Excerpt: You know what I hate about video gaming? Disappointment. You know, like when there’s a certain game that everyone’s raving about, and it turns out to be slop? Or when the game designers tend to pay too much attention to certain aspects of a game and completely ignore everything else? It’s become increasingly familiar with this latest generation of games. When I first saw this game, I knew it had to be part of my collection.
Excerpt: Iridion 3-D--a creation of German developer Shin'en--is easily one of the Game Boy Advance's most visually impressive launch titles. While it in no way taxes the handheld's as-of-yet mostly untapped 3D capabilities, the magic that the game manages to work with its advanced 2D engine is nothing short of amazing. From a gameplay standpoint, the game falls flat, however--this shooter is made up of seven stages of mostly uninspired blast-and-swerve sequences.