So many big-name games. You'd think there'd be something to get excited about. But, for as much digital entertainment as is to hit store shelves this week, the week smells more of a nice big spring house-cleaning than a big roll-out of strong games. Despite vague attempts at information-free hype, Black's initial reviews have been average at best. D&D Online has failed to inspire me at E3, in its previews, and in its prerelease sneak peek, and FIFA Street 2 ... good grief, why? Electronic Arts is shoveling four seperate titles from major franchises on us, in a desperate bid, apparently, to prove the only competition to EA is EA, so it's a good odds bet that our title of the week comes from that particular publisher. And, you'd be right. With some decent initial buzz and a couple of solid demos, Battle for Middle Earth II might end up being a nice time killer if you can't get enough filthy hobbitses.
On the DVD front, finally we get some movies worth picking up. I missed Walk the Line in theaters, so I'm anxious to see this one. Pacino fans might also want a look at the 2-disc special edition of Dog Day Afternoon, with director commentary and a 'making-of' special. There's more here.
Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach (02/28)
Lord of the Rings, The Battle for Middle-earth II, The (02/28)
Sims 2: Open for Business, The (02/28)
SWAT 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate (02/28)
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)