There are only a few more weeks left of the annual summer doldrums, at which point September will hit like a sledgehammer to the wallet. In the meantime, weeks with three games are the norm, letting the clever gamer save up for the coming months, the Christmas season (no, it's not too early to plan for it), or a shiny new Xbox 360.
In the meantime, though, there are a few things of interest. The big one for the mainstream is Madden, and the choice this year is to either like it or go without. Fans of the 2K series should keep in mind that it's not EA's fault, it was the NFL who decided that offering the market a choice would tax the consumers' empty little heads. EA just happened to have the big fat sacks of cash necessary to make the deal happen.
In cheerier news, Graffiti Kingdom should also finally hit the shelves. Hot-B, the US publisher of the Taito game, hasn't done anything since some well-recieved fishing titles a few years back. While it looks like their next game is a soccer one, it will be interesting to see if they do any more titles like Graffiti Kingdom in the future. The world could always use another publisher willing to take a chance on something strange and different.
Week of August 1 - August 6
Tuesday, August 2
Codename Panzers: Phase Two (PC)
WWII RTS with tanks, and lots of them.
Wednesday, August 3
Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike (Xbox)
Stand-alone expansion pack to the squad-based tactical military shooter series.
Thursday, August 4
Suzuki TT Superbikes (PS2)
High-powered street bikes on the Isle of Man.
Week of August 8 - August 13
Tuesday, August 9
Madden NFL 2006 (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, GBA, DS)
The only NFL game in town.
Graffiti Kingdom (PS2)
Draw your own monsters in the next game sure to be targetted by psycho attorney Jack Thompson.
Wednesday, August 10
Dragon Ball GT: Tranformation (GBA)
Action RPG for the anime version of pro wrestling.