We are now deep into the Christmas season and the list of games coming out for the week are going get longer and longer until the first or second week of November, then we will see a small slow down. So onto a long list of games of the weeks. Since they have asked nicely, we’ll be featuring Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse for the XBox coming to stores this week.
A Boy and His Blob for the Nintendo DS
Age of Empires III for the PC
The Bible Game for the XBox
Big Mutha Truckers for the Nintendo DS (delayed from last week)
Blitz: The League for the Playstation 2, XBox
Chicken Little for the Playstation 2, PC, Gameboy Advance, and Gamecube
Chicken Shoot 1 for the Gameboy Advance
Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E. for the Gamecube
The Con for the PSP
Crash Tag Team Racing for the Playstation 2, XBox and Gamecube
Dig Dug: Digging Strike for the Nintendo DS
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi for the Playstation 2
Fairly Oddparents: Clash with the Anti-World for the Gameboy Advance
F.E.A.R. for the PC
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance for the Gamecube
Greg Hastings’ Tournament Paintball Max’d for the XBox
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition for the Playstation 2
IHRA Drag Racing: Sportsman Edition for the Playstation 2
Jak X: Combat Racing for the Playstation 2
Madagascar: Operation Penguin for the Gameboy Advance (Delayed from last week)
Major League Baseball 2K5: World Series Edition for the Playstation 2 and XBox
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary for the PC
Quake 4 for the PC
Scooby-Doo! Unmasked for the Nintendo DS
Shadow of the Colossus for the Playstation 2
Shattered Union for the PC and XBox
Shining Force NEO for the Playstation 2
Sniper Elite for the Playstation 2, XBox and PC
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! for the Gamecube and PC
Spyro Shadow Legacy for the Nintendo DS
Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse for the XBox
Teen Titans for the Gameboy Advance (delayed from last week)
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland for the Playstation 2, XBox, Gamecube and Gameboy Advance
The Warriors for the Playstation 2, and XBox
World Poker Tour 2K6 for the Playstation 2, XBox and Gameboy Advance
World War II Combat: Road to Berlin for the XBox and PC
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse for the PSP
Wow that is a lot of games coming out this week. 35+ titles and a good week for Shameless with not one but two games (Quake 4 and Ages of Empires III). For me, I finally get the game I have been waiting for since playing it at E3. Actually, it is two games… the Bible game and Chicken Little. With all this goodness where do I begin with my comments, how about:
Stubbs the Zombie: Okay I have a confession the grassroots rep for this game contacted us and asked us to talk about this game. Since I am such a nice guy and if I play nice I may just get a free review copy (*hint*) I decideded I have to talk about it. She most likely did not have to ask me to talk about it. I was already interested in it when I saw it a few weeks ago. I almost gave it game of the week honors when I saw it. Why? Stubbs took the traditional Zombie game and turned it on it’s head by having you play the Zombie. So now instead of running around with a shotgun killing Zombies. You are running around dodging manics with shotguns while trying to eat those maniacs brains. Oh yea; the PR person also wanted us to mention that the developer Ignited Minds is holding a contest for the fans of the game where they can win a Apple Nano, the game and soundtrack. To enter the contest click on the below link, which will take you to the Stubbs the Zombie website.
Quake 4: Wow it has been about 10 years since the first Quake and now we are getting a shiny new version that has Shameless all jumping up and down. Not sure why? I was a bigger Doom fan but for so odd reason Shameless thinks the story in Quake was better. The big question I have is where is the hype for this game like there was last year for Doom III?
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life Special Edition: Okay I was not going mention this game since Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life has already come out. However since Farming is a huge part of several of a readers life (okay one and it is not Shameless) I figured I have to mention it. Not so sure what so special about it, the EB Game page for it did not say, but it is Harvest Moon a great franchise. If you have not played a version of Harvest Moon yet treat yourself and give this one a try. You never know you too may become addicted to Farming.
Shining Force NEO: does Sega know when to give up on bad RPGs? Guess not since we have another sequel to the very aging Shining Force. Save your money and buy Shining Force III for the Saturn which sells for the same price. Which if you know anything about collecting video games is a very rare thing.
Shadow of the Colossus: Excuse me as wipe the tears out of my eyes, I only played this game for 30 seconds at E3 and I already love it. If you play one console game this year this is one you should. This game is most of the beautiful games I have ever seen for the Playstation 2. In fact ICQ the only one the compares with it was made by the same people. It is a shame this game is most likely going flop like ICQ did but you can hope sometimes that people may stop playing Halo and give this one a try. Not matter what this will be one of the games the hardcore console gamers will be talking about years from now as one the greatest games they ever played just like they do with ICQ right now.
Blitz: The League: I never thought I say this but I am kinda glad that EA locked down the NFL license. Blitz proves that developers instead of rolling over and playing dead like everyone said (including me) would took the lock down as challenge and have come up with neat ideas for what to me is a boring game concept. I am really digging the idea of an edgy football game that allows you to play the rumored bad boy lifestyle of a football player.
Crash Tag Team Racing: I can not believe I played this game and not Stubbs at E3 but I did and I enjoyed it a little. CTR was a fun little kart racing game and Crash Tag Team appears to be more of the same game with a few new twist. Granted it is no Mario Kart but if you are looking for a little fun kart racing game Crash Tag Team is good one.
Chicken Little: Okay another game I played at E3 (actual I played it a lot) and fell in love with. I think it mostly had to do with the pole graphics and the fact that they replicate an act that males do in the bedroom. Then again it was plan out fun without the normal hardness that most platformers try for. The only platformer that I can think is easier then Chicken Little was Jak and Daxter which I also loved. If you if a Jak fan the latest game in franchise Jak X: Combat Racing is also coming out this week. It is not a platformer but a racing game that most are calling a Road Blaster like game. I did not like it when I played it at E3 but a lot of other journalist did.
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland: I guess it is now a tradition but get ready for the gaming media to declare this the greatest Tony Hawk game ever to only watch them say next year the next round in the Tony Hawk game is the greatest when it comes out in 2006.
Shattered Union: a game based on the Civil War for the consoles granted it set in the year is 2060 but hey it is a console game based on the Civil War.
The Bible Game: Another game I played at E3 and well this one I did not fall in love with. Actually I do like the Gameboy Advance version of it which was neat game that blended a traditional RPG game with bible trivia but that one is not out yet. The console version on the other hand is a train wreck. Still if you are looking for a fun game to play when you are drunk this is one. The mini games like kill the Romans and Climb Jerichos Ladder are a blast when you drunk. When you are sober on the other hand you may just, never mind I can not write about it here. Skip it if you are sober, but play it when you are drunk. And yes I am going to hell for this.
A Boy and His Blob: Talk about a very old school game coming back but hey it is time someone released a new A Boy and His Blob. This game was a classic on the NES and hopefully the DS version will live up to the greatness that was A Boy and His Blob.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance: Wow another old school classic 2-D Japanese RPG appears on the Gamecube. What did happen to all the great 2-D Japanese RPGs for the Playstation? Guess they are slowly moving back on a Nintendo Platform where they belong. Hopefully they will not be forgotten next generation but I have an odd feeling they will in favor of junk like Final Fantasy XIII.
Ages of Empires III: I have a confession to make I have never played any of the Ages of Empire games but the RTS fanboys love them and I guess they will love this one to.
F.E.A.R: This is suppose to be a big FPS for this year but they would not show it to me at E3 so I have no idea. A little hint but we do go to E3 and if you want us to say stuff about your games you are going to have to let us play them and not just a select few. You never know we might just get a few people wanting to buy your game. It does not cost much to send us an invite to preview your game at E3.
The Warriors: See my above and add the following when I finally got to see the game the Japanese journalist showing it to me at E3 could not stop laughing at the screenshots from the game. He also said it was fairly lame. Personally I hate Rockstar after the way they treated me at E3 and I am hoping this game flops like it should if it came out from any developer other then Rockstar. Just because Rockstar makes it does not mean it is a good game, if anything that should tell you it is a bad game. Other then GTA what have Rockstar made that was any good?
There was a lot to pick from this week but there can only be one. One game of the week that is and for this week I choose Shadow of the Colossus with Stubbs, Quake 4 and Chicken Little coming in close second.