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Star Wars Battlefront (Lucas Arts, PS2, pounds 29. 99)

JUST when we thought there would never be a decent Star Wars game on PS2, Lucas Arts pull off one of the biggest surprises of the year. This is mainly because the original Star Wars movies get a look in for once. Star Wars Battlefront fulfils millions of twentysomethings' wildest fantasies by allowing you to play as a multitude of characters from the various movies in frantic single player, multiplayer and on line battles on 10 of the classic movies' legendary planets.

Fancy storming the rebel base on Hoth in an AT-AT? You can. Always wanted to tear around Endor's forests on a speeder? Job done. The action is fast, frantic, visually jaw dropping and, quite frankly, one of the most engaging experiences yet on PS2. You need to own this game.

Rating 9/10 --

Force the pointAnimal Crossing (Nintendo, Game Cube, pounds 29. 99)

THE Game Cube might be a bit of a disappointment in terms of sales and software support, but you can always rely on Nintendo to produce some of the most innovative and engaging games on the market.

Animal Crossing manages to turn the mundane aspects of life into something fun, something which has become a Nintendo trademark. Leave your real life behind and step into the world of Animal Crossing where you will become the only human member of a real-time village community made up of talking animals.

Sound weird? It is, but the beauty of this game is its simplicity and attention to the slightest detail. The real secret lies in the use of the Game Cube's real-time clock that pulls off the illusion that you are playing an on line game perfectly. This game really could change the way you see everyday life forever.

Rating: 8/10 -- Animal magic

All format chart: 1. Burnout 3: Takedown 2. Conflict: Vietnam 3. Shellshock: Nam '67 4. Second Sight 5. Spider-Man 2 6. Driv3r 7. Shrek 2 8. Doom 3 9. Headhunter: Redemption 10. Athens 2004 Official Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 28, 2004
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