Weekly Report, 4/25 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 4/25

Is there any such thing as too many games? We didn't think so either.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
April 25th 2005, 07:49AM

It's a neverending flow of games, and week after week they keep on coming. This week saw the arrival of the UMD video, which while technically having nothing to do with gaming is still a big part of Sony's plans for the PSP. More interestingly, Majesco pumped out both Psychonauts and the lower-profile Raze's Hell, each of which are pleasantly insane in their own special way. We also got Midway's first Unreal game, and the umpteenth sports-oriented PSP game.

On the plus side, only 2/3 of next week's PSP offerings are sports titles. Though there's nothing wrong with sports in general, it's odd that so many PSP games are from that category. If we could get a handheld combining the ultra-mainstream games of the PSP with the quirkier, more experimental games (Pac-Pix, Polarium) of the DS, we'd hopefully have the perfect console.

Week of April 18 - April 23

Tuesday, April 19

Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict (Xbox)
The newest Unreal game, now with optional third-person view and melee weapons.

World Championship Poker (DS)
Touch-screen Poker.

Stronghold 2 (PC)
Strategic castle building, management, and warfare.

Close Combat: First to Fight (PC)
Tactical first person shooter in which a squad of four marines is controlled.

PSP UMD Movies

House of Flying Daggers
Kill Bill Volume 1
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Pirates of the Caribbean
Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Wednesday, April 20

Psychonauts (Xbox)
Insane platformer in which the levels take place in the imaginations of truly weird people.

Stolen (Xbox)
Sneaky thiefing stealth action.

ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails (PSP)
A portable entry in the long-running four-wheeling racer.

Polarium (DS)
Tetris meets Othello. A puzzle game with a black/white theme.

Heretic Kingdoms: The Inquisition (PC)
PC RPG starring a member of the Inquisition. Balance stats while being a scourge upon the unrighteous.

Thursday, April 21

Ford Mustang Racing (PS2, Xbox)
Racing. With Ford Mustangs. The title says it all.

Wrestlemania 21 (Xbox)
The latest in WWE action.

Friday, April 22

Stolen (PS2)
Sneaky thiefing stealth action, again.

Saturday, April 23

Raze's Hell (Xbox)
Third person action shooter where the cloyingly cute forces of evil must be bloodily dispatched.

Week of April 25 - March 30

Tuesday, March 26

Area 51 (PS2, Xbox)
First-person shooter set in conspiracy heaven.

FIFA Soccer (PSP)
Portable soccer.

NBA Street Showdown (PSP)
Portable street basketball.

Guild Wars (PC)
Action-oriented MMORPG with no monthly fee.

Wednesday, March 27

Predator: Concrete Jungle (PS2, Xbox)
Play as the Predator, stalk your prey in the city.

Jampack Volume 12 (PS2)
Demos, demos, and more demos.

Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2 (PS2)
Escape the zombies of Raccoon City one more time, complete with online co-op.

Stella Deus (PS2)
Highly-detailed 2D strategy RPG.

Motocross Mania 3 (Xbox)
Dirtbike racing and combat.

Virtual Pool: Tournament Edition (Xbox)
18 versions of pool.

RenGoku: The Tower of Purgatory (PSP)
Dungeon-crawling hack and slash.

Pac-Pix (DS)
Draw multitiudes of Pac-Man to eat all the ghosts and other goodies.

PuyoPop Fever (DS)
Another entry in the long-running, slime-dispensing action puzzle series.

Dungeon Lords (PC)
3D fantasy action RPG.

Empire Earth II (PC)
10,000 years of historic real-time strategy.

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