One little E3 and the entire gaming industry grinds to a halt. It's almost as if every single person involved carrying all they've got to Los Angeles, displaying it for three hectic days, and then traipsing back home again is enough to wear them out. Thankfully, Mario is never too tired to do his part.
Getting back to normal next week, things kick off with a rousing game of Table Tennis. Never underestimate the power of Ping Pong to entertain, although seeing it translated into video game form promises to be interesting, at least. There's also Jaws, letting us indulge in all our shark-ish fantasies, Monster Hunter, for those who think shooting herbivores sounds a bit unsporting, and Rogue Trooper, proving that even nearly-forgotten comic characters deserve a shot at gaming. Now if only someone would do the same for Zot!
Week of May 15 – May 20
Tuesday, May 16
The DaVinci Code (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Movie-based puzzles and action.
X-Men: The Official Game (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS, PC)
Official action game, not to be confused with all the non-official ones.
New Super Mario Bros. (DS)
If it's got pipes, turtles, mushrooms, squid, breakable blocks, 2D presentation, and the strangest use of plumbers ever, then it has to be Mario.
Week of May 22 – May 27
Tuesday, May 23
Table Tennis (X360)
The strongest console on the market renders the blood, sweat, and tears inherent in the drama of Ping Pong.
FIFA World Cup 2006 (PSP)
Backyard Baseball 2007 (GBA)
Baseball for the rugrats.
Wednesday, May 24
Jaws (PS2, Xbox)
Giant shark vs. everyone. Go shark!
Puzzle Challenge: Crosswords and More (PS2, PSP)
Puzzles ripped straight from the comics page of your local newspaper.
Rogue Trooper (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Semi-obscure British comic series transformed into a tactical third-person shooter.
Steambot Chronicles (PS2)
Freeform adventuring with rideable robots.
Field Commander (PSP)
Turn-based military strategy, for those who like their wars advanced.
Save the green-haired morons from marching to their doom.
Monster Hunter Freedom (PSP)
Take down the really, utterly, amazingly huge game.
Heroes of Might & Magic V (PC)
Turn-based fantasy strategy RPG.
Thursday, May 25
Teen Titans (PS2, GC)
Superhero action with a Shonen Knife theme song.