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Week o Games, 1/18: Ar Tonelico 2, Skate 2, Star Ocean 2, Ult. Shooting Coln (?)

slash000slash000 Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Games and Technology
Another week, another 7 days of new game releases!

Welcome to the 47 edition of G&T's newly traditional "Weekly Games Release Thread!" - Week 1/18 - 1/24!

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!









NDS
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Big Bang Mini
In Big Bang Mini, your main objective is to use the stylus to create fireworks and destroy the waves of enemies that loom overhead. Miss and you'll be forced to tackle another challenge - avoiding the sparks created by your falling fireworks. Celebrate the completion of a level by designing the Final Bouquet – a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that will proclaim your victory.


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Jumble Madness
# Classic Jumble: Play the familiar Jumble you love at your own pace or go for a personal best in Timed mode.
# Jumble Crosswords: Combining two of America’s favorite word puzzles, this mode adds a crossword twist to classic Jumble puzzle gameplay!
# Jumble Madness: Journey through a cross-country story mode in Jumble Madness! Unlock treasures and advance the plot by playing “Jumble Jong,” an all-new game type in which words are formed from a stack of Jumble tiles. Go for longer words for big scores, or unscramble the Jumbled bonus words for major points!
# Multiplayer Jumble: Challenge a friend to multiplayer Jumble via Nintendo DS Wireless Communications




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PC


Carriers at War

Hot n Cold



PS2

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Ar tonelico 2: Melody of Metafalica
The highly anticipated simulation RPG is returning to the PS2 promising its cult followers more gameplay, features and innuendos. Ar Tonelica 2 will be taking advantage of the PS2s 3D and 2D capabilities, creating a seamless bridge between the two visual expressions. Many fans will be pleased by its stunning anime-inspired characters and movies while RPG enthusiasts can take on tough enemies with Ar Tonelico's revolutionary combat system.



PS3

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Skate 2
It’s been five long years since your mysterious disappearance from the skate scene, and much has changed in the wake of “the disaster-too-gnarly-to-be-named.” The massive devastation left large swaths of San Vanelona completely destroyed. After the mass evacuation, one company, Mongocorp, won the bid to rebuild New San Vanelona and their zealous protection of their private property has put a damper on the once thriving skate population. Your mission is to rebuild your career and revive the New San Van skate scene. To help you get the job done, you’ll have double the tricks and the new ability to get off your board to move stuff and create the sickest lines. There’s even a crew of locals you can call on to help take care of business. Skate 2—it’s time to take back the city … one spot at a time.



PSP

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Star Ocean: Second Evolution
Space Date 366: A young Federation officer finds himself transported to a mystical planet, where he is suddenly anointed as the Hero of Light. He begins a journey to fulfill a prophecy and save a newfound race. Continuing the franchise for STAR OCEAN fans, this PSP release of the classic RPG delivers the same epic storytelling and dazzling art style. Set 20 years after the events of its predecessor, STAR OCEAN: Second Departure receives special treatment in its PSP incarnation to further entice gamers to relive the adventure. The title takes the next step with fully animated movies, all-new character designs, extra playable characters, fully voiced dialogue, and more.



Wii

* some of these may be WiiWare, not sure

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Ultimate Shooting Collection
The shooter fan's Ultimate Collection has arrived. Packing three great titles into one disc, this collection of shoot'em ups contain some never before seen titles that are sure to please casual and hardcore fans of this genre. The Ultimate Shooting Collection is a must have for fans of the arcade shooter and brings the classic arcade feel to your living room.


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SimAnimals
Venture into the wild world of animals like never before. Embrace all the adventure, fun, and mischief that await you in the vast forest. Feed a bear what he craves. Pick up a rabbit or hedgehog, and bring him to his friends. Discover what other creatures lurk in the wild. You have the power to reach out and touch, pick up and move everything in the forest from squirrels and foxes to trees and flowers. Make your wild animals happy and maintain a forest that lets them flourish as you venture further into the forest than you’ve ever been before! Engage wild animals, experience life in the forest, and let your creativity run wild in SimAnimals™.


High Voltage Hot Rod Show
Deal or No Deal
Deer Drive




Xbox360


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Skate 2
It’s been five long years since your mysterious disappearance from the skate scene, and much has changed in the wake of “the disaster-too-gnarly-to-be-named.” The massive devastation left large swaths of San Vanelona completely destroyed. After the mass evacuation, one company, Mongocorp, won the bid to rebuild New San Vanelona and their zealous protection of their private property has put a damper on the once thriving skate population. Your mission is to rebuild your career and revive the New San Van skate scene. To help you get the job done, you’ll have double the tricks and the new ability to get off your board to move stuff and create the sickest lines. There’s even a crew of locals you can call on to help take care of business. Skate 2—it’s time to take back the city … one spot at a time.

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Stoked
Head into the backcountry and experience Stoked, the open-world snowboarding game that lets you choose where, when and in what conditions you want to ride as you work your way up the ranks of the sports to become the hottest rider in the world! Every single inch of five huge mountains can be explored, complete with dynamic weather conditions that change how and where you can ride. Set a trend with Style Crafting as other riders on the mountain adapt to mimic how you ride and how you dress.







WiiWare/VC


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XBLA/XNA Community

The Maw


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PSN
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So the new year is getting started fairly well.

The PS2 continues to survive with the new PS2 game release of Ar tonelico 2: Melody of Metafalica, sequel to the NIS rpg original.

The 360/PS3 systems finally get the sequel to the very much beloved skate-boarding game, as Skate 2 releases this week.

After a long period of nothing coming out, the PSP finally sees a potentially good new RPG, Star Ocean: Second Evolution

If you're a shmup fan, the Wii may finally be getting the long-awaited shmup collection Ultimate Shooting Collection, with 3 Milestone shmups; but we'll see if it actually comes out this week or not since its release is constantly pushed around everywhere.

The 360 also gets a new snowboarding game called Stoked, by Destineer, but I know nothing about it. Also there's a new EA Sims game for Wii called SimAnimals, but I know nothing about it either.

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  • Dr Mario KartDr Mario Kart Games Dealer Austin, TXRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    I think Ultimate Shooting Collection is coming out for reals this time.

    First off, Its actually on UFO's website now
    Ultimate Shooting Collection -Light up the sky this holiday season with Ultimate Shooting Collection from UFO Interactive Games. Available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii, USC features three shooters, each with unique features and gameplay mechanice and all packed into one disc! That’s ‘Shmupanese’ for awesome! $29.99 – Buy it from Gamestop (Pre-order - Avail. January 19, 2009)

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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Well damn, it's only January and the GOTY is out this week.

    I may be looking forward to skate 2 a hell of a lot.

    Also a snowboarding game? Sounds.. interesting. I understand Shaun White wasn't as hot as it should've been, and I could always go play Amped 3 I suppose, but I'll look out for reviews.

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Carriers at War

    Ummm, what!?!

    Now this is hardcore.:lol:

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    (Please do not gift. My game bank is already full.)
  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    So will Radio Allergy finally come out this time? For real?

    Talk about a cursed shmup. Hopefully it's worth the wait.

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  • Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    February is full of hits.

    Tomorrow might be SSB on Virtual Console though, which would be GOTW for me.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    The Maw was released today on XBLA. Aside from the overabundance of brown, it looks like fun. Anyone know anything about it?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KJbUeXmEq8

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    All creature will die and all the things will be broken. That's the law of samurai.
  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    It got a 7/10 on Eurogamer, said it's short and not really replayable, but a good game regardless.

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  • RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Set the trial to download, but I gotta wait until I get home before I can play it.

    Remember dudes, you can set stuff to download through your browser now.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    darleysam wrote: »
    Well damn, it's only January and the GOTY is out this week.

    I may be looking forward to skate 2 a hell of a lot.

    Voiced my thoughts. Now to rob a bank.

    Visti on
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  • darleysamdarleysam On my way to UKRegistered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Visti wrote: »
    darleysam wrote: »
    Well damn, it's only January and the GOTY is out this week.

    I may be looking forward to skate 2 a hell of a lot.

    Voiced my thoughts. Now to rob a bank.

    Rob Gamestop, cut out the middle-man.

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    darleysam wrote: »
    Visti wrote: »
    darleysam wrote: »
    Well damn, it's only January and the GOTY is out this week.

    I may be looking forward to skate 2 a hell of a lot.

    Voiced my thoughts. Now to rob a bank.

    Rob Gamestop, cut out the middle-man.

    *contemplative pose*

    Visti on
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  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited January 2009
    Unless they somehow fuck up the port, I can't imagine Star Ocean 2 for PSP being bad. The Playstation original was pretty fun and a solid RPG.

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