Weekly Report, 9/11 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 9/11

You can always tell it's fall when you have to use a shovel to get through the pile of new stuff.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
September 11th 2006, 09:43AM

The fall gaming season is well underway now, and while the warmth of summer is rapidly draining away there are more reasons to hang around inside every week. It was mostly racing ans sports this week, but Sega gave us Yakuza and Sony LocoRoco, so there was some variety in there as well.

Next week really gets down to business, and is all about variety. Two hockey and a golf game cover the mainstream, while Mario plays basketball for the first time since NBA Street 3. Lego Star Wars II brings back the magic and popular acclaim of the first, and Rengoku II gets unfairly ragged on just like its prequel. There's farming, cooking, and giant robots on the DS, and that's a mix nobody can be unhappy with. Finishing up the week is the umpteenth iteration of MegaMan, and a new Bomberman as well. It's a busy week for both of the handhelds, and hopefully a good time for everyone.

Week of September 4 – September 9

Wednesday, September 6

NASCAR 2007 (PS2, Xbox, PSP)
Celebrating another year of racing in ovals.

Spyhunter: Nowhere to Run (PS2, Xbox)
Spyhunter returns, now with on-foot missions starring The Rock.

Backyard Baseball 2007 (PS2)
Baseball for kids.

Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007 (PS2)
A golf game to give Tiger Woods a run for his money.

World Championship Poker: All In (PS2, PSP)
Poker, if the title didn't make it obvious.

Yakuza (PS2)
GTA Tokyo.

Test Drive Unlimited (X360)
Open-road racing in Hawaii, with tons of online goodies. Lots of microtransaction stuff too, unfortunately.

Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged (X360)
Xbox Live Arcade compendium for those without an internet connection.

Guilty Gear Judgement (PSP)
The 2D one-on-one fighter series continues. Heaven or Hell!

LocoRoco (PSP)
The happiest platformer ever made.

Week of September 11 – September 16

Tuesday, September 12

Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (PS2, GC, X360, Xbox, DS, PSP, GBA, PC)
The best thing to happen to Star Wars in years.

Fuel (Xbox)
ATVs and jet skis.

Mario Hoops 3 on 3 (DS)
Proving once again that there's no sport Mario won't try. Now where's Mario & Yoshi Polo?

Company of Heroes (PC)
WWII RTS. At least it's not another FPS.

Wednesday, September 13

NHL 07 (PS2, PSP, X360, Xbox, PC)
A little hockey here...

NHL 2K7 (X360, Xbox)
...and a little hockey there.

One Piece: Pirate's Carnival (PS2, GC)
The second One Piece game in a month, but mini-game oriented.

IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (PS2)
Anime-based racing/battle.

Rule of Rose (PS2)
Bizarre survival horror with creepy orphans.

Pro Stroke Golf: World Tour 2007 (Xbox)
Same as above, but more Xbox-ish..

Cooking Mama (DS)
Cooking based mini-games.

Harvest Moon DS (DS)
The newest entry in the farming game, but now you can touch the cows.

Mech Assault: Phantom War (DS)
Giant robot shooting action.

MegaMan ZX (DS)
A brand-new MegaMan series, bringing the total to five. Classic side-view run & gun action.

Bomberman (PSP)
Just what you'd expect from the title- Bomberman in classic form.

Bounty Hounds (PSP)
3D run & gun sci-fi action.

Rengoku II: The Stairway to H.E.A.V.E.N (PSP)
Brawler/RPG that's much better than its reviews would have you believe.

Cheetah Girls (GBA)
Make music and dances while guiding talentless girls into top-40 one-hit wonderland.

Little Einsteins (GBA)
Licensed semi-edu-gaming for the kids.

My Little Pony Crystal Princess: The Runaway Rainbow (GBA)
Quite possibly the single girliest game ever made.

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