Author: Alex Williams

  • Review: Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4 (XB)

    Game: Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 4 System: Microsoft XBox Genre: Music/Rhythm Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami Released: 11/15/06 Sometimes I really wonder what goes on in the collective minds of a single corporation. What REALLY goes into the decision-making process when push comes to shove? Some ideas are brilliant in their common sense. Some are completely […]

  • Review: N3: Ninety-Nine Nights (Microsoft Xbox 360)

    Game: Ninety-Nine Nights System: XBox 360 Genre: Action Adventure / Fantasy Developers: Q Entertainment, Phantagram Publisher: Microsoft Release: 8/15/06 From what I understand, there was a lot of hype for N3: Ninety-Nine Nights. Not only here in the states, but on the other side of the Pacific as well. It was one of the few […]

  • Encore Extra Stage: The FINAL

    Greetings all. I’m Alex Williams, and damn, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Outside of the occasional review, I’ve been pretty scarce from this column section. You can pretty much thank a long stream of school and other life-related happenings for this. Grades ARE more important then columns, after all. And I’d like to think […]

  • Review: Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 (XB)

    Game: Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 System: Microsoft XBox Genre: Music/Rhythm Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment America Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment America Released: 11/16/05 Around this time last year, I was playing the ever-loving crap out of DDR Ultramix 2 for the XBox. At the time, I thought it was one of the finest games in […]

  • Review: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (XB)

    Game: Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland System: Microsoft XBox Genre: Extreme Sports / Skateboarding Developer: Neversoft Publisher: Activision Released: 10/18/05 A few years ago, there was a time when I would relish the release of a brand new Tony Hawk game. I fell in love back with Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 for the PS1, and […]

  • Review: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (PS2)

    Game: Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 System: Sony Playstation 2 Genre: Music/Rhythm Developer: Konami Computer Entertainment (Japan) Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment America Released: 9/28/05 It’s that time of year again. The time of year when Konami puts out their now yearly offering of Dance Dance Revolution out on the PS2. We in the dance games […]

  • Review: We Love Katamari (PS2)

    System: Sony Playstation 2 Genre: The King Of All Cosmos Developer: Namco (In conjunction with The King Of All Cosmos) Publisher: Namco Release Date: 9/20/05 (It’s when The King wanted it to come out!) I never expected Katamari Damacy to be such a huge success. Hell, I doubt ANYONE expected it to be so successful, […]

  • Review: Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action (Nintendo DS)

    Game: Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action! System: Nintendo DS Genre: Action/Platformer Developer: Ignition Entertainment Publisher: Ignition Entertainment Release Date: 10/20/05 I love the Animaniacs. I’ve long pined for their zany antics since they’ve disappeared off the airwaves and the WB scheduling block in favor of such gems as “Mucha Lucha” and “Megaman NT Warrior” (ugh). But […]

  • Review: Sonic Gems Collection (Nintendo Gamecube)

    Game: Sonic Gems Collection System: Nintendo GameCube Genre: Compilation Developer: Sonic Team Publisher: Sega Released: 8/16/05 The Sonic The Hedgehog history is a rich and deep one, spanning almost fifteen years now. He’s made appearances on a multitude of systems, including each and every one of Sega’s machines, as well has two arcade games. Of […]

  • Encore Extra Stage: The Konami Dance Game Lawsuit

    Earlier this year, Konami officially filed out a lawsuit against Roxor Games in regards to their In The Groove game infringing on certain copyrights set forward by their own Dance Dance Revolution franchise. This lawsuit has recently been amended to include both the RedOctane and MadCatz companies for the same infringements. Needless to say, both […]

  • The Pokemon Triple Threat

    AW: Greetings all, and welcome to a special feature we all felt needed to be done. Well, by “all”, we mean “all three of us hardcore Pokemon fans”, but I digress… We all love Pokemon. There’s no denying that. If we could, we would shout this fact across the rooftops. We’ve spent the money, we’ve […]

  • Review: In The Groove (PS2)

    Game: In The Groove System: Sony Playstation 2 Genre: Music/Rhythm Developer: RoXoR Games Publisher: RedOctane Release: 6/10/05 Over the last 1.5 years or so, there’s been a hot debate between fans of Dance Dance Revolution, and fans of In The Groove. What over? In The Groove’s existence. You see, both are dance games. Both are […]

  • Review: Polarium (Nintendo DS)

    Game: Polarium System: Nintendo DS Genre: Puzzle Developer: Mitchell Publisher: Nintendo Released: 4/18/05 At this point in the newly created “handheld console war”, I see the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP as…just about even. Putting system performance aside, both handhelds are about the same in terms of games that are worth playing. (I count […]

  • Review: Dynasty Warriors 5 (PS2)

    Game: Dynasty Warriors 5 System: Sony Playstation 2 Genre: 3rd Person Action Developer: Omega Force Publisher: Koei Released: 3/29/05 I remember when I hooked up my first PS2. I had only four games back then: Tekken Tag Tournament, Summoner, DOA2 Hardcore?, and my favorite one, Dynasty Warriors 2. It was a type of game that […]

  • Review: Iron Phoenix (XB)

    Game: Iron Phoenix System: Microsoft XBox Genre: Online Action/Combat Developer: InterServ International Publisher: Sega Release: 3/22/05 Lucard was 100% correct when he made the infamous quote “Bad Sammy-controlled-Sega of evil!” Ever since the takeover, Sega games have dropped in quality by quite a lot. And this is after a few releases that were a bit […]

  • Review: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat (Nintendo Gamecube)

    Games: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat System: Nintendo GameCube Genre: Action/Platform Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Release: 3/14/05 Back when Donkey Konga was first announced to the public, it was quite interesting. A music game featuring bongos? Well, it worked for Namco’s Taiko No Tatsujin, so why not repeat it with a jungle theme? And the game […]

  • Review: Winnie The Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure (PS2)

    Game: Winnie The Pooh’s Rumbly Tumbly Adventure System: Sony Playstation 2 (Also On: GC) Genre: Adventure Developer: Pheonix Game Studios Publisher: Ubisoft Released: 2/08/05 (The scene opens as Alex Williams walks into Inside Pulse headquarters for his weekly meeting with Bebito Jackson on site progress) BJ: AW, how’s it goin’? AW: Pretty good there, Bebs. […]

  • Encore Extra Stage #18

    Welcome to Friday! I’m Alex Williams, and this column is great! It’s phenomenal! It’s…it’s…um… …pieced together from other columns I wrote. Yes, this week I don’t have new material to bestow upon you. But in an interesting twist, its not because I’m lazy! Far from it, as a matter of fact. The piece I was […]

  • Review: WarioWare Touched! (DS)

    Game: WarioWare Touched! System: Nintendo DS Genre: Action/Minigames Developer: Intelligent Systems Publisher: Nintendo Released: 2/15/05 The original WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$ on the Game Boy Advance literally came out of left field and became a cult sensation. The game would throw over 200 “microgames” at you, consisting of incredibly simple tasks that had to be […]

  • Encore Extra Stage #17

    Greetings all, and welcome to another Friday! I’m Alex Williams, and this week we have plenty to talk about. To start with, I’d like to formally announce that I’ve finally invested in beatmania IIDX. I was going to choose between that and Pop’n Music last week, but IIDX won fair and square. I ordered two […]