Videogame Releases Week of Febuary 25th 2008

Discussion in 'User Submitted News' started by Hadrian, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Shit weeks for DS owners, only Track & Field worth giving a go, unless you know Japanese. This is the last time that I'll be doing these threads, the DS/Wii one will still be here but I'm lacking interest plus time to do the other consoles even though VVoltz & Tjas do most of the work, but I hope that VVoltz continues with his own threads, though I know Tjas isn't that interested in doing PC ones.

    Read to know when a game could be dumped:
    These dates are what retailers say is out unless stated otherwise, sometimes they make dates up for pre-ordering purposes. These dates could also be "shipping dates" which usually means that that's the date when games get shipped to stores so a game could either be in stores on that day or after. Some games may get delayed some others not listed may appear but at the moment of posting these are correct. Also just because a game is released in stores it doesn't mean that they'll appear on our internets but NA titles usually appear on our 'nets Wednesday night UK time. I love you with mouth.


    26th February

    Brain Assist

    Region: North America Genre: Brain training (yawn)
    Developer: Sega Publisher: Sega

    Sega jumps on the bandwagon, can they do anything new and diferent? Well aside from Ninetendo's own Brain games the only other good one is the one by Gameloft but lets see. This is the English version of the Japanese game "Touch de Uno DS"

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    Fantasy Aquarium

    Region: North America Genre: Sea life looking afterer
    Developer: ? Publisher: Destineer (oh noes!)

    A port of the English game Fantasy Aquarium by DS, where you look after and collect fish but in this one (there is another coming soon from the same people which is a version of the Japanese game Aquarium by DS) you can look after none fish like Whales, Dolphins and Penguins as well as other fish like Sharks, seahorses and so on. So if you have an desire to look after fish and that via your DS than erm this is the one for you. I might try this one but it could turn out badVideo is of a Japanese advert of the two games.

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    Mazes of Fate DS

    Region: North America Genre: Dungeon crawler
    Developer: Signature Devices, Inc. Publisher: Graffiti Entertainment

    Early footage of this was dreadful but it was clearly early and if you look at the vid posted you'll be pleased to see that its look better and smoother. Could be better than Orcs & Elves and a lot of people enjoyed the GBA version though from what I hear its just the same but tarted up a bit and a few new player avatars.

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    28th February

    Soma Bringer

    Region: Japan Genre: Action RPG
    Developer: Monolith Soft Publisher: Nintendo

    By Monolith Soft who gave us the Xenosaga & Baten Kaitos Series, comes an RPG Nintendo are hoping to be up there with Final Fantasy & Dragon Quest games. Soma Bringer tells the story of a world powered by an energy source called Soma. Recently, the balance of Soma has been destroyed, leading to an appearance of mysterious creatures known as "visitors." You play as a member of an armed force out to destroy these creatures. Everything is done in real time, no boring turn based battles here and everything is button based so at least there are no forced stylus features or stupid mini games. I'm hoping that this is great, the trailer and previews have been very promising. So far Japanese scores have been very favourable with Famitsu giving it 8/8/8/8.

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    Also out in Japan but not worth writing up:
    Akagawa Jirou Mystery: Yasoukyoku
    Chou-Gekijou-Ban Keroro Gunsou 3: Tenkuu Daibouken de Arimasu!
    DS Dengeki Bunkou ADV: Baccano!
    DS Motte Tabi ni Deyo: Kyoto
    Nakamura Tooru Kanshuu: Indo Shiki Keisan Drill DS

    29th February


    Region: Europe Genre: Puzzle
    Developer: Lexicon Entertainment Publisher: Lexicon Entertainment

    You're faced with is a gameboard consisting of 25 nodes on a 5X5 grid, each of which has four coloured antennae at its corners. All you have to do is rotate the nodes with your stylus to align antennae (all randomly placed) of the same colour diagonally from each other. The more antennae you align, the greater the energy flow you'll be able to generate between the nodes, and as we all know, energy flow means points and prizes. To get in your way of this are meteor showers and asteroids which break the annatae up and also there are aliens that come onto the board to destroy the nodes. There are way too many puzzlers on the DS but at least one sounds like that it could be decent.

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    1st March

    New International Track & Field Date might be wrong, most UK retailers say 31st March

    Region: Europe Genre: Sports
    Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami

    I love this series and I'm praying that the date is correct but I doubt it as hardly any games come out on a Saturday in Europe. So this is Konami celebrating the 25th anniversary of T&F games and its decided to chuck in some of its characters from its long history of games. So far announced are: Sparkster from Rocket Knight Adventures, Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2, Evil Rose from Rumble Roses, Frogger from erm Frogger, Simon Belmont from Castlevania, Oolong from Yie Ar Kung-Fu, and Pentaro from Parodius as well as some characters made just for the game. There are 24 events, only 4 have been announced which are 100-meter dash, Long jump, 110-meter hurdles, Weightlifting & Trap Shooting but I have seen swimming in the screens. New International Track & Field features single player career and training modes in addition to Wi-Fi multi-player between 2 to 4 players, a character-based minigame challenge mode and a worldwide player ranking system. The original Track and Field game will also be available to play. The gameplay of New International Track & Field differs from the traditional button mashing and joystick-wiggling gameplay of the original games in that players use the motion of the stylus to set a rhythm for their character. In addition, the game will also feature uses for the DS' dual screens and microphone. I hope its better than the dull Sonic & Mario one.

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    Also out on this week but probably deserve this award:
    Homie Rollerz
    Petz Wild Animals: Tigerz
    Postman Pat
    Jetix Puzzle Buzzle
    My Pet Hotel 2


    26th February

    Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed

    Region: US Genre: Action
    Developer: Sandblast Publisher: THQ (Uh oh!)

    The Earth is in trouble once again as aliens return to conquer us all. Run for your lives, puny humans! Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed for Wii takes place before Path of Furon. Gamers will Crypto in a "funked out" version of the 1970s. They will be able to travel through and destroy an immense city either on foot or by UFO. Players will be able to use the Wii Remote to unleash untold levels of destruction on the world -- on foot, in Crypto's UFO or at the controls of the Big Willy mech! Well there are worse games out there I guess.

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    Sega Bass Fishing

    Region: US Genre: Fishing
    Developer: Cavia Inc. Publisher: Sega

    Why do Bass fishing? Bass fish are dull, they should have done Sega Marine Fishing as that one is better. Ok featuring some levels from the Dreamcast and some from the Arcade as well as some just for the Wii, you fish and stuff. No fishing rod, its all Wiimote which is stupid but then expected as Sega didn't do a PROPER lightgun for their lightgun ports or plan on doing Maracas for Samba de Amigo mega fail but I guess it could be a decent port.

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    There are various other games out in Europe but nothing new and all are pretty much below average.

    Out in Japan are:
    Choro Q Wii
    Simple Wii Series Vol. 5: : The Block Kuzushi
    Simple Wii Series Vol. 6: The Wai Wai Combat
    Uchi Tsuri! Sega Bass Fishing
    Zenkoku Dekotora Matsuri


    26th February

    Blokus Portable: Steambot Championship

    Region: US Genre: Board game/Puzzle
    Developer: Irem Publisher: Majesco Games

    Each player places his/her pieces on the board in turn, ensuring that the pieces of the same color touch at one or more corners, but never along the sides. The objective is to strategise and conquer as much territory as you can before your opponent/s beats you to it.

    [b]Pro Evolution Soccer 2008[/b]

    Region: Europe Genre: Footy
    Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami

    Developed by Konami’s football Studio in Tokyo, the game contains all the realism and intuitive controls associated with the series. The PSP version of PES 2008 shares a lot in common with the existing PlayStation 2 game, with a wide range of tournaments and leagues on offer, alongside an all-new World Tour mode, wherein users are set a series of challenges as they tour the globe. As each task is successfully completed, further tests designed to show the capability of your chosen squad are unlocked. Full Edit modes have also been incorporated into PES 2008, while the data sharing aspect has been totally reworked to allow users to continue building their team while away from their home system. As such, Master League information can now be swapped between the PSP and PlayStation 2 versions, as can League, World Tour and Cup Mode data.

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    And now over to VVoltz for the multiformat and console releases!!


    February 26th

    Heavenly Guardian

    Region: North America Genre: Shoot-em-up
    Developer: Starfish Publisher: UFO Interactive

    Tough luck for VVii players, this is PS2 only in the US. A love story!, you Sayuki , the snow goddess must embark on an epic journey (brb) to save your true love. Well, is nothing we wouldn't do for lagman off course =) Whoever played the Shining series on the GBA can recognize the style of play, it also has some very nice visuals.

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    February 28th

    Out in Japan:

    Final Approach 2: 1st Priority
    Developer: Princess Soft
    Publisher: Princess Soft
    Genre: Dating sim / Adventure
    Developed by Hadrian's secret development studio! BUY NOW!

    Gundam Musou Special
    Developer: Omega Force
    Publisher: Bandai Namco
    Genre: Beat-'Em-Up
    The "Extreme" version of Dynasty Warriors: Gundam. The game will feature two new characters: Musha Gundam and Musha Gundam MKII.
    Yup, that is all there is about this game.

    Houkago wa Hakugin no Shirabe
    Developer: Dimple Entertainment
    Publisher: Dimple Entertainment
    Genre: Adventure
    Another MUST buy of the year, next to Gears2 and MGS4.

    Kyuuketsu Kitan Moonties
    Developer: Interchannel
    Publisher: Interchannel
    Genre: Adventure
    A game featuring BoneMonkey as Iggy, a ten year old with bladder problems. Run to the bathroom while dancing to the music.

    Night Wizard the Video Game: Denial of the Wizard
    Developer: 5gk
    Publisher: 5gk
    Genre: Adventure
    5gk > 2K IMO.
    You are not gonna believe this. This one is actually a videogame adaptation of an actually RPG game based on a PC game called Yoru Ga Kuru! Hel and I thought Street Fighter: The Movie: The game was weirdly enough.

    Petit Four
    Developer: Idea Factory
    Publisher: Idea Factory
    Genre: Adventure
    Bake cakes and fight inflation while trying to survive the post imperialist japan regime, anime style

    Tori no Hoshi: Aerial Planet
    Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
    Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software
    Genre: Glide simulator
    Nippon Ichi's first 'flight simulator", and yes, this one does not features any strategy! [​IMG]
    You play as the son of an interplanetary biologist, who is separated from his father's research team on an unknown planet.
    Use your glider to find your spaceship. Cool day/night and weather effects.


    February 26th

    Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

    Region: US (27th Aus, 29th Eur) Genre: 3rd person shooter
    Developer: Capcom Publisher: Capcom

    Another unknown JAP videogame.
    Actually one of Capcom's new gems. ( I enjoyed this on 360 but controls were a bit off at times -Hadrian) This one features ALL the Live only content featured in the 360 version, including the Mega Man and Frank West journalist as unlockable characters. As Wayne Holden, fight the merciless (and butt-ugly Akren) in a snow planet, use your Zelda-esque grappling hook and mount some cool Mechs. Now, keep your finger's crossed for a Dead Rising release on PS3. Multiplataform releases FTW!

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    February 28thth

    The Idolmaster Live for You

    Region: Japan Genre: Rhythm
    Developer: Bandai Namco Games Publisher: Bandai Namco Games

    Japanese Idol or Anime Idol. You are the coordinator of a J-POP band, choose clothing songs and take them to the glory.
    Think Parrappa the Rapper but with anime chicks dancing on the screen. For all the japan voyeurists out there.

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    February 26th

    Lost: Via Domus

    Region: North America Genre: Adventure
    Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft (uh oh!)

    For the non believers: Lost is a series about a bunch of people lost in an island. Sorry, never seen the show (first season good, the rest boring -Hadrian). This one features a new character. The newcomer, Elliot has lost his memory and now he also must discover his lost past, cliches aside, this is a survival exploration adventure game. Even for a licensed game, this looks promising, even graphic wise. Must buy for the TV fans.

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    Turning Point: Fall of Liberty

    Region: North America Genre: FPS
    Developer: Spark Unlimited Publisher: Codemasters

    Expect at least two good WWII games within 2008 that doesn't involve the typical MoH/CoD fare: Saboteur and this one. If you are a seasoned XB, PS2 or GC player, you may remember a game called Freedom Fighters, well this one looks a lot like this one, only instead of the cold war, this is a parallel history. Germany won, and now controls Europe. You are Dan Carson, a regular construction worker who must survive WAR! This game is suppose to feature new weapons never used in the war (although researched in real life), Zeppelins, Jets and other war machines are suppose to be featured as well. Remember kids, true Americans oppose the SS.

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    Frontlines: Fuel of War

    Region: North America Genre: FPS
    Developer: Kaos Studios Publisher: THQ

    A good looking futuristic FPS from former Trauma Studios (of Battlefield 1942 modding fame). The game is suppose to feature a mechanic called "the frontine", whatever that is, it confuses me. The game is getting so-so reviews from EU and the US. The PS3 version was canceled, according to THQ, due issues regarding the port of the Unreal Engine 3.0 to the PS3 (THQ = mega fail -Hadrian).

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    PC section may appear soon
  2. Fiddy101

    Fiddy101 Newbie


    Soma Bringer looks great [​IMG]
  3. skarthebloodchild

    skarthebloodchild Keep It Old School

    Jan 13, 2004
    Wating for the track and field one for the ds.
    It looks a hot one.
  4. Speed Freak

    Speed Freak GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    Curitiba - PR

    Me too, but what's wrong with the good old button mashing? Giving us the option to use the stylus is good but why do we HAVE to? The stylus controls must be WAY better than crappy Mario and Sonic's to be good enough.

    Bring the button mashing back! [​IMG]
  5. JPH

    JPH Banned

    Jul 11, 2006
    United States
    Let's see...crap...crap...and more crap [​IMG]

    Roll on Ninja Gaiden...
  6. CockroachMan

    CockroachMan Scribbling around GBATemp's kitchen.

    Jan 14, 2006
    Soma Bringer is looking good.. too bad it's in japanese [​IMG]

    I'm getting Track'n'Field just for the lolz [​IMG]
  7. Gestahl

    Gestahl GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 24, 2006
    Serbia, Republic of
    Wow, the Idolmaster game looks gorgeous. Too bad its on 360 though. :-\
  8. jgu1994

    jgu1994 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Jun 23, 2007
    United States
    Nothing good this week for the DS [​IMG] Ah well, maybe next week.
  9. Akotan

    Akotan Mathematical!

    Mar 14, 2004
    Yay, nice work! Hadrian is my hero! ([​IMG]) But you're late this week... Hope everything's alright!
  10. Awdofgum

    Awdofgum Wadofgum

    Mar 17, 2007
    United States
    I'll miss your threads hadrian
    I can't wait for Frontlines, it seems to have a good story.
  11. coolbho3000

    coolbho3000 GBATemp Kikkoman Naturally Brewed SoySauce Fanatic

    Apr 29, 2007
    Kikkoman Factory
    Heh, Fall of Liberty game trailer says "finish the fight." Wonder where they got that from?
  12. theman69

    theman69 GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 9, 2007
    United States
    great job man ty as always
  13. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    Hadrian I don't think I have ever asid how much I do appreciate these threads. Love!
  14. plasmatron

    plasmatron GBAtemp Fan

    Jul 22, 2004
    Gambia, The
    Why do they abuse Track & Field that much ? Why they changed it into a shitty comic theme? What a bunch of bullshit ! [​IMG]
  15. MC DUI

    MC DUI GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Nov 30, 2003
    Newcastle, Australia
    I may try out the two new FPS on the 360, they look kinda interesting, but I've still got plenty of other titles to finish first.

    Those of you with PS3's I recommend checking out Lost Planet, I played it a fair bit on 360 and I thought it was a fun game. I love using the mechs especially online.
  16. VVoltz

    VVoltz The Pirate Lord

    Nov 6, 2002
    The thread will go on!

    And Hadrian, it is a real pity, but yeah, I admit that it is a lot of work.
    Don't worry buddy I got your back as always. =)
    If I ever get to make half the good job you make, I'll be happy.
  17. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Well the DS part was already written just a day after the last one but I didn't really have that much time to do PSP/Wii. It takes more time checking everywhere just to see if there are anything I've missed or if the dates are correct.

    Anyway it'll be back to DS/Wii this Friday and I'm sure VVoltz will do a fine job!
  18. tjas

    tjas The Gbatemp HRManager

    Sep 10, 2006
    I don't mind doing the pc releases but does anyone read them?
  19. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    I'd like to mention this which is released on the PC on the 27th:


    Region: North America Genre: Action Adventure
    Developer: Crackpot Entertainment Publisher: GameCock

    The DS game is the one that is getting all of the attention, but take a look at the PC version! The story is pretty much the same and it looks like the same sort of game, but the PC version will be split into different episodes. I'd be playing this when it hits the nets.

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  20. Jundeezy

    Jundeezy GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 8, 2007
    United States
    I read them. I go here to find out what games are coming up and no where else [​IMG] .
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