Weekly Report, 2/20 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 2/20

It's a scientifically proven fact that new games make life better.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
February 20th 2006, 08:58AM

The weekly hodgepodge comes and goes, always with something new and sometimes even different in it. Last week was actually pretty good for new content, with five original games in there out of ten. Of course, this involves calling the DS version of Age of Empires new, but seeing as it plays completely differently from any other game in the series it's only fair.

Next week brings it back to normal, though, with two out of eight games being original. Admitted, calling Sonic Riders a sequel to Sonic R might be pushing it, but they both involve Sonic and crew racing so it's a risk I'm willing to take. We also get a few MMORPGs, in the form of two expansion packs and a brand-new one. There's always room for more, apparently.

Week of February 13 - February 18

Wednesday, February 15

Mark Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Urban action game about tagging your turf.

Rugby 06 (PS2, Xbox)
Strange European sport superficially similar to football.

Drakengard 2 (PS2)
Dragon and ground-based combat in one tidy package.

Grandia III (PS2)
RPG with an extra-nifty combat system.

State of Emergency 2(PS2)
Mobs of people running around in a third-person shooter.

Full Auto (X360)
Car combat/racing.

Exit (PSP)
The professional escapologist Mr. Esc gets to work in a stylized 2D platform puzzler.

Rainbow Six: Lockdown (PC)
Squad-based antiterrorist military FPS.

Thursday, February 16

Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (DS)
Turn-based version of the RTS series.

Star Wars: Empire at War (PC)
Star Wars RTS.

Week of February 20 - February 25

Tuesday, February 21

Fight Night Round 3 (PS2, Xbox, X360, PSP)

Sonic Riders (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Mascots doing what they do when platforming just doesn't cut it- race each other.

TOCA Race Driver 3 (PS2, Xbox, PC)
If it can be driven competitively, then it's probably in here to race somewhere.

MS Saga: A New Dawn (PS2)
The cutest giant robots ever, shooting each other to pieces.

Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll (DS)
Monkeys in balls, maneuvering through tricky paths high above the earth.

Everquest II: Kingdom of Sky (PC)
MMORPG expansion pack.

Everquest: Prophecy of Ro (PC)
Another MMORPG expansion pack.

RF Online (PC)
And for good measure, an all-new new MMORPG.

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