Summer hasn't quite gotten underway yet, and the annual gaming slowdown is still a few weeks off no matter what next week looks like. Last week, however, was a strong one all around. Sharks, strategy, and Steambots kept things fresh, with the PSP carrying a respectable amount of the weight. Any console that puts out Monster Hunter, Field Commander, and Lemmings in the span of three days is doing something right.
Next week, on the other hand, belongs to Agent 47. Hitmans's cool professionalism looks to have scared off everyone but Half Life 2's Gordon Freeman. On the plus side, high odds of it being sunny and warm make the down time bearable.
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.
Field Commander (PSP)
Turn-based military strategy, for those who like their wars advanced.
FIFA World Cup 2006 (PSP)
Wednesday, May 24
Jaws Unleashed (PS2, Xbox)
Giant shark vs. everyone. Go shark!
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.
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.
Save the green-haired morons from marching to their doom.
Week of May 29 – June 3
Wednesday, May 31
Hitman: Blood Money (PS2, Xbox, X360, PC)
The world's deadliest bald guy gets back to work in his usual efficient style.
Puzzle Challenge: Crosswords and More (PS2, PSP)
Puzzles ripped straight from the comics page of your local newspaper.
Stacked (PS2, Xbox, PC)
Poker, in the Texas Hold 'Em style that's all the rage nowadays.
Backyard Baseball 2007 (GBA)
Baseball for the rugrats.
Friday, June 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (PC)
Part one of the episodic prequel.
Juka and the Monophonic Menace(GBA)
Scurge: Hive (DS, GBA)