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Game Reviews

By Lin Chieh-yu and Gavin Phipps  /  STAFF REPORTERS

MVP Baseball 2004

International distributor: Electronic Arts Sports

Local distributor: EATW

Platform: English For PC

Release: March 13

The Major League season starts April 1 and as usual EA has come out with a new edition of MVP Baseball for the big event. This year the focus of the game is Tsao Chin-hui (曹錦輝), the first Taiwanese player to make it into Major League baseball. This gives local players a chance to pit LA Dodgers' Chen Chin-feng (陳金鋒), against Tsao of the Colorado Rockies, which is sure to bring in huge numbers of fans.

The new edition makes further improvements by offering the favorite plays of current baseball greats, while also giving plenty of room for the gamer to input his own preferences regarding batting, fielding and other aspects of the game, through the player preferences panel. Another special feature of the game is the chance to go back in history and bring in historical greats such as Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, recreating important games of the past.

Lighting, sound, the pacing of the game, all these factors are state-of-the-art in MVP Baseball 2004, so that gamers familiar with the series still have plenty to enjoy. And if you're tired of the player's perspective, watch the game from the stands instead. This new edition is nothing if not flexible. There is also the opportunity to establish special contracts with star players that might bring out the best in them, which is sure to bring more surprises.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

International distributor: Ubi Soft

Local distributor: Unalis Technology

Platform: English for PC

Release: Already Available

Fourteen years ago, Price of Persia was released to a phenomenal reception by computer gamers who hailed its innovations -- including its game format, storyline and technology -- as revolutionary and influential. Prince of Persia's original writers, Jordan Mecher and Ubi Soft, got together last year to release a new edition of the game, which, not surprisingly, is out to set new standards in computer gaming.

The background story to the game is the need by the Prince of Persia to find every grain of sand released from a magical hourglass, which has brought destruction on his country and people. In the process there is plenty of bloody mayhem, puzzles must be solved and difficult tasks completed. As the sands of time are gradually collected, the player gains increasing powers to take him through the greater challenges that await.

Winning Eleven 7 International

International distributor: Konami

Platform: PS2 only

Release: already available

Animosity between supporters of Electronic Arts' (EA) FIFA Soccer games and Konami's Winning Eleven series has always been similar to that of the rabid fans of opposing soccer clubs. You either play EA or play Konami, there's simply no middle-ground. Well, with the exception of Taiwan that is.

EA Taiwan's choice not to release a local version of its FIFA 2004 for PS2 means that if you want to play the latest armchair soccer game, then you'll have to play Konami's recently released Winning Eleven 7 International.

The lack of real teams in Konami's game (as they did not secure an official FIFA license) has always been a stumbling block in the Japanese company's games. The fluidity and ease with which the game can be mastered on the other hand has put the Winning Eleven series in a league of its own.

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