Fourth quarter of 2006 starts with a whimper as EA ships its soccer game, Star Trek goes shoot-'em-up, BVG gets catty with Housewives.
It's October, which means stores that hawk games are ready to get crushed under the weight of some seriously big-name titles. However, just looking at this week's list of new releases, one would think the industry is smack dab in the middle of summer.
Kicking off the anemic list is the latest soccer game from Electronic Arts, FIFA 07 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, Nintendo DS, and Game Boy Advance. The 07 version adds interactive league modes, a revamped shooting system, and clubs and leagues from all over the world. PSP and Xbox 360 versions of the game are scheduled to be released later this month.
Bethesda Softworks is going where only a few publishers have gone before, with the release of Star Trek: Encounters--the first of three enterprising games based on the lore of sci-fi geekdom from the publisher this holiday season. Encounters is an arcade-style shooter exclusive to the PS2.
The rest of the lot sees several multiplatform games catching up on systems they may have missed, such as World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions dealt onto PCs, NHL 2K7 skating to the PS2, and a spin-off of The Getaway, Gangs of London, doing time on the PSP.
Of course, there are also a few games that are a bit off the beaten path, and oddly enough, playing both may lead some gamers to wish they were combined into one game. Buena Vista Games takes boob-tube hit Desperate Housewives and brings it to the PC, adding Sims-style gameplay to the snooping residents of Wisteria Lane. On the other side of the spectrum, Crave Entertainment hits the shooting range with the National Rifle Association-sponsored NRA Gun Club.
This week's new releases are listed below (list taken from retailer information--actual dates may vary).
OCTOBER 2, 2006
Pony LUV (PC)
Backyardigans: Mission to Mars (PC)
Wildlife Zoo (PC)
Cabela's Alaskan Adventure (PC)
Disney's The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure (PC)
Alex Rider: Stormbreaker (DS, GBA)
Go Diego Go!: Wolf Pup Rescue (PC)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots (GBA)
Dora the Explorer: Dora's World Adventure (GBA, PC)
Hoyle Bridge Club (PC)
Princess Natasha: Student Secret Agent (GBA)
The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery (PC)
Disney's Little Mermaid: Magic in Two Kingdoms (GBA)
Harlem Globetrotters: World Tour (GBA)
Hollywood Posh Pets (PC)
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2007: 10th Anniversary Edition (PC)
Hidden Expedition: Titanic (PC)
NHL 2K7 (PS2)
Jaws Unleashed (PC)
Pacific Storm (PC)
Desperate Housewives: The Game (PC)
NRA Gun Club (PS2)
World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions (PC)
OCTOBER 3, 2006
FIFA 07 (PS2, Xbox, GC, PC, DS, GBA)
Star Trek: Encounters (PS2)
Gangs of London (PSP)
Stacked with Daniel Negreanu (PSP)
Mercury Meltdown (PSP)
Bubble Bobble Revolution (DS)
Rainbow Islands Revolution (DS)
Uno 52 (DS)
Star Trek: Tactical Assault (PSP)
lol @ desperate housewives. i think naruto and nancy drew are games that might get a little above 7 out of 10. fifa is the only popular one on that list.
Only 2 good games this month are Spinter Cell: DA and Final Fantasy 12. Then we all get hammered by everything in November. This is stupid. They should have spread more games in October and even last month.
i love TREK so much that i can speak a bit of basic Klingon, yet i would rather chew my own neck off than play it on ps2. any chance of a port?
Except the Xbox 360 version, the FIFA 07 is worthless upgrade. In the PC they messed up the graphics real bad. I pre-ordered the European FIFA 07 and PES 6 for Xbox 360. I'll have to see myself who is the best this time around. As tradinionaly PES was better, but FIFA 07 for 360 having a new graphics engine, who knows.
Masefield is right, no Star Trek: Tatical Assault until the 24th....Too bad cause I was looking for either a DS or PSP game this week.
whoa look at all those PC titles! Now there is no need to buy a 360 mwahahaha..... anyway I wanna play Mercury Meltdown!
AGAIN another crappy week. The PC has lots of releases but they are all CRAPPY low budget crap! The only good game on here is probably Mercury Meltdown. Well Mortal Kombat: Armageddon is getting released next Monday I can't wait for that!!!!
Ohhhh, can't wait to get my hands on Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots. Hope the stores don't run out. Should have got a preorder :)..... or not.
Star Trek: Tactical Assault for the DS and PSP isn't supposed to be released until October 24th according to Bethesda.
The games for this week really sucks. I can't wait for next week for God Hand. I bet that the game is gonna kick ass, and some spanking too.
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