Weekly Report, 7/4 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 7/4

The most patriotic list of new and upcoming games around.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
July 4th 2005, 06:03AM

In a pleasant close to the otherwise dry month of June, it was a well-balanced gaming week for everyone. Every system got a game, although admitted all the Gamecube got was Fantastic Four, and there was a nice variety of stuff overall. Two RPGs, a tetris-y puzzler, action, racing, and fighting made for a nice selection of toys to choose from. Also worth noting, almost half of the week's titles are unapolagetically 2D.

The Fourth of July weekend takes its toll on next week, though. Three titles is a bit sparse, but even game publishers like to get outside and grill burgers at least once a year. Still, Killer 7 is 1/3 of the gaming haul for the week, and that should hopefully provide enough stylized hyper-violent lunacy for any disturbed soul.

Week of June 27 - July 2

Tuesday, June 28

Fantastic Four (PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, GBA, PC)
Superhero movie action for all your licensed gaming product needs.

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

Wednesday, June 29

Atelier Iris (PS2)
Gorgeous item synthesizing old-school RPG, in 100% all-natural 2D.

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

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

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

Riviera (GBA)
Deep and pretty RPG goodness balancing a relatively heavy plot with cute character designs.

Thursday, June 30

King of Fighters Maximum Impact: Maniax (Xbox)
The long-running fighter series indulges in the latest gaming fad with a 3D entry.

Friday, July 1

Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs Zeta Gundam (PS2)
'Gin a Gundam meet a Gundam/ coming thro' the rye./ Gin a Gundam shoot a Gundam-/ need a Gundam cry?

Week of July 4 - July 9

Wednesday, July 6

Halo 2 Map Pack (Xbox)
Multiplayer Halo 2 goodies.

Coded Arms (PSP)
The first FPS on the PSP, set in a virtual reality military environment.

Thursday, July 7

Killer 7 (PS2, GC)
Seven personalities inside one head in a stylized on-rails shooter for the insane.

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