Weekly Report, 8/24 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 8/24

Too... many... games...

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
October 24th 2005, 09:53AM

Wow! Just... wow. That's not only a lot of games, too many of them are of amazingly high quality as well. In addition to the big, obvious games like F.E.A.R or Shadow of the Colossus, consoles got two turn-based strategy games in Shattered Union and Fire Emblem. Shining Force Neo decided that strategy was confusing and transformed itself into an action RPG, while The Warriors reminded us just how stupid the '70s could look. Large titles like Tony Hawk and Quake 4 even managed to not totally overwhelm smaller stuff like Stubbs the Zombie. Of course, there's more beyond that in one week and just as much on the way.

Next week is just as scary. Land of the Dead and Resident Evil 4 bring the horror, followed up by Call of Cthulhu to make zombies look as threatening as a pack of kittens. Grand Theft Auto goes handheld, and Gunstar Super Heroes makes the world a better place just by existing. Between City of Villains and Civilization IV, PC owners will probably never get another night of sleep until January, and the games keep on coming. Thankfully things should settle down a bit soon, because even if all this was affordable there's no way to play half of the games worthy of the time.

Week of October 17 - October 22

Tuesday, October 18

Blitz: The League (PS2, Xbox)
Even more Xtreme! than before now that the NFL license has been consumed by EA.

Shattered Union (Xbox, PC)
Civil war in the US, turn based strategy.

The Warriors (PS2, Xbox)
Brawler based on a bad '70s movie.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Gamecube)
The first console version of the turn-based fantasy strategy game for the US.

Ty the Tazmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Mascot action platforming.

F.E.A.R. (PC)
FPS with the military vs. what looks like the girl from The Ring.

Quake 4 (PC)
Raven takes over from id in developing the long-running futuristic military FPS series.

Wednesday, October 19

Crash Tag Team Racing (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Bandicoots and go-karts are as natural a combination as ramen & eggs..

Major League Baseball 2K5: World Series Edition (PS2, Xbox)
An interesting marketing experiment for those who think sports games should be more frequent than annually.

Sniper Elite (PS2, Xbox, PC)
WWII third-person sniping action.

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Tony Hawk & co. tear up Los Angeles.

World Poker Tour (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
Poker. Really, what else is there to say?

Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi (PS2)
The Dragonball fighting game continues its evolution from standard marketing ploy into a worthy fighting game.

Jak X: Combat Racing (PS2)
Bandicoots aren't the only platforming stars who like to race.

Shadow of the Colossus (PS2)
Possibly the most beautiful, artistic series of boss fights ever.

Greg Hastings Tournament Paintball Max'd (Xbox)
The sequel to last year's nonviolent FPS.

Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse (Xbox)
Feast on the brains of the living, they deserve it.

Dig Dug: Digging Strike (DS)
Mr Driller's dad returns in classic form.

Spyro: Shadow Legacy (DS)
Spyro's new action platformer, now with experience points.

The Con (PSP)
Urban fighting with a dash of gambling.

X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse (PSP)
Baldur's Gate/Norrath/Gauntlet action with mutant super heroes.

Tony Hawk's American Sk8land (GBA)
Slightly smaller-scale version of Tony Hawk's yearly outing.

Age of Empires III (PC)
The new version of the classic RTS, now in 3D and running through the colonization of the Americas.

Ultima Online: The Eighth Age (PC)
The MMORPG that almost started it all (Meridian 59 was first) is still going strong.

Friday, October 21

Chicken Little (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, PC)
Disney's movie gets an action platformer.

Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, Pants (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA)
Nickelodeon's cartoon gets an action platformer.

Shining Force Neo (PS2)
The turn-based strategy series somehow turns into an action RPG.

Fable: The Lost Chapters (Xbox)
The action/RPG gets a tune up and a shiny silver case to go with its new $20 price tag.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species (PC)
An expansion pack for the zoo-running sim brings in rare critters to play with.

Week of October 24 - October 29

Tuesday, October 25

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (PS2, Xbox)
The military FPS wanders from PC to consoles.

Sims 2 (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS)
Ruining the lives of little computer people.

Zathura (PS2, Xbox)
Movie-based action game.

DDR Mario Mix (GB)
It's DDR with Mario music, showing that a fat plumber can bust out the moves.

Midway Arcade Treasures Volume 3 (GC)
The racing-themed arcade collection finally arrives on the Gamecube.

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Xbox)
First person horror. Say goodbye to sanity and any illusions that the universe cares.

Metroid Prime Pinball (DS)
Why should Mario be the one to hog all the extracurricular activities?

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (PSP)
A new game in the series people love to get offended about.

X3: Reunion (PC)
Space action strategy trading pirating goodness.

Wednesday, October 26

The Bible Game (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
If it remains true to the source material, no way can it escape an M rating.

Land of the Dead: Road to Fiddler's Green (Xbox, PC)
Zombie killin' FPS based on Romero's new movie.

Shrek Superslam (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA, DS)
Fighting game using the Shrek characters. Wouldn't the ogre be a shoo-in?

Spartan: Total Warrior (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Slaughter the military hordes in ancient Greece.

Taito Legends (PS2, Xbox)
It just scratches the surface of all the great arcade games Taito has made with its 29 titles.

World Championship Poker 2 (PS2, Xbox)
The third console poker game of the year.

Ratchet: Deadlocked (PS2)
Multiplayer-focused Ratchet, kicking Clank from the title.

Resident Evil 4 (PS2)
Zombie-like creature killing brought over from the Gamecube, now with new content.

Soul Calibur III (PS2)
Weapons based fighting, now with added T&A.

Lego Star Wars (GC)
Star Wars Eps. 1-3 in handy Lego format.

Atomic Betty (GBA)
Cartoon-based action.

Gunstar Superheroes (GBA)
Side-scrolling run & gun action touched by the hand of god.

Sky Dancers (GBA)
Super-girly platformer.

Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (PSP)
Third person fast action run and gun gaming from the anime of the same name.

Call of Duty 2 (PC)
WWII FPS. There can never be enough.

City of Villains (PC)
Bad guys are now playable in the City of Heroes world, because evil is fun!

Civilization IV (PC)
Turn based world conquering strategy, and the sworn enemy of sleep.

Thursday, October 27

Ford vs. Chevy (PS2, Xbox)
Racing involving cars from the obvious sources.

Nicktoons Unite (PS2, GC, GBA)
Four Nickelodeon cartoons in one game, and none of them are Invader Zim.

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (PS2)
WWII FPS. No really, there can never be enough.

Friday, October 28

Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition (PS2)
The Gamecube farming classic wanders onto the PS2 with a few new additions.

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