Thursday, October 11, 2007

Upcoming game releases - ah, crap

Games I want to get in the next 3 months (some of these are "like but not need". If it has a star next to it, I will likely buy it. Long story short: I hate the holiday game release season.


Oct. 23: Rockstar Games Presents(TM) Table Tennis from Rockstar Games
* Oct. 28: Guitar Hero III(TM): Legends of Rock from Activision
Oct. 29: Battalion Wars(TM) 2 from Nintendo
Oct. 30: THE SIMPSONS from Electronic Arts
Oct. 31: Manhunt 2(TM) from Rockstar Games
October: Mercury Meltdown Revolution from Ignition Entertainment
* Nov. 5: Fire Emblem(R): Radiant Dawn from Nintendo
* Nov. 6: Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party from Konami Digital
Entertainment, Inc.
Nov. 6: LEGO(R) Star Wars(TM): The Complete Saga from LucasArts
Nov. 6: Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games(TM) from SEGA
* Nov. 12: Super Mario Galaxy(TM) from Nintendo
* Nov. 13: Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary from Eidos, Inc.
Nov. 13: MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES(TM) 2 from Electronic Arts
Nov. 13: LUXOR: Pharaoh's Challenge from MumboJumbo
Nov. 13: Geometry Wars(TM): Galaxies from Sierra Entertainment, Inc.
* Nov. 19: Link's Crossbow Training(TM) (packaged with Wii Zapper(TM)) from
Nov. 20: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords(TM) from D3Publisher of
* November: Trauma Center(TM): New Blood from Atlus USA
November: Star Trek: Conquest from Bethesda Softworks
November: High School Musical: Sing It from Disney Interactive Studios (Note: for my daughter. Honest.)
November: Ghost Squad(TM) from SEGA
November: Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 from Ubisoft
November: CSI: Hard Evidence from Ubisoft
November: Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 from Ubisoft
December: Super Swing Golf(TM) Season 2 from Tecmo, Inc.
December: Rygar(R): The Battle of Argus from Tecmo, Inc.
Holiday 2007: NiGHTS(TM): Journey of Dreams from SEGA
Winter '07: SoulCalibur Legends(TM) from NAMCO BANDAI Games America
Feb. 10: Super Smash Bros.(R) Brawl from Nintendo
February: No More Heroes from Ubisoft
March:Obscure: The Aftermath from Ignition Entertainment
Spring '08: Mario Kart(R) Wii (name not final) from Nintendo

Nintendo DS

Oct. 15: Flash Focus(TM): Vision Training in Minutes a Day from Nintendo
* Oct. 23: FRONT MISSION(R) from Square Enix, Inc.
* Oct. 23: Lifesigns: Surgical Unit
Oct. 31: Dementium: The Ward from Gamecock Media Group
Oct. 31: Solitaire Overload(TM) from Telegames, Inc. Probably for My Lovely Wife
October: Touch Detective 21/2(TM) from Atlus USA
October: Chessmaster: The Art of Learning from Ubisoft Probably for my daughter
Nov. 6: DRAGON QUEST MONSTERS(TM): Joker from Square Enix, Inc.
Nov. 11: Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law
Nov. 13: Cooking Mama 2: Dinner with Friends from Majesco Entertainment
* Nov. 20: FINAL FANTASY(R) XII: REVENANT WINGS(TM) from Square Enix, Inc.
* November: Ontamarama(TM) from Atlus USA
* November: Contra 4 from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
* November: Ninja Gaiden(R) Dragon Sword from Tecmo, Inc.
* Jan. 21: Advance Wars(R): Days of Ruin from Nintendo
* Feb. 4: Professor Layton and the Curious Village(TM) from Nintendo
March:Insecticide from Gamecock Media Group


Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions
* Oct. 23: Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles
* Oct. 30: Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
Nov. 11: Silent Hill Origins


Folk Lore
Nov. 13 Assassin's Creed (Anyone else realize that Assassin is spelled Ass Ass In?)
Nov. 20 Kane and Lynch: Dead Men
Nov. 20 Time Crisis 4 with Guncon
Nov. 20 Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Nov. 27 Haze

I'm still waiting to hear anything about Rock Band, and I'm still debating on getting Guitar Hero III for the Wii until I hear what Rock Band is doing on that platform. If they announce a version, then I'll get Guitar Hero III for the Wii. If not, then I'll suck up and live with the ugly dongles and get the PS3 version.

Either way, it's an expensive holiday season. Odds are I'm just going to have to cut back. Which is the problem - why do developers do this to themselves? Come Spring and Summer there's a "gaming draught", and developers realize that they released all of their games for the Giftmas season.

Guys - spread it out! Most of these games I'll wind up renting, or just passing on until some distant future. Either way, it seems that publishers are only hurting themselves.

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