The classic team battle of EA vs. 2K Games (formerly Sega, now Take 2) kicked off again this week, with hockey being the battleground now that the NFL has decided people are just too stupid to understand more than one version of its license. Oddly enough, rather than rioting in the streets or people just standing and staring at the shelves, maybe breaking into tears through indecision and confusion, the members of the buying public made their choices and calmly bought their games, frequently proclaiming that their version was best and the other was a steaming pile of a random unpleasant substance. Meanwhile, the RPG fans got their Radiata Stories and the military fans their Rainbow Six: Lockdown, and all was good in the gaming world.
Next week, however, has Burnout Revenge, therefore it is one of the greatest weeks in the gaming year. Admitted, it's nice to see the return of MediEvil, there are some nice old games on the Tecmo Classic Arcade compilation, and the PSP is getting an amazing three titles, but a new game in the Burnout series is something special.
Week of September 5 - September 10
Wednesday, September 7
NHL 06 (PS2, Gamecube, Xbox, PC)
EA's version of hockey.
Rainbow Six: Lockdown (PS2, Xbox)
Modern-day tactical military action FPS.
Radiata Stories (PS2)
Tri-Ace's new RPG with action-oriented battles, and lots of kicking of items when not fighting.
NHL 2K6 (Xbox)
2K Games' version of hockey.
Rebelstar: Tactical Command (GBA)
Handheld X-Com. Or, turn-based alien fighting battle strategy with RPG elements, for those not up on their classic gaming.
Thursday, September 8
One Piece: Grand Battle (PS2, GC)
Anime characters just can't resist pounding on one another.
One Piece (GBA)
Anime-based action platformer.
Friday, September 9
NHL 2K6 (PS2)
2K Games' hockey, again.
Danny Phantom: Ultimate Enemy (GBA)
Power Rangers S.P.D. (GBA)
Cheesy tv show based game of some sort so forgettable that even the publisher won't list on its web site.
Week of September 12 - September 17
Tuesday, September 13
Scooby Doo! Unmasked (PS2, GC, Xbox, GBA)
Fred's cousin Jed is missing. The Scooby gang doesn't know that Jed's dead, baby. Jed's dead.
Puzzle racing on stunt tracks.
Everquest: Depths of Darkhollow (PC)
Everquest the first is still alive and kicking with expansion packs.
Everquest II: Desert of Flames (PC)
Everquest's sequel needs lovin' too.
Wedenesday, September 14
Burnout Revenge (PS2, Xbox)
The single greatest racing game ever made gets a sequel.
Cabela's Outdoor Adventures (PS2, Xbox, GC)
Evil Dead: Regeneration (PS2, Xbox)
They aren't zombies, they're Deadites. Kill 'em all anyway, and to hell with semantics.
World Series of Poker (GC, PSP)
Virtual cards played for fake money.
Armored Core: Nine Breaker (PS2)
Arena battle focused robot customizing action.
Urban Reign (PS2)
Another beat 'em up rendered in a million shades of grey.
Dynasty Warriors 5 (Xbox)
One general vs. thousands of enemy troops. Now on Xbox.
Tecmo Classic Arcade (Xbox)
Eleven Tecmo arcade games.
Lego Bionicle: Maze of Shadows (GBA)
Lego meets Pokemon.
Burnout Legends (PSP)
A compilation of the best of the first three Burnout games.
MediEvil Resurrection (PSP)
The return of Sir Dan Fortesque, the sword-wielding skeleton from the PS1. Undead-killing action.
Sims 2: Nightlife (PC)
The Sims 2 gets its second expansion, dozens to come.
Thursday, September 15
NHRA Championship Drag Racing (PS2)
How many times can one game get knocked back? NHRA's fourth listing in as many weeks.
Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt (Xbox, GC)
Action gaming with the Warner Bros. and sister, guest starring Pinky and the Brain.