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Video Game Releases For 10/16 To 10/21

The upcoming (10/16 to 10/21) week has quality big titles and titles that will probably be very popular, but be lousy games. It's a potluck.

To start off the PS2 will be getting Rockstar’s controversial Bully, which looks to be one of the best games of the year. Suprisingly, the game is actually less violent than people have been lead to believe. Destroy All Humans 2 continues the GTA style fun of the first one, only now you get to go after the hippies of the 60’s. It doesn’t break any new ground, but that is not a problem for once, since it never intends to be anything more than what it is.

Splinter Cell 4: Double Agent heads to the Xbox 360, where fans of stealth action will go ga-ga over having a new game with Sam Fisher to play. Basically, Sam has to go undercover at a prison in order to get information, and the game deals with moral issues- how far you want to take Sam into the world of crime is a major part of the game. Tiger Woods PGA Pro Tour 07 also heads to the 360, and should prove to be as popular as the previous games have been. EA’s biggest hurdle will be how well they handle adding the extra “next-gen” content to the game without making it too much of a break with the past, and without making it too quirky for it’s own good.

PC gamers will also have some major titles coming their way. Microsoft's Flight Simulator X will hit stores, a proven commodity for the more sophisticated and adult market. Not only will the game itself sell, but its many mods and expansions create a virtual cottage industry around it. Age of Empires III: Warchiefs will expand upon the AoE III’s game, adding in the various Native American Indian tribes as military-states of their own. This is a good thing, since they actually outnumbered many of the European armies on the American continent at the time frame. Battlefield 2142 will satiate any FPS fan’s multiplayer dreams for the next few months at the very least. It will essentially be a futuristic version of the Battlefield games, with new weapons, environments, and strategies for players to frag each other in. Lastly, Sid Meier’s Railroads! is also coming out, and anything with his name attached to it does really well. Think Railroad Tycoon style games, only with the Civilization IV engine utilized for that style of a game.

For the handheld systems it’s a mixed bag of releases. The PSP will have the new Ace Combat game, Ace Combat X Skies of Deception as well as WTF: Work Time Fun, while the DS and GBA will have Contact and Summon Night 2: A Swordcraft Story. Most of these titles will come in under the radar, and aren’t well known. I expect most of them to have a strong showing, mainly because they fit their niche markets very well. The Ace Combat game will be the newest attempt to translate the popular flight combat series to handhelds, so far that hasn't worked with anything else. WTF does not stand for what you think it stands for- it means “Work Time Fun”, and it is a puzzle-brainteaser style of game. Its title might drag in a few fans, but it might be too esoteric for some. Contact is probably the most Japanese game of them all- it experiments with a lot of RPG and platform elements, and has been getting pretty interesting reviews. Summon Night 2 will please the hardcore RPG fans the most, since that’s basically what it is.

For multi-platform releases, it will be a busy week- titles like Family Guy, The Sims 2: Pets, SpongeBob SquarePants: Creatures From the Krusty Krab, and Justice League Heroes will be out. Now, most of these games are riding on their titles, so it’s worth being careful about the actual quality of the game. Out of all of them the Justice League game seems to be the most interesting, partially because I’m a huge DC comics fan, and also because it’s using the Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance game engine. This game was designed with the X-Men: Legends franchise in mind, and it shows. I’m hoping that we can finally get a DC comics game worth talking about, because frankly, Marvel’s games have been generally wiping the floor with them for years now. Fair warning: it doesn’t look like the game has multiplayer, at least for the console versions.

One last note- there are a lot of games headed your way destined to make easy money, despite their quality. Made for a certain market, Barbie, Family Guy, Flushed Away, Strawberry Shortcake, and SpongeBob entris will definitely nail their niche. So, while I doubt anyone reading this is going to go out and buy any of them, game companies desperately need their audience order to stay in the black. If you want the next "big thing" then big business needs this. Just don't ask me to play Strawberry Shortcake. That would be evil.

Will “hot titles” like Splinter Cell 4 and Bully take the top spot, or will it be the likes of Family Guy and SpongeBob winning out? Time will tell. Here’s a rundown of the 10/16 to 10/21 week’s releases:

PS2:

Bully

Cabela's African Safari

Destroy All Humans 2

Eureka Seven Vol 1: The New Wave

Family Guy

Flushed Away

Jampack Volume 15

Justice League Heroes

Kim Possible: What's the Switch?

The Sims 2: Pets

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab

Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri

PSP:

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

Family Guy

FIFA Soccer 07

Ford Bold Moves Street Racing

Scooby Doo! Who's Watching Who?

WTF: Work Time Fun

XBOX 360:

Splinter Cell: Double Agent (regular and limited)

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07

XBOX:

Destroy All Humans 2

Family Guy

Justice League Heroes

PC Games:

Age of Empires III: Warchiefs

Barbie: 12 Dancing Princesses

Battlefield 2142

Brigade E5: New Jagged Union

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition

D.I.R.T: Origin of the Species

Evidence: Missing 2

Face Factory 2

Flight Simulator X (regular and Deluxe)

The Guild 2

Jaws Unleashed

Jewel Quest Solitare

Jumbo 2500 Game Pack

Lineage II: The Epic Collection

Nancy Drew: The Creature of Kapu

Panzer Command

Sid Meier's Civilization Chronicles

Sid Meier's Railroads!

The Sims 2: Pets

Super Entertainment 10-Pack

UFO Extra Terrestrials

Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania

Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collection

GAMECUBE:

Flushed Away

The Sims 2: Pets

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab

DS:

Contact

Flushed Away

Justice League Heroes

Nintendogs (Dalmatian)

Scooby Doo! Who's Watching Who?

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab

Strawberry Shortcake Strawberryland

GBA:

Flushed Away

Hot Wheels Compliation

Justice League Heroes

Noddy: A Day in Toyland

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: Tipton Caper

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2