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Weekly Report, 3/13

Rise of the Remakes!

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
March 13th 2006, 08:14AM

As March keeps going and life gets Spring-ier, the games keep on coming with no rest in sight until E3 in May. The big spring titles are showing up at a regular pace now, and this week brought its fair share of them. Ghost Recon was the big high-profile game, although only on the Microsoft platforms at the moment. Not to be overshadowed, Onimusha and Shadow Hearts put magic and demons in different historical eras, not to mention entirely different genres.

Next week is heavy on the remakes, for some reason. MegaMan, Metal Gear Solid 3, and Midnight Club 3 all get new versions packed with extra goodies, while Rainbow Six is 50% new and 50% classic missions. It's not a bad thing, of course, just odd that they'd all clump together like that. On the other hand, the latest Driver is probably trying its best to forget the last game in the series ever happened.

Week of March 6 - March 11

Tuesday, March 7

Naruto: Clash of the Ninja (GC)
Anime-themed ninja fighter.

College Hoops 2K6 (X360)
College basketball.

Pokemon Trozei (DS)
Block-sliding puzzle game filled to the brim with Pokemon.

Spongebob Squarepants: The Yellow Avenger (PSP)
Licensed action platformer.

Naruto: Ninja Council (GBA)
Side-scrolling ninja platformer.

Tales of Phantasia (GBA)
The original SNES Tales of... game.

Wednesday, March 8

Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Xbox, X360)
Tactical military action.

Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (PS2)
All new story and characters in the samurai action series.

Shadow Hearts: From the New World (PS2)
Gothic horror RPG set in a Japanified version of the 1930's US.

Burnout Revenge (X360)
Destructive racing, now even prettier than before.

Pursuit Force (PSP)
Driving, shooting, and leaping from car to car.

Samurai Warriors: Sate of War (PSP)
Japan-themed Dynasty Warriors spin-off.

Thursday, March 9

Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai (PSP)
The DBZ fighting series now in portable form.

Week of March 13 - March 18

Tuesday, March 14

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition Remix (PS2, Xbox)
Street racing goodness, now with more streets to race on.

The Outfit (X360)
Another WWII FPS, but with a summer blockbuster action feel.

Wednesday, March 15

Driver: Parallel Lines (PS2, Xbox)
A new entry in the Driver series attempts to make up for the sins of the past.

Ice Age 2 (PS2, Xbox, GC, DS, GBA, PC)
Movie-based action platforming.

Rainbow Six: Critical Hour (Xbox)
The tactical action series makes a return to its more strategic roots.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistence (PS2)
The origin of Snake, now with online multiplayer and the original two MSX games.

Daxter (PSP)
Jak's sidekick gets his own action platformer.

MegaMan Powered Up (PSP)
Remake of the NES original MegaMan with all new goodies included.

Neopets Petpet Adventures: The Wand of Wishing (PSP)
Action adventure with Neopet pet pet pet pet pet pet pets.

Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (PSP)
Sony's take on the Metal Gear formula hits the PSP.

YuGiOh Ultimate Masters (GBA)
There is now an infinite number of YuGiOh games on the GBA.

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