August 14th - 18th
As the glare and heat of summer begin finally to weaken, and the hint of cooler days fills the air, the weekly release list begins to swell as if fat and satiated with summer's slow burn-out. While Square Enix revisit the Final Fantasy VII universe on the PS2 with Dirge of Cerebrus, and the Xbox 360 introduces it's own Dynasty Warriors clone in Ninety-Nine Nights, my gaming dollar goes to DarkStar One on the PC. Revisiting the once mighty and dominant space combat sim genre, a genre that brought us seminal titles such as Freespace, Privateer, Tie Fighter, and Wing Commander, DarkStar One has been one of those sleeper titles that I've quietly watched and anticipated. It's been too long since I've piloted my starship across the void hauling, I dunno, some kind of power cell or maybe bread to needy settlers on a distant world for an exorbitant fee. DarkStar One is our Game of the Week.
On DVD this week come RV, Scary Movie 4, and The Simpsons Season 846. Also available is yet another critically well-received HBO series, Rome Season 1. Something for every taste and more can be found, here.
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII (08/15)
Ninety-Nine Nights (08/15)