Weekly Report, 6/27 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 6/27

Thousands of hours of gaming fit into two 168 hour weeks.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
June 27th 2005, 09:20AM

After weeks of relative inactivity, June decides it's time to toss some games our way. Conker's second chance at stardom after the Nintendo 64 misfire finally arrived, PC online war gaming was graced with Battlefield 2, and another series aside from Final Fantasy got an X in the title with the new Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Also, any week with Megaman and Bomberman in it has to be doing something right.

The big shocker for next week is not one, but two PSP games. We also get two classic-style RPGs in Riviera and Atelier Iris, making a nice change from all the strategy RPGs that were starting to flood the market recently. Balance out the week with a little high-speed falling block puzzle action in Meteos and we've got enough to keep anyone busy.

Week of June 20 - June 25

Wednesday, June 22

Psychonauts (PS2)
The PS2 version of Tim Schafer's amazing and insane psychic platformer/adventure.

Romance of the Three Kingdoms X (PS2)
Unite ancient China in one of the deepest strategy/sim games available.

Conker: Live and Reloaded (XB)
The foul-mouthed N64 platformer gets a second shot, now with a major Xbox Live component for online carnage.

Bomberman (DS)
Classic Bomberman action, now with 8-person wireless multiplayer.

Megaman Battle Network 5: Team Colonel (GBA)
A Megaman's work is never done...

Megaman Battle Network 5: Team Protoman (GBA)
...in the ongoing handheld RPG series.

Battlefield 2 (PC)
Battlefield 1942's sequel finally arrives, moving the online conflict into a modern military setting.

RYL: Path of the Emperor (PC)
MMORPG promising $1,000,000 to one obsessed gamer.

Friday, June 24

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked (PC)
Water-themed expansion pack to RCT3, appropriately timed for the summer months.

Week of June 27 - July 2

Tuesday, June 28

Fantastic Four (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, PC, GBA)
The second superhero movie-based action game in three weeks.

Meteos (DS)
Columns-style puzzle gaming for people who'd need to slow down to be considered hyperactive.

Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (PSP)
Ride-pimping arcade street racing, now in handy portable form.

The Bard's Tale (PC)
The bastard bard's action RPG hits the PC.

Wednesday, June 29

Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana (PS2)
Item synthesizing old-school RPG, in 100% all-natural 2D.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Zeta Gundam (PS2)
Gundam Gundam Gundam: Gundam Gundam Gundam Gundam. (Translation- Giant robot action.)

King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Maniax (Xbox)
SNK's long-running fighting series makes its Xbox appearance.

Riviera: The Promised Land (GBA)
Deep and gorgeous RPG goodness balancing a relatively heavy plot with cute character designs.

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (DS)
Super-sneaky stealth action.

Dead to Rights: Reckoning (PSP)
Gritty urban third-person shooter, complete with bullet time overload.

Thursday, June 30

Herbie: Fully Loaded (GBA)
Movie-based racing. How much does it take to make a VW Bug fully loaded, anyway?

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