Sunday Afternoon New Releases and ShackReviews

By Chris Remo, Oct 23, 2005 4:00pm PDT Civilization IV (PC) is out this week. I haven't played a Civilization game since the very first one, which destroyed my life. It's really tempting to pick up IV, but it frightens me.

This Week's New Releases

PS2

Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood (Gearbox | Wed. | PS2, also Xbox, PC two weeks ago)
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom | Tue. | PS2, also GCN in Jan. '05)
Soul Calibur III (Namco | Mon.)

Xbox

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (Headfirst | Tue. | Xbox)

GameCube

LEGO Star Wars (Traveller's Tales | Tue. | GCN, also PS2, Xbox, PC in Apr. '05)
Midway Arcade Treasures 3 (Midway | Tue. | GCN, also PS2, Xbox in Sep. '05)

Portable

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (Bandai | Tue. | PSP, also PS2 in Nov. '04)
GTA: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar | Tue. | PSP)
The Hustle: Detroid Streets (Blade | Tue. | PSP)
Metroid Prime Pinball (Nintendo | Tue. | DS)
Real Time Conflict: Shogun Empires (Box Clever | Tue. | DS)

PC

80 Days (Frogwares | Tue.)
Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None (AWE Games | Tue.)
Battlefield 1942: The Complete Collection (DICE | Tue.)
Call of Duty 2 (Infinity Ward | Tue. | PC, also X360 TBA)
Civilization IV (Firaxis | Tue.)
Heroes of the Pacific (IR Gurus Int. | Tue. | PC, also PS2, Xbox in Sep. '05)
Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition (Midway | Tue.) Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection (Namco | Mon. | PC, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, GBA in Aug. '05)
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! (Frontier | Mon.)
Sniper Elite (Rebellion | Mon. | PC, also PS2, Xbox last week)
Vietcong 2 (Pterodon | Mon.)
X3: Reunion (Egosoft | Tue. | Xbox ver. cancelled)

Multi

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (DICE | Tue. | PS2, Xbox)
The Bible Game (Crave | Mon. | PS2, Xbox, GBA)
Chicken Little (Avalanche | Thu. | PS2, Xbox, GCN, GBA)
Ford vs. Chevy (Eutechnyx | Wed. | PS2, Xbox)
Nicktoons Unite! (THQ | Wed. | PS2, GCN, GBA, also DS in '06)
The Sims 2 (Maxis | Mon. | PS2, Xbox, GCN, DS, GBA, also PSP in Dec. '05, PC in Sep. '04)
Spartan: Total Warrior (The Creative Assembly | Tue. | PS2, Xbox, GCN)
Taito Legends (Empire Oxford | Tue. | PS2, Xbox, also PC in Nov.)
World Championship Poker 2 Featuring Howard Lederer (Crave | Tue. | PS2, Xbox, also PSP in Nov. '05)
The Warriors (Krome | Tue. | PS2, Xbox)
Zathura (High Voltage Soft. | Mon. | PS2, Xbox, also GBA in Nov. '05)


Featured ShackReviews:

I am, of course, currently playing Shadow of the Colossus (PS2). It is incredible. Also, I finally beat Advance Wars: Dual Strike (DS), and now I'm leisurely working through its Survival mode.

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  • I didn't realize that GTA:LCS was coming out this week; I'll definately pick that up the second I can! I actually use my PSP quite a bit with Burnout Legends (albeit the loading times are a tad bit long)...but I'll agree about the dearth of good titles (I need to pick up Grip Shift and Lumines I think). I really like my DS...it spend a period of time not getting played (I really didn't like the Mario64 that came out for it...I felt that they could've done a better job with the stylus/thumbpad control...I didn't like how it always moved with your thumb...would've been better if it stayed pout)...but Kirby's Canvas Curse really got me playing it...and then that got me trying other games...then Advance Wars came out and now Castlevania is eating up a lot of my time. I really love 2d games...so I'm really happy to see that this system is becoming a welcome home to them much the way that the GBA did.

    I'm gonna pick up Soul Calibur 3 the second it comes out as well (I've been a huge fan of the series ever since Soul Edge in the arcade which I prefered to the Tekken and VF games). I'm a little bummed that Samurai Shodown 5 for XBox has been delayed until November...but SC3 will definately tide me over and then some. I'll probably also pick up the Taito arcade pack for Bubble Bobble alone (that game consumed so much of my time back on the NES). I also need to pick up Shadow of the Colossus. I meant to do that last week and I kept forgetting to stop on the way home...gonna get that tommorow I think. I can't play Quake4 or FEAR until the new Video Card I'm ordering arrives (my current one is defective so I'm getting a newer better Video Card)...but I figure that I'll just play a few looooong marathon sessions of SotC in the meantime (well when I'm home...work and the drive to and from kinda eat up a lot of my time...but I'm not complaining (I need to money to support my video game addiction habit!)).