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  • SpongeBob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

    Licensed games usually get a bad rap for a reason, they’re rushed to market, are full of generic ideas and gameplay elements and rarely ever end up being worth the $8 value ticket to whatever movie they’re promoting.  But back on PS2, Xbox and Gamecube came an unlikely entry into the pantheon of great 6th gen platforms: Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom.  Unlike many of the other examples of licensed games, especially from that era, BfBB had a masterful grasp on what Spongebob was and how to translate that to a fun game that could be enjoyed by all ages, much like the cartoon at the time, which you’ll remember, was explosively popular.

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    There are three distinct versions of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, all of which were released in 2003. The first and most well known is a 3D platformer that was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube. The second is a 2D platformer released for the Game Boy Advance. The third is a point and click adventure game released for Windows.

    All versions are of course based on the cartoon of the same name. The best version is probably the 3D platformer for the PS2 and other platforms. While licensed games such as these are often mediocre at best and downright awful more often than not, I’ve found that games based on cartoons are often an exception. There a a number of great games based on Disney properties and Looney Tunes among others. This SpongeBob game is also, surprisingly, a decent game.

    While it isn’t anything spectacular and the gameplay is pretty generic for a 3D platformer, the SpongeBob theme adds humor and a uniqueness that makes this one worth playing…at least if you are a SpongeBob fan. The player gets to play three characters including SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy. The goal is simply to collect various items that are necessary to progress to the next level. Along the way, you will of course face various obstacles and enemies. Each characters has their own special moves and some levels require the use of a certain character and their moves to progress.

    While this game is not particularly innovative or otherwise special, the gameplay is solid and it will certainly appeal to fans of SpongeBob. Those looking for a 2D game with the same theme should also enjoy the GameBoy Advance version. As far as I know, neither has found its way to any kind of virtual console or other modern release so you will have to track down an original or use emulation. As far as the 3D version, all of the ports are about the same so pick your favorite system (Gamecube, PS2 or Xbox).





  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (June 2007)

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    Source: Electronic Gaming Monthly – Issue Number 216 – June 2007

    EGM ran for many years. By the time 2007 came along, I didn’t really pay that much attention to it anymore. Neither did many others apparently since it didn’t last as a print publication all that much longer. It wasn’t that it became a terrible magazine or anything, I just didn’t keep up with newer games like I used to and most of those who did, did so online. It’s still hard for me to believe that systems like the PS3 are a decade old. The June 2007 issue of EGM includes:

    Letters

    • In Soviet Russia, letter writes you

    Press Start

    • Exclusive: God of War: Chains of Olympus – The portable world just got a whole lot bloodier…
    • Works in Progress – Keep an eye on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – they’re changing
    • Foreign Object
    • Preview: Fracture – The shooter from the MechAssault guys breaks new ground
    • Online Scene – Check out what developers are praising – or whining about
    • Preview: Manhunt 2 – The Wii steps into Mature-rated territory – take that, politician!
    • The Big Ones – Grand Theft Auto IV goes under the EGM microscope
    • Interview: Hironobu Skaguchi – Why does the creator of Final Fantasy hate the PS3?
    • Rumor Mill – The Q-Mann reveals where Dead or Alive will bounce to next
    • Take This Job – Learn what it takes to break into the world of public relations
    • Coming Soon – Games that defy the so-called “summer drought”

    Reviews

    • Reviews Intro
    • F.E.A.R.
    • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars
    • Monster Madness: Battle for Suburbia
    • Dawn of Mana
    • Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm
    • .hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce
    • Etrian Odyssey
    • Time Ace
    • Brooktown High
    • Coded Arms: Contagion
    • Reviews Wrap-Up

    Game Over

    • Seanbaby’s Rest of the Crap – Why is Seanbaby interested in playing with dolls? Isn’t that sort of, uh, creepy?
    • Retro: Grappling With Greatness – Games that feature the infamous “grapple” are destined to be remembered
    • Crossword/Grudge Match – EGM’s final crossword puzzle? Say it ain’t so!
    • Next Month
    • Hsu & Chan

    …and more!


  • Lucia (Devil May Cry 2) – PlayStation 2

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    Source: Girls of Gaming – Volume 1

    Devil May Cry 2 is a 3D action adventure game that was initially released for the PlayStation 2 in 2003. It consists of a series of mission and while the plot is somewhat convoluted, the ultimate goal is to defeat an evil demon. As a sequel, Devil May Cry 2 was somewhat of a disappointment. Judged on its own merits however, it was a pretty decent game.

    The most unique thing about the game is probably the fighting “style” system. Part of how your performance is judged in the came is based on your fighting style. Basically, the more hits you get on your enemy without being hit yourself, the higher your style rating. Relatively short button sequences are translated into rather complex moves.

    While this game was originally released in 2003, it has been updated along the way and also released for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One so it isn’t too hard to find in one form or another.

    The image at the top is from Play Magazine’s Girls of Gaming and features Lucia who was new to the sequel. Screen shots are from the PS2 version of the game.