Out this week (10/21 through 11/02)

Rather than fill a list with each and every game slated to be released each week, I’d like to shine a more finely tuned spotlight on a few more notable titles. Without further ado:

–> Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is being released for PC this week. See my post earlier in this blog for more info on this crazy fun game.

–> Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation releases this week on the Xbox 360. This series has always been about arcade-y fighter jet dog-fighting mixed with nice visuals and a nonsensical narrative, and has always been quite fun.

–> Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles takes the two most highly regarded entries in the long-running whip-wielding/vampire slaying action series, Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night, and bundles them together in this PSP release. Rondo of Blood never saw a western release in its true form, and this package not only includes the classic 16-bit version, but a fully remade version featuring fully polygonal ?2.5D? graphics. This is where it’s at for console old-schoolers this week.

–> Clive Barker’s Jericho is out this week, but by all accounts it’s a stinker, so caveat emptor. Those into the survival-horror genre might get the most out of it. It’s on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

–> Conan, of barbarian fame, gets an action game on the PS3 and Xbox 360 this week, but it is not to be confused with the promising-looking upcoming MMO title.

–> Eye of Judgment is an interesting game, being a PS3-based collectible card game, played either wholly on the console, or using actual cards on an actual game map, via the PS3’s camera accessory. The game is reputedly very good and preventing cheating, as players scan their physical cards using the camera before playing.

–> Front Mission comes out for the DS this week. If you are a fan of strategy-RPGs, check this out. It is a re-release of the first entry in a great SRPG series, and one of the few to make it out of Japan.

–> Mega Man ZX Advent is out on the DS this week, and takes the old blue bomber to some new places, introducing Metroid-like exploration to the action series for the first time.

–> Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations also sees release on the DS this week. This is the third entry in the popular Ace Attorney series, featuring cartoony trials and investigations. The series is known for it’s comedic writing and inventive gameplay, which is more about thoroughness than twitch action.

–> Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction comes out for the PS3 this week, after having it’s release date shifted around a few times. Fans of 3D action-platformers should celebrate, as this is the newest, and first of the new console generation, in this well-liked series.

–> Tomb Raider Anniversary is slated to hit the Xbox 360 this week, and for those who don’t know, the game is a remake of the very first Tomb Raider, which was an amazing and awesome game in its day. All reports say that Anniversary does a good job of upholding it’s good name, and the PS2 version which saw release earlier this year was certainly very good.

–> Zack and Wiki comes to the Wii this week, which should be good news for Wii owners looking for a 3D adventure game. I hear good things.

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