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Hardcore Gamer Issue 2

ISSUE: 2Content


  • Microsoft Xbox
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • Sony Playstation 2
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 (E3 coverage)
  • Nintendo Wii (E3 coverage)
  • Sony Playstation 3 (E3 coverage)
  • Sony PSP
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo DS
  • PC


(The following is loosely based on this issue's table of contents, with select article excerpts in quotes. (Notes) and bullet lists added for clarity.)

Biographical Data (staff bios)

E3 2005 ('Preview E3;' 17 pages, divided into the following sections:)

  • Hardcore Gamer (two pages; intro; HG premieres at E3)
  • Nintendo (two pages; Wii)
  • Sony (two pages; PS3)
  • Microsoft (two pages; Xbox 360)
  • Hardcore Gamer's Best of E3 (nine pages; capsule previews:)
  • Best Gamecube - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Best PS2 Game - Shadow of Colossus
  • Best Xbox - Prince of Persia 3
  • Best Xbox 360 - Gears of War
  • Best PC - Hellgate: London
  • Best PSP - Burnout Legends
  • Best DS - New Super Mario Bros.
  • Best GBA - Sigma Star Saga
  • Best Action Game - Starcraft: Ghost (GC,PS2,XB)
  • Best Adventure - Peter Jackson's King Kong (GC,PS2,XB,Next-Gen)
  • Best Horror - The Suffering: Ties That Bind (PC,PS2,XB)
  • Best RPG - Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)
  • Best RTS - Rise of Nations; Rise of Legends (PC)
  • Best Strategy - Advance Wars: Dual Strike (DS)
  • Best Sports - Madden NFL 06 (GC,PS2,XB,PSP,DS,Next-Gen)
  • Best Driving - Full Auto (360)
  • Best Racing - Mario Kart DS (DS)
  • Best Fighting - Soul Calibur III (PS2)
  • Best Online - Huxley (PC,360)
  • Best Innovation - Gametap (PC)
  • Best Puzzle - We <3 Katamari (PS2)
  • Most Improved Franchise - Tomb Raider Legends (PS2,XB)
  • Best of Show - Gears of War (360)



The Dark Side of Retrogaming

"...a profound look at some of the worst interactive atrocities committed against mankind during videogaming's golden age. While the games covered here may be painful to look back on, documenting and mocking their existence is an important recovery step..." (four pages; a look at Jurassic Boy (8-bit Sonic the Hedgehog knockoff))

No Mercy DDR Justice

"I present to you our ten-hour DDR marathon, without DDR." (four pages; marathon session playing non-DDR games with DDR pad)


Graveyard (two pages; retro coverage; North & South (NES))

Cover Story: Castlevania (nine pages; collection of related articles:)

  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2; three page preview)
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS; one page preview)
  • A Conversation with IGA (two pages; interview)
  • Will the real Dracula-X please stand up? (approx. one page; Dracula X for PCE SCD, SNES)
  • The Castlevania That Never Was (sidebar; Castlevania: Resurrection (Dreamcast))
  • Castlevania History (two pages)

Reviews (one page each unless noted)

  • Makai Kingdom (PS2; two pages)
  • Conker: Live & Reloaded (XB; two pages)
  • Juiced (PS2,XB,PC; two pages)
  • Destroy All Humans! (PS2,XB; two pages)
  • Samurai Western (PS2)
  • King of Fighters: Maximum Impact (XB)
  • Advent Rising (XB,PC)
  • Colosseum: Road to Freedom (PS2)
  • Enthusia Racing (PS2)
  • Star Wars Episode III (PS2,XB)
  • Full Metal Alchemist (PS2)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (GBA)
  • Atelier Iris (PS2)

Strategies (all strategies courtesy/excerpt Prima Games)

  • Conker: Live & Reloaded - Top 10 Strategies (two pages)
  • Batman Begins - Top 10 Strategies (two pages)
  • Codes (four pages:)
  • Fight Night Round 2 (GC)
  • Golden Eye Rogue Agent (GC)
  • MVP Baseball 2005 (GC)
  • Sonic Heroes (GC)
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (PS2)
  • Call of Duty: Finest Hour (PS2)
  • Constantine (PS2)
  • Devil May Cry 3 (PS2)
  • FIFA Street (PS2)
  • Fight Night Round 2 (PS2)
  • MTX vs. ATV Unleashed (PS2)
  • MVP Baseball 2005 (PS2)
  • Narc (PS2)
  • Nano Breaker (PS2)
  • Rise of Kasai (PS2)
  • Sonic Heroes (PS2)
  • LEGO Star Wars (PS2)
  • Gretzky NHL (PSP)
  • Metal Gear Acid (PSP)
  • NFL Street 2 Unleashed (PSP)
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2 Remix (PSP)
  • Twisted Metal Head On (PSP)
  • Hot Shots Golf Open Tee (PSP)
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 (XB)
  • Constantine (XB)
  • Fight Night Round 2 (XB)
  • Lego Star Wars (XB)
  • Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (XB)

Hardware Reviews (two pages total; accessory, peripheral and system reviews)

  • Pelican HD System Selector (HD multiswitch)
  • Lasr Accessories GamePak (PS2,XB,GC; carrying case)
  • Jakks Pacific EA Sports TV Games (plug-n-play; Genesis Madden NFL 95, NHL 95)
  • Fanatec Speedster 3 ForceShock (XB; steering wheel)
  • Monster iSpeaker Portable (portable speakers)

Anime Review (one page; Gungrave Volume 5 review)

Japan: News (one page)

  • Bandai and Namco to Merge
  • Konami Parts Ways with Takara

Fan Art (two pages)

Cosplay (one page)

Funnies (one page; comic strips)

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    Title: Hardcore Gamer Issue 2
    Month: July
    Year: 2005
    Publisher: DoubleJump Publishing
    Editor: Greg Off
    Pages: 86
    Price: $4.99 USA, $6.99 Canada
    Country: United States
    Language: English
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