Weekly Report, 10/03 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 10/03

Games for everyone, whether they like it or not.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
October 3rd 2005, 09:07AM

Time doesn't stop for anyone, but it can be recalled in convenient retro multipacks. Capcom and Midway both came out with some impressive collections, while Frogger and Lunar both got new games to call their own. Of course, sequel-itis isn't limited to classic gaming, as a new Sly Cooper and Pokemon demonstrate. Fortunately, there's still space on the shelves for brand new titles like Indigo Prophecy or Total Overdose, which is good because gaming would get very old very fast if the best we could hope for was yet another update to the same games we play every single year.

Sequels aren't a bad thing, of course. It's hard to go wrong with a new Castlevania, but ignoring a gem like Trauma Center for the sake of the tried and true is never a good idea. Of course, in weeks in which there are only two original titles to choose from, one of which is EverGirl, it can be hard to appreciate the new. Still, one can't go wrong with the second half of Atlus' Digital Devil Saga two parter, or a new Worms game.

Week of September 26 - October 1

Tuesday, September 27

Indigio Prophecy (PS2, Xbox)
Another step on the long path to truly interactive fiction.

NBA 2K6 (PS2, Xbox)
Basketball title A.

NBA Live 06 (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Basketball title B.

The Suffering: Ties That Bind (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Grisly Horror FPS.

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (PS2)
Action adventure platformer with a thieving raccoon.

DICE: DNA Integrated Cybernetic Enterprises (PS2)
TV show based robot dinosaur transforming action.

Wednesday, September 28

Capcom Classics Collection (PS2, Xbox)
Over 20 games from Capcom's arcade heritage, only two of which are Street Fighter.

Midway Arcade Treasures 3 (PS2, Xbox)
Racing-themed classics pack, with some relatively recent games.

Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 (PS2)
Keep those feet a-movin'!

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: Never Ending Tomorrow (PS2)
Giant robots doing what giant robots do best- fight!

Rainbow Six: Lockdown (GC)
Tactical military action.

Far Cry: Instincts (Xbox)
Tropical paradise FPS, for those who like to kill things on their vacation.

Lost In Blue (DS)
Desert island survival, sequel to Survival Kids.

Lunar: Dragon Song (DS)
The first truly new Lunar game in the US since the days of Sega CD.

Trace Memory (DS)
Point & click adventure gaming.

Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion (PC)
RTS expansion set in Roman times, with a few billion guys on screen at once.

Thursday, September 29

Frogger: Ancient Shadow (PS2,GC, Xbox, DS)
Classic hopping action with modern-day game design.

Total Overdose (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Grand Theft Latin America.

Top Spin (PS2)
The Xbox tennis game wanders onto PS2.

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness (GC)
The first full-sized Pokemon RPG for a console.

Bet On Soldier
Military futuristic FPS with a gambling twist.

Gameboy Micro
The smallest handheld gaming system ever, slightly bigger than a raisin.

Saturday, October 1

Breeders Cup World Thoroughbred Championships (PS2)
Horse breeding and racing.

DT Racer (PS2)
Wants to be Burnout so bad it hurts.

Week of October 3 - October 8

Tuesday, October 4

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PS2, Xbox, PC)
6.5 months later, the WWII FPS gets a sequel.

Wednesday, October 5

Bratz: Rock Angelz (PS2, GC, GBA, PC)
Further glamorizing the cheap prostitute look to young girls.

Conflict: Global Storm (PS2, Xbox, PC)
The newest game in the military FPS series.

FIFA Soccer 06 (PS2, Xbox, GC, DS, GBA, PC)
Soccer to us, football to billions.

Worms 4: Mayhem (Xbox, PC)
Turn-based action strategy humor with worms.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2 (PS2)
The second half of the two-part futuristic demonic RPG.

Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow (DS)
2D Metroid-vania goodness.

Trauma Center: Under the Knife (DS)
The Surgery Channel as video game mixed with an anime version of General Hospital.

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (PSP)
The Marvel-based fighter goes handheld.

NBA 2006 (PSP)
Basketball title C.

NBA Live 06 (PSP)
Basketball title B, again.

Virtua Tennis: World Tour (PSP)
Sega's classic tennis series hits the small screen.

EverGirl (GBA)
Adventure for, apparently, girls.

Black & White 2 (PC)
Good god or bad god, it's always so hard to choose. Plus giant critter training.

Thursday, October 6

Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (Xbox)
Hell on Mars atmospheric FPS. It's like hell on Earth, but on a dusty red planet where nobody lives instead.

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