Now that the weather is warming up, we can expect the gaming market to offer a similar climate of hot games to invest our dollars into. Xbox and PC players can now enjoy the long-awaited release of Doom 3 from Activision while strategy-RPG types can embark in Atlus' newest RPG release, Shin Megami Tensei. And who can forget Rise of the Kasai, SCEA's newest PS2 action offering for this month?
Come next week, Xbox sales should soar once again with the release of Bioware's Jade Empire (we don't get a moment's rest without Rich reminding us how awesome the game will be). There's also some lower interest titles on the way for those looking to work on their excercise routines, enjoy a Scrabble spree or simply hone their skills in poker. Whatever your tastes are, April's loaded with a brisk supply of entertaining goods.
Week of April 4 - April 9
Monday, April 4
Doom 3 (Xbox), Doom 3 Limited Edition (Xbox)
Atmospheric science fiction military first-person shooter with demons.
Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil (PC)
The expansion pack for the atmospheric science fiction military first-person shooter with demons.
Tuesday, April 5
Obscure (PS2, Xbox)
Survival horror set in a high school, with the option of co-op multiplayer
Wednesday, April 6
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga (PS2)
Demon-summoning post-apocalyptic RPG.
Rise of the Kasai (PS2)
Brutal but cartoonish barbarian action game with stealth elements, and sequel to The Mark of Kri.
Lego Star Wars (Xbox)
Action game covering Episodes 1-3 of the Star Wars movies, but with Lego.
SWAT 4 (PC)
Third-person action game focusing on police tactics.
Thursday, April 7
MX World Tour (PS2, Xbox)
MX dirtbike racing game featuring the voice of Jamie Little, who is apparently a popular announcer in the MX world.
Close Combat: First to Fight (Xbox)
Tactical first person shooter in which a squad of four marines is controlled.
Spy vs. Spy (Xbox)
The digital recreation of the infamous Spy vs. Spy characters from MAD magazine!
Archer Maclean's Mercury (PSP)
Puzzle/maze game where a blob of liquid metal has to be guided to the end of a maze while remaining intact.
Week of April 11 - April 16
Tuesday, April 12
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PS2, Xbox)
Street racing game featuring checkpoint racing, full car licenses, and a car-pimping magazine tie-in.
Yourself Fitness (PS2)
A program designed to create and help with an exercise regimen. Really.
Thursday, April 13
Dead to Rights II: Hell to Pay (PS2, Xbox)
Gritty action game with bullet-time and an attack dog.
Jade Empire (Xbox)
Action RPG with lots of martial arts, character customization, and moral choices.
Killler 3D Pool (GBA)
Pac-Man Pinball Advance (GBA)
Pinball in handy Pac-Man format.
Scrabble Blast (GBA)
Saturday, April 15
Still Life (Xbox)
Mystery adventure game where a current spate of serial killings is eerily similar to a 75 year old unsolved case.
World Championship Poker (DS)