Weekly Report, 3/20 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 3/20

Beware of sensory overload and severe time loss.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
March 20th 2006, 09:35AM

As March trundles along the big releases just keep on coming. While there were a few exceptions to last week's retread-fest (which wasn't a bad thing with the quality we were given), it's going to be nice to see some brand-new toys coming up.

Next week is huge. Really, really huge. Possibly even gigantic. Any week starting off with both The Godfather and Oblivion is going to be expensive, and a new Katamari adds just the needed touch of joy to the proceedings. Also showing up is a new Suikoden, sticking to its numbering system even up to the fifth game in the series, and Warship Gunner 2, actually the third game in its series. Tetris goes online in what looks to be the best version since the Gameboy classic, Blazing Angels goes flying on the 360 (and regular Xbox too, but everyone seems to have forgotten about that system), and River King delivers all your fishing RPG needs. Basically, it's going to be a very busy week.

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 WWI 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 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.

Week of March 20 - March 25

Tuesday, March 21

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (X360, PC)
Epic, open-ended action RPG with amazing time-killing abilities.

The Godfather (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Open-ended action game based on Francis Ford Coppola's movies.

Metroid Prime Hunters (DS)
First-person Metroid action, and online to boot.

Tetris DS (DS)
It's Tetris, online, with a ton of play modes. Addiction in a tiny little cartrige.

Wednesday, March 22

Kao the Kangaroo: Round 2 (PS2, GC)
The Dreamcast mascot platformer gets a sequel.

CMT Presents Karaoke Revolution: Country (PS2)
Sing along to country. Yeeee-HAW!

River King: A Wonderful Journey (PS2)
Fishing adventure/RPG.

Suikoden V (PS2)
The RPG with 108 characters to collect gets a new outing.

Warship Gunner 2 (PS2)
Fun with battleships. Another sequel to Naval Ops: Warship Gunner.

Tao's Adventure: Curse of the Demon Seal (PSP)
Monster-hunting RPG.

Go! Sudoku (PSP)
Number puzzles.

Kao Challengers (PSP)
More kangaroo platforming.

Me and My Katamari (PSP)
A little slice of gaming heaven. An all new Katamari game.

Metal Gear Ac!d 2 (PSP)
Military stealth card-based gaming, with nifty 3D viewer to boot.

Splinter Cell: Essential (PSP)
Military stealth action gaming, 100% card-free.

Thursday, March 23

Worms: Open Warfare (DS, PSP)
Classic 2D Worms action.

Capcom Classics Collection Remixed (PSP)
Compendium of 20 of Capcom's greatest arcade games.

Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble (PSP)
Viewtiful Joe's fighting game hits the PSP at last.

Catz (GBA)
Like Dogz, only with a less obedient and more psychotic critter.

Friday, March 24

Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII (Xbox, X360)
World War II dogfighting action.

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