Reader Reviews

Bumper edition: Shadow Hearts, FFVII, Mario Kart, Mario Party, Max Payne 2, OpFlash, Hardware and Fire Warrior!

This week's bumper crop of reader submissions covers something like six or seven genres, on four systems (and it would have been more if I'd snuck in a couple of retro submissions - look for them next week), with views ranging from the unsurprising to the unexpected and even occasionally the inexplicable. We'll probably avoid an easterly gust of pitchforks and flaming placards this week, but once again it demonstrates that, whether brilliant, inoffensive or repulsive, games always polarise opinions, even within the bounds of a single genre. And there's no such thing as a "definitive" opinion, apart from the old "Empire is better than Jedi" thing...

Anyway, keep sending in the reviews, and we'll keep publishing them... Which reminds me - we're removing the controversial word limit of 300 this week. We've long since ignored it, to be honest, and it's more of a hindrance than a help to you lot. So, the new instruction is simply: review the game. However you should consider that a sprawling epic plotting the course of button presses through Final Fantasy X and trends in their dispersal is less likely to find its way here than a captivating and concise recollection of the best bits. Any questions? Aim them here.

The Rules

Reader Reviews should be submitted to, and can be written about anything you like - hardware, games, peripherals - even if we've already written about it. In fact, that's kind of the point! Also: from now on there is no word limit! Just please try to keep it clean and legal - like we do for you! The best candidate each week will receive a random bit of game-related tat (possibly even an actual game) as a prize. Lucky, lucky you. And of course, your work will be displayed for all to see.

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