It looks like things are starting to settle down a bit, although we've still got a few large releases left in the year. The console Call of Duty 2 wandered in, as did the new Bond game, but Star Wars Battlefront II was the big title for the week. Guitar Hero was the fan-favorite of the bunch, even if Best Buy seems to be the only place selling it at the moment. It's probably got more to do with a willingness to absorb the shipping costs on a game that comes in a very large box than a broken street date, though. An unscientific 95% of videogames have no date attached to them, and go on sale the second the crate containing them is opened in the store.
Next week looks to be very interesting indeed, for several reasons. There are big-name titles like Gun, Mario Party 7, The Movies, Harry Potter, The Matrix, and such coming in, not to mention smaller things like Suikoden Tactics and a new Fatal Frame, but this week also is the start of the Xbox 360 launch. No, the console isn't coming in for a few weeks, but not only will peripherals for it be in stores by the end of the week, the first game will show up as well. Kameo shows up mid-week, despite not actually having any hardware available to be played on. The burning Xbox 360 question for the moment, though, is whether stores will be getting more copies of the games than they will hardware to sell.
Week of October 31 - November 5
Tuesday, November 1
Star Wars Battlefront II (PS2, Xbox, PSP, PC)
Tactical military Star Wars FPS.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS2)
The Gamecube farming classic wanders onto the PS2 with a few new additions.
Wednesday, November 2
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox)
A completely different WWII FPS from the PC one released the previous 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.
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.
Thursday, November 3
Ed, Edd, & Eddy Mis-Edventures (PS2, GC, XB, GBA, PC)
Cartoon-based action platforming.
Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures (PS2, Xbox)
Shamu vs. Poseidon to save the magic of Sea World. It's like a $30 ad.
Week of November 7 - November 12
Tuesday, November 8
College Hoops 2K6 (PS2, Xbox)
Basketball, college style
The Matrix: Path of Neo (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Shiny's second shot at a Matrix game, this time starring Neo.
World Championship Poker 2 (PS2, Xbox)
What happens when YuGiOh grows up.
Mario Party 7 (GC)
Not too many series keep their numbering up to seven, but Mario Party is good with it.
SpongeBob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger (DS)
SpongeBob as a superhero. It was probably inevitable.
Donkey Kong Country 3 (GBA)
The third SNES DK game makes it onto the GBA.
X3: The Reunion (PC)
Space action strategy trading pirating goodness.
Wednesday, November 9
Ford vs Chevy (PS2, Xbox)
Fords and Chevys racing each other, if the title wasn't enough of a clue.
Gun (PS2, GC, Xbox, PC)
Brutal 1800s cowboys & indians action.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (PS2, GC, Xbox, PC, GBA, DS)
Four books down, three to go.
Karaoke Revolution Party (PS2, GC, Xbox)
All three consoles get a crack at singing in harmony.
Sea World: Shamu's Deep Sea Adventures (GC, DS, GBA)
Still very much like an ad you have to pay for, but now on a different set of consoles.
Fatal Frame 3 (PS2)
The spookiest survival horror around.
Magna Carta: Tears of Blood (PS2)
The first Korean RPG to hit the US.
Suikoden Tactics (PS2)
Suikoden goes turn-based battle strategy.
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (GC)
Viewtiful Joe turns into a one-on-one fighter.
Kameo: Elements of Power (X360)
Fantasy brawler with platforming added, and the first Xbox 360 title to market.
Operation Flashpoint: Elite (Xbox)
Modern-day third-person military sim shooter.
The Lord of the Rings Tactics (PSP)
Lord of the Rings goes battle strategy, like anything fantasy seems to do eventually.
SOCOM: Fire Team Bravo (PSP)
Modern-day third-person military sim shooter, now portable.
Fantastic 4: Flame On (GBA)
At a guess, seeing as there's no information on it anywhere, something to do with the Human Torch.
The Movies (PC)
Run a Hollywood studio, create the blockbuster of your dreams.
Thursday, November 10
Crash Tag Team Racing (PSP)
Kart racing action with your recommended daily allowance of bandicoots.