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This week sees a slight slowing of releases, ahead of next week's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas behemoth, but there are still a significant range of medium-sized t...

Simon Carless, Blogger

October 19, 2004

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This week sees a slight slowing of releases, ahead of next week's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas behemoth, but there are still a significant range of medium-sized titles in both the U.S. and Europe, with only a couple of notable releases over in Japan. -- Games released in the United States: PlayStation 2: Time Crisis: Crisis Zone, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Neo Contra, Scaler, Ape Escape: Pumped and Primed, Nicktoons Movin' Xbox: Outlaw Golf 2, Otogi 2, Men Of Valor, Scaler GameCube: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 PC: Lineage II DVD CE, Castle Strike, Atlantis Evolution, PlanetSide Aftershock, Law & Order 3, Colin McRae Rally 2005, Hidden & Dangerous Sabre Squad, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Combat Over Europe: Forgotten Battles Game Boy Advance: Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Lizzie McGuire 2, Tron 2.0 This week sees a good spread of titles over all consoles, with everything from cultish PlayStation 2 shooters such as Neo Contra to critically panned titles such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. In general, though, the release list tends much more toward the 'unique' (including solar-affected GBA game Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django, and EyeToy budget PS2 title Nicktoons Movin'), rather than major blockbuster games. -- Games released in Europe: PlayStation 2: LMA Manager 2005, SEGA SuperStars, U Move Super Sports, Under the Skin, Vietcong: Purple Haze, World Rally Championship 4, X-Men Legends Xbox: Future Tactics: The Uprising, LMA Manager 2005, Vietcong: Purple Haze, X-Men Legends GameCube: Future Tactics: The Uprising, X-Men Legends PC: LMA Professional Manager 2005, Pacific Fighters, Sacred Plus, Scrabble 2005, Total Club Manager 2005, Trivial Pursuit Unhinged, Wings of Power Game Boy Advance: Finding Nemo/Monsters Inc. Europe has a fair smattering of interesting new titles too this week, with major already-U.S.-released games such as X-Men Legends twinning with European-aimed titles such as Sony Europe's World Rally Championship 4. Also worth noting are even more PS2 camera-compatible games in EyeToy-crazy Europe (SEGA SuperStars, U Move Super Sports). -- Games released in Japan: PlayStation 2: Ace Combat V: The Unsung War, The Nightmare Before Christmas, La Pucelle Hikari no Seijyo Densetsu Nijuu Game Boy Advance: F-Zero Climax A relatively small amount of releases nonetheless showcase some important titles in Japan, with Namco's Ace Combat V likely to be popular with the arcade sim-hungry Japanese market, and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas getting a PlayStation 2 game adaptation courtesy of Capcom, following its integration into Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series. Nintendo also debuts the latest in the F-Zero franchise for Game Boy Advance, including a track editor for hardcore fans of Captain Falcon. Sources: NCSX, Play Asia, GAME, EB Games

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Simon Carless

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Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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