Dec 6th - 12th

Before we get down to business here I want to thank everyone for offering to help out on the front page. The amount of responses and quality of the submissions mean that weÂ'll probably be a couple days figuring out who will fit best on the front page before we have an answer for you. Sometimes when picking the Game of the Week itÂ's less about which game is a dead ringer for the spot and more like which game will be the most interesting to watch. The Battle for Middle Earth is a long-awaited PC RTS title and it has plenty of people frothing at the mouth. Despite the developer diaries and other preview videos I still have some misgivings about what kind of depth weÂ're going to see here. I hope it works out but IÂ'm getting a bad Â"linear game thatÂ's like playing a movieÂ" kind of vibe here. At least itÂ's Lord of the Rings no matter what it ends up being. It ships on Monday for $49.99 exclusively for the PC.

On DVD this week we have Bourne Supremacy, the first season of Carnivale, Dodgeball, Maria Full of Grace and more!
Star Wars: KOTOR 2
Platform: Xbox
Ships: Dec 6th
Price: $49.99

The Buzz: Previews looks pretty good and more of the same probably wouldnÂ't be a bad thing. Not sure why but IÂ'm not quite as excited about it as I thought I was going to be. I may wait for the PC version unless reviews and you nut jobs tell me otherwise.

Mario Party 6
Platform: GameCube
Ships: Dec 6th
Price: $49.99

Shadowbane: Throne of Oblivion
Platform: PC
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $19.99

The Buzz: Really? No seriouslyÂ"… really? For real?

Dark Age of Camelot: Catacombs
Platform: PC
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $29.99

The Buzz: A pretty sizeable upgrade to the graphics engine and new high level content for the DAoC diehards out there. I bet my press account is still active.

The Chronicles of Riddick
Platform: PC
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $29.99

The Buzz: Excellent game for the Xbox and so long as the port isnÂ't totally bungled it will be well worth considering. Very fun.

Demon Stone
Platform: PC
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $29.99

The Buzz: DidnÂ't even know there was going to be a PC port! ItÂ's not multiplayer but if itÂ's a good port it may be a fun romp.

Megaman X8
Platform: PS2
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $39.99

Viewtiful Joe 2
Platform: PS2
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $39.99

Growlanser: Generations
Platform: PS2
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $49.99

Kuon
Platform PS2
Ships: Dec 7th
Price: $49.99

- Certis

Comments

How could you forget Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth? Should be one of the bigger titles of the year, although early reviews have it in the so-so category.

Ah, you didn't forget it, it just wasn't in the list at the bottom. My bad...

Indeed.

Damnit, I just started making some progress in Metroid Prime 2 and KOTOR II comes out this week? Damnit! Damn all these good games to hell.

Pyroman[FO] wrote:

Damnit, I just started making some progress in Metroid Prime 2 and KOTOR II comes out this week? Damnit!

No it doesn't, it doesn't come out until February.

The reviews I've read on Battle for Middle Earth have been somewhat "meh." Not terrible, but not the end-all be-all that some were hoping for. From a RTS perspective, it apparently doesn't do too much different except take any and all focus away from the player's economy and puts it squarely into battle. I'm wondering if Warhammer might not be the better SciFi/Fantasy RTS of the year.

I am so torn on getting BFME. I have been pimping it on GWJ for over a year but WoW takes all my time and I like it that way. I guess I may wait for a bargain bin or really good sale on it.

simpilot wrote:

How could you forget Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth? Should be one of the bigger titles of the year, although early reviews have it in the so-so category.

What reviews are those? I'm getting this one today, unless I see bad initial reactions.

[EDIT] Nevermind, I see them. Metacritic is our friend.

Ahh, good ol' Carnivale. I can't say me and the GF fell in love with that show, but we are quite looking forward to the next season whenever HBO decides that will be. Way way too many things left hanging, it ended up being even worse than the X-Files in that aspect.

A bit scary, uber-mysterious, and of course there's a bearded lady. What more could you want?

The g/f and I absolutely loved Carnivale. I will probably be buying this (assuming it isn't an outrageous price...)

Swat wrote:

A bit scary, uber-mysterious, and of course there's a bearded lady. What more could you want?

Sounds like work on payday.

"Government do take a bite, don't she?"

Nothing for me this week.

Riddick I'll wait to be bargain bined, DemonStone isn't even on the radar, since I still have to pick up Warhammer and Rome:Total War, and KOTOR II looks good, but it's Xbox only right now, so it's the wait for the inevitable PC port.

Better luck next week game industry!

I'm caught. Should I show my dissapointment with the execution of The Bourne Supremacy and not get the DVD, or should I grab it as a guilty pleasure and hope that a sequel, if there is one, won't blow?

SlyFrog wrote:
simpilot wrote:

How could you forget Lord of the Rings: Battle For Middle Earth? Should be one of the bigger titles of the year, although early reviews have it in the so-so category.

What reviews are those? I'm getting this one today, unless I see bad initial reactions.

[EDIT] Nevermind, I see them. Metacritic is our friend.

Here's a couple of good sites to read reviews as they come out:

http://www.gametab.com/pc/lord.of.th...
http://www.gamerankings.com/htmlpage...

richyrambo wrote:
Swat wrote:

A bit scary, uber-mysterious, and of course there's a bearded lady. What more could you want?

Sounds like work on payday.

"Government do take a bite, don't she?"

Oh man.. I'm not going to ask

The Gamespot review in particular makes me nervous. They were slobbering all over the game, with exclusive videos, interviews, etc.

For them to give an 80% makes me wonder if it is truly horrible.

Hmm, I bought Mario Party 5 and played it a grand total of 2 times. For some reason the board game aspect of it just sucked, although the mini games were pretty fun. Haven't read the reviews yet, but Tycho and Gabe are all over it.

I'm not totally sold on Microphone gaming yet.. I wonder if this title has matured into some sort of voice recognition?

Makes me wonder what the creative DS devs will whip up in the future..

Well I think the guys at Penny Arcade have always liked the Mario Party series, if you don't I'd take it with a grain of salt.

I take a lot of what they say with a grain of salt now. I've gotten to the point where I just gloss over the latest post, because they can spend 10 utterly useless paragraphs talking about the virtues of a stick of butter.

I think Tycho needs to replace the copy of Word Power in his bathroom with something a little less witty.

Prederick wrote:

I'm caught. Should I show my dissapointment with the execution of The Bourne Supremacy and not get the DVD, or should I grab it as a guilty pleasure and hope that a sequel, if there is one, won't blow?

What is wrong with you? The Bourne Supremacy contains what IMO is the best car chase on film since Ronin. The story was still good. I'd agree that some of the camerawork was too hectic, but I found it easy to keep up with what exactly was going on and it was very intense.

Ah well. I'll openly admit to liking some movies that a lot of people consider bad. I'll even admit to liking some movies that I consider bad myself. I own Chronicles of Riddick, if that tells you anything

Regardless, I bought The Bourne Supremacy today. Battle for Middle Earth is still just a "Wait for the demo and see if it's fun" game for me.

I'm too busy with my "Hey it's new to me!" copy of Rise of Nations to care about much else.

I had to register just to get these two cents in:

BFME is damn good. I was a big fan of generals and this is just a kick ass update. There are some little AI issues and Tolkein purists might scoff at a few things but anyone who isn't Liv Tyler that can speak elvish is creepy. Some really cool powers and you can either play micromanager or just smash through with a sh*t load of orcs. Most of the reviews were hung up on the single player (which is just OK, I thought the Warcraft SP was just OK too) but any RTS is about multiplayer. It isn't Rome: Total War as far as realistic battle strategy goes but c'mon, throwing an army of cave trolls or a giant war elepahant at at a friend is just good times. 4 on 4 wars can be brutal on the framerate but the hiccups don't last forever. I was actually pretty happy to have that time to breathe when I had two armies coming down on my fortress at once. The game I played last night lasted for almost four hours. Crazytown.

So yeah, this is hot stuff.

i purchased B4Me and i am LOVING IT!

a while ago, when i heard about it, and found out it was using the C&C Generals engine, i had to go out and get generals, just to see it and get used to the gameplay. i hadnt played too many RTS games, so it was kinda wonky for me.
i didnt play that one all the way through, but still enjoyed what time i did put into it.

Now B4 ME is here and I couldnt be happier. I am somewhat of a simple gamer. The less controls and thinking involved the better, but this game is different. as someone mentioned, it takes away the need to watch and concentrate on resources or money, and allows you to play the game. the real slowdowns are when your peons arent working fast enough (peons are the Evil workers) and you may not be able to build that Uruk pit right away.

The game is fun, graphics are great (not fantastic) but the visual effects (spells and such) are great! i love the emotes of the characters.
of course being able to play in the workld of Tolkien is wonderful.

I was very please when i was albe to wipe out that oh-so-handsome Aragorn.

anyways, i think this is going to be one of my faves, and am looking forward to actually playing on a harder level...(hehe i always start out on easy, just to get used to it, and especially since this game didnt really come with a active tutorial mode...not too hard to get into though)

Cheers