We got the Halloween games in force this week, with Resident Evil 4 leading the charge followed by Land of the Dead and Call of Cthulhu. There's no better time of year to poke into the dark to see what pokes back, although sometimes it's just fun to blow the head off a zombie. In addition to those, we got the long-awaited return of Gunstar Heroes, The Sims 2 gave the non-violence crowd something to do, and Civilization IV ensured that no PC gamer would ever sleep again. Other than that, the endless flow of tv/movie-based games filled in most of the rest of the list.
Next week has an even larger percentage of "We like the tv/movie, the game must be great!" titles on the way, but there are a few gems in there as well. Guitar Hero brings not only the rock but also copious amounts of roll, while Trapt resurrects the Deception series in a new guise. Castlevania once again attempts to break out of the handheld market, and Call of Duty puts out its second game in two weeks. Still, that Shamu game does leave me wondering when we began giving companies money to advertise at us.
Week of October 24 - October 29
Tuesday, October 25
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2, Xbox)
The military FPS wanders from PC to consoles.
The Bible Game (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
If it remains true to the source material, no way can it escape an M rating.
The Sims 2 (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS)
Ruining the lives of little computer people.
DDR Mario Mix (Gamecube)
It's DDR with Mario music, showing that a fat plumber can bust out the moves.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Xbox)
First person horror. Say goodbye to sanity and any illusions that the universe cares.
Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)
Why should Mario be the one to hog all the extracurricular activities?
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)
A new game in the series people love to get offended about.
Vietcong 2 (PC)
FPS in Vietnam, set in the city of Hue during the Tet Offensive.
Wednesday, October 26
Spartan: Total Warrior (PS2, Xbox)
Slaughter the military hordes in ancient Greece.
Taito Legends (PS2, Xbox)
It just scratches the surface of all the great arcade games Taito has made with its 29 titles.
Zathura (PS2, Xbox)
Movie-based action game, which is strange seeing as Zathura is supposed to be a board game.
Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2)
Multiplayer-focused Ratchet, kicking Clank from the title.
Resident Evil 4 (PS2)
Zombie-like creature killing brought over from the Gamecube, now with new content.
Soul Calibur III (PS2)
Weapons based fighting, now with added T&A.
Lego Star Wars (GC)
Star Wars Eps. 1-3 in handy Lego format.
The Hustle: Detroit Streets(PSP)
Play pool in Detroit. Yes, Detroit.
Atomic Betty (GBA)
Gunstar Superheroes (GBA)
Side-scrolling run & gun action touched by the hand of god.
Call of Duty 2 (PC)
WWII FPS. There can never be enough.
Civilization IV (PC)
Turn based world conquering strategy, and the sworn enemy of sleep.
Thursday, October 27
Nicktoons Unite (PS2, GC, GBA)
Four Nickelodeon cartoons in one game, and none of them are Invader Zim.
Shrek Superslam (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS)
Fighting game using the Shrek characters. Wouldn't the ogre be a shoo-in?
Midway Arcade Treasures Volume 3 (GC)
The racing-themed arcade collection finally arrives on the Gamecube.
Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green (Xbox)
Zombie killin' FPS based on Romero's new movie.
Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (PSP)
Third person fast action run and gun gaming from the anime of the same name.
Friday, October 28
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PS2)
WWII FPS. No really, there can never be enough.
Spartan: Total Warrior (GC)
Slaughter the military hordes in ancient Greece.
Nacmo Museum 50th Anniversary (PC)
The same dozen-plus titles Namco can't stop releasing time after time, as if they didn't have a huge arcade heritage to pull from.
Week of October 31 - November 5
Tuesday, November 1
Ed, Edd, & Eddy Mis-Edventures (PS2, GC, XB, GBA, PC)
Cartoon-based action platforming.
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS2, Xbox, PSP, PC)
Tactical military Star Wars FPS.
World Championship Poker 2 (PS2, Xbox)
What happens when YuGiOh grows up.
Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action (GBA)
Platforming with the Warner triplets
Wednesday, November 2
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PS2, GC, Xbox)
A completely different WWII FPS from the PC one released last week.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness (PS2, Xbox)
The second attempt at bringing the series into 3D on modern consoles.
The Incredibles 2: Rise of the Underminer (PS2, GC, Xbox, DS, GBA)
No movie sequel to base a game on? No problem!
James Bond: From Russia With Love (PS2, Xbox)
James Bond action in the 60s, where it belongs.
Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures (PS2, Xbox)
Shamu vs. Poseidon to save the magic of Sea World. It's like a $30 ad.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare (PS2, GC, Xbox, DS)
More beat-'em-up action with the Turtles.
Without Warning (PS2, Xbox)
Multiple characters with multiple perspectives on a 12-hour siege in an action shooter.
Guitar Hero (PS2)
Rock your face off with the included guitar controller.
NBA 2006 (PS2)
Set traps to destroy enemies in the thematic sequel to the Deception series.
Megaman Battle Network 5: Double Team (DS)
The Megaman RPG series migrates to the DS.
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan (GBA)
Despite a retailer site's claim to the contrary, the GBA side-scroller doesn't contain "Realistic cloth simulation technology, inverse kinematic procedural character animation, radgoll and impressive water tech." Pity, it'd be fun to see them try.
Sky Dancers (GBA)