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Volume 2, Issue 2                                    University of Houston

Raiding the Tomb for Christmas

What to buy and what to skip at your local electronic store

The Game Boy 

Brandon Franks

Still haven't finished your Christmas shopping? Well, the GB is here to give you a few more ideas on what to get.

Dreams to nightmares

One of the hottest items on the market is the Sega Dreamcast. Unfortunately, the fact that it is a hot item this holiday season means that there will be a short supply. Sega of America and AT&T WorldNet Service recently established the Sega Dreamcast Parent's Hotline. Consumers can call to get information regarding the system and where it can be found, both online and in stores. The number is (800) 232-9000. Good luck, because with only three shopping days left, you may have to drive to Arkansas to get one.

Need games?

Here are some quick reviews of games that are out for the holidays. First up is a game from Eidos Interactive for the PC called Omikron The Nomad Soul.

Not only was the music done by David Bowie and Reeves Gabrels, but they are in the game as well. The good thing is that the story doesn't center around Bowie, but you can see him perform.

Basically anything that can be done in the physical world can be done in the game. You can even go to the bathroom. How's that for realism? The game is filled with surprises; that's all I'll say about it.

This game combines fighting, shooting, mystery, puzzles and exploration. Omikron is by far one of the best games I have ever played for any system. This should set the standard for all games made in the future. It is truly perfect. A+

Sticking with Eidos for a bit, let's jump to everyone's favorite explorer Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation from Eidos and Core Design for PC and PlayStation.

Instead of expecting great gameplay and solving mysteries, get used to saving every few minutes and dying every few seconds. The puzzles and most jumps are practically impossible to accomplish.

Knowing that this is not the last in the Tomb Raider series, I feel the need to tell Core to worry more about whether people are able to get past level three instead of how great the graphics are in the next game.

The graphics are awesome and the plot and the first level with young Lara are brilliant. However, you might want to go with something else if you don't want to have to save every time you take a step. C+

One game for PlayStation from Activision combines rap and fighting. In Wu-Tang Shaolin Style, you play as any one of the Wu-Tang Clan members, such as Method Man or Ol' Dirty Bastard, in an attempt save your master Xin from the evil Mong Zhu.

Courtesy of Activision Entertainment

In the new action fighting game Wu-Tang Shaolin Style, you can fight as one of the seven members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

Although you can't jump and some characters are better than others, overall, the game is fun and cool. You don't just fight one person at a time, either. You usually go up against three people at the same time.

With the 39 Chambers you get to unlock in the game to gain secrets, the game becomes more than a fighting game. It's like a quest. If you could only jump, there would be no stopping you from thrashing your opponents. A-

Space Invaders has been revamped by Activision for the PlayStation and looks great. It's definitely more challenging than the original. You even have cool new weapons to blast those aliens from far away. Great graphics are in store for you. Plus, it's addictive and just plain fun. A+

Last, but by no means least, is Skate and Destroy from Rockstar Games. Aside from the cool hip-hop soundtrack, this game has cool moves and great locations to skate in. If you don't pull off enough tricks in time, a cop comes to hunt you down. For skaters and non-skaters alike this game brings hours of kickin' fun. A+

That's it for now. Happy Holidays to everyone. Peace, see ya later.

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