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February 24, 2000|By Nick S., 16 | Nick S., 16,Chicago Tribune

In Pixar's "Toy Story 2" by Activision ($40, PlayStation), Woody has been kidnapped. Only you and companion Buzz Lightyear can save him and bring him back to his toy family, where he belongs.

The game's many levels immerse you in adventures that lead Buzz Lightyear from inside Andy's house to far outside it. As you journey with Buzz in search of Woody, you'll encounter many familiar faces from the "Toy Story 2" movie -- including Mr. Potato Head and Rex the dinosaur.

Characters will ask Buzz to complete certain tasks in each level. If he does them correctly, the characters will reward him with special tokens. The more tokens and coins collected, the farther along in the game Buzz can go.

Smooth visuals immediately bring "Toy Story 2" to life. Characters are easily recognizable and draw you into the Toy Story world.

Buzz Lightyear could not be controlled any easier. From running to attempting spin attacks, the responsive control always puts the player at ease.

"Toy Story 2" is a well-balanced, 3D-action adventure suitable for all ages.

Villain seen as no good by Hispanics

The Walt Disney Co. is saying "adios" to a sombrero-wearing character in the "Toy Story 2" video game.

The character, which doesn't appear in the movie, offended some Hispanics. Oscar de La Torre, a counselor at Santa Monica High School in California, said the mustachioed villain is a horrible stereotype. "We feel it's degrading, it's dehumanizing. It stereotypes Mexicans as villains."

Players of "Toy Story 2" must shoot the villain to advance to the game's next level. (We wanted to see the guy for ourselves, but we couldn't get past Level 6. Word is, he's at Level 11 in Al's Penthouse.)

A Disney spokeswoman said the game would be changed. "Unfortunately, there was a mistake made in its creation. We plan to change the character," Claudia Peters said.-- From Tribune reports

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