Feb. 27th - Mar. 4th

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.

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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.

PC:
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)
Scratches (03/01)

XBOX:
Black (02/27)
Final Fight: Streetwise (02/28)
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)

GAMECUBE:
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)

PS2:
Black (02/27)
24: The Game (02/27)
Final Fight: Streetwise (02/28)
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)
MLB 06: The Show (02/28)

DS:
Super Princess Peach (02/27)
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)

PSP:
Ys: The Ark of Napishtim (02/28)
Street Supremacy (02/28)
FIFA Street 2 (02/28)
Generation of Chaos (02/28)
MLB 06: The Show (02/28)
MX vs. ATV: On the Edge (02/28)

Comments

I have seen the videos for FIFA Street, and it's like EA managed to completely miss everything that makes Freestyle Soccer entertaining. A Futsal game could be great, handled properly. But tying the ball to the feet of the players is always a bad idea.

Saw a preview of Princess Peach DS, and it looks like it might be a decent little platformer.

I only want Generation of Chaos

I'm picking up Black...

Still nothing that interests me. I guess I have to keep waiting for the release of Kingdom Hearts II in about a month.

Aww... 24 is a PS2 title only? I was looking forward to that on the PC. Oh well.

Hmm, I suppose I'd better shuffle Black up towards the top of my queue at Gamefly.

What I really want to know is when are they going to tell us how they plan to get Battle for Middle Earth 2 to work on the 360. Perhaps now that the PC version has been released we will start getting a few details.

Vega wrote:

Aww... 24 is a PS2 title only? I was looking forward to that on the PC. Oh well.

Oh, just find your favorite 3PS and scream your head off at the screen. You should get the same effect.

zeroKFE wrote:

What I really want to know is when are they going to tell us how they plan to get Battle for Middle Earth 2 to work on the 360.

I agree, very intriguing. If they get it right, we just might see a cross-over success of Halo proportions.

BFMEII is about the only one I would consider picking up. I enjoyed the first, but I may have to wait until this one hits bargain bin.
I'm about to hit 40 with my main in WoW and Oblivion comes out in a month. So what's the point with keeping busy with mediocre games?

Slow start to the gaming year... In my world, at least.

already pre-ordered the CE of LOTR only because it was $45 total.

Still debating whether or not I should get this game though...

BFMEII is going to be incredible. I played the demo and thoroughly impressed. I played the first BFME to death and enjoyed. I am big fan of the movies and looking forward to more, MORE of the LOTR universe.

[DOOM]

I agree with my new best friend, [DOOM]. I'm a LOTR junkie and I really liked what the demo had to offer.

Look, if its about being a LOTR junkie, then I'm in. I'll buy it and put it on the shelf next to everything else Tolkien that I own.
But if, instead, its about not having enough money for bills or food...

Hell, what am I talking about! I might as well buy it!
Curse your meddling words, Certis!

I was somewhat underwhelmed with DDO, but the friends of guild are ratcheting on the peer pressure *sigh*, will see, the things we do for the people we some times allmost like....

griffon wrote:

I was somewhat underwhelmed with DDO, but the friends of guild are ratcheting on the peer pressure *sigh*, will see, the things we do for the people we some times allmost like....

;)

Uhh the world of MMOs, once you are entrenched you may never leave
Good thing I quit WoW cold turkey and started enjoying SP classics again

Battle For Middle Earth 2 is about the only thing I'll probably pick up due to my sick obsession with LoTR. Black looks interesting but just doesn't seem to scream "must have now" to me.

DDO hasn't convinced me there is enough depth there. Losing the semblance of a persistant world was not a bonus in my eyes - it's one of the features I look for in a MMORPG. Otherwise I'll hook up with some friends in NWN. Plus for a title that really is centered around small party play they sort of let me down on character customization. Maybe I'll try it once the player reviews of retail have been around for a while and we see how Turbine handles things.

Is no one else eager for Scratches? I've only read good things about it. It's a "psychological horror" style adventure game, apparently with some replay value as well.

croaker wrote:

Is no one else eager for Scratches? I've only read good things about it. It's a "psychological horror" style adventure game, apparently with some replay value as well.

The "psychological horror" thing is what turned me away, haha.