Weekly Report, 10/17 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 10/17

The relentless march of holiday releases continues, becasue everyone needs to buy four games a week minimum.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
October 17th 2005, 09:58AM

What with all the media tie-in games, big name sequels, and classic franchises getting updates, October is a busy time of month. So busy, in fact, that there's only the upcoming games in this week's Weekly Report. It's just a temporary condition, though, and the What Has Come Before part will return in next week's update. In the meantime, there's a ton of stuff to see.

Jak and Crash, for example, have racing games coming out on the same day, which really can't be a coincidence. Action and strategy RPGs get outings in Fire Emblem and Shining Force Neo, but not a classic-styled RPG to be seen. The Best Title of the Month award goes to Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse with an honorary mention in Game I Most Want to Live Up to Potential. The spiritual sequel to Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, makes its graceful and artistic way to store shelves, while The Bible Game makes one wonder "What would Jesus play?" Probably Harvest Moon, now that I think on it.

Week of October 17 - October 22

Tuesday, October 18

Blitz: The League (PS2, Xbox)
Even more Xtreme! than before now that the NFL license is gone.

Shattered Union (Xbox, PC)
Civil war in the US, turn based strategy.

The Warriors (PS2, Xbox)
Bad 70s movie brawler.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Gamecube)
The first console version of the turn-based fantasy strategy game for the US.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (Xbox)
Feast on the brains of the living, they deserve it.

Scooby Doo! Unmasked (DS)
A bit late, the DS version of Scooby's adventure finally arrives.

F.E.A.R. (PC)
FPS with the military vs. what looks like the girl from The Ring.

X3 The Reunion (PC)
Space action strategy trading pirating goodness.

Wednesday, October 19

The Bible Game (PS2, Xbox)
Game show styled trivia based on a popular mythology.

Crash Tag Team Racing (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Bandicoots and go-karts are as natural a combination as eggs & ramen.

IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition (PS2, Xbox)
It wasn't sporty enough the first time?

Major League Baseball 2K5: World Series Edition (PS2, Xbox)
An interesting marketing experiment for those who think sports games should be more frequent than annually.

Sniper Elite (PS2, Xbox, PC)
WWII third-person sniping action.

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Tony Hawk & co. tear up Los Angeles.

World Poker Tour (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
Poker. Really, what else is there to say?

Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (PS2)
The Dragonball fighting game continues its evolution from standard marketing ploy into a worthy fighting game.

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS2)
The Gamecube farming classic wanders onto the PS2 with a few new additions.

Jak X: Combat Racing (PS2)
Bandicoots aren't the only platforming stars who like to race.

Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Possibly the most beautiful, artistic series of boss fights ever.

Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd (Xbox)
The sequel to last year's nonviolent FPS.

Dig Dug: Digging Strike (DS)
Mr Driller's dad returns in classic form.

Spyro: Shadow Legacy (DS)
Spyro's new action platformer, now with experience points.

The Con (PSP)
Urban fighting with a dash of gambling.

X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PSP)
Baldur's Gate/Norrath/Gauntlet action with mutant super heroes.

Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (GBA)
Slightly smaller-scale version of Tony Hawk's yearly outing.

Age of Empires III (PC)
The new version of the classic RTS, now in 3D and running through the colonization of the Americas.

Quake 4 (PC)
Raven takes over from id in developing the long-running futuristic military FPS series

Ultima Online: The Eighth Age (PC)
The MMORPG that almost started it all (Meridian 59 was first) is still going strong.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species (PC)
An expansion pack for the zoo-running sim brings in rare critters to play with.

Thursday, October 20

Chicken Little (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, PC)
Disney's movie gets an action platformer.

Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA)
Nickelodeon's cartoon gets an action platformer.

Friday, October 21

Shining Force Neo (PS2)
The turn-based strategy series somehow turns into an action RPG.

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