Weekly Report, 3/21 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 3/21

The attack of the RPG juggernauts!

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
March 27th 2006, 09:43AM

So what kind of week did we just go through? One which delivered Oblivion, a game specifically designed to eliminate sleep for all who play. Sure, there was also The Godfather, a new portable Katamari, and all sorts of quirky and creative smaller titles, but Oblivion steamrolled them all.

Next week continues the RPG onslaught with Kingdom Hearts 2, destined to sell a few million by Christmas and get a bright red Greatest Hits stripe across the top this time next year. The 360 gets its busiest week since launch, with four titles in one week. Finally, Beatmania makes its first landing in the US, bringing yet another new controller to toss onto the pile of bongos, guitars, and taiko drums that make music gaming so fun.

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

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, and a sequel to Azure Dreams.

Go! Sudoku (PSP)
Number puzzles.

Me and My Katamari (PSP)
It should have been 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

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

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

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

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

Kao Challengers (PSP)
More kangaroo platforming.

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

Friday, March 24

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

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

Week of March 27 - April 1

Tuesday, March 28

NBA Ballers: Phenom (Xbox)
Living the baskeball dream, with slam dunks and merchandising.

Wednesday, March 29

Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires (PS2, X360)
Beating up the hordes with just enough strategy to keep it fresh.

Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Military strategy in an action game's clothing.

Beatmania (PS2)
Music rhythm game with controller inluded.

Ghost Recon: Advance Warfighter (PS2)
The tactical military shooter hits the PS2.

Kingdom Hearts 2 (PS2)
(Squaresoft + Disney)/action RPG = $$$

Far Cry Instincts: Evolution (Xbox)
Console-riffic FPS sequel version A.

Far Cry Instinctis: Predator (X360)
Console-tastic FPS sequel version B.

Rumble Roses XX (X360)
All-female wrestling, as gratuitiously as possible.

Super Black Bass Fishing (DS)
All of the fish catching with none of the bothersome cooking or eating.

Thursday, March 30

Top Spin 2 (X360, DS, PSP)
How Pong is played in the real world.

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