyle casino 2003 instead of the 2004 version is the fact that there really isnt much a difference.Plus with the 2003. I can play without having the cd in my drive. Which is a BIG PLUS! I was hoping to see if the Texas hold'em tournaments were gonna be like the world poker tour.SADLY ENOUGH IT'S NOT. They dont have a NO LIMIT game.It would of been exciting to go all in and see if anyone or a computer match it. But still can't knock sierra just yet.Because it is still fun.I want to try out the new drink system but only if they improve two minor issues.One: They have a no limit texas hold'em tournament and Two: CD optional if people want it in the drive. If you are in the market for a casino game.Get this version because you would save money.But still waiting to see what newer version will bring.So if Hoyle casino 2005 comes out.I'm reading reviews before I buy.Don't want to make the mistake by buying the 2004 version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hoyle's Casino 2003 - Best Ever
    I recently purchased this from Amazon and received a manual along with it that I find very helpful as I'm new to Poker and Blackjack.The characters are so realistic and it's fun to listen to their conversations.
    The first time I clicked on the AutoPlay screen to start playing I could hear sound but my screen went black. I have Windows XP Home Edition with DirectX 9.0. I was sure this was the latest version of DirectX, but when I went to Microsoft's Help & Support Center, on the list was the question did the screen go black. I then went to Microsoft.com and found there was an update called DirectX 9.0B. It took a little over 30 minutes to download this version. When I clicked Play on the AutoPlay Screen this time, the place where you hear what seems to be a frog croaking, it worked fine.
    When some of the reviewers blame Hoyle for problems it could be Microsoft has an update that will make everything go smoothly. Hoyle creates extremely clever games and I'm very happy I bought this CD. The only games that can even compete with this are the Bicycle Card and Board Games which I also own. None of the other Casino games can even begin to compare to Hoyle's Casino 2003 in my opinion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Lot's of fun and good practice
    The table games are great and the play is very realistic. The players voices are a turn-off after a while so I play with the sound off. It is a great way to sharpen your skills before a trip to Vegas or AC. I had never played Pai Gow Poker but I learned from this software and look forward to trying it in a casino. The craps and roulette are fun too. I don't play slots in a casino so I don't use the slots on this either.Overall I think this is a good buy for some fun on the PC.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fun Game
    Very nice game. Graphics are well done.Facemaker is fun, and it uses the face I created in Card games without me having to tell it to go find it.The table games are well done, the speed of play is easily adjusted, graphics and audio are clear and crisp.There are so many gmes it is difficult to tire of this game.The slots could be a tad better, in that none of them are copies of real machines.Also the "feel" while playing them is not quite right.They are certainly playable though, as these faults are minor.I gave 4 stars out of 5, because the characters comments get annoyingly redundant very quickly.Of course, you can turn the character speech off if you want. ... Read more


    17. Arcanum: of Steamworks & Magick Obscura
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $9.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00004TTHT
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 721
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Most role-playing games are set in a fantasy world, and if they're notdirectly related to Dungeons & Dragons, they at least follow the blueprint ofthe D&D rules. Not so with Arcanum. Set in the world of steampunk--agenre of fiction that puts forth the idea that computers and other advancedtechnology existed back in the late 1800s--Arcanum's world is fantasticand instantly recognizable at the same time. The game begins with the crash ofthe L.F.S. Zephyr, which you were aboard. Things go from bad to worse asassassins try to kill you. Meanwhile, you struggle to understand why peoplethink you are the reincarnation of "The Living One."

    Developed by Troika Games--which is staffed by many of the people who createdthe excellent Fallout games--Arcanum takes the conventions of the RPGgenre and turns them on their head. Instead of binding players to a specificcharacter class, such as Paladin or Barbarian, Arcanum lets you create acompletely unique character. Experience points can be distributed in any area,so you can create a character that's a thief, magic user, and gunslinger all inone. In addition, you can specialize in either magic or technology, which willimpact how the other characters in the game deal with you.

    The world of Arcanum is simply massive, and the story is extremelydetailed. The main plot will provide you with 30 to 40 hours of gameplay, andthe side quests will add another 10 to 20 hours to that figure. The quests runthe gambit from fetching items to finding a cure for lycanthropy, and they'reall well designed.

    Arcanum is viewed from a third-person isometric view--similar toDiablo II and Baldur's Gate II--and the graphics easily comparewith any other RPG on the market. The characters are modeled nicely, and thebackgrounds and structures are very detailed and really add substance to thegame. Unfortunately, even on a high-end system such as an Athlon 1.33 GHz, thegame suffers from long loading times, and will occasionally slow down duringcombat.

    Those minor problems aside, Arcanum is a sensational game. The open-endednature of the character-creation system guarantees replayability, and thesetting and story will offer relief for anyone tired of Diablo II'sdungeon crawls. --Kilmic Robbins

    Pros:
    • Great story
    • Numerous quests
    • Ability to completely customize character
    Cons:
    • Long loading times
    • Interface can be overwhelming at times
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    Features

    • Character Creation: No More Character Classes. Arcanum uses a classless, point-based system where players use points to "buy" attributes. You're only limited by your own creativity in guiding your character's development.
    • Complex Stat-Driven System: Take charge or your own growth in the game environment. A deep and complex statistical system underlies every event that takes place within Arcanum. These include:
    • 8 basic stats (including Strength and Charisma), and more than a dozen derived stat (such as Poison Resistance and Character Speed)
    • 16 primary skills (such as Gambling, Healing, and Lock-Picking)
    • 80 spells within 16 colleges

    Reviews (122)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Sail On Software - Dishonest Company
    We ordered a DVD through Amazon via Sail On Software. They sent us a used DVD (no packaging), which did not work. After stringing us along, we returned the DVD and were promised a replacement or refund. Needless to say, they have avoided our e-mails since. I would recommend NOT dealing with Sail On Software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Involved Gaming - complex ? ... worth the learning curve !
    I don't want to rehash what everyone else said. I agree with their reviews. This is a wonderful game. Can be a bit overwhelming, but with patience, you will "enjoy the ride".
    I wanted to inform those looking to purchase this fine game, you can find the game/new at eBay, fifty% cheaper(...I paid twelve bucks) than what the new marketplace sellers are requesting. If you need a manual, you can download a .pdf version some 100+ pages long. Do due dilligence and you won't regret it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice refreshing break from hack and slash RPG's.
    First things first, I LOVED ARCANUM. Man it was so nice to have a decent RPG come out that was not centered around hack and slash. Not to bash Diablo or anything but the repetive hacking can get old and with a background story that does not care what you do leaves me wanting just a little bit more. Thats where Aracnum comes in. It basically takes the best of Fallout and puts it into a richly detailed and unique fantasy world. The beginning of the game was very good and had some nice hooks to draw me in. And then after that it didn't let up and I had to keep playing to figure out more of the cool story, complete all the cool quests and see the new areas. I absolutely loved the alternate situations throughout the game. I believe that is one of the biggest things that made the Arcanum game stand out from all its predecessors. And another cool thing was that if you beat the game with one character you could replay it with another character and have a brand new experience. The only drawback I had with the game was the level limit. I reached level 50 way before the end of the game and found myself running from almost every random encounter because I could not reach a higher level and it was getting real boring beating up every monster that came after you. And another drawback I found was the ease with which the end guy could be beaten. I expected a very tough enemy, but it only took me two tries to beat him down. The first so I could see what he was all about and the second to counteract all his moves and put the smackdown on him. But those are very minor details and the overall game was a satisfying RPG experience. I hope to see more types of these RPG's in the future and less action oriented RPG's. Sorry action fans, RPG does stand for Role Playing Game which means playing a role not clicking a mouse button as fast as you can. Maybe they should come out with a new genre Hack and Slash and keep it seperated from RPG.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sleeper masterpiece, but missing a few touches
    Arcanum is a good example of a sleeper hit on the PC RPG genre.Although many have forgotten, or have not even heard of it, it DID win 2001 RPG Year of the Award and other accolades from various sources.And at $9.99 (without shipping/handling), it's quite the bargain as well.

    Arcanum's strong points lie in its original concepts, well crafted storyline and well scripted events.Betrayal abounds, and it's hard to know who to trust.

    Arcanum was the first major game to offer two different sides in the form of technology and magic.Wield a nice automatic gun, or maybe a tranquilizer rifle.Or become a stuffy mage, carry a flaming sword, and send bolts of lightning out of your fingertips.Teleport yourself to distant lands, or ride the train.

    The game is also very imaginative in terms of character interaction.If your mage becomes too powerful, the railroad conductor may eventually not even let you on the train, for fear that the warping of reality around you will damage the machine.The world is quite realistic- there are tailors, ordinary folk who just live in houses, blacksmiths, guards, etc.Some things will only happen at night.And unlike many other senseless RPGs, if you break into someone's house in plain view, it IS a crime.You want something valuable in that house?Sneak in through the shadows!

    Arcanum is just an amazing game.The number of characters you can develop is startling, and the dialogue options available for each character are equally so.They range from the normal, to the cautious, to the sarcastic, to the outright absurd (i.e. "You're too nice.You have to die now.")

    The spellcraft in Arcanum has been impleneted very originally.Casting a spell causes fatigue instead of mana, and spells actually will cost a certain amount of fatigue to upkeep, which allows for many interesting balances between technology and magic.Gun runners will never be afraid of suddenly getting too tired, and just running out of spells.On the other hand, they will be quite afraid of running out of bullets.

    Of course, a game as ambitious as Arcanum also comes with several weaknesses as a result.Like any other pioneer in its field, Arcanum has a few pitfalls that kept it off the wish lists of some players.Arcanum has a steep learning curve unless you played a similarly styled interface (e.g. Diablo II).

    Second, technological characters will find their time more difficult than the spellcasters because in the early game, they have to search everywhere- even garbage bins- for enough components to build decent weaponry.This perpetual scavenge hunt can quickly tire some less advanced players.

    Third, some spells are simply too good.Disintegrate for instance, simply destroys the enemy monster.There is no equivalent for this on the tech side, and even if there was, it'd still be quite "broken" and unfair.There is no challenge in simply walking up to a boss monster and simply playing one spell that knocks it away into oblivion.

    Another major complaint is that combat in Arcanum is too biased towards melee.Oftentimes the person who survives is neither the mage nor the techie, but the ogre who's got some good armor and a really, really big sword.Ranged weapons, as a general rule, are quite weak.The ones that aren't (i.e. explosive grenades are sort of good) are usually rare, even the components for them.

    Last but not least, the controls in Arcanum are a bit clunky and the way the world map works is counter-intuitive.The game slows down periodically for little reason, even on fast systems, which suggests that the programmers may not have written entirely efficient code.Anyway, look at the advantages and disadvantages, and invent your own rating.

    P.S. Arcanum does not support Windows XP officially.You have been warned.It may or may not work, depending on your specific PC.Also, some computers with older CPU's will have problems with their 3d acceleration.Try safe mode.Worked for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Load times aren't that bad
    Ok let me start by saying this is a very good game, you have tons of quests and your charter is very customizable.

    Ok ived read alot of reviews on this site and they all seem to say this game has long load time well it dosen't. It dose however have alot of stops in the game(while your battleing or try to cast alot of spells in a row) but if you have alot of ram you won't have that problem.(when i first got the game i had only 256 mb ram and had alot of stops while playing, but after i upgraded to a 1 gb of ram i didn't have the stoping problem anymore.)So if you computer is decent like mine you shouldn't have any major problems playing this game. ... Read more


    18. Homeworld 2 for PC
    by Vivendi Universal Games
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $18.99
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    Asin: B000083JXD
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal Games
    Sales Rank: 299
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Take advantage of enhanced visuals, richer tactics and strategic gameplay as you build your fleet and engage in 3-D space combat. ... Read more

    Features

    • ESRB Rating: Teen
    • Genre: Strategy
    • Mission: Lose yourself in the sequel to the groundbreaking 3-D real-time space strategy game Homeworld
    • Platform: Windows 98/Me/XP/2000

    Reviews (146)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good game
    This was one of if not the most fun strategy game i have played. It has an amazing story, unbelievable graphics, and an interface that once you learn it is relatively easy to use.
    Tbe only reason i didnt give it a 5 is because it is so hard as to exclude this game from some of the less hardcore stategy gamers. The game does take a hit as well from not being able to order your ships into formations (an important part of any space strategy game) but it is more than compensated by just generally being alot of fun. Now i am a fan of space stategy games and i thought that the toughness of the game was an asset because insted of just building a huge fleet and crushing your enemys (satisfing but doesnt take much brain power) you could manipulate the battlefield leaving your enemy crippled and unable to fight back (buy controlling recource spots ect.) I do have to admit i went through a few mouses because i broke a few in sheer frustration. So in conclusion i highly recomend this game to you if u enjoy a tough but satisfing game and your not one of the "gamers" who like to boot up warcraft and put in all the instant build cheet codes. This game is well worth $20 and it was worth it to me when i pre ordered it in 03 for $60. BUY IT PEOPLE!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Fun?
    I just have one thing to say: this game is as fun as you can throw it underwater with your wrists chained to some wall.Also, the interface and mere gameplay feels like an act of congress (looking up how to do things in the manual!)To be frank, don't by this game even if they would give you money in return!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Loss of The Real Concept!
    Look, I've been a Homeworld fan ever since I bought it when it FIRST came out, it was beautiful, the graphics were just delightful, and the stradegy was complex to a portion where I can sit in a room, for 20 hours of non-stop harvesting and planning of an attack with a lil' math and algebra on the side.

    When I started to play Homeworld 2, I was hyped, and ready to complete the saga in my world of stradegy gaming other than StarCraft, WarCraft, Age of Empires, and all those other fun stuff.

    I began by downloading the Demo from Sierra, and I was full blown by the new graphics it had, though my video card was really acting kinda messy since it was the summer time. (Yeah seasonal changes make items work slower or faster.) Anyways, when I started to play the demo, I used the mechanism of the keyboard and controls of what Homeworld 1 had, lemmie tell you this, TOTALLY DIFFERENT! I can't believe my eyes of what I felt and seen! Everything; the whole concept has changed, the keys and etc. Then I saw that the stradegies have changed, and there were only 3 formation patterns I could only choose for my fithers, I'm like, WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE THEY THINKING!? I really wanted to bust a few chops with my strategic mind... so then I thought to myself, eh, not bad, lemmie get the whole game and see what it's really worth...

    Bought it, it's totally the same concept, doesn't relate to Homeworld 1, doesn't relate to ANYTHING LIKE HOMEWORLD AT ALL! I thought that they would stick to their story, but the whole thing changed... I was really mad about it.

    The game-play suddenly became boring, just traveling with no real dog-fight, "Some destiny this is..." ok, maybe a few dog-fights, but the game just gets harder and harder *like any other game* But I'm looking at it, I swear to you, I would've beaten all these fools if I had all those formation patterns. This game has less stradegy in mind, and the shipmaking, is just build in bulk, something that a gamer would NEVER LIKE. Listen, usually, it's always great to build ONE AT A TIME... WHY!? BECAUSE HAVING THAT FEELING TO SIT ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT WAITING FOR THAT SPECIAL OBJECT TO BE BUILT REALLY SHOWS THAT IT'S A GREAT GAME. This however, was truly dissappointing... No wonder it was 20 bux. Not many people like it! For God's sake even Diablo 2 is 20 times better than this and the graphics can be as horrible as they want, but their game play is just completely mind blowing as well as the story line.

    For all kids that love graphics, I suggest this game as a STARTER, but for gaming stradegy and story lines, I suggest that you should TURN BACK, THERE'S NOTHING TO SEE BUT A GAME THAT TAKES 20 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE JUST SITTING AND WAITING FOR NOTHING, BUT RUNNING AWAY FROM YOUR ENEMIES.

    Even Homeworld Cataclysm is better than this. I wouldn't call this game trash though, but would've worth a lot of money if they knew how to bring back the story line as what they were before, but spiced up, with more allies and enemies, and probably if Sierra was lucky, deception.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Game
    Before I start, I would suggest anyone who gets this game be sure to download the patch that has been made available.This balances out units a little better (not too much, but a little) and also decreases the difficulty of several of the missions (they are possible to beat without the patch, but they are hard).

    This game builds wonderfully over the orrignal Homeworld.It has made several improvements in how things are handled and also polishes up things in general.In addition, unlike the orrignal Homeworld the different sides have very different strengths and weaknesses that are readily apparent when playing them.

    Some nice additions:

    You no longer build single fighters, but rather build fighters in wings.So long as a single fighter in the wing survives you can send the fighter group back to a carrier or mothership or shipyard and have the unit returned to full strength.This makes fighter units much more useful and practical then the frail things they were in Homeworld.

    Resource collection at the end of missions has been automized.You will no longer have to sit around for hours after missions sending harvisters out to collect resources for you.Once all enemy units have been defeated all resources in the map are automatically collected and added to your resource pool.

    Subsystems.You can now build subsystems that give your ships interesting capabilities as well as target enemy subsystems.Large ships (such as battle crusers, carriers, motherships) come with some standard subsystems that cannot be completely destroyed but can be dammaged to the point that they no longer function.This makes hit and run type attacks much more useful then they were previously since you can use them to dammage enemy capabilities or cripple enemy ships, while allowing access to some nice abilities should you chose to build some of the more unique subsystems.

    The ability to capture any ship in the game has also been added.That is right, capture ANY ship in the game.Including motherships.In addition, the units which capture enemies are much less flimsy so while they do still need an escourt they can be counted on to not die immediately.

    Fleet formations have also been added.While there are really only 3 choises for fleet formations, they really do make it easy to use ships of different classes together.When used properly these formations are extreamly powerful, however you need to learn when to use a formation and when to break it up.

    There are a few things I am less than satisfied with however.It is for these reasons that I am only giving it a rating of 4 out of 5.

    The first major thing I was disapointed with was the reduction on the number of formations.I remember that with the orrignal Homeworld there was a large number of fomrations to chose from.I kept wishing I had access to some of those, particularly the claw and the sphere.While it may be argued that the addition of fleet formations makes up for this change, I couldn't help but wish that I had access to many of the old formations.

    The interface is something I am not 100% satisfied with as well.While I will agree that it is definately a step up from what was used with Homeworld, it does feel somehow cumbersome.I guess it is a function of too many menues when it comes to building units and researching.Even in this respect it isn't too bad though.

    Also, the 3D nature of space has largely been ignored.This problem still existed in Homeworld, though it was a little less noticable there since they did fairly often launch surprise attacks from above or below.Homeworld 2 largely just uses the horozontal plane when it comes to combat.Units controled by the AI simply will not try coming from strange directions, but rather take a head on approach.Thankfully I was able to find a group of people to play with online who were not burdened with this problem.

    My final real problem with Homeworld comes with the addition of a new unit: the shipyard.The reason for this has to do with multiplayer where its importaince overshadows even that of the mothership once it has been built.It has more subsystem slots than the mothership.It is the only unit which can build battlecruisers.It has all the capabilities that the mothership has and more.From a stand point of game ballance I can see why this may have happened (the game designers didn't want players skipping ahead in the research tree right to battlecruisers), however I cannot help but feel that if anything the shipyard should be more of a smaller mothership with more limited capabilities.Somewhere between a carrier and the mothership.

    All that said, the game is still a wonderful game.It contains almost all of the orrignal Homeworld's good points, and gets rid of many of its bad ones with the introduction of few flaws.If you like the idea of controling an intergalatic battle fleet then I would definately suggest that you pick up this game.The campaign alone would be worth it, but multiplayer is where this game really shines since that is where you will see interesting tatics that can be used once the pesky notion of 2D is forgotten.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning but shocking game play
    In light of completing Homeworld 2 twice, the review is a brutal truth of what the game is---a game so challenging, so hard, it just simply isn't worth your bother. Ordinary gamers will derive no enjoyment from this. In a manner of words: this is a game with spectacular graphics, breathtaking naval fleet warfare, all hampered by arduous game play.

    Fifteen missions long, the average player will find themselves struggling by just the fourth, if you finished the third by the skin of your teeth. Rapidly changing mid-mission objectives, wave after wave of enemy forces, you'd better be up to the challenge of preventing your shipyard from hostile takeover to graduate to the real fun.

    Then mission 4 hits you, hard and heavy.

    Players are simply not prepared so early in the game, after such breezy missions, for one of such difficulty. Continual enemy attacks never leave you alone, never giving you a breather, to collect resources, to replenish your ragtag fleet. Don't grin that smile yet, that massive frigate assault will wash it away. There's no time to get a feel for ship classes, what works best against which enemy unit, to experiment on new technologies. Took a stunning number of weeks to beat that mission alone. Just concentrate on bombers and pulsar corvettes and she'll be right mate. Homeworld 2, it seems, is one heavy mission after another, broken up by occasional missions so quiet you could sleep through them. Those restful missions would be ideal to build your fleet to full strength and maximum unit numbers.

    A detrimental mistake!

    An unbelievable attribute of the game---the stronger you are, the heavier the next mission's enemy forces will be. The astounding stupidity of this is simply shocking. Try full unit limits from the tenth mission onwards, when enemy forces are already considerable, you'll see. This isn't so bad, really, but it makes hill into mountain.

    Homeworld 2 is a RTS game of its own, nothing like Starcraft-type games. Even the hardest Starcraft mission gave you time to rebuild a weakened army, fix your base up. You could explore the darkened map, tease the enemy from different sides. H2 won't let you do that. This game demands strict obedience to the mission objectives. You play to fulfil them, not your own agenda.

    Even more absurd, whatever forces you have left you begin with next mission. Scrape a mission too finely, and what are your chances of survival, really, when come the enemy hordes, and come in numbers they will.

    What H2 steals from you is enjoyment. This is for the determined player. Who doesn't want a challenge in a game? But it's not fun. Move! You can't sit idle at any time; you can't split your fleet up, to feint at an enemy base from different angles. You want to live, keep all eggs in one fleet.

    The menu controls are shocking. Mouse scrolling doesn't work in H2. It takes valuable time to position and drag the tab down the page. You can't even press ENTER or ESCAPE keys, only mouse commands. Such is the Idiotic Intelligence of the developers, that you can't authorise commands with an ENTER tap. The screen panels where you click to load or save games are so slim you really have to position your mouse precisely over them.

    The method of saving is a joke. Strict alphanumerical order, the starting letter or number determines its placement in the list. It's better to save games chronologically, like Starcraft and Jedi Outcast. In-game auto-saving works against you; replay a mission, and you might re-save over it.

    Where in the game booklet does it say docked strike craft automatically repair? A tiny offhand mention in the Vaygr Battlecruiser. How would you think to dock your fighters when you need them active at all times?

    Absurd to target warship subsystems (engines, weapons, etc) when destroying the ship takes just as long. Absurd to capture an enemy ship, not only from your strict unit numbers, but the ship will always target your marine frigate. Played game twice, still can't get cloaking technology.

    Like viewing a sphere of blinking red and green dots all game long? You'll spend considerable time looking at your radar screen; it's the only way to see enemy units and positions, and easier to select targets.

    Graphics are awesome, ship details commendable. Mouse-wheel scrolling permits easy panning and rotation of the camera angle. Fun to follow a bomber group on their attack runs, or zoom right in at besieged warships about to be missile volleyed. High comp system will avert the occasional slowdown when camera-close to a ship going nova; exploding capital ships are cool.

    Mid- and inter-mission cutscenes are simple but satisfactory. Fleet Command voices sounds too similar; Makaan is chilling as the Vaygr warlord, smooth and polite.

    Game music will become repetitive. Only two tracks stand out: the oriental Hindu-like music of the Keeper missions, and that brief heavy battle track in missions 9 and 12. Hammered by endless Vaygr fleets, your heart pounding as you brawl for survival, why the damn hell did they finish after two minutes? Superb and haunting, they rapidly faded back to that mundane battle music.

    There is nothing special about mysterious Sajuuk, the one hope of your homeworld. Can't spoil you here, but the game designers are criminal fools to make the guy just that. And if that doesn't inspire your outrage, behold the short, simplistic final cutscene of the game.

    This is Homeworld 2. Visually stunning, rigid game play design. You'd do well to think long and hard before sampling this farce of fun. All fine and fancy to spout rave reviews and the shine the five-star flag, but honest and informative feedback goes a long way to whisper the truth. ... Read more


    19. The Sims: Unleashed Expansion Pack for PC
    by Electronic Arts
    list price: $9.99
    our price: $9.49
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    Asin: B00006CRVB
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
    Sales Rank: 184
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Add a pet to your Sims family, get a job, explore the expanded neighborhood with 30 new residential lots and five community lots in this Sims run wild. ... Read more

    Features

    • ESRB Rating: Teen
    • Genre: Strategy
    • Mission: Control every aspect of Sims life in this highly addictive VR universe
    • Platform: Windows 95/98/Me/XP

    Reviews (361)

    3-0 out of 5 stars A somewhat spotty EP
    MIXED FEELINGS
    Ever since having bought Deluxe back in 2003, I've been a diehard fan of the Sims, and I've enjoyed both Hot Date and House Party. I have to say, though, that I have mixed feelings about Unleashed, which on one hand expanded the game wonderfully, but on the other hand, screwed things up considerably.

    WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT UNLEASHED
    What's good about UL is the obvious-- if you ever wanted your Sims to have pets, this is the EP to get. You have your pick of animals, from traditional favorites (dogs and cats), to more exotic animals like iquanas and turtles. UL also expands the game considerably, adding an additional number of lots to the original ten lot neighborhood, as well as a new place to visit (Old Town), and a chance for your sims to live off the land as farmers by allowing them to grow vegetable gardens. You also get new Maxis families (Hicks, Burbs, Goth Sr.s), interesting new NPCs, a beautiful set of New Orleans-inspired objects and furnishings, not to mention a new batch of surprise visitors (mostly of an animal-like nature) to deal with. One last good thing is that if you like to build houses for the heck of it, you can now build and peak inside of them without having to move a Sim in first or use the Rosebud cheat.

    WHAT'S NOT SO GOOD
    Okay, here's where the mixed feelings come in. I found the game very buggy. Before I bought this EP, I had to deal with the 360 shuffle (a bug where the males of the game will turn around 360 degrees before washing the dishes or picking things up). It was no big deal pre-UL then because it didn't happen too often. With UL, not only does this condition worsen, it afflicts the women too! They will almost always turn around full circle or make two extra steps to the left or to the right before doing anything! There's a patch at the official Sims 1 site to deal with it, but it doesn't treat the problem at all.

    Another thing I didn't like about UL were some of the creative changes Maxis made to the game. You know, there's a good reason behind the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." You could wind up spoiling a good thing otherwise. Maxis seems to not have heard of it, because it made some "fixes" to the game that soured me completely to this EP, despite my liking some of its other qualities.Major change #1: if you thought it was annoying when the sinks flooded constantly, you're just gonna *love* how the puddles now seep under objects, forcing you to go into Buy Mode to move them in order for the sims to clean them up! (No, this is not a bug, as commonly thought! Maxis actually thought this cute idea would make the game more realistic!) Major change #2: the women walk significantly differently than before, with stiffly held arms, butts sticking out and hunched up shoulders. This new change irked fans of The Sims so badly, they coined a term for it-- the Gorilla Walk. There's a patch at the official site for the first change (the puddling under objects), but no patch for the 2nd change. The Gorilla Walk didn't really bother me too much, but it's one of those changes that was really unnecessary and took away from some of its earlier charm.

    There are so many other things like that I found frustrating about UL (to the point of uninstalling it after a week), but space limits prevent me from listing them all. At any rate, as you can see, although I was pleased by some aspects of UL, I was frustrated by other aspects of it. In fact, this was the first Sims 1 EP I was severely disappointed with. I'm almost a little heartbroken, because while some of the new stuff in it was astounding and added a lot to the game, the bad ideas and bugs totally killed whatever excitement those new things brought. Don't get me wrong: UL has a lot of good points, but some of its flaws at times detract from what's good about it. So it's three stars from me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims is my favorite PC game!!*_*
    Sometimes, I enjoy playing Playstation, but I like Sims better. It helps me learn more a bout saving money. Sometimes, I do a cheat to get lots of money but I don't use that so much because the game is about using money and life time, not about getting cheats to win. But if you want to know the cheat, I may tell you. First, in the middle of the game, you press the Shift key, the control key,(Ctrl) and the C button. Then, you write "rosebud" to start and then !;!;!; (keep on doing it). If you one to get money MORE faster, you press !;!;!;!;!;!;!;!;1 ( keep on doing the same thing and at the last part, you do a 1.)

    I like getting pets especially when the family in the house is bored and quiet. My favorite part of the game is, buying pets. shopping and building buildings. I usually name the pets in regular dog names. I also like big and fancy houses with a BIG back ground. Once, I had 4 birds, 4 iguanas and four of each pet. (Good thing I learned english to understand the game!)

    At the first time I played Sims, I thougt there were no actions and I didn't know that much english. So, i made fire in the house a lot of time. Then years of practicing, I became better and better. Now, I don't have space to build stuff!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Sims Unleashed gets a five star rating
    The Sims Unleashed is just what the game was missing. Bringing pets into the picture changes everything. A much more challenging game, The Sims Unleashed is a must have!!!!! With all of the new land, parks, cafes, and plots, The Sims Unleashed is sure to get your tail wagging!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars if you love animals u will love this game!
    well i got the double deluxe game a year ago and i got bored with it, but this one is more fun but to be honest save the money for the sims 2 it's 10 times better than the original!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Expantion Pack
    This is a good addition to the Sims. It is fun Having Pets in your household. Sometimes your yard gets infected by rabbits and it's good to have a cat to kill them. Dogs scare away those pesky racoons that always invade your yard and mess up the trash can. Eventhough having dogs and cats is fun, I usually get other animals that aren't as hard to take care of. This is a really good expantion and I highly recommend it. ... Read more


    20. Best Seller Series: Starcraft
    by Vivendi Universal
    list price: $9.99
    our price: $9.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00009ECD7
    Catlog: Video Games
    Manufacturer: Vivendi Universal
    Sales Rank: 890
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path. The time for war has come...

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    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Strategy Game Now and Forever
    Chess has been around for centuries because of its depth and strategy. Monopoly, some decades.

    StarCraft BroodWar will be that computer game that you've tucked away in the closet, and upon finding it dust-covered, you'll reinstall it and play it again and again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GET IT
    If you have any doubt about getting this game, drop those doubts and get it. First of all, this is one of the cheapest online games in the world nowadays. Get it. You WILL thank me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT GAME
    Starcraft, produced in 1998 by Blizzard Entertainment, is still as popular as it has ever been with thousands of players still playing it on Battlenet. When it was released in 1998, it was an instant hit, selling over 1.5 million copies that year and receiving numerous awards.The game play isn't revolutionary in the real-time strategy (RTS) genre, following closely to the blueprint of its predecessors, Warcraft and Warcraft II, but it's still a well-crafted game, offering hours of entertainment.
    The storyline in Starcraft is compelling, leaving the gamer craving more after each mission is completed.The graphics are two-dimensional, lacking, the rotational option in the newer RTS games, Warcraft III and Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War, but it's still impressive even with today's standards.The buildings and units are well-crafted and detailed.The cut scenes are captivating with their excellent animation and voice acting.The music is dark and melodic, which is appropriate for this game.
    The single player campaign offers 30 missions, split evenly between the three warring factions, Protoss, Zerg and Terran.The three campaigns can be played in any order but the recommended order is Terran, Zerg and then Protoss.This is because the difficult of each campaign increases and the storyline also follows that order.
    Each race is completely unique from the others, containing different units, build orders, and playing styles, but they are still well balanced.Each Zerg unit isn't particular strong, but they are agile and the cost of building each one is relatively inexpensive so players are able to mass many of them.Zerg buildings are living organisms so they cannot be repaired, but instead they have regenerative abilities.The Protoss units are strong, but that strength comes with a price, so each unit should be valued.Protoss structures, unlike the other two races, are teleported in, making building faster.Terran units are a mix of Zerg and Protoss, not particularly strong, and moderately expensive.Large Terran buildings have the ability to lift and relocate, which is useful when moving to another mineral patch, or escaping from an onslaught.
    The single-player campaigns are interesting and offer hours of entertainment, but for most players, the single-player campaign is just training for the multiplayer games.Players can play against each over local area networks (LAN), direct connect, modem, TCP/IP or over the internet using Blizzard's free Battle.net servers.
    Battle.net is an online community where thousands of Starcraft players go everyday to chat and play.There are many different chat rooms for players to communicate ranging from technical support, to gaming strategies.Players can create their own game or join an existing game.Each game can contain up to 8 players.The artificial intelligence (AI) for Starcraft is impressive, but it's nothing compared to playing another human player, who can think, deceive and exploit weaknesses.Most "newbies" playing over Battlenet will be defeated with the infamous "rush," strategy where players quickly build several units to attack the opponent before he/she is prepared.The games come with a replay option at the end so players can review their games and learn from their mistakes.With time, players can learn how to stop the "rush."
    Starcraft isn't only limited to head-to-head games.There are a variety of maps and games ranging from free-for-all, to using map setting (UMS).Players even have the ability to create their own maps using Starcraft's easy to use campaign editor. Players can modify an existing map or they can create a whole new map from scratch.
    For those who loved the single-player campaign, they can continue with 24 new single player missions in the expansion, Starcraft: Brood Wars.The game play and feel of Brood Wars is exactly the same as Starcraft and the story picks up where Starcraft left off.There are also seven new units in Brood Wars: corsairs, dark templars, and dark archons for the Protoss, valkyrie and medics for the Terrans, and lurkers and devourer for the Zerg.
    Though a bit dated, Starcraft is still an excellent RTS game.With its well-designed game play and its excellent visual and sound, it is one reason why it is still the standard by which newer RTS games are compared to.For those new to RTS games, Starcraft is the perfect gateway into the newer RTS games, and for those who love RTS games, Starcraft is a must play.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Something to note
    Im a huge fan of this game and have played it online for several years now... although my computer has rejected the most recent updates.

    The only complaint I have is that it's not really a strategy game... no real-time game is.When you play online, chances are that the victor will be the person who can mass the most units the fastest.Granted that requires a degree of strategy, but it really comes down to who's played longer and is more familiar with the buttons.Battle.net has done much to remedy this and there are many games available where the rules stipulate "no rush", which allows all sides to build their forces and then strategy does actually enter the picture.You also get creative scenarios with "use map settings" games, where it's possible to upgrade units hundreds of levels and you dont have to harvest resources.All told, it's a fantastic game that has given me much joy and my opponents much sorrow.Just be aware that this is not really strategy.

    If you really want strategy I would recommend any of the "Total War" series, depending on your computer's abilities (in order of increasing technical requirements: Shogun, Medieval, Rome)These games are turn based, but when you fight battles you have the option to command your troops personally.It is real strategy, with factors such as weather, terrain and morale affect the battle seriously.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Game EVER!!!!!!
    Computer games were never very interesting to me.That is until Starcraft.My CD-Drive failed recently, and I couldn't stop thinking about how when I got it repaired, I was going to play Starcraft for at least 10 hours straight.I am proud to say, that I made it not 10, but a full 12!Starcraft and Starcraft:Brood War are the most addictive RTS games ever! ... Read more


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