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  • SSX 3 (Electronic Arts)

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    Source: Girls of Gaming – Volume 1

    SSX 3 is a 3rd person snowboard racing game that was released by EA in 2003 for various systems, including the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. As the name would suggest, this is the 3rd game in the series though the second game was called SSX Tricky. As far as this type of game goes, this was one of the best. It received very high ratings and sold well.

    I’m not much of a fan of sports game in general but this one plays more like a racing game. I happen to like racing games. If you like racing games then you may like this game regardless of your feelings about snowboarding or sports games in general. However, a significant component of the game is performing tricks both during races and as part of separate freestyle events.

    This is an excellent example of the genre so if you have any interest at all this one is worth giving a shot. The good news is that there is even a recent release of this game in the form of an enhanced Xbox One port that was released in 2018. Otherwise, an original copy for the Xbox, PS2 or GameCube shouldn’t be too hard to track down either.

    The image at the top is from Girls of Gaming and features Elise, one of the characters from the game. Screen shots are from the GameCube version of the game.




  • Arcia (Chaos Legion)


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    Source: Girls of Gaming – Volume 1

    Chaos Legion is a 3D action adventure game that was released by Capcom for the PlayStation 2 and PC in 1997. You play the role of Sieg Wahrheit who is hunting down his former friend, Victor, who has stolen a forbidden book that will enable him to release the evil spirit Azrail who would do a bunch of really bad things. Typically you fight enemies in waves and must defeat all enemies in a given area before progressing to the next stage or level.

    Along the way you run across Arcia who is busy fighting for her life as the only surviving “Maiden of Silver” that was sent out to fight demons. She also happens to be hunting Victor for her own reasons. You two get to team up and have lots of fun slaughtering demons and eventually confronting Victor.

    The unique twist to this game is your ability to summon “Chaos Legions”. There are several different types with different powers and can be upgraded throughout the game. However, after a summoning you are left in a somewhat weakened state.

    On the surface, this game is somewhat like Devil May Cry. However, this was not one of Capcom’s better games. The PlayStation 2 version was mediocre at best and the PC version was quite a bit worse. There is little strategy involved and this is basically a button masher. The plot is relatively convoluted but yet it never really seems to advance much. It is also a relatively short game with little replayability. Not terrible necessarily but not worth the original price of admission. The PS2 version is definitely the one to look for. Fortunately, it is relatively modestly priced so picking up an original on eBay or elsewhere won’t be too hard. You can also choose emulation but there have been no official re-releases of this game as far as I know.

    Pictured at the top is Arcia from Girls of Gaming and the screen shots are from the PS2 version of the game.