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WEEKEND: BYTE SIZE: You'll love toying with Borg game.

Byline: HELEN COTTERILL & ALAN HARRIS

Gotcha Force

GameCube - pounds 39.99

IF you're a fan of Pokemon or Transformers, then this could be a welcome addition to your games collection.

You assume the role of a young boy who, by using his collection of toys, has to contend with an invasion of evil Gotcha Borgs.

Picking your Gotcha Borgs is a bit like picking your monster in Pokemon. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, so the key is to choose the right combination.

As you progress, your Borg collection grows but the challenges get tougher.

It's not only the story mode which will keep you interested here, there's a challenge mode and the chance to play against your friends or the computer.

You can also trade Borgs with your mates using memory cards.

The only complaint is the arenas which lack visual interest. But overall, the game plays well and the Borgs themselves look great. 7/10

Helen Cotterill

Castlevania: Lament of Innocence

PS2 - pounds 39.99

MEDIOCRITY is a gaming sin and a bugbear to this reviewer.

While great games produce a plethora of superlatives, poor ones often merit savage and somewhat self-satisfying critiques.

But anything occupying the middle ground becomes a frustrating chore to review - nothing to get excited about and no enjoyment to be had from dishing out a severe slating.

Which is where this so-so horror-themed title comes in.

The PS2 version of this game - a prelude to previous Castlevania games - sees you out to rescue your fiance from a vampire's clutches.

Unfortunately, the graphics are substandard, the camera angles awkward and claustrophobic, and the gameplay lacklustre.

Anyone seeking a more fulfilling game of this type should buy the sublime Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. 5/10

Alan Harris

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