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Weekly Games Release Thread - 5th Ed, 3/3/08!

slash000slash000 Registered User regular
edited March 2008 in Games and Technology
Another week, another 7 days of new game releases!

Welcome to the fifth edition of G&T's newly traditional "Weekly Games Release Thread!" - Week of 3/3 to 3/08!

Where we discuss what we're looking forward to, what we're going to buy, and what we're just now realizing is being released this week that we had forgotten about!







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Bully: Scholarship Edition (Wii, 360)
Both the Wii and Xbox 360 versions retain the wit and deep gameplay of the previously released PS2 title "Bully" and boasts additional new content. Bully: Scholarship Edition takes place in the fictional New England boarding school of Bullworth Academy and tells the story of 15-year-old Jimmy Hopkins as he experiences the highs and lows of adjusting to a new school. Capturing the hilarity and awkwardness of adolescence perfectly, Bully: Scholarship Edition pulls the player into its cinematic and engrossing world. [Rockstar Games]









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God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP
Unleash the power of the Gods and embark on a merciless quest as Kratos, an ex-Spartan warrior driven to destroy Ares, the God of War. Armed with lethal double chainblades, Kratos must carve through mythology's darkest creatures including Medusa, Cyclops, the Hydra and more, while solving intricate puzzles in breathtaking environments. Driven by pure revenge, nothing can stop Kratos from achieving absolution. [SCEA]








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Major League Baseball 2K8 (PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360)
Although he is best known for his speed and base-stealing ability, the Mets' Jose Reyes is also one of the most well-rounded players in the game and is the first player in baseball history to have more than 63 steals, 120 runs, 192 hits, and 19 homers in a single season. Reyes led the Major League in 2006 with 17 triples and 64 stolen bases and set a new Mets club record with 104 hits at Shea Stadium. Also an avid video gamer and long time fan of 2K Sports’ products, All-Star Shortstop Jose Reyes is a natural fit as the official spokesperson for this year's edition of the critically acclaimed Major League Baseball 2K series. [2K Sports]






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MLB '08: The Show (PS2, PS3, PSP)
MLB 08 The Show promises to provide fans with the most realistic baseball experience to date with innovations such as a more immersive Road to The Show mode, enabling gamers to play both offense and defense from the created player’s perspective. Providing players with some additional performance incentives, the MLB franchise introduces the new Progressive Batting Performance feature, which both rewards players for superior performance and penalize them for hitting slumps. Specific to each individual batter, players are rewarded with slight contact bonuses, or punished with slight decreases in contact, based on how that batter that performs beyond his "natural ability" while under user control. Adding to the online feature set, which includes customizable Online League Play with up to 30 teams, scrolling MLB Score Ticker and more, MLB 08 The Show introduces SCOUT (SportsConnect Online User Tracking), which allows gamers to set and store their game preferences on the MLB server, and enables the system to look for a Quick Match with opponents that fits similar competitive criteria. [SCEA]







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Army of Two (PS3, X360)
Army of Two throws gamers into hot spots ripped from current day headlines where they utilize unique TWO man strategies and tactics while seamlessly transitioning between playing with intelligent Partner AI (PAI) and a live player. When one man is not enough, it takes an army of two to fight through war, political turmoil and a conspiracy so vast it threatens the entire world. This is EA's first original title for the next-gen systems. Army of Two is the first game to put players inside tactical warfare involving Private Military Corporations. EA has built this game with co-operative TWO man gameplay as the centerpiece of the experience. Whether you’re playing with PAI or a friend, it's about the TWO man missions, TWO man strategies and the TWO man advantage that really sets this game apart. [Electronic Arts]









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Silent Hill: Origins (PS2)
Silent Hill Origins tells the tale of a solitary truck driver stuck in the terrifying town while making a routine delivery. New gameplay elements, such as a barricade system that lets players block off rooms from enemies, and an enhanced camera system deliver an added sense of isolation and anxiety in this frightening adventure. [Konami]









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Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer (DS)
On a quest to the mystical Lair of the Golden Condor, Shiren the Wanderer and his weasel ally, Koppa, venture through treacherous lands in an attempt to solve the mystery surrounding this legendary realm. Many other warriors have set out on this quest but none have survived the long, perilous journey through deep caverns, vast forests, and dangerous mountain passes. Filled with ferocious monsters, hidden traps, and thieves, the road to the Lair of the Golden Condor is not for the faint of heart. Shiren is determined to succeed and claim the riches that await the first hero to reach the mythic land. In this classic RPG, you'll move in a turn-based manner through randomly generated dungeons that provide a great challenge and lasting replay value. Outwit your enemies using advanced tactics and clever puzzle solving skills while finding mysterious items, numerous spells and other equipment to help you on your journey. If you can survive to solve the mystery, you'll find the fortune that you seek. [Sega]








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Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (DS)
(Also known as "Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery") In Anno 1701 you can experience the adventurous world of the 18th century with up to three friends, mobile and wireless. Explore, settle and expand in a completely new world. Prove yourself as adventurer and embark on the journey of your lifetime. Set sail to explore nameless islands and strange cultures, prove yourself as strategist, trader and town planner. Develop a new, powerful colony – it's up to you. Based on Germany's successful PC-Game-Franchise, ANNO 1701 for Nintendo DS is original development utilizing the unique options offered by the Nintendo DS. The island worlds of ANNO 1701 can be explored, developed and controlled solely by using the stylus. The upper screen provides all relevant game play information while the game takes its course on the touchscreen below. Three different game modes offer endless fun: a full-fledged campaign including dramatic cut scenes, a versatile endless-game-mode for free exploration and development of the island world, as well as a multiplayer mode offering competitive fun for up to four players via Nintendo WFC.









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Ninja Reflex (DS, Wii)
Ninja Reflex uses a series of martial arts challenges to test gamers' reflexes and measure their reaction times with millisecond precision. As players develop their ninja skills, they will strive to earn a black belt from their own personal Sensei. Players can also compete for ninja supremacy against their friends in fierce multiplayer battles with up to four players. [Electronic Arts]










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Field Ops (PC)
Combining the intensity of real time strategy games with the fast pace of shooters, Field Ops provides a unique insight into the clandestine hunt for the head of an emerging terrorist network. A small, but select team of specialists joins forces to prevail where Police and Special Forces of more than six countries have failed before. With Presidential consent a task force is assembled, registered under the name of "Special Operations Group", with a sole purpose to cripple the terrorist network. A next-generation 3D Tactical RTS, supported by cutting edge FPS and TPS direct control modes for individual soldiers and vehicles. Sophisticated AI, capable of performing complex tactical decisions. 4 unique settings and a total of 16 single player missions. 6 individual heroes, more than 30 realistic US and terrorist units and vehicles. Over 20 detailed, real life weapons and modifications ranging from pistols to missile launchers. State of the art physics engine and full 3D environment utilizing the Walker 3 engine. Evolving unit types, with own levels and experience carried on to future missions. Units may run, crouch, prone, scatter or take cover as needed. V.I.P. rescue, Bomb run, and Conquest - the classic multiplayer modes, even in RTS versus FPS setups. Extreme weather conditions ranging from tropical rain to massive sandstorms. [Freeze Interactive]






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Galactic Command -- Echo Squad (PC)
Niche PC space flight simulation developer 3000AD (maker of the Battlecruiser and Universal Combat series) may be moving into the console market on Xbox 360, but that doesn't mean it has forgotten its PC roots -- enter Galactic Command for both PC and Xbox 360. Originally designed as one product, GALCOM has since been divided into a two segment series, with GALCOM Excalibur as an Xbox 360 title, and GALCOM Echo Squad for episodic release on PC, exclusively via GameTap. Unlike 3000AD's previous series, this is an aerial combat franchise that wants to take you back to the 'good old days' -- the early days of space combat action.


An episodic series in the Galactic Command franchise, Echo Squad is a series of aerial/space action combat titles based on the adventures of a group of Elite Force pilots assigned to the Excalibur carrier. Players can engage in combat with a full range of human pilots thanks to a multiplayer mode that supports up to sixteen players in a particular mission, battling across the cosmos in deathmatch and team deathmatch combat as well as co-op modes. Each episode has you commanding a different fighter wing.










Mysteryville 2 (PC)
Return to the eye-popping fun of Mysteryville in this sequel to one of our most popular games. After solving the cat caper of Mysteryville it's time for Laura, ace reporter, to get some well deserved rest. Little does she know she's about to stumble on a mystery even more brain-bending than the last! Join Laura on her search for answers through the shops of Eurekaberg where cleverly hidden items are waiting to be found. Featuring fantastic full-screen graphics, an intriguing storyline, and hours of seek-and-find fun, Mysteryville 2 is an original adventure for the entire family.








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Stranger (PC)
Become a stranger in the magical world, lead armies of mysterious creatures, and fight for your immortal soul. Every fantasy world has its epic story; Stranger's is of no exception. But it is not just the usual conflict between light and darkness, there are much more nuances to explore. Choose your side, gain experience to extend your abilities, unravel secrets of magic world, and crush your enemies either by skills or by using brute force, if you have any. Some of the best heroes are at your service, hordes of land and underground creatures want you to lead them to victory. Proper battle tactics and planning strategy, using of diplomacy, gaining benefits of trading, using of magic - all of these components will help you to win in just one case: you should find out what the goal is. [Fireglow]












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Tom Clancy's Chronicles (PC)
Tom Clancy's Chronicles includes Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield all in one package.








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Company of Heroes (Gold Edition) (PC)
Company of Heroes: Gold contains Company of Heroes and the expansion Company of Heroe: Opposing Fronts










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Imperium Romanum (PC)
Imperium Romanum puts the player in the role of a governor of a province, where he or she must strive to build a well organized, prosperous and commanding settlement. Set in the time of the Roman Empire at its peak, players construct fortifications, towers, gates and bridges, while paying for them with a new currency. Imperium Romanum is a challenging, enjoyable, and authentic quest to rule the world. With missions based on real events and locations and enhanced by elements like crime and economics, Imperium Romanum is the complete historical strategy gaming experience. Impressive graphics showcase historically accurate buildings, natural disasters, and siege machines, as well as an improved battle system where the player commands their armies. The missions are interactive, so the players activate the goals when they choose. Build. Rule. Conquer! [SouthPeak Interactive]








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Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm (PC)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm is set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe – a dark, futuristic, fantasy setting where armies of technologically advanced warriors, fighting machines and hordes of implacable aliens wage constant war – and is played by millions worldwide. Soulstorm is a complete standalone title and features two all-new armies, including the malicious Dark Eldar, for an unprecedented total of nine playable races. In addition to new units across each of the seven existing races, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm incorporates air units for the first time and introduce multiplayer medals, adding a whole new level of depth to online battles. The revolutionary meta-game introduced in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Dark Crusade is further expanded to an interplanetary scale in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War – Soulstorm, allowing players to battle across an entire star system. [THQ]









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Legends of Norrath: Inquisitor (PC)
This third expansion pack to the strategic online card game is based on the Everquest universe.










Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (XBLA)
In this arcade shooter, players join the heroes of the Alliance of Free Planets in their white-knuckled, frenzied struggle to free the Solar System from the tyrannical grip of the Legion of Terra. Up to four players will be able to cooperatively shoot their way through multiple levels, powering up their weapons, picking up bonuses and laying waste to anything that moves. Online multiplayer gameplay through a variety of mini games that let players instantly jump into existing games. Design and build your own character for both single and multi-player games, each with their own. Three races - Human, Mercurian or Venusian; Three classes - Fighter, Engineer, Outcast. Further character customization options through new items and abilities earned by progressing through a variety of quests. Multiple hours of gameplay with plenty of levels, hordes of enemies, huge bosses and engaging story for maximum replay value. Beautiful cartoon-like art style brings life to the characters and environments. Competitive online ranking system. [Capcom]












Whewf! That was a bit of work! Quite some games comin' out this week!


Got some good'uns to look forward to!


My bets are on: Bully, Army of Two, Silent Hill Origins (for non-PSP owners), God of War COO.



That should tide us all over until Brawl Day, which is the first day of next week. (the 9th)



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    shrykeshryke Member of the Beast Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Damn, not a bad week. Gotta go look some of these up.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Brawl basically comes out this week. Also of some note is that this weeks VC press release leak is late, it might be something fairly important and Brawl related this week.

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2008
    I really do not have the money for the Dawn of War expansion. Maybe I'll grab it off Steam in a few months. Here's to hoping air units don't muck it up.

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    EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Mystery Dungeon should be noted as the closest thing to a portable rogue-like if those are up your alley.

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    EskimoDaveEskimoDave Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I forgot Bully came out this week. So way too many games.

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    KaligordKaligord Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Was my birthday the end of Feb so I asked for a pre-order on Bully, more Rockstar goodness? Yes please!

    Im kinda sad I have no money for any other games however, from what little Ive seen Army of Two looked quite good.

    I mean Bully can last me till the end of April.....right?

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    DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I am waiting on reviews and board impressions of Army of Two. I have some reservations about it.

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    RainbowDespairRainbowDespair Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I was a big fan of Silent Hill 2 & 3 so Silent Hill Origins has me intrigued. The $30 price tag helps as well. How was the PSP version? Any improvements in the PS2 version?

    Rocketmen sounds like it could be a really fun Gauntlet style game.

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Brawl basically comes out this week.

    Except it doesn't.

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    darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited March 2008
    If Army of Two reviews well, I'll be buying that.

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    DirtyDirty Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Anyone know if Army Of Two has online co-op for the campaign? Or is it just 2-on-2 shit?

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    EvilBadman wrote: »
    Mystery Dungeon should be noted as the closest thing to a portable rogue-like if those are up your alley.

    Except for Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja, you mean.
    Kaligord wrote:
    I mean Bully can last me till the end of April.....right?

    If you're getting it on the 360, it might. It;s supposed to have a lot of "creative" achievements to get.

    I am red hot excited for the new Bully. I loved the original and I can't wait to get the Over the Rainbow achievement for macking on all the guys.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I was a big fan of Silent Hill 2 & 3 so Silent Hill Origins has me intrigued. The $30 price tag helps as well. How was the PSP version? Any improvements in the PS2 version?


    I heard no good things about it and decided to skip it, myself.

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    It's supposed to be really short, with tame gameplay and retarded weapon degradation. I've never heard anything remarkably outstanding about it. Honestly, despite being a huge SH fan, I'm not really interested in it, even at $30. I'll probably get it just to complete my collection, but meh.

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    OremLKOremLK Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I might just look into that Bully port. Never played it on PS2.

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    Magic PinkMagic Pink Tur-Boner-Fed Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Magic Pink wrote: »
    It's supposed to have a lot of "creative" achievements to get.

    Please note: The achievements are not anything close to creative.

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Dirty wrote: »
    Brawl basically comes out this week.

    Except it doesn't.

    Difference of minutes. It'll still be this week somewhere else by the time I get it.

    On the subject of this weeks game, Shiren is a great roguelike. The best one on DS, and the DS has a couple of good ones. Unfortunately, they mutilated the cover art for the US release.

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    AccualtAccualt Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I bought Army of Two and Soulstorm. So far I couldn't be happier with what I've gotten for that $100.

    I haven't been able to put more than three hours into each one so far but they are lovely. Army of Two is an excellent co-op game, one I'm sure I'll enjoy running through with various friends over time. Depending on DLC I could see it developing some very long legs in my house.

    Soulstorm is, of course, going to be on my HDD until DoW2 comes out. I really like the new DE play mechanic and the SoB have a great design to them. The new campaign is a bit disappointingly, it isn't as big as I was expecting. It is slightly bigger than DC's, the upside is the encounters I've had in it so far are better than DC's by a great breadth. I'm fairly certain it will be an all around better campaign, in the end, but I was thinking Mass Effect map in my head, not a single solar system.

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    CrazybearCrazybear Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    I am getting Army of Two, when my Xbox360 comes back from repair. Damn disc tray.

    To Hell with any reviews, Army of Two just looks like my kind of game, kill the bad guys till they die with big guns and then HIGH FIVE!

    Hells yeah!

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    MistaCreepyMistaCreepy Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    Mostly meh except for Army of Two and God Of War.

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    StericaSterica Yes Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited March 2008
    Accualt wrote: »
    Soulstorm is, of course, going to be on my HDD until DoW2 comes out. I really like the new DE play mechanic and the SoB have a great design to them. The new campaign is a bit disappointingly, it isn't as big as I was expecting. It is slightly bigger than DC's, the upside is the encounters I've had in it so far are better than DC's by a great breadth. I'm fairly certain it will be an all around better campaign, in the end, but I was thinking Mass Effect map in my head, not a single solar system.
    I wasn't expecting multiple systems, but I did expect the planets to be 75-100% the size of Kronus.

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    ArdeArde Registered User regular
    edited March 2008
    For anyone with a 360 and Wii, do NOT buy Bully for 360 unless you're fine with the probability of the game freezing your system randomly.

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