Weekly Report, 9/4 Feature - The Next Level

Weekly Report, 9/4

Any week with prinnies is a worthwhile one.

Article by James Cunningham (Email)
September 4th 2006, 10:00AM

With the end of summer comes a pile of new games, and this year is no different. Last week saw the final Xenosaga and the second Disgaea on PS2, joined by the first J-RPG for the Xbox 360 in the form of Enchanted Arms. Classic series also got a trio, with a new Bomberman, Ghosts & Goblins, and StarFox . The third trilogy was urban action, with Def Jam and 50 Cent joined by newcomer Saint's Row

Next week is somewhat less classifiable, although there's a pair of racing games in Test Drive and NASCAR. Other than that it's all over the gaming map, with the wonderful LocoRoco sharing space with gritty Yakuza. Round the week off with Xbox Live Arcade Unplugged and call it good.

Week of August 28 – September 2

Tuesday, August 29

Saint's Row (X360)
Like GTA, but gangsta to the xtreme, yo!

Freedom Wings (DS)
Jet fighting.

StarFox Command (DS)
Fly and shoot stylus-controlled blasting.

Wednesday, August 30

Dance Factory (PS2)
Auto-generate DDR-ish steps from your own music.

Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories (PS2)
Turn-based battle strategy madness.

Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra (PS2)
The cinematic RPG marches on.

Enchanted Arms (X360)
The first Japanese RPG for the 360.

50 Cent Bulletproof: G-Unit Edition (PSP)
Real gangstas have multi-million dollar game contracts.

Def Jam: Fight for New York: The Takeover (PSP)
No really, they do! No thug license for you without one.

Ultimate Ghosts 'n Goblins (PSP)
Brutally tough 2D-style action platformer, and the resurrection of a classic series.

Sims 2: Glamour Life Stuff (PC)
More toys for the Sims 2 toybox.

Saturday, September 1

One Piece Grand Adventure (PS2, GC)
Another anime-licensed fighter.

Bomberman: Act Zero (X360)
Same classic gameplay, next-gen visuals, and eye-bleedingly bad art design.

Super Monkey Ball Adventure (PSP)
Action platformer with monkeys in their natural habitat- plastic balls.

Week of September 4 – September 9

Wednesday, September 6

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

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

Backyard Baseball 2007 (PS2)
Baseball for kids.

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.

Thursday, September 7

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

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