Weekly Report, 5/02 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 5/02

Games, and lots of them. Get 'em while they're fresh!

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
May 2nd 2005, 08:51AM

Though often over-shadowed by the consoles, the PC has been getting an excellent gaming workout the last few weeks. Guild Wars is the big ticket item, drawing huge numbers of MMORPG fans into its web, but smaller stuff like Empire Earth II, or PC versions of console games like Psychonauts, have been giving the old workhorse a good gaming life as well. If you've made the investment in a decent rig then there's a nice amount of stuff to play, and even lesser machines (like mine) can run Trackmania Sunrise with good results.

Marketing oddities for the week are how both Forza Motorsport and Enthusia, covering the exact same ground in the racing genre, are coming out on the same day, and Pokemon Emerald being street-dated for Sunday. Somebody, somewhere knows the valid reasons behind brilliant moves like these, but they aren't talking.

Week of April 25 - May 1

Tuesday, April 26

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

FIFA Soccer (PSP)
Portable soccer.

NBA Street: Showdown (PSP)
Portable street basketball.

Hugo and the Evil Mirror (GBA)
Puzzle/platformer for the young'uns.

Popeye: Rush for Spinach (GBA)
Side-scrolling racing game.

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

Wednesday, April 27

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

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.

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

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

Delta Force Xtreme (PC)
XTREME!!! military FPS action, a remake of the original game with new goodies added.

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

Guild Wars Collector's Edition (PC)
Action-oriented MMORPG with no monthly fee, but in a big box with extra goodies.

Thursday, April 28

Motocross Mania 3 (Xbox)
Dirtbike racing and combat.

Friday, April 29

Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars (PC)
19th century real time strategy/management in Europe.

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

Saturday, April 30

Motocross Mania 2 (PS2)
More dirtbike racing and combat.

Sunday, May 1

Pokemon Emerald (GBA)
RPG built around the idea of cock-fighting and critter collecting.

Week of May 2 - May 7

Tuesday, May 3

Dungeon Lords (PC)
3D fantasy action RPG.

Trackmania Sunrise (PC)
Stunt track racing complete with an in-depth track editor.

Hero (PSP movie)
National Treasure (PSP movie)
Reign of Fire (PSP movie)

Wednesday, May 4

Pariah (Xbox, PC)
Science-fiction FPS from the Unreal team, starring a doctor about to become well-versed in enforced euthanasia.

Enthusia Professional Racing (PS2)
Racing sum A.

Forza Motorsport (Xbox)
Racing Sim B.

Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (PSP)
Portable super-deformed golf.

Puyo Pop Fever (DS)
Tetris-style puzzle game in which colored blobs have to be linked together.

Thursday, May 5

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (PS2, Xbox, DS, GBA)
Movie-licensed action game.

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