Feb. 13th to 18th

Oh, I know what you're thinking: holy humming horsepower havoc, a new Xbox 360 title! Why that must be, by default, the game of the week. After all, it's only the second big release for the system since Microsoft unleashed nearly two dozen systems onto a ravenous public last November. But, nay, my friends, for today's lesson is: if'n you want to be the big dog on the Week Ahead, and I know you do, then release a solid demo with up to date code! And where Full Auto stumbled, Star Wars: Empire at War for the PC succeeded. With a few haunting shades of Rebellion, blended with an interesting take on the traditional RTS model, Empire at War may be that most uncommon breed of Star Wars games, a good one. I'm hoping that Empire at War can quell the troublesome Star Wars nerd inside, because, frankly, I'm sick of hearing him moan about the movies. I mean, that really does get old after a while.

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Regardless, let's just be glad we've got some new games to play this week. Good thing too, because unless you're a big Saw II fan, there's not much on the DVD front. Seriously, just look and see.

PC:
Star Wars: Empire at War (02/14)
WWII Tank Commander (02/14)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Lockdown (02/14)
Empire Earth II: The Art of Supremacy (02/14)
Rome: Total War Gold Edition (02/14)
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (02/14)

XBOX 360:
Full Auto (02/14)

XBOX:
Rugby 06 (02/14)
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (02/14)

PS2:
Drakengard 2 (02/14)
State of Emergency 2 (02/14)
Rugby 06 (02/14)
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (02/14)
Grandia III (02/14)

DS:
Age of Empires: Age of Kings (02/14)

PSP:
Exit (02/14)

Comments

ya! star wars empire at war and age of empires for ds! Happy times.

What is it with the 360 and racing games, like every other title seems to be one... yet they got no RPG at all, one track game, three or so shooters. One real fighting game but like 22 racing games :P. Ok maybe I'm just bitter that SC2 still isn't backward compatible, DOA is nice but no weapons.
Empire at war screen shots look pruty, anyone have some with the HUD showing?

The first Drakengard was pretty good fun of hack-n-slash... I might pick up Drakengard 2. ...but most likely it seems like it will be a dry season for me until Black shows up. Which could have the same problem as Full Auto... considering the Black Demo that was just released is almost a year old. <- I really hope so.

Wait Elysium is doing 'A Week Ahead'...

Today feels different... I got snowed in, I called off from work, my house is flooded, Elysium is posting the news! Very odd if you ask me...

Is anyone planning on picking up Grandia 3? I enjoyed the second installment quite a bit, although I heard some dreadful things about Grandia X-treme...as if the name wasn't enough of a warning!

Elysium wrote:

I'm hoping that Empire at War can quell the troublesome Star Wars nerd inside, because, frankly, I'm sick of hearing him moan about the movies. I mean, that really does get old after a while.

Star Wars sucks!

On a more serious note, though, I'll be getting Full Auto from Gamefly later this week. Aside from the awful demo, everything else I've seen has pointed towards it being a good weekend's worth of fun, so I'm willing to give it a bit of a chance.

zeroKFE wrote:
Certis wrote:

I'm hoping that Empire at War can quell the troublesome Star Wars nerd inside, because, frankly, I'm sick of hearing him moan about the movies. I mean, that really does get old after a while.

Star Wars sucks!

On a more serious note, though, I'll be getting Full Auto from Gamefly later this week. Aside from the awful demo, everything else I've seen has pointed towards it being a good weekend's worth of fun, so I'm willing to give it a bit of a chance.

Delicious. I get all the credit and none of the effort, my favorite!

I want to grab Star Wars, and I was going to rent Full Auto at the end of this week, but I have Mid-terms next week.

Certis wrote:

Delicious. I get all the credit and none of the effort, my favorite!

Right.... sorry Elysium, I'm used to seeing Certis in the byline for the week in review articles. I'll fix that misquote.

zeroKFE wrote:

Star Wars sucks!

Someone is looking to die a painful death, I will make you pay, oh yes, payment is due...

... and I don't take plastic!

Am I the only one that enjoyed the Full Auto demo? Maybe I am just hoping for more since someone told me the demo was from a version of the game they had done back in October of November.

Mr E.B. Slugworth wrote:

Am I the only one that enjoyed the Full Auto demo? Maybe I am just hoping for more since someone told me the demo was from a version of the game they had done back in October of November.

I didn't hate it, but it certainly didn't entertain me enough to justify a $60 purchase.

I really wanted to like the Full Auto demo. I enjoyed crashing into things and blowing things up.

But then the demo crashed. Repeatedly.

That raises a big red flag in my book:)

I'm jumping all over the SW game the second it comes out, however:)

-Fan

I need an Age of Kings review. STAT!

JimmDogg wrote:

I need an Age of Kings review. STAT!

Your wish is my command.

Mr E.B. Slugworth wrote:

Am I the only one that enjoyed the Full Auto demo?

You should check this out before you get Full Auto... First 10 min of Full Auto - Xboxyde

I had the privilige of playing Full Auto in its entirety and will say that if you're a big Xbox Live fan, then this should be a really fun game for you. However, if you tend to play most of your gaming by yourself, then it's going to depend on how much gameplay you feel you need to justify $60. The game is gorgeous and the physics and AI all definitely scream "next-gen" but despite having 95 or so missions, the game can be completed with all gold medals in under 10 hours by someone with some skills. I was expecting a game with this many missions to take a bit longer to beat, but alas, it was over pretty quickly. There are other modes and harder difficulty settings, but I think those who enjoy it the most will be those who play online with it a lot.

As for Age of Kings for the DS -- I've got flights to Costa Rica and Hungary coming up and that game is going to get some serious playtime by me (along with Armored Core for the PSP). I've always loved the Age of Empires series (well, at least the first couple) but playing online seemed to favor the rushers too much instead of the strategists. The switch to turn-based could make this a special trip down memory lane for me. And it has the official AoE music, so all is good in that dept!